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The Irish Book of Arms
(In full color and b&w) The most comprehensive display of Irish families and coats of arms. This is the largest Documented, illustrated collection of Irish Coats of Arms in print, with rare family history and genealogy from sources in the 18th and 19th centuries. (Note: This is a book produced for serious historians and genealogists. Many are taken from original sources centuries old, and are worn with age as in the originals.)
Over 1500 entires in all, this book includes the arms from the Irish Peerage of the 18th century and later. Old genealogies are extracted, giving genealogists a line into the family tree back several generations in some cases. The works whose vital information appear in this #1 source book include:
Arms and commentary from: 1. The Irish Compendium (1722) 2. The Peers of Ireland by Kimber(1768) 3. The Irish Peerage by DeBrett (1806) 4. The Visitations of Ireland (1897) 5.The original Irish Book of Arms 6. and The archives of the Irish Genealogical Foundation.
Includes the Old and the NewThe old Irish Families are found in a section in front of the book, with color arms and black and white arms. That section is titled 'Irish Septs '. The second section of this book is based upon the arms granted under the British regime, containing over 1,000 families, many of which have never been noted as 'Irish' in modern research works. Many are from Scotland, England and Wales originally. Some family legends are included. Sources are noted for most entries.
The Complete Picture. Previous works have often been misleading and outright fictitious. No other work covers Irish heraldry both under the British regime and after the coming of the Irish Free State in the 20th century in such detail.
The story of Irish heraldry begins with the coming of the Norman invasions in the 12th century. Hundreds of families have been ignored in previous works, and understandably so, limited by space and resources. This is the first major work in the field to combine families from all time periods into one comprehensive volume.
Includes Date Granted and to whom
Older entries will tell you the date of the arms displayed and the name of the holder of the arms, details sadly lacking in other Irish heraldic works. Irish septs are identified, along with a discussion of the peculiarities of Irish heraldry.
Many arms displayed here appear exactly as found in the books and manuscripts of the
I.G.F. library. Some are very legible, others only serve to document that something appeared in print in the 18th century! Our purpose is not to redraw these arms in detail, but to show that they did exist, inviting the researcher to pursue the matter further if so desired.
Author and editor, Michael C. O'Laughlin served as president of the Irish Genealogical Foundation for 20 years and holds the position as editor-in-chief of the journal of Irish Families. He has published over 35 titles on Irish history and family research. These include rare book reprints such as Keatings History of Ireland, and The Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters.
From the Introduction to this work
"You have here my notes from the collection in our library, known as the 'Irish Book of Arms'. That compilation is several thousand pages in length. My hope is that helpful information is uncovered in this work, and that new resources are introduced to you here... My notes attempt to reflect the times and thoughts of the original author, and it is best to take note of the date of each entry.
Hence, when Kimber (circa 1768) makes mention of the descent of the Fitzgeralds from Tuscany; or the DeBurghs from William Fitz-Adelm (today considered in error), I leave it as given. My intent is to show the historical record as written. I also hesitate to challenge a writer who is 200 years closer to the facts than I, without the most extensive research on my part. (Although I am quite aware that, there are errors by all the original authors).
I urge the reader to think and research on his own."
"This volume was prepared with a particular view to genealogy, as many of our patrons are serious family researchers. We try to make note of some names and dates in every entry. As researchers know, sometimes even a first name can provide a link to a certain branch of a family. If you find an interesting clue in my notes, please do go back to the original source for more information. There are often several pages of history given in the Irish Peerages for a single name. Researchers are reminded that they may also discover families of the same name that they are not related to.
This information may save the reader from being 'taken in' by those who would sell fictitious coats of arms. All of the arms in this work are of Ireland. (That does not mean, of course, that you are related to any family that has the same surname as yours.). When possible we have given the full name of the holder of the arms. The arms are arranged by the surname of the holder of the arms, as recorded at the approximate date given.
The arms given in this work granted under the 'British' system, may not allow you to claim any usage. Normal rules of heraldry more strictly
hold that the arms belonged to an individual - not to a family name or group at all.
The first section of arms in this work gives the families most recognized after Ireland became a free state in the 20th century . These families have a freer claim to the usage of arms, due to Irish tradition regarding the land and chieftaincy. This is the concept peculiar to Ireland, known as 'Sept Arms' or 'Irish Clan Arms' (More on that later)........ "
" It is in the 18th century that we begin the research into the printed pedigrees and armories of families in Ireland. In the Irish Compendium (1722); the works of Kimber (1768); and the deBrett Peerage (1806); the power structure in Ireland was being confirmed as legitimate. There are, of course, other works that we have not included in this study, but for our purposes it is a good starting point in the study of Irish heraldry.
