Let there be no question that I am the author of the below notations, as outlined by myself in a letter dated 1-15-1993:
"When did the McFarland Family arrive in Ireland? I have no answer, except that they may have been in Ireland for almost 100 years before setting sail for New England. Here, I am greatly in debt to a Mr Paul Millikin, of Cloumbus, Ohio (a deces. of Daniel) who has pushed research back to Ireland.
1) "Hearth Money Rolls" (tax) for Co Tyrone, Parish of Ardstraw, 1666 to 1669, and 1664 1669, at least 8 McFarlands, including a James, and several Johns.
2) same source but for Lower Badoney, Co Tyrone, in 1666 one "Dan'll MacFarland".
"Even earlier still we have Sir William Hamilton's Muster Roll, for the Barony of Strabane in 1641: #78 Duncan Mcffarlan, sword and musket #82 John Mcffarlan with sword and snaphance #83 Pastrick Mcffarlan, sword only
"Earlier still, these same McFarland names turn up on a 1631 list associated with Sir William Stewart. The Hamiltons were associated with the "Plantation Movement", as a Scottish leader, in setting up the eviction of the Irish from Norther(n) Ireland and planting sturdy Scots in their place. James Hamilton, Earl of Abercorn, had 4500 acres, Strabane Barony, Co Tyrone.
"So, although there is no established link directly, there were clearly many McFarland possibles in Ireland for several generations, before 1717/8."
No portion of the above material may be reproduced or used without the explicit permission of this author. /s/ Earl C MacFarland.