Quigley Surname Genealogy
of Coigleach,” a nickname for an untidy person or possibly
someone with long, flowing hair.
Quigley Resources on
- My Quigley Ancestors. Quigleys in Pennsylvania
and New Jersey.
- The Quigleys of Awaba Park
Quigleys in Australia.
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Ireland. One Quigley sept were a branch of the Ii Fiachra clan of county Mayo which dispersed sometime in the 16th century. A possibly related sept was the Quigleys of Inishowen in Donegal. The name in fact is mainly to be found in Donegal and Derry and to some extent in Monaghan and Fermanagh where the Quigleys were the erenaghs at Clontivrin in Clones.
Father James Quigley, a United Irishman executed by the English in 1798, was born in county Armagh from what was seen as “a respectable Northern farmer class.” His family had come from Derry. It was said that his great grandfather had been the maker of the Catholic barricading boom at Culmore fort during the seige of Derry town in 1689.
England and Scotland.
Quigleys crossed the Irish Sea in the 19th century in search of
jobs. John Quigley from Monaghan, for instance, came to the Govan
area of Glasgow in the 1870’s to work in the shipbuilding there.
America. Many Quigleys
In fact the Quigleys were among the first Scots and Irish settlers
Cumberland valley in the 1730’s (as traced in Bella Swope’s 1905 book History of the McKinney-Brady-Quigley
Families). James Quigley had settled there in frontier
land in what is today Hopewell township. He built his wilderness
home of logs close to the banks of Conodoguinet creek. A bridge
later built there caused the location of the Quigley homestead on
Conodoguinet creek to be later called Quigley’s Bridge which was where
later generations of Quigleys grew up.
Other Quigleys in Pennsylvania were:
- James Quigley, born in Pennsylvania in 1777, who moved to Barren
Kentucky after the Revolutionary War was over.
- while one Quigley family
history began with Phillip Quigley who around 1790 immigrated to
Philadelphia and Bucks county, an area where other Quigleys had already
settled (a Quigley ran the ferry service which operated across the
- John Quigley who was a forgeman at the local ironworks in
Richmond township, Berks county in the early 1800’s.
- and Michael
Quigley of German
parentage who was one of
the founders of Beech Creek in central Pennsylvania after settling
there in 1814.
Quigley, escaping the famine in his native Tyrone, reached New
York in 1849 and then headed west, enticed by the California gold
rush. However, he met Mormons on the way and ended up in Salt
William Quigley came out to Australia from county Antrim as an assisted
immigrant on the Devonport in 1868.
In Sydney he got a job as coachman to a
wealthy industrialist and married his daughter Margaret in 1870. They bought themselves a fine estate at Awaba
Park on Macquarie Lake in 1878.
Unfortunately a year later William, while riding home, was
his horse, fracturing his skull and was found dead on the roadside.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Father James Quigley,
born in Armagh, was a United Irishman executed by the English in 1798.
James Quigley, Canadian born,
served as the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago from 1903 to 1915.
Eddie Quigley was an English
footballer who was transferred in 1949 from Sheffield Wednesday to
Preston at the then English record transfer fee of £26,500.
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- 5,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 5,000 in America (most numerous in Pennsylvania)
- 10,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Ireland)
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