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the English in Ireland from the Anglo-Norman Invasion to 1588, and a history of tl
O'Neill's and O'Donnell's wars. Philip O'Sullivan Beara died in 1660, as appears I
a letter from Father Peter Talbot (afterwards Catholic Archbishop of Dublin) to tl
Marquis of Ormond, dated from Madrid, the 10th of January, 1660 : — "The Earl
Birhaven," he writes, " is dead, and left one only daughter of twelve years to inhei
liis titles in Ireland and his goods here, which amount to 100,000 crowns."

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o'suL. 245


II Lords of DunJcerron.

f Arms : A dexter hand coiiped at the wrist, grasping a sword erect. Crest • On a
foLTenach'abu'''"' ^ "" redbreast with a sprig of laurel in its beak. Motto /Lamh

DoNAL NA Sgreadaidhe, a younger
on the " Vera-0'Sullivan" pedigree,
branch of that family.

121. Donal na Sgreadaidhe (or
'Donal of the Shriek"): son of

122. Donal of Dunkerron : his son ;
n. Mary, dau. of Cormac Oge, lord
)f Muscry, and, dying in 1580, left
ssue — 1. Owen ; 2. Dermod, tanist
)f Dunkerron, who m. Julia, dau. of
)wen MacCarthy Eeagh, Prince of
barbery; 3. Broghe, who m. the
lau. of O'Donovan of Carbery ; 4.
Connor, who m. Uqa (or Winifred),
lau. of Edmond Fitzgerald, Knight
i the Valley ; 5. Donal, who m. the
:au. of O'Leary, widov7 of MacGil-
icuddy; 6. Ellen, m. to Donal
VSullivan Beara; and 7. a dau.
rho m. John, Knight of Kerry.

123. Owen of Dunkerron : son of
)onal ; m. Julia (living 1603), dau.
f Donogh MacCarthy Eeagh, Prince
f Carbery (and sister to Florence
TacCarthy Mor) ; and, dying, in
623, left issue— 1. Donal ; 2. Owen
iving in 1640), who had a son,
Jermod ; 3. Dermod ; 4. Mary ; 5.
lUen ; and 6. Julia, who m. John
>'Connor - Kerry. In 1585, this
>wen attended "Perrott's Parlia-
lent," in Dublin.

124. Donal (d. 1633) : son of
'wen ; m. twice : his first wife was
[onoria (d. s. p.), dau, of Edmond
itzgibbon; his second wife was
ane, dau. of Patrick Fitzmaurice,
le White Knight of Kerry, by

brother of Dermod, who is No. 121
was the ancestor of this illustrious

I whom he had the following chil-
dren :— 1. Owen ; 2. Donal, married
to Mary, dau. of Jenkins Conway,
of Kilrolan, co. Kerry ; 3. Philip ;'
4. Dominick ; 5. Ellen, who married
Finin MacCarthy, of Gorgalt ; 6.
Mary ; 7. Dermod ; and 8. Julia.
This Donal was buried in the Abbey
of Irrelah, co. Kerry.

125. Owen: son of Donal; married
Mary, dau. of Sir Edmund Fitz-
gerald, of Ballymalow, near Cloyne,
CO. Cork. This Owen styled " Owen
O'Sullivan More," alias '' The O'Sul-
livan, Dunkeron Castle," was one
of the Forfeiting Proprietors under
the Cromwellian Confiscation con-
sequent on the war of 1641-1654.

126. Donal: son of Owen; died
about 1699.

127. Eory-Eamhar: his son ; m.
Juliana, dau. of Philip O'Sullivan

128. Donal O'Sullivan Mdr: his
son ; m, Hester O'Sullivan, who d.
on 17th Jan., 1796, and was buried
m Killarney. This hereditary Prince
of Dunkerron died, s. p. on the
16th April, 1754, and was the last
male representative of this branch
of the House of O'Sullivan Mor.

It is a lamentable fact that the
O'Sullivan Mor people are in ]\Iuns-
ter, now reduced to the position of
poor labourers. Such is life !

