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Dundas Family




Bill Barber writes:

They came from Scotland near Edinburgh as Plantation Tenants, principally to William Cole and Sir John Hume. There were 55 Dundas voters in Fermanagh in 1962 according to the Rev. W.H. Dundas in his book, "Enniskillen-Parish and Towns". The Dundas Family was also acknowledged by Peador Livingstone, in his book, "The Fermanagh Story" as being a Plantation Family. In "A History of Castle Caldwell and Its Families", John B. Cunningham (1980) refers to "...on 26 April 1708, an Independent Regiment of Foot had the following officers:

Sir James Caldwell, Co. and Capt.
James Dundas, Lt.

He refers to "...a lease of land near Belleek in 1760."

Actually, there appear to be two branches of Dundas that emigrated from Scotland to Fermanagh. One group came as early as 1609 with Walter Dundas (of Dundas). They seem to have lived in Enniskillen, Churchill, Benmore and Derrygonnelly. A later group came about 1680 from the Arniston branch of Dundas according to research done by John James Dundas of Roosky. They settled farther west near Roscor and Bolusty.

There were hundreds of Dundas’s in Fermanagh in the 1850’s. In Sir Richard Griffith’s Primary Valuation of County Fermanagh in 1862, there were 61 Dundas heads of household with "Rateable Property". In that year there were 12 Dundas property owners in Bolusty More, Bolusty Beg, Drumcrow West, Sruhanure, Callagheen, Drumbadmeen and Roscor. Today, very few with the Dundas surname can be found.

It is this particular geographical area on the southwest shores of Lough Erne, also known as the Barr of Whealt, that my Dundas ancestors lived. This ancestral area is found along the Belleek to Enniskillen Road, A46. Traveling East from Belleek, after the Slavin Church of Ireland, is Roscor, Callagheen, Drumbadmeen, Tiranagher Beg, Bolusty More, Bolusty Beg and Drumcrow West.

Today, these Dundas’ descendants are spread across Fermanagh, England, Australia, Canada and the United States.


Contributed by Bill Barber

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