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Edward Gibson was my great, great grandfather. Born 17th May, 1835 in Enniskillen. He emigrated to Dapto, near Wollongong, NSW in 1867/8. He became a very successful dairy farmer, highly regarded in the community. A road was named after him.
His father, John Gibson was born in 1814 in Enniskillen. I believe his father's name was also John.
I believe the family fled Argyle, Scotland in the 1600's, possibly to escape Charles 1st persecution of The Covenanters.
However I cannot trace beyond 1814.
I believe Edward's Townland started with T. I thought it was Tempo, but that isn't a name today of any I've looked up.
I would appreciate assistance please, as I
can't find a record for Edward. Irish Genealogy as you say is tricky and the country is unknown to me. One day (when covid is done and dusted), I hope to visit.
Sincerely yours,
Alana Cropper.


Sunday 19th September 2021, 12:46PM

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  • Alana,

    A transcript of heads of household in Griffiths Valuation of Fermanagh named Gibson includes the following:


    Griffith     Gibson Edward    T/tempo    Enniskillen    Co. Fermanagh

    There was also a John Jr. and John Sr. in T/tempo.



    Sunday 19th September 2021, 05:20PM
  • In the 1796 flax growers list, the following Gibsons in Fermanagh were mentioned:

    Gibson William Enniskillen Fermanagh
    Gibson William Magheraculmoney Fermanagh
    Gibson Widow Kinawley Fermanagh
    Gibson Thomas Magheracross Fermanagh
    Gibson John Drumkeeran Fermanagh
    Gibson Alexander Kinawley Fermanagh


    Sunday 19th September 2021, 05:25PM
  • From the 1829 Fermanagh householder's list:

    no. 891

    John GIBSON, Tempo

    House, tenement and land, Tempo and Tolnaglog



    Sunday 19th September 2021, 05:31PM
  • Alana,

    Tempo still exists today and is a small village 3 miles east of  Enniskillen. The tithe applotment records for 1832 list a John Gibson junior & a John senior farming in Edenmore (plots 46 & 36). Senior & jr usually indicates father & son. They appeared to be living nearby in the town of Tempo in adjacent cottages (plots 75 & 76). Edenmore is the townland surrounding Tempo. So their land was just a few hundred yards away.

    Here’s a John Gibson who died in Tempo in 1873 aged 57. He was  a shopkeeper (though might have farmed a bit as well). I’d suspect he’s one of these 2 Johns.

    Can’t immediately see who his wife was. It’s a common surname so might require a bit of searching. There were 2 Gibson households in Tempo in the 1901 census. Possibly descendants?:

    The above Samuel was the son of John Gibson. Here’s his marriage:

    The above Thomas Gibson was also a son of John Gibson farmer.  Here’s his marriage in 1867:

    There was another John Gibson death in the Tempo area on 19.7.1868 aged 85. That year’s records are not on-line free and so you need to pay to view it.  You can view the original certificate on-line on the GRONI website, using the “search registrations” option:

    You will need to open an account and buy some credits. It costs £2.50 (sterling) to a view a certificate. 

    You will need to search church records for the various births and marriages as they are before the start of statutory birth registration (1864) and marriages (1845). To do that you need to know the family’s exact denomination.  Looking at the 1901 census, the majority of Gibsons in Fermanagh were Church of Ireland (ie Anglican). There were a handful of Presbyterians.  Now you say that the family were Covenanters who fled Argyll in the 1600s. Certainly plenty of Covenanters did flee Scotland then (the persecution started in 1660 under the newly restored King Charles II). They were Presbyterians and not Anglicans. So the first question is what denomination were your Gibsons? If Presbyterian then that would certainly point to Scottish origins and to a reason for fleeing, but if they were Church of Ireland (ie Anglican) then it would have been unusual for them to have had to flee, unless they later changed denomination in Ireland. I note from the 1841 Scottish census that the surname Gibson is very rare in Argyll. Only 9 in the whole county in the census.  So I would wonder if that’s their origins? But then again perhaps they all fled?

    If you think your ancestors were Presbyterian then there is Presbyterian church in Tempo. Unfortunately it has no records earlier than 1845. Nearby in Enniskillen, the Presbyterian church there has records from 1819 onwards. I note that the 1901 family married in Maguiresbridge Presbyterian, so that’s another possibility. Unfortunately it has no records before 1860.  If the family were Church of Ireland then Tempo Church of Ireland only has records from 1819. The main church in Enniskillen lost most of it’s early records in the 1922 fire in Dublin. Copies of all the surviving records I have mentioned are in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. I don’t think they are on-line anywhere. If you are unable to go yourself, you could employ a researcher. Researchers in the PRONI area:

    Co Fermanagh was heavily settled by Scots in the early 1600s. However the majority came from the Scottish Borders. Very few from the more central parts of Scotland went to Fermanagh. Presbyterianism was (and still is) the  main denomination in Scotland, and it was Presbyterians who were persecuted, imprisoned and transported in the Covenanter struggles you have referred to, not Anglicans. Down in the Scottish Borders it was all very lawless with no religion. Presbyterianism had not become established there then at all, and the residents generally married by handfasting rather than in a church (few of which were functioning there at the time anyway).  King James I decided to move large numbers of these Border Reivers as they were known, to Ireland to break their influence as they were routinely robbing travellers and interrupting cross border commerce. So between around 1610 and 1625 he sent something like 50,000 of them off to Ireland, where he wanted settlers. Many settled in Fermanagh.  But they weren’t Covenanters. Having previously had no religion at all, they generally became Church of Ireland, in contrast to other Scots who were mainly Presbyterian.  

    The majority of people in Fermanagh with Scottish origins came from the Borders but obviously not all did, as evidenced by the fact there are a few Presbyterian churches in the county (but not many compared with the rest of Ulster). 

    Elwyn, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Sunday 19th September 2021, 06:48PM
  • Dear Patrick and Elwyn,
    thankyou so very much for your hard work and quick reply.
    My family are Presbyterian.
    I greatly appreciate your mammoth efforts and advice.


    Tuesday 21st September 2021, 07:10AM