This section has grown somewhat, thanks to the generosity of others. When I next I manage to get over to Belfast I’ll jot down all the details I can find for the Island. I’ve still got to do the Religious surveys, Hearth Rolls and the existing Vestry records for church wardens and police, plus all parish records and Statutory Births, Marriages & Deaths (though a great many are already in the Misc. Rathlin Records).

Agricultural Census for Rathlin 1803

Bassett’s County Antrim Directory for Rathlin Island 1888 (thanks to Shaun Cheyne)

Cemetery Inscriptions Rathlin Island

Cemetery Inscriptions for Rathlin Islanders buried elsewhere

Chain of Occupancy 1803 – 1860

Elmer D. E. McCurdy’s “Historical Geneology [sic] of the McCurdy Family” part two

Griffith’s Valuation 1860

Irish McCurdys 1850 Census USA (New 23/06/2022)

Irish McCurdys 1860 Census USA

Irish McCurdys 1870 Census USA (New 23/06/2022)

Irish McCurdys 1880 Census USA

Irish born McCurdys 1851 Census of Canada (New 17/05/2022)

Irish born McCurdys 1861 Census of Canada (New 17/05/2022)

Irish born McCurdys 1871 Census of Canada (New 17/05/2022)

Irish McCurdys 1881 Census Canada

Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837

McCurdys 1790 Census USA

McCurdys 1800 Census USA

McCurdys 1810 Census USA

McCurdys 1820 Census USA

McCurdys 1830 Census USA

McCurdys 1840 Census USA

McCurdys 1850 Census USA

McCurdys 1860 Census USA (New 19/05/2022)

McCurdy RC Baptisims – Scotland

McCurdy RC Marriages – Scotland

McFaul RC Baptisims – Scotland

McFaul RC Marriages – Scotland

McQuilkin OPR Baptisms – Scotland (Updated 21/06/2022 569 records)

McQuilkin OPR Marriages – Scotland (Updated 21/06/2022 289 records)

McQuilkin OPR Deaths – Scotland (Updated 21/06/2022 27 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1841 (New 22/06/2022 217 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1851 (New 22/06/2022 197 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1861 (New 22/06/2022 114 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1881 (New 22/06/2022 134 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1891 (New 22/06/2022 118 records)

McQuilkin Scottish Census 1911(New 22/06/2022 143 records)

Misc. Rathlin Records (a VAST new resource now incorporated into the Directory)

Noted People and Saints with Rathlin Links

Orphaned Records

Passenger Lists Various

Passenger Lists to Maine

Pension Petitions (Rathlin Names)

Rathlin Island Census 1901

Rathlin Island Census 1911

Rathlin Islanders in Maine 1850

Rathlin Islanders in Maine 1860

Rathlin Islanders in Maine 1870

Rathlin Islanders in Maine 1880

Rathlin Islanders in Maine 1900

Rathlin Islanders in Lubec, Maine 1910

Rathlin Shipwrecks

Rathlin Surnames Origins

Tithe Applotment 1834 (thanks to Shaun Cheyne)

Ulster Covenant signees on Rathlin


Online Records

1901 Census Rathlin

1911 Census Rathlin

Ballycastle Baptisms & Marriages 1838 – 1883


PRONI Records

Rathlin Island Baptisms: 1856-1880 PRONI MIC.1D/92

Rathlin Island Marriages: 1857-1880 PRONI MIC.1D/92

Rathlin Island Catechism D/3577

Rathlin Island document D/508

Rathlin Island papers. [Copy of D/3577]. MIC/580

Rathlin Island tides papers D/1562

Rathlin Parish document T/897

Rathlin parish vestry book T/861

Rathlin OAP Claims PRONI T/550

1740 Protestant Householders in the parishes of Ahoghill, Armoy, Ballintoy, Ballymoney, Ballywillin, Billy, Drummaul, Duneane, Dunluce, Finvoy, Kilraghts, Kirkinriola, Loughguile, Ramoan, Rasharkin, Rathlin Island. PRONI T808/15258. GO 539

1803 Agricultural survey recording householders, occupations and agricultural possessions. Covers Armoy, Ballymoney, Ballyrashane, Billy, Culfeightrin, Derrykeighan, Dunluce, Kilraghts, Loughguile, Ramoan, Rathlin Island. NAI op153/103/1 – 16

