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Re: Gunning-Moore Genealogy
Posted by: Thomas Richard Moore Date: May 17, 2000 at 18:01:56
In Reply to: Gunning-Moore Genealogy by Thomas Richard Moore of 238

Following up with a few more facts about the Gunning line: In his 1995 book "The Summer Soldiers" about the 1798 rebellion in the North of Ireland, A.T.Q. Stewart of Belfast, NI on page 141 in the chapter on North Antrim recounts the testimony of James Clark of Ballymena. "Clark also saw John Gunning of Ballymoney acting with authority as a person who had command, making his men march and wheel as soon as the sun was up." On page 141 is the following, "A society of United Irishmen had been founded in Ballymoney in 1795, meeting in the house of one Willoughby Chestnut. Its members included Dr. A. Hamilton, the two attorneys John and James Parks of Bushbank, and a school master, David Shearer of Newbuildings. Richard Caldwell and John Gunning were appointed military officers. Caldwell's two sisters, Flora and Catherine were married to the Parks brothers. John Nevin of kilmoyle was also a captain, in the parish of Ballyrashane and drilled men at Derrykeighan in a field which was afterwards known as 'the drilly knowe.'"
On page 149 after describing some treachery and informing by local citizens who were about to be tried, Stewart recounts. "Fortunately for the prisoners the trial was postponed and about one o'clock attention was distracted by the arrival of a large contingent of United men from the neighbourhood of Ballymoney, under the leadership of Caldwell and Gunning. They were received with tremendous cheering."
Finally on page 249, Stewart recounts, "On June 14 Richard Caldwell and John Gunning , under assumed names, managed to make their way to Cushendall, and next day they persuaded a boatman to take them across to Scotland. He landed them on the Mull of Kintyre that evening and they headed inland, but a week later they were both arrested by the Reverend Alexander Campbell, the minister of Kilcalmonell. Brought back from Portpatrick on HM cutter Princess Elizabeth, they were tried by court martial at Coleraine and sentenced to be hanged. Caldwell's head was to be severed and placed on a spike at the market house. His father went to Dublin, however, and through influence obtained an interview with the newly appointed lord lieutenant Lord Cornwallis, whose guiding principle was magnanimity in victory. The sentence was reduced to 'transportation' to America, and later Lord Henry Murray had Gunning's sentence commuted to penal transportation to Botany Bay."

I'm looking for any further information on the relationship between this John Gunning and the other John Byers Gunning (1767-1843) in my previous post who married a Moore.


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