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Alexander McClintock of Trintaugh, County Donegal – The First Settler

Sir Hector Maclean, a kinsman of Agnes McClintock.

For the back story of the McClintocks in Scotland, see here.

It is said that the first of the family to come to Ireland was an Alexander McClintock who arrived in 1597. While it is possible that he was a mercenary who fought during the Nine Years War of the 1590s, it seems more likely that the family were part of a settlement arranged by Bishop Knox of Raphoe in or around the 1620s.

The first known home of the McClintocks in Ireland was a farm at Trintaugh (aka Trentagh, Trenta, Tryentagh etc) in County Donegal. The 250-acre (101-hectare) townland  is located near the River Foyle, 2-3 miles WSW of St Johnstown (and SW of Derry) in the Laggan Valley, the most fertile land in that part of Ireland. [1] It shows up on Google maps at about this point, or on here.

The McClintocks helped to build the nearby Church of Ireland at Church Town (in the parish of Taughboyne), about 2 miles north of St Johnstown. Many members of the family were buried in the multi-denominational graveyard beside it.

This page seeks to flesh out what we know of the early settler, Alexander McClintock, and his immediate descendants.


Mythical Mercenary in Elizabethan Ireland


The first McClintock to come to Ireland is said to have been Alexander McClintock, a Scotsman from Argyll. He probably sailed direct from Glasgow, around the northern coast of Ireland and down the River Foyle. One wonders at how they brought all their luggage and furniture, or where they initially lived!? Family tradition states that he ‘came from Scotland’ in 1597 but that date does not add up, not least considering that Ireland was then midway through the violent Nine Years War. 1597 could simply have been the year of his birth. [2] Burke’s Commoners of 1835 states that Alexander sprang ‘from a respectable Scottish family’ and that he ‘settled in the County of Donegall, anno 1623, and was progenitor of Alexander McClintock esq. of Trintaugh, in the same shire’. [3]

Is it really feasible that Alexander was in County Donegal at the tail end of the Nine Years War, when O’Donnell and O’Neill were annihilated time at the battle of Kinsale? Or that he was in the region at the time of the flight of the Earls and the rebellion of Sir Cahir O’Doherty?

The most romantic reason I can conceive for Alexander arriving in 1597 is that he was one of the Redshanks who came from Argyll in the 1590s and served as mercenaries for the Irish lords. The Redshanks are sometimes called New Scots to distinguish them from gallowglass mercenaries of earlier years.

In 1569, Lady Agnes Campbell (1526–1601), a daughter of Colin Campbell, 3rd Earl of Argyll, married (secondly) Turlough Luineach O’Neill (who succeeded Shane O’Neill as clan chief and lord of Tyrone). To mark the occasion, she brought 1,200 Highland troops with her to Ireland. Could Alexander have been part of that tradition? It’s pure speculation, of course, but perhaps …

Mongavlin Castle, near where the Redshanks had their settlement.

A similar situation arose with Finola McDonnell, aka Iníon Dubh (d. 1608), the daughter of Lady Agnes by her first husband, Séamus Mac Dhòmhnaill, 6th Laird of Dunnyveg, an Islay-based Gaelic nobleman. In about 1570, Iníon Dubh married Sir Aodh mac Maghnusa Ó Domhnaill (aka Sir Hugh O’Donnell), by whom she was mother to the famous Red Hugh O’Donnell and his brother Rory, the last King of Tyrconnell. When Iníon Dubh came to Ireland to marry O’Donnell, she was apparently accompanied by 100 of the biggest Scots she could find, eighty of whom were members of the Crawford clan.