24G PAD.



Of Thomond.
Arms : See those of " O'Brien » of Thomond _ ^^


118. Brian Og : son of Brian Catha-

119. Diarmaid: his son.

120. Brian: his son.

121. Ccrmac: his son.

122. Kiocard : his son.

123. Diarmaid: his son.

124. Dubh : his son.

125. Donchadh : his son.

126. Daibidh : his son.

127. Sean MacPhaidin : his son.

PLUNKETT.* (Xo. 1.)

Armorml Bearings: For the Arms of the ssveral branches of the " Plunket
family, see Burke's Armory.

DONOGH, brother of Teige who is No. 106 on the " O'Brien" (of Thomond
pedigree was the ancestor of QPlumgceid ; anghcised Plunlet.
inr. j^\. • ^ATi of the Irish to stHhe severely; '-'ce^d, first

Chald. "chad"): his son; a qu(

106. Donogh : son of the Irish
Monarch Brian Boru.

107. Pluingcead ("plane:" Irish,

0' Pluingceid.

* riunlcet : Of this family ^^-as Oliver Plnnket, Archbishop ^^ Armagh ba^^^^^^

IfiTq he was arrested in Dimdalk, and committed to Isewgate, Dublm. He ^v.

allowed .him to l - -^-f " - ^i -'^/q^^t o^an" hS consMoratW returfe

"IZSih ''GuiltV-' and h^ 7as senten^ced to be hanged, drawn and quartere,
a verdict ot Lruiity, anu lic >vao pn nta in Richardson, Keeper of Nev

He was brought to Tyburn on 1st July, /^^^i^^^^'^^.^^e to hiS thiL mcrniDg he w.


!HAP. I.] PLU.


PLU. 247

the first of
came to Bulin or


108. Oliver : his sou
the family who

109. Walter Plunket: his
first assumed this sirname.

110. John : his son.

111. Alexander: his son.

112. Thomas : his son.

113. Richard Dubh : his son.

114. Patrick: his son. This Pat-
rick had four brothers — 1. Oliver,*
who was the ancestor of Plunket,
lords Dunsany; 2. Edward, the
ancestor of Plunket, lords of Clan-
nabretney; 3. Garret, the ancestor

of Plunket, lords of Balrath ; and
4. Thomas, the ancestor of Plunket,
lords of Rathmore.

115. Thomas (2): eldest son of
Patrick; had a brother named
Richard, who was the ancestor of
Plunket, lords Louth.

116. Richard : son of Thomas.

117. Patrick: his son.

118. Redmond: his son.

119. John : his son ; the first
"lord of Killeen" (a.d. 1436) and
" earl of Fingall."

120. James Plunket: his son;
had a brother named Christopher.

PLUNKET. (No. 2.)
Lords of Fingall,

Sir Christopher, a younger brother of James, is No. 120 on the fore-
going " Plunket" (No. 1) genealogy, was the ancestor of this branch of
that family.

120. Sir Christopher, Lord of
Killeen, Deputy to Thomas Stanley,
Knt., Lord Lieutenant of Ireland,
1432, had :

121. Sir Thomas, Knt., his third
son, who was Chief Justice of the

Common Pleas, temp. Edward IV.
This Sir Thomas m. Marian, dau.
and heir of Cruce, of Rath-
more, CO. Meath, and had :

122. Edmund Plunket,! of Rath-
more, Knt.

making a long and dignified speech, pointing out the absurdity of the charges pre-
ferred against him, he resigned himself to the executioner. Wood says in his Athence
Oxonienses that Archbishop Plunket's remains rested in the churchyard of St. Giles's-
in-the-Fields, until 1683, when they were removed to Landsprug in Germany. His
head, which it was permitted us to see in October, 1886, is preserved in a shrine in the
Convent of St. Catherine, Drogheda. Fox, in his History of James 11., says : *' Charles
II. did not think it worth while to save the life of Plunket, the Popish Archbishop of
Armagh, of whose innocence no doubt could be entertained."

