The Pollocks in Ireland always seemed to be farmers. Little changed in the move to Australia. Grain and livestock farming are still significant Polloccupations
This website is concerned with the origins and descendants of Alexander Pollock (1841-1915) and his wife Mary Jane Kilpatrick (1848-1924) from Liskeran Hill, Donegal, Ireland.
Alexander & Mary Jane Pollock were Ulster Scots farmers who arrived in Queensland in 1870. They had been married in Stranolar, Donegal prior to the voyage. They didn't stay long in Queensland, moving south to the Goulburn Valley of northern Victoria, where Kilpatrick relatives were already living.
In August 1873 they were granted 320 acres of land at Taripta, between Kyabram and Mooroopna. They raised five sons in thirty years of farming at Taripta. In about 1903 they moved with their sons as well as many neighbours to newly opened wheat and sheep farming country near Balldale in the southern Riverina.
Alexander Pollock died aged 74 at Balldale on the 16 November 1915. He was described in the Corowa Free Press as "one of the oldest settlers of Balldale". He is buried at Hopefield cemetery.
Mary Jane Pollock raised five of the eight children born to her - the three girls all died as infants. She died at Balldale aged 76 on the 16 September 1924. She is also buried at Hopefield.
The five sons all had large families - producing 42 children (an average of more than eight each) - 39 of whom lived to adulthood. These 39 grandchilden of Alex and Mary Jane produced 106 great-grandchildren (plus two adopted). These grand-children of Matt Pollock of Yerong Creek numbered 40, George Pollock of Tallimba 31, Alex Pollock of Wahgunyah 22, Tom Pollock of Quandialla 13, and Robert Pollock of Balldale 2. It is likely that the next two generations has now pushed the number of descendants well above two hundred.
Origin of the Pollocks
Pollock is of Scottish origin, and comes from lands of that name in what was Renfrewshire, around the present city of Paisley, which is a few miles south-west of Glasgow. Pollok, Pollockshields and Pollokshaws are all today suburbs of Glasgow, and Pollock Park is a significant green space.
Many Scots farmers, particularly from south-western areas of Scotland close to Ulster, emigrated to the northern parts of Ireland in the 1600s and 1700s as part of the Cromwellian plantation of the Catholic lands.
A large number of these Ulster-Scots re-emigrated to the United States. There the name was often changed to Polk. The llth U.S. president James Polk was the descendant of Ulster-Scot emigrant Robert Pollock.
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Thanks to W.J. (Jim) Pollock of Tivockmoy, Donegal; Debbie Pedrana, Kitty Rumble (nee Pollock), the late Alexander Smeaton (Bob) Pollock, the late Bert Pollock, Joyce Hoad (nee Pollock), Trevor Purkiss, Don Pollock, the late Mary Cofield, Fay Miller, Sheree Cooper & Margaret Bonar.
last modified 4 January 2013