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Good News from U3A Foyle

U3A Foyle has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK!   From QAVS: The work your group does for the community was very much admired by the

Shared Learning Project – Irish and Scots in South America

Shared Learning Project – Irish and Scots in South America Would you be interested in sharing information about people in your family tree or researching people who set sail for South America? An SLP has been set up to gather

Harry Whittington (1878-1971)

Life in Paraguay and Brazil (1907-1925) My grandfather was Henry Whittington (always known as Harry); his birth on 5 October 1878 was registered in Carndonagh in Co. Donegal; the family was living in Fairview. Harry was the eighth of twelve

William John Storrie (1836- 1928 )

John Storrie (about 1836 – 1925) About 1836 my maternal great grandfather John Storrie was born to William John Storrie and Agnes Donaldson.  I believe that he was born in Dublin, but younger siblings were later born in Randalstown, Ireland. 

George Anderson

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 11 February, 1999 Emigration SIR Your story on “The forgotten emigration’’ (Press and Journal, February 4) brought to mind accounts of my own family history in Patagonia. My father had been among the first of the

MacKay Family

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 11 February, 1999 THE Mac Kay sisters, from the Isle of Harris, have an unusual treasure chest of childhood memories. They remember milking goats on the rich pastures of Argentina, and watching spectacular lightning storms from

David & Rachel Millar

David & Rachel Millar David Millar (born 1858) and his wife, Rachel Brydon Johnston Millar (born 1863), travelled  c1889/90 with their baby daughter Anne, born in Edinburgh in October 1888. They had five more children, all born in Argentina, four

Dr Henry William Peard (1860-1936)

Coole Abbey House – a Peard family seat, is located in the townland of Coole Upper, near Castlelyons on the road between Conna and Fermoy. It was called after the nearby abbey of which little now remains. Coole Abbey House was

Alice Montgomery (1850-1904)

ALICE MONTGOMERY (1850-1904) Alice Montgomery married William Everall in San Jose de Guatemala on 12th November 1868 when she was 18 and he was 30.  He was a merchant and Vice Consul in San Jose at the time. They had

Macular Degeneration

Research study looking for volunteers (for later, when conditions allow) As part of a research study at Ulster University, funded by the Macular Society, volunteers affected by age-related macular egeneration (AMD) and healthy controls are invited to help investigate sensitivity

Eliza Lynch (1834 – 1866)

LYNCH, Eliza Alicia (1834–86), mistress of Francisco Solano López (dictator of Paraguay, 1862–70), was born in Charleville, Co. Cork, the eldest of at least three children of John Lynch, a Catholic doctor, and his wife, Jane Elizabeth, second daughter of

Andrew, William & John Blest

The Blest family lived in Sligo at the beginning of the 19th century.  The mother was Anna Maiben or Mayben, from a local linen mill family, and the father, Albert, was a pastor descended from a soldier who had married

Thomas Cochrane 1775- 1860

On the 21st May the Chilean Navy pays annual tribute to the grave of Thomas Cochrane in Westminster Abbey. While Thomas was born at Annsfield, near Hamilton, he spent much of his childhood and is commemorated in Culross, Fife, on the

Darien Project 1698

This was a major Scottish tragedy, brought about when William Paterson, an Scotsman who had gone to England and prospered, being a founder of the Bank of England, was convinced by a sailor called Lionel Wafer that there was a