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 I have only been researching for a short time and few backtrack leads come back to Tamney/Tawny though a number come 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.
1) I am keen to identify connections Borlands of Clondevadock to Borlands of Kilraughts antrim in 1700s & 1600s or Ballymoney and possible 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)..
2) It appears that Simon Borlands father was Robert and his Grandfather was also Robert the same name as his father, as a Robert Boreland registered on the Freeholders list in 1761 which is my earliest official record of Borlands in Fanad (though I suspect that there may have been an earlier Cloughfin Borland connection). It is probable that Andrew John Archibald and William who all registered in neighbouring townlands in Morass (Moris) with freehold leases from Thomas Norman ( landlord of Ballynagahy, Tamney and Morass) at the same time were relatives probably Boreland brothers or cousins. (Archibald of Morass and later recorded in Loughlane next to Cloughfin may have been the elder or father). Now where did they all come from? In November 1761 Andrew and Ann Boreland of Kilraughts near Ballymoney passed their farm to their 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, It may be 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 etc later went to Pennsylvannia as did Matthew’s of Antrim and other Antrim Borelands. It seems that Roberts I's son Robert IIs offspring stayed in Fanad but Robert was likely to have had other offspring.
It would appear that the Londonderry and Tyrone Mamorhamilton and Newtobcunningham connections be from after the 1760s but are also related to the Fanad Clondevadock Borland/Borelands. One family tree names a Matthew Borland son of John of Kilraughts born in Donegal living in Derry and emigrating to USA.
3)The Borlands in Fanad I understand were all Episcopal Church of Ireland, but after a dispute over a proposed movement of a family grave at Rossnakill church, I understand that the Borlands in Fanad with the exception of the two Tamney Borland families joined the Fanad Presbyterian church in Kerrykeel. . . .
4) A Robert Borland with wife Jane and three sons John Matthew and another who moved to Wayne USA. Robert and Jane emigrated in 1820 age 53 and died 1850 age 83 (other Borlands from Fanad emigrated at this time also from what appears to be the Morass famalies). Was that Robert and Jane possibly Simons parents? (Simon,s mother was Ann Jane (Nancy) Hay). This could almost make some 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. However I think this was one of the Borlands of Morass and brother of Mark.
5) Two John Borelands also registered in Bangor 1787 and in Corwillis in Cavan 1761 at this time. The John of Bangor and Matthew of Magheraboy were listed at times as Borland on the register being a change from Boreland which most Borelands adopted in the 1800s dropping the E. There appears to have been some standardisation of name spelling invoked in the early 1800s throughout Ulster.