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The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost

Part III. History of the County of Clare
Chapter 14. History of the County of Clare from 1580 to 1641

Chapter 14. Footnotes

1. The above abstract is taken from the original Chancery Roll in the Record Office, Dublin. It is asserted by the Four Masters that John MacNamara did not sign the Deed.

2. From this Mahone, according to the Four Masters (A.D. 1586), the sliocht Mahon (the family of Mahon), is named.

3. Ann. Four Masters, A.D. 1586. By an Inquisition taken on the 24th May, 1592, it was found that the above-named Mahone O’Brien was, at his death, the owner of Cloondovan, Boulawan, Killeenmacoog, Derreenatlaghtaun, and Tulla, all of which lands were forfeited to the Crown by his rebellion. See Clare Inquisition. These lands were afterwards given to George Cusack, but Turlogh, son of the former owner, slew Cusack. See Four Masters, 1599.

4. Tuath-na-Fearna here means Killadysert.

5. Cornelius O’Dea, bishop of Limerick, succeeded in the year 1400, resigned the see in 1426, and died in 1434. See Harris’ Ware’s Bishops.

6. See Froude, History of England. Calendar of State Papers. Eliz. Carew MSS. Journal of Royal Archæological Association, 1889, vol. ix., fourth series, Article by T. J. Westropp, M.A. See, also, Harleian Miscellany, i.

7. We subjoin the following notices taken from the Four Masters:
A.D. 1596. Conor O’Brien, son of O’Brien of Ballycorick, accompanied by the MacSheehys of the County of Limerick, having been on an expedition in the North, on their return home were taken, and Conor hanged at Cork.
Teige, the nephew of Conor, third Earl of Thomond, was taken in the country of the Butlers, and executed by the Earl of Ormond.
A.D. 1597. Ellen, widow of Donagh, second Earl of Thomond, and daughter of the Earl of Ormond, died.
A.D. 1597. Dermot, son of Edmond, son of Rory O’Dea, of Tulla O’Dea, was killed by the insurgents (?) of the County of Clare, in the month of July.

8. Four Masters. A.D. 1598, 1599. In 1599, died More, daughter of Sir Donald O’Brien of Ennistymon, a most praiseworthy woman. Idem.

9. Sir Turlough O’Brien, of Ennistymon, hired mercenaries for the Queen, and Daniel, (afterwards the first Viscount Clare), the younger brother of the Earl, took the command of the people in assisting the Queen. Four Masters, A.D. 1599.

10. Coilmore comprised Ballyogan, parish of Dysert, and several of the adjoining townlands.

11. See ante, p. 203. Grianan Aileach was the seat of the O’Neills of the north. For a full account of it, see Ordnance Survey Memoir of the parish of Templemore (Londonderry).

12. The Earl of Thomond was at this time a Protestant, and exercising the bitterness of marshall law against the Irish poets. (Note by Dr. O’Donovan in Annals of Four Masters.)

13. The subjoined event are also recorded by the Four Masters as having happened about this time:
A.D. 1600. The Lady Honora, daughter of Conor, Earl of Thomond, and wife of MacMaurice, Earl of Desmond, fled from her husband and came to her native county. She afterwards died at Dangan MacMahon (near Killadysert), and was buried in Ennis abbey.
A.D. 1601. Conor, son of Murtagh Garv, son of Brian, son of Teige O’Brien, died at Craig Corcrain (near Corofin), and was buried in the monastery of Ennis.
MacNamara Finn, i.e., John, son of Teige, son of Cuvea, died on the 24th of February, and his son Donald took his place.

14. Annals of Four Masters, A.D. 1599.

15. Sir John Davis, however, says that many of the people of Clare spoke good English in his time, and that the chiefs “appeared in civil habit and fashion,” but that the common people were not so “reformed” as the people of Limerick and Cork. Calender of State Papers, May 1606.
Sir Turlogh of Ennistymon and Dough was married to Annabella, daughter of Sir Henry Lynch of Galway. Archdall, vol. ii., p. 26.

16. Annals of Four Masters, A.D. 1599.

17. Lodge’s Peerage.

18. Four Masters, A.D. 1601—Clare Inquisitions, Sept. 11th, 1627.

19. Annals of the Fours Masters A.D. 1599-1600.

20. Annals of the Four Masters A.D. 1601.

21. Stafford Correspondence—passim.



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