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~ ~ Howel, Stephen, and Oliver ~ ~
Possible Entries Related to the Howels of Carrickbyrne, County Wexford
As well as early Howel, fitz Stephen, 'le Waleys' and Walsh references in Counties Wexford and Kilkenny

(a followup reference to the pedigree of Howel of Carrickbyrne)



- The family shows its Welsh origin in the name Howel. It was known in the first centuries of the Conquest by a patronymic: "Howel son of Stephen", "Oliver son of Howel" &c. There is evidence that it was later represented by the well-known house of Walsh of the Mountain, for the ancestors of that house were the same Howels of the feodaries (i.e. 1247, 1324 & c. 1425), and in Stuart days the Walshes of the Mountain held the fee at Carrickbyrne. [source: Knights' Fees counties Wexford, ..., Brooks, p. 100]

- The hereditary possessions of the Walsh of the Mountain family in Co., Wexford consisted of the Manor of Courthale, otherwise Corrigbrin (now Carrickbyrne), comprising the towns and lands of "Courthoile", Rahindoy, Rathkerry, and Rahincloney, of which Walter Walsh of Castlehale died seised in 1619. [source; History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, Carrigan, v. 4, p. 80]

- Circa 1231-34, The capella and domus of ' Hoel of Karrothobren ' are mentioned in the deforestation Charter of Richard Marshal, i.e. of the forest of Old Ross, Co. Wexford. (source: Chart. St. Mary's Abbey, Dublin; vol. ii, p.155). The name Howel, as Orpen points out, is preserved in the townland of Courthoyle, where the castle and chapel are marked on the Ordnance Survey map. (source: Ireland Under the Normans; Orpen, v. 3, page 90).

- He (the above) is perhaps "Howel son of Gronius" (Grono). Witnesses mentioned in the (c. 1232) document about the forests of Old Ross include Philip Keating and Thomas Boscher, along with Hoel of Carrickbyrne. Philip Keating and Thomas Boscher were also witnesses of a certain final concord (c. 1200-1213) between the monks of Dunbrody Abbey (near old Ross) and one of their neighbors at Tyrbregan, and "Hoel son of Grono" was also a witness. (source: Walsh 1170-1690)

- In 1247, a "Howel de Karcbren" held 1/2 knight's fee at Carrickbyrne, in the parish of Newbawn, barony of Bantry, co. Wexford. (source: Knights' Fees counties Wexford, ..., Brooks, p. 100)

- The families of Grace and Walsh founded the abbey of Rossbercon, for Dominicans, under the invocation of the Virgin Mary, in September, 1267. This was located in Co. Kilkenny on this side of the river Barrow, opposite to the town of Ross in Co. Wexford. [source: History of the Irish Hierarchy, by Thomas Walsh]

- In 1285 and 1286, "Stephen Howel", and "John son of Stephen", occur both in co. Wexford and co. Kilkenny in the same connexion. (source: Cal. Docs. Ire, iii, pp. 52, 95). This is of interest as it helps to identify "Stephen Howel" as the "ancestor of the Walshes of the Mountain", whose principal seat was Castlehale (named from the same Howel ancestor as Courthoyle) in co. Kilkenny. (source: Knights' Fees counties Wexford...)

- Circa 1292-93, "Sir Stephen Howel", knight, witnessed four deeds relating to the transfer of the manor and castle of Knocktopher, co. Kilkenny from Edmund, son of Milo le Bret, to Sir Walter de la Haye and Alice his wife (grantors' mother), to hold of the lord Gilbert de Calre, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford. (sources: Ormond Deeds, i. 302-305; - and Calendar of the Close Rolls, 21 Edward I, ca. 1293)

- In 1297, a "Howel, son of Stephen", occurs in co. Kilkenny. (Cal. Just. Rolls, i, 106)

- In 1297, a "John Fitz Stephen" is reported at Old Ross (Co. Wexford). (source: Calendar of the Close Rolls, 21 Edward)

- Circa 1297, "John le Waleys" was witness of a grant by Edmund Fitz Milo to Walter de la Haye, of the manor of Clocthur, apparently in the eastern part of Milo Fitz David's barony of Iverk, probably close to Clone, now Clonamery. (Source: Walsh 1170-1690, pp. 106; - and

- Circa 1294-1302, "Stephen Howel" was a witness of 2 charters by John de Tullos, or Tuluse, (Tullerstown, parish of Tintern) to Dunbrody Abbey of land called Cnochanglas (modern Knockaun?), in the tenement of the monks of Dunbrody (Co. Wexford, near Old Ross). [source: Charters of St. Mary's, ii. 173]

