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Irish: Maigh Choscáin
County Londonderry
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St Mary's Church of Ireland
Location: 55°6’0"N, 6°42’25"W
Population: 600
Post town: Coleraine
Postcode: BT51
Dialling code: 028
Local Government
East Londonderry

Mascosquin is a small village, townland and parish in County Londonderry. The name is from the Gaelic ‘’Maigh Choscáin’’, meaning “Coscan's plain”.[1][2]It is three miles south-west of Coleraine, on the road to Limavady. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 596 people. The area is known for its underground caves and springs.


The origins of Macosquin date from a 6th-century monastic settlement and the village was home to a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th century. Features remain from its later growth as a Plantation village laid out at the beginning of the 17th century by the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors. Earlier spellings of the village's name are Moycosquin and Moycoscain.

Following fast growth in the 1950s and 1960s the village had a peak population of over 800 in the 1970s, but this has shrunk to a 2001 population of 596.


Religious buildings in Macosquin:

  • St Mary's Church of Ireland Parish Church
  • Macosquin Presbyterian Church
  • Crossgar Presbyterian Church
  • Dromore Presbyterian Church

People from Macosquin

  • James Caldwell, mathematician.


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