Edit profile to show place of migration

I believe this to be a photo of my maternal Great Grandfather, Hugh Gallgher from Toome, North Fanad, Donegal. He lived and died in Toome. He had 13 children, 11 survived, one being my Grandfather Patrick Gallagher who emigrated to Scotland. I have quite a bit of information of 5 of the children, but looking for more info on the others. Would love to know if anyone on this site is connected to us or has more information. I’ve updated this info following more research (as of 21/4/19)

  1. Annie 1884-1960 emigrated to USA - have made contact with her descendents

  2. Susan 1885 -1975 emigrated to Scotland - have made contact with her descendents

  3. Patrick 1887-1956 emigrated to Scotland - my grandfather. I have lots of info.

  4. Mary 1888 - married John McGinley, 4 children. One of these children married my maternal aunt

  5. Winifred 1889 - think she may have married a Daniel Meenan

  6. James 1894 - moved to Coatbridge Scotland married Mary O'Hagan, one child, then emigrated to USA, have contacted descendent 

  7. Rose Anne 1896 - no information - descendants now found and am in touch 

  8. Jeremiah 23 April 1897 died 1965 remained in Toome, batchelor

  9. John 1899 - possibly followed his brother James to Coatbridge, Scotland

  10. Hugh 1905 - no information

  11. Mary Anne 1907 (??) no information - believe this to be a mistake now - and Mary Ann was an offspring to another part of the family


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1859  
Date of Death 20th Mar 1936  
Place of Death Catherine McGarvey 13 in total, 11 survived Farmer Both Hugh and Catherine lived and died in Toome  




  • I don't have much info but can see that Hugh and Margaret are both buried in the nearby Fanavolty graveyard;




    It would appear they were unmarried.  You should try 'Irish Genealogy' for more information on them if you haven't visited the site already.

    Michael Sweeney

    Wednesday 17th April 2019, 12:21PM

    Thank you Michael. Are you the local volunteer for this area on XO? There are no dates in the Irish Graveyard entry so I am not sure this is “my” Hugh. His wife was Catherine and she died in 1921. I have their death certificate info from Irish Geneology. Of course he could have had another relationship as he didn’t die until 1936. Just curious to know why you think this grave relates to Hugh Gallagher 1859-1936. Thank you for your help. Kind regards 




    Kathy Scott

    Thursday 18th April 2019, 09:12PM
  • Michael Sweeney

    Friday 19th April 2019, 08:20AM
  • I’m not sure as the grave says Margaret - I don’t know if Mary Ann is a by name for Margaret???. Thank you. Hoping to be in Donegal this summer. Kind regards Kathy

    Kathy Scott

    Friday 19th April 2019, 02:53PM

    i think or am prety sure this is from my Gallagher from Donegal.my GG grandmother was Ann Gallagher born around 1838 in Donegal ireland, she married Thomas Varley from lancashire england in Sydney in 1860, they had my g grandfather John varley in 1865 according to his BC.


    Leanne wells



    Saturday 20th April 2019, 11:13PM
  • Hello Leanne, could you advise me where you see the connection? I don’t have any information about my great grandfathers siblings or his mother. We’re pretty sure his father was called James Gallagher. They didn’t leave Ireland.  As I say, if you’re thinking your Ann (born 1838), is related to my Hugh (born 1859- died 1936), any clues how? Thank you very much. Kind regards Kathy

    Kathy Scott

    Sunday 21st April 2019, 06:38AM
  • II don’t know if this is related to your Gallagher’s at all, but my 2nd great grandmother was Rose Gallagher born 1807 in Donegal. The information that i have indicates that she married Charles Williamson in Donegal in 1826. According to the information i have, they had 4 children  in Donegal (John, Anne, Ellen, & un-named male), one in Scotland (My Ggrandfather, James Williamson), and their final child in Quebec, Canada (Charles Williamson).  I visited Ireland last year, but was unable to make it to Donegal, but hope to make it back! 



    Monday 22nd April 2019, 04:32AM
  • Hello SuzyM, thank you for taking the time to reply. I’m not sure either if the people you mention are connected to my Gallagher lot. The key piece of info is the location in Donegal they came from? I can’t find any info so far on your family names that would tell us that. I’ll keep looking. Kind regards Kathy

    Kathy Scott

    Monday 22nd April 2019, 07:59AM
  • For anyone who might be interested. I have solved a number of questions surrounding High Gallagher 1859-1936, including finding his parents and his siblings. Anyone who wants this info let me know. Am working through the siblings and finding info on them. Thank you Kathy 

    Kathy Scott

    Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 02:36PM

    Thanks, Kathy!