Let us now take a look at the family names found most often in part two of this book. The names and number of occurrences are set down below:
Multiple Arms for Many Families:
Butler: 17......... Hamilton: 15
Smith & Smyth(e): 13....... Moore: 12
Bourk(e)+ Burke+ DeBurgh: 11
Fitzgerald; Boyle; Brown(e): 10 each
Barry: 9....... Coote; Nugent; Stewart: 8 ea.
Following the above names, are those of Plunket; Dillon; Annesley; Talbot; Gore; Wilson; Percival; Lloyd; King; Knox; and Jones, each with 6 or 7 listings each. Obviously there are no names with 'O' or 'Mac' on the list of the top 20 most numerous armigerous families.
As the governing authorities had spilled much blood in the 17th century, lands had changed hands greatly, as documented in Penders 'Census of 1659' and elsewhere. Consolidation of power and prestige was in full force in the following century. The era of titles and nobility was in full swing. What better way to document the status of 'noble' families than in the publication of peerages for all of Ireland? The fact that they may have been more British than Irish was precisely the point, the old guard had been replaced......"
(End of Introduction extract from this book).
Table of Contents:
List of Books, ISBN data...........................................
Old Heraldic Display for Ireland................................
Irish Heraldry and Genealogy....................................
Full Listing From The Book of Arms circa 1690.
Most Recognized Septs After the Irish Free State.
Over 240 Arms in Color and Black and White, including illustrated arms for the families of Aherne
O' Griffy (Griffin)
O' Heyne (Hynes)
O' Horan MacHugh (Galway)
O' Kelly ui main
O' Kennedy. It should be remembered that the spellings to these names can change over time, hence O'Kelly can become Kelly, and so on.
The rest of the families in this section all have illustrated arms as well, and are well known in Irish history, they are as follows:
O' Kieran (Thomand)
O' Kinnealy (Munster)
Lacy (De Lacy)
Lally (O' Mullally)
Mac Loughlin (O'Melaghlin)
O' Mullan (Connacht)
O' Murphy (Muskerry)
Purcell (of Loughmoe)
O' Quin (Annaly)
O' Scanlan (Munster)
O' Trehy (Troy)
Also included are notes from the Book of Irish Families great & small
The Book of Arms Under the English Regime............
From the 18th century onwards according to the
works of Kimber; DeBrett; Visitations;
and from the Irish Compendium, etc... In this section are many families often thought of as English or Scottish, but are found settled here in Ireland. For example, Arthur Aceson of Armagh; John Allen of Kildare; Richard Barrington of Newcastle; Nicholas Barnwall or Barnwell, of Dublin; Matthew Aylmer of Meath; Richard Bingham of Mayo; Marcus Beresford of Tyrone; John Bligh of Meath; Montague Blundel in Kings County; Brabazon of Meath; Francis Caulfield of Armagh; Arthur Cole of Derry; John Cuffe of Ennis, County Clare; Charles Fane of Limerick; William Field of Desmond and hundreds more are given with arms and family history notes.
(Listed in Alphabetical order, disregarding the
O', Mc, or Mac prefix before the name.)
Forfeited Titles from the earliest times
Order of St. Patrick; The Garter;
The Bath; The Thistle .
Blazons of arms from Part I.
Sources for family information
Corker Arms from Cork journal
Extinct Baronetcies 1841, by Burke
They Never set foot in Ireland
Index of Family Names Found in Text......................
Tribes of Galway
Arms of Peresses
The Harp for Ireland
Irish Septs, color arms
Loss of Dignity
The Final Word
This is the largest collection of Irish heraldry ever put to print, and it is documented, from ancient heraldic works of centuries past to the modern Irish regime. Illustrated. Full size 8 1/2 x 11, hardbound, gold stamped, quality sewn library binding, in protective dust jacket. Hundreds of illustrations in full color and black and white. Irish heraldry, coats of arms and commentary. Compiled and edited by Michael C. O’Laughlin. You can learn more about the author in the Irish Roots Cafe, here at Irishroots.com New.
The most well known Irish names and coats of arms are in part I of this book. There are also hundreds of family history notes giving locations, births and deaths for Scots-Irish and English settler families in Ireland.