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Irish Family History and Genealogy, podcast show #192
with curious news and notes from Ireland.
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Wonder what DNA tests would tell about this one !

The Sack of Baltimore, County Cork, 1631
Now here is an example of Irish genealogy that requires a
knowledge of history. The 17th century was traumatic for all
those in Ireland. The Battle of Kinsale, the Flight of the Earls,
Cromwell, The Treaty of Limerick all happened in that century.
Tens of thousands of men were exiled to the continent, these
were the wild geese of Ireland. The native Irish families lost
their lands and influence entirely. A way of life was gone.

The Village of Baltimore, Co. Cork
Originally under the shadow of O’Driscolls Castle, this seaport
was profitable in business. English settlers had been granted
rights there. Many say that Coppinger of County Cork had
designs on the town and its profits, and he may have had
something to do with the tragic affair.

Hacket the Traitor
It seems Hacket, a fisherman from Dungarvan, was captured by
the pirates earlier and he gave up the town of Baltimore to the
pirates, in exchange for his safety.
So, two ships with these pirates arrived to burn, rob, terrorize
and take hostages. The bloody band included Algerians, Ottoman
Turks and Dutchmen. Their captain was Dutch. They took around
107 hostages, only two of which are said to have ever returned.

Justice Served
Several books have been written on the subject, and even a
screenplay. The fate of the hostages was grim, with many serving
as galley slaves, or in the harem of the Sultan. Justice was served
to the traitor Hacket however. He was hung two years later, near the
village he had destroyed. Many of the surviving townspeople
relocated to the town of Skibbereen – which is noted for later
tragedy, during the 19th century great famine in Cork. Song and
story have recorded that misery as well

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Thomas Osborne Davis
The story is well told by Thomas Davis, and is one of my favorite
recitations here at the hedge school. Here is an extract from that
work. We take up with the fate of the hostages below:

“Oh, some must tug the galleys o’er, and some must tend the steed-
This boy will bear a Sheiks Chibouk, and that a Bey’s jerreed.

Oh, some are for the arsenals, by beautious Dardanelles;
and some are in the caravan to Mecca’s sandy dells.

The maid that Bandon gallant sought, is chosen for the Dey.
She’s safe – he’s dead- she stabbed him in the midst of his serai;

And, when to die a death of fire that noble maid they bore,
She only smiled – O’Driscolls child, She thought of Baltimore

‘Tis two long years since sunk the town beneath that bloody band,
and now amid its trampled hearths a larger concourse stand.

Where, high upon a gallows tree, a yelling wretch is seen –
‘Tis Hacket of Dungarvan – He who steered the Algerine !

He fell amid a sullen shout, with scarce a passing prayer
For he had slain the kith and kin of many a hundred there-

Some muttered of MacMurchaidh, who brought the Norman ‘oer –
Some cursed him with Iscariot, That Day in Baltimore. “


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From Keatings Rare 17th Century Manuscripts
Irish Genealogies from Keatings History

Several years back I published these early
Irish Genealogies, which formed a large section
of our book entitled Keatings ‘History of Ireland’.
Both the entire book and the individual volume of
Irish genealogies are available at the Irish Roots
Cafe today.

Here is the book description that I originally wrote:

This Rare Book was a part of the historic reprint
of Keatings History of Ireland, a priceless part
of our Gaelic record from centuries past, reproduced
here in modern English. Many other books use
Keatings History as the authoritative source for the
history of Irish families and Ireland itself.

This complete third volume of Keatings History is
entitled ‘Irish Genealogies’ with added materials
from the Irish archives. One extraordinary resource,
this hardbound book includes the complete genealogies
from Keatings History of Ireland (v.3), giving the
locations of Irish Families from the earliest times,
including the topographical verses on the locations
of the families of Ireland.

Material I’ve addded
This volume also includes added material from the
Irish Book of Arms, Maps, and the entire index to the
3 volume set of Keatings History. Includes old Irish
and settler families in Ireland. This is the complete
volume 3 of the IGF edition of Keatings History, published
separately from the rest of Keatings work, due to its
importance to genealogy and family research.

Material added to the orginal from my Irish Archives :
Old Irish Family Trees;
Settler Families;
Family Locations throughout all of Ireland;
Maps & Charts;
Lands and Titles of Leading Families;
The Master Index to the Entire Set;
Over 1000 Families indexed;
The New Surname Index to This Volume;
Ancient Topographical Poems on the Irish Families.

Included in the additional material: list of most
50 most popular surnames of Ireland, Scotland and
England; Danish or Viking names in Ireland; Welsh
names; Anglo-Norman; Huguenot and German Palatinate
names in Ireland, a very handy reference for
researchers. Also included is the list of those
families registered in the book of arms (1690 by
James Terry).

Table of Contents
List of Maps-Illustrations
List of Reference Charts
Introduction of volume 3
Foreign Names in Ireland
Book of Arms
Ancient Genealogy and Topography
Master 3 volume index
Surname Index to volume 3
Geographical Guide.

