Irish Settlers

     The first Irish settlers came to Tignish, PEI in the year 1811; twelve years after the first Acadian settlers. They first set foot in the Nail Pond area. People say that their arrival was unplanned and unwelcomed. The Irish settlers were likely on their way to New York and Boston when their voyage became difficult because of such things as weather and money. They were not welcomed by the Acadian settlers who were already happily settled here. This dispute is said to go on for over one generation before things thankfully began to work out.

     Overall, there were 73 Irish individuals born from 34 different families. Only four additional families moved here after 1850. The very first Irish individuals to settle were known as the Reilly brothers; Edward and Michael. Below are a list of names of the first Irish families who came to Tignish:         

  • 1811- Edward Reilly
  • 1811- Michael Reilly
  • 1817- James Phee
  • 1817- John Ready
  • 1818- Patrick McHugh (drowned off North Cape in 1818)
  • 1818- Richard Aylward
  • 1818- Michael Brennan
  • 1819- James McGrath
  • 1819- William Handrahan
  • 1820- A'Hearn, Joseph, Peter and James came to Kildare in 1820, but landed in Charlottetown in 1813.
  • 1822- John McCarthy
  • 1826- John Carroll
  • 1829- Patrick Dalton
  • ? - John Gavin came to the Island in 1817, but the date of his arrival in Tignish is not available.
  • 1830- Thomas Hackett
  • 1830- John Kennedy
  • 1833- James Fitzgerald
  • 1832- Patrick Nelligan
  • 1835- Thomas Conroy
  • 1835- William Dillon
  • 1835- Patrick Carrigan
  • 1839- Maurice Nelligan
  • ? - Patrick Hogan came from Bedeque to North Cape.
  • 1839- John Dorgan
  • 1839- Thomas Mansel
  • 1839- John Broderick
  • 1839- Martin Doyle
  • 1844- Timothy Casey
  • 1844- Michael Ready
  • 1844- Patrick Clohossey
  • 1849- The Christophers
  • 1851- John Mccarthy
  • 1857- Francis Hughes
  • 1859- Edward O'Brien

 

 

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