Kilmore Parish (Kinelarty portion), County Down
Ir. Cill Mhór Mhorainn ‘big church of [St] Morann’
The parish of Kilmore Co. Down was formerly called Kilmore-Moran ‘big church of Morann’, up to the Parliamentary Report of 1833 (O’Laverty I 328-9). There was no record in the Papal Taxation c.1306, but the 1615 Terrier says that the parish known as ‘ecclesia de Kilmore Merone’ was the Bishop’s mensal, and also named, ‘Kilmore Marone, 5 quarter lands having 7 chappells’. From the idea that Morann here was the name of a bishop of Nendrum, whose death is recorded in the Annals of Innisfallen at AD 684, O’Laverty suggested that Kilmore had become a mensal of Down when the see of Nendrum was merged with it (O’Laverty I 328). The old church was in the townland of Carnacally (EA 216).
The parish of Kilmore is partly in the barony of Castlereagh Upper and partly in Kinelarty.
Other portion in Castlereagh Upper; see the townland of Kilmore for historical forms of this name
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- Parish in 1851
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