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Full text of "Blake family records, 1600 to 1700; a chronological catalogue with notes, appendices, and the genealogies of many branches, of the Blake family, together with a brief account of the fourteen ancient families of tribes of the town of Galway, and a description of the corporate arms used by that town at different periods; with an index to the records in the first part. Illustrated with photographs of various original documents and seals. 2d series"

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BLAKE FAMILY RECORDS 

l6oO TO 1700 



H Cbronolosical Catalogue witb flotes, Hppenfcices, ant> 
tbe Genealogies ot mans brancbes of tbe Btafee 



TOGETHER WITH 

ACCOUNT OF THE FOURTEEN ANCIENT FAMILIES OR TRIBES 
OF THE TOWN OF GALWAY, AND A DESCRIPTION OF THE COR- 
PORATE ARMS USED BY THAT TOWN AT DIFFERENT 
PERIODS; WITH AN INDEX TO THE RECORDS IN 
THE FIRST PART 



ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OF VARIOUS ORIGINAL 
DOCUMENTS AND SEALS 







BY 

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MARTIN J. BLAKE 

OF LINCOLN'S INN, BARRISTER-AT-LAW 



SECOND SERIES 




LONDON 
ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.G. 

1905 r SEEN BY 

PRESERVATION 
SERVICES 



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P r e f a c e 



THE documents catalogued in this volume 208 in number are 
exclusively those of the seventeenth century, and most of the 
originals are preserved in the Blake collection. Although chiefly 
interesting as mere family records, yet they throw some light 
on local history and furnish many details concerning the 
topography of the town of Galway during that period. 

The scheme for the " plantation " of the province of Con- 
naught with new English settlers, which was planned in 16*35 
by Sir Thomas Wentworth (Strafford), Lord Deputy of Ireland, 
and in its initiatory stages carried out, although ultimately 
abandoned, occasioned the petition of John Blake alias Caddell 
to the Commissioners of the Plantation in 1640, the interesting 
pedigree of the Blake family which accompanied it, and the 
Commissioners' Report thereon (see Records Nos. 86-89). In 
i655> however, the petitioner was deprived of his ancestral 
property in and adjoining the town of Galway by the Crom- 
wellian Commissioners, and was transplanted to a portion of 
the county far removed from the town. Two of his younger 
sons emigrated to Montserrat and Barbadoes, and letters 
written by them from those colonies are preserved in this 
collection (see Records Nos. 170-173, 179, 180). 

Extraneous documents occasionally find their way into a 
family collection, and an interesting instance of this will be found 
in Record No. 91, which is a coeval copy of certain regulations 
passed by the Corporation of the City of Norwich for the 
government of the Congregation of the Walloon and Dutch 
" Strangers " settled in that city. The citizens of Norwich 
evidently had a fiscal protectionist tariff of their own in 1642. 

I have inserted in this volume a Brief Account of the Fourteen 



vi Preface 

Ancient Families or "Tribes" of the Town of Galway, the 
names of many of which are constantly recurring in these 
Records; and also a Description of the Corporate Arms used 
by the town of Galway at different periods. 

The Genealogies of various branches of the Blake family 
which were given in the First Series of this work have been 
revised, and enlarged by the addition of many new pedigrees 
hitherto unpublished. The Appendices contain much informa- 
tion relating to the Blake families, gathered from the Public 
Records of Ireland and other sources. 

An Index to the Records contained in the First Series is also 
given in this volume. 

I gladly take the opportunity of again expressing my sincere 
thanks to the Deputy Keeper of Public Records, Ireland, and 
the officers of his department, for the facilities and assistance 
afforded to me in the course of many researches at the Irish 
Public Record Office. 

MARTIN J. BLAKE. 

LINCOLN'S INN, 
July, 1905. 



Contents 



PAGE 

BLAKE RECORDS OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY - i 

GENEALOGIES OF THE VARIOUS FAMILIES OF THE BLARES 

OF GALWAY . 129 

A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE FOURTEEN ANCIENT FAMILIES 

OR "TRIBES" OF THE TOWN OF GALWAY - - 227 

A DESCRIPTION OF THE CORPORATE ARMS USED BY THE 

TOWN OF GALWAY AT DIFFERENT PERIODS - 243 

APPENDIX A: ABSTRACT OF BLAKE WILLS BETWEEN 1600 

AND 1700 - 246 

APPENDIX B : GRANTS TO THE BLAKES BY LETTERS PATENT 

FROM KING JAMES I. - 259 

APPENDIX C : ALPHABETICAL LIST OF THE BLAKES 
POSSESSED OF ESTATES OR INTERESTS IN LAND IN 
THE COUNTY OF MAYO IN 1636 - 265 

APPENDIX D : BLAKES WHO OBTAINED DECREES AS TRANS- 
PLANTED PERSONS FOR LANDS IN CONNAUGHT FROM 
THE CROMWELLIAN COMMISSIONERS BETWEEN 1655 
AND 1659 - - 276 

APPENDIX E : GRANTS TO THE BLAKES BY LETTERS PATENT 
FROM KING CHARLES II. UNDER THE ACTS OF SETTLE- 
MENT AND EXPLANATION - 280 

APPENDIX F : ALPHABETICAL LIST OF BLAKE CLAIMS PRE- 
SENTED IN 1700-1701 AT CHICHESTER HOUSE, DUBLIN, 
TO THE TRUSTEES FOR THE SALE OF ESTATES FOR- 
FEITED IN 1688 - 286 

INDEX TO THE FIRST SERIES OF THE BLAKE FAMILY 

RECORDS, 1300-1600 - - i-xviii 



VU 



List of Illustrations 



Seal of Donatus, Dean of Clonfert : A.D. 1443 - - To face p. 4 

Deed of award by Sir Thomas Cusake, Lord Chancellor of 

Ireland, and others, between John McUlick Burke and 

Richard and Nicholas Blake, as to the compensation to 

be paid said John Burke for the building of the castle of 

Kyltullaghmore : A.D. 1553 18 

Great Seal of Ireland of King James I. (obverse and reverse) - 39 

Fragment of the common seal (obverse and reverse) of the 

corporate town of Athenry : A.D. 1394 - 41 

Deed of grant by Adam Layles (Lawless) to John, son of 

Walter Blak, of eel- weirs in the river of Gal way : A.D. 1399 46 

The petition of John Blake alias Caddie to the Commissioners 

for the Plantation of the County of Galway : A.D. 1640 - 50 

Deed of grant by Henry Blake of Galway, burgess, to his son 

and heir John Blake of lands and fisheries in the town 

and river of Galway : A.D. 1443 5^ 

Portrait of Sir Valentine Blake of Menlo, third Baronet, Mayor 

of Galway, 1643-44 - 78 

Deed of grant by Kating Hannyn to John, son of Walter, 

Blak : A.D. 1394 94 

Copper penny tokens of Galway merchants in the seventeenth 

century 102 

Armorial bearings of the fourteen tribes of Galway - 227 

Seal of Christopher Bodkin, Archbishop of Tuam : A.D. 1543 - 232 

Seal of John Skerret, Mayor of Galway : A.D. 1492 242 

Corporate arms of the town of Galway used at various periods 244 

Seal of the convent (monastery) " Collis Victorias," otherwise 

Knockmoy : A.D. 1557 " r _ 262 



IX 



CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS 

Page 6, Record No. 9: For date in margin, read " November 15 " instead of 
" November 16. " 

Page 8, line 21 : For " 1404-1405, at pp. 317, 388," read " 1404-1415, at pp. 387, 
388." 

Page 15, Note (G) : After " Sir William Methwold " insert "(Methold)." 

Page 53 : At end of note on this page insert following paragraphs : 

"But notwithstanding Stafford's determination, his scheme for the plantation 
of Connaught eventually failed. He was impeached for treason by the English 
House of Commons in March, 1640. and departed from Ireland in April, 1640, to 
stand his trial. A bill of attainder against him passed both Houses of Parlia- 
ment in May, 1641. The King reluctantly assented thereto, and Strafford was 
executed on May n, 1641. The King had previously (in April, 1641) expressly 
directed that the intended plantation of Connaught should be abandoned." 

"For further details respecting the lands specified in this Record, see post, 
PP- 57. 58. 93-97-" 

Page 54, Record No. 87 : Insert the following notes with reference to this 
Record : 

NOTES. (A) " Fragment of the tabular pedigree. " The top portion of this 

document was torn off and lost previously to 1844. 
(B) The John Blake whose name appears at the top of the tabular pedigree 

on the left-hand side was John Blake who died in 1468, and whose 

will is recordedin " Blake Family Records," First Series, at pp. 39-41. 
(c) The John Blake whose name appears at the bottom of the tabular 

pedigree on the left-hand side was John Blake, the petitioner of 1640 

(see ante, Record No. 86). 

Page 58, Note (B) : At the end of this note insert the following addition : 
" This Sir Garrat (or Gerard) Lowther had been a Baron of the Court of 
Exchequer in Ireland from 1628 to 1634, and was knighted on November 9, 1631 ; 
he died in 1660." 

Page 80, Record No. 128 : For date in margin, read " 1656 " instead of " 1566." 
Page 96, line 8 from end of page : For " Cregmoyler " read " Cloghmoyle." 
Page 137, line n from top of page: For "Nicholas, will proved 1693," rea( l 
" Nicholas, will proved 1683." 

Page 271, Note (A) : At the end of this note insert the following addition : 
" Mr. Hubert T. Knox. however, in his ' Notes on the Diocese of Tuam ' (pp. 31 
and 174), considers that Magh Foimsen was situate in the southern portion of the 
parish of Killedan, in the Barony of Gallen, Co. Mayo, and that a spot called 
Patrick's well, in the demesne of Ballinamore in that parish, was the place where 
St. Patrick left Conan as priest." 



XI 



Blake Records of the Seventeenth 

Century 



Record No. 



i. 



DEED of mortgage by Stephen Martin, son and heir of Francis A.D. 1602. 
Martin, late of Galway, Alderman, deceased, to Andrew Kirwan January 21. 
fitz Patrick of Galway, merchant, of a shop in the town of 
Galway situated under the mortgagor's principal stone house, 
wherein Walter Athy dwells, in the east " pinnacle " of the said 
house, between James Blake's stone house on the east, the 
great door-porch of the said house on the west, the yard pave- 
ment and inner part of the said house on the north, and the 
King's common street on the south ; in consideration of 40 
sterling of pure silver current money in the city of London, 
having 5 shillings to every ounce Troy weight, and four such 
ounces to every pound. Attested under the seal and signature 
of the mortgagor. Dated January 21, 1602. Witnesses : 
Walter Blak, Edd. Kirwan, G e Martin, Andrewe Blake, James 
Kirowan, Robart Joes, Marcus Martyne. [Seal lost.] 
NOTE. See also post, Record No. n. 

No. 2. 

Deed of mortgage by Nicholas Biake fitz John (A) of Gal- A.D. 1602. 
way, merchant, to Robert Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew (B) of Ma y I - 
Galway, merchant, in consideration of 1,114 ounces of pure 
silver plate, Troy weight and London touch, of the mortgagor's 
stone house in the town of Galway (the cellar under the Castle 
chamber only excepted), situated between the dwelling-house 
of Valentine Blake on the north-east, the Queen's high street 
on the south-east, the street leading from Blake's stone to the 
little gate on the west, and the high stone house in the 
possession of James Dorsy on the north ; also the bakehouse 
called Blake's Oven situated between the garden of James 
Linch fitz Henry on the east, the garden of James Linch fitz 

n. i 



Blake Records of the Seventeenth 

Century 



Record No. 



i. 



DEED of mortgage by Stephen Martin, son and heir of Francis A.D. 1602. 
Martin, late of Galway, Alderman, deceased, to Andrew Kirwan January 21. 
fitz Patrick of Galway, merchant, of a shop in the town of 
Galway situated under the mortgagor's principal stone house, 
wherein Walter Athy dwells, in the east " pinnacle" of the said 
house, between James Blake's stone house on the east, the 
great door-porch of the said house on the west, the yard pave- 
ment and inner part of the said house on the north, and the 
King's common street on the south ; in consideration of 40 
sterling of pure silver current money in the city of London, 
having 5 shillings to every ounce Troy weight, and four such 
ounces to every pound. Attested under the seal and signature 
of the mortgagor. Dated January 21, 1602. Witnesses : 
\Valter Blak, Edd. Kirwan, G e Martin, Andrewe Blake, James 
Kirowan, Robart Joes, Marcus Martyne. [Seal lost.] 
NOTE. See also post, Record No. n. 

No. 2. 

Deed of mortgage by Nicholas Blake fitz John (A) of Gal- A.D. 1602. 
way, merchant, to Robert Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew (B) of Ma 7 r - 
Galway, merchant, in consideration of 1,114 ounces of pure 
silver plate, Troy weight and London touch, of the mortgagor's 
stone house in the town of Galway (the cellar under the Castle 
chamber only excepted), situated between the dwelling-house 
of Valentine Blake on the north-east, the Queen's high street 
on the south-east, the street leading from Blake's stone to the 
little gate on the west, and the high stone house in the 
possession of James Dorsy on the north ; also the bakehouse 
called Blake's Oven situated between the garden of James 
Linch fitz Henry on the east, the garden of James Linch fitz 

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2 Blake Family Records 

Stephen on the south, the end of the lane called Blake's Lane 
on the west, and the garden belonging to the mortgagor on the 
north ; also the thatch houses (that in the possession of John 
Skerrett only excepted) lying between the garden of said 
James Linch fitz Henry on the east, Blake's Lane on the south, 
the thatch houses of said Valentine Blake on the west, and 
the Town-Hall of Galway on the north; also one waste toft 
and decayed windmill without the walls of Galway, and the 
parcel of arable land on which said windmill is situated called 
Droyme-Blakie, adjoining the lands of Edmond Athy and 
Baltazar Linch on the east, the salt-water pool called 
Loghetaly on the south, the lands of Baltazar Linch on the 
west, and the town green on the north ; also the moiety or 
halfendeale of the parcel of arable land called Gortenboher 
lying without the walls of Galway between the great lane on 
the east, the land called Meadle on the south, the land of 
John Skerrett on the west, and the said great lane on the 




Hary 

Bodkin, Geffrey Browne, Richard Lynch, Geffr. Martin. " 
Memorandum endorsed: "The last of Marche in the yeare 
1607 the within-named feoffee was fully satisfied and payed of 
the contents of the within morgadge, and before the perfect- 
ing of the newe morgadge hereof to be made to the within- 
named feoffee." Witnesses : " Hen. Lynch, James Browne fitz 
Dominick, James Darsey, Michael Cormicke, Thomas Moore, 
Arthur Bodkin." 

NOTES. (A) "Nicholas Blake fitz John." For him, see post, 
Note (A), Record No. 20. 

(B) " Robert Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew." See Genealogies, 
BLAKE OF ARDFRY, and post, Records Nos. 4, 5, 6, 12, 18. 

No. 3. 

AD. 1603. Deed of release by Walter McRicard Carragh (Burke) of 
Laccabeg (A), in the county of Galway, to his cousin John 
McWilliam McEdmund (Burke) of Laccabeg, of all the 
releasor's one-sixth part of the half-quarter of Laccabeg and 
the one-sixth part of the cartron of Cowlkerrie. Attested 
under the signature and seal of said Walter Dated 
September 2, 1603. Signed : "Walter McRicard Carragh " 
Witnesses: 'Thomas Nolan, Dyonisius Brengan, Nicholas 
Dorsye, Edd. O'Fercallseich, Andrew Blak." 

NOTE (A) "Lacaghbeg" means the "small stony place," from 
' Leac, a flat stone, and " beg," small. 



Seventeenth Century 3 

No. 4. 

Deed (A) dated March 2, 1606, whereby Rowland (B), Bishop A.D. 1606. 
of Kilmacduogh in Galway County, with the consent of Sir March 2 . 
Manus McEward, Dean of Kilmacduogh, and the Chapter 
thereof for certain considerations tending to the utility and 
increase of the rent of the Bishop and his successors, and for 
a certain sum of money laid out by Robert Blake fitz Walter 
fitz Andrew of Galway, merchant, towards the repairing and 
re-edifying of the cathedral church and house at Kilmacduogh, 
now in waste, burned and defaced through the rebellion in the 
late Queen's time, and for the discharge, satisfaction and 
payment made by the said Blake by the Bishop's direction of 
200, grown due upon him and his clergy for intrusions and 
other forfeitures in not paying of their first-fruits, and of the 
arrearages of their twentieth-parts grown due during the said 
waste and troublesome times of the late rebellion demised 
to said Blake for 99 years all the hereditaments, spiritual and 
temporal, belonging to the Bishop in and throughout the 
parishes, towns, and lands of Ardrahan, Killeinane, Iserkelly, 
Behegh, Killeily, Kilorhie, Killehiggny, Stradbally, Kinvarra, Kil- 
colgane, Kilthomas, Drumemockoowe, the four quarters of free 
land in Kilmacduogh called Termonenmore and Termonenbeg, 
Gortamner, Fauna, Nacaune, Tallaghbegg, Gortattils, Tallagh- 
more, Cloonfunsine, Tereighie, Magherye, Makeherne, Ruane, 
Gortnekelen, Shruane, Tullane, Ryevagh, and Lehenssy, the 
quarters of land called Kinnonuffe, and the half-quarter of 
Killennarry ; at the rent of 5 Irish. 

NOTES. (A) This deed is not preserved in the Blake collection ; 
but it is on record among the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery 
in Ireland tempore James I. : Patent Rolls 4 James I., Roll LVL, 
membrane 6 (see those Rolls published in 1828, at p. 99). 

(B) " Rowland, Bishop of Kilmacduogh." This was Rowland 
Lynch who was appointed Bishop of Kilmacduagh by Queen 
Elizabeth in 1587 ; he had been recommended for that appointment 
in January, 1586, by Sir Richard Bingham. Rowland Lynch was a 
native of Galway, and studied divinity at Cambridge University ; 
and the fact that he was a native of Galway and spoke both languages 
Irish and English seems to have induced the Queen to appoint 
him. On October 20, 1602, he was granted by Queen Elizabeth the 
See of Clonfert also, to hold in commendam " in consideration of the 
small value of the See of Kilmacduagh arising from the extortions 
of the Irish" (Fiants Elizabeth, anno 1602, fiant No. 6,686). How 
he alienated and misappropriated the revenues of both sees appears 
from the above Record, and also from Records Nos. 5 and 14. On 
June 22, 1615, King James I. appointed Thomas Jones, the Arch- 

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4 Blake Family Records 

bishop of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, together with 
others, as Commissioners for a General Ecclesiastical Visitation of 
the Dioceses in Ireland (Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery, Ireland, 
13 James I., Roll LXVL, membrane 43). The testimony of these 
Commissioners concerning the state in which they found the Sees of 
Clonfert and Kilmacduagh is as follows : " We cannot learn anything 
certain of the value of these bishoprics; the Bishop" (i.e., Rowland 
Lynch) " hath dealt so fraudulently and perversely with us, that we 
cannot give the least credit to his word. We have undeniable 
evidence that upon his first promotion Clonfert was esteemed worth 
^"160 per ann., and Kilmacduagh ^"100. But now the Bishop hath 
returned us a roll in writing in which he makes the value of Clonfert 
only ^"40, and Kilmacduagh only ^"24, but gives no account how this 
happened ; he only saith that a certain abbacy belonging to the 
bishopric of Clonfert was recovered from him in the Presidency 
Court of Connaught. The Archbishop of Tuam alleges tumults 
and rebellion as the cause of the fall in value of the See of Kilmac- 
duagh ; but whence this diminution arose exceeds our comprehen- 
sion " (see Harris's edition of Ware's Works, vol. i., at p. 643 ; and 
also " Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1625-1632," at p. 548). Row- 
land Lynch died in December, 1625. His successor, Robert Dawson, 
Dean of Down, an Englishman, was appointed Bishop of the united 
Sees of Kilmacduagh and Clonfert on April 29, i628(Morrin's Calendar 
of Patent Rolls, Ireland, Charles L, pp. 197, 198). On June 20, 1630, 
Bishop Dawson drew up a statement regarding the Sees of Clonfert 
and Kilmacduagh, which clearly shows in what light he regarded the 
conduct of his predecessor and the state of affairs then existing in the 
dioceses ; he writes : " This Bishop [Rowland Lynch] allowed the Dean 
and all the Chapter to keep their places, though all were recusants; 
they and his wife persuaded him to alienate all the lands of the 
bishopric, as the best way of preventing an Englishman from taking 
the see and restraining their Popish insolency. By scandalous frauds 
all the lands of the bishopric, except those to the value of 6 at most, 
were alienated, and got into the hands of Sir Richard Blake, though 
intended for the Bishop's wife and children : Sir Richard defends 
the children of Bishop Lynch in their possession of the other half of 
the see ; so that the present Bishop (Dawson) has only 6 a year 
to live upon, and no house. Rowland Lynch only held the See of 
Clonfert in commendam, but nevertheless devised means to impoverish 
it : he allowed the buildings to fall to ruin, and cunningly conveyed 
away the estate till there was nothing left for dilapidations. . . . 
All the documents relating to the rights of the see are abstracted or 
concealed except one ancient rental which the late Bishop practically 
destroyed with his own pen. The rich Abbey of Portu Puro at 
Clonfert, given to Bishop Burke and the see for ever by King 
Henry VIII., was also abstracted by Lynch and assigned finally 
to Sir Henry Lynch, who gave a great sum for it. The value of 
Clonfert is now in rent ^30, and in tithe ^"150, but these are falling ; 
.the country has resolved not to give any tithes to the present Bishop, 




Seal of Donatus, Dean of 
Clonfert, appended to a 
deed of grant of Henry 
Blak, burgess of Galway^ 
dated September 2, 22 
Henry VI., A.D. 1443- 
(See Record No. 33, First 
Series, pp. 25, 26.) 



Seventeenth Century 5 

and it is impossible to collect them. The present Bishop cannot 
obtain any correspondency with the inhabitants, and will remain so 
unless he permits them to hold his lands as their own ; he must also 
allow the Pope's Vicar-General to exercise jurisdiction to the prejudice 
of his own ; and he must permit freedom of the Roman Catholic 
worship even in the town where he lives. If the Bishop is not 
strengthened to oppose these people, he craves leave to quit the 
see" (" Calendar of State Papers, Ireland, 1625-1632," at p. 547). 

No. 5. 

Deed (A) dated April i, 1607, whereby Malachias (other- A - D - 1607. 
wise Malaghlin) MacEnbrehuna, Archdeacon of Kilmacduogh, A P ril * 
demised to Robert Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew of Galway, 
merchant, all the corn tithes in Stradbally, Cloghroky, Rargine, 
Rahassane, Kregnevantta, Ballylene, and Rowe, namely, two 
quarters of corn tithes in every of the said towns, belonging to 
him as Archdeacon of Kilmacduogh ; to hold for 99 years at 
the rent of i los. Irish. The consent of Rowland, Bishop 
of Kilmacduogh, and of Sir Mathew (or Manus) McWarde, the 
Dean, and of the Chapter of Kilmacduogh, to the making of 
the above lease, follows. 

NOTE. (A) This Deed is not among the Blake collection ; but it 
is enrolled among the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland 
tempore James I. : Patent Rolls 12 James I., Roll CV., membrane 42 
(see p. 277 of said Patent and Close Rolls, published in 1828). 

No. 6. 

Deed of mortgage by Nicholas Blake fitz John to Robert A.D. 1607. 
Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew, of the premises comprised A P ril * 
in the mortgage of May i, 1602, which had been paid off on 
March 31, 1607 (see Record No. 2), in consideration of the sum 
of 1,285 ounces three-quarters of pure silver plate, Troy weight 
and London touch ; the repayment of which was to be satisfied 
by the payment of 300 of pure silver money such as " is now 
current within the realm of England, having 5 shillings of 
pure silver to every ounce, and 4 ounces to every pound." 
Attested under the signature and seal of the said Nicholas 
Blake. Dated April i, 1607. Signed : Nicholas Blake. [Seal 
lost.] Witnesses : Hen. Lynch, James Browne fitz Dom. 
Richard Lynch, Michaell Cormicke, Arthur Bodkin, James 
Darsey, Thomas Moore. 



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No. 7. 

A.D. 1608. Deed of mortgage by demise for seven years, in consideration 
April 10. O f 2 o sterling, by Nicholas Blake fitz John, to Thomas Clowan 
of Athenry of the half-quarter of land called Cloihcran in 
the franchises of Athenry. Attested under the signature and 
seal of said Nicholas Blake. Dated April 10, 1608. Signed : 
"Nicholas Blake." [Seal lost] Witnesses: " Arthour Bodkin, 
Richard Linche, Patricke Freinche, Gregory Frenche." 
[Document torn in parts.] 

No. 8. 

Deed of mortgage by Markus Lynch fitz Stephen of Gal way, 
Alderman, to Charles Nollan, in consideration of 18 sterling, 
of a shop under the stone house of John Skerret situated by 
the great gate of Galway between the house of Geffrey Linch 
fitz Dominick on the one side, and the castle belonging to 
Stephen Martin fitz Francis on the other side, now in the 
occupation of Robert Skerret son of John Skerret. The mort- 
gagor appoints his son Thomas Linch as his attorney to deliver 
possession of the premises. Attested under the signature and 
seal of the mortgagor. Dated May 15, 1608. Signed : " Ma. 
Lynche." [Seal lost.] Witnesses to the execution of the 
deed : " Richarde Linche, Willm. Skeret, John Nolan, Robert 
Skeret. Witnesses to the delivery of possession : John Nolan, 
Robert Skeret, Richard Linche, Willm. Skeret." 

No. 9. 

A.D. 1608. Deed of conveyance by John Kinge (A) of Dublin, gent., to 
November 15. oliver Bowen of Bally -Adams (B), Queen's County, gent.; 
recites a grant from King James I. by Letters Patent under the 
Great Seal of Ireland dated at Drogheda March 16, 4 James I. 
(1607), to said John Kinge, in fee farm of the site and precinct 
of the late dissolved Abbey or Religious House of the Order of 
St. Augustine of Borres Karra (c), in the county of Mayo, and 
one quarter of land thereto belonging. And the present deed 
testifies that said John Kinge thereby sold the same to said 
Oliver Bowen, his heirs and assigns; and the said John Kinge 
appointed Edmund Walle and Constantine McKiegan his 
attorneys to deliver possession of the premises to Oliver Bowen 
or his attorney. Attested under the signature and seal of said 
John Kinge. Dated November 15, 1608. Signed : " J. Kinge." 
[Seal lost.] Witnesses of the execution of the deed : " William 



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Phillipes, John Kinge, Robert Kinge. " Witnesses of the 
delivery of possession to Thomas Bowen, attorney of said 
Oliver Bowen : " Con. Kiegan " [other names illegible]. 
Witnesses of the delivery of the possession by Constantine 
McKiegan and Edmund Walle : "Con. Kiegan, Edward Bowen, 
Patrick McConell, O'More, his mark, Donogh O'Brien, his 
mark, Teige O'Dollaine, his mark, Enis McDonell, his mark." 

NOTES. (A) " John Kinge." He was secretary to Sir Richard 
Bingham, Governor of Connaught, in 1585 ; in the reign of King 
James I. he obtained many grants of the lands of dissolved abbeys. 
He was knighted on July 7, 1609, and died in 1637 ; his eldest son, 
Robert King (Sir), was knighted on August 19, 1621, and died in 
1657. Sir Robert King's eldest son, John King, was created an Irish 
peer on September 4, 1660, with the title of Baron Kingston. 

(B) "Oliver Bowen of Bally- Adams." He was second son of 
Robert Bowen of Ballyadams. The family of Bowen was of Welsh 
extraction, and the first of them that came to Ireland, in the reign 
of King Henry VIII., was John, who used the name of Thomas as 
a surname ; he was Constable of the Castle of Ballyadams in 
November, 1549 (3 Edward VI.), and died in 1569. On February 27, 
1570 (12 Elizabeth), livery of his possessions was granted to " Robert 
Bowen alias Robert Thomas, son and heir of John Thomas alias 
Bowen, late of Ballyadams, Queen's County." This Robert Bowen 
alias Thomas surrendered the lands of Ballyadams to the Crown on 
July 8, 1578 (20 Elizabeth), and obtained a new grant thereof by 
patent dated August 31, 1578; he died July 31, 1621, leaving issue 
three sons, viz. : John Bowen (eldest son), who succeeded to Bally- 
adams ; the above - mentioned Oliver Bowen (second son) ; and 
Thomas Bowen, afterwards of Liskellin in the Barony of Kilmaine, 
County Mayo (third son). In the Strafford Survey of Mayo, made 
in 1636, the above-mentioned Oliver Bowen is recorded as being the 
owner of "one quarter called Burriskarra with a ruinous abbey, the 
moiety of the island called Island - McPhilbin, three-quarters of 
Ballinchaly alias Ballyresshurck, the castle of Castle - Carra, the 
quarters of Killerillane, Knockglass alias Slade, Cruagh alias Carrow- 
crowe, Listibbott, Lagboy, Lagbarine, and the half -quarter of 
Knockytorin alias Knockelly, all situate in the Barony of Carra, 
County Mayo, and all which lands he mortgaged in 1632 to the 
present (1636) Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, for 400." This mortgage 
accounts for the above record being among the Family Records of 
the Blakes of Menlo ; many records of that branch of the Blake 
family are comprised in the Blake collection. Upon the outbreak 
of the Civil War in Ireland in 1642, Oliver Bowen was dispossessed 
of the above lands, and retired to Wales, where he died without 
issue. His brother, Thomas Bowen, is recorded in the Strafford 
Survey of Mayo (1636) as being the owner of " the castle and town 
of Liskellin and three-quarters (of land) thereunto belonging, in the 
Barony of Kilmaine, County Mayo . . . from the year 1625, at which 



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time the same were conveyed to him by James Mercalfe and George 
Jones, and which in 1627 were in mortgage by him to Sir Richard 
Blake, Knight, for ^"354." This Thomas Bowen of Liskellin was a 
direct lineal ancestor of the eminent English Judge, .Charles, Lord 
Bowen, who was created Baron Bowen for life in 1893, an< ^ wno 
died April 10, 1894; Lord Bowen being son of the Rev. Christopher 
Bowen (who died in 1890), son of Christopher Bowen of Hollymount, 
County Mayo (who died in 1828), son of William Bowen (who died 
in 1786), son of William Bowen of Hollymount, son of Oliver, son 
of Edmund, son of the aforesaid Thomas Bowen of Liskellin. 

(c) "Abbey of Borreskarra," or Burriscarra. The word " Burris- 
carra" means the " Borough of Carra" (Buirghes-Carra), and, as its 
name denotes, it was a settlement (borough) made in Carra, County 
Mayo, by the Anglo-Normans (probably by the Anglo-Norman family 
of Staunton, of which Adam Staunton was the chief), circa A.D. 1280. 
The Abbey of Burriscarra was founded by one of the Staunton 
family in A.D. 1298 (King's "Collectanea," vol. xiii., p. 427) for the 
Carmelites or White Friars; but in A.D. 1413, no Carmelite having 
inhabited the house for more than 30 years, it was transferred by 
Pope John XXIII. to the Austin Friars (" Calendar of Papal Letters 
1404-1415," at pp. 387, 388). It was situated at the north-east angle 
of Lough Carra, in the parish of Burriscarra, County Mayo ; a con- 
siderable portion of the ruins of this abbey still remain. In 1678 
both Burriscarra and Castlecarra were granted by patent under the 
Acts of Settlement to Sir Henry Lynch of Castlecarra, third Baronet, 
ancestor of the present (1904) Sir Henry Lynch-Blosse, of Athavallie, 
County Mayo, the present proprietor. The landed possessions of 
Burriscarra Abbey were very small. 

No. 10. 

A.D. 1609. Exchequer Inquisition, County Galway, 7th James I. (No. 31), 
January 18. relating to Christopher Blake. This Inquisition was taken in 
the town of Galway on January 18, 1609-10, before Nicholas 
Brady and a jury, who found : that Christopher Blake died on 
July 20, 1609, seized in fee of a castle, a stone house adjacent 
thereto, two thatched houses and three gardens, all situate in 
the town of Galway, and held of the Mayor, Bailiffs and 
Commcrxlty of Galway in free burgage tenure ; and was also 
seized in fee by way of mortgage of the half-quarter of 
Legenleaghe and one cartron of Spiddell, held of the King in 
capite; that William Blake was his heir, and then aged 
seventeen and not married. 

NOTE. The original of this Record is not among the Blake 
collection, but it is preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin. 
The " Christopher Blake " mentioned in this Inquisition will be 
found in the Genealogy of BLAKE OF KILTOLLA. 






Seventeenth Century 9 

No. IT. 

Deed of mortgage by Stephen Martin, son and heir of Francis A - D - I6l 
Martin, late of Galway, Alderman, deceased, to Andrew Kirwan Au 8 ust l8 - 
fitz Patrick, in consideration of 90, of a cellar and shop 
under the mortgagor's stone house in Galway inhabited by 
Walter Athy, and which cellar and shop are situate between 
the porch of the said house on the east and the pinnacle of 
the said house adjoining the house of Arthur Lynch on the 
west. Attested under the seal and signature of the mortgagor. 
Dated August 18, 1610. [No seal or signature ; no witnesses.] 

NOTE. See also ante, Record No. i. 

No. 12. 

Chancery Inquisition, county of Mayo, tempore James I. 
(No. 20), relating to Robert Blake. Inquisition taken at Shrohir, 
county of Mayo, on September 16, 1611, before Sir Thomas 
Rotheram, Knt., and a jury, who say: that Robert Blake, gentle- 
man, is seized in fee of the following : viz., the castle, town and 
bawn of Gissidyne with 2 quarters, namely, Cnockneheane 
I quarter, Cloncolowe I quarter, free from composition ; of 
Cornehowely 2 quarters, Corryeighter and Corrym c remon 
I quarter, and Correphreaghan and Lissehorny I quarter, free 
from composition ; of 2 quarters of the lands of Bohange, 
Gortefoile, and Lassane ; Knockbane I quarter, Keilgarrow 
i quarter, Bealtry i quarter, which 3 quarters are parcel of 
Kylegalane ; Coolegad i quarter, Liswalter Bourke I quarter, 
Carrowenrowan i quarter, and Mulintorman one and a half 
- cartrons ; of the moiety of the townland of Tonreghy, otherwise 
Tonlogy ; Ratheouge ; one fourth of the castle and bawn of 
Dounemona ; a moiety of the townland of Cloghenryphillip ; 
Gradoge ; Carrownegraganagh i quarter ; Carrownecun i 
quarter . . . Ellanmore i quarter. . . . That one Moiler 
McEdmond duff Mcjohnyne by deed dated October 21, 1610, 
enfeoffed the aforesaid Robert and his heirs for ever with 
Clowngownah i quarter and Ranegarlogy i cartron ; that 
one Catherine ny-Johnyne by deed dated January 8, 1605, 
enfeoffed the said Robert for ever with all her interest in the 
castle, town, and 2 quarters of Kilkeran ... 3 quarters in 
Ballynalty parcel of Tworyne. . . . That Sir John Byngham, 
Knt., claims by way of mortgage Raunaghcarrowan i quarter 
and Gissidine i quarter ; that Robert Bowen claims Coulgadd 
and the moiety of Cloghenryphillip ; . . . that Richard 



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McShane booy and Hubert McEdmond claim Carrownegregane 
and Ballynalty; and that William McAndrew and Mary ny 
Higgine claim one-third of Tonregehy. 

NOTE. The original of this Record is not among the Blake 

collection, but it is preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin. 
The " Robert Blake " referred to in this Inquisition is Robert, son 
of Walter, son of Andrew Blake (see post, Genealogies, BLAKE OF 
ARDFRY). 

No. 13. 

A.D. 1613 Acknowledgment by Bartholomew Hatch, servant of the 
April ii. Lord Deputy, of the receipt from Richard Bryse of Dublin, 
merchant, by the appointment of Peter French fitz Valentine 
of. Galway, merchant, of the sum of 30 current money in 
" Brystoll," for procuring under the Great Seal a [ 
and " dedimus possessionem," unto Nicholas Cadell alias 
Blake of Galway. Attested under the signature of Bartholo- 
mew Hatch. Dated April n, 1613. Witness: "Andrew 
Caddell." Acknowledgment appended thereto by Richard 
Bryes of Dublin, of the receipt from Andrew Black fitz 
Patrick, by the appointment of Peter French fitz Valentine, of 
the sum of 30 English, which was for the aforesaid Nicholas 
Blacke. Dated, May 3, 1613. Signed : Rich. Bryes. 

No. 14. 

A.D. 1613 Deed of assignment by Rowland Linch, Bishop of Kilmac- 
May 8. duagh and Clonfert, to Andrew Kirwan fitz Patrick, of a lease 

of tithes granted by the assignor's predecessor, Stephen Kirwan 
(Bishop of Kilmacduagh and Clonfert), to Marcus Lynch fitz 
Peter, late deceased, and sold by the executor of said Marcus 
Lynch to the assignor; comprising two-thirds of the tithes in 
Garballie, Minbire, Droght, Leakfine, Kaherm c mourk, Clane- 
maine, Caragh, Caline, Doghgarraun, Moyade, Aghrim, Gran- 
segh, Dowveles, Leakivine, Braunagh, Rechill, Kilurmore, 
Clunekyne, Killaghe, Clunebigne, Cartron-ne-Palice, and the 
Downe ; also the assignor's whole quarter of the tithe of the 
townland of Leatrum : to hold the premises to the use of the 
assignee, his heirs and assigns, during the residue of the term 
of said lease. Attested under the signature and seal of the 
said Lord Bishop. Dated May 8, 1613. Signed : Rd. Clon- 
ferten. [Seal lost.] Witnesses : " Patrick Kirwan, William 
Lynch fitz Xophyr, John Freinche, William Lynch, Robuck 
French fitz Edd." 



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Seventeenth Century 1 1 

No. 15. 

Mortgage by Nicholas Blake fitz John of Galway, merchant, A - D - 1614. 
to Richard Lynch fitz James of Galway, merchant, in consicTera- Ma y 26 - 
tion of 100, of a tenement in Galway situated between the 
principal house of the mortgagor on the south, Valentine 
Blake's ground on the east, the said Richard's tenement on the 
north, and the King's street on the west ; with condition for 
redemption by the mortgagor after the expiration of 10 years. 
Attested under the hand and seal of the mortgagor. Dated 
May 26, 1614. Signed: "Nicholas Blake." [Seal lost.] 
Witnesses : " Arthure Bodkin, Marcus Lynch fitz Marcus, 
Christo. Bodkyne fitz Richard." 

No. 1 6. 

Mortgage by Nicholas Blake fitz John of Galway ^merchan^ A - D - I6l 4- 
to Martin Darsy of Galway, merchant, in consideration of tf\e J une 8 - 
sum of 100, of the mortgagor's portion of the half-quarter of 
Dowillese and the half-quarter of Morouaghe, situated near the 
town of Galway ; and appointment of Christopher Bodkin fitz 
Richard as the mortgagor's attorney to deliver possession of 
said premises to the mortgagee : with condition for redemption 
by the mortgagor after the expiration of 7 years. Attested 
under the hand and seals interchangeably of said mortgagor 
and mortgagee. Dated June 8, 1614. Signed : " Martin 
Darsy." [Seal lost.] Witnesses : " Arthur Bodkin, Davyd 
Bodkine, Christo. Bodkyne fitz Richard. " 

NOTE. This mortgage was paid off on November 8, 1621 (see 
post, Record No. 41). 

V 

No. 17. 

Deed of feoffment by Hugh McTerrellagh (Burke) of A.D. 1614. 
Lisscoryne, county of Galway, to his son Terrellagh McHugh, J ul y X 5- 
of the moiety of the third part of the quarter of land called 
Gortneyerolane, and the moiety of the third part of the quarter 
of land called Ballaghnebooy, situated in the county of Galway. 
Attested under the signature and seal of said Hugh. Dated 
July 15, 1614. Signed: Hughe McOwyny. [Seal attached.] 
Witnesses: " dofich me ni Fith, John O' Fahye his mark, 
Williame McRed." 



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No. 1 8. 

A.D. 1616. Inquisition post mortem (A) relative to Robert Blake (B) of 

January 16, Galway. 

14 James I. Exchequer Inquisition taken at Ballencarra (Belcarra), 
County Mayo, on January 16, 1616, in the fourteenth year of King 
James I. (No. 37), before Anthony Perse, Esq., the King's 
Escheator for the whole of the province of Connaught, by John 
Merrick, Esq., his deputy. The jury Edmund Kelly of Agha- 
droynagh, William Darsie of Killynbrenyne, Miler Bourke of 
Ballybackagh, William O'Nowne of Letterbrocke, Rickard 
McDavy McNeherny of Carn, John McPhillipine of Downe- 
McPhilipine, Henry son of Rickard of Downenamona, Henry 
McGibbon junior of Aill, Theobald Bourke fitz Walter of 
Carrnago, Walter McShane Stanton of Clogher, Thomas 
Prendergast junior of Baroyle, Rickard McGibbon of Canmore, 
Rickard McNally of Cregrebugh, Eugene O'Hugin of Bally- 
negran, and Redmund Bourke of Beallnaluobe found that 
ROBERT BLAKE, late of the town of Galway, merchant, died 
on December 15, 1615, seized in his demesne as of fee of one 
quarter of land called Carrowereavegh, and of the moiety of 
the quarter Uineryeavegh, and of one cartron called Cart- 
rownally, and of the moiety of the quarter of land called 
Cartrownenyny, and of the moiety of the quarter called 
Ardmurane, and of the moiety of the quarter called Poulene- 
bunnye, and of one cartron called Cartronmary, and of one 
quarter called Kyllmacuoghe, and of one quarter called Cre- 
gaunenagh alias Gortmacsurdane, and of one quarter called 
Knocknepissane, and of one quarter called Lissirvoyne, and of 
one quarter called Illanemore, and of one quarter called 
Mullanagh, and of one quarter called Lyssmellagane, and of 
one quarter called Garrane, and of the third part of one 
quarter called Fieraghduffe, and of the third part of one 
cartron and of the castle of Kilkearane, all situated in the 
barony of Kilmain, in the said county of Mayo. And being 
so seized thereof, by a deed of feoffment dated January 24, 
1612, alienated all the aforesaid lands (without the license of 
the King) to one Nicholas Blake, his heirs and assigns for 
ever. That all the aforesaid lands, at the date of the said 
alienation, were held (and are now held) of the Lord the King 
by military service at the 4Oth part of a Knight's fee, of the 
Manor of Shrade in the said county of Mayo, and were rated 
at the annual value of 12 pence Irish money. That the afore- 
said Nicholas Blake, from the date of the said alienation down 
to the date of the taking of this Inquisition, received the rents 



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and profis of all the aforesaid premises for his own use and 
benefit. And, lastly, they found that one Richard Blake, 
eldest son of the aforesaid Robert Blake, was his next lawful 
heir, and at the time of the death of his father was upwards of 
twenty-two years of age, and not married. Attested under 
the seal of the aforesaid Deputy Escheator and the seals of the 
jurors. Delivered into the Exchequer by the hands of the 
within-named John Merrick on March 15, 1616. 

NOTES. (A) The original of this Record is preserved in the Public 
Record Office, Dublin. 

(B) For the will of this Robert Blake see post, Appendix A. 

No. 19. 

Letter, dated " Galway, 4th April, 1616," from Nicholas A.D. 1616. 
Blake to his son (John Blake). April 4 . 

Received his son's letter dated February 25, sent by the 
barque which arrived in Galway on March 14. Reminds his 
son about the directions given him by the writer, and the 
writer's cousins, Richard and Andrew Martin, to go to Lisborne 
for a cargo of salt. If his son should there meet with the 
bearer, Charles Nollane, he is to take Nollane into partnership 
with him for the half of whatever " sheppe " (merchandise) he 
deals in. If he cannot get any " sheppe," he should take 
passage with Nollane to some other place in Ireland, so as to 
be sure to be in company with Nollane. Recommends his 
son to lay out all money he has in " indicowe " (indigo), 
"excepting a few spice and three pieces of calicowe and so 
much more of very fine casses." Admonishes his son "to 
shun bad company at all heeds, and to fix his mind wholly on 
the Almighty God." Prays for his safe return. " There 
happened great losses here both of men and goods this winter, 
as you shall learn of the bearer." Signed : " Your loving 
father, Nicholas Blake." 

No, 20. 

Decree of the Lord Deputy and the Commissioners for A.D. 1616. 
settling His Majesty's (King James I.) composition rents. Octobar 25. 
" Whereas Nicholas Cadell alias Nicholas Blake fitz John (A) 
and Walter Cadell alias Walter Blake fitz John (B), mer- 
chants, have appeared before Us, the Lord Deputy (c) and others 
His Majesty's Commissioners for settling His Highness' com- 
position in the province of Connaght, to show such evidence 
as they could produce for the freedom of the towns and lands 



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of Killtulloghe, Kilturroge, Ballymacroe, Cowlrahan, and 
Moynydon, in the county of Galway, which they claimed 
to be an ancient freedom and to be discharged of His Majesty's 
composition established in the province of Connaght, and 
other country charges and impositions ; they showed before 
Us an order or decree, bearing date March 6 in the thirteenth 
year of Her late Majesty's reign, made by the Lord President 
and Council of the province of Connaght in these words'" 
[the decree of March 6, 1571, is then set out, for which see "Blake 
Family Records," First Series, Record No. I44A, at p. 115]: 
" which order or decree was afterwards confirmed by the 
Commission of the late Queen, appointed for the establish- 
ment of the said composition in the said province, as by the 
said confirmation indorsed upon the said order or decree, like- 
wise showed before Us, appeareth : we therefore, according to 
His Majesty's Commission under the Great Seal of England, 
unto Us directed, bearing date the 7th of August last past, 
for settling His Majesty's composition, upon deliberate perusal 
of the said recited order and the confirmation thereof, Do 
hereby ratify, confirm and allow the said freedom of the towns 
and lands aforesaid to the said Nicholas and Walter Cadell 
alias Blake ; and do order that they, their heirs, executors 
and assigns, shall from henceforth have, hold, possess and 
enjoy the said towns and lands for ever, free, exempted, 
exonerated and discharged of and from all manner of charges, 
duties, exactions and impositions whatsoever: requiring all 
His Majesty's Collectors, Sheriffs and other officers to take 
notice thereof accordingly, and henceforward not to trouble 
or molest the said Nicholas and Walter, their heirs or assigns, 
or their farmers or tenants, for any composition or other 
charge out of the premises. Given at His Majesty's Castle 
of Dublin the 25th day of October, 1616." Signed: " Tho. 
Dublin. Cane. (D) ; Henry Docwra (E) ; J. Kinge (F) ; Willm. 
Methwold (G) ; Fr. Aungier (H) ; Dud. Norton (i)." " Inrolled 
in the Auditor's office, in the Book of the Compositions of 
Connaught, the aoth October, 1616." Signed: " Ja. W^are (j), 
auditor." 

NOTES. (A) "Nicholas Blake fitz John." For him see "Blake 
Family Records," First Series, Records Nos. 161-167, 171-173; ar d 
Records Nos. 2, 6, 7, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22. He was the only son 
of John Blake fitz Nicholas one of the plaintiffs in the decree of 
March 6, 1571 (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 115) ; 
he married, first, Cathalina Browne (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 130), and secondly, Juliane, daughter of Valentine 
French (see post, Records Nos. 52, 54) ; he died January 30, 1621 (see 
post, Record No. 39). See Genealogy of BLAKE OF RENVYLE. 



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(B) " Walter Blake fitz John." For him see post, Records Nos. 42, 
43, 44. He was second son of John Blake fitz Richard the other 
plaintiff in the decree of March 6, 1571 ; he died January 3, 1623 
(see post, Record No. 59). See Genealogy of BLAKE OF KILTOLLA. 

(c) " The Lord Deputy." He was Sir Oliver St. John, Knight, 
who was knighted by Lord Deputy Mountjoy on February 28, 1599', 
and distinguished himself at the Battle of Kingsale in 1601 ; he was 
for a time Vice-President of Connaught (see Historical MSS. Com- 
mission, loth Report, Appendix v., "Archives of Galway," anno 
1611); he was appointed Lord Deputy of Ireland on April 3, 1616, 
and was a zealous Protestant Reformer who took every opportunity 
of enforcing the Supremacy Test against " Papists." He was raised 
to the Irish Peerage as Viscount Grandison on January 3, 1620-21. 
He resigned the office of Lord Deputy in May, 1622, and on May 20, 
1626, was 'created an English peer as Baron Tregoz. He died without 
issue December 29, 1630, and was buried at Battersea. 

(D) " Tho., Dublin. Cane." This was Thomas Jones, Archbishop 
of Dublin and Lord Chancellor of Ireland, in both of which 
offices he succeeded Adam Loftus in 1605. He was previously 
Bishop of Meath. He died April 10, 1619, and was buried in 
St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. His son Roger Jones was raised 
to the Irish Peerage as Baron Jones and Viscount Ranelagh in 1628. 
This peerage became extinct on the death of the last Viscount Rane- 
lagh (his descendant) on November 13, 1885. Harris states that 
Archbishop Jones " laid the foundation of a fair estate." 

(E) " Henry Docwra." This was Sir Henry Docwra, Knight ; he 
was the founder of the modern city of Londonderry, of which he 
was the first Governor. In 1616 he was appointed "Treasurer of 
War " in Ireland. He was raised to the Irish Peerage as Baron 
Docwra on May 15, 1621. He died in Dublin April 18, 1631. 
The peerage became extinct upon the death of his son Theodore, 
about 1650. 

(F) " J. Kinge." This was Sir John King, Knight ; he was secretary 
to Sir Richard Bingham, and was knighted on July 7, 1609; on 
June 9, 1615, he was appointed Governor of Connaught. He obtained 
extensive grants of the lands of various dissolved monasteries, in- 
cluding those of the Abbey of Boyle. He died January 4, 1637, an d 
was buried at the church of Boyle. The present (ninth) Earl of 
Kingston is a lineal descendant in the male line of this Sir John 
King. 

(G) "Willm. Methwold." This was Sir William Methwold, 
Knight ; he was a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1608, and was created 
a Serjeant in 1611; on March 16, 1612, he was appointed Chief 
Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland, and was then knighted ; on 
loth April, 1619, he was appointed Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, 
jointly with Sir William Jones and Sir Francis Aungier. He died 
without male issue March 7, 1620,' and was buried in Christ Church, 
Dublin. Methwold bears the rare and honourable distinction of 
being almost the only official of his time in Ireland who did not 
enrich himself by obtaining grants of confiscated lands. 



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(H) " Fr. Aungier." This was Sir Francis Aungier, Knight, who 
was knighted on May 28, 1609, and on October 5, 1609, was appointed 
Master of the Rolls in Ireland; on June 29, 1621, he was raised to 
the Irish Peerage as Baron Aungier of Longford. He died October 8, 
1632. 

