Modern Nobility of Cork and Kerry

Or Desmond

IN the county Cork the following have been the noble families, since the reign of King John: De Courcy, barons of Kinsale and Ringrone; Fitzgerald, earls of Desmond, barons of Decies, and seneschals of Imokilly; Fielding, earls of Denbigh in England, has the title of earls of Desmond. Of the Royal Family, the dukes of Clarence were earls of Munster. The Carews were marquises of Cork; MacCarthy, earls of Clancare, earls of Clancarthy, earls of Muskerry, and earls of Mountcashel; Barry, barons of Olethann, viscounts of Buttevant, and earls of Barrymore; Roche, barons of Castlelough, and viscounts of Fermoy; Boyle, barons of Youghal, Bandon, Broghill, and Castlemartyr, viscounts of Dungarvan and Kinnalmeaky, earls of Cork, Orrery, and Shannon, and earls of Burlington in England; Percival, barons of Duhallow, Kanturk and Ardee, and earls of Egmont; St. Leger, viscounts of Doneraile; Touchet, earls of Castlehaven; Bernard, earls of Bandon; White, viscounts of Berehaven, and earls of Bantry; Berkley and Chetwynd, viscounts of Berehaven; Broderick, viscounts Midleton; Moore, earls of Charleville; and Moore, earls of Mountcashel; King, earls of Kingston; O'Callaghan, viscounts of Lismore in Waterford, are originally from Cork; Evans, barons of Carbery; Deane, barons of Muskerry; Tonson, barons of Riversdale; and the family of Cavendish, barons of Waterpark.

In the county Kerry the following have been the noble families since the reign of King John:—Fitzmaurice, barons of Lixnaw; and O'Dorney, viscounts of Clanmaurice, and earls of Kerry; Petty, or Fitzmaurice-Petty, barons of Dunkerron, viscounts Clanmaurice, earls of Kerry, earls of Shelbourne, and marquises of Lansdowne in England; Fitzgerald, knights of Kerry; Brown, earls of Kenmare, and viscounts of Castlerosse; Herbert, barons of Castleisland; Child, viscounts of Castlemaine, and earls of Tilney in England; Monson and Palmer, viscounts of Castlemaine; Power, viscounts of Valencia; Crosbie, viscounts of Brandon, and earls of Glandore; Wynn, barons Hedley; De Moleyns, barons of Ventry; Hare, barons of Ennismore, and earls of Listowell; and Spring-Rice, barons Monteagle of Brandon.

Down to the last century, the mountains of Cork and Kerry were covered with ancient forests of oak, ash, pine, alder, birch, hazel, and yews of immense size; and afforded retreats to wolves and numerous herds of red deer. It is needless to speak of the majestic mountains and magnificent lakes of Kerry, celebrated as they are for their surpassing beauty and sublime scenery.