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the death of Aodh Buidhe (or Y(
low Hugh), in 1283. After tl
battle of Bannockburn, in Scotlam
A.D. 1314, Edward, brother to tl
illustrious Robert Bruce, was invite
to accept the Sovereignty of Ir
land. In his favour this Dons
sought to resign his title, whicl
owing to the Irish Constitution (tl
Brehon Law), he could not do. (S(
Paper in the Appendix, headeo
" Invasion of Ireland by Bruce.")

Donal had five sons : — I. Hugh
II. Roderic, slain, 1365; III Shani
slain, 131S ; lY. Brian, slain, 1319
and V. Cu Uladh, kUled, 1325.

115. Hugh: his son; Prince (
Ulster, etc. ; " the best Irishman C
his time :" d. 1364. Issue : L Ne;
Mor ; II. Brian (d. 1369) ; and foD
daughters.

116. Neil M(5r:t his son; WJ



li2. Niall Ruadh (''ruadh:" Irish,
red)', son of Aodh (or Hugh) an
Macaomh Toinleasg, who is No. Ill
on the " O'Neill" (No. 1) pedigree,
next ante; a quo O'Buaidh, angli-
cised Eoe and Boive: a family
honourably represented (in 1887)
by Henry Roe, Esq., of Thomas-
street, Dublin.

This Niall Ruadh was Prince of
Ulster, and was m. to Nuala (died
1226), dau. of Roderic O'Connor,
the 183rd Monarch of Ireland.

113. Brian Catha Duin : his son;
may be reckoned as the 184th
Monarch of Ireland. Had three
sons :— L Donal ; II. Niall, d. 1314 ;
III. Murrogh, d. 1356.

Under A.D. 1258, the Four
Masters say of this Brian : —

" Hu^h, the son of Felim O'Connor and
Teige O'Brien, marched with a great force
to Gaol Uisge (near Newry), to hold a
conference with Brian O'Neill, to whom
the foregoing chiefs granted the sove-
reignty over the Irish ; and they agreed
that the hostages of Hugh O'Connor
should be given to him as sureties for the
fulfilment of this compact, and that the
hostages of O'Reilly's people, and also
those of Hy-Briuin, from Kells to Drum-
cliff, should be likewise given to Hugh,
the son of Felim O'Connor."

After this Brian's death on the
battlefield of Drom Deirg, at Dunda-



* Donal : In the MS. Vol. E. 3. 22, in the Library of Trinity CoUege, Dabli
this Donal (or Donald) O'Neill is styled —

** Rex XJltoniae, et omnium Regulorum Hibemiae." • • • •

t Neil Mor: In the last page of the MS. Vol. E. 3. 10, in the Library of Tri
Coll. Dublin, there is a copy of a letter, written by this Neil Mor, as " Prince]
Hibemicorum Ultonise," to King Richard II., of England :

"... Litter39 missae ad Regem Richardum II., per Nellanum O'NeU, Princ
pern Hibemicorum Ultonise, Anno 18= ejusdem Regis."



HAP. IV.] O'NE. HEREMON GENEALOGIES.



o'ne. 719



Prince of the Irish in Ulster,"
'hen Eichard II., King of England,
isited Ireland (at Dundalk), in
394. He was styled " Le Gi'and
^'Neill" by the Anglo-Normans ;
nd by the Irish he was called " the
efender of Ireland," " the cham-
ion of dignity, and pre-eminence of
le principality," "the unyielding
)wer against tyranny," etc. He
ad issue : — I. Neil Oge. II. Henry
1. 1392), who had issue — 1. Donal;
:, Hugh (who escaped from the
ii-ison in Dublin, in 1412, having
3en confined ten years there by the
nglish); 3. Niall (d. 1430) ; 4. Brian
1401). in.Graine(d. 1429),m.
urlogh O'Donnell " of the Wine."
i. Cu Uladh Ruadh (d. 1399).
This Neil M6r was married to
ormley (d. 1397), dau. of John
Donnell.

LI 7. Neil Oge: his son; Prince of
yrone, etc. ; m. to Una (d. 1417),
lughter of Donal O'Neill. Issue :



I. Owen ; II. Brian (d. of small-pox,
1402) ; six other sons ; and a dau.,
Una, m. to Rory O'Sullivan, Prince
of Dunkerron. This Neil Oge died
in 1402, and was succeeded in the
Principality by Donal, son of Henry,
son of Neil Mor. (See above.) This
Donal (called " Donal Bocc") was,
in 1432, slain in O'Cahan's Country,
by Donal Aibhne O'Cahan.

