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Kennedy of Cranagh House, Coleraine

— Kennedy of Cranagh House Coleraine

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Last Online: 4-11-2019
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Records: 92
Grave Pictures: 9
Person Pictures: 4
Birthdates: 89.1%
Birthplaces: 95.7%
Deathdates: 68.5%
Deathplaces: 76.1%
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Person Pictures: 0
Birthdates: 0%
Birthplaces: 0%
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During WWII I was one of those government evacuees who was shipped off to the countryside for safekeeping.  We were living in Belfast, had experienced the Blitz  of April & May 1941, and my mother thought it a good idea that I should be taken care of by her sister and brother at the farm known as Cranagh House, Coleraine, County Londonderry, that had been owned by my grandfather, James Kennedy, Sr., since the early 1900's.  When grandfather James retired from farming, the property was sold to his youngest son, James, Jr. - with a mortgage!  
  In 1968 the New University of Ulster at Coleraine was established on the site of what had been my grandather's farmland.  The University gave James Jr. a life estate on Cranagh House; he was still living at the house when he died in 1981 & it was boarded up at that time.  I last saw it as a house in 1985.  When I again visited Coleraine in 2009 it had been demolished except for a wall that I recognized as being part of the kitchen.  My memory is of an elegant old Georgian house that creaked and groaned with its own peculiar sounds and smells.   If one were to visit the Cranagh Marina (previously Crannagh Fishery), and look directly across the Portstewart Road, one might just find the old pillars that supported the gates leading up the long avenue to Cranagh House.  In springtime the daffodils would bloom on either side of the avenue. Some time ago I came upon a record from the Coleraine Burough Council around 2010 that removed Cranagh House from its rolls, noting it had been demolished.  It is now history, as am I.
  At Ballylaggan Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery there are to be found the headstones for my grandparents, James Kennedy/Mary Tweed; great-grandparents, William Kennedy/Charlotte Long; great-great-grandparents, William Kennedy/Nancy Catherwood, and great-great-great grandparents, George Kennedy/Mary Paul.  How lucky, as a researcher, can I be!
   There is a record provided by my first cousin 2x removed, Hugh McLaughlin Kennedy (1857-1949) of New Zealand;  page 180 of the book: "History of the Colonial Gentry": by Sir Bernard Burke, published 1891, that provides a lineage for our Kennedy family back to Duncan de Carrick in the year 1150.  Unfortunately, there is no direct evidence that provides birth/marriage/death records for the Kennedy who came over from Scotland to Ireland in the 1700's.
   Should our paths cross, drop by & say "Hello".
   

The most common surnames in this researcher's data:

SurnameCountDate RangePlacesLast Updated
Stewart23 1744-1972 Ireland, PA, DE, Canada1-13-2013
Kennedy16 1730-1948 Scotland, Ireland, PA, NY, Canada3-13-2017
Tweed10 1800-1938 Australia, Ireland5-19-2016
Long9 1817-1922 Ireland5-17-2016
Guiler3 1780-1899 Ireland12-29-2015
Hamilton3 1750-1862 Ireland1-4-2013
Catherwood2 1760-1890 Ireland12-15-2012
Logan2 1727-1836 Ireland1-9-2013
Dunlop1 1788-1877 Ireland1-15-2013
Finley1 1779-1885 Ireland, PA12-14-2012
Lamont1 1853-1935 Ireland1-6-2013
Leslie1 1819-1866 Ireland1-5-2013
MacLeary1 1730-1730 Scotland1-13-2013
McElheran1 1801-1859 Ireland5-19-2016
McKee1 1802-1882 Ireland, PA1-15-2013
Millar1 1834-1914 Ireland, NJ1-1-2013
Paul1 1776-1835 Ireland12-14-2012
 

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