about the Orr Family and my researches over the past forty years .
This is the
product of over forty years interest in the origins of the Orr family.
Research of an old family story - a relationship to William Orr, an Irish
Patriot executed in 1798, led to research of the origin of the Orr families
in Ulster, and the early Scottish settlers on the Montgomery estates, Co
Down, in 1606. These people mainly came from the west of Scotland –
Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, where there have been Orrs since about AD1300.
Subsequent research suggests that the family originated from the ancient
Parish of Urr in the ancient Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.
of the Presbyterian denomination the Orrs in Scotland and settlers in Ulster
were subject of religious discrimination and were among the tens of
thousands of Ulster Scots (the Scotch-Irish) who migrated to the far corners
of the British Empire in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth
centuries. Nearly 100,000 Orr descendants are today spread across the Unites
States of America, with thousands more in Australia, Canada, Malta, New
Zealand; South Africa, South America, and the West Indies. As well as
researching the origins and distribution of the family name, a detailed
examination was made of the `Orrs at War` where many hundreds lie in foreign
fields, having died in the service of their country. That the Orrs were
achievers, is illustrated in factual stories of inventors, patriots, and
founders of former frontier towns and cities that bear the Orr name.
Included are a selection of some old Orr families with indexed ancestor and
descendant reports, and a selection of Orrs with a `claim to fame`. The 16
appendices include details of Orrs buried in Greyfriars Kirk (Edinburgh) in
the seventeenth century; Orr marriages about the time of the Montgomery
settlement; Pallots English marriages, and. the 1881 Census, of England,
Scotland and Wales. Orders from
www.heritagebooks.com but it may now be out of print (first published
"ORR-SOME" Research into the
Family of Orr, is available from Heritage Books Inc, 65 E Main St,
Westminster, 21157, Maryland, or from any branch of Willow Bend Books and
Amazon. $37.00 US.
ISBN 0-7884-4266-X .
I hold a
few copies of `Orr-Some` if UK customers wish to contact me at
I will even sign it !