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William john Cochrane

My paternal grandfather was born on the 27th Dec 1877 in Feeny, bannagher parish ,he left Ireland when I dont know but married my grandmother in 1915 in Glasgow. His parents were William john cochrane and Mary Montgomery, they married on 11th feb 1868 in bannagher Presbyterian Church, his dad was William cochrane and her dad was Joseph Montgomery, im trying to find their birth dates for my great grandparents and gg grandparents.
Thank you
Alan Cochrane


Tuesday 4th August 2020, 06:55PM

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  • The 1877 birth certificate places William John Cochrane in Tyrglassin townland (more commonly Tirglassan). This looks to be his parents in the 1901 census (by which time he was no longer at home, perhaps in Scotland. You could check the 1901 & 1911 censuses):

    1911 census by which time Mary has died (in 1908).  They had 6 children of whom 5 were still alive in 1911.

    You can see his parents were born in 1841/1839 respectively. That’s well before the start of birth registration in Ireland (1864). So you need to rely on church records prior to that. Both seem to have been Presbyterian and probably attended Banagher Presbyterian (tradition was to marry in the bride’s church so you can be fairly sure that was Mary’s church but it doesn’t follow that the husband also attended the same church. Anyway it’s where I would start). Banagher’s baptism records start in 1834 and there’s a copy in PRONI (the public record office) in Belfast. A personal visit is required to view them.

    The 1831 census for Tyrglassin has 4 Cochrane farms (Alexander, John & 2 James). All were Presbyterian and all were likely related.


    Tuesday 4th August 2020, 07:45PM
  • I have the marriage certificate from bannagher Presbyterian Church which they sent me via fb messenger but they can't find any baptisms ,I couldn't find any Cochranes on the 1831 census so thank you for that , your knowledge is fantastic, I also couldn't find the death of Mary, I've seen the 1901 census and 1911 census, the trouble with the census in Scotland you have to pay for every name you click on so it can be very expensive if you get the wrong one on a site called scotlands people.
    Thank you for your fantastic help.


    Tuesday 4th August 2020, 08:04PM