118. Owen : son of Neil Oge ; was,
in 1432, on the death of Donal
Bocc, inaugurated* The O'Neill ; m.
Catherine (d. 1427), dau. of Ardgal
MacMahon. Issue : — I. Henry ; 11.
Hugh, of the Fews, d. 1475 ; III.
Felim, d. 1461 ; IV. Murtagh ; V.
Art, died 1458 ; VI. Connor ; VII.
Niall ; VIII. Brian Mdr ; IX. Conla;
X. Donal Claragh, killed 1493.
This Owen died in 1456, and was
succeeded by :

119. Henry: his son; Prince of
Ulster, etc. ; m. Gormley Cavenagh
(d. 1465), dau. of MacMurrogh,



* Inaugurated : After the destruction of tlie ancient Palace of Aileacli, a.d. 1101,
e princes of the O'Neill fixed their residence in the south of the present county of
^rone, at Ennis Enaigh, now Inchenny, in the parish of Urney ; and the stone chair
on which each of these princes was proclaimed, was at Tullahoge (or the hill of the
uths), now Tullyhawk, in the parish of Desertcreagh, and barony of Dungannon ;
lere was seated down to Cromwell's time the family of O'Hagan, the lawgiver of
illahoge, whence the present Baron O'Hagan (see the " O'Hagan" pedigree) takes his
le ; and where, on the stone chair above mentioned— the Leac-na-Righ (or Flagstone
the Kings), the princes or kings of Tir-Owen were inaugurated by O'Hagan, "and
led O'Neill after the lawful manner." That Leac-na-Righ was a.d. 1602, demolished
the lord-deputy Mountjoy.

** According to the tradition in the country," writes John O'Donovan, LL.D.,

D'Hagan inaugurated O'Neill, by putting on his golden slipper or sandal ; and hence

3 sandal always appears in the armorial bearings of the O'Hagans." With reference

Uhe observance in Ireland, of a superior prince or chief, when inaugurated, having

h shoe, slipper, or sandal put on by an inferior potentate, but still one of consideration,

!find that at the inauguration of the O'Connor in Connaught, the same oflfice was
rformed for him by MacDermott, the powerful chief of Moylurg (the old barony
Boyle, county Roscommon), as that performed by O'Hagan for the O'Neill in Ulster.
. ere is a resemblance between this custom at the inauguration of the old princes of
1 iland, and that connected with the ceremonial of the later Roman emperors or those
• Constantinople, on their creation as such. Under the head of " Honours and Titles

< the Imperial Family," Gibbon notes that " the Emperor alone could assume the
Jrple or red buskins." And subsequently relating how the celebrated John Catacuzene
liumed A.D. 1341, the imperial dignity, he mentions John being "invested with the
Jrple buskins;" adding *'that his right leg was clothed by his noble kinsman, the
U by the Latin chiefs, on whom he conferred the honour of knighthood;" this office

< putting on the buskins being one of honour in the east, like that of putting on the
*)e or eandal in the west. — O'Callaghan.



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IRISH PEDIGREES.



o'ne. [part I,



King of Leinster. This Henry
" was inaugurated The O'Neill, in
1455, by the coarb of St. Patric,
together with Maguire, MacMahon,
O'Cahan, and all the 0':N'eills, at
Tullaghoge, according to the usual
customs."' Issue : I. Conn ; II.
Eoderic Baccach, killed by the sons
of Art O'Xeill, 1470 ; III. Tuathal,
killed by the Anglo-Normans, who
intruded on the Plain of O'Neill,
1476 ; IV. Donal, died Aug., 1509 ;

V. Henry Oge, d. 1498 ; VI. Slaine,
married to Turlogh Donn O'Brien ;

VII. Art, killed in 1502, by Art,
son of Conn, son of Henry (see No.
118). This Henry died in 1489,
and was succeeded by :

120. Conn: his son, as Prince of
Ulster, of Tyrone, etc. ; m.,in 1483,
Elinora (d. 1497), dau. of Thomas
(the 7th Earl), the son of John
Cam, the 6th Earl of Kildare ;
and had by her issue : I. Conn
Baccach ; II. Art Oge (d. 1519) had
a son, Xeal Connelagh, who had a
son Turlogh Luinagh, whose son
was called Sir Arthur O'Neill ;
III. Niall, d. 1497 ; IV. Turlough
killed by MacMahon, 1501, left no
issue; V. John of Kinard, had a
son, whose son was Sir Henry
O'Neil], whose son was Sir Henry
O'Neill, who had a son Sir Phelim,
murdered by the English, 1650;