On her marriage to Sir Hugh O’Donnell, Iníon Dubh was presented with the forts at Carrigans (beside which the McClintocks of Dunmore would live) and Mongavlin, adjoining the River Foyle, about 5.5km south-east of the McClintock home at Trintaugh). She opted to settle at Mongavlin where there is thought to have been a Redshank settlement. The annals indicate that this was actually a crannog, or artificial island, surrounded by the waters of the Foyle, but no trace of it remains.The ruins on site today are those of Mongavlin Castle, which was built by Sir John Stewart, an illegitimate son of Ludovic Stewart, 2nd Duke of Lennox. The duke himself was granted the castle, along with 1,000 acres, by royal patent on 23 July 1610. In 1624, the duchy passed to his brother, Esmé, who was among King James’s closest friends, and then to Esmé’s son, James Stewart, 4th Duke of Lennox.

Another Stewart family, who would become Marquesses of Londonderry, descend from a man named Alexander Stewart who was given land at Ballylawn on the shores of Lough Swilly in County Donegal. The McClintocks may have been wary of him as he was actually a member of the outlawed MacGregor clan from Scotland who had changed his name to Stewart in the early 1600s.

Burt Castle, which was built by the O’Dohertys, Lords of Inishowen, in the late 1500s. Close to the shores of Lough Swilly, it is visible for miles around and was actually constructed on the Scottish Z-plan with round towers projecting from diagonally opposite corners.

[In 1605 King James bestowed not one but three bishoprics on George Montgomery (c.1569–1621) (alias Montgomerie), namely Raphoe, Clogher and Derry. Five years later, he was made Bishop of Meath. George was a brother of Sir Hugh Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of the Great Ards (c. 1560–1636), founding father of Ulster.]

I see no McClintocks on the 1622 Muster Roll for Derry.

There were at least 1,060 Scottish males (from about 500 families) present in Donegal at the end of James’s reign. According to the c 1630 muster, there were about 160 of these men were to be found on 3,000 acres of church land in the barony of Raphoe.


Map of the Laggan area. The McClintocks were settled on churchlands of the Bishop of Raphoe just west of Monreagh, as well as at Carrigans. Image via Monreagh Ulster Scots – Scots Irish Heritage Centre (


The Churchlands of Monreagh


The McClintock lands at Trintaugh, just west of Monreagh, were part of a 8.65 acres chunk of ‘churchland’, or glebe, owned outright by the Bishop of Raphoe (on behalf of the Church of Ireland) and held by the local Church of Ireland minister, presumably the rector of the parish of Taughboyne in east Donegal. The rector from 1609 to 1618 was Phelim O’Doghertie. He was succeeded by Thomas Bruce from 1618 all the way to about 1661 although it was during his incumbency that John Hart usurped the incumbency as a Commonwealth, or Independent, (Puritan) minister.[4] The church in Taughboyne was built in 1626, seemingly with significant contributions from the McClintocks.

Just south of these churchlands was the huge chunk of land owned by the Duke of Lennox, the chief undertaker of the Portlough patent, the best settled of all the Scottish precincts in Ulster. This was good quality land, close to the port at Londonderry. Sir James Cunningham’s extensive lands were just north of the churchlands, including Carrigans, with the River Foyle running along its eastern boundary. (Cunningham hailed from North Ayrshire, I think, and was a son-in-law of the Earl of Glencairn.) Under the terms of these grants, undertakers were supposed to remove Irish families from their lands but this rarely happened.

Andrew Knox, bishop of the Isles and Raphoe.

My suspicion is that the McClintocks came in to Donegal on the watch of Andrew Knox, who was Bishop of Raphoe from 1611 until 1633. As Bishop of the Isles from 1605-1610, Knox was ‘heavily involved in royal attempts to establish political and religious conformity,’  as historian Alan Ford observed in his account of Knox for the Dictionary of Irish Biography. (See here) His skill at ‘spreading protestantism and civility to remote Gaelic areas’ led to his appointment to the see of Raphoe in 1610. An enthusiast for evangelisation and reform, his policy was two-pronged: ‘suppressing catholicism by the rigorous enforcement of uniformity; and revitalising the established church by providing resident clergy and rebuilding churches.’ He travelled with a bodyguard of 25 soldiers ‘to protect him from local hostility.’ He also introduced a number of Scottish ministers to the diocese of Raphoe, including four of his own sons. He managed to simultaneously keep his bishopric of the Isles until 1619 when, following a Macdonald rising, he retired to Donegal. He converted a former monastery in Rathmullan into his own private house and  died on 17 March 1633. In 1626 he was among the Irish bishops who opposed a proposal to grant toleration as part of the Graces, although he was actually tolerant to presbyterian clergy. Bishop Knox, a kinsman of the Cunninghams, later claimed to have introduced “over 300 families of British Protestant settlers” to his diocese. This seems a frontrunner for the McClintock origin story.

