The McMORRANs of Ireland
This page was created 10 January 1998 and was last modified 8 July 2003

I have a number of contacts with McMORRANSs with Irish forebears however resources such as the IGI (which is fairly incomplete) lists a number of vital events.  All the births, baptisms and marriages from the IGI (1993 edition) have been extracted and appear in the following tables along with some other entries (in green) found from various internet index searches.  Most of the McMORAN families in Ireland have no Scottish connections but as this surname may represent a mispelling of McMORRAN, so those entries are also included here. The McMURRAN and McMURRIN entries from the IGI are covered on the McMURRANs in Ireland site, but again some of those entries may represent mispellings of McMORRAN.
Emigration Abroard

Two Irish McMorrans emigrated to Victoria, Australia (see family 9 below and also The McMORRANs in AUSTRALIA) and at least two families established themselves in Ontario province in Canada during the 19th century (see family 2 and family 4 below) and others went to Michigan, USA (see family 7 below) and Iowa, USA via Illnois (see family 8 below).


FAMILY 1
First Generation

1. JOHN McMORRAN b. 1737, m. JANE Unknown, b. 1740, d. OCT 1808.  JOHN died 13 MAY 1834.
It is unknown if John was born in Ireland or Scotland.  If the latter then he may be the son of Robert McMorran and Jean Fulton of Douglas, Lanarkshire.
    Children:
    2. i JOHN McMORRAN.
    3. ii ROBERT McMORRAN b. 1779.
    4. iii ANNE McMORRAN.
      iv ELIZABETH McMORRAN m. Unknown HILL.
    5. v AGNES McMORRAN.
      vi JAMES McMORRAN.

Second Generation

2. JOHN McMORRAN m. MARGARET Unknown.  JOHN died 20 JAN 1802.
    Children:
      i JAMES McMORRAN b. 1800.
      ii SARAH JANE McMORRAN b. 27 JAN 1802.

3. ROBERT McMORRAN b. 1779, m. 17 AUG 1804, in Newry, Ireland, ELIZABETH SCOTT, d. 11 JUL 1850.  ROBERT died 26 OCT 1844.
    Children:
      i MARY McMORRAN b. 28 MAY 1805, d. 7 DEC 1816, Newry, Ireland.
    6. ii JOHN McMORRAN b. 13 FEB 1807.
      iii SARAH JANE McMORRAN b. 10 MAR 1809, m. PARKER McWATTY, b. 10 MAR 1809, d. 15 JUN 1871.  SARAH died 15 JUN 1871.
      iv MARGARET McMORRAN b. 13 SEP 1811, d. 2 JUL 1895.
    7. v ANNE ELIZABETH McMORRAN b. 22 MAR 1813.
      vi JOSEPH SCOTT McMORRAN b. 9 JAN 1815, d. 2 APR 1861.

4. ANNE McMORRAN m. WILLIAM WARNOCK.
    Children:
      i MARY WARNOCK.
      ii JANE WARNOCK.
      iii ANNE WARNOCK.
      iv ROBERT WARNOCK.
      v JOHN WARNOCK.
      vi JAMES WARNOCK.
      vii STEWART WARNOCK.
      viii WILLIAM WARNOCK.
      ix DAVID WARNOCK.

5. AGNES McMORRAN m. Unknown LEVIT.
    Children:
      i AGNES LEVIT.
      ii ELIZA JANE LEVIT.

Third Generation

6. JOHN McMORRAN b. 13 FEB 1807, m. 23 APR 1838, JANE SCOTT, b. 1802, d. 2 APR 1872.  JOHN died 27 AUG 1846, Canal St., Newry, Ireland.
    Children:
    8. i ROBERT McMORRAN b. 24 AUG 1841.
      ii ANDREW McMORRAN b. 4 FEB 1845, d. 13 MAR 1874.
      iii ELIZABETH McMORRAN b. 29 APR 1846, d. 20 MAY 1941.