(i) " Dad. Norton." This was Sir Dudley Norton, Knight ; in 
1612 he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in Ireland and 
principal Secretary of State there ; he was knighted by King James 
on January 19, 1614 ; he retired from the office of Secretary of State 
on June 16, 1634. 

(j) " Ja. Ware." This was Sir James Ware (the elder), Knight ; 
he went to Ireland as secretary to Sir William Fitz- Williams, Lord 
Deputy in 1588 ; he was knighted August 18, 1616, by King James I. 
He held the office of Auditor-General in Ireland to his deajth in 1632. 
He was the father of Sir James Ware (the younger), Knight, the Irish 
antiquary and historian, who was knighted by the Lords Justices 
Viscount Loftus and Richard, Earl of Cork, on February 28, 1629, 
and succeeded his father as Auditor-General in 1632. 

No. 21. 

Chancery Inquisition (A), County Mayo, 14 James I. (No. 23). 
January 14. gy ^{5 Inquisition, taken at Ballinecarra, County Mayo, on 
January 14, 1617 (14 James I.), before Peter Delahoide, Esq., 
and a jury, it was (amongst other matters) found 

" That VALENTINE BLAKE (B) is seized in fee of i quarter of 
Farta, i quarter of Knockekillin, i quarter of Cloonegopoge, 
i quarter of Keilskehagh, Renenille and Carrownekelly i 
quarter, Clogheruddery 2 quarters, Carrowenoltore i quarter, 
Lissedawane and Dromroe i quarter, and Rahihemon J quarter. 1 " 1 

" That MARCUS BLAKE (c) is seized in fee of the castle and 
bawne of Ghessiden, Knocknehean, Cloncowly, Corryeighter . . . 
Liswalterbourke, the 2 quarters of Tonregihie, etc., etc." 

NOTES. (A) The original of this Record and of Records Nos. 22 
and 23, are preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin. 

(B) "Valentine Blake." He was afterwards (in 1622) created a 
Baronet of Ireland (see Genealogy of BLAKE OF MENLO) ; the various 
denominations of lands specified above as being owned by him now 
form portion of the estate of the family of BLAKE OF TOWERHILL (see 
Genealogy of BLAKE OF TOWERHILL). 

(c) " Marcus Blake." This was Marcus Blake of Galway, Alder- 
man (see Genealogy of BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD) ; the lands specified 
as belonging to him now form portion of the estate of Ballinafad. 



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No. 22. 

Chancery Inquisition, County Galway, 15 James I. (No. 16), A - D - I6l 7- 
relating to Richard, Earl Clanrickard. By this Inquisition, Au us t 24. 
taken at Killconnell on August 24, 1617, before Sir Charles 
Coote, Knt., and Peter Delahoide, Esq., and a jury, it was 
(amongst other things) found 

" That RICHARD BLAKE of Galway is seized in fee of the 
3 cartrons of Ballycolgan ; the 3 quarters of Aghrim ; the 
3 quarters of Grange ; and the 3 cartrons of Tawnagh : that 
NICHOLAS BLAKE of Galway is seized in fee of the 2^- quarters 
of Slewclare and of a moiety of the castle and I quarter of 
Kilturroge : that WALTER BLAKE of Galway is seized in fee of 
a moiety of the i quarter of Kilturroge and also of the burgess 
lands in said barony of Dunkellin : that all the aforesaid 
premises are holden of the said Earl Clanrickard by Knight's 



service. 



No. 23. 

Chancery Inquisition, County Galway, 15 James I. (No. 28), A - D - I6l 7- 
September 26, 1617, relating to Richard, Earl Clanrickard. September26. 
By this Inquisition, taken at Killconnell on September 26, 1617, 
before Sir Charles Coote, Knt., Peter Delahoyde, Esq., and a 
jury, it was (amongst other things) found 

"That NICHOLAS BLAKE (A) of Galway is seized in fee 
of one moiety of the Castle and town of Kiltullagh and of 

1 quarter of the 2 quarters of Kiltullagh ; one moiety of the 
castle and town of Ballimacroe and 2 quarters or the moiety 
of the 4 quarters of Ballimacroe ; and of i quarter of the 

2 quarters of Moynedan ; in the barony of Dunkellin : that 
WALTER BLAKE fitz John (B) of Galway is seized in fee of one 
moiety of the castle and 2 quarters of Kiltullagh (c) ; of 
i quarter of Ballymacroe ; and of i quarter of Moynedan : 
that VALENTINE BLAKE (D) of Galway is seized in fee of 
Carrowmore ; of i quarter of Menlogh ; of the 2 quarters of 
Clogheturley ; and of i quarter of Ballimacroe : that RICHARD 
BLAKE (E) of Galway is seized in fee of i quarter of Gortne- 
mannagh ; of i quarter of Ballynemannagh ; of the J'cartron 
of Garran ; of the Castle of Ardfry and the parcels of lands 
called Dromduff, Aholton, Kilcamine, Lissnoney ; of Ralune- 
pipe i quarter ; of the \ quarter of Moyloune, \ of a quarter 
of Ballinecourty ; of Oranbeg 2 quarters ; of Knocknemannagh 

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2 quarters ; and of the castle and \ quarter of Balliloyne : 
that all the aforesaid premises are holden of the said Earl 
Clanrickard by Knight's service." 

NOTES. (A) " Nicholas Blake." For him, see Note (A), Record 
No. 20. 

(B) "Walter Blake fitz John." For him, see Note (B), Record 
No. 20. 

(c) "The castle and 2 quarters of Kiltullagh." These, it may 
be noted, are found by this Inquisition to be then held in equal 
moieties by Nicholas Blake and his kinsman Walter Blake. The 
lands of Kiltolla, or Kiltullagh, had been originally granted, in 1315, to 
Richard Cadel surnamed Blake (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, Record No. i) ; in 1427 they were leased for a term "of eighty 
years by William Blake to Walter de Burgh (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. 25) ; the descendants of the lessee 
built thereon the Castle of Kiltullagh while in occupation under the 
lease, and retained possession of the lands after the lease had expired, 
until 1538, when the lands were recovered by Richard Blake by virtue 
of a decree of the Court of Chancery made by John Barnewall, Lord 
Chancellor of Ireland (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, 
Record No. 90) ; in 1553 John McUlick de Burgh or Burke brought 
a suit in Chancery against Richard and Nicholas Blake, claiming 
compensation for the buildings erected on the lands by his ancestors, 
and the suit was referred to the arbitration of the Lord Chancellor, 
Sir Thomas Cusack, and others, who awarded that some compensa- 
tion should be paid to him. A facsimile of this award is given on 
the opposite page. 

(D) "Valentine Blake." Afterwards (1622) Sir Valentine Blake, 
first Baronet of Menlo (see Genealogies, BLAKE OF MENLO). 

(E) " Richard Blake." Afterwards Sir Richard Blake, Knight, of 
Ardfry ; he was knighted by Viscount Falkland, Lord Deputy of 
Ireland, on August 8, 1624 (see Genealogies, BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

No. 24. 

A.D. 1618. Deed of release by Rickard Burke, son and heir of Moyler 
March 20. boy Burke of Coolkerry, deceased, and Onora Burke, daughter 
and heiress of Redmond reagh Burke of Coolkerry, of all their 
estate and interest in the lands of Coolkerry and Lackaghbeg, 
in the barony of Clare and county of Galway, to John 
McWilliam Burke of Coolkerry, his heirs and assigns. 
Attested under the signatures and seals of said Rickard and 
Onora. Dated March 20, 1618. Witnesses of the execution of 
the deed by said Onora: " Christo. Bodkyne fitz Richard, 
Martin Linche fitz Domnicke." Witnesses of the execution of 
the deed by said Rickard : " John Blake fitz Ni., William 
O'Seridan (his mark), Rory O'Boylan (his mark)." 







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No. 25. 

Deed whereby Thomas McRedmond (Burke), son and heir A>D - l620 - 
of Redmond McShane, son and heir of John Keagh McRickard Ma y 2> 
(Burke), late of Lakeghbegg, appointed Nicholas Blake of 
Galway, merchant, as his attorney to redeem a mortgage made 
by said John McKeagh McRickard to Sheron McMorish of 
Ballimorghowe, in the county of Clare, of cartrons of land 
in Lakeghbegg and one cartron in Culkerry for 18 cows and 
2 garrens. Attested under the hand and seal of said Thomas. 
Dated May 2, 1620. Signed : "Thomas McRedmond his mark 
and signe." Witnesses : " John Joes, Andrewe Linche fitz John, 
Piers Lynch fitz John." 

No. 26. 

Lease for seven years granted by Thomas McRedmond A D - l620 - 
(Burke) of Iskerbeug, in the King's County, to Nicholas May 3 ' 
Blake of Galway, merchant, of two cartrons of the lands of 
Lakeghbegg and one cartron of the land of Cuilkerry, in the 
county of Galway. Attested under the hand and seal of said 
Thomas. Dated May 3, 1620. Signed: " Thomas McRedmond 
his mark and signe." Witnesses : "John Joes, Andrewe Linch 
fitz John, Piers Linch fitz [ ]." [Seal lost.] 

No. 27. 

Deed of mortgage by Nicholas Blake fitz John and John A D I<52 
Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, merchants, to James Bodkin, November - 
David Bodkin and Henry Bodkin of Galway, merchants, of 
the moiety of the two quarters of Kyltullagh and the moiety 
of the two quarters of Monynadane, in the county of Galway, 
for the sum of 150 sterling money current of and in England. 
Attested under the hands and seals of said Nicholas Blake and 
John Blake. Dated November , 1620. Signed : " Nicholas 
Blake fitz John; John Blake fitz N." Witnesses: " Christo. 
Bodkyne fitz Richard; Laraunc. Bodkyne; Ambrose Bodkine." 

No. 28. 

Joint bond of Nicholas Blake fitz John, Richard Lynch fitz A - D - l620 
James fitz Stephen, and John Blake fitz Nicholas, to James Noven 
Bodkin, David Bodkin, and Henry Bodkin, for the penal sum 
f 300 to secure the repayment of the mortgage for 150 



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referred to in Record No. 27. Attested under the hands and 
seals of the obligors. Dated November , 1620. Signed : 
"Nicholas Blake fitz John"; "John Blake fitz N." ; 
"Rich. Lynche." Witnesses: "Christo. Bodkyne fitz Richard; 
Laraunc. Bodkyne; Ambrose Bodkine." 

No. 29. 

A.D 1621. Deed whereby Ulick bane Boorke fitz Hubert roe of 
January 25. Leackaghbegg, in the county of Galway, gentleman, conveyed 
the cartron of land called Cowlkiery and the two cartrons of 
land called Leackaghbegg, in the barony of Clare, county of 
Galway, to John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, merchant ; to 
hold the said cartron of Cowlkeiry in fee simple, and the said 
two cartrons of Leackaghbegg for a term of fifty years from the 
date of the deed, the said John Blake to pay all such rents as 
were thereout due to the King's Majesty and to the Right 
Reverend Father the Lord Archbishop of Tuam : and appoint- 
ment by said Ulick Boorke of William O'Connell and John 
O'Connell of Kyltullagh, husbandmen, as his attorneys to 
deliver seizin and possession of the premises. Attested 
under the hand and seal of said Ulick Boorke. Dated 
January 25, 1621. Signed : " Ulicke bane Boorke," his mark. 
[Seal lost.] Witnesses (indorsed) : " Richd. Lynche fitz John ; 
Thomas Kirowan fitz John ; Andrewe Linche fitz John ; 
Redmond O'Sheirdane his mark ; Donoagh O'Keichreg his 
mark; Redmond O'Brouther his mark; Teige O'Dudie his 
mark." Indorsed : " Exhibitted before us the 6th of September, 
1655, Paul Dod, Clem* Bashford, Tho. Semper." 

No. 30. 

A.D. 1621. Bond for 200 by Ulick bane Boorke of Leackaghbegg to 
January 25. j o h n Blake of Galway, merchant, to secure the performance of 
the assurance of the premises mentioned in the preceding 
Record (No. 29). Dated January 25, 1621. Signed : " Ulicke 
bane Boorke," his mark. Witnesses : " James Lynche ; 
Rich. Lynch ; Redmond O'Brouther his mark." Indorsed : 
:( Writting of i cartron of land of the quarter of Cuilkeiry 
alias Knockancarragh." 



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A.D. 1621. Deed of appointment by Ulick bane Boorke, as son and heir 

January 25. o f Hubert roe boy (Boorke), of John Blake as his attorney to 

redeem the mortgage of the one cartron of Cuilkeiry mortgaged 

for 8 by John Keagh McRichard (Boorke) and his brother 



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Hubert roe Boorke to Anthony Kirwan of Galway, merchant, 
and Cormock O'Callenane of Kiltoroughe, gentleman. Signed: 
" Ullicke bane Boorke," his mark. Dated January 25, 1621. 
Witnesses: "James Lynche; Rich. Lynche." 

No. 32. 

Deed dated the " last day of January, 1621," whereby John A - D> l621 - 
Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, merchant, leased to Ulicke bane J anuar y 3* 
Boorke fitz Hubert roe of Leackaghbegg, for the lives of said 
Ulicke and his son and heir, "and no longer," one cartron of 
Leackaghbegg and one parcel of land commonly called 
Gortgaor, being parcel of the cartron of land of Cuilkiery, and 
the room of a tenement or " tatch house of eight couples," and 
also a little garden thereunto adjoining at Kilturrogg, together 
with the office of receiver of the rents of said John Blake in 
all the lands belonging to him in Kylturrogg and in Slewclare, 
in the barony of Clare and county of Galway. Provided that 
said Ulicke "shall work the means and procure his brother 
Riccard roe Boorke to give all his right, title and interest in 
the two cartrons of land of Leackaghbegg and the cartron of 
land of Cowlkeiry " to the said John Blake in fee ; otherwise the 
said Ulicke and his son should have but one moiety of the 
aforegranted premises : provided, further, that the King's rent 
and the Lord Archbishop of Tuam's rent in the said two 
cartrons of Leackaghbegg should be paid by and between the 
said John Blake and Ulicke Boorke equally. Dated as above. 
Signed : " Ulicke bane Boorke," his mark. [Seal impressed.] 
Witnesses : " Rich d Lynche fitz John ; Thomas Kirowan fitz 
John; Andrewe Linche fitz John; Donoghe O'Keighreg his 
mark; Redmond O'Brouther his mark; Teige O'Dudie his 
mark; Willame O'Sheridane his mark." 

No. 33. 

Deed of conveyance by Jasper Martyne fitz Nicholas of A D 
Galway, merchant, to Walter Blake fitz John of Galway, 
merchant, of all the grantor's interest in the cartron of land of 
Keillkerigh, parcel of the quarter of Keillkerigh in the barony 
of Clare and county of Galway which the grantor held by 
virtue of an estate in fee simple thereof past unto him by 
Ullick bane Boorke McHubbert and by Rickard roe Boorke 
McHubbert. Attested under the hand and seal of the grantor. 
Dated February 5, 1621. Signed: "Jasper Martyne." [Seal 
lost.] Witnesses : " James Kirwan fitz Japhery ; John Ffrenche ; 
Johneg Lynch fitz Nic." 



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No. 34. 

A.D. 1621. Deed of mortgage by John Blake fitz Nicholas to Martin 
February 20. Ffrenche fitz Gregory, of the mortgagor's portion' of the moiety 
of the lands called " Doyvilliz," by estimation " half a quarter 
of lands " ; and also of the lands " thereunto adjoining, called 
Moerruaghe, by estimation one cartron and a half," all situate 
in the county of the town of Galway, and " near the said town," 
for the sum of jioo sterling current " money of England of 
good fine pure silver "; with proviso for redemption on repay- 
ment of said sum of 100 sterling current " money of England of 
good fine pure silver such as is now current within the realm, 
having 5 shillings of like fine pure silver to every ounce Troy 
weight and 4 such ounces to every pound sterling "; covenant 
that the mortgagee should enjoy " the spiritual livings of 
Doivelliz in as ample a manner " as the mortgagor's father 
Nicholas Blake held the same. Attested under the hand and 
seal of the mortgagor. Dated February 20, 1621. Signed: 
" John Blake fitz N." Witnesses : " Edmond Cormyck; Christ- 
opher Ffreinch; Walter Fonth ; Brien O'Higen, his mark." 

No. 35. 

A.D. 1621. Bond of John Blake fitz Nicholas to Martin Ffrench fitz 
February 20. Gregory in the penal sum of 200, to further secure the repay- 
ment of the mortgage debt of 100 referred to in the preceding 
Record (Record No 34.) Attested under the hand and seal of 
the obligor. Dated February 20, 1621. Signed : "John Blake 
fitz N." [Seal lost.] Witnesses: "Edmond Cormuck ; Christ- 
opher Ffreinch ; Walter Fonth ; Brien O'Higen, his mark." 

No. 36. 

A.D. 1621. Deed of feoffment by John McWilliam (Boorke) of Cuilkerie, 
March 10. in the county of Galway to his son and heir, William McShane 
(Boorke) of Cuilkerie, of three half-cartrons of land in Culkerie 
and three cartrons of land in Leackaghbegg, situate in the 
barony of Clare, county of Galway. Attested under the hand 
and seal of the feoffor. Signed: "John McWilliam his 
mark.' [Seal lost.] Dated March 10, 1621. Witnesses: Corney 
McGilhkalhe his mark ; William McGillileagh, his mark ; 
Edmond O'Moroghow." 

No. 37. 

March 62 /; . ^ eed . f settleme nt whereby William McShane (Boorke) of 
Culkerie, in consideration of 14 in-calf cows, 13 barren cows, 



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13 heifers, 4 good mares, 4 good garrans, and 5 marks sterling 
." money of England," to him the said William paid by Hobortt 
McWalter (Boorke), of Ballan in the county of Galway, as 
" marriage goods with the said Hobortt's daughter, Rossirie 
ny-Hobortt, according to the laws of the holy Church," 
conveyed to said Hobortt McWalter and Edmond O'Moroghow 
three half-cartrons of land in Leackaghbegg and half a cartron 
of land in Culkerie, situate in the barony of Clare, county of 
Galway, to hold said lands to the use of the grantor, said 
William McShane, for life, and after his death to the use of 
said Rossine if she survived, until she or they be paid the 
whole number of her said marriage goods in number, value, 
and quality ; and if said Rossine should die before the said 
William without issue of her body by him begotten, then to 
the use of the feoffees until they be paid one moiety of the said 
marriage goods, the funeral expenses and burial duties of the 
said Rossine being first deducted. Attested under the hand 
and seal of said William McShane. Dated March n, 1621. 
Signed : " William Mcjohn." [Seal lost.] Witnesses : " Corney 
McGillikallie, his mark ; William McGillileagh, his mark ; 
William McGillifoiran, his mark." 



No, 38. 

Deed of feoffment whereby Walter McRiccard (Boorke) of A.D. 1621. 
Lackaghbegg conveyed to Walter Blake fitz Arthur and John Ma y 2 - 
titz William (Boorke) of Lackaghbegg, as feoffees, three half- 
cartrons of land in Cowlkeiry and five half-cartrons of land in 
Lackaghbegg, for the jointure of Silley, daughter of Moyller 
MacHenry (Boorke) of Cowlkeiry, whom John booy McWalter 
(Boorke), son of said Walter McRiccard, had taken to wife : to 
hold the said three half-cartrons of Cowlkeiry and one half- 
cartron of Lackaghbegg to the use of said John booy McWalter 
in fee : with proviso that if said John booy McWalter the 
husband should die, and said Silley his wife survive him, the 
feoffees should hold the premises to the use of said Silley " in 
an estate of mortgage," until she was paid 8 135. 4d., " together 
with 7 in-calf cows, 6 cow heiffers going upon two years each, 
2 mares, one ambling nagge and a plowe garran," being the 
marriage goods which said Silley's father, Moyller MacHenry, 
had given to said John booy McWalter; and upon satis- 
faction of said marriage goods, with power to said John booy 
McWalter, his heirs or assigns, to re-enter and take possession 
of the premises : and that the feoffees should hold the other 



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four half-cartrons of Lackaghbegg .to the use of the feoffor 
said Walter McRiccard and his wife Honora ny- Walter during 
their joint lives and the life of the survivor of them, with 
remainder to the use of said John booy McWalter in fee. 
Attested under the hand and seal of said Walter McRiccard. 
Dated May 2, 1621. Signed : " Walter McRiccard his signe." 
[Seal lost.] Witnesses: ~" Stiphen Lynche fitz James; Walter 
Deane; Jeffrey Ffrench ; Thomas O'Munieghane, his sign." 

No. 39. 

A.D. 1621. Chancery Inquisition, County Galway; No. 42, James I.; 
October 10. dated October 10, 1621, relating to Nicholas Caddell alias 
Blake. This Inquisition was taken at Athenry before Henry 
Bringhurst and a jury, who found as follows : That Nicholas 
Caddell alias Blake, late of Galway, merchant, died on 
January 30 last past, seized in fee of Kilturroge i quarter ; 
Sleweclare 2-J- quarters in the barony of Clare ; Ballymacroe 
2 quarters in the barony of Dunkellin ; Kiltullagh i quarter 
and Monydane i quarter (which 2 quarters of Kiltullagh and 
Monydane he had mortgaged to David Bodkin of Galway, 
merchant) ; the moiety of the parcel of land of Gortnagustane 
and the I5th part of another moiety of the said parcel in the 
franchises and liberties of Athenry ; the moiety of the parcel 
of Gortboy called Cnockanbrennagh and the I5th part of 
another moiety of said parcel, in the franchises of Athenry ; 
and the moiety of Cloonegoona ; Parkbegg, Gortnagustane 
and Rathin in the town and fields of Athenry ; Farranbarna- 
tampane, Farranenock-na-glasse, Gortincormuck, Cloyne, 
Fenaghenaglnne, Farranblake alias Blakesland, Lessindervagh, 
Parkmore and Slewecarranteige, in the liberties and franchises 
of Athenry ; Cloyrane Jrd of a quarter in the same ; several 
thatched houses in Athenry; the parcels of Gortgare and 
Monyboy, etc., etc. : that John Caddell alias Blake was the 
son and^ heir of the aforesaid Nicholas, and was aged twenty-six 
years and married : that Kiltorroge, Kiltullagh, Ballymacroe, 
and Monydane, were held of the Mayor and burgesses of 
Galway by free and common burgage tenure : that Slewclare 
was held of the Earl of Clanrickard by military service : and 
that all the houses and lands in Athenry were held of the 
Provost and burgesses of Athenry by free and common burgage 
tenure. 

NOTE. A coeval duplicate of this Inquisition is preserved in the 
Blake collection ; the original is preserved in the Public Record 
Office, Dublin. 






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No. 40. 

Grant of administration of the goods of Nicholas Blake of A - D - l621 - 
Galway, deceased, intestate, to his son John Blake. " Henry Novembers. 
Bringhurst, curator by the commission of the Most Reverend 
Father in Christ, William (A), Lord Archbishop of Tuam, 
Primate and Metropolitan of the whole province of Connaught, 
to our well-beloved in Christ, John Blacke fitz Nicholas, son 
of Nicholas Blacke of Galway, merchant, deceased, greeting." 
Whereas the said Nicholas Blake had lately died without 
making any will ; and the granting of administration of 
the goods and chattels of the defunct belonged to the 
said Archbishop ; the said Archbishop thereby granted the 
administration of the goods and chattels of the deceased 
to the said John Blake, he being first sworn to faithfully 
administer the same, and to exhibit a full inventory and render 
an account thereof, when required, in the Archiepiscopal Court 
of Tuam. Attested under the seal of the office used in such 
matters. Dated November 5, 1621. [Seal lost.] Signed: 
" H. Bringhurst." "Written by Tho. Campian, Registrar of 
Tuam." [Original in Latin.] 

NOTE. (A) " William, Archbishop of Tuam." This was William 
Daniell, or O'Domhnuill, who was appointed the Protestant Arch- 
bishop of Tuam in 1609, upon the resignation of Nehemiah Donnelan. 
Dr. Daniell was educated at, and was a Fellow of, Trinity College, 
Dublin ; he translated the New Testament and the Book of Common 
Prayer into Irish, which translation was published in 1603-4. He 
died at Tuam on July n, 1628, and was buried in the Protestant 
Cathedral there. 

No. 41. 

Deed of acknowledgment by Martin Darsy of Galway, A - D - l621 - 
merchant, of the payment by John Blake fitz Nicholas of the November 8. 
sum of 100, being the mortgage debt upon the lands of 
Dowilliz and Muruagh, secured by a deed of mortgage dated 
June 8, 1614 (see ante, Record No. 16). Attested under the 
hand and seal of said Martin Darsy. Dated November 8, 
1621. Signed :" Martin Darsy." [Fragment of seal attached.] 
Witnesses : " James Darsy, Rich. Lynche, Thomas Lynche, 
Rich. Darsy, John Martine." 

No. 42. 

Bond of Walter Blake fitz John of Galway, merchant, to A.D. 1621. 
John Blake fitz Nicholas of the same, for 100 ; the condition November. 



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May 12. 



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and Septem- 
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of the bond being that said Walter and John should submit 
the controversy between them as to the title of the cartron 
of land of Cowlkeiry, in the barony of Clare, county of Galway, 
then in the possession of said Walter Blake iitz John, to the 
arbitration of Walter Blake fitz Arthur and Richard Lynche 
fitz James of Galway, merchants ; and if they should not 
agree, then to the sole umpireship of Andrew Kyrewan or 
Geffrey Lynch fitz Dominick. If the obligor, Walter Blake 
fitz John, should within four days submit to and perform the 
award of the said arbitrators or umpire, then the bond to be 
void, but otherwise to stand good. Bond attested under the 
hand and seal of said Walter Blake fitz John. Dated 
November 22, 1621. Signed: "Walter Blake." Witnesses: 
" Oliver Rochfort, Martin Ffrench fitz Gregory, Tiughe 
Dowde." 

No. 43. 

Deed of grant whereby Walter Blake of Galway, merchant, 
conveyed to John Blake fitz Nicholas of the same the cartron 
of land called Cowlkeiry, in the barony of Clare, county of 
Galway, to hold in fee simple. Attested under the hand and 
seal of said Walter Blake. Dated May n, 1622. Signed: 
" Walter Blake." Witnesses to the execution of the deed: 
"James Darsy, Rich. Lynche, Fitter Browne." Witnesses 
to the delivery of seizin of the premises on October n, 
1622 : " Martin Ffrench fitz Gregory, [ 1 Lynch, Dom. 
French fitz John." 



No. 



44- 



Bond of Walter Blake of Galway, merchant, to John Blake 
of the same, for 200 ; the condition of the bond being that 
the obligor should make and deliver a good estate in fee simple 
to said John Blake of the cartron of Cowlkeiry. Attested under 
the hand and seal of the obligor. Dated May 12, 1622. Signed : 
'Walter Blake." [Seal lost.] Witnesses: "Fitter Browne, 
James Darsy, Rich. Lynche." 

No. 45. 

Declaration of trust by the feoffees of John Blake fitz 
Nicholas : " Memorandum, that these are the conditions upon 
which John Blake hath by his deed bearing date the i6th day 
of September, 1622, conveyed all his lands upon us, Richard 
Lmch, Walter Blake, Andrewe Joyes, Andrewe Browne, 



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Martin Freinche, Andrewe Linch, Peter Freinch, viz., that 
upon request of the said John we should re-estate him back 
again without any trouble or vexation ; secondly, that if the 
said John should miscarry before any such request, we should 
dispose of all his goods, lands and inheritance according to his 
last will and testament, and perform his last will in all things 
as near as we can. All which conditions we promise to observe 
and keep. Witness our hands, Andrewe Browne, Walter Blake, 
Martin Ffrench fitz Gregory, Andrewe Linche, Rich. Lynch, 
Andrewe Joes, Peeter Ffrenche." 

No. 46. 

Deed of mortgage made by Richard Lynch fitz James, Walter A.D. 1622. 
Blake fitz Arthur, Andrewe Joes, Andrew Browne fitz Dominick, September 
Martyn Ffrench fitz Gregory, Andrewe Linch fitz John, and 24 ' 
Peeter Ffrench fitz Henry of Galway, merchants (the feoffees of 
John Blake fitz Nicholas; see Record No. 45), to John Ffrench 
fitz Vallentyn, Dominick Ffrench fitz John, and Christopher 
Ffrench of Galway, merchants, of the moiety of the half-quarter 
of land called Doyvilliz, and the cartron and a half of the lands 
of Morreughe adjoining Doyvilliz, in consideration of 100. 
Appointment by the mortgagors of Gerrald Rochford as their 
attorney to deliver seizin of the lands. Proviso for redemp- 
tion upon the repayment by the mortgagors of the said sum 
of 100, "current lawful money of England, of as good fyne 
pure weight coyned silver as is current within the Realm of 
Ireland, having five shillings of like fyne and pure silver to 
every ounce Troy weight, and fower such ounces to every 
pound." Attested under the seals and signatures of the said 
mortgagors. Dated September 24, 1622. Witnesses present 
at the execution of the deed : " James Lynche, John Linche, 
John Blake fitz Ni., Martin Blake, Brien O'Higgen his mark, 
Mathiew Darsey." Witnesses present at the delivery of seizin : 
"Tho. Frenche, Martin Darsy, William Halloran." 



Date 



No. 47. 

Deed of mortgage made by the feoffees mentioned in 
Record 45, to John Ffrench fitz Vallentine, Domimcke of samedate 
Ffrench, and Christopher Ffrench, in consideration of " three as preceding 
hundred and four-score pounds," of the " castle, mill, and lands R 
in Kiltoroughe, containing by estimation the moytie of two 
quarters of land," and of the two and a half quarters of land 
in Slewclare, and of the cartron of Culkery, all situate in the 



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A.D. 1622. 

September 
26. 



A.D. 1622. 

October 9. 



barony of Clare and county of Galway, and all which had 
lately been purchased by the feoffees from John Blake fitz 
Nicholas of Galway. [Date of deed and signatures of the 
mortgagors cut off.] Witnesses present at the execution of 
the deed: ''John Linch fitz A., Richarde Linche, Nichs. 
Ffrenche." 

No. 48. 

Deed of mortgage by John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, 
merchant, to Richard Lynch fitz James of the same, merchant, 
for the sum of 40, of " the shop or seller situated under the 
Castell stone house " in Galway, in which the mortgagor 
dwells, " next adjoining to the street doore of the same house, 
by the left hand goeinge in." Dated September 26, 1622. 
Signed: "John Blake fitz Ni." [Seal missing.] Witnesses: 
" Andrew Lynch, Richarde Linche, Martin Ffrench fitz 
Gregory, John Linch, Martyn Lynche." 

No. 49. 

Deed of mortgage made by the feoffees (mentioned in Record 
No. 45) of John Blake fitz Nicholas to John Linch fitz Andrew 
and Thomas Linch fitz Andrew of Galway, merchants, in 
consideration of the sum of 100, of " the quarter of land 
commonly called the quarter of Ballymackroe," in the barony 
of Dunkellin, county Galway. Appointment by the mortagors 
of Gerald Rochford as their attorney to deliver seizin. Proviso 
for redemption upon the repayment by the mortgagors to the 
said John Linch and Thomas Linch " for the use of James oge 
Darsey of Galway, Alderman," of the said sum of 100. 
Dated October 9, 1622. [Signatures and seals of the mort- 
gagors torn off.] Witnesses present at the execution of the 
deed : " Nichs. Ffrenche, Marcus Lynch fitz Ar., Richarde 
Linche, John Blake fitz N., Nicholas Ffrenche." Witnesses 
present at the delivery of seizin : " Dom. Ffrenche fitz John, 
John Blake fitz N., Gerat Rochford." 



A.D. 1622. 

October 10. 



No. 50. 

Draft will of " John Blake, son and heir of Nicholas Blake 
of Galway, merchant." 

Testator declares that, " being wholle as well of body and 
mynd, being ready to goe to sea for the Canarries, and doubte- 
ing what might happen," he makes his last will and testa- 






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ment, October 10, 1622. He directed his feoffees (mentioned 
in Record No. 45) to redeem the following mortgages, 
namely: the mortgage which they made by his consent "of 
the quarter of Kiltologhe and the quarter of Moneydane to 
Dominick Ffrench fitz John and John Lynch fitz Andrewe, 
for the sum of eight score and five pounds sterling " ; the 
mortgage of Kiltorough, Slewclare, and Culkeiry (see Record 
No. 47) ; the mortgage of Morrowaghe and Dowillize (see 
Record No. 46) ; the mortgage of Ballymacroe (see Record 
No. 49) ; the mortgage for 44 made to Harry Bodkine of the 
other half-quarter of Ballymacroe ; and the mortgage made 
to Richard Lynch of the cellar under the testator's house 
(see Record No. 48) ; and after redemption the feoffees were 
directed to dispose of all said lands as the testator should 
ordain. The feoffees were directed to pay out of the profits 
of said lands the following sums, namely : to the testator's 
wife 170 in lieu of dower, together with 30 additional as 
a free gift ; to the testator's sister, Mary Blake, 120 " towards 
her preferrment " ; to each of the testator's daughters 200 marks 
for their preferment, upon condition that none of them should 
take any part of the testator's " wholle inheritance " ; to the 
testator's brother Martin Blake ;ioo ; and to the testator's 
brother James Blake 70. If the said lands or the profits 
thereof should be insufficient to pay said sums, then the 
feoffees were to sell the testator's present stone house in 
Galway. The testator's lands in the liberties of Athenry were 
to be insured to the testator's brothers, Martin Blake and 
James Blake, together with the half-quarter of Ballymacroe, 
" commonly called the half-quarter of Dunnegall," for their 
portions when they came of age ; and out of said lands at 
Athenry and Ballymacroe were to be paid, to James Joies 30, 
to the heirs of Edmund Ffrench 14, to the Friars of 
St. Francis towards the building of the old Abbey of 
St. Francis 9, to the Friars of St. Dominick 2, to the 
Friars of St. Austin 20 shillings, to the priests 2, and to the 
poor men 2. Testator directed that whenever the issue 
male of his body lawfully begotten should pay the sums 
directed to be paid in this will, the feoffees should then re- 
infeoffee such issue male with all the aforesaid lands " in tayle 
always to heirs male of the body of such issue " ; and for 
want of said issue male of the testator's body, then the said 
feoffment of said lands was to be made to the testator's 
brother Martin Blake and the heirs male of his body, he 
paying the sums aforesaid ; with remainder to the testator's 
brother James Blake and the heirs male of his body ; with 
remainder to the testator's brother Nicholas oge Blake and 



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the heirs male of his body ; with remainder to Sir Valentine 
Blake and the heirs male of his body ; with remainder " to 
the heirs male lawfully begotten of Valentine Blake, great- 
grandfather to Sir Valentine and one of me common ancestors " ; 
with ultimate remainder to the testator's right heirs. If 
testator should die without heirs male of his body lawfully 
begotten, but leaving issue female, then said issue female 
should redeem all testator's inheritance within the town of 
Galway which was then mortgaged, and should convey the 
same in tail to the testator's next heirs male, he or they paying 
the said mortgages and the other sums hereinbefore mentioned. 
The testator bequeathed to the heirs male of his own body his 
two-third part of the third part of Clunenmare, the one-third 
part of Gortenloghen in Ballybane, and the one-third part 
of the moiety of Clohanmore in the west of Galway, and the 
testator's eel-weir adjoining Barrecally in the county of 
the town of Galway; with remainder, for want of such 
heirs male, to the heirs male to whom he had limited his 
inheritance as expressed in this will. Testator directed that 
his daughter Gate should have his part of Dowillize and 
Morrowaghe during her life, anything contained to the con- 
trary in this will notwithstanding. Attested under the hand 
and seal of the testator. Signed: "John Blake fitz N." 
[Seal attached.] Witnesses : " Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas, 
Edwarde Ffrenche, Michael Lynch." Addition in margin : 
" My sister Mary Blake shall possess and injoye me shope 
under the parlor and me parte of Blake's Lane untill such 
tyme as she shall be paid of her preferrment as it is mentioned 
in this will." Footnote written at the end of the draft : 
" I John Blake doe revocke the forsaid will in all pointes 
whattsoever, the tenth of gber 1636; John Blake fitz N." 



A.D. 1623. 

May 20. 



No. 51. 

Lease made by the Portreeve, Burgesses, and Commonalty 
of the Town of Athenry, to Johnick Bodkin, Andrew Bodkin, 
Edward Comyen, and Gregory Bodkin, of Athenry, merchants, 
in consideration of 55, of " the quarter of land called Coro- 
lesine, parcel of the lands and possessions of the late Religious 
House or Monastery of St. Dominickes of Athenry," for the 
term of nine years, at the yearly rent of six shillings sterling : 
subject to " the free grasinin of 20 heades of cowes for the 
space of five yeares, being the proper goods of Sir Manus 
McWard." Proviso that, if during the continuance of the 
term the said lands should be recovered or evicted by course 



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of law, the lessees were to be paid out of the revenues of the 
Corporation of Athenry so much rent yearly as said lands should 
be valued to be worth per annum. Attested under the common 
seal of the town of Athenry. Dated May 20, 1623. Signed : 
" Henry Bodkine, portriffe." [Seal lost.] Witnesses : " Stephen 
Lynch fitz Arthour, John Bodkin, Andrewe Browne, John 
Browne, John Martine, J. Butkine." 

No. 52. 

Deed of award between Juliane, daughter of Valentine A.D. 1624. 
Ffrench, widow and relict of Nicholas Blake, and John Blake, Februarys. 
son and heir of said Nicholas. Whereas controversies stirred 
between said Juliane as well on behalf of herself as of her son, 
Nicholas Blake the younger, of the one part, and John Blake, 
son and heir of Nicholas the elder, of the other part, concern- 
ing the said Juliane's jointure, dower, and wife's third part of 
the goods of her said late husband, and concerning the child's 
portion of her son, said Nicholas Blake the younger ; which 
controversy the said parties had referred to the arbitration of 
Thomas Ffrench fitz Valentine and Andrew Browne fitz 
Dominick of Galway, merchants, and had entered into bonds 
f 3 the one with the other to abide the award of said 
arbitrators : whereupon said arbitrators awarded as follows : 
First, that said Juliane Ffrench should enjoy for her life the 
seven cartrons of the lands of Kyltullagh and three cartrons 
in Monydane, one third of the yearly rents of the lands of 
Dowillish and Moruagh, and one third part of all the lands 
of said Nicholas Blake deceased within the liberties of 
Athenry (Clorhane only excepted), in lieu of her jointure, 
dower and wife's thirds ; that said John Blake should save 
said Juliane harmless from all debts of said Nicholas Blake, 
and account to her for her third part since the decease of said 
Nicholas until May next, and pay her any arrears due in 
respect thereof; further, that John Blake should forthwith 
convey to feoffees all lands within the liberties of Athenry 
(Clorhane only excepted) descended to him from his father, in 
order to secure the payment of 100 to said Nicholas Blake 
the younger within one year next after his coming of age, for 
and in lieu of his child's portion of his father's estate ; that 
said Juliane Ffrench should execute a deed releasing. to said 
John Blake all right or claim to jointure, dower or wife's thirds; 
and that said John Blake and Juliane Ffrenche should " be 
and remayne for ever loving and natural the one to the other 
like mother and son." Attested under the hands and seals of 
the arbitrators. Dated February 8, 1624. Signed : " Tho. 



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French, Andrewe Browne." Witnesses : " Peter Ffrenche, 
Johne Frenche fitz Valentyne, Christo. Bodkyne fitz Rubarde, 
Walter Blak." 

No. 53. 

A.D. 1625. Deed of feoffment by John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, 
January 4. merchant, to Andrew Browne fitz Dominick and Martin 
Ffrench fitz Gregory of Galway, merchants. In consideration 
of the sum of " eight score and ten poundes," the feoffor 
granted to the feoffees " all that and those my mansion stone 
house situate within the town of Gallwey, between the parlour 
of the said house now in the occupation of Edward Browne 
fitz Edmund, and Sir Valentine Blake, Knight and Barronett, 
his house, on the east, the Kinges street and Blak's stone on 
the west, Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas his house on the north, 
and Dominick Browne his house and the Kinges street leading 
to the greate gate on the south "; the great hall of the said 
house, the cellar called the porch-cellar under the said house, 
the great cellar under the said hall in the street-side next to 
Blak's stone; also "the Hill now fenced and enclosed commonly 
called Dromeblakye lying without the greate gate of Gallwey on 
the east syde of St. Augustines fort"; also the tenements 
covered with thatch situated in Blake's Lane within the town 
of Galway. The feoffees to hold the said premises to the uses 
thereinafter declared. Attested under the hand and seal of 
the feoffor. Dated January 4, 1625. Declaration that the 
feoffees should stand seized " to the use of said John Blake the 
feoffer and of Mary Blake al's Ffrench his now married wife " 
during their lives ; and if said John should die before the said 
Mary, then to the use of the said Mary during her life if she 
remained a widow ; or if she married again until she should be 
paid by the heirs of said John the sum of eight score and ten 
pounds, in lieu of dower, jointure and wife's thirds; and after 
such payment to the use of the heirs male of said John Blake, 
with remainder to the right heirs of said John. If said Mary 
Blake alias Ffrench should die a widow without intermarriage 
with any other man, then the feoffees should stand seized of 
the premises to the use of the heirs begotten upon her body by 
the said John Blake, and for want of such heirs to the use of 
Nicholas Blake the younger, her brother, until he should be 
paid the sum of eight score and ten pounds, with remainder 
after such payment to the heirs of said John Blake. Signed : 
"John Blake fitz N." [Seal attached.] Witnesses: "James 
Bodkin, Christo. Bodkyne fitz Rubarde, Piers Lynch fitz [ohn 
James Blake." 






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No. 54. 

Extract dated at Loughrea January 13, 1625, of an In- A.D. 1625. 
quisition relating to Nicholas Blake alias Caddell : " Wee find January 13. 
that Nicholas Blake al's Caddell, late of Gallway, merchant, was 
in his life tyme seised in his demeesne as of fee of and in one 
quarter of land in Killtollogh, with the moyety of the Castell in 
the same, valued per annum ultra reprisals at iiis. iiijd. ; and of 
and in one quarter of land in Kiltorrogg in the said County, 
with a Castle and a mill thereunto belonging, valued per ann. 
ultra reprisals 3$. 4^. sterling ; and of and in two quarters of 
land in Ballymacroe valued per ann. ultra reprisals 6s. 8d. 
sterling ; and of and in one quarter of land in Monaddan valued 
per ann. ultra reprisals 2s. 6d. ; and of and in two quarters and a 
halfe in Slewclare in the said County valued per ann. ultra 
reprisals 55. 8d. sterling ; Wee further find that all and singular 
the premisses in Killtollogh, Kiltorrogg, Moynaddan and Bally- 
macroe at the tyme of the death of the said Nicholas, whoe 
died the last of January, 1621, weare held and now are holden 
of the Mayor and Commonalty of the Towne of Gallway by 
burgess tenure ; and that all and singular the premisses in 
Slewclare at the tyme of the death of the said Nicholas weare 
held and now are holden of the Right Honno bie the Earle of 
Clanrickard as of his Manner of Liskenan by the 4Oth parte 
of a Knight's fee : Wee find that Gillyan Blake al's Ffrench 
was lawful wiffe unto the said Nicholas, and as yett lyving and 
is dowable of the premisses." " Copia vera." 

No. 55. 

Bond for 1,000 given by John Blake fitz Nicholas of A.D. 1625. 
Galway, merchant, to Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas, James J une l6> 
Kirwan fitz Thomas, Thomas Lynch, and Marcus Kirwan of 
Galway, merchants. Dated June 16, 1625. Whereas the 
obligor, said John Blake, and his feoffees (mentioned in Record 
No. 45), had "by deed of feoffment dated May 31, 1625, granted 
in fee to the obligees " the stone house situated in Galway, 
between the house of Richard Lynch on the north, the 
dwelling house of said John Blake on the south, the Kinges 
street on the west, and Sir Valentine Blake's house on the 
east," the conditions of the bond were, that the said obligees 
should have and enjoy the said house, free from all charges 
and incumbrances, and free from any right of dower of " Mary 
Blake al's Ffrench, the now lawful wife of said John Blake "; 
and that said John Blake should further enter into a re- 

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cognisance of the Staple in Dublin for the performance of the 
conditions of this bond. 

No. 56. 

A.D. 1625. Deed of defeasance dated July 2, 1625, made between 
July 2. Richard Kirwan of Galway, merchant, of the one part, and 

John Blake of Galway, merchant, of the other part. Whereas 
said John Blake had on the same date acknowledged a re- 
cognisance of the Staple for 1,000 unto said Richard Kirwan, 
before Sir Thady Duff, Knight, Mayor of the Staple of the 
City of Dublin, and George Jones and Christopher Wolverton, 
Constables of the Staple ; and whereas said John Blake 
together with his feoffees (mentioned in Record No. 45) had 
by deed of feoffment dated May 31, 1625, granted in fee to 
Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas, James Kirwan fitz Thomas, 
Thomas Lynch fitz Ambrose, and Marcus Kirwan fitz James, 
to the use of said Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas, the stone house 
specified in Record No. 55 ; it was agreed by the said parties 
to this present deed that the conditions of the above-recited 
recognisance were that the said obligees should have quiet 
enjoyment of the said stone house, freed from all incumbrances, 
and with such further assurance from the said obligor and his 
wife, Mary Blake alias Ffrench, as the said obligees might 
reasonably require ; and that if such conditions were observed 
and performed then the said recognisance of the Staple was to 
be void, but otherwise the same was to stand and have full 
force and effect. Attested under the hand and seal of said 
Richard Kirwan. Signed : " Richard Kirowan." Witnesses : 
" Thade Duff, Maior, Staple, Dublin ; George Jones, Constable, 
Staple." 

No. 57. 

A.D. 1626. Deed of release made by William Boorke fitz Walter alias 
Ma y 2 4- William Mac Walter MacShane of Cowlkiery, county Galway, 
to his kinsman William MacShane Boorke, of all the grantor's 
right, title, and interest in the lands of Cowlkiery and the lands 
of Lackeghbegge situated in the barony of Clare and county of 
Galway. Attested under the hand and seal of the grantor. 
Dated May 24, 1626. Signed : " William Boorke fitz Walter 
alias William MacWalter MacShane, his mark." [Seal lost.] 
Witnesses : " Richarde Linche, Rich. Blake, Dorby Tully, 
Richard Briminghame, James Faunth." 



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No. 58. 

Deed of mortgage by John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, A - D - 1627. 
merchant, in consideration of the sum of 100 sterling, to February 4 . 
Dominick Skerrett of Galway, merchant, Iriell Tully of 
Galway, physician, and Peter Browne fitz Stephen of Athenry, 
merchant, of the mortgagor's " stone house commonly called 
the Parlour of my Mansion dwelling house situate in the Town 
of Galway, between Sir Valentine Blake's house on the east, 
the said John Blake's great chamber and hawl on the west, 
Richard Kirwan fitz Thomas his tenement on the north, and 
the Kinges street on the south"; and also of the kitchen next 
adjoining the said Parlour, and the little cellar under the said 
Parlour ; always excepting the shops on the street side under 
the said Parlour. Proviso for redemption upon repayment of 
the mortgage money together with the just value of any 
repairs done to the premises by the mortgagees. Attested 
under the hand and seal of the mortgagor. Dated February 4, 
1627. Signed: "John Blake fitz N." Witnesses: " Christo. 
Bodkyne fitz Roubard, R. Kirvan, Andrewe Browne, James 
Bodkin, George Skerrett." 

No. 59. 

Chancery Inquisition relating to Walter Blake alias Caddell AlD ' l627> 
deceased. Octobers/ 

Inquisition taken at Loughrea, county Galway, October 8, 
1627, in the third year of King Charles I., before Malbey 
Brabazon, Esq., and Terence Coghlane, gentleman, by virtue 
of a Royal Commission under the Great Seal of Ireland, to 
inquire what lands Walter Blake alias Caddell, late of Bally- 
macroe, county Galway, gentleman, deceased, held of the 
Crown in said county, etc. The jury Walter Browne of New- 
town, Walter McRichard of Liskennavan, Moyler Brymigham 
of Concha, James O'Trehy of Garran, Patrick Ffrench of 
Monevan, Ulick Bourke of Lehardan, Nicholas Ffrench of 
Menlagh, Edmund McHenry of Swyfyn, William Grana 
Bourke of Killyvogga, Charles O'Horan of Fahy, John Bodkin 
of Galway, and John O'Madden of Lismore found that said 
Walter Blake alias Caddejl was seized in his demesne as of fee 
of the following : the moiety of a ruinous castle and two quarters 
of land in Ballymacroe, value iis. ; the moiety of the castle and 
two quarters of land in Kiltulagh, value iis. ; the moiety of the 
two quarters of Moyneddan, value iis. ; and the moiety of the 
castle and two quarters of Killturoge, value iis. ; that he being 
so seized, by deed dated April 2, 1620, conveyed all said premises 

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to Thomas Lynch, Dr. of Medicine, Nicholas Ffrench fitz 
Peter, Andrew Lynch, and David Bodkin, to hold to certain uses 
declared in the said deed ; that said Walter Blake alias Caddell 
died on January 3, 1623 ; that John Blake alias Caddell was 
his son and heir, and at the time of his father's death was aged 
twenty-three years and not married ; that all the premises 
in Ballymacroe were held of the King, but by what services 
the jury were ignorant and that all the rest of the premises 
were held of the Mayor, Sheriffs, and Commonalty of the town 
of Galway in free and common burgage. Inquisition delivered 
into the Chancery of Ireland March 16, 1628. Schedule made 
March 10, 1623. 

NOTE. The original of this Record is not in the Blake Collection, 
but it is preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin. For this 
Walter Blake, see Genealogies, BLAKE OF KILTOLLA and VERMOUNT. 



No. 60. 

A.D. 1629. Deed of award between John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, 
August 16. merchant, and Robucke Ffrench fitz Sander of Athenry, 
merchant. Whereas controversy had long depended between 
the said parties touching the parcel of land commonly called 
Lissinedirhew in the franchises of Athenry ; and whereas the 
said parties had chosen John Ffrench fitz Edmond and 
Andrew Joice of Galway, merchants, as arbitrators in such 
controversy, and had bound themselves in bonds of 50 apiece 
to abide by their award ; the said arbitrators, after examining 
the witnesses of both parties, hereby awarded that the said 
John Blake should quietly enjoy the said parcel of land 
"without any let or trouble" of the said Robucke Ffrench. 
Attested under the hands and seals of said arbitrators. 
Dated August 16, 1629. Signed : " John Ffreinche, Andrew 
Joes," [Seals impressed.] Witnesses : " Henry Burke, Peeter 
Ffalloun, Daniel McEnelly." 

No. 61. 

A.D. 1629. Chancery Inquisition relating to Nicholas Caddell alias 
August 28. Blake deceased. 

