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From: "John Polk" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Subject: "Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster1641-1691" Peek/Pook/Peak
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 02:44:38 -0500
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Pollock is a Scottish placename for the area known anciently as "Polloc" on
the sourthwest of Glasgow. There are still suburbs today known as
Pollockshaws and Pollockshiels in the area. Also Pollock House in Pollock
Country Park which is a seat of the Maxwell family. (We lost that land when
we backed John Balliol against Robert Bruce.) The placename was adopted as
a family name back in the 12th century. The name is generally prononced as a
single syllable, rather drawn out, in Scotland and Ulster, so the name
Pollock and Polk are pretty interchangeable in 18th century and before. The
particular spelling depended on the clerk who wrote it down, sometimes in
different ways in a single document. Pogue is also a form of the name but it
might also have separate Gaelic origins, as Bell mentions.

In my own research in Maryland colonial history, in which I have seen many
original source documents. I have seen Peakes and Polk/Pollocks/Pogues but
they appear to be very separate families.

John Polk
Havre de Grace Maryland

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Subject: Re: [S-I] Subject: "Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster
1641-1691" Peek/Pook/Peak

> Hi Ed,
> On the Muster lists in Derry, 1642, the closest are
> William Poake John Kilner's Foot
> James Poake ditto
> Defenders of Derry
> Capt. Alexander Pogue (or Poke) Derry
> Family of Pogue or Poke in Derry -- Alexander's wife, her mother and
> brother were killed by a bomb falling on their house.
> Bell "Surnames of Ulster" says in the late 19th century in Down, Antrim,
> MOnaghan and Derry that Pollack was still used interchangabley with Poag,
> Pogue, Poke, and Polk. The origin of Pollock, he says is not known. Pog in
> Gaelic means kiss and is often transliterated at Pogue.
> MacLysaght (Surnames of Ireland) as (Mac) Peake, in Irish Mac Peice. He
> says peic is not an Irish word and that it is probably from Old English
> peac, a thick set man. He says the Mac is kept in its homelands of Derry
> and Tyrone. He says elsewhere probably English.
> Linda Merle
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Edwin O'Brien" <>
> To:
> Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 2:46:08 PM
> Subject: [S-I] Subject: "Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster 1641-1691"
> Hi Linda.
> I wrote a couple of years ago about looking for Peeks in Antrim in the
> late 1600s and early 1700s. I had found the family of David Peak
> (b1681, Antrim) and his two sons John and Robert Peek as reported on
> the Family Search Site (IGI). They were listed in the Milrow
> Presbyterian Church records. I hired a researcher to examine those
> records and make some copies of some of the originals. The Peeks
> turned out to be Pooks and I was disappointed. I now know that an “e”
> was often written to look like an “o” and that they were probably
> Peeks and that David and his son John were probably my ancestors. A
> John Peak of Prince Edward County, VA was my ancestor and he had a
> brother, Robert, also resident in Prince Edward County and family oral
> history says that they were Scotch Irish. Now, getting to the point
> would you look up the name, Peek/Pook/Peak if and when you get a
> chance. I recognize that David would have been too young to be in the
> “Defenders of the Plantation of Ulster 1641-1691” but perhaps some of
> his relatives are listed.
> Thank you. Ed O’Brien
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