Ros Davies' Co. Down, Northern Ireland Family History Research Site
© Rosalind Davies 2001

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A Collection of Photos of People of Co. Down

William & Ellen Curran Hans Weaver Lord Bangor's Funeral Thomas Carey Esq. Eliza Whiteside (nee Seawright)
Rev. Henry Livingstone John Armstrong Rev. James Armstrong John Strong Armstrong Cissie Cunningham
Mrs Lizzie Dickson nee Fleming & brother John Fleming Rev. David Fleming Robert Denvir Margaret O'Flaherty Beatty / Beattie family of Killyleagh
David Stevely Savage & wife Jeannie Mack of Ballynahinch Morrison family of Killyleagh Dan Marner of Rosconnor Magheralaggan Pipe Band Loughinisland c. 1953/54 Lizzie McKeown, Hillsborough
Hugh & Alice Gorman c. 1885 of Clonduff & John Scullion Peter & Rose Ellen McClory outside McClory's Lake Hotel Loughbrickland Shrigley Cricket Team c. 1925 Capt. William Iliff of Sketrick Island James Stevenson of Donaghadee & New Zealand & Mary McVeigh
Michael Molloy John Ellesmere of Downpatrick Rev. G. Graham McElroy    

William & Ellen Curran Hans Weaver

This photo taken around 1920 shows William Curran and his cousin Ellen Curran near their home in Sheepland, Dunsford parish.

William was a farmer & a fisherman as well as a good fiddle player.
Hans Weaver born 1816 at Killyleagh. His father was also Hans. They emigrated to Oregan USA.

This photo was kindly sent to me by Shirley Weaver Sipler

Lord Bangor's Funeral

This is the funeral procession of the 6th Viscount Bangor of Castleward, Maxwell Richard Crosbie Ward. The photo was taken in 1950 as the procession neared the Ballyculter Parish Church.

This photo was kindly sent to me by Tom Harper.

Thomas Carey

Thomas Carey was a solicitor, and lived in St Leonards-on-Sea in Sussex, England and also at Warrenpoint in a house called St. Leonards in 1881 & 1901.

This photo was kindly sent to me by his descendent John T. Fountain Sr. Contact him if you have a connection by clicking here for my Contacts page

The old lady in this photo is Eliza Seawright b. 1869 near Banbridge, daughter of Joseph Seawright & Margaret Ferris. She married Samuel Hannah Whiteside (1870-1934), son of George and Jane (nee Gordon) Whiteside of Tonaghmore near Banbridge. After they had their family, George Jnr, Meggie, Annie, Martha and Lizzie, they emigrated over to Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She died in 1949.

This photo was kindly sent to me by her great grandson, Alan Marshall.

Capt. John Armstrong  
The painting on the left is of Rev. Henry Livingstone who was minister of Ballynahinch Presbyterian from 1704. On the right is John Armstrong (1754-1837), postmaster in Ballynahinch & captain of the Ballynahinch Volunteers (in uniform)
These portraits were kindly sent to me by Julian Armstrong.

Rev. James Armstrong John Strong Armstron
The painting on the left is of Rev. James Armstrong (1780-1839), son of John Armstrong of Ballynahinch (see above) minister of Strand Street Presbyterian Church in Dublin and earlier, assistant Master to his father-in-law, the Rev. Dr. William Bruce, Head of the Belfast Academy. . On the right is John Strong Armstrong (1782-1864), also son of John Armstrong of Ballynahinch- long time elder of 1st Presbyterian Church in Ballynahinch.
These portraits were kindly sent to me by Julian Armstrong.

Cissy Cunningham
This photo of Cissie Cunningham of Main St, Dundrum ( married name Murray) doing Irish Dancing in 1930 was kindly sent to me by her daughter, Mrs. Sheila Phillips. Cissie died Feb 2011 aged 92 & buried Ballymartin Catholic graveyard

Lizzie & John Fleming

Left: John Fleming with his sister Lizzie Fleming (b. 1873) who married David Dickson 22 Oct 1902.
Right: Rev. David Fleming - back row left- Presbyterian minister, Banbridge; father of Lizzie & John.

These lovely old photos were kindly sent to me by Ken Johnson of Arizona


Robert Denvir
This photo was taken in 1866 at Magill's in Belfast.

Robert Denvir of Denvir's Hotel, Downpatrick; inherited the Inn in English Street from John Denvir. He was an agent for steamer 'Eclipse' in 21 Jan 1843 & proprietor of Head Inn, a commercial hotel & posting house in 1846 & 1852 . He died 2 Apr 1875 aged 100; death notice 10 Apr 1875; husband of Mary who died 1 Apr 1883 aged 98; father of Catherine Nelson (d. 1880 aged 51) & Robert (d. 1890) ; buried Downpatrick Catholic graveyard; will probated 10 May 1875, executor was Robert Denvir of Downpatrick.