Rathlin Island School Records ref. 1180

Book Lists

“Rathlin Reminiscenses” – Loughie McQuilkin 2013
Impact Printing Ballycastle ISBN-10: 1906689482 ISBN-13: 978-1906689483

“Rathlin: Nature and Folklore” – Philip Watson 2011
Impact Printing Ballycastle ISBN-10: 0954877985 ISBN-13: 978-0954877989

“Rathlin Island – as I knew it” – Alex Morrison 2002

“Rathlin’s Rugged Story: from an Islander’s Perspective” – McCurdy, Augustine 2000
Impact Printing (of Coleraine) Ltd ISBN 0 948154 54 6″

“A History of the island of Rathlin: by Mrs Gage 1851” published by Dickson, Margaret J. 1995
ISBN 0 948154 87 X

“Rathlin: its island story” – Clark, Wallace 1993
Impact Printing (of Coleraine) Ltd. First printed in 1971 as “Rathlin – Disputed Island” ISBN 0 948154 76 4

“Flora of Rathlin Island” – Dickson, J. Margaret 1994
Impact Printing (of Coleraine) Ltd

“The Harsh Winds of Rathlin: Stories of Rathlin Shipwrecks” – Cecil, Tommy 1990
Impact Printing (of Coleraine) Ltd ISBN 0 948154 65 9

“Birds of Rathlin” – Bond, Gerry 1990
Impact Printing (of Coleraine) Ltd

“Historic Buildings, Groups of Buildings, Areas of Architectural Importance in the island of Rathlin”
prepared by Brett, C.E.B. 1974 for the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

“Rathlin Island and Parish” – Law, Rev. H.I. (Curate-in-Charge 1940-43) 1961
The Mid-Ulster Printing Co. Ltd., Cookstown

“Sea Wrack or Long Ago Stories of Rathlin Island ” – Campbell, Mary 1951
JS Scarlett & Son, Ballycastle.

“Rathlin Island – North of Antrim” – Boyd, Hugh Alexander 1947
JS Scarlett & Son, Ballycastle.

“Notes on the Statistics and Natural History of the Island of Rathlin” – Marshall, James Drummond 1836
published in the transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

“The Irish language in Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim – Dublin” – Holmer, Nils Magnus, 1904
Hodges, Figgis, 1942

“The people of Rachrai” (Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim) – MacConaill, Michael A.
Belfast : The Northern Whig, Ltd, 1925

Parishes of County Antrim. – 9 : 1830-2, 1835, 1838-9 / edited by Angélique Day, Patrick McWilliams and N. – Belfast : Institute of Irish Studies in association with The Royal Irish Academy, 1 1830-2, 1835, 1838-9: North Antrim coast and Rathlin 9, 1830-2, 1835, 1838-9


“Celtic Society” – McErlean (IG VI 140).
“In ancient Rathery”, Irish News 27/12/1907 lch 6.
“Turas go Reachrainn”, An Claidheamh Soluis 10:25 (29/8/1908) 5.
“St Malachy’s College, Rathlin”, Fáinne an Lae 1103 (14/6/1919) 2.
“Derry and Antrim Yearbook” (Contains a picture of Katie Glass).
“Rathlin Island, Betwixt and Between” (a 30 minute BBC film produced by Harry Govan).
“Road from the Isle”, Andersonstown News 31/01/1981 lch 3.
“Rathlin Island, the Irish language”, Irish News 22/03/1906 lch 4
“Connradh na Gaedhilge”, Irish News 21/05/1907 lch 7
“I nOileán Reachraigh”, An Claidheamh Soluis 9:41 (21/12/1907) 7.
“Oileán Reachra”, An Claidheamh Soluis 10:24 (22/8/1908) 11.
“The Gaelic Outlook in Rathlin Island”, Irish News 13/04/1906 lch 5.

Bigger, F.J.: “On Rachrai’s rocks”, Irish News 19/08/1908 lch 5.

Bigger, F.J.: “Rachrai of the seas”, Belfast Evening Telegraph 28/5/1910

Bhriain, Eibhlín Ní: “Rathlin’s last Irish speaker”, Irish Times 6/11/1970, p. 14.
Bhriain, Eibhlín Ní: “The Forgotten Island”, Irish Times 13/11/1970, p. 6.

