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

Part I. Topography of Thomond Chapter 7. Corcomroe

Chapter 7. Footnotes

1. “A.D. 1564. Corcomroe, with its rents and customary services and acquirements of land, with its church livings, were given to Donell O’Brien as a compensation for the Lordship of Thomond, and for his observance of peace in the winter of this year.”—Annals of the Four Masters.

2. The family of O’Conor of Corcomroe derived their name from this progenitor.

3. The two Corcomroes and the diocese of Kilfenora are conterminous, and this “anmchara” lived in the cathedral town of Kilfenora.

4. It was by the hand of this Felim that the son of De Clare fell in 1318 at the battle of Dysert O’Dea.

5. Teige Glae took his name from Tuath Glae.

6. Circiter 1460—1500.

7. On the 10th of September, 1588, the Vice-President of Munster received advice that two great ships were lost on the coast of Thomond, out of which there were drowned 700 men, and about 170 taken prisoners — Harleian Miscellany, vol. i., p. 133.

8. At Arran View House, in Corcomroe, the residence of Mr Robert Johnson, J.P., were to be seen some most interesting relics of the Spanish Armada, consisting of gold and silver articles. Mrs. Johnson was descended on the female side from the O’Flahertys of the Isles of Arran, in whose family these objects of interest had been carefully preserved.

9. She was daughter of Samuel Pullen, Archbishop of Tuam (1661). He was a native of Yorkshire, and educated at Cambridge. In 1634 he came over to Ireland, and was a prebendary of Ossory. In 1636 he was appointed Chancellor of Cashel, and in 1638 Dean of Clonfert. In the rebellion of 1641 he was plundered of his property, but by the influence of Father James Saul, a Jesuit of Cashel, the lives of Himself and his family were spared. He fled to England, but having again come back, he was, by the influence of the Duke of Ormond, advanced to the See of Tuam in 1661. Cotton’s Fasti, Article Diocese of Kilfenora, vol. i.

10. The MacIncarriggs, now Carrigg, were proprietors in 1641 of Lisbulligeen, in the parish of Kilfenora.—See Book of Distributions and Forfeitures.

11. This Patrick Lysaght fought in King James’ army, and was brother of William, Lieutenant in O’Brien’s regiment of infantry.—See Dalton’s King James’ Army List, vol. i., p. 378.

12. Archdall, Monasticon Hibernicum, vol. i., p. 87.

13. It was endowed with a quarter of land adjoining thereto, which at the dissolution was granted to John King. Aud. General’s Office.

14. A.D. 1591.—Teige MacMurrogh O’Brien died in his castle of Caherminnaun.—Annals of the Four Masters.

15. A.D. 1593.—Died Murtagh, son of Donald, son of Conor O’Brien, of Tullagh.—Idem.

16. See the Introduction to Dr. Todd’s Life of St. Patrick.

17. Ware.—Bishops of Kilfenora.

18. Idem.

19. Idem.

20. Ware, Bishops of Kilfenora.

21. Idem.

22. Idem.

23. Idem.

24. Idem.

25. Idem.

26. See Episcopal Succession in Ireland, by Maziere Brady: Rome, 1876, vol. i., page 125. Annals of Four Masters, A.D. 1434.

27. Epis. Succ.

28. Ware. Four Mast. Epis. Succ.

29. Ware. Four Masters.

30. Ware. Wadding MSS., in library of Franciscans, Dublin.

31. Nunziatura in Irlanda, 11th Aug., 1646. Episcopal Succ.

32. Epis. Succ.

33. Hibernia Dominicana, page 510. Episcopal Succession. Collections of Irish Church History (Bishops of Limerick), by Rev. Daniel M‘Carthy, D.D., Dublin, 1874, vol. ii., part ii., page 107.

34. Epis. Succession.

35. Ware—Bishops of Kilfenora.

36. Rolls 16d J. 6th part, p. I.

37. “The old bishop of Kilfenora is dead, and his bishopric, one of those which when it falls goes a begging for a new husband, being not worth above four score pounds to the last man; but in the handling of an understanding prelate might perchance grow to be worth two hundred pounds, but then it will cost money in suit. The fittest and only person we have here that will accept it is Mr. Robert Sibthorp, a Bachelor of Divinity, but then he will expect to hold in commendam his Treasurership of Killaloe, the Rectory of Tradaree, and some such other benefice as may chance to be conferred upon him. In truth, the gentleman is honest and able. If you like not of this I know no other here who will accept it.”—Strafford’s Letters: Letter of Wentworth to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 23rd May, 1638, vol. ii., p. 172.

38. Ware—Bishops of Kilfenora.

39. Leath Mhogha.

40. See Kilkenny Journal, vol. 2, p. 62.

41. So named in the Annals of the Four Masters, A.D. 1573.

42. See Clare Inquisitions.

43. Rolls.

44. See his Letter in the Ordnance Survey Papers relating to Clare, in Royal Irish Academy Library, Vol. xiv., B. 23, p. 314.

45. A flag-stone in the graveyard attached to the church has the following inscription:—“Ut conditoris valeam circumdare famam, Altius auricomo Titane marmor ero. C. C.” which may be thus rendered—“To proclaim the glory of the Founder, I, (the marble), should be higher than the golden-haired sun.” The letters C. C. are likely to be the initials of Conor Clancy.

46. See Professor O’Looney’s note in Archdall’s Monasticon Hibernicum, Vol. i. p. 85. Consult the same note for further valuable information on the subject of Mainchin and his brother saints.



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