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Hi Everyone,

I have been searching for information about my early Kirkland Family of Moville, Donegal.  Henry Kirkland and Sarah Erwin, with their children, arrived in NSW, Australia on 10 March 1839 onboard the ‘Susan’.  Henry’s parents, my 4 x great-grandparents, George Kirkland and Margaret Belle McLaughlin (spelling may be incorrect because I have no positive sources relating to this couple), and his brother Richard Kirkland, remained in Ireland. I know Irish documentation was destroyed many years ago, but I wanted to put this message out there in the hope there are still descendants who may hold some information on my ancestors. Thank you for your assistance, Lyn Underhill NSW AUST. 


Tuesday 28th Nov 2023, 10:24PM

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  • Not sure if you've seen George's baptismal record (from rootsireland):

    Name:George Kirkland



    Parish/District:MOVILLE UPPER

    Co. Donegal

    Church Of Ireland

    Father:Henry Kirkland 

    Mother:Sarah Not Recorded





    Tuesday 28th Nov 2023, 10:37PM
  • In 1827, a Henry Kirkland lived in the townland of Drumaweer in Moville Lower.  See entry in tithe applotment books here:



    Tuesday 28th Nov 2023, 10:42PM
  • Hi Patricia

    When Henry and Sarah immigrated to NSW there was no child named George so he may have died. I am enclosing details recorded on their passenger list which includes the mentions the names of Henry’s parents. I know it is probably impossible to know if they had already passed away by the time Henry and Sarah come to Aust. Richard probably had his own family by 1839.

    Henry Kirklands Passenger information on arrival in 1839 NSW.


    Tuesday 28th Nov 2023, 11:42PM
  • RootsIreland has baptisms for two sons of Richard and his wife, Jane. They lived in the townland of Cooley.


    Tuesday 28th Nov 2023, 11:55PM
  • In the 1796 flax growers list, there was one Kirkland listed in Donegal:

    Kirkland George Moville Lower Donegal


    Wednesday 29th Nov 2023, 12:00AM
  • For information about any Kirklands in Moville today, why not try Moville Heritage at


    Good luck.


    Wednesday 29th Nov 2023, 12:02AM
  • Thank you, Patricia. I didn’t think of looking for a Facebook group.  I appreciate your help.  I hope to write a family history for my grandchildren, adding context to the stories rather than dates alone.  Lyn


    Wednesday 29th Nov 2023, 01:33AM

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