O'Hara Buidhe (No.1) family genealogy

Chiefs of Leyney, County Sligo

Arms: A demi lion ramp, holding in the dexter paw a chaplet of laurel. Crest: A hawk's head betw. two wings. Motto: Try. [1]

CORMAC Galeng,[2] brother of Conla who is No. 87 on the O'Carroll (Ely) pedigree, was the ancestor of O'h-Eadhradh; anglicised O'Hara and O'Hora.

87. Cormac Galeng: son of Teige.

88. Lughaidh (or Luy): his son. This Lughaidh was the ancestor of Muintir-Cormac; of Muintir Dulchonta ( "dul:" Irish, a snare, "canta," to speak; Lat. "cano," to sing), anglicised "Delahunty," "Delahunt," "Hunt," and "De-la-Hunt." This Lughaidh had two brothers—1. Galinan, who was ancestor of O'Casey; and of Muintir Owen (of the county Galway), anglicised Owens; 2. Brocan, who was the ancestor of O'Duana.

89. Niacorb (meaning "the gilded chariot"): son of Lughaidh.

90. Artcorb: his son.

91. Fiochar: his son.

92. Fidhghe: his son.

93. Natfraoch: his son.

94. Breannan: his son.

95. Fionnbar: his son.

96. Dermod: his son.

97. Taithleach ( "taithleach:" Irish, handsome): his son.

98. Ceannfaola: his son.

99. Taithlioch (2): his son.

100. Flaithna: his son.

101. Beice: his son.

102. Eadhradh ("eidir:" Irish, between, and "tu," you): his son; a quo O'h-Eadhradh. This Eadhradh had a younger brother named Saorgus, who was the ancestor of O'Gara.

103. Magnus: his son.

104. Moroch: his son.

105. Donal: his son.

106. Murtagh: his son.

107. Taithlioch, of Ormond: his son.

108. Aodh (or Hugh): his son.

109. Conor Gud ("guda;" Irish, a gudgeon); his son; a quo O'Guda [3].

110. Hugh O'Hara: his son; the first who assumed this sirname. This Hugh had three sons—1. Dermod, who was ancestor of O'Hara buidhe [boy]; 2. Artriabhach (or Arthur the grey-haired), ancestor of O'Hara reagh; and 3. Cuconnaght, who, some say, was the ancestor of O'Hara of the Route.

111. Dermod: the eldest son of Hugh; had a brother named Artriabhach.

112. Arthur: his son.

113. Donal: his son.

114. Fergal: his son.

115. Teige: his son; who was the ancestor of O'Hara, of the Route.

116. John Buidhe: his son; had a brother named Melaghlin [4].

117. Roger: his son.

118. (We could not make out this name).

119. Olioll: son of No. 118.

120. Cian: his son.

121. Cormac: his son.

122. Teige: his son.

123. Teige Oge O'Hara Buidhe [boy]: his son.

The O'Haras were Chiefs of Luighne, an extensive territory in the county of Sligo, which gave name to the present barony of Leyney, in the county Sligo; but it is to be observed that ancient Luighne was much more extensive, comprising the whole country within the diocese of Achonry. It was also known by the name of Gailenga, and these were the tribes of the race of Cormac Gaileng between whom the country was divided; which names are preserved in the baronies of Leyney, in Sligo, and Gallan, in the county of Mayo. The O'Haras are styled by O'Dugan:

"The Kings of Luighne of the blade-armed warriors."

In A.D.

1063. Conaing O'Hara, lecturer at Clonmacnoise, died.

1147. Durcan O'Hara, a sub-chief of Leyney, died.

1157. Connor O'Hara, tanist of Leyney, and Teige MacMurtogh O'Hara, were slain; Donough O'Hara flourished.

1183. Bec O'Hara, lord of North Conacht, was murdered by Conor Dermody, in his own house at Loch MacFeradach.

1225. Duarcan O'Hara, Teige O'Hara, and Edina, the daughter of Dermod, son of Donal O'Hara, died.

1231. Conor Gud O'Hara, died. This Conor had a son, Hugh, whose third son (see Stem above) was ancestor of O'Hara of the Ruta or Routes, in the county of Antrim, who had his chief seat at Crebilly. This Dalriadian branch of the North Conacht O'Haras, removed to the county of Antrim, with the Red Earl of Ulster, in the beginning of the 14th century.

1234. Donogh, son of Duarcan O'Hara, slew Hugh, lord of Leyney, and assumed the government of the territory; but he was taken prisoner soon afterwards by Teige O'Connor, and slain, on his way to a place of confinement, by the son of Hugh.

