In 2013, the Foundation contributed to the BBC TV series, Tim McGarry’s Ulster-Scots Journey, where the well-known Northern Irish comedian Tim McGarry explored the relationship between Ulster and Scotland and looked into his own roots. With the assistance of our Research Officer, Gillian Hunt, Tim was able to learn more about his family tree, discovering that great-great-grandmother was the product of an illicit relationship in 1864 between a Catholic maid called Cleland from the Nun’s Quarter on the Ards peninsula of County Down and a farmer’s assistant of Presbyterian stock called McClelland from nearby Inishargy. Our Research Director, William also took part in the series, discussing some aspects of the history of Scotland and Ulster in the seventeenth century with Tim.

Tim Mc Garrys Ulster Scots Journey