* Oliver : This Oliver had a son named Oliver Oge Plunket, who was the ancestor
of PlunTctt, lords of Loughcrew.

t Plunket : In the " De la Ponce MSS.," this name is spelled Pluncket, so late as
A.D. 1788.

The only branches of the " Plunket" family now in existence, are those of the
Lords of Louth, Fingal, and Dunsany ; all the others are considered to be extinct, for
many years — their properties were all confiscated. Loughcrew is in the hands of Mr.
Naper ; Mr. Wade holds Clannabretney (or Clonabrany) ; and the Blighs have Rath-
more. The tomb of the Clonabranny Plunkets is in a very good state of preservation :
its inscription is in Latin (with the old Roman raised letters) ; the date, 1525. The
Fingall Plunkets have their burial-place in their old family chapel, in which none
but members of the family who have a right of bm-ial there are permitted to he
interred. That venerable ruin is situate within a few yards of the hall-door of Killeen
Castle, Tara, county Meath, the seat of the Earl of Fingall ; the tomb of his lordship's

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PLUNKET. (No. 3.)
Lords Dunsany.

John Plunket, Lord of Dunsany,

2. Nicholas (the second son), of
Clonabreney, co. Meath, who had :

3. Christopher, his heir, who
had :

4. Alexander, his heir, who had :

5. Oliver, his heir, who had :

6. Christopher, his heir, who

7. Oliver, his heir, who had :

8. Thomas Plunket, of Clon-
abreney, who died at Hacketstown,
CO. Dublin, 1st Dec, 1640. He m.,
first, Margaret, dau. of Car. Moore,
of Balyna, co. Kildare, and had six
sons and four daughters :

I. Christopher, of whom pre-

II. Alexander.

III. Edward.
lY. Patrick.
V. Henry.
YI. John.

The daughters were :

I. Ellice, who m. "William Drake,
of Drakerath, co. Meath.

II. Margaret.
HI. Anne.

IV. Jane.

The said Thomas, m. secondly.
Jane, sister of Christopher Foster,
Knt., and widow of Thomas Elliot,
of Balriske, co. Meath, s. p.

9. Christopher Plunket: eldest
son of Thomas ; m. Jane, dau. of
Edward Dowdall, of Athlumney,
CO. Meath.

PLUNKET. (No. 4.)

Of Baiine, County Louth.

Alexander Plunket, Lord Chan- Mandevilstown
cellor, had :

2. John, who had :

3. Eichard, who had :

4. Edward, of Baune, county
Louth, who had :

5. Alexander, of Baune, who d.
17th May, 163.3, and was buried in

Hem. Ellen, dau.
of Alexander Plunket, of Gibstown,
CO. Meath, Esq., and had :

1. John. II. Patrick. III. George.
lY. Edward. Y. James.

YL Eichard.
6. John Plunket, of Baune : son
of Alexander.

PLUNKET. (No. 5.)
Of Irishtown, County Meath.

Alexander Plunket, Knt., Lord
Chancellor of Ireland, who (see

Monument of Rathmore) d. 1500,

family lies immediately in front of the altar. At the very foot of this tomb was
buried in 1824 a Mr. George Plunket, who was in the sixth degree removed in
relationship to the grandfather of the present Earl (li\ang in 1887) : twenty years
later, that George PJucket's son was laid in the same tomb ; and a few years later a
daughter of the said George. That George Plimket was, we find, great-gjandfather
of Count George Noble Plunket, of Dublin, Barrister-at-Law, living in 1887.



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1. Thomas, of Rathmore, of whom

II. Christopher, of Eathmore,

I III. Edward, of Rathmore, who
had : 1. Thomas (son and heir),
who had: 2. Sir Oliver (son
and heir), who had : 3. Richard,
of Rathmore (son and heir),
who had : 4. Alexander, of
Girly (d. 15 Jan., 1633), who
m. Kaoherioe, dau. of Jenico,
Viscount Gormanstown.

