Lucy family genealogy

Of Magherstafanagh, Raferton, and Doogary, County Fermanagh

(Compiled by William J. Simpson, of Belfast)

Arms: Gu. three swimming pikes, nine stars, and a fleur-de-lis.

The Lucys of Doogary claim descent from William Lucye, of Hanley, in Oxfordshire, England, whose grandson, Anthony, was a freeholder in Magherstafanagh, county of Fermanagh. This fact is proved beyond dispute by the following extract from a manuscript history of the Families of British descent in the county of Fermanagh, written A.D. 1718-19, and which formerly belonged to Sir William Betham. On his death it was sold to the late Sir Thomas Phillips, and is now (A.D. 1887) in the possession of his son-in-law, the Rev. John Fenwick, of Thulestane House, Cheltenham (Betham MSS., No. 13293, page 238). It is entitled:

“An Alphabetical Table of ye most remarkable British families in ye county of Fermanagh, proceeding according to ye first letter of each wherein by ye pages annexed to their names ye description may be found in ye book at ye same page.”

The extract is as follows:

“Mr. Anthony Lucye, a gentleman of good account, a freeholder in Magherstafanagh, derives himself from eminent persons in church and state of ye name Lucye, in ye shire of Oxford; and ye said Anthony Lucyes grandfather, who was called William, had a good estate at Hanley, bordering ye Water Tymes, in Oxfordshire. This family beareth in their Coate of Arms, three swimming pykes, nine stars, and a flower de Luce.”

There is no doubt that the family whose pedigree I am now tracing were connected by blood with the great Baronial family “Lucy of Charlecote;” and I trust to be in a position to prove the relationship. The arms of the Charlecote family being: Gules three luces or pykes hauriant, between nine cross crosslets argent:

1. William Lucy, of Hanley Oxfordshire. His son:

2. Thomas[1] Lucy was the founder of the family in Ireland. He built the old house at Rafertan, where the Lucys resided for many generations. His sons:

3. Anthony Lucy, of Magherstafanagh; buried in Clogher churchyard.

4. James, buried in Clogher, died 1728, aged 88; signed the address from Enniskillen to King William and Queen Mary, after the defence of that town, in which this James took part.

5. Robert, buried in Clogher.

6. Thomas, son of Anthony (No. 3), died about 1750; buried in Clogher. His son:

7. Anthony Lucy, d. about 1770; buried in Clogher. His son:

8. Thomas Lucy, b. about 1748, died May 22nd, 1828, buried in Clogher; issue:

9. William Lucy, of Doogary, co. Fermanagh, living in 1887, unmarried.

10. John Lucy, died 15th Jan., 1832.

11. Thomas Lucy, drowned 13th January, 1831, aged 40 years.

12. George Lucy, born 1797; married Phœbe Spinks (see the “Spinks” pedigree), died at Greymouth, New Zealand, 23rd Feb., 1871, aged 74 years; leaving issue:

13. Thomas Lucy, died in New Zealand.

14. Anne Lucy, who married Mr. Francis, of Doogary, St. Kilda, Melbourne, no issue, both living in 1887.

15. Elizabeth Lucy, mar. (1862) George Simpson Smith, who was born at Roughan, near Augher, co. Tyrone. There is a large family by this marriage; both living at Greymouth, New Zealand, 1887.


[1] Thomas: Tradition says that this Thomas came to Ireland with Lord Mountjoy or with Cromwell.