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John James Gray of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland & Gray Printers

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Rene Donaghy, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Tucked in among other buildings, near the main bridge from the south, is the curved Georgian façade of Gray’s Printers, the only surviving reminder of Strabane’s importance in the 18th and 19th centuries as a printing centre. Once there were ten printing businesses in Strabane.


Gray Printers, Main Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland


Londonderry Sentinel March 16, 1886

Death of Mr. John J. Gray, Strabane

It is with regret we record today the death of Mr. John J. Gray, printer, which took place suddenly at an early hour yeserday morning, at his residence, Main street, Strabane. Deceased succeeded, at the death of his father, many years ago, to the business of letterpress printer and stationer, which he conducted, with the assistance of other members of his family, to the time of his death. The sudden decease of Mr. Gray has caused much regret in the town of Strabane and great sympathy is felt for his widow and family at their sudden bereavement. Mr. Gray was of a genial disposition, and will be missed in Strabane.


Londonderry Sentinel December 11, 1906

Death of Mrs. Gray, Strabane

General reget is felt in Strabane owing to the death of Mrs. Gray, relict of the late Mr. J. J. Gray, head of the old established printing establishment, which now passes into the hands of the third generation of members of the family. The deceased, who belonged to Elgin, Scotland, was of a very kindly and friendly disposition, and had a large circle of friends. She is survived by her sister, Miss Johnston, and by her family, Mrssrs. John James, Patrick Weir and Robert Gray, and Miss J. A. Gray. The business, which Mrs. Gray continued to carry on after the death of her husband, was established in the year 1797.


Derry Journal February 12, 1934


Gray - February 11th, 1934, at his residence, Main Street, Strabane, Patrick Weir Gray, second son of the late John James Gray, aged 61 years. Deepley regretted. His remains will be removed for interment in the Cemetery, Strabane, to-morrow (Tuesday) afternoon, 13th inst., at three o'clock. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.

Strabane Cemetery, Milltown, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland


In loving memory of

John James Gray

Died 15th March 1886, aged 55 years.

Also his wife Elizabeth Russell

Died 8th Dec 1906, aged 63 years.

And their daughter Elizabeth Hunter,

Died 25th Oct. 1884, aged 15 years.

Also their son Patrick Weir,

Died 11 Feb 1934, aged 61 years.

Also their aunt Agnes Johnston

Died 24 Dec. 1935 aged 32 years.

And their eldest son John James

Died 12th Jan. 1950 aged 81 years.