The launch of “Margaret Skinnider – 1916 Heroine – and the Monaghan Connection” will take place in Monaghan town’s Market House on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 8pm. The book by Mackie Rooney will give an insight into Scottish born Margaret Skinnider and her connection to County Monaghan.
Margaret Skinnider’s link with Cornagilta is through her father James, and her grandparents were Thomas Skinnider, a shoemaker, (born c. 1817 in Dungannon Tyrone), and Isabella Kelly, Cornagilta, who were married on 4th February 1846 in Tydavnet Parish. Margaret’s father James Skinnider (his estimated year of birth of 1857 comes from Scottish census records), emigrated to Coatbridge in Scotland, and he married Jane Doud, whose father were originally from County Meath, (Jane was born on 15 April 1856 in East Renfrewshire, Scotland). James Skinnider died on 17th October 1917. Margaret Skinnider had a number of siblings….. Thomas (1882), James (1885), Isabella (1886), Joseph (1888), Mary C. born in 1890, and Catherine (Georgina) born in 1898. Georgina married Australian born Christopher O’Sullivan in 1922, and their son Fergan visited the Tydavnet area earlier this year to explore places of interest to the Skinnider family history.
The book is a fine production from the pen of Scotstown’s Mackie Rooney, a wonderful historian and academic, and he has written a number of historical articles previously, as well as “Éamonn Murray: Monaghan Troubadour & Mountainy Man” in 2008. Everyone welcome to the launch.