Death of Former AGI President Richard Henry “Harry” McDowell

Accredited Genealogists Ireland regrets to report the death of its former President, Henry (Harry) McDowell, genealogist, writer and publisher. Harry’s interest in family history began at a young age. In the early years of his marriage he worked in publishing in London and while there he was a regular visitor to the Library of the Society of Genealogists, then housed not far from where he lived with his young family in Chelsea. In 1965 he and his family returned to Ireland and for the next decade Harry was the agent for the Du Pont family estate. It was during this … Read More


EARLIEST GRAVESTONE IN MONTSERRAT IS THAT OF AN IRISHMAN Joanna Cicely Fennell, M.A.G.I, PG Cert Genealogical Studies Known as the ‘Rocklands Tombstone’, this memorial to purported Irishman John Davies (?-1686) is touted as the oldest on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. However, research has shown that the current memorial was, in fact, reproduced during the 20th century, which accounts for its excellent condition and modern script. This was made possible by the original Latin text having been recorded in the Gentleman’s Magazine in the late 18th century, and subsequently included in Vere Langford Oliver’s More Monumental Inscriptions: Tombstones of the … Read More