BORDER REIVERS IN FERMANAGH
has a great number of Border Reiver families, many coming here
shortly after the beginning of the Plantation of Ulster in the
early 17th century.
the five most common names in County Fermanagh three are Border
Reiver families. These are Johnston 2nd, Armstrong 4th and
Elliotts 5th. The most common name in Fermanagh is Maguire, the
ancient rulers of Fermanagh and Mc Manus 3rd commonest name who
are also Maguires being descended from a "Manus"
Maguire hence Mac Manus.
Border Reivers spent centuries raiding into England when it
suited them, or Scotland when it suited or raiding each other
when they had nothing else to do. When James V1 of Scotland
became James 1 of the united kingdoms of England and Scotland he
decided to put an end to this raiding for now wherever they
raided they were raiding his subjects. So he sent forces into
the Borders and hanged Border Raiders in 30s and 40s in that
area and advised the rest to go to Ireland for the good of their
health. Hence we have a lot of Border Reiver descendants in
more on the Internet site Border
of an exiled Reiver.
This is my
For here no longer must I stay
There’s neither friend nor foe of mine
But wishes me away.
From: The Reiver’s Road in Historic Tracks-Exploring
Britain’s Heritage by Des Hannigan 1997.
by John Cunningham Sep