Stewart name; Londonderry genealogy; Irish Plantation; Podcast

Show 183 at the Irish Roots Cafe:
Among Todays Topics:

1)   Family of the Day:  Stewart
2)   Irish County of the Month: Londonderry, Derry
3)   Searching For: Tarper, Joyce, Acheson, Hart
4)   Curious News: How many Irish outhouses are there ?
5)   Web Page of the Month: Northern Ireland links
6)   Curious Note: Irelands most dangerous bridge.
7)   One minute podcast:  A Hedge School Lesson

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This Weeks Audio Timeline

Todays Topics:                    1:00
Notes from Mike:                 2:00
One Minute Podcast:           4:00
Book of the Month:              6:30
The Magnificent Seven:        9:30
Irish Name of the Day:       11:30
Sources:                            15:30
Websites of the Week:        16:30
Curious News and Notes:   18:30

Total Time: 25:50
Notes This Week:
What’s happening today at the Irish Roots Cafe

1) The big news here at the Cafe is that we are preparing to
launch our Irish Hedge School concept.  If you are a member
of the Irish Roots Cafe / Genealogical Foundation you will
automatically be a member of the Hedge School.  A lot of things
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about us, or those who just cannot afford my hedge school….

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Episode # 13: The rise and fall of Bardic Schools of Ireland,
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Books of the Month:

Book 1)
County Derry (Londonderry), Ireland genealogy & family history book   volume 13 of the series.

Excerpt from the above book is below:
P a r t T w o
Coats of Arms and Genealogical Notes.
Arms connected in some way to the county, as taken from
the Irish Book of Arms. The original listings provide specific
locations for families, and clues for future research. Among
the families in this section with rough sketches of coats of
arms are O’Cahan; MacLoughlin or McLoghlin; Alexander;
Barnard the Bishop of Derry; Henry Barry, Governor of Derry;
John Bateman the Baron of Kilmore; Beresford – Ash of
Ashbrook; Boyle of Limavady; McCausland of Drenagh;
Clark of Largantogher; Galt of Ballysally; Thomas North Graves
of Gravesend; William Hanger, the Lord Coleraine; Henry Hare,
Baron; F. Hervey; Ogilby of Dungiven; Thomas Pitt, Baron of
Londonderry; Scott of Willsboro; Philip Smyth, Dean of Derry;
and Robert Stewart the Earl of Londonderry.

P a r t T h r e e
The complete existing returns from the ‘census’ of 1659, also
showing the methods of spelling family names and place names
in the city and county of Londonderry. Various streets are given
with first and last names of residents. As an example, one street
gives Robert Truman; Henry Osborne; John Gifford; Robert
Houston and Samuell Norman, gentlemen, Thomas Burke Esq.,
Robert Carter, collector of ye Cosomehouse. As this census is
subdivided by barony, a list of the principal surnames in each
barony is given as well, i.e. in the city of Londonderry
O Doghertye, McLaughlin, and Whyte are given, along with a
count of persons for each name. The baronies included are
Terkerin; Kenaght; Loghinsholin; Colraine (Coleraine). Please
note that the spelling of places and parishes here have changed
over time.

Book 2)
“Londonderry Lands and Families”, Including Irish, Scots Irish,
& English settlers from 1609 and later.

“A record of the events as they happened, the infamous Londoners’
plantation and settlement here. Irish septs misplaced lands and the
misdeeds of some who took the land…”Hardbound volume, also
available as part of the ‘Conquest of Ireland’ set.

Here is an excerpt describing this book:

Settling in Ireland
This book tells the story of the Londoners coming to settle in Ireland.
The settlement included the lands of: Loughinsholin, which had
previously belonged to Tyrone; the old county of Coleraine which
had belonged to OCahane; a small portion of the county of Donegal,
including the island on which the city of Derry stood; and a small
portion of County Antrim adjoining Coleraine. These were handed
over to twelve London companies for plantation … and united to
form the the present county of Londonderry (Derry).

Fall of Local Chieftains
The chief early Irish septs of this area were the OCahanes (Cahan or
Kane), the OMullanes (Mullens or Mullins), the Magilliganes (Gilligan),
and the McCloskies (McClusky).(See book index for full listings).
The background of the various Irish septs are given with notes on
their status at that time. Important notes on persons and names are
also given. For example, O’Cahan is found ridiculously translated as
‘Quyvally’; the story of how John O’Reilly became the ‘Queens’ O’Reilly;
Mr. Canning we are told, had a wife named Anne who was the
daughter of Gilbert Walker, of Walford, in Worcester, and they had
three sons, and so on… Here we also find footnotes to the text,
telling us that Tristam Beresford was one of seven sons of Michael
Beresford and Rose Knevitt, from the parish of Westram in the
County of Kent. The footnotes go beyond these kinds of notes, into
Three Things to Remember:
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Coming Up:
Irelands most dangerous ‘rope bridge’ !
St. Patricks Day in Dublin already begun…

Time to raise our eyes skywards, give thanks, and  ask for help !
Here are todays “Magnificent Seven” :

1) Welcome new member Thomas E. Tarpy of Lancaster, NY
searching for Tarpy.

