Our Pinkerton Family History

Pinkertons, A Family History

Introduction

Generation 1: Robert Pinkerton

Generation 2: Samuel Pinkerton


Generation 3: Robert R. Pinkerton

Generation 4: Arthur Robert Pinkerton

Generation 5: Ruth E. Pinkerton

County Antrim, Ireland - Our Pinkertons emigrated there from Scotland in the late 1700s and lived there until 1847 when they began coming to America.

County Antrim is on the northern coast of Ireland. It is one of the counties "planted" with Scottish settlers by King James in the late 1600s. By the time our Pinkertons moved there, shifting back and forth between Northern Ireland and Scotland was common.

From The New London Gazetteer, published in London, England, in 1826, while our Pinkertons were living there:

"Antrim, a county of Ireland, in the province of Ulster, 46 Irish miles long, and 27 broad; bounded on the E and N by the sea, W by Londonderry and Lough Neagh, and S by Down. This county contains 605 Irish or 972 English square miles, 387,200 Irish plantation acres, equal to 622,059 English ones, 21,222 houses and 261,601 inhabitants. In it is situated a great natural curiosity called the Giant's Causeway, consisting of lofty pillars of basaltes, all of angular shapes. The linen manufacture is carried on very extensively in this county. It sends five members to parliament. The principal rivers are the Bann and Lagan. The principal towns are Belfast, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Lisburn, Ballymena, and Ballymoney. The assizes [court sessions] are held at Carrickfergus."