- In 1302, a "Stephen Howel" was a juror in co. Wexford. [Source: Cal. Just. Rolls, i, 397]

- Circa 1305 a "John son of Stephen" was a witness of a grant by Gilbert Forister to John le Botiller of land in Rathenegis in the tenement of Balmeclathin (Kellymount, parish of Shankill, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny). Another witness was Thomas son of John. [Ormond Deeds, i. #376] This John was also witness about the same time of Gilbert's quit-claim to John le Bottiler of Typeroldruk (Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny). [source: Ormond Deeds, i. #376]

- In December 1306, regarding the extent of lands and tenements of Roger le Bygod, Earl of Norfolk, at Old Ross, Hervey's Island, and New Ross, co. of Wexford, among the jurors included "Henry le Waleys", "Robert le Waleys", and "Ralph Fitz Griffyn". Robert le Waleys holds 1/4 part of 1 knight's fee in Balytancan by a service of 10s. [source: Calendar of Documents, Relating to Ireland: 1302-1307; p, 175]

- In June 1307, a "Stephen Fitz Stephen" was a juror at Kilkenny in an inquiry into the extent of lands of one of the Marshal heiresses, of lands held at Rosbercon (in Co. Kilkenny, across from Old Ross). (source: Cal. of Doc., Relating to Ireland: 1302-1307; No. 666)

- In June, 1309, "Howel fitz Stephen" was a witness in a grant from Roger Gondewyn to Griffin Coterell of 21 acres in the tenement of Kilmegan [Kilmoganny?, in co. Kilkenny]. Other witnesses were David de Baconia (de Baa?), John Coterel, Walter Coterel, and Alexander fitz William de Kirhill. [source: Ormond Deeds, i. #440]

- In 1312, a "Howel, son of Stephen", witnessed a series of deeds connected with the transfer of Knocktopher (Co. Kilkenny) to the Butlers [source: Cal. Just. Rolls, i, 466-68].

- On Nov. 1, 1315, "Howel fitz Stephen" witnessed a 5 acre grant to David de Baa in the tenement of Dengenmore, given at Kilkenny, along with "Nicholas fitz Stephen", the de Baa's, and the Camerarius' as other witnesses. [Ormond Deeds, i. #514]

- In 1324, "Howel son of Stephen" held the knights' fee at Carrickbyrne (Co. Wexford) in the feodary of 1324. [source: Feodaries]

- In 1325, an "Adam fitz Stephen" witnessed a grant to William fitz Hugh, cleric, in the tenement of Stamcarti [Stonecarthy, Co. Kilkenny] that Sir Richard Coterell, chaplain, had of the gift of John fitz Robert. Other witnesses were John Norreis, Stephen son of John Ureyth and Roger Wyte. [source: Ormond Deeds, i. #578].

- Circa 1331, a "Robert Howell" is noted as sovereign of New Ross in co. Wexford. [Calendar of Ormond Deeds #623 & 624]

- In 1338, a "Richard Holying" is mentioned with lands in Knocktopher, near Paynstoun (Villa Opayn), in a grant where "John Walche" was a witness. [Ormond Deeds, i. #705]

- In 1338, John, son of Geoffrey Norreys granted land in Stonecarthy (Co. Kilkenny) to Nicholas, son of William fitz Hugh, cleric, and a "David fitz Stephen" was a witness. [Ormond Deeds, i. #713]

- In 1344, Richard Howell was witness to as grant by Eustace le Poer, son of Arnold le Poer, to Sir William de Caldewell, chaplin, of his lands &c. in Dombryn and Grennagh (in southern Co. Kilkenny). Among the other witnesses of this grant, given at Grennagh, were Sir William le Graunt, knight, and Thomas Fitz Eynon. [Ormond Deeds, i. #770]

- In November 1345, a "Nicholas fitz Stephen" is noted with lands near Rosbercon and New Ross, when John, son of William "le Leche," burgess of Rosbargon, granted lands to William Taundy, burgess of New Ross (Rosponte), and his wife Eva, in the tenement of Balylehyn. (Ormond Deeds, i. 779)

- In 1346, an "Oliver Howel" was witness to a grant in the tenement of "Carmerdyneston", of the de Baa family, taken at Aghaviller on
July 4, 1291 (sic). (source: Ormond Deeds, i. 299)   - note: this grant says 19th year of Edward III which would be abt 1346 (see next)