The Barony of Raphoe formed part of the ancient principality of Tír Eoghain, the inheritance of the O’Neills, which included the whole of the present counties of Tyrone and Derry (and the four baronies of West Inishowen, East Inishowen, Raphoe North and Raphoe South in County Donegal). The majority of present-day County Derry was carved out of Tír Eoghain between 1610 and 1620 when that land was assigned to the profit-making Guilds of London.

Alexander probably arrived into Derry, already a significant port by this time, although it is feasible he came via Ramelton on the western shore of Lough Swilly where there was a large Scottish community founded by Sir William Stewart. By 1619, there were 45 houses in Ramelton with 57 families, a ‘fair strong castle’, a church and a watermill. Scottish families also settled in areas outside of Scottish ownership. By 1630 more than half of the settlers in the precinct of Lifford were Scottish, despite it being in English and Welsh ownership.


Alexander McClintock of Trintaugh, Co. Donegal (1620?-1670)


Map showing McClintocks in Treantagh and Momeen.

By the time James Stewart succeeded as 4th Duke of Lennox in 1624, the Scottish plantations of County Donegal were in full swing. This timeframe is a much better fit for Alexander’s arrival time. I suppose it is possible that the Alexanders of 1597 was one and the same man although I suspect there is a generation between those dates.

Seven able-bodied, adult male McClintocks appear in the Barony of Raphoe on the 1630 Muster Roll of the Province of Ulster, each bearing either a sword or a pike, or both. I believe these men would all have been Protestant. The Churchland yielded a single “horseman, armed” by name of Fynlay McClentock, aka Finlay McClintock, who mustered with a sword in the troop of the Dean of Raphoe. [5] It depends when the Muster was summoned but the Dean of Raphoe may have been Archibald Adair (died 1647), who was dean from 1622 to 1630, when he became Bishop of Killala and Achonry. In 1622, Adair was described as “an eloquent speaker and good preacher of God’s word.” He was succeeded as dean from 1630 until 1660 by Alexander Cunningham (or Conyngham) who had a mammoth haul of 27 children, including Catherine Leslie (wife of the Fighting Bishop) and Sir Albert Cunningham, a former Lieutenant-General of the Ordnance in Ireland, who was killed in Sligo in 1691.

Four of the McClintocks at the 1630 Muster came from the Duke of Lennox’s 4,000-acre estate in Raphhoe, namely “Alexander Mc Lentock” (perhaps of Trintaugh, with sword and pike), William McClintock, John McLenockan and Gilbet McLyntock. The other two were John ‘McClentock’ (on Sir John Willson’s 2,550-acre estate) and Patrick McLintog (on Robert Harrington’s 4,000 acres).

The other McClintock to muster in 1630 was a John McClintog on the Earl of Annandell’s 10,000 acres in Boylagh and Bannagh, the only other precinct (outside Portlough) to be granted to Scottish undertakers. In this largely mountainous and inhospitable part of west Donegal, eight Scots were granted lands in 1610. By 1618, however, all of these lands were in the possession of one man, John Murray, who owned in excess of 200,000 statute acres. Settlement in this area was not as significant as East Donegal, but pockets of Scottish settlers were to be found at a number of locations, such as Killybegs.

Elsewhere, a Thomas McClintock was among those the militiamen who mustered at Strabane. As of August 2023, he was the only “McClintock”, i.e. spelled that way,  to show up in a search of the the Ulster Settlers Database. This is based on R. J. Hunter and John Johnston (eds), ”Men and arms’: The Ulster settlers, c. 1630′ (Belfast, 2015).

