Possible common ancestor.
earliest known Orr recorded in Ulster is James Orr, b ca 1580
in Beith Scotland who with his wife Janet McClement settled in
Ballyblack, Co. Down in 1607. We know of James and Janet
and their descendents through the work of Gawin Orr of
Castlereagh, who researched and documented some 2,900
relatives in his epic `Ulster Pedigree`. This has been
added to and published by Ray A Jones in 1977 under the
title of " Ulster Pedigrees Descendants, in Many Lines, of
James ORR and Janet McCLEMENT who Emigrated from Scotland
to Northern Ireland ca 1607 " This book is in the
Latter Day Saints Library in Salt Lake City, Call no
929.2415 Or7j; and on fiche #6036613. It may occasionally turn up on
the second hand book market (eg
www.abebooks.com) but is increasingly rare and expensive.
Manuscripts is a record of the plantation of Scottish settlers on the
estates of Sir Hugh Montgomery in the Ards ca 1607. It includes a very
valuable note of the many families with whom the Orrs are connected by
marriage which are listed here. I will do
searches of my copy, but please be as specific as you can. All 2900 named
persons are by definition, related. But the work is 154 pages, short on
dates, and still in copyright. I cannot therefore blanket copy everything.
A growing number
of Orr`s have had DNA tests done and a pattern is emerging of two main
locations - Londonderry/Donegal; and Newtownards/ Co. Down. The
indications are that they reflect the migration of the family from
Ballyblack. James Orr (1580) had two son James and Patrick. Gawin Orr
remarks that Patrick and his descendants migrated to Armagh and Donegal
and regrettably gives no details of that branch. James, the elder
son, remained in the Ards and is thought to be the ancestor of a large
number of Orrs in that area. The implication is that James Orr (1580) is
the common ancestor for many Orrs in Ulster. This sits comfortably
with a span of 14-16 generations.