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The earliest written reference to Weymes in Ireland is recorded in Volume two of the Calendar of Justiciary Rolls page 185-6. It concerns a Ralphy Wymes who had come before a baronial court in Nobber in Co. Meath in 1306. However, Co. Sligo can claim to be the home of the Weymes in Ireland. During the period 1897 to 1901 there were 340-recorded births and 140 marriages of variant Weymes in the county. Sligo is also unique in that more variants of the surname are recorded there than in any other county. Although there is no verifiable evidence as to where the Sligo Weymes came from it is most probable that they were originally working class Scottish Protestant settlers who came in through Sligo port.

Home of the Wymes in Sligo

The 'home of the Wymes' in Sligo was and probably still is the area around Carns, Bunduff, Cliffoney and Moneygold where the name is usually spelled Wymbs or Wimbs and the families are sometimes referred to as the 'The Bunduff Wymbs'. There are still a number of Wymbs families in the area.In the Ballymote area the spelling of the surname is usually Wims. The main bases of the name in this area are Rathdooneymore.

The parish of Skreen/Dromard parish is the home parish of Michael Weymes (one of the authors) and his ancestors, however there are no family members in the area to day; the last one to live there Martin died in 1933.

Also born in Lisnarawer near Skreen in Co. Sligo was Micheal Wymes the Commissioner of the Garda from 1968 to 1972. His father Michael together with two of his brother, John and Joseph joined the RIC and were posted respectively to Louth and Westmeath. The descendants of these three brothers are now to be found in many Irish counties, as well as the USA, England and Scotland.

Sligo Weymes abroad

Many of the Weymes recorded in other counties of Ireland and indeed across the world have ancestral roots in Sligo.Henry Wymbs who hosts a popular radio show each Sunday on Radio Oxford is also a Sligo native. Other well-known Sligo Weymes are the Wims' from the Rathdooney area of Ballymote. Many of these served the Catholic Church as priests and nuns both at home and abroad.In later articles we intend to write in more detail about many of the variant Weymes who made significant contributions to the world we live in.

The Sligo Wymes

From the years 1799 to 1901 County Sligo had the highest number of Wymes in Ireland. Records show that there were in excess of 350 births and 141 marriages of the surname during this period. The Tithe Applotments of 1823/1828 has 30 entries for the surname and the Griffith Valuation of 1858 has the name recorded 26 times. The main spellings of the surname in Sligo during this period are as follows.

In the Ahamlish area it was Wems, Wims, Wymbs and Wimbs. In Drumcliff the surname was Wemyss and Wymbs. Skreen and Dromard has the name recorded as Wymes, Wyms and Wims, whereas in Easkey it was Wyms. Ballisodare used the Wims and Wimsey spelling. Cloonacool and Curry used Weymes, Wimsey, and Wymsey. In Ballymote the spelling was Wims, and Emlafad and Kilmorgan used the Wimsey and Wymms version. In Sligo town it was Weymes and Wyms. Of course it was not unusual to find the same families spelled in a different version that the one recorded on their birth certificate. Indeed the are instances where members of the same family are recorded under many variants of the spelling.

In the Shadow of Benbulben

There are a number of references to Wymbs in Joe McGowans book, 'In the Shadow of Benbulben'. There are also photographs that include Wymbs'. The father of the Garda Commissioner Michael Wymes (1968/1972) also named Michael was born in Lisnarawer, Skreen, Co. Sligo. Research continues in the Sligo Wymes to endeavour to establish when and where in Sligo it first became established.

Three interesting Stories on the Weymes of Sligo

On 3rd October 1811 the Alknomac departed from Sligo port with 79 passengers. Listed as a passenger is a James Wymbs. The ship ran aground at Martha?s Vineyard on the night of 13th December 1811. All of the crew and passengers were saved and stayed in the old town for nine days. The captain hired a sloop to take the passengers on to New York but it was driven ashore near Newport Rhode Island on 24th December 1811. Again all were saved and they made the remainder of the journey by land to New York. They arrived there on 18th January 1812.

