The following list contains marriages from 1863 that mention places in county Donegal, the year before the full civil marriage registrar comes into Ireland. Whether it was the marriage location, the ancestral home of the bride or the home of the groom.

1863 was a year before the full civil marriage registrar became a legal requirement in Ireland, before this the marriages of Roman Catholics were not officially registered. This list could help locate individuals who were married outside of their home parish. The reports often give other details such as occupation of the groom or bride’s father and the name of the person who performed the marriage ceremony.

These records were extracted from news reports of Irish Marriages published in the Limerick Chronicle, during 1863:


14 February: William Green & Susan Elizabeth Monds

In St. Mary’s Church Dublin, William Green Esq., Rock, Ballyshannon to Susan Elizabeth, daughter of Moses Monds Esq., J.P. Sligo


14 February: Brooke Rynd Chambers & Mary Caroline Macleod

In St. Stephen’s Church, Dublin, Brooke Rynd Chambers Esq., Bengal Staff Corp, son of John Chambers Esq., J.P. Fox Hall County Donegal to Mary Caroline, daughter of J Sheridan Macleod Esq., R.M. Lifford, county Donegal


14 February: William Ryard Dalby & Maria Tredennick

At Kilbarron Church, Ballyshannon, county Donegal, the Rev William Ryard Dalby, Fellow and Tutor of Wadham College Oxford to Maria daughter of Wm R Tredennick, Esq., of Fort William, Ballyshannon


10 November: Robert McDermott Isabella McAuley

In Letterkenny Church, county Donegal, Robt. McDermott, Esq., of Magherabuoy, to Isabella, daughter of Wm. McAuley, Esq., of Boming, near Letterkenny.

Click here for the marriages recorded in the other counties of Ireland for 1863