Killycat, County Fermanagh
Ir. Coillidh Chat 'wood of the (wild) cats'
As always with the element kill in place-names, without some corroborative evidence, it is virtually impossible to state with certainty whether it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’. However, one would generally expect to find some historical references to a church or burial ground in the area had there been such, and here there are none.
Further, the identification of the second element as cat 'cat' makes cill 'church' all the less likely for the first element.
The medial syllable suggests coillidh, an oblique form of coill 'wood' that often appears in place of the nominative in Ulster.
See also the townland of Crewcat in Co. Armagh.
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- Parish in 1851
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