An Enquiry Into The
History and Connections
Of the Family Of

The descendants of John Pilon of Canterbury (1714-1783)


E. Ronald Pillow

Pillows in Ireland
  • There is a family in Dublin, formerly of Co. Mayo, one of whose members, D. Norman Pillow, has the characteristic Pillow features, but they have no knowledge of their ancestry.
  • A Huguenot family named de la Pillé settled at Chester when fleeing from the first persecution, and changed their name to Pilleau. They later moved to Ulster, settling near Armagh and again changing their name to Pilley. All but one are said to have been massacred at Armagh during a Catholic revolt in 1642, but there are Pillows in Co. Armagh at the present time who are believed to be descendants of the solitary survivor, with another change of name.
  • Another Huguenot family, who traced their ancestry to Jehan Pillot, a knight of France who was alive in 1295, escaped from France during the second persecution under Louis XIV about 1685, and settled in southern Ireland. Their descendants seem to have spelt their name in various ways, Pilot, Pielow, Peilow, Pilow and Pielou. The history of this family has been complied in detail by Pierce Leslie Pielou. It is evident however that they have no connection with the Pilons of Canterbury.

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