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Cork / Re: The Cork Examiner 1869
« on: Thursday 28 December 17 21:21 GMT (UK)  »
Re ancient origins it seems both the Touchets and the Audleys came over to England with William the Conqueror and the Touchets took the additional name Audley following a Touchet marriage to an Audley heiress in 1314.  To come to modern times the 23rd Baron Audley married the daughter of Winston Churchill. I have compiled a little bit on this as I'm gradually gathering additional material.

My book has about 10 pages on the Touchet-Audleys (1st to 3rd Earls of Castlehaven), roughly 1580 -1680 who came to own large tracts of land in Castlehaven and Rosscarbery in Cork and also in Ulster following the Battle of Kinsale. The 10 pages are roughly equally divided between the three Earls. Seems the Cork Audley land was sold as an Encumbered Estate around 1860 following the Great Famine. The book is probably not of great interest apart from maybe references. However I have been giving copies to my friends for 10 incl p and p as that covers the costs and if interested you are welcome to one at that price. I am focused at the moment on trying to establish the full extent of the Audleys original landholding in Cork and the various Touchet-Audley owners over time. If any leads on that subject they would be welcome
Best wishes for 2018

Cork / Re: The Cork Examiner 1869
« on: Sunday 24 December 17 22:20 GMT (UK)  »
To:The Wirral Way
Re Audley surname and Cork
The original Baron George Audley in Cork was a commander in the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 and then got much land in the local area and took the name Earl of Castlehaven. This estate in Cork was sold much later in the 1860s.

I published a local history book last year 'From Laois to Kerry' which included some pages on the the first three generations of Audleys in Cork and Ireland. If interested its available on Amazon.

I am now hoping to do more detailed biographies on these early generations of the Audleys in Cork and Ireland

Michael Keane

Laois (Queens) / Re: Townland Tarbert
« on: Wednesday 30 August 17 16:11 BST (UK)  »
Re Laois Septs and Westmeath,  the Laois McEvoys were apparently originally from the barony of Moyglish (old spelling??) in Westmeath before moving into Mountrath and surrounds in Laois, so Laois Westmeath clan links did perhaps exist although I don't have any more evidence at present.

I have had a first look for that Tempan article re Tarbert but failed to find in my somewhat scattered files. I'll search again and in any event I will be able to get it in a local library if necessary.

If any difficulty re sourcing my book I could post a signed copy on the same terms as Kennys, however I have noted below re personal contact

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Laois (Queens) / Re: Townland Tarbert
« on: Tuesday 29 August 17 10:25 BST (UK)  »
Re origins of the name Tarbert, there are some very interesting aspects to your response as follows:
- In my recently launched book, see title below, I discuss and reference the following article
Tempan P Tarbert Co Kerry and the element tairbeart in placenames,
The Kerry Magazine, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Soc. 19 2009
This discusses both the Kerry and Laois connection with the name Tarbert. If not available I can forward a copy. I know I have a hard copy filed away somewhere!
- The Deese surname is very interesting. As discussed in my book, the O'Devoys or O'Deevys, one of the seven septs of Laois, shortened the name to Dee when they were transplanted to Kerry. The Kerry Dees are part of my own family tree and some of them currently live in my original home parish, Tarbert Co Kerry.
My book, published last year, details as follows:
Title: From Laois to Kerry
Sub-titles The Laois origins and continuing presence in Kerry of the Moores, Kellys, Dowlings, Lawlors, O'Devoys or Deevys or Dees and McEvoys
The remarkable Lives of their transplanter and landlord Patrick Crosbie and his successor Sir Pierce Crosbie.
Availability: online at or
Alternatively signed copies are available from myself

Kerry / Re: Woodlands, County Kerry
« on: Tuesday 15 August 17 22:56 BST (UK)  »
There was a Woodlands Estate in Tarbert Co Kerry associated mainly with a family named Leslie. Any help?

Kerry / Re: Woodlands, County Kerry
« on: Tuesday 15 August 17 22:56 BST (UK)  »
There was a Woodlands Estate in Tarbert Co Kerry associated mainly with a family named Leslie. Any help?

Kerry / Re: Thomas Curtin
« on: Tuesday 15 August 17 22:46 BST (UK)  »
If interested I have a very detailed and comprehensive account of the origin of the surname Curtin in the south-west of Ireland. However its only available in hard copy format.

Incidentally I have recently published a book 'From Laois to Kerry' which originated with my own family tree. While my Curtin ancestry is mentioned, it really deals with the history of another branch of my family tree in Kerry.

Responding to where in Kerry the Laois transplantees were established as tenant farmers under the brothers Patrick and Bishop John Crosbie, the transplantees settled in 10 North Kerry parishes. Using modern parish names these parishes were Ardfert, Abbeydorney, Lixnaw, Kilflynn, Ballyduff, Tarbert, Ballylongford, Ballydonoghue, Moyvane and Duagh. All of the Laois seven sept surnames are still present in these and surrounding parishes today, Moores, Kellys, Lawlors, Dowlings, Deevys (Dees in Kerry), Dorans and McEvoys. I myself have a Kerry McEvoy in my family tree and my late mother-in-Law was a Laois McEvoy, hence my interest. The original Crosbies above were imposters and rather colourful characters. I have devoted two chapters of my book 'From Laois to Kerry' to them.

Kerry / Re: Any information on Spring family Kerry?
« on: Tuesday 15 August 17 11:08 BST (UK)  »
Re Springs of Kerry I recently published a book 'From Laois to Kerry' which provides a little further information on the origins of the Kerry Springs as follows: Capt. Thomas Spring's son Walter married Mary Crosbie who was the daughter of Patrick Crosbie, who had become one of the largest landowners in Kerry and had originated in Co. Laois. The Crosbies were subsequently leading landlords in Kerry for around 300 years. I have lots of genealogical information on the descendants of Mary Spring Crosbie as part of the research for my book which devotes two chapters to the Crosbies of Kerry. The Crosbies were arguably the most widely connected landlord family in Kerry during that era.

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