Quincey speaking at Sloan's House Museum of Orange Heritage in Loughgall September 2016

Quincey Dougan is a historian, historical consultant (Bygone Days Consulting) and freelance journalist; hailing from rural County Armagh, living on the fringes of the infamous South Armagh area. He regularly gives presentations on topics within the broad realms of Irish History, politics and culture; and facilitates group work and discussions in related subject areas. He has authored several books including ‘Leitrim-A County at War’ (August 2015); and ‘The Armagh Brigade- The formation and sacrifice of the Ulster Volunteer Force in the Orchard County’. In the past his main areas of interest have been (but not confined to) the Great War, the Home Rule Crisis, the history and development of the marching band in Ireland, Ulster Loyalism and Unionism, Irish Unionism; and the Orange Order (particularly its development and history within Ireland outside the confines of Ulster).

His work has included regular historical features in the Belfast Newsletter, and he has also featured in History Ireland Magazine and a range of other publications. He was formerly a weekly columnist in the Belfast Newsletter (2010-2016), and currently has a column in the monthly issued publication for the Orange Institution, the Orange Standard. Bygonedays.net is intended as a conduit for some of Quincey’s work.

Quincey offers presentation, research, facilitation, proof reading and writing services; and will endeavour to facilitate most requirements. If you would like to contact Quincey within the context of his role as a history consultant you can email him at kvfb@yahoo.com or telephone +44 (0) 78 356 24221. Follow him on twitter @_quincey


  1. Any chance of you coming to Bangor to do a presentation on the UVF. If I can be of any assistance please let me know. p.s. I am a member of Stephen Goughs EastEnd Great War Society and I live in Bangor hence the request for the talk, thanks Ken.

  2. I have enjoyed reading through this site, excellent work Mr Dougan.
    I have a few questions for you or any of your readers.
    I would like to know how the armbands denote rank, for example, i am particularly interested in the South Antrim Regiment, and have seen a dark blue armband with yellow/gold embroidered lettering (Ulster Museum)..and have also seen the normal “biscuit” coloured ones…can someone please explain?
    Also, i would like to know how the lines on the armbands denote rank?..which lines for which rank etc.

    My Great Uncle served with the S. Antrim Volunteers, and also survived the war with the 11th Batt RIR, (albeit wounded)…how would i go about finding out which volunteer battalion, platoon, company etc he was attached to?..were these details ever documented?

    His name was Robert Lockhart from Tullyard in Lisburn.

    I would also like to know exactly where the grain market was in Lisburn,..i have an old survey map of the town around this time, but the grain market is not marked….can anyone please help?
    Thank you very much for your time.

  3. Hello Quincey, I have a quick question for you.
    Am i right in assuming that Ulster volunteers from the village of Hillsborough came under 1st batt East Down?
    Thanks in advance,

  4. Hi Quincey,
    My dad recently heard your talk in Ballintra about the UVF in County Donegal. I don’t live in Donegal any more and wasn’t able to attend but he was full of praise on the content. I have my great grandfathers UVF cap (or lapel?) badge with his number imprinted on the back. My aunt has his Solemn League and Covenant. He didn’t fight in the Great War as he was a veteran of the Boer War and member of the Royal South Africa Mounted Police and too old for service, I think. I would be interested in chatting to you at some stage about the UVF in County Donegal. I have an interest in the history of the minority community in County Donegal and the other two Ulster counties that did not form part of Northern Ireland on its formation. Many years ago, I wrote a BA thesis about a disputed parade route in Donegal Town which dated back more than 50 years and culminated in a confrontation in 1898 that was discussed in the House of Commons and widely reported in the British and Irish press. I’d write it differently now but it got a first when I submitted it so there must have been something interesting in it! If you’re interested in a chat, please let me know. Best wishes. Robbie

  5. Quincey, I am seeking permission to quote from your talk in Monaghan on the UVF and to use the statistics about Co. Monaghan recruitment in the Great War article. I am giving a talk in Ballinode about Private Robert Hamilton, 9th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers.

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