MacCarthy Reagh (No.2) family genealogy

Prince of Carbery

Arms and Crest: Same as MacCarthy Mór. Motto: Fortis, ferox, et celer.

DONAL GOTH ("goth," Ir., straight), second son of Donal Mór-na-Curra, King of Desmond (see No. 111 on the "MacCarthy Mór" pedigree), was the ancestor of MacCarthaigh Riabhach ("riabhach": Irish, swarthy, etc.), anglicised MacCarthy Reagh.

112. Donal Goth; son of Donal Mór-na-Curra; known also (see MacFirbis) as Donal Glas; lord of Carbery, A.D. 1205 to 1251. This Donal dethroned Dermod Fitz-Mahon O'Mahony, lord of Iveagh, after the sanguinary engagement of Carrigdurtheacht, in which the three sons of The O'Mahony, and O'Coffey (or O'Cowhig), chief of Coillsealvy were slain. Donal, who was in 1251 slain by John Fitzthomas Fitzgerald, commonly called "John of Callan," left six sons, viz.; 1. Dermod Don, who succeeded his father, and whose descendants, known as the "Clan Dermod," possessed an extensive district in Carbery, and the Castles of Cloghane and Kilcoe; 2. Teige Dall, ancestor of the "Clan Teige Dall;" 3. Cormac, of Mangerton, so called from having defeated the English at the foot of that mountain, in 1259; 4. Finghin Raghna-Roin, so called from his having been slain at this place by the attendants of John de Courcy, in 1261; 5. "The Aithcleirach;" and 6. Donal Maol.

113. Donal Maol: his son; became lord of Carbery, 1262 to 1310; defeated the de Courcys of Kinsale in several engagements, and liberated Donal and Teige MacCarthy, who were kept in close confinement by their Kinsman Dermod MacCarthy Mór of Tralee. Donal Maol left two sons—Donal Caomh, and Cormac.

114. Donal Caomh (or the Handsome): his son; upon the death of his father became, in 1311, Prince of Carbery; he died in 1320, leaving, besides other children, Donal Glas; Cormac Donn, the ancestor of MacCarthy Glas; and a daughter married to Dermod FitzConnor O'Mahony, by whom she had Donogh O'Mahony of Iveagh. Donal Caomh married the widow of Dermod O'Mahon, and daughter to Robert de Carewe, "Marquis of Cork," who settled in Carbery, having built a castle near the Abbey of Bantry, called "Carewe Castle," alias Downimarky.

115. Donal Glas: eldest son of Donal Caomh; Prince of Carbery from A.D. 1326 to 1366. This Prince rebuilt the Abbey of Timoleague upon the ruins of the ancient abbey of the same saint (St, Molaga), and in this abbey he was buried in 1366, leaving by his wife—a daughter of O'Cromin—two sons, Donal Reagh, and Dermod; and a daughter Mary, who married Bernard O'Sullivan Bere.

116. Donal Glas, MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery: son of Donal Glas; married Joanna Fitzmaurice, by whom he had Donogh of Iniskean;[1] Dermod an-Dunaidh; Donal Glas [2] (d. s. p. 1442); Eoghan, slain 1432; and Cormac na-Coille. This Donal was sirnamed Riabhach or "swarthy," on account of his appearance; from him the family has been named "Reagh;" he died 1414.

117. Dermod an Dunaidh MacCarthy Riabhach: his son; Prince of Carbery in 1452; married Ellen, the daughter of Teige, lord of Muscry, and had issue: Finghin; Donal, who predeceased his father; and Dermod, who had a son Finghin.

118. Finghin MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery: his son; married Catherine, daughter of Thomas Fitzgerald, the 8th "Earl of Desmond," who was beheaded at Drogheda; he left issue: Donal, Dermod, Donogh, and Cormac.

This Finghin was in high favour with Henry VII., King of England, who "authorized" him, in conjunction with Cormac MacTeige, lord of Muscry, to get the homage of the independent Irish chiefs.

