Surgeoners of Glasgow and Ballyclare
Surgeoner family were from Ballyclare, County Antrim. I
mention Scotland as they flitted back and forth
between Ballyclare and various locations in Scotland.
These include New Monkland, Airdrie, Lanark, Gairbraid
Street and Oran Street in Maryhill,
Lanark, Scotland. Certainly the links with Maryhill
are numerous over the years although I am not sure if
they have been brought about simply by work needs or old
My oldest ancestors here on the
Surgeoner side are that of William Surgeoner and Sophia Wilson.
Unfortunately they had both passed away before any census
information might have been captured and I have not to date
found the death of Sophia.
Sophia must have been a significant
woman in the family as her name was carried on to various
children and grandchildren. This was almost to the point
that if I found the birth of a Sophia Surgeoner I could almost
guarantee a connection to this family.
Another significant forename running
through the family is that of my own, Jackson. William and
Sophia had a son called Jackson and I am aware of the
forename being used six times with male Surgeoners and
once with a female.
My great grand uncle, Jackson Surgeoner, died
in France during the first world war and is buried in
West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. In the early 1900's two
Jackson Baird Surgeoners were christened only years apart
in Ballyclare. The family also had a Margaret Jackson
Surgeoner who I believe married a man called David James
Gracey, a name which coincidentally appears in my wife's
A few generations of men called
Jackson Baird existed in and around Donegore although I
don't know why the name might have been carried into my
family. I have not found any direct family links between the
two families but it may just be that he helped the family in
some way through the Church.
My late father, Jackson, attended any Surgeoner
funerals he became aware of in Ballyclare right up to his
own death in 1996. He did admit to me though
that there were very few left who knew who he was in
My father also placed great
emphasise on the spelling of the name often exclaiming "they
are nothing to do with our family" simply based on how the
name was spelt. Although I place little emphasis on
spelling during my research there is some truth in his beliefs
especially back in the early 20th century. The spelling
SURGEONER will be mostly found in Ballyclare, SURGENOR in
Ballymena and SURGINOR in Belfast and Antrim.