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My Bogues Connections

By Michael W. Caughey

Thomas Bogues, Chemist, buried at Holywood, Co. Down, is my daughter's father-in-law. He married Mary Mc Laughlin, also buried at Holywood.


I visited Redburn Cemetery, Holywood, Co. Down, on Wednesday, 11 July 2001 and noted the ruins of the 15th century Franciscan Priory nearby. I found the following Bogues inscriptions:
James Bogues, died 27 June 1932. Erected by his wife.
Thomas Bogues (32) died 20 Sep 1926.
his wife Nellie Bogues (71) died 1 Feb 1964.
grandaughter Eleanor Bogues (16) died 2 Aug 1969.
daughter Marie Bogues (64) died 15 Mar 1986.
daughter Kathleen Bogues (75) died 8 Aug 1998.
Alice Josephine Bogues (26) died 8 Feb 1915.
Patrick Bogues (82) died 20 Mar 1982.
wife Mary Catherine Bogues (80) died 12 Mar 1983.
Kathrine Bogues (45) died 29 July 1914.
Patrick Bogues (59) died 28 Jan 1920.
daughter Kathrina (Kitty) Bogues (54) died 6 April 1945.

I visited the newspaper section at the Central Public Library in Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland on Wednesday, 18 July 2001 and made the following extracts from Death Notices in the 'Irish News'.

BOGUES - 20 Sep 1926. Thomas Bogues, son of the late Patrick Bogues, 'Benown', Holywood, fortifed by the rites of Holy Church. R.I.P. Funeral strictly private. Inserted by his sorrowing wife, Nellie Bogues.

BOGUES - 30 July 1914. Catherine Bogues, dearly beloved wife of Patrick Bogues, at her residence 'Benown', Holywood. Funeral on
Saturday, 1 August from St. Columcille Church to Holywood
Cemetery after 9:30 am Mass. Patrick Bogues.

BOGUES - Feb 8, 1915, at her residence "Ashville", Glastonbury Avenue, Belfast, dearly beloved wife of James Bogues. R.I.P. Her remains will be removed from above address tomorrow (Wed) 10th at 1pm for interment in Holywood Cemetery.

BOGUES - 27 June 1932, at Steevens Hospital, Dublin, (as the result of an accident) James Bogues, 'Benown', Holywood. - R.I.P. Funeral after 10:30am Mass at Holywood tomorrow to the family burying ground at Holywood.

BOGUES (nee Hughes) 1 Feb 1964 at her residence. 20 Alexandra Gardens, Belfast, Nellie, widow of Thomas Bogues, and mother of the late Rev. Fr. Bogues, O.M.I. R.I.P. Funeral today, Monday, after 10:45am Mass from Little Flower Oratory, Somerton Road, Belfast, to Holywood Cemetery, arriving app. 11:45am. Deeply regretted by her Son, Thomas, and Daughters, Marie, Kathleen and Noelle Bogues; also her Daughter-in-law, Mary Bogues, and her grandchildren.

BOGUES - March 20, 1982, Patrick, at his home, 4 Demesne Road, Holywood, Co. Down. Funeral from St. Columcille Church today Monday. Deeply regretted by his loving wife and daughters. House private. Requiescat in pace.

BOGUES - March 15, 1986 at hospital, Mary P. (Marie) 20 Alexandra Gardens, Belfast. R.I.P. Funeral from St. Therese Church, Somerton Road, Belfast, today (Monday) after 12:30pm Mass to Holywood Cemeterty. Deeply regretted by her sisters Kathleen and Noelle. Our Lady and St. Joseph pray for her.

BOGUES - March 12, 1983, at hospital, Mary Catherine, beloved wife of the late Patrick Bogues, 4 Demesne Road, Holywood, Co. Down. Her remains will arrive at St. Columcille Church, Holywood, today (14 March) at 7:15pm. Funeral tomorrow (Tuesday) after 11am Mass to Holywood Old Cemetery. Deeply regretted by her sorrowing Daughters. House private. R.I.P.

BOGUES - Kathleen, died August 8, 1998, peacefully at hospital and late of 20 Alexandra Gardens, Belfast. Funeral today (Tuesday) after 1pm Mass in the Church of the Resurrection, Cavehill Road, Belfast, to Holywood New Cemetery (Old Priory Cemetery). Deeply regretted by her nephews, nieces and entire family circle. Our Lady of Lourdes pray for her.


BOGUES (Also Boyce)
Originally Boyce was a Norman name, del Bois, from the French for 'wood', and denoted someone who lived by or near a wood. As such Boyce has been in Ireland since the early thirteenth century. It was also a well-known name in Scotland. The English name Boyes derives from the Old English boia, 'young man' or 'servant'.
In Ulster it is most common in counties Donegall and Derry and to a lesser extent Down.In Donegall and Derry it is mainly of Gaelic Irish origin, an anglicisation of the Donegall sept named O'Buadhaigh, from the Gaelic buadhach, meaning 'victorious'. This name was early anglicised as Buie and Bwee, which tectnically correspond to the Gaelic epithet buidhe, meaning 'yellow'.
In sixteeneth century Ireland this was generally anglicised as 'boy' (Clandeboy from Clann Aodha Bhuidhe is a case in point. O'Buadhaigh was also anglicised as Bogue. However, MacLysaght states that the large connection of Fermanagh Bogues are of Scottish Planter stock.George Black in 'Surnames of Scotland', says that Bogue was never common in Scotland but that it is derived mainly from the place of that name in the parish of Minnigaff in Kirkcudbrightshire. It may well be irrelevant but an R. Bogas from Suffolk was one of the eleven English undertakers of the Plantation in Fermanagh, granted 1000 acres in Cloncarn.
(Source: 'The Book of Ulster Surnames').
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