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Re: Mcfarlane/Mcginlay/Mckernan Family in Ballycastle, Antrim
Posted by: Dave Boylan (ID *****7186) Date: December 20, 2011 at 14:59:28
In Reply to: Mcfarlane/Mcginlay/Mckernan Family in Ballycastle, Antrim by Ann Stewart of 2306

Hello Ann,

I’m not a descendant of the McFarlane and McKearan families but located information about them at the Irish Family History Foundation (IFHF) website at http://www.rootsireland.ie/

Before you begin searching for ancestors at the IFHF website you first need to establish an account. Indexes are free to search, but to download a birth, baptism, marriage, or death transcription costs 5.00 Euros payable by credit card. Once the credit card payment is received a transcription of the record you are interested in, will be sent to your computer.

I uncovered the baptism indexes for 10 children of Archibald McFarland and Mary McKearan/McKiernan at the IFHF website. Seven of the older children were baptized in the Culfeightrin Roman Catholic Church, Antrim, while the three younger children were baptized in the Ballycastle, Ramoan Catholic Church. These two parishes were located very near to one another.

The 10 children include John (1855); Mary (1858); Ann (1860); James (1862); Patrick (1866); Alexander (1869); Margaret (1871); Sarah (1874); James (1878); and Elizabeth (1881).

You’ll notice there are two baptism indexes for James. This indicates that the first-born James had died.

There are some peculiarities with a few of the indexes that you should be aware of. The IFHF search engine accepted the children’s mother’s maiden name McKearnan for those baptized in the Culfeightrin Catholic Church. For the children baptized in the Ballycastle (Ramoan) Catholic Church, the search engine would only accept the spelling McKiernan for Margaret’s maiden name. Usually the IFHF search engine does pretty well with the various ways a surname can be spelled, but in this case, it didn’t.

In addition, the search engine didn’t accept either spelling for Margaret’s maiden name in the 1871 baptism index for Margaret. I’m not sure why, but later you’ll see another record that confirms that Margaret McFarland’s mother was Margaret McKearnan. Also, notice the spelling of the surname McFarlan for the baptism indexes of the first-born James, Patrick, and Sarah.

The 10 indexes for the McFarland children are below.


1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) John 1855 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: John
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1855

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) Mary 1858 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: Mary
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1858

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) Ann 1860 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: Ann
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1860

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarlan (plus variants) James 1862 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarlan
First Name: James
Father's Surname: McFarlan
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1862

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarlan (plus variants) Patrick 1866 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarlan
First Name: Patrick
Father's Surname: McFarlan
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1866

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) Alexander 1869 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: Alexander
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1869

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) Margaret 1871 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00


Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: Margaret
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname:
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1871

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarlan (plus variants) Sarah 1874 Parish: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarlan
First Name: Sarah
Father's Surname: McFarlan
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKearnan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1874

Parish/District: CULFEIGHTRIN (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarlane (plus variants) James 1878 Parish: BALLYCASTLE (RAMOAN) (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: James
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKiernan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1878

Parish/District: BALLYCASTLE (RAMOAN) (RC)
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1 match for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants) Elizabeth 1881 Parish: BALLYCASTLE (RAMOAN) (RC)

The cost to view the full details of the 1 record that you have not yet viewed is €5.00
Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name: Elizabeth
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname: McKiernan
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year: 1881

Parish/District: BALLYCASTLE (RAMOAN) (RC)
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If you were to order the 10 baptism transcriptions for the McFarland children individually, you would pay 55 Euros. But, the IFHF allows to purchase all 10 transcriptions from one index for 20 Euros. To do this access the index just as you see it below, without the first names of the children, and without their years of birth or mother’s maiden name:



10 matches for the search criteria: McFarland (plus variants)

The cost to view the full details of the 10 records that you have not yet viewed is €20.00

Record Type: Baptism/Birth Records for Co. Antrim
Surname: McFarland
First Name:
Father's Surname: McFarland
Father's First Name: Archibald
Mother's Surname:
Mother's First Name: Margaret

Year:

Parish/District: BALLYCASTLE (RAMOAN) (RC)
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I looked for but didn’t find the IFHF marriage index for Archibald McFarland and Margaret McKiearnan.


