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Queen's Island, County Down

Origin

Eng. queen (i.e. Queen Victoria) + island

Background

The river Lagan used to meander noticeably here, through great mud flats or ‘slob lands’.  In 1839 work began on the first stage of a scheme to make a deep channel, cutting off one of the bends in the river.  The townland of Queen’s Island was created when some of the material excavated from the cut was used to form an artificial island, at first called Dargan’s Island after the contractor but it was later renamed Queen’s Island in honour of Victoria’s visit to Belfast in 1849.  Queen’s Island is first listed as an island in the 1901 Census.

References

P. McKay, 2009

Additional Information

Designated an island in 1901, a townland in 1961.

Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
of English origin1991NIPNP posters Belfast
Samson and Goliath after strong men in the Bible2003HMC replies HMCsep03
presumably after the new Queen Victoria2003HMC replies HMCsep03
Barony
Castlereagh Upper
Parish
Knockbreda
Parish in 1851
None
Townland
None
Place name ID
6776
Place name type
T