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Dr Patrick Fitzgerald's Presentation - part of the final session at the Ulster History Park, 17 October 2009.

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  • The ‘Home Places’ of the Campbell and Mellon Families Brian Lambkin Centre for Migration Studies CMS Literature of Irish Exile Autumn School, 17 October, 2009
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    • Thomas Ryan (1958) – The Departure of O’Neill Out of Ireland
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  • Missouri History Museum, 2009 … Would he [Hugh Campbell] have dared to emblazon his house in such a way if the relationship [with the Argyll family] were not generally accepted in the community? (p. 19)
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  • First Scotch Mellon Ancestor
    • … of this first ancestor I have only his name [Archibald] and his cane, and the tradition that he was a tall, athletic man of great energy and agility, and of fine personal appearance. The cane has been carefully handed down as a relic from father to son; and was delivered to me, as the present head and representative of the family, by my uncle Archibald Mellon, shortly before his death [1883]. It is a rather plain looking article, but not less valuable as a relic or memento on that account. This Scotch ancestor was the first to build and reside in Castletown after its depopulation in 1641.
    • As a tradition existed that we belonged to this family, my uncle Thomas, to gratify his curiosity when travelling in Ireland had an examination made at the Herald’s office Dublin, where he found a drawing of the coat-of-arms of the Mellon family, together with a genealogy of its successive heads: and procured a copy, which I insert here as an interesting memento, whether we have any ancestral connection with it or not .
    • So at three o’clock I was again on the train for Belfast. Many objects along the road were quite interesting; at one point I could see from the car [railway coach] one of those remarkable stone towers whose origin and purpose is entirely unknown, their construction dating beyond the period of either history or reliable tradition. What can be said of them is imaginary and inferential. Several of them, similar in size and structure, are scattered over the country.
    The Steeple, Antrim
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    • The Mellon’s house in Pittsburgh remained in the family until 1956 when it was demolished and the property sold to a developer. ‘The backyard included a vine-covered stone bell-tower , remembered by some family as a kind of Irish tower , that was rimmed with statues and busts of prominent figures in the family.
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