MacCarthy (No.3) family genealogy

Lords of Muskry

Armorial Bearings: Same as those of the MacCarthy Mór.

CORMAC MACCARTHY MOR, Prince of Desmond (see the MacCarthy Mór Stem, No. 115,) had a second son, Dermod Mór, of Muscry (now "Muskerry") who was the ancestor of MacCarthy, lords of Muscry, and earls of Clan Carthy.

116. Dermod Mór: son of Cormac Mór, Prince of Desmond; b. 1310; created, by the English, in A.D. 1353, "Lord of Muscry;" issue:—1. Cormac; 2. Felimy; who was ancestor of MacCarthy of Tuonadronan; and Donoch, whose descendants are called Carthy (modernized "Cartie"), of Cluanfada. This Dermod was taken prisoner by MacCarthy of Carbery, by whom he was delivered up to his (Dermod's) mother's brother the Lord Fitz-Maurice, who put him to death, A.D. 1368. Another authority states he was slain by the O'Mahonys in 1367.

117. Cormac, lord of Muscry: his son; b. 1346. This Cormac was slain by the Barrys in Cork, and interred in Gill-Abbey, in that city, on the 14th of May, 1374. From his youngest son Donal are descended the Carthies of Sean Choill (Shanakiel).

118. Teige (or Thadeus), lord of Muscry: his son; b. 1380, d. 1448; governed Muscry thirty years; issue:—1. Cormac; 2. Dermod, ancestor of the MacCarthys of Drishane, and founder of the castle of Carrigafooka; 3. Ellen, who married Dermod-an-Duna MacCarthy, Prince of Carbery; and Eoghan,[1] of Rathduane.

119. Cormac Laidir: his son; b. 1411; married to Mary, dau. of Edmond Fitzmaurice, lord of Kerry, by whom he had Cormac Oge, and a dau. who married Donal MacCarthy-Reagh, of Carbery. This Cormac, in 1465, founded the Franciscan Monastery of Kilcredhe or Cill-Credhe (now "Kilcrea"), in the parish of Kilbonane, dedicated to St. Bridget, founded five additional churches; and also built the donjon of Blarney Castle, together with the castles of Kilcrea, and Ballymaccadan. The Four Masters record his death as follows, under A.D. 1494:

"Cormac, i.e. the MacCarthy, the son of Tadg, son of Cormac, lord of Muskerry, was killed by his own brother Eoghan, and by his (Eoghan's) sons. He was a man who raised and revered the church, and was the first founder of the monastery of Kilcrea; a man that ordained that the Sabbath should be kept holy in his dominions as it ought to be; and he was succeeded by Eoghan, son of Tadg."

He was buried in Kilcrea, in the middle of the choir; the inscription on his tomb runs thus:—

"Hic jacet Cormacus, fil. Thadei, fil. Cormac fil. Dermidii Magni MacCarthy, Duns de Musgraigh-Flayn, acistius conventus primus fundator. an. Dom. 1494."

120. Cormac Oge, lord of Muscry: son of Cormac Laidir; b. A.D. 1447; d. in 1537; buried at Kilcrea. Married to Catherine Barry. Issue:—Teige; and Julia, who was married thrice: first, to Gerald Fitzmaurice, lord of Kerry; secondly, to Cormac MacCarthy Reagh, of Kilbrittain Castle; and thirdly, to Edmond Butler, lord Dunboyne. This Cormac defeated the Fitzgeralds in several engagements; fought the battle of "Cluhar and Moor" (Mourne Abbey), where he, assisted by MacCarthy Reagh and other chieftains, defeated James Fitzgerald —earl of Desmond—who ravaged Munster in 1521. This Cormac attended Parliament in 1525, as "lord of Muscry." He had a dau. Ellen, m. to James Barrett; and another, Mary, married to O'Sullivan Mór.

121. Teige, lord of Muscry: his son; born, A.D. 1472; died in A.D. 1565; buried at Kilcrea. This Cormac married Catherine, the daughter of Donal MacCarthy Reagh, prince of Carbery, and by her had issue:—1. Dermod; 2. Sir Cormac MacTeige, lord of Muscry, who was ancestor of the families of Courtbreack, Bealla, Castlemor,[2] and Clochroe; 3. Owen, who was slain at Dromanee; [Here see addenda] 4. Donal-na-Countea,[3] who died in 1581: 5. Ceallachan, who was ancestor of the Carthys of Carricknamuck; [Here see addenda] 6. Donoch, who was ancestor of the Carthys of Carew; 7. Eleanor. [Here see addenda]

122. Dermod, lord of Muscry: his son; born A.D. 1501; m. Elana, dau. of Maurice Fitzgerald, and niece of James, the 15th earl of Desmond; died in 1570, buried at Kilcrea. Issue:—Cormac; Teige, ancestor of the MacCarthys of Insirahell (near Crookstown, co. Cork); Julia, married to John de Barry, of Laisarole; and Graine, who married Donogh Oge MacCarthy Reagh, of Carbery In 1563, this Dermod fought and defeated Sir Maurice Dubh (duff) Fitzgerald, his father-in-law, who was beheaded by his guard.

