Lysaght family genealogy

Baron Lisle

Arms: Ar. three spears erect in fesse gu. on a chief az. a lion of England. Crest: A dexter arm embowed in armour, the hand brandishing a dagger all ppr. Supporters: Two lions or. Motto: Bella! horrida bella! [1]

THIS family of Lysaght or MacLysaght is descended from Donal Mór, King of Cashel, who is No. 110 on the "O'Brien" Kings of Thomond pedigree. The sirname is a corruption of Giolla-Iosa, as derived from Giolla Iosa Mor O'Brien, whose posterity were of note in the vicinity of Ennistymon, county Clare, from the 13th to the 17th century. Several respectable families of the name may be met with in that county at the present day.

1. John Lysaght, of Ennistymon, had:

2. John Lysaght (2), who was a cornet in Lord Inchiquin's army; m. Mary, the dau. of Nicholas MacDermod O'Hurley, of Knocklong, co. Limerick. Was engaged fighting against his country at Knock-na-Ness, 13th November, 1647.

3. Nicholas: son of John (No. 2); was Captain of a troop of horse, and was mortally wounded at the Boyne; died in September following. This Nicholas m. Grace, dau. of Colonel Holmes, of Kilmallock.

4. John: son of Nicholas; was M.P. for Charleville; and was created "Baron Lisle," on the 18th September, 1758; m. Catherine, dau. of Chief Baron Deane, of the Irish Court of Exchequer; and d. in 1781.

5. John: son of John; m., in 1778, Mary Anne. dau. of George Connor, of Ballybricken House, co. Cork.

6. George: son of John (No. 5); m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Knight.

7. John-Arthur, of Mount North, co. Cork, the fifth Baron: son of George; Chief of the sept in 1865.


[1] Lysaght: Edward Lysaght, a poetical writer, was born in the county of Clare, on the 21st December, 1763. He was educated at Cashel, and at Trinity College, where he became a B.A. in 1782. In 1784 he took his degree of M.A. at Oxford; and four years afterwards was called both to the English and Irish Bar. He is best known for bis songs, such as "The Sprig of Shillelagh," and "The Man who led the Van of the Irish Volunteers." He must have died shortly before 1811, at which date a small collection of his Remains was published in Dublin.