This isn’t really about the Jamison family history, but it’s about a serious subject nonetheless; the relationship between NI and its chip shops. On mainland Britain, the chip shop now faces some serious competition from the plethora of Asian takeaways, kebab shops, Peri Peri joints and fried chicken shacks, but in Northern Ireland, apart from the eternal Chinese takeaway, chip shops rule supreme, at least outside the larger metropolitan areas.
During our recent trip along the Antrim coast, we looked forward to the great punny names many of them boast, as well as the excellent quality of the fare.
Here’s some of the best names we encountered this July, and where to find them; needless to say, we didn’t have a bad chip!
Chip Ahoy – Portavogie
Flash in the Pan – Bushmills
The Hip Chip -Bushmills
The Codsway – Bushmills (really, there must be an insatiable demand for fish and chips in this modest Antrim town!)
The Frying Squad– Bangor
For Cod and Ulster – Belfast
A note on the lingo – often, a portion of chips is referred to in NI as a “chip” so you may face the bewildering but delightful options that we did of “did you want a chip, a family chip, or a wee large chip?”
I had some very exciting news yesterday courtesy of Nevin over at NALIL; Nevin put me and my cousin Barbara in touch with Jennifer, who is a great, great grand-daughter of William McDowell Jamison, the earliest Jamison I’ve managed to trace in our family tree.
Jennifer and Nevin have provided loads of information for my descendent chart, and I hope we gave some to Jennifer in return about our line! (Jennifer’s great-grandfather William and my grandfather Charles (Fred) were brothers, although there was quite an age gap between them, hence I suppose an extra generation slipping in!)
I have updated the Descendant chart; additions were under the family of William Jamison Jnr (son of Old William and Annie) his wife Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Cousins
Children of William Jnr and Betty Cousins:
Christina (Jennifer’s grandmother, also known as Nan, registered at birth as Cousins but known
as Jamison at school)
Laura Willemina Jamison
Josephina Annetta Jamison (Netty)
Harold Hewar (Huer?) Jamison
Charles Henry McDole (McDowell?) Jamison (Harry)
Oswald Alexander Jamison (Alec)
Frederick William Henry Jamison (Billy)
Mary Elizabeth Eleanor Jamison (Alma) who died at nine months old due to a heart problem.
And one more possibly who died as a baby
Christina (Nan) Cousin’s children (unsure of father’s names)
Norman? Cousins – died young of a head injury related condition*
Laura Cousins – mother of Jennifer
I have more information such as spouse names to add to the chart; this is a wonderful revelation as we only really had information relating to the family of my grandfather Charles Frederick Jamison – Fred was one of four siblings, but one died as a teenager (Oswald Huer), one as a young woman (Harriet Anne), so its great to have such detailed information for William Jnr’s family.I also learnt that William Jnr’s back complaints were as a result of a World War 1 injury sustained when a horse kicked him during his time in the Royal Irish Rifles.
Many thanks to Jennifer and Nevin, and to Barbs for staying up while we pieced it all together!
One of the first really good leads I had on my journey to trace back the Jamisons, when faced with a dearth of real information, was a fabulous post by Nevin Taggart in his blog NALIL (North Antrim Local Interest List), a local history, culture and genealogy site with a wealth of fantastic info. The post is here: Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway.
NALIL is a great place to start your own search for all things North Antrim, or just for a great read!
Having created a WordPress blog for my writing (please check it out! Margaret McGoverne), and been very impressed with the features available, I’ve decided to move the family tree website (jamisonsonline.co.uk) to WordPress; I was having difficulty updating the site to be compatible with Safari etc, and this way I can concentrate on content instead of html and coding!
I’m in the process of moving the content from the old site and from the Blogger blog, so expect to see lots of stuff drop in here in the coming weeks.