    In response to your comment, I  do not have any additional information about where in Donegal that my Rose Gallagher may have been from. I’ll continue to follow your information and discoveries! 

    Suzanne Morphew





    Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 02:41PM
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019

    Hello Kathy,

    I’m not related and am not a volunteer at Ireland XO or the XO Chronicles, but read your query last week about your Gallagher ancestors. In doing some research I came across the Sinclair Sutherland, “Scott Family Tree” at Ancestry.com at: https://is.gd/iDH6ys

    The Scott Family Tree includes the same photo of Hugh Gallagher that you submitted to the XO Chronicles and shows that Hugh Gallagher’s parents were James Gallagher and Jane Mary Alcorn. But, I uncovered alternative information showing that this James Gallagher and Jane Mary Alcorn belonged to a Protestant denomination, likely the Church of Ireland, while the 1901 and 1911 census returns show that Hugh Gallagher and his family were Roman Catholic.

    I also found the 1857 baptism record for a Hugh Gallagher in the Clondavadoc Catholic Parish, County Donegal. His mother however is not Jane Mary Alcorn in the baptism record.

    In addition, I uncovered the Clondavadoc Catholic Parish marriage record for Hugh’s parents.

    I can send you further information during the coming week about Hugh’s baptism and his parents’ marriage if you like. These records however, would change everything about Hugh’s mother’s side of the family as recorded in the Scott Family Tree at Ancestry.com.

    With Kind Regards,

    Dave Boylan


    Saturday 27th April 2019, 09:33PM
  • Hi,

    My grand-mother on my father's side was Rose Anne Gallagher, born in Toome, Fanad and she married my grand-father MIchael Cannon.  They had four children, Tommy, Hughie, Maggie and Packie (my dad).

    I only have very limited information about my dad's relatives but my daughter is searching our family tree so we will contact relatives and try and get more information.

    Will get back to you as soon as I get anything hopefully,


    (I was named after my grandmother but different spelling!!).


    Monday 22nd July 2019, 01:53PM

    Oh hello Roseann, I am delighted to make your acquaintance! Thrilled to bits. I would be happy to share info on our relatives should you need it. I don’t know where you live, I am in England, but will be in Donegal on 10-17 August, meeting up with other Gallagher cousins (and McFaddens from my Grandmother’s side). I’ve also recently come into possession of some old family photos and pretty sure there are some of Our grandparents’ younger sibling, Hugh, and possibly also of great grandad Hugh Gallagher in his later years. There might also be one of his wife, Catherine McGarvey, just not sure yet. I have a GED match number if your daughter wants that. 

    You can email me at kathy@jinglepot.co.uk too. Thank you again Kind regards Kathy

    Kathy Scott

    Monday 22nd July 2019, 03:19PM
  • Message to Dave Boylan - my apologies I hadn’t realised I hadn’t replied to you. The tree you mention in Ancestry is in fact my family tree! Sinclair Sutherland is my husband. We are both working on our trees and he manages the account, thank you for taking the time to try and help. Kind regards Kathy


    Kathy Scott

    Monday 22nd July 2019, 03:26PM
  • Hi DNA has lead me to Fanad for my Gallagher side of my tree. My Dads grandparents were Annie Gallagher abt Feb 1847 her marriage to John Friel (DNA leads me to Milford on Friels). Annie's death certificate shows her parents as Fred Gallagher and Nancy McClafferty they would be born early 1800's. 

    Kathy, do you show any Fred Gallaghers on your research? 

    Have any of you completed atDNA? I admin over 70 family members. Dads maternal was all Donegal. His paternal last known Galway but DNA leads to Ennis, co Clare. Would love to see if (even if distant match) any of us with Gallaghers show a cM match.

    Thank you for reading,

    Kindest regards,

    Suz Fitzpatrick-Amrhein


    Monday 6th July 2020, 10:46AM
  • Uhhh Kathy, I see you match my Dad Leonard Fitzpatrick distantly. 6cM/1segment sooo way way back we had a connection somewhere. ;-)




    Monday 6th July 2020, 10:52AM
  • Thank you Suz. Despite being connected to your father a long way back, it is still valuable to have the names you've given, as due to a lack of info I can't get backwards from my Great Great Grandfather James Gallagher. I've just seen your message on Ancestry and have messaged you. Kind regards Kathy

    Kathy Scott

    Monday 6th July 2020, 12:19PM

Communities Associated with this Ancestor