This photo was kindly sent to me by Margaret Mooney


Does anyone recognise these people? Please contact Cheryl Myers if you do.
From the left: (1) Joseph Beatty of Killyleagh (Cheryl's great great grandfather.
(2) Aunt Beattie was born in Ireland & taken in the studio of J. F. Bradley of Perth, Lanark Co., Ontario, Canada. I don't know if she was married to one of the Beattie's of the first family of Joseph Beattie & unknown wife, or if she was the Sarah Beattie in the picture with her mother Rose [Love] Beattie.
(3) Mrs. Rose Love Beattie (wife of Joseph Beattie) died between 1886 - 1887 with her daughter Sarah.
(4) Elizabeth [Beattie] Wright on the right and my grandmother Cecelia Anna [Patz] Wright. Eliza as she was called was born in Co. Down Ireland and was married to Robert Wright who was born in Tullyveery, Killyleagh, Co.Down. Cecelia was the wife of the only son of Robert & Eliza [Beattie] Wright, William [Bill] Wright born in Worcester, MA, USA.

This lovely old photo was kindly sent by Mrs. Dorothy Gallagher of NSW, Australia. It shows her grandfather David Stevely Savage born Nov1878 in Magheradrool . His parents were James Savage (a farmer) and Sarah Savage (Miss McDowell) . The lady in the middle is called Martha.

David married Jeannie Mack on the 3rd December, 1901 at the Ballynahinch 2nd Presbyterian by Licence Rev. R.G. Milling . The groom's witness Rawland Cleland and the bride's witness Mary Patterson. David was a labourer and she was a spinster.

David Savage was the Sexton at the Edengrove Presbyterian (2nd Ballynahinch) Church until his death on 6th Feb 1931 at the Down Infirmary from cancer. Jeanie Mack Savage died on the 6th May, 1934 at Ballynahinch but on this document her name was put down as Elizabeth Jane Savage. They are both buried at the Edengrove Church, in Ballynahinch, in grave no. 157.

This photo, kindly sent by Donald Clarke, show his ancestor Robert Morrison & family of Killyleagh . Robert is the son of Robert Morrison b. 1830 and Elizabeth Scott. Also the grandson of William Morrison - b. 1800 - all born in Killyleagh.

From left to right --
John -b. 18 May 1893 Barrows Eng. - died 15 Apr 1970 Toronto, Canada
Agnes Law Magreevy - b 6 March 1869 , Barnamaghery Down - died 13 June 1944 Toronto, Canada
Ann - b 14 June 1899 Glasgow, Scotland - died 2 Aug 1988 Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Robert Jr. - b 12 Sept 1887 Crossgar, Down - died 18 Jan 1917, WW 1 buried in France
Agnes - b 21 June 1896 Glasgow Scotland - died 3 May 1995 Bath, New York, USA
Elizabeth - b 10 Nov 1891 Borrows Eng. - died 30 Sept 1987 Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Robert Morrison b 22 Jan 1867 Killyleagh Down - died 11 Feb 1951 Toronto, Canada

Robert also had a sister - Mary - b 25 Feb 1864

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Dan Marner

This photo shows Dan Marner of Loughinisland Rd, Rosconnor ploughing on Edward Rea's farm at Annacloy c. 1950.

Magheralagan Pipe Band taken around 1953/54 - Loughinisland

The photo is taken where Savages shop used to be at the junction of the Bucks Head Road, Farranfad Road and Drumcullen Road. I think it was either the Cardinal or Bishops who came to bless the band after they had raised money for new uniforms.


BACK ROW Left to Right; Mickey Croskery, Gerry Mahon (still living , brother of Danny), John Dornan (my Great Uncle), Tom Smyth (my Father, still living), Jim Mageean (still living), Thomas Smyth (my Grandfather), Gerry Flynn, Bobby McComb, Rabby McAlea.

FRONT ROW Left to Right; Brendan Fegan, Edmund Mason, Tommy McAlea, Joe Smyth, Rev Canon McWilliams PP VF, John Hanna, (Tractor) John Smyth, Jimmy Smyth, (Curley) Jim Smyth, Danny Mahon (still living).


This photo was kindly sent by Eddie Smyth in May 2010.

This photo was taken the same day as the one above but this time at Ballykilbeg Catholic Church.








This photo was kindly sent by Tom O'Hare

Lizzie McKeown , Hillsborough c. 1930s or early 1940s

Lizzie & her sister Sarah lived in the cottage which was possibly in Culcavey near the dog kennels but within walking distance of Hillsborough . Lizzie & Sarah used to hem handkerchiefs for a linen company.


