M, b. circa 1640
|Father||Daniel MacKirdy b. c 1620|
Pethric was born on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. Pethric [Patrick] immigrated in late November of 1666. He settled in the Cairne at Ballintoy, County Antrim soon after his marriage. His father-in-law had settled there a year or two earlier. He raised his family & spent the remainder of his life here. Pethric married Margaret Stewart, daughter of Charles Stewart, the summer of 1667 in Ballintoy, County Anrtim, Ireland. He settled in the Cairne at Ballintoy, County Antrim soon after his marriage. He raised his family & spent the remainder of his life here.
- [S206] Henry Percy Blanchard, The Ancestral McCurdy's, Their Orgin and Remote History, pages 32-33.
- [S203] D. E. McCurdy, The Historical Genealogy of the McCurdy Family, pages 10-11 - These brothers escapt in an open boat, and in a blinding snow storm from Bute in the latter part of Nov. 1666. They sailed across the turbulent sea, and landed on one of the rocky islands near the north coast of Ireland.
It is claimed they took refuge in this island and for two days and nights tasted no food.
On the morning of the third day they sailed a short distance and landed near the Giants Causeway County Antrim Ireland, where they were received by the Presbyterians who had settled there from Scotland some years previous, but here they were persecuted by the Irish Catholics. In 1690 the McCurdys were the first to take up arms to defend their religion.
When William of Orange landed his army in Ireland, he was greatly reinforced by the uprising of the Presbyterians. Shortly afterwards the great battle of the Boyne was fought which proved the complete downfall of James II and ended the reigning power of the Catholic line of the house of Stuart. Pethric McCurdy married Margaret Stewart relative of James II of the Protestant line of Stewarts.
At what time he married is uncertain, yet he must have married shortly after reaching Ireland, as his grandson, David McCurdy was born in 1709.
Pethric died near the close of the 17th century; his children were John, James and Daniel. The descendants of these three brothers (so far as the present information will permit) are recorded in this volume. The brothers all married but William who died near Ballintoy County Antrim Ireland.