123. Cormac Mór, lord of Muscry: his son; born, A.D. 1552; married to Maria Butler. Issue:—1. Cormac; 2. Teige, ancestor of the MacCarthys of Aglish; Donal, ancestor of the MacCarthys of Carrignavar; and Julia, who married twice: first, David Barry of Buttevant; and, secondly, Dermod O'Shaughnessy of Gort, in the county of Galway. This Cormac Mór attended parliament in 1578 as "Baron of Blarney;" conformed to the Protestant church; died in 1616; and was buried at Kilcrea. He also contested with Florence MacCarthy Reagh for the dignity of "MacCarthy Mór," but did not succeed. Acted as Sheriff of Cork; and on the memorable 21st October, 1601, when all his kinsmen were ranged under the O'Neill, the Red Hand of Ulster, at Kinsale, this Cormac assisted the English against the Irish, who were there commanded by O'Neill and O'Donnell. For this act he received many "honours" from the English.

124. Cormac Oge, 17th lord of Muscry: his son; born A.D. 1564; married Margaret, the daughter of Donogh O'Brien, by his wife Elena Roche; and died in London, on the 20th of February, 1640. This Cormac was educated at Oxford (England), and on the 15th of November, 1628, was created "Baron of Blarney" and " Lord Viscount Muscry." Issue:—1. Donogh; 2. Maria, who married Sir Valentine Brown, ancestor of the Earls of Kenmare; 3. Ellen, who married Colonel Edward Fitzmaurice, only son of Thomas, 18th lord of Kerry; and 4. Eleanor, who was the first wife of Cormac MacCarthy Reagh.

125. Donoch MacCarthy, lord Viscount Muscry: son of Cormac; born A.D. 1594; created "Earl of ClanCarthy" by Charles II., in 1658; was confederate chieftain and commander of the Munster forces in the civil wars in Ireland of 1641-52; exiled to the Continent, and his property conferred on his second wife Ellen (a sister of the first Duke of Ormond) and her issue; returned to Ireland at the "Restoration" of Charles II.; contested the right of Florence and Donal to the dignity of MacCarthy Mór (See Appendix, Annals of the Four Masters"); died in London (England), July, 1665. By his first marriage this Donoch had a son named Donall, who was known as the Buchaill Bán (or "the fair-haired boy"). By his second marriage he had three sons:—1. Cormac; 2. Ceallachan, who conformed to the Protestant religion; 3. Justin,[4] created "Lord Mountcashel" by King James II., in 1689; and died in France, 1st July, 1694, at Barrege, of the effects of wounds. Cormac, lord Muskerry, above mentioned (who d. 24th Dec. 1675), was, in 1665, engaged in a sea fight with the Dutch off Harwich, whilst in the same ship with the Duke of York, afterwards James II.; he (Cormac) died on the 22nd of June, 1665, of wounds received in this action. He married Margaret, the daughter of Ulick de Burgo, 1st Marquis and 5th Earl of Clanrickard, and 2nd earl of St. Albans, by whom he had two children:—1. Charles-James, b. 1663, who died young; and 2. Francis, born 1564.

126. Ceallachan MacCarthy: second son of Donoch; married Elizabeth Fitzgerald, sixth daughter of George Fitzgerald, the 16th earl of Kildare; had issue by her one son, Donoch; and four daughters, one of whom, Catherine, married Paul Davis, who was created "lord Viscount Mountcashel," by whom she had a daughter, who was married to Justin, son of Donoch, 4th earl of ClanCarthy. This Ceallaghan, who died in 1676, was being educated in France, for Holy Orders, but when the news of his brother's death reached him, he quitted his monastery, became a Protestant, and married.

