Mountain Pedigree #4 - Noble Family of Walsh of the Walsh Mountain
Prince of Wales
First Son Robart FitzSteephen
(built Castleheal) Hale Fitzsteephen
(built castle at Knocktopher) Griffith Walsh
(built Black Castle at Rochestown) Walter Walsh (Baron of Oldcourt)
Robert Walsh (m. Ellen Tobin)
(of Castleheale) Walter Walsh (m. Ellis Butler)
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Robert Edmond William James John
Fitzgerald, of the great family of the Earls of Thomond)
(m. Magdalen Sheffield, the English lady)
(m. Margaret Grace, only daughter of John Grace, of Gracescountry)
(m. Mary Walsh - dau. of Captain Walsh of the Great Island of Wexford)
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Walter Walsh Margaret Walsh Magdalen Walsh
The origin of the above family tree is a statement(1), among others, provided to the
Walshs of Serrant, colonels of the Walsh regiment in
France. The translation [Statement C] goes as follows and appears to disregard a number
of generations, particularly in the early generations:
"A true Pedigree of the noble family of the Walshs of the Walsh Mountain
since the Conquest of Ireland:
Robart Fitzsteephen was second son to the Prince of Wales. Robert had Hale
Fitzsteephen that built Castleheal in the county Kilkenny. Hale had Griffith
Walsh that built the great castle of Knocktopher and was married to great
McDaniel's daughter from the north of Ireland. Said Griffin Walsh had Robert
married to O'Connor's daughter from Connaught. Robert had Walter Walsh married
to the Earl of Tyrone's daughter, and built the Black Castle of Rochestown,
which was the first castle that was built in the Walsh Mountains, he was
likewise titled and called Barontt of Oldcourt.
Said Barontt had Edmd. Walsh
married to the King of Leinster's daughter then, and the sd. Edmd. had
Robert Walsh, married to Ellen Tobin, the lord of Kimsonagh's daughter. Said
Robert had Walter Walsh of Castleheale, married to Ellis Butler, the only
sister of the Earl of Ormond.
Said Walter of Castleheale had five sons, Robert,
Edmond, William, James & John; and from them sprang many good families.
Robert the eldest son married Margaret Fitzgerald, of the great family of
the Earls of Thomond then. The said Robert and Margaret Fitzgerald had the
great Walter Walsh that was married to Magdalen Sheffield, the English lady.
Said Walter and Magdalen had Edmd. Walsh, married to Margaret Grace, the only
daughter of John Grace, of Gracescountry, Esq. Edmd. Walsh, that nobleman,
had Robert Walsh married to Mary Walsh, the only daughter of Captain Walsh
of the Great Island in the County Wexford. Robert Walsh had Walter, Margaret,
and Magdalen Walsh. Walter died in France, and the two ladies in England.
Source of Statement C The late Dr. Carrigan (he died December 1924) contributed to the Journal of the Waterford Archeological Society, besides other and more official documents, three statements compiled circa 1750-75 for Walsh de Serrant, colonels of the Walsh Regiment in France, and a fourth statement (dated 1787) for Mr. Patrick Walsh of Cranagh, co. Roscommon. This was a hundred years after those of the [Walsh] family owned land in the Mountain had been driven out by Cromwell, and sixty years after the Williamite conquest and the penal laws had reduced the survivors of the Walsh "nation" to the depths of poverty and ignorance. Nevertheless, the "shanachies" had the story in its main outlines. They were very sketchy about the period before 1500, but fairly accurate from that time on. -- Joseph Cyrillus Walsh, 1925, Walsh 1170-1690.