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It was quite common for people to put their names to open letters supporting the King or the Government etc. It was insurance against being perceived as anti-authority. After the 1798 United Irishmen Rebellion there were similar letters in the papers signed by citizens asserting their loyalty to the Government, and eager to disassociate themselves with the United Irishmen.

So the 1682 letter is probably a letter pledging support to King Charles II, signed by a long list of local people.

Down / Re: Plymouth Brethren in Dromore area
« on: Sunday 14 October 18 09:31 BST (UK)  »

What i always wondered was how and when there came to be such numbers of them here in N. Ireland. Where did they originally come from and why?

There are a number of Brethren Meeting Houses around Co Antrim where I live. As with Dromore, they just call themselves Brethren, not Plymouth Brethren.  The denomination was largely founded in Ireland and in this area many of the original members were Presbyterians who sought a stricter interpretation of the gospels, and so switched to the new denomination.

As Presbyterians, most would originally have been settlers from Scotland in the 1600s, but the main switch to Brethren appears to have taken place in the mid to late 1800s.

Down / Re: Michael Loughrey c1820
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 12:20 BST (UK)  »
James Loughrey’s 1882 birth certificate gives his mother’s maiden name as McMillan. I looked for the McMillan- Loughrey marriage but couldn’t see it in the statutory records.

I assume this is the family in 1901:

and 1911:

Note 12 children born, 9 alive in 1911. Parents married 36 years so around 1875.

Bangor is in the RC parish of Newtownards. Their baptisms only start in 1864, so you may struggle to get back much further with them.

Down / Re: Michael Loughrey c1820
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 00:03 BST (UK)  »

His Great Grandfather was Michael Loughrey who was married to Rose Fagan at Kirkinriola, Down and Connor on 30th April 1842?? lived at 7 Ballynagee street, Bangor.
Any assistance in discovering more about that side of my family would be greatly appreciated.
Richard McGrorey

Kirkinriola is the parish around Ballymena, Co. Antrim. Unfortunately their RC records don't start till 1848.

Antrim / Re: Origins of Protestant Families arounf Ballymena and Portglenone
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 12:13 BST (UK)  »


 Do you know if there are any Swans still in the area? They would be distant cousins of mine I assume.



I see about 25 Swan/Swann households listed in the current Northern Ireland (North) phone book. There’s a couple in the Portglenone area. If you search under postcode BT44 you should find them easily enough.


Jess hasn’t been on-line since 2012, but if she still has the same e-mail account she should get your message. The 1865 marriage is on-line now. You can view the original certificate on the GRONI website, using the “search registrations” option:

You will need to open an account and buy some credits. It costs £2.50 (sterling) to a view a certificate.

Leitrim / Re: percivals/ percevals of leitrim
« on: Monday 27 August 18 11:54 BST (UK)  »
wondering if there are any descendants of the Anne rosemond/John percival line still living in leitrim

I looked in the current Irish phone book. Did not find any Perceval/Percival listed in Leitrim.

Derry (Londonderry) / Re: Thomas Lennox, 1867, marriage Sarah McNeight
« on: Thursday 23 August 18 10:33 BST (UK)  »
So that demonstrates that the transcripts are not always 100% reliable.

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