7. ANNE ELIZABETH McMORRAN b. 22 MAR 1813, m. JOHN BRISTOW, b. 1800, d. 15 MAY 1863.
    Children:
      i ANN ELIZABETH BRISTOW.
      ii MARGARET BRISTOW.
      iii JOHN BRISTOW b. SEP 1836, d. 21 APR 1846.
      iv JOSEPH ALFRED BRISTOW b. 1849, d. 16 NOV 1859.

Fourth Generation

8. ROBERT McMORRAN b. 24 AUG 1841, Castle Blaney, Newry, Ireland, m. 12 AUG 1868, SARAH ELIZABETH MULLALY, b. 10 JUL 1847, Harristown, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  ROBERT died 2 FEB 1905.
    Children by SARAH ELIZABETH MULLALY:
      i JOHN ROBERT SCOTT McMORRAN b. 28 MAY 1869.
      ii GEORGE LEIGH McMORRAN b. 6 JUL 1870, d. 5 MAY 1923.
      iii ANDREW JAMES McMORRAN b. 5 DEC 1871, Dublin, d. 15 JUL 1919, at sea.
      iv JOSEPH SCOTT McMORRAN b. 16 MAR 1873, d. 21 JUL 1927.
    9. v ROBERT ALEXANDER COLLES McMORRAN b. 16 NOV 1874.
      vi EILEEN JANE McMORRAN b. 23 AUG 1876, Dublin, Ireland, m. 16 JUN 1904, WILLIAM THOMAS SHAW.
      vii MARGARET ALEXANDRA ELIZABETH McMORRAN b. 10 JUL 1880, Dublin, Ireland.

Fifth Generation

9. ROBERT ALEXANDER COLLES McMORRAN b. 16 NOV 1874, Contarf, Co. Dublin, Ireland, occupation Ranch manager Argentina, m. 19 AUG 1918, in San Nicolas, Argentina, CLARA CONSTANCE WOODHOUSE, b. 21 APR 1892, Santiago del Estero, Argentina, d. 22 APR 1921, La Heras, Argentina.  ROBERT died 26 JUN 1956, Southampton, England.
    Children:
      i ALEXANDER McMORRAN b. 11 ARP 1921, d. 1921, Montevideo, Uruguay.
    10. ii LIONEL ROBERT PALGRAVE McMORRAN b. 27 DEC 1919.

Sixth Generation

10. LIONEL ROBERT PALGRAVE McMORRAN b. 27 DEC 1919, Socorra, Argentina, m. 10 NOV 1951, EILEEN GLADYS CRIPPS, b. 4 UN 1928.
    Children:
      i STEPHEN CHARLES McMORRAN b. 2 JUN 1953, Hackney, London, m. 23 MAY 1987, in Hatwards Heath/Horstead Keynes, FRANCES HEAD.
      ii SUSAN McMORRAN b. 4 APR 1956, Hackney, London.

Thanks for the above family tree information to L.R.P. McMorran (#10) of West Sussex


FAMILY 2
First Generation

1. MATTHEW McMORRAN b. 1770, m. SARAH McGEE.  MATTHEW died 1849.
    Children:
    2. i ALEXANDER McMORRAN b. 1825.
      ii DANIEL McMORRAN.
      iii MARGARET McMORRAN.
      iv WILLIAM McMORRAN.

Second Generation

2. ALEXANDER McMORRAN b. 1825, Magherscouse Townland, Comber, Co. Down, m. 9 JAN 1846, in Ballygown Presbyterian Church,, GRACE WALLACE, d. 18 MAY 1898, buried: Paisley, Ontario.  ALEXANDER died 18 MAY 1908, Lucknow, Ontario, buried: Paisley Cemetery, Ontario. Emigrated from Ireland to Ontario in 1848

For further details of this family see the McMORRANs of Ontario, Canada


FAMILY 3
HENRY McMORRAN m. 19 Jul 1845, Comber, Co. Down, ELIZA CLARKE
    Children:
    i. MARY ELIZA MCMORRAN, b. 1 May 1864, Comber, Co. Down.
FAMILY 4
MARGARET McMORRAN (daughter of ELIZABETH MacKAY of Stewartstown,  Co. Tyrone), m.c.1816, JOHN HETHERINGTON.  5 children.  The family emigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1823.

