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Irish: Contae an Dúin
Coontie Doon / Countie Doun
Coat of arms of County Down
Coat of arms
Location of County Down
Country United Kingdom
Region Northern Ireland
Province Ulster
County seat Downpatrick
 • Total 945 sq mi (2,448 km2)
Area rank 12th
 • Rank 4th

Contae an Dúin is the Irish name, Countie Doun[1] and Coontie Doon[2] are Ulster Scots spellings.

County Down, (Contae an Dúin in Irish - meaning the Fort) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, and one of the nine counties of the ancient province of Ulster

The county forms an area of 2,448 km² (945 square miles). The estimated population in 1992 was 416,600, a more recent approximation puts it at about 516,000.[source?] The county town is Downpatrick, and the largest town is Bangor.


  1. 2008 Annual Report in Ulster Scots North-South Ministerial Council.
  2. 2006 Annual Report in Ulster Scots North-South Ministerial Council.

Further reading

  • Harris, Walter (attributed). 1744. The Ancient and Present Stare of the County of Down...'Dublin.
  • The Memoirs of John M. Regan, a Catholic Officer in the RIC and RUC, 1909–48, Joost Augusteijn, editor, District Inspector, Co. Down 1930s, 1919, ISBN 978-1-84682-069-4.

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