VI. Deila ; VII. Judith, married to
Manus O'Donnell, she d. Aug., 1535,
aged 42 years, and was interred in
the Franciscan Convent, Donegal ;

VIII. Eliza, m. to Zachaire Maguire.
In 1493, this Conn, " the bounti-
ful bestower of valuable presents
and property, was (say the Four
Masters) treacherously slain by his
his own brother, Henry Oge;" and
was succeeded in the Principality
by his uncle Donal, who was opposed
by Henry Oge; which opposition
was not lawful, as Donal was the
senior. They quarrelled till 1497,



when Henry Oge gave great p:
sents to Dona], in horses ai,
armour, for resigning the title.
1498, " Henry Oge was (according j
the Four Masters) slain in i\
house of Art, son of Hugh, son
Owen (No. 118), in Tuath Eacha
(Iveagh, county Down), by the t^
sons of Conn, son of Henry, son
Owen, namely Turlogh and Co]
Bacchach, in revenge of their fath
Conn, who had been previous
killed by Henry, in the year 149*
Donal thus became undisput
Prince of Tyrone ; he died
lamented, on the 6th of Aug., 15C
Art, son of Hugh, son of Ow
(No. 118), was chosen his success^
This Art d. in 1514, when Art 0|
son of Conn (No. 120), son of Hen
(No. 119), was made The O'Nc,
In 1519 Art Oge died and
succeeded by his brother :

121. Conn Bacchach : son of Cor
as Prince of Ulster. Hugh, the s
of his uncle Donal, gave him
little trouble, as he too aspired
the Principality, until in the ye
1524, in a bloody engageme
between them, the said Hugh 1(
his life ; and being thus rid of
competitors, Conn began to folic
the example of his ancestors, wl
upon all occasions and prospects
success, were up in arms in op]
sition to the English invade
endeavouring to drive them fr<
the country ; and recover tb
liberties and their right to the In
Crown, worn by their ancestors J
many ages, successively, as abo
shown ; but all in vain. And t
Conn Bacchach trying his fortui
in the same manner, and finding 1
endeavours to be to as little pi
pose as were those of his forefathe
did for a time submit ; and, g<M
into England, was, upon his opOT
renouncing his ancient title
O'Neill and Prince of Tijrone, idXO



?HAP. IV.] o'NE. HEREMON GENEALOGIES.



o'ne. 721



ibly received by King Henry VIII.,
n Grreenwich, in 1542.

Conn thus seemingly renounced
i title " in comparison of which,"
;ays Camden, "the very title of
Jaesar is contemptible in Ireland ;
md taking upon him the barbarian
A.nglo-Saxon title of larl, or Earl of
Fyrone ; and doing homage to
ilenry as King of Ireland and Head
)f the Church; who on his side
idorned him with a golden chain,
.aluted him 'beloved cousin,' and
50 returned him richly plated." At
ihe same time the title of " baron of
Dungannon" was conferred on his
llegitimate son, who is called
'Mathew" by Sir James Ware in
lis Annals of Ireland, but in the
ligree is entered "Ferdorach."
These foreign titles, with Conn's
onduct, were so deeply resented by
5hane an Diomuis (by Ware called
'Shane Dowlenach" or O'Don-
jaileach, from being fostered by
)'Dongaileach or O'Donnelly, Chief
)f Ballydonnelly, or Charlemont, in
Tyrone), the eldest of Conn's legiti-
nate sons, that he, with O'Donnell,
\lacGuire, and the other Ulster
ihieftains broke out in rebellion
gainst him. This act of Conn's, in
ubmitting to a foreign prince, has
net with universal astonishment,
nasmuch as he on a former occasion
olemnly cursed his offspring if he
•hould ever speak the Saxon tongue,
ow corn, or build houses in imi-
tation of the English ; and who led



his troops to the south, burned
Atherdee and Navan to the ground,
and from the Hill of Tara — the
palace of his ancestors — warned off
the servile nobles of the Pale from
the frontiers of Ulster. But this
one act alienated his subjects, and
Shane was made The O'Neill in his
place.

