To begin the New
Year, we wish to send you our warmest regards. The Fallbrook saga
continues for its forth year, moving forward because of your
interest and support. We shall continue the series of the everyday
life of the first Celtic pioneers by journeying home to our
Ballianafad roots. We build our theme from original sources in which
the pioneers or their immediate descendants describe in detail the
hardships they endured and the ingenious methods they developed to
survive. Let us remember that this occurred in the 1800's, only four
generations separated from our own very comfortable way of life.
It is the Kirkwood family who will return us to our Fad roots. Alan
Kirkwood (on the right) has meticulously documented the history of
his and other Fad families. Jim Kirkwood plays a major role in the
continuing efforts to conserve the Fallbrook site and is a driving
force in the oral history project.
Jim and Alan Kirkwood, Oral History
They are great
grandsons of Donald McKay, the patriarch of Fallbrook, through the
marriage of his daughter Mary with their great grandfather William
Kirkwood. The Kirkwood’s arrived originally in the 1820,s in the
Caledon area, specifically at Rockside. These first Celt immigrants
were known as the Rockside Pioneers. A wonderful book was written by
Robert Chrichton's Rockside pioneer, of his memories without which
much of their story would have been lost. It is very rare today.
After consultation with John Denison of the Boston Mills Press, we
are showing you extracts of this invaluable source of original
These extracts introduce you to this gem
of a book, the Rockside Pioneers, which so eloquently relate the
memories of Robert Chrichton, "nom de plume" Timothy Hayseed. He
describes the coming of his own ancestors in these first chapters.
The coming of the Kirkwood’s is described in later chapters and will
be the subject of our next update.
Another fine book has been found by
Alastair and can be read in its entirety at the main site of
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Once again, we wish you all a New Year
rich in heritage and the conservation of our cultural and historical
roots. No matter what our ethnic origins.
S.McKay, Ballinafad Oral History
Project, N.H.C.H.S... January, 2010.