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late James Creagh, of Dungannon.
She was born August 23rd, 1858,
and died at Belfast, March 9th,
1888 ; interred in the new cemetery,
Dungannon, co. Tyrone, leaving
issue :

33. William James Simpson, born
at Bloomfield, Belfast, January
24th, 1880.

34. Evelyn John Simpson, born
at 9 Abercorn-street, Belfast, Dec.
10 th, 1887.

From Robert Speer, eldest son of John Speer, of Drumbannoway, co. Tyrone,
descended the Speers of Granitefield, co. Dublin.



Formerly of Mount Nugent, County Cavan.

Collected and compiled by W. J. Simpson, Belfast.

Arms: Azure a cross masciiUy, argent between four eagles displayed or. Crest: A
talbot passant gules, bezante^ gorged with three fusils argent.

This family is of Norman origin. At an early date we find the name
spelled De Spynk. Thus, in the latter part of the 15th century, Nicholas
De Spynk, was friar of the Monastery of Saint Augu>stine, at Warrington.
Tradition states that the family came from Northamptonshire. Thomas
Spincks, a trooper, who served in the Elizabethan wars, was the founder
of the Irish branch of the family. He settled here in the latter end of
the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and obtained a grant of some land in
Munster. In the calendar of Carew MSS., a.d. 1601—1603 (p. 81, No. 85),
is the following letter from Lord Mountjoy to Sir G. Carew, dated June
13th, 1601, from the camp at Fagher:

"This bearer, Thomas Spincks, one of Sir Henry Daver's troop, had his horse
killed under him in service, and being not able to mount himself again, I licensed him
to depart. Having some land in Munster, he desires to repair thither. I pray you
give him your assistance as one that deserveth well.

" Signed,


During the 18th century, however, the Spinks's are found, I may say
exclusively, settled at Mountnugent, county Cavan. I have traced the
family to :

1. William Spinks, who died
April 3rd, 1820.

2. Ann Spinks, his wife, died
Sept. 9th, 1788. Their children

3. Christopher Spinks, born June
30th, 1767.

4. Thomas Spinks, born Sept.
29th, 1769.

5. William Spinks, born April
19th, 1772.

6. Lucy Spinks, born October
10th, 1774.

7. Ellen Spinks, born June 5th,

8. Nugent Spinks, born Nov,
1st, 1779.

9. John Spinks, born July 13th,

10. Matthew Spink?, b. August
28th, 1788.

Christopher Spinks (No. 3 on tho
foregoing), m. Ellen Kellett, of a
CO. Cavan family, and had issue :

11. Anne.

12. Harriet.

13. Henry,

14. Charlotte.

15. Sophia.

16. Susannah.

17. Ellen.

18. William.

Ellen Spinks (No. 7 on the fore-
going), m. William Young, grand-
son of John Young, Esquire, of
Annahilla, county Tyrone (See
" O'Hart's Pedigrees," 2nd Series,
the " Vance" famil}-^, page 353), and
had issue.

William Spinks (No. 18 on the
foregoing), married Miss Hanbury,
of a CO. Meath family, and had issue :

S98 SPI.


SPI. [part V.

19. Charles David Spinks.

20. Doctor Christopher Spinks,
born 1822.

Charles David Spinks (No. 19 on
the foregoing), settled in Dublin,
and mar. Miss Lewis, of a co. Meath
family, by whom he has issue ;
living A.D. 1887.

Doctor Christopher Spinks (No.
20 on the foregoing), settled at
AVarrington. He mar., A.D. 1851,
Miss Forrest of Warrington. She
died A.D. 1853; issue a boy who
died in infancy, James Forrest
Spinks, born and died a.d. 1853.

Doctor Spinks (No. 20), married,
secondly, a.d. 1855, Eleanor Spence
of Liverpool (b. 1835), by whom he
has issue :

21. William, b. 1856, living A.D.

22. Annie-Margaret, born 1857,
died 1863.

23. Eosina, b. 1859, d. 1863.

24. Eleanor, living a.d. 1887.

25. Clara-Matilda, b. 1862, died

26. Louisa, b. 1864, d. 1865.

27. Christopher, b. 1867, living
A.D. 1887.

28. Henry^ born 1869, living A.D.

29. Ada-Nina, livin? A.D. 1887.

30. Frederick Wigham, b. 1872,
living A.D. 1887.

31. Arthur, born 1874, living A.D.

32. Ethel-Mary, living A.D. 1887.
We now return to Thomas Spinks

(No. 4 on the foregoing). He was
born Sept. 29th, 1769, and died in

Dublin, A.D. 1844, aged 75 years.
He mar. Phoebe Speer, daughter of
Henry Speer, of Tullybryan, county
Tyrone. The ceremony was per-
formed in Ballygawley by the Rev.
Dr. Falls, December 24th, 1794.
His wife died in Dublin on 24th
Dec, 1855, aged 76 years. Their
children :

