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Post  Rathlin Info on Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:01 pm

Extracted from http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/~oduibhin/cain ... ntruim.txt
see there for more on their irish or sources text

RACHRAINN or Rathlin Island

Michael Jack ANDERSON, Glacanacre, Ballygill South
Died before 1884.
His father Mickel Anderson, press-ganged for ?American War.
Married to Mary Morrison (poss a sister of Archie Morrison)
Children: Isabella (c1834–1874, married to John Ruadh McCurdy),
Margaret Jane (Peggy, c1853, married to Alexander McCurdy, Brockley),
Catherine (1857, married to Joseph McCurdy),
Joseph (c1863, married Bridget Brennan, living in 1939),
Michael, Dougie (whom Alec Morrison says was the one press-ganged!)

Margaret ANDERSON — see Mrs Peggy McCurdy, Brockley, below

Catherine ANDERSON — see Mrs Kate McCurdy, Garvagh, below

Alec ANDERSON (Alec Alastair Mhichael), Craigmacagan, Lower End.
12/03/1864, beo 1939.aged about 75 (1937)
His father Alexander Anderson (c1828–c1905), farmer, Craigmacagan
His mother Mary McQuilkin (c1828–), dau of Michael McQuilkin (d bef 1864) and Mary (c1783–1864)
His siblings: Mary (1859), Patrick (1861), Alec, Lizzie (1867–1928, unmarried),
Patrick (1870), ?John
Married Annie McMullan, c1895 (see next entry).
Children: Willie J (c1895), Michael (c1897), Lizzie (c1899), John (1902), Mary Ellen (c1904), Alex (c1905), Margaret Mary (1908), Annie (1910), Catherine (1912)

Mrs Alex ANDERSON, Cnoc a' Charnain
Wife of Alec above.
Rugadh Annie McMullan 02/01/1870. aged 72 in 1943
Her father William McMullan, labourer, Ouig
Her mother Peggy McCurdy, dau of Patrick McCurdy, Ballycarry and Nancy McQuilkin, m c1837.
Parents married 30/11/1867.
Her siblings: Annie, Francis (1871), William (1872), Peter (1875),
Mary Ellen (1877), Dougal, John (1880), Patrick (c1886)
Married Alex Anderson c1895. For husband and children, see previous entry.
aged 72 in 1943 (Crockalainn)

Michael ANDERSON, Shandragh and Ballycastle.
His father and Alec's father (above) brothers.
Baptised 17/09/1859, died Ballycastle 29/10/1926.
His father Johnny Anderson, Shandragh (c1825-1892, drowned).
His mother Margaret McFall (c1835–c1919), dau of James McFall, Mullindress.
His siblings: Mary Ann (c1857–1932, unmarried), Michael (1859),
Margaret (c1862–?1895), Ellen (1864), James (1867–?1900),
John (1870–1926, unmarried), Denis or Duncan (1873), Sarah (1875),
Joseph (1878).
National teacher, married McFall from mainland.

Sarah ANDERSON
Sister of Michael above.
Born 27/09/1875. Unmarried. 93 or 95 when died.
Parents and siblings as for Michael Anderson above.

Joseph ANDERSON, Mullindress, Lower End aged c60 (1937)
Brother of Michael above.
Born 02/05/1878, living 1939. Unmarried?
Parents and siblings as for Michael Anderson above.

Mrs ANDERSON
Sister of Archie Morrison below.
Siblings as for Archie Morrison below.
Possibilities include Mary Morrison, the wife of Michael Jack Anderson,
and Micky Joe Anderson's paternal grandmother;
and/or the mother of Annie Anderson (c1876–), Archie Morrison's niece.

Annie BLACK, Kinramer, Upper End
Born 10/03/1866. Unmarried.
Her father Alexander Black, Ballygill Middle.
Her mother Mary McCurdy b c1843 to Donald McCurdy and Peggy Bradley.
Parents married 08/01/1865.
Her siblings Annie (1866), Johnnie (1868 - see below), Maggie (1871 - see Mrs Daniel McKinley).
"now living at Ballycastle", aged about 72 (1937).
(late of Kinramer, now Ballycastle, 1938)

Johnny BLACK, Kinramer, Upper End.
Brother of Annie above. Baptised 13/11/1868. Died 06/07/1934. Unmarried.
Parents and siblings as for Annie Black above.

