Share This:

In tracing my McLean family back through the years I have a John McLean marrying a Catherine Canning in County Derry. Sons John and Hugh McLean were born in Co. Derry (1815 and 1818) then shortly thereafter they moved to Glasgow where the rest of the family was born, sons Neil and William, daughters Catherine, Agnes (Nancy) and Unity.

Catherine had some brothers and a sister. John, Hugh and Mary, allalso settling in Glasgow.  John Canning's marriage records from St Andrews RC church Glasgow in 1827 indicate that his parish of birth was Drumachose, County Derry.  Their parents were Martin Canning (Shoemaker) and Agnes McLaughlin.

John Canning's brother Hugh has indicated on a Census in Glasgow that his parish of birth was Aghanloo, which I understand is nearby Drumachose.

Any offers of information will be much appreciated and I am happy to provide details of the Cannings and McLean families that I have.




Billy Mc

Monday 12th Dec 2016, 08:52PM

Message Board Replies

  • Confusingly, RC parishes often have different names and different boundaries to the civil one. So the RC parish of Limavady encompasses the civil parishes of Drumachose and Aghanloo. Unfortunately the RC records only start in 1855, so we won’t be able to learn anything of the families from church records.

    I looked at the 1831 census for Co Derry. There were 2 Canning households in Aghanloo parish. One was in Tullyarmon townland, and was headed by James plus 2 females. All RC. The other was Mathew in Dromaderry. 2 males and 1 female. All RC. There were 5 Canning families in Drumachose but all were Presbyterian or Church of Ireland.

    No Cannings in either townland by the 1901 census.

    I think you might have to try DNA testing to match with any in the county today.

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 12th Dec 2016, 10:29PM

Post Reply