Raphoe Castle, built by Bishop Leslie in the 1630s.

In about 1630, an Alexander McClintock moved to the parish of Taughboyne where he occupied a house that he may have built. He settled at Trintaugh, which he seems to have purchased at about the time of his marriage in Glasgow in 1648 to Agnes Stinson (1635-1696). The other main families in Treantaugh at this time appear to have been McKean (as in Henry McKean of Newstalk fame perhaps), Hamilton, McMayness and Woods.

It is sometimes said that this Alexander was the son of another Alexander McClintock [McKlintock] by his wife Catherine Rogers. Where does that detail come from!?

Sylvia Wright (née McClintock) believes they found the site of the house and writes:

‘There’s a late Victorian house in the stable yard now, but if you go behind the house, there’s an area with a lot of dressed stone in what looks like an orchard, with a small round dove cot on the right. Beyond that, a red metal gate leads out onto the St Johnston Road with what looks like a driveway leading up to the original house.  I thought that there might have been a Bawn there too. The stables were in good nick when we visited being used for tractor sheds etc.  They were definitely Georgian and might well have stabled the 14 horses that my grandfather Bob mentioned. The farmyard is funnel- shaped, much easier to see on the aerial view.’


Treantagh Townland, Co. Donegal, is highlighted in blue. The McClintock house Trintaugh is just south and east of the crossroads in the highlighted part.


The aerial view of Trintaugh or Treantaugh shows its location clearer, including the wood to the north of the present-day farmyard, which is where Sylvia thinks Trintaugh originally was.Try 54.926388 888 -7.507 777 777.

On the Trintaugh estate, above where the house stood, there is a high black rock, a spur of the mountain Dooish (black mountain), subsequently mined for slate. In 2019, Andrew McClintock recorded that a McClintock was still farming the mountainous land at Dooish on the descent from the north, 1-2 miles above Trintaugh.

16th century towerhouse with fortified dwelling extension, by Rory O’Shaugnessy, 2011. Sylvia wonders if the original Trintaugh House might have looked a little like this?

Sylvia has some maps of County Donegal from 1777, which clearly show a Mr McClintock living at this Trintaugh, as well as other McClintock’s living nearby at Dunmore, Carrigans, Castrues and Prospect.

In March 1633, Bishop Knox of Raphoe was succeeded by John Leslie (1571-1671), who was born in Aberdeenshire. Four years later, Leslie completed the castle in Raphoe – known as the Bishop’s Palace. He would become known as the Fighting Bishop after he fought against both the Irish and the Cromwellians during the Confederate Wars.

On 21 May 1639, Lord Deputy Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, imposed the ‘Black Oath’ of loyalty to King Charles I on all Ulster Scots over the age of 16.

Alexander and his family were probably involved in the battle of Glenmaquin, fought on 16 June 1642, between Manor Cunningham and Convoy, just west of Taughboyne, in which the Laganners, under the command of Sir Robert Stewart and Sir William Stewart defeated a Confederate army led by Sir Phelim O’Neill.  Or were they with the Laganners when they successfully fended off an ambush by O’Neill’s men in the Barnesmore Gap in March 1642?


The Battle of Scarrifholis, 1650


I visited the site of the battle of Scarrifholis with my family in 2021 but we could not find hide nor hair of where it was actually fought! The battlefield site was apparently about 600 yards NE of where we were!

One wonders if the newly married Alexander, or any other McClintocks, lined out for the Battle of Scarrifholis (or Scariffhollis), one of the bloodiest battles in recent Irish history which was fought on the banks of the River Swilly at Newmills on the Summer Solstice of 21 June 1650.

