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Captain John McBride of Ballymoney and the Early Settlement of the Falkland Islands

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review 1998


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by Emma Jane McAdam, Jim McAdam

"Captain John McBride, the son of a Ballymoney, Co. Antrim minister, left the United Kingdom in 1765 in command of an expeditionary force to the Falkland Islands, under instructions to enforce British sovereignty there.

Captain McBride - who was later to be promoted to the rank of Admiral - had a varied and colourful naval career, throughout which he had been described as 'evincing ...uncommon skill and bravery.'

His expedition to the Falkland Islands, during which the first British settlement was founded, the first survey of the land undertaken and the first weather records made, is without a doubt one of the high points in the career of this early Ulster maritime explorer."

This article looks at Captain John McBride and his leadership of an expeditionary force to the Falkland Islands in 1765.