33. Henry, b. in Ballygawley, d.
A.D. 1809, and was buried on
27th March, in St. John's
Church, Manchester.

34. Ann Spinks, b. May 1st, 1797.

35. Thomas Spinks, born March
13th, 1800.

36. William Spinks, b. at Liver-
pool, 23rd Dec, 1803, baptized
on 24th December, 1803, in St.
Paul's Church, by Eev. Henry
Barton, M.A.

37. Phoebe Spinks, b. February
i3th, 1805.

Ann Spinks (No. 34 on the fore-
going), married William Young, the
great-grandson of John Young, Esq.,
of Annahilla, county Tyrone (his
mother being Ellen Spinks of
Mountnugent, No. 7 on this pedi-
gree), and left issue :

Phoebe Spinks (No. 37 on the
foregoing), married George Lucy of
Doogary, co. Fermanagh, who was
lineally descended from " William
Lucye, of Hanley, in ye shire of
Oxford," whose grandson, Anthony
Lifcye, was a freeholder in Magher-
stafanagh, co. Fermanagh, in the
seventeenth century. There was
issue by this marriage. (See ** Lucy"



Of the Countij Wexford.
Arms : Sa. three-ragged staffs ar. Crest : A lion ramp, or, holding a ragged stiff

Nicholas Stafford, of Ballymac-
kehan, co. Wexford, had :

2. Nicholas, who had :

3. John, of Ballmackehan, who
died 29th November, 1638. He
married Alson, daughter of Richard
Devereux, of Bally magire, county
Wexford, and had eight sons :

I. Nicholas, of whom presently.

II. Anthony, s. p.

in. Denis.
IV. James.
V". George.

VI. Jasper, who d. s. p.

VII. Melchior, who d. s. p.

VIII. Balthasar.

4. Nicholas Stafford : eldest sou
of John ; m. Maria, dau. of Peter
Barnewall, of Dromnoh.


Of Forrest ffall, County of Essex, England.

Arms : Ar. a bend cotised sa. Crest : A cubit arm erect ppr. holding in the hand
a battle axe ar. beheaded or.

In the Will of William Cleburne, of St. John's Manor, co. Wexford, who
d. in 1682, and who (see p. Ill, supra,) was the third son of Thomas, who
is No. 17 on the "■ Cleburne" pedigree, he provides that, in default of issue
to his brother Richard, and nephew William (a son of said Richard), that
all his lands shall pass to Richard Stane, of Forrest Hall, co. of Essex,

1. Richard Stane, of Forrest (or
Folyot's) Hall, m., and had :

2. Richard (living in 1601), who
bad :

3. Richard (d. 1615), LL.D., who
m., and had :

4. John (aged 23 in 1615), who
m., and had ;

5. Richard (living in 1687), who
m., a daughter of the Right Rev. Dr.
Gandon, Bishop of Worcester, and
had :

6: William Stane, who m. Alice,
dau. of Sir Thomas Abdy, of Felix,
Hall, and had issue.

* Stafford : Hamon de Stafford was among the gentlemen of the co. Wexford
summoned to attend Edward III. in the war with Scotland, a.d. 1335. John Stafford
of Ballymackehan (or Ballymacane) was High Sheriff of the county Wexford, in 1610 ;
he was son of Nicholas Stafford, temp. Queen Elizabeth, grandson of Nicholas Stafford,
temp. Henry VIII., and great grandson of John Stafford, temp, Edward IV. — all ol
Ballymackehan, co. Wexford.

400 STE.


STE. [part V.


Of Castlestewart in the County of Tyrone.

Arms : Or, a fesa chequy az. and ar.

