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HAGAN, Elisabeth
(About 1785-)
(About 1777-029/1862)
(About 1785-1853)
ROURKE, Francis (DNA Linked)
(About 1806-007/1883)
CAMPBELL, Margaret (DNA Linked)
(About 1810-)
ROURKE, Edward


Family Links

1. WARD, Mary

ROURKE, Edward 2

  • Baptised: 8 February 1846, Dungannon RC parish, County Tyrone, Ireland 2
  • Marriage (1): WARD, Mary on 27 May 1872 in RC Chapel, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland 1
  • Died: 20 December 1881 between 1.00 & 7.00 am, Opposite or Near Little Sunnyside Farm, Between Larkhall And Quarter, Lanarkshire, Scotland 3
  • Buried: Hamilton Cemetery, Lanarkshire, Scotland. 4

   Cause of his death was exposure to extreme cold while intoxicated, and was not seen alive.3

   Other names for Edward were O'ROURKE, Edward, RORK, Edward and RORKE, Edward.

  General Notes:

"Church Baptism Record

Name:Edward Rourke
Date of Birth:
Date of Baptism:08-Feb-1846
Father:Francis Rourke
Mother:Margaret Campbell
Sponsor 1 /Informant 1:Edward
Sponsor 2 /Informant 2:Letitia Hills
Notes: / /

Copyright Irish World Heritage Centre (Tyrone + Fermanagh)"


In the Church Baptism Record transcribed (above) and made available by the Irish Family History Foundation, Edward Rourke was recorded as having been baptised on 8 February 1846 in the RC parish of Dungannon in County Tyrone Ireland. His parents were Francis Rourke and Margaret Campbell. No address was noted. The first sponsor was recorded as 'Edward' and the second as 'Letitia Hills'. It is unclear if the first is Edward Rourke, the name 'Edward' being of the Rourke side of the document, or Edward Hills, the surname after Letitia being applicable to both Edward and Letitia.

In 1861 Edward O'Rourke was aged 15 years, unmarried, and working as a coal miner. He lived with his family including an aged grandfather and a lodger at 73 Omoa Square in the parish of Shotts.

The 1871 census recorded Edward living at number 50 'Houses south of Edinburgh Rd', Clarkston, New Monkland. He was aged 25 years, unmarried, and a coal miner.

In February of 1872 Edward Rourke [sic] was a witness at the marriage of Mary Lamont and Thomas Curran, parents to be of Mary Jane Curran who married Michael McConnachie at Cleland in 1898.

In 1876 Edward Rourke gave notice of the birth of his son Francis at Omoa Square, Cleland. He gave the place and date of his marriage as 20 May 1872 at Wishaw and made his X mark.

'Edward Rork', aged 31 years was a coal miner who had been born in Ireland. The 1881 census recorded him living with his wife, four children, and two boarders at 2 Bellerophon Row in Bothwell parish, Lanarkshire. The two boarders, Francis Kenedy [sic], 25 years, born in County Tyrone Ireland, and John Ward, 30 years, born in Shotts parish Lanarkshire, were also coal miners and were unmarried. John Ward may have been a relative of Edward's wife Mary Ward.

Edward died in December 1881. His death certificate recorded him as aged 31 years and married to Mary Ward. His usual residence was 18 Carscallon Row, Quarter, in the parish of Hamilton. He was a coal miner. His mother was deceased.

Edward's son Frank married in 1903. Edward, who was deceased then, was recorded as having been a coal miner. Similarly when his wife Mary Ward died in 1930 his occupation was recorded in the same way.

When Edward's son Frank O'Rourke died in 1954 Edward was recorded in Frank's death certificate as having been a coal miner. 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10

  Medical Notes:

Because of the suddenness of Edward's death, a report was made to the Procurator Fiscal, John Millar, at Hamilton regarding the circumstance of the death.

Dr Christopher Crawford MD CM of Hamilton certified the cause of death.

Francis O'Rourke, brother of the deceased man, of Clarkston, gave notice of his death before the registrar, William Potter, at Hamilton on 21 December 1885.

Wardrop & Young, Undertakers, of Hamilton buried the deceased man in Hamilton cemetery. 3 4

Edward married Mary WARD, daughter of Henry WARD and Alice McGURK, on 27 May 1872 in RC Chapel, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 (Mary WARD was born in 1851 in Cleland, Shotts Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland and died 5 February 1930 at 2.30 pm in 57 Longmuir, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland 9.). The cause of her death was sub acute bronchitis over 6 days and senile decay.3

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage between Edward and Mary took place after banns and according the rites and forms of the Roman Catholic Church. The celebrant was James Gilmour, Catholic priest, and the witnesses were John White and Sarah Kane, who made her X mark.

Edward Rourke, who made his X mark, worked as a coal miner. He was a bachelor of 23 years and lived in Omoa, Shotts parish.

Mary Ward was of Omoa too. She was a housekeeper aged 21 years and unmarried. Her father was deceased.

The marriage was registered at Wishaw on 29 May 1872, the registrar Thomas Steele.


1 LDS Family Search, IGI.

2 Irish Family History Foundation, Dungannon RC parish County Tyrone Church Marriage Record.

3 GRO Scotland, Deaths Hamilton 647 no 474 1881.

4 GRO Scotland, 647 page 169 March 1882.

5 1861 UK census, 655 Shotts.

6 GRO Scotland, Death certificate 652/1 No 183 Old Monkland West-son Frank.

7 GRO Scotland, Marriage certificate 652/1 No 55 Old Monkland West 1903-son Frank.

8 GRO Scotland, Birth certificate 655 No 328 Shotts 1876 12 Omoa Square-son Frank.

9 GRO Scotland, Deaths Coatbridge 652/2 no 84 1930.

10 GRO Scotland, Marriages Cambusnethan 1872 628 12 February.

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