Margaret BLACK, Kinramer — see Mrs Daniel McKinley below

Besides the Blacks of Kinramer, there were two families of Blacks in Ballygill.

John BLACK, Glacklugh
Born c1832. Died 06/01/1920.
Married Margaret McCurdy, 15/02/1867, possibly a sister of John Phádraig McCurdy.
Children: James (1868);
James' son Kevin (c1909–28/01/1990) was father of singers Mary and Frances Black;
James' daughter Tessie (c1913-) may be wife of Dan McCurdy of Brockley below.

D BLACK, Ballygill South (recte James Black, son of John Black, Glacklugh?)

Patrick BLACK (??? son of James Black, Glacklugh)
he is of the "Brian Deargan" Blacks, unrelated to Kinramer Blacks

Katherine BLACK — see Mrs Katherine McCurdy below

Peggy BRADLEY — see Mrs Margaret McCurdy, Knockans, below

John (Roe) CRAIG, Brockley
Brother of Dan Craig and Michael Craig below.
Born c1839, died c1926.
Claimed pension (PRONI T/550/4/50, T/550/4/52, T/550/4/135, T/550/4/140, T/550/4/143).
His father Neil Craig, Ballygill Middle (=Brockley)
His mother Jane McCurdy, died before 1847; Neil married Nancy Blake 1847.
His parents married 1837.
Siblings: John Roe, Dan (c1841), Michael (c1843), Neil (c1844–1926, unmarried).
Married Katie McCurdy born c1850, see below.
Children: Jane (c1884), Maggie (c1886), Niall (c1888), Annie (c1892, living 1939),Frank (c1895, living 1939).

Mrs Katie CRAIG, Brockley
Wife of John Roe Craig above.
Born Katie McCurdy, c1850. Claimed pension.
1851 was -9mnths
1901 was -50:
1911 was -59:
Her father Donald McCurdy, Knockans
Her mother Margaret Bradley
Her parents married 1841 (PRONI T/550/4/36, T/550/4/41, T/550/4/135, T/550/4/140,T/550/10/121; also letter filed with T/550/4/143).
Siblings: John (c1842), Mary (c1843), Neil (c1845), Frank (c1848), Katie, Esther,James, Annie (c1858), Donald (c1861).
Children as for John Roe Craig above.

Annie CRAIG, Brockley
Daughter of John Roe Craig above.
Born c1892, living 1943.
1901 was -9:
1911 was -19:

Frank CRAIG, Brockley
Son of John Roe Craig above.
Born c1895, died c1970.
1901 was -5:
1911 was -16:
1937 aged c40.
1961, best remaining speaker
aged 64 in 1955 (Ballykeel)
Ballygeel. Aged 65 in 1953.
A brother returned from America and died (before 1953)
An aunt went to live in Ayr
An uncle fought a sword duel with a yeoman at Ballycastle
An uncle followed a light – IBE 143.
Irish Times 6/11/1970 p 14: "...a neighbour [of Frank Craig] who died two years ago [i.e. 1968]. He and his sister had all the Irish any man could have but neither married so they had no one to pass [it] on to." No idea who these two could be, unless it refers to Frank Craig himself and his sister.

Dan CRAIG, Ballycarry
Brother of John Roe Craig above and Michael Craig below.
Born c1841, died c1925. Claimed pension.
1841 was -1mnth
1851 was -9
1901 was -58:
1911 was -69:
Parents and siblings as for John Roe Craig above.
Married c1885 Anne Jane McCurdy (below), born c1856, living 1939.
Children: none.
brother of John Craig (Brockley), married to Ann Jane McCurdy.