Since the execution of Charles I, Ulster’s Protestants had split into Royalist and Parliamentary factions. Most of the English settlers sided with the Parliament (mainly in opposition to the Royalist’s conciliatory attitude to Irish Catholics). They took control of Derry, aided by a Parliamentary army sent to Ulster by Oliver Cromwell in 1649. The Covenanters, on the other hand, sided with the Royalists but failed to oust the Parliamentarians from Derry and were then defeated at the Battle of Lisnagarvey near Lisburn in December 1649. It seems the Covenanters then joined forces with the Confederate Ulster Army, commanded by Heber MacMahon, Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher, but they were annihilated at Scarrifholis by the Parliamentarian army commanded by Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Mountrath (where other Protestant settlers in Ulster united with troops from the New Model Army), securing the north of Ireland for Parliament.


MacLean of Ardgour & the Battle of Inverkeithing, 1651


Death of Sir Hector MacLean at the Battle of Inverkeithing.

Agnes Stinson, Alexander’s wife, is believed to have been a daughter of Donal MacLean (1615-1651), Laird of Ardgour, on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula on the western shore of Loch Linnhe in the Scottish Highlands. Donal was the fifth son of Allan MacLean (c.1582-c1681) and a grandson of Evan MacLean (1550-1592), Laird of Ardgour, by his marriage to Catharine Cameron of Lochiel.

The MacLean surname (which also arises across the Sligo-Donegal borders) is said to be the oldest in Scotland and is  apparently an anglicisation of Mac Ghille Eoin, meaning ‘son/s of the servant of St John’. It seemingly derives from ‘Son of Gillean’, referring to a 13th century warrior, Gilleain na Tuaighe (Gillean of the Battle-Axe), who is hailed as the clan’s founder. He was somehow related to the Kings of the Ancient Province of Dalriada and may have an ancestral link to Armenia. Gilleain translates from the Gaelic as ‘Ghille (Giolla) Eoin’, meaning ‘the servant of St John.’

Gilleain na Tuaighe served in the army of Somerled (Somairle), a Norse-Gaelic lord, who, through marital alliance and military conquest, rose in prominence to create the Kingdom of Argyll and the Isles. Somerled, Lord of Argyll, Kintyre and Lorne, was also the ancestor of the MacDonalds, MacDougalls and others. The sources name his father as GilleBride and his paternal grandfather as GilleAdamnan; these names appear to be corroborated in patronymic forms recorded in the Annals of Tigernach and the Annals of Ulster. Somerled founded a Cistercian abbey on Kintyre, at Saddell, not far from St John’s Church, Killean (the closest St John the Baptist’s Church to Ulster, dated at 1222, but founded in the late 12th century). Having conquered the Western Isles, Somerled was attempting to revive Iona as the centre of traditional Irish Christianity when he was killed in battle in 1164. As Michael Brabazon observes, his plan seems to have been to launch a traditionalist renaissance on Iona, reinstating St Colm Cille’s successor (comarba), Flaithbertach Ua Brolcháin (d. 1175), abbot (from 1150) and first bishop of Derry, as head of all the old style (Columban) monasteries in the Western Isles. Somerled’s death before the Abbey was completed put paid to his ambitions. The abbey was finished in 1207 by Ragnall, son of Somairle mac GilleBride and peopled by monks from Mellifont Abbey in County Louth, Ireland.

The first recorded mention of the Macleans of Duart is in a papal dispensation of 1367 which allowed their Chief Lachlan Lubanach Maclean to marry the daughter of the Lord of the Isles, Mary Macdonald.

