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Immigrants From Ireland to America

This is a listing of the ships taken from the book by David Dobson who covers the period from 1623 - 1850. Our ancestors came between 1729 and 1760. Only that period has been abstracted here. For ordering info, see at the bottom.

The next step would be to find the passenger lists from these vessels. We do not know that they are extant. Can anyone help with this? We can narrow the list down in cases where we have an idea of the date of immigration and the port of entry. The earliest McClungs are said to have come into Boston and Philadelphia.


We have Highlighted those entries most likely associated with the family of James McClung. His eldest son, Thomas, came in 1729, port of entry not given. John came in 1731 with an aunt into Boston. The rest of this family came over about 1740. We know there were subsequent migrations of other branches after this.


ANNABELLA, from Newry to Philadelphia with 200 passengers from Cork by 9 Dec 1834. [The Island Magazine Series, Vol. 17, p. 37]

ANTIGUA PACKET: from Dublin to America with 20 passengers in Jan 1739 [Journals of the Irish House of Commons, 26:37-8].

ANTRIM: from Larne to New York and Philadelphia with 200 passengers May 1754. [Public Record Office, London:CO 5:1227] [Belfast Newsletter Series 17:5 1754].

APPLEBY: from Dublin to VA with 15 passengers during Aug. 1738.{Journals of the Irish House of Commons].

BACHELOR OF DUBLIN: from Dublin to America with 11 passengers May 1740. [Journals of the Irish House of Commons].

BALTIMORE: a brigantine from Dublin to America with 22 passengers in Sept 1740. [Journals of the Irish House of Commons].

BARWICK: Capt. Ephraim Jackson, arrived in Botston with 46 passengers from Ireland in May 1739. [New World Immigrants by M. Tepper 1:465]

BELINDA: arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in July 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography]

BENGUIN: a snow. Capt. Robert Morris, arrived in Philadelphia during July 1741 from Cork with tailors, carpenters, coopers, joiners, clothiers, weavers, sawyers, chimney sweeps, gardeners, tanners, saddlers, nailers, smiths, barbers, hatters and ropemakers. [Pennsylvania Gazette 10; 1741]

BOLTON: Capt. Edward Dowers, from Ireland to Philadelphia with emigrants in 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

BRITANNIA: from Dublin with emigrants bound for VA in 1749 [Faulkner's Dublin Journal 8:4]

BRITANNIA: from Portrush with passengers bound for Boston in 1750.[Belfast Newsletter Series]

BRUERTON OF LIVERPOOL: Capt. John Fowler, from Belfast to Philadelphia with 32 indentured servants in June 1729. [Public Record Office of Northern Ireland-#D:354; 1771]

BRUCE: from Dublin(?) to America with 25 passengers in Feb. 1736. [Irish House of Commons]

BUCKSKIN: a snow, Capt. Smith, arrived in Philadelphia from Londonderry in Aug. 1754. [Pennsylvania Mercury Series #2].

CAROLINA: a brigantine, Capt. Maitland, arrived in Charleston, SC from Belfast on 26 Mar 1744. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

CAROLINA: a brig. Capt. John Allen from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography]

CARTHAGENA: from Dublin to America with 6 passengers in June 1739. [Irish House of Commons]

CATHERINE: arrived in Boston from Ireland with over 3 passengers on 24 June 1737. [New World Emigrants by M. Tepper, 1:464]

CHARMING MOLLY: Capt. James Finney, arrived in Boston with 162 passengers from Ireland in Nov. 1737. [New World Emigrants by M. Tepper, 1:465]

CHARMING PEGGY: from Dublin to America with 1 passenger in Nov. 1742. Capt. Robert Harper from Dublin to America with 2 passengers in Oct 1743. [Irish House of Commons]

CHESTER: a snow, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Aug 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

CHRISTIAN: a snow, Capt. H. Steele, arrived in Charleston, SC from Dublin 24 Mar 1759. [South Carolina Gazette #1276].

CITY OF CORK: a snow, arrived in Phildelphia from Ireland with emigrants in Dec. 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography]

CLEVELAND: Capt. William Robinson, a brigantine, from Ireland to Philadelphia with emigrants in 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography]

COCKERMOUTH OF WHITEHAVEN:250 tons, Capt. James patton, from Dublin via Loughswilly, County Donegal to VA, Md, or PA with passengers in May 1738. [Faulkner's Dublin Journal, 15:4, 1738]

COULI KAN, a brigantine, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Oct 1745; also in May 1746.[Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

CYRUS: Capt. Robinson, arrived in Philadelphia from Newry in Aug. 1754. [Pennsylvania Mercury #2]

DELAWARE: arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in June 1746.[Pennsylvania Mercury #88:103].