Mrs Anne Jane CRAIG, Ballycarry
Wife of Dan Craig above.
Born Anne Jane McCurdy c1856, living 1939.
1901 was -44:
1911 was -55:
Her father ?Frank McCurdy.
Her mother Esther McQuaig.
Her grandmother (don't know which side) Nancy Horen.
Married c1885 Dan Craig above, no children.
aged c82 (1937)
Probably the Mrs Craig of Béal (1931), visited August 1916
but other possibles include the wives of Dan Craig's
brothers: Mary McCurdy (wife of Michael Craig), and Katie McCurdy
(wife of John Roe Craig).
unrelated to Mary McCurdy (Michel), who married Dan Craig's brother

Michael CRAIG, Ballygill North
Brother of John Roe Craig and Dan Craig above.
Born c1843, died c1929.
1851 was -8
1901 was -56:
1911 was -67:
Parents and siblings as for John Roe Craig above.
Married Mary McCurdy, c1897, see below.
Children: none.
brother of Dan Craig, married to Mary McCurdy (Michel), South Cleggan.

Mrs Mary CRAIG
Wife of Michael Craig above. No children.
Born Mary McCurdy 24/01/1868.
1901 was -33:
1911 was -43:
Her father Michael McCurdy, Cleggan, c1841–??c1907
1901 was -60:
Her mother Catherine Morrison, claimed pension, c1841–1936,
sister of Mrs Mary McCurdy below.
1841 was -6months
1851 was -11
1901 was -60:
1911 was -70:
Her parents married 09/05/1867.
Her siblings: Mary, Annie (1869), John (1871), Daniel (1873), Lizzie (1875), Alex (1876), Patrick (1879).
Married Michael Craig, above, c1897.
Children: none.

Mick CRAIG, Ushet
Baisteadh 29/09/1873, bás Feb 1953 nó Feb 1954.
1901 was -27:
1911 was -35:
His father John Craig, Roonivoolin, c1839–c1919
His mother Ellen Craig, b c1841
1901 was -60:
His parents married 20/06/1872.
Siblings: Mick, Mary (1875), James (1876), John (1878), Neil (1880), Rose (c1885).
aged c70,Lower End (1937)
grandparents born Rathlin but Scottish descent believed)

Neal CRAIG, Ushet
Brother of Mick Craig above.
Born 29/12/1880, living 1950s
1901 was -20:
1911 was -30:
aged 75 in 1955 (Caravanally)

James GLASS, Brockley
Mulcahy 1893 — could read a little Gaelic

Mrs Kitty GLASS, Ouig
Sister of Annie Smith below.
Born 03/01/1859, Catherine Smith; cuireadh 01/09/1954, aged 95
1901 was-36:
1911 was-51:
Her parents and siblins as Annie Smith below.
Married c1894 James Glass, ex-RIC, from Co Leitrim (c1863–c1934)
1911 was -48:
Children: Albert Duncan S (c1895-c1979), Hector Cameron (1896)
aged about 80, father John Smith,
his mother Cameron from Tarbert, Kintyre. Lower End (1937)
into hospital in Ballycastle 1953
McKay relations from Scotland,
Her mother was Annie Smith, siblings Duncan, Dan, another brother,
Maggie, Peggy.
(Mrs Glass, Ouig, 1937; her uncle used to be a famous piper;
her parents from Rathlin; her grandfather married Miss Cameron, Tarbert)

Mary Jane HUNTER — see Mrs Mary Jane McKinley below

Robert McCORMICK, Lower End
Born c1882, alive 1961.
1901 was -19: Demesne
1911 was -28: Demesne
His father Duncan (or Robert Duncan) McCormick, Demesne, c1847–c1902
His mother Margaret Hunter, c1841-
1901 was -60: Demesne
Parents married 24/08/1873
Siblings: Michael (c1874), William (1874), Mary (1876, possibly wife of
John Andrew Cecil), Margaret Jane (1877), Daniel (1879), Robert.

John McQUAIG, Ushet or Carrivandoon
1901 was -58:
1911 was -68:
Born c1843, buried 01/12/1916 aged 75.
His father John McQuaig
His mother ...
His siblings Angus (killed in America), ...
Married 07/03/1887 Isabella McQuig, born c1852, daughter of Michael McQuig, innkeeper
1901 was -48:
1911 was -60:
Children: Flora (c1889, married ?Dan Smyth),
Michael (1891–1997, married Lily McCurdy), Neil (1893)

Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh Mac MHUIRCHEARTAIGH, Ceann Ramhar Thuaidh
Born c1843, claimed pension
1851 was -8
1901 was -60:
1911 was -70:
Married Nancy Morrison c1898
1851 no trace
1901 was -54:
1911 was -60:
Children: none
(Domhnall Mac Cuiritrigh - this might also just possibly
have been Domhnall Michael)
Domhnall Eoin Ruadh, brother of John Roe; married Nancy Morrison, a
sister of Paddy the Climber. They had no family. His house adjoined
that of Paddy the Climber; in the photograph of Paddy with Patterson
and Praeger, DER's house is on the right, with the stone chimneys
(Paddy's house has a barrel for a chimney).

