ASPECTS OF IRISH GENEALOGY -
by Robert Forrest
Mr. Forrest is the author of booklets available in our Ebook section which contain very valuable history background and transcriptions from archive records. He lives in Ireland.
Marriage details are the raw material of genealogical research providing as they do the names of spouses that reveal a wider network and pattern of kinship. Compulsory civil registration of Protestant marriages in Ireland began in 1845 and Catholic marriages in 1864. Thus, in the period before civil registration the primary source for marriage records lie with church registers where they are extant. Under the Public Records Act 1867, an amendment of 1875 and the Parochial Records Act 1876, Church of Ireland parish registers of marriages prior to 1845 and of baptisms and burials prior to 1871 were declared to be public records and the originals were deposited in the Public Record Office in Dublin. The great majority of these registers of the former Established church were destroyed in an explosion in 1922 during the Irish Civil War, although copies of some had been made before they were deposited. Presbyterian and Roman Catholic registers were kept at the behest of the local incumbent but were rarely kept before the nineteenth century. The geographical distribution for surviving ecclesiastical registers, furthermore, is very uneven.
Only three ecclesiastical registers pertaining to the town of Coleraine record marriages before the period of civil registration namely, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland from 1769; New Row [2nd Coleraine] Presbyterian, 1809-1840 and Coleraine Roman Catholic from 1845. A broader examination of the barony of Coleraine and north-east liberties reveals a similar patchy coverage; 1st Garvagh Presbyterian [Errigal], 1795-1802, 1807-1814, and from 1822; 2nd Garvagh [Main Street] Presbyterian from 1830; Killowen Church of Ireland from 1824; Ballywillin Church of Ireland from 1825; and Portrush/Bushmills Roman Catholic from 1848.
The earliest recorded church marriage in the Coleraine area dates to 1769. For the record, the first marriage recorded in St Patrick’s church occurred on 25th February 1769 [PRONI: MIC/1/7A, p.92] between James Williamson of the parish of Beldrashan [Ballyrashane] and Elizabeth Conn of the parish of McGelegan [Magilligan] by Licence [for an analysis of the Coleraine parish registers see: - Valerie Morgan, ‘The Church of Ireland Registers of St Patrick's Coleraine, as a source for the study of a local Pre-Famine Population’, Ulster Folklife, 1973, ps. 56-76]. The majority of the marriages recorded in the registers were arranged by ‘licence’, but there are also recorded marriages ‘by asking’, and ‘by proclamation regularly made’. The number of recorded marriages 1769-1800, a thirty-two year period was ninety-four, averaging almost three per year, a relatively low figure for a regional town the size of Coleraine. There appears to have been selective registration occurring in the Coleraine registers in the later eighteenth century. Marriages seem to have been recorded only if the parties were of a high social standing or if the groom was a soldier, that is, in cases where documentary evidence might be needed to prove a lawful marriage. Clearly gaps and under-registration are also responsible for such a meagre return. The scarcity of recorded marriages in early registers also reflects the vagaries to which the marriage rite was historically subjected. A number of factors may have contributed to the pattern of under-registration.
Not all marriages were church based. It was probable that many marriage contracts in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were made in houses. A recorded example appeared in the Londonderry Journal newspaper in July 1776 – ‘married in the house of Samuel Delap, Rathmelton, Robert Given, jnr, of Coleraine to Miss Stevenson, daughter if the late James Stevenson of this city, merchant’ [Londonderry Journal, Friday 5 July 1776], and also recorded in the family notebook of James Holmes of Dublin, ‘Saturday 26 October 1799, Mary Orr was married to Rob Macnaghten of Coleraine, attorney at her father’s [Thomas Orr] at Richmond by the Rev’d Mr Cramer’ [Irish Ancestor Vol. VI, No.2, 1974 p.79]. Whether church or home based, the essential requirement for a valid marriage was the presence of witnesses and the absence of compulsion but it was not always necessary to have a minister present, although this was traditional in Ireland in the post-Plantation period. Many church rites were home-based and recorded in the family Bible, a strong Protestant tradition in Ulster; thus, they may not have been necessarily recorded by the minister who was present.