- On May 4, 1346 (same witnesses as the grant above), an Oliver Howel was a witness of a grant [of the de Bathe family] in the tenement of "Carmerdyneston", given at Aghbillir (Aghaviller, Co. Kilkenny). [source: Ormond Deeds. i., #788-89]

- On June 10, 1346, Oliver son of Howel was a witness to a Coterel family grant of lands in Kylmegan (Kilmoganny?, in co. Kilkenny) and Oglagheston [source: Ormond Deeds. i., #790]

- Circa 1350-70, Richard Howell was a witness of a grant of land in the burgage of Rosponte (New Ross). [source: Ormond Deeds. i., #837]

- In 1355, William Grace (Jr.) and "Oliver Howel" were appointed by patent to be Custodes Pacis of the county of Kilkenny (Rot. Pat. 29th Edward III., as quoted in "Parochial Survey"; 1814).

- In June 1355, John son of David Meiller quitted claim to Stephen Marreys, knight, all his right in a half of the manor of Polrothan (Pollrone, Co. Kilkenny), which half David Meiller formerly granted to "Griffyn Howel" at the will of David, grantor's father. Note: seal of Meiller in good order on the original record. David Meiller was originally enfeoffed of this half manor from Richard de Rocheford (excepting 30 acres of arable land lying in the said manor). [source: Ormond Deeds. ii.]
note: The father David Meiler seems to relate to descendants of Milo, baron of Overke in Co. Kilkenny.

- On June 17, 1355, "Stephen Howell" shall not implead regarding a grant of half the manor of Polrothan (Pollrone, Co. Kilkenny), formerly held by "Griffin Howell". [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. #25-5, p.14]

- On June 19, 1355, "Griffin Howell" formerly held half the manor of Polrothan (Pollrone), in a grant that Stephen de Marries made of the half manor, and of 30 acres of arable land near the manor in the north side, granted to another William de Sandhull, of Waterford. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. 25]

- In May 1356, An agreement of retinue and military service was made at Clonmel (Co. Tipperary, near Co. Kilkenny) between "Oliver Howell" and Lord James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, dated May 9, 1356. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. 33]

- In December, 1356, a "Richard Houlyn" of Knocktopher, is described as a juror at an inquisition (of an intended grant in Knocktopher to the Friars of the Carmelite Order), along with Henry fitz Nicholas, "Matthew Walshe", David Eynoke, and others. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii.]

- In 1358, Pleas of Assizes taken at Clonmel (Co. Tipperary, near Co. Kilkenny), 1358, discussing the tenement of Aghenys, unlawfully disseised of Richard Datoun, knight, by the following persons: "Oliver Howell", "Richard son of Oliver Howell", "Griffin son of Oliver Howel", "John son of Richard Howell", "David son of Oliver Howell", Robert Lacy, John Proute, Geoffrey Laundefey, and others. Judgment is that Richard shall recover against the above Oliver, etc., and that Griffin was not at the disseisin and a false charge brought against him. Damages 40s. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. 49]

- In 1358, in the Assizes taken at Clonmel, a fine of 6 marks is noted for "John son of Richard Howell", "John Cadegan son of Richard Howell", and "John son of Roger Bratenagh" made with the Lord Earl for peace. And from the same list of fines, a fine of 300 marks which "Oliver Howell" made with the Lord Earl who pardons him for all trespasses, felonies and outlawries. The Earl of his special grace granted that 200 marks not be levied provided Oliver bears himself well and faithfully towards the King in the future. Pledges were taken of "John Cadegan son of Richard Howell", "John Bratenagh" and "John son of Richard Howell". [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. 49]

- In January 1358, in the rolls of attorney received in the assizes held at Clonmel in January, 1358, it cites that the seneschal permits Roger de S. Brigida to act as guardian (custos) for "Richard son of Oliver Howel". [source: Ormond Deeds, ii.]

