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McGrory family in Scotland & Canada
Posted by: CHARLES McGRORY (ID *****3512) Date: June 15, 2007 at 08:37:30
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Here is some information.

My grandfather Henry (Harry) McGrory came from the Killybegs Donegal area to Glasgow around 1890s. I am told he spent some time in British Army in S Africa in Boer War.
For his generation he was very tall. He worked in Glasgow up to the early 1970s as a shipyard carpenter. I believe his father spent some time in Glasgow as a schoolteacher. Harry worked right up into his seventies. He lived till he was in his late 80s; he was a quiet man with a deep dignity. His wife was Mary Cunningham, also of Killybegs area. Family legend has it that she was quite a wealthy landowner heir but the property was lost by her trustees while she was on a round the world trip as a very young woman. She was a fine-featured tall woman.

They had three sons and one daughter. Jack (John) McGrory served in the Cable ships as a steward and chief steward through World War 2 and onward and retired in that service and died some 10 years ago. He was a very succesful race track gambler; how he managed that on board a ship is a mystery but his mother was also successful on this gambling by sheer intuition. Maybe she had the fey sight. Jack died at age 80 plus

James (Jimmy) McGrory worked in the Glasgow shipyards and unfortunately came down and dies quickly with asbestosis - a common disease of the time.

Charles McGrory (the youngest son - my father) served in the Royal Navy as an able seaman gunner from the Battle of Narvik in Norway, convoys to Murmansk in Russia, hunting the Bismarck, Malta convoys (where he just missed being blown up; his gun crew were all killed but he had tripped on his way to the gun, broke his leg and missed the blast), he was on block ships on D Day on the beach (he said it was very noisy) and then after the World War 2 he went back to sea as a chef and later Chief Steward where he retired and lived till he was 81 and died in 1999; he kept amazingly strong and fit right up till his last year.

Sarah McGrory worked in a convent in Glasgow all her life and had a son Harry who lives in Ontario Canada and a daughter Betty who lives in England.

Charles McGrory my father married my mother Bridget Cogan and they were based in Glasgow all their lives. \Cheery Bridie still functions at almost 90.

They have three sons, myself Charles, Jack (John) and Jim (James). All of us have been hardworking and successful; I went on to have a science degree and two law degrees. I worked in Canada from 1965 to 1997 for Esso and Canada Post and my own business. I am back here in Glasgow for a time and maybe will return to Canada or split my time. My sport passions are flying and sailing. Seems like the Donegal fisherman lives on in the gene pool.

Jack my brother has had many senior executive positiosn with large UK corporations; he just married off his beautiful daughter Claire this weekend. It was a grand affair. Jack has two sons Scott and Grieg who are being trained as professional footballers for Barnsley Football Club in England. Scott made it into Wikipedia as a brief mention.

Jim built up his own hotel business in St Andrews Scotland.

That is my info and glad to add to the pool.


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