Other routes to marriage were also available. ‘Clandestine marriages’ were performed, and the ‘couple-beggar’ minister who toured the countryside offered couples a less expensive option to the cost of marrying publicly at a centrally located church. The couple-beggar ministers drew scorn from the civil authorities and traditional churches alike, though only occasionally was action taken against them. Eloping was frowned upon by all religious denominations and both the couple and those who assisted were left open to censure. Aghadowey session book records a case of elopement in 1715, ‘William Hodge appeared before this session acknowledging that he helped and accompanied Jane Cargill to run away with Hugh Montgomery in order to be clandestinely married’. The session judged the practice scandalous and offensive and ordered him to appear before the session to be rebuked. This was done accordingly.
Prior to civil registration only those marriages performed under the aegis of the Church of Ireland, the official and established state church, were legally valid – in theory at least. In practise, de facto recognition was given to marriages validated by other denominations. Nevertheless, the legal validity of Church of Ireland unions meant that some marriages, particularly those of members of other Protestant denominations, were recorded in the Church of Ireland registers, and this was perhaps more likely when land and property interests were involved. Having a marriage officially registered and validated through the auspices of the Church of Ireland ensured legitimacy and legality. Parish registers were kept and used to denote ties of kinship, and this was important not only in marriage but also in courts of law where there might be some dispute about the status of an individual.
The new marriage Act of 1844, which was introduced to regulate Protestant marriages, recognised the efficacy of Presbyterian ministers officiating at all marriages for the first time. In the pre-civil registration period the legislature did not regard the clerical faculties of Presbyterian clergy as equal to those of Anglican ministers or Roman Catholic priests because Presbyterian clergy had not been episcopally ordained [thus, in some eyes rendering the marriages at which they officiated invalid]. The Presbytery of Laggan, County Donegal, as early as 1673, complained that marriages conducted by its ministers were regarded as ‘fornication’. The Presbytery decided that marriage should always be celebrated in the presence of the congregation [Laggan Presbytery Minutes, Nov-Jan, 1673-74]. Even so, some did go to the bishop or rector to be married to avoid the obloquium that followed marriage in their own church.
The ‘Sacramental Test Act’ of 1704, added further insult to Presbyterians, and they faced discrimination, unable to enter parliament or hold any office under the crown. More galling, perhaps, than these restrictions, was the fact that Presbyterian ministers had no status in the eyes of the law. In 1712, the Reverend John McBride [Belfast] in his ‘Vindication of Marriages as solemnized by Presbyterians’ complained of episcopal attacks on Presbyterian marriages and condemned episcopal clergy for demanding and taking fees in respect of marriages they declared to be invalid [marriage dues appear to have been one important source of income for the clergy of the Church of Ireland in this period]. Presbyterian ministers continued to conduct marriages for the majority of their flock in their own churches and they followed the form and practice of the Church of Scotland. A ‘Bill of Indemnity’ of 1737 gave indemnity from prosecution in ecclesiastical courts to Presbyterian marriage contracts. Marriages by Presbyterian ministers of their own members was legalised in 1782 but marriages between a Presbyterian and a member of another denomination only became legal in 1845 [John Barkley, ‘Marriage and the Presbyterian Tradition’, Ulster Folklife, Volume 39, 1993 ps. 29-40].
In the Catholic tradition marriage is a sacrament that elevates the nuptial bond beyond the natural state. Banns were to be published and the contracting parties were required to participate in the sacrament of confession before the marriage. In Ulster Roman Catholic registers were not kept in more than the exceptional parish until the 1830s or later. During the penal period, registration was probably neglected due to fear of having incriminating documentary evidence at a time when the Catholic faith was being suppressed. The keeping of parish registers, an Irish priest complained in 1789, ‘is a point too much neglected’ [S.J Connolly, ‘Illegitimacy and Pre-Nuptial Pregnancy in Ireland before 1864’, Irish Economic and Social History, volume VI (1979), p.6]. In the case of mixed marriages between Catholic and Protestants often an agreement was reached to raise the female offspring in the faith of the mother and the male offspring in the faith of the father. Apparently, this was a common occurrence in mixed marriages of the time under a benevolent convention known as the Palantine Pact [Francis X McCorry: ‘Parish registers – Historical Treasures in Manuscript’, Lurgan, 2004, p.17]. Such marriages were looked on with disfavour by the Catholic Church but they were admitted to be canonically valid. If a mixed marriage had taken place in a Protestant church it was to be followed by a Roman Catholic ceremony [and where this had not occurred the Catholic party was to be excluded from the sacraments], and this remained the discipline until the middle of the nineteenth century.
