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Bruce Laird

A retired Aviation professional

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    Lynne Bredin

    What an amazing find! My 3x great grandparents were Ezekiel Bredin, ( father Edward from Ballymagroarty) and Margaret Laird who died 17.11.1865 aged 75, so she would have been born about 1790. Could she be the ‘niece Margaret Laird’ referred to in the will as she would have been 7-8 at the time it was written. Also knowing that there is already some connection between the Bogstown/ Elagh Lairds and Bredins, I am hopeful that the will refers to her?

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    Lynne Bredin

    I’ve just connected some dots and realised that the Margaret Laird, 3rd daughter of John Laird referred to in Richard Laird’s will is indeed my 2x great aunt! Margaret Brown Bredin and my 2xGreat grandmother Jane Bredin were sisters. Their other siblings were William Mitchell Henry Bredin 1823-1885, and Elizabeth b 1829. All were children of Ezekiel Bredin ( Ballymagroarty) and Margaret Laird. Thank you for your great research and for helping me to get back another generation. So John Laird, (Richard’s brother ) and his wife Margaret are my 4x Great grandparents:)


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