This information was supplied by this couple's ggg-granddaughter Ann Heatherington aheath@nervm.nerdc.ufl.edu


FAMILY 5
15th July 1858 - JOSEPH McMORRAN, bachelor, farmer of Ballynagarrick in the parish of Tullylish son of JOHN McMORRAN, farmer married SUSANNA PEPPER, spinster of Lurgen in the parish of Shankhill daughter of Edward PEPPER, farmer.

from: COUNTY DOWN, IRELAND. SOME PRESBYTERIAN MARRIAGES, 1848-1864. by Jim McGlinn  jimmcglinn@attglobal.net, 3/156 Blighs Road, Christchurch, New Zealand. 


FAMILY 6
McMEEKAN/McKEEKIN
[Three memorial tablets on west wall of graveyard with a low-railed enclosure.] Erected to the memory of Thomas and John McMeekan of Carneysure. Erected to the memory of William McMeekin go Comber who died 12th August 18(5)9 aged 73 years. And also his wife Elizabeth McMORRAN who died May 3d 1867 aged 74 years. 1872. In memoriam, Lizzie Stewart, wife of Dr McMeekin, Mountpottinger, died 12 September 1872 aged 25 years. Also the above James McMeekin, L. R. C. P. & S. Edin., died 30th May 1889 aged 53 years. "For ever with the Lord." Comber Graveyard, Co. Down - Gravestone Inscriptions
FAMILY 7
First Generation

1. Unknown McMORRAN
    Children:
    2. i THOMAS McMORRAN b. 1807.
    3. ii ROBERT WILLIAM McMORRAN b. 1816.

Second Generation

2. THOMAS McMORRAN b. 1807, Co. Armagh, Ireland, m. MARTHA DOUGAN.  THOMAS died 12 AUG 1887, Goodland Twp, Lapeer, MI. Emigrated from Ireland to the USA and settled in Michigan
    Children:
    4. i WILLIAM McMORRAN b. 1839.
    5. ii ISABELLA McMORRAN b. 1844.
    6. iii JOHN McMORRAN b. 1845.
    7. iv MARY McMORRAN b. 10 MAY 1853.
    8. v GEORGE McMORRAN b. 15 OCT 1859.

3. ROBERT WILLIAM McMORRAN b. 1816, m. ISABELLA KEWLEY, b. 1823, d. 1909.  ROBERT died 1855. Emigrated from Ireland to the USA and settled in Michigan
    Children:
    9. i HENRY GORDON McMORRAN b. 11 JUL 1844.

For further details of this family see the McMORRANs of Michigan, USA


FAMILY 8
First Generation

1. WILLIAM McMORRAN, b. Ireland.  He married MARY ANN CLARK.  WILLIAM died 1879, Iowa. Emigrated to USA from Ireland in 1868
    Children:
      i ROBERT CLARK McMORRAN, b. Seaham Harbour, Easington, Co. Durham, Ireland.  He married ELIZA BROWNING, m. in Evans, Iowa.
      ii JOHN McMORRAN, b. 1868, d. 1918.
      iii ISABELLA McMORRAN, b. 1870, d. 1963.
    2. iv MARY ANN McMORRAN b. 1874.
      v CHRISTINA McMORRAN, b. 1879, d. 1967.

Second Generation

2. MARY ANN McMORRAN, b. 1874, Streater, Illinois.  She married ? FRY.  MARY died 1956.
    Children:
      i WILLIAM McKENLEY FRY, b. Evans, Iowa, d. 29 OCT 1990, Des Moines, Washington.

For further details of this family see the McMORRANs of Iowa, USA


FAMILY 9

1. WILLIAM McMORRAN b. 1805, Artasooly, Co. Armagh, d. 31 JUL 1835, Co. Aarmagh, m. 27 Nov 1829, Eglish Parish, Armagh, JANE ARCHDALL b. 1804, d. 18 DEC 1873, Co. Armagh (daughter of G. ARCHDALL and JANE DAVIDSON).
Children:
2. i. ELEANOR/ELINOR McMORRAN b. 17 OCT 1830, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh.
3. ii. ANN JANE McMORRAN b. 15 FEB 1832, bap. 18 FEB 1832, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh.
iii. ROBERT McMORRAN b. 14 MAY 1834, bap. 22 JUN 1834, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh, m. CHRISTINE JOHNSON.
iv. DAVISON McMORRAN b. 24 OCT 1835, bap. 13 DEC 1835, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh, d. 18 JAN 1858, Co. Armagh.

