Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clough, County Down, Ireland

If you are researching your Ancestors from Ireland you will understand how confusing it is with all the little towns and parish's. I had been convinced that my Grandfather's brothers had been born in Clough, County Down. All the records said 'Clough' as their place of birth. After speaking to my uncle, he explained that Clough was where the Doctor lived and so all the births around that area were recorded as Clough. A reminder that we should always check with our older relatives.

Thankyou to Ann for sending me this description of Clough and and the townlands around it.
Clough is a small village about 4 miles from the town land of Drumnaquoile. Drumnaquoile is about 4 miles from the town of Castlewellan and the same from Ballynahinch and Newcastle. The townland of Drumnaquoile is on very high ground and so beautiful it - looks down on Dundrum Bay. Dundrum is a small village which is also within a 4 mile radius of Drumnaquoile. Dundrum is on the coast and this is where the coal boats came in with coal from England from the Whitehaven area . That is the way that most of our ancestors crossed the Irish Sea (in 1800's) on this coal boat, they could easily walk to Dundrum from Drumnaquoile. If you have a look on the map you will see Dundrum is directly opposite Cumberland. The lake district also seems to be the exact same terrain they were leaving. It would look like they flitted across back and forwards this way.

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