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|Family tradition is that our ancestor
was Robert Duke of Newpark, Sligo, Ireland who died
about 1677 but there is a gap in the family tree which I
am trying to fill. There was another Duke in that
location, John Duke, and it is equally possible we are
descended from him.
These Dukes arrived in Sligo in the 17th century as Cromwellian settlers (he paid off his army by giving them land in Ireland. The earliest mentions of the title I have found were in the commission of January 1655 which gave land to John Duke and Robert Duke in the barony of Corran and in the 1659 census of Sligo).
[see Land grant in Sligo]
I have found links with the Parke family in Ireland. There is a letter dated 1802 from John Parke to Jemmett Duke and families were joined through marriage. Robert Duke married Lucinda Parke in 1756 and their son Robert King Duke married Anne Parke in 1797. She was the daughter of Lieu-Col Roger Parke of Dunally, co Sligo.
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Families mentioned here or descendants of the Dukes of Sligo include (see Surname list in Genealogy link):