119. Donal MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery: his son; governed Carbery for twenty-six years; assisted Cormac Oge Laidir, lord of Muscry, against the English in Munster, in 1521. He married twice: first, to the daughter of Cormac Laidir, lord of Muscry, by whom he had two sons and one daughter—the sons were: 1. Dermod, who was slain by Walter Fitzgerald, son of the Earl of Kildare; and 2. Donal, who died s. p.; the daughter was Ellen, who married Teige Mór O'Driscoll. Donal MacCarthy Reagh married secondly to Eleanor Fitzgerald (daughter of Gerald Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of Kildare), whose sister Alice was wife to Conn O'Neill, Prince of Ulster: the issue of this marriage was four sons, who were successively (by usage of tanistry) "Princes of Carbery:"—1. Cormac na-Haine; 2. Finin, married Catherine, daughter of Donal an-Drumin, Prince of Desmond, he left no male issue; 3. Donogh (d. 1576), married Joanna, the daughter of Maurice Fitzgerald, by whom he had Finin, who married Elana, Princess of Desmond, and who was made The MacCarthy Mór by Aodh O'Neill, Prince of Ulster; Donogh had also Dermod Maol, who m. Ellen, the dau. of Teige O'Donoghue of Glenflesk; and Julia, who married Owen O'Sullivan Mór. Donogh married, secondly, to a dau. of John, lord Power, by whom he had Donogh Oge, who m. Graine, the dau. of Dermod, lord Muscry; was interred at Timoleague; 4. Owen ("of the Parliament") d. 1593; m. Ellen, dau. of Dermod O'Callaghan, by whom he had two sons and six daughters:—the sons were—Finin, who m. Eleanor, the dau. of Edmond Fitzgibbon, the White Knight, and widow of his cousin Cormac; and had by her several children: one of these, Catherine, m. Dermod MacCarthy, younger son of Teige an-Duna; Ellen, who married Finin O'Driscoll; Julia, who m. Dermod, son of Donal O'Sullivan Mór; Eleanor, who m. Finin M'Owen Carragh Carthy of Kilbrittain; Joanna, who m. Donal O'Donovan; Honoria, who married Edmond Fitzgerald, Knight of the Valley; Graine, who m. twice, first, Barry Oge of Buttevant, and, secondly, Cormac, son of Cormac MacTeige, of Muscry.

120. Cormac na Haoine, Prince of Carbery: son of Donal: married Julia, dau. of Cormac, lord of Muscry, and had by her a son called Donal-na-Pipi.

121. Donal-na-Pipi, Prince of Carbery (d. 1612): his son; became Prince on the death of his uncle Owen; he married Margaret Fitzgerald, dau. of Sir Thomas Roe Fitzgerald, and had by her a numerous issue:—1. Cormac; 2. Donough (proprietor of Kilbrittain, d. s. p.); 3. Teige, chief of Kilgobane, d. s. p.; 4. Donal; 5. Owen; 6. Julia, who m. Edmond, Lord Barry; 7. Ellen, who m. Teige MacCarthy, of Ballikay (co. Cork), by whom she had three sons who died young, and two daughters; 8. Finin, of Bandubh. who left a son Donal, who married Honoria, dau. of Owen O'Sullivan Bere, by whom he had a son, Finin of Bandubh, who became a lieutenant-colonel in the Regiment of Donal MacCormac MacCarthy Reagh, in the service of James II.

122. Cormac: son of Donal; m. Eleanor, dau. of Edmund Fitzgibbon, the White Knight, and who afterwards married Finin MacCarthy, of Iniskean, and had by him a son Donal. This Cormac died before his father.

123. Donal, Prince of Carbery: son of Cormac No. 122; m. Ellen, dau. of David Roche, lord Fermoy, and had by her a son Cormac.

124. Cormac MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery: son of Donal; m., before his father's death, Eleanor, dau. of Cormac Oge, Lord Muscry; was commander of the Munster Clans in 1641, his lieutenant being Teige an-Duna. This Cormac (or Charles) had by his wife issue:—1. Finin; 2. Donal (who raised a regiment of Foot for James II.), m. Maria, dau. of Colonel Richard Townsend, of Castletown, and dying in 1691 was interred at Timoleague; 3. Donogh, who m. Margaret de Courcy, by whom he had:—1. Alexander, who served on the side of James II. at the Boyne and Aughrim; 2. Donal, who died in the French Service; and 3. Eleanor-Susanna, who m. Baron de Hook of the French Service; 4. Ellen, who m. John, Lord Kinsale; and 5. Catherine, who m. Pierre St. John, of Macroom, by whom she had a son and three daughters. This Cormac was alive in 1667. Most of his estates were confiscated by Cromwell (1652), but at the Restoration, he got back a portion. After the taking of Kilbrittain Castle, he led a wandering life in Carbery, in Bere, and in Bantry.

125. Finin MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery: his son; born in 1625; went to France in 1647; married there the dau. of a French Count; had by her two sons—1. Cormac; and 2. Dermot (b. 1658), m. in France and d. circa 1728, there leaving a son Donal. This Donal MacCarthy Reagh was b. in France 1690, came to Ireland, and lived near Dunmanway, where he m. Kate O'Driscoll, by whom he had:—1. Margaret, who m. Richard O'Neill, Hereditary Prince of Ulster (see the "O'Neill Princes of Tyrone" pedigree, No. 131); 2. Cormac; 3. Donal; 4. Owen; and another son and a daughter.

