I can only
guess as to the origins of the McMurrays in Ireland, probably
Protestant settlers from Scotland, as McMurray and Murray are
traditional old Scottish names. Although the name McMurray was
found in Roscommon (Southern Ireland) in ancient times.
and map records for the townland of Ballygargan show that the
residents there owned small areas of land suitable for the growing
of potatoes and other crops, along with flax for the production
of linen in the local mill called "Blackers Mill" This
mill was still in operation until 2002.
have been bought and sold at the local market towns of Lurgan
and Portadown. Typical housing consisted of a single story with
a thatched roof of straw. The walls where made of stone and white
A painting above is of the house Joseph Edward McMurray (my great-grand
father) and family lived in (1890 - 1950).