A Pedigree of the family of Stewart, of Castlestewart, in the county of

Collated and compiled from various sources, by William J. Simpson,


1. Walter Lord High Steward
of Scotland (died 1116) had :

2. Alan, who had :

3. Alexander (died A.D. 1199),
who had :

4. Walter (died A.D. 1258), who

5. Alexander (died a.d. 1286),
who had :

6. John (slain at the Battle of
Falkirk, a.d. 1298), who had :

7. Walter, who married Marjory
Bruce, daughter of Robert Bruce,
and had :

8. Robert II., of Scotland,
crowned King at Scone, 25th March
1370. He had:

9. Robert Stewart, Earl of Fife
and Menteith (died September 3rd,
U19), who had :

10. Andrew Steward, created
Lord Evandale by King Jas. IV. ;
killed at the battle of Floddeu
Field, A.D. 1513. He had :

11. Andrew Stewart, created
Lord of Ochiltree, a.d. 1543 ; died
1548 or 9., He had :

12. Andrew Stewart, commonly
known as " The Good Lord Ochil-
tree ;" took a prominent position
among the Reformers in Scotland.
(His daughter, Margaret, married
John Knox) ; died 1592. He had :

13. Andrew Stewart, Master of
Ochiltree, who dying before his fa-
ther, the title devolved upon his
eldest son :

14. Andrew Stewart, who suc-

ceeded his grandfather, A.D. 1592.
He sold his lordship of Ochiltree to
his coifsin Sir James Stewart, of
Killeith. Having received a large
grant of territory in the precinct of
Mountjoy, co. of Tyrone, James I.
of England conferred upon him the
title of Lord Stewart, Baron of
Castlestewart, by Patent, dated
Nov. VIL 1619. He died a.d. 1632.
His third son :

15. Robert Stewart, Colonel
Robert Stewart of Ivry, co. Tyrone
(died 1662), took an active part in
the suppression of the " Rebellion"
of 1641 ; relieved the forts of Dun-
gannon and Mountjoy ; was gover-
nor of the forts of Toome and
Antrim, but was obliged to capitu-
late to General Venables, comman-
der in chief of the Parliamentarian ^
forces in Ulster. His third son
was :

16. George Stewart, " (reorge Roe
Stewart, of Termon." His eldest
son :

17. Robert Stewart (born 1687,
died April 12th, 1746), was minister
at Garland ; could preach in Irish.
He is styled of " Gortnaglush ;"
will dated 10th April, 1746; mar.
on September 9th, 1726, Mary
Edwards ; buried in the churchyaird
at Newmills, co. Tyrone. His third
daughter :

18. Martha Stewart (born 1732,.
died 1805, buried in Newmills
churchyard, co, Tyrone), married in


1760 William Holmes of Donagh-
more. Her daughter :

19. Arabella Stuart Holmes (d.
at Gookstown), married William

Hamilton of Desertcreat (sec
"Speer" pedigree); and, secondly,
Mr. Lovelock. There were no
children by either marriage.


Of Ballykecrogue, County TFexford.

Arms : Or, a lion ramp, double queued gu. standing on a lizard vert. Another :
Gh. a double tailed lion trampling on a crocodile vert. Great : Out of a ducal coronet
or, a lion's head az. langued gu.

SiWARD, who came to Eugland with William the Conqueror, and appears
on the Roll of Battle Abbey, was the founder of the English and Irish

The Suttons of Wexford descend from Roger de Sutton, who landed
in Ireland ll69.

Gilbert de Sutton was one of the great barons summoned by Edward I.
to aid him in the Scottish wars. Gilbert was murdered in Courtstovvn
Castle in 1306.

• Sutton was killed at Faughart, county Louth, fighting against

Edward Bruce.

Early in the 15th century, Redmond and Mary Sutton are mentioned
as living at Ballykeeroguet Castle. Morrogh MacGerald Sutton (described
as a chief warrior of the nation of the Kavenaghs) made, along with Art
Boy McMurrough, William Tallon of Argha, and other chiefs, a treaty to
cease molesting English merchants, going through the Pass of Poulmounty.
(See Papers Kilkenny Arch. Society.) Leonard Sutton was living at
Ballykeerogue at close of 16th century. His daughter, Anstace, married
Richard Stafford, of Ballyconnor ; their tomb, with arms of both families,
and dated 1620, is in St. Selskar's, Wexford.

1. John Sutton (see p. 266, of our
Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell
came to Ireland) was the last of the
family in possession of Bally keeroge
Castle. He was" attainted in 1642.