Inquisition taken at Loughrea, county Galway, August 28, 
1629, before Malby Brabazon, Esq., Terence Coghlane and 
Robert Bathe, gentlemen, by virtue of a Royal Commission 
under the Great Seal of Ireland dated July 22, 1629, to inquire 
what lands Nicholas Caddell alias Blake, late of Baliymacroe, 



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county Galway, gentleman, deceased, held of the Crown in 
said county. The Jury Nicholas Hanyne of Culdecashell, 
John Bodkin of Billowes, Dominick Lynch of Cloonecashlane, 
Ambrose O'Madden of Breakloone, Tyrlagh O'Heyne of 
Haggart, Johneckane McHubert of Hertmore, William Tully 
of Cleighmore, Jonack McSherron of Garrane, Owen 
McDonell of Derryhenny, Colla McRory of Cloonesease, 
Florence Callanane of Grange, Coagh O'Madden of Skeagh- 
koore, and Hugh O'Kelly of Danginericke found that said 
Nicholas Caddell alias Blake was seized in his demesne as of fee 
of the following : The moiety of a ruinous castle in Ballymacroe 
and two quarters of land in Ballymacroe, value iiiis. ; two 
quarters and a half of Slewclere, value vs. ; one castle, one 
quarter of land, and two mills in Kiltoroge, value iiis. ; 
the parcels of land called Clorane containing one-third of 
a quarter, value ixd. ; Moneboy, 2 acres, value iid. ; Rahine, 
18 acres, value vid. ; Gortgare, 2 acres, value iid. ; Gortnas- 
gustale, 3 acres, value \d. ; Knockaneglasse, 2 acres, value iid. ; 
Farraneblake, 14 acres, value xd. ; Farrenbawnatempane, 
4 acres, value vd. ; Gortincormucke, 2 acres, value iid. ; 
Cloonine, 4 acres, value vd. ; Blencheneghane, 20 acres, 
value xd. ; Lissindirughe, 9 acres, value iiii^ ; Parkebegg, 
3 acres, value iid. ; Slewcarranteige, 26 acres, value xd. ; the 
moiety of a third parcel of Gortnagustale, 3 acres, value Hid. ; 
the parcel of Gortboy called Knockanebrunnagh, 6 acres, value 
vid. ; the moiety of Parkebegg, i acre, value id. ; the moiety of 
Cloonegawny, i acre, value id. ; the I5th part of the moiety of 
Gortnagustale, Gortboy, Parkebegg, and Cloonegawny, value 
iid. ; two houses thatched with straw and a garden belonging 
thereto in the town of Athenry, value iid. ; and six other houses 
thatched with straw and their gardens, in Athenry, value vi^. 
They also found that said Nicholas died so seized on or about 
January 20, 1622 ; that John Caddell alias Blake was his son 
and heir, and was then aged twenty-eight and married ; that 
one quarter of the aforesaid two quarters of land in Ballymacroe 
was held of the King in capite by military service, viz., the 
40th part of a Knight's fee ; that all the premises in Slewclare 
were held of the Right Hon. Richard, Earl of Clanrickard, as 
of his Manor of Liskanavane by common service yielding an 
annual rent of iiis. ; that all the premises in Kiltoroge and the 
other quarter in Ballymacroe were held of the Mayor, Sheriffs, 
and Burgesses of the town of Galway in free burgage tenure; 
and that all the rest of the premises were held of the Provost 
and Burgesses of the town of Athenry in free burgage ; and 
lastly they found that Jullian Blake alias Ffrench was the wife 
of the said Nicholas Caddell alias Blake, and that she was still 



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living and dowable out of the premises. " Extracted by me, 
Rudolph Liernthorpe." [Document in Latin.] 

NOTE. A coeval duplicate of this Record is preserved in the 
Blake collection ; the original is in the Public Record Office, Dublin. 

No. 62. 

A.D. 1629. Bond for 200 given by Walter McRickard Carragh (Bourke) 
September o f Leacaghbegg, and John boy McWalter of the same, to John 
I3> McWilliam (Bourke) and William Mcjohn (Bourke) of the 

same. Dated September 13, 1629. The condition of the 
obligation was that the obligors should abide by and perform 
the award of Richard Busher and Walter reagh McRedmund 
(Bourke), the arbitrators chosen by both parties concerning the 
controversy between said parties as to the three half-cartrons 
of the lands of Leacaghbegg and Cowlkeirry. Signed : 
" Walter McRickard Carragh, his signe and seal ; John boy 
McWalter, his signe and seal." [Seals attached.] 

No. 63. 

A.D. 1629. Letters Patent of King Charles I. The King in considera- 
Decemberg, tion of 26 135. 4d. Irish, to be paid into the Hanaper of 
5 Charles I. i re i an( j ) as to one half thereof at Easter, 1630, and as to the 
other half at Michaelmas, 1630, by the King's well-beloved 
subject John Caddell alias Blake, son and heir of Nicholas 
Caddell alias Blake, late of Ballymacroe, County Galway, 
gentleman, deceased, with the advice arid consent of the King's 
Council and of William Parsons, Knight and Baronet, Master 
of the Court of Wards and Liveries ; Richard Bolton, Knight, 
Chief Baron of the Exchequer and Attorney of the said Court 
of Wards ; and Adam Loftus, Knight, Supervisor of the said 
Court of Wards ; thereby granted and gave license to the said 
John Caddell alias Blake, and to all others seized to the use of 
said John, or of late to the use of the aforesaid Nicholas 
Caddell alias Blake, which Nicholas was tenant in capite by 
military service of the Crown, that he or they, without any 
proof of majority or without suing out any livery, should hold 
and enjoy all the land and hereditaments of which said 
Nicholas was, or any of his ancestors were, seized in his or 
their demesne as of fee, and which came or should have come 
into the King's hands, or the hands of his predecessors, by 
reason of the death of said Nicholas or any of his ancestors ; 
and, further, in consideration of the sum of 40 shillings paid 
into the Hanaper for the King's use before the sealing of these 



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Letters Patent, by the said John Caddell alias Blake, the King 
granted and gave license to the said John that he the said 
John might convey the one quarter of the lands of Ballymacroe 
and the moiety of the Castle of Ballymacroe unto Martin Blake, 
James Blake, Nicholas Blake, Gregory French and Gregory 
Lynch of Galway, merchants, to hold the same to the use that 
Katherin Blake, Gilliane Blake, Mary Blake, and Shyly Blake, 
daughters of the aforesaid John, should be fully paid the sums 
of money which the said John should direct by his last will, 
with remainder to the use of the heirs male of the said John 
lawfully begotten, with remainder to the use of the heirs male 
lawfully begotten of Nicholas Blake, the father of the said 
John, with remainder to the right heirs of the said John in fee. 
Proviso that if the Letters Patent should not be enrolled in 
the office of the Auditor of the Court of Wards and Liveries 
within the space of one month from the date thereof, 
then the Letters Patent should be void. Witnesses : Adam, 
Viscount Loftus of Ely, Chancellor of Ireland, and Richard, 
Earl of Cork, Lords Justices of Ireland. Dated at Dublin, 
December 9, in the fifth year of the King's (Charles I.) reign. 
Signed : " King." " Inrolled in the Office of the Auditor of 
the Court of Wards, the i6th of December, 1629, per 
Ja. Graing, Deputy Auditor of that Office." " Examined by 
Gilbt. Domvill, Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper." [The Great 
Seal of Ireland used by King James I. attached; slightly 
damaged.] [Original in Latin.] 

NOTE. Illustrations are given on the opposite page, of the obverse 
and reverse of the Great Seal of Ireland of King James I., which is 
appended to the original of this Record. It would therefore appear 
that at the date of this Record (1629), no new Great Seal of Ireland 
for King Charles I. had been issued. 

No. 64. 

Bond for 200 given by Dominick Ffrench fitz Walter of A - D - l6 3o. 
BalRobyine in the county of Mayo, Esq., and William Novembe 
Crone Stanton of Clownkeane in the county of Mayo, gent., 
to Sir Valentine Blake of Galway, Knight and Baronet. 
Attested under the hands and seals of the obligors. Dated 
November 10, 1630. Signed : " Domynicke Ffrenche,. William 
Crone Stantone." [Seal affixed.] The condition of the obliga- 
tion was to secure the performance by the said Dominick of a 
deed of mortgage of even date whereby said Dominick Ffrench, 
in consideration of the sum of four score pounds, had mort- 
gaged to said Sir Valentine Blake the quarter of land called 



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A.D. 1630. 

Month 
blank. 



A.D. 1633. 

September 
14. 



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Carrowinkylline and the quarter called Carrowslattery in the 
county of Mayo. Witnesses : " Christo. Bodkyne fitz Roubard, 
Hugh Skerrett, Walter Lynch, Con. Egan, Brien Kelly." 

No. 65. 

Deed of grant whereby Martin Lynch fitz John of the town 
of Galway, burgess, conveyed in fee simple to Edmond Mac- 
Redmond Boorke and his son Redmond oge Boorke Mac- 
Edmond of Athenry, merchants, a thatch house in the town of 
Athenry in the Spitle street ; the moiety of the parcel of land 
called Cnockanemoghelly situated in the liberties of Athenry 
between the land of John Bodkin fitz Dominick on the east, 
Martin Darsey's land on the west, certain lands belonging to 
the heirs of Edmond Ffrench on the south, and the highway 
on the north ; the moiety of the parcel of land called Pollagh 
situated within the said liberties between the land of Lewes 
Bodkin on the east, lands belonging to said Edmond Ffrenche's 
heirs on the west and south, and the land of the heirs of Jespar 
Browne on the north ; the moiety of the parcel of land called 
Gortboey situated within said liberties between Lewes Bodkine's 
land on the east and west, John Bodkin's land on the south, 
and certain lands belonging to the Church of Athenry on the 
north. Attested under the hand and seal of the grantor. 
Dated 1630. Signed: "Marten Lynch fitz John." [Seal 
lost.] Witnesses: " N. Frenche, Richarde Linche, John Blake 
fitz N., Nicholas Lynch fitz Martine, Edmond Ffrinche." 

No. 66. 

Deed of mortgage by the Portreeve, Burgesses and Com- 
monalty of the town of Athenry to John Blake fitz Nicholas 
of Galway, merchant, in consideration of the sum of 50, " for 
the common use and public benefit of the said town of 
Athenry," of "the common ground called the Cragge of 
Cloran " situate in the liberties of Athenry ; together with the 
reversion of a lease of the island of Illandmore and two acres 
of land thereto belonging, granted by the Corporation of the 
town of Athenry to Walter Browne fitz Thomas of Galway, 
merchant, at the annual rent of six pence sterling. Appoint- 
ment by the mortgagors of John McDonagh of Clorane afore- 
said and William Lylles of Athenry as their attorneys to 
deliver seizin of the premises. Attested under the common 
seal of the town of Athenry. Dated September 14, 1633. 
Signed: 'Thomas Browne, Portriffe." [Fragment of seal 




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attached.] Witnesses to the execution of the deed : " Henr. 
Bodkin, Henry Lynche, Grigory Bodkine, Edward Browne, 
Xtopher Bodkine, Peter Browne, Martine Lynch, James 
Bodkin, Thomas Clowan." Witnesses to the delivery of seizin : 
"Edward Browne, Grigory Bodkine, James Bodkine, Martine 
Lynch, W 7 illiam McEdd. Boorke, Stephene Kaher, Sander 
French." Indorsed : " Exhibitted ye within Indenture 
before Us the loth of September 1655, Paul Dod, Clemt. 
Bashford, Tho. Semper." Further indorsed : " Exhi. y e 
6th of 8ber 1676, T. Maule, Regr." 

No. 67. 

Petition of the Portreeve, Burgesses and Commonalty of A - D - l6 34( ? )- 
Athenry to the Knights, Citizens and Burgesses in Parliament 
assembled. The petition recites that "the Town of Athenry 
. . . was built and fortified for defence in the very beginning 
of the conquest of this kingdom by the first plantators of the 
County of Galway ; and continued in great wealth and power 
until in the time of the late Rebellion the same was by the 
Rebels taken by sudden assault and was then burned and 
sacked, and soon after was infested with the contagious 
sickness of the Plague, which then visited most parts of this 
kingdom, since which time the said Town decayed in trade 
and was dispeopled : until by the direction of the State ... it 
was appointed that the Common Gaol of the Shire should be 
built and kept there ; and that the Assizes, Quarter Sessions 
and County Courts should be also holden and kept there, which 
accordingly for a while continued therein, in which time, though 
very short, that Town recovered so much of its former beauty 
that without doubt it would by this have been in a fair and 
flourishing estate, but by reason that the Sheriffs for gratuities 
or some private consideration hold their County Courts in 
divers obscure villages where neither lodgings nor entertain- 
ment can be expected ; and by favour of the Custos Rotulorum 
and of the Justices of the Peace the Quarter Sessions are kept 
at other places in the said County; and the general Assizes 
are also removed to Galway : and yet the Gaol and prisoners 
being still left in the Town of Athenry, the poor inhabitants 
thereof bearing the charge and danger of the prisoners, and 
having no benefit by the Court, the said Town is fallen again 
into its former misery and desolation, out of which there is but 
small hope of raising it unless your Honours' favour be ex- 
pended towards it. For as much, therefore, as it is equal and 
just that they that feel the burthen of the Gaol should taste of 



42 Blake Family Records 

the benefit of some of the said Courts ; and for that by the 
Statute the County Courts should be kept in some one certain 
place ; and for that the said Town is well walled and fortified 
and seated in the most convenient place of the said County ; 
and for that it would much conduce to the public weal of the 
whole County for increasing of trade and commerce, to have 
the said Town well peopled and frequented : Your petitioners 
pray that the said Quarter Sessions, Assizes, and County 
Courts, by your Honours' command, may be continually kept 
in the Town of Athenry, or else that the Gaol may be removed 
to some of the Towns where the said Courts are kept." 
Signed : " Chr. Ffrench, agent for the petitioners." 

No. 68. 

A.p 1634. Deed of conveyance in fee simple by Walter McRickard 
Bourke of Coolkiery, County Galway, gent., in consideration 
of 20 sterling, to John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, mer- 
chant, of the moiety, or one cartron and a half, of land, parcel 
of the quarter called Coolekierry, situated in the barony of 
Clare and county of Galway ; and appointment by the grantor 
of Peter Ffallon and Henry McUlick Bourke as his attorneys 
to deliver seizin of the premises. Dated April 24, 1634. 
Signed : " Walter McRickard Burke his hand and seal." 
[Seal lost.] Witnesses of the execution of the deed : "James 
Bodkin, Martin Blake, John Sparkes, Nicholas Bodkin, 
Gregory Lynch." Witnesses of the delivery of seizin : " James 
Bodkin, Martin Blake, Nicholas Bodkin." Indorsed: " Ex- 
hibetted and examined before us, the 6th of September, 1655, 
Paul Dod, Clem 1 Bashford, Tho. Semper." 

No. 69. 

A.D. 1634. Deed of mortgage made by John boy McWalter (Bourke) 
of Culkierry alias Cnockancarragh, County Galway, gent., to 
Andrew Kirwan of the town of Galway, Alderman, and Martin 
Kirwan of the same, merchant, in consideration of 10 paid 
by said Andrew Kirwan, of the one-fourth part of the three 
cartrons of land in Culkierry alias Cnockancarragh. Dated 
August 10, 1634. Signed: "John boy McWalter," his hand 
and seal. [Seal lost.] Witnesses of the execution of the 
deed: " William Kirvane, Peeter Ffrinch, William Rany, 
Cate Moore." Witnesses of the delivery of seizin : " Ullicke 
Walle, Richard Canavagh." 



Seventeenth Century 4.3 

No. 70. 

Deed of release made by Nicholas Blake fitz Nicholas of A - D - l6 34- 
Galway, gent., to his brother John Blake fitz Nicholas o f ctoberi0 - 
Galway, merchant, of the releasor's " child's portion and all 
other demaunds whatsoever thereon depending." Attested 
under the hand and seal of said Nicholas. Dated October 10, 
1634. Signed : " Nicholas Blake." [Seal lost.] Witnesses : 
"Walter Blake fitz Ar., Martin Ffrench fitz Gregory, Geffrey 
Lynch fitz Edmond, Peeter Browne, Martin Blake." 

No. 71. 

Deed of mortgage, by way of lease for ninety-nine years at A - D - l6 -34- 
the yearly rent of 12 pence, made by John Blake fitz Nicholas October 13. 
of the town of Galway, merchant, Walter Blake fitz Arthur of 
the same, burgess, Andrew Browne fitz Dominick and Martin 
Ffrench fitz Gregory of the same, merchants, unto Nicholas 
Blake fitz Nicholas of the same, gentleman, of the castle and 
one quarter of land of Kiltorrogg, in consideration of the sum 
of 100 paid by said Nicholas to said John Blake. Dated 
October 13, 1634. Attested under the hands and seals of 
the mortgagors. [Signatures and seals torn off.] Witnesses : 
" Geffrey Lynch fitz Edmond, Peeter Browne, Martin Blake." 

No. 72. 

Bond for 300 English given by John Blake fitz Nicholas A - D - l6 34- 
to Nicholas Blake fitz Nicholas to secure the performance by October 13. 
the obligor of the conditions contained in the deed of mort- 
gage in preceding Record No. 71. Dated October 13, 1634. 
Signed: "John Blake fitz N." Witnesses: "Geffrey Lynch 
fitz Edmond, Peeter Browne, Martin Blake." 

No. 73. 

Deed of conveyance in fee by John boy McWalter Bourke o f A D ^ l6 34 
Culkeiry, County Galway, gentleman, Walter Blake fitz Arthur c 
of Galway, merchant, and John McWilliam Bourke of Culkery, 
to John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, merchant,, in con- 
sideration of 40 sterling, of the one-fourth part of the three 
cartrons of land of Culkerry. Attested under the signatures 
and seals of said grantors. Dated the last day of October, 
1634. Signed : " John boy McWalter Bourke his mark and 
seal, Walter Blake, John McWilliam Bourke his mark and 



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seal." [Seals appended.] Witnesses to the execution of 
the deed: "James Bodkin, Martin Blake, Nicholas Bodkin, 
William Mcjohn." 

No. 74. 

A.D. 1635. Receipt for the payment by John Caddell alias Blake of 

May J 3- Galway, gentleman, of the sum of 8d. for the homage rent 

of the moiety of the ruinous castle and one quarter of land 

of Ballymacroe at Easter last past. Dated May 13, 1635. 

Signed: " Hen. Warren." 



A. P. 1635. 

September 
16. 



No. 75. 

Deed of release given by Nicholas Blake to his brother 
John Blake fitz Nicholas for all moneys owing to said Nicholas 
by said John ; excepting the sum of 100 for which said John 
and his feofees had granted a lease of ninety-nine years to said 
Nicholas in 1634 of the castle and two mills of Kiltorrog ; and 
excepting the sum of 110 for which said John gave his bond 
dated the last of November, 1634, unto said Nicholas's brother 
Martin Blake for the use of said Nicholas; and excepting the 
sum of 105 for which said John Blake and Andrew Martyn 
fitz Patrick gave their joint bond dated the last of July, 1635, 
unto said Martin Blake for the use of said Nicholas and said 
Martin Blake; and excepting the sum of 31 ros. for which 
said John gave his bond dated September 15, 1635, to sa id 
Nicholas. Attested under the hand and seal of said Nicholas. 
Dated September 16, 1635. Signed: "Nicholas Blake." 
Witnesses : " Martine Blake, Jam. Blake." 



No. 76. 

A.D. 1636. Acknowledgment by John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, 
April 18. merchant, of the receipt from James Ffrench of Sligo, mer- 
chant, of the sum of 25, which said John's brother Nicholas 
Blake had directed said Ffrench to pay to said John for the 
use of Patrick Darcy of Galway, Esq. Attested under .the 
signature of said John Blake. Dated April 18, 1636. Signed : 
" John Blake fitz N." Memorandum annexed thereto, dated 
April 28, 1636, of the receipt by said Nicholas Blake from 
said John of the above-mentioned sum for the account and 
use above mentioned. Signed : " Nicholas Blake." 



Seventeenth Century 4.5 

No. 77. 

Chancery Inquisition post mortem Sir Valentine Blake, A.D. 1636. 
Knight and Baronet. April 23. 

Inquistion taken at the Tholsel in the town of Galway on 
April 23, 1636, before Henry Bringhurst, Esq., the King's 
Escheator for the County of Galway, and Nicholas Lynch, 
Mayor of the town of Galway, by virtue of a Commission 
under the Great Seal of Ireland, dated February 23, 1635. 
The jury John Lynch, Walter Browne, Peter Lynch, Robert 
Joes, Robert Lynch, Edmund Bodkin, Martin Skerrett, 
Francis Blake, Walter Blake, Andrew Lynch, Dominick 
Skerrett, Oliver Lynch, Stephen Lynch, Clement Kirrovan, 
Dominick Skerrett, and James Browne, of Galway, burgesses 
found that said Valentine Blake, Knight and Baronet, was 
in his lifetime seized in his demesne as of fee of the following : 
One mansion house in the Great Gate street in the town of 
Galway, in which Thomas Blake, Baronet, the son and heir 
of said Valentine, then dwelt, of the annual value of I2d. ; 
live thatched houses in Blake's Lane and Blake's garden, 
annual value 53. ; the castle town and large quarter of Menlogh 
within the ancient liberties of the town of Galway, annual 
value 45. They found that the said Valentine Blake and the 
said Thomas Blake, Baronet, by the name of Thomas 
Blake, Esq., by a deed of feoffment dated June 27, 1632, 
conveyed all said premises to Richard Blake of Galway, 
Knight, Patrick Darcy and Andrew Darcy of the same, 
Esquires, and John Lynch fitz Stephen of the same, merchant, 
to hold to certain uses in the said deed expressed, and which 
were recited in an Inquisition taken at St. Francis's Abbey, near 
Galway, on the day preceding this Inquisition. They further 
found that said Valentine Blake was likewise seized in his 
demesne as of fee of the following : One stone house next 
adjoining the gate called the " Little Gate " in Galway, 
annual value I2d. ; two thatched houses in the said town ol 
Galway lying between the said stone house on the north and 
the stone house of Walter Joyes on the south, annual value 2s.; 
two other stone houses with their kitchens and gardens in 
said town, value 2s. ; one other small tenement in said town 
lying between the house of James Browne on the west, the 
street called Borhin-In-Erly on the east, the old house called 
Clogh-In-Erly on the south, and the King's highway on the 
north, which "small tenement was purchased by said Valentine 
from Arthur Blake, and was devised by the last will of said 
Valentine to Francis Blake, Esq., one of the younger sons of 



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said Valentine ; two other tenements or houses thatched with 
straw in said town lying between the house of Robert Martin 
on the west, the house of Henry Joyce on the east, and the 
King's highway on the north, value 2s. ; one close or park near 
Myle-Bush, otherwise called Skehagh-Clohylynchy, and one 
tenement there, value 8d. ; the one-sixth part of Gortlahan, 
lying in the east franchises of the town of Galway ; the moiety 
of the salmon fishing called Fowerty in the said town ; the 
weir in the river of Galway called Nunsenachmore, being in 
mortgage to the said Valentine by Arthur Blake. The jury 
further found that said Valentine Blake died on January 2, 
1634, an d that Thomas Blake, Baronet, was his son and heir, 
and at the date of his father's death was of full age and 
married ; that Dame Anable Blake alias Lynch was the late 
wife of said Valentine, and was still living ; lastly they found 
that all the aforesaid premises were held in burgage tenure. 
Attested under the seals of the aforesaid Commissioners and 
of the jury. 

NOTE. The original of this Record is not among the Blake 
collection, but it is preserved in the Public Record Office, Dublin. 
For the will of this Sir Valentine Blake, first Baronet, see Appendix A. 



No. 78. 



A.D. 1637. Copy indorsed as follows : " Taken out of the booke of 
No month, acres that was exhibited in Loghreagh in the tyme of the 
intended plantation, 1637." 

"THE HALF BARRONY OF ATHENRY: JOHN 

BLAKE ALIAS CADDELL HIS LANDS. 
"THE PARISHE OF ATHENRY WITHIN THE LIBERTYES. 



ACRES. 

16 

6 

4 

2 

16 

12 



"One peece of land called Rahene 

One peece called Gortgare 

One peece called Gortnagustall ... ... 

One peece called Knockanglass ... 

One peece called Farrane Blake 

One parcell called Farrnebarne Tampane 

One parcell called Gortancormack 

One parcell called Cloninen 6 

One peece called Laghenderagh, fenced with a 

stone wall ... ... ... ... 3 

One peece called Parke 6 

One parcell called Slewcarrantege, fensed with 

a stone wall ... ... 




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ACRES. 

The moyetie of Gortboy alias Knockanbronine 
and the T V of the other moietie 8 

The moiety of three parcells in Gortingustall and 
the T V of the other moietie 4 

The moetie of the little Parke & Clunegamna, 
and the T V of the other moietie 2 

One parcell called Blenahenaghan, mortgadged to 
Florence Nelly for sixtie pounds ster, fensed 
with a stone wall and ditche ... ... ... 60 

Half a quarter of Cloran or theare abouts; 6 
tenements ; a ruinous predgion house ; 4 gar- 
dens 78 

Creggcloran acres arrable ... ... ... ... 50 

All which said lands the sayd John Blake alias Caddell 
holdeth as his antient reputed inheritance." 

" The half quarter of the 4 quarters of Ballanemetaigh called 
Cloran." 

No. 79. 

Deed of release by Andrew Kirwan of Galway, Alderman, A.D. 1639. 
Patrick Kirwan of the same, Esq., and Martin Kirwan of the January 9. 
same, merchant, to John Blake of Galway, merchant, of all 
the releasors' right and title in the one-fourth part of the 
3 cartrons of land of Culkerry then in the possession of said 
John Blake, in consideration of the payment of 10. Proviso 
that nothing contained in the release should impeach or 
prejudice the said Andrew Kirwan's right or interest in a 
fourth part of the said 3 cartrons then in the possession of 
said Andrew. Dated January 9, 1639. Signed : " Patr. Kir- 
wan, Mart. Kirwan." [Seals lost.] Witnesses : " Edd. Kirwan, 
Arthur Kirwan, Hen. Albonay." 



No. 80. 



Copies of the pleadings and interrogatories in a suit brought A - D - 
before the Lord Chancellor and the Commissioners of Planta- Februar y 7- 
tion by Andrew Kirwan of Galway against John Blake fitz 
Nicholas of the same, for the recovery of the possession of 
one-fourth part of the 3 cartrons of Culkerry. 



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No. 81. 

AD. 1639. Account rendered by Henry Skerrett for the paving of 
February 23. ^ j o h n Blake fitz Nicholas his seller (cellar) : 

" To the garron men for to put out all the earte s. d. 

and to draw stones and sand, 55. & 6d. ... 56 

To William Barrie for paving, 2d. per yard ... 5 10 

To 3 workemen to dig the seller, 6d. per pice I 6 
For 2 sheafes of wattells to soute (suit ?) the 

partition ... ...06 

For mats to laye to the said partition 

To a woorkeman to searve the paver and for 

beere to them ...... 10 

14 4 

For i st. 9 Ibs. settill at 2s. 6d. per stone de- 
livered John ... ... 4 10 

For 2os. I have ordered the said John to re- 
ceave of his brother Nicollas which I am to 
make good ... ... ... ... 20 o 

To ballence his rente I paye at this present ... 6 8 
Gallway the 23rd of Febrevarie 1639 

per me Henry Skerrett." 

. No. 82. 

A.D. 1639. Deed of release by Catherine Rany of Galway, spinster, in 
June 22. consideration of 4 133. to John Blake fitz Nicholas of 
Galway, burgess, of all her title, estate and interest to and in 
the parcel of land commonly called Gortgare, in the liberties 
of Athenry. Attested under the signature and seal of the 
releasor. Dated June 22, 1639. Signed : " Catherine Ranie, 
her mark." [Seal lost.] Witnesses: "Jaspar Ffrench, Peeter 
Joes, Nicholas Bodkine, Martin Blake, Valentine Ffrenche fitz 
John." 

No. 83. 

A.D. 1639. Bond for 400 given by the Portreeve, Burgesses and 
November. Commonalty of the town of Athenry to John Blake fitz 
Nicholas of the town of Galway, burgess. Attested under the 
common seal of the obligors. Dated November ,1639. The 
condition of the obligation, after reciting that the obligors, in 
consideration of 50, had by deed of mortgage dated Septem- 
ber 14, 1633, mortgaged to said John Blake the parcel of lan< 



Seventeenth Century 49 

called Cregg-Clorane (see Record No 66), stipulated that if 
at any time thereafter the said premises or any part thereof 
should be taken from said John Blake by way of plantation or 
otherwise, then the obligors should pay to said John Blake the 
sum of 50 by equal payments in five several years, out of any 
mesne profits which, after such eviction, should remain to the 
use of the obligors, but if there were none such, then the 
repayment to be disannulled ; and that if one Walter Browne 
fitz Thomas of Galway, burgess, should at any time recover the 
parcel of land which he claimed as his own, being part of the 
aforesaid premises, then the obligors should likewise pay to the 
said John Blake, out of the mesne profits aforesaid, the value 
of so much as said Walter Browne might recover rateably 
according to the quantity of land, together with all costs and 
damages which said John Blake might expend or incur by suit 
in law to defend the premises. Signed : " Peeter Browne, 
Porterife." [Fragment of seal appended ; no witnesses.] 

No. 84. 

Letter written by Nicholas Blake at Dublin to his brother 
John Blake fitz Nicholas at Galway: 

" Your letters of the 3Qth and last of lober I have received 
on Friday last the 8th of this month ;" informs his brother 
that he had consulted his "cousin Martyn" as to the proceed- 
ings to be taken for the redemption of the lands of " Blene- 
heneghane" mortgaged to Florence Nelly, now deceased; 
mentions that "John Blake stayes his boy here till he takes 
shipp, .which will be some tyme this week if the wind serves," 
and the writer purposes to send the legal documents by him ; 
" Upon further consideration I doe stay from goeing to 
England;" "The Lo. Keeper of England is run away, and 
Canterbury (A) comitted to the black Rod;" "I am yours 
to command, Nicholas Blake; Dublin, January, 1640." 
Indorsed : " To my much respected brother Mr. John Blake 
fitz Nicholas, these in haste, Gallway." 

NOTE. (A) " Canterbury." This was Archbishop Laud. 



50 Blake Family Records 

No. 85. 

A.D. 1640. Letter written by Nicholas Blake at Dublin to his brother 
April i. Martin Blake fitz Nicholas at Galway: 

Refers to an application for money made by his brother 
Martin ; states that 10 had become due to him (Nicholas) on 
March 4 from Sir Thomas Blake, and authorizes his brother 
Martin to receive it ; directs his brother to call on " my coosen 
Edward Ffrench for 10 due to me on Edmund Kelly the nth 
or I4th of January last, for which you are to give your acquit- 
tance ;" " The non-payment of the wyne money and the speedy 
payment I made for the fish, towardes which the wyne money 
was appointed, made me to be very destitute ;" " Have heard noe 
newes of late from my brother James ;" " Yours to command, 
Nicholas Blake : Dublin, i8th April 1640." Indorsed : " For 
Mr. Martyn Blake fitz Nicholas, these be delivered in Gallway." 

No. 86. 

A.D. 1640. " The humble petition of John Blake alias Caddie to the honorable 
Apri 30. fas Majesties Commissioners for the plantation of the County of 

Gallway" (A). 

Humbly shewing that the petitioner and his auncestors, 
whose heire male hee is, by lyneall descent, as he is reddy to 
make appeare by manie auncient and authentick recordes and 
i, evidences, {or eleaven descents, is and have beene respectively 
V seised as of theiFlCtmeient inheritance of the castle and two 
water mills of Kiltorroge, and of the moyety of the two 
quarters of land thereunto belonging ; and of two quarters and 
a half of land in Slewclare, viz 1 the quarter of Carrowinbooy 
and Carline, and the quarter of Cackatone and Gortduff, and 
the half quarter of Carrowcnockan, parcel of Killturroge afore- 
said, in the Barony of Clare, and of the moiety of the Castle 
and fowre quarters of land of Kiltullagh-, viz 1 the two quarters 
of Killtullagh and the two quarters of Monidane, and of the 
moyetie of the Castle and fowre quarters of land of Ballymacroe, 
in the Baronie of Dunkellin ; And of divers messuadges and 
lands within the auncient liberties of Galiway and Athenry, 
within which all the premisses doe lye, as appeares by severall 
matters of record. And that the petitioner and his said Aun- 
cestors did plant thereabouts, being an auncien^English familie, 
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for the Plantation of the County of Galway : Indorsed 
" April 30, 1 640." (See Record No. 86. ) 



Seventeenth Century <ri 

or habit and without once matching with anie Irish familie, 
since the ninth yeare of King Edward the Second. 

And that the premisses ever since were and now are, free 
English land, exempted from the jurisdiction and yoke of 
the Irishrie, and of all manner of chieffryes and Irish 
exaction either ordinarie or extraordinarie, as being in- 
dependant of anie whatsoever, but onely of the Crowne, 
as free as anie free land in the English pale, or in anie 
other parte or place of this Kingdom, as may appeare by 
the said auncient records and evidences. 

The premisses tenderly considered, and for that the 
petitioner is the eleaventh masculin English descent 
lyneally descended from father to the sonn, in the 
possession of the said lands, from Richard Caddie 
dicto Nigro, whose heire male the petitioner is, whoe 
purchased the same from one Thomas Hobridge in 
the gth yeare of King Edward the 2nd; and that 
although the petitioner after soe long a tracte of 
tyme, be called Blake or Niger, yett in the offices 
taken post mortem of his auncestors they were called 
Blake alias Caddie. That your Honours will be 
graciously pleased to take the antiquitie of the 
petitioners estate into your consideration by shewing 
him your honours speciall favour uppon the distribu- 
tion : And the Petitioner shall ever pray," etc. 

Indorsed : " The humble petition of John Blake alias Caddie." 

Further indorsement : " My Lo. Deputy to be moved y l some 

ye clerkes of ye Rolls looke up ye Petitioners deed : being (as 

I conceive) in ye trunke where ye great office for Roscomon is 

kept. C .R." 

Dated " 30 April 1640." 

NOTE. (A) "Commissioners for the plantation of the County of 
Galway." In 1635 Sir Thomas Wentworth (afterwards Earl of 
Strafford), Lord Deputy of Ireland, initiated his scheme for the 
plantation of the province of Connaught with a new body of pro- 
prietors who were to be English Protestants, just as the province 
of Ulster had then recently been planted in the reign of King James I. 
Nearly all the Connaught proprietors at this period (1635) held their 
lands either by virtue of the "Compositions" entered into in 1585 
with Sir John Perrott, then Lord Deputy of Ireland, or by virtue of 
grants by patent from King James I. ; the province of Connaught 
had been tranquil since the beginning of the seventeenth century, 
and consequently no pretext of rebellion could be laid hold of by 
Strafford against the Connaught proprietors. But, being a man of 

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52 Blake Family Records 

thorough determination, he set the Crown lawyers to work to find 
some colourable pretext in law of which he might avail himself, and 
they rose to the occasion. The case submitted on behalf of the 
Crown to establish the claim that the King was, in 1635, entitled to 
the whole of the lands in Connaught was as follows : First they 
relied on a charter of King Henry III., dated May 21, 1227, whereby 
that King granted to Richard de Burgh all the lands of Connaught, 
which the King of Connaught (Hugh O'Conor) was declared to have 
forfeited. Secondly, that the possessions thus granted to Richard 
de Burgh afterwards revested in the Crown in the person of King 
Edward IV. as heir of Elizabeth de Burgh (wife of Lionel, Duke of 
Clarence), who was sole heiress of William de Burgh, third Earl of 
Ulster, who was the heir of said Richard de Burgh ; and conse- 
quently that, from the time of King Edward IV. downwards, the 
title to the whole of the lands of Connaught became again vested 
in the Crown, subject to any grants made by the Burghs during the 
continuance of their possession. Thirdly, that the " Compositions " 
entered into in 1585 between Lord Deputy Perrott and the chieftains 
and freeholders of Connaught did not confer upon the latter any title 
to the land, but only amounted to a compounding, by the payment 
of a fixed sum, for the cessing of soldiers, and for the "uncertain 
cuttings and spendings and Irish oppressions of the chieftains there" 
upon their freeholders. And, lastly, that the Letters Patent granted 
by King James I. were wholly void, because the Commissioners by 
whom those grants were made had exceeded the powers conferred 
on them by their Commission, inasmuch as they passed Letters 
Patent purporting to grant lands to the grantees, to hold by Knight's 
service, whereas in the said Commission no direction was given to 
the Commissioners touching the tenure to be reserved in the said 
grants. In order to give some colour of legal validity to this pre- 
posterous claim, Strafford determined to have the claim found in 
favour of the Crown by a jury of each of the counties of Connaught. 
Accordingly, on June 15, 1635, he caused separate Commissions to 
be issued to certain Commissioners for each of those counties, for 
the purpose of holding an inquiry or Inquisition, as it was called 
before a jury impanelled in each county, to try the claim. In the 
counties of Roscommon, Sligo, and Mayo, the juries obediently found 
in favour of the Crown ; but it proved otherwise in the county of 
Galway. Strafford, indeed, anticipated that there would be difficulty 
in Galway, for on July 14, 1635, ne wrote as follows to the Privy 
Council in England : " There is much muttering we shall meet with 
opposition in the county of Galway. Indeed whether it be so or 
not, I know not. But I could wish that county would stand out, for 
I am well assured it shall turn out to his Majesty's advantage if they 
do. For certainly it is a country which lies out at a corner by itself, 
and all the inhabitants wholly natives and Papists ; hardly an 
Englishman amongst them, whom they kept out with all the 
industry in the world ; and therefore it would be great security 



Seventeenth Century 53 

they were thoroughly lined with English indeed." Strafford's 
anticipation was correct, for the jury of the county of Galway 
refused to find in favour of the claim of the Crown. On August 24, 
1635, Strafford wrote to Mr. Secretary Coke as follows : " When we 
came hither (i.e., to Galway) we omitted nothing that we conceived 
might conduce to the clearing and manifestation of his Majesty's 
title. Yet the jury, remaining resolute in the averseness they had 
proposed to themselves, most obstinately and perversely refused to 
find for his Majesty. We then bethought ourselves of a course to 
vindicate his Majesty's justice and honour, not only against the 
persons of the jurors, but also against the Sheriff for returning so 
insufficient and, as we conceived, a packed jury. And therefore 
we fined the Sheriff in a ^"1,000 to his Majesty, and bound over the 
jury to appear in the Castle Chamber, where we conceive it is fit 
that their pertinacious carriage may be followed with all just severity." 
The unfortunate Sheriff, Martin Darcey, being unable to pay the 
heavy fine, was imprisoned, and died in gaol in 1636; and the jury 
were also fined and imprisoned. Strafford, however, being still 
determined to carry his point, in 1637 caused another Commission 
to issue to have the claim tried again in Galway. Upon this occasion 
(April 5, 1637) the jury, terrified by the example made of the former 
jury, found in favour of the Crown. Thus did the Lord Deputy 
carry his point in Galway ; and having got his verdict, he determined 
that that county should be " planted " at a double rate, the inhabitant 
proprietors there to lose one-half their lands, whereas in the less 
refractory counties they were to lose but one-fourth. 



54 



Blake Family Records 



FRAGMENT OF THE TABULAR PEDIGREE THAI 

ALIAS CADDLE 



John. 



Nicholas. Thomas. Walter. Richard. 

i 



Valentyn. William. John. 



John. 



John. Valentyn. Thomas. William. 



Nicholas. 
John. 



Walter. 



Sir Valentyne. James. 



i 
Robard. 



Nicholas. Sir Thomas, Ffrancis. Geffrey. John. Anthony. Dominick, 
now living. 



John. Martine. James. Nicholas. Sir Valentyne, Walter. Geffrey 

now living. 






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55 



No. 87. 

ACCOMPANIED THE PETITION OF JOHN BLAKE 

RECORD No. 86). 



Geffrey. Walter. Andrew. Peeler. 

i 

The said Andrew had three sons: William, now living, 
Richard. descended of the first ; Henry Fitz P., now living, 

descended of the second ; and Marcus and Sir 
Richard, now living, descended of the third. 



Gefl 
Artl 

Wa 


rey. 


1 
John. 

1 


Mar 
And 


tine. 

01 

rew. 


lur. 


Walter. 

1 




i i 

John. Juli 


Iter, 


1 
Richard. 



now 
living. 



i 

Thomas, 
oute of matrimony, 

i 

Anthony. 



Henry, 
married to 
Nicholas ; 
now living. 



i 
Nicholas, 

married to 

Julian ; 
now living. 



MEMORANDA WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF ABOVE TABULAR PEDIGREE. 



Valenten Blakes will, 1499. 
John fitz Henry is will, 1468." 



' John, 1420 : 

A deed to Henry fitz Jo., 1444- 
Deed to William, 1421." 
" In the time of K. Ric. 2nd, In Athenry, Brandons, Erles, Hanines, 
Stephens, Wheits, witnesses of ould evidences of lands belonging to my 
auncestors, in Athenry ; which was much regarded by the Lord Deputy 
& Comm rs of plantation, in witness us being English." 



56 Blake Family Records 

No. 88. 

" The Prooffe of John Blake alias Caddie his .Pettegree." 

A.D. 1640. " i. That the said John is son to Nicholas apperes by an 

April 30. office taken post mortem of the said Nicholas, 28th 

August, 1629 (A), and by a livery sued by the said John. 

2. That Nicholas was son to John apperes by a lease under 

the greate Scale made by the Commissioners of the 
wardes of the wardshippe of the boddy and lands of the 
said Nicholas, dated the iyth of 7ber in the 28th yeare 
of Q. Elizabeth (B), and by a livery sued by the said 
Nicholas. 

3. That John was son to Nicholas apperes by a decree made 

by the Lo. President and Councell of Conaght dated the 
6th of March, 1571 (c), and afterwards confirmed by the 
Lord Deputy and Councell (D). 

4. That Nicholas was son to John apperes by the said 

Nicholas his last will and testament, dated the i8th of 
7ber, 1564 (E). 

5. That John was son to Valentyne apperes by the said 

Valentyne his last will and testament, dated the I2th of 
July, 1499 (F). 

6. That Valentyne was son to John apperes by the said John 

his last will and testament, dated in March, 1468 (G). 

7. That John was son to Henry apperes by the said last 

mentioned will of John, wherein it is set forth ' John 
fitz Henry' (G). 

8. That Henry was son to John apperes by a deed dated the 

6th of 8ber in the 2nd yeare of King Henry the 6th, viz., 
in the yeare of our Lord 1423 (H). 

9. That John was son to Walter apperes by divers remaynders 

over to the said Henry fitz John fitz Walter ; and by a 

deed dated the I5th yeare of King Richard the 2nd (i). 
10. That Walter was son to Richard apperes by a will of the 

said John, dated 1420, wherein is subscribed ' William 

fitz Walter fitz Richard' (j). 
n. That Richard is the comon auncestor apperes by the deed 

made to him by Thomas de Hobrigge, in the gth yeare 

of King Edward the 2nd (K). 
All which the said John Blake alias Caddie is reddy to 

produce and to make it appere. 

" JOHN BLAKE." 

NOTES. (A) "Office post morten, 28th August, 1629." See ante, 
Record No. 61. 



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(B) Lease of the wardship of Nicholas Blake. For this, see 
"Blake Family Records," First Series, Record No. 158, at p. 129. 

(c) Decree of March 6, 1571. For this, see "Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. I44A, at pp. 115-117. 

(D) " Confirmed by the Lord Deputy and Councell." See ante, 
Record No. 20. 

(E) Will of Nicholas Blake, 1564. For this, see "Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. 143, pp. 112-114. 

(F) Will of Valentine Blake, 1499. For this, see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. 69, pp. 46-49. 

(G) Will of John Blake, 1468. For this, see "Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. 61, pp. 39-41. 

(H) Deed of " 6th of 8ber, 1423." Probably this means the deed 
dated September 16, 1424 (3 Henry VI.), for which, see "Blake 
Family Records," First Series, Record No. 22, pp. 21, 22. 

(i) Deed dated in i5th Richard II. This deed has not been 
preserved in the Blake Collection. 

(j) Will of John Blake, 1420. For this, see "Blake Family 
Records," First Series, Record No. 19, pp. 18-21. 

(K) Deed dated o,th Edward II, For this deed, see "Blake 
Family Records," First Series, Record No. i, p. 3. 

No. 89. 

" The Coppie of the Reporte on the Petition:' 

" Wee have seriously considered of the annexed petition of A - D l6 4- 
John Blake alias Caddie of Galway, gentleman, And doe fynd J une 5 
by auncient evidences, some without date, by the auncient 
characters whereof Wee conceave the same to have been made 
in the Raygne of King Edward the First, and some others 
bearing date in the sixt yeare of the Reigne of King Edward 
the First, That the mannor and lands of Kiltorog, whereof the 
Castle, two mills and one quarter of land in Kiltorog, and two 
quarters and an halfe of Slew Clare adjoyneing to Kiltorog, are 
parcells, now in the possession of the said John Blake alias Cad- 
die; And that the towne and lands of Ballymacroe alias Houno- 
lorkan and Donegall, whereof two quarters are nowe in the 
possession of the said John Blake alias Caddie, were then 
graunted unto Richard Caddie dicto Nigro and his heires : 
And Wee doe further fynd that the Castle, mannor and lands of 
Kiltulagh and Monydan, whereof the said Blake alias. Caddie 
is in possession of two quarters and of the moiety of the said 
Castle, were graunted unto the said Richard Caddie dicto 
Nigro and his heires by deed dated in the gth yeare of King 
Edward the Second : And Wee further fynd that the parcells 
of land of Parke, Clunyn, Gortincormuck, Gortingastull, 



58 Blake Family Records 

Carrinteigue, Cnockanglassin, Cloran, Bleneheneghan, Farryn- 
i-blake, Clanengowna, Rahyn, Gortgare, and divers tenements 
within the liberties of Athenry, were graunted unto John Blake 
alias Caddie and his heires and to Henry Blake alias Caddie 
and his heires respectively by deeds dated in the I5th yeare of 
the Raigne of Richard the Second, and in the second yeare 
of King Henry the Sixt ; And that all the premisses before- 
mentioned doe lye in the Countye of Galway : And Wee 
further fyrid that the said John Blake alias Caddie did by a 
petegree produced before us and proved by severall offices and 
other matters of Recorde, and by divers and sundrie auncient 
Wills and deeds made by his auncestors, prove himselfe to be 
heire male of the boddye of the said Richard Caddie dicto 
Nigro, and of the boddyes of the said John and Henry Caddie 
alias Blake for eleaven descents lyneally descended from the 
said Richard Caddie dicto Nigro, viz 1 , the said John Blake 
alias Caddie son to Nicholas, the said Nicholas son to John, 
John son to Nicholas, Nicholas son to John, John son to 
Valentyne, Valentyne son to John, John son to Henry, Henry 
son to John, John son to Walter, Walter son to the said 
Richard Caddie dicto Nigro. Uppon all which Wee conceave 
that the estate of inheritance now held by the said John Blake 
alias Caddie of the premisses and in his possession as aforesaid, 
was in his said auncestors whose heire male he is, before his 
Majesties title accrewed unto the said Countye of Galway : 
And that the said John and his said auncestors, whose heire 
male he is, being of an auncient Englyshe blood and surname, 
have and doth continewe in the said possessions by them held 
as aforesaid : All which Wee submitt to your honours further 
consideration. Given at his Majesties Inns the 5th of June, 
1640. Ri. Bolton (A), Cane. ; Garrat Lowther (B)." " Copia 
vera." 

NOTES. (A) " Ri. Bolton." This was Sir Richard Bolton, Knight ; 
he was Lord Chancellor of Ireland from December 6, 1639, to 1648, 
when he died. 

(B) " Garrat Lowther." This was Sir Garret Lowther, Knight, 
who had been appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas 
in Ireland in 1634. 

No. 90. 

A.D. 1641. Writ issued by Sir Edward Bolton, Knt., Chief Baron of the 

February 12, Court of Exchequer, Ireland, commanding Edmund Linch and 

Megg Blake alias Lynch, widow, to appear at the King's Court 

in Dublin in Easter term then next to answer the complaint 

of Martin Blake. 



Seventeenth Century 
No. 91. 

Portion of a Copy of Articles presented to the Corporation Court of A - D - l6 4 2 - 
the City of Norwich, for the Regulation of" Strangers " of the 
Dutch and Walloon (French) Congregations in that City. 

[The commencement of the document, containing the first 
four Articles, has been cut off and lost.] 



< . _ 



5. Item : Noe person being a stranger as above-said, shall 

buye any butter or cheese (otherwise than for their 
provision) to sell the same againe, nor drawe Ale or 
beere nor any other victualls except they be lycensed, 
upon peyne to pay for every pound of butter and cheese 
\\d. 9 and every other victuall after that kinde, after that 
rate in peyne of xs. to the Maior, the poore, the Baylife 
or Presenter, to be levyed by committing the partyes to 
prison. 

6. Item : Noe stranger being a Baker shall buye any corne in 

the Markett before one of the clocke in the afternoone, 
in peyne of vs. to Mr. Maior, the Baylife or Presenter, to 
be levyed and devyded as before. 

7. Item : That noe stranger shall sell in the streetes any 

aqua-vitae, neyther receive unto their houses any com- 
pany to drinke, eyther Sabboth dayes, holy dayes, or 
other, except in their houses for themselves in tyme of 
necessitye, in peyne of xs., to be levyed and devyded as 
aforesaid. 

8. Item : That noe stranger shall come unto the Markett to 

buy any corne before one of the clocke in the afternoone, 
or to demaund the price, upon peyne of 2s. for every 
tyme, to be to the Maior, the poore and as aforesaid. 
g. Item : Every stranger Dyer shall make his provision of 
Seacoles and not to buye any charcoales but in their 
needful occasion, or shall buye any wood in the Markett 
before one of the clocke, in peyne of vis. vmd. for every 
loade so bought, and to be levyed and devyded as 
aforesaid. 

10. Item : That noe stranger shall att any tyme buye or cause 
to be bought of any English person, or of their "owne or 
any other nation whatsoever, or of any keembers (com- 
bers) of their owne Nation, any kinde of yarne whatsoever 
for Bayes or for cheatons for bayes or any other worke 
whatsoever, more than for the making and occupying 
thereof within their owne houses, nor shall sell to any 



60 Blake Family Records 

other, or transporte the same or cause the same to be 
transported, or any other chetons or any other worke 
out of the said Citye to sell or worke in any other place, 
upon peyne to forfeit for every pound of yarne or worke 
of ya[rne] xxs., to be levyed by committing the partyes 
to prison, and ye yarne or worke to be confiscate and to 
be devyded as [aforesaid]. 

11. Item : That noe stranger shall contende or defame, or 

strive one with another, on peyne of vis. viiid., to be 
devyded as [aforesaid]. 