126. Cormac: son of Finin; Prince of Carbery; returned to Ireland, married there, and died leaving one son Owen.

127. Owen: Hereditary Prince of Carbery; married, and died in 1775, leaving issue a son.

128. Cormac (or Charles) MacCarthy Reagh: his son; born about 1721, married Catherine, daughter of Charles Bernard [3] of Palace-Anne (near Iniskean). This Cormac, who was a solicitor, was Seneschal of the Manor of Macroom, Recorder of Clonakilty, and Clerk of the Crown for the County. His wife died in Bandon, aged 104 years.

129. Francis-Bernard MacCarthy Reagh: his son; Hereditary Prince of Carbery; in 1793 married Elizabeth (who d. January 1844) daughter of William Daunt of Kilcascan, by his wife Jane Gumbleton of Castle Rickard. She was sister of the late Captain Joseph Daunt of Kilcascan, who died 1826: issue of Francis Bernard—five sons and four daughters.

130. William MacCarthy Reagh: his son; Hereditary Prince of Carbery; born 7th October, 1801; married on 10th February, 1827, to Margaret-Foster, daughter of the Rev. Mountiford Longfield, of Churchill, Co. Cork, and sister of the Right Hon. Judge Longfield. Her mother was a Miss Lysaght. This William and his wife, in 1848, or thereabouts emigrated to Wisconsin, U.S., America; died, leaving issue, all settled in America:—1. Francis-Longfield MacCarthy; 2. Grace-Lysaght, b. 5th March, 1829; d. 12th July, 1839; 3. Elizabeth, b. 15th October, 1830; m. 1852, to Arthur Beamish Bernard, son of Samuel Beamish, of Maghmor (near Bandon); heir of Entail of Palace Anne, which he sold, and is now settled in America; 4. Margaret-Anne, b. 4th March, 1833; m. on 9th June, 1852, to George, son of the late Dr. Beamish: Issue, one son and two daughters; 5. Mountiford-Longfield, b. 4th June, 1835; m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Beamish, of Maghmor, niece of Arthur Beamish-Bernard, of Palace-Anne, who, in 1855, died in America (she died on the 15th Jan., 1862, leaving two sons); 6. William-Henry, b. 27th Oct., 1837; 7. Henry-Longfield, b. 24th March, 1839; d. 14th April, 1840; 8. Mary-Caroline, b. 16th May, 1840; 9. Robert-Longfield, b. 30th August, 1842; living in 1880; 10. Grace-Patisnee, b. 16th June, 1845, at Palmyra, Wisconsin.

131. Francis-L. MacCarthy Reagh: son of William; Hereditary Prince of Carbery; born 30th December, 1827; married a widow, by whom, issue, one son, whose name we have not learned.


[1] Donogh of Iniskean: From this Donogh descended the "Slught Dermod" of Iniskean (in Carbery, west of Bandon), and the MacCarthys "Rabach,"—many of whom still live around Bandon. From Dermod, son of Finin, son of Cormac, son of Donogh, are descended the former; and from Finin, son of Donal "Rabach," son of Cormac, son of same Donogh, the latter branch.

[2] Donal Glas: This Donal left illegitimate sons, the founders of the "Slught Glas;" these possessed most of the parishes of Ballinadee and Ballymoney, on the Bandon. Their chief residence was the Castle of Phale, in 1601, the stronghold of the brothers, Donogh, Donal, and Finin Mac Carthy, the acknowledged heads of the Slught Glas. Finin fled to Spain in 1601, and Donogh died soon after, leaving his brother Donal the head of the Phale Carties. Owen, son of Donogh, was "attained" (attainted) in 1642. His son Owen-Roe-Glaughig MacCarthy is still remembered, and the site of the gallows, on which he hanged evil disposed people, is yet pointed out. The Old Castle of Phale was standing some seventy years ago; its stones were used to build Ballyneen Village and Ballymoney Protestant Church, and not a vestige of it now exists. Superintendent MacCarthy, who presided some years ago over the Dublin. Metropolitan Police, was the Head of this tribe. For a time Kilgobban Castle also belonged to the Slught Glas. Some of them settled as farmers at Kilnacronogh, where their descendants may still be found.

[3] Bernard: "Beamish" was his patronymic. His mother was a Bernard of the same family as the "earls of Bandon." On the death of his uncle Tom Bernard, in 1795, he adopted the sirname Bernard, as a condition of inheriting Palace Anne. The house (on the Bandon) is now (1887) in ruins; and the place occupied by a dairyman.