Listings of Sligo Wymes in shippings

There are many listings of Sligo Wymes in shippings manifests and in Ellis Island records and also in the 1881 English Census. The following is an example:-
On 26th April the ship Jefferson sailed from Sligo to New York and listed on the passenger manifest are Thomas Wymbs age 36 years and his brother Michael Wymbs age 30 years both dealers from Carns in Sligo.

Faulkners Journal

Sligo 22nd March 1793; Wymms who had been confined in the jail for cow stealing and who had effected his escape by undermining the prison wall in company with Tunny, were retaken the following day, put on trial and found guilty.
Sligo 26th March 1793: On Friday the assizes ended when the case of Wymms who was found guilty the previous day was brought up to receive the death sentence. The grand jury recommended him as an object of mercy and the humane judge promised to recommend him as such on his return to Dublin

County Sligo Weymes Records

Between 1797 and 1901 there were in excess of 340 births and 130 plus marriages recorded for the Weymes surname and its variants in Co. Sligo, Ireland. These records are presented in chronological form, and they should be of benefit to anybody researching the Weymes surname and its variants.

Later we intend to publish on this website all of the Griffith Valuation, Tithe Applotment, and 1901 Irish Census records that pertain to the variant Weymes who lived in County Sligo.

A complete alphabetical listing of all Tithe Applotment entries for County Sligo is available on CD.
Full details are available from either Theresa or Michael. If requested a hard copy can be provided.

The Sligo Wymes

From the years 1799 to 1901 County Sligo had the highest number of Wymes in Ireland. Records show that there were in excess of 350 births and 141 marriages of the surname during this period. The Tithe Applotments of 1823/1828 has 30 entries for the surname and the Griffith Valuation of 1858 has the name recorded 26 times. The main spellings of the surname in Sligo during this period are as follows.

In the Ahamlish area it was Wems, Wims, Wymbs and Wimbs. In Drumcliff the surname was Wemyss and Wymbs. Skreen and Dromard has the name recorded as Wymes, Wyms and Wims, whereas in Easkey it was Wyms. Ballisodare used the Wims and Wimsey spelling. Cloonacool and Curry used Weymes, Wimsey, and Wymsey. In Ballymote the spelling was Wims, and Emlafad and Kilmorgan used the Wimsey and Wymms version. In Sligo town it was Weymes and Wyms.

Of course it was not unusual to find the same families spelled in a different version that the one recorded on their birth certificate. Indeed the are instances where members of the same family are recorded under many variants of the spelling.

Those emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can have (a listing of the most of the marriages and births years of Wymes in Sligo 1799/1901 together with reference to entries in the Tithe Applotments and Griffiths Valuation)

Here are a number of references to the Sligo Wymes that may be of interest. On 26th April the ship Jefferson sailed from Sligo to New York and listed on the passenger manifest are Thomas Wymbs age 36 years and his brother Michael Wymbs age 30 years both dealers from Carns in Sligo.

On 3rd October 1811 the Alknomac departed from Sligo port with 79 passengers. Listed on the passenger is a James Wymbs. The ship ran aground at Martha's Vineyard on the night of 13th December 1811. All of the crew and passengers were saved and stayed in the old town for nine days. The captain hired a sloop to take the passengers on to New York but it was driven ashore near Newport Rhode Island on 24th December 1811. Again all were saved and the made the remainder of the journey by land to New York. They arrived there on 18th January 1812.

The following are extracts from 'Faulkners Journal: Sligo 22nd March 1793; Wymms who had been confined in the jail for cow stealing and who had effected his escape by undermining the prison wall in company with Tunny, were retaken the following day, put on trial and found guilty. Sligo 26th March 1793: On Friday the assizes ended when the case of Wymms who was found guilty the previous day was brought up to receive the death sentence. The grand jury recommended him as an object of mercy and the humane judge promised to recommend him as such on his return to Dublin

There are many listings of Sligo Wymes' in shipping's manifests and in Ellis Island records and also in the1881 English Census. Again some of these can be had by contacting the email address listed above.

There are a number of references to Wymbs in Joe McGowans book, 'In the Shadow of Benbulben'. There are also photographs that include Wymbs'. The father of the Garda Commissioner Michael Wymes (1968/1972) also named Michael was born in Lisnarawer, Skreen, Co. Sligo.

Research continues in the Sligo Wymes to endeavour to establish when and where in Sligo it first became established.

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