2. Thomas, of Rathmore : eldest
son of Alexander.

3. Gerard, of Irishtown, county
Meath : his son.

4. Robert : his son.

5. Gerard : his son.

6. James, of Irishtown : his son ;
d. 31st Mar., 1639. He m. Eliza,
dau. of Thomas Plunket, of Tiltown,
CO. Meath, and had :

7. Gerard (d. 1st May, 1638), who
married Anna, dau. of Alexander
Plunket, of Cartown, co. Louth,
and had five sons and three
daughters :

I. Robert, of whom presently.

II. Alexander.

III. George.

IV. Edward.

V. Christopher.
The daughters were :

I. Katherine, who m. William
Darditz, of Hamplinstown, co.

II. Margaret, who married James
Doyne, of Trim.

III. Joan, who m. Oliver Misset,
of Dondlestown, co. Meath.

8. Robert Plunket : eldest son of
Gerard; m. Tho., dau. of Edward
Bath, of Sidan.

PLUNKET. (No. 6.)

Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Arms : Sa., a bend arg. betw. a castle, in chief, and a portcullis in base or. Crest :
A horse pass, arg.', charged on the shoulder with a portcullis sa. Supporters : Dexter,
an antelope or ; sinister, a horse arg., each gorged with a plain collar sa., pendent
therefrom a portcullis, also sa. Motto : Festina lente.

Sir Patrick Plunket, living temp. King Henry VIIL, married a grand-
daughter of Sir William Welles, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. A descen-
dant of said Sir Patrick Plunket was (see the " Conyngham" pedigree) the
Rev. Thomas Plunket ; commencing with whom the pedigree of this
branch of the "Plunket" family is, as follows :

1. Rev. Thomas Plunket married
Mary, dau. of David Conyngham,
and left two sons — 1. Patrick, 2.

I. Patrick, who was a Physician,
m. and had :

I. William, who emigrated to
America, m. and had (besides
sons who d. in infancy) four
daus. : — 1. Margaret, 2. Isa-
bella, 3. Hester, 4. Eliza-
beth :

I. Margaret married Isaac
Richardson and left a large
family. Her eldest son

I. Dr. William Plunket
Richardson, whose
granddaughter Mary R.
Chrimes was living in
1885 at 4,500 Wabash
Avenue, Chicago, Illi-
nois, U.S.A.

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II. Isabella m. but left no

III. Hester, who m. her
cousin Robert Baxter, of
Ireland, and had a dau.
Margaret who married her
cousin, Dr. Samuel Maclay,
but left no issue.

lY. Elizabeth m. Senator
Samuel Maclay, and left a
large family, their descend-
ants mostly living in
II. William-Conyngham : second
son of Thomas ; of whom
2. William* Conyngham Plunket,
b. 1765, d. 1854: second son of
Thomas ; created " Baron Plunket"
in 1827 ; made Lord Chancellor of
Ireland in 1830 ; m. Catherine, dau.
of John Causland, M.P. for Done-
gal, and had six sons and four daus.
The sons were :

I. Thomas, the second Baron, of
whom presently.

II. John, Q.C., the third Baron ;
b. in 1793, died in 1871 ; m.
in 1824 Charlotte (d. Sept.
1886), dau. of the Pdght Hon.
Charles-Kendal Bushe, Lord
Chief Justice of the Court of
King's Bench in Ireland, and

had five sons and eight daugh-
ters ; the sons were :
I. AVilliam - Conyngham, of

whom presently.
IL Charles-Bushe (b. 1830, d.
1880), who in 1860 married
Emmeline, dau. of J. Morell,
Esq., and had one son and
four daughters: 1. David-
Darley, b. in 1869; 1. Char-
lotte-Emmeline ; 2. Kath-
leen-Phoebe ; 3. Flora-Louisa;
4. Violet-Loe.
IIL David-Robert, P.C, Q.C.,
LL.D., M.P. for the Uni-
versity of Dublin.
IV. Arthur - Cecil - Crampton,
formerly in the 8th Foot ; b.
1845, d. Oct., 1884; m. in
1870 Louisa-Frances, only
child of James Hewitt, Esq.,
and had four sons and five
daughters. The sons were :
1. Edward-Cecil-Lifi'ord, b.
1871; 2. Henry-Coote-Lif-
ford, b. 1875; 3. Archibald-
John-Liff'ord, b. 1877 ; 4.
Jaraes-Pratt-LifTord, b. 1880;
and the five daughters were :
1. Yivian-Charlotte-Lifi'ord ;
2. Louisa-Frances; 3.Eleanor-
Alice-Lifi"ord ; 4. Ruby-Isa-

