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For Robin: I too have a big roster of Lanigans. Currently I'm looking for a Michael born early in the 19th century in Kilkenny. His son Nicholas, born 1834, migrated to England --- I'm not sure if Michael did. Nicholas named his oldest son Edward and his second Nicholas, apparently defying the "rule." Michael was already dead when Nicholas married in 1859, and I have a helpful someone searching death and cemetery records in Lancashire to see if he died there.
I have records of two Michaels, born in Kilkenny in 1804 and 1810, but I can't prove any relationship to Nicholas.
If anyone is interested,I have a tree I once thought was mine, descending from Patt, born in Freshford, Kilkenny, abt. 1789 and tracing some descendants of his son Thomas and Margaret Meany.