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Their poetic tradition may be said to have been continued by that lively and entertaining figure Aindreas MacCraith (1723-1790) who became known as An Mangaire Sugach (The Jolly Merchant). Here are some line from "The Boatmans Hymn" which is attributed to him:
Bark that bore me through foam and squall,
Four members of the family also appear in the MSS. List of the Bishops of Killaloe: Mathghamoin MacCraigh c. 1399; Dunchoidh MacCraith c. 1417; Tadhg MacCraith 1423, and Dearmoid MacCraith 1463.
Miller MacGraith, quite a famous but rather wordly figure, is now looked on as the most notorious bearer of the name. He was born in 1523, and first joined the Franciscans. Later, in 1567, he was chosen by the Pope to be Bishop of Down and Connor. In 1569 however, he conformed to the Church of Ireland and was rewarded with the Bishopric of his native Clougher. Next he had himself promoted, despite Papal censure, to the Archbishopric of Cashel and was not above acquiring several other benefices as well. Archbishop MacGrath's elaborate tomb may still be seen in the choir of the cathedral which stands on the Rock of Cashel. A kinsman of the same name also joined the Franciscan Order but remained true to his vows for which he is known to have suffered martydom in 1650.
Several other members of the MacGraths gained distinction in foreign fields and rose to high office, for example, John McGrath forced to flee after the 1798 Rising settled in Carolina where his son Condon MacGrath became Governor of the State and a prominent figure in the American Civil War.
Mac Craith, Seán, "Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh". Dublin, Irish Texts Society, 1929.