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Kilmore, County Tyrone

Origin

Ir. Coill Mór ‘great wood’

Background

As always with the element kil- in place-names, without some corroborative evidence, it is virtually impossible to state with certainty whether it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’. In the case that kil- derives from cill ‘church, churchyard’, one would generally expect to find some historical references to a church or burial ground in the area had there been such and in Kilmore, there are none. Further, this Kilmore is contiguous with the townlands of Killynaul and Kilsannagh, both of which appear to be derived from coill ‘wood’ rather than cill ‘church’. Finally, the early spelling Coilemore (1613) accurately represents the Irish form. The second element is clearly mór ‘big, great’.

References

FK

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Kilmore1609Esch. Co. Map 11 Dunganon pt
Coilemore1613CPR Jas I 263a
(?)Killmore1632Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $36 Car. I
Killmore b''b1655cCiv. Surv. iii 285
Killmore1660ASE 108
Kilinor1661Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $23 Car. II
Killmore1661Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $3 Car. II
Killmor1664HMR Tyr. (1) 11
Kilmor1666HMR Tyr. (2) 244
Kilmore1702Vestry Bk Aghalow I 10
~Coill Mór - Great Wood1833cJ O'D (OSNB) NB 128;D54
Killmore (x 2, prop. Earl of Caledon)1834cOSNB: gen. sources NB 128;D54
Kilmore (prop. Earl of Caledon)1834cProprietor (OSNB) NB 128;D54
~coill mhor - Big wood1920cTNCT 37
Barony
Dungannon Lower
Parish
Aghaloo
Parish in 1851
Aghaloo
Townland
None
Place name ID
20396
Place name type
T