Thank you for your response which I received at work. It is summer here (in a very hot Perth) and I have been out of the Office so my apologies for the delay.
A connection I think must be there. And I am intrigued by the idea of a second line. But the name Hugh may suggest more than one smithy. My mother said (I think)that her grandfather (who she never met) was called William. Nevertheless, I seem to recall it also being said that the sons (i.e. my grandfather's generation) fell out with the father. Whether that was the cause of some gravitation to Bangor I do not know (but I am curious!). However, they were brought up in Newtownards at or just before the turn of the century. I shall ask my mother again.
I take it that that is where you live. My memories of the town are Scrabo Tower and an ice cream parlour that used to be in a square with an Italian name that now eludes me. The latter reference perhaps reflects the age at which it became lodged in the mind.
I am most interested in receiving more information and was delighted to be prompted into looking at this site again.
On the subject of cemetries (see other follow-ups) my McGimpsey grandparents, as well as various other McGimpsey's of that generation are buried at Clandeboye on the road from Bangor to Belfast. But this is, of course, a rather newer burial location.
Regard and thanks
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