The lower orders entered mixed marriages without much hesitation in the early modern period and they appear to have occurred more regularly in mixed areas with heavy Protestant settlement. Mixed marriages were only illegal if they involved property and as a result all sides trod carefully. In law a priest who conducted mixed marriages could incur the death penalty. This act remained in force till 1833, and was only repealed in 1870 [Marianne Elliott, ‘The Catholics of Ulster, A History’, 2000, England p.179]. Occasionally, inter-faith marriages created controversy. One recorded case, that became newsworthy even in America occurred in November 1824, when Samuel Loudin, a Presbyterian of Linenhall Street, Newtownlimavady, [supported by his brother-in-law John Canning] lodged a complaint to the civil authorities in Derry that his two daughters had been married without his consent by a Popish priest [British Parliamentary Papers: Sessional Papers, 1825, Volume 22 (166).]. Martha Loudin married William Quigley around the 29th October 1824 in the chapel at the Roe Mill in Limavady and Annie Loudin married John Kyle shortly afterwards. Quigley and Kyle, both tradesmen in relatively comfortable circumstances, not wishing to marry in a Protestant church, were about to have recourse to a couple-beggar when the Reverend Mr O’Hagan took liberty to intervene and united both couples in holy matrimony.
A petty sessions was hastily arranged and held in Newtownlimavady on the 22nd November 1824 before six magistrates and both couples were called to account together with Frederick O’Kane who was the witness to both marriages. All five defendants refused to give evidence against the clergyman, and as a result all were committed to the gaol in Derry for three years unless they recanted and submitted to be examined to appear before the next General Assizes. Their humiliation was further compounded as the five prisoners were escorted by foot to Derry, some sixteen miles, by a guard of dragoons. Whilst in prison both the Loudin sisters having lodged information against the Reverend O’Hagan were discharged. Under threat of capital offence, Mr O’Hagan was obliged to abandon the care of his flock and fled to France [‘The Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics’, 12 Feb 1825, volume 36, Issue 7 p.2, USA]. The Reverend O’Hagan had returned to Ireland by the end of the decade as he was curate in Donaghmore parish [Tyrone] in 1829 and he was later installed as Parish Priest of Limavady in 1839, and died there in 1844 [Edward Daly and Kieran Devlin, editors, ‘The Clergy of the Diocese of Derry; an index’, Four Courts Press, 1997, Cornwall, p.140].
Church registers often indicate the type of the marriage arrangement made and three options are generally recorded: - ‘marriage by asking’; ‘marriage by banns or proclamation’; and ‘marriage by licence’.
The banns of marriage are the public announcement in a Christian church that a marriage is going to take place between two specified persons. The purpose is to enable anyone to raise any legal impediment to it. Obligatory notification of the intention to marry was to be given in church on three consecutive Sundays [but written records of these are relatively rare]. Couples were ‘allowed proclamation’ that having satisfied the minister’s criteria, he allowed the banns to be read out and posted up. Sufficient time was, therefore, allowed for the preparation and proclamation of marriage banns on three successive Sundays prior to the wedding. When anyone applied to have banns published a fee was lodged. Banns were published and read in two parishes, which added to the cost. The importance of proclamation may be seen from the fact that the Presbyterian Synod of Ulster in 1701 unanimously approved that a minister who transgressed the rule of proclamation ‘three several Sabbaths shall be rebuked and suspended at the discretion of the Presbytery, whereof he is a member’.
It was a legal entitlement of marriage within the Church of Ireland either to have banns read out in church three weeks in a row, or for a licence to be issued. While most people had marriage banns, some opted for a marriage licence, which was effectively a document authorizing a couple to marry. A license was issued by the Bishop of the Church of Ireland diocese in which a couple lived, and in order to be granted a license, a couple was required to make an allegation of intent to be married and post a bond ensuring that all information given was valid. Marriage bonds and allegations were records created for licensed marriages. Such a bond had to be entered into before a Bishop would grant his licence for a proposed marriage. The parties lodged a sum of money with the diocese to indemnify the church against their being an obstacle to the marriage; in effect, this system allowed the well off to purchase privacy. Most original marriage licences were destroyed in 1922 but some indexes to these have survived [for the diocese of Down and Connor, 1721-1845 see PRONI: MIC/5B/5 A-F; MIC/5B/6, G-Z].
