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Killaghy, County Down

Origin

Ir. Cill Achaidh ‘the church of the field’

Background

O’Laverty (ii 27-8) states that a part of a field in this townland was thought to have been a graveyard. He also claims that a mud-walled building near the boundary between Ballybuttle and Killaghy was used for ecclesiastical purposes. This structure was removed in the last quarter of the 18th century.  O’Laverty believed that Killaghy, before it became a separate townland, was initially a portion of the townland of Ballyhay and that the Church of St Mary was situated in it (see Ballyhay).  In view of the ecclesiastical evidence, the first element is more likely to be cill ‘a church’ than coill a wood’. 

References

Hannan R. J. (1992): Place-Names of Northern Ireland vol. 2 p. 193

Additional Information

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
Ballikillaghie1605Inq. Ult. (Down) $2 Jac. I
Bally-killaghie1623Ham. Copy Inq. [1623] xxxiv
Ballekillaghee1627CPR Chas I 230
Ballykillaghy1636Inq. Ult. (Down) $75 Car. I
Ballykillaghy1650cMontgomery MSS 54 n.34
Ballykillaghy1650cInq. Ult. (Down) $109 Car. I
KIllaghy1659cCensus 1659 93
Ballekillaghy1661BSD 88
Killaghey1810Wm. Map (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Killaughy1830cTythes Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Killaughey1833High Const. Applot. (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Coill Eachdha ""Eochy''s wood""1834cJ O'D (OSNB) E 167, E 24
Barony
Ards Lower
Parish
Donaghadee
Parish in 1851
Donaghadee
Townland
None
Place name ID
6742
Place name type
T