Mrs Mary Ann McCURDY (Mary Ann John Ruaidh), North Cleggan and Gortconny
Born 25/12/1874, Mary Ann McCurdy
1901 was -25:
1911 was -36:
Her father John Ruadh McCurdy, c1839-, brother of Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh above.
Her mother Isabella Anderson (daughter of Michael Jack Anderson above),
c1834-1874, who died at her birth.
Her parents married 24/01/1874.
Her siblings: for half-siblings, see Maggie McCurdy below.
Married John Michel McCurdy, North Cleggan, q.v.
Children: ?Lizzie, ?Paddy, ?others
1943 was -65 (Mrs John McCurdy, North Cleggan)
1955 (Mrs Mary Ann McCurdy)
(Mary Ann John Ruadh)
(Gortconny, formerly Kinramer)

Mrs Mary McCURDY, Claggan and Gortconny
Born Mary Morrison c1854. Died Gortconny aged 95.
1851 no trace
1901 was -47:
1911 was -57:
Her father John Morrison.
Her mother Lizzie McCurdy.
Her parents married 1835.
Her siblings: Donald (c1836), Patrick (c1838 — Paddy the Cliff Climber),
Catherine (1840–1936, married Michael McCurdy), John (c1844), Alex (c1846),Nancy (c1847, married Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh McCurdy), Mary, Rose (c1856).
Married John Ruadh McCurdy c1876, brother of Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh above.
His second wife.
Children: Maggie (1877), Lizzie (1879), John (1880), Daniel (c1882),
Annie (c1885), Frances (c1887), John (c1891), Isabella (c1894).
(her people used to live at Kilpatrick) (1937)

Maggie McCURDY (Maggie John Ruaidh), South Claggan and Gortconny
Daughter of Mrs Mary McCurdy above.
Born 08/06/1877.
Census: probably at service in Ballycastle or Belfast.
Her father John Ruadh McCurdy, as for Mrs Mary Anne McCurdy above.
Her mother Mrs Mary McCurdy above.
1851 no trace
1901 was -47:
1911 was -57:
Her parents married 02/06/1876.
Her siblings: half-sibling Mary Ann (1874), Mrs Mary Anne McCurdy above;
siblings as children of Mrs Mary McCurdy above.
Unmarried.
At service in Ballycastle with Burns, then with Lynas, chartered accountant, Belfast. Went back to Rathlin. Stayed there a good while before the whole family moved to Gortconny on the mainland c1925.
Ballycastle (1937)

Daniel (or Dónal) McCURDY (Domhnall John Ruaidh), Claggan and Gortconny
Brother of Maggie McCurdy above.
Born c1882.
1901 was -19:
1911 was -29:
His parents and siblings as for Maggie McCurdy above.
Unmarried.
Ballycastle (1937)
Aged between 50 and 60 in 1952. Farmer. Could converse
freely in Irish.
(Gortconny, formerly Kinramer)

John McCURDY (Johnny John Ruaidh), Claggan and Gortconny.
Brother of Maggie McCurdy above.
Born c1891.
1901 was -10:
1911 was -20:
His parents and siblings as for Maggie McCurdy above.
Unmarried.
Ballycastle (1937)
Aged between 50 and 60 in 1952. Farmer. Could converse
freely in Irish.
(Gortconny, formerly Kinramer)

Bella McCURDY (Bella John Ruaidh) — see Mrs Bella McKenna below

Annie McCURDY, South Cleggan (Annie Michael)
Sister of Mrs Mary Craig above.
Born 13/06/1869.
1901 was -29:
1911 was -42:
Her parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Craig above.
?Unmarried
lived in Ballycastle
Lower Cleggan (1937)

