Lecale Upper is a barony in County Down. 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.
The Mac Duinnshéibhe (MacDunleavy, Dunleavy) sept where a royal family of Ulidia and are noted in this area. John de Courcy in the 12th century would drive them out of Ulidia from where they fled to County Donegal.
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.
The barony of Lecale Upper was created in 1851 when the barony of Lecale was split into two, the other part being Lecale Lower.
List of settlements
List of parishes
- Ballee (one townland, rest in barony of Lecale Lower)
- Kilclief (also partly in barony of Lecale Lower)
- Kilmegan (also partly in baronies of Iveagh Upper, Lower Half and Kinelarty)
- Rathmullan (also partly in barony of Lecale Lower (one townland))
- PRONI Baronies of Northern Ireland
- Bell, Robert; The book of Ulster surnames, page 60. The Black Staff Press, 2003. ISBN 0-85640-602-3
- Ireland's History in Maps - The Baronies of Ireland
- Database of Irish Historical Statistics - Literacy Notes
- Logainm - Lecale Upper
- "Lecale Upper". http://www.thecore.com/seanruad/. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- PRONI Civil Parishes of County Down