2. John Sutton : his son ; moved
to the CO. Kilkenny.

3. PeterJ Sutton : his son ; res-
cued Johanna Den, the daughter of
Richard Den, of Ballyhomuck, from

* Sutton : There was a " Sutton" family in Ireland at the period of the English
invasion, descended from Sutban ("suth :" Irish, soot, juice, sap; or " Suthan," a
dunce, etc.), who is No. 109, p. 259, Vol. I,

t Ballykeerogue : This place is situated in " Sutton's parish," now the union of
Whitechurch and Kilmokea, co. Wexford. This family of Sutton has a branch settled
in Spain, which may therefore be reckoned among the " Wild Geese ;" and the Counts
de Clonard, in France, were also of the Sutton family.

X Peter : This Peter Sutton was the last of this branch of the family who was
buried in the burial-ground of Ballykeerogue, adjacent to the Castle. He wished to
be buried at Rathpatrick, county Kilkenny, with his wife ; and the Dens and Walshes
were about to comply with his desire, when the Suttons of Wexford and their friends
crossed the Barrow, and demanded that Peter's bones should belaid with his ancestors.
The Dens and Walshes refused, whereupon a fight took place in which the Suttons
were victorious, and bore Peter's remains across the river.

YOL. II. 2 C

402 SUT.


SUT. [party.

a troop of British cavalry, and
married her. She was so beautiful
that she is handed down in a rustic
Irish ballad of the district as the
Rosheen Baum.

The issue of this marriage was
John, Peter, Mary, and Patrick.
The first two had no male issue,
Mary m. Robert Walsh, the direct
descendant of John MacWalter
Walsh, of Ballyhale.

4. Patrick : third son of Peter ;
married Alice Hogan, of Thomas-
town, and had John, Peter, and
Nancy. Peter's family still live at
Eahard. This Patrick (4) was a
man of great stature ; and wore his
hair long on his shoulders ; he was
known as Paudrigfada an coulfionn
(or, "Long Patrick, of the fair

5. John : the elder son ; married
twice ; by his first wife he had eight
sons who are all dead, and left no
issue. His second wife was Cathe-
rine Dalton, of Knoctopher, by
whom he had two sons : John and

6. Michael : second son of John ;
was a merchant in Waterford for
many years, senior partner of the
firm of " Sutton and Ivory," Corn
Merchants. Owing to misfortunes,
he emigrated to Canada, and re-
ceived an appointment in the Union
Bank of Lower Canada, which
position he held till his death in

1874. His first vife was Mary
Anne, dau. of Thomas O'Shaugh-
nessy, of Clonmel, a well-known
butter merchant of that town, and
sister of Edward O'Shaughnessy,
who, in O'Connell's time, possessed
considerable local influence, and was
an enthusiastic " Repealer."

The issue of this marriage, now
living, are John-Patrick, and Ed-
ward-AIoysius. His second wife
was Kate-Mary Fitzpatrick, widow
of Edward O'Shaughnessy, and dan.
of John Fitzpatrick, of Waterford,
a man of great local reputation for
patriotism and eloquence in the
struggle for " Emancipation." The
surviving issue of this marriage
is Ellen ; the only boy was Michael-
James, who was Purser of the
steamship "Bahama," and was lost
with that ill-fated vessel in mid-
Atlantic. Edward - Aloysius, the
second son of the first marriage was,
in 1884, a clerk in the Crownlands
Department of Quebec, and unmar-
ried ; he was the author of some
pretty poetical pieces, notably "A
Little Gift from Ireland," "The
Famished Child's Appeal," and " Do
lEemember Ireland."

7. John Patrick : the eldest son ;
m. in 1872, Mary, dau. of Richard
Clancy, of Quebec, and by her had
living issue, in 1884: Georgina,
Michael, John, and Richard.

3UTT0K (No. 2.)

0/ Tipper, County Kildare.
A rms ; Or, a Hon ramp. gu. standing on a lizard vert, a border of the second.

John Stttton, of Tipper, county
Kildare, Ksq., descended from "■ — —
JSutton, sonic time Lord I)eputy of
Irfclaud, had:

2, William, of Tipper, his heir,
who had :

'^. John, of Tipper, his heir, who
d. 13th June, 1037, and was bur.ia.


the Abbey of Kildare. He m. Mary,
dau. of John Allen,*of St. Wolstan's,
CO. Kildare, Esq., and had :

I. William, who d. v. p.

II. William (2), who also d. v. p.
He m. Ellis Bennet, and had :
I. Richard.

4. William: son of John; mar.

Katherine, dau. of Nicholas Wogan,
of RathcoflFey, in the co. Kildare,
and had :

I. Nicholas. II. Matthew.

6. Nicholas Sutton : son of Wil-
liam ; mar. Ellen, dau. of Patrick
Scurlock (now Sherlock), of Ratb-
cridan, co. Dublin, Esq.


