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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Prehen is a small town
near the city of Derry, Northern Ireland. The name derives from the
Gaelic word preachan meaning crow or rook. Before the Plantation of
Ulster in the early seventeenth century, Prehen was in the freehold
of Captain Manus O'Cahan but was taken over by the Goldsmiths'
Company of London. The first settlers arrived in the 1620s but it
was not until 1664 when the land was granted by charter to
Alexander Tomkins, who established the main house, that it became
truly habitable. Later, in 1738, the Prehen heiress Honoria
Tomkins, great granddaughter of Tomkins, married Andrew Knox of
Rathmullan and Moneymore; he was the great great grandson of Andrew
Knox, Bishop of the Isles who first arrived in Ireland in 1609 from
Scotland to establish the Protestant faith. In this way, Andrew
Knox of Rathmullan and Moneymore acquired Prehen as his third
property in 1740 after which he set about building Prehen House
which stands in Prehen to this day.
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