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Abercorn Estate: Intended Emigration from Tullywhisker, Urney Parish, Co. Tyrone 1785

Extracted from the Dublin Evening Post, March 17 1785
Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by
Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
len_swindley[at]hotmail.com

Prior to the Great Famine (1845-50), it was the Presbyterians of the North of Ireland who emigrated in great numbers. Escaping religious persecution, rack-renting and series of bad harvests, emigration had commenced prior to 1720 and within the next fifty years, several hundred thousand had departed Ulster for a better life in the colonies of North America.

 

A number of people, from eighty to one hundred, in and adjoining the town of Tillywhiskar [Tullywhisker], parish of Urney, county Tyrone, mean to ship themselves from Londonderry, and intend, with the blessing of God, to land in Charleston, in South Carolina; - they therefore take this method of acquainting the gentlemen and merchants in the passenger trade, if they think proper to advertise a ship for the above port, that they may be assured of the aforesaid passengers, provided the vessel be stout and fitted for the voyage. – [From the Londonderry paper]


 

The townland of Tullywhisker belonged to the Abercorn Estate.

Abercorn Estate: Survey and Valuation of the Manor of Strabane 1777

 

TULLYWHISKER

CUMMIN

Thomas

CUNNINGHAM

Thomas

YOUNG

William

SELFRIDGE

John

McCOLOM

Malcom

McINTIRE

James

POTTS

Robert

BURTON [BARTON]

Joseph

MONTEETH

William


 

Abercorn Estate: Rental for the Manor of Strabane 1806

 

TULLYWHISKER

CUMMINS

Robert

WOODS

James (now John ANDERSON)

WOODS

Andrew (now George KINCAIDE)

CUNNINGHAM

Samuel

CRAWFORD

William & EADIE

FINLEY

William

SELFRIDGE

Matthew

PATTAN

William

GOURLEY

Andrew

LYON

John

PATTAN

Samuel & John

CARLON

Owen & Patrick

MONTEITH

Josias

Pencilled insertions on map and in margin:

 

PATTAN

John

McCARTER

John

WALLACE

William

CALDWELL

 

LYON

Natt.?

IRVINE

Sam.


 

Introduction to the Abercorn Letters as Relating to Ireland 1736-1816 – John H. Gebbie (Strule Press, Omagh 1972) pp 146-7

Contained in a letter dated August 15 1784, from James Hamilton, Strabane [agent] to the Earl of Abercorn, [London], who observed:

Many have gone to America – chiefly young men, and the poorer sort: few land holders. I think it would be just to legislate that any person intending to leave this country should give a public notice perhaps two months before so they might not steal away and defraud their creditors.