Notes on the Sheriffs of County Clare, 1570-1700
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By Thomas Johnson Westropp, M.A., Member

1664 George Ross

1664. George Ross of Liskillogue, or Fortfergus, son of John Ross of Yorkshire, and his wife, sister of Robert Harrison of Bishop Auckland, Durham. He left the bulk of his property to his “kinsman, John Lewin, now residing at school in Limerick, son of Dame Barbara Lewin, alias Harrison, provided he and his heirs shall take the surname of Rosse.” Will dates March 11th, 1699. Proved at Dublin, June 15th, 1700. This is the origin of the Ross Lewins, who, though they claim descent from the Rosses, are shown by this will to have been related only to the mother of George Rosse, the only member of that family who settled in Clare. He was buried in “his chapple” of Clondegad; in the outer south wall of which a cracked and falling tablet bears these lines: “Within this burying place is enterred the body of George Rosse, Esq., who was the founder thereof; he dyed the 19 of May, 1700, in the 79 yeare of age.

Rosse of Liskiloge 1664
This monument was erected the same yeare by the order of his kinsman, Robert Harrison.” The arms cut in a lozenge show the three water bougets of the Rosses impaling a bend with three scallops between two lions rampant. His seal impales the Crofton arms, his wife being Jane, daughter of George Crofton of Moate;[46] they died s. p.
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