Ferdorach was executed in 1558.
Conn Bacchach m. Alice, dau. of
Gerald Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of
Kildare, and had by her issue :
I. Shane; II. Tirlogh; III. Felim
Caoch, who had a son Turlogh, who
was father of Phelim ; IV. Mary,
who d. in 1582, and who m. Sorley
Buidhe MacDonnell ; with three
other daughters. This Conn was
born 1484, died 1559, and was suc-
ceeded by his son :

122. Shane'^ an Diomuis {i.e. John
the Proud or Haughty) : eldest
legitimate son of Conn Bacchach ; set
no value on his father's " earldom,"
refused such badge of servitude, was
duly inaugurated The ONeill, and
"King of Ulster" about a.d. 1550.
Not receiving due submission from
O'Donnell, he, in 1556, went to war
with him, and, in 1559, Calvach
O'Donnell, Prince of Tirconnell, was
subdued and taken prisoner. In
1560, Shane was undisputed Euler
of Ulster, from " Drogheda to the
Erne." In 1563, he visited Queen
Elizabeth, as an independent sove-
reign prince, when she recognized
him as The O'Neill, "with all the



* Shane : In 1565, Shane O'Neill assumed the title of " Monarch of Ireland," and
ed the Irish Army of Ulster against the English Government. He maintained, at his
•WD cost, a standing army of 4,000 foot, and 1,000 horse, and always took care to
laye his Chiefs and their dependents well instructed in the art of war. Queen
(Elizabeth in vain attempted to reduce him, either by force, or by kindness. She
fferedto him the titles of **Earl of Tyrone," and "Baron of Dungannon." Shane
;eceived these proposals with a haughtiness expressive of his contempt for any such
itles, which he looked upon as beneath his dignity as the O'Neill. The commis-
ioners who were intrusted with the negociations, received from him this reply : * ' If
Elizabeth, your mistress, be Qeeen of England, I am O'Neill, King of Ulster ; I never
lade peace with her without having been previously solicited to it by her, I am not

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authority and pre-eminence of his
ancestors." After a time the Eng-
lish recommenced to encroach on
his territories, planted soldiers on
his frontiers, his subjects were
incited to rebel against him by the
English Government ; till at length,
in 1567, he is betrayed by the Scots
(the MacDonnells), instigated by an
English officer named Piers; and
slaughtered, with Inost of his fol-
lowers, in North Clan-atha-buidhe
(or North Clanaboy), near Cushen-
dun, in the county of Antrim.
After he had been buried four days,
William Piers exhumed the body,
cut off his head, and carried it
" pickled in a pipkin," to Dublin, to
Sir Henry Sydney, who ordered it
to be placed on a pole on the top of
Dublin Castle ! Piers got one thou-
sand marks for thus so effectually
carrying out the instructions of his
government. Shane's headless trunk
was re-interred where he was mur-
dered, about three miles from
Cushendun, where the tourist can
still be shown the " Grave of Shane
O'Neill."

This Shane was m. to Mary (d.
1561), dau. of Calvach O'Donnell
(by his first wife). Prince of Tir-
Connell ; and had issue : — I. John
Oge, killed 1581, s. p.; II. Conn;
111. Thomas ; IV. Elana j V. Henry;






VI. Art, died from exposure in th(
Wicklow mountains, in 1592 ; VII
Margaret, m. to Teige O'Doyne
with two others. He had, besides
illegitimate children, one of whon
was named Hugh Geimhleach (i.e
" of the Fetters"), and was also in
correctly called " Conn MacShane,'
by a few modern writers. This Hugh
was, in 1590, for betraying to thi
English Aodh O'Neill's dealing
with the Spaniards, seized by orden
of his lawful Prince, and tried foj
various robberies and murden
which he had committed withii
The O'Neill's jurisdiction ; for whicl
he was sentenced to death, and ii
January, 1590, said Hugh Geimh
leach was hanged by Loughlin Mac
Murtogh and his brother — botl
natives of Fermanagh.

In A.D. 1569, the English passec
an Act of Attainder against the "lat<
John O'Neill ;" and all his extensive
estates, nearly all the Tribe Landl
of the Sept, together with th<
greater part of Tyr-Owen, wen
seized by the English Crown, an4
various parts thereof planted witi
English and Scotch settlers.

Immediately after the murder 'o:
Shane, the Prince of Ulster, Tit
logh Luineach"^ (or Turlogh LuinagI
— see No. 120) was, at the insti
gation of the English Governmen|



ambitious of the abject title of ' earl ;' both my family and birth raise me above it ; 3
will not yield precedence to any one : my ancestors have been Kings of Ulster ; 1
have gained that kingdom by my sword, and by the sword I will preserve it." {Coij
Hist.Ireh, p, 321.)

