While undertaking research
into the Flight of the Earls I came into contact with the Glinni family from
Acerenza, near Naples, who trace their arrival in the area from Ireland to 1610.
Gianni Glinni is currently researching his family history.
The arrival of the Glinni
family in Italy in the post-Flight of the Earls era perhaps reflects the
vulnerability of supporters of the earls following their departure. First born
sons of leading families in Ulster were being targeted for upbringing as
protestants by the royal authorities in Ireland and there was a pattern of
families sending their children abroad to be educated instead. Whether the
Glinni family conformed to this pattern remains to be seen. What is clear,
however, is that the migration of people from Ireland to the Acerenza area had
an impact on the local area with a river called the 'Bradan', (hardly a
coincidence that Bradán is the Irish word for salmon). Even more remarkably,
perhaps, is the prevalence of harp music in the area.
Note the signature of 'Neal
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