* William : "William Conyngham Plunket, Lord Plunket, Lord Chancellor, was
horn at Enniskillen, 1st Jul)-, 1765. Shortly after his birth, his father, who was a
Presbyterian minister, was called to officiate at the Strand Street Chapel in Dublin.
Young Plunket entered college about the same time as his friends, Thomas A. Emmet
and Yelverton. He became distinguished for his oratorical powers in the debates of
the Historical Society, and in his third year obtained a scholarship. At his mother's
house in Jervis Street (his father died in 1778), Burrowes, Bushe, Emmet, Magee
(afterwards Archbishop), Tone, and Yelverton, constantly met on terms of the closest
intimacy. In 1784 he entered at Lincoln's Inn, and two years afterwards was called to
the Irish Bar, His progress was rapid and steady. In 1797 he was made King's
Council ; and in conjunction with Curran in 1798, he unsuccessfully defended John and
Henry Sheares. He was brought into Parliament by Lord Charlemont in 1798, and
was one of the most strenuous opponents of the Union, in 1807 Plunket entered Parlia-
ment for Midhurst ; but in 1812 he exchanged that seat for the University of Dublin,
which he represented until his elevation to the peerage. From the first he strenuously
supported the claims of the Catholics for Emancipation, and worked with his friend
Henry Grattan for their advancement. He died at Old Connaught, near Bray, county
Wicklow, on the 4th January, 1854, aged 89, and was buried in Mount Jerome Ceme-
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bel-LifFord ; 5. Irene- Arthur-
V. Patrick-Henry-Coghill (twin
with Arthur), late of the 70th
Foot ; m. in 1878 Anne-
Agnes, youngest dau. of John
Murray, Esq., of Marlfield,
Clonmel, and has had four
daughters : 1. Charlotte-
Mabel ; 2. Evelyn - Jane
Ranger ; 3. Agnes-Josephine
Bushe ; 4. Kathleen-Sybil.
The eight daughters of John, the
second Baron, were :

I. Anna (d. 1884), who in 1851
m. Right Rev. John R. Darley,
D.D., Bishop of Kilmore.

II. Katherine-Frances (d. 1881),
who in 1851 m. Sir John-
Jocelyn Coghill, Bart.

III. Charlotte (d. 1878), who m.
in 1853 Thomas-Henry Barton,
Esq., and had issue.

IV. Louisa-Lilias, who in 1852
m. Richard- Jonas Greene, Esq.,
2nd son of the Right Honble.
Richard-Wilson Greene, Baron
of the Exchequer in Ireland,
and has issue.

V. Emily-Mary.

VI. Selina-Maria, who in 1864 m.
Philip-Crampton Smyly, Esq.,
M.D., and has issue.

VII. Josephine-Alice.

VIII. Isabella-Katherine.

III. David, a Barrister-at-Law,
who in 1837 m. Louisa, dau. of
Robert Busby, Esq., and died
Sept., 1868.

IV. William- Conyngham, Rector
of Bray ; d. 1857.

V. Patrick (d. 1859), a Judge of
the Court of Bankruptcy in
Ireland ; m. in 1838 Maria,
dau. of John Atkinson, Esq.,
of Ely Place, Dublin, and had
two sons and a daughter:

