O'Carroll (No.1) family genealogy

Princes of Ely O'Carroll

Arms: Sa. two lions ramp. combatant or. armed and langued gu. supporting a sword, point upwards ppr. pommel and hilt gold.

CIAN, the youngest brother of Eoghan [Owen] Mor who is No. 85 on the "Line of Heber," ante, was the ancestor of O'Cearbhaill Ele; anglicised O'Carroll [1] Ely, Karwell, Carvill, Garvill, and MacCarroll.

85. Cian: third son of Olioll Olum, King of Munster.

86. Teige: his son.

87. Conla: his son; had a brother named Cormac Galeng.

88. Iomchadh Uallach: his son; whose brother Finnachta was ancestor of Meagher, and Maher.

89. Sabhrann: son of Iomchadh.

90. Iomdhun: son of Iomchadh; whose brother Fec was ancestor of O'Flanagan,[2] of Ely, and of O'Conor, of Ciannacht (or Keenaght), in the county Derry.

91. Earc: son of Iomdhun.

92. Eile righ dhearg ("eiligh": Irish, to accuse), or "Eile, the red king": his son; after whom the territories possessed in Leinster by this sept, were called Duiche Eiligh, i.e., "The Estates of Ely," whereof his posterity were styled "Kings," there being no other title of honour then used in Ireland, save that of "Prince" and "Lord," until the English introduced the titles of "Duke," "Marquis," "Earl," "Viscount," and "Baron." This Eile was the ancestor of O'h-Eiligh (of Ely-O'Carroll), anglicised Healy, and Hely.

93. Druadh: his son.

94. Amruadh: his son; a quo O'h-Amridh; was ancestor of O'Corcrain ("corcra": Irish, red), anglicised Corcoran, and Coghrane.

95. Meachar: his son.

96. Tal: his son.

97. Teige: his son.

98. Inne: his son.

99. Lonan: his son.

100. Altin: his son.

101. Ultan: his son.

102. Cnamhin ("cnaimh": Irish, a bone): his son; a quo O'Cnaimhin, anglicised Nevin, MacNevin, Bone, Bonass, and Bowen.

103. Dubhlaoch: his son.

104. Aodh (or Hugh): his son.

105. Cearbhall ("cearbhall": Irish, massacre, slaughter): his son; a quo O'Cearbhaill Ele.

106. Monach O'Carroll: his son; was the first of this family that assumed this sirname.

107. Cu-Coirneach (also called Cu-Boirne): his son.

108. Riogbradan: his son.

109. Donal: his son.

110. Fionn: his son.

111. Maolruanaidh: his son.

112. Donoch: his son.

113. Goll an-Bheolaigh ("beolach": Irish, talkative): his son.

114. Fionn (2): his son.

115. Teige: his son.

116. Maolruanaidh: his son; and Donal, the ancestor of "Carroll," of Carrollton, Maryland.

117. William: his son.

118. Roger: his son.

119. Teige, of Callen: his son.

120. Teige Aibhle Magh Glaisse: his son.

121. Maolruanaidh na Feisoige (or Mulroona of the Beard): his son; was the ancestor of the Birrae: ("birra:" Irish, standing water), a quo the name of the town of "Birr," in the King's Co.

122. John O'Carroll, prince of Ely: son of Maolruanaidh na feisoige.

123. Donogh: his son; chief of Ely in 1536; m. dau. of O'Connor Faley; had a brother named Maolruanaidh, who was the ancestor of O'Carroll of Maryland, United States of America.

124. Teige: his son; m. to Sara, dau. of O'Brien.

125. Cian: his son; m. to dau. of O'Melaghlin.

126. Donogh of Buolebrack (Ballybrack [3]), parish of Roscrea, barony of Clonlisk, King's county: his son; transplanted to Beagh, co. Galway, by Oliver Cromwell.

127. Donal (or Daniel): his son; an officer in the service of King Charles II.

128. John of Beagh: his son.

129. Redmond of Ardagh, co. Galway: his son.

130. Redmond of Ardagh: his son.

131. John of Turlogh, co. Galway: his son.

132. Frederick-Francis, of Kiltevna, Dunmore, co. Galway: his son; living in 1887; whose eldest brother Redmond O'Carroll, mentioned in Burke's "Vicissitudes of Families," was the father of—1. Rev. John-James O'Carroll, S.J., of Milltown Park, near Dublin, and 2. Rev. Francis-Augustine O'Carroll, of the Oratory, South Kensington, London—both living in 1887.

133. Frederic-John O'Carroll, A.B, Barrister-at-Law, 67 Lower Leeson street, Dublin: son of Frederick-Francis; living in 1887.


[1] O'Carroll: There were several distinct "O'Carroll" families, for instance—1. O'Carroll, chiefs of O'Carroll Ely; 2. O'Carroll (now Carroll), who was chief lord of Ossory, from A.D. 845 to 885; 3. O'Carroll, a family in the barony of Magunihy, co. Kerry; 4. O'Carroll, Princes of Oriel, etc.

[2] O'Flanagan: There were also several families of "O'Flanagan" in Ireland. 1. in Ely O'Carroll; 2. in Connaught; 3. in Fermanagh; 4. in Oirgiall; 5. in Uactar Tire, now the barony of "Upperthird," in the north-west of the county Waterford. The O'Flanagans of Upperthird were dispossessed shortly after the English Invasion by the family of Le Poer (now "Power"), who still possess a large portion of that territory; etc.

[3] Ballybrack: The property of this Donogh O'Carroll, when he was transplanted, included, according to the Down Survey Map, the present townlands of Ballybrack, Ballyclery, Glascloon, and Clonbrennan.

In 1641 O'Carroll's castle of Kinnity, in the barony of Ballybrit, King's County, was granted to Mr. Winter, by whom it was held for Charles I. William Parsons, son of Lawrence, and nephew of Sir William, Lord Justice of Ireland, was constituted Governor of Ely-O'Carroll, and Constable of Birr Castle, which he garrisoned with his followers. His father, Surveyor-General, obtained in 1620, from James I., a grant of the castle, fort, village and lands of Birr. This castle of Birr was besieged by the O'Carrolls in 1642; but Sir Charles Coote, father of the first Earl of Montrath, who came to its relief, obliged them to raise the siege. It was taken by general Preston in 1643, and held by him for the Confederate Catholics, until 1650, when it was taken for the Commonwealth, by Henry Ireton, Oliver Cromwell's son-in-law.