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Aghadowey Minister commemorated during Founders...

15 April 2019

The Ulster-Scots Agency attended the Nutfield 300 Founders Weekend in Londonderry, New Hampshire from Friday 12 April to Sunday 14 April to celebrate the town’s strong links to Co. Londonderry and the influence of Ulster-Scots history and culture within the area.

During the weekend, events that took place included the Nutfield Families Reunion and Conference and Gala Dinner.  In 1719, the Rev. James McGregor of Aghadowey, Co. Londonderry along with 16 Ulster-Scots families settled in Nutfield. The area was later renamed Londonderry by this group of Presbyterian settlers. During the 1718 migration, the Rev. McGregor was referred to as the ‘Moses of the Scotch-Irish’ as he led families from the Bann Valley in Ulster to Nutfield, New Hampshire. McGregor was also present at the Siege of Derry in 1689 and had a reputation as a staunch defender of his community, even famously keeping a gun in his pulpit.

To find out more about the events that had taken place during Founders Weekend as well as information on Nutfield and its links to Ulster-Scots, visit Nutfield Genealogy or Nutfield History.