I. William-Conyngham, born

II. Charles- John-Cedric, born

1. Constance-Gertrude-Maria,
who in 1886 m. Richard-
Mayne Tabuteau, Esq., of
Simmons Court, co. Dublin.

VI. Robert (d. 1867), was Dean
of Tuam and Rector of Head-
ford, m. in 1830 Mary, dau. of
Sir R. Lynch-Blosse, of Castle
Carra, co. Galway, and had
four daughters : — 1. Catherine,
who in 1853 m. the Rev.
Weldon Ashe, Prebendary of
Tuam and Incumbent of
Annaghdown, who d. in 1874 ;

2. Isabella, who in 1856 m.
G. St. George Tyner, Esq.,
F.R.C.S.I. ; 3. Ehzabeth-
Louisa ; 4. Frances-Mary, who
in 1857 m. Rev. George-Oliver
Brownrigg, Rector of Ballin-
robe, Tuam ; 4. Mary-Lynch
Blosse, who in 1872 m. Robert-
Vicars Fletcher, Esq., M.D.,

The four daughters of William,
the first Baron, were :

I. Elizabeth (d. 1835), m. in 1824
Rev. Sir Francis Lynch-Blosse,
Bart., of Castle Carra, who d.
in 1840.
IL Catherine, who d. in 1868.
IIL Isabella (d. 1857), who in
1846 m. Henry Quin, Esq., of
Burleigh, co. Wexford.
IV. Louisa.

3. Thomas Plunket, P.C, D.D.,
second Baron : eldest son of Wil-
liam, the first Baron; was in 1839
consecrated Lord Bishop of Tuam,
Killala, and Achonry j b. 1792, and
d. in Oct., 1866, when he was suc-
ceeded by his brother John. He
m. in 1819 Louisa- Jane, dau. of
John- William Foster, Esq., of
Fanevalley, co. Louth, and had issue
five daughters :

I. Katherine.

II. Mary-Elizabeth-Alice, who in

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1862 m. Colonel Sir Thomas-
Oriel Forster, Bart., C.B.

III. Frederica-Louisa-Edith, who
d. unm. in Feb., 1886.

IV. Gertrude- Victoria.

V. Emily- Anna, who d. in 1843.
4. His Grace, Most Eev. The

Eight Honble. William-Conyngham
Plunket, D.D., of Newton, county
Cork, the fourth Baron : eldest son
of John, the third Baron ; Arch-
bishop of Dublin, and Primate of
Ireland ; b. 1828, and living in
1887; m. in June 1863 Anne-Lee,
only dau. of the late Sir Benjamin-
Lee Guinness, Bart., of Ashford,

M.P. (and sister of Arthur, the first
Lord Ardilaun), and has two sons
and four daughters :

I. Honble. WilHam Lee, of whom

II. Honble. Benjamin John, born

I. Honble. EHzabeth Charlotte.

II. Honble. Olivia Anne.

III. Honble. Kathleen Louisa.

IV. Honble. Ethel Josephine.

6. The Honble. William Lee
Plunket : son of the Eight Honble.
William Conyngham Plunket, fourth
Baron; b. 19th Dec, 1864, and
living in 1887.

POWEE. (No. 1.)

(" Ginel Puerachr)

County Waterford.

Arms : Ar. chief indented sa.

This ancient family claims descent from Sir Eobert De Poer, who, it is
said, came to Ireland with Strongbow, A.D. 1172 • but, according to Mac-
Firbis, the family is of Irish descent.

Eisdeard, a brother of lusdas who is No. 109 on the " Eustace" pedi-
gree, was the ancestor of O'PozV,* normanized Le Poer, and anglicised

109. Eisdeard : son of Bened of
Eaithear Beneudaigh.

110. Seonin : his son.

111. Maigcin : his son.

112. Seonin: his son.

113. Daibhi: his son.

114. Nioclas : his son.

115. Eisdeard : his son.
As above mentioned, Eobert " De Poer," whose ancestor it is said

came into England with William the Conqueror, was, we are told, the first
of this family that, A.D. 1172, came into Ireland with King Henry the

116. Piarus (Pierce) : his son.

117. Eisdeard: his son.

118. Seon (or John) Power or
De Poer : his son. (See Note, infra,
" Earl of Tyrone.")

119. John Oge : his son.

120. Eichard Power : his son.

* O'Poir : See No. 107 on tlie " Eustace" pedigree, for tlie derivation of O'Polr.

t Power : "We are indebted to the courtesy of Count Edmond de Poher de la Poer,
of Gurteen, co. Waterford, for an elaborate Pedigree of " The Family of Pohar, Poer,
or Power," which gives this family a French origin. It is but right, however, to say
that the Irish origin of the family as given by MacFirbis is also that given in the MS.
Vol. F. 4. 18, in the Library of Trinity College, DubUn.