On Shane's visit to Queen Elizabeth, when reference was made to the natural sol
of Conn (Ferdoroch, Baron of Dungannon) as likely to succeed his father in Tir-Owen
Shane said that Ferdoroch (" Mathew") was the son of the wife of a blacksmith c*
Dundalk, by Conn, his father, subsequent to the marriage of the said Conn CNeBi
and Alice, of whom he, Shane, was the eldest legitimate son, and that consequent!)
Le alone had a right to succeed to his father's inlieritance. He added that the snr
render which had been made by his father, of the Principality of Tir-Owen, to KiD|
Henry VIII., and the restitution his father had received from that King by letten
patent, were null ; since his father's right to that principality was confined to hi*
own life, whilst he (Shane) had been acknowledged The O'Keill, by a popular electioi
according to custom.

* Luineach : This Tirloch Luineach left a son, Sir Art O'Xeill.



DHAP. IV.] o'nE. HEREMON GENEALOGIES.



o'ne. 723



oaade The O'Neill, in preference to
Shane's two brothers — Tirloch and
Pelim Caoch (" caoch :" Irish, dim-
■ighted), or to Shane's son Conn,
rirloch Luineach d. at Strabane in
1595, and was buried at Ardstraw
Irish, Ardstratha) in Tyrone.

Feardorach (or Mathew), son of
yonn Bacchach, and half brother of
Jhane, was, by the English, made
' Baron of Dungannon /' he married
udith, daughter of Cuchonnacht
-lagennis, and had by her : I. Brian,



the second " Baron of Dungannon,"
who was slain, s. p. in 1561 ; II.
Aodh (or Hugh), virtual Ard Eigh,
of whom again ; and two illegitimate
sons ; III. Sir Cormac, who had a
son. Conn, whose sons were Hugh
Oge, and Brian, both died s. p. ;
IV. Sir Art. This Sir Art m. and
had three sons : — 1. Art Oge, who
was father of Hugh Dubh,* the
renowned defender of Limerick and
Governor of Clonmel, in 1650; 2.
the famous Owen Roe 0'Neill,'\ who



* Hugh Duhh was born in the Spanish Netherlands. He is mentioned as one of
the brave warriors and prime captains who, out of the martial theatre of Flanders,
ilisted under the banner of Owen Roe O'Neill, and came to Ireland in 1642." He
as taken prisoner at the battle of Clones, ia 1642, and did not regain his liberty till
jleased by exchange after the battle of Benburb in 1646. In that year he was
3pointed Major-General of the Ulster Army. Daring the illness of his uncle, Owen
oe, he commanded the Ulster Army, and was with Ferrall despatched in October,
J49, to the Marquis of Ormond with a body of two thousand men. After Owen Roe's
sath he was anxious to succeed him as commander of the Ulster Army. His
^lifications were strongly urged by Daniel O'Neill (a), as being a " man who knew
^e ways Owen Roe O'Neill took to manage the people, and one not unacceptable to
.6 Scots, and one who would do nothing contrary to Ormond's commands."

After defending Clonmel he retired, and was by Ormond appointed military
jvernor of Limerick. In a reply to the demand of Sir Hardress \V'aller to surrender
fB city, in September, 1650, he declared " he was determined to maintain it for the
;e of his majesty, Charles II., even to the effusion of the last drop of his blood."

Finding that his name was not included in the treaty on the surrender of Limerick
^ rode up to Deputy Ireton and offered him the pommel of his sword. Iretoa
ceived him most kindly, and commanded his own guard under pain of death to
itend and bring him to a place of safety. A few days after the taking of Limerick,
,eton died ; but before his death he commanded Edmund Ludlow to behave well to
:Neill, send him to England, and bestow on him three horses, one for himself, and
''0 for two servants, and means to defray his charges.

' O'Neill arrived in London, on the 10th January, 1652, and was committed to the
iiwer, for being in arms against the Parliament. Twenty shillings a week were
owed for his support. Don Alonzo Cardenas, the Spanish Ambassador, proposed to
3 Council of State in July, 1652, to give permission to the Irish troops to pass into
ain, especially to Don Hugo O'Neill, since he was born in Flanders, and consequently
Spanish subject ; having, besides, borne no part in the first insurrection in Ireland,
t in the excesses which took place there. He seems to have gone to Spain, for there
a letter of his to Charles II., dated Madrid, October 27th, 1660, in which he solicits
13 restoration of his family to that king's favour. He there assumed the title of
ii)arl of Tyrone."

t Owen Roe O'Keill:

EPITAPH OF OWEN ROE O'NEILL.
UuGExn O'Neilli, copiarum Ultoniensium pr.efecti geneealis, epitapuium.

