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|Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839|
Parish of Carron (d)
In this Parish is situated the beautiful Valley of Glencolumbkille, in which there is an Old Church dedicated to St. Columbkille, about five centuries old. It is all destroyed except the east gable and south wall; the former having a broken Gothic window and the latter a pointed doorway from which the antiquarian may easily draw his inference respecting the age of the present walls. It is probable, however, that this Church occupies the site of a primitive one erected by the great Thaumaturgus himself.
I have no historical reference to Gleann Coluim Cille except two, one from Colgan, (Triad. Thau. p. 495, col. 1) who makes it a distinct Parish in itself in the Diocese of Kilfenora, and the other from the Annals of the Four Masters, in which it is placed on the boundary of Kinel-Fearmaic.
In this valley is situated the residence of Torlogh O’Brien, the next in point of seniority to the Marquis of Thomond.
tomb of his family placed in the southeast corner of the Church of St. Columbkille
exhibits the following inscription:-
This inscription was composed by the Chevalier
and the statement in it is false:- The Earl had no brother named Mortogh.
1. Dermot O’Brien, the fourth Lord Baron of Inchaquin, married the daughter and heiress of Sir Edmund Fitzgerald of Ballymulloe, in the Co. of Cork, Bart. by whom he had issue, and General Mortogh O’Brien.
2. Mortogh, the General, married Mary, daughter of Daniel Mac Namara of Ballynahinch, Esq., by whom he had issue.
3. Daniel O’Brien, called Spáineach, i.e., the Spaniard, from having been born in Spain. He married Mary, sister of Col. John Mac Namara of Moyriesk, by whom he had issue.
4. Cornelius O’Brien, Captain in the French Service, who married Mary, grand-niece to Sir Walter Blake, Bart., by whom he had issue.
5. Mortogh O’Brien, who married Bridget, daughter of Joseph Mac Namara of Newtown, Gent., by whom he had issue.
6. Torlogh, alias Terence O’Brien of Glencolumbkille, Esq. now living, married Mary Ann Mac Donogh, by whom he had issue.
7. Mortogh O’Brien, Esq. his son and heir, William, Terence, Conor,
Edward, James and Charles, all living at Glencolumbkille.
Lord James. William O’Brien, the present Marquis-
Dermot, 4th Baron of Inchaquin
N.B. The title of Earl of Thomond becoming extinct in 1741 with Henry
(William) eight Earl and lineal descendant from the first, was revived
in 1756 in the person of his nephew-in-law, Percy Wyndham to whom it
was made to appear by a forged will that he left the reversion of his
estates. But the title becoming extinct with him in 1774 (as Brian Boru
was glad to see) it was conferred on Mortogh O’Brien, 5th Earl
of Inchaquin in the year 1800, whose nephew William O’Brien, now
represents Brian Boru and enjoys the adventitious titles, Marquis of
Thomond and Lord Thomond of Taplow, in Bucks.