Welcome all Borlands and Borelands. I am a Borland living in London, born in Tamney (Tawny/Tawney) in Fanad (Fannett), Parish of Clondevadock (clondevadogg) in Donegal, Ireland and recently have begun family research. There are many forums on other sites elsewhere but have hit a few brick walls in respect of 1700 and early 1800s but have only been researching for a short time and few backtrack leads come back to Tamney/Tawny though a nomber cone back to the nearby Morass families. For information there are and have long been 2 Borland families in Tamney and they in mid 1800s also farmed the Borland holdings in Morass 1/2 mile away. Both the Morass landholdings seem to have passed via female siblings to other Names with the males emigrating to USA, Canada and New Zealand.
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1) I am keen to identify connections Borlands of Clondevadock to Borlands of Kilraughts antrim in 1700s & 1600s or Ballymoney and earlier connections to Borlands of Galston 1530s (DNA link) and Loudoun Ayr or Strathclyde (where there is a DNA similarity to tamney Borlands) possibly in the 1660s to1760s with likely connection names of Archibald, James, Thomas, John as being early immigrants to Antrim initially in late 1600s with probable connections to Derry and Tyrone Manorhamilton and Fanad (Fannett).
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2) It appears that Simon Borlands was Robert and hiis Grandfather was also Robert the same name os his father, as a Robert Boreland registered on the Freeholders list in 1761. It is probable that Andrew John Archibald and William who registered in Morras (Moris) with freehold leases from Thomas Norman ( landlord of Ballynagahy Tamney and Morass) at the same time ere relatives probably Boreland brothers or cousins. (Archibald of Morass and later recorded in Loughlane may have been the father). Now where did they all come from?November 1761 Andrew and Ann Boreland of Kilraughts near Ballymoney pass their farm to theirs sons andrew Andrew and William. Kilraughts was later passes out of Boreland possession. Is this the same William that registered in Morass (Moris) in 1768 and a Matthew registered in Magheraboy in 1768, I could conclude that these were the same Andrew and Matthew Borelands. Many Scottish that went to USA left Scotland spent a number of years in Ulster and then they moved to Pennsylvannia. We know that most of Andrews offspring and the Morass Borlands offspring Mark etclater went to Pennsylvannia as did Matthew’sof Antrim and other Antrim Borelands. It seems that Most of Roberts I son Robert II’s offspring stayed in Fanad. Butdid Robert of 1761 have other children??? who where siblings of simons father Robert II ??? It would appear that the Londonderry and Tyrone Mamorhamilton and Newtobcunningham connections be be from after the 1760sbut are also related to the fanad Clondevadock Borland/Borelands.
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3) All of the Borlands in Antrim and Fanad were Presbyterian except the Borlands of Tawney farm in Tamney and a Robert Borland with wife Jane and three sons John Matthew and another who moved to Wayne USA. Robert and Jand emigrated in 1820 age 53 and died 1850 age 83 (other Borlands from Fanad emigrated at this time also). The Tawney Borlands became Episcopal after a dispure over a grave movement in the Kerrykeel Presbyterian church. Is this Simons parents (simons mother was Ann Jane (Nancy) Hay). This could make sense if as is likely that Robert returned to Tamney on occasions and retained the title to the farm in Tamney thus being there in 1840 to sign the petition for the Letterkenny workhouse.
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4) Two John Borelands also registered in Bangor 1787 and in Corwillis Caven 1761 at this time. The John of Bangor and Matthew of Magheraboy were listed at times as Borland on the registerbeing a change from Boreland which most Borelands adopted in the 1800s dropping the E.