12. Item : That noe persons being strangers or of the said 

French Congregation shall inhabite in this Citye eyther 
by themselves [or with any other] above two dayes, 
except he can laye in sufficient suertyes or else shewe a 
sufficient Tickett for his permission here to dwell] in 
peyne of vs. for every night, to be levyed and devyded as 
before." 

"An Explanation of the I2th Article. 

11 To prevent scandalls, misdemeanors, and also unnecessary 
charge occasioned by such as come into this Citye as well from 
beyond ye Seas as allso from other places within this Realme, 
it is ordered that all such strangers before they have their 
Tickett of admission into the Citye from Mr. Maior shall enter 
Bond to the Politiques of the French Congregation that they 
shall not [be chargeable] to the common purse of the said 
Church until such tyme as by their admission to the Lord's 
Supper [they are acknowledged to be] members of the said 
Congregation. And allso that the said Politiques shall drawe 
a sufficient promise [ ] from those that receive or sett 

to worke any such strangers that they will enforme the said 
Politiques of [any badd and] scandalous carriadge of such fore- 
said strangers, to the ende that such further order may be 
taken for their reformation, or for the disburdening of the Citye 
of such unprofitable and scandalous persons." 

"13. Item : That such women as remayne here whose husbonds 
be knowne elsewhere to dwell, shall be commanded to 
repaire to their husbonds within twelve dayes after 
warning given, in peyne of vs. for every month, to be 
levyed and devyded as aforesaid. 

14. Item : That all such strangers upon warning given to 
appeare before the Politiq men and shall not obeye, but 
refuse their Judgment in matters of controversy between 
party and party accordinge to equitye, shall for the first 
faulte forfeite xs., for the second xxs., and for the third 






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offence to be committed until he have payed such 
sommes as shall be set by Mr. Maior and the more parte 
of his bretherne, to be levyed and devyded as before. 

15. Item : If noe such stranger having occasion to travayle 

beyond the seas or to any other place whatsoever within 
the Realme, shall first come to Mr. Maior and have his 
passport to passe and repasse, upon peyne of vis. \\iid., to 
be levyed and devyded as before. 

16. Item : That noe young men or widdowes being strangers 

or of the strangers Congregation, shall hyre any houses 
by themselves to dwell in, upon peyne of xs., to be levyed 
and devyded as before. 

17. Item : That such strangers as doe harbour or keepe any 

young men or Maydens in their houses to dwell, and 
doe not first present them to the Politiq men to be put 
to service, shall forfeit xxs., to be levyed and devyded as 
before. 

18. Whosoever of your Company is founde debtor by the 

Politique men and is adjudged, the defendant without 
any arrest shall be committed to prison by Mr. Maior 
untill the debt be payde, and no further suite to be had 
in any Court, but it is permitted that the Defendant 
being adjudged may appeale to Mr. Maior. 

19. Item : The wardens of the French Congregation shall 

sell all clothes of their commodityes made at Lynne and 
after the order here and that all clothes from thence put 
to kallendring without scale shall be fined according to 
the loth Article but not forfeited ; and no cloth shall be 
putt to sale unlesse they have first the Hall Scale, in 
peyne of forfeiture thereof to the Maior and Presenter, 
to be levyed and devyded as aforesaid. 

20. Item : That noe stranger Baker shall bake any whyte 

bread but onely of wheate from the mill, in peyne of 4^. 
for every loafe to the Maior ; but they that will eate 
whyte bread to buye the same of the English Bakers. 

21. Item: That noe stranger shall buye any butter by the 

pinte or gallon in their houses or in the streetes, but in 
the Markett, upon peyne to forfeit the same, and md. for 
every pinte, to be levyed and devyded as aforesaid. 

22. Item : That noe stranger shall abuse one another in 

contending manner, especially to spcake evil! -of the 
sealers or other officers, in peyne of vs., to be levyed and 
devyded as before. 

23. Item : That noe stranger shall buye any Nyles to the 

end to sell them again, but to convert to worke, in 
peyne of the double value thereof to the Maior, nor to 



62 Blake Family Records 

buye any Nyles at all butt in the Halle onely, in like 
peyne, as before to be levyed and devyded. 

24. Item : None to scoure bayes on this side the Whyte-Fryers 

bridge in peyne of iiis. \\i\d. the piece, to be levyed and 
devyded as before. 

25. Item : None to keembe wooll outwardly, upon peyne of 

iiis. iiiid. for every tyme, to be levyed and devyded as 
before. 

26. Item : None to carry scoure wash in the streetes in the 

day tyme, in peyne of iiis. \\\\d. for every tyme, to be 
levyed as before. 

27. Item : The said strangers shall leave their workes for three 

weekes in the tyme of harvest, upon such peyne as shall 
be set down by Mr. Maior from yeare to yeare. 

28. Item : That every one of their Collages being warned at 

their house and appeare not at their assemblyes shall 
forfeite vs., viz 1 , iis. to the Maior, iis. to the poore, and 
x'rid. to the Baylife or Presenter, to be levyed by 
imprisonment. 

29. Item : If the Baylife do make default to firide out 

these offenders or doe not present the same accordingly, 
shall paye for every such offence vis. viiirf. to the Maior, 
to be levyed by [committal to prison]." 

NOTE. The handwriting of this Record belongs to the first half 
of the seventeenth century. I have no clue as to how the docu- 
ment found its way into the Blake family papers ; and as the top 
portion of the document was missing, I was for some time puzzled 
to know as to what city and to what " Congregation of Strangers " 
it referred. A suggestion made to me by the Deputy- Keeper of 
Public Records, Ireland, that the terms of the document probably 
pointed to Norwich, enabled me to locate the document, and I ascer- 
tained that it did in fact relate to the Congregation of Walloon 
(French) and Dutch Strangers in the City of Norwich. In a book 
entitled "The Walloons and their Church at Norwich," by William 
John Charles Moens, which was published in 1888 for the Huguenot 
Society of London, I find (at p. 103) the following passage : " In 
1642 the old Book of Orders " (for regulating the government of the 
Strangers in Norwich) " was revived, and the following Articles were 
presented to the Corporation Court to be looked into by the Bailiffs." 
The Articles are then set out, and the first four are as follows : 

"i. To inquire if the Masters, allowed by the Patent of jth 
Elizabeth, be wanting since your last presentment. 

" 2. That no stranger nor any of the Strangers Congregation shall 
set another stranger or native to work, except he can show to be 
permitted by Mr. Maior here to dwell, and can prove by a writing of 
the Politic men if he or they be free of service ; otherwise to pay 
certain fines to be doubled on later convictions. 



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" 3. That no stranger shall set another stranger or native to work, 
except he first satisfy his master. 

"4. That no stranger upon Sundays or other Holy days shall 
walk in the streets or shall go out of the Gates to play, or sit down 
to talk, in the time of preaching or service ; or during the said times 
shall drink or play in Inns or tippling-houses." 

The remaining Articles set out in the passage quoted are the same 
as those recorded in the above Record. Mr. Moens gives as his 
authority for these Articles the " Dutch and Walloon Book, fol. 115 
et seq." preserved in the Archives of the Corporation of the City of 
Norwich. It is certainly a very curious incident that a coeval copy 
(judging from the character of the handwriting) of these Articles 
found its way into the Records preserved by the Blake family of 
Galway. 

No. 92. 

Deed of settlement, dated Galway, July 20, 1644, made by A D - l6 44- 
" John Blake of Galway, Alderman " (the feoffor) to " Captain 
Nicholas Bodkin of Galway, Martin Ffrench fitz Gregory, Esq., 
Coronor of the said town, Martin Blake, James Blake, and 
Nicholas Blake, of the same, merchants " (the feoffees). The 
said John Blake being desirous of continuing his estate in his 
name and family, thereby granted to the said feoffees and their 
heirs the premises thereinafter specified, to hold the same to 
the uses thereinafter expressed. The premises granted were : 
The stone house in which said John Blake then dwelt, situated 
in the town of Galway, between the stone house of Sir 
Valentine Blake, Knight and Baronet, on the north-east, the 
street leading from Blake-stone in the town of Galway to the 
Little Gate on the west, Richard Kirwan's stone house on the 
north, a bakehouse called Blake's Oven in Blake Lane, the 
gardens of Henry Lynch and Harry Blake on the east, the 
garden of Valentine Blake fitz Peter and Andrew Skerrett's house 
on the south, Sir Valentine Blake's tenements and garden on 
the west, and the King's Wall on the north ; a parcel of land 
called Drom-Blake between the lands of Thomas Athy and 
Henry Blake on the east, the sea and the salt-water pool called 
Loghtally on the south, the lands of said Henry Blake on the 
west, and the towne of Screen on the north ; the moiety of the 
parcel called Gortinboher between the lands called Meadle on 
the east, Edmund Skerrett's lands on the south, the highway 
called Bohermore on the west, and Walter Blake's lands on 
the north ; the J-th part of the lands of Glannarke between the 
highway leading from Galway to Clare on the east, the common 
land on" the south, the beach called the Succkine on the west, 
and the lands of Castlegare on the north; the -Jth part of 



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Gortloghane between the water called Loghane-Glassry on the 
east, the lands called Gortclessry on the south, the lands 
called Ballygarrane on the west, and the lands of Sir Robuck 
Lynch, Knight and Baronet, on the north ; \ quarter of land 
in Dowilliz and a cartron and a half in Moorogh between 
the lands of Anthony Lynch on the west, the lands of Sir 
Valentine Blake, Walter Blake, and Michael Lynch on the 
north, the lands of James Darcy, Esq., on the east, and the sea 
on the south ; the ^th part of Aillfree called Cloghan-more- 
owne and a mill-weir adjacent to Barcally : all set and lying 
within the town and the liberties of the town of Galway : also 
the Castle of Kiltoroge, two ruinous mills, the moiety of the 
2 quarters of land of Kiltorroge, the 2^ quarters of land of 
Slewclare, viz., the J quarter of Caherknockhane, the \ quarter 
of Carranekeilney, the \ quarter of Caherline, the J quarter of 
Cagertone, and the \ quarter of GortdufTe ; the cartron of 
Culkery and the Jth part of the 3 cartrons of Culkery, all lying 
in the barony of Clare and county of Galway : also the 
moiety of the Castle of Killtullagh, viz., the principal middle 
house where there is a chimney, the chamber thereunto 
annexed, the chamber annexed to the lower middle house of 
cousin Blake ; the moiety of the 2 quarters of land of Kill- 
tullagh ; the moiety of the 2 quarters of Monidane ; and the 
moiety of the ruinous castle and 4 quarters of Ballymacroe, 
all lying in the barony of Dunkellin and county of Galway : 
also all the feoffor's lands and tenements in the town and 
liberties of Athenry, viz., the J quarter of Clorane, Farreni- 
Blake 16 acres, Rahine 20 acres, Carranteigue \ quarter, 
Bleneheneghane one cartron, the parcels of Moneboye, 
Gortenegustell, Knock -bane -Glass, Farren-bawne-tampane, 
Gortincormack, Cloonyne, Sisrine-Dorough alias Gort-Blaky, 
the parke adjoining to the gate called Laghrighs Gate, 
Gortboyne, Gortgare ; the moiety of the parcels of Gortboye 
alias Knock-bane- Brunnach ; three little pieces in Gortnegustla, 
the little parke, Cloone-Gabney, and the T ^th of the other 
moiety belonging to Sir Valentine Blake ; also the high 
thatched house with a vault and cellar, two thatched houses 
thereunto annexed with a garden and a ruinous pidgeon-house, 
in the occupation of Martin Lynch ; the house Garry Brack 
in the occupation of Edmund O'Flynn ; the house and garden 
in the occupation of Onora ny Clowane ; the house and garden 
in the occupation of the widow Duane ; and the house and 
vault-cellar in the occupation of James Clowane all lying 
within the town and liberties of Athenry. The intent and 
purpose of the said feoffment was declared to be that the said 
feoffees should stand seized of the said premises to the use of 






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the said John Blake for life ; with remainder to secure the 
debts and legacies of the said John Blake, and to provide 
portions for his daughters upon their marriage, and portions 
for the younger sons of said John Blake ; with remainder to 
the use of Thomas Blake, son and heir-apparent of said John, 
and the heirs male of the body of said Thomas ; with remainder 
to the use of Henry Blake, second son of the said John Blake, 
and the heirs male of his body ; with remainder to the use of 
John Blake, third son of said John, and the heirs male of his 
body; with remainder to the use of Nicholas Blake, fourth son 
of said John, and the heirs male of his body ; with remainder 
to the use of the said John Blake the feoffor and the heirs male 
of his body; with remainder to the use of his brother Martin 
Blake and the heirs male of his body ; with remainder to the 
use of his brother James Blake and the heirs male of his body ; 
with remainder to the use of his brother Nicholas Blake and 
the heirs male of his body ; with remainder to the use of the 
heirs male of the body of Sir Valentine Blake, Knight and 
Baronet ; with remainder to the use of the heirs male of 
the body of the feoffor's cousin Francis Blake ; with remainder 
to the right heirs of the said John Blake the feoffor. It was 
further declared that the said feoffees should stand seized of 
the quarter of Kiltoroge and the mills and castle there, that 
were in mortgage to the feoffor's brother, Nicholas Blake, for 
100, to the uses of the said mortgage. It was also further 
declared that the feoffees should stand seized of so much of 
the premises as would be worth 20 a year, of yearly rent, to 
such uses of any person as the feoffor, said John Blake, should 
by deed, in his lifetime, appoint. Attested under the hands 
and seals of the said parties, interchangeably. Signed : 
"John Blake fitz N." [Seal appended.] Witnesses to the 
execution of the deed: "James Bodkin, Frances Browne, 
Conor Fallon Vicarius Collegii S t! Nicholai Galviens, Marcus 
Browne, Thomas Kirowan, John Bodkine, William Brookers. 
Witnesses to the delivery of seizin of the premises in the 
county of the town of Galway : " James Bodkin, Conor 
Fallon Vicarius Collegii S u Nicholai Galviens, Marcus Browne, 
Thomas Kirowan, John Bodkine, William Brookers." Witnesses 
to the delivery of seizin of the premises in the county of 
Galway : " James Bodkin, Anthony Blake fitz Nichs., Francis 
Browne, John Bodkine, William Brookers, Carbry McWa'rd." 

No. 93. 

Counterpart of a deed of mortgage, dated August 16, 1644, A - D l6 44- 
between John Blake fitz Nicholas of Galway, Alderman, and Au ^ us 
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his feoffees (named in the preceding Record No. 92), of the one 
part, and John Kirrowan fitz Francis, " one of the now Sheriffs 
of the Town of Galway," of the other part. The said John 
Blake and his feoffees, in consideration of the sum of " four- 
score pounds " paid by said Kirwan, thereby granted to said 
Kirwan and his heirs " the shop situated under the principal 
stone house of the said John Blake in Galway, in the Great- 
Gate Street, next adjoining the door of said house on the left 
hand going in " ; and the said John Blake and his feoffees 
appointed Laurence Bodkin fitz Henry as their attorney to 
deliver seizin of the premises. Proviso for redemption after 
the expiration of seven years on repayment by said John Blake 
of the said sum of four-score pounds to said Kirwan. Attested 
under the hands and seals of both parties interchangeably. 
Dated as above. Signed : " John Kirwane fitz F." [Seal lost.] 
Witnesses to the execution of the deed : " James Bodkin, 
Ambros Bodkine, Lau. Bodkine, John Sparkes." Indorsed : 
" i6th August, 1644, The Counderpart of John Kirwan's 
mortgadge for a shop for 80." 

No. 94. 

Deed of covenant by Sir Valentine Blake of Menlo with John 
Lynch fitz Marcus. 

" Whereas I have past a bond under my hand and seale 
bearing date with these presents unto John Lynch fitz Marcus 
of one hundred and five poundes sterl. uppon condition for the 
payment of fifty and two pounds at or by the first of May next, 
I therefore doe hereby promise and undertake that if the said 
John Lynch be pleased to forbeare longer with me for the said 
money than May next, that I, my executors and assigns, shall 
and will for so long tyme as hee shall be so pleased to forbeare 
with me, pay thereout unto the said John Lynch, his executors 
or assigns, according the sume of tenn pounds per centum, 
notwithstanding any act or lawe to the contrary. As wittness 
my hand and seale the second of January, 1645. Val Blake." 
[Seal affixed.] " Present : Henry Blake, John Lynch, Dom. 
.Bodkine." 

No. 95. 

A.I). 1645 (?). Letter from Arthur Bodkin to his brother Patrick Bodkin; 

January 4 . anc j a letter from said Patrick Bodkin to his brother-in-law, 
Alderman John Blake. " Grange, the 4th of January : Loveing 
Brother, this is to lett you understand that oure Brother 
Edmond is to be maried a-Toursday night ; Wee desire that 
you and rnee shister and mee neise shall come bytymes in the 



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morning that you wittnes to the rnarage, and in soe doeing you 
shall oblige, which is youre Loveing Brother to use, Arthur 
Bodkin." Indorsed : " For Mr. Patrick Bodkin these." 

'" Deere Brother, I intended to waith on you tomorrow 
goeing to Caltraghpalish, but am now constrained to answer 
the desire of the above letter as you may peruse, wherefore I 
crave your pardon, wishing you all hapinesh, I remaine, your 
loving Brother to comaund, Patrick Bodkin fitz F. For Aid. 
John Blake these : I have sent you by the berer a litell 
tobacco." 

No. 96. 

" Received from John Blake, Receiver-Generall of the A D - l6 45- 
Province of Connaght, the sum of 11 15 shillings ster. in Februar y I 7- 
parte payment of the moneys lent by me for the use of the 
Army, I say received, the lyth day of February, 1645 : Rob. 
Martyne." 

No. 97. 

" I acknowledge to have receaved at the hands of Henry A - D - I645> 
leigh Burke, collector of the Barrony of Clare, the sum of 100 Februar y 26 - 
ster. by way of an assignement that was assigned unto me 
uppon the said Barrony, being for soe much money receaved 
by Richarde Martine, Esq., Cheefe Justice of the Confederatt 
Catholicks of Conoght, Sir Domnicke Browne, Knight, John 
Blake, Esq., Receaver Generall, Domnicke Skerrett, Esq., and 
Robert Martin, Burgess, from mee for the use of the Armie ; I 
say I have receaved 100 ster. Wittnes my hand the 26th of 
February, 1645, Peeter Darsy." 

No. 98. 

" I Elizabeth Martine alias Darsy doe hereby acknowledge A>D - l645> 
and confesse to have receaved at the handes of John Blake, Marc 
Esq., by the delivery of Robert Martine, the sum of 80, the 
which my husband Peeter Darsy was to receave oute of the 
Cattell-rnoney of the Barrony of Muckullin, being parte of 300 
ster. lente unto [torn] whereof and of every parte of said 80 I 
doe hereby acquitte the said John and Robert. As wittnesse 
my hand the i6th of March, 1645 : Elizabeth Martine." 

Indorsed : " Uppon delivering of the within 300 Peeter 
Darcye detained 13 6s. 8d. in presence of Justice Martine and 
John Lambert, clarke, which was allowed unto him by adveisall 
order of the Prouvinciall Councell." 

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A.D. 1645. 

November 
20. 



No. 99. 

" Received by me of John Blake, Receiver General!, an 
assignment of 80 to the use of Peetter Darcey, and directed 
to Edmund Ffrench, collector for this present levy chardged 
uppon Cattle in the Barrony of Killtarton ; I say I received, the 
20th of No., 1645, Peetter Darsy." 

" Received by me of John Blake, Receiver Generall, by 
assignment 100, to the use of Peetter Darsey, and directed 
to George Ffrench, Edd. McRedmond and Henry Burke, 
collectors for the present levy chardged uppon Cattle in the 
Bar. of Clare ; I say I rec d , the 2Oth No., 1645, Peetter 
Darsy." 

" Rec d by me of John Blake, Receiver Generall, by assign- 
ment 80, to the use of Peetter Darsey, and directed to 
[Morr]ugh fitz Rory O'Fflaherty, collector for this present levy 
chardged upon Cattle in the Barrony of Muckalyne ; I say I 
rec d , the 2Oth of No., 1645, Peetter Darsy." 



No. 100. 

A.D. 1646 " For as much as the Provinciall Counsell gave an order of 
February 16. _^ 2 s> 3^ to b e rec eaved from Moyler McShane, Shallough 
Shoy, Edd. McThomas McEdd. Shoy, and Walter McEdd. 
graun Shoy, collectors of the half Barony of Ross appointed 
for Chattell money payable unto me Peetter Darsy, I doe 
heerby promise and undertake at the receipt of the said 
52 6s. 8d. to accompte with John Blake, Mayor of Gallway, 
now Receiver-Generall for the Province of Conoght, and to 
pay him whatt will be over and above uppon me, of the said 
52 6s. 8d., which I will allow in paymt. of the 20 of the 
Towne money which I have lent unto the Marquess of 
Clanrickard. Witness my hand the i6th of February, 1646. 
Peetter Darsy." 

No. 10 1. 

A.D. 1646. " Receaved at the hands of John Blake, Esquire, nowe Mayor 

February 20. o f Gallway, in parte of payment of the money by me lente to 

the Councell, by the delivery of Mr. Edmond McWilliam, the 

sume of one pound and tenn pence ster., I saye receaved, the 

2Oth of February, 1646, Rob. Martyne." 



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No. 102. 

" Receaved at the hands of my cousen John Blake, Esq., A - D - l6 4 6 - 
Receaver-Generall the sum of i 173. 4d. in parte payment of Ma y 26 - 
the 40 which is due unto the said Peetter Darsy : wittness 
my hand the 26th of May, 1656, Peetter Darsy." 

No. 103. 

" Receaved by me of John Blake, Receaver-Generall of the A - D - l6 * 6 - 
Province of Conaght, the sum of 110 in parte payment of the J une 2 - 
moneyes lent by me for the use of the Publicque, of the which 
sum an assignment of 50 ster. issued to Edmond Ffrench, 
collector in the Barrony of Killtartan, to be paid to Richard 
Martyn, Esq., Cheefe Justice of the Province of Connaght to 
my use; I say receaved the 2nd June, 1646, Rob. Martyne." 

No. 104. 

Letter of Robert Martine of Ross, Co. Galway, to his cousin A.D. 1646. 
John Blake, dated " Rosse the 4th of July, 1646." " Woorthey July 4. 
Coossine, you shall understand that some three dayes agoe me 
shister-in-Lawe Shisselly Martine came heyther towards mee, 
to know whether I have receaved the money from you or not, 
and I tould her that there was noe more receaved of the wholle 
sum as yett but 110 which was paid to Richard Martine, 
whereof 50 past by assignm 1 uppon Edmund Ffrench was 
parte ; 20 which remained in the hands of George Martine 
if hee hath not paid it to Francis Browne ; and the matter 
of 25 which remaines in Francis his owne hands. Where- 
uppon shee fell areyleing [railing], skowleing and curseing of 
mee, that I protest I had rather if I were of good abillytey to 
see 20 cast into the sea than beare her exclamation. I have 
sent for mee coossine Morrugh O'Fflaherty to know of him 
wherefore hee delayes the collection of the money, whoe tould 
me that he could not, nor would not, collect any parte thereof 
before hee had some assistance of soylders from the Councell. 
Butt whensoever that they would sende unto him any supley 
of men that hee would directe them where the money is due 
and send some of his men along with them ; and the rather 
that hee hath possessed the Councell of the affronts offered 
unto him before by Murrugh ny - dowe his wiffe and by 
McHugh, whoe owes about 26 ster. of the money as yett. 
Butt I shall deseire you to reede yourself and mee of the 
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and to get her acquitance uppon the backe sied hereof, the 
which will be unto your sufficiente dischardge in that behaulf. 
I undertake the rather that this daye Mr. Edmond O'Fflaherty 
sente unto you the moneys dooe uppon the Barrony of Ballyny- 
hensy ; as for the rest of the money which is dooe unto mee, 
when I goe theyther I will cleare with you for all, I hope ; and 
soe I rest as I am and ever will be, your approved loveing 
coossine to use at will, Rob. Martyne." Annexed : " A briffe 
of the payments made or to be made by you : no to Richard 
Martine : 20 in the hands of George Martine : 23 in the 
hands of Frances Browne : 40 to Shisselly Martine." 
Indorsed : " To his woorthy coossine John Blake, Esqre., 
Receiver- Generall of the Province, theise give." 

No. 105. 

A.D. 1646. Letter dated " Rosse the i6th of October, 1646," from 
October 16. Robert Martin to Edmund McWilliam (Burke). Refers Burke 
to John Blake for the payment of i os. iod., arrears due for the 
last year upon the half-quarter of Chirch of Donaughpatrick. 
Indorsed : " I have rec. the within 20 shillings iod. at the 
Receivers hands, Edd. McWm." 

No. 1 06. 

A.D. 1646. Acknowledgment by Robert Martin of the receipt from 
December 4. " John Blake, Esq., nowe Mayor of Gallway and Receiver 
Generall of the Province of Connaught," of the sum of 44 in 
part payment of the money lent by Martin to the Provincial 
Council. Dated December 4, 1646. Signed : " Rob. Martyne." 
Witnesses : " Francis Browne, Patrick Joes." 

No. 107. 

A.D. 1647. Letter from John Blake fitz Nicholas to his brother Nicholas 

January 21. Blake, stating that he had received 11 and the value of 4 

from Edmund Tully, and requesting Nicholas to send him 

Tully's bond for cancellation. Dated January 21, 1647. Signed : 

"John Blake." 

No. 108. 

" Brother Nicholas, I entreate you to deliver 100 ster. to 
' my brother James which will be allowed uppon accompts ; the 
26th of February, 1647 : J onn Blake." 

" Received of my brother Nicholas the above some ; 26th of 
February, 1647 : James Blake." 






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No. 109. 

" I confesse to have received from Johne Blake, Esquire, A - D - l6 47- 
Mayor of Galway, ye just sume of 5 ster. in behalfe of A P ril 7- 
Capten Edward Browne, which ye said Johne reserved for 
us out of ye said Capten's Intertainement, upon his hands 
when he was Receaver-Generall, as was required by the 
Provinciall Councell : Witnesseth my hand, this 7th day of 
Aprill, 1647." Signed : " Sister Clare Anthony." Indorsed : 
" 7th Aprill, Mother Abesse, accquitance for 5." 

No. no. 

Bond given by Richard Martyn of Dungory in the county A - D - l6 47- 
of Galway, Esq., to John Blake, Esq., Receaver-General of A P ril 2 4- 
the Province of Conaght, to secure the repayment of 12 
10 shillings. Attested under the hand and seal of the obligor. 
Dated April 24, 1647. Signed : " Ri. Martyne." [Impression 
of seal.] 

No. in. 

Deed indorsed " The deed of Sir Vallentin Blake to feoffees A - D - 1647. 
in trust for payment of his debts and provision for his younger Ma y 2(5 - 
children." 

The feoffor "Sir Vallentyne Blake, Knight and Baronett 
(A) ... for the preferment of the daughters of the said Sir 
Vallentyne, vid 1 , Julian Blake and Ellizabeth Blake, and for 
portions to be raised for the yonger sons of the said Sir 
Vallentyne, vid 1 , Henry Blake, Frauncis Blake and John Blake, 
and for the payment of the debts of said Sir Vallentyne," 
thereby conveyed to feoffees, " Sir Robuck Linch of Gallway, 
Barronet, Richard Martine, Geffrey Browne, and Francis 
Blake, of Galway, Esq res , and James Linch of Galway, burgess, 
and their heires for ever, all the castles, manners, houses, 
lands, and tenements whereof the said Sir Vallentyne is seized 
in fee simple ; and also the said Sir Vallentyne's tenements, 
scituate in Galway between Robert Martinets house in the 
West, the King's street in the North, Henry Joyce's house and 
Peeter Ffrench's tenements in the East, and James Bodkine and 
Patrick Kirwan's gardens in the South ; and also the said Sir 
Vallentyne's tenements and gardens in Blake Lane in Galway, 
together with all other the lands, tenements, and hereditaments 
limited by Sir Vallentyne Blake the elder, deceased, for raising 
of portions to the daughters of the said Sir Vallentyne Blake 



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the younger " to hold the same to the uses thereinafter 
expressed. The feoffor appointed John Linch fitz Anthony 
as his attorney to deliver seizin of the premises to the feoffees. 
Attested under the hand and seal of the feoffor. Dated 
May 26, 1647. 

The intent of the feoffment was thereby declared to be 
" that if the heir or heirs of the said Sir Vallentyne the 
younger shall not undertake the payment, or give opposition 
or interruption to the payment, of the debts of said Sir 
Vallentyne, raising of portions ... for advancement of the 
said younger sons of said Vallentyne, and providing competent 
portions for the said daughters of said Sir Vallentyne . . . the 
said feoffees . . . shall and may absolutely dispose and sell the 
premises or any part thereof for the payment of said debts in 
the first place, and the debts being satisfied, for advancement 
of the said sons and preferment of the said daughters, in 
priority, and at such years as to the feoffees shall be thought 
good." Signed : " Val. Blake." [Seal lost.] Witnesses of the 
execution of the deed : " Patrick Kirwan, Gulielmus Moylan, 
Presbyter, Henry Joyce, John Lynch." Witnesses to the 
delivery of seizin : " Martin Kirwan, William Martine, Edmond 
Darsy, John Lynch." 

NOTE (A) The feoffor, Sir Valentine Blake, was the third Baronet 
of Menlo ; for his will, see post, Record No. 126; see also Genealogies, 
BLAKE OF MENLO. 

No. 112. 

A.D. 1647. Receipt given by John Blake to his brother Nicholas Blake 
November i. f or g I4S> 3^., being said John's proportion of the sum of 30 
received by said Nicholas for tithe money. 

No. 113. 

A D. 1647. " I confesse to have receaved from Johne Blake, Esq re , the 
November 21. sum o f 3 j n part o f payment of this halonteed gale. As 
wittnesseth my hand this 21 day of November, 1647." Signed: 
" Sister Clare Antony, unworthy Abb." 

No. 114. 

A.D. 1648. Deed of mortgage made by Edmond McWilliam Burke of 
ar y5- Culkeiry alias Cnockancarragh to John Blake fitz Nicholas 
of Galway, Alderman, in consideration of 12, of the moiety 
of the three cartrons of land of Culkeiry alias Cnockan- 
carragh, in the barony of Clare and county of Galway. 



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Attested under the hand and seal of the mortgagor. Dated 
Februarys, 1648. Signed: "Edmund McWilliam Burke his 
marke and seal." [Seal lost.] Witnesses to the execution 
of the deed : " James Blake, Domnick Lynch, Walter Lambert, 
Francis Browne, John Sparkes." Witnesses to the delivery of 
seizin : "Andrew Lynch, H. Blake, Nicholas Blake." Indorsed: 
" Exhibitted before us the [ ] of September, 1655, Paul Dod, 
Clem 1 Bashford, Tho 5 Semper." 

No. 115. 

Bond given by Edmund McWilliam Burke to John Blake A.D. 1648. 
fitz Nicholas, Esq., to secure the repayment of 20 shillings. February 10. 
Dated February 10, 1648. Signed : " Edd. McWilliam Burke 
his mark." Witnesses : " Edd. Unhny Burke, Henr. Blake." 

No. 116. 

Bond given by Edmund McWilliam Burke to John Blake, A D - l6 48- 
Esq., of Galway, to secure the repayment of 40 shillings. March 17, 
Dated March 17, 1648. Signed : " Edmond McWilliam his 
mark." Witnesses: "Tho. Blake, Dorby McWard." 

No. 117. 

Counterpart of a deed of mortgage made by John Blake ntz A D - l6 49- 
Nicholas of Galway, Alderman, and his feoffees, Martin Ffrench Ma y 26 - 
fitz Gregory, burgess, James Blake fitz Nicholas, " now one of | 
the Sheriffs of the Town of Galway," Nicholas oge Blake, and I 
Nicholas Bodkin fitz David, burgess, to Robert Bodkin fitz 
Thomas of Galway, in consideration of the sum of " four score 
pounds," of a shop under the said John Blake's principal stone 
house in the High Street of Galway, between the pinnacle of 
Sir Valentine Blake, Knt. and Baronet's principal stone house 
on the east, another shop under the said John Blake's principal 
stone house on the west, the new parlour of said John Blake's 
house on the north, and the King's High Street on the south. 
Counterpart attested under the hand and seal of said Robert 
Bodkin. Dated May 26, 1649. Signed : " Robertt Bodkine." 
[Seal lost.] Witnesses to the execution of the counterpart : 
" Laurence Bodkine, Clement Kirwan, Patricke Joes fitz 
Marcus, James Joes fitz Marcus, Francis Browne." 

No. 118. 

" Brother Nicholas, I being reddye to take horse, my cussen A - D - l6 49- 
Richard Bodkin, collector of the Great Gate quarter, came to J ul Y l6 - 



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me to call for tenn pounds which I am in arreare of my taxe 
and leavie moneys, and fearing that I should be returned 
a delinquent to William Donellan that is in Towne, I intreate 
you to send me by the bearer Redmond, the said sum of tenn 
pounds, whereby I may prevent the inconvenience that maye 
issue, which sume I will allowe you uppon accompt. Galway, 
the 16 July, 1649 : John Blake." 



A.D. 1649. 

August ii. 



A.D. 1650. 

June 25. 



A.D. 1650. 

July 3- 



No. 119. 

" Brother Nicholas, I praye you to deliver unto my sonn 
Francis Browne 20 ster., which sum I am to send with my 
boye Thomas, and I praye you not to faile herein, and I will 
allowe it uppon accompt. Kiltolough the n of August, 1649: 
John Blake. I praye you and your wife and children to come 
hither." 

No. 120. 

Letter dated " Luertaine, 25 June, 1650," written by Edmond 
Bourke to John Blake fitz Nicholas and Nicholas Lynch. The 
writer complains of the losses he sustained by the withdrawing 
of his cattle to Galway : " the gentry of our County expected 
noe tirranical dealinges of any the natives of the Town of 
Galway . . . your oppression, and enforcing such an uncon- 
scionable poundage, procuring a company of souldiers, more 
like enemyes than was expected by mee or any my sept from 
any the Towne or merchants of Galway ... I would earnestly 
desire you not to deserve the ill will of gentlemen who are 
enforced by reason of our great wastes to withdrawe neere 
some settlement ; and methinks you should rather pitty our 
destruction, and consider the good state you are in may very 
soone be altered. Which I praye you consider and be not soe 
greedie or covettous for a small lucre or gaine which will never 
profitt you much, for I expect if you comply not herein, to gett 
satisfaction." 



No. 



121 



Letter dated " Cloghnower, the 3rd July, 1650," from Peetter 
Darsy to his cousin, Alderman John Blake, Esq. The writer 
states that there was due to him 20, and 13 13 shillings 
which Dominick Skerrett and Robert Martin promised him ; 
and requests said John Blake to put him in a way of payment. 
" Wee are dayly trubled with soyldiers." 



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No. 122. 

" Here followeth all the stock that Martyn Blake dyed A.D. 1651. 
possessed of, as the same was given down by James : October 9. 

s. d. 

First, Martyn had upon his proportion of 
the stock between him and my brothers 
John and James ... ... ... ... 661 15 i 

Item, Due to the said Martyn for his 
commission and for consideration of 
moneys as being parte of his marriage 
portion which is in James his hands ... 174 i n 

Item, The sum of 321 os. 46. is to be 
taken out of the above sum, the said 
Martyn having drawen or taken soe 
much out of the stock, besides 12 8s. 6d. 
layd out by James for the provision of 
Martyn his orphans and widdowes tax 
of the 4000 tax in 1651, being in all ... 333 8 10 

There remaynes due to the orphans in 

James his hands ... ... ... ... 502 6 2 

Item, There is the sum of 78 i6s. 8d. to 
be deducted out of the said sum of 
502 6s. 2d. ; the same being his pro- 
portion of the 200 imployed in the 
mortgadge of the Charter Customs ... 78 16 8 

Soe that there remaynes in James his 

hands ... ... ... ... ... 423 9 6 

Item : There is over and besides the said 
sum of 423 gs. 6d. the sum of 
22 35. gd. which is due on Walter 
Athye which is to be added to the 
above sum ... ... ... ... 22 3 9 

Item : There is the sum of 225 135. gd. 
which Mary Lynch hath as appeareth in 
the agreement against side, to be added 
to the above sum ... ... ... ... 225 13 9 



671 7 

Item : The 78 i6s. 8d. of the Charter 
Customs to be added to the said sum 
of 671 75. od 78 16 



750 3 
Signed: " James Blake." 



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Indorsed : " Memorandum, that notwithstanding that the 
200 that is in the Charter Customs be entered in the booke 
of the accompts of the 2000 mortgadge, that is of f partes of 
the Charter Customs, in the name of the orphans of Martyn 
Blake, there belongs noe more to the said orphans than the 
sum of 78 i6s. 8d., as it is written and sett downe in the 
against side : And that there belongs of the said 200 to John 
Blake the sum of 38 i6s. 7d. as it is set downe in the against 
side : And that there belongs to James Blake the sum of 
82 6s. gd. as it is set downe in the against side : And to this 
we have putt our hands at the request of said James Blake, 
whoe did feare that the entry of the said 200 in the said 
orphans names in the said book might carry away his proportion 
thereof as aforesaid: This I4th of November, 1651." Signed: 
" Nicholas Blake, Gregory Lynch." 

No. 123. 

A.D. 1652. " The humble Petition of Nell Davis, widdowe, To the 
October - . hon^bie y e Comm rs for the administration of Justice in ye 
precincte of Galwaye. 

" Humbly sheweth that ye undernamed persons stand duly 
indeabted unto your oratrix in ye severall sums of moneys to 
their names annexed as maye appeare ; notwithstanding they 
and everye of them refuse to make any payment to her utter 
undoeing unless relieved by your honours. Shee therefore 
humbly prayeth that you maye be pleased to comaunde ye said 
undernamed to make present satisfaction unto your petitioner 
of her just demaunde, or they fayling therein, to appeare before 
your honours by a certaine daye, and shew cause to ye 
contrarye : and shee shall praye, etc. 

Alderman John Blake 2 10 o 

John Blake as executor to Martin Blake ... 23 o o 
Galwaye the [ ] October, 1652." 

5 'The above-named deft, is hereof required to make unto your 
petitioner present satisfaction of her just demaunde, or hee 
failing therein, personally to appeare before us, ye thirde of 
November next, and shewe cause to ye contrarye : provided 
that ye said Defts. shall have sight of this our Order, sixe 
dayes before hand for their appearance : and for the better to 
enable them to answer Wee have here sent them a Copie of 
ye plaintiffs bill." Signed : " John Eyre, Charles Holcrafte." 
" Copia vera." 






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No. 124. 

The Petition of Alderman John Blake and the rest of the I A - D l6 53- 
executors of Martin Blake, deceased, on behalf of the orphans February 7. 
of said Martin, to the Commrs. for the administration of 
Justice for the precincte of Galway. The petitioners state that 
they were charged by the Commrs. of Applotment of the Town 
of Galway with contribution and with " unsolvency " of other 
persons and with their proportion of all other charges and 
taxes in the town, " having no estate by said Martyn Blake but 
80 in the mortgage of the Charter Customs of Galway where - 
out they get no benefit, for which they are driven to pay 
20 shillings per month besides the dry quarter" ; that the said 
orphans were four in number, the eldest being not more than 
eight or nine years of age, and had no other maintenance but 
to live upon their friends. The petitioners prayed that the 
Mayor of Galway and the Commrs. of Applotment of the 
contribution and " dry quarter " of the Town of Galway might 
be required not to charge said orphans or the petitioners with 
" either contribution or unsolvency of other persons or dry 
quarter." 

Order made upon this Petition : " Galwaye, Feby. ye 7th, 
1653 : Captain Beale and Lieut. Mathewes are desired and 
authourized duely to examine ye above allegations and forthwith 
to make returne unto us of what they find therein, that Wee 
may further proceede according to justice." Signed : " Char. 
Holcrafte, Robt. Clarke." 

Depositions of the witnesses in the above matter "5th May, 
1653 " : Thomas Browne of Galway, merchant, deposed that 
he in January and February last, being then one of the 
Applotters of the Town of Galway, did charge the orphans of 
Martin Blake, deceased, in 5 shillings per month, because 
they did appear to be worth 100 in money and goods, and 
were then worth so much if not embezzled or negligently 
wasted by the executors of their deceased father. Andrew 
Lynch of Galway, merchant, deposed that he was an Applotter 
in the month of September last when the orphans were charged 
in 10 shillings for their proportion of that month's contribution; 
that he knew no other substance of said orphans but 80 in the 
Charter Customs ; but that he heard their father's executors 
had some other goods belonging to the orphans in their hands, 
but what quantity he did not for certain know. Marcus Kirwan 
of Galway deposed that there was no profit got out of the 80 
belonging to the orphans in the Charter Customs since that 
time twelve-month ; and that if there be any profit to be got 



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out of the said Customs, they were to receive a proportion 
thereof according to their contract with the Corporation. 
Gregory Lynch agreed with the deposition of said Kirwan. 
Alderman John Blake deposed that the orphans had no other 
substance or goods within the town or liberties of Galway but 
the ;8o lying in the Charter Customs. 

Return made by Captain Beale and Lieut. Mathewes : 
" Galway, the 6th of May, 1653 : In pursuance of your honours 
within order of reference to us directed, We have, after calling 
both pit. and defendts. before us, examined witnesses touching 
this difference . . . whose depositions subscribed by the de- 
ponents, are returned unto your honours herein inclosed." 
Signed : " Edw. Beale, John Matthewes." 

No. 125. 

A.D. 1653. Memorandum made by John Blake as to the will of Edmond 
May 3. McWilliam (Burke) of Culkeiry : 

" Edmond McWilliam before his death did acknowledge 
that I paid him 27, and by his last will ordained that I should 
injoye and possess the lands by him mortgaged to me, being 
a carton-half of the quarter of Culkeiry until I had been paid 
of the aforesaid sum, as may appeare by his last will which is 
in the custody of Thomas Lynch fitz Christopher : the said 
Edmond's will was read to him in presence of said Thomas, 
Andrew Lynch fitz Dominick, Francis Ffrench, Edmond 
Unhye Burke, and Nicholas Blake fitz John, who attested the 
said will, which bears date in March or February last to my 
best remembrance : Dated 3rd May, 1653." Signed : " John 
Blake." 

No. 126. 

A.D. 1654. Original probate, dated April 12, 1654, of the will dated 
April 12. j une I? l65Ij of sir Valentine Blake of Galway, Knight and 
Baronet." 

The testator directs : " My body to be buried with my father 
and grandfather in the Chapel erected by my said grandfather 
in honour of our blessed Lady of Loretto in St. Francis' Abbey 
near Galway." " My loving wife . . . shall have such part 
of my house in Galway as is now in my possession with all my 
stock of cattle and corn, together with her jointure : I enjoin 
my said wife and children to be dutiful to my good mother and 
not to cause her or my brothers, Father Geffrey and Father 
John, to want during their lives. . . . Item : whereas I have 
charged the estate passed by my grandfather to me, and 




SIR VALENTINE BLAKE 
of Menlo, Third Baronet; 

Mayor of Galway, 1643-44. (From a contemporary^ 
painting in oil, the property of the Author.} 



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by me passed to my eldest son, Thomas Blake, upon his inter- 
marriage, with portions for my daughters having relation "to 
my last will, now my will is that my said daughters shall be 
respectively paid such portions provided they marry with the 
consent of my executors. . . . And whereas likewise I have 
charged the said estate with 300 to be paid to any of my 
second sons I should appoint . . . now my will is, in regard 
my second sons are young and that I cannot discern which 
of them should best deserve the same, that my executors should 
receive the said sum and pay it to any of my said second sons 
whom they shall think best worthy thereof, and that to be over 
and above what I shall hereafter bequeath for my said second 
sons. . . . Whereas I have left a power in myself to charge 
all the rest of my lands and tenements in fee simple . . . with 
portions for my second sons and payment of my debts and 
legacies, my will is that my executors shall within two years 
after my decease receive of my son and heir as much money 
as I shall really owe at the time of my death, and the sum 
of 1000 more, to be distributed amongst my second sons in 
such manner as my executors . . . shall think fit : And in case 
my said eldest son will not pay the said sums aforesaid within 
two years after my decease, then my will is that my executors 
shall sell and dispose of said lands and tenements in fee 
simple absolute for ever : And in the first part that they shall 
pay my past debts, next my second sons portions in manner 
aforesaid, and after my legacies : My will is that - loo shall 
be bestowed in pious uses for the good of my soul, as my 
cousin Francis Kirrowan and my brother Geffrey Blake shall 
think fit. ... I name and appoint my loving wife, my brother 
Geffrey Browne, Esq., and Lieut-Colonel Maurice Lynch 
executors of this my will . . . and my brothers Nicholas 
Lynch, Geffrey Blake, and my nephew Patrick Kirrowan 
overseers of them without whose consent nothing of moment 
to be done by my said executors." Attested under the hand 
and seal of the testator. Dated June i, 1651. Signed: 
" Vallentyne Blake." Witnesses : " Martine Lynch, Thomas 
Fleminge, James Walle." " By the Comm rs for Administration 
of Justice and for Testamentary Causes and granting Adminis- 
trations at Dublin." Order of said Comm rs whereby, after 
reciting that Dame Ellinor Blake, widow, Geffrey Browne, Esq., 
and Lieut. -Col. Maurice Lynch, the executors of the will of 
Sir Valentine Blake, late of Galway, Knt. and Baronet, 
deceased, had applied for probate of the said will, and had 
produced an Order of the Comm rs of the Commonwealth that, 
having regard to the remoteness of the place where the 
witnesses to prove the will were resident, being at Galway, 



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the Comm rs of the revenue at Galway should examine said 
witnesses and return their depositions into this Court; and 
that it appearing from the said depositions that the said will 
was duly executed by said Sir Valentine Blake it was ordered 
that the burthen and execution of said will and the administra- 
tion of the goods and chattels of said Sir Valentine Blake, 
deceased, should be committed and granted to the said Dame 
Ellinor Blake widow, Geffrey Browne and Lieut. -Col. Maurice 
Lynch, they having been duly sworn to deliver to the said 
Comm rs a true inventory of all the goods, chattels, and debts 
of said Sir Valentine Blake before the last day of August then 
next ensuing, and having forthwith given good security to ad- 
minister the same. Dated at Dublin April 12, 1654. Signed : 
" Nic. Browne, Registrar." 

NOTE. The original probate is preserved in the Blake collection ; 
it was proved in the Consistorial Court of Dublin. 

No, 127. 

A.D. 1655. Deed of absolute gift by John Blake of Galway, Alderman, 
Ma y 5- of the whole of his personal chattels to his son Thomas Blake 

of Kiltorroge in the county of Galway. Attested under the 
hand and seal of said John Blake. Dated May 5, 1655. 
Signed: "John Blake." [Seal attached.] Witnesses: "Francis 
Browne, Nicho. Blake, David Johinge." 

No. 128. 

A.D. 1566. Undertaking given by Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, to pay 
Anthony Lynch, brother of Sir Thomas's late lady, the sum of 
100, which Sir Thomas's late lady had left by her will to said 
Anthony Lynch, in case her daughter Ellinor Blake should 
die before marriage. Sir Thomas Blake thereby acknowledged 
that he had received from said Anthony Lynch the full 
marriage portion of his said sister, and that she did not live 
a full twelve- month after. Attested under the hand and seal of 
Sir Thomas Blake. Dated March 26, 1656. Signed: "Thomas 
Blake." [Seal attached.] Witnesses : " Nicholas Blake, Geffrey 
Lynch, Peeter Lynch." 

No 129. 

A.D. 1656. Articles of agreement between Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, and 
Marcus Ffrench concerning an intended marriage between 
Sir Thomas and Mary Ffrench, daughter of said Marcus. 
Imprimis, Marcus Ffrench to pay Sir Thomas the sum of 
500 by certain instalments. 



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2. Sir Thomas Blake to settle his real estate to the use of 

his heirs male begotten by him of said Mary Ffrench, 
and a jointure of 200 and his second best dwelling- 
house for her. If no issue male, the eldest daughter to 
receive on her marriage the same portion as said Marcus 
Ffrench gave with said Mary Ffrench. 

3. If said Mary Ffrench should die before the solemnization 

of the marriage which was intended to be at May, 1658, 
or sooner if said Mary be ripe for it, Sir Thomas should 
return so much of said portion he had received to said 
Marcus. 

4. If said Mary should die after the solemnization of said 

marriage without leaving issue, Sir Thomas should 
restore half the said portion to said Marcus. 

5. If said Mary should die leaving issue, but such issue 

should die before attaining one year old, then 100 of 
said portion was to be restored. 

6. If the wife of said Marcus Ffrench had absolutely 

promised the first interest of said Marcus, in Alderman 
Francis Blake's house in Galway to Sir Thomas, then 
said Marcus would confirm her engagement. 

Attested under the hands and seals of each party inter- 
changeably. Dated May 28, 1656. Signed : "Marcus Ffrench.'' 
Witness: " Nicholas Ffrench." 

Additional article : That it was the true intention of 
both parties that, in the settlement of his real estate to be 
made by Sir Thomas Blake, provision should be made for the 
maintenance and preferment of Sir Thomas's daughter by his 
former wife ; and of the younger children of the intended 
marriage ; and that as to the second best dwelling-place for the 
jointure of said Mary Ffrench, the meaning was that the first 
place from which only she was excluded was the said Sir 
Thomas Blake's estate in and about Cullagh in the barony of 
Tiaquin. Attested by both parties interchangeably. Dated 
October 6, 1656. Signed: "Marcus Ffrench." Witnesses : 
;< Thomas Lynch, James Lynch." 

NOTE. Sir Thomas Blake (fourth Baronet of Menlo) had married 
in 1647, Mary, daughter of Richard Martin of Dungory (see post, 
p. 90), ancestor of the family of Martyn of Tullyra, Co. Galway, but 
by her had no issue ; he married secondly Ellinor Lynch, and by 
her, who died before March 26, 1656, had issue an only child, 'Ellinor 
Blake (see ante, Record No. 128). Mary Ffrench, mentioned in the 
above Record, was therefore his third wife ; her father, Marcus 
Ffrench, died between 1680 and 1691, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, Robert Ffrench of Rahassane, Co. Galway, who married 
Mary, daughter of John Lambert of Cregclare, Co. Galway, and was 

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ancestor of the family of Ffrench of Rahassane, which became 
extinct in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. 

No. 130. 

A.D. 1656. Bond for 200 given by Sir Thomas Blake of Cullagh, County 
June 13. Galway, Baronet, to Sir Olliver Ffrench of Fartimore, County 
Galway, Knight, conditional upon the observance by Sir 
Thomas Blake of the articles contained in an indenture, of 
even date with the bond, made between Sir Olliver Ffrench 
and Sir Thomas Blake. Attested under the hand and seal 
of said Sir Thomas Blake. Dated June 13, 1656. Signed : 
" Thomas Blake." [Seal attached.] Witnesses :" Chr. Ffrench, 
Tho. Nolan, Anthony Lynch, James Darcy." 

