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John Quigley 1816-1881

Name: John Quigley *(Quagley)
Sex: Male.
Birth: c1816 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
Death: 28th Jan 1881 at 21 Queen Street in Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Father: Father Michael Quigley (c1798)
Mother: Mother Mary Cassidy (c1798)
Marriage(s): Spouse Ellen Ward
Occupation(s): 1876-1881: Mason.
Residence(s): 21 Queen Street, Govan, Lanarkshire. (1881)

James Quigley born 1851 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
Catherine Ann
Catherine Ann Quigley born 1852 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
Edward Quigley born 1855 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.    Occupation(s):  Ship's carpenter
John Quigley born 1861 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.    Occupation(s):  Blacksmith
Bridget Quigley born 1858-1866 in Newbliss, Killeevan, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.


Death: 21 Queen Street, Govan.
COD: Bronchitis over 13 days.
Age: 65
Death Informant: E. Quagley (son)

Letters sent from Govan by John Quigley's daughter Catherine Quigley to her cousin John Quigley in Newbliss has identified the Newbliss area as the birthplace of the family. The letters may also indicate that John's two son's Edward & John left Govan for America, explaining why I can find no marriage or death entry for Edward & John in Scotland.

On John's death certificate the name Quigley was mistakenly recorded as *Quagley, John's father Michael was also recorded Quagley, Edward Quigley seems to have signed Quagley and not Quigley.

There is a grave in St Livinus' RC Graveyard, Killeevan which reads "Erected by Michael Quigley, Crossreagh, in mememory of his wife Mary died May 1855". (Possibly John's Parents)

I can determine that the family left County Monaghan between 1862 and 1876, this was after the birth in County Monaghan of his youngest child Bridget and before he arrived in Govan. The first record of the family in Scotland is the marriage of John’s son James in Govan in 1876. It is not known if the family came directly to Govan or had lived elsewhere after leaving Ireland.

Although John left County Monaghan after the Great Irish Famine of 1845-52, I believe that it must have been one of the major factors for his leaving, his son James and daughter Catherine Ann where born during the famine which had greatly affected County Monaghan.

There were over 1 million famine related deaths and 1.5-2 million people left Ireland due to the famine. The famine was only partly caused by the “potato blight” which had been sweeping America and Europe; there were other factors as to why Ireland suffered so badly when America and Europe did not.

The Penal Laws made it illegal for Catholics, which was most of the Irish, to own land, 90% of all land was owned by British landlords who rented out plots to the Irish farmers. Most of the land was used to produce crops for export, while the farmers, in order to provide food for their families, used tiny plots. The potato was the crop of choice because it could be grown in poor soil and because it produced a large yield even in a small area. The result was such that the people of Ireland were, by 1845, dependent on the potato crop which was used for their food and to enable them to pay the rent.

The British did very little to help the Irish, while Irish families starved and were being evicted from their homes, huge quantities of food were being exported to Britain, this lead to great resentment and unrest among the Irish towards the English.

The village of Govan had recently been made a Burgh at the time John & family arrived and was growing at a fast rate, there was a thriving shipbuilding industry in Govan, which needed housing and amenities to support its workers, providing John and his children with work on their arrival from a beleaguered Ireland.

Recording of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Ireland of Catholics did not begin until 1864 as a result I can find no entries for John's children, a further search for John and his family in the surviving Catholic parish records in County Monaghan prior to 1864 also returned no positive results.

In 1912 Govan in Lanarkshire was annexed to Glasgow.  See Annexation Battles

Queen Street in Govan was renamed Neptune Street in the 1930's.      More details

646/01 0149 (SRD 1881)
646-1 33 17 (1881 Census Scot)


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