Griffiths Evaluations The Newberry Library in Chicago has an extensive set of fiche of this important Irish source of information on poor tax evaluations.I spent quite a while going through indexes looking for our folk in County Down.Spellings seemed to depend largly on the individual doing the list. In some parishes, for example, most Mc names were M'.In others they were mostly Ma or Me.In others they were varied.I presume that the same McHarry McHarg, McCarry problmes all exist in those records, too.
I did find an 1828 M'Garry at Ballywalter in the Ards Upper Baroney who could conceivably been our Alexander.There were none there in 1834.First names were not given in the index.I don't think we're so sure which if any of the sons may have still been there, either.
If you try pronouncing the name as it was in Scotland/Ireland, they come out sounding pretty close.The c tends to stop all wind.The a's are not short, they're more like the first a in mama.
I think 1828 was the earliest date covered in the records.It appeared that tennants with income were taxed as well as landowners.By 1828, Alexander would have been relatively old for those days, 57.