John McCURDY, North Cleggan (John Michael)
Brother of Mrs Mary Craig above.
Born 03/03/1871.
1901 was -28:
1911 was -40:
His parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Craig above.
Married Mary Ann (John Ruadh) McCurdy, above.
Children: as for Mrs Mary Ann McCurdy above.
aged c67, Upper Cleggan (1937)
(Ballygeel)

Daniel McCURDY, Kinramer (Daniel Michael)
Brother of Mrs Mary Craig above.
Born 29/05/1873.
1901 was -27:
1911 was -38:
His parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Craig above.
Married Rose ---, Glenshesk c1897. She was still alive in Mullindress in 1953.
1901 was -26:
1911 was -39:
Children: none.
aged c65 (1937)
died in October 1942
fell over cliff and survived
(Kinramer 1937)

Patrick McCURDY, South Cleggan (Patrick Michael)
Brother of Mrs Mary Craig above.
Born 11/11/1879., baptised Peter.
1901 was -21:
1911 was -30:
aged c60 (1937), Lower Cleggan (1937)

James McCURDY (James John Beag), Claggan
Baptised 11/04/1875
1901 was -30:
1911 was -34:
His father John Beag McCurdy (c1842-c1915), Kinraver North, claimed pension, a cousin of Michael McCurdy (AM)
1851 was -9
1901 was -56:
1911 was -70:
His mother Elizabeth McCurdy
1901 was -55:
His siblings: Margaret (c1873), James, Elizabeth (c1875), Joseph (c1879), 2 others alive in 1911, 2 other dead by 1911
Crew member of Lighthouse Boat:

Mrs Mary Óg McCURDY (Mary Óg John Phádraig), South Cleggan and Ballingard

Born 24/09/1867 Mary Óg McCurdy
1901 was -32:
1911 was -43:
Her father John Phádraig McCurdy, South Cleggan
1901 was -62:
Her mother Margaret Lamont (Scottish, according to Holmer)
1901was -60:
Her parents married 01/12/1866
Her siblings: Mary Óg, Patrick (1870), Peggy (1872, Mrs Murphy, Liverpool), Jane (1874), Lizzie (1877), Catherine (1880), Annie (1880)
Married Donald McCurdy c1893, son of Donald McCurdy and Peggy Bradley, Knockans
Children: Margaret (c1894), Annie (c1896), Mary (c1898), Donald (c1900),
Frank (1904), Jane or Jeannie (1907).

Patrick F (=Pháraic) McCURDY, North Cleggan (Paddy John Phádraig)
Born 22/04/1870.
1901 was -30:
1911 was -41:
His parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Óg McCurdy above.
Unmarried.
Upper Cleggan, aged c70 (1937)
spoke Irish, died shortly before 1954

Peggy McCURDY (Peggy John Phádraig) — see Mrs Peggy Murphy below

Elizabeth McCURDY, North Cleggan (Lizzie John Phádraig)
Born 26/02/1877, died 1961.
1901 was -23:
1911 was -34:
Her parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Óg McCurdy above.
Unmarried.

Mrs Peggy McCURDY, Brockley
Born c1853 Margaret Anderson, AM says she was a sister of Mrs Isabella McCurdy,
dau of Michael Jack Anderson above. Died c1928.
1901 was -48:
1911 was -58:
Her father Michael Jack Anderson above.
Her mother Mary Morrison.
Her siblings: children of Michael Jack Anderson above.
Married 30/01/1879 Alexander McCurdy, Ballygill Middle (c1848-c1923)
Children Mary (1879), Maggie (c1882–1929), Kate (c1884), John (c1886),
Archie (c1888), Daniel (c1895).
(Maighréad Nic Mhuircheartaigh, Broclaigh), source for "Mo Mháire Óg",
1908 — or it could possibly be her daughter.

Kate McCURDY, Brockley
Daughter of Mrs Peggy McCurdy, Brockley.
Born c1884
1901 was -17:
1911 was -27:
Her father Alexander McCurdy
Her mother Mrs Peggy McCurdy above.
Her siblings as children of Mrs Peggy McCurdy above.

