Parish of Derryloran
Millican, Milligan, Millikan, Milliken, Millikin, Mullican, Mulliken, Mullikin etc.



Parish of Derryloran


The parish of Derryloran is located in that part of the Diocese of Armagh in County Tyrone with a portion extending into County Londonderry. It is bounded on the north and northwest by the parish of Lissan and on the east by parish of Artrea and Arboe, and the south by the parish of Desertcreat. The parish church is called St. Luran’s and is located near Cookstown in the townland of Derryloran alias Kirktown. It has the earliest baptismal, marriage and burial records for the parish and date from 1797.

Through the efforts of the St. Luran’s parish church and others, all the baptismal registers from 1795 to 1896, marriages from 1797 to 1835 and burials from 1797 to 1879 with gaps have been reproduced online and transcribed by volunteers. This has been a huge undertaking and all credit must surely go to those people who have made most of the early church records available to the wider public online. See the following links for St. Luran’s Parish Church records.

Derryloran Parish Register Online

Derryloran Parish Transcripts Online

There are three Presbyterian Churches in the parish and all three are located in Cookstown with 3rd Cookstown holding the earliest baptismal registers from 1835, 1st Cookstown from 1836 and 2nd only beginning in 1852. For all three congregations, the earliest marriages only date from 1845 onwards. None of these records have been research by me.

The parish also has records covering the Protestant Householders of 1740 and the Religious Census of 1766. The earliest “M” appears in Religious Census in 1766, Francis Mulligan of Ballygroogan. He was a Protestant however as the religious census of Derryloran does not distinguish between those who belonged either to the Established or Dissenter Churches e.g. Presbyterians, it is not certain what church he attended. It is possible though he was the father of Robert Milligan of Ballygroogan, whose children, Robert and Rebecca, were christened at St. Luran’s Parish Church.


Baptism 1797-1896: Marriages 1797-1835: 1797-1879 (with gaps)

March 31, 1799
Baptism of Robert Milligan son of Robert and Rebecca Milligan.

October 2, 1803
Baptism of Rebecca Milligan daughter of Robert & Rebecca Milligan.

September 7, 1807
Baptism of Martha Moorhead daughter of Fergus & Martha Moorhead.

May 20, 1824
A List of those who belong to Derryloran parish who were confirmed in St. Luran’s Parish Church by his Grace Lord John George Beresford.

Robt. Milliken, senior, aged 45 years, Ballygroogan.

Robt. Milliken, junior, aged 23 years, Ballygroogan.

Rebecca Milliken, aged 19 years, Ballygroogan.

Martha Moorhead, aged 15 years, Drumard (parish of Derryloran).

October 5, 1826
Marriage of Robert Milliken of Ballygroogen, farmer, and Margaret Richardson of Drumard, widow, by License at Saint Luran's parish church by Jas Mauleveret, Curate. Signed by “Robt Millikan” and Margaret her X mark Richardson, and witnessed by James Moorhead and Robert Matuens?

May 6, 1828
Marriage of Robert Milliken Junior and Martha Moorhead both of this Parish by Church Banns and by Jas Maulevere, Curate. Witnesses not named.

September 7, 1828
Baptism of Michael Milliken son of Robert & Martha Milliken, Ballygroogan, Farmer, by Jas. Mauleverer, Curate.

July 13, 1829
Marriage of Richard McHalls and Rebecca Milliken both of this Parish by Church Banns and by Jas Maulevere, Curate.

March 24, 1831
Birth of Rebecca Milligan daughter of Robert and Martha Milligan, Ballygroogan, farmer, baptism on April 3, 1831, by Rev. Charles Bardin.

September 2, 1831
Birth of William Milliken illegitimate son of John and Letitia Milliken, Moyveagh, baptised on March 11, 1832, by G.W. Stuart, Curate.

Note: Moyveagh is modern Moveagh next to Ballygroogan, southwest of Cookstown.

December 8, 1835
Burial of John Milligan, Gortalowry, aged 19 years, by Charles Bardin.

[Blank] 1843
A List of those who were confirmed in Derryloran Church by his Grace Lord John George Beresford, primate of all Ireland.

Michael Milliken, Ballyroogan, aged not given.

[Blank] 1846
A List of those who were confirmed in Derryloran Church by his Grace Lord John George Beresford, primate of all Ireland.

Rebecca Milligan, Drumard, aged 16 years.

September 5, 1860
Birth of Maria Milligan daughter of Michael & Nancy Milligan of Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised in September 1860 by Arthur Molony, Curate.

May 5, 1863
Birth of Robert Milligan son of Michael & Nancy Milligan of Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised on June 28, 1863, by F. Crawford, Curate.

August 3, 1865
Birth of Rebecca Anne daughter of Michael & Nancy Milligan of Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised on October 29, 1865, by R. Meredith, Curate.

September 1, 1867
Birth of Elizabeth Milligan daughter of Michael & Nancy Milligan of Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised on November 24, 1867, by F. Crawford, Curate.

December 21, 1869
Birth of John Milligan son of Michael & Nancy Milligan, Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised on January 30, 1870, by Wm Barker, Curate.

November 13, 1871
Birth of James Leighton Milligan son of Michael & Nancy Milligan, Ballygroogan, farmer, baptised on December 18, 1871, by F. Crawford, Curate.


[Source: PRONI MIC/1/15/1]



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