The Holligan family of Hartburn

This picture shows three generations of the Holligan family from Hartburn. Mr Holligan (Christian name not known), his son Robert Holligan and a young Esther Holligan. Robert died after falling through the conservatory roof on Lord Londonderry’s Estate. Courtesy of Pam de Chaumont-Rambert (nee Newell).

12 thoughts on “The Holligan family of Hartburn

  1. This photo is very interesting as I have never seen a photo of a member of the Holligan family of that period. I was trying to see if I could see any family resemblance but couldn’t!!! Any responses re the Holligan family who settled in Barbados would be enormously appreciated. Thanks in anticipation.

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  2. Alf used to talk to me quite a lot about his time at Holy Trinity and how some of his old school friends had done well for themselves and always wished he tried harder at Holy Trinity and later at Richard Hind to make more of himself than he did to only finish up as a Draffy. Such a nice and friendly man and I miss him a lot, he died too young. His brother Ken died a few years after Alf.

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  3. As one Ken may I confirm what Ken Rhodes writes about Alf Holligon – the spelling for example. We were absolutely contemporary at Holy Trinity and our respective fathers had known each other for years as they grew up in the Oxbridge area. I can picture the interior of the Holligon’s home even now. Alf had a younger brother Ken or Kenny.

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  4. Ken, I feel sure it was spelt with an A but after nearly 71 years, memory can slip. However I can still see his face as if it was yesterday. I think he was also on the school photograph taken in Miss Allan’s class with Billy Hewitt who was also on the photo as Head Master.
    I will try and have a look for it when I feel able, but it is already on Picture Stockton somewhere but I cannot recall the reference no: The strange part is I never hear from any of the old class. They can’t all be dead.

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  5. J, Norman are you certain that the Alf Holligon you mention had his name spelt with two O’s or an O and A. Alf Holigon, the late West End footballer and later a local referee, lived next door to me in Hartburn for a lot of years till his death a few years back. On this site somewhere there are a couple of pictures I submitted with the permission of Alf’s widow. Merry Christmas and best wishes to all.

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  6. Re the Holligan family. Alfie (Alfred) Holligan, was in my class at Holy Trinity in 1939, he had fair curly hair but I lost touch when the war came. At that time we would be about 11 years old and just taken our scholarship which I managed to fail. However I still recall Alfie.

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  7. Interested in the ancestors prior to 1860 as to country of origin, i.e. Ireland, Scotland,
    whatever. We are a well-established Holligan tree in Australia from 1844, with our origins back to 1770’s in Munster, Ireland. Would welcome comments.

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  8. I’m studying History at College and I am doing a Genealogy project on the Holligan family between the 1860’s to the 1900’s. Out of curiosity, I searched Google for the name Holligan and this page came up. I find your information very fascinating. I was wondering, if you by any chance knew of any members of the Holligan family, migrating to the Caribbean. Thanks for your help in advance.

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  9. Pam – I have done a bit of digging and this is a photo of George Holligan, born 1852, I found that his son was named George Robert so this is obviously him as there are no other Roberts on the family tree. Esther is Robert’s daughter, she was born in the first quarter of 1914. In 1911 the family were living in Billingham but you would need Esther’s birth certificate to verify if she was born there. So you and Lynne have the same Gt Grandfather, who was the brother of my husband, and going back to their father also a George that makes all three of you third cousins. Best wishes

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  10. A Minnie Holligan was the youngest child of George Holligan of 43 Waverley Street, see Lynne’s comments as he was her Gt Grandfather. From previous census I cannot find a Robert born to George, it is a shame you don’t know the older Holligan’s name. I have a similar family photo of George’s brother William and think there may be a resemblance to the older Holligan pictured here.

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  11. This is my Great Grandfather Holligan pictured with his son, Robert and my Mum’s cousin Esther Holligan. My grandmother was called Minnie Holligan and I believe she came from Hartburn Village.

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