Dr Desmond McCourt (OBE) a good friend of Bogstown


Dr Desmond McCourt (OBE) – Memorial Tribute by E. Estyn Evans


Desmond McCourt (Des, or Dizzy as I always called him) was one of the most interesting of the hundreds of students who passed through […]

Eliza Mary Laird (c1815-1852) - by Judy Green

My great grandmother Eliza Mary Laird was born c.1815 in Northern Ireland. When Eliza and her husband Andrew Kerr came to Australia as Bounty Migrants in 1841 Eliza is listed on the shipping records as born in Donegal, daughter of James and Sarah Laird. However she may be connected to James Laird (c.1767-1852) of Bogstown […]

Life Gets Teejus, Don't It - by Carson Jay Robison, 1890-1957

The wonders of Google.  My Dad could only remember a few lines from his childhood related this 1948 song "I open the door an' the flies swarm in.  I shut the door an' I'm sweatin' again"  I told him to Google those few words and up came the whole song in seconds.   Something lost for […]

Laird - Kerr Sydney Londonderry connection 1850

Andrew Kerr and Elisa Mary (nee Laird) resided at 113, Palmer-street Woolloomooloo in 1858 at the same time one street over Robert Laird and his wife lived at Crown Street.   There is a clear connection of both Andrew Kerr and his wife Elisa Mary (nee Laird) to Londonderry and indeed James Laird Esq of Londonderry (who at […]

Elagh Laird's History by Alan Laird

Elagh is a townland to the North-West of Londonderry city in the parish of Templemore, Northern Ireland. […]

EA50 Laird Family Headstone Restoration Project



After living in Singapore for 2 years now it has given me a much greater appreciation of  traditional Chinese culture.   A typical Chinese family will once a year visit and pay respects to their departed relatives for "grave sweeping" and have a deep belief that current day family prosperity and health is directly connected to their relatives grave.   Many cases […]

Puslinch Ontario Laird's

The LAIRD Family of Guelph Ontario is an old and respected Puslinch family date their ancestry back to the late John Laird, who emigrated from Scotland to County Donegal, Ireland in about 1770, and there married Margaret Brown.   He had two brothers who emigrated to the United States of America about this time and were Captains on the […]

1830's Life in Londonderry

A FASCINATING directory for the city of Londonderry – dating from the early nineteenth century – has been newly-published on the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) website, offering a rich insight into what it would have been like to live there one hundred and seventy years ago.

A New Directory […]

1761 Laird & Breden Family connection

There appears to be a connection between the Bogstown Laird’s and the Breden/Bredin family from Ballynagard.  In 1886 William Bredin traveled with Richard Laird to Australia on the SS Orient and later married the widow Annie Rowe in Melbourne (the mother of Jean Absalom who married Richard in October 1889).    William Bredin was the son […]

USA Laird History

The following is from “The Heritage of Blue Hill” (Nebraska) published in 1976. It has a number of biographies of early settlers there.

(Compiled by Bessie L. Fletcher)

The Laird family history must begin in Stevenson County, Illinois, with Colonel […]