The above indexes refer to baptisms. But, I also found the civil birth indexes for Archibald, Patrick, Alexander, Margaret, Sarah, and James McFarlane/McFarland at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) website at:
https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records

The births took place in Ballycastle, Antrim. Each index is accompanied by LDS microfilm source information for further research. The indexes follow:


Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for Archibald Mcfarlane

Name:       Archibald Mcfarlane
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place:       
Birth Date: 09 Jan 1864
Birthplace: 0077, BALLYCASTLE,ANTRIM,IRELAND
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mcfarlane
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mckearnan
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70122-1System Origin: Ireland-ODM
Reference Number:

Source Film Number:       101080 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
1864 Births v. 1
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Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for Patrick Mcfarlane

Name:       Patrick Mcfarlane
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place:       
Birth Date: 11 Jun 1866
Birthplace: 0092,BALLYCASTLE,ANTRIM,IRELAND
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mcfarlane
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mckiernan
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70129-2System Origin: Ireland-ODM
Reference Number:

Source Film Number:       101130 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
Births v. 11 1866
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Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for Alexander

Name:       Alexander
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place: 84, BALLYCASTLE, ANT, IRE
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1869
Birthplace: Ballycastle, Ant, Ire
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mc Farlane
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mc Kiernan
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70139-2System Origin: Ireland-VR
Reference Number:       2:X9WGSF

Source Film Number:       101190 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
Births v. 11 1869
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Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for Margaret

Name:       Margaret
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place: 84, BALLYCASTLE, ANT, IRE
Birth Date: 03 Dec 1871
Birthplace: Ballycastle, Ant, Ire
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mc Farland
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mc Kearnan
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70146-5System Origin: Ireland-VR
Reference Number:       - 2:2CSMF6D

Source Film Number:       255832 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
Births v. 16-1 to 16-2 1871
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Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for Sarah

Name:       Sarah
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place: 87, BALLYCASTLE, ANT, IRE
Birth Date:       07 Sep 1874
Birthplace: Ballycastle, Ant, Ire
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mc Farlane
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mc Kearnan
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C70156-6System Origin: Ireland-VR
Reference Number: 2:1RCDLPT

Source Film Number:       255907 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
Births v. 11-1 to 11-2 1874
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Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 for James Mcfarland

Name:       James Mcfarland
Gender: Male
Baptism/Christening Date:       
Baptism/Christening Place:       
Birth Date: 12 May 1878
Birthplace: Ballycastle, Antrim, Ireland
Death Date:       
Name Note:       
Race:       
Father's Name: Archibald Mcfarland
Father's Birthplace:       
Father's Age:       
Mother's Name: Margaret Mckearnan Mcfarland
Mother's Birthplace:       
Mother's Age:       
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C02290-7System Origin: Ireland-EASy
Reference Number: 77, pg 86

Source Film Number:       256002 = Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, in the General Register Office:
Births June v. 1-1 to 1-2 1878
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At the bottom of each index you’ll see Source Film Numbers. These films contain copies of the original birth records for the McFarland children. You can order these films from your local Family History Center.

Next I found the person I believe to be your Archibald McFarland in an Irish property tax record known as Griffiths Valuation. Griffiths Valuation was enumerated in the 32 counties of Ireland between 1847 and 1864. The valuation for County Antrim was completed by 1861.

Unlike a census Griffiths Valuation doesn’t count family members but records those people, known as Occupiers, who leased property from owners, or owner’s representatives, called Immediate Lessors.

As you’ll see in the transcription that follows Archibald McFarland leased a house in the townland of Bighouse, Civil Parish of Culfeightrin, from a man named John M’Gildowney.


No. and Letters of Reference to Map: 2 b
Civil Parish: Culfeightrin
Townland: Bighouse
Occupier: Archibald McFarland
Immediate Lessor: John M’Gildowney
Description of Tenement: House
Area of Land: 0 Acres, 0 Roods, 0 Perches
Rateable Annual Valuation of Land: 0
Rateable Annual Valuation of Buildings: 5 Shillings
Total Annual Valuation of Rateable Propterty: 5 Shillings
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Griffiths Valuation shows that Archibald leased only a house from John M’Gildowney. The absence of land indicates that he made a living in an occupation other than farming.

The map number at the top of the entry (2 b), refers to an Ordnance Survey Map indicating the location of John’s residence in Bighouse.

If you recall 7 of Archibald and Margaret’s children were baptized in the Culfeightrin Catholic Church. It’s possible the family had been living in the house in Bighouse, when these children were born and baptized.

