Descendant of John Dunlap visits Gray’s

Aodhan McCay, Mari Benson and Daniel Millikin holding the declaration  © National Trust Northern Ireland

Aodhan McCay, Mari Benson and Daniel Millikin holding the declaration

Latest update 17.06.2014 15:16

The National Trust team at Gray’s Printing Press were delighted to welcome Daniel Millikin from Northern California to the historic museum in Strabane on Saturday 14 June.

Daniel is a descendant of John Dunlap; the Strabane native who printed the American Declaration of Independence and is believed to have spent some time at Gray’s Printing Press.

Ronan Gorman, National Trust spokesperson for the North West said: ‘Daniel travelled all the way from Northern California to visit Gray’s to learn more about John Dunlap and his early life. We were delighted to able to show him around the museum which is home to a collection of printing presses and reveals the art and skill of printing with ink, galleys and presses. When John Dunalp emigrated to America he became official printer to Congress and had the honour of printing the first 500 signed copies of the Declaration of Independence.’

Gray’s Printing Press offers a fascinating insight into a time when Strabane was regarded as the printing capital of Ulster. The National Trust will be celebrating Strabane's and indeed Gray's links with America and the Declaration of Independence at Gray's on Friday 4th July. So make a note in your diary and discover some fascinating facts about Strabane’s industrial heritage and of course the vital role Strabane people played in the formation of the United States of America.