In 1868, the parish of Saul contained the following places:
"SAUL, a parish in the barony of Lecale, county Down, province of Ulster, Ireland, 3 miles N.E. of Downpatrick, its post town. The surface extends along part of Lough Strangford, and consists more than half of pasture lands. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Down, value £299, in the patronage of the crown. The church was built about 1770. There are two schools, partly supported by subscriptions, and a Sunday-school. The church is built on the site of an abbey, said to have been founded by St. Patrick, and restored by Bishop O'Morgair. Walsh's Town Castle is the chief residence, and was erected by the De Courcys. Coins of various reigns, from that of Henry I., have been found in the churchyard."
"RAHOLP, a village in the parishes of Ballyculter and Saul, barony of Lecale, county Down, province of Ulster, Ireland, 4 miles N.E. of Downpatrick. It is situated on the road to Strangford. There are a school and the ruins of an old church."
[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2018