DIANA OF DUBLIN: Capt. Richard McCarthy, arrived in Philadelphia from Dublin with passengers in Dec. 1740.[Philadelphia Gazette].

DOBB'S GALLEY OF LIVERPOOL: from Belfast to N.C. with 200 passengers in Oct 1754. [Belfast Newsletter Series].

DOVE: from Portrush with passengers bound for Boston in 1750. [Belfast Newsletter Series].

DRAPER: 100 tones, Capt. W. Basnett, arrived in Charleston, S.C. from Dublin with 150 indentured servants, Feb 1745.[South Carolina Gazette #567].

DUBLIN: from Dublin to America with 5 passengers July 1737. [Irish House of Commons].

DUBLIN MERCHANT: from Dublin to America in May 1736 with 34 passengers. [Irish House of Commons].

DUBLIN'S PRIZE: a snow, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Apr 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

DUSLEY GALLEY: Capt. Hamilton, from Belfast to Pennsylvania with passengers in 1753. [ Pennsylvania Journal #1172].

EAGLE: a snow, arrived in New York from Dublin in April 1729 with 50 male and female servants: weavers, tailors, coopers, blacksmiths, cordwainers, feltmakers, braisers, brewers, butchers, farmers and laboreres. [NY Gazette 21:4, 1729]

EAGLE: Capt. Wm. Acton, arrived in Boston with 82 passengers from Ireland in Dec. 1738. [New World Immigrants 1:465]

EAGLE: from Portrush with passengers bound for Boston in 1750. [Belfast Newsletter Series].

EDINBURGH: Capt. Alex. Ritchie, arrived in Charleston, SC from Cork 27 Jan 1757. [SC Gazette #1180].

EDINBURGH: from Newry with 40 passengers bound for Philadelphia in 1755. ran aground near Cape May, NJ, passengers saved. [Belfast Newsletter Series]

ELIZABETH: a brigantine, arrived in Boston with passengers from Ireland in Sept 1737. [New World Immigrants 1:465]

ELIZABETH: 130 tons, from Belfast to NC with around 150 passengers July 1753. [Belfast Newsletter series 22:6, 1753].

ELIZABETH AND CATHERINE: Capt. John Lusks from Belfast with 10 passengers for NY in 1735. [Public Record Office of Northern Ireland].

EMISLE, a snow, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in May 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

EURYAL: from Dublin with servants 25 Feb 1747 to Philadelphia, arrived there 11 Apr 1747. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography #XXVI:287].

FLOWER DE LUCE, a snow, from Dublin to America with 6 passengers in March 1739. [Irish House of Commons].

GEORGE OF DUBLIN: Capt. Thomas Cunningham, from Dublin with passengers bound for NC in 1735. [Irish House of Commons].

GEORGE: a snow, Capt. Ambler, from Dublin to Philadelphia with emigrants, arrived by Oct 1745; also in Aug. 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

GEORGE OF DUBLIN: from Dublin to America with 45 passengers in Apr 1743. (Irish House of Commons].

GOOD HOPE: arrived in Charleston, SC from Dublin with passengers on 17 Apr 1746. [SC Gazette #61217].

GORDON OF GLASGOW, a snow from Dublin to VA. with 81 males and 26 female indentured servants on 1 May 1746. The passengers mutinied and took the ship to Scotland where it was seized by the Royal Navy. [Public Records Office, London; SP 54:32, p. 106].

GRIFFIN: arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Aug. 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

HANNAH: a sloop, Capt. Geo. Beard, arrived in Boston with 37 passengers from Ireland in Nov. 1736.[New World Immigrants 1:464].

HAPPY RETURN: Capt. Postgate, arrived in Charleston, SC in Oct 1732 with 85 passengers from Belfast. [SC Gazette #41].

HAPPY RETURN: a snow, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Oct 1745, also in May 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

HIBERNIA: Capt. Nathaniel Spears from Dublin to America with 22 passengers in Mar 1740.

ISAAC OF BELFAST: Capt. Edward McCormick, from Belfast to SC and Barbados 1729-35. [Public Records Office of Northern Ireland].

