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Killyveagh Glebe, County Fermanagh


perhaps Ir.Coillidh Bheithe 'wood of the birch' + E. Glebe


The origin of the anglicised form kil- is usually impossible to state with certainty if it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’, and while there is no documentary or physical evidence of a church in the townland, the adjacent townland contains a multiperiod church site, designated St. Molaise's church on the OS 6" map of 1900. Further, the appendage glebe is a commonly featured English element in townlands across Ireland which refers to land set aside for the upkeep of the clergyman of a parish (McKay 2009, 73), so there appears to have been some ecclesiastical significance here and both coill 'wood' and cill 'church' remain possibilities, as does coillidh, a common dative/locative form which often replaces the nominative in Ulster.


For the second element, we might consider beith 'birch' as suggested by Joyce (iii, 422), although fiach 'raven' often also appears as -veagh in anglicised forms (c.f. Altnaveagh from Alt na bhFiach ‘glen of the ravens’ in Co. Tyrone).


A Killyvehy in Co. Leitrim is said to derive from Coillidh Bheithe 'wood of the birch', and this appears to be the most satisfactory explanation of the name, although this suggestion remains tentative.



FK (2020)

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Historical name form

Old FormRef. DateReference
(?)kilboy1609Esch. Co. Map 9 Magheraboy
(?)Killeevagh1629Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $7 Car.I
(?)Semeriarty (Magheryboy)1672cHib. Del. Fermanagh
Kilhua [?lvea] (Magheryboy)1672cHib. Del. Fermanagh
~Coill Betha ""wood of birch"" Coill a Bheithe ""wood1834OSNB Inf. B157
Killyvea1834cOSM xiv 52
Killyvea Glebe1834cOSM xiv 55
Killyvea Glebe (prop the Rector)1834cOSM xiv 58
Killyvea Glebe 1 circular fort1834cOSM xiv 55
Killyvea td1834cOSM xiv 52
~Coill-a-bheithe ""wood of the birch""1913Joyce iii 422
Parish in 1851
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