- In 1359 in the pleas of assizes at Clonmel the descendants of William Crispyn (i.e. Robert Lacy, John Prout, and Geoffrey Laundefey) claim against "Oliver Howel" one messuage, one mill, two carucates of land and 10s. of rent in Aghenene, and Oliver was fined 1/2 mark in mercy for unlawful detention. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. p.43]

- In the 1359 assizes at Clonmel, Richard Datoun, knight, who took a writ of Novel Disseisin against "Oliver Howel" and others of a tenement in Faghenyff gives 20d. for leave to sue a better writ, by pledge of James de Bermynghom and Nicholas Cantewell. [Ormond Deeds, ii. p.44]

- In the Fines of 1359 taken at Clonmel, "Oliver Howel" (along with John son of Milo Cantewell, David Cantewell and Nicholas le Botiller) make pledges for Thomas Ethenard at the pardon of his wrongdoings. [Ormond Deeds, ii. p.47]

- In 1361, "Oliver son of Howel son of Stephen" held the lordship of 'Lotheran' in co. Kilkenny. [Cal. Just. Rolls, ii, 76].
Note: The above Oliver was the successor of Howel son of Stephen who held the knights' fee of Carrickbyrne in the feodary of 1324.

- In August 1361, Letter of Attorney of "Oliver son of Howell fitz Stephen" appointing Thomas son of David Cadugan and Walter Gret (?) his bailiffs for placing Sir Raymond son of Robert Wallys, chaplain, in seisin of all his lordships of 'Lotheran' together with his court there and the duties (responcionibus) of his tenants there both English and Irish, with rents, wardships, marriages, reliefs and all other services pertaining thereto which he had of the gift and enfeoffment of . . . (?), also in one messuage and a castle and a carucate and a half of land in Seskynlethyrd and in twenty acres of arable land lying between the grange of Ardbarryn (in Overk?), and in one messuage and ten acres of arable land in the burgage of Olomor (?) in Crosia (? the Cross) in county Kilkenny. Given on August 12, 1361. [Ormond Deeds, ii. #76]

- In 1371, Walter son of Walter son of Oliver Howell transferred his Kilkenny possessions to Geoffrey son of Nicholas Howell Walsh. [source: Knights' Fees in Counties Wexford, ..., Brooks, p. 101]

- On March 21, 1373, Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver quit-claims to Geoffrey son of Thomas son of Nicholas Howell Walshe all his right in all lands and tenements of the town of Melagh and Saundrestoun [note: in Overk, Co. Kilkenny], and in a carucate of land, three acres of meadow and seven of wood in Kyldresse. Given on Monday next after the feast of St. Patrick in the 47th year of Edward III. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. #185, p. 127]

- On July 31, 1374, Geoffrey son of Thomas son of Nicholas son of Howell Walshe quitted claim of Melagh and Saunderestoun to James Butler, Earl of Ormond, and his wife Elizabeth (source: Ormond Deeds, ii. #190, p.129-130)

- In 1425, the "heir of Oliver Howel" held the knights' fee at Carrickbyrne (Co. Wexford). [source: Feodaries]




~ ~ Fitz Oliver of Mealagh and Laynaghestown ~ ~
Possible Entries Related to the Fitz Olivers of Tullahought (& c.), County Kilkenny


- Circa 1300, an "Oliver son of William" witnessed a quit-claim by Andrew Avenal to his son Robert Avenal of land in "Glencommon" (Tullahought parish, Co. Kilkenny).

- Circa 1302, an "Oliver son of Eynon," found among the Kilkenny magnates, recalls the Walsh fortress of Kilmac-Oliver. [Walsh 1170-1690, by J.C. Walsh] ]

- Circa 1305 an "Oliver son of William" was a witness of a quit-claim of right in "Balymdouyl", "Laynayhtiston" and Adlommoch (Co. Kilkenny), passed from Ysmay de Sancto Albino to William Leneyd; Oliver is listed first, then Griffin Coterel and Walter Coterel. [source: Ormond Deed, i. #355 & #385]

- Among the witnesses in a December 1305 grant from Alice le Brette to Sir Walter de la Haye and his wife Cecilia of lands in the whole manor of Cnoctowre (Knocktopher), inluded Sirs Eustace le Poer, John le Poer, "Oliver Fitz William", knights, John Rys, ... and lastly Hugh Walensis (Walsh). [Ormond Deeds, i., #400]

- In 1314, in an extent of the rents and services of the free tenants of the Barony of Overk made on Thursday next before the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 7 Edw. II (June, 1314), by a jury of sixteen. Included was a "Matthew fitz Oliver" who held Catribruoclagh (?Catrikmoclagh). [Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts, v. 5 - 1871]

- In December 1320, William, son of Thomas de Caunton quitclaims and remits forever for himself and his heirs to "Richard fitz Oliver" and his heirs and assignes all his right.... in "Laynachiston" in the barony of Kells in Ossory. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #606]

