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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 McGlinny'

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