Hie jacet ille ingens patriae defensor O'Nellus,

Nobilis ingenio, sanguine Marte, fide.
Qui genus et magni mensuram stammatis implens,

Per sua Catholicos arma probavit avos,
Quem neque vis dubii potuit perfringere belli,

Nee mutare boni spesve timorve mali.



724 O'XE. IRISH PEDIGREES. O'lfE. [PART ill,

was Commander-in-Chief of the | On the "Plantation of Ulster"
Irish Confederate Forces in Ulster, Sir Art (MacBaron) in his old agej
in the war subsequent to 1641, and j was removed from his own territory



who was poisoned, he died at Clough
Oughter Castle, on the 6th of Nov.,
1649. Owen Eoe m. and left four
sons: — 1. Henr}^ (slain in 1649),
who left a son Hugh ; 2. Brian,
whose son was Owen, the last Earl



of O'Xeilan, and got in exchange au
estate of 2,000 acres during the
lives of himself and his wife.

(11.) Aodh O'Neill, the second son
of Feardorach, above mentioned,
was, during the lifetime of Tirlogh,



of Tyrone, in Spain j 3. Conn, who | designated his successor, in 1587

had two sons : — Owen, a Colonel in ! Queen Elizabeth solemnly made him

the French Service ; and Luaghadh : " Earl of Tyrone :" in order, says

(or Lewis) an officer in the French Connellan, " to suppress the name

Service ; and 4. John, who became and authority of O'Neill ;" and in



a monk. The third son of Sir Art
was Conn, who had two sons: — 1.
Daniel,* and 2. Brian, whose son
Conn died in Spain.



May, 1588, with Tirlogh's consent,
he was duly and solemnly inaugur-
ated The O'Xeill, in the Pvath of Tul-
laghoge. On the Stone of Eoyalty,



Quem tria conjuncto pertierunt agmine regna,

In caput unius tot coiere manus.
Celsus in immota mentis sed constitit arce,

Et cceptum infracto pectore diixit iter,
Spem contra humanam, ccelum tamen adfuit ausis,

Cumque suo Christus milite miles erat.
Impia Catholicorum seu strinxit in agmioa ferrum,

Discolor hseretica csede madebat humus.
Sive fugam simulat, simulando comprimit hostem,

Nee minus arma viri quam metunda fuga.
Hoc tamen, hoc urgens et inexpugnabile Marti,

Pectus humi positum spicula mortis habent.
yEmula nam crebris Parca invidiosa triumphis,

Vincendi et vitfe sit tibi finis, ait.
Fata sed Eugenium nequeunt ita sternere servent

Postuma Romanam quominus arma fidem.
Hanc lapis et cineres, sed et ipsa cadavera spirant,

Et Petrum litui, tela tubseque sonant.
Magni vii-i merces, tot palmas astras coronant,

Sic praestant meritum terra polusque decus.

* (a) Daniel O'Neill, like Hugh Dubh, was a nephew of Owen Roe. His fathe
and grandfather were owners of Upper Claneboy and Great Ardes, and had servec
the English in the war against their own kindred. His father was induced to transfe
these lands, amoimting to 66,000 acres, to Sir Hugh Montgomery and James Hamiltoi
for the sum of .£60, and a yearly rent of £160. He spent the early part of his life ii
Holland, in the army of the Prince of Orange ; later, he entered the English service
At the beginning of the Irish " Rebellion," he was accused of high treason, an<
imprisoned in the Tower. He escaped in disguise, after a confinement of six months
Soon after he was a Lieutenant-General of Prince Rupert's Horse. Ormond gave hin
a command in the Irish Army : he was sent by Ormond to make proposals to Owei
Roe, and it was mainly owing to his exertions that the treaty was brought abou
between them. Ormond was anxious that this Daniel should succeed Owen Roe r
command of the Ulster Army, but his religion stood in the way, — he was a Protestanl
He left Ireland for Spain in 1650, with 5,000 men for service in Holland. After th
Restoration of Charles II., Daniel was made Postmaster-General. He died in 166^
On the occasion of his death Charles II. wrote to the Duchess of Orleans, "Thj
morning poor O'Neill died of an ulcer in his guts. He was as honest a man as eve



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