James Gordon was born in the parish of Killead on 31 October 1739, attended local schools and emigrated to the United States in 1758, settling in Schenectady, New York. He served in Congress from 1791-1795 and in the State senate from 1797-1804.
Charles McCorrieVC 1830-1857 Was born in the Parish of Killead and was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Crimean War in 1853 for throwing a live Russian shell over the Parapet. He died in Malta on 9 April 1857.
James Kirker, emigrated to USA where he was a pirate, grocer, and fur-trapper