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.
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|(?)kilboy||1609||Esch. Co. Map 9 Magheraboy|
|(?)Killeevagh||1629||Inq. Ult. (Fermanagh) $7 Car.I|
|(?)Semeriarty (Magheryboy)||1672c||Hib. Del. Fermanagh|
|Kilhua [?lvea] (Magheryboy)||1672c||Hib. Del. Fermanagh|
|~Coill Betha ""wood of birch"" Coill a Bheithe ""wood||1834||OSNB Inf. B157|
|Killyvea||1834c||OSM xiv 52|
|Killyvea Glebe||1834c||OSM xiv 55|
|Killyvea Glebe (prop the Rector)||1834c||OSM xiv 58|
|Killyvea Glebe 1 circular fort||1834c||OSM xiv 55|
|Killyvea td||1834c||OSM xiv 52|
|~Coill-a-bheithe ""wood of the birch""||1913||Joyce iii 422|
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