Dear Len and other knowledgeable Listers

I know that a Protestant/Roman Catholic marriage would not have gone down
well in the north of Ireland.  What about the son of a Church of Ireland
minister in Drumquin (near Omagh) marrying a Presbyterian circa 1839?  This
was the case with my Pilkington forebears, or so I suspect without firm
evidence.  I believe Presbyterians were agitating against compulsory
tithing and a strict, traditional minded established church minister may
have seen his son marrying a different sort of Protestant as being just as
bad as a Roman Catholic.  Does this sound right to you?

Finally - thank you for the constant supply of information you keep posting
on this site. It is greatly appreciated.


Bob Spiller
Lade Vale
NSW Australia

On Sat, 21 Apr 2018 at 9:12 pm, Len Swindley <>

> Hello Katie,
> I have looked at the marriage entry for Hugh Devlin and Olivia Stinson and
> have little doubt that this was a mixed marriage. A mixed marriage in the
> North of Ireland would have caused great distress and this is reflected in
> the names of the witnesses – both Devlins, perhaps indicating that none of
> Olivia’s family attended the service. Am unable to speak of attitudes in
> Dublin, only Tyrone.
> Regards,
> Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia
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> of Katie Green <>
> *Sent:* Friday, April 20, 2018 7:00:57 AM
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> *Subject:* [CoTyroneMailingList] Derryloran Parish Church records
> On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:20 PM, Katie Green <>
>  wrote:
>> This is an interesting mailing to me because there are a couple of Devlin
>> marriages listed. The Devlins were almost universally Catholic, although
>> “my” Hugh Devlin married Olivia Stinson, almost surely a Presbyterian, in
>> Arboe in 1835. In Ontario after they emigrated they attended the Catholic
>> Cathedral in St. Catherine’s and all family births, etc. were registered
>> there. Another set of my ancestors from Dublin were Catholic and Protestant
>> and fled the wrath of parents to Quebec at about the same time (1830s)...
>> and the breach was never healed. They, too, registered as Catholic in
>> Canada— I assume since in both cases the husbands were Catholic and also
>> the Cathollic Church was a stickler about their rules. My question is: does
>> anyone out there know what the prevailing attitudes were in Tyrone and/or
>> Dublin about “mixed” marriages at various time periods?
>> Katie Green
>> On Apr 19, 2018, at 7:10 AM, Jim McKane <> wrote:
>> Derryloran Parish Church (St. Luran&#39;s Church of Ireland), Cookstown,
>> Co. Tyrone Marriages 1845-50
>> <>
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