- On June 15, 1325, William, son of Thomas de Caunteton gives and grants to "Richard fitz Oliver" four and a half carucates of land, arable, pasture, mountain and heath, in the tenement of "BalyhymcDowyl" and "Laynachiston" (Co. Kilkenny) with all lordships and rents, due to him at any time, as measured and assigned. ... Given at Callan on June 15, 1325. Among the witnesses included Philip de Interberge, "Matthew Fitz Oliver," Thomas and Richard de sancto Albino (Tobin). [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #580-81]

- On December 12, 1329, William, son of Thomas Caunton quitclaims and remits forever for himself and his heirs ro "Richard fitz Oliver" and his heirs and assigns all his right and claim in all his messuages, lands, tenements, meadows, moors, woods, underwood, hills and mountains, with their appurtenances in "Laynachiston" in the barony of Kells in Ossory. Given at Kilkenny on Tuesday after the feast of St. Nicholas, Bishop, in the 3rd year of the reign of Edward III. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #606]

- Circa 1335, Fulk de la Freigne II was knighted by the earl of Ormond. In turn, Fulk knighted "Matthew Fitz Oliver" and Gregory de la Launde. [The annals of Ireland, by John Clyn, Bernadette Williams, 2007]

- In February 1338, John, son of Patrick Chevre, releases and quit-claims forever to "Richard fitz Oliver" and his heirs all his right, claim and interest on one messuage, five carcates of land, ten of meadow and a hundred of pasture in "Leynagheston" near "Clancoman." Given at Kilkenny on Monday next after the feast of the Purification of the B.V.M. anno Domini MCCCXXXVII in the 13th year of Edward III. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #704]

- On November 3, 1340, "Matthew fitz Oliver", knight, quit-claims to "Richard fitz Oliver" and "Matthew his son" and their heirs all his right in all wardships, marriages, suits of courts and mills, reliefs, escheats, lordships, rents and royal services which are due him in all lands and tenements of "Melagh", "Correston", and "Saundreston", at Carrygnemoclagh (alias McOliferstown) and Gortnemethel. Given at Kilkenny, dated November 3, 1340. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #744]

- On November 3, 1340, John, son of William Palmer, grants to "Richard fitz Oliver" and his heirs all his claim in all rents in "Balyhymdowel" and "Laynaghiston" in the barony of Kyllis (Kells) in Ossory. Given at "Medelayht." On the same day John release and quit-claims for ever to "Richard fitz Oliver" the same claim in all rents there. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #745-46]

- In 1341, "Richard fitz Oliver" grants to "Walter son of Richard fitz Oliver" all the messuages, lands, tenements, meadows, etc., which he has in "Balymydownylde" and "Laynachiston" in the barony of Kells in Ossory (Co. Kilkenny). To have and to hold to him and his heirs of the chief lords of the fee, etc., in fee and heritage forever. Given at "Melach" in December, 1341. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #750]

- In August 1348, "Matthew, son of Richard fitz Oliver", gives leave to the Prior and convent of St. Mary's at Kells in Ossory to dig for, quarry and take away any 'sclatsontis' (slate-stones) whenever necessary for the use of their house in all slate-quarries belonging to him in "Melagh" and "Carrigmokelagh," for a term of forty-nine years, beginning from the date of this grant, Monday next after the feast of the Asuumption of the B.V.M. in the year MDCCCXLVIII. If he or his heirs contravene this grant, he undertales that they shall pay a fine of one hundred pounds of silver at Kells in Ossory. In dorso: Littera "Mathei fil Ricardi fil Oliueria" de Sclatstonis. [source: Ormond Deeds; i. #805]

- In July 1355, "Patrick, son of Richard fitz Oliver", grants to Thomas, son of William son of Hugh the clerk, and his heirs forever 40s. of annual rent arising from all grantor's lands and tenements in Carricknemokelagh, "Methelagh", "Corestoun" and Balisyskyn. Given at Kilkenny on July 1, 1355. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. #26]

- In April 1357, Thomas, son of William son of Hugh the cleric, appoints Richard son of Geoffrey Candelan his attorney to place "Walter son of Richard fitz Oliver" in full seisin in all his lands and tenements in "Leynagheston", Glanwanman, Derdeweynam, Knocroth. Given at Dengenbeg on April 14, 1357. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii., #44]

- In May 1361, Sir William Don, rector of Imylhac [Tullahought?, Co. Kilkenny] gives and grants to Sousana daughter of Geoffrey Frances, all his right in one messuage and four carucates of land in "Leynacisteon"... Deredweyn... Knockrot. [source: Ormond Deeds, ii. #70]