Agnes McClintock’s mother Marion MacLean was also a sister of John MacLean. John’s wife Fionnvola Campbell was a daughter of Sir Dugald Campbell, 5th Lord Auchinbreck, and his wife, Mary Erskine (1575-1614), a niece of King James V‘s mistress, Margaret Erskine. [6] In other words, Agnes McClintock’s aunt Fionnuala was a great-niece of James V’s squeeze. Tenuous, but there you have it, Campbells and Erskines all over the place …

On 20 July 1651, Donal Maclean was killed at the Battle of Inverkeithing while serving in a 4,000 strong Scottish Covenanter force that, acting for Charles II, sought to halt a superior force from Cromwell’s New Model Army which had landed on the coast at Fife. The Highland infantry were actually under the command of Sir Hector Maclean of Duart, the 18th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean. Sir Hector, Donal, his younger brother John and perhaps five hundred other Scots were killed. Also among the slain were seven Maclean brothers who died protecting Sir Hector. As each brother fell, another came up in succession to cover him, crying ‘Fear eile airson Eachuinn’ (“Another for Hector”), which is now one of two slogans used by Clan Maclean. [7]

Agnes McClintock is elsewhere described as the widow of Mr. Stinson / Stenson / Stevenson) of Argyllshire. During the late 17th century, the MacLean clan were, with the Camerons, frequently in difficulty in Scotland where the Argyll Campbells were pressing down hard on smaller tribes; this was an age which saw the Campbell’s empire extend as far as it could go. It’s not clear where the McClintocks stood on such matters but the Lindsay family (said to be their kinsmen) fought with the Campbells in the build-up to the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. (The Lindsay family were also on the side of the Covenanters in the battle against Montrose in the 1650s).

As Michael Brabazon observes, loyalty to the Stuart family, from the Battle of Inverkeithing in 1651 to the Battle of Culloden in 1746, did not help Clan Maclean’s fortunes. The clan threw its muscle behind the Jacobite rising of 1715 and when that  their chief, Sir Hector Maclean, was exiled to France where he founded the Grand Lodge of Freemasons in Paris, becoming their first Grand Master. 

It is to be noted that the original oak panelling in the library at Lisnavagh bears two dates that have no obvious significance to the McClintock or Bunbury families. The dates are 1651 and 1677. Could this be a reference to the defeat at Inverkeithing in 1651, alluded to above? Otherwise, my best guess, and I think it an unlikely one, is a connection to the House of Stuart. In 1651, Charles II was crowned King of Scotland at Scone, while 1677 was the year in which the future Mary II of England (daughter of James II) married William of Orange.

Their familial links with Scotland remained strong for at least a century after their arrival. During the Siege of Derry, for instance, Alexander’s son John McClintock (1649-1707) and his wife Jenet (née Lowry) returned to Scotland where their eldest son John was born on 1 February 1688/89, although the boy died before 1698.


What Religion Were They!?


In June 2021, I visited Monreagh Ulster Scots – Scots Irish Heritage Centre, in The Old Manse, Carrigans ( where I met with the charming and very knowledgeable Kieran Fagan. The centre itself is intelligently laid out with much of interest to historical souls.

Given their Scottish origins, the McClintocks may have been Presbyterian Covenanters. It is unclear when the family joined the Church of Ireland, and, of course, different persons may have professed different faiths. Alexander evidently had a close affinity with Taughboyne, the Church of Ireland (Protestant) church where he was laid to rest in 1670.

Taughboyne itself is an ancient religious site but became a place of worship for Scottish settlers when the church was founded in 1629. On the basis that he was buried beside a Protestant church, one might assume he was a Protestant. However, society was more free-flowing than you might imagine in 17th century Donegal. As well as Protestant burials, Taughboyne graveyard is also the resting place of many a Presbyterian, including at least three ministers from Monreagh, and several Catholics. Thus, one cannot state Alexander’s denomination with certainty. (It might also be observed that as many as 10 people were buried in a single grave.) [8]

My thinking is that he was a Protestant when he arrived but he seems to have followed Archbishop Ussher’s line of thinking when, as Primate of All-Ireland, he wrote the ‘Discourse on the Religion Anciently Professed by the Irish and British’ (1622) and argued that the Church of Ireland was separate to the Church of England, as it was not created by Henry VIII, but descended from the Ancient Irish Celtic Church as established by St Patrick. The church at Taughboyne was dedicated to St. Baithen, son of Brendan the Navigator. I suspect he converted from conviction (ie: Anglicanism was the better way to a Christian life) but he was also presumably aware that conforming to the established church would improve his position on the ladder of the ascendancy.

