Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The BBC Northern Ireland Filming in Derry, New Hampshire This Weekend

BBC Presenter Gavin Andrews with two descendants of Rev. MacGregor
Alan Laughlin (left) and his son Ainsley (right) preparing their genealogy
journey to Nutfield to meet up with American cousins

On Saturday March 3 2018 at 12.30pm there will be a small gathering of Reverend James McGregor descendants, historians, enthusiasts and other early settler Nutfield families in the Function Room at Derry Public Library and we would love to see you there. 

The gathering is part of a three-part living history and genealogy series for BBC Northern Ireland where BBC presenter Gavin Andrews takes McGregor descendant Alan Laughlin and his son Ainsley from Ireland to ‘Nutfield’ to learn more about the McGregor legacy.  Alan will be very moved to meet you all, weather permitting. 

12.30pm - Function Room at Derry Public Library, 64 E Broadway, Derry NH 03038

1.00pm - The film crew, TV presenter and Alan and Ainsley (fellow descendants arrive) and a light lunch is served.

3.00pm - The film crew will be moving on to explore other locations however you are very welcome to stay at the library and enjoy the company.


The BBC Northern Ireland crew will be filming in Maine and New Hampshire for this three part television series where Irish descendants of Rev. MacGregor come to meet their American cousins in America.  Reverend James MacGregor left Aghadowey, Northern Ireland in 1718 with his Scots Irish flock and brought them to Puritan Boston, where they were not welcome as Presbyterians. They were sent to Casco Bay in Maine, where they spent a very cold, harsh winter.  In the spring some of the Scots Irish went up the Merrimack River to Haverhill, where they heard of a place to settle in New Hampshire.  They went to scout out this land and brought Rev. MacGregor and sixteen families to what was known as Nutfield in April 1719.  This grant of land eventually became known as Londonderry.  Over time, Londonderry was divided in to today's towns of Derry, Londonderry, and Windham, with parts of modern Manchester, Hudson (Nottingham West), and Chester, too.  

If you are a descendant of the MacGregors or one of the other early Nutfield settlers, please join us at this "Family Reunion" at the library in Derry, New Hampshire.

MacGregor Public Library, Derry, New Hampshire


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The BBC Northern Ireland Filming in Derry, New Hampshire This Weekend", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 28, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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