- In May 1370, Letter patent of James, Earl of Ormond appointing Sir William Done, rector of Henylhath [i.e. Tullahought], and "John fitz Griffin" and David Cantoun their bailiffs for securing seisin in their name in a message and five carucates of land which lie in "Layenathistoun", which formerly was called "Balidowyl", in the barony of Kells and in twenty acres of land, lying in Cnokroth in the barony of Overk. [Ormond Deeds, ii. #158]

- In May & June 1370, Sosanna, daughter of Geoffrey Fronceys, relict of Nicholas Alcok, grants and quit-claims to James, Earl of Ormond,.. one messuage and five carucates of land lying in "Lynaghestoun", formerly "Balidowenyl", in the barony of Kells, and twenty acres in Cnokroth in the barony of Overk, ... dated May 31, 1370 & June 4, 1370. [sourc: Ormond Deeds, ii. #159]

- In June 1370, "Walter, son of Walter son of Richard fitz Oliver", quit-claims for ever to James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his wife all right in one messuage, five carucates of land, ten acres of meadow and one hundred of pasture with woods and heath in "Laynaghestoun" which used to be called "Balydowenyll" in the barony of Kells in Ossory, and in twenty acres of land in Cnokroth in the barony of Overk. Dated June 6, 1370, or two days after his step-mother did much the same thing. (see above). [Ormond Deeds, ii. #160]

- In 1371, "Walter son of Walter son of Oliver Howell" transferred his Kilkenny possessions to "Geoffrey son of Nicholas Howel Walshe", a date which may indicate the period when the name Walsh was adopted by the family. [source: Knights' Fees counties Wexford, ..., Brooks, p. 100]
Note: Canon Carrigan and J. C. Walsh call the above possessions "Melagh" and "Cannderstown".

- In March 1373, "Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver" quit-claims to "Geoffrey son of Thomas son of Nicholas Howell Walshe" all his rights in all lands and tenements of the town of "Melagh" and "Saundrestoun", and in a carucate of land, three acres of meadow and seven of wood in Kyldresse. Given on March 21, 1373. [Ormond Deeds, ii, #185]

- In 1374, Canon Carrigan suggests that "Geoffrey fitz Thomas fitz Nicholas fitz Howel Walsh", lord of the Walsh Mountain, sold the Manor of "Melagh", or Meallaghmore (located partly in the civil parish of Killamery and partly in that of Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny) to James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond. [source: History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory].

- On June 29, 1374, "Geoffrey son of Thomas son of Nicholas son of Howel Walshe", gives and grants to James le Bottiler, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his wife, the manor and town of "Melagh" and "Saunderestoun" with all lands and tenements, meadows, moors and pastures. Quit-claim of the above manor to James, Earl of Ormond on July 31, 1374. (Ormond Deeds, ii, #190; in three deeds)

- On September 13, 1374, "Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver" quit-claims to James, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his wife all his rights in all lands of "Melagh" and "Saundrestoun" and in a carucate of land, three acres of meadow and seven of wood in "Kyldresse". Given on September 13, 1374. [Ormond Deeds, ii. #195]

- On January 7, 1375, "Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver" gives and grants to James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his consort all his lands etc. in "Correstoun" near "le Melagh" in the cantred of Overk... [Ormond Deeds, ii. #198]

- On January 7, 1375, Letter of attorney by which James, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his consort appoint Nicholas Querytoun their bailiff for receiving seisin of all lands which were "Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver's" in Correstoun, etc., as above, even as the grant of Walter made thereof to the Earl is more fully contained. Given on January 8, 1375 [Ormond Deeds, ii. #198]

- January 7, 1376, Letter of attorney of "Walter son of William fitz Oliver" appointing Sir William, rector of Illaght (Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny), and John Broun, his bailiffs for placing James, Earl of Ormond, in seisin of the lands which were "Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver's" in "Correstoun" near le "Melagh" in the cantred of Overk. Given on January 7, 1376. (Ormond Deeds; ii. #212)

- In August 1376, Sussanna, daughter of Geoffrey Fraunceys, relict of "Walter son of Richard fitz Oliver", in her liege viduity quit-claims to James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, and Elizabeth his wife and their heirs all her right in all lands and tenements which she has in dower, by reason of the death of Walter her late husband, in "Melagh", "Correstoun", and "Saunderestoun", with a carucate of land called Barouneslondde lying in the tenement of Kyldresse in county Kilkenny. Given on August 28, 1376. [source: Ormond Deeds; ii. #216]