JOHN: a snow, Capt. Thomas Marshall, from Ireland to Philadelphia with emigrants in 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

JOHN: a brigantine, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Sept 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

JOHN AND EDMOND: Capt. J. Coffin, arrived i n Charleston, SC from Belfast with 300 passengers in Jan 1737. [SC Gazette #158]

KATHERINE: arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland with passengers in Nov. 1745, also in May 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography]

LAMB: a snow, Capt. John Lewin, arrived in Charleston, SC from Newry on 7 Jan 1751. Sc gazette #869]

MARTHA: a snow, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Nov. 1745; also in May 1746.[Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

MERRIMACK: from Carrickfergus with emigrants bound for North Carolina in Sept 1755. [Belfast Newsletter Series 26:9, 1755].

MOLLY OF WHITEHAVEN: a galley, from Dublin to America with 63 passengers in Sep 1742. [Irish House of Commons]

NANCY: a brigantine, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Sept 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

NANCY: arrived in Charleston, SC from Dublin, in Dec 1735. [SC Gazette #101].

ORANGE: a brig, from Dublin to America with 10 passengers in May 1736. [Irish House of Commons].

POMONA: arrived in Philadelphis with emigrants from Ireland in Oct 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

PRUDENT HANNAH: Capt. Benedict Arnold, arrived in Boston in June 1736 with 120 passengers bound for Philadelphia. [New World Immigrant 1:463]

RACHEL OF SALTCOATS: from Dublin to America with 26 passengers in Apr 1739. [Irish House of Commons.

REBECCA: a brigantine, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Sept 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

REVOLUTION: Capt. John Wright, from Dublin to Delaware Bay with 10 passengers in Sep 1743. [Irish House of Commons]

RICHARD OF DUBLIN: from Dublin to America in June 1743. [Irish House of Commons]

RUNDELL; arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Oct 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

ST. ANDREW OF MARYLAND: from Dublin to America with 2 passengers in Aug 1739. [Irish House of Commons]

ST. AUDONE: a brigantine from Dublin to America with 10 passengers on Aug 1741. [Irish House of Commons].

SAGAMORE: Capt. Daniel Gibbs, arrived in boston with 27 passengers from Ireland in Sept 1737. [New World Immigrants 1:464]

SALLY: a brig, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Sept 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

SARAH: Capt. Richard Berrell, from Dublin to Delaware BAy with 18 passengers in Aug 1743. [Irish House of Commons]

SEAFLOWER: from Belfast on 10 July 1741 with 106 passengers bound for Philadelphia, arrived in Boston on 31 Oct 1741 the Captain and 40 passengers having died. [New World Immigrants 1:465]

SENTRY: Capt. William Basnet, from Dublin to Maryland with 78 passengers in Aug. 1742, landed at Port Annapolis, MD 5 Nov 1742. [Irish House of Commons]

SOUTHWELL: from Dublin to America with 14 passengers in May 1739, and with 55 passengers in Sep 1739. [Irish House of Commons]

THREE FRIENDS: from Dublin to America with 5 passengers in July 1740. [Irish House of Commons].

UNION: from Dublin (?) with 58 passengers bound for America in Feb. 1736. [Irish House of Commons]

VAUGHN: from Belfast with emigrants bound for NC in Oct 1754. [Belfast Newsletter Series 8:10, 1754].

VIRGIN QUEEN: from Dublin to America with 1 passenger in Dec. 1736. [Irish House of Commons].

WALPOLE: from Dublin to America with 12 passengers in May 1736. [Irish House of Commons]

WHITEHAVEN: a galley, from Dublin to America with 30 passengers in Mar 1742. [Irish House of Commons].

WILLIAM: 120 tons, arrived in NY from Londonderry with 186 passengers in 1739. [Public Records Office, London: CO 5:1226/149.

WILLIAM OF RHODE ISLAND: from Dublin to America with 52 passengers in Feb. 1741. [Irish House of Commons]

WILLIAM, a brigantine, arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in June 1746. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].

WILLIAM AND GEORGE: from Larne to Philadelphia with 200 passengers in May 1754. [Belfast Newsletter 27:5, 1757]

WILLIAM AND JAMES: from Belfast with passengers bound for the Carolinas in July 1739. [Belfast Newsletter 3:7, 1739].

WILLIAM AND MARY: a privateer, from Belfast and Larne with emigrants in June 1746. Belfast Newsletter 10:6, 1746].

WOODSTOCK: arrived in Philadelphia with emigrants from Ireland in Oct 1745. [Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography].


If you would like a copy of this book, you may order it from Clearfield Co.; 200 E. Eager St.; Baltimore, MD 21202. It is #9354 and costs $18.50. If you are a McClung, you, no doubt, have many other Irish/Scots ancestors. Write to this compnay and get their catalog. They carry many of David Dobsons books on Irish and Scottish records.


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