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From: linda Merle <>
Subject: Re: Quakers
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 11:41:19 -0700
Falley does have a chapter on Quakers in Ireland, as you've noticed.
Bell says Shaw can be found all over Ireland, but is only common in ULster, esp.
Antrim and Down. It can be English or Scottish in origin. In Scotland it is found
in areas that we know had much emmigration to Ireland: Kirkcudbrightshire,
Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Stirlingshire. There are also Highland Shaws who may
have come with the McDonalds. It has been fou nd in Ulster since the 16th
century but is only common since the plantation. The earlier dudes are the ones
who came as mercinaries with the McDonalds. SOme were among the first
settlers in the Ards area of Down-- they were brought over by Sir Hugh Montgomery.
There is also a castle: Ballygally Castle, near Larne, that was built by Scottish
Shaws in 1625. It is now a hotel. He doesn't even mention the presence of Shaws
in the Quaker community in Lisburn.
There may be additional information on the Lisburn Quakers in PRONI -- I'd
check out what they have, via LDS, until you can get over. And there may be
local groups in Lisburn studying these fellas. Quakers would have been merchants
or some kind of middle class folk --- so check any records t hat do survive for the
period as well as Irish deeds and will indexes.
Maybe you already did this, alas.