Irregularity continued to be a problem for all denominations before compulsory civil registration and the legitimacy of a marriage contract could be challenged on a variety of grounds such as the failure to publish banns, not seeing that banns were published in the other congregation, not being orderly proclaimed or being only twice proclaimed, being married without consent of parents, marrying an unknown person, or at the ‘back of the hedge by a spoilt priest.’. In some cases of irregular marriage the parties, after censure, were remarried but this appears to have occurred only in cases where the officiating person at the offending ceremony was a ‘debarred’ clergyman. However, irregularity did not always mean that a marriage was invalid, as the presence of witnesses and consent were at the heart of the marriage contract.
As previously mentioned the earliest recorded marriage in the Coleraine register occurred in 1769 and there are serious gaps in ecclesiastical registration in many parishes. Of course, other sources exist apart from church registers that might help in this regard, for example, local and regional newspapers often carried marriage announcements, particularly from the merchant classes and those of higher social rank. The marriage of ‘Mr Samuel Bryan of Coleraine, merchant and Miss Kitty Hyland of said town’ was recorded in Finn’s Leinster Journal of August 1767, which was two years before the earliest ecclesiastical register was begun in Coleraine [Finn’s Leinster Journal: No. 58 Saturday 8th – Wednesday 12th August 1767]. A few years later in the Londonderry Journal we find the same Samuel Bryan declared bankrupt in August 1773 and his debts were assigned to one Samuel Dick including the lease held under the late John McAlester of land near Coleraine [Londonderry Journal Tuesday 10 August 1773 and Friday 19 August 1774]. Other genealogical sources that might contain marriage details or arrangements include the registry of deeds, indexes to marriage licence bonds and grants, wills, printed pedigrees, military records, and ecclesiastical court records, to name just a few. Church registers and comparative sources, however, are usually only available for limited areas and limited periods but many early registers do record marriages over a wide geographical area.
With regard to the establishment of the planted settler community in the seventeenth century and its evolution in the eighteenth century, evidence suggests that a broader economic and social kinship network was in operation that went beyond parish, barony and even county. An examination of the early registers for Templemore, [St Columb’s cathedral], from 1642 and Ballykelly Presbyterian Church [marriages 1699-1740] confirm that marriages were often contracted over a wide geographical area. Although some of the cross-currents that determined such contracts were complex it seems that both mercantile and kinship bonds were the key factors in operation that affected marriage settlements in this period. For those interested in local or family history in the early modern period research methodologies need to take into account that interaction within the settler population covered quite an extensive geographical area and nuptial arrangements were often determined by such factors as an earlier or previous familial connection, merchant networking, sharing a common landlord, or belonging to the same landed estate.
In Ireland no church registers were begun before the seventeenth century, and as far as Ulster is concerned, the great majority of the registers available before the nineteenth century belong to the Church of Ireland. The clergy of the established Church of Ireland were not required by canon law to keep parish registers until 1634. Templemore parish is only one of five extant church registers in the whole of the island, which pre-date 1650 and the registers are a fairly complete set of births, marriages and deaths dating from 1642. The registers indicate that there was a degree of interaction between families in Derry and Coleraine, and eleven marriages were recorded in the period 1650-1771 where either bride or groom was a resident of the Coleraine area. Most likely these marriages occurred as a result of economic interaction between the two largest towns in the county and the consequential merchant activity and social networking. Mercantile and social contacts could of course extend to any part of Ireland or the British Isles, and examples include the recorded marriage between James Ferguson of Coleraine and Mary Rainey of Dublin in 1747 as noted in the Betham Abstracts and the marriage of Michael White, Esq, an eminent surgeon in Dublin to Miss Neill of Woodtown, Coleraine in 1770 [Finn’s Leinster Journal: No 94: 21st November 1770].
Ballykelly Presbyterian registers reveal that the church served the needs of Presbyterians from the contiguous parishes of Faughanvale, Tamlaght Finlagan [Ballykelly] and Magilligan. The Reverend John Stirling, the minister from 1699-1752, [son of the Reverend Robert Stirling and Marion Campbell of Dervock, Antrim] kept a note-book of marriage proclamations, 1699-1740. The register reveals that there were obvious close ties between the Ballykelly congregation and the other parishes in the Roe valley and across the Foyle Lough to Donegal, and Inishowen in particular, which was connected by regular ferry and, therefore easily accessible. However, there was also a remarkably strong connection between the Ballykelly congregation and the parishes/congregations in the Coleraine district and there is mention in the registers of Aghadowey, Ahoghill, Ballymoney, Ballyrashane, Ballywillin, Ballyachran, Billy, Boveedy, Dervock, Desteroghill, Dunboe, Errigal, Finvoy, Kilcronaghan, Killowen, Kilrea, Loughgiel, Macosquin and Rasharkin. Sixty-nine marriages, dated between 1701 and 1740 have been extracted that lists a spouse resident within Coleraine and liberties or just across the Bann into the west of county Antrim.
