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McClintock of Creatland, County Donegal

Thomas McClintock (c. 1774-1838) was listed as a tenant in the Laggan area of the Duke of Abercorn’s Donegal estate in 1794. His address was given as Creatland, which is near St. Johnston in the south of Taughboyne parish. His wife may have been Matilda McClintock, who was described as the ‘relict of the late Thomas McClintock, Creatland’ when she died aged 95 on 14 September 1870 at the residence of her son-in-law, George Thompson, Bonemaine.[1]

Thomas’s son Samuel McClintock (1806-1872) succeeded to Creatland and married Jane Mahaffy. Their known children are Thomas and Mary Jane. They were also probably parents of Isabella Margaret McClintock of Creatland who died at nine weeks and was buried at Taughboyne on 17 October 1852 by weeks Rev Edward Bowen Jr.

When St Baithin’s Church was constructed at the Wauk Mill, St Johnston, in 1860, on land donated by the Duke of Abercorn, Samuel contributed 10 shillings.

Samuel and Jane’s daughter Mary Jane McClintock was born on 9 July 1855.  She was married at Taughboyne on 27 April 1876 to James Lowry. In 1904 the Lowrys emigrated to New Zealand where they settled in Thames Valley, farming several properties, until retiring to Onehunga in about 1917. Mary passed away on 16 August 1948 at Onehunga, aged 93, and is buried at Waikaraka Cemetery, Auckland, alongside her husband.

On 17 March 1868, Samuel’s eldest son Thomas was married at Taughboyne Church, by the Rev. William Foster, to Mary Davies, fourth daughter of Joseph Davis (1785-1865) of Ballyheather, Strabane, and his wife Mary (1787-1865).

Samuel McClintock died at Creatland on 7 March 1872, aged 66. He was buried at Taughboyne the following day by the Rev Edward Bowen Jr and William H Forster.

On 19 October 1876, Robert McClintock of Creatland married Matilda McKay, second daughter of the late Robert McKay of Ballymagorry. They were married at Leckpatrick Church by the Rev. William Edwards.[2]

The Derry Journal of 19 February 1883 reported:

‘Mysterious Disappearance of a Child near St. Johnston.

—On Monday last a little boy, aged about three years, of the name of Bresland, who was living with his mother in the house of James M’Monagle, on the farm of Mr. Robert M‘Clintock, Creatland, near St. Johnston, disappeared suddenly under very strange circumstances. It appears the mother of the child left the house for a short time to gather some fuel, and when she returned the child, who had been left with another about a year older, was nowhere to be found. Although search has been made the neighbours, among whom it has caused the greatest excitement, and also the constabulary, who have been examining through the whole country, no tidings to the present of the missing child have been obtained. It is now generally believed, that the child has been stolen by some person’.

On 18 October 1878, Matilda had a daughter. On 23 April 1887, she gave birth to twin daughters. On 26 March 1889, she had a son at Creatland. Or at least I think all these children were Matilda’s. [3]

On 13 October 1890, the Derry Journal (p. 4) carried a notice from A. Weir, the Strabane auctioneer, that he had been instructed by the representatives of the late Robert McClintock of Creatland to sell an eight year lease on his two adjoining farms at Creatland and Gillistown, comprising about 100 acres, well fenced and watered,  as well as auctioning 10 ‘valuable’ milch cows, 10 young bullocks and heifers, 10 weanling calves, a three year-old bull, a pair of farm horses and various carts, ploughs, harrows, grubbers, and other farming requisites.

Matilda may have been the Matilda McClintock, late of Transallagh, St Johnston, who died on 18 January 1915, as per the Londonderry Sentinel of 29 May 1915, here.




[1] Derry Journal – Wednesday 21 September 1870

[2] Derry Journal – Wednesday 25 October 1876

[3] Derry Journal – Monday 01 April 1889, p. 1.