Fans know that all too well Meghan Markle was born and raised in L.A., but it has now come to light that she actually has ties to the Emerald Isle! That’s right, the actress and former Duchess apparently has roots in Ireland and this includes Belfast great-great-grandparents and a Dublin wedding.
Meghan Markle has been forever linked to the British monarchy through her marriage to Prince Harry .
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However, that is not the only link she has with Europe, as it turned out that she has Irish ancestors.
To be precise, this appears to be the case through Thomas Bird and Mary McCague, a couple who married in Dublin’s Donnybrook Parish Church in 1860.
This marriage certificate is part of the Donnybrook Parish marriage records, which are currently held in Rathmines’ Representative Church Body Library and have been public for the past few years.
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Notes on Meghan’s ancestors also reveal that Thomas was a soldier in the 22nd Cheshire Regiment in Beggar’s Bush Barracks.
As for Mary, she lived in Merrion Beach, which is not far from there.
This unexpected past of Meghan Markle’s distant relatives has been unearthed by Fiona Fitzsimons and Helen Moss, both of whom are part of a genealogy research team known as Eneclann.
Of their discovery, they stated: “Our investigation for the Duchess of Sussex began when we discovered the 1860 civil marriage certificate of Thomas Bird and Mary McCague, Meghan Markle’s great-great-grandparents. Thomas Bird was known to be in the military, but no one thought to investigate whether he might have served and married his Irish wife in Ireland. ‘
‘With this as a starting point, we were able to follow Meghan Markle’s family to Malta and then to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The 1860 civil marriage certificate and entry on the Donnybrook Church of Ireland’s marriage registry were important – they told us the name and occupation of Mary McCague’s father, Francis McCague, a farmer. ‘