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Knockbreda Parish (Castlereagh Lower portion), County Down

Origin

Originally two names.  Knock: Ir. Cnoc 'hill'; Breda: Ir. Bréadach 'broken land'

Background

District is a suburb, 3.5km SSE of Belfast city centre

bar: Castlereagh Upper

Knock and Breda were separate parishes until they were amalgamated in 1658 to form the modern civil parish of Knockbreda.  Although the two contributing names were of Irish origin, the resulting combination was coined in English.  Both Knock (Ir. An Cnoc ‘the hill’) and Breda (Ir. Bréadach ‘broken land’) survive as separate place-names, the former as the name of a townland and district and the latter as the name of a townland 5km to the south-east. Most of the parish is in the barony of Castlereagh Upper, but this small portion in the north-east is in Castlereagh Lower.

References

McKay, P. (1999): A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names, p. 92; with additions PT, 2012.

Additional Information

Other portion in Castlereagh Upper; see the townlands of Knock and Breda for details of those names

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Barony
Castlereagh Lower
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
Knockbreda
Townland
None
Place name ID
35387
Place name type
P