I came across a copy of research that a man did in Scotland for a distant relative, B.B. McGimsey, San Antonio, TX., that stated that some McGimpseys left County Down around 1300 and settled in the district of Glasserton, Wigtonshire, Scotland.He said they appeared on the Galloway, Scotland records from about 1500 - 1700, after that they are said to have returned to their ancestral home of County Down, Ireland.He then listed some examples.
In 1529 in Galloway, Gilbert MacGympsey, born ca 1480, was listed in a court case.
In 1552 in the parish of Kirkandrews, now a part of the parish of Borue, Thomas McGympsy was a witness.
In 1631 in the parish of Kirkanderis, Galloway, Cuthbertum Gimpsie, a tenant of Kinzieantown (town of Kennetch) is shown on records.
In 1638 in the parish of Borgue, Galloway, Scotland, Thomas McGympsie was a Covenant signer. In the same year Jon McGimsie, "older and younger in Littlepark" were signers at Cardoness, Minigraff.
In 1643 John MacGumpsie of Wigton, Scotland was charged with carrying concealed weapons and ejecting a householder.
In 1684 a list of Parishoners of Wigtonshire, Scotland were Janet Gimpsie, cottar; parish of Glasserton: Margaret Gimpsie, Cloon, parish of Penninghame; John McJampse, Forrest of Buchan; Agnes McJamsie, the barony of Bardrohwood, parish of Minigaff; Alexander McGymphie and wife, Kirkandrews, parash of Borgue.
In 1738 David McGympsie's wife was Mary Leckie at St. Ninians, near Stirling, Scotland, Where he was Excise Officer from 1738-1741. In 1741 his wife was Anna Muschet.
No records after 1741, lead him to believe that they returned to Ireland.
Shirle, have you any research records from Scotland or etc. that might support the records above researched by Donald Todd, Genealogist, Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1950's.
Todd also stated "An ancient McGimpsie family in Ireland stems from Thomas McGimpsie, vicar of St. Sineals, in the diocese of Clogher in 1350".