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McNabb families of Tyrone

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Date: 1780 to 1911
Location: County Tyrone, Irelandmap
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McNabb Families of Tyrone

This page summaries research for the surname McNabb (and variants), concentrated around south-west County Tyrone, Ireland in the early 19th century.


According to some sources; the MacNab clan from Glendochart, Perthshire, Scotland mostly fought for the King in the Jacobite Uprisings (early 1700s); and the clan got into financial difficulty around the same time. This led to many clansmen leaving the homeland and settling elsewhere, and it is thought that the McNabbs in Tyrone may have settled during that period.

The McNabbs in Tyrone appear to have all been Roman Catholic; however the most common forenames included such names as Edward, George, Charles, and William. Typically in Ulster, these forenames would have indicated Protestants.

Please leave a comment or email me if you have any further ideas or insights! McNabb-412 02:54, 1 November 2022 (UTC)

Tree Tops







Uncertain townland - Drumquin area:




Uncertain townland - Dromore:


Uncertain townland - Kilskeery:

Unknown location in Tyrone:

To see a list of all married couples, use the WikiTree Search function for surname MCNABB and birth keyword TYRONE; then "View All Parents and Spouses" link. (This might need WikiTree Browser Extension to be installed)

Problem profiles

The Drumscra treetops Bernard+Alice, and George+Catherine, have very tentative descendant lines. Their descendants Philip etc. to NSW have some contradictions in immigration paperwork.

Mary Catherine (Sheridan) McNabb (1890-abt.1950) marries a Francis son of Francis in 1921 that I haven't identified yet. Location: Greenan, Dromore.

In public records

Civil registration

Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths for Roman Catholics began 1 January 1864 in Ireland. The country was divided into Superintendent Registrar Districts for this purpose, which almost exactly corresponded to the Poor Law Unions originally established circa the 1830s.

The McNabbs can be found in quantity in the three unions: Castlederg, Omagh, and Irvinestown. The SRDs respected neither parish nor county boundaries; townlands tended to register with the geographically nearest workhouse. So, many of the south-western townlands in Tyrone register with Irvinestown SRD and a few even register with Enniskillen SRD. Note that Irvinestown PLU was originally called Lowtherstown.

The civil registration can be looked up by:

  • Irish Civil Registration website -- records from 1864-1921 (and later marriages and deaths outside of Northern Ireland) can be viewed for free; except for 1864-1870 deaths.
  • GRONI registration search -- Searching is free, but you need to pay per view for the results. 1864-1870 deaths are included; as well as post-1921 marriages and deaths for Northern Ireland.

We intend to transcribe all of the free records eventually, here are sub-spaces:

Catholic parish registers

The region was divided into Catholic parishes; which were often similar to the civil parishes but not always. For example, Langfield is a single Catholic parish, corresponding to both civil parishes Longfield West and Longfield East.

The McNabbs of Tyrone are mostly found in the following parish registers:

  • Langfield (St. Patrick's R.C. Chapel, Drumquin -- original building has been demolished)
  • Dromore
  • Kilskeery

These registers can be searched for free at:


Tithe Applotment Books

In the 1820s and 1830s, a survey of Ireland was performed to determine the size of tithes that land tenants had to pay to the Established Church. Some townlands were exempt from titheing (for example, land owned by the Church), so this list is not exhaustive. Furthermore, only the leaseholder is included; this list would still only show one man for example the man and his brother both worked the same farm.

These books can be accessed in full image via PRONI e-Catalogue; and various online transcriptions can be found by google.

Kilskeery, 1826

  • McNABB Bryan Lisduff [Lisdoo] Sloy
  • McNABB Thomas Keenogue Sloy
  • McNABB Thomas Lisduff [Lisdoo] Sloy
  • McNABB Thomas Meltogues Sloy

Dromore, 1834

  • McNABB Bernard Skeogue
  • McNABB Francis Tumery
  • McNABB Thomas Lettergash

Longfield West, 1826

  • McANAB Charles Dowish [Dooish]
  • McANAB George Drumscraw
  • McANAB Owen & partners Dowish [Dooish]
  • McANAB William Dowish [Dooish]
  • McNAB William Drumscraw

Longfield East 1829

  • McNAB Francis Legphressy
  • McNAB James Legphressy
  • McNAB Michael Legphressy
  • McNAB Owen Legphressy
  • McNAB William Legphressy

Griffith's Valuation

A more detailed valuation was completed in 1860 for County Tyrone. Furthermore, Revision Books show the change of land holdings through to about 1921. The original valuation is at https://askaboutireland.ie/, and the Revision Books are imaged on PRONI e-Catalogue.

TODO - tabulate all holdings for McNabbs of Tyrone.


  • 1 C-a: Charles McNabb, house from Christopher Turner jun.
    • Taken over by Joseph Fyffe in the 1864-79 update; undated change. Joseph held lot 15 already.
  • 7a: Francis McNabb, house land and garden from Andrew Nethery.
    • Taken over by Patrick McManus - not clearly dated but maybe 1867-1869.
  • 11b: Mary Percy , house and garden from Robert Nethery sen.
    • Lot closed , 1869.



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