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The Regarde Bien

Issue No. 6





Early Ms in Co. Down, Ulster

There are few genealogical sources related to Co. Down surviving for the first half of the seventeenth century that record M' names, but of those that do, they are mainly muster rolls. In the 1642 muster roll, there is mention of a Jo[hn] Mulligan, James Mulligan, Thomas Mulligan, John Milligan, John Mulligan and Patrick Millikin in the regiment of Sir James Montgomery, the brother Hugh, Viscount Montgomery of Ards. Sir James Montgomery was a major landowner in the Ards peninsula and it is known that most of the men recruited into his regiment at the out break of the 1641 Irish Rebellion came from the Ards peninsula. The following list of names for Co. Down was taken from books of Muster Rolls held at the Presbyterian Historical Society in Belfast.

The 1642 Muster Roll of Co. Down
Muster taken by William Robert, muster officer

Sir James Montgomery Knt & Colonel's Regiment
Mustered on 22 April, 1642, at Bishop Court
John Miligan, soldier in the company of Capt. Patrick Houston

Mustered on 22 April, 1642, at Bishop Court
John Mulligane, soldier in the company of Capt. Collin Maxwell
Patrick Millikin, soldier in the company of Capt. Hugh Montgomery

Mustered on 4 August, 1642, at Ballyklender
Jo Mulligan, soldier in the company of Richard Bingley
James Mulligan, soldier in the company of Richard Bingley
Thomas Mulligan, soldier in the company of Richard Bingley

Hugh Lord Viscount Montgomery, Colonel's Regiment
Mustered on 23 April, 1642 at Comber
Quintin Milliken, trooper in the troop of horse of Capt. Hugh Montgomery
John Millykin, trooper in the troop of horse of Capt. Hugh Montgomery
John Milligane, soldier in the company of Maj. James Agnew

Mustered on 29 July, 1642, at Comber
Quintin Millekin, corporal in the troop of horse of Capt. Hugh Montgomery
John Millikin, trooper in the troop of horse of Capt. Hugh Montgomery
John Mullekin, soldier in the company of Maj. James Agnew

James Lord Viscount Claneboy, Colonel's Regiment
Mustered on 25 April, 1642, at Killelegh
Robert O'Muligan, soldier in the company of Capt. Alexander Hamilton
Edmund O'Muligan, soldier in the Capt. Alexander Hamilton

Mustered on 2 August, 1642, at Little Belfast
Robert Mulligan, soldier in the company of Capt. Alexander Hamilton

The 1630 Muster Rolls of Ulster
County Down
The Lord Claneboy, his land in the barony of Great Ards.
His British tenants - 314
Milligan, Dunkan . pike only
The Lord Claneboy, his town and lands of Holywood in the barony of Castlereagh
His British tenants - 414.
Milligan, Dunkan pike only

The Lord Montgomery, his lands in the baronies of Castlereagh and Ards.
His British tenants - 1517.
Milligan, John . no arms
Mulligan, Thomas .. sword only
Mulligan, John sword only
Milligan, Alexander . sword only
Mulligan, James .. sword & pike
Mulligan, Robert . sword & musket
Mulligan, James .. sword only
Milligan, John . no arms
O'Miligan, Patrick no arms
Milligan, James no arms

The Bishop of Dromore, his town and church lands in barony of Lower Iveagh.
His British tenants - 156.
Mulligan, John . sword only
McMulligan, Walter . sword only

The 1630 and 1642 muster rolls list the names of men of British birth and not Irish, but of course, nearly all the tenants on Montgomery's estate were Scottish. These lists are fascinating as they provide further proof, showing how the prefix A' and O' can be used interchangeably. In one we find Patrick's surname spelt at O'Miligan and in the other as Millikin, a contrast paralleled by the use of the Gaelic Christian name Shaun for John as found in the Kirk Session Records of Ayr. It records the marriage of Shaun Amulagan and Janet McMount, both of this parish, on Nov. 5, 1646.

Taken together, they clearly point to a settlement of Ms' living in the Ards peninsula in Co. Down, where the town of Ballywalter is located. As already indicated, John and Thomas Millikin both burgesses of Ayr came from North of Ireland, where both names are commonly found in the Ards peninsula. In my opinion, the fact that Thomas had a claim on Blackmyre points to the Ards settlement having direct links with Ms of Blackmyre, though, how these relationships can be defined e.g. brother/cousins, is unclear to me. I also wonder if there is a link between Patrick Mullikin who on Nov. 20, 1654, purchased a neck of land in Leonard's Creek in Maryland and Patrick Millikin who appears in the Ards peninsula. Members of this family later settled near Belfast, where the name of Patrick Millikin appears in the 1666 hearth roll in Lower Malone, near Belfast. This area belonged to an English landowner and not a Scottish, therefore, increasing the likelihood of a direct migration to Maryland.



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