Dan McCURDY, Ballygeel, Brockley
Son of Mrs Peggy McCurdy, Brockley.
Born c1895, died 1982/07/31.
1901 was -6:
1911 was -16:
His father Alexander McCurdy
His mother Mrs Peggy McCurdy above.
His siblings as children of Mrs Peggy McCurdy above.
Married Tessie ?Black, c1913–1990/08/17, possibly daughter of James Black
Children Mary Margaret (1938-1946/04/23), ?Theresa (?m Currie),
?Angela (m Richard Green), ?Kathleen (m Martin, Ballycastle)
(Theresa and Angela and Kathleen may be grandchildren. Theresa McCurdy of Brockley, a nurse in Mater Hospital Belfast, sang song in English for Proinsias Ó Conluain.)
Dan could be an uncle of Frank McCurdy of East Light.
Dan has been described as a nephew of Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh – unlikely.
he is almost certainly the Dan McCurdy whose name was given to CÓB
as a Gaelic speaker in 1961 and who was then living with Frank
Craig at Brockley (he shared the Brockley boat with Frank Craig -
It cannot have been Holmer's Dan McCurdy (Michel) of Kinramer, who died in 1942.

Miss McCURDY
(Nighean Mhic Mhuircheartaigh, aged almost 80 in 1954)
AM suggests Mary Óg of Ballingard as the referent of the above, but it
seems more likely to be the same person as the following:
Margaret McCurdy, Rathlin, died in 1955:
Possible referents could be: Mrs. Margaret McCurdy (the mother of Frank
McCurdy of Knockans); Peggy John Pháraic McCurdy (Mrs Murphy) of North
Cleggan; or even her sister Mary Óg McCurdy, Cleggan and Ballingard

Mrs Margaret McCURDY, Knockans
Mother of Mrs Katie Craig
Born Peggy Bradley, Co Derry.
Married 1841 Donald McCurdy, Knockans
Children as siblings of Mrs Katie Craig.
"Mrs Margaret McCurdy... her son Francis McCurdy
... this intelligent family speak the two languages fluently."
She had been at least 50 years living there.
PRONI T/550/4/36, T/550/4/41, T/550/4/135, T/550/4/140,
T/550/10/121 - Knockans in 1841 and 1851.
See also letter filed with T/550/4/143.

Frank McCURDY, Knockans
Son of Mrs Margaret McCurdy, Knockans
Born c1848. Claimed pension. Died 05/04/1922 aged 72, bachelor.
1851 was -3
1901 was -52:
1911 was -63:

Donald McCURDY, Ballingard
Born c1900
1901 was -1:
1911 was -11:
His father Donald McCurdy, 1851–, son of Mrs Margaret McCurdy, Knockans
1901 was -37:
1911 was -50:
His mother Mary Óg McCurdy above.
His parents married c1893.
His siblings Margaret (c1894), Annie (c1896), Mary (c1898), Donald, Frank (1904), Jane or Jeannie (1907).
son of Mary Óg (John Phádraig) McCurdy from Cleggan, q.v.
1961 (Wee Donald, Lower End)
(Donald McCurdy, Ballynagard: April 1941)
Donal McCurdy, Claggan, aged about 40 in 1953. An uncle

Frank McCURDY, Ballingard
Born 05/08/1904
1911 was -7:

Frank McCURDY, East Light
living near East Light 1953 - not the same as Frank of
Ballingard, though distantly related (AM). They were known as the
pensioners since his father had an RIC pension.

Frank McCURDY
nephew of Mrs Ann Jane Craig *** which one is this?

Mr McCURDY

Mrs Kate McCURDY, Garvagh
Daughter of Michael Jack Anderson above.
Born 1857, Catherine Anderson
1901 was -43:
1911 was -53:
Her father Michael Jack Anderson above
Her mother Mary Morrison
Her siblings as children of Michael Jack Anderson above
Married c1888 Joseph McCurdy, Kebble and Ballygill South (c1848–1932/02/29)
1901 was -33, right age 53?:
1911 was -63:
Children: James (c1889), Elizabeth (c1891), Michael (c1894), Augustine (c1896), Mary Margaret (c1900),
1906)Kate McCurdy, Ballygill South (placenames)

