‘Blue Plaque’ for US pioneer

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The man described as “”the Moses of the Scots Irish in America,” is to be hailed at a special ceremony in Aghadowey next week, The Coleraine Times can reveal.

Magilligan-born Rev. James McGregor (1677-1729) will be honoured with the unveiling of an Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque by the U.S.Consul General for Northern Ireland, Gregory S. Burton and the Minister of Aghadowey Presbyterian Church, Rev. Robert Kane next Monday evening.

The ceremony will recall the immigration of Rev McGregor and hundreds of his congregation to America, where he founded the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire.

He was the leader of the pioneers that in 1719 settled the Nutfield grant in Southern New Hampshire - now the towns of Derry, Londonderry, Windham as well as portions of Manchester, Hudson, Salem, and Pelham.

Genealogical research has proven that the Rev McGreggor is the great, great, great, great grandfather of the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

US historian Rick Holmes and his wife will also travel over for the unveiling.

Among those honoured with Blue Plaques by the Ulster History Society across Northern Ireland are Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, CS Lewis andJonathan Swift.