I have perused the PRONI leaflet and catalogue of Parish records.It's a daunting task, to say the least, to wade through most of them unless I can narrow down the town of William's baptism or his father's (also William) marriage.I strongly suspect that it was not Lisburn city itself, but rather a nearby town.The Scotland records [marriage cert. 1872, and census 1881] mention his place of birth only as "Ireland". Only the 1891 census mentions Lisburn, Ireland.By 1901, he had once again omitted that detail.For some reason in 1891, possibly when urged by the enumerator to provide a place name, he remembered Lisburn, much as someone from Hammersmith or Croydon might say they came from London.
The daughter-in-law of William's youngest son, Robert, remembers anecdotal information (third-hand!) about a place that "sounded like More-row". She is now 89 years old, but has a stunning memory.She says she doesn't think MOIRA is right - definitely had the "OH" ending.I'm at a loss!Could it be something-ROAD?
Will keep casting my line, otherwise it seems that I'll need far more than one late-opening Thursday at PRONI!