Ah wis hivin a look through it last year, Sanny, fur any Gemmells, when ah came across a Thomas O'Hara frae Ballymena. Ma name is also Thomas O'Hara, but - as far as ah'm aware - the signer wis nae relation, because the O'Haras in ma family wur aw Catholic. Ah wis gobsmacked at the resemblance tae ma ain signature. ( Right enough, mebbe it jist means aw the O'Haras wur lousy writers.)
In a way its quite a document and how my sister found my mother's family I'll never know. The Ulster Covenant was obviously a thing that reflected the emotions (to put it politely neutral) of those times. I can't be sure but I don't think that my ancestors were political in much of a way but who am I or anybody else to judge how people felt or were swept up in the feelings of the day? My mother was born in 1919 in the Waterside, Londonderry though she always called it Derry, three years later her mother (whose signature is on the Covenant) died. One of life's unhappy stories.
Came across this wee piece of information in a book I am reading at the moment called The Williamite Wars In Ireland 1688 -1691 by John Childs...just shows you how many Scots actually migrated to Ulster in the 17th century to form the race of people that we now refer to as Ulster Scots.
0' Callaghan estimated the Irish population at 1,200,000 whereas modern demographers suggest around 1,700,000 in 1672 rising to about 2,300,000 in 1712. j. G. Simms followed Sir William Petty's estimate: 850,000 in 1652 and 1,300,000 in 1687. In comparison, Gregory King calculated that, in 1688, England contained about 5,000,000 inhabitants? Assessing the numbers belonging to the Protestant and Catholic groupings is even more difficult. Encouraged by the Plantation of Ulster after the Elizabethan War, perhaps as many as 30,000 Lowland Scots had migrated to Ireland by 1641 concentrated mainly in the south of County Antrim, the north of County Down and the Laggan region of north-west Ulster. A further 10,000 joined them between 1660 and 1688, reinforced by another 70,000 during the 1690s. There were probably about 70,000 Lowland Scots in Ulster at the time of the War of the Kings, nearly all Presbyterian. Overall, there were about four Roman Catholics for every Protestant, only one-third of the latter adhering to the Episcopalian Church.
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