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Dunluce Upper, County Antrim

Origin

Ir. Dúnlios [doonliss]‘fortress/fortified residence’.

Background

Townland is on N. Antrim coast, 3km WNW of Bushmills

The fortress in question is DUNLUCE CASTLE,the ruins of which stand on a high isolated rock above the sea. It is thought to date from c.1300 but is likely to mark the site of an earlier fortification. The site of the medieval parish church is marked by a ruin in a graveyard a short distance south of the castle. The townland of Dunluce is in the barony of DUNLUCE LOWER which is adjoined on the south by the barony of DUNLUCE UPPER [(Caislen) Dhúinlis 1513].

References

McKay, P. (2007): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 64

Additional Information

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Barony
Dunluce Upper
Parish
barony
Parish in 1851
barony
Townland
None
Place name ID
18819
Place name type
B