Plunket (No.2) family genealogy

Lords of Fingall

SIR CHRISTOPHER, a younger brother of James, is No. 120 on the foregoing "Plunket" (No. 1) genealogy, was the ancestor of this branch of that family.

120. Sir Christopher, Lord of Killeen, Deputy to Thomas Stanley, Knt., Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1432, had:

121. Sir Thomas, Knt., his third son, who was Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, temp. Edward IV. This Sir Thomas m. Marian, dau. and heir of —— Cruce, of Rathmore, co. Meath, and had:

122. Edmund Plunket,[1] of Rathmore, Knt.


[1] Plunket: In the "De la Ponce MSS.," this name is spelled Pluncket, so late as A.D. 1788.

The only branches of the "Plunket" family now in existence, are those of the Lords of Louth, Fingal, and Dunsany; all the others are considered to be extinct, for many years—their properties were all confiscated. Loughcrew is in the hands of Mr. Naper; Mr. Wade holds Clannabretney (or Clonabrany); and the Blighs have Rathmore. The tomb of the Clonabranny Plunkets is in a very good state of preservation: its inscription is in Latin (with the old Roman raised letters); the date, 1525. The Fingall Plunkets have their burial-place in their old family chapel, in which none but members of the family who have a right of burial there are permitted to be interred. That venerable ruin is situate within a few yards of the hall-door of Killeen Castle, Tara, county Meath, the seat of the Earl of Fingall; the tomb of his lordship's family lies immediately in front of the altar. At the very foot of this tomb was buried in 1824 a Mr. George Plunket, who was in the sixth degree removed in relationship to the grandfather of the present Earl (living in 1887): twenty years later, that George Plunket's son was laid in the same tomb; and a few years later a daughter of the said George. That George Plunket was, we find, great-grandfather of Count George Noble Plunket, of Dublin, Barrister-at-Law, living in 1887.