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No. 1

Front Cover: Kilclief Castle was built by John Cely, Bishop of Down, in the early fifteenth century. In later centuries it was the centre of an area where the Fitzsimons surname became very numerous.


  1. Foreword.....Fred Rankin - President
  2. Notes on Family Names in Lecale.....Brian S. Turner
    • "The twisted rope": a learned and affectionate dissertation on the origins, locations and longevity of the surnames - Gaelic, Norman, Scottish, English and others - to be found in Lecale.
  3. The de Ros barony, 1687 - 1806.....Colm Rooney
    • The fifth article in a series outlining the history of the de Ros family of Strangford since 1066. This article describes the successful efforts to end the abeyance of the premier barony of England. The earlier articles appeared in Lecale Miscellany 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  4. Down Roads.....Berkley Farr
    • The growth and development of the network of the 2,800 miles of roads in County Down since 1600
  5. Fynes Moryson's description of the taking of Lecale, June 1601.....Brian S. Turner
    • Six months before the battle of Kinsale, which effectively spelled the end of Gaelic Ulster, the English forces under Lord Mountjoy invaded Lecale and captured Downpatrick. This first-hand account of the campaign by Mountjoy's Chief Secretary, who accompanied him, chronicles the submission of the local chieftains.
  6. A Lecale Rental of 1799.....Finbar McCormick
    • A useful list of people living in some scattered townlands of Lecale at the end of the eighteenth century.
  7. A will to emigrate: Pattersons of Ballydargan.....William Stranney
    • The interesting story of an 1832 Last Will and Testament and the subsequent occupation of the family property.
  8. Albert Colmer.....Pat McCullough
    • Founder of the Lecale Historical Society - a tribute
  9. Ballyculter and the elephant.....
    • The story of a link and an eye.
  10. Book Notices.....
    • Review of thirteen historical publications connected with County Down.
  11. Review of the year, 2002/3.....Colm Rooney
    • The Secretary outlines some of the main activities of the Society over the past year.
  12. Wesley Historical Society Visit.....
    • Some notes on the Society's annual pilgrimage in Lecale in May 2003.
  13. Cecil Pinkerton.....Pat McCullough
    • A valediction
  14. Lecale Historical Society.....
    • Information about the origins and purpose of the Society and about membership costs and benefits.
  15. Lecale Review.....
    • Note about the new Journal and a request for material.
  16. Lecale Miscellany back numbers.....
    • Information about availability and cost of copies of the previous journal.
  17. Lecale Historical Society: Members 2003/4.....
    • A list of all of the Society members.

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Updated: 17 November 2004