- In December 1379, Walter Datoun quick claims to James, Earl of Ormond, all his rights in all lands &c. in the lordships of "Kildras", "Correstoun" and "Metlagh" in county Kilkenny. [source: Ormond Deeds; ii., #242]

- In a 1408-09 confirmation to James, son and heir of James Butler, Earl of Ormond, the King grants the various lands belonging to Ormond. Included in these were the manors of Melagh, Leinaghstown (alias Ballynelenagh), Saundirstown, Correstown, Hopkinstown, Lomoc, Mocleynerloghin, Pollroan, Ardclon and Camerdinstown. [Ormond Deesed; iv. p.177]

- In April 1412 concerning the rent of the Earl of Ormond, of "Melagh" and "Leynagheston", a number of tenants listed included "Walter Leynaghe", "Geoffrey Walsche", "Jonoc Bretnaghe", "Walter Bretnagh", as well as Janayn Routyhe Mynter for lease of "Correston" and "William Routhe fitz Olyver" for "Saunderestoun" at lease. [source: Ormond Deeds; ii., #420]

- In July 1419, a Walter Howel was witness when one of the Tobin family received a grant in lands and tenements in the borough of Kylamery in county Kilkenny. [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., p.21]

- In April 1426, "William fitzOliver" for the farm of the lordship of "Meillagh." [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., p.59]

- In March, 1427, is an indenture between James, Earl of Ormond, and "William fitz Oliver", witnesses that the Earl has granted and to farm let to William his manor of "Meillagh", together with a mill there and all the tenements, lordships, rents and services which he has in "Leynagheston", Lomak, "Coreston", Hopkyneston and "Saundryeston," together with all appurtenances, issues, profits of court and customs in any way belonging to the Earl, for the term of twelve years, rendering thereof yearly eight marks silver. William and his heirs shall make, raise and construct the manor with its ditches and fences and repair and sustain the mill, houses and edifices, during said term, and so return them at the end of the term. And if it happen that the manor, mill or town be burned, preyed or any any way laid waster by Irishmen or rebels of the King, then the present indenutes shall be of no effect. [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., #66, p.48]

- Circa 1431-32 (10 Henry VI), In the rental of the Earl of Ormond (for Counties Kilkenny and Tipperary), "William fitzOliver" for farm of "Meidlagh" and "Leynachiston", rent of 53s. 4.d Laynach Lawless for farm of Moyclewyr, rent of 13s. 4d. [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., p. 78]

- In December, 1432, James, Earl of Ormond, gives and grants to "Raymond fitz Oliver" for his good service eight markes to be paid out of the lands of "Laynagheston" and "Meidlagh". [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., p.52]

- In September 1433, A "John son of Nicholas Howyln" gives and grants to James, Earl of Ormond, annual rents which included those he is accustomed to receiving from Philip fitzAdam in Eynoneston in the tenement of Lyssmeraghty; in Balybregan in Croc'; from the Skyllyngs; from Gilbert Cloghecroan; from Thomas Nywan in Lestowthye; in Mowrenyn in the parish of Kyllnedde; in Rathgulby formerly belonging to ... son of William fitzHugh; and 40s. rent in "Carrygnemokelagh" (or Carrigmokelagh), "Methelagh", "Correston" and Ballysekein formerly belonging to "Patrick son of Richard fitzOliver". Dated September 3, 1433. (see entry in July, 1355) [Ormond Deeds, iii. #107]

- On May 10, 1434, Indenture made on the 19th day of May in the 12th year of Henry VI (1434), between James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, on one part and Nicholas son of Peter son of Henry Botiller on the other, viz., that Earl James has leased and to farm let to said Nicholas for his good service all lands, tenements, rents and services which the Earl has in "le Meidlagh", "Laynagheston", "Coristoun", "Saundrestoun", Hopkystoun, and Moyelen [?]. (see grant from Walter son of Walter fitz Oliver in 1375) [Ormond Deeds, ii. #198; and also iii. #114]

- In November 1434, Nicholas Botiller accounts for (the rents of the) farm of Moydllagh, Moycleowyr, Laynagheston, Hopkyneston, Correston and Lomok. [Ormond Deeds, iii. #119]

- In April 1435 James grants and to farm let to "William fitzOlyver" all lands, tenements, rents, &c. which he has in "Meidlagh" together with a mill and 'le quarell' there and in "Laynaghestonn", "Sandrestoun", Lomok, "Correstoun", and Moclever. To have and to hold for the term of his life, rendering thereof eighty marks silver. [source: Ormond Deeds; iii. #122]