Con Midhe, Pádraig Mac: “Oileán Reachrann”, An tUltach 31:4 (4/1954) 4&9.
Con Midhe, Pádraig Mac: “Cainnteoirí Gaedhilge ar Oileán Reachrann”, An tUltach 32:4(5?) (4/1955) 2.

Conaill, Micheál A. Mac: “The People of Rachrai”, Proceedings of Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, Session 1922-23 4-7

Downey, Gerry; Stockman, Gerry: “From Rathlin and the Antrim Glens: Gaelic Folktales in translation”, Ulster Folklife 37 (1991) 71-96.

Elwood, J.H.: “A Demographic Study of Tory Island and Rathlin Island, 1841-1964”, Ulster Folklife 17 (1971) 70-80.

Evans, E. Estyn: “A Gold Ornament and other Bronze Age Finds from Rathlin”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 3rd ser, 7 (1944) 61-64.
Evans, E. Estyn: “Field Archaeology in the Ballycastle District”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 3rd ser, 8 (1945) 14-32.
Evans, E. Estyn: “Traditional Houses of Rathlin Island”, Ulster Folklife 19 (1973) 13-19.

Fhionnlaoigh, Peadar T. Mag: “The Rathlin Teaching Scheme”, An Claidheamh Soluis 11:10 (15/5/1909) 7.
Fhionnlaoigh, Peadar T. Mag: “Oileán Reachrann”, An Claidheamh Soluis 12:6 (16/4/1910) 3-4.
Fhionnlaoigh, Peadar T. Mag: “Reachra”, An Claidheamh Soluis 12:18 (9/7/1910) 3-4.

Gréagóir, Aoidhmín Mac: “Cúis na Gaedhilge anns an Oileán Rachreann”, An Claidheamh Soluis 14:18 [17 sic] (6/7/1912) 4.
Gréagóir, Aoidhmín Mac: “An Claidheamh Soluis” 15:7 (19/4/1913) 2.
Gréagóir, Aoidhmín Mac: “An Claidheamh Soluis” 15:9 (3/5/1913) 4.

Grianna, SeánÓ: “A ceilidhe in Reachra”, An Claidheamh Soluis 9:10 (18/5/1907) 6.

Law, Revd. H.I.: Rathlin Island and Parish (nd; 1961-2) (comments by Gage (1834) and by author, p 82).

Maolfabhail, Art Ó: “Reachlainn”, An tUltach 44:8 (8/1967) 12.

Muirgheasa, Énrí Ó: “Some Antiquities of Rathlin”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology 2nd ser, 17 (1911) 39-46.

Mulcahy, D.B.: “An ancient Irish hot-air bath, or sweat-house, on the island of Rathlin”, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 21 (1890-1) 589-90.

Murphy, Michael J.: Rathlin, Island of Blood and Enchantment (1987) (Esp. pp. 34, 38, 89, 96-100, 125, 126, 131-2, 156, 158-165, 176. Also RBÉ mss Vol 1365 collected by Michael J Murphy, Rathlin 1954).

Saothraí, Séamas Ó: “An tOileán”, An tUltach 50:8 (8/1973) 7-9&15.

Stevenson, L.C.: “Some memories of life on Rathlin sixty years ago”, The Glynns 10 (1982) 40-44.

Súilleabháin, Donnchadh Ó: “Reachra”, An tUltach 60:10 (10/1983) 7-9.

Tuathghaill, Seaghan Ua: “An Claidheamh Soluis” 9:13 (8/6/1907) 5 (for identification see CS 6/7/1912 p 4).
Tuathghaill, Seaghan Ua: “Reachra”, An Claidheamh Soluis 9:10 (18/5/1907) 3-4.
Tuathghaill, Seaghan Ua: “In the Gaedhealtacht”, An Claidheamh Soluis 9:14 (15/6/1907) 8.

Turner, Brian S.: “Notes on the Blacks and McCurdys of the Glens and Rathlin”, The Glynns 14 (1986) 25-27.

Wagner, Heinrich: Linguistic Atlas and Survey of Irish Dialects I xiv (Rathlin).

Waugh, Edwin: Irish Sketches (Pages 5-90 describe Rathlin).

Williams, Brian: “The Archaeology of Rathlin Island”, Archaeology Ireland 4:2 (Summer 1990) 47-51.