- There is a buzz of activity right now on the Irish Palatine mailing list
about commemorating the 1709 migration of Palatine refugees to Ireland
and then on the Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Many Irish
Palatines were Loyalists. Many settled in and around St. Marys, Ont. as
well as other areas of Ontario a generation later. Common Irish
Palatine surnames include: Sparling, Corneil, Dolmage, Le Gear, Shier,
Miller, Switzer, Glazier, Cough, Benner, Bower, Hess, Piper/Pfeiffer,
Shouldice, Teskey, Frizelle, Williams, St John, Ruttle, Heck.