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(About 1780-)
(About 1785-)
McGOWN, Peter
(About 1780-)
(About 1780-)
FEELY, Robert
(About 1805-)
(About 1805-1872)


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1. CAMPBELL, Helen

FEELY, John 3

  • Born: 1832, County Armagh, Ireland 4
  • Baptised: 13 October 1832, Shankill RC Parish, County Armagh, Ireland 3 5
  • Marriage (1): CAMPBELL, Helen on 27 May 1853 in St Mary's RC Parish, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1 2
  • Died: 19 September 1874 at 8.00 pm, Hamilton Poorhouse, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland 6

   Cause of his death was paralysis over four and a half months.

   Other names for John were FEALLY, John,7 FEELEY, John, FELLEY, John 8 and FELLIE, John.1

  General Notes:

"Church Baptism Record

Name:John Feely
Date of Birth:
Date of Baptism:13-Oct-1832
Denomination:Roman Catholic
Father:Robt Feely
Mother:Rose Magown
Sponsor 1 /Informant 1:James Feely
Sponsor 2 /Informant 2:Biddy Gallagher
/ /
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In 1832 John Feely was baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Shankill in County Armagh. His sponsors were James Feely and Biddy Gallagher. The Townland noted for the family was 'Legacurry', probably Legahory, near Lurgan.

In 1855, John gave notice of his daughter, Rosa's birth at Hamilton. He made his X mark. In the 1855 birth certificate some additional items of information were given. John was an agricultural labourer aged 21 years. He had been born in County Armagh, Ireland. He stated that he and his wife were married in Hamilton in 1852.

In 1859 when his daughter Margaret died, John was recorded as a collier in her death certificate.

The death information quoted here came from a death certificate for a John Feely aged 40 years whose parental information was not included. It recorded him as a 'pauper formerly a labourer, married' but does not give information about his spouse. There is, therefore, a slight element of doubt, but the name, place, age and circumstances suggest that it is indeed this John Feely. 3 4 5 6 9

  Research Notes:

LEGAGHORY Lag an chorraigh Hollow of the marsh

(Legacorry or Rich Hill Legaghory)

The stage coach route on the old Lurgan/Portadown road passed through the townland of Legahory, Drumgor, Moyraverty, Crossmachilly, Lisnamintry (Bluestone) Lylo, Bocombra, Killicomaine and Edenderry. The 'Crown Inn' Legahory, the Society of Friends Burial Ground at Lynastown and the 'Red Cow Inn' at Moyraverty are features still noted regarding this road.
On 23 April 1977, a Catholic man, Patrick Devlin, a civilian, was killed by the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). He was a security man and was shot at the entrance to the Legahory Inn, Craigavon, County Armagh.

Legaghory Shankill 301 acres: in Co Armagh in 1999

Note: there are other places of similar names in the parishes of Drumbo, Drumbeg and Kilmore. 10 11

  Medical Notes:

William Naismith MD & S, Hamilton, certified the cause of death.

George Edwards, Governor of Hamilton Poorhouse, gave notice of the death of John Feely to William Moffat, registrar, at Hamilton on 24 September 1874.

John married Helen CAMPBELL on 27 May 1853 in St Mary's RC Parish, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 2 (Helen CAMPBELL was born about 1835 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland 4 and died after 19 September 1874.)

  Marriage Notes:

The proclamation of banns for this marriage were recorded by the IGI as 8 May 1853 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The marriage took place in St Mary's RC Chapel, Hamilton as recorded in their records by Father Michael Condon:
"27 May 1853
John Feely and Ellen Campbell both of Hamilton after due proclamation of banns were married by me
(signed) Michael Condon"
No names of witnesses were noted.


1 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, OPR marriage 1853 Hamilton FR1311 647/5.

2 National Records of Scotland, Marriages St Mary's Hamilton 1845-1906.

3 Irish Family History Foundation, Shankill RC parish County Armagh Baptisms 1832.

4 GRO Scotland, Birth certificate RDS 647/1 No 330 Hamilton 1855-daughter Rosa.

5 PRONI: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Shankill RC baptisms 1822-1881.

6 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 647 No 349 Hamilton 1874.

7 LDS Family Search, IGI.

8 GRO Scotland, Marriage Cambusnethan 628 n0 111 1888.

9 LDS Family Search, 6035516.

10 e-books, SOME TOWNLANDS AND THEIR DERIVATIONS Translated by the Rev. Dean B. Mooney.

11 Internet Site,

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