127. Donoch MacCarthy, the 4th Earl of Clan Carthy: son of said Ceallaghan; born 1669; was educated in Oxford, and having, like his father, conformed to the Protestant religion, was, before he was sixteen years of age, privately married to Elizabeth Spencer, second daughter of Robert Spencer, earl of Sunderland. [Here see addenda] In 1688, he received and entertained King James II., on his arrival in Ireland, having become a Catholic when James II. became King. In 1690, on the taking of Cork, he was taken prisoner by John Churchill, Earl of Marlborough, and confined in the Tower of London, from which, in 1694, he escaped to France; in 1698, he returned to England, was arrested, and exiled on a pension of £300 a year; his estates, worth over £200,000 a year, were confiscated, and sold in violation of the "Treaty of Limerick;" he died at Prals-Hoff, in the territory of Hamburg, on the 19th September, 1734. By his wife, who accompanied him into exile, and died abroad in June, 1704, he left issue:—1. Robert; 2. Charlotte, who married John West, Lord Delaware; and 3. Justin, who married his own first cousin, the Hon. Miss Davis, dau. of Paul, lord viscount Mountcashel.

128. Robert, hereditary Lord of Muscry, earl of Clan Carthy. Baron of Blarney, etc.: his son; born 1686, and died in a chateau near Boulogne, A.D. 1770; married twice: by his first wife, Jane Plyer, daughter of Captain Plyer, of Gosport, Southampton, he left no issue; at the age of 63 years he married a young wife, who brought him two sons:—1. Dermod; 2. Cormac. This Robert was a Commodore in the English Navy. Having failed to regain his father's estates, he threw up his commission and joined the "Pretender." At length he settled at Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in France, and obtained from the French King an annual pension of £1,000. His estates were seized by the English, and sold to the Hollow Swords Blade Company; Chief Justice Payne; the Very Rev. Dean Davis, of Cork; General Sir James Jeffries; and others. Blarney Castle and surrounding estate is now (1887) possessed by Sir George Colthurst, who married a Miss Jeffries.

129. Dermod: son of Robert; an officer in the French service, at the time of the Revolution in France; threw up his commission, and with his family (having married in France, in 1772, to Rose, youngest daughter of Nial O'Neill, Prince of Ulster), returned to Ireland; died in 1815, and was buried in the family vault in Kilcrea. Left issue three sons and four daughters.

130. Cormac, hereditary Earl of Clan Carthy, etc.: his son; resided in comparative obscurity in the City of Cork; married there to Nora, dau. of William O'Neill, of Ulster (see "O'Neill, Prince of Tyrone" Pedigree, No. 130), and died in 1826, leaving issue:—Donogh, Dermod, Teige, and Ada (or Adelaide). Buried at Moviddy.

131. Donogh, hereditary Earl of Clancarthy, etc.: his son; married Eva MacLoughlin, granddaughter to Mary O'Neill, who was dau. to Nial, Prince of Ulster; died in 1871; buried at Kilcrea; left issue four sons:—1. Justin; 2. Robert; 3. Cormac; 4. Finghin; and three daughters:—Elana, Elizabeth, and Ada. Eva died in 1874, and was buried at Moviddy.

132. Justin MacCarthy, hereditary Earl of Clan Carthy, etc.: his son; married Margaret O'Daly, in Cork, prior to leaving thence in 1878; had issue:—1. Teige; 2. Cormac; and 3. Charlotte; living in St. Louis, America, in January, 1887.


[1] Eoghan: From this Eoghan descended Donogh MacCartie, who lived temp. James II., and married Eva O'Donoghue, of Glenflesk, by whom he had a son, Charles, who married a Miss Barrett, of Barretts. By this lady Charles had a son, Charles, who married Mary O'Leary, daughter of Art. O'Leary (and niece of Col. MacCarthy of Drishane), by whom he had a son Denis, who married Joanna O'Donoghue Dubh, and had Charles, who married Mary O'Donoghue of Killaha (niece to the O'Donoghue of the Glens), and Jeremiah, who was the father of Denis MacCarthy of Woodview, co. of Cork. Charles, the eldest son of Denis, had by his wife, Mary O'Donoghue, a son Denis, who married Catherine, daughter of D. O'Connell, of Tralee (by his wife Ellen, sister of Daniel O'Connell, M.P.); and a son Daniel MacCarthy, of Headford Castle, in the county of Kerry.

[2] Castlemór: This castle is now a ruin near the Bride, on a limestone rock; built by the MacSweeneys. It was possessed by Phelim MacOwen MacCarthy, who was driven from it by Oliver Cromwell in the Commonwealth period.

[3] Donal-na-Countea: This epithet na-Countea means "of the county." In the State Papers, temp. Elizabeth, this Donald is styled "Donyll ny-Countie."

[4] Justin: This Justin married Arabella, second daughter of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, and had issue: Margaret, married to Luke, Earl of Fingal, who died in 1693; and Ellen, who married William de Burgh, Earl of Clanrickarde, by whom she had a daughter Honoria (or Nora), who married twice: first, to the celebrated Patrick Sarsfield, Earl of Lucan; and, secondly, on the 26th of March, 1695, to James Fitzjames (Stuart), Duke of Berwick, natural son of King James II.