Sorley Boy McDonnell’s difficulties after the Battle of Glentaisie.

After the defeat of the McDonnells of Antrim by Shane O’Neill in 1565, Sorley Boy McDonnell was taken to Dungannon where he was imprisoned for two years. By this time O’Neill had created many enemies including the Maguires of Fermanagh and his in-laws the O’Donnells of Donegal. Shane decided to visit Sorley in prison to … Read more

The Glassmullan McDonnells, a forgotten Branch of the Antrim McDonnells

Many years ago in the schoolyard I was called “Auld Valdi”. While nicknames were very common in the middle glens I was extremely hurt, as it sounded so different from The David Jacks, Sarah Archies and so many others. I thought it must mean something sinister. On enquiring at home I was told in a … Read more

The Mc Neills of Cushendun and the Mc Neiles of Ballycastle

In this article, which is based largely on the family memoirs of the late Lord Cushendun, I am not offering any original research nor presenting information that is not known. My purpose is to introduce to you two closely inter-related families who were Glens people by birth, local gentry in their areas and persons of … Read more