If you recognise this cottage or area please contact Brenda Davies on bemdavies 'at '

Hugh Gorman

Master Hugh Gorman of Clonduff c. 1865 ( photo on glass-Ambrotype) his wife Alice (nee Barr) and their children Catherine (Mrs. Scullion) & James c. 1890 Constable John Scullion (their son-in-law)

Left & middle : Hugh was born b.c. 1830 in Drumlee, Drumgooland. He was a teacher at Morgan's Barn school, Legananny (Drumgooland) in 1851 when aged in his 20s then possibly at Cabra National School but then became a farmer near Rathfriland by 1885 . He married Alice Barr , whose father was Gartlan's gamekeeper in 1861 ; father of Catherine b.c. 1864 & Patrick b.c. 1866 & James b. 1867 (regd. Rathfriland) & Anne b.c. 1883 & Rose b.c. 1885. In the 1901 Census, the family were living in Islandmoyle, Clonduff parish. The children still at home were Patrick 35, Anne 18, Rose 16 & Mrs. Catherine Scullion 37 with her four daughters. Hugh died 2 Nov 1910 and Alice died 20 Oct 1914.

Right; Constable James Scullion was born c. 1861 in Co. Antrim. He was 5' 9" and a Catholic when he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1880 . He was posted to Co. Donegal in 1881 then to Belfast by 1887. He married Catherine Gorman of Clonduff 7 Apr 1891 & was the father of Susanna, Alice, Kitty & Rose. He died of enteric fever 18 Jan 1901 .

These lovely old photos was kindly sent by Kevin Lonie .

M'Clory's Lake Hotel
is in the main street of Loughbrickland in Aghaderg parish

Outside are Peter M'Clory and his wife Rose Ellen (nee Ross) c. 1900. Their children attended Loughbrickland School

Peter died in 1907 and Rose Ellen in 1904. After that their children all emigrated , mainly to Boston USA


This photo was kindly sent by Sue McClory.

This photo from the Down Recorder was kindly sent by Irene Watson whose great grandfather D.R. Patterson is in the 2nd row

Capt. William Iliff of Skettrick Island in Strangford Lough ; a master mariner; brother of John Boyd Illiff ( a grocer of Kircubbin) ; his wife d. c. 1930; death notice 20 Oct 1953 aged 82


This lovely old photo was kindly sent by his grandson Michael Taggart

On the left is Mary McVeigh, wife of James Stevenson

On the right is James Stevenson (1839 -1894) , son of Gilbert Stevenson & Fanny Scott of Ganaway in Donaghadee parish , who arrived in New Zealand on the "Evening Star" on 15 Apr 1863. Adam Stevenson born 1845 and Agnes Stevenson born 1842 who both arrived in Lyttleton on board the "British Empire" on 6 September 1864.


These photos were kindly sent by their great grandson Alister Smith.

This photo shows Mrs. Margaret O'Flaherty who was the District Nurse in Newcastle in the years before 1924 when she passed away aged 59 of cancer.
She married to Bill and had one son Billy( a musician and piano teacher). The family lived at Clonallon Cottage Newcastle

She must have delivered many babies in the district in her time. This photo shows her holding two babies, twins I presume in their christening gowns.As far as I know we have no twins in our family. I think the year was sometime around 1918-20.

This photo was kindly sent by her great grand daughter Louise Lynch. Please contact Louise if you remember Mrs. O'Flaherty.







John Ellesmere Michael Molloy

John was born Dec 1825, within Derry's Walls, the son of Joseph Ellsmere (b Downpatrick 1795) a soldier, and Margaret Saye. John, aged 7 , accompanied his parents to Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, in 1832 as his father commuted his Chelsea pension for a 100 acre land grant in Canada. He married Hannah Baker from England. John was one of the founder members of Craighurst Orange Lodge.

Leading Seaman Michael Molloy, from Ardglass was killed at the Battle of Coronel, 1st November 1914, when his ship the H.M.S. “Monmouth”, a 1st class armoured cruiser, capsized around 21. 20 hours following battle with the Germans. 734 lives were lost - 42 officers and 692 ratings, there were no survivors. Having been killed at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided, Michael is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, unveiled by HRH Prince George on 29 July 1924.

These lovely old photos were kindly sent by Joan Magee.


Rev. G. Graham McElroy

This lovely old photo was kindly sent by Vernon Moore . It was found in a box at St. Mark's, Newtownards.

Rev. McElroy was Rector of St. Mark's, Newtownards c. 1900-1901 & Castlewellan in 1907


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by Ros Davies