1261. Cathal O'Hara and five of his people were slain by a party under the De Bermingham, in the church of St. Feichin, at Ballisodare; and Donal O'Hara plundered the Berminghams in revenge, and slew Sefin De Bermingham, the chief's son. with the bell which he (Sefin) stole from the church of Ballisodare.

1266. Ballisodare and Carbury of Drumcliff were plundered by the English.

1278. Brian O'Dowd and Art na-Capall O'Hara, defeated the Berminghams, and slew Conor Roe Bermingham, and the two sons of Myles Mór de Bermingham.

1298. Donogh, son of Donal O'Hara, a distinguished chief, was slain by his own kinsman, Brian Carrach.

1303. A religious house of some sort was founded on the borders of the lake of Ballymote by O'Hara, lord of Leyney.

1314. Manus MacDonal O'Hara was slain by Manus MacWilliam O'Hara.

1316. Art O'Hara, lord of Leyney, was slain at the battle of Athenry, fought on the 10th of August.

1340. Rory, son of Manus O'Hara, died.

——. Murrogh, son of Mulloy O'Hara, abbot of Boyle, and bishop elect of Leyney, died.

1396. The bishop O'Hara died.

1409. Brian, son of John O'Hara, bishop of Achonry, died.

1410. Donal, son of Cormac O'Hara, heir to the lordship of Leyney, died.

1420. Teige, son of Fergal O'Hara, tanist of Leyney, died.

14—. O'Hara Roe, bishop of Achonry, died.

1435. Donal, son of Fergal Caech O'Hara, was slain.

1448. John MacJohn O'Hara, heir to the lordship of Leyney, was slain.

1537. O'Hara Riabhach was taken prisoner by O'Donnell.

1560. Teige Buidhe O'Hara, lord of Leyney, was killed by Cathal Oge O'Connor, "and there had never been in Conacht, of the race of Cormac Gaileng, a more hospitable man than he."

1582. Felix O'Hara, a Franciscan friar, was hanged and quartered by the English, on account of his faith.

1596. The two O'Haras, lords of East and West Leyney, joined the camp of O'Donnell and Theobald Burke, on the banks of the river Robe (a quo Ballinrobe), county of Mayo.

This family maintained an independent position down to the time of Oliver Cromwell.

The O'Haras had castles at Castlelough, Memlough. and other parts of Leyney.

In the times of Anne and George I., King and Queen of England, this family received the titles of Barons of Tirawley and Kilmaine, in the county of Mayo.—See note, p. 210.

The following are the names of the "O'Haras," who were Lords of Leyney, from A.D. 1023 to 1560.

Donal, slain, 1023.

Duarcan, killed, 1059.

Brian, d. 1067.

Tiachleach, d. 1095.

Tiachleach, vivens, 1134.

Murrogh, killed, 1134.

Hugh, d. 1155.

Rory, slain, 1157.

Donal, d. 1177.

Bec, slain, 1183.

Conor Gud, d. 1231.

Hugh, slain, 1238.

Donogh, slain, 1238.

MacHugh, v. 1240.

Dermod, d 1250.

Donal, slain, 1266.

Art na-Capall, v. 1278.

Donal, d. 1294.

Donogh, slain, 1298.

Art, slain, 1316.

Fergal, slain, 1323.

Donal, d. 1358.

Cormac, d. 1365.

Fergal, d. 1390.

John, v. 1420.

————, d. 1449.

O'Hara Riabhach, v. 1537.

Teige Buidhe, slain, 1560.


[1] O'Hara: Sir Charles O'Hara, Baron Tyrawley, an officer distinguished in the War of the Spanish Succession, was born in the county of Mayo, in 1640; he was raised to the peerage in 1706. In the following year he commanded the left wing of the allied army at the battle of Almanza, 25th April, 1707 (N.S.), and remained in the Peninsula until the conclusion of the war. On his return to Ireland he took his seat in the House of Lords. He was for some time Commander-in-chief of the Army in Ireland. He died 8th June, 1724, aged 84, and was buried in St. Mary's Church, Dublin. His son James, second Baron Tyrawley (born 1690, died 1774), was created Baron of Kilmaine in 1721, for eminent military services. He attained the rank of General, filled several important diplomatic posts, and was Governor of Minorca.

[2] Galeng: From this Cormac Galeng the barony of "Gallen," in the county of Mayo, is so called.

[3] O'Guda: This name has been anglicised Good, Dudgeon and Gudgeon; and is now (1887) represented by Henry Good of Aglish, Muscry, co. Cork.

[4] Melaghlin: According to some genealogists, this Melaghlin was the ancestor of O'Hara, of the Route.