OJ the Counties of Louth and Sligo.

Arms • Gu. a cross ar. fretty az.

This family settled in Ireland since the reiga of Edward I. We read ia
Burke's Armory, that ;

" Nicholas Taaffe, by Deed dated at Clontarf, a d. 1284, gave in pure alms to God,
the Blessed Mary, and the Knights Templars in Ireland, his lands of Killergy in Ire-
land and died 30th October, I2S8, leaving two sons— 1. John Taaffe, Archbishop of
Armagh, and 2. Richard FitzNicholas Taaffe. Richard Taaffe, who v/as seated at
Ballybraggan and Castle Lumpnagh, was Sheriff of Louth, in 1315, 9 Edward II. , when
Huoh De Lacie, the younger, Earl of Ulster, was sentenced to be hanged and
nua'rtered at Drogheda, for inciting Edward Bruce to invade Ireland. He was the
founder of the Taaffe family of Ballybraggan, Athclare, Ballyneglougli, the Viscounts
Taaffe, the Taaffea of Smarmore, d,nd other branches."

The Ballybraggan family descended from Christopher Taaffe, eldest son
of John Taaffe, Esq., of Ballybraggan, temp. Queen Elizabeth, who was
fifth in descent from Sir Nicholas Taaffe, Sheriff of the co. Louth in 1441.
John, eldest son of the said Christopher Taaffe, had livery of his father's
estates in 1633 ; but joining along with his son, Christopher Taaffe, in the
Rebellion of 1641, his lands were forfeited.

The Taaffes of Ballyueglough, in the county Sligo, and of Grayfield and
Brooklawn, in the county of Mayo, were descended from Patrick Taaffe,
Esq., of Ballyneglough, second son of Christopher Taaffe, Esq., of Bally-
braggan, and brother of John Taaffe, who forfeited his estates in 1641.
Of this branch of the family was Christopher Taaffe, Knight of St. Louis,
Colonel of Foot in Dillon's Regiment in the Service of France, born in
1725, son of James Taaffe, of Grayfield, county Mayo.

The Viscounts Taaffe were descended from SirWilliaraf Taaffe, of
Bally mote, Knt. (died 1G30), second son of John Taaffe. Esq., of Bally-

* Allen : This John Allien was descended from Allen, of Norfolk, servant to

Queen Katherine, wife of King Henry VIII.

+ William: Sir William Taaffe, of Ballymote, distinguished himself on the
Government side in the O'Neill wars, temp. Queen Elizabeth, and was knighted for
his services at the siege of Kinsale, a.d. 1601. In December, 1602, he commanded the
Irish in the Queen's pay in Carbery, and defeated a body of the enemy which was
under the command of "the Apostolic Vicar, Owen MacEagan," killing 140 men,
including the commander. In the ensuing confiscations of the territory of the Mac-
Carthy's, Sir William Taaffe " had not the least share of her Majesty's bounty." He
died on the 9th February, 1630, and was buried at Ardee.

404 TAF.


TAF. [part V.

braggan. Sir William's son, Sir John Taaflfe, was, in 1628, created Baron
of Ballymote and Viscount Taaffe, but died before 1642; this Sir John
Taaffe was the father of Theobald, who was created the first Earl of

The Smarmore (co. Louth) branch of the family descended from
Peter Taaffe, Esq., of Pepperstown and Dromine, co. Louth, third son of
John Taaffe, of Ballybraggan.

Of the Taaffes, Earls of Carlingford (extinct 1738), Sir Theobald,*
second Viscount Taaffe (son of Sir John, who, in 1828, was created Baron
of Ballymote and Viscount Taaffe, who was son of Sir William Taaffe, of
Ballymote), was, in 1661, by Charles II. created Earl of Carliyigford. This
Theobald was twice married ; first to Mary, daughter of Sir Vv . White, of
Leixlip, and had, with other children :

I. Nicholas, the second Earl of
Carlingford, who fell at the
Battle of the Boyne, in 1690,
.in command of a regiment of
Foot, under the banner of
King James II. ; d. s, p.

