Hello. I have a bit of a mystery. My secondary source records show an ancestor of mine, a John DUDGEON (c1767-1839) emigrating from "the Rosses, Northern Ireland" to Londonderry, Nova Scotia, now Canada, sometime before about 1793. I have been wondering about this for some time, trying to figure out where it might have been. I certainly wouldn't rule out transcription errors / phoenetic spelling, etc. Another secondary source that I have just found states Dudgeon came from Ulster county. Can anyone think of where this "the Rosses" might be referring
to? I have thought of perhaps Roscommon or even Laois, but neither seems to be in the north. I'm not sure if this refers to a county, a town, a parish, or whatever. I am researching from Canada and am not that familiar with Irish pronounciation of place names, so I was hoping someone more familiar with Ireland might have an idea of what might sound like "the Rosses". Failing that, does anyone know where the Dudgeon surname might have been prevalent in the eighteenth century? Any leads appreciated!!!!!