Second, who, by charter, granted unto the said Robert, by the name of
Robert Puber, the City of Waterford, with " the whole province there-
abouts ;" and made him marshal of Ireland. In the year 1179, this
Robert De Poer was joined in commission with Sir Hugo De Lacy, as lords
justices of Ireland. In the year 1177, John De Courcy, with the aid of
Roger Poer (who was likely the brother or one of the three sons of the said
Robert), conquered Ulidia. We read that this Roger (or Sir Roger) Le
Poer was the friend and companion in arms of Sir John De Courcy and
Sir Armoric St. Lawrence, and was the standard-bearer and marshal of
Ireland ; of him Giraldus Cambrensis writes : —

" It miglit be said, without offence, there was not one man who did more valiant
acts than Roger Le Poer, who, although he was a young man and beardless, yet showed
himself a lusty, valiant, and courageous gentleman ; and who grew into such good
credit that he had the government of the country about Leighlin, as also in Ossory
where he was traitorously killed."

And Cambrensis says that Sir Roger Le Poer was "the youngest,
bravest, and handsomest of all the Anglo-Norman knights." This Sir
Roger married a niece of Sir Armoric St. Lawrence (ancestor of the earls
of Howth), and by her had a son, John Le Poer, living A.D. 1197, whose
grandson, Sir Eustace, sat in Parliament in 1295. He was succeeded by
lord Arnold Le Poer, who slew Sir John Boneville in single combat ; and
was one of the commanders in the Army of King Edward the First of
England, against Edward Bruce, in Ireland, in 1315. Lord Arnold Le
Poer was succeeded by lord Robert Le Poer, seneschal of the co. Wexford,
and treasurer of Ireland. To him succeeded Matthew ; after him John ;
and after him, Richard, whose son Nicholas was summoned to Parliament
by Writ, dated 22nd November, 1375, and " three times afterwards." Of
those Writs, Lodge says : " These are the most ancient Writs of Summons
to Parliament that remain on record in the Rolls Office of Ireland."
Richard, lord Le Poer, grandson of the said Nicholas, married Catherine,
second daughter of Pierce Butler, eighth earl of Ormond (and hence, pro-
bably, the Christian name Fiers, Pierse, or Pierce, came into the " Power"

In 1673, Richard, lord Le Poer, was created " viscount of Decies" (or
viscount De Decies) and " earl of Tyrone f* whose grandson had an only
daughter, the lady Catherine Le Poer, who married Sir Marcus Beresford,
baronet, and carried into the " Beresford " family (now represented by the
marquis of Waterford) the ancient barony by *' Writ of Summons" of the
lords Le Poer. It may be well to observe that, among the modern nobility

* Earl of Tyrone : The following extract from Lodge's Peerage of the "Earldom of
TjTone" may be of interest to members of the Fotver family: " John, lord Le Poer,
being only eight years and a half old at his grandfather's death, became the ward of
King James the First, who, 7th December, 1606, granted his wardship to his mother ;
but, 30th March, 1629, he had a special livery of his estate (he became a lunatic before
the rebellion of 1641), and marrying Ruth, daughter and heir of Eobert Pypho, of St.
Mary's Abbey, Esq., had five sons and four daughters : viz., 1. Richard, created earl of
Tyrone ; 2. Pierse, Killowan, county Waterford, who married Honora, daughter of John,
the second lord Brittas (having issue Richard, who died there in February, 1635, leaving,

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