Lecale Upper, County Down
Ir. Leath Cathail, 'Cathal’s half' + Eng. upper
Lecale is an Irish district name which later became a barony name: in Irish Leath Cathail, 'Cathal’s half' of the original Dál Fiatach kingdom based in Downpatrick. The eponymous Cathal appears in the Irish genealogies, probably to be dated to the early 8th century (EA 201, Byrne 1973 p.285). Those who still pronounce the name as Le-Caal are historically correct as this is the sound originally intended by the current spelling -cale. The barony of Lecale Upper, which is slightly smaller than Lecale Lower, comprises the south-western portion of this territory and includes the county town of Downpatrick. It is bounded on the south by Dundrum Bay and extends as far south as Saint John's Point near Killough.
ReferencesMuhr, Kay (2005): 'An Elizabethan map of north-east Down', Lecale Review no. 3, 22; with additions PT, 2012.
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- Lecale Upper
- Parish in 1851
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