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The first inhabitants of the lands around Newtownards were estimated to have arrived here from Europe around 7,500 years ago.
The first farmers arrived around 5000 years ago from what is now Brittany in France.
These were the people who left the so called "Giants Graves" behind,. large stone cairns and burial places.
The Kemps Stones at Greengraves near Scrabo Hill are an excellent example.

 

After 1630, Scottish migration to Ireland waned for a decade. Indeed, in the 1630s, many Scots went home after King Charles forced
the Prayer Book of the Church of England on the Church of Ireland, thus denying the Scots their form of worship.
In 1638, an oath was imposed on the Scots in Ulster, 'The Black Oath', binding them on no account to take up arms against the King.
Insulted twice, many returned to Scotland.
Even worse, in October 1641, the native Irish broke out in armed rebellion, slaughtering defenceless men, women and children.
The survivors rushed to the seaports and many went back to Scotland. In the summer of 1642,
Ten thousand Scottish soldiers, many Highlanders, arrived to quell the Irish rebellion. Thousands stayed on in Ireland,
replacing those who had departed thus expanding the Ulster gene pool to encompass families from all over Scotland.

The Early Scots Settler Families in Co.Down
Abercrombie, Adair x3, Adams, Agnew x2, Aicken, Allen, Anderson x2, Andrews,
Bailie x2, Barkley, Barkie x3, Bayly, Beatty, Blackwood, Blair x5, Boyd x3, Brackley, Brown,
Carlile, Carmichael, Carr, Carson, Cathcart x2, Catherwood, Chambers, Chermsides, Cooper, Cowper, Craig, Crawford x3, Crear, Cummings, Cunningham x13,
Danielston, Davidson, Dick, Dickson, Dodds, Douglas, Drennan, Drummond, Dufferin, Dunbar, Dunleath, Dunlop x3,
Echlin x4, Edmonston, Forsith, Frazer, Galloway, Galt, Galway, Gelston, Gemmil, Glen, Greenshields,
Hamilton x14, Hare, Haper x2, Harvey x2, Hilton, Hogg, Howie, Howson, Hunter, Innes, Julius,
Keevet, Kelly, Kelson, Kennedy x7, Kerr, Kilpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Kyle, Kylr, Leckey, Leslie, Lindsay, Lloyd, Logan x2,
Magee, Martin, Mathyson, Maxwell x5, Millar, Monett, Moneypenny x3, Montgomery x18, Moon, Moore x7, Mowlane, Murray x2,
McBurney, McBride, McCappin, McCartney, McCashin x2, McClelland, McCleery, McComb, McCrae, McCreedy, McCullen, McCurry,
McDonnell, McDougall x3, McDowell x2, McEwen, McGarry, McGee, McGifford, McIllevrath, McIlveyne,
McKay, McKee, McLarnan, McLellan x4, McLean, McMakene, McMaster, McMillan, McMullen, McNabb,
Nesbitt, Nevin, Nugent, Orr, Patrick, Patterson, Peacock, Peebles, Pollock x2,
Read, Reid x2, Reynolds, Robb, Ross x5, Rudd x2, Rutherford, Scott, Semple, Seton, Shaw x3, Spier, Stanehouse, Stanhouse, Stevenson, Stewart x2,
Tate, Thomson x2, Trail, Waddell, Walker, Wallace, Wanchop, Wardlaw, Watson, Welsh, Williamson, Wilson x4, Wylie, Wyms, Young

A few little snippets.
Strangford Lough was originally called Lough Cuan
Conway Square was named after Sarah Frances Seymour-Conway Daughter-in-law to Alexander Stewart
Newtownards was once known as Ballylisnevin or "The townland of the Fort of the family Nevin"

 

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