This site contains information about the Barber family of County Sligo, Ireland. More specifically, those that originated in Drumcliffe Parish, beginning in 1656 A.D. Many of these branches are documented here in Baptism, Marriage and Death records. Photos of homes, Sligo places, gravestones, current family members and some of their ancestors are displayed.
I have constructed the site with general places of interest, then specific family locations by townland. Each page will have Census information from 1749 (Diocese of Elphin), 1858 (Griffiths), 1901 and 1911, plus , birth, marriage and death, stories, maps and photos (if available). Much of this research, information and photographs are from my trips to Ireland in 1979, 1981, 1984, 1997, 1999 and 2002. Over this 23 year span I have noticed the effects of erosion, acid rain and climate on the gravestones and other historic sites. Hopefully, I can display some of that history here on the world wide web for future generations. Please note my email address at the bottom of this page. To minimize internet spam robots, substitute the <at> with @symbol and send me your suggestions, photos, records, stories or questions. Enjoy! Regards, Bill Barber of New Hampshire, USA
The first person recorded in County Sligo, Ireland with a Barber (Barbour) surname, is
recorded in 1656 AD. He was a disbanded Cromwellian soldier according to
the Schedule of Officers, claiming as soldiers under the Acts of Settlement and
Explanation, MSS, Record Office, Kew, London. No given name can be
found. Later in 1749, a census was taken called the Diocese of Elphin
Census. In 1749, there were 7 Barber families recorded with
39 family members. These families were recorded in Drumcliffe
Parish in the townlands of Rahelly, Cooldrumman, Gortarowey and
Ballyminlan(Ballyweelin?). A townland is essentially a farm typically sized from 200 to 400 acres.
Barony de Rapho
The Lady Conningham Widdow of Sir James Conningham, undertaker of 2,000 acres, her men and armes.
William Conningham, James Calquahan, Andrew mcCorkill, John mcCorkill, Tobias Hood, James Davye, Peter Starret, John mcquchowne, James Knox, Adam Garvance.
Swords and Pikes
James mcAdowe, ffyndlay Ewing, Dunkan mcffarlan, Ninian ffoulton, James Scot, William Rankin, Daniell Ramsay, Martin Galbreath, Patrick Porter
Swords and Snaphances
William mcIltherne, David Walker, John Barbor
Additional photos and documents may be viewed at:
An interesting project has been started to correlate all of these different Barber families of Co. Sligo and determine their most common ancestor as well as their roots in England or Scotland. The Barber DNA Project utilizes the male Y-DNA markers to determine the Most Recent Common Ancestor. Check out and join the project at:
wjbarbernh <at> gmail.com