Van Morrison

I am a huge fan of Van Morrison. He is a legend and a genius and arguably the greatest artist to ever come out of these shores.

George Ivan Morrison was of course born in Belfast in 1945 and often makes reference to local place names in his songs.

His family are of humble origins - his grandparents George Albert Morrison, a machine man and Margaret Young were married in Westbourne Presbyterian Church in East Belfast on Monday 24 April 1916 - the same day as the Easter Rising. The marriage certificate confirms that Van Morrison's great grandfather was also named George.

In the 1911 census George Albert Morrison was aged 14 and he worked as a machine boy. The family were residing at 151 Templemore Street, Belfast (Pottinger DED).


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