Added : " Exhibited before us this 5th of August, 1706, 
Da. Hamilton, Mar. Ffrench, Rich. Martin, He. Lynch." 

NOTE. " Sir Oliver Ffrench, Knight." He was knighted by the 
Marquis of Ormonde, Lord Deputy of Ireland, in April or May, 
1650, and was Mayor of Galway from September 29, 1650, to 
September 29, 1651 ; he was son of Patrick Ffrench, son of Oliver 
oge French, Mayor of Galway in 1596. Sir Oliver Ffrench married 
Eveline Kirwan, and died between 1664 and 1677 ; his eldest son, 
Patrick Ffrench, got a grant under the Act of Settlement on June 30, 
1677, of lands in the Barony of Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, and the Barony 
of Dunmore, Co. Galway. 

No. 131. 

Order permitting John Blake to leave the town of Galway. 

" Whereas Mr. Alderman John Blake of Killtoroge in the 
county of Galway, by order from his Highness Councell for 
the affaires of Ireland, was restrained in the town of Galway, 
his Highness said Councell with the Lord Generall Henry 
Cromwell and the Lord President of Connaght have nowe 
thought fitt to order the said John Blake discharge, upon 
security to appeare at ten dayes notice, I doe therefore hereby 
certifie all whom it may concerne, that said Mr. Alderman 
John Blake hath given security to me to appear at tenn dayes 
notice, theise are therefore to desire all whom it may concern 
to permit said Alderman John Blake with his servants and 
their horses to pass and repasse about their lawfull occasions 
without lett or interuption. Dated at Galway, this i8th of 
8ber, 1656." Signed: "Tho. Waller." 



A.D. 1656. 

October 18. 



No. 



132 



A.D. 1658. 

January 10. 



Letter dated loth of January, 1658, of Sir Thomas Blake to 
his cousin John Blake fitz Nicholas, Alderman : 









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" I understood of the further union intended, and now I hope 
agreed, between your son Thomas and my cousin Nicholas fitz 
Anthony his daughter. . . . My cousin Nicholas expected 
some securitie and other condition for his daughter ; God is 
the best securitie. ... I do and did urge my cosin Nicholas 
a God's name to be content and to give no stay or delay to the 
full conclusion of the business. ... I pray it may move God's 
divine goodness to see you restored unto your auncient in- 
heritance." Signed : " Tho. Blake." Indorsed : " To his very 
loving woorthy cosin John Blake fitz N., Alderman, these give." 

No. 133. 

Marriage articles agreed upon " between John Blake, late of A.D. 1658. 
Galway, Alderman, and now of Mullaghmore in the county of J anuar y J 5 
Galway, and Thomas Blake of Mullaghmore, son and heir- 
apparent of said John Blake, of the one part, and Nicholas 
Blake of Killtoullagh in said county, and Mary Blake, the only 
daughter of said Nicholas Blake, of the other part." It was 
agreed that said Thomas Blake should marry said Mary Blake 
on or before February 10 next ; that said Nicholas Blake, on 
or before the said February TO, should pay said Thomas 60, 
part of the marriage portion of said Mary ; and should further 
perfect an assurance unto said Thomas Blake of 300 acres of 
the said Nicholas Blake's plot which Nicholas was to get in lieu 
of his former estate ; which 300 acres said Thomas was to 
possess until paid the residue of the said marriage portion, 
viz., 140 ; and if said Nicholas was restored to his former 
estate, then the 300 acres was to be set out to said Thomas out 
of Nicholas' former estate ; and that whenever said Thomas ' 

Blake should be paid off the said sum of 140, then he should 
reconvey to said Nicholas Blake a moiety of said 300 acres. 
Attested under the hands and seals of both parties interchange- 
ably. Dated January 15, 1658. Signed : " Nichs. Blake fitz 
Anthony, Marie Blake." [Seal attached.] Witnesses: " Ja. Blake, 
H. Blake." 

No. 134. 

Bond for "400 given by Nicholas Blake of Kiltollagh, County A.D. 1658. 
Galway, to John Blake, late of Galway, Alderman, and " now January 15. 
of Mullaghmore," conditional upon the performance by said 
Nicholas Blake of the covenants on his part contained' in the 
marriage articles recorded in the preceding Record (No. 133). 
Attested under the hand and seal of the obligor. Dated 
January 15, 1658. Signed: "Nichs. Blake fitz Anthony." 
[Seal attached.] Witnesses: "Ja. Blake, H. Blake, Patricke 
Blake." 

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No. 135. 



A. D. 1658. Letter dated " Mullaghmore, [ ] February, 1658," written 
February [ ]. by John Blake to his son Thomas Blake. The writer refers 
to a draft petition about his confiscated lands ; states 
that he considered it requisite that the petition should set 
forth the name of the burgess-land and of the quarters of 
which it consists ; the valuation of his former houses and tene- 
ments in Galway and Athenry and the number of acres in the 
liberties thereof, and what rent accrued thereout per annum, 
for which he had received no satisfaction ; that the yearly rent 
thereof amounted to 209 los. ; he considers that the petition 
should be deferred for a time until it be known whether the 
Parliament be in being; and in the meantime that his cousin 
Walter Blake should be written to, to know if he could do 
any good upon the petition, and if he could obtain out of the 
Records a copy of the Articles of Galway ; and that his cousin 
James might inform himself of what may be done in Dublin 
or in England. Signed: " John Blake." Indorsed: " For my 
sonn Thomas Blake these." 

No. 136. 

A.D. 1658. Joint bond of Edmond Owhny Burke of Liscanenan, Co. 
April 20. Galway, and John reogh Burke of Gregg in the said county, for 
5, to John Blake of Mullaghmore, Co. Galway; conditional 
upon the payment by the obligors to said John Blake of 
48 shillings 4 pence, at or by July 20, 1659. Attested under 
the hand and seal of said Edmond Burke. Dated April 20, 
1658. Signed: " Edd. Owhny Burke." [Seal attached.] 
Witnesses: " Mart. Kirwan, H. Blake, Hughe Concanen." 

No. 137. 

Letter dated " Glanemore, i2th March, 1660," from Andrew 
Lynch to his brother-in-law Thomas Blake at Mullaghmore. 
The writer requests payment of the moneys due to him at 
" hallowntyde " last. Enclosed with letter is a receipt signed 
by said Andrew Lynch for the payment of 20 shillings rent 
on account, by said Thomas Blake. 

No. 138. 

" I doe acknowledge to have received of my sonne Thomas 
Blake the sum of 10 shillings, being the sum charged on him 
by the comittie appointed by the auld and -auncient freemen 
late of Gallway, being his proportion for the supplying of the 
Agents to be imployed to our sacred and gracious majestie 



A.D. l66o. 

March 12. 



A.D. 1660. 
July 4. 






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Charles the Second ; which sum, I say, rec d the Ath of Tully, 
1660." Signed: " John Blake." 

No. 139. 

Letter dated " Dublin, 4th Feby, 1661," from Patrick Kirwan A - D - 1661. 
to his " cousin Henrie Blake fitz John at Gallway." " Cousin February 4 . 
Henrie Blake, I have been unsettled in my mind what to doe 
in relation to your neece, being interrupted in my course of pro- 
ceeding by unnecessarie scruples moved of your side ... in 
which unsettlednesse I was moved sometymes, to relinquish 
the matter, and leave your neece to be devoured, and your 
father to everlasting trouble, by suits that should fall, like haile, 
on you both. But at last I shooke off these considerations, 
and preferred to pursue the course once agreed upon." [The 
writer then gives details of the steps he intended taking in 
the pending litigation.] Signed : " Your assured cousin Patr. 
Kirwan." Indorsed : " For my much respected cousin Mr. 
Henrie Blake fitz John at Gallway." 

No. 140. 

Receipt for i is. 6d. arrears of the Countess of Antrim's A - D - l661 - 
half-year's rent, given to Thomas Blake, for the lands o f December6 
Bellaghboy which he holds of said Countess. Dated lober 6, 
1661. Signed : " Ede. Elwood." 

No. 141. 

Extract from the King's Speech to Parliament on the behalf No ^ a *f 
of Ireland. f^* 

" The Speech of the King to the House of Lords and Commons. 

" I hope I need not say nothing of lerland, and they aloane 
shall not be without the benefitt of my mercie ; they have 
showed much affection to mee abroad, and you will have care 
of my honour and of whatt I have promiss to them ; I doe 
againe conjure you that you use all expedition in the dispatch 
of this bill." 

" Commaund forthwith to be printed ; Copia vera." 

No. 142. 

Letter from Sir Thomas Blake (A) dated " Galway, isth March, A - D l662 - 
1662," addressed to his cousin Patrick Kirwan (B) at Dublin. Ma] 
" I conceive it too long that I am from Clunine (A) and at 
charge in this town, and to no purpose as yet. Before coming 
hither I did expect all things were in a readiness in pursuance 
of our intended bargain. ... I cannot get the tenants of 



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Cullagh (c) to undergo an uncertainty, which is the future 
subsidy, but rather than decline dealing with you I am pleased 
to undergo the payment of any future subsidy to be raised 
after the date of our intended mortgage, which I will dis- 
charge. . . . My mother (D) could not possibly be here by 
reason of her weakness, but she gave me her full letter of 
attorney. I do intend to-morrow for the county of Mayo. I 
shall send one to your wife next week to know of your answer. 
I must deal really with you, my credit is at attack for want 
of money to be payed to Captain Hamilton, and if you will not 
deal with me I must of necessity deal with others, much against 
my inclination ; and if you please to embrace my offer you shall 
find me honest and real." Signed : " Thomas Blake." 

NOTES. (A) " Thomas Blake." This was Sir Thomas Blake, 
fourth Baronet of Menlo, Co. Galway, who was then resident at 
Clunine, Co. Mayo. His ancestral estate at Menlo, near Galway, was 
then in the possession of the Cromwellian settler John Mathews ; it 
was afterwards (in 1668) recovered by Sir Thomas Blake. 

(B) " Patrick Kirwan." Probably of Cregg, Co. Galway. 

(c) " Cullagh." The name of a property near Knockmoy, Co. 
Galway, belonging to Sir Thomas Blake, which he was proposing to 
mortgage to Kirwan. 

(D) " My mother." This was Dame Elinor Blake, the widow of 
Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet of Menlo ; she was then residing 
at Clunine, County Mayo. 

No. 143. 

A.D. 1662. Copy letter of King Charles II. to James, Duke of Ormonde, 
April 1 6. Lord Lieut-General of Ireland, directing a lease for thirty-one 
years to be made to Thomas Pigott, Esq. (A), Master of the 
Court of Wards in Ireland, and Sir William Flower, Knight, 
Lieut.-Colonel of the King's Guards in Ireland, of the castle 
and lands of Ballibrittas and all other the estate of Barnaby 
Dunn (B), late of Ballibrittas, in the Queen's County, deceased, 
who died about October, 1661, and whose estate upon his 
death had become forfeited to the Crown by reason of the 
treason of Charles Dunn, son and heir of said Barnaby, said 
Charles Dunn haying been actively engaged in the rebellion of 
Ireland, and having adhered to the Nuncio's party there, who 
were the persons most disaffected to the English interest and 
Government in that kingdom. Dated at the Court of White- 
hall April 16, 1662. Signed : " Charles R. by his Majesties 
command, Edw. Nicholas." " Entered at the Signett Office 
21 April, 1662, W. Trumball : Copy compared with original 
by G. Lane." 

NOTES. (A) Thomas Pigott." He was of Cappard, Queen's 
County. 



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(B) " Barnaby Dunn." Sometimes called Brian oge Dunn ; his 
son Charles was sometimes called Cahir ; for this family, see pedigree 
of Dunne of Brittas, in Burke's " Landed Gentry of Ireland," edition 
published in 1904. 

No. 144. 

Defence of Thomas Crosby (A) in an action of Blennerhassett A - D - l662 - 
v. Crosby (B). May 12. 

The defendant craves judgment, inasmuch as the plaintiff, 
John Blennerhassett (c), in reciting the statute 23rd Henry VI., 
in his bill of complaint, did not recite a certain proviso at the 
end of the said Act, which proviso enacts that the Knights of 
the Shires elected or to be elected for Parliament for every shire 
should be notable Knights of the same counties for which they 
should be chosen, or otherwise such notable Esquires, gentle- 
men of the same counties, as should be able to be Knights, 
and no man to be such Knight who stood in the degree of a 
yeoman or under ; and that the said John Blennerhassett had 
in no wise shown that he was such notable Knight or notable 
Esquire, a gentleman of the same county, as was necessary to 
entitle him to maintain the action. " Entered I2th May, 1662." 
Signed: " Standish Hartstonge." "Examined by Plunkett." 
[Original in Latin.] 

NOTES. (A) " Thomas Crosby." He was of Ardfert, County 
Kerry, and was knighted in 1677. (See Metcalf's " Knights," in 
which the name is misprinted as " Crosley.") 

(B) The action seems to have been brought by Blennerhassett to 
recover a penalty of 100 against Crosby, under Section 3 of the 
Act 23 Henry VI., which enacted that if any person, unduly returned 
as member of Parliament, acted as such, he was liable to that 
penalty at the suit of the person unduly put out. The dispute 
between them, no doubt, arose in respect of a Parliamentary election 
for the county of Kerry. 

(c) The plaintiff, John Blennerhassett, was of Ballyseedy, Co. 
Kerry. 

No. 145. 

" I do hereby licence my brother John Blake to cut and fell A - D - l662 - 
wood and timber for the building of a tatch house, in my J U1 
wood of Cloncon, witness my hand the 23rd of June 1662, 
Nicholas Blake." 

" I do hereby certify to Teige Kelly and Owen O'Donellan 
that, in pursuance of the power reserved in their several 
leases made to them by my cousin Dominick Darsy, for me 
and my servants and tenants to cut and fell timber and wood 
in the respective woods leased to them as aforesaid, that I do 
send thirty horses to carry their loads in either of the said 



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woods for my use. Witness my hand this 23rd of June, 1662, 
Nicholas Blake." 

No. 146. 

A.D. 1662. Lord Athenry's permit to John Blake. "These are to 
November i. signify that I have entertained John Blake fitz Nicholas into 
my service to attend some of my concerns in the county of 
Galway : I therefore require all persons whom it may concern 
not to sue, arrest, or molest the said John either in his person 
or goods during the sitting of this Parliament, and that he be 
afforded all the privileges due to him as my servant, according 
to the statute provided in that case. I sign and seal hereunto 
the first of November, 1662." Signed: " Athenry." [Seal 
attached.] 

No. 147. 

A.D. 1663. Bond given by Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, of Clunine, 
June 29. County Mayo, to his mother Dame Ellinor Blake for 2,000 ; 
conditional upon Sir Thomas executing an assurance to 
indemnify her against any claim or demand against her for 
joining with Sir Thomas in two deeds of conveyance of the 
loj quarters of Clunine and of the lands of Cullagh respec- 
tively, both dated June 29, 1663, made by Sir Thomas to 
Patrick Kirwan, Esquire. Attested under the hand and seal of 
Sir Thomas Blake. Dated June 29, 1663. Signed : "Thomas 
Blake." [Seal attached]. Witnesses: " Patrick Kirwan, James 
Grace, James Lynch, Edward Lynch, Henry Blake." 

NOTE. This Record was preserved among the Records of the 
family of Blake of Towerhill, Co. Mayo. It refers to certain 
mortgages made of the lands of Clunine, Co. Mayo, and Cullagh, 
Co. Galway, by Sir Thomas Blake to Patrick Kirwan. (See ante, 
Record No. 142.) 

No. 148. 

A.D. 1663. Dame Ellinor Blake's Decree of Innocency : Before the 
July 14. Commissioners for executing the Act of Settlement : Dame 
Ellinor Blake, widow of Sir Valentine Blake the younger, late 
of Galway, Knt. and Baronet, deceased, and her younger sons 
by said Sir Valentine, viz., Henry Blake, Francis Blake 
and John Blake, and her daughter Anable Blake, plaintiffs, 
and Sir William Domville, Knt., Attorney-General, Donagh 
O'Calaghane, Dominick Darsie, Anthony Lynch, and others, 
defendants. The plaintiffs by their claim alleged that Sir 
Valentine Blake the elder, the grandfather of said Sir Valentine 
Blake the younger, was seized in fee of the castle and lands 
of Ballyalie with 7^ quarters of land thereto belonging in the 



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barony of Bunratty, county of Clare ; and also of the castle 
and manor of Muckenis in said barony and county ; and also 
of the castle and lands of Fahibegg and Fahimore and 3 
quarters of land thereto belonging, and of various other speci- 
fied denominations of land in the said barony and county ; 
and of the proportion limited in the will of said Sir Valentine 
of the mansion house of said Sir Valentine in the town of 
Galway, parish of St. Nicholas ; and of one large house room 
contiguous to a house belonging to said Sir Valentine lying 
between Henry Joyce's house and the house of said Sir Valen- 
tine, all lying in the town of Galway in the Little Gate quarter ; 
and of a salmon-fishing commonly called Fowerty, which runs 
between the west bridge of Galway and the great weir opposite 
to St. Francis' Abbey near the said town of Galway ; and of 
the one-fourth part of every salmon and trout taken by angling 
betwixt the said bridge and river on the wood-quay near the 
said town of Galway ; and of the castle and 4 quarters of 
land of Kinlough in the parish of Shruel, barony of Kilmaine, 
County Mayo ; and of the great quarter of Kilhequie, same 
barony and county ; and of the i quarter of Ralieth pur- 
chased in 1620 from Roland Friar ; and of the 3^ quarters 
of Ballincalla mortgaged by Jeffery McDonell to Sir Valentine 
Blake the elder in 1621, in the parish of Burriscarra, barony 
of Carra, County Mayo ; and of the 2 quarters of Carrow- 
killin and Carrowslattery, the quarter of Dunegegie and 
Lecarrowcrohie [and other denominations], in the parish of 
Robine, barony of Kilmaine, County Mayo ; and of i quarter 
and \ of Aghelehard with the \ of the castle and bawn 
thereof, in the parish of Cong, same barony and county ; and 
of the castle and f of a cartron in Rinvile, in the parish of 
Oranmore, barony of Dunkelliri, County Galway ; and of 
various denominations specified, in the half-barony of Ross, 
County Galway ; and that said Sir Valentine Blake the elder 
being so seized in consideration of a marriage between the 
plaintiff Dame Ellinor Blake and Sir Valentine Blake the 
younger, and of the marriage portion paid by Sir Henry Lynch, 
late of Galway, Baronet, deceased, the said Dame Ellinor's 
father the said Sir Valentine Blake the elder, and his son and 
heir-apparent, Thomas Blake, Esq., the father of said Sir Valen- 
tine Blake the younger, by deed dated June 27, 1632, conveyed 
to Sir Richard Blake of Galway, Knt., Andrew Darcy, -Patrick 
Darcy, and James Lynch, the said Manor of Muckenis and the 
said castle and lands of Ballialie and Fahibegg, to the use of 
said Sir Valentine Blake the younger and the plaintiff Ellinor 
during their lives and the life of the survivor of them ; that 
said Sir Valentine Blake the younger and the plaintiff Ellinor 



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were by virtue thereof seized of the said premises, and so 
continued jointly seized until the death of said Sir Valentine 
Blake the younger, which happened in 1652, after whose 
decease the plaintiff Ellinor by survivorship was seized of the 
premises for an estate for her life, and so continued until 
expulsed thereout by the late usurped powers ; and the plaintiff 
Ellinor claimed that Sir Valentine Blake the younger, her late 
husband, bequeathed to her by his will a certain proportion of 
his mansion house in the town of Galway for life ; and the 
plaintiffs Henry Blake, Francis Blake and John Blake further 
claimed that Sir Valentine Blake the younger, upon the 
marriage of his eldest son and heir-apparent Thomas Blake 
with Mary Martin, daughter of Richard Martin, Esq., by deed 
bearing date A.D. 1647, conveyed his fee simple and mortgage 
lands in the counties of Clare, Galway, town of Galway, and 
Mayo, to feoffees on trust for payment of his debts, and for 
portions for the younger sons of him the said Sir Valentine 
Blake the younger as he should by will appoint ; that the said 
Sir Valentine made his will, dated June i, 1651, and appointed 
the plaintiff Dame Ellinor, Geoffrey Browne and Lieut. -Col. 
Maurice Lynch executors, and bequeathed that his executors 
should within two years after his decease receive of his son and 
heir, the said Thomas Blake, 1,000 to be distributed amongst 
his (Sir Valentine's) younger sons, which the said plaintiffs are, in 
such manner as the said executors should think fit, and in case 
said Thomas Blake failed to pay the said sum within said two 
years, then that the said executors should sell the said lands, and 
thereout pay the said younger sons, the plaintiffs, their portions; 
and the said plaintiffs, Henry, Francis and John Blake, further 
claimed 300 to be raised by said executors out of the estate 
past by said Sir Valentine Blake the elder, and 500 for the 
marriage portion of the plaintiff Anable Blake out of the rents 
and profits of the said estate ; and the said plaintiffs further 
stated that said Sir Valentine Blake the elder died in 1634, 
and that the said Sir Thomas Blake died in 1642 ; and that 
the said younger sons and said Anable are unsatisfied of their 
portions, and were since the death of their father, said Valen- 
tine Blake the younger, maintained by the plaintiff Ellinor 
their mother, and that they are all under the age of twenty-one 
years except the said Henry, who is of the age of twenty-two 
years, and that the plaintiffs are dispossessed of the premises 
by the late usurped powers although the plaintiffs are 
innocent persons ; and that there is a proviso in the said 
Act of Settlement that the heirs of the said Sir Valentine 
Blake the younger be restored to all their estates and privi- 
leges, of which they prayed the benefit : therefore the plaintiffs 






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claimed to be restored and secured in their respective estates 
and interests, and also their freedom and privileges in the said 
town of Galway. 

To which claim the defendant, Sir William Domville, Knt., 
His Majesty's Att.-Gen. on behalf of His Majesty, and the 
other defendants, appeared and answered : 

That the cause came on for final hearing at the King's Inns, 
Dublin, on Tuesday, July 14, 1663, in the fifteenth year of King 
Charles II. ; that inasmuch as it appeared to the Court that 
the plaintiff Dame Ellinor Blake was an innocent Papist ; that 
Sir Valentine Blake the elder and his son and heir Thomas 
Blake, by a deed of settlement dated June 27, 1632, conveyed 
to feoffees the castle, manor and lands of Ballialie and 
7J quarters of land thereto belonging, the castle and manor 
of Muckeniss, the castle and lands of Glancollokilly, the 
castle and lands of Fahybegg and Fahymore and 3 quarters 
of land thereto belonging (and various other specified denomi- 
nations), to the use of Sir Valentine Blake the younger and 
the plaintiff Dame Ellinor during both their lives, for the 
jointure of said Dame Ellinor; and that the plaintiff said 
Dame Ellinor was dispossessed of the premises by the late 
usurped powers : the Court thereupon decreed that the 
plaintiff Dame Ellinor Blake was an innocent Papist within 
the meaning of the said Act of Settlement ; and that she 
should be forthwith restored to such estate in the last-men- 
tioned premises as she was seized of on October 22, 1642, for 
her jointure, and to the mesne rates thereof; with saving to 
Sir Robuck Lynch, William Lynch, and John Nolland of all 
such right as any of them had or ought to have in such lands 
comprised in aforesaid particulars, as were set out to them as 
transplanted persons, until said Sir Robuck Lynch, William 
Lynch and John Nolland be reprised with other lands of 
equal value or restored unto their former respective estates. 
And as to the interest claimed by the plaintiffs Henry, Francis, 
John, and Anable, the Court did not proceed thereon, inasmuch 
as they had by their counsel waived the same for the present ; 
and inasmuch as the plaintiff Dame Ellinor had failed to duly 
prove her title to Sir Valentine Blake's mansion house in the 
town of Galway and to the said large house room in Galway ; 
and inasmuch as the other plaintiffs had failed in duly proving 
their title to all and singular the premises claimed by them : 
the Court decreed that as to these particulars the plaintiffs be 
left to take such proceedings at law or equity for the recovery 
thereof as they might think fit ; and the Court further directed 
the Sheriffs of the counties, in which lay the premises hereby 
decreed to be restored to the plaintiff Dame Ellinor Blake, to 



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forthwith put her into possession of such premises. Signed : 
" Edward Dereinge, Richard Rainsford, Thomas Beverley, 
Edward Smyth, Allen Broderick, Edward Cooke, Winston 
Churchill." 

NOTE. This decree is on record at the Public Record Office, 

Dublin, " Decrees for Innocents, Roll V., Exchequer ^Charles II." 

No. 149. 

A.D. 1663. Letter of Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet (A), to his mother, 
August 10. Dame Ellinor Blake (B). " Dublin, loth August, 1663 : 
Your decree is this day drawn up : it is very long because all 
the lands claimed by you and the children is recited therein, 
r though all dismissed but your jointure. I have formerly 
' I acquainted you of Calaghan's proceedings and that he denied 
that you did summons his tenants : I have made affidavit that 
I told him of it myself and that he did acknowledge the former 
summons given to his tenants. Your counsel are to move 
against him this day. I am partly assured to carry it. Your 
decree will cost upwards of 40. I will have more ruin this 
winter than ever before ; if hay be not made up for me I shall 
be undone : Let not my brother Harry bid or engage for any 
horse until he be sure of employment. Your dutiful and 
obedient son, Thomas Blake": "August I5th, 1663. I thought 
Farragh would bring the above letter to you, which he failed. 
An hour after the writing thereof I fell sick of a great fit of 
fever which lasted three days ; I did fear I should be lost. 
Your counsel got judgment against Calaghan ; and you to be 
restored to Ballialie without reprisal, upon which there was a 
greater debate than your hearing. I am very weak and scarce 
able to write this, for my sickness brought me so low. Coarse 
or fine at Rininile (c) or Colonel Bourkes, let 12 days mowing 
be completed for me. Frank Browne (D) is declared innocent 
and to be restored. My love to Mary and all at home. I rest 
as within, Thomas Blake." Indorsed: "To his dearest mother 
The Lady Ellinor Blake, These, at Clunine." 

NOTES. (A) The writer of the above letter was Sir Thomas 
Blake, fourth Baronet of Menlo, Co. Galway. For the decree 
referred to in the letter, see ante, Record No. 148. 

(B) Dame Ellinor Blake was, as appears from the indorsement on 
the letter, then residing at Clunine, otherwise called Clooneen, in the 
county of Mayo, which now forms a portion of the family estate of 
Blake of Towerhill, Co. Mayo. 

(c) Rininile is a townland on the same estate. 

(D) Frank Browne was the eldest son of Alderman Andrew 
Browne of Galway, and he obtained a decree as an " innocent 
Papist" in 1663. He afterwards became a mendicant friar, and 



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made a voluntary gift of all his lands to his second brother, 
Dominick Browne, and died abroad. Said Dominick Browne 
married a sister of Sir Henry Lynch, third Baronet, of Castle- 
carra, Co. Mayo, and died leaving an infant son, Andrew 
Browne. In 1700 said Andrew Browne, then described as " of 
Gloves," Co. Galway, petitioned the Trustees for the Sale of For- 
feited Estates, claiming certain lands forfeited by his uncle, said 
Sir Henry Lynch, third Baronet, but which said Andrew Browne 
asserted were only held by Sir Henry Lynch as trustee for him. His 
claim was allowed. 

No. 150. 

Draft of claim presented by John Blake fitz Nicholas to the No date, but 
Commissioners appointed to determine claims of transplanted P roba ^/ 

' /~^ 1 , 1 -r^ 1 * ClTC(l I OD3. 

persons in Connaught and Clare. 

' The Claim of John Blake alias Caddie " (A). 

" COUNTY OF GALWAY, BARONY OF CLARE, PARISH OF LACKAGH : 
The castle of Kiltoroge (B), two ruinous mills, and the moiety 
of the 2 quarters of land of Kiltoroge, containing no acres 
arable and 25 acres waste ; the 2j quarters of Slewclare there- 
unto belonging, namely, the J quarter of Carrankilvye and the 
J quarter of Caherlyne, containing log acres arable and 36 
acres waste; and the quarter of Cackartone and the J quarter 
of Gortduff, containing no acres arable and 55 acres waste ; 
and the |- quarter of Carranknockan, 53 acres arable : set to 
rent in 1641 for 17 175. The aforesaid castle and lands are 
now in the possession of Colonel Thomas Sadler (B), and were 
formerly in the actual possession of the claimant by descent 
from his father and ancestors." 

" BARONY OF CLARE, PARISH OF CLARE : i cartron of the 
quarter of Culkerry (c) alias Cnockankaragh, purchased by 
claimant of Ulick bane Burke, the 25th of January, 1621, and 
was in actnal possession of claimant until it was disposed of 
by the Commissioners of the Usurped Government : set to 
rent in 1641 for 5 ; containing 41 acres arable land. Now in 
the possession of said Colonel Thomas Sadler. \ cartron and 
th of a cartron of the quarter of Culkerry alias Knockancarragh, 
containing 32 acres arable and 2 acres waste, purchased by 
claimant of Walter McRickard Burke, the 2oth of April, 1634 : 
set to rent in 1641 for 4 75. Now in the possession of said 
Colonel Thomas Sadler. One moiety of 3 cartrons of Culkerry 
containing 59! acres arable and 8^ acres waste ; mortgaged to 
claimant by Edmund McWilliam Burke for 12 and 15, on 
5th of February, 1648. Said claimant was in actual possession 
thereof until the possession was delivered to said Colonel 
Thomas Sadler." 

" BARONY OF DUNKELLIN, PARISH OF CLARE : A moiety of 



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the ruinous castle and bawn of Ballimacroe (D) and of the 
4 quarters of Ballimacroe alias Hounolorkan and Dunegall, 
now commonly called the 2 quarters of Carnmore and the 

2 quarters of Cahertober, containing 230 acres arable and 362 
acres waste ; which descended to claimant by descent from his 
father and ancestors : set to rent in 1641 for 32. Now in the 
possession of Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet." 

" BARONY OF DUNKELLIN, PARISH OF ORANMORE : A moiety 
of the castle and bawn of Kiltoulagh .and of the 4 quarters of 
Kiltoulagh and Monedan (E), containing 212 acres arable and 
196 acres waste ; which descended to claimant from his father 
and ancestors by descent : set to rent in 1641 for 42. Now 
in the possession of Malruny Carwell." 

" HALF-BARONY OF ATHENRY, PARISH OF ST. NICHOLAS IN 
THE TOWN AND LIBERTIES OF ATHENRY : Two ruinous stone 
houses, with a vault cellar, one garden and ruinous pigeon- 
house ; one other ruinous stone house with a vault cellar ; 

3 thatched houses, two gardens, and one other ruinous stone 
house with a garden, commonly called Garabrack ; the parcel 
of land of Rahin; the parcel of land of Farriniblake; the lands 
of Bleneheneghan ; the lands of Carranteigue ; a parcel of the 
lands of Parke ; the parcel of Gortincormack ; the parcel of 
Clunyne ; the parcel of Lissinduragh ; the moiety of the parcel 
of Clunegaunay and the t^th part of the other moiety ; the 
parcel of Gortnegustall ; the moiety of 5 parcels, viz 1 , the Little 
Park, Knockanbnmnagh and 3 parcels in Gortnegustall and 
the T Vth part of the other moiety ; the parcel of Gortgare ; the 
parcel of Moneboy ; the parcel of Barnatampan ; the parcel of 
Gortglass ; all the aforesaid lands, containing 190 acres arable, 
descended to the claimant by descent from his father and 
ancestors : set to rent in 1641 for 27 os. 4d. Now in the 
possession of Henry Farelly. \ quarter of Clorane containing 
78 acres arable, which descended to claimant from his father 
and ancestors : set to rent in 1641 for - 18. Now in the 
possession of Thomas Smith. The lands of Cregcloran mort- 
gaged by the Portreeve and Corporation of Athenry to the 
claimant by deed of mortgage dated 14 September, 1633, f r 
50 ; and 20 laid out by claimant for fencing said lands with 
a dry stone wall ; containing 50 acres arable : set to rent in 
1641 for 6. Now in the possession of Henry Farelly." 

" TOWN AND LIBERTIES OF GALWAY, PARISH OF ST. 
NICHOLAS : One stone house, two parlours, 6 shops and 
cellars, 2 kitchens and a backside, in the Great Gate quarter, 
whereof two shops were mortgaged to John Kirwan and Robert 
Bodkin : worth per annum 75 ; one bakehouse called Blakes- 
Oven ; 12 thatched houses in Blakes Lane in the Great Gate 



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quarter : worth per annum 30. A parcel called Dromblakye : 
8 thatched houses, 8 gardens, and a park, within the old 
Liberties of Galway : set by claimant for 18 per annum ; the 
moiety of the parcel of Gortinboher in said Liberties : set for 2 
per ann. ; the Jth part of Glanenairke in said Liberties : set for 
3 per ann.; the Jth part of Gortloughan in said Liberties: set 
in 1641 for los. per ann. ; the J quarter of Dowillis and a 
\ cartron of Muragh in said Liberties, containing 98 acres 
arable and 9 acres waste : set to rent by claimant for 27 los. 
per ann. in 1641, and claimant expended 40 for jncing said 
lands with a dry stone wall; one eel- weir called ' rrybarrically 
and Jth part of an eel-weir called Cloghanmorenebuoy upon 
the river of Galway : set to rent by claimant for 10 shillings 
per annum. All the aforesaid houses, shops, cellars, tenements 
and lands in the Town and Liberties of Galway descended to 
the claimant by descent from his father and ancestors." 

" By the decree of the Commissioners of the usurped 
Government then in Athlone, they ordered two-third parts of 
all my estate to be set forth to me in the Province of Connaught, 
as may appear by said decree bearing date the 4th of April, 
1656. Notwithstanding the above decree, the Commissioners 
then in Loughrea did set forth to me but 668^ acres of arable^ 
lands in the 4 quarters of Mullaghmore, being then waste, in 
satisfaction of my lands in the County at large, excepting the 
Town and Liberties of Athenry, of my proportion whereof I 
had no satisfaction. As for my estate in the Town and 
Liberties of Galway, there was no lands or satisfaction given 
to me for the same. The aforesaid lands of Mullaghmore lie in 
the County of Galway, Barony of Tiaquin, and Parish of 
Mullagh : Teige Kelly fitz William, was the proprietor 
formerly of Mullaghmore.'' Signed : "John Blake fitz Ni." 

NOTES. (A) " Claim of John Blake alias Caddie." By the Act 
of Settlement, 1662 (14 and 15 Charles II., chap. 2 : Irish), " Inno- 
cent Papisu/' who had been transplanted by the Commonwealth 
Commissioners, T ^ere to be restored to their old estates, on proving 
their "Innocency --nd title before a Court of Claims. The original 
claims made to the Court of Claims by transplanted persons, under 
the Act of Settlement, have not been preserved, and are not on 
record in the Public Record Office. The only records there preserved 
concerning these claims are certain " Reports and Schedules," con- 
sisting of the reports made to the Court of Claims by the secretaries 
of that Court upon each claim, the particulars of the claim being set 
out in a schedule annexed to each report. By section 3 of the Act 
of Explanation (17 and 18 Charles II., chap. 2 : Irish), passed in 
1665, all " Innocent Papists" whose claims had not been reported 
on and determined before the passing of that Act were (with the 
exception of a few specified persons specially exempted by section 148) 



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to be treated as disqualified, and their claims were consequently 
altogether barred. The "claim of John Blake alias Caddie" fell 
within this category, and hence he was not restored to any portion 
of his ancestral estates, though, on the other hand, he was left in 
undisturbed possession of the lands of Mullaghmore, to which he 
had been transplanted by the Commonwealth Government in 1656. 
The above document is the only existing record of his claim. The 
ancestral estate of the claimant had been brought into settlement by 
a deed dated July 20, 1644 (see ante, p. 63). 

(B) " The castle and lands of Kiltoroge." These lands had been 
granted in the sixth year of King Edward I. (1277-78) to Richard 
Caddell surnamed Blake (see ante, Record No. 89, and "Blake 
Family Records," First Series, at p. 4). In a description of the 
county of Galway written in 1574, and contained in the Carew MSS. 
in Lambeth Palace library (vol. 611, folios 239-246), the castle of 
Kiltoroge is said to be in Moycullen Barony (which is therein 
taken to include lands in the vicinity of the town of Galway) ; 
and John Blake fitz Richard is stated to be the owner of it 
then (1574). The lands of Kiltoroge were taken from the 
claimant John fitz Nicholas Blake in 1656 by the Cromwellian 
Commissioners, and allotted to Colonel Thomas Sadler, the Crom- 
wellian Governor of the town of Galway ; and Sadler was confirmed 
in his possession of them by a grant by Patent, under the Acts 
of Settlement and Explanation, dated October 16, 1667, enrolled 
November 6, 1667. 

(c) " The lands of Culkerry." These lands had been purchased 
by the claimant, John Blake (see ante, Records Nos. 29, 38/43, 68). 
Sadler was also confirmed in the possession of these lands by the 
above-mentioned Patent of 1667. 

(D) " A moiety of the castle and 4 quarters of Ballimacroe." 
These lands had been granted in the sixth year of King Edward I. 
(1277-78) to Richard Caddell surnamed Blake (see ante, Record 
No. 89). The moiety of the claimant John JBlake fitz Nicholas 
in these lands had been allotted in 1655 by the Cromwellian Com- 
missioners to Sir Thomas Blake, fourth Baronet of Menlo, who was 
the owner of the other moiety of them. About that date (1655) 
they became known as the 4 quarters of Carnmore, which is their 
present name; and the older name of " Ballymacroe" is now quite 
unknown. The castle of Ballimacroe is placed in Moycullen Barony 
in the Carew MSS. referred to in Note (B), and Thomas Blake is 
given as the owner of it in 1574 ; the ruins of the castle still remain 
on the townland of Carnmore West, but it is inaccurately styled 
the castle of Cregmoyler on the Government Ordnance map. 
These lands remained in the possession of the Blakes of Menlo 
until 1810, when they were sold by Sir John Blake of Menlo, 
eleventh Baronet, and purchased by Valentine O'Connor of Dublin, 
who by his will, dated 1813, devised them to his grandson (his 
daughter's son) Valentine O'Connor Blake of Towerhill, Co. Mayo. 
They have from 1813 to the present time been possessed by the 
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(E) " The 4 quarters of Kiltoulagh and Monedan." These lands 
had been granted in 1315 (9 Edward II.) to Richard Caddell sur- 
named Blake (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, Record 
No. i). The castle of Kiltullagh is placed in Moycullen Barony 
in the Carew MSS. referred to in Note (B), and John Blake fitz 
Richard is given as the owner of it in 1574. The claimant John 
Blake fitz Nicholas was dispossessed of his moiety of these lands 
in 1655 by the Cromwellian Commissioners, and his kinsman 
Nicholas Blake was at the same time dispossessed of the other 
moiety, the entirety being allotted by the Cromwellian Com- 
missioners to one Mulroony O'Carroll (or Carwell), who was 
" transplanted " from (I believe) Tipperary. In 1678, however, by 
virtue of a grant by Patent under the Acts of Settlement, the 
whole 4 quarters of Kiltoulagh were granted to Hugh Molloy on 
trust for Patrick Blake, son of the said Nicholas Blake, subject to 
a mortgage in favour of Molloy. See post, Appendix E, and also 
the Genealogy of BLAKE OF KILTOLLA AND VERMOUNT. 

No. 151. 

Draft claim of Catherine Bodkin to the Court of Claims. No date, 

" Catharine Bodkin, the relict of Andrew Browne fitz Oliver, probably 
deceased, her interest to one-third part of the ensuing lands "' 
and tenements : " 

" ATHENRY LIBERTIES, HALF-BARONY OF ATHENRY : Two 
quarters of the lands of Tullaban-Tampell and tithe thereof; 
I quarter of Balladaye; i quarter of Clowes alias Corrissinbaun; 
the land of Garranmrare ; the land of Rughard ; the lands of 
Knockillin ; one parcel of Carrancloghard ; one parcel of 
Gortnemerick ; one parcel of Gortcregin ; one parcel of Gort- 
rise; one parcel of Gortgawnemarer; one parcel of Gortinbraise; 
one parcel of Gortoberbolie ; one parcel of Gortieballinue ; two 
parcels of Gortcloghnemane ; two parcels of Clunegawne ; one 
parcel of Gorthenry ; one parcel of Crotoghmore ; one parcel 
of Gortkeane ; one parcel of Gortpollenatoge ; one parcel of 
Torloghane ; one parcel of Gortnelagtagh ; one parcel of 
Gortcliduff; one parcel of Gortiriraer ; one parcel of Carrari- 
glastorlagh ; one parcel of Gortnecrinselligh; the moiety of the 
parcel of Gortknockinbrunagh ; the parcel of Farrencarvvell ; 
the parcel of Gortmackares ; the moiety of Bungarrannebrityne ; 
the moiety of Gortneskerneig ; the moiety of Gortcarmartin ; 
the moiety of Gortcrossy ; one parcel of Gortleckery ; one 
parcel of Gortgarneheskermore ; one parcel of Barinebunen- 
brune; the moiety of Gortfarighmore; one parcel of Gortinnacre; 
one parcel of Gortclecoyllie; one parcel of Crotogh; one parcel 
of Gorttobernerehuse." 

" ATHENRY TOWN AND LIBERTIES : The Jth of Andrew 
Bodkin's garden; 12 houses; 9 gardens; the abbey garden, 

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orchard, mill and the precincts thereof: all the aforesaid lands, 
abbey, tenements, and the tithes thereof belonging to the 
dissolved Monastery of Athenry (A), were purchased by Andrew 
Browne fitz Oliver, deceased, who died 25 July, 1640, and was 
in actual possession of the premises in his lifetime and at the 
time of his death." 

" BARONY OF TIAQUIN, PARISH OF ST. NICHOLAS, COMMONLY 
CALLED ATHENRY PARISH : In the lands of New-Castle, 3^ 
cartrons of Corkeagh." 

" BARONY OF DUNKELLIN, PARISH OF KILCONERIN : One 

cartron of Garrancoife : which lands were purchased by said 

Andrew Browne who died seized thereof ; two mills in the 

Liberties of Athenry, purchased by said Andrew Browne of 

. Christopher Bodkin, which mills are now ruinous." 

" The claimant was in actual possession of a third part of all 
the premises since the decease of the said Andrew Browne, 
until 1655 ; and the same were set by her for 30 per annum. 
Dominick Bodkin is now in possession of the quarter of Clowes; 
Henry Farelly is in possession of the abbey, gardens, mills and 
all the rest of the lands and tenements in the Town and 
Liberties of Athenry, excepting part of Balladaye ; Stephen 
Egan is in possession of the 2 quarters of Tullaban-Tampell ; 
and the claimant is ignorant of the number of acres or who is 
in possession of the rest." 

NOTE. (A) " Monastery of Athenry." This was a. monastery of 
the Dominican Friars, which was founded in 1241 by Meyler de 
Bermingham, second Baron Athenry. The abbey church (a fine 
ruin) is all that now remains of this monastic foundation. For 
a full history of this abbey the reader is referred to the Journal of the 
Galway Archaological and Historical Society (1902, Vol. II,, No. ii.). 
Nearly all the lands specified in the above Record were possessed by 
this monastery prior to its destruction. 

No. 152. 

A.D. 1664. Power of attorney by John Blake to his son Thomas Blake. 
June 20. "I hereby empower my son Thomas Blake to receive 

i igs. 6d. of Edmond Joice, being the half-year's rent due 
to me at May last out of the lands of Anaghmore in right of 
my wife ; and for the non-payment of the same to take suffi- 
cient distresses, and the distresses so taken to drive to this 
town, for which this shall be your warrant, the 2Oth of June, 
1664: John Blake fitz N." 

No. 153. 

A.D. 1665. Letter dated Galway, February 26, 1665, from Anthony 
February 26. gallon to his cousin Alderman John Blake at Mullaghmore : 



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" My brother Patrick Kirwan hath written to me for the Lord 
Antrim's bond, in expectation to recover the tenour thereof. . . . 
You may send along with said bond your instruction, or advise 
on what condition he may compound for said debt; for I think 
now-a-dayes there is but composition for due debts, especially 
for any interest." Signed : " Antho. Ffallon." 

No. 154. 

Bond for 520 given by Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, to John A.D. 1666. 
Darcy of Cloncraff, County Mayo, gentleman, conditional upon February 28. 
the payment on May I, 1667, of 260. Attested under the 
hand and seal of said obligor. Dated the last day of February, 
1666. Signed :" Thomas Blake." Witnesses: " Fran. Blake, 
Patr. Ffrench, Hen. Ffrench, Tho. Fleming." 

No. 155. 

Patrick Kirwan to his brother-in-law Anthony Fallen : letter A - D - l666 - 
dated Dublin, April 21, 1666. April 21. 

" As to Patrick Darcy, my wife will speak to him about the 
debt he owes ; as for the Earl of Antrim, Frank often waited 
on him, but could have no opportunity to speak, nor would 
I be seen in it till I am advised with by the Earl ; as for John 
Browne of Neele, I spoke to him and he is free to give content 
for two-third part of the 200 mortgage and for the 80 bond, 
the other bond being affirmed by him to be included in the 
mortgage or other accounts ; and as for the rents and interest 
thereof, he refers it wholly to my cousin Geoffrey Browne and 
to me, wherein by reason of my promise to my cousin John 
Blake I cannot proceed but by his direction and consent ; to 
the end the daughter be advantaged somewhat in this respect, 
you are to confer with said John Blake, from whom you are to 
receive instructions by which I will be guided, desiring he bind 
me not too straight, lest we and his grandchild be prejudiced." 
Signed " Patr. Kirwan." 

Anthony Fallen to his cousin John Blake : letter dated 
Galway, April 25, 1666. Sends a copy to Blake of Kirwan's 
letter and requests him to comply with Kirwan's request, "it 
being time that your daughter and we should get something." 
Signed : " Antho. Ffallon." 

No. 156. 

Deed of acknowledgment by Nicholas Bermingham, son and A - D - l668 - 
heir of John Bermingham, deceased, that an execution obtained c 
in the King's Bench in 1656 by said John Bermingham against 

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Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, and for which Walter Blake fitz 
Geoffrey, Stephen Darcy, and Thomas Noland were securities, 
was satisfied, except as to the sum of 250, for which the said 
Sir Thomas Blake and Walter Blake had given seven bonds of 
even date herewith to said Nicholas Bermingham. Attested 
under the hand and seal of said Nicholas Bermingham. Dated 
October 20,1668. Signed: "Nicholas Bermingham." 
nesses : " James Browne, Augustine Joyes, John Blake, John 
Blake fitz Thomas, Chro. Kirwan." Indorsement : " Exhibited 
before us this 5th August, 1706, Da. Hamilton, Mar. Ffrench, 
Rich. Martin, He. Lynch." 

No. 157. 

A.D. 1668. Deed of indemnity given by Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, to 
October 20. palter Blake fitz Geoffrey for his joining with Sir Thomas 
Blake in bonds for 250 given to Nicholas Bermingham, son 
of John Bermingham, deceased. Attested under the hand and 
seal of said Sir Thomas Blake. Dated October 20, 1668. 
Signed : " Thomas Blake." Witnesses : " James Browne, Augus- 
tine Joyes, John Blake, John Blake fitz Thomas, Chro. Kirwan." 
Indorsement : " Exhibited before us this 5th August, 1706, 
Da. Hamilton, Mar. Ffrench, Rich. Martin, He. Lynch." 

No. 158. 

A.D. 1669. Articles of agreement made between Dame Ellinor Blake 
April 21. anc j kg]- son si r Thomas Blake, Baronet, of the one part, and 
Morogh O'Bryen of Smithtown, County Clare, of the other part. 
Dame Ellinor and Sir Thomas Blake thereby agreed to grant a 
lease for twenty-one years, to begin on May i then next ensuing, 
to said Morogh O'Bryen, of the six ploughlands of Ballyaly, 
the cartron of Ballyduff, and the quarter of Cappagh in the 
County Clare, at the yearly rent of 74 55. ; and also that said 
Dame Ellinor Blake and Sir Thomas Blake should perfect 
a lease for twenty-one years to said Morogh O'Bryen for the 
cartron of Knockenoura at the yearly rent of 4 55., for which 
the lessors should accept payment from Donogh McMahon, 
then in occupation of said cartron, who was not to be disturbed 
by said Morogh ; and that said Morogh O'Bryen should pay 
a fine of 60 as consideration for said leases. Attested inter- 
changeably under the hands and seals of all the parties thereto. 
Dated April 21, 1669. Signed: "Ellinor Blake," "Thomas 
Blake." Witnesses : " Hugh Brickdall, John Blake, Andrew 
Lynch, John Skerrett, D. O'Brien, Teige O'Mulquiny." 



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No. 159. 

" The 4th of July, 1670 : Received then from Thomas Blake A.D. 1670. 
fitz John is. 6d., it being his charge for the repairing of the J ul Y 4. 
Tholsel-cage, pillory and stocks and bridewell." Signed : 
" Thomas Gilles." 

No. 160. 

Permit to Thomas Blake fitz John to reside in the town of A - D - l6 7- 
Galway. " By the Rt. Honourable the Lord President of Con- November 8, 
naught : You are to permit Thomas Blake fitz John and his 
family, consisting of one man servant, to reside in this town till 
further order. Dated at Galway, this 8th of November, 1670; 
Kingston (A) : To all officers civil and military in the Town of 
Galway." 

NOTE. (A) "Kingston." This was John King, first Baron 
Kingston (so created September 4, 1660). He was constituted joint 
President of Connaught with John Berkeley on April 2, 1666, and 
sole acting Governor of that province on May 5, 1666. He died 
in 1676. 

No. 161. 

Fragmentary copy of a Proclamation by the Lord Lieu- A.D. 1671. 
tenant and Privy Council of Ireland, granting a general licence 
to Roman Catholics in Ireland to hire and purchase houses in 
corporate towns in Ireland. 

