William Street is reputed to be named after one of the King Williams and if so would be one of the few royal names retained in Limerick as a city street. However the dates of the reigns of these Kings do not support this theory as William III died in 1702, and William IV did not come to the T h r o ne until 1830, and Maurice Lenihan in his History of Limerick states that the street was named in 1789. In view of the fact that it was a principal street in the New Town Pery development, it is more likely to have been named after William Cecil Pery.
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