2) Member Kathleen Fulcher, your Irish Families, great & small
book has shipped !  (searching Conlon and Joyce)

3) Welcome renewing member Ruth Stewart Narancic of
Creston CA., looking for Stewarts and Achesons in N. Ireland,
and Hines in Southern Ireland.

4) Welcome new member Jeanne Petersen of Agoura Hills, CA,
Searching the Hart family from Ireland. My gr-grandfather was
Richard Hart and he married Lucinda Cassidy. Would like
more on Cassidy name as well.

5) Rick Scott of Massena, NY, your County Meath genealogy
book has shipped !

6)  Alice Edwards of Bolivar, PA, your Co. Tipperary genealogy
book has shipped !

7) Norena A. Hale of Plymouth, MN, your Co. Antrim genealogy
book has shipped !

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Irish Family Name of the Day:

Todays family history in honor of member:
Ruth Stewart Narancic of Creston CA., looking for Stewarts
and Achesons in N. Ireland, & Hines in Southern Ireland.

Related Spellings of the Name
Stuart, Steward, Steuart

Varient Spelling Groups: #1925, #1933, #
From The Guide to the Various Spellings of Irish Family Names

History of the Name
Families of the name of Stewart, etc.. in Ireland are assumed
to be of Scottish origins unless known otherwise.  It is among
the top 10 names of Scotland, and is therefore a settler name
in the north of Ireland in the province of Ulster.  Stewart ranks
as among the top 60 surnames of Ireland as well.
The 1890 birth index gives 255 births of the name in counties
Antrim, Down, Londonderry, Donegal and Tyrone….etc..
A book of interest here is “Genealogical and Historical Sketch of
the Stuarts of Castle Stuart in Ireland”, by Andrew G. Stuart,
Edinburgh, 1954.

copyright 2010, IGF, based in part upon
The Book of Irish Families, great and small

Irish Family Coats of Arms From the Irish Book of Arms
A Brief search in that work shows:

1) Arms for Stewart are found in our edition of the Irish book of Arms.
We have 8 listings in that book with several arms illustrated. These
include those found in Londonderry, Donegal, Tyrone, and Dublin.
Lions and crowns seem to be common here….

Coming Up Later in this episode:
Counting Irish Outhouses….
Linen Hall Library online……
The Free Master online index at shows:
Listings for the name multiple times, here are a few examples:

1)  Capt. Stewarts Irish Brigade. JAIHS v7.
2)   Stewart in ‘Surnames of Ireland’ with 200 family name maps.
3)   Castle Stewart in Co. Tyrone Genealogy and Family History notes
4)   Stewart in the ‘Names of Irish Passengers to America’ book.
5)   Andrew. Henry, James and Lt. Col. Robert Stewart in Co. Tyrone,
Ireland, genealogy and family history
6)   Stewart Arms in ‘Families of County Donegal, Ireland’
7)   Stewarts fort in ‘Names in the Land Grants’ of Ireland.

You can use this free index to search for your family name:
Remember to leave off the Mac or O when typing your name.

Around the World, in Irish Ways.
The Web Page and Video of the Month.

1)   Charles Stewart Parnell – The Uncrowned King of Ireland – Kitty O’Shea

2)   A Drive around Derry City, Ireland

3)  The Plantation & the City Walls in Derry
First planned city in (Northern) Ireland.
( comments disabled on YouTube – as you might expect )

4) County Derry and N. Ireland genealogy links

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Curious News and Notes, From Ireland today

1)   Carrick-a-Rede a fearful rope bridge for tourists and all.
The only offshore island to be reached by ‘fearfull’ rope bridge.

2)  This years St. Patricks Day in Dublin has already begun.
They have launched ‘St. Patricks Festival 2011’ which runs from
March 16 – 20th.  The theme is a short story by Roddy Doyle called
‘Brilliant’.  Irelands literary heritage will be celebrated – which is a
grand idea I think.  We need balance don’t you know….

3)  Outhouses are still the norm for some 12,000 in Ireland, according
to a 2009 survey. Those without a bath or shower number twice as
many…. hmmm… how does that figure ??  Now, the house I am in
now had two outhouses when I was a boy, but no longer thanks
be to the power that be.  But, it has no been that long ago…
and everyone in Spain has an indoor toliet says the survey….

I Saw it on Twitter:
4)  Linen Hall’s maps and images now online
Postcards, Maps, Cartoons

5)   The Battle of Vinegar Hill Australia’s Irish Rebellion, 1804

6)  Voices of the Past interviewed me recently.
About sharing family history through new media along with my history.
Here is the page for the audio interview and a written version as well.

…….So end the notes from the Irish Hedge Row today.
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