II. Francis, the third Earl, entered
the Austrian Service, became
Chamberlain to the Emperor
Ferdinand, a Marshall of tha
Empire, and Councillor-of State,
and d. in August, 1704. ■

III. John, of whom presently.
I. Anne.

The second wife of Sir Theobald,

was Anne, dau. of Sir W. Pershall,

2. John : son of Theobald ; was a
Major in King James's Army, and
was slain at Derry. , He married,
and had :

I. Theobald, of whom presently.

II. Lambert, who was slain at
Cremona, in 1701.

I. Mary.

3. Theobald : elder son of John ;
was the fourth Earl of Carlingford ;
d. s. p. in 1738, when the Earldom
became extinct, but the Viscouutcy
reverted to his cousin and heir male*

* Theobald : This Sir Theobald taaflfe, Viscount Taaflfe, and Earl of Carlingford,
fought for Charles I. against the Parliament, in England, and subsequently assisted the
Marquis of Ormond in his negotiations with the Confederate Catholics for a cessation
of arms. Lord Taaffe commanded Ormond'a infantry at the battle of Rathmines
(CO. Dublin), in 1649, and was defeated. He was one of the deputies who, in 1651,
went to the Continent to ofifer the sovereignty of Ireland to the Duke of Lorraine, and
was excepted from pardon for life and estate by Cromwell. After the Restoration he
received sundry grants of land, and was, by Charles II., created Earl of Carlingford.
He died 31st December, 1677, and was buried at Ballymote. His brother, Lucas, was
a Major-General in the army of the Catholic Confederation, and was Governor ot Nevw
Ross in 1649.

Sir Theobald's cousin, Viscount Nicholas Taaflfe, was born in Ireland in 1677. He
became Field-Marshal in the Imperial Service ; was Chamberlain to the Emperor Charles
VI. and his successor ; and fought with distipguished bravery during the war against
the Turks, in 1738. Late in life he took a prominent part in the agitation for Catholic
Emancipation in Ireland, and in 1766 published his Observations on Affairs in Ireland
from the Settlement in 1691 to the Present Time. Mr. Wyse, in his Historical Sketch of
the Catholic Association, speaks of Viscount Nicholas Taaflfe as " the German states-
man and general, the Irish suflferer and patriot." He died at his seat of Elishau, ia
Bohemia, on the 30th December, 1769, aged 92. His descendant, the eleventh Vis-
count Taaflfe, is an Austrian Count, and Chamberlain to the Emperor of Austria.—




Duke and Earl of Tyrconndl,

Arms : Ar. a lion ramp. gu. armed and laogued az. Crest : A talbot dog ar.
langued and collared gu. Supporters : Dexter, a lion, and einister, a talbot, both ar.
Motto : Forte et fidele.

The Talbots belonged to an ancient Norman family, and entered England
in the suite of William the Conqueror. -Two of the name, Richard and
Robert, came to Ireland, temp. Henry II..; Richard settled at Malahide,
In the county Dublin, where his descendants still reside; and whence
branches of the family spread to other parts of Ireland.

Sir Thomas Talbot, of Malahide, Knight, had livery of his estate, 12tli
February, 23 Edward III, and was summoned to Parliament in 1372.

Sir William Talbot, of Carton, co. Kildare, Barb., son of Robert Talbot,
second son of Thomas Talbot, Esq., of Malahide, was created a Baronet
(extinct) in 1622; his Fun. Entry, in Ulster's Office, is dated 1633. Sir
William, who was a Barrister, married Alison Netterville.

Richard* Talbot, youngest son of Sir William Talbot, of Carton, the

• Richard : This Richard appears to have been bom in Belgard Castle (then one
of the family residences), early in the 17th century. At nineteen years of age he went
to the Continent, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the French Service. Though a
CathoUc, he was subsequently induced by the Ormond party to return to Ireland,
where he served against Owen Roe O'Neill. He was with the army that defended
Drogheda against Cromwell ; but, in the storm and slaughter of the garrison, his life
was saved by Reynolds, a Parliamentary officer. Escapmg to Flanders, he entered
the service of the Duke of York, with whom he returned to England, on the Resto-
ration. During the reign of Charles II., Colonel Talbot lived mostly in Ireland, where
he was regarded by the Catholics as a countryman who stood in high favour, and
would stand higher as soon as the Duke of York came to the throne. When that event
occurred, in February, 1685, James II. gave a commission of Lieutenant-General to

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