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Re: What is the origin of the surname McGREEVY/GREEVY?
Posted by: Neville Greevy (ID *****0720) Date: October 06, 2008 at 07:25:29
In Reply to: What is the origin of the surname McGREEVY/GREEVY? by Alan-MacGregor Grierson of 183

From what I understand One member of the Greevys came over from Ireland in the early 1800s and worked in Kingsnorth now in the suburbs of Birmingham, UK. He got his brothers to come over after he found work and he seems to have worked in the steel mill in Kingsnorth. A generation later they turn up in Scotland (some of whom have now moved to Milton Keynes - and one of them has moved to Australia). The others turn up in the Rother valley (Rotherham)and other places where steel works were present. The original site in Ireland is a small town of Ballaghadereen in County Roscommon. They started as the kings of the Fearra Scaene (probably I it spelt wrong as it is in gaelic) and has to do with the people of the Shannon river. they abdicated the kingship after a certain murder in 1004 (a thousand and four years ago.) that is very reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.


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