Below is a description of the Civil Parish of Culfeightrin from the 1837 edition of Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. You can access the Dictionary from the Library Ireland website link at:
http://www.libraryireland.com/topog/index.php


CULFEIGHTRIN, or COOLFAYTON, a parish, in the barony of CAREY, county of ANTRIM, and province of ULSTER, ½ a mile (E.) from Ballycastle; containing 5012 inhabitants. This parish, which is also called Carey, from Castle Carey or Kerragh, which gave name to the barony, was the scene of a sanguinary conflict that took place between the forces of Mac Quellan and those of Sorley Boy MacDonnell, who encamped on the plains of Bonamargy, on the 4th of July, 1569. This battle, by which the Mac Donnells obtained possession of the castles and estates of the Mac Quellans, is described as having continued throughout the whole vale of Glenshesk, of which every yard was fiercely contested, and nearly the entire surface strewed with the slain. The victory was at length determined in favour of the Mac Donnells, and the fate of Mac Quellan was finally decided on the mountains of Aura, on the 13th of the same month; Shane O'Dennis O'Nial fell in this battle, and his cairn or tumulus is still shewn near Cushendun.

The parish, which is bounded on the north by the Atlantic ocean, comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, an area of 26,338 statute acres, including 49 acres under water. The surface is mountainous; the entire mountain of Carey, and the promontories of Fair Head, the most northern part of Ireland, and Tor Point being within the parish: the highest spot is Carnlea, which, according to the same survey, is 1253 feet above the sea. The system of agriculture is improving, but there are very large tracts of waste land, among which is the extensive mountain of Carey, covered with heath; the only profit from it is the peat or turf carried from its bogs for fuel: it is well stocked with grouse. The lower grounds are well cultivated, and the townland of Murloch, which is an inland continuation of the bold and craggy promontory of Fair Head, is extremely fertile, producing an abundance of corn and excellent pasturage.

The collieries, generally known by the name of the Ballycastle mines, which were extensively worked about the middle of the last century, are in this parish, but were discontinued in 1833: it is supposed that the mines are exhausted, the workmen, on penetrating inland from the face of the promontory, for a distance of from a quarter to half a mile, having been stopped by a whin-dyke which here crosses the country, and though experimental shafts have been sunk on the other side of the dyke, lower than the levels previously wrought, no coal has been found: it is, however, conjectured that this mineral could be found by sinking under the former levels or beneath the surface of the sea. There are fine quarries of freestone, which are extensively worked, affording employment to a considerable number of persons; also valuable mines of coal under the promontory of Fair Head, and at Murloch; the former have never been worked, and the working of the latter has been discontinued for some years.

The road from Belfast to the Giants' Causeway, along the shore, formerly led over the dreary mountain of Carey, where, for nearly ten miles, not a single habitation was to be seen. The royal military road is now in course of formation, by means of which that mountain will be avoided, or its difficulty obviated, and the baronies of Carey and Glenarm will be united by a splendid viaduct thrown across the romantic valley of Glendun. Great preparations have already been made by levelling the hills and the draining of bogs and lakes; the whole line of road for 8 miles through this parish is entirely new. The scenery is boldly diversified, including the stupendous rocks of Glendun, the lakes of Cranagh, and Tor Point and Fair Head, in the crags of which eagles build their nests. Within the limits of the parish are Church-field, the residence of T. Casement, Esq.; Cushendun House, of Edm. A. McNeill, Esq.; Cottage, of Major McAulay; Glenmona, of M. Harrison, Esq.; and a cottage residence of General O'Neill. At Tor Point and Cushendun are coast-guard stations, which are two of the eight that form the district of Ballycastle.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Connor, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory was attached to the Chancellorship of Connor from the year 1600 till 1831, when, on the death of Dr. Trail, the late chancellor, it became a separate consolidated rectory and vicarage under Bishop Mant's act. The tithes amount to £350: there is neither glebe-house nor glebe. The church, a neat edifice, in the later English style, was erected in 1830, on the site of the ancient structure, by a loan of £600 from the late Board of First Fruits. It is in contemplation to erect a chapel of ease at Cushendun, now a fashionable watering-place, at the eastern extremity of the parish, and seven miles distant from the mother church, which is situated at the opposite extremity.

In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, comprising also the Grange of Innispollan, and containing two chapels; that in Culfeightrin is at Carey, near the church. An excellent school-house was built at Bonamargy, near the bridge, by Alexander McNeil, Esq.; and there is also a school at Cushendun, chiefly supported by the resident gentry of the neighbourhood. About 180 children are educated in four private schools. On the bay of Cushendun are some fine remains of Castle Carey.
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Kind Regards Ann,

Dave Boylan


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