I can see a death for Janet McCoubray previously Muir, in Greenock in 1870, aged 33.
Marriage for Thomas McCoubry to Janet Muir in Greenock in 1860.
Thomas McCoubry 34, & Janet 24, are in the 1861 census for Upper Dunoon St, Greenock. He was a gardener and born in Ireland. Janet appears to have been born in Fife.
I see 5 possible children to this couple, all born in Greenock:
John McCoubra 1866
William McCoubray 1861
Mary McCoubray 1868
Thomas McCoubry 1864
Edward Muir McCoultrey 1863
I don’t see the family in the 1871 Scottish census so suspect they had moved/returned to Ireland, following Janet’s death perhaps.
John McCoubrie (Gardener) married Margaret Hawthorne in Lisburn on 6.5.1894. Thomas McCoubrie was a witness.
Here’s that family in 1901:
Thomas McCoubrie (junior) in 1901:
I can’t see a marriage in Ireland for Mary, nor a death for Thomas senior. I also searched for children to parents named Thompson & McCoubrie born c 1892 but did not find any in Ireland.
Edward Muir McCoubrie married Margaret Jane Broome on 30.4.1897 at Clough Presbyterian church in Co Down. His father was Thomas, Gardner. Edward was living in Annadorn, Co Down at the time (parish of Loughinisland). Son Wm John was born 6.2.1898 at LoughEske in Co Donegal and Janetta Ann 18.2.1899 at the same place.
Lough Eske Castle is now a 5 star hotel but it was a private house in the 1890s and so I suspect Edward was employed in the grounds of it then.
The big estate in Annadorn was Nutgrove House, so I suspect that’s where he was working when he married.
In the 1800s, Nutgrove House belonged to the McCammon family. This is them in 1901:
Interestingly, in the 1901 census, there is a servant named Samuel McCoubrie aged 20 and born Co. Down working there. Unlikely to be a coincidence, I think.
Samuel was born 23.10.1878 to John McCoubrie and Margaret McKnight of Castlenavan, Loughinisland.
There’s a couple of McCoubrey households in Castlenavan in 1901:
This second one looks to be Samuel’s family:
Ellen McCoubrie was born 21.2.1885 to same parents as Samuel. John McCoubrie, farmer, died at Castlenavan on 1.4.1894 aged 64. He and Margaret had married on 12.2.1875 at Clough Non Subscribing Presbyterian church. His father was Samuel Macoubrey, farmer.
This John McCoubrey was born c 1830, so of an age to be a brother to Thomas who married Janet Muir.
NB Non Subscribing Presbyterians don’t subscribe to the concept of the Trinity (ie Father, Son & Holy Ghost). They believe in a single “unity” and so are often known as Unitarians. Clough NSP has baptism & marriage records starting in 1792. There’s a copy in PRONI.
The McCoubrey name, location (ie Co Down) and Presbyterian denomination point strongly to them being descendants of Scots who settled in Co Down in the 1600s. There was a massive migration of well over 100,000 Scots to that part of Ireland in that century.
Probate abstract from the PRONI wills site.
McCoubrie Edward Muir of "Kia Ora" Circular Road Whiteabbey county Antrim gardener (retired) died 21 June 1943 Administration Belfast 10 January to Jeanetta Anna McCrea widow. Effects £1000.
I can confirm that Northern Ireland can easily be seen from Scotland, though not I think from Greenock which is way up the River Clyde, and round a corner. But Ireland is easily seen not too far away, further down the Scottish coast, from places like Troon or Ayr. At the closest point (The Mull of Kintyre) it’s only about 11 miles across to Ireland. The quickest ferry crossing these days is probably from Ballycastle in Co. Antrim to Campbeltown in Argyll which takes 45 minutes. Folk have been going back and forth for thousands of years. In the 1800s there were daily sailings from Belfast to Greenock & on to Glasgow and tens of thousands of folk made that journey in both directions every year.