The Flight of the Earls in 1607, from the Lough near Londonderry, changed the landscape literally in Ulster. The Ulster area then included Donegal. All the lands owned by these hereditary, historic clan leaders went into escheat, to be redistributed by the English to its own settlers and Lords, see the Battle of Kinsale that fixed the English victory at Cork, see http://irelandroadways.blogspot.com/2006/09/kinsale-dublin-and-cork.html.
And so, families like ours have ties to many cultural roots, with questions: where there are Scots-English-Irish forebears, with the same name, who was where, when. Were our Donegal people part of the Plantation, even though Donegal itself never became colonized. Or were they there on their own, Protestants in a sea of Catholics. Who was our first? When?
Aunt Edna, once-removed (?) says that McConaghy's appear as far back as 1617 in the Hall of Records kept at Belfast, but that may be just one of many. Or not. FN 1 for Aunt Edna J. McConaghy's family recollection (everybody rather unwise). There are many spellings of McConaghy, however, from Mac to Mc to all the rest. Who is connected?
The family, some, is still there. Donegal also offers a window to WWI, in a family living there -- the father and husband later killed in the Great War. The City of Londonderry is part of Londonderry County, not Donegal County, but the areas to us on the outside do seem to blend.
- McConaghey Maurice Edwin 33 Male Head of Family Church of England India Soldair Captain ? Royal Sco? Read and write - Married -
- McConaghey Cynthia Joan 23 Female Wife Church of England Isle of Wight - Read and write - Married - 5 2 2
- McConaghey Richard Maurice ? 4 Male Son Church of England India - Cannot read - Single - - - -
- McConaghey David Cunninghame 3 Male Son Church of England Dublin City - Cannot read - Single - - - -
- Estcourt Rosamund 19 Female Sister in Law Church of England Isle of Wight - Read and write - Single - - - -
- Brown Annie 18 Female Servant Church of Ireland Co Londonderry House Maid Domestic Servant Read and write - Single - - - -
- Loughray Maria 35 Female Servant Roman Catholic Co Donegal Cook Domestic Servant Read and write - Single - - - -
- Macdermott Norah Kathleen 22 Female Servant Roman Catholic Co Roscommon Parlour Maid Domestic Servant Read and write - Single - - - -
- Heslop Dorothy Jane 26 Female Servant Church of England
II. Followup for Maurice Edwin McConaghey
Distant cousin, of Londonderry (added his own "e"),
killed at Arras, France in 1917.
It appears that we cross three lines of Irish: others with more information, please update.
1. Indigenous or Plantation McConaghy's (various and creative spellings, including Gaelic); and Hildyards-Hilliards, and whether those all were part of the Plantation or were some pre-existing in the area; and including (see The Scottish Clans), MacDhonnachaidh, Campbell of Inverawe; and Duncan, in Gaelic, Donnchadh, from Donn meaning brown adn cath, a battle. Brown warrior? MacConachie in Gaelic is that MacDhonnchaidh, or son of Duncan. The Clan Donnachie are the Robertsons of Athole, so named from Duncan de Atholia. Robert. In Gaelic, Raibeart, Rob, from anglo-Saxon Robert or bright fame, and so, Robeetsons, Clan Donnachaidh.
2. Norse invader-settlers, the Scariff's-Scharfe's; and
3. Normans, became landed gentry (invaders, after William the Conqueror took England 1066?), the Norman Briens, William de Brien (Brian, Brienne), Knight,[see 1390-1395 petition to the king re inheritance rights, lands of Guy de Briene in England and Wales; and Gerard son of Brien, 1161-1182 at St. Thomas Priory, Stafford; Staffordsire; and Stoke-on-Trent, England. See UK National Archives (a cousin, Dorothy, is researching and may do a book, so all this is just a whetter]; Briens subsequently at historic house (still a house) Glengeen Lodge, 61 Killyfuddy Road, Trillick, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, William Brien 1846-1916, my grandfather (Kilskeery Parish Cemetery, Kilskeery).
Scots, English, Norse
Status of other MacConachies (as the name was often spelled then for our family)?
III. Family and a History of Londonderry
- James Hilliard age 16 d. 1913, flu, young brother of Margaret Hilliard, my great-grandmother;
- Robert W. McConaghy age 7 d. 1913 flu, son of Louise and Robert, my grandparents, and would have been an uncle to me;
- Frances Hilliard age 54 d. 1924, sister of Margaret?
- Robert McConaghy age 49, grandfather, 1926 heart?
- Margaret Hilliard, my great-grandmother, age 76, d. 1938; and
- Louise McConaghy, my grandmother, age 87, d 1963.
"Grandmother Sydney McConaghy only lived at 2662 Decatur Avenue in the Bronx, until she went to live with Harry and Dora in Rahway, N.J. I have no ide of the birth dates of the uncles. I have listed them in order of their age.