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From: Kevin McConville <>
Subject: Re: [NIR-DOWN-L] Loughbrickland & Banbridge Families
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 02:01:39 -0500

McConville is a fairly common name in the Banbridge area. McConall/McConnell
were often used mistakenly in records for McConville. McConnell, unlike
O'Connell is actually a rare name. McConwall/McConwell is an archaic form of
McConville. Sometime between 1790 and 1850 almost all the McConwell's in Armagh
and Down changed they way they spelt there name to McConvill(e). The name in
Irish is MacConmhaoil. (The "h" is used in place of a "fada" or accent mark that
should be over the "m".) Some tradition has it that the McConville were from
Navan Fort (west of Armagh City) and when it fell they were taken in by the
MacGuinness Clan in South Armagh and Down. There is a McConville web site at that has some McConville birth and marriage records
for Down and Armagh.


Linn Morton wrote:
What dates do you want searched pse and I will have a look? See remarks under
GAMBLE below.

Sam GLASS'S wife was a GAMBLE.. The Subsidy Roll of Co Down for 1663 Taxation of
Goods Assessments are placed on a number of persons [presumably those of
substance? as there are a very limited number] including John Gamble of
Tullyeare and EDMOND McCONNELL of Ballylough. Tullyear (modern spelling) is a
townland immediatly to the east of and abutting Banbridge. Ballylough is a
townland a few miles south east of B'bridge. Looking at the other names on the
list I think these must all have been substantial land owners/landlords. There
is another reference to "McCONWALL" - it reads as follows: "Communion Roll,
1698. Suit between HENRY MUNRO and the Crown about quit rent on Ballylough and
Ballybraggett. The Crown case is that they were forfeited in 1641 by MURTAGH
McCONWALL. MUNRO claimed through lease from the heirs
Cromwellian extraction who purchased the Loughbrickland estate from the native


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