Augustine McCURDY, Garvagh
Son of Mrs Kate McCurdy, Garvagh, above
Born c1896
1901 was -5:
1911 was -15:
His father Joseph McCurdy, Garvagh
His mother Mrs Kate McCurdy, Garvagh, above
His siblings as children of Mrs Kate McCurdy above
Married Kathleen McNearney, Belfast and Cooraghy
Children: Augustine (1930)

Mrs Katherine McCURDY
Born c1825, Katherine Black
Siblings John, Anne, Laughlin
Married John McCurdy, born c1822/3, emigrated to America.
Children included John L McCurdy, Lubeck, Maine, born c1865, fl. 1930.
Katherine Black had Gaelic, her brother Laughlin had Gaelic and songs

Katie McCurdy — see Mrs Katie Craig above

Anne Jane McCurdy – see Mrs Anne Jane Craig above

Mary McCurdy — see Mrs Mary Craig above

Mary Ann McCurdy — see Mrs Mary Ann McCurdy above

Mary Óg McCurdy – see Mrs Mary Óg McCurdy above

Daniel McFAUL, Glaic an Toighe Mhór, Kinramer
Born 03/05/1877, died 06/06/1948 or 1940
1901 was -24:
1911 was -35:
His father Neil McFaul, ?Knockans, c1836–
1901 was -65:
His mother Mary Black, ?Ballygill Middle, ?c1856-
His parents married 29/06/1876
His siblings Daniel, Mary Anne (1881-)
Married c1908 Mary Ann McQuilkin, Caravanally (c1886-), died 03/05/1965
1901 was -18:
1911 was -30:
Children Domhnall (c1909–1973, unmarried), another who died in infancy?,
Eliza Ann (1912–), James (–1976, m Peggy), Neil (-?1980s), Rosie,
Brendan (-1991), ?Lily, Johnny (-1976)
aged about 60 or 70 (1937)
spoke Irish until death c1950; was only son; lived with
uncle and aunt

Lizzie McKAY (Beití Nic Aoidh), Ballyconagan, Lower End
Born 17/09/1867, buried 15/09/1940 age 73
1911 was -43:
Her father John or Iain McKay, of Islay descent, buried 02/02/1900 aged 77;
?? his mother Cameron from Tarbert Kintyre
Her mother Margaret or Peggy McCoy, died 06/11/1925 aged 91
1901 was -68:
1911 was -76:
Her parents married 20/05/1857.
Her siblings: Anne (1857–1859), Donald (1859–1923, m Emily Hodge),
John (1861–1864), Margaret (1862, m James Glass, Kinraver South),
Catherine (1864), John (1866–1933), Lizzie, Dougald (1870–1948),
Neil (1873–1873), Sarah (1874), William (1876), Mary (c1878–1912)
(McKeague). One grandmother the same Cameron grandmother as Mrs Glass. Her mother of Rathlin descent. (1937)

Mrs Bella McKENNA (Bella John Ruaidh), Claggan, Gortconny, Twinbrook 1984
Sister of Maggie McCurdy above.
Born c1894, Bella McCurdy. Died late 1980s. Brought up partly in home of her uncle, Domhnall Eoin Ruaidh above. Left island at age of 14 to work in Belfast, where she lived with an uncle and his wife.
1901 was -7:
Her parents and siblings as for Maggie McCurdy above.
Married McKenna, from Tyrone (?Pomeroy), widower of her sister Annie, in Belfast. Lived Dublin and Belfast, then Gortconny where they were joined by the rest of the family from the island.
Children: four, including Mary, the eldest;
John (married to a sister of James Clark, publican, 7 Ann Street, Ballycastle); and Betty (married Cummings). Finally lived in Ardmoulin Street Belfast and then Twinbrook, with her daughter Betty.

