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Family History.


I'm of Ulster Scots descent. A relative in The Argentine - Martin McAllister - compiled a family tree after long years of effort

My direct family has had a farm at Donabate North Co Dublin since 1802.

My Grandfather Patrick had a newsagent's  in Dorset Street.

            1692          Glencoe Massacre

Two of my ancestors John & Charles were oglaigh to The MacDonald.

 Oglaigh are mercenaries or soldiers for hire. In our case Mac Alastair is a subset of Clan Donald so they were working for relatives.

They fled to Belfast. Our family motto is Per Mare Per Terram - by land and sea - the same as Clan Donald

1798  United Irishmen Rebellion

Some of my ancestors were involved in the bid for independance from England in the rebellion of 1798. Two brothers fled Belfast and settled in North Co Dublin. They were Presbyteran but my ancestor changed faith when he married a local Catholic. His brother remained Presbyteran and his descendants live in the Swords area.

Mine have held the farm at Donabate since 1802

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