Plunkett (No.1) family genealogy

Armorial Bearings: For the Arms of the several branches of the "Plunket" family, see Burke's Armory. [1]

DONOGH, brother of Teige who is No. 106 on the "O'Brien" (of Thomond) pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Pluingceid; anglicised Plunket.

106. Donogh: son of the Irish Monarch Brian Boru.

107. Pluingcead ("planc:" Irish, to strike severely; "cead," first, Chald. "chad"): his son; a quo O'Pluingceid.

108. Oliver: his son; the first of the family who came to Bulin or Boilean.

109. Walter Plunket: his son; first assumed this sirname.

110. John: his son.

111.Alexander: his son.

112. Thomas: his son.

113. Richard Dubh: his son.

114. Patrick: his son. This Patrick had four brothers—1. Oliver,[2] who was the ancestor of Plunket, lords Dunsany; 2. Edward, the ancestor of Plunket, lords of Clannabretney; 3. Garret, the ancestor of Plunket, lords of Balrath; and 4. Thomas, the ancestor of Plunket, lords of Rathmore.

115. Thomas (2): eldest son of Patrick; had a brother named Richard, who was the ancestor of Plunket, lords Louth.

116. Richard: son of Thomas.

117. Patrick: his son.

118. Redmond: his son.

119. John: his son; the first "lord of Killeen" (A.D. 1436) and "earl of Fingall."

120. James Plunket: his son; had a brother named Christopher.


[1] Plunket: Of this family was Oliver Plunket, Archbishop of Armagh, b. at Loughcrew, co. Meath, in l629. In 1645 he was sent to Rome under the care of Father Scarampo. Papal Legate, to complete his education; and next year he entered the Irish College, where he remained eight years. In 1645 he was ordained for the Irish ministry, but the state of the country at that unhappy period rendered his return impossible, and he continued to reside in Rome, where he spent altogether some twenty-five years—from 1645 to 1669. In 1668 he was appointed agent of the Irish clergy at Rome; and about that time he composed his Irish poem, "O Tara of the Kings." On the 9th July, 1669 he was nominated Archbishop of Armagh; and in November was duly consecrated at Ghent, it being supposed that his consecration there would be less likely to bring him into trouble with the government in Ireland, than if done in Rome.....In 1674 the clergy were everywhere obliged to fly to the woods and mountains to seek a refuge. In 1678, Catholics were forbidden to reside in any corporate town. In July, 1679, he was arrested in Dundalk, and committed to Newgate, Dublin. He was charged with having compassed the invasion of Ireland by foreign powers .... In October, 1680, he was removed to England, and on the 3rd of May, 1681, was arraigned at the King's Bench, when he pleaded "Not Guilty." Five weeks were allowed him to procure witnesses, and on the 8th of June he was again brought up for trial.....The jury after a quarter of an hour's consideration returned a verdict of "Guilty," and he was sentenced to be hanged, drawn, and quartered. He was brought to Tyburn on 1st July, 1681. Captain Richardson, Keeper of Newgate, testified to his bearing, as follows: "When I came to him this morning he was newly awoke, having slept all night without disturbance; and, when I told him he was to prepare for execution, he received the message with all quietness of mind, and went to the sledge as unconcerned as if he had been going to a wedding." After making a long and dignified speech, pointing out the absurdity of the charges preferred against him, he resigned himself to the executioner. Wood says in his Athenae Oxonienses that Archbishop Plunket's remains rested in the churchyard of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields, until 1683, when they were removed to Landsprug in Germany. His head, which it was permitted us to see in October, 1886, is preserved in a shrine in the Convent of St. Catherine, Drogheda. Fox, in his History of James II., says: "Charles II. did not think it worth while to save the life of Plunket, the Popish Archbishop of Armagh, of whose innocence no doubt could be entertained."

[2] Oliver: This Oliver had a son named Oliver Oge Plunket, who was the ancestor of Plunket, lords of Loughcrew.