This may indicate that even into the early eighteenth century that pockets of Protestant settlements were not self-sustaining and therefore, it was necessary to arrange nuptial contracts beyond parochial boundaries. There may also have been established connections through trade and merchant activity as the Roe valley was within easy reach of Coleraine, which was much closer to Limavady than Derry. The two regions, the Roe and the Bann valleys were amongst the most Scottish regions of the county and Presbyterianism was the predominant form of Protestantism in these areas. The establishment of a strong Scottish colony in north of the county in the early seventeenth century was a result of a planned settlement under the auspices of Sir Robert McClelland of Bombie, Kirkcudbrightshire, who became the common landlord of both the Haberdashers’ estate  centred on Artikelly/Ballycastle in Aghanloo parish and the Clothworkers’ estate  centred on Killowen/Articlave. Thus, his estate, which stretched from Coleraine right down into the heart of the Roe valley at Limavady, became a bridgehead for Scottish entry into the north of the county. The relative closeness to Scotland may have encouraged further migration. Families became established in the north of the county encouraging colonial spread.
Many of McClelland’s relations, extended family, neighbours, and tenants from his Scottish estates in Kirkudbrightshire moved to his new estate in north Derry. An examination of the hearth money rolls  for the parishes that made up McClelland’s estates reveal that there were many families of the same surname, more than likely related, living on both McClelland’s Haberdashers’ and Clothworkers’ lands. These strong family bonds and kinship ties that were established and forged in the early plantation period continued into the early eighteenth century in the contiguous parishes that made up McClelland’s Londonderry estate. Deep rooted familial bonds endured well into the Georgian period and kinship and economic ties were maintained as marriage had both a social and economic function.
Merchant families of course maintained broader social and economic networks and I have also noted two marriages of Coleraine inhabitants to spouses from Argyll in Scotland both dated to the earlier part of the eighteenth century. There is recorded in the Argyll Sheriff Court book a deed  of marriage dated 1706 between Isabel, daughter of Duncan Campbell of Elister to Alexander Stewart, a saddler of Coleraine and recorded in Christchurch, Limavady [Drumachose] Church of Ireland register in 1730 is the marriage of Duncan Campbell, Laird of Sunderland on the island of Islay, Scotland to Esther Law of Coleraine.
The church registers reveal a number of interesting trends highlighting the seasonal pattern of marriage with fewer marriages recorded in March during Lent. The 24th of March was the final day of both the church and calendar year [before the change to the Gregorian calendar in 1752]. It is probable that the surviving Ballykelly manuscript is a register of proclamations rather than strictly a marriage book. The original Ballykelly register, preserved in the Presbyterian Historical Society in Belfast, is written in a difficult although legible hand but dates were difficult to decipher as the minister, the Reverend John Stirling sometimes used a codified format of numerals to indicate months of the year. The register contains a number of variant spellings with regard to both surnames and place-names, so I have added in brackets the modern spelling of place-names where appropriate.
‘STRAY’ MARRIAGES RELATING TO COLERAINE AND DISTRICT, 1655-1771:
DERRY CATHEDRAL PARISH REGISTER, 1642-1775.
The register of Derry Cathedral (St. Columb’s), Parish of Templemore, Londonderry, 1642-1703 (Parish Register Society, Dublin, 1910, Edited by Richard Hayes):
The banes between Shane O’Chane and Katherine Clerke were published three Lord’s dayes before the congregation att Coleraine as is testified by Paul Yong, Register of that p’ish.
The Marriage of Shane O’Chane and Katherine Clarke was solemnized in presence of James KinKead, Neale O’Chane and others, att London-Derry this twenty-third of July 1655.
The banes between Mr George Church, of Melteraghtoy in Desertochell parish, and Susana Davenport, of Faughan Vale P’ish, were thrise published att Muffe before the congregation as by the certificate of John Cumming, clearke to the aforesaid p’ish appeareth.
The Marriage of Mr George Church and Susana Davenport was solemnized (John Davenport, Theophilus Davis and others being present), att Lo:Dery March 17th 1658.
The banes between John McKinch and Isabell Denny were thrise published before the congregation att Colerane.
The Marriage of John McKinch and Isabell Deny was solemnized (Mr John Plunckett, John Denny and divers others being present), att Lo:Dery, Octo : 4th 1660.
