Lecale Upper

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Lecale Upper

Leath Cathail Uachtarach[1](Irish)
Location of Lecale Upper, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Location of Lecale Upper, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryNorthern Ireland

Lecale Upper (named after the former barony of Lecale) is a barony in County Down, Northern Ireland.[2] 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.[2]


The Mac Duinnshéibhe (MacDunleavy, Dunleavy) sept where a royal dynasty of Dál Fiatach in Ulaid and are noted in this area.[3][4] John de Courcy in the 12th century would drive them out of Ulaid from where they fled to County Donegal, Republic of Ireland.[3]

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.[3]

The barony of Lecale Upper was created in 1851 when the barony of Lecale was split into two, the other part being Lecale Lower.[5]

List of settlements[edit]

Below is a list of the towns and villages in Lecale Upper:[1][6]



List of civil parishes[edit]

Below is a list of civil parishes in Lecale Upper:[1][7][6]


  1. ^ a b c Logainm - Lecale Upper
  2. ^ a b PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
  3. ^ a b c Bell, Robert; The book of Ulster surnames, page 60. The Black Staff Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85640-602-3
  4. ^ Ireland's History in Maps - The Baronies of Ireland
  5. ^ Database of Irish Historical Statistics - Literacy Notes
  6. ^ a b "Lecale Upper". IreAtlas Townlands Database. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  7. ^ PRONI Civil Parishes of County Down