I later had a chance to speak briefly to Kerry about Rev. McGregor and he seemed very interested. Unfortunately, his time in Derry had to be brief and he was quickly rushed away by his managers to another campaign rally.
In July, about five months from now, I will be in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, taking part in their 400th birthday celebration. I’ll be speaking about James McGregor’s importance to American-Northern Irish history. Perhaps Secretary of State Kerry will hear about my gig and show up to hear about his ancestor. Yeah, right! And afterward maybe he’ll buy me a Guinness at Badgers Pub in the beautiful city of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.