Marriages in August 1683.
Gabriel Clark of the parish of Colerain and Elizabeth Ellis of this parish, married by license by Mr Alexander Forrester the 3’d
Marriages in March 1683 and 1684.
George Read of the parish of Dunboe & Jonet Stevin of this parish, married by publication by Mr Thomas Wallis, chancellour, the 4th.
Mariages in Desem’r 1696.
Rogar Foard of the parish of Dunbo, archdeackon, and Mrs Judeth Ormsby of this parish, maried by Lissons by the Reverend Coot Ormsby, Deane of Dery, the 31st.
Mariages in June 1699.
William MccClellan of the parish of Dunbo, and Margrat Ellitt of the parish of Donageady, maried by Licence by Mr John Spottswod the 14th.
The Record of the marriage of Alexander Forrester, curate of the Cathedrall Church of St Columb-Derry:
Alexander Forrester, clerk, and Mary Church were married by Mr James Stuart, clerk, the 13th of July 1676 in Colerain.
Register of the Cathedral Church of St. Columb, Derry 1703-1732:
Edited by Colin Thomas with Aubrey Fielding, Dublin 1997
Page 39: Marriages January 1706/7
John Mitchell of the parish of Dunbo and Mary MaLaughling of this parish married by publication by mr …. Elwood, Cur’t, the 7th.
Page 249: Marriages in Febuary 1728/9
Steven Benit of Colrain & Mary Crookshankes of this Parish maried by Mr Blackall the 6th.
Register of the Cathedral Church of St. Columb, Derry 1732-1775:
Edited by Colin Thomas, Dublin 1999.
Page 196 Marriages 1771
August the 26th: James Stafford Esqr of Coleraine to Miss Rebecca Lenox by W. Babington.
LIMAVADY CHURCH OF IRELAND REGISTER [PRONI: MIC/583/35]
(Christchurch Church of Ireland, Limavady, parish of Drumachose):
Aug 5 - Duncan Campbell Laird of Sunderland in Isla & Esther Law of Culrane mar’d by lic.
BALLYKELLY PRESBYTERIAN REGISTER OF MARRIAGES, 1699-1739:
[original in Presbyterian Historical Society]:
A treu acount of ye persons married by Mr Jon Stirling, Min’r of ye Gospel att Ballykelly with ye yeare of God & day of ye month with ye name of ye parish wherin ye partys are:
A true Acount of all ye persons proclaimed & after ye year married by Mr Jon Stirling, Min’r of ye Gospel in Ballykelly parish.
William Eakin Ballykelly & Martgret Beer Errecle [Errigal] Janr 14 1701
Robert Martin in Ballykelly and Rachel Steal in McCaskie [Macosquin] Febry the 7th 1701
David Steal in Finboyl [Finvoy?] & Janet Patton in Ballykelly March 1 1701
Alexr Habkin in Dumbo [Dunboe] and Mary Paton in this parish gave there names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ye 24 of Aprille and married ye 12 of May 1702
William Millar in this parish of Ballykelly and Margaret Cook in Dunbo gave in ye names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ye 24 Aprile 1702.
William Warden and Marran Miller; he in ye parish of Killen [Killowen?] and she in this parish gave in there names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ye 3d of July 1702 and were married ye 28 of ye said month 1702.
Hugh Sherer in ye par’sh and Margret Adams in ye p’rsh of Ballreshan [Ballyrashane] gave in ye names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ye 1 of 8ber 1702
William Lesly in Dumbo [Dunboe] & Agnes Wilson in ye parish gave in ye names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ye 16 of Decembr. And were married ye 12 of Janry 1702
John Conn in Magilligane & Rose Aken in Rasharcane [Rasharkin] parish gave in ye names to be proclaimed in order to marriage ye 7 of December 1703.
Joseph Smith in this parish & Mary Park in Ballrahan [Ballyrashane] gave in ye names to be proclaimed in order to marriage 18 June 1704.
John Dinen in ye parish & Margret Gamel in ye parish of Aghadowy gave in ye names to be proclaimed in order to marriage ye 20 Aug’st 1704.
Abram Rowan in Faughanvail & Jean Walkingshaw in Killoan [Killowen] parish gave in ye names to be proclaimed in order to marriage ye 11 oc’ber 1704.
