There are many Frost families in Clare and their origins
have exercised minds in at least three continents in recent times. The
likelihood that the first Frost settled in Clare as late as the mid seventeen
hundreds seems to offer the possibility of tracing different branches
of the family right back to the original settler. However, this has proved
to be much more difficult than might be expected. A lot of information
about individuals and their families has come to light, but placing the
pieces together to make the jigsaw has proved to be a frustrating task.
This essay attempts to describe the role of Patrick Frost in the establishment
of the Smithstown/Drumline branch of the family. Clare County Library
is grateful to Flan Enright for donating this article.
Patrick Frost of Smithstown and Drumline