Maguire Family; Primitive Wesleyan Methodists in Dublin

My ancestors were Primitive Wesleyan Methodists in Dublin.

William MAGUIRE (1782-1844) and his older brother Thomas MAGUIRE (1772-1844) were the subject of an joint obituary, published in the P.W.M. magazine in 1845.

Before the split in Ireland in 1818, their parents, Thomas MAGUIRE (1739-1794) & Letitia PHAIR (1739-1812), were staunch members of the Methodist Society in Dublin; and before 1777, they had belonged to the Society in County Cavan, where they were admitted to membership in 1766, along with Letitia’s aged mother, Mrs PHAIR, then aged 77, all in a place called Mullalougher.

In Dublin, their youngest son, William MAGUIRE, was married (in Mar 1804) to Mary VICKERS the younger, a member of a Methodist VICKERS family of weavers who lived in the south side of Dublin, near St Patrick’s Cathedral; and in 1824, their eldest daughter, Elizabeth MAGUIRE (1804-1854), married her mother’s 1st cousin, John PIGOTT (1796-1877), whose mother was Mary VICKERS the elder, Mrs Mary MAGUIRE’s aunt.

Any information concerning the whereabouts of surviving Membership Lists from that early period, particularly in Dublin, but especially in County Cavan (around Ballyhaise), would be greatly appreciated.

Most of what I presently know comes from Henry CROOKSHANK’s “History of Methodism in Ireland,” with some information I gathered in the Edgehill Library in Belfast a few years ago.


Chris PIGOTT, Potts Point, N.S.W.

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