Mrs Mary Jane McKINLEY, Station
Born Mary Jane Hunter c1876, living 1939
1901 was -24:
1911 was -34:
Her father ?John Hunter
Her mother Mary ?McQuilkin, c1837–c1912
1901 was -62:
1911 was -74:
Her siblings: John (c1874), Mary Jane.
Married James McKinley c1934.
Children: none?
aged c 70 (Church Bay) (1937)
wife of James McKinley, Station
ran shop at Station in 1930s or 1940s

Mrs Daniel McKINLEY, Craigmacagan
Sister of Annie and Johnny Black above.
Born 27/09/1871, Margaret Black, living 1953
1901 was -25:
1911 was -40:
Her parents and siblings as for Annie Black.
Pósadh ar Daniel McKinley, Creag Mhic Agáin, born c1873, living 1939
Children: none?
1901 was -25:
1911 was -38:

Eithne NIC FHIONNLAOICH, Teach Ósta
(18/5/1907)

Mrs McKINLEY

Annie McMULLAN — see Mrs Alex ANDERSON above

Archie MORRISON (Giolla Easpuig Beag Mac GIOLLA MHUIRE), Brockley
Born c1834, living 1911.
1901 was -67:
1911 was -75:
His siblings: Archie, sister (Mrs Anderson), Catherine, ?Willie (AM says this "brother of Archie Morrison" was press-ganged for the American War, and died in prison in America)
AM says he was of the same generation as Paddy the Climber but not of
the same family.

Catherine MORRISON
Sister of Archie Morrison above.
Siblings as for Archie Morrison above.

Miss MORRISON — see Mrs Anderson above

Mary MORRISON — see Mrs Mary McCurdy above

Alex MORRISON, North Cleggan
Born Greenock 1915. Living 2002.
His father (?Sandy) a nephew of Mrs Catherine McCurdy (née Morrison), mother of Mrs Mary Craig above. His paternal grandfather (or grandmother) must have belonged to the same family as Caitriona, Mary and Paddy the Climber. His mother Gallagher, of Donegal Protestant stock. His siblings include a sister (alive in Greenock in 1991), and a brother Michael.
"Alex Morrison was born in Greenock of Rathlin parents in 1915. On
his mother's death in 1919, Alex was brought to Rathlin to be
reared by an aunt of his father's, Caitriona McCurdy (nee
Morrison), who was born in 1840. There were also two sons and a
daughter-in-law in the household [they were John, his wife Mary
Ann John Roe, and Patrick]. The McCurdy family was one of the
few island families in which Irish remained in everyday use, so
Alex grew up with the language, unlike most of his generation. He
never learned to read or write Irish, however, because the
language was not taught in the local school. With the exception of
Caitriona, who had died in 1936, all of the McCurdy family members
supplied Holmer [1937] with linguistic material, Alex being his
youngest informant. Like many other islanders, Alex spent most of
his adult life at sea and was away from the island for extended
periods from about 1945. He, therefore, gradually began to lose
contact with the language and by 1950, with the passing of the
older generation, there was no one left on the island with whom to
converse in Irish. Alex would find it difficult to conduct a
conversation in the language now, but he still possesses a large
store of words and phrases, many of which are not found in
Holmer's work."
Alex's mother was Gallagher (of Donegal stock), who turned to be a
Catholic to marry Alex's father. Alex's sister (still alive in
Greenock in 1991) was brough up a Protestant by her mother's people.
Alex says he can't converse in Irish. I thought he was just saying
this because he knew that present-day Irish speakers wouldn't
was always a passive one. He could still give Holmer words and
phrases without being practised in conversing actively.

Mrs Peggy MURPHY, Upper Cleggan and Liverpool
Born 08/03/1872, Peggy McCurdy
Her parents and siblings as Mrs Mary Óg McCurdy above.
Her husband from Greenore Co Louth, she lived and died in Liverpool.

Ownie MURPHY, North Cleggan
Born c1910.
His mother Mrs Peggy Murphy above.
Lived at Cleggan with aunts and uncles, returned to Liverpool when his aunt Lizzie McCurdy died in 1961. Died Liverpool c1980.

Anna SMITH
Born 17/07/1855, died Ballinagard 02/08/1922, aged 66, unmarried.
1901 was -43:
1911 was -55:
Her father John Smith, Ballingard
Her mother Margaret McKey, Ballyconigan, buried 24/05/1908 age 87, Park; aunt of Lizzie McKay above
1901 was -80:
Her parents married 16/08/1853
Her siblings: John (1854, m Margaret Morrison), Annie, Daniel (1857),
Catherine (1859–1954, m James Glass), Duncan (1863–1891)

Catherine SMITH — see Mrs Kitty Glass above

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