Second Generation

2. ANN JANE McMORRAN bap. 18 FEB 1832, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh, d. 1896, Cranborne, Victoria, m. 16 DEC 1853, Ballarat, Victoria, ALEXANDER McMORRAN bap. 1823, Co. Monaghan, d. 21 OCT 1911, Cranborne, VIC (son of JOHN McMORRAN and ELIZABETH McKAY). Emigrated from Ireland to the Ballarat goldfields in Victoria, Australia departing Liverpool 3 Nov 1852 aboard the "Athlone" and arriving in Melbourne 1853.

3. ELEANOR/ELINOR McMORRAN bap. OCT 1830, Eglish Parish, Co. Armagh, d. 24 JAN 1886, Ballarat, VIC, m. 23 MAR 1848, Armagh, WILLIAM TWYFORD d. 26 MAY 1874, Belfast, Ireland (son of THOMAS TWYFORD and MARTHA GIBSON). Eleanor left her husband in Ireland taking their four children with her. She followed her younger sister Jane and emigrated to the goldfields of Victoria, Australia aboard the "Commodore Perry" departing from Liverpool and arriving in Melbourne 8 Dec 1861. Elinor left her children in the care of her sister, never to see them again.

The above family is undoubtedly connected with the other McMorans/McMorrans of the Eglish region listed in the table below. Bryan Twyford bryantwyford@bigpond.com.au (who kindly supplied some of the information here and welcomes correspondence on the family) states "The McMorrans most likely came to this region of Ireland in the Ulster Plantation during the 17th century." In the early 17th century 1000 acre tracts of land were each granted around Armagh to Sir Claud Hamilton of Creichness and Henry Acheson of Gosford, Haddingtonshire whose brother Sir Archebald Acheson was Secretary of State for Scotland. Henry Acheson purchased a further 2000 acres from Sir James Douglas in 1611. Archibald built Gosford Castle in 1617 at Cloncarney on the Douglas lands which had passed to him. He married, first, Agnes Vernor of Edinburgh, and second, Margaret, daughter and heiress of the Hon. Sir John Hamilton, second son of Claud, 1st Lord Paisley. The Hearth rolls of 1669 show the McMorrans owned at least two small holdings (usually of around 30 acres) near the boundaries of the Acheson estate.


