of Kilmanaheen, Kilasbuglenane, Kilmacreehy, Kileilagh and Kilmoon
Curiosities, Remarkable Occurrences, &c.
On the top of Callen, a high mountain near the bog, where the large trees
are usually found as mentioned in sec. I. may be seen several marine productions,
such as shells, &c. All these may be reconciled to Mose’s History
of the Creation, or to Count de Buffon’s Theory of the Earth, or
to any other system.
With respect to eminent men, Hugh M’Curtin was born here about the
year 1663. He wrote an Irish grammar, and two-thirds of an Irish dictionary,
with an English translation to each, and died about the age of 70, while
he was engaged in the latter. He is reported to have been diligent, laborious,
and accurate in his researches into Irish antiquities; he lived some years
in Paris, and there became professor of the Irish language. In the latter
part of his life he returned to his native country, leaving some of his
works in Paris and bringing some more along with him. He had, as the writer
is informed, a most valuable collection of Irish books, which, after his
death, got into different hands.
Andrew M’Curtin, a distant relative of his, was younger than Hugh
by 20 or 30 years. He was also a celebrated Irish historian and poet,
and wrote some books, which after his death, met with the same fate that
his cousin Hugh’s books did. A gentleman, a native of this country,
well known by the name of Chevalier O’Gorman, procured nearly the
entire of those and the other Irish books, in this and the adjacent counties
of Kerry and Limerick, from the different persons in whose possession
they were about 40 years ago, and had them all conveyed to France at that
time, where it is supposed he left them. The chevalier returned to Ireland
in the beginning of the French revolution, and died in this county about
two years ago in indigent circumstances. He was married to the sister
of the famous woman, long known by the name of Chevalier D’Eon.
The writer knew O’Gorman very well, and he averred to him in the
most solemn manner, that he did not know the imposition until it was found
out in London, and that the utmost secrecy was observed in the transaction,
and not committed to O’Gorman, even by his wife. He said that it
was carried on for the purpose of entitling the Chevalier to an estate,
bequeathed to the male heir of D’Eon, her father, and that she had
the benefit of the bequest, until the discovery was made.
In the townland of Ballingaddy in this union, the celebrated Doctor Lucas
was born. The doctor’s great grandfather obtained a beneficial lease
for ever of this townland, and some more ground adjoining it, from the
ancestor of the present Lord Carrick. The doctor’s father and elder
brother were improvident and sold their interest in this lease, which
interest still holds and is now in other hands.
entry of any presentation to this union in the First Fruits’ Office,
is as following:
“James Kenny, collated 15 Dec. 1775, vicarages of Kilmanaheen, Killaspuglenane,
Kilmacreehy, Kileilagh, Kilmoon, n.t.”
to Union of Kilmanaheen, Kilasbuglenane, Kilmacreehy, Kileilagh and Kilmoon