Leath Cathail Uachtarach(Irish)
Location of Lecale Upper, County Down, Northern Ireland.
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Lecale Upper (named after the former barony of Lecale) is a barony in County Down, Northern Ireland. To its south lies the Irish Sea, and it is bordered by three other baronies; Lecale Lower and Kinelarty to the north; and Iveagh Upper, Lower Half to the west.
The Mac Duinnshéibhe (MacDunleavy, Dunleavy) sept where a royal family of Ulidia and are noted in this area. John de Courcy in the 12th century would drive them out of Ulidia from where they fled to County Donegal.
The Russells of Downpatrick can trace their Norman heritage back to the 12th century having been recorded in the area since Osberto Russell accompanied John de Courcy in 1177 into Ulster.
The barony of Lecale Upper was created in 1851 when the barony of Lecale was split into two, the other part being Lecale Lower.
List of settlements
Below is a list of the towns and villages in Lecale Upper:
List of civil parishes
- Kilmegan (split with the baronies of Iveagh Upper, Lower Half and Kinelarty)
- Rathmullan (split with the barony of Lecale Lower)
- Logainm - Lecale Upper
- PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
- Bell, Robert; The book of Ulster surnames, page 60. The Black Staff Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85640-602-3
- Ireland's History in Maps - The Baronies of Ireland
- Database of Irish Historical Statistics - Literacy Notes
- PRONI Civil Parishes of County Down