William Houston in Rasharkan & Anna Robb in Magilligan parish gave in ye names to be proclaimed in order to marriage ye 27 of Dec’r. Maried ye 16 of Jan’y 1704/5
Jon Stewart of Desert [Destetoghill] parish & Rose Stewart of Fauchanveal gave up ye names to be proclaimed in ordeur to marriage ____br 27 1706.
Thos: Lochrig of Dubbo [Dunboe] & Mary Small of Ballykelly being orderly proclaimed were married June 3’d 1707: by J:S
Jon: Gilmore in Ballarashean [Ballyrashane] & Margret Gilmore in Ballykelly desires ye benefite of procalimation ?br 14 1707
Jon Homs & Elisabeth Robison Ballymoney are to be proclaimed next Lord’s day ?br 15 1707
Tho: Picken in Finvoy & Margret Steel of Ballykelly gives there consent to be proclaimed ?br 6 1707 & were married the same month about ye end.
Tho: Ramsy & Elisabeth Wilson he in Ballykelly & she in Ballymony deseires to be proclaimed Jen’r 12 1707.
James Galt in the parish of Kilcranaghan [Kilcronaghan] & Janet Aleson in Magiligan gave ther consent to be proclaimed in ordeur to mary August 4 1708 & were married August 23, 1708.
James Campbell & Margret Leslie he in Ballykelly & she in Dumbo [Dunboe] were allowed proclamation Aug’st 18 1708
James Cochran in Dumbo [Dunboe] & Margret Giffen in Ballykelly att there deseire are allowed to be proclaimed in ordeur to marie ?br 12 1709 & were married ?br 8 1709.
James Lamachton in Ballywilling [Ballywillin] & Martha Hendry in Ballykelly are allowed benefite of proclamation Xbr 29 1709 & were married Janr’y 11 1709.
Alex’r Crihton in Aragell [Errigal] & Margret Gilmore in this parish are allowed att theire deseire the benefite of proclamation in order to mariage March 23, 1709/10 & were married Aprill 8, 1710.
Jon Hamelton in Ballykelly & Jean Miller in ye parish of Desert [Destertoghill] are allowed the benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to mariage July 5, 1710.
Robert Wallace in Fauchanveal & Margret Pal in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to mariagte Xbr 2’d 1710
Ja: Miller in Ballerashean [Ballyrashane] & An Harper in this parish are allowed the benefite of proclaimation Xbr 8 1710 & were married Xbr 26, 1710.
William Rob in Magiligan & Sara Huston in Ballyackron [Ballyaghran] are allowed ye benefite of proclaimation Feb’ry 16 1710.
Jon: Neel in Desert [Desertoghill] & Martha Homs in Fauchanveal are allowed the benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to marriage Feb’y 24th 1710
Hugh Clark in Ballykelly & Mary Brewster in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed the benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to mariage Feb’ry 24 1710.
Jon: Waker in Ballykelly & Martha Marton in Aragol [Errigal] are allowed ye benefit of proclaimation to mariage June 2’d 1711.
Jon: Blair in McCaskie [Macosquin] & Agnes McKie in Faughanveal are allowed benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to mariage 8br 6 1711 & were married 9br 2’d 1711.
Hugh: Gleffard in Bally_____ & E’z Or in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed ye benefite of proclaimation 8br 21, 1711.
Berick Beresford in McCaskie [Macosquin] & Agnes McAlwie in this parish are allowed ye benefite of proclaimation in order to mariage 9br 16, 1711
Hugh Montgomry in Faughanveal & Mary Boyd in McCaskie [Macosquin] are allowed the benefite of proclaimation Xbr 1, 1711
Arthur O’Mullan in Kilrea & Mary Holms in Ballykelly are allowed ye benefite of proclaimation Xbr 14 1711
Jon Cargill in Dunleuce & Agnes Aleson in Magiligan are allowed the benefite of proclamation Jen’r 10th 1711
James Robie(?) in Aryell [Errigal] and Mary Gilfellen in Faughanveal are allowed ye benefite of proclamation in ordeur to mariage 4 August 1712 and were maried Aug’st 12.
Jon: Irvewn in Bally_____ & Isabel Paterson in Ballywilling [Ballywillin] are allowed proclaimation Febty 20: 1712/13.
Jon McNeel of Aghaoue [Aghadowey] & Katrina McClean in Ballykelly are allowed proclaimation March 3’d 1713/14 and were married March 24
James Mudy in Ballykelly & Margret Briece in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed proclaimtion March 3’d 1713/14.