Most of the McClintocks living around Taughboyne today are Presbyterian while Monreagh, established in 1644, is the oldest of about thirty Presbyterian congregations in County Donegal.

When I visited Taughboyne with my family in 2021, we found a six-pack of McClintock gravestones and, while I can’t confirm this as the names were so worn away, I have a hunch these were the graves of Alexander, Agnes, John, Suzanna and co. [9]


McClintocks in Raphoe, 1659-1666


McClintock grave-spotting at Taughboyne, 2021.

Alexander McClintock’s name appears among those who paid the Hearth Tax in the parish of Taughboyne in 1665, at which time he was still living at Trintaugh House (also Trinta).

There were eight McClintock ‘tituladoes’ (ie: men with title to land) in the Barony of Raphoe on Pender’s ‘Census,’ compiled by Sir William Petty in 1659.

Following the Restoration, a hearth tax was introduced to generate a revenue for the new King: two shillings a year for each fireplace in a house. Nine McClintocks were recorded in Raphoe on the Hearth Money Roll for 1665. Four were in Taughboyne parish, namely Alexander McClintock of Tryentagh [sic]; John McClintock of Momein; Finlay McClintock of Altacaskein and the Widow McClintock of Ratein. The latter may have been the widow of a Gilbert McClintock who was recorded at Ratein on the 1663 tax list. [Finlay McClintock was perhaps the man on the Churchlands by Taughboyne in 1630. A Finlay McClintock appeared on the Hearth Money Rolls of 1666 at at Ahogill, Craigs and Portglenone, County Antrim].

There were also two McClintocks in in the parish of Raymoghy on the 1665 Hearth Money Rolls, namely John and Donell (of Corcy). The latter man, Donell M’Clintock was living in the townland of Gorkah / Gorkey (probably Corkey, south of Manorcunningham). (PRONI: Tennison Groves papers Hearth Money Rolls of 1663-1665 for Raymoghy (Manorcunningham) Ref. T.808 series. Thanks to Sylvia McClintock).

There were another three McClintocks in Raphoe parish, namely John and James McClintock, both of Maghrihee, and Robert McClintock of Glenmquein. (A probate record of a John McClintock of Machryhee in 1721 [1A-98, Derry] refers to wife and children, not named.)


Death of Alexander McClintock, 1670


Alexander McClintock died at Trintaugh on 6 September 1670. He was buried in Taughboyne churchyard, where he would be joined by Agnes (who died on 6 December 1696) and their son Alexander. It would be logical if the Rev John Crookshank, Rector of Taughboyne, officiated at his funeral.



The Sons of Alexander and Agnes McClintock


Alexander and Agnes had at least three sons and a daughter.

  1. John McClintock (1649-1707) was described as ‘of Treintamucklach‘, married Jenet Lowry and was ancestor of the McClintocks of Drumcar, Lisnavagh, Seskinore and Red Hall.
  2. William McClintock (1657-1724) married Elizabeth Harvey and was ancestor of the McClintocks of Dunmore House, County Donegal,  as well as the Alexanders of Caledon, County Tyrone. She died in 1722, aged 56; William died on 5 September 1724, aged 67.
  3. Alexander McClintock (1660-1689) ‘of Treintoch in parish Taboyne‘, gentleman, lived at Castrues and was a lieutenant in the Irish Volunteers. [10] He married Sarah Young, who died on 27 June 1689. Given that Derry was under heavy bombardment at this time, it is hard not to conclude that Sarah was killed in the Siege of Derry. Alexander died on 14 September 1689, less than 50 days after the siege was lifted. He was buried with his parents in Taughboyne. Alexander’s children were named as Alexander and Elizabeth. The younger Alexander succeeded to Castrues, married Anna and had children John, Robert, Mary, Sarah and Ann. [11] Alexander junior died on 29 September 1722, aged forty. Castues seems to have passed to his nephew Robert, but I may have the wrong man …
  4. Jane (or Jean) McClintock married a Mr. Porter.




