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Notes on the Ancestry of actor Richard Harris

Parents
Ivan Harris.Born Limerick city 10/10/1896. Married Limerick 29/9/1920. Died Limerick 1962.
Mildred Harty. Born Limerick 1898-99. M Limerick 29/9/1920. Died Limeri
ck 1959.

Grandparents
Richard Harris. Corn/flour merchant. Born Limerick city 1854. Lived at 7 Victoria Terrace. Died at Overdale Limerick 14/12/1932.
Harriet Anderson. Born Drainie, Scotland 16/3/1868. Married Richard Harris in about 1892. Died Herbert Road Bray 20/12/1939.
James Harty. Born Limerick 8/4/1873. Pig buyer. Cathedral Place, Limerick. Died 5/3/1898 aged 27 of Phthisis/TB.
Bridget Lyddy. Born Limerick in 1875. Like the Hartys, the Lyddys were associated with Cathedral Place, Limerick. Died Limerick 1943?

Great Grandparents
James Harris. Flour merchant, miller, baker. Founder of Mount Kennett Steam Mills in Limerick. Traded as James Harris and Sons. Born Limerick?  in about 1825. Lived at Hartstonge House.Married Ann O’Meehan at Limerick on 8/1/1849. Secretary of the Limerick Harbour Board. Died Glentworth Street, Limerick in 1895. Younger brother of Samuel Hayman Harris, ship and commission agent of Sexton Street Limerick (1840s-50s), and also of Cork city.


Ann (O)Meehan. Born near Ennis, Clare ? ~1828. Lived at William Street Limerick at time of marriage. Newspaper reports indicate she was strongly involved in the Limerick milling and bakery business along with her husband, James Harris. Younger sister of Father Michael Meehan of the “Little Ark of Kilbaha" saga in the 1850s.  

James Harty. Pig Buyer. Athlunkard (Sráid Átha Longfoirt) Street Limerick. Married to Mary Coleman.


Mary Coleman.  Born Limerick ? Died Limerick before 1901.

William Anderson. Ship owner and captain. Born Urquhart, Moray, Scotland in 1831. Lived at Lossiemouth House, Elgin. William Anderson achieved his ships master certificate in 1856 . According to Lloyd’s Register, ships associated with William Anderson included: Vine, Rose, Laurel as master, and the schooner Orient as mate. Operated out of Bannff. Also sailed Northern Chief and Chieftain.
In the 1880s he owned ships Leader and...........

 

Limerick City, where Richard Harris was born in 1930. He was extremely proud of his Limerick roots but research shows his ancestry was much more far-reaching.

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