NAME FATHER/SPOUSE MOTHER DATE EVENT PLACE
BIRTHS
McMORAN (male) James McMORAN Eliza McVEIGH b. 2 Dec 1868 Belfast, Antrim
Andrew James McMORRAN Robert McMORRAN Sarah Elizabeth MULLALLY b. 5 Dec 1871 Dublin
Anne McMORRAN  William McMORRAN Jane bap: 8 Jul 1798 Clones, Monaghan
Anne Jane McMORAN  William McMORAN Elizabeth ELLIOTT bap: 12 Sep 1828 Clones, Monaghan
Anne Jane McMORAN  William McMORAN Jane bap: 18 Feb 1832 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Anne McMORAN James McMORAN Bridget McMAHON b. 16 Jul 1868 Fintona, Tyrone
David McMORRAN - Ellen McMORRAN b. 7 Sep 1868 Comber, Down
Davison McMORAN  William McMORAN Jane bap: 13 Dec 1835 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Ellen McMORAN  William McMORAN Elizabeth ELLIOTT bap: 12 Sep 1828 Clones, Monaghan
Eleanor McMORAN  William McMORAN Jane bap: Oct 1830 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Eliza McMORAN James McMORAN Bridget McMAHON b. 29 Apr 1871 Fintona, Tyrone
Henry McMORAN James McMORAN Jane MCWHINNEY b. 14 Apr 1871 Keady, Armagh
James McMARRAN  Jonothan McMARRAN Susan MC ALDON b. 7 Sep 1809 Dromore Parish, Down
James McMORRAN  William McMORRAN Elen bap: 30 Nov 1833 Newtownards Circuit, Down
James McMORRAN  Alex McMORRAN Catherine MOORE b. 22 Jun 1851
John McMORRAN Hugh McMORRAN Selina AICKEN b. 15 May 1868 Comber, Down
John McMORRIN Michael McMORRIN Bridget McGRIEVY b. 18 May 1870 Islandeady, Mayo
John McMORRIN Michael McMORRIN Bridget McGREEVY b. 29 Jul 1871 Islandeady, Mayo
Margaret McMORRAN Hugh McMORRAN Serlina AICKEN b. 18 Jun 1870 Comber, Down
Martha McMORRAN  Robt McMORRAN Martha bap: May 1818 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Mary McMORAN  Robt McMORAN Mary bap: 28 Sep 1816 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Mary McMORRAN  Joseph McMORRAN Mary CLOAS bap: 13 Nov 1822 Carrickfergus, Antrim
Mary McMORRAN  James McMORRAN Eliza MCKEAG b. 27 Sep 1864 Comber, Down
Mary Eliza McMORRAN  Henry McMORRAN Eliza CLARK b. 1 May 1864 Comber, Down
Mary McMORAN James McMORAN Bridget McMAHON b. 16 Jul 1868 Fintona, Tyrone
Mary McMORAN William McMORAN Mary McILROY b. 28 Feb 1869 Belfast, Antrim
Mary McMORRAN Samuel McMORRAN Margaret HUNTER b. 19 Jan 1872 Belfast, Antrim
Robert McMORAN  William McMORAN Jane bap: 22 Jun 1834 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Robert McMORRAN Nathaniel McMORRAN Elizabeth CALDWELL b. 14 Feb 1869 Glasslough, Monaghan
Samuel McMORRAN Hugh McMORRAN Selina AICKEN b. 5 Dec 1866 Comber, Down
William McMORRAN William McMORRAN Mary MCILROY b. 23 Oct 1866 Belfast, Antrim
MARRIAGES
Anne McMORRAN Thomas DUFF   M: 15 Jan 1824 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Ann McMORRAN James FRASER   M: 25 Dec 1845 Belfast, Antrim
Ellen McMORRAN William TWYFORD Father: William McMORRAN M: 23 Mar 1848 -
George McMORAN Sarah DONALDSON   M: 17 Mar 1869 Donagh, Monaghan
Henry McMORRAN Eliza CLARKE   M: 19 Jul 1845 Comber, Down
John McMORRAN Mary Anne CURTIS M: 1817 Diocese of Cork & Ross, Cork
John McMORRAN Elizabeth HOLMES   M: 14 Sep 1821 Eglish Parish, Armagh
Margaret McMORRAN William MILLS Father: Thomas McMORRAN M: 26 Nov 1849 -
Martha McMORAN Thomas ROBINSON Father: James McMORAN M: 23 Sep 1850 -
Mary McMORRAN William Delap WATT   M: 20 Aug 1863 Comber, Down
Sarah McMORREN John BROWN   M: 13 Jul 1850 Newtown Ards, Down
Thomas McMORRAN (b.1828) Nancy KERR Father: Matthew McMORRAN M: 25 Mar 1848 -
Thomas McMORRAN Ruth CARR   M: 29 Nov 1849 Tullylish, Down
William McMORRAN Eliza PRINGLE   M: 11 Dec 1785 Saul Parish, Downpatrick, Down
William McMORAN Jane ARCHDALL   M: 27 Nov 1829 Eglish Parish, Armagh
William McMORAN Margaret BLEAKLY   M: 12 Nov 1833 Clones, Monaghan
William McMORRIN Margaret BLACKWOOD   M: 4 Mar 1846 Templecorran, Antrim
William McMORRAN Rose Ann DUFF Father: John McMORRAN M: 26 Sep 1849 -

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