Queen's Island, County Down
Eng. queen (i.e. Queen Victoria) + island
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.
ReferencesP. McKay, 2009
Designated an island in 1901, a townland in 1961.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|of English origin||1991||NIPNP posters Belfast|
|Samson and Goliath after strong men in the Bible||2003||HMC replies HMCsep03|
|presumably after the new Queen Victoria||2003||HMC replies HMCsep03|
- Castlereagh Upper
- Parish in 1851
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