Wm Forest in Ballykelly & Agnes Beverlone in M’Caskie [Macosquin] are allowed proclaimation June 25 1714.
James Hemphill in Magiligan & Mary Warden in ye parish of Killowen are allowed proclaimation Xbr 3 1714
Robert McClelan in Dumbo [Dunboe] & Hanna Wilson in Anlow [Aghanloo] are allowed proclaimation Jen’y 25 1715/16
Jon: King in the parish of Lachquile [Loughgiel?] & Janet Gutrie in Fauchanveal are allowed the benefite of proclaimation in ordeur to marriage July 4th 1716 & were married July 18th 1716
Jon: O’Mullan in Ballykelly and Janet Harper in ye parish of Aragil [Errigal] are allowed proclaimation in ordeur to marriage 7br 1 1716
Wm Wilson in Ballykelly & Mary Wilson in Ballyachran [Ballyaghran] are alowed proclaimation Jenry 11 1716/17
Ja: Huston in Ballykelly & Mary Anderson in Aragill [Errigal] are allowed proclaimation in ordeur to marriage Jenry 10 1716/17
Jon: Bogs in Ballykelly & Mary Martin in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed proclaimation Jenry 18th 1716/17
Ja: Paul in Ballykelly & Elizabeth Wark in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed proclaimation March 30 1717
Jo: Sefhridge in Ballykelly & Margret Elder in Arigall [Errigal] are allowed proclaimation Xbr 14th 1717
Jon: Thomson in Dunboe & Martha Gutry in Fauchanveal are allowed proclaimation Xbr 4th 1719
James Rob in Magiligan & Mary Crocht in Aragell [Errigal] are allowed proclaimation Xbr 29 1720
Matthew Forrest in Ballykelly & Margret Smith in M’Caskie [Macosquin] are allowed proclaimtion Jenr 21 1720/21
Wm Paterson of Desert [Destertoghill] & Mary Glesford in Ballykelly are allowed procliamtion 8br 2 1721
Robert More in Achadowy [Aghadowey] parish & Jean Carswell in Ballykelly are allowed proclaimation 9br 4th 1721
Ja: Fulton in Dumbo [Dunboe] & Mary Fleming in Magiligan are allowed procliamtion in ordeur to marriage Febry 2’d 1721/22
Ja: Calwell in Achadowy [Aghadowey] & Mary Clarke in Ballykelly are allowed proclaimation Augst 4th 1722
Jonathan Martin in Ballykelly & Mary Knox in M’Caskie [Macosquin] are allowed proclaimation in order to mariage May 4th 1723
George Carswell & Margret Hall in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed proclamation 9br 7th 1724
Samuel Neil in Ballykelly & Agnes Ker in McAskie [Macosquin] are allowed proclaimation Jenry 30th 1724/5
Abram Holms in Ballywilling [Ballywillin] & Janet Hopkins in Ballykelly are allowed proclaimation 9br 6 1725
Jon: Gilmore & Janet Niven in Ahoaghill [Ahoghill] are allowed proclaimation 9br 20th 1725
Wm Hyns & Martha Black in MaCoskie [Macosquin] are allowed proclaimation 9br 20th 1725
Jon Wilson in Ballykelly & Agnes Scot in Bovedy are allowed proclamation April 8th 1727
Saml Moor in Ballykelly & Eliz Moor in Devoch [Dervock?] are allowed proclaimation Aprill 22’d 1727
Francis Johnson in McCaskie [Macosquin] & Agnes Anderson in Ballykelly are allowed proclaimation Aprill 12 1728
Daniel Clark in the parish of Billy & Eliza Carmichael in Fauchanveall are allowed proclaimation 8br 3’d 1728
Wm Caskie in Ballykelly & Sarah Blair in Dumbo [Dunboe] are allowed proclaimation Jun 26 1740
Argyll Sheriff Court Book: Volume Six.
March 4th 1720: Registered deed of a marriage contract between Alexander Stewart, a saddler in Coleraine and Isobel, daughter of Duncan Campbell of Elister in Argyll, dated 18 June 1706
Betham Abstracts Prerogative Marriage Licenses.
Ferguson, James of the parish Coleraine, Co. Londonderry and Rainey, Mary of the parish St. Mary, Dublin, Spr [spinster] 22 March 1747.
Finn’s Leinster Journal [No 94].
Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th November 1770:
Dublin 22nd November:
Married a few days ago, Michael White, Esq, an eminent surgeon of this city to Miss Neill of Woodtown, Coleraine.
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