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An Irish Connection


Tuesday 28th February – our first meeting for 2012.  At 7.30pm in the Wakefield Library Roger Quinney spoke of his family’s new life in Motupiko after the arrival of his great grandfather William in 1856 on the Emma Colvin.  Settling first in Spring grove, they later moved to Motupiko in 1863 where a family of 11 children was eventually born and raised and the family became one of the most prominent in the district.  The camping ground at Quinney’s Bush is run today by a descendant of William.

Roger’s ancestors can be traced back to the 4th century and the name Quinney comes from the Irish Coinnach.

One family connection which we found most interesting was the marriage of Thomas Quinney to Shakespeare’s daughter Judith.

The Quinney arms and historical background

Roger Quinney with the Quinney coat of arms

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