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Re: Rainsford, Ireland
Posted by: Gordon Rainsford Date: August 30, 2001 at 09:52:48
In Reply to: Re: Rainsford, Ireland by Jennie Macfie of 160

Hi Jennie, I've never known where the rather unusual names came from, which is why I noticed your Angel. My great-aunt however died about 15 years ago, and her son two years ago.

The family line is traced back to Mark Rainsford, who in 1700-01 was Mayor of Dublin, and who founded the brewery which later became Guinness when Mark's grandson had to sell it to pay off debts. There is still a Rainsford St and a Rainsford Sq in Dublin called after him.

There was a family tradition for several generations of giving the first son his father's name as a second name, and so if Frederick was Richard's son he would be likely to have been Frederick Richard - Hume was Hume Frederick, and his son (my father) was Patrick Hume.

You might find more of interest (including a little corroboration of the above) by looking at the Rainsford genealogy page.

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