An evolving Who’s Who and Where and When of the Derryveagh Evictions and its Aftermath (In progress… Add your players!)
Adair, John George
The evictor of Derryveagh, and elsewhere.
The prime suspect in the murder of Adam Grierson, who, from his death bed, personally named Bradley to be the killer. Bradley was tried three times for the murder but never convicted.
Adair’s second Scottish land steward and cat’s paw, who oversaw the hands-on 3-day eviction. He was murdered on the eve of his intended departure for Australia.
McEncroe, Archdeacon John
Primary Australian promoter of efforts by the Donegal Relief Fund to “assist” the dispossessed of Derryveagh and Gweedore to emigrate to Australia.
McFadden, Rev. James
Local priest to the Derryveagh evicted who accompanied and comforted the young as far as Dublin, and addressed them, in Gaelic, on the day of their final departure from Ireland.
Adair’s murdered Scottish land steward, who’s unsolved killing provided the pretext for Adair’s evicting Derryveagh.
Scott-Durbin, J. H.
The hired operative of the Donegal Relief Fund in charge of the “assisted” removal by ship in 1862 of Derryveagh’s young to Australia.
Sweeney, Dan Mor
Arguably the prime suspect in James Murray’s murder.
Trench, William Steuart
Adair’s maternal uncle, Land Agent in Ireland for major English absentee landlords, promoter of “assisted removal” schemes to Australia, and a prime Ribbon Society opponent.
WHERE and WHEN
Derryveagh Eviction Zone
The forgotten townlands of Derryveagh’s evicted:
- Claggan North