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Will of Archibald Campbell, Camus Parish, Derry Diocese, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland 1623

Submitted by
Robert Forrest, Co. Down, Ireland

Below is a copy of an early will transcribed by the genealogist Tenison Groves from the Record Office in Dublin before the destruction of 1922. Groves' handwriting can be difficult to decipher and often written in pencil. Thankfully, Groves typed up much of his work and these transcriptions are available in PRONI reference T808. What is unusual about this early will of Archibald Campbell is that he was described as a labourer and no family members are mentioned. His will was witnessed by five persons described as his 'neighbours'. In addition the name of six persons were given to whom he owed money.


Original Derry will 12 May 1623 prob(ated) 20 May 1623 - Archibald Campbell of the p(arish) of Camus in Derry Dio(cese) & county of Tyrone, laborer made in presence of his neighbors viz:

James Sharp Clk

William Fairer, watchmaker

Andrew Orr, weaver

James Dick, card painter

Patrick Hogshead, tailor

Like b(urie)d in Strabane burial place:


Robert Algeo of Leckpatrick

James Read ibid

Gabriel Maxwell of Raphoe, Gent

James Wilson of Taughboyne, husbandman

Gabriel Holmes the elder of Strabane, tailor

William Somervill of above merchant

John (Blank) of Lecpatrick

Legacies to friends etc