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From: Alexander Craghead <>
Subject: [Scotch-Irish] Re: Scotch-Irish-D Digest V02 #155
Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 20:13:31 -0700 (PDT)
> With Bushmills, the haunt of Sean Dhu and my own
> early ancestors,
> apparently, in the early 1700's it's reported that
> the local
> presbyterians still didn't speak English. They
> apparently spoke
> Gaelic. The first minister there in the early 1600's
> at Billy was
> an Irishman named O'Quinn, who did preach in Irish.
> See "Presbyteians
> and the Irish Language" by Blaney. Not sure we know
> if he spoke
> in Irish THERE, but it is documented he preached in
> Irish elsewhere,
> nearer Dublin at leat.
> Linda Merle
Are you sure that they meant Gaelic when the said he
did not speak English? It may be possible he simply
spoke Middle Scotts, essentially heavy Scots brogue;
though this is really a form of English, it was often
indecipherable to English (proper) speakers. (As
Scotts is even today, yuk yuk).
Oh, and on the whole name thing: Every reference to my
Craighead ancestors from the 1700 era state they are
"Irish"- not Scotch-Irish, not Ulster Scots. Fact is
most people "Colony Side" if you will didn't really
care to be that precise.
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