A search for ancestors in Avoca


I am a tour guide, born and brought up in Wicklow, and a lot of my tours bring visitors down to this beautiful county. In June I am bringing a family from the US who are seeking to find out more about their ancestors who were based in the Avoca area, and are buried in Castlemacadam. This is their “wish list”

“We are particularly interested in Joseph Watson, Thomas Watson and John Hill. We want to spend time in the Vale of Avoca, seeing tombstones, church ruins and the farm owned by Greene’s which is near the church ruins we are told”

Can anyone with local knowledge of this area give me any further information, please? We are going to be down here on 19 & 20th June and would love to meet any local historian with knowledge of these families and the history of Castlemacadam parish area.


Many thanks

Dairine Nuttall


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  • Thomas Watson was witness to my GGG grandfather and mother’s wedding in Castlemacadam church on 16 January 1830 along with Thornhill Bury. William was resided in Coolanearl at the time and Jane in Kilmacoo. My GGG GF William Read married Jane Bury but I have not been able to track down what happened to the Watson family. So it’s great to find this posting. I’m wondering if it might solve a decade long mystery of how William Read came to Avoca? He was Clerk of the mines in Cronebane mines, Avoca in 1843. Some of his family went to Cumbria in the late 1800s and I’m wondering if the Read’s (spelled Reed & Reid in some records) and the Watson’s might have come across from Cumbria together in the late 1700s?

    By Craig (11/07/2021)

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