Remember the townland of Ringdufferin? As I was leaving it, I drove past this sign.
Where did a townland get a double-barrelled name? According to my usual source, the PLACENAMESNI website, Kirkland and Toy were originally two separate areas. I don’t know when they were officially joined together. To this day they are sometimes used individually, and Toy sometimes appears as Toye with an e.
The origin of the name Kirkland is pretty clear, using the Scottish word “kirk” to refer to a church. The ruins of the church of St Andrew Killaresy stand in a small walled graveyard on Lower Clay Road.
The origin of the name Toy is more difficult. PLACENAMESNI offers one possibility. Gaelic Ireland, in prehistory and in early historic times, was made up of small kingdoms called tuatha. This could perhaps be “the townland of the tuath“. (A similar origin is suggested for Ballintoy in County Antrim).
This is what the kingdom looked like in September 2015.
Which other townlands border Kirkland and Toy? To the east, Ballymacromwell. To the south, Rathcunningham and Tullymacnous. To the west, the main part of Clay townland. To the north, the small detached portion of Clay and a sliver of Ballygeegan.
Which civil parish is Kirkland and Toy in? Killyleagh.
Which council area is Kirkland and Toy in? Newry Mourne and Down District Council
Which county is Kirkland and Toy in? County Down