" By the Lord Lieutenant and Council ; John Berkeley (A) : 
" Whereas We the Lord Lieutenant and Council have lately 
received his Majesties Letters dated the 26 February, 1671, 
which followeth in these words : Charles R. Whereas it hath 
been humbly represented unto Us by petition in Council, 
that divers of our Roman Catholic subjects, who were formerly 
inhabitants natives or freemen of our Cities and Towns Cor- 
porate in our Kingdom of Ireland, having been expelled from 
their habitations and debarred by the usurping powers from 
liberty of trading, are hitherto, only for difference of religion 
or opinion, not suffered to settle or traffic in the said Towns 
and Cities, whereupon our said Irish subjects have been much 
discouraged and disappointed, and many of them, merchants 
of ability and credit with their families, and seneral tradesmen 
and divers other our subjects, have been necessitated Jo betake 
themselves unto foreign countries and there employ their stocks, 
traffic, and industry ; and many other of our said Irish Roman 
Catholic subjects inhabiting in that our Kingdom are also en- 
forced to follow other callings and ways of livelihood more dis- 
advantageous to themselves and less useful to the public good 



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than those they were bred unto, to the great decay of trade, 
lessening of our revenues, impoverishing our said subjects, to 
our very great detriment and considerable loss and damage to 
our Kingdom, contrary to our gracious intentions towards our 
said Irish subjects expressed in our Royal Letters of the 22nd 
of May in the I3th year of our reign directed to our Lords 
Justices of Ireland ; and whereas by a clause (B) in page 31 
and 32 of the late Act of Explanation past in that our Kingdom 
it is enacted that no Papist or Popish Recusant shall be 
admitted to hire or purchase any houses within any Corpora- 
tions in Ireland, and others our subjects there are also restrained 
in and by the said clause, from letting or granting unto any 
Papist or Popish Recusant, or other person refusing the oath 
of Supremacy and Allegiance, any house or houses within the 
said Corporations, under a penalty, without Licence or Leave 
of our Lord Lieutenant or other chief Governor or Governors 
in Ireland, and Council there, by Act of Council first had and 
obtained : We have therefore thought fit by the advice of our 
Council, to signify unto you our will and pleasure, and We do 
hereby order and require you forthwith, by Act of Council, to 
give a general Licence (c) and Leave to all and every our 
Roman Catholic subjects, and all other our subjects whatso- 
ever, as well to hire and purchase from . . ." [The rest of 
this document is lost.] 

NOTES. (A) " John Berkeley." He was the first Baron Berkeley 
of Stratton (so created in 1658). In 1666 he was constituted Presi- 
dent of Connaught for life; and in 1670 he was appointed Lord 
Lieutenant of Ireland, which office he held for two years. He died 
August 26, 1678. 

(B) Clause in the Act of Explanation. This is section 36 of 
that Act (17 and 18 Charles II., chap. 2 Irish). 

(c) This general Licence by Act of the Irish Privy Council per- 
mitting Catholics to purchase or hire houses in the corporate cities 
and towns of Ireland, which, without such licence, they were pro- 
hibited from doing by section 36 of the Act of Explanation, was 
much made use of by them. The original of the following certificate 
by Richard Ormsby, Mayor of Galway, dated in April, 1672, has 
been preserved, and is now (1904) in the possession of Richard 
Marley Blake, M.D., of Ravensdale, Dundalk : In obedience to 
his Majesties gracious order of the 26 Feby, 1671, for the restitution 
of all the natives and freemen of the Corporations of his Majesty's 
Kingdom of Ireland to the exercise of their respective freedoms 
within the said Corporations, with all the privileges and immunities 
thereunto belonging, as in and by the said Order may more at large 
appear, I, Richard Ormsby, Esq., Mayor of the Town of Galway, do 
hereby certify to all whom it may concern that Marcus Lynch fitz 
Peter of Galway, merchant, is a native and freeman of the said 




Copper penny token used by Patrick 
Browne, merchant in Galivav, 
1669. 




Copper penny token used by Marcus 
Lynch (Fitz Peter) of Galway, 
merchant, circa 1671. 



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Corporation of Galway, and that he is hereby acknowledged and 
admitted to act and do to all intents and purposes as belongeth to 
a freeman of the said Corporation ; and that the said Marcus Lynch 
hath on the ist April, 1672, taken before me the oaths of allegiance 
and freemen of the said Corporation of Galway. In witness whereof 
I have hereunto put my hand and fixed the Mayoralty seal of this 
Corporation. Richard Ormsby, Mayor." [Seal affixed.] 

No. 162. 

Deed of award made by Richard Joyce, Patrick Browne, A.D. 1671 
and John Lynch of Galway, merchants, and Francis Blake of J ul y5- 
Moyne (A), gentleman, the arbitrators chosen in a controversy 
between Alderman John Blake of the one part ; and the 
orphans of Martin Blake, deceased, brother of said Alderman 
John Blake, and Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer (B), gent., 
of the other part. Whereas Alderman John Blake, as executor 
of his deceased brother Martin Blake, received the sum of 
443 75. 7d. of his said brother's estate, and alleged that he 
had thereout disbursed the sum of 70 is. gd. for the said 
orphans ; and whereas said Martin Blake, deceased, was in- 
debted to Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer (B) : the arbitrators 
awarded that, after allowing said Alderman John Blake " all 
just defalcations," there remained due by him the sum of 388, 
which he was thereby ordered to pay, as to 30 before July 10 
instant, and 30 yearly afterwards until the 388 was all dis- 
charged ; and that the 30 a year should be payable half-yearly 
in two equal portions, in November and May respectively, and 
should be charged by way of rent-charge on the lands of 
Mullaghmore, with power to said Martin Blake fitz Andrew to 
levy distress on said lands upon non-payment of any half-yearly 
portion : and that said Alderman John Blake should receive 
a certificate from Francis Blake, son of said Martin Blake, 
deceased, and from John Lynch fitz Thomas and his wife 
Mary Lynch alias Blake, daughter of said Martin Blake, 
deceased, that they had assigned all their interest in said debt 
to Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer, and given him authority 
to give a discharge therefor to said Alderman John Blake ; and 
that Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer should indemnify said 
Alderman John Blake in respect of John Blake fitz- Martin, 
another of the orphans of said Martin Blake, deceased. Attested 
under the hands and seals of the arbitrators. Dated July 5, 
1671. Signed : " Rich. Joes, Pat. Browne, John Lynch, Ffran. 
Blake." [Seals affixed.] Witnesses : " Tho. Blake, Pat. Joyes, 
Patrick Burke." 

NOTES. (A) "Francis Blake of Moyne." For him, see post, 
Genealogy of BLAKE of MERLIN PARK and CULCON. 



104 Blake Family Records 

(B) " Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer." For him, see post, 
Genealogy of BLAKE of BALLYGLUNIN and CUMMER. 

No. 163. 

A.D. 1671. Deed of assignment by Francis Blake fitz Martin, John 
July 6. Lynch and Mary Lynch alias Blake his wife, two of the 

orphan children of Martin Blake fitz Nicholas, deceased, to 
Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cumer, of all debts which 
descended to the assignors in right of their deceased father, 
in part payment of a debt due from their deceased father 
to said Martin Blake fitz Andrew; and ratification by them 
of all acquittances and discharges which said Martin Blake 
fitz Andrew might give in respect of the aforesaid debts. 
Attested under the hands and seals of the assignors. Dated 
July 6, 1671. Signed: "Fran. Blake, John Lynch, Mary 
Blake." [Seals attached.] Witnesses : " Rich. Joes ; Andrew 
Lynch, Vallentine Browne, Tho. Blake, Henry Blake." 

NOTE. See ante, Record No. 162. John Blake, the remaining 
child of Martin Blake fitz Nicholas, deceased, executed a similar 
assignment on January 25, 1672 (see post, Record No. 168). 

No. 164. 

Deed of release by John Blake to his eldest son and heir- 
r *' apparent, Thomas Blake of Galway, merchant in consideration 
of 80 paid by said Thomas, and of 358 received by said 
John Blake of the goods and chattels of his brother Martin 
Blake fitz Nicholas, deceased, which had been assigned by the 
children of said Martin Blake to Martin Blake fitz Andrew of 
Cumer, to whom their father was indebted, and which 358 
said Thomas Blake had undertaken to pay to said Martin 
Blake fitz Andrew of two-third parts of the 668 acres of the 
4 quarters of Mullaghmore set out to said John Blake by final 
settlement, and the whole of the castle and bawne of Mullagh- 
more, situate in the barony of Tiaquin, county of Galway : 
to hold these premises unto and to the use of said Thomas 
Blake, his heirs and assigns, for ever. Attested under the hand 
and seal of said John Blr\e- Dated September i, 1671. 
Signed : " John Blake." [Se*d appended.] Witnesses : " Igna. 
Ffrench, Patricke Blake, James Blake, Henry Blake, Hen. 
Lynch, John Lynch." 

No. 165. 

A.D. 1671. Deed O f settlement dated September 2, 1671, made between 

2 -John Blake of Mullaghmore, Esq., and Thomas Blake of 

Galway, merchant, eldest son and heir-apparent of said John 






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Blake. Recites the deed of release of September i, 1671, 
and testifies that the true intent of said release was that the 
said Thomas Blake should stand seized of the said two-third 
parts of the lands of Mullaghmore and of the whole of the 
castle and bawne of Mullaghmore, to the use of said Thomas 
Blake and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, with 
remainder to the use of his daughters until they should be 
paid out of the rents and profits thereof moderate portions ; 
with remainder to the use of Henry Blake, second son of said 
John Blake and the heirs male of his body ; remainder to the 
use of John oge Blake, third son of said John Blake, and the 
heirs male of his body ; remainder to the use of Nicholas 
Blake, fourth son of said John Blake the father, and the heirs 
male of his body ; remainder to the use of Francis Blake fitz 
Martin, nephew to said John Blake the father, and the heirs 
male of his body ; remainder to the use of John Blake fitz 
Martin, another nephew of said John Blake the father, and 
the heirs male of his body ; remainder to the use of Patrick 
Blake fitz James, also nephew of said John Blake the father, 
and the heirs male of his body ; remainder to the use of 
Nicholas oge Blake fitz Nicholas, brother of said John Blake 
the father, and the heirs male of his body ; remainder to the 
use of the right heirs of said Thomas Blake. Attested under 
the hands and seals interchangeably of said John and Thomas 
Blake. Signed: "John Blake." [Seal 'lost.] 'Witnesses: 
" Robertt Ffrench, Hen. Lynch, John Lynch, Andrew 
Browne." 

No. 1 66. 

Deed of grant of a yearly rent-charge of 30 for thirteen A> 
years issuing out of the lands of Mullaghmore, made by John Septe 
Blake of Mullaghmore and his eldest son and heir-apparent, 
Thomas Blake, to Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cummer, in 
pursuance of the terms of the deed of award dated July 5, 
1671 (ante, Record No. 162), providing for the payment of a 
sum of 388 by the grantors to said Martin Blake fitz Andrew. 
Dated September 2, 1671. Attested under the hands and seals 
of said John Blake and Thomas Blake. Witnesses : " Andrew 
Blake, Igna. French, James Blake, Francis Blake, Patrick 
Blake, Patricke Blake, John Lynch, Martin Blake." In- 
dorsed : " Received of the within Thomas Blake the within 
sum of 388 in full payment of the within deed, as witness 
my hand, the ist of August, 1684." Signed : " Martin 
Blak." Witnesses : " Pat. Browne, H. Blake, Hen. Blake, Nicho. 
Kenney." 



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No. 167. 

A.D. 1671. Deed dated September 4, 1671, whereby Thomas Blake of 
September 4 . Galway, merchant, eldest son and heir-apparent of John Blake 
of Mullaghmore, granted to his father said John Blake, for the 
term of his natural life, the two-third parts of the 668 acres of 
the four quarters of Mullaghmore with the castle and bawne 
thereof. Attested under the hands and seals interchangeably 
of said Thomas and John Blake. Signed: "John Blake." 
Witnesses : " Robert Freinch, Hen. Lynch, John Lynch, 
Nicho. Blake, Andrew Browne." 

No. 168. 

A.D. 1672. Deed of assignment to Martin Blake fitz Andrew of Cummer 
January 25. by John Blake fitz Martin of Galway, merchant, of all sums of 
money due to the assignor in right of his deceased father Martin 
Blake fitz Nicholas; and ratification by the assignor of all dis- 
charges past by said Martin Blake fitz Andrew to John Blake 
of Mullaghmore for said moneys. Attested under the hand and 
seal of the assignor. Signed: "John Blake." Dated January 
25, 1672. Witnesses : " Hen. Blake, Andrew Martine, James 
Bodkin." 

No. 169. 

A.D. 1673. Memorandum made by Henry Blake (A), dated at Montserrat, 
January 25. January 25, 1673, and headed " A list of such of my debts as 
are paid to my knowledge." 

" Paid in Galway to Peter Blake, 2 os. lod. ; To Nicholas 

Joyce, 62 is. od. ; Paid Darcy for Dominick French, 

20 ; Paid by my brother Nicholas to Patrick Blake fitz 
Nicholas, which was credited for 33 ' roules of tobacoe I sent '; 
Memorandum : I advanced of the bottomarie of the ketch 
Edmund, of Montserrat, for Peter Lynch fitz Owen's bond, 
121 ; More advanced on bill of exchange from Richard Darsy 
on Garret Keone due 5 days after arrival of said ketch in port 
of discharge ; and intended for the full payment of Dominick 
French fitz Edward ; Memorandum : the administrators of 
Marcus Browne owe for the rent of a cellar I set to him at 
4 per ann., which he held for three or four years and never paid 
rent ; if the administrators will allow what is justly due, the 
knowledge whereof I believe you may find out, I desire they 
may be paid the remainder of their bond, if they will take 
indigo at the same price as in my letter to my brother John 
Lynch ; an/ get my bond cancelled." Signed : " H. Blake." 

"Henry Blake." For him, see post, Genealogy of 
BLAKE X>f RENVYLE and LEHINCH ; he was the second son of 




Seventeenth Century 107 

Alderman John Blake fitz Nicholas, and had emigrated to Montserrat 
about 1668 ; he returned to Ireland in 1676-7, and soon after his 
return he purchased the lands of Renvyle, in the county of Galway, 
and Lehinch, in the county of Mayo. 

No. 170. 

Letter from Henry Blake at Montserrat, to his cousin No date - 
Patrick Browne fitz James, merchant at Galway. ^^ J 

" Glorious looks for such leather as yours are ; that being an 
odd commodity here, they do not know the price thereof, yet 
they suppose it to be about six stivers per skin. Robert French 
is bound thither in a vessel from Rotterdam. ... I have no 
news from my brother Nicholas as yet. . . . John Kirwan 
hath dealt unhandsomely with me. I took of him about [torn] 
his ship, and have loaden on her 35 tons at eight guilders per 
ton at the most, provided if any other should have it cheaper, 
that I should have it as cheap ; which fell out quite con- 
trary. . . . But now and at sea I saw by the bills of lading 
that Geoffrey Lynch is to pay but at the rate of five guilders 
per ton, Walter Athy about the same, and his brother Peter 
Kirwan nothing. John Kirwan dealt with me like that friend 
that scratched with the one hand and hath a stone in the 
other. . . . Remember my love to my wife, your own bed- 
fellow Mary Bodkin, and all the rest in Galway. I pray you 
show this letter to my brothers Thomas, [Blake] and John 
Lynch. . . ." Signed: "H.Blake." [Letter torn in parts.] 

No. 171. 

Letter dated Montserrat, July 22, 1673, from Henry Blake *- D - l6 73- 
to his brother Thomas Blake at Galway. 

" I will do what I can for my cousin John Blake. You wrote 
concerning your brother Patrick Blake ; I am very ready to 
pay him here at all demands with my creditors, and am sorry 
not to have provision to pay them. all there, but let them be 
sure I will never venture anything for their payments as long 
as I live here, lest it should be lost. I stand to my first 
principle. Francis French and some others of my creditors 
threaten to come hither to discredit me ; in that particular I 
do not care for them, for I thank God I carried myself so 
honest and civil these years I live here, that they nor 100 more 
of them can do me no hurt. I told long since to the General 
and the best of these parts, that my living here was to recruit 
my great losses whereby I should be enabled to pay my debts at 
home, which I am ready to do according to the statutes and 
customs of this country, which is no discredit in these parts of 



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the world as long as a man complieth honestly in his dealings 
here. As for my present condition I refer you unto my brother 
Nicholas. If I can conveniently order it I do intend to bring 
all my children together to live with some English mistress, 
for such of them as live in the country will want schooling. 
My brother John (A) is well in Barbadoes. I would wish he were 
clear of the Dutchmen, to which purpose I wrote to him to 
give them an account, deliver up their effects and receive his 
general acquittance. I hope he will do well without it, for he 
has very great credit for his honesty. I am sorry you have 
very hard times, which doth confirm my resolution in settling 
here." Signed : " Your very loving brother, H. Blake." 

NOTE. (A) " My brother John." This was John Blake, the third 
son of Alderman John Blake fitz Nicholas ; he had emigrated to 
Barbadoes about 1668 (see a letter from him to his eldest brother, 
Thomas Blake, post, Record No. 180) ; he purchased his brother 
Henry Blake's plantation at Montserrat when the latter was returning 
to Ireland. This John Blake died at Montserrat circa 1692. 

No. 172. 

A.D. 1673. " The 8th of g-ber, 1673. Received then of Thomas Blake 
Novembers. ntz John and John Lynch fitz Michael the sum of 85 i6s. od. 
in full payment of the seven hogsheads of tobaccoe lately 
bought by said Thomas of me." Signed : " Edd. Lynch." 

No. 173. 

A.D. 1673. Bil ] O f exchange given by Richard Darcy to Thomas Blake. 
l8 - " Montserrat, i8th December, 1673. At five days sight after 
the arrival of the ketch Edmbnd of Montserrat in the roade of 
Galway or port of discharge of this my first bill of exchange, 
pay unto the order of Mr. Thomas Blake fitz John the sum of 
51 os. 3d. value received of Mr. Henry Blake. Make good 
payment and place it to the account of your loving friend, 
Ric. Darcy. To Mr. Garrett Keone, merchV " Accepted by 
me the 22nd January, 1673/4. Garrett Keon." 

No. 174. 

A.D. 1674. Letter dated Montserrat, July 18, 1674, from Henry Blake 
July 18. to his brother Thomas Blake at Galway. 

" I understand by my brother Nicholas' letter by the way of 
Barbadoes that the bills of exchange I sent you were not paid, 
which is a great disappointment of my expectations to pay my 
creditors ; my cousin Richard Darcy assured me that his 
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of Boston in May last. If you receive the contents of the bills, 
dispose of it as by my former orders. I understand my father 
wrote unto me by Andrew oge Blake's ketch, and I should be 
very glad to have received it, being as I understand on behalf 
of Patrick Lynch. Whatever he would have me do in that or 
in any other business, by his own handwriting, I would and 
will do it, if within my power. I pray present my respects to 
him and my worthy mother." Signed : " H. Blake." 

No. 175. 

Will of Sir Thomas Blake of Menlough, in the county of the A - D - 1674. 
town of Galway, Baronet : October 10. 

" My body, if I die in Ireland, to be interred with my 
ancestors in St. Francis' Abbey near Galway, in the chapel of 
my ancestors ruined by the late usurped power : I enjoin my 
son and heir to have special care to pay the debts and 
mortgages contained in the annexed schedule : and as to the 
mortgage of 300 on Carnmore to Doctor Vero, he ought to 
pay all allowing ten per cent. : I enjoin my son and heir and 
my executors to make good what I owe to the heirs of my 
cousin Patrick Kirwan deceased, and also what I owe to my 
cousin Patrick Lynch fitz William, Farragh McDonell, 
Alexander McDonell, cousin Francis Blake of Moyne, or 
cousin John Dorsy : I bequeath what I past on my brother 
John Blake to be made good to him : also 100 to my brother 
Francis ; and so much to my brother Henry on my share of 
Aghelaharde now in his possession and the half quarter of 
Barecregorye, being in all one quarter and a half, mortgaged to 
Eyne Mudwing McDonell for 60 : I bequeath the reversion 
thereof together with the half quarter of Duvilese in considera- 
tion of said 100 to my said brother Frank and his heirs. I 
leave to my dear wife all my stock and moveables : I leave all 
the estate to me descended in possession or reversion to my 
eldest son and heir and his heirs male, according to the estate 
perfected on my intermarriage with my wife Mary Martin 
deceased. I enjoin my son and heir and my executors to pay 
out of the rents and profits of my estate or such satisfaction as 
shall be had from his Gracious Majesty, the following : To my 
daughter Nelly 400 : to each of my other daughters 200 : 
to each of my younger sons 200 : and if the old estate be 
wholly restored, the said portions to be augmented as my dear 
comrade John Brown, Esq., shall think fit : I bequeath 100 to 
pious uses : I leave no portion to any of my daughters who 
shall marry without the consent of my mother and their own 
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A.D. 1675. 
January 8. 



John Blake or the survivor of them. I appoint my wife during 
her widdowship, my brother Robert French and my brother 
John to be executors, and my cousin John Browne, Esq., and 
Father Henry Browne to be overseers." Attested under the 
hand and seal of the testator, Thomas Blake, he " being 
bound beyond the seas." Dated October 10, 1674. Witnesses : 
" Edward Browne, Charles Daly, Charles McDonnell." " Copia 
vera." 

"A SCHEDULE of all the mortgages and debts due by me 
the zoth October, 1674 : 

"On the lands of Cullagh 500 mortgage to my cousin 
Patrick Lynch fitz William : On Menlough 170 : On Kinlaugh 
to my cousin John Dorsy 270 : On Clunine quarter to Oyne 
McDonnell 100 : On the lands specified in said will to said 
Oyne McDonnell 60 : To my cousin Alexander McDonnell 
38 : To my brother Andrew Blake 230. If I be restored or 
my son, 230 to be secured to my brother Alexander Kirwan 
or his heirs: on the mortgages in Joyce country 70 to be 
made good to my cousin John Dorsy : 90 to be made good 
to my cousin Ambrose Lynch." " Copia vera." 

NOTE. This will was never proved, and the above is the only 
existing record of it. The testator, Sir Thomas Blake, fourth 
Baronet of Menlo, died between February, 1675, and February, 1676; 
see post, Record No 194, Note (B). 

No. 176. 

Acknowledgment by Nicholas Blake of the receipt by him of 
a just account from his brothers Thomas Blake fitz John and 
John Lynch fitz Michael concerning " 98 sticke rouls and 
10 hand-rouls of tobaccoe come on the ' Indeavour ' of Corke, 
commaunder John Knight, out of Montserrat to this town of 
Galway for my accompte." Attested under the hand and seal 
of Nicholas Blake. Dated January 3, 1675. Signed : " Nicho. 
Blake." [Seal affixed.] Witness : " Mathew Browne." 

No. 177. 

Letter dated " Mullaghmore, the 8th January, 1675," from 
John Blake to his son Henry Blake at Montserrat. 

" Son Henry By the tyrannical usage and uncharitable 
proceedings of my cousin Martin Blake (A) I was necessitated to 
sell my few cows to make him payment, and my poor tenants 
(excepting four) all destroyed and broken by his means these 
two years past, and the two quarters of Cornikeallagh and 
Carrownifagh are waste and yield no rent. And in my greatest 
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hath enabled you to relieve me. Since your departing here- 
henceyou have my blessing running with you in places wherein 
you go. ... I am most desirous to have a visible sight of you 
before my parting this transitory life. As often as my son 
Nicholas takes this town in his ways to the fairs I do press 
him to pay your creditors whereby you shall be disengaged and 
come to your native country with credit, to my great joy and 
content. Notwithstanding that Nicholas takes care and pains 
in observing orders, it fears me he shall not be able to discharge 
my desires, for tobacco is very plentiful now in this country 
and in no request. I conclude with my blessing and love to 
yourself, to my son John, and my sons Robert French, Andrew 
Browne, and Patrick Browne Your father, John Blake." 

NOTE. (A) " My cousin Martin Blake." This was Martin Blake 
Blake fitz Andrew of Cummer (see post, Genealogy of BLAKE of 
BALLYGLUNIN and CUMMER), who presumably had distrained on the 
lands of Mullaghmore by reason of the non-payment by John Blake 
of the rent-charge of ^"30 a year created by the deed of September 2, 
1671 (see ante, Record No. 166). 

No. 178. 

Four joint bonds given by Sir Thomas Blake of Menlough, A - D * l6 75- 
in the county of the town of Galway, Baronet, John Darcy of Februar Y I - 
Kinlough, County Mayo, Esq., and Farragh McDonnell of 
Clunine, County Mayo, gent., to George Ormsby of Tobber- 
inady, County Roscommon, Esq., conditional upon the payment 
of 120 to said Ormsby by four instalments at specified dates. 
Attested under the hands and seals of the obligors. Dated 
February i, 1675. Signed: " Thomas Blake, John Darsy, 
Far. McDonell." Witnesses : " Hen. Blake, Adam Carson, 
Dar. Connor." One of the bonds indorsed : " Received from 
Mr. John Darcy the contents of within bond 30, with 2 los. 
interest and i 45. 6d. costs obtained at Assizes, and Sheriff's 
fee i IDS. Dated the 8 October, 1677." Signed: " Geo. 
Ormsby." Witnesses: "John Bingham, Geo. Browne, Marc. 
Lynch, Rob. Darsy." Another of the bonds indorsed : " Re- 
ceived contents of within bond, being 60, viz 1 , 30 from 
Farragh McDonnell and 30 from John Darcy. Witness my 
hand this 5th October, 1677." Signed : " Geo. Ormsbye." 
Witnesses: "John Bingham, Geo. Browne, Marc. Lynch, 
Rob. Darsy."" 

No. 179. 

Letter dated Montserrat, May 29, 1675, from Henry Blake A.D. 1675. 
to his brother Thomas Blake fitz John at Galway, per " The May 29. 
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" I did order my brother John Lynch and Patrick Browne 
all the indigo into your hands to be kept; nevertheless if my 
creditors would take the one half in indigo and the other half 
in money, as in my brother Nicholas' letter I desired, you to 
do it. I need not desire you to be very careful of my concerns 
and to clear me from debts. My love to your wife and children, 
and cousin James Blake." Signed: " H. Blake." Postscript: 
" I am much troubled for that whore (as I am credibly informed) 
come out along with my brother John's wife. I am afraid she 
may be the occasion of his confusion by her seducement. I 
pray God preserve him. Robert and Nicho. advised him to 
put her out of the company of his wife by telling her quality, 
and he would not ; a strange alteration in one that hated the 
name of a whore as much as any in the world : by the first, I 
will advise him to throw her away, which I pray God he may 
do for his own future content." Signed : " H. B." 

No. 180. 

A.D. 1675. Letter dated " Bridge in Barbados," November 5, 1675, from 
November 5. j ohn Blake to his brother Thomas Blake, merchant at Galway 
in Ireland : 

" Dear Brother Yours of the 26th August last I have on 
the 28 ultimo received. Seeing that yourself and nearest 
relations are against the sending hither of my son, I willingly 
submit to your better judgments. . . . Mr. Nicho. Lynod the 
schoolmaster at Mace hath written me that he would be very 
kind to him, for which cause if you and my father-in-law think 
fit let him remain under his tuition ... to whom pay plenti- 
fully what you will think fit. I am very glad of rny brother 
Nicho. and nephew Martin's safe arrival. To my father and 
mother I pray you remember me and my wife. The wench 
come over along with my wife, I am most sensible what my 
brother Henry hath written me of her, likewise what you 
intimated per your letter, to which I say, that though I find 
her as yet most viciousless here, perhaps deterred through the 
most severe correction I keep her under, yet because of the 
said bad reports I would not at all abide her under my roof, 
but thereunto I am as yet inevitably compelled ; by reason my 
wife being, as I find her, of very weak constitution, cannot 
discharge all herself; for washing, starching, making of drink, 
and keeping the house in good order, is no small task to 
undergo here. If I would dismiss her, another [servant] I 
must have which may prove ten times worse than her; for 
until a ' neger ' wench I have, be brought to knowledge, I 
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maid. Trading groweth daily here worse and worse, only that 
provisions now and then, as now it is, very scarce and dear 
viz 1 , beef sold at 353. per barrell and some new beef lately 
come in, at 405. per barrell, which prices I am sure will not 
long continue, because provisions do now begin to come in 
from New England, and some few from Bermudas. If you 
could at anytime send hither 10 or 20 barrells or more of good 
beef and rinding freight at a moderate rate, you may expect 
thereby reasonable profit. The last hurricane we had here, on 
the last day of August last, hath at least by a third part made 
this island worse than it was. I pray you present my most 
humble service to your worthy brother Mr. James Blake ; his 
nephew Thomas doth enjoy health. I pray you likewise 
acquaint our cousin Francis Blake fitz Martin that I will send 
his letter to my brother Henrj', who I am sure will not willingly 
wrong him or anybody e)se, for his honest dealings are known 
to the world Your most faithfull brother and servant John 
Blake." 

No. 181. 

( Deed of mortgage by Nicholas Blake of Kiltollagh, County A.D. 1676. 
Galway, to his son-in-law Thomas Blake, of 300 acres out of January 2. 
the 824 acres of land, " of deficiency " allowed to the mortgagor 
lately by the Court of Claims in Dublin in lieu of his former 
estate ; the mortgage being to secure payment to said Thomas 
Blake of 150, the unpaid portion of his wife Mary Blake, the 
daughter of said Nicholas. Attested under the hand and seal 
of the mortgagor. Dated January 2, 1676. Signed : " Nicholas 
Blake." [Seal attached.] Witnesses : " Tames Blake, Tames 
Bodkine." 

No. 182. 

Letter dated " Montserrat, nth May, 1676," from Henry A.D. 1676. 
Blake to his brother John Blake at Barbadoes : Ma y " 

" Dear Brother I have this day delivered possession unto 
my cousin Edward Bodkine of the plantation and ' negers ' for 
your account, who confessed judgment in your name for 
106889 Ibs. Sugar to be paid unto me the 1st of May next, 
which is due after clearing and balancing all accounts. I pray 
God send you much joy of it. If I may have occasion- to draw 
on you for 20000 Ibs. Sugar advise me thereof by the first : I 
intend it towards the consignment from thence if I can receive 
any of their effects here. . . . Your loving Brother, H. Blake." 
" 23rd May, 1676. I am come to this day and have nothing to 
add, but that I am bound without doubt for Galway in a pinke 

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from hence bound thither where I took my passage and agreed 
for some freight ; and so do rest, Yours, H. Blake." Annexed : 
" A true copie of my brother Henry Blake's letters to me, John 
Blake." 

No. 183. 

A.D. 1676. Letter dated " Galway, 17th May, 1676," from Nicholas 
May 17. Blake to his father Alderman John Blake, at Mullaghmore : 
"Honoured father I delivered your letter to my brother 
Thomas who will answer it. ... My little boy Nicho. is taken 
by the small-pox on Monday last. I can hardly be out of the 
house in regard he is so impatient, and casting off his clothes, 
therefore I am forced to stand by him hoping I might curb his 
unsatiate desire to catch cold. I expect under God he will do 
well. I have received letters of late of my brother Henry, he 
doth not write he will come this year ; he is well in health, but 
cruelly troubled in mind of the bad market of tobacco. I 
cannot send these to my nephew John, not by this opportunity, 
by reason aforesaid Your obedient son Nicho. Blake." 

No. 184. 

A.D. 1676. Copy of a Proclamation issued by the Commissioners for 
June 30. hearing the claims of transplanted persons in the Province of 
Connaught and County of Clare : 

" Whereas by a proclamation bearing date the 26th day of 
this instant June, published by the Lord Lieutenant and 
Council of this Kingdom, all persons concerned in any of the 
transplanted lands in the said proclamation mentioned are 
required to put in their claims before us before the 2ist day 
of August next, and that they do with all convenient speed 
apply themselves to us for the hearing and determining of the 
said claims, and prosecute the same with effect in such manner 
and at such times as we should direct : And whereas we judge 
it very conducible to the due execution of the great trust reposed 
in us for the settling the said interest according to our said 
commission, that a fitting and regular course be observed in 
the forming of claims which shall be exhibited before us, and 
to the end that all persons who are concerned in the putting 
in of claims before us, their counsel, attorneys, solicitors, and 
agents may have timely notice of what is expected from them 
in this behalf: We do declare and publish that the claims 
which are or shall be exhibited to be proceeded upon by us 
shall be in manner and form as is hereinafter by us directed, 
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That is to say, that such of the said transplanted persons as 
do claim lands or deficiencies in the Province of Connaught or 
County of Clare, their heirs or assigns and every of them, do 
in their respective claims under their hands and seals, or under 
the hands and seals of their agents lawfully authorised to be 
exhibited before us, within the said prefixed time, set forth the 
substance of the respective decrees of the late pretended Court 
of Claims sitting at Athlone made on their behalf; and such 
as had lands set out, do likewise set forth the substance of the 
final settlement of the late pretended Commissioners at Loughrea 
thereupon, together with a particular of the lands and tenements 
in lieu and right whereof the said lands were set out unto them 
or to those under whom they derive their titles, as also a par- 
ticular of the lands and tenements to them respectively set out 
by apt denominations and descriptions with the content and 
number of acres, with a distinction how many were set out for 
profitable land and how many for unprofitable, in each town- 
land, village, ballyboe, or quarter of land, and also what estates 
the persons transplanted respectively had in the lands from 
which they were removed, whether in fee simple or for any 
lesser estate and how; and that such persons as claim any 
lands whereof they are not in possession do also set forth in 
their claim by whom the said land is detained or evicted from 
them and by what title or pretence of title ; and that such as 
claim by purchase, set forth their mesne conveyances, and such 
as claim as heir show how : And we do hereby further declare 
that for our more orderly proceedings upon claims brought 
before us we have nominated and appointed certain persons, 
viz 1 , Robert Longeville, Edward Mosley, Richard Brooking, 
James Clarke, John Moland, Peter Ormsby, Hugh Kelly, Charles 
Monk, Henry Danell, and Joseph Bary, gentlemen, who, and 
no other without our special orders to the contrary, shall be 
attorneys in the Court of Adjudication of Claims to be held 
before us ; and that we have agreed and ordered that every 
person who shall bring in any claim before us shall elect or 
retain one of the said persons to be his attorney in the said 
cause ; and that the names of the said persons so elected be 
indorsed upon the said claim as his attorney ; and that every 
person which shall put in an answer before us unto any claim, 
or if more persons than one shall- put in a joint answer, that he 
or they shall likewise elect and retain one of the said persons 
to be his or their attorney in the said cause, and that the name 
of the said person so elected be indorsed upon the said answer 
as his or their attorney : And to prevent unnecessary attendance 
' of the claimants and others we do hereby signify to all persons 
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said claims of all persons claiming as transplanted persons in 
the County of Clare and in the respective Baronies thereof, and 
that therein we shall begin first with the Baronies of Tullagh 
and Bunratty, immediately after the 2ist day of August ; and 
that we shall from time to time send forth public notice of the 
respective times when we shall proceed to the hearing of the 
claims in the other Baronies of the said County, and in the 
other Counties in the Province of Connaught : And if any 
person claim lands in several Baronies or Counties set forth 
in satisfaction of one decree, that we shall proceed to the 
adjudication of all the said claim and settlement of the said 
lands or of so much thereof as shall be contained in one decree 
in that Barony and County wherein he shall first come to be 
heard before us ; but if the same be in satisfaction of several 
decrees that then the same shall be heard and determined in 
the respective Baronies and Counties wherein the said re- 
spective decrees shall be satisfied. Given at the King's Inns, 
Dublin, the 3Oth of June in the 28th year of his Majesty's reign. 
Charles Meredith, Robert Booth, Hen. Hene, Rich. Reynell, 
Tho. Ratcliff. God save the King." " Copia vera." 

No. 185. 

A.D. 1676. Letter dated " Bridge in Barbados, 28th July, 1676," from 
July 28. j hn Blake to his brother Thomas Blake at Galway in Ireland. 
" Dear brother Yours of the ijth of February last with its 
enclosed account I have received. For your great care and 
pains taken about my children I am to you infinitely beholden 
and render you all possible thanks. I have ordered my 
correspondent at London, Mr. Nathaniel Bridges, to remit you 
25 towards the relief of my children, which is little enough ; 
but this our present crop proving so extreme bad, and my 
purchasing my brother Henry's share of the plantation that 
was in halves between us at Montserrat, hindered me from 
sending a larger relief. Here enclosed is a couple of lines 
from Mr. Carpenter. To my honoured father and mother I 
pray you present my humble duty, whose blessings I most 
humbly crave; to my father I would have written but that I am 
loathe to trouble him with the perusal of frivolous lines, whose 
sight I most vehemently long for; in the meantime I must 
have patience. The enclosed for my sister Mary I pray you 
cause to be delivered, and the enclosed for my brother Henry, 
who is homeward bound. If further employment will not 
come upon me more than now I have, I am resolved to remove 
hence for Montserrat, and there to settle myself for some years, 
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home. My wife remembered herself most kindly to you and 
your wife my sister, to whom and her reverend parents and 
her brothers James and Patrick I pray you present my love 
and service. Your nephew Thomas is well in health, who I 
hope will do well in time Your faithful Brother and humble 
servant, John Blake." 

No. 186. 

Letter dated " Dublin, i7th September, 1676," from Ignatius A - D - l6 ? 6 - 
French to his cousin Thomas Blake fitz John at Galway. September 
" Have entered your father's claim about eight days since. I 
suppose your trial will not be till All-Hallontyde next. The 
Court proceeds very well in favour of the transplanters, 
specially those that are in possession. I intend to stay here 
till the County Clare claims are heard ; I must attend the 
motions of my cousin James Darcy, who entered a claim to 
the disadvantage of my aunt, Martin Darcy, and myself; I 
hope to come off in spite of his proceedings. I much con- 
gratulate you of the safe arrival of my cousin Henry. One 
Mr. Monck is your attorney. I expect little provision to be in 
stock to satisfy deficiencies ; not one order yet for stock. The 
valuation of houses in Galway is that of Colonel Lawrence 
Igna. French." " There is 15 days yet to enter claims." 

No. 187. 

Letter dated " Galway, 3rd November, 1676," from Thomas AlD ' l67<5 ' 
Blake to Nathaniel Bridges, London : 

" Sir My brother John Blake wrote me of the 28th of July 
last out of the Bridge in Barbados advising me he ordered you 
to remit me 25. I pray you be pleased send me a sure bill of 
the same for this town of Galway if it can be provided, if not 
it shall not be amiss for Dublin. I pray you to let me know 
your mind concerning it per the next Your humble servant, 
Tho. Blake." 

No. 188. 

Letter dated " Dublin, n November, 1676," from Robert A ' D - l676 ' 
Bridges to Thomas Blake at Galway. " At the request of my N 
cousin Nathaniel Bridges of London, I send you the enclosed 
letter which came in his covert ; and ordering me to remit you 
25 for the account of Mr. John Blake of Barbados. I here 
inclosed, send you a bill for 25 drawn per Abel Ramm on 
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paid and pass you the same to the said John Blake his account, 
giving me a line of your receipt. Your humble servant, Robert 
Bridges." 

No. 189. 

A.D. 1676. Draft letter dated " Galway, 21 November, 1676 " (written 
November 21. probably by Thomas Blake fitz John to his cousin Ignatius 
French in Dublin) : 

"Worthy Cousin I send you inclosed bill which will 
defray the charges of my certificate. Have a special care to 
have it authentically drawn, for you know how much we suffered 
already by the flaw in our final settlement, which ought to 
serve for a sufficient warning at present. ... I beseech you 
lose no time in procuring the certificate, for my father longs to 
see it." [No signature.] 

No. 190. 

A.D. 1677. Letter dated " Galway, the 22 [blank], 1677," fr m Henry 
22 - Blake to his brother Thomas Blake in Dublin : 

" In the absence of both your brothers I have sent your 
inclosed to Peter Browne fitz Christopher to deliver it to your 
brother Nicholas in Athlone, and desired Peter to pass through 
Mullaghmore and show it to your father that he may hasten 
your brother Nicholas as a help to you to go through a business 
of such consequence as you have undertook. It rejoices my 
heart that the journey is not in vain. The children are all in 
good health, only Nicholas who is a little feverish. I was last 
week in County Mayo and saw the child John, who is well, and 
hates any body who would bring him for this town ; but I 
charged his foster father to bring him hither next week, for he 
is growing to be a brave lusty sturdy boy and mighty wildish, 
and for that respect there is no gain keeping of him any more 
with his fosterers. I will endeavour to sell your kersies, but 
there is no market at present if shipping do not fall in. 

" Mr. Owen Carroll wrote to my brother Patrick desiring to 
provide a chapman for him that would buy Lydican and 
Lissarilly. My brother would have me give 200 for Lydican, 
and my brother James advised me likewise ; to neither I gave 
no answer before I would first advise with you. My ability 
is such that I would undertake to pay said Carroll by the 
ist of August 100 and give him good security to pay 100 
more within a year and a half, provided he will give security to 
make good the said title. Anthony Lynch is of mind to pur- 
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not let him know my own mind. ... I would desire you to 
treat about it with said Owen Carroll and know of him where- 
about his price would be, and to appoint a place of meeting 
betwixt my brother Patrick and he, this side of Portumna. . . . 
Whatever charges you shall be at I will see you satisfied. . . . 
I rest your loving brother and humble servant, Hen. Blake." 
Addressed : " To Mr. Thomas Blake, gent., these, in Dublin.'' 

No. 191. 

Letter dated "Dublin, 21 March, 1677," from Dominick 
Deane to (Henry Blake probably) : 

" I have been in conference with Mr. Gough (A), son and heir 
of Patrick Gough, Esq., deceased, a man that was worth 2000 
a year ; he is a single son and not married, and consequently 
not subject to any jointure or dower: he has 601 acres in the 
Barony of Dunmore in possession, and his certificate is drawn 
up and ready to be signed. The lands lie in the Barony of 
Dunmore and County of Galway, which I suppose may not be 
far from your interest in that Barony : he will sell that interest 
apart. I desired him to give me a list of the lands with the 
rent, and how set ; there is but 4 or 5 years unexpired ; he 
tells me some are set at half a crown an acre, some at 2s., and 
the least at 2od., which list I send you enclosed. You may 
inform yourself of the quality of the lands. You may send me 
by next post your direction and the utmost you shall give (if 
you think it for your convenience) ; he desired me to send 
notice to my correspondent he insisted on 600 the first word ; 
I told him what bargain you had before, but his desire is I 
may give notice the utmost you should be at if you intend to 
deal in it." Signed : " Dominick Deane." [Address wanting.] 

NOTE. (A) " Mr. Gough." This was Edward Gough, Esq., who 
obtained a grant of 597 acres plantation measure under the Act of 
Settlement on November 17, 1677 (in pursuance of his certificate), 
in the barony of Dunmore, Co. Galway ; and these lands he sold to 
Henry Blake (see Record No. 192). 

No. 192. 

Letter dated " Dublin, May, 1677," from Thomas Blake to *'' 
his father Alderman John Blake at Mullaghmore : 

" Honoured father After much trouble I chanced af last to 
compass my design. I agreed with one Mr. Porter (A), a lawyer 
residing here, for 600 acres lying near Mulrie in the Barony of 
Kilmaine, County Mayo ; the said land is commonly known by 
the name of Leinse (Lehinch), though not by the same name in 



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the Survey or in said Porter's certificate. I am to pay 580 
by the last of this present month for said lands. The yearly 
rent thereof comes to 56 145. od. as set by lease. There will 
be more moneys expended thereupon for a fine which said 
Porter's wife is to acknowledge, to whom I am to give the price 
of a petticoat. I also agreed with Mr. Geogh (B), though with 
great difficulty, for his estate in the Barony of Dunmore ; he 
is a man as hardly to be won upon as ever I met with ; I was, 
since ever I came hither, at his heels ; I tried all ways to ply 
him, yet he stood immoveable in his high resolution, until he 
saw me frequenting Mr. Porter and suspected my familiarity 
with him, which, of purpose, I let him in a hidden way under- 
stand ; at last he condescended. I am to pay him 625 by the 
3rd June next for his said lands, consisting of 597 acres set at 
the yearly rent of 56. I confess it is a dear bargain, and so 
is the other, but lands nowadays are so hard to be bought 
that almost it is impossible to light on any bargain. My study 
now is, to have the writings authentically drawn in the name 
of my brother, for whom, God knows, I do my utmost 
endeavours. I pray you let no body know of the business. 
My cousin Patrick Blake's horse is to be brought to Galway. 
Craving your own and my mother's blessing, I rest - - Your 
obedient son, Tho. Blake." Addressed : " For my honoured 
father, Alderman John Blake, at Mullaghmore." 

NOTES. (A) " Mr. Porter." This was John Porter, Esq., who on 
November 17, 1677, in pursuance of his certificate, obtained a grant 
under the Act of Settlement of 600 acres, plantation measure, in the 
barony of Kilmaine, Co. Mayo ; they included the townlands called 
Lismulirony, Haggart, Kiltecallow, etc.; these lands were afterwards 

X called the Lehinch estate, and were sold by Porter to Henry Blake. 
They were again sold about 1812, by Henry Blake of Renvyle to 
Thomas Lindsey, and have since that period been called Hollymount. 
(B) " Mr. Geogh." See Note (A), Record No. 191. 

No. 193. 

Receipt for the quit-rent of Mullaghmore, " June 22, 1677, 
Received from Alderman John Blake 3 75. 7^d. for Easter 
last half-year's quit-rent due out of the 668 acres in Mullagh- 
more." Signed : " Tho. Brent." 

No. 194. 

Decree of the Justices of Assize of the Connaught Circuit in 
a suit of George Ormsby, Esq., plaintiff, against John Darsy, 
Esq., and Farragh McDonell, defendants. The plaintiff alleged 



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that the said defendants together with one Sir Thomas Blake, 
Baronet, by a joint bond (A) dated February i, 1675, became 
indebted to the plaintiff in 60 conditional upon the payment 
to the plaintiff of 30 on November 15, 1675 : that said 
Sir Thomas Blake is since dead (B) and that the defendants 
had refused to pay said sum to the plaintiff. Affidavit being 
made that the defendants were duly served with process of the 
Court, and they having failed to appear, the Court ordered 
that the plaintiff should recover from the defendants the 
amount of said debt with interest and costs, and the Sheriff 
of the County of Mayo was directed to take and keep the 
defendants in custody until they paid the same. " Dated at 
Ballinrobe the loth September, 1677." Signed : " Rob. John- 
son." " Entered by Richard Sankey, Registrar." 

NOTES. (A) " Joint bond." For this bond, see ante. Record No. 178. 

(B) " Said Sir Thomas Blake is since dead." Sir Thomas Blake 
died at some date between February i, 1675', and February 3, 1676, 
for in the Connaught certificate dated February 3, 1676, granted to 
one John Browne, it is stated that Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, was 
then (February 3, 1676) lately deceased (see Connaught Certificates, 
Roll III., skin 34). 

No. 195. 

Quit-rent receipt for the lands of Mullaghmore. " October A - D - l6 ?9- 
i6th, 1679 : Received then from Alderman John Blake 3 75. gd. October l6 - 
for half quit rent due the 29 September last, out of the 668 
acres of land in Mullaghmore, in the Barony of Tiaquin and 
County of Galway." Signed : " Tho. Brent." 

No. 196. 

Deed of mortgage dated April 8, 1680, whereby Nicholas A - D - l68 - 
French senior of Abbert and Nicholas French junior of A P ri18 - 
Cross, mortgaged to Thomas Bodkin of Galway, merchant, and 
his mother Juliane Bodkin alias Lynch, widow and relict of 
John Bodkin of Moyne, deceased, in consideration of the sum 
of 200, the quarter of- land of Tonregie containing 294 acres 
and 3 cartrons of Graigue containing 121 acres, situate in the 
barony of Tiaquin, county of Galway : To hold the same unto 
said Juliane Bodkin for life, with remainder to said Thomas 
Bodkin in fee, subject to redemption by the mortgagors. 
Attested under the hands and seals of the mortgagors. Signed : 
"Nicholas ffrench, Ni s ffrench." Witnesses: "Rich. Lynch, 
Tho. Skerrett, James Lynch, Wm. Lynch, Sebastian Skerrett, 
Chr. Bodkin, Richard Bodkin, John Bodkin." Indorsed with 



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affidavits made by Sebastian Skerrett and John Bodkin fitz 
John, two of the attesting witnesses, testifying to the 
signatures of the said mortgagors, the affidavits being sworn 
before "John Jeffreyson " at Galway on March 18, 1693. 
Further indorsement : " Nicholas Ambrose French, plaintiff, 
against Thomas Blake and others, defendants : Exhibited 
before us this 6th April, 1730, to Juliane Barneville, Henry 
Skerrett, Nicholas Lynch fitz Ambrose, Nicholas Blake and 
John Bodkin." Signed : " Val. Browne, Tho. Blakeney." 

NOTE. This mortgage was afterwards assigned by Thomas Bodkin 
to Gregory French of Munnine, Co. Galway ; see post, Record No. 208. 

No. 197. 

A.D. 1680. Receipts for quit-rent out of Mullaghmore. "7th May, 1680 : 

Ma y7- Received from Alderman John Blake (A) 3 73. gd. for half a 

year's Patent rent due the 25 March last out of 669 acres in 

Mullaghmore by the delivery of Thomas Blake." Signed : 

"Tho. Brent." 

A.D. 1680. " November the 4th, 1680 : Received from Alderman John 
November 4 , Blake 3 73. gd. for half a year's Patent rent due at Michaelmas 
last out of the above lands." Signed : " Tho. Brent." 

NOTE. (A) "Alderman John Blake." Of Mullaghmore; he died 
shortly after this, circa 1680-81, and was succeeded at Mullaghmore 
by his eldest son, Thomas Blake. 

No. 198. 

A.D. 1681. Four joint bonds given by John Blake (A) of Muckiniss in 
April 8. the county of Clare, Dame Ellinor Blake of the same, and 
Isidore Lynch of Drimcong in the county of Galway, to 
Gregory Lynch of Killcuane in the county of Galway, in 
the penal sum of 40 each. Bonds dated April 8, 1681. 
Attested under the hands and seals of the obligors. Signed : 
" John Blake, Ellinor Blake, Isidore Lynch." Witnesses : 
" Igna. ffrench, Nick. Canvan h , Tho. ffleminge, Edmond 
Tressy." Three of said bonds indorsed as follow: "The 
within bond and warrant for judgment exhibitted before us 
this 2ist day of Aprill, 1707," Signed : " Mar. ffrench, John 
ffrench." 

NOTE. (A)" John Blake." This John Blake was the fourth son of Sir 
Valentine Blake, third Baronet of Menlo. He married Mary, daughter 
of Isidore Lynch of Drimcong, in 1678. He was a Captain in Colonel 
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James II., and was slain at the taking of Athlone in June, 1691. He 
was ancestor of the family of BLAKE OF TOWERHILL. 

The bonds mentioned in this Record have been preserved by that 
family, and are contained in this collection of Blake Records. 

No. 199. 

Articles on the intermarriage of Bartholomew Lynch and *' D ' l683 ' 

Mary Blake. February 5. 

