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.