John Cosgrove 1878-1917

John Cosgrove was my great grandfather's younger brother.  While my great grandfather was born in County Longford, Ireland, by the time John was born the family had come to Scotland.  He was born on 7 May 1878 at 18 Furnace Row, Newmains, Lanarkshire.  His father Peter Cosgrove was a furnace labourer and may have been … Continue reading John Cosgrove 1878-1917

My Great Granny – Sarah Helferty 1867-1921

This is an update to a previous post about my maternal granny's mother, Sarah Helferty. I've found out a lot more about her and, after my recent visit to the church where she married my great grandfather, she's been on my mind. All the circumstances of her life suggest that she must have been tough … Continue reading My Great Granny – Sarah Helferty 1867-1921