Davie 'Big Davie' Mckee of the Temple (c.1723 - d.)

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Birthplace: of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
Death: Died in of Carricknaveagh, Lisbane, Down, Northern Ireland
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Davie 'Big Davie' Mckee of the Temple

...Of these the one most prominent in local history was David, who got a grant of land from the Marquis of Downshire in the townland of Carricknaveagli, on which he built a house known as Moor Hall " on the south side of the Lisburn road about two minutes' walk from the Temple toward Lisburn." He was known to fame as " Big Davie of the Temple."

He dealt in cattle, going up the country and buying a drove which he would take to Scotland and sell.

Big Davie and his May-pole were known and respected in every cattle market in the north of Ireland. His encounters were more numerous than those of Con of the Hundred Battles or of Little John and his crab-tree, and yet they all, without a single exception, ended in a way favorable to himself. When still quite a young man his reputation was such that no one was willing to meet him in a pugilistic encounter. Upon receiving a challenge to fight a man with a shillalah, the Irish national weapon, he immediately began the practice of that arm, and was soon able to overcome his challenger. Ever afterwards he carried his stick with him.

His children were James, John, Hugh, Richard, and a daughter who married a Mr. Monroe. His great grandson David McKee is now the proprietor of Moor Hall and has a large family of sons. Address : Temple, County Down .

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Davie 'Big Davie' Mckee of the Temple's Timeline

1723
1723
of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
1754
1754
Age 31
of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
1757
1757
Age 34
of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
1762
1762
Age 39
of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
1765
1765
Age 42
of Tullywest, Saintfield, Down, Ireland
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of Carricknaveagh, Lisbane, Down, Northern Ireland