With thanks to Sylvia McClintock, Malcolm Wright, William Bunbury, Andrew Bunbury, Olive Brown, Tom Barr, Kieran Fagan, Canon Crooks, the McFarlands, Michael Brabazon and Jack McClintic for this excellent collection of data here.


Pinpointing the “other” Treantaugh on a map of County Donegal. To add to the confusion, there are two places called Traintaugh / Trentagh / Treantagh / Trinta / Tryentagh in County Donegal! The second one is NW of Letterkenny, and close to Church Hill, as well as Rathdonnell House, see above. This land was (and may yet be?) boggy marshland.


End Notes


[1] To add to the confusion, there are two places called Traintaugh / Trentagh / Treantagh / Trinta / Tryentagh in County Donegal! The second one is NW of Letterkenny, and close to Church Hill, as well as Rathdonnell House, see above. This land was (and may yet be?) boggy marshland.

In July 2018 Laurence Gilmore advised me: ‘Trentagh is a district near Letterkenny which was known in the 1700s as the Manor of Rathdonnell … The Manor was mortgaged by George Keys of Cavanacor in 1791.’

It might be noted that Jenet McClintock’s sister Margaret Lowry married John Keys of Cavanacor. The 1791 mortgage was recalled in a deed of 1823 referring to George’s heiress Mary Keys that Laurence found in the Registry of Deeds in Dublin, Vol. 787, p. 222, entry 532357. There may be supporting memorials at the registry relating to the Manor of Rathdonnell.

[2] Sylvia Wright (née McClintock) playfully postulates an earlier date of birth as 1587 and proposes that he was the chap who killed Black John McGregor at the Battle of Glen Fruin in 1603. See here for more.

[3] Burke’s Commoners, 1835 (Vol 2, p. 257).

[4] In 1634/35, Hugh Cressey and James Galbraith were presented by the Crown in error, as Bruce was incumbent. Later ministers were John Crookshank (1669-1674), a pluralist, who held other incumbencies; James Hamilton (1674-1690) and Andrew Hamilton (1690-1753), the latter being the longest ever incumbency, and can never be exceeded.

[5] Was he the Finlay McClintock of Altacaskein in Taughboyne parish on the 1665 Heart Tax?

[6] Mary’s father was Alexander Erskine of Gogar.

[7] Stewart, David (1825). “Part I Section 3: Devoted Obedience to the Clans—Spirit of Independence—Fidelity”, Sketches of The Character, Manners, and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland; with details of The Military Service of The Highland Regiments 1 (3rd ed.). Edinburgh and London: Archibald Constable and Co., and Hurst, Robinson and Co. See Maclean of Ardgour and   With thanks to Sylvia McClintock.

[8] The three ministers were the Rev. John Harte (who died in 1687), the Rev Neil Gray and the Rev William Boyd, see

[9] The most legible of the headstones was to an Alexander McClintock who was born circa 1680 and died in 1752, but I can’t see how he fits in! He was buried alongside Mary McClintock, his wife perhaps, who was of a similar age. Family Search suggests there was an Alexander McClintock who was born on 30 September 1692, in Treantagh, son of William McClintock and Elizabeth Harvey (ie: the Dunmore line), who died in 1752 at the age of 60.

[10] His date of birth is sometimes given as 1651, in which case he was the second son. A little confoundingly, Sir Arthur Vicars ‘Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810’ (1897), p. 300, refers to the will of a Lieutenant Alexander McClintock of Fremlock, County Donegal, with a date of 1691. It’s otherwise spelled as Frinla and Frinlough but neither these, nor Fremlock, scored any recognition on Google in August 2017 outside of Vicars himself! This leads me to propose that all these words are actually Trintaugh!!

[11] Betham Will Abstracts, book Ma, p. 80-81.

See also “A History of the McClintock Family” by Col. R.S. McClintock, pub. 1961.