Mac Giolla Brighde
Kilbride McGilbride Mulbride Bride
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The Mac Bride family name is traditionally
associated with the old province of Ulster, comprising the north of Ireland.
As one would expect, some of the name in this area will be of Scottish
origins as well as Irish.
MacBride comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Bhride ‘son of the follower of (St) Bridget’. St Bridget was a famous abbess of Kildare, who died in 525. Also derived from the same Irish origin are the surnames Kilbride, Gilbride, MacIlvreed, MacGilbride and others.
They are found most early in the County of Donegal. where they served as erenaghs of Raymunterdoney. The name is later found in County Down, in the 1659 Census as a principal one of that county.
The principal Irish family of the name were based in the north of Co. Donegal in Raymunterdoney, where they were very prominent in the church, a number of the family becoming bishops. A branch migrated in Co. Down in early times, where the surname remains quite numerous. In Ulster also, the name may have a Scottish origin, from the descendants of one Gillebride, progenitor of one branch of the Clan Donald.
The best known contempory bearer of the surname was Sean MacBride (1904-1988), active on the
Republican side in the War of Independence and after, Minister for External Affairs from 1948 to
1951, founder-member of the Amnesty International, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974, the
Lenin Peace Prize in 1977 and the American Medal for Justice in 1978.
The form 'Magee' reflects the pronunciation of Ulster and Scottish Gaelic, with 'Mag-' most common in the east of the province, and 'Mac-' in the west;
O'Mulbride-Mac Bride, coming from the Irish O'Maoilbrighde, is found as a chief in the barony of Athlone in Co. Roscommon, east of the River Suck. Mulbride has been given as a variant of McBride in Keatings History, and no doubt there has been some interchanging of the name early in history.
Kilbride [MacKilBride] is the form of the name in the province of Connaugh and the name is also found as Gilbride at times in Ireland. In both cases the original Mac befor the name was dropped. Kilbride has only 7 recorded births a century ago, all in the province of Leinster and Connaught. Mac Bride at that time, was still found in Antrim, Donegal, and Down most commonly, remaining a name of the north of the country.
Several of the name are cited in O'Hart's work were of Co. Donegal heritage and migrated to Montreal, Canada.
Source: "The Book of Irish Families Great and Small" --@1992 -Michael C. O'Laughlin -The Irish Genealogical Foundation ISBN 0-940134-08-X
"criminal" records reflect the tenacious will to survive that characterize
the spirit of the Irish race. The inhuman policies of the English
invaders, the theft of our land and the attempted genocide of our people
by starvation, forced families to fed ,shelter, and clothe themselve by
any means necessary. The poor young victim below was torn from
her family and loved ones for the "theft" of clothing, and subjected to
7 years of unimaginable abuses in an Australian labor camp at the hands
of the English oppressors.
SURNAME: GILBRIDE OTHER
AGE: 26 SEX: F ALIAS:
PLACE OF TRIAL: Co. Fermanagh
TRIAL DATE: 19/10/1842
PLACE OF IMPRISONMENT: DOCUMENT DATE:
CRIME DESCRIPTION: Stealing sheets/clothing
SENTENCE: Transportation 7 yrs
DOCUMENT REFERENCES: TR 4, p 235
NAMES # OF FAMILIES
|Patrick Donnally||Jan 11, 1864||Michl. Donnally and Margt. Gilbride||Mohill|
|Bridget Casey||15 Jan 1864||Michl. Casey and Mary Gilbride||Mohill|
|Bridget Gilbride||20 Jan 1864||James Gilbride and Bridget McGriskin||Drumkeeran|
|Bridget Gilbride||11 April 1864||Dan Gilbride and Bridget Fox||Kinlough|
|Peter Gilmartin||28 May 1864||James Gilmartin and Ellen Gilbride||Kinlough|
|Cath. Kilbride||13 July 1864||Thomas Kilbride and Ellen Murray||Leitrim|
|Anne McGullion||06 Aug 1864||Daniel McGullion and Bridget Gilbride||Lurganboy|
|Thomas Guldrick||14 Sept 1864||Thomas Guldrick and Mary Kilbridge||Leitrim|
|Bernard Curran||01 Dec 1864||Francis Curran and Bridget Gilbride||Drumshanbo|
|Bridget Kilbride||07 April 1865||James Kilbride and Mary Magarty||Drumahaire|
|Bridget Kilbride||08 April 1865||Patrick Kilbride and Maria McTernan||Drumahaire|
|John Gilmartin||13 April 1865||James Gilmartin and Nelly Gilbride||Kinlough|
|James Kilbride||03 June 1865||James Kilbride and Mary Wrinne||Rowan|
|John Gilbride||08 Aug 1865||Francis Gilbride and Anne Kane||Drumshanbo|
|Patrick McGullian||29 Sept 1865||Daniel McGullian and Bridget Gilbride||Lurganboy|
|Hugh Gilbride||07 Dec 1865||James Gilbride and Margaret McGriskin||Drumkeeran|
|Anne Gilbride||22 April 1866||Bryan Gilbride and Betty Feely||Kinlough|
|John Gilbride||25 June 1866||Daniel Gilbride and Bridget Fox||Kinlough|
|Eleanor Gilbride||04 Aug 1866||Patrick Gilbride and Mary Teirnon||Mohill|
|Anne Gilbride||20 Oct 1866||James Gilbride and Margaret Rodichan||Ballinamore|
|Thomas Curran||12 Nov 1866||Francis Curran and Bridget Gilbride||Drumshanbo|
|Joseph Kilbride||01 Jan 1867||James Kilbride and Mary McCran||Rowan|
|Scisley Gilmartin (female)||23 Feb 1867||Myles Gilmartin and Catherine McGreal||Drumshanbo|
|Bridget Gilbride||09 Aug 1868||James Gilbride and Margaret Rodichan||Ballinamore|
Fenagh Parish Baptisms 1825-1899
|Francis Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||113|
|James Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||64|
|Kate Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||105|
|John Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||30|
|John Bland,||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||48|
|Mary Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||93|
|Micheal Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||75|
|Patrick Bland||Wm. Gilbride||Mag Gilbride||65|
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