I went back to the coast road between Donaghadee and Millisle to explore the townland of Ballycopeland.
According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the “copeland” part of this townland name comes from the “De Couplan” family, who were prominent in 12th century Ulster. They also gave their name to the Copeland Islands off the County Down coast.
Ballycopeland stretches from the Irish Sea back to the Windmill Road and Ballybuttle Road. It takes in the northern edge of the village of Millisle, as far as the Mill Burn river.
Ballycopeland had its own Presbyterian church from 1773 to 1906. Since then the church building has gone, but the name has survived in the combined “Millisle and Ballycopeland” congregation.
“3 September 2016 – 24 September 2016
Learn about the extensive conservation project undertaken at Ballycopeland Windmill from 2015-16. Since 2015 the Historic Environment Division of the Department of Environment has undertaken extensive conservation of the windmill, including the replacement of the sails.”
Until then, I can only offer you a windmill mosaic from Millisle beach park in the neighbouring townland of Ballymacruise.
Click here for the village plan “Millisle 2024 Moving Forward”, which includes proposals for improving access to the windmill, and developing a walking route along the river.
Click here for a map of Ballycopeland on Townlands.IE.
Which civil parish is Ballycopeland in? Donaghadee
Which council area is Ballycopeland in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Ballycopeland in? County Down