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Ballymacaw Coastguard Station
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Below are the names of the Chief Officers/Boatmen in Charge at Ballymacaw from 1865 to 1896, as listed in the Valuation Office Cancelled Books (Rate Books). I have genealogy trees for most. They are listed by the dates they were stationed at Ballymacaw, with most recent first. Also included is Michael Sweeney, Boatman, whose descendants lived in Ballymacaw.

1890-1896 William Puttick / Puttock: born 23 Dec 1841 Leith, Edinburgh. Death record not found, but he is in the 1911 Census in Belfast. Chief Boatman in Charge. ADM 188/65/76322

1885-1890 George William White: born 6 Apr 1830 Flamborough, Yorkshire. Died 7 Dec Poleberry, Waterford. Chief Boatman in Charge. ADM 188/68/77862. George's son John Joseph White subsequently farmed the land around Ballymacaw Coastguard Station, and the family continue to run the well-known Whites pub in Ballymacaw.

1880-1885 James Thomas: unable to find anything!

1877-1880 William FitzGerald: born 24 Apr 1826 Midleton, Cork. Death record not found, but his wife Bridget is a widow in Portsmouth in the 1901 Census. Chief Officer. ADM 139/172/17156

1876-1877 James William Bridle: born 27 Jan 1835 Launceston, Cornwall. Died 22 Feb 1912 Ranelagh, Dublin. Chief Officer. ADM 188/131/108059

1872-1876 William Rose: born 16 Nov 1829 London. Death record not found, no family traced. Chief Officer. ADM 188/131/108058

1865-1872 Bartholomew McDonald: born abt 1827. Died 14 Nov 1893 Waterford. Chief Officer. ADM 29/82/87

1866-1871 Michael Sweeney: born 7 Apr 1832 Glanmire, Cork. Died 28 Feb 1877 Crookhaven, Cork. Boatman. ADM 188/68/78047. He married Mary Cullinane while stationed in Ballymacaw, and after his death she returned to Ballymacaw with their children, whose descendants are still in the area.

Original Post:

I am currently combining my interests of Local History and Genealogy (usually my own, but Iím at a brick wall!) by researching the Coastguard personnel who served in Ballymacaw Coastguard Station. My interest is because my family have, over 4 generations and almost a century, spent wonderful holidays there, and 3 of the single-storey cottages are now owned by family. I was interested in where the Coastguards came from, where their descendants ended up, and whether any of them put down roots in the area (other than the few I knew had). Iím finding it fascinating to discover how such a remote little group of houses has been home to people from so many different places, and whose descendants have covered the globe.

I started with the 1901 Census, and below is the information for the 7 Coastguards, for whom I now have family trees. I have also included William Groden, who was at Crosshaven in 1901 but whose widow and family are in Ballymacaw in the 1911 Census. I am now working through the Valuation Office Cancelled Books for the area (I photographed them during a visit to the Office pre-lockdown) and can supply further information for Chief Officer/Boatman in Charge at a later date.

Your website is a wonderful resource, I remember visiting it many times some years ago while doing my local history research.

Olivia Murray (Username liv)

Robert Thomas Davies: born 10 Nov 1866 Smethwick, Staffordshire. Died Apr 1940 Birmingham, Warwickshire. Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 175: 1885 ; 130267

Maurice Flynn: born 21 Dec 1862 Ringaskiddy, Cork. Died 15 Apr 1912 Cork. Commissioned Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 162: 1883 ; 123508

William James Goble: born 16 Mar 1866 Hastings, Sussex. Died 24 Apr 1941 Hastings, Sussex. Commissioned Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 157: 1882 ; 121045

Frank George Goodfellow: born 29 Sep 1871 Coleman Street, London. Died 2 Apr 1911 Royal Hospital Haulbowline, Queenstown. Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 191: 1886 ; 13826

William Groden: born Mar 1856 Oughaval, Westport, Mayo. Crosshaven 1901, Ballymacaw 1905. Died 21 Dec 1909 Coastguard Station, Ballymacaw. Commissioned Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 162: 1883 ; 123886

Frederick Hodge: born 12 Oct 1867 Tiverton, Devon. Died 19 Apr 1905 Royal Naval Hospital Haulbowline, Queenstown. Boatman 2nd Class. ADM 188; Piece 160: 1883 ; 122904

Alfred Samuel Moore: born 1864 Portsea, Hampshire. Died 2 May 1929 Portsmouth, Hampshire. Boatman. ADM 188; Piece 158: 1882-1883 ; 121756

Alfred Nevett / Nevitt: born 14 Dec 1856 Birmingham, Warwickshire. Died 15 Mar 1920 Tramore. Chief Officer. ADM 188; Piece 88: 1884 ; 58971
Edited by liv on 09/04/2021 12:49
hi my great grandfather was a coastguard there from 1903to 1906 ish, he was a coastguard in many places, he started at knockadoon, cork, then ballycotton, then ballinacourty, waterford, then ballymacaw, by 1908 he was in valentia island, my great uncle was born there, then they moved up to galway, then to kilrush, clare, another uncle born there, then back down to yougal, by then he was chief head coast guard, he died at 56 on route to haslar naval hospital and is buried there in 1918, his wife catherine then had to find a home, her 2 eldest daughters were sent over to england to train as nurses and her 2 surviving sons were sent to greenwich naval college, i think the navy had a hand in all this, a bit later about 1920 my nan was sent over to train as a nurse, catherine trained as a midwife in cork then followed them over to england and we ended up in liverpool, i ve been to ballymacaw on holiday and seen the lovely coastguard collages up on the cliff, i do have photo of the family and the cottages, there were 2 stephen pilchers who were coastguards, my great great grandfather also stephen pilcher was a coastguard at tramore, helvichead and dungarvan were he id buried Smile
cathie allen
Hi Cathie,
I would love to see the photograph you mentioned. The main house is now completely walled from the 3 houses of the Upper Station where we are, but in my mother's youth it was all open.
Over the years we've had many visitors coming to see where an ancestor lived, they've always been made welcome.
hi liv, sorry i may have made it sound like i had an old photo of cottages, i ment from when i was on a visit, the family photo is old though lol, there is a photo of stephen pilcher already on here btw, cathie Smile
cathie allen
Thanks Cathie, lots of information there I see!

Do you have a tree on Ancestry? I've been creating private mini-trees on Ancestry for the Ballymacaw Personnel I'm researching, is it ok if I do one for Stephen Pilcher?

hi yes thats fine with me i have a tree on ancestry its called allen-hooligan and my user names cathie allen i have photos and cutting on him on ancestry just look up stephen pilcher born 1862 and that will take you to him and his son ernest pilcher was born there, theres a record saying ballymacaw on ernests profile, you can use what you like, i ve got a lot of downloaded documents too , cant see how to post images on here ?? , cathie Smile
cathie allen
Cathie I found your tree on Ancestry and posted you a message there

Edited by liv on 09/04/2021 12:40
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