Monday, 27 June 2011

Celtic, Wounded and Warriston

I have referred before to the value of a small journal on Scottish historical research called West Highland notes and queries. In its current issue an author called Ronald Black has written on 'Personal names...' and made a comment relevant to our clan name in the Celtic period. I have printed it following my blog of 3rd February 2009, Celtic beginnings - Continued.

There is an excellent internet site in which an amateur genealogist collects references from Irish newspapers, mainly from Belfast I think. It is called Eddies Extracts. There are just two McIlhagga references. The first I have written about on an earlier occasion. In Eddie's Extracts it is under Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church, 'Pte. Robert McIlhagga, of Knockahollet, killed in action' in the 1914-1918 War. The second also refers to the First World War and is under Townsend Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast, 'Samuel McIlhagga, of 12 Castleton Gardens - Wounded'. This address does not occur with a clan name either in the Ulster Covenant of 1912, nor in the Irish Census of 1911. Does anyone know to which family this Samuel belonged?

There is another excellent internet site called on which you can access burial records, cremation records, grave maps, &c. It has just added more Edinburgh records from Seafield Cemetery, Seafield Crematorium and from Warriston Crematorium. There are just two clan records at Warriston. The first is for Daniel McIlhagga who died 3rd April 1985 and who was cremated on 5th April. Daniel was the son of Daniel Maitland McIlhagga and Annie Eliza Wright. He was born on 31st January 1903 in County Antrim, Ireland and died at 11 Gleneagles way, Livingstone, Scotland. He married Margaret Willis Crowe in Kirknewton, Midlothian. To the best of my knowledge they had one daughter. The second record is for Jean McIlhagga who died on 25th December 1970 and was cremated on 29th December. Although I am not sure, I think this could have been Daniel's sister, though it may have been another of the Jeans in this extended family. If anyone can let us know the true facts, I would be most grateful.

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