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Re: John Ferneyhough of "Sligo" (d.1815)
Posted by: gfox Date: October 15, 2001 at 20:45:47
In Reply to: Re: John Ferneyhough of "Sligo" (d.1815) by Lynn Osborn Simons of 32

The derivation of Fe(a,i)rn(ey,i,y)ho(ugh) is from the English word for
hill or copse - a hough. A ferney hough is one that has a lot of ferns
growing on it. Many of the early ferneyhoughs came from north central
England and were shepherds.

I will have to look through my records to see what I have.


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