Ancient Family Trees are given In addition
to hundreds of families given in with locations,
many old pedigrees are given including those of
MacCarthy Mor; O’Sullivan Mor and O’Sullivan
Bearra; Mac Gillicuddy; Lawrence; O’Mahoney Finn,
Carberry and those in France; O’Donovan the
eldest branch of the children of Miledh; O’Keefe.
Chapter Two gives the genealogy of O’Brien of
Thomand and of Castle Connell; MacNamara of Ui
Caisin and Ros Roe; O’Dea; O’Quin of Clan Ifernain;
MacMahon of Thomand; Pedigrees, Chief Seats,

Locations The third chapter
This gives the pedigree of O’Carroll of Eli or Ely;
and O’Gara. The fourth chapter gives the pedigree of
Magennis; O’Connor Kerry and related families. Chapter
five gives the pedigree of O’Neill and O’Donnell
from ancient days; a shorter pedigree is given for
O’Gallagher; O’Doherty; O’Boyle of Boylagh; and
Mageoghegan. Subsequently the pedigree of O’Connor Roe
and O’Connor Don and O’Flaherty of west Connaught.
Chapter 7 gives the pedigree of O’Shaughnessy; O’Heyne;
O’Clery; and O’Dowda or O’Dowd.

Chapter 8
gives the pedigree of MacDonald, of the earl of Antrim line;
O’Kelly of Ui Mani (Hy Many); Maguire and O’Madden.
Chapter nine gives the pedigree of the Dal Riada of Alba.
Chapter 10 gives the pedigree of some of those of the
Province of Leinster, including O’Kavanagh (Cavanagh);
Fitzpatrick; O’Dwyer and O’Connor Faly. Chapter 11 gives
the pedigree of O’Driscoll.

After these pedigrees, hundreds of families are given
in the topographical poems with locations and brief notations:

Kingdom of Mumha, or Munster Ancient Munster comprised the counties of Tipperary; Waterford; Cork; Kerry; Limerick and part of Kilkenny to which was added the County of Clare. Geographical divisions contained within these areas included Desmond and Thomand. The Dalcassions, the Eugenians, the clan Kian and many more peoples are given in this section on Munster, along with lines of descent. This includes Anglo-Norman families and Danish or Viking families as well as the ancient Irish families in the area.

Kingdom of Laighen, or Province of Leinster It is given here that the ancient Kingdom of Leinster comprised the counties of Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Queens, part of Kilkenny, Kings, Kildare, and Dublin south of the Liffey River. Here we find among the royal families: MacMurrough, O’Nolan, O’Doran, and MacKeogh. Many others are given on specific family lands within the province here.

Kingdom of Meath and Bregia, with Magh Liffi Chapter Three of the Topographies gives Meath as the seat of the ancient Irish Monarchies. It was the greater parts of counties Meath and Dublin. O’Melaghlin, O’Hart, O’Regan and O’Kelly of Bregia head the list of chiefs and clans given here.

Kingdom of Uladh or Ulster This ancient territory comprised the counties of Louth, Monaghan, Armagh, Down, Antrim, Tyrone, Derry, Donegal and Fermanagh, including the old territories of Orgiall, Dalaradia, Ulidia, Dalriada, Tir Eogain, Tirconnell. The leading families here are numerous, including O’Neill, O’Kane, O’Conor, Gormley and many more.

Kingdom of Connacht or Connaught This ancient kingdom is given as comprising Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan, with part of Longford and sometimes County Clare. This is given as the home of the Ui Fiachrach, the O’Dowds, MacDermott, O’Devlin, O’Gara and many more are given on thier specific lands in this volume.

From the introduction
The following is taken from the introduction to this book.
“Extensive Material has been added to this third volume of
Keating’s classic History of Ireland. It is suggested that
the reader familiarize himself with this volume in order
to fully appreciate the first two books in this series.
Reference material added here-in has been supplied by the
Irish Genealogical Foundation.” …

Master Index and Surname Index
“The Master Index for all 3 volumes in this series
begins in this book. This first index is the original
index for Keatings’s work only, and does not include
updates for added material in this volume. A new
surname index has also been added, only for this
volume of Keatings original work. The new geographical
section in this volume includes 13 maps, as well as
terms and definitions which will prove quite useful for
historical and genealogical research….

As with the first two volumes of Keating’s History
(‘The Earliest Times to St. Patrick’, and ‘The age of
St. Patrick to the Norman Invasion’), ‘Ancient Irish
Genealogies and Topographies’
is a classic source on
the earlier days of Ireland. We trust your readings
will be exciting and rewarding”. -©1983 IGF (the publisher)

About the Author Geoffrey Keating (Seathrun Ceitinn), is the author of one of the most often requested histories of Ireland ever written. A clergyman and poet, he was born in Burgess, Ballyloby, near Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland around 1569. He completed ‘Foras Feasa ar Eirinn’ or his ‘History of Ireland’ by 1634. He gathered together all the records he could, and used them. Some of the original works he cited are no longer with us. Much is legend and tradition, which is actually the great beauty of his work. – ©2006. courtesy IrishRootsCafe

The Final Word
This is the specially published third volume of Keatings History of Ireland. It deals specifically with the locations and genealogies of families in Ireland, including families that settled in Ireland during the Norman invasion. New. hardbound, specially gold stamped cover in two colors, decorative endsheets. Surname index, master index to the entire set is included as well. maps. pedigrees. 150 pages. Quality thread sewn binding for generations of use.

So ends my early review and detail of the book
“Irish Genealogies”. (IGF edition only)

-Mike O’Laughlin

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