Halfpenny—This name in South Louth, in the district of Navan, Co. Meath, and adjoining parts, is the anglicised form of Halpin (O'h-Ailpéin).
I have also seen it stated that the name was originally of Scottish extraction in Louth, which would render it to be written Mac Ailpein, but of this I haven't seen sufficient evidence, though several Scottish Septs settled in Co. Louth at the beginning of the 17th century.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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