Articles of agreement made between Ambrose Lynch of 
Galway, merchant, and his son Bartholomew Lynch of the 
one part, and Thomas Blake of Mullaghmore and his daughter 
Mary Blake of the other part. It was thereby agreed : First, 
that said Bartholomew should marry said Mary on or before 
February 9, 1683, according to the rites and ceremonies of 
Holy Church ; second, that Thomas Blake should pay said 
Bartholomew Lynch on or before that date the sum of 200 
as a marriage portion ; third, that Ambrose Lynch should 
secure 200 for the benefit of said Bartholomew on or before 
same date ; fourth, that if said Mary should survive said 
Bartholomew and have no issue by him, that she should be 
either paid 200 out of his real and personal estate if she 
should so choose in preference to her thirds or dower ; and if 
the real and personal estate of said Bartholomew should not 
amount to 200, that then she should hold such real estate as 
he had, by way of mortgage, until she should be paid 200 ; 
and that if said Mary should survive said Bartholomew having 
issue by him, that then she should have her thirds according to 
law ; fifth, that if said Mary should die within three years after 
marriage, that said Bartholomew should pay Thomas Blake, his 
executors or assigns, 50; sixth, that said Bartholomew should 
covenant to make further assurance to said Thomas to secure 
payment of said sums of 200 and 50. Attested under the 
hands and seals of both parties interchangeably. Dated 
February 5, 1683. Signed: " Ambrose Lynch, Bart. Lynch." 
[Seals affixed.] Witnesses: " Patr. Browne, James Blake, Patr. 
Blake, Hen. Blake." 

No. 200. 

Articles on the intermarriage of Philip Butler with Julian A - D - l68 ^ 

Blake. February 6. 

Articles of. agreement made between Bartholomew Butler 
and Phillip Butler of Galway, merchants, of the one part, and 
Thomas Blake of Mullaghmore and his daughter Julian Blake 
of the other part. First, that said Philip should marry said 



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Julian on or before the last day of February, 1684. [The other 
clauses are similar to those in Record No. 199 except that 
said Julian's portion was to be 120, and that if she died 
within three years after her marriage, 30 was to be repaid to 
said Thomas.] Attested under the hands and seals of both 
parties interchangeably. Dated February 6, 1684. Signed : 
" Bartho. Butler, Philli. Butler." [Seals attached.] Witnesses: 
" Martin Butler, Hen. Blake, Bart. Lynche." 

No. 201. 

A.D. 1685. Deed whereby Thomas Blake of Mullaghmore acknow- 
April 21. ledged he owed to Edward Price, clerk, the sum of 3 and 
covenanted to pay the same in equal moieties, one moiety on 
September 29 next and the other on March 25 following ; it 
being for 2 quarters of tithes, great and small, " with the book 
meaning thereunto belonging," in the 4 quarters of land of 
Mullaghmore, " for this present year determining the 25th March 
next." Attested under the hand and seal of said Thomas Blake. 
Dated April 21, 1685. Signed: " Tho. Blake." Witnesses: 
" Philli. Butler, Thomas Canvane." 

No. 202. 

A.D. 1688. Deed of post-nuptial settlement (A) dated January 23, 1688, 
January 23. made after the marriage of Sir Walter Blake of Menlough, 
Baronet (B), with his wife Anne, daughter of John Kirwan, 
Esq. (C). 

The parties were, Sir Walter Blake of Menlough, Baronet, 
of the one part; the Hon ble Denis Daly (D), Privy Counsellor, one 
of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, Sir Henry Lynch, 
Baronet (E), one of the Barons of the Exchequer, and Peter 
Martin (F), one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, of 
the other part. After reciting certain marriage articles dated 
August 5, 1687, entered into between said Sir Walter Blake, 
Dame Mary Blake his mother, and Robert French, Esq. (G), his 
uncle, of the one part, and John Kirwan, Esq., and Anne his 
daughter of the other part, concerning a marriage then about 
to be solemnized between said Sir Walter Blake and said 
Anne Kirwan, the operative portion of the post-nuptial settle- 
ment witnessed that Sir Walter Blake thereby granted to said 
Denis Daly, Sir Henry Lynch and Peter Martin and their 
heirs, the lands following, viz. : The lands of Cloonine, the 
lands of Kigalagh, and the lands of Bohernefany, in the barony 
of Carra, county of Mayo ; the lands of Kinlagh in the barony 
of Kilmaine, county of Mayo ; the lands of Ballydulagh in the 






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barony of Ross, county of Galway ; the manor, castle and 
quarter of the lands of Muckiniss, the quarter of Glancolum- 
killy, 32 acres in the quarter of Fahymore and Fahybegg, and 
the castle and lands of Ballyaly, in the county of Clare of 
which lands, the lands of Bohernefany in Co. Mayo and all 
said lands in Co. Clare were then in jointure to, and in the 
tenure of, Dame Ellinor Blake, widow and relict of Sir 
Valentine Blake, Baronet, the grandfather of said Sir Walter 
Blake ; AND ALSO the manor and 6 quarters of land of Cullagh 
in the barony of Tiaquin, Co. Galway; the 6 quarters of 
Carnemore alias Ballymacroe in the barony of Dunkellin, 
Co. Galway ; and the lands of Clogherlenashamone in the half- 
barony of Athenry, Co. Galway all which lands were then 
held in jointure by Dame Mary Blake, widow of Sir Thomas 
Blake, Baronet, the father of said Sir Walter Blake ; AND 
ALSO the castle and quarter of Menlough in the county of the 
town of Galway : UPON TRUST as to the lands of Cloonine, 
Kigalagh, Kinlagh and Ballydulagh, to hold them to the use 
of said Sir Walter and Dame Anne his wife during their lives 
and the life of the survivor, for the jointure of said Dame Anne 
Blake, with remainder to the first and other sons successively 
in tail male of said Sir Walter by Dame Anne, with remainder 
to the daughters of Sir Walter and Anne until said daughters 
should be paid out of the rents and profits thereof the sum of 
2,000 ; and as to all the rest of the above-mentioned lands, to 
hold them to the use of said Sir Walter Blake for life, with 
remainder to his first and other sons by Dame Anne Blake 
successively in tail male, with remainder to the daughters of 
Sir Walter and Dame Anne until they should be paid out of 
the rents and profits the above-mentioned sum of 2000 
the jointure lands always excepted during the lives of the 
jointresses. Power reserved to Sir Walter Blake to create a 
charge for portions for his younger sons. 

NOTES. (A) " Deed of post-nuptial settlement." This Record is 
made from an abstract of the settlement preserved in the family of 
BLAKE OF TOWERHILL ; the original settlement is, I presume, in the 
possession of the family of BLAKE OF MENLO. 

(B) "Sir Walter Blake, Baronet." He was the sixth Baronet, and 
succeeded to the title in October, 1686, on the death unmarried of his 
elder brother, Sir Valentine Blake, fifth Baronet ; both were sons of 
Sir Thomas Blake, fourth Baronet, for whom, see ante, Records 
Nos. 128, 129, 130, 132, 147, 148, 149, 156-8, 175, 178. 

(c) "John Kirwan, Esq." Afterwards styled "Sir" John Kirwan; 
he purchased Castle Hackett, Co. Galway, and was Mayor of Galway 
for two years (1686-88); his descendant, Mary Kirwan of Castle 
Hackett, married in 1880 Percy Bernard, now of Castle Hackett. 



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A.D. 1688. 

June 9. 



A.D. 1688. 

September 



A.D. 1689. 
March 29. 



A.D. 1690. 
October 17. 



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(D) " Denis Daly." He was great-great-grandfather of Denis Daly 
of Dunsandle, who was created Baron Dunsandle in 1845. 

(E) " Sir Henry Lynch, Baronet." He was the third Baronet, 
and is ancestor of Sir Henry Lynch-Blosse, present Baronet. 

(F) " Peter Martin, Justice of the Common Pleas." He was second 
son of Richard Martin of Dungory, whose eldest son, Oliver Martin, 
is ancestor of the family of Martin or Martyn of Tullira. 

(G) " Robert French, Esq." He was of Rahassane, see ante, 
note to Record No. 129. 



No. 203. 



Bond in the penal sum of 5 55. 8d. given by Francis Blake 
fitz Martin of Galway, merchant, to Thomas Blake of Mullagh- 
more, payable on November i, 1688. Attested under the 
hand and seal of the obligor. Dated June 9, 1688. Signed : 
"ffran. Blake." [Seal affixed.] Witnesses: "Bart. Lynch, 
A. Blake." 

No. 204. 

" Received from Thomas Blake the sum of 3 sterling in full 
discharge of my fees for the proceedings to the outlawery against 
him on two outlaweries : As witness my hand this loth of 
September, 1688." Signed : " Edm. Reynell." 

No. 205. 

Account of Michael Connor, of Galway (shoemaker), for work 
done for Thomas Blake fitz John and his family. The account 
shows that the charges for " a pair of sues " (shoes) was 2S. 6d. ; 
and for a pair of new " sooles " (soles) 6d. It is receipted as 
follows : " Receaved the contents of the above note from Mr. 
Thomas Blake, 29th day of March, 1689 : Mich 1 Connor." 

No. 206. 

Bond given by Walter Blake of Drum, in the County of the 
Town of Galway, Esq., to Sir Walter Blake, Baronet, in the 
penal sum of 20 " in pure silver or gold " ; conditional on the 
payment of 10 "in pure silver or gold," on September 18, 
1691. Attested under the hand and seal of the obligor. Dated 
October 17, 1690. Signed: "Wai. Blake." [Seal affixed.] 
Witnesses : " Hen. Lynch, John Kerwan, Richard Bodkin." 

No. 207. 

Certificate that John Blake (A) was entitled to the benefit of 
the Articles of Galway. 



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" By the Hon bl e the Commissioners appointed for hearing 
and determining the claims to the Articles of Limerick and 
Galway." 

"The Petition of John Blake of Galway claiming the benefit 
of the Articles of Galway (B), being set down to be heard before us, 
upon opening the same by his counsel this day in the presence 
of his Majesties counsel learned in the Law, and upon examina- 
tion of several witnesses upon oath in the case, It appeared to 
us that the said John Blake was in Galway the 2ist day of 
July, 1691 ; That he hath since submitted to his Majesties 
Government and taken the oath of fidelity, and therefore We 
do adjudge him the said John Blake to be comprehended within 
the Articles made upon the surrender of that place, and to be 
thereby intituled to all the benefit and advantages thereof.. 
Given at the Kings Inns in Dublin, the i8th day of October, 
1698." Signed : " Robt. Doyne, Rich. Cox, Jno. Teffreyson, 
Hen. Echlin ; T. Coote." 

NOTES. (A) "John Blake." This was John Blake of Mullagh- 
more, the eldest son of Thomas Blake of Mullaghmore ; he had 
succeeded to Mullaghmore upon the death of his father, Thomas 
Blake, about 1690. 

(B) " Articles of Galway." The town of Galway was surrendered 
to the army of King William III., commanded by General Ginckel, 
under Articles dated July 21, 1691, whereby it was provided that 
persons who were within the town on that date should be allowed to 
enjoy their estates and the free exercise of their religion. 

No. 208. 

Deed of assignment dated October 20, 1699, made between A - D - l6 99- 
Thomas Bodkin of Galway, merchant, and Gregory French of ctober2a 
Munnine, County Galway. Recites the deed of mortgage dated 
April 8, 1680, of the lands of Tonregee (A), and Graige to said 
Thomas Bodkin and Juliane Bodkin for 200 (see ante Record 
No. 196) ; and that said Juliane Bodkin was long since dead, 
and that said lands were then vested in said Thomas Bodkin 
by virtue of said mortgage ; and witnesseth that said Thomas 
Bodkin, in consideration of the sum of 200 to him paid by said 
Gregory French, thereby released and made over to said Gregory 
French the said lands of Tonregee (A), and Graige, subject to the 
proviso for redemption contained in the deed of mortgage of 
April 8, 1680 ; and said Thomas Bodkin thereby covenanted 
that his wife Cecily Bodkin alias Lynch would join with him 
in any deed for further assurance deemed fitting by said Gregory 
French. Attested under the hand and seal of said Thomas 
Bodkin. Signed: "Thomas Bodkin." [Seal affixed.] Witnesses: 



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''John Bodkin, Arthure Browne, James Synnott, Jo n Bodkin." 
Indorsed: "Nicholas Ambrose French, plaintiff: Thomas Blake 
and others, defendants : Exhibitted before us this 6th April, 
1730, to John Bodkin and Arthur Browne." Signed : " Val. 
Browne, Tho. Blakeney." 

NOTE. (A) " Tonregee." This Irish word means literally " back 
side to the wind"; and the lands of Tonregee are now known as 
" Windfield." On May n, 1703, these lands were purchased by 
John Blake fitz Thomas of Mullaghmore from the mortgagee, the 
above-mentioned Gregory French, and the mortgagors, Nicholas 
Ffrench, senior, of Abbert, and his grandson, Nicholas Ffrench, 
junior; they were sold about 1835 by Henry Martin Blake of the 
Heath, Co. Mayo, to James Jameson of Dublin, and in 1904 were 
owned by said James Jameson's great-grandson, Maurice Jameson. 



Genealogies of the Various 
Families of the Blakes of Galway 

THESE Genealogies have been carefully revised, and (whenever 
possible) brought down to the present date. Several of them 
are now published for the first time. Each branch is described 
as being "of" the places of residence or the properties with 
which it is, or has been, chiefly identified ; although in some 
instances these residences or properties are no longer possessed 
by the family in question. 

The various families are arranged in their proper genealogical 
order, as well as I can ascertain it ; but I make no claim to 
infallibility in that respect. My kinsmen can form their own 
judgment on that matter. 

The following is a list of the Genealogies here given : 

1. BLAKE OF RENVYLE, Co. Galway (including BLAKE OF 

MULLAGHMORE AND WlNDFIELD and BLAKE OF LEHINCH). 

2. BLAKE OF ANNEFIELD, Co. Mayo. 

3. BLAKE OF MENLO, Co. Galway (Baronet). 

4. BLAKE OF MEELICK, Co. Galway. 

5. BLAKE OF TOWERHILL, Co. Mayo (including BLAKE OF 
BUNOWEN, Co. Galway, AND HEATH HOUSE, Queen's Co. ; 
BLAKE OF FISHER HILL ; and BLAKE OF Ross LODGE). 

6. BLAKE OF DRUM, TULLY, and now of GORTNAMONA, Co. 
Galway. 

7. BLAKE OF TWISEL, Northumberland (Baronet) ; now 
extinct. 

8. BLAKE OF KILTOLLA, FRENCHFORT AND VERMOUNT, Co. 
Galway (including BLAKE OF WATERDALE). 

9. BLAKE OF CREGG, Co. Galway (including BLAKE OF 
GLENLOE ABBEY and BLAKE OF ANNADOWN). 

10. BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD, Co. Mayo. 

11. BLAKE OF ARDFRY, Co. Galway (WALLSCOURT, BARON) 
(including BLAKE OF GRANGE). 

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12. BLAKE OF CORBALLY, Co. Galway (including BLAKE OF 
RAHARA). 

13. BLAKE OF CRUMLIN, CLOONCON, AND MOORFIELD, Co. 
Galway. 

14. BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK, Co. Galway, AND MOYNE, 
CULCON AND BALLYGLASS, Co. Mayo. 

15. BLAKE OF TUAM, Co. Galway. 

16. BLAKE OF GARRACLOONE, Co. Mayo. 

17. BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE, Co. Galway. 

18. BLAKE OF NEWBOROUGH, Co. Galway. 

19. BLAKE OF CANADA. 

20. BLAKE OF HOLLYPARK AND LOUGHREA, Co. Galway. 

21. BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA, Co. Mayo, AND ORANMORE, Co. 
Galway. 

22. BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN AND CUMMER, Co. Galway. 

23. BLAKE OF LANGHAM, Suffolk (Baronet). 

24. BLAKE OF FURBOUGH AND RAFORD, Co. Galway (in- 
cluding BLAKE OF BALLYMANAGH and BLAKE OF RATHVILLE). 

25. BLAKE OF ATHBOY, Co. Meath ; extinct. 



Blake of Renvyle, Co. Galway. 

In 6 Edward I. (1278) the castle and lands of Kiltorroge, 
and the castle and four quarters of Ballim'croe (now Carn- 
more), situate in the barony of Dunkellin in Co. Galway, were 
granted to RICHARD CADDELL (see ante, Record No. 89), who 
took the name of Niger or Blake, and was the common 
ancestor of all the families of Blake in Connaught. He was 
Portreeve of the town of Galway in 1290, and again in 1312, 
and Sheriff of Connaught in 1303-06 (31-34 Edward I.). In 
1315 he obtained a grant from Thomas de Hobrigge of the 
manor and lands of Kiltullagh (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 3). He had issue by his wife Eveline four 
sons : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. John, who married Joanna Godsun, and had two sons, 

William, and Edmund, whose will was proved at 
Athenry, October 16, 1420. 

3. Nicholas. 

4. Valentine. 
The eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE, burgess of Galway, got a grant of the 
Customs of Galway December 3, 1346. He made his will 
March, 1357 (3 1 Edward III.), granting all his lands to his son 
Henry (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 109). 
He left issue five sons : 

i. Henry (senior), burgess of Galway, got a lease Feb- 
ruary 4, 1383, for twenty years of the tithes of Doflyche, 
near Galway, from Dermot O'Conor, Abbot of Knock- 
moy (Collis Victoria) (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 7). He joined in the rebellion of 
Sir William (or Ulick) de Burgh in 1388, for which 
he was indicted for high treason on June u, 1391, but 
received pardon by letters patent from King Richard II., 
dated February 20, 1395 (see "Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 136). By a deed of settlement 
dated June 24, 1421 (9 Henry V.), he granted all his 
lands to his nephew, William Blake (son of his brother, 
Geoffrey Blake), and his heirs, with remainders to his 
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other nephews, Walter (Oge) Blake second son of 
his brother, John (Oge) Blake and Henry Blake- 
son of his brother, Thomas (Niger) Blake (see 
" Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 109). 
He left issue one child only : 

(i) Silly (Cille or Gylle), who on October 6, 1438 
(17 Henry VI.), as daughter and heir of Henry 
Blake, deceased, granted by deed to her cousin 
german, Henry Blake, son and heir of John 
(Oge) Blake, burgess of Athenry, all the mes- 
suages, lands, and tenements that descended 
or might in future descend to her as heir of 
her father (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 30). In 1435 this Silly 
Blake joined with her cousins, Henry Blake 
junior (son of John Oge Blake), Walter Oge 
Blake, William (fitz Geoffrey) Blake, and 
Henry (fitz Thomas Niger) Blake, in a deed 
of endowment to the parish church of 
St. Nicholas in Galway (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at p. 24). 

2. John (Oge), of whom presently. 

3. Geoffrey, who had issue two sons : 

(1) William, ancestor of the family of BLAKE OF 

KILTOLLA (see post, p. 166). 

(2) Walter, ancestor of the families of BLAKE OF 

DUNMACRINA, BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN, and 

BLAKE OF FURBOUGH (see the Genealogies of 
these families). 

4. Thomas (Niger), who left a son : 

(i) Henry, mentioned as remainder-man in the 
settlement of his uncle, Henry Blake senior, 
dated 1421. 

5. William, mentioned in the will of his brother, John Oge 

Blake, dated 1420. 
The second son, 

JOHN (OGE) BLAKE, burgess of the town of Galway, obtained 
in 1391 a grant of lands in Athenry from Philip, son of William 
Bermingham of Athenry (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 10). He married Margaret, and made his will 
1420 (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at pp. 18-21), 
leaving issue two sons : 

T. Henry (junior), of whom presently. 

2. Walter, a grantee under the settlement of his uncle, 
Henry Blake senior (see above). In 1435 he joined 
with his brother Henry and his cousins in the grant 



Blake, of Renvyle 133 

of a sum of money in perpetuity to St. Nicholas' 
Church, Galway (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 24). 
The eldest son, 

HENRY BLAKE (junior), a burgess of Galway and of Athenry, 
mentioned in a deed of award dated 1424 (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at p. 21). In 1435 he joined with his 
brother Walter (Oge) and his first cousins, William fitz Geoffrey, 
Silly (daughter of Henry Blake senior), and Henry (fitz Thomas 
Niger), in the grant to St. Nicholas' Church, Galway; in 1438 
he got the grant from his first cousin, Silly, already referred to. 
He was twice married, and made a deed of settlement in 1451, 
in which he settled certain houses and lands in the liberties of 
Athenry upon his eldest and only son (John) by his first wife, and 
other lands upon his four younger sons by his second wife (see 
" Blake Family Records, First Series," at p. 33). He left 
issue : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Nicholas, mentioned in the settlement of his father, 

and in an award, dated 1490, between him and his 
brother Richard (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 45). He had two sons : 

(1) Henry, who married Honorina French, and died 

without male issue before 1527 (see " Blake 
Family Records," First Series, at p. 63). 

(2) John, married Rosine, daughter of Geoffrey 

French, and died without issue before 1523 
(see " Blake Family Records," First Series, 
at p. 61). 

3. Thomas, mentioned in his father's settlement, and died 

without issue, as stated in the award of 1490. 

4. Walter, mentioned in his father's settlement. 

5. Richard, mentioned in his father's settlement. He 

died in 1502 without male issue (see " Blake Family 

Records," First Series, at p. 51). 
The eldest son, 

JOHN BLAKE, burgess of Galway, agreed in 1445 (together with 
his father, Henry) to refer to the arbitration of Willug Burke, 
Lord of Clanrickarde and Sheriff of Connaught, and of Master 
John, Friar-General of the Friar Preachers, all disputes between 
him and his cousin William fitz Geoffrey Blake, concerning the 
division of the lands of Henry Blake senior, deceased (see 
" Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 31). He married 
Juliana French, and made his will March 18, 1468, in which 
he mentions his wife and children ; and appointed John, son 
of William Blake, and Nicholas French executors, and Peter 



134 Blake Family Records 

Lynch and Robert French overseers (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at p. 39). He left issue : 

1. Valentine (Vadyn), of whom presently. 

2. William, mentioned in his father's will, married Katiline 

MacCurke, and made his will 1488, appointing his 
brother Valentine the executor, and recommending to 
his care his son and daughters (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at p. 45). 

3. Eveline, mentioned in her father's will ; married in 

1468 (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at 
p. 39) Peter Lynch, first Mayor of Galway, in 1486. 

4. Anorine, married, before 1472, Thomas, son of Henry 

Bodkin. 
The elder son, 

VALENTINE (VADYN) BLAKE, married first, Margaret Skerret, 
by whom (who died before 1494) he had issue one son and one 
daughter namely : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Anastasia, living 1510 (see "Blake Family Records," 

First Series, p. 61), who married William Browne. 
He married secondly Eveline, daughter of Geoffrey Lynch, who 
survived him, and by whom he had issue four other sons (see 
" Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 52) : 

3. Valentine (Oge), living 1432, d.s.p. before 1554 (see 

" Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 96). 

4. Thomas, ancestor of Blake of Menlo. 

5. William, died without issue before 1510. 

6. Francis. 

Valentine Blake made his will July 12, 1499, proved July 24, 
1500 (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 46), and 
was succeeded by his eldest son, 

JOHN BLAKE, married Eveline Skerret (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, p. 56), and died about 1503 (see " Blake 
Records," First Series, p. 53), leaving issue one son and two 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Nicholas, of whom presently. 

2. Julia, married Ambrose Bodkin (fitz John). 

3. Anstace, married, before 1543, John Niel of Galway. 
The only son, 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, was an infant at the date of his father's 
death in 1503. An award was made July 6, 1542 (34 Henry VIII.), 
by Patrick Barnewell, Serjeant-at-Law, between this Nicholas 
Blake and his kinsman Richard Blake, son of Geoffrey (see 
BLAKE OF KILTOLLA), to settle disputes between them as to the 
division of lands inherited from Henry Blake senior (see " Blake 
Family Records," First Series, p. 76). Nicholas Blake married 



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first, Genet, daughter of John French, but had no issue by her; 
he married secondly, Ennes, daughter of Marcus French, second 
son of Geoffrey French, but she d.s.p. He married thirdly, before 
1556, Cecilia, daughter of Walter Lynch (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, p. 99) and made his will September 18, 
1564, proved September 28, 1568 (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, p. 112), having by her had issue : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Eveline, married John Lynch (fitz Richard fitz Sander). 
The only son, 

JOHN BLAKE was a burgess of Galway. On March 6, 1571, a 
decree was made on the complaint of this John (fitz Nicholas) 
Blake or Cadell, and of John (fitz Richard) Blake or Cadell (see 
BLAKE OF KILTOLLA), by the Lord President and Council of 
Connaught, by which it was decreed that the lands belonging 
to the complainants in Kiltullagh, etc., should be held by them 
for ever, free from all charges to the Queen or any other charges 
(see " Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 115). This 
decree was ratified and confirmed by a decree made October 25, 
1616, by the Lord Deputy and Commissioners appointed for 
settling the King's (James I.) composition (see ante, Record 
No. 20). He mortgaged, June 27, 1579 (22 Elizabeth), a moiety 
of the lands of Morughe and Doulis, in the franchises of Galway, 
to Julian Browne, wife of John Blake fitz Richard (see BLAKE 
OF KILTOLLA), and this mortgage was redeemed in 1593 (see 
"Blake Family Records," First Series, pp. 119-120). He 
married Cecilia Skerret, and died April 20, 1581, having by her, 
who survived him (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, 
p. 120), had issue a son : 

NICHOLAS BLAKE of Galway, merchant, a minor at his 
father's death; he was one of the parties to the decree of 
October 25, 1616 (see ante, Record No. 20). He married, before 
1589, first, Cathaline Browne (see "Blake Family Records," 
First Series, p. 130), but by her had no issue ; he married 
secondly, Juliana, daughter of Valentine ffrench, and died 
intestate January 30, 1621 (inq. p.m. October 10 that year) (see 
ante, Record No. 39), leaving issue : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Martin, who died before 1653, leaving two sons and a 

daughter : 

(1) Francis. 

(2) John. 

(3) Mary, married John Lynch. 

3. James, who had a son : 

(i) Patrick. 

4. Nicholas (Oge). 

5. Mary, married Patrick Bodkin. 



136 Blake Family Records 

, The eldest son, 

JOHN BLAKE was Mayor of Galway 1646. He was elected 
M.P. for the Borough of Athenry on February 21, 1639. I n 1640, 
when the Lord Deputy, Sir Thomas Wentworth, Earl of 
Strafford, was carrying out his scheme for the Plantation of 
Connaught,this John Blake presented a petition (see ante, Record 
No. 86) to the Commissioners of the Plantation, accompanied 
by his pedigree (see ante, Record No. 87) and other ancient 
documents, upon which they certified that he was the lineal and 
eldest descendant of Richard Caddie alias Blake, Sheriff of 
Connaught 1306, and awarded him the claimed properties (see 
ante, Record No. 89). His ancestral estates were confiscated 
by the Cromwellian Commissioners in 1655, and he was trans- 
planted to Mullaghmore, in the barony of Tyaquin, Co. Galway 
(see ante, Record No. 150). He married Mary French, and had 
issue four sons and four daughters : 

1. Thomas, his successor. 

2. Henry, emigrated to Montserrat about 1668, returned to 

Galway in September, 1676, and purchased the estate 
of Lehinch, Co. Mayo, in 1678, from the patentee, 
John Porter, and the estate of Renvyle, Co. Galway, 
on May 19, 1680, from the patentee, Richard, Earl 
of Westmeath. He died March, 1704 (will dated 
January 26, 1702), having had issue: 

(1) Patrick, who was admitted to the Middle Temple, 

April 30, 1684, an d d.v.p. 1693, leaving a son, 
(i.) Henry, of Lehinch and Renvyle, married, 
1721, Charity, daughter of Maurice 
Annesley, of Rath, Co. Meath, and 
widow of Francis Palmer, and died in 
Paris January 30, 1732, leaving (with a 
daughter, Charity Blake, who married, 
in 1743, Thomas Newburgh of Bally- 
hayes, Co. Cavan, and died November 
20, 1745) a son, 

(a) Henry, of Lehinch and Renvyle, 
who was admitted to the Middle 
Temple February 27, 1748-49 ; 
and d.s.p. 1780 (will dated May 5, 
1779, proved November 8, 
1780), leaving his estates to 
his kinsman, Valentine Blake, 
second son of Mark Blake 
(see p. 137). 

(2) John, of Ballinakill, who had issue two sons, 

viz., Patrick ; and Henry, of Ballinakill, who 
married, 1735, Jane Browne of Moyne, and 



Blake of Renvyle 137 



had a daughter, Catherine, who married in 
1765 Nicholas Lynch of Barna. 

(3) Nicholas. 

(4) Katharine, married, August 28, 1683, Sir Robert 

Lynch, fourth Baronet of Castlecarra, Co. 
Mayo. 

3. John, settled about 1668 at Barbadoes, but afterwards 

purchased his brother Henry's estate at Montser- 
rat, and died 1692, leaving a daughter, Catharine, 
married Nicholas Lynch of Antigua. 

4. Nicholas, will proved 1693. He left a daughter, Anstas. 

5. Catharine, married Francis Browne. 

6. Julliane. 

7. Mary. 

8. Sheila. 

John Blake died intestate, 1680-81, and was succeeded by 
his eldest son, 

THOMAS BLAKE of Mullaghmore and of Galway, merchant, 
married, 1658, Mary, eldest daughter of Nicholas Blake of 
Kiltullagh (see ante, Record No. 133), and died circa 1690, having 
had issue : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Nicholas. 

3. Catharine. 

4. Juliana, married, 1684, Philip Butler. 

5. Mary, married, 1683, Bartholomew Lynch. 
The elder son, 

JOHN BLAKE of Mullaghmore, and of Windfield, which he 
purchased 1703, married, December 28, 1695, Eveline Lynch 
of Bellacurren, and died 1720 (will dated June 17, 1720, proved 
April 20, 1725), leaving issue four sons and two daughters: 
T. Thomas, his heir. 

2. Mark, married, September 18, 1731, Joan, daughter of 

Ignatius French of Carrowreagh, son of Valentine 
French, and had issue three sons and two daughters, 
viz. : 

(1) Ignatius, died unmarried at Lima, Peru, in 1794. 

(2) Valentine, legatee of the estates of Renvyle and 

Lehinch under the will (1780) of his kinsman 
Henry Blake (see p. 136). 

(3) John, ancestor of BLAKE OF ANNEFIELD (see 

that family, post, p. 141). 

(4) Margaret, married, in 1787, George Taafe of 

Strokestown. Co. Roscommon. 

(5) Julia, married, in September, 1788, George 

Davys of Martinstown, Co. Roscommon. 

3. Nicholas. 



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4. Patrick. 

5. Demphna. 

6. Margaret, married first (about 1745), Mark Blake of 

Knockmore, Co. Mayo (who died without issue, 
May 29, 1760) ; and secondly, in 1765, Henry Lynch 
of Clogher, Co. Mayo, by whom she had no issue. 

The eldest son, 

THOMAS BLAKE of Mullaghmore and Windfield, married, 

May 23, 1719, Anne, daughter of John Bodkin of Annagh, Co. 

Galway, and had issue four sons and five daughters, viz. : 

1. John, his heir, of whom presently. 

2. Martin, died without issue. 

3. Marcus, died without issue. 

4. Nicholas, died without issue. 

5. Mary, married, in 1752, Michael Browne of Moyne. 

6. Ellen, married James Kelly of Fairfield. 

7. Bridget, married Andrew Concannon. 

8. Margaret, married Thomas Fitzmorris. 

9. Catharine, married McDermot. 

Thomas Blake died in May, 1762 (will dated November 30, 
1761, proved May 21, 1762), and was succeeded by his eldest 
son, 

JOHN BLAKE of Mullaghmore and Windfield. He married, 
in 1751, Mary, daughter of Patrick Kirwan (senior) of Cregg, 
but died without issue. His will, dated March 31, 1783, with 
codicil dated February 27, 1786, was proved February 21, 1788. 
He was succeeded in the representation of his family by his 
cousin, 

VALENTINE BLAKE of Lehinch and Renvyle, High Sheriff 
of Mayo 1781, second son of Mark Blake (see ante, p. 137). He 
married, in June, 1788, Anna Maria, daughter of the Hon. and 
Rev. Richard Henry Roper of Clones, son of Henry, eighth 
Lord Teynham, by Anne, Baroness Dacre, his wife ; and by her 
(who married secondly, James Shuttleworth of Barton Lodge, 
Co. Lancaster) had issue two sons and three daughters : 

1. Henry, his successor. 

2. Marcus, died young. 

3. Jane Maria, died unmarried 1815. 

4. Caroline, died unmarried 1812. 

5. Julia Frances, married, in 1819, Rev. Henry A. Burke, 

a younger son of Michael Burke of Ballydugan, Co. 
Galway. 

Valentine Blake died 1800, and was succeeded by his elder 
son, 

HENRY BLAKE of Renvyle, J.P., born November 18, 1789; 
married, December 22, 1810, Martha Louisa, daughter of Joseph 



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Attersoll of Portland Place, London, and by her (who died 
June, 1853) had issue seven sons and two daughters : 

1. Edgar Henry, his successor. 

2. Harold Henry, born July I, 1817; died unmarried 

November, 1873. 

3. Ethelbert Henry, M.D., L.R.C.S., Deputy Inspector- 

General of Hospitals, formerly Surgeon R.A., born 
December, 1818 ; married, October 30, 1850, Jane 
Caroline, daughter of Dr. Hay, H.E.I.C.S., and died 
June 6, 1897, leaving issue: 

(1) Henry, born June 14, 1852, M.B., Great Yar- 

mouth; married, April 28, 1881, Lucy Agnes, 
daughter of Thomas Mounsey of Oakfield, 
Garstang, Lancashire, and has issue : 

(i.) Valentine Henry, born January 29, 1882. 
(ii.) Harold Henry, born August i, 1883. 
(iii.) Denis Henry, born April 29, 1889. 
(iv.) Gertrude Mary, born September22, 1885. 

(2) Arthur Henry, M.A. Camb., born November 22, 

1857; married, April 19, 1893, Dora Mabel, 
daughter of John Rogers of Rawdon House, 
Bedford, and has issue : 

(i.) Roger Derrick Campbell, born March 8, 

1895. 

(ii.) Arthur Shirley Ethelbert, born May 28, 
1896. 

(3) William Henry, M.D., Brussels, born January 12, 

1863 ; married, June 1 1, 1890, Caroline Spencer, 
daughter of Rev. J. C. Bradley, and has issue : 
(i.) John Churchill, born May 30, 1894. 
(ii.) Rose Spencer, born May 15, 1891. 

(4) Robert, born at Gibraltar, 1865 ; died young. 

(5) Edith Mary, died in 1851. 

(6) Emma. 

(7) Caroline Maria. 

(8) Emilie Susette, died at Gibraltar, September, 1865. 

(9) Ethel Jane. 
(10) Eleanor Martha. 

4. Egbert Henry, R.E., born September 15, 1821 ; lost in 

the wreck of the Solway, April 8, 1843. 

5. Ethelred Henry, died 1838, aged fourteen. 

6. Ethelstane Henry, born April 3, 1826 ; married, August, 

1866, Sophia Marguerite, daughter of Louis Gaudard, 
of Lausanne, Switzerland, and died June 8, 1884, 
leaving issue : 
(i) Herbert Edgar, born May 24, 1873; married, 



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November 20, 1895, Maud, daughter of 
Bumpus. 

(2) Egbert Mabille, born November 4, 1874. 

(3) Ellen Marguerite, married, June 2, 1897, Thomas 

Eagleston Gordon, M.B., F.R.C.S.I. 

7. Herbert Henry, born May 4, 1828 ; died unmarried 1855. 

8. Emelie Anna, died unmarried 1867. 

9. Eleanor Elizabeth, died unmarried, July 23, 1882. 
Henry Blake died May 6, 1856 (will proved May 3, 1871), 

and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

EDGAR HENRY BLAKE of Renvyle, Captain R.N., J.P., born 
December 19, 1814 ; married, March 2, 1861, Caroline Johanna, 
daughter of Rev. Henry A. Burke, by his wife Julia Frances, 
daughter of Valentine Blake of Renvyle (see ante, p. 138) ; 
and died November 25, 1872, leaving issue two sons and one 
daughter : 

1. Henry Edgar Valentine, his successor. 

2. Robert Attersoll, born January 17, 1867, now residing 

at Barkley, Gwelo, Rhodesia ; married, January 24, 
1902, at Salisbury, Rhodesia, Janet Mary, daughter 
of the late Charles Carter Blake, son of Charles 
Ignatius Blake of Iquique, Valparaiso, South 
America. 

3. Julia Emilie Martha. 
The eldest son, 

HENRY EDGAR VALENTINE BLAKE of Renvyle, Co. Galway, 
and Foil Tra, Howth, Co. Dublin, J.P. for Co. Galway, and 
a Licentiate of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, 
Ireland. He married, October 2, 1901, Elizabeth Josephine, 
only daughter of Surgeon Thomas William Myles, late of Foil 
Tra, and has issue a son and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Edgar Valentine. 

2. Joan Caroline. 



Blake of Annefield, Co. Mayo. 

JOHN BLAKE, third son of Mark Blake (second son of John 
Blake of Mullaghmore and Windfield ; see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, 
ante, p. 137). This John Blake acquired the estates of Mullagh- 
more and Windfield under the will (proved in 1788) of his 
cousin, John Blake of Mullaghmore and Windfield (see BLAKE 
OF RENVYLE, ante, p. 138). He married, in August, 1787, Mary, 
second daughter of Christopher Bowen of Hollymount, Co. 
Mayo, by whom he had issue two sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Christopher, of whom presently. 

2. Henry Martin of the Heath, Co. Mayo, of whom 

presently. 

3. Anna Maria, who married William Burke of Bally- 

dugan, Co. Galway. 

John Blake died intestate in 1812, and was succeeded by his 
elder son, 

CHRISTOPHER BLAKE of Windfield. He married Elizabeth, 
daughter of John Burke of St. Clerans, Co. Galway, by whom 
(who survived him, and died March i, 1875 ; administration 
granted July 10, 1876) he had issue two sons and two 
daughters, viz. : 

1. John Bowen, of whom presently. 

2. Christopher, who died vita patris unmarried. 

3. Elizabeth. 

4. Maria. 

Christopher Blake died on March 14, 1820 (will dated in 
1816, proved November 22, 1821), and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

JOHN BOWEN BLAKE of Windfield, who died unmarried in 
1823, and was succeeded by his uncle (see above), 

HENRY MARTIN BLAKE of the Heath, Co. Mayo, and Wind- 
field, Co. Galway. He married as his first wife Anastasia 
Gaussen, by whom he had issue an only son, 

i. John Henry, born in 1819, of whom presently : 

He married in 1830 his second wife, Nicola, third daughter 
of Robert Ffrench of Monivea, Co. Galway, by whom (who 
survived him, and died January 15, 1878, will proved 

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142 Blake Family Records 

February 23, 1878) he had issue two sons and three 
daughters, viz. : 

2. Rev. Robert Ffrench, Rector of Staple, Kent, born 

June 18, 1838; married, November 8, 1877, Mary, 
daughter of Arthur Hewitt, and died October 18, 
1900, leaving issue four sons and a daughter, viz. : 

(1) Arthur, born February 22, 1879, resident at 

Maydicken, Denton, Canterbury. 

(2) Robert, born July 18, 1880, died in South Africa 

May 19, 1902. 

(3) St. John Lucius, born May 2, 1889. 

(4) Desmond, born June 30, 1900. 

(5) Nora, born September 12, 1886. 

3. Lucius O'Brien, a Lieutenant in 5th Fusiliers ; was 

admitted a student at the Middle Temple on 
November 21, 1866; married Cecilia, widow of the 
Rev. Crole Windham of Rutland Gate, London, and 
died at Nice in December, 1901. 

4. Annie, married Acheson Ffrench of Monivea. 

5. Joanna, married first, in 1864, Croasdaile Molony of 

Grenahan, Co. Clare ; and secondly, in 1873, John 
Blakeney of Abbert, Co. Galway. 

6. Louisa, died unmarried, June 29, 1881 ; will proved 

February I, 1882. 

Henry Martin Blake died January n, 1857, and was 
succeeded by his only son by his first wife, 

JOHN HENRY BLAKE of Annefield, Co. Mayo, J.P. for County 
Mayo and Captain in the 4th Lancashire Militia. He 
married, November 15, 1865, Sarah Nassau, second daughter 
of the Rev. John Grier, Vicar of Stourbridge, by whom he had 
issue two sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. St. John Robert Bowen, born May, 1867, of whom 

presently. 

2. Lynden Henry, born in 1868 ; he married Millicent, 

daughter of Major Brady, and has issue. 

3. Sarah, married, in April, 1887, Cecil Powell of Wester- 

ham, Kent. 

John Henry Blake died February 5, 1872, administration 
granted July 13, 1878, and was succeeded by his elder son, 

ST. JOHN ROBERT BOWEN BLAKE, of Annefield, Co. Mayo, 
and of Rushbrooke, Kells, Co. Meath. He married Katharine, 
daughter of the Rev. Powell Jones, Rector of Newton 
St. Patrock, Devon. 



Blake of Menlo^ Co. Galway (Baronet]. 

THOMAS BLAKE, third son of Valentine (Vadyn) Blake, who 
died 1499 (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, ante, p. 134). He was 
Mayor of the Town of Galway in 1545, and again in 1562. He 
had issue a son : 

i. Walter, who married Juliane, daughter of James 
Browne, and died in November, 1573 (see " Blake 
Family Records," First Series, p. 118), vita patris, leaving 
issue three sons (see ante, Record No. 87), viz. : 

(1) Valentine (Sir), born circa 1560, of whom 

presently. 

(2) James, ancestor of the family of BLAKE OF 

DRUM (which see, post, p. 160). 

(3) Robert, ancestor of the family of BLAKE OF 

TWISEL, Northumberland (which see, post, 
p. 164). 

Thomas Blake died on January 20, 1574 (see "Blake Family 
Records," First Series, p. 119), seized of the castle and lands 
of Ballimacroe (now Carnmore), near Galway, which had been 
granted in the sixth year of King Edward I. (1277) to Richard 
Caddie called Niger, his ancestor (see ante. Record No. 89). 
He was succeeded by his grandson, 

SIR VALENTINE BLAKE (fitz Walter fitz Thomas), who was 
Mayor of Galway in 1611 and 1630, and M.P. for the Borough 
of Galway in 1613. In a Chancery Inquisition taken at 
Ballinacarra, Co. Mayo, on January 14, 14 Jame.s I. (1617), 
this Valentine Blake was found to be seized in fee of various 
denominations of land in Co. Mayo, which now form portion of 
the family estate of Blake of Towerhill, Co. Mayo (see ante, 
p. 16). On June 8, 1621 (19 James I.), he got a grant by 
patent of the castle and lands of Muckiniss and of Ballyally 
in Co. Clare. He was created a Baronet of Ireland on 
July 10, 1622. He married as his first wife, Margaret, 
daughter of Robuck French of Galway, by whom he hacf issue : 

1. Thomas (Sir), second Baronet. 

2. Francis, Mayor of Galway 1640 ; married Margaret, 

daughter of Patrick French, and had issue six 
daughters : 

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144 Blake Family Records 

(1) Mary. 

(2) Margaret. 

(3) Catherine, married Nicholas Lynch. 

(4) Juliane. 

(5) Elizabeth. 

(6) Ann. 

3. Juliane, married Adam Faunt of Galway. 

4. Margaret, married first, Sir Nicholas Arthur of Limerick, 

and secondly, Theobald Butler. 

5. Anne, married Richard Darcy. 

Sir Valentine married secondly, Annabel, daughter of James 
Lynch, who d.s.p. Sir Valentine died January 2, 1634, and 
was buried in St. Francis' Abbey, Galway, in the chapel of 
St. Mary of Loretto, erected by himself. His will, dated 
June 20, 1629, was proved 1634 ; and an Exchequer Inquisi- 
tion, dated April 23, 1636, relating to him is on record (see ante, 
Record No. 77). He was succeeded by his eldest son, 

SIR THOMAS BLAKE of Menlo, Co. Galway, second Baronet ; 
he was Mayor of Galway in 1637, and became M.P. for Galway 
Borough in June, 1634. ^ n the Strafford survey of Mayo, 1636, 
he is returned as the owner of the lands of Clonyne (now form- 
ing the estate of Towerhill) in the barony of Carra, Co. Mayo. 
Sir Thomas married Juliane Browne, daughter of Geoffrey 
Browne of Carrowbrowne, and had issue (with several 
daughters, one of whom, Moggine, married James Lynch of 
Galway; and another, Mary, married Martin Kirwan of Knock) 
four sons : 

1. Sir Valentine, created a Knight in the lifetime of his 

grandfather, Sir Valentine Blake, first Baronet. 

2. Walter, first of Galway, but afterwards of Exning, 

Suffolk. On February 22, 1668, he got a grant by 
patent, under the Acts of Settlement, of the lands of 
Menlo and of Ballym'croe, alias Carnmore, in Co. 
Galway, and the lands of Clooneen, Co. Mayo, part of 
the estate of his then deceased brother, Sir Valentine 
Blake, third Baronet, which had been sequestrated 
by the Cromwellian Government ; and in 1669 he 
executed a deed of settlement of these lands on his 
four nephews (sons of his brother, Sir Valentine 
Blake, third Baronet), viz., Sir Thomas Blake, fourth 
Baronet, Henry Blake, Francis Blake, and John 
Blake, successively in tail male. This Walter Blake's 
will, in which he is described as " of Exning, Suffolk," 
is dated November 21, 1672, and was proved in 
London, April 28, 1674. He d.s.p. 

3. Geoffrey (Rev.). He was admitted to the Middle 



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Temple July 21, 1634, but afterwards became a priest 
in Holy Orders of the Roman Catholic Church. 
4. John (Rev.), a priest in Holy Orders of the Roman 

Catholic Church. 

Sir Thomas Blake died in 1642, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

SIR VALENTINE BLAKE of Menlo, third Baronet. He was 
admitted to the Middle Temple July 19, 1628. He was elected 
M.P. for the County of Galway in June, 1634, an ^ M.P. for the 
Borough of Galway on February 20, 1639 > and was Mayor of 
Galway in 1643. He married (marriage settlement June 27, 
1632) Ellinor, second daughter of Sir Henry Lynch of Galway, 
first Baronet (see LYNCH-BLOSSE, Baronet), and by her (who 
survived him) left issue four sons and three daughters, namely: 

1. Thomas (Sir), fourth Baronet. 

2. Henry, born 1640 ; married Catherine Gibson, and left 

an only son, 

(i) Thomas, of Brendrum (otherwise Blake-hill), 
Co. Galway ; married Mary, daughter of Peter 
Lynch, second son of Sir Robuck Lynch, 
second Baronet (see LYNCH-BLOSSE, Baronet). 
This Thomas Blake of Brendrum died in 1764, 
and his will, dated October 22, 1757, was 
proved November 16, 1769. He left two sons: 
(i.) Thomas (Sir), succeeded as ninth 

Baronet. 

(ii.) Walter (Sir), born in 1717, succeeded 
as tenth Baronet. 

3. Francis, believed to have been a patentee of lands in 

Carolina. He left a son : 

(i) Joseph, one of the " Lords Proprietors " cf 
Carolina, who surrendered their patent rights 
to the Crown in 1727. He d.s.p. 

4. John, first of Clooneen, Co. Mayo, and after of 

Muckiniss, Co. Clare (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL). 

5. Juliane, married Alexander Kirwan of Dalgan, Co. 

Mayo. 

6. Elizabeth, married Andrew Blake of Fartigar, or Castle- 

grove, Co. Galway, seventh son of Robert Blake of 
Ardfry (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

7. Annabel (Nell or Elena), married Thomas Fleming, and 

died 1705, leaving issue. 

Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet, died 1652. His will, 
dated June i, 1651, was proved in Dublin, April 12, 1654 (see 
ante, Record No. 126). His extensive estates in the counties 
of Clare, Galway, and Mayo, and in the town of Galway, were 

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after his death sequestrated by the Cromwellian Government ; 
but after King Charles II.'s restoration Sir Valentine's widow, 
Dame Ellinor Blake, obtained on July 14, 1663, a decree of the 
Court of Claims whereby she was restored as " an innocent 
Papist " to the castle and lands of Muckiniss and the castle and 
lands of Ballyally, both in Co. Clare (see ante, Record No. 148). 
Sir Valentine Blake's eldest son, 

SIR THOMAS BLAKE, fourth Baronet, regained possession of 
Menlo in 1669. He married first, Mary, daughter of Richard 
Martin. She d.s.p. He married secondly, Ellinor Lynch, by 
whom he had a daughter Ellinor. He married thirdly (settle- 
ment dated October 6, 1656), Mary, daughter of Marcus 
French (ancestor of French of Rahassane). By her, who died 
1694, he had issue, with several daughters, two sons : 

1. Valentine (Sir), fifth Baronet. 

2. Walter (Sir), sixth Baronet. 

Sir Thomas died 1676. His will was dated October 10, 1674 
(see ante, Record No. 175), but was never proved. His elder son, 

SIR VALENTINE BLAKE, fifth Baronet of Menlo, born 1664, 
died unmarried October, 1686, and was succeeded by his only 
brother, 

SIR WALTER BLAKE, sixth Baronet ; he held a commission 
as Captain in Colonel Henry Dillon's regiment of foot in the 
Irish Army of James II. , but obtained the benefit of the Articles 
of Capitulation of Galway in 1691. He married first, August 10, 
1687, Anne, daughter of Sir John Kirwan, Knight, of Castle- 
hacket, Co. Galway (see ante, Record No. 202). By her, who 
died August, 1705, he had issue two sons and two daughters : 

1. Thomas (Sir), seventh Baronet. 

2. Simon Valentine of London, married (articles dated 

October 5, 1751) Mary Browne of Ellistron, Co. Mayo, 
and d.s.p. at Raheny, near Dublin, in November, 1751. 
His will was proved in London in 1752. His widow 
married John Blake, third son of Isidore Blake of 
Clooneen (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL, post, p. 154). 

3. Mary, married, 1714, John Quin of Rossbrien, Co. 

Limerick, who died 1729 (see DUNRAVEN, E.). 

4. Juliane, married Gregory Martin of Galway. 

Sir Walter married secondly, in 1706, Agnes, daughter of 
John Blake (see Genealogy OF BLAKE of TWISEL, post, p. 164). 
By her, whose will was proved September 10, 1748, he had an 
only child : 

5. Catherine, married first, April 10, 1722, Denis Daly of 

Carrownakelly (see DUNSANDLE, B.), and secondly, 
Sir John Browne, fifth Baronet of the Neale (see 
KILMAINE, B.). She d.s.p. 1775. 



Blake of Menlo 147 

Sir Walter Blake died May, 1748. His will, dated Decem- 
ber 6, 1745, was proved May 16, 1748. His eldest son, 

SIR THOMAS BLAKE, seventh Baronet of Menlo, previously 
of Summerville, Co. Galway, married Elizabeth, daughter of 
Ulick Burke of Tyaquin. This lady was celebrated for her 
poetic talents. Sir Thomas died March, 1749. His will was 
dated July 31, 1748 ; administration granted March 17, 1749. 
He had issue : 

1. Ulick (Sir), eighth Baronet. 

2. Anne, married, 1757, Richard Kirwan of Creg, Co. 

Galway, eminent for his philosophical writings and 
discoveries. 
His only son, 

SIR ULICK BLAKE, eighth Baronet of Menlo, was admitted 
to Middle Temple July 15, 1738 ; he married Mary, daughter of 
the Robert Blake of Ardfry (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY,/>OS, p. 181), 
and by her (who married secondly, Peter Smith) had an only 
child : 

i. Anstace, married (settlement dated August 10, 1771) 
Francis Foster of Ashfield, Co. Galway, and died, 
April, 1820, having had issue. 

