Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Irish in Trinidad

My mothers mother always said she was Irish. Just as my fathers mother said she was Scottish. The MacMillans have a rich history from Loch Arbor in Scotland, but from where did my dear maternal grandmother's family originate. Well, She was born in Grenada. Her grandfather came from Barbados. The family were redlegs - The Barbados Irish.

Never mind which island they lived on, both my grandmother and mother used to say they were Irish. In fact mom says that there was a song that her mother loved to sing: A little piece of Heaven -

"A little bit of heaven fell
From out the sky one day;
And it nestled on the ocean
In a spot so far away."

"And when the angels found it
It looked so sweet and fair;
They said, "Suppose we leave it?
For it looks so peaceful there."

"So they sprinkled it with stardust
Just to make the shamrocks grow;
‘Tis the only place you'll find them
No matter where you go."

"And they dotted it with silver
To make the lakes so grand;
And when they had it finished,
They called it ... "IRELAND!"

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