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"Mountain Hill" location near Newbliss, Co. Monaghan & Johnston family there
Posted by: Annie Crenshaw (ID *****0350) Date: June 14, 2007 at 12:38:02
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I'd like to find the location of "the Mountain Hill" in northern County Monaghan -- probably in or near Newbliss (town) in Killeevan parish, or perhaps in Aghabog parish.

Staff at NIAH (Ireland's National Inventory of Architectural Heritage) have nothing on a "Mountain Hill" in Co. Monaghan, although they do have "Newbliss House" listed under historic gardens, and their web site includes the early Ordnance Survey map of that area.

My family search is for these people:

William JOHNSTON of "the Mountain Hill" married Eliza Jane CALVIN/COLVIN of Creevlea in 1837 at Stonebridge Presbyterian Church, Clones parish.

Where was William Johnston from, exactly, and who were his parents and other family members? Where did he and Eliza Jane live after they married? Grandchildren (no name stated) were said to be still living in the area in 1911. Did they live at "the Mountain Hill," wherever that was?

I can't find a "Mountain Hill" place name on any Co. Monaghan maps (old or new), but it seems to be a notable house or farm property, see GAA reference quoted below. Local residents surely must know exactly what and where "Mountain Hill" is, since GAA games (Gaelic Athletic Association) are played on a field there. Can anyone help me?

"The GAA proper was born in Monaghan at a meeting in O'Neill's Hotel...On Saturday last two matches were played on the Newbliss Davitts grounds at Mountain Hill. The first was between Drumskelt branch of Aghabog Emmets and ..." and it describes a 1914 game played at "the Mountain Hill" (with accompanying poem). Source --

In Griffith's Valuation (completed 1861 for Co. Monaghan):

William Johnston in County Monaghan, Clones parish -

Townland: Gransha More (Gransha More & Gransha Beg are very near Creevlea)
Townland: Drumnagalvin
Townland: Maghery

In Killeevan parish (which includes the town of Newbliss) are:

William Johnston - Killyfuddy townland (could this be where the "Mountain Hill" was?)
Eliza Johnston - Drumhillagh
Jane Johnston - Shanco
Robert Johnston - Shanco

Any help finding "Mountain Hill" and the Johnstons who lived there would be greatly appreciated.

-- Annie Crenshaw

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