- In February 1440, a grant by "John son of William More Walsh" to James, Earl of Ormond, of one messuage, sixty acres of land, ten of wood and sixty of pasture in Hopkynestoun near "Meydlagh". [source: Ormond Deeds; iii. #136]

- Circa 1442-1443. "Richard fitzOliver" pays 6d. for 2 acres (place faded). This is followed by "William fitz Oliver" and "Nicholas fitzOliver" who were pledges in a plea of trespass. And the last entry is the election of Thomas O'Gorman as serjeant of "Melagh". [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., pp. 134-35]

- In April 1443, the Earl of Ormond is assigned 19s. 1 1/2d. of rents of "Mellagh" for rebuilding of the new hall there; and pays 2s. 8d. to the carpenter of "Mellagh" for building new hall. [source: Ormond Deeds; iii., p. 139]

- In 1472, 'Lez rymours' occupy the lordships of "Medlagh, Leynaghyston, Lomoke, Correstone, Hopkynestone" (no rent collected?). He collects 10 marks from "Moclere and Hopkynestone". [source: Ormond Deeds, iii,. p. 211]

- July 14, 1512 - Theobald, son of Nicholas Butler of the race of Owill (de stirbe Owill), gives and grants to "William Bretnach fitz Robert" (filio Roberti) all messuages, lands, rents, etc., which he has in the half part of "fitz Oliver's town", Tillehath (alias Tulhagh) and "Carygmoclath" (alias McOliferstown), and Theobald's part of Balenecore in the barony of Overk. To have and to hold to him and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten between him and Eveline, daughter of the said Theobald, with remainder to the right heirs of Nicholas Butler of Karchill for ever, with all liberties and free customs. Given at Knocktopher. Witnesses: Walter Bretnach, Sir Howel Bretnach, rector of Kiltachenan, William Kenedi, prior of Knocktopher, Nicholas Tywe, Thomas O'Meathir, Walter McKaelchi, Rory O'Meahyr, and William Butler. [source: Ormond Deeds, iv., p. 10]

Notes regarding the place-names above: Canon Carrigan refers to the manor of Melagh and Cannderstown (or Sandrestown) as Mealaghmore and Garranmacandrew, otherwise Springmount, in the Catholic parish of Windgap. In Carrigan's time, Windgap Catholic parish included all or parts of the civil parishes of Tullahought, Killamery and Kilmoganny in western County Kilkenny. The townland of Mealaghmore is in the civil parish of Killamery and partly in Tullahought, with a ruined castle near the border of Inchnagloch townland (in Tullahought parish). Other place-names mentioned in the entries above appear to relate to Ballynalinagh (Laynagheston), Glencommaun (Clancoman), Knockroe (Cnocroth), Lomoge (Lomoke), and Pollrone (Polrothan) in Tullahought civil parish, as well as Kiltrassy (Kildras) in Killamery parish. A later alias for Carrygnemoclagh, Carygmoclath, Carricknemokelagh, &c., is given to be McOliferstown, and in one record Carygmoclath is cited in conjunction with fitz Oliver's town. They may be early forms for an area around modern Kilmacoliver townland, aka Mac Oliver's Church, located in Tullahought civil parish. An old Walsh castle stood at Kilmacoliver, owned by the Walshs until 1374, according to Carrigan. It evidently seems to have been held by the Fitz Olivers during much of the 14th century. To the west of Tullahought and Killamery lies Kilmoganny parish, the location of the old Walsh castle of Castlehale.

- Notes: In 1608 and 1641, the Lawless family was of "Meallaghmore, Tullehought", holding land there only in trust for the Earl of Ormond, according to Canon Carrigan. [source: History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory]

- Notes: In 1653, the Earl of Ormond is returned as properietor of Lamamoge (Lamooge), Ballinelinch (Ballinalinagh), Killmoheran (Kilmacoliver), Tullaght (Tullahought); and in the same year the countess of Ormond held Seskin, Garrythomas, Rossinane (Rossoneany), and 1/2 Mullaghmore ("Meallaghmore"), in the parish of Killamery. The old manorial castle of Mealagh was situated in the part of the townland within Tullahought parish. In the Red Book of Ossory, "Tullahought" appears in the old records as Eiulhauth, Iuilhacte, Iuylhaght, Eulylhart, &c., an ancient pronunciation being Ullachochth. [source: History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, by Rev. William Carrigan]


Compiled by Dennis J. Walsh, 2008

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