Sir Ulick died June 22, 1766, without male issue. His will, 
dated November 22, 1764, was proved November 5, 1766. He 
was succeeded by his kinsman (the grandson of Henry Blake, 
second son of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet, see p. 145), 

SIR THOMAS BLAKE, ninth Baronet of Menlo, who resided 
previously to 1766 at Bordeaux ; he married, 1730, Eleanor 
Lynch, and by her (who died in July, 1791) had an only 
daughter : 

i. Mary, married Edward Lynch. 

Sir Thomas died March 3, 1787, without male issue, and 
was succeeded by his only brother, 

SIR WALTER BLAKE, tenth Baronet. He married on 
April 10, 1751, Barbara, daughter of Myles Burke of Ower, 
Co. Galway, and by her had issue five sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. John (Sir), born July 15, 1753, of whom presently. 

2. Dominick Joseph, ancestor OF BLAKE of MEELICK (see 

that family, post, p. 151). 

3. Walter (Brigadier), who married in March, 1794, as his 

first wife, Letitia, daughter of Denis Daly of Raford, 
Co. Galway, and widow of Henry Bingham of- New- 
brook, Co. Mayo. He married as his second wife 
Matilda, daughter of John Kirwan of Hillsbrook, Co. 
Galway. 

4. Thomas (Major), who married Catherine Lawless, and 

had issue three sons and three daughters, viz. : 

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(1) Edward. 

(2) Thomas. 

(3) John. 

(4) Barbara. 

(5) Catharine. 

(6) Mary, who married, in January, 1841, Peter, son 

of Colonel P. Whannel, Deputy Auditor- 
General of the Madras Army. 

5. Stephen, of Summerville and Woodstock, Co. Galway, 

(Captain), who married in June, 1792, Margaret, 
daughter of Denis Daly of Raford, and widow of 
Charles Blake of Merlin Park, Co. Galway. 

6. Catharine, who married Myles Burke of the island of 

St. Eustatia. 

Sir Walter Blake died on April 14, 1802. He was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

SIR JOHN BLAKE, eleventh Baronet. He was admitted at 
Lincoln's Inn on June 19, 1779. He married, on May 12, 
1779, as his first wife, his cousin Eleanor, daughter of Edward 
Lynch, and by her (who died in 1795) had issue : 

1. Valentine (Sir), born June 23, 1780, of whom presently. 

2. Barbara, who married in 1804, Thomas Turner of Hales 

Hall, Co. Stafford, and had issue. 

Sir John married in 1801 as his second wife Rose, daughter 
of Edward Brice of Kilroot, Co. Antrim (by his wife Theodora, 
daughter of Thomas, first Lord Ventry) ; by her Sir John had 
issue : 

3. John Brice, Captain in the 47th Regiment; he married, 

on July i, 1840, Frances Kennedy, widow, eldest 
daughter of John Drope Mclllree of Belturbet, 
Co. Cavan. She survived her husband, Captain John 
Brice Blake, and died January 23, 1871 ; administration 
granted February 24, 1871. 

4. Eliza Theodora, married, August 18, 1821, Thomas 

Townsend Aremberg, third Lord Ventry, and died 
October 25, 1879. He died January 18, 1868. 

5. Jane Margaret, married, 1829, Rev. Denis Mahony of 

Dromore Castle in Kerry. He died April 21, 1851. 
She died May 8, 1842. 

6. Arabella, married first, December 7, 1827, Sir Hugh 

James Moore O'Donnell, Baronet, who died July 29, 
1828. She married secondly, August i, 1849, John 
O'Hara of Raheen, Co. Galway, and died October 13, 
1884. 

Sir John died in 1834, an d was succeeded by his elder 
son, 



Blake of Menlo 149 

SIR VALENTINE JOHN BLAKE, twelfth Baronet, M.P., born 
June 23, 1780; admitted to Lincoln's Inn on November 19, 
1801 ; he was M.P. for the Borough of Galway from 1813 to 
1820, and again from 1841 to his death. He married first, 
August 8, 1803, Eliza, eldest daughter of Joseph Donellan of 
Killagh, and by her (who died May 8, 1836)* had issue two sons 
and three daughters : 

1. Thomas (Sir), born May 25, 1805, of whom presently. 

2. John Francis, born April 14, 1809; married, Decem- 

ber 21, 1835, Frances, second daughter of Bernard 
Mullins of Ballyeigan, King's County, and died July 9, 
1888, leaving by her (who died September 30, 1868) a 
son and a daughter : 

(1) Bernard Valentine, born September 24, 1841 ; 

married, 1868, Harriett, widow of Major Paul, 
and died 1875, leaving issue a son, 
(i.) Bernard, born 1872. 

(2) Elizabeth, died unmarried 1898. 

3. Elly, died unmarried. 

4. Eleanor, died unmarried. 

5. Eliza, died unmarried. 

Sir Valentine married secondly, April 8, 1843, Julia Sophia, 
daughter of Robert MacDonnell, M.D., and niece of the Rev. 
Richard MacDonnell, D.D., Provost of Trinity College, Dublin, 
and by her (who married secondly, October 10, 1850, John 
Cuxson, youngest son of John Cuxson of Shiffnall, Salop, and 
died March n, 1883) had a son, 

6. Valentine Charles, born 1844 ; married, 1871, Isabel, 

daughter of Rev. John Dill of Clonmel. She died 
1882, leaving issue a son and a daughter: 

(1) Valentine, born February 6, 1874; died un- 

married. 

(2) Elizabeth. 

Sir Valentine died in January, 1847, and was succeeded by 
iis eldest son, 

Sm THOMAS BLAKE, thirteenth Baronet. He married, 
May 29, 1830, Letitia Maria, only daughter and heir of Ulick 
O'Brien of Waterview, Co. Galway, and had issue : 

1. Valentine (Sir), born December 27, 1836, of whom 

presently. 

2. Louisa, married, on October 2, 1862, as her first 

husband, Thomas Burke of Smythesdale, Victoria : 
he died in 1867; she married in 1872, as her second 
husband, John King. 

3. Eliza, married, in 1879, Thomas Von Donop-Hardinge, 

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Sir Thomas, died on January 2, 1875, and was succeeded by 
his only son, 

SIR VALENTINE BLAKE, now (1905) of Menlo, fourteenth 
Baronet; High Sheriff of Galway in 1872. He married, on 
June 25, 1864, Camilla, youngest daughter of Harvey Combe, 
late Madras Civil Service, and by her has issue : 

1. Thomas Patrick (heir-apparent), born March 18, 1870 ; 

he married, on July 8, 1903, Evelyn, youngest daughter 
of Lewes Gower Stewart of Mount Pleasant, Ilfra- 
combe, Devon, and has issue a son : 
(i) Ulick, born August 6, 1904. 

2. Valentine, born March 22, 1871 ; died September 6, 

1889, unmarried. 

3. James, born May 9, 1874, died unmarried about 1903. 

4. Eleanor. 

5. Florence, born August 10, 1866; married, June 3, 1896, 

Captain Norton Castle, eldest son of Charles Castle 
of Hawford, Worcester, and died July 15, 1899. 

6. Maude, married June, 6, 1901, Frederick Cartwright, 

second surviving son of William Cartwright of 
Springfield, Newport, Mon., and Fairwater, Glamor- 
ganshire. 



Blake of Meelick, Co. Galway. 

DOMINICK JOSEPH BLAKE (second son of Sir Walter Blake, 
tenth Baronet of Menlo, ante, p. 147), a solicitor ; he married, 
in 1797, Mary, daughter of George Yelverton of Belleisle, Co. 
Tipperary (by his wife Letitia, daughter of Sir Henry Burke 
of Glynsk, Co. Galway, seventh Baronet), and by her had issue 
three sons and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Walter, born in 1799, of whom presently. 

2. Henry. 

3. Yelverton. 

4. Barbara. 

5. Cecilia. 

Dominick Joseph Blake died in September, 1843, and was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Meelick, Co. Galway. He married, in 
1840, Mary, youngest daughter of Charles Blake of Tuam 
(see BLAKE OF TUAM, post, p. 197), by whom he had issue 
three sons and three daughters, viz. : 

1. Charles Anthony, born in 1848, of whom presently. 

2. Walter (Surgeon-Major), who married, in 1875, Ellen, 

daughter of William Moriarty, Commander in the 
Royal Navy, by his wife Aphra, daughter of Dr. 
Crump of Tralee. Said William Moriarty was son of 
Vice-Admiral Silverius Moriarty by his wife Lady 
Lucy Luttrell, daughter of Simon, Earl Carhampton. 
Walter Blake died on May 7, 1881 (administration 
granted at Cork July 6, 1881), leaving issue by his 
wife Ellen (who died March 18, 1881) two sons and 
one daughter, viz. : 

(1) Luttrell Bruce, of Whitland Abbey, Caer- 

marthenshire, who married, on June 30, 1904, 
Lucy, daughter of John Newell Moore'. 

(2) Cecil Bruce, Lieutenant Royal Artillery. 

(3) Gwendoline Bruce. 

3. John Bruce, born in 1852, died unmarried in 1880. 

4. Mary. 



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5. Elizabeth. 

6. Rose, who married, in 1876, Charles Henry Blake of 

Tuam (see BLAKE OF TUAM, post, p. 198). 

Walter Blake died in 1860, and was succeeded by his eldest 
son, 

CHARLES ANTHONY BLAKE, now of Meelick, Co. Galway. 
He married, in 1896, Harriet, daughter of the Rev. William 
Fender Roberts, Rector of Trevalga, Cornwall. 



Blake of Tower hill y Co. Mayo (A). 

JOHN BLAKE of Muckiniss, Co. Clare, fourth son of Sir 
Valentine Blake, third Baronet of Menlo, Co. Galway (see BLAKE 
OF MENLO, ante, p. 145). He married (marriage settlement 
dated January 10, 1678) Mary, daughter of Isidore Lynch of 
Drimcong, Co. Galway, and upon his marriage certain portions 
of the lands of Muckiniss were settled on him for life, with 
remainder to the first and other sons in tail male. On 
February 20, 1680, he obtained a grant by patent (conjointly 
with Marcus French) of the castle and lands of Muckiniss and 
Ballyally, in Co. Clare, to hold to certain uses. He was one of 
the burgesses of the town of Galway under the new charter of 
incorporation granted in 1688 by King James II. By his wife 
Mary (who survived him) he had issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Isidore, his heir, of whom hereafter. 

2. Patrick. 

In the Civil War in Ireland, 1689-1691, this John Blake of 
Muckiniss held a commission as Captain in Colonel Dominick 
Browne's regiment of infantry in King James Irish Army, and 
was killed in action at the siege of Athlone in June, 1691. His 
eldest son (then an infant), 

ISIDORE BLAKE of Clooneen, Co. Mayo, on March 3, 1701, 
obtained a decree from the Trustees of Forfeited Estates, 
declaring that he was entitled to the estate tail in the lands of 
Muckiniss limited to him under his father's marriage settle- 
ment of 1678. He subsequently obtained from his cousin, Sir 
Walter Blake, sixth Baronet of Menlo, a lease for years of the 
lands of Clooneen, Co. Mayo. He married Mary, sister of 
Mark Blake of Ballinafad, Co. Mayo (whose will was proved in 
Tuam Diocese on September 14, 1759), and of Walter Blake of 
Ballinafad (whose will was proved in Dublin on June 3, 1758), 
and by her (who predeceased him) had issue three sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

1. Maurice, his heir, of whom hereafter. 

2. Patrick (Captain), married, February 21, 1761, Catharine, 

second daughter of John Foster of Higham Dikes, 
Northumberland, and had issue (with a son who died 
in infancy) two daughters, viz. : 
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154 Blake Family Records 

(1) Elizabeth, married, November n, 1780, Hya- 

cinth Kirwan of Cregg. 

(2) Anne, married James Darcy, barrister-at-law. 

3. John, of Arran Quay, Dublin, banker, who married, 

1755, Mary, sister of Arthur Browne of Ellistron, Co. 
Mayo, and widow of Valentine Blake of London, 
merchant, second son of Sir Walter Blake of Menlo, 
sixth Baronet, and died 1800, leaving issue three sons 
and one daughter, viz. : 

(1) Isidore, of Fisher Hill, Co. Mayo, Captain in the 

South Mayo Militia, married, August, 1781, 
Jane, only daughter of Henry Lynch of Clogher, 
Co. Mayo, by his first wife, Cecilia, daughter 
of Dominick Lynch of Tuam, and died in 1822 
(will dated January 6, 1821, proved P.C. 
February 6, 1822), leaving issue two sons, 
namely : 

(i.) Henry (Major), of Fisher Hill, Co. Mayo, 
d.s.p. ; will dated July 5, 1832, proved 
December 12, 1844. 

(ii.) Robert Joseph, Lieutenant in 84th Regi- 
ment, who died before 1832, leaving 
issue two sons : 

o (a) John Henry. 

(6) Robert. 

(2) Valentine, emigrated, in 1795, to New York; 

died there in 1811. 

(3) Maurice, of Abbey Street, and later of Portobello, 

Dublin, merchant, died unmarried December 3, 
1831 ; will dated September 23, 1816, proved 
P.C. February 9, 1832. 

(4) Mary, married, November 30, 1783, Richard 

Darcy of Rockvale, Co. Clare (see DARCY OF 
NEWFOREST). 

4. Catharine (Catto), married Frank Lynch. 

5. Anstas (Nancy). 

6. Bridget. 

Isidore Blake, after the marriage of his eldest son, Maurice 
Blake (in 1741), went to reside in the town of Galway, and died 
April, 1763, and was buried in St. Francis' Abbey in Galway. 
He was succeeded by his eldest son, 

MAURICE BLAKE, first of the town of Galway, afterwards of 
Clooneen, Co. Mayo. In 1753 he purchased the fee simple of 
the estate of Clooneen, Co. Mayo, from Sir Ulick Blake, eighth 
Baronet of Menlo. He married (marriage articles February 25, 
1741) Ann, eldest daughter of Walter Blake of the town of 




Blake of Tower hill 155 

Galway, merchant (who died 1776 ; see BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA, 
p. 211), and niece of Dr. Anthony Blake of Carrobrowne, 
R.C. Archbishop of Armagh (who died in 1787), and by her 
(who survived him) had issue four sons, namely : 

1. Isidore, his heir. 

2. Mark, d.s.p. 

3. John, d.s.p. 

4. Anthony, of Ross Lodge, Co. Galway, married Katharine, 

daughter of William Burke of Keelogues, Co. Galway, 
and had issue a son, 

(i) Maurice, of Ross Lodge, who married in Janu- 
ary, 1823, Mary, daughter of , by whom 

(who survived him, and died in July, 1867; will 
dated September 12, 1866, proved at Tuam 
Registry, July I, 1880) he had issue two sons 
and one daughter, viz. : 

(i.) Anthony Maurice, who married Mary 
Joyce, and died on August 16, 1864 
(will dated August 16, 1864, proved 
Principal Registry June 25, 1880), 
leaving issue by her (who survived 
him, and died December 7, 1875; will 
dated October i, 1875, proved at 
Tuam June 25, 1880) two daughters, 
viz. : 

(a) Mary Blake, married Colonel- 

Surgeon Kerins. 

(b) Jane Blake, married Henry 

Arthur Kerins. 
(ii.) Thomas, died unmarried at Randolph, 

Missouri, in 1857. 
(iii.) Josephine, who married - - Kealy, and 

was resident in Cincinnati in 1881. 

Maurice Blake of Clooneen died at Bath in England on 
January 17, 1789, and was buried in St. Francis' Abbey in the 
town of Galway; his will, dated June 20, 1786, was proved in 
Dublin on June 25, 1790. He was succeeded by his eldest son, 
ISIDORE BLAKE, first of Towerhill, Co. Mayo, afterwards of 
Oldhead, Westport, Co. Mayo, J.P. for Mayo. He purchased, 
on April 3, 1766, from the trustees for sale under a private Act 
of Parliament (2 George III.) of the estates of Robert and 
Richard Blake of Ardfry, deceased, the lands of Towaghty 
(afterwards called Towerhill), which adjoined Clooneen, and 
took up his residence there. He married (marriage articles 
July 6, 1767) Frances, third daughter, and one of the co- 
heiresses, of Thomas Ruttledge of Cornfield, Co. Mayo, by his 



156 Blake Family Records 

wife Mary, daughter of Thomas Redington of Cregana, Co. 
Galway; and by her (who died at Ross Hill, Co. Galway, in 
March, 1824; will dated May 2, 1823, proved November 6, 
1824) had issue six sons and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Maurice, his heir. 

2. Thomas, of Lakeview, Co. Mayo, married (articles dated 

July 23, 1799) Margaret, daughter of Edward Dowell ; 
died in 1822 (will dated September 8, 1807, proved 
December 12, 1822), having had issue by her (who 
survived him) four sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Isidore, of Rockfield, d.s.p. 

(2) Thomas, d.s.p. 

(3) Edward, first of Lakeview, afterwards of Brussels, 

Belgium; married, August 31, 1844, Margaret, 
daughter of John Nolan of Ballinderry, Co. 
Galway, and died at Brussels September 26, 
1892, having had issue: 

(i.) Edward, d.v.p., unmarried. 

(ii.) Mary, died unmarried May, 1900. 

(4) Patrick, of Dublin, solicitor, died unmarried 

1865. 

(5) Frances, died young. 

(6) Eliza, died unmarried 1891. 

3. John, of Woodbine Lodge, Portarlington (afterwards of 

Weston, Co. Dublin) ; married, in 1807, Charlotte, 

daughter of Patrick Blake of Corbally, Co. Galway, 

and died 1853, having had (with other children) a son : 

(i) Isidore John, barrister-at-law, of Gray's Inn 

(1834). 

4. Peter, of Ballylahen, and later of Wilford Lodge, Co. 

Mayo ; married, October u, 1809, Mary, daughter of 
John McLoughlin of Newfield, Co. Mayo ; died 1816 
(will proved 1819), leaving issue a son and two 
diughters, viz. : 

(1) Isidore Peter, of Belmullet, Co. Mayo, married 

and had issue. 

(2) Mary, married Walter Bourke, Q.C., of Carrow- 

keel, Co. Mayo. 

(3) Celia, married Isidore Lynch of Arrandale, Co. 

Galway, second son of Arthur Lynch of 
Petersburgh Castle, Co. Galway, d.s.p. 

5. Anthony, of Dublin, solicitor, and of St. Orans, Co. 

Galway; married, in March, 1810, Rebecca, daughter 
of Skerrett, of the family of Skerrett of Ballindooly, 
Co. Galway, and widow of Colonel Lines Fawcett, 
and died 1840 (administration, with will annexed, May, 



Blake of Tower hill 157 

1841), leaving by her (who died April 12, 1843) two 
sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Isidore, died unmarried. 

(2) Joseph Skerrett, of Tumneenaune and Carrick, 

Co. Galway, married his first cousin, Fanny, 
daughter of Arthur Lynch of Petersburgh 
Castle, Co. Galway, and died March 2, 1886, 
having had issue by her (who died January, 
1894) three sons and two daughters, viz. : 
(i.) Anthony, of The Grange, Cappaghduff, 
Co. Mayo, a Licentiate of the Royal 
Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, 
Ireland, married, January 21, 1902, 
Winifred, daughter of Michael 
Hopkins, and has issue two sons 
(a) Joseph. 
(6) Anthony. 
(ii.) Arthur, 
(iii.) Fawcett. 
(iv.) Mary, died young, 
(v.) Frances, married her cousin, Charles 
Crean,M.D., of Windsor Villa, Bally- 
haunis, Co. Mayo, and died August, 
1891, leaving issue. 

(3) Frances, married Hickson of Dublin, and 

died in 1891, leaving issue. 

(4) Mary, married James Valentine Browne, M.D., 

of Galway, eldest son of Alexander Browne, 
5ist Regiment, and had issue. 

6. Isidore, Captain in 4th Dragoons, married Anne Cole- 

man, and died in March, 1849, having by her had issue 
(with other children) : 

Isidore y } who emi S rated to Australia. 

7. Maria, married, January 24, 1794, Marcus Lynch of 

Cloghballymore, Co. Galway (second son of Marcus 
Lynch of Barna, Co. Galway), and by him (who died 
1816, will dated November 8, 1815) had issue five 
daughters, the eldest of whom, 

Anne Lynch, married her cousin, Maurice Blake of 
Ballinafad, Co. Mayo (see BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD, 

P- 177)- 

8. Ann, married, January, 1800, Joseph Bourke of Carrow- 

keel, Co. Mayo, and had issue three sons and three 
daughters. Her eldest son, 

Walter Bourke, Q.C., of Carrowkeel, married his 
cousin Mary, daughter of Peter Blake of Ballylahen. 



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g. Frances, married, November 18, 1812, Arthur Lynch of 
Petersburgh Castle, Co. Galway, and had issue two 
sons and a daughter, 

Fanny, who married her first cousin, Joseph Blake, 

second son of Anthony Blake (see above). 
10. Catharine, married, April 7, 1807, Daniel Jones of 
Banada, Co. Sligo, and died November, 1810, leaving 
issue a daughter. 

Isidore Blake of Towerhill in 1803 went to reside at Old- 
head, near Westport, Co. Mayo, and died December 15, 1818, 
and was buried in St. Francis' Abbey in Galway. Administra- 
tion, with his will (dated October 23, 1815) annexed, was 
granted on July 3, 1819. He was succeeded by his eldest son, 
MAURICE BLAKE of Towerhill, D.L., J.P. for Mayo, Major in 
North Mayo Militia. He married, August 4, 1803 (articles 
dated August 3, 1803) Maria, only surviving daughter of 
Valentine O'Connor of Dominick Street, Dublin, merchant, by 
his wife Mary (who died at Dublin in 1789), eldest daughter of 
Edward Moore of Mount Brown, Co. Dublin. Major Maurice 
Blake by his wife Maria (who died at Exeter in July, 1810) had 
issue : 

1. Isidore, born October, 1806 ; died in April, 1809. 

2. Valentine O'Connor, his heir, born January i, 1808. 

3. Frances, died in infancy. 

4. Mary, married (marriage settlement dated August 3, 

1824) Denis O'Conor, eldest son of Owen O'Conor 
Don, of Clonalis, Co. Roscommon, and died June 12, 
1841, leaving issue (see family of O'CoNOR DON). 

5. Honoria. married (articles dated February 5, 1834) 

Edward O'Conor, second son of Owen O'Conor Don, 
of Clonalis. She d.s.p. Her husband died March 30, 
1838. 

Major Maurice Blake of Towerhill died May 7, 1847; buried 
at R.C. parish chapel of Carnacon, Co. Mayo. He was suc- 
ceeded by his eldest surviving son, 

VALENTINE O'CONNOR BLAKE of Towerhill, Co. Mayo, and 
Bunowen Castle and Carnmore, Co. Galway, D.L. and J.P. for 
Cos. Galway and Mayo; High Sheriff of Mayo 1839. He 
married, January 7, 1836 (marriage settlement dated Decem- 
ber 22, 1835), Hon. Margaret, only daughter of Charles Austin, 
third Baron Ffrench of Castle Ffrench, Co. Galway, by his wife 
Maria, daughter of John Browne of Moyne, Co. Galway, and 
by her (who died July 16, 1869) had issue seven sons and three 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Maurice Charles Joseph, his heir. 

2. Charles Joseph, of Heath House, Queen's Co., and 



Blake of Towerhil/ 159 

Bunowen Castle, Co. Galway ; J.P. for said counties, 
and a barrister-at-law (Irish Bar). 

3. Valentine Joseph, of 9, Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, J.P. 

for Cos. Mayo and Roscommon ; late Secretary Mayo 
Grand Jury. He married, September i, 1880, Hon. 
Mary, only daughter of Charles, third Baron De 
Freyne of French Park, Co. Roscommon, by his wife 
Catherine, daughter of Luke Maree, and by her has 
issue : 

(1) Arthur. (7) Kathleen. 

(2) Valentine. (8) Gladys. 

(3) Isidore. (9) Mary, died in infancy, 

(4) Lionel. November 21, 1004. 

(5) Harold. 

(6) Gerald. 

4. Robert Joseph. 

5. Thomas Joseph, admitted to the Middle Temple 

January 16, 1872 ; barrister-at-law (Irish Bar). 

6. Martin Joseph (13, Old Square, Lincoln's Inn), ad- 

mitted to the Middle Temple November 4, 1876 ; 
barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple. 

7. John Joseph, died May 25, 1866. 

8. Mary, Mother Prioress of the Benedictine Convent of 

St. Mary of the Angels, Princethorpe, Co. Warwick ; 
died December 5, 1895. 

9. Ellen Mary, died in infancy. 

TO. Margaret Mary, died unmarried May, 4, 1891 ; buried 
at Heath Chapel, Queen's Co. 

Valentine O'Connor Blake died at Bray, Co. Wicklow, 
August 9, 1879 (will proved October, 1879), an d was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

COLONEL MAURICE CHARLES JOSEPH BLAKE, C.B., of 
Towerhill, Co. Mayo, J.P., D.L. ; High Sheriff of Mayo 1864 ; 
late Colonel 3rd Battalion Connaught Rangers ; married, 
November 24, 1863, Jeannette, only surviving daughter of 
Surgeon Richard Pearce O'Reilly of Sans Souci, Co. Dublin 
(by his second wife, Olivia, third daughter of Nicholas Kenney 
of Rocksavage, Co. Monaghan), and has issue : 

1. Valentine Joseph, late Captain 3rd Battalion Connaught 

Rangers. 

2. Charles Joseph. 5. Cecilia, died 1886. 

3. Olivia. 6. Margaret. 

4. Georgina. 7. Frances, died September 6, 1897. 

NOTE (A). The pedigree of this branch of the Blake family, from 
Richard Cadel surnamed Blake (1277-1315), the first of that name in 
Connaught, down to the present generation, was registered in 1897 
in the Herald's College, London. 



Blake of Drum, Tully, and Gortnamona^ 
Co. Ga/way. 

JAMES BLAKE (Captain) was the second son of Walter 
"Blake, eldest son of Thomas Blake ; and was younger (second) 
brother of Sir Valentine Blake (fitz Walter fitz Thomas), first 
Baronet of Menlo (see BLAKE OF MENLO, ante, p. 143). His- 
torical particulars concerning this Captain James Blake are 
given in the " Blake Family Records," 1300-1600 (First Series), 
at pp. 186-189. He married Margery, daughter of Dominick 
Browne of Galway, alderman, by whom he had issue surviving 
one son and one daughter ; viz. 

1. Geoffrey, of whom presently. 

2. Jennett, who married first, John Browne of Galway, 

merchant, and secondly, Rory O' Flaherty of Kellagh, 
Co. Galway. 

Captain James Blake died at Galway on February 20, 1635, 
and was buried in the Abbey of St. Francis in the town of 
Galway. He was succeeded by his only surviving son, 

GEOFFREY BLAKE, who married Juliane, daughter of 
Thomas Martin of Galway, merchant, and had issue two 
sons, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. James, a Roman Catholic priest. 

Geoffrey Blake was living in 1657, but died before 1675 ; he 
was succeeded by his eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Drum, Co. Galway. On August 22, 1677, 
he got a grant by patent, under the Acts of Settlement, of the 
lands of Drum, etc., in the barony of Moycullen, Co. Galway ; 
and had the benefit of the Articles of Capitulation of the Town 
of Galway in 1691. He married first (articles dated February 25, 
1660), Christiane, daughter of Sir Richard Blake, Knight, of 
Ardfry (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY, p. 180), by whom he had issue 
two sons and two daughters, viz : 

1. Geoffrey, of whom presently. 

2. Valentine, of whom presently. 

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Blake of Drum 1 6 1 

3. Mary, who married, in 1690, Charles Geoghegan of 

Bunowen, Co. Galway, and died November 6, 1763, 
aged ninety-six. 

4. Juliane, who married Dominick Burke. 

Walter Blake married as his second wife, Juliane, daughter 
of . . . , and by her (who survived him) had issue a son, 

5. Peter, who had issue a son, 

Henry, who married Celia (or Sibella), daughter of 
Bryan O'Connor (seventh son of Dermot O'Connor 
of Sylane, Co. Galway), and died circa 1794, having 
had issue an eldest son, 

Bryan, who emigrated to the island of Antigua, 
and there married Lydia, daughter of Alex- 
ander Brodie of Milton, Antigua, and died in 
Antigua in 1800 (will dated June 4, 1800, proved 
in Dublin October 29, 1801), leaving issue sur- 
viving by his wife Lydia (who remarried on 
October 27, 1803, Malachy O'Connor, second 
son of Hugh O'Connor of Bachelors' Walk, 
Dublin), one son and one daughter, viz. : 

Martin Blake, who died unmarried in 1826 
(will dated March 25, 1826, proved P.C. 
May 30, 1826). 

Cecilia Blake, who died unmarried circa 1838 
(will dated July 26, 1834, proved in London 
September 6, 1838). 

Walter Blake died in 1704 (will dated November 8, 1703, 
proved in Tuam Consistorial Court September, 20, 1704), and 
was succeeded by his eldest son, 

GEOFFREY BLAKE of Drum. He married, about 1732, 
Juliane, daughter of James Kirwan of Newcastle, Co. Galway, 
by whom he had issue an only child, Walter, who died in infancy. 
Geoffrey Blake died in 1733 (will dated April 24, 1733, proved 
in Tuam Consistorial Court November 7, 1733), and was 
succeeded by his brother, 

VALENTINE BLAKE of Drum. He married (articles dated 
November 29, 1701), Mary, daughter of Thomas Lynch of 
Cregmore, Co. Galway, and, dying on July 17, 1752, was 
succeeded by his son, 

ANTHONY BLAKE of Drum, previously of Cregmore, Co. 
Galway. He married Magdalen Lynch (who survived him, 
and died in 1766 ; her will, dated December 22, 1765, was 
proved in Prerogative Court, May i, 1766), by whom he had 
issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Valentine, of whom presently. 

2. Patrick, of whom presently. 

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Anthony Blake died on April 25, 1759, and was succeeded by 
his eldest son, 

VALENTINE BLAKE of Drum, who died an infant and 
unmarried, on October 26, 1760. He was succeeded by his 
brother, 

PATRICK BLAKE of Drum, who was Mayor of the town of 
Galway in 1771. He was admitted to the Middle Temple on 
January 24, 1777. He married, in 1774, Maria Nagle, and by 
her (who survived him, and remarried, in 1783, James Skerrett 
of Galway, and died November, 1796) had issue two sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

1. Valentine, born in 1780, of whom presently. 

2. James. 

3. Mary, who married the Rev. Lorenzo Hely-Hutchinson 

(sixth son of the Right Hon. John Hely-Hutchinson, 
Provost of Trinity College, Dublin), and had issue. 

4. Margaret, who married, in 1796, Francis David Kirwan. 

5. Magdalen. 

Patrick Blake died September u, 1782 (will dated Septem- 
ber u, 1782), and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

VALENTINE BLAKE of Tully, and Gortnamona, near Ballin- 
asloe, Co. Galway. He married Anne Burke, sister of Nicholas 
Archdekin Burke of Gortnamona, by whom he had issue one 
son and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Patrick, of whom presently. 

2. Mary. 

3. Jane. 

Valentine Blake died circa 1819 (will dated March 7, 1819, 
proved P.C. February 15, 1821), and was succeeded by his only 
son, 

PATRICK BLAKE of Gortnamona. He married Eleanor Mary 
Roberts, by whom (who survived him, and died June 30, 1874 ; 
will dated May 14, 1874, proved October 27, 1874) he had issue 
one son and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Valentine Fitzpatrick, of whom presently. 

2. Frances. 

3. Rosa. 

4. Eleanor. 

5. Mary Anne, who died unmarried on March 14, 1864 

(will dated March 9, 1864, proved April 5, 1871). 

Patrick Blake died July 24, 1857 (will dated May 12, 1857, 
proved November 17, 1860). He was succeeded by his only 
son, 

VALENTINE FITZPATRICK BLAKE of Gortnamona. He 
married (settlement dated June 2, 1865) Ellen Smyth, by whom 
(who survived him) he had (with other issue) a son, 



Blake of Drum 163 

i. Valentine A. Blake, Captain 4th Scottish Rifles, who 
married, on October 22, 1902, Alison, eldest daughter 
of Robert Skeet of Windmill House, Bishop's Stort- 
ford, Hertfordshire. 

Valentine Fitzpatrick Blake died at Bray on November i, 
1870 ; will dated June 14, 1869, proved December 3, 1870. 



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Blake of Twisel, Northumberland. 

ROBERT BLAKE of Galway, Alderman, third son of Walter 
Blake, son of Thomas Blake, and younger (third) brother of Sir 
Valentine Blake, first Baronet of Menlo (see BLAKE of MENLO, 
ante, p. 143). He was Mayor of the town of Galway in 1624. 
He married Mary, second daughter of Patrick (fitz John) Blake 
and widow of Francis French of Galway, by whom he had 
issue four sons, viz. : 

1. John, who was Sheriff of the town of Galway during his 

father's mayoralty in 1624. 

2. Anthony. 

3. Dominick. 

4. Nicholas, of whom presently. 
Alderman Robert Blake's fourth son, 

NICHOLAS BLAKE of Galway, married Miss Staunton, and 
had issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Robert, of whom presently. 

2. John, who had issue a daughter, Agnes, who married, 

in 1706, Sir Walter Blake of Menlo, sixth Baronet 

(see BLAKE OF MENLO, ante, p. 146). 
Nicholas Blake's eldest son, 

ROBERT BLAKE, was admitted to the Middle Temple on 
May 26, 1688, and called to the Bar in 1695. He married, on 
March 4, 1699, Sarah, third daughter of Sir Francis Blake of 
Coggs, and of Ford, Durham, Knight (son and heir of William 
Blake of Coggs, Oxfordshire), by whom he had issue one son 
and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Francis (Sir), of whom presently. 

2. Eleanor, who married Alexander Collingwood of Un- 

thank, Northumberland. 

3. Catherine, died unmarried. 

4. Anne, who maried William Stowe of Berwick. 

5. Elizabeth, who married Stanwix-Nevinson of Nenby 

Stones, Westmoreland. 

Robert Blake died February 4, 1734, and was succeeded by 
his only son, 

SIR FRANCIS BLAKE of Twisel, Northumberland, and of Ford, 
Durham, who was created a Baronet on May 3, 1774. He 
married, on November 9, 1732, Elizabeth, second daughter of 

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Blake of Twisel 165 

Samuel Ayton of West-Herrington, Durham, by whgm he had 
issue three sons and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Robert, died, vita patris, unmarried, on January 25, 

1754 ; buried in Westminster Abbey. 

2. Francis (Sir), of whom presently. 

3. William, died in infancy. 

4. Isabella, died unmarried March 14, 1797. 

5. Sarah, who married, on April 25, 1757, Christopher 

Reed of Chipchase, Northumberland. 

6. Eleanor, died in infancy. 

7. Anne, died in infancy. 

Sir Francis Blake died at Tilmouth on March 29, 1780, aged 
seventy-two. He was succeeded by his only surviving son, 

SIR FRANCIS BLAKE of Twisel, second Baronet. He married, 
on April 15, 1772, Elizabeth, only surviving daughter of Alexander 
Douglas, of the British settlement of Busora, and by her (who 
survived him, and died March 23, 1827) had issue three sons 
and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Francis (Sir), born in 1774, of whom presently. 

2. Robert Dudley, who in 1846 had attained the rank 

of General in the British Army. He married in 
Scotland, Helen Sheridan ; and died, without issue, 
on February 7, 1850 (will dated February 24, 1831, 
with a codicil dated April 7, 1846 ; proved P.C. 
Canterbury on February 15, 1850). His widow and 
relict, Helen Blake, died September 22, 1876. 

3. William, died unmarried, January 31, 1838, aged fifty- 

seven. 

4. Elizabeth, died June 30, 1815. 

5. Isabella, died June 2, 1818. 

6. Sarah, died in infancy. 

7. Eleanor Anne, who married, on February 23, 1805, 

Bethel Earnshaw Stagg of Holmforth, Yorkshire (who 
died in 1840) ; his widow, Eleanor Anne, in 1860 
assumed the surname of Blake, and died on March 12, 
1869, aged eighty-eight. 

Sir Francis Blake died on June 12, 1818, aged 81. He was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

SIR FRANCIS BLAKE of Twisel, third Baronet. He was M.P. 
for Berwick in 1819. He married Jane, daughter of William 
Neale, but by her (who died April 3, 1827) na d no issue surviving. 
Sir Francis Blake died, aged eighty-five, on September 10, 1860 
(will dated October 15, 1845, with codicils dated December 8, 
1852, and September 16, 1857 proved on December 27, 1860) 
without legitimate issue ; and upon his death this branch of the 
Blake family became extinct in the male line. 



Blake of Kiltolla^ Vermount and Frenchfort, 
Co. Galway. 

GEOFFREY BLAKE, third son of Walter Blake, son of Richard 
Cadel surnamed Blake (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, ante, p. 132). 
This Geoffrey Blake was a burgess of the town of Galway. 
He got a grant of a castle and tenements in the town of 
Athenry, from Thomas O'Grade on June 25, 1380 (see " Blake 
Family Records," First Series, at p. 6) ; and another grant of 
land at Athenry from Robert Steven on August 20, 1391 (see 
"Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 10). He left 
issue two sons, viz. : 

1. William, of whom presently. 

2. Walter, ancestor of the families of BLAKE OF DUNMA- 

CRINA AND ORANMORE, BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN, and 
BLAKE OF FURBOUGH (see the Genealogies of these 
families, post). 
The elder son, 

WILLIAM BLAKE, burgess of Galway, was feoffee under the 
deed of settlement, dated June 24, 1421, made by his uncle, 
Henry Blake senior (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 109). In 1435 he joined in the grant made to the 
Church of St. Nicholas in the town of Galway (see " Blake 
Family Records," First Series, at p. 24). In 1445 an award 
was made between him and his cousins to settle disputes 
between them as to the division of the lands of Henry Blake 
senior (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 31). 
He married Miss Athy, and died circa 1454, leaving issue three 
sons, viz. : 

1. John, of whom presently. 

2. Andrew. 

3. Thomas. 
The eldest son, 

JOHN BLAKE, was one of the executors of the will (dated 
1468) of John Blake fitz Henry (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, at p. 40) ; and was Mayor of Galway in 1488 (see 
" Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 43). He married 
Annabel de Burgo, by whom he had issue four sons, viz. : 

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Blake of Kiltolla 167 

1. Geoffrey, of whom presently. 

2. Walter, Bishop of Clonmacnois in 1487 ; he was nomi- 

nated by King Henry VII. in 1506 to the arch- 
bishopric of Tuam, but this nomination was not 
accepted by the Pope. He died in 1508. 

3. Andrew, who left issue three sons, viz. : 

(1) William, who had issue two sons, viz. : 

(i.) Christopher, who died July 20, 1609 (Inqui- 
sition post-mortem dated January 18, 
1609-10), leaving issue a son, 

(a) William, who married Juliane, eldest 
daughter of Patrick Blake' fitz 
John. This William Blake, who 
is mentioned in the old Blake 
pedigree made in 1640 (see ante, 
Record No. 87), died circa 1652, 
leaving issue a son, 

(A) Christopher, living in 1657. 
(ii.) Henry. 

(2) John, who left issue a son, 

(i.) Patrick, who was "Bailiff" of the town of 
Galway 1598-99 ; he married Mary, daughter 
of Marcus French fitz John, and died in 
1634, leaving issue surviving five sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

(a) Henry, who is mentioned in the 

Blake pedigree of 1640 (see ante, 
Record No. 87). He married 
Elinor, daughter of William 
Skerret, and had issue. 

(b) Jeffrey, who married Mary, daughter 

of Thomas Browne, and had issue. 

(c) Peter. 

(d) Marcus. 

(e) James, died young. 

(/) Juliane, who married William (fitz 
Christopher) Blake (see above). 

(g) Mary, who married first, Francis 
French, and secondly, Robert 
Blake of Galway, Alderman, third 
brother of Sir Valentine Blake of 
Menlo, first Baronet (see BLAKE OF 
MENLO and BLAKE OF TWISEL). 

(h) Eveline, who married Thomas 

Lynch of Galway, Alderman. 
(3) Walter, who had issue three sons, viz. : 



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(i.) Marcus, ancestor of BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD 

(see that family, post, p. 175). 
(ii.) Robert, ancestor of BLAKE OF ARDFRY (see 

that family, post, p. 179). 
(iii.) Martin, ancestor of BLAKE OF HOLLYPARK 

(see that family, post, p. 208). 
4. Peter. 
John Blake's eldest son, 

GEOFFREY BLAKE, was one of the Bailiffs of the town of 
Galway in 1486-87 ; he left issue a son, 

RICHARD BLAKE, who was Mayor of Galway 1533-34. This 
Richard Blake had various disputes both with the Burkes and 
his kinsman Nicholas Blake fitz John (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, 
ante, p. 134) as to his title to the castle and lands of Kiltolla, which 
Richard inherited from his ancestor, William Blake, who was 
grantee under the settlement, dated 1421, of Henry Blake fitz 
Walter (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 109). 
These disputes are dealt with in a decree of John Barnewall, 
Lord Chancellor of Ireland, circa 1536, and in a deed of award 
dated July 6, 1542 (34 Henry VIIL), made by Patrick Barnewall, 
Serjeant-at-Law, between this Richard Blake and his kins- 
man Nicholas Blake fitz John (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, p. 76). This Richard Blake in 1558 (with his 
eldest surviving son John) confirmed his ancestors' gifts to the 
parish church of St. Nicholas in the town of Galway (see 
"Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 102). He died in 
1564, having had (with other issue) four sons, viz. : 

1. Geoffrey, who died young, vita patris. 

2. John, Mayor of Galway 1578-79. On March 6, 1571, 

this John Blake, together with his kinsman John fitz 
Nicholas Blake (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, ante, p. 135), 
obtained a decree from the Lord President and Council 
of Connaught that the lands belonging to him and his 
kinsman John fitz Nicholas Blake, in Kiltolla, etc., 
should be held by them for ever, free from all charges to 
the Queen or any other charges (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, p. 115). He married Juliane 
Browne, and died in 1586, leaving issue by her (who 
married secondly, Anthony Kirwan) two sons : 
(i) Arthur Blake, who had issue two sons : 

(i.) Sir Walter Blake, Knight, who was Mayor 
of Galway 1648-49 ; he was knighted in 
1650 by the Duke of Ormonde, Lord 
Deputy of Ireland. He died circa 1652, 
leaving issue an only child, Anne, who 
married Peter Lynch, whom she sur- 



Blake of Kiltolla 169 

vived. Her will, dated January 24, 1682, 
was proved at Tuam, July 7, 1683. 
(ii.) Richard. 

(2) Walter Blake, who was one of the parties to 
the decree of October 25, 1616, made by the 
Lord Deputy and Commissioners appointed 
for settling the King's (James I.) composition 
rents, whereby the decree of March 6, 1571, 
above referred to, was ratified and confirmed 
(see ante, Record No. 20). He died January 3, 
1623 (Chancery Inquisition dated October 8, 
1627 ; see ante, Record No. 59), leaving issue 
a son and a daughter, viz. : 
(i.) John Blake. 

(ii.) Juliane Blake, who married (before 
1640) Nicholas Blake fitz Anthony. 

3. Martin, who had issue a son, 

(i) Andrew Blake. 

4. Thomas, who had issue a son, 

(i) Anthony Blake, who had issue two sons, viz. : 
(i.) Henry Blake. 

(ii.) Nicholas Blake, who married his cousin 
Juliane, daughter of Walter Blake fitz 
John (see above), and had (with other 
issue) two sons and a daughter, viz. : 

(a) Patrick Blake (see below). 

(b) Henry Blake. 

(c) Mary, who married, in 1658, Thomas 

Blake fitz John of Mullaghmore, 
Co. Galway (see ante, Record 
No. 133). 

This branch of the Blake family was dispossessed of its 
property in the town of Galway in 1655 by the Cromwellian 
Commissioners, but retained possession of the lands of Kiltolla ; 
and in 1678, by means of a grant by patent (dated Novem- 
ber 21, 30 Charles II., inrolled December 10, 1678) under the 
Acts of Settlement, the four quarters of the lands of Kiltullagh 
and Monydane and the two quarters of the lands of Garran- 
spidegane were granted to Hugh Molloy upon trust for the 
above-mentioned Patrick Blake and his heirs. This 

PATRICK BLAKE of Kiltolla (living in 1703) was father of, 
NICHOLAS BLAKE of Kiltolla (living in 1720), who had issue 
two sons : 

1. Patrick, of whom presently. 

2. Thomas. 
The eldest son, 



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PATRICK BLAKE of Kiltolla, was admitted to the Middle 
Temple on June 27, 1720. He married Mary Browne of 
Ardskea, Co. Galway, by whom he had issue three sons, viz. : 

1. Edward, of whom presently. 

2. James, who resided first at Quarrymount, and after- 

wards at Waterdale, Co. Galway. He died in July, 
1791, leaving issue two sons, viz. : 

(1) James, of Waterdale, who purchased the estate 

of Munine, afterwards called Vermount, and 
died without issue in December, 1821 (will 
dated December 27, 1821, proved February 
12, 1822), leaving his estates to his nephew 
James (the son of his brother Nicholas Blake). 

(2) Nicholas, an officer in. the Army of the United 

States of America, who had issue two sons, 
viz. : 

(i.) James, of Vermount (see above) ; he 
married, in 1821, Henrietta, youngest 
daughter of Michael Blake of Kil- 
tolla by his second wife, Eliza Butler. 
This James Blake of Vermount died 
March i, 1862 (will dated June 14, 
1861, proved March 29, 1862), 
leaving issue an only child : 

(a) Elizabeth Blake, who married, 
in November, 1854, Theo- 
bald Blake of Kiltolla (see 
p. 172). 

(ji.) Henry, who went to reside in the 
United States ; he married a 
daughter of Dominic Lynch of 
Carrovvbeg, Co. Galway, and had 
issue an only son : 

(a) Nicholas Blake, now (1905) 
of Vermount, to which 
estate he succeeded under 
the will of his uncle James 
Blake, upon the death, in 
1902, of Theobald Blake of 
Vermount (see below). 

3. Francis, ancestor of BLAKE OF CREGG (see that family, 

post, p. 173). 
The eldest son, 

EDWARD BLAKE of Kiltolla, married Eliza, daughter of 
Michael Cheevers of Killyan, Co. Galway, and had issue two 
sons and three daughters, viz. : 



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1. Michael, of whom presently. 

2. Patrick. 

3. Mary, who married (as his first wife) Patrick Lynch of 

Clogher, Co. Mayo, and had issue. 

4. Honoria. 

5. Eliza, who married Irwin of Leibeg, Co. Ros- 

common. 

Edward Blake died in 1776 (will dated August 4, 1775, 
proved in Prerogative Court May 31, 1776), and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

MICHAEL BLAKE of Kiltolla and Frenchfort, Co. Galway. 
He married as his first wife, on May 8, 1780, Anne, only child 
of Martin Ffrench of Frenchfort, by whom he had issue one 
son and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Edward, born in 1782, who married, in June, 1810, 

Mary, eldest daughter of Owen McDermott of Rough 
Grange, Co. Meath, and died vita patris in 1824, 
leaving two sons and one daughter, viz. : 

(1) Owen Edward, of whom presently. 

(2) Theobald Michael (born in 1823), of whom 

presently. 

(3) Frances, who died unmarried April 19, 1871. 

2. Bidelia, who married, in 1804, Thomas Davies, only son 

of James Davies of Newcastle, Co. Galway, and died 
in 1868, leaving issue. 

3. Eliza, who died unmarried April 5, 1871 ; will proved 

January 21, 1873. 

Michael Blake married as his second wife, Eliza Butler, and 
by her had further issue, four sons and three daughters, viz. : 

4. James, died young. 

5. Michael, of Dominick Street, Galway, who married 

Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Blake, M.D., of Glenloe 
Abbey, Co. Galway (see BLAKE OF CREGG,^, p. 173), 
and died without Issue September 29, 1845 (will dated 
September n, 1845, proved November 4, 1845). 

6. Patrick, of Bayview, Oranmore, Co. Galway, died 

January 18, 1875 ; administration granted March 17, 

1875- 

7. Nicholas, died March 24, 1844; administration granted 

March 19, 1877. 

8. Theresa, who married Walter Butler, and had (with 

other issue) a daughter, Belinda Butler, who married 
Pierce Creagh of Mount Elvas, Co. Clare, and had 
(with other issue) a daughter, Dora Creagh, to whom 
Theobald M. Blake of Vermount devised his estate 
of Kiltolla. 



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g. Mary Anne, who married O'Shaughnessy of Galway. 
TO. Henrietta, who married, in 1821, her cousin James 
Blake of Vermount (see p. 170), and had issue an only 
child, Elizabeth, who married, in 1854, ner cousin 
Theobald M. Blake of Kiltolla (see below). 
Michael Blake of Kiltolla and Frenchfort died in 1835 (will 
dated September 2, 1830, proved June 23, 1835), and was 
succeeded by his grandson, 

OWEN EDWARD BLAKE of Kiltolla and Frenchfort, who died 
unmarried in 1853, and was succeeded by his brother, 

THEOBALD MICHAEL BLAKE of Kiltolla, Frenchfort, and 
Vermount. He married, in November, 1854, Elizabeth, only 
child of James Blake of Vermount by his wife Henrietta (see 
above), and by her (who died in 1862) had issue an only son : 

i. Edward, who died, vitra patris, unmarried in April, 1879. 
Theobald M. Blake died at Brighton April 9, 1902. Upon 
his death the estate of Kiltolla, of which he was seized in 
fee, passed under his will to his grand-niece Dora Creagh (see 
p. 171) ; and the estate of Vermount, of which he was tenant 
for life, passed under the will (dated June 14, 1861) of James 
Blake of Vermount to said James Blake's nephew Nicholas 
Blake (see p. 170). 



Blake of Gregg and Glenloe Abbey, 
Co. Galway. 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Mace, Co. Galway, third son of Patrick 
Blake of Kiltolla (see BLAKE OF KILTOLLA, ante, p. 170). He 
married Julia Tierney, by whom he had issue two sons and a 
daughter, viz. : 

1. Henry, of Glenloe Abbey, Co. Galway, M.D. He married 

Elizabeth, daughter of - , and died in 1830 (will 
dated February 8, 1827, proved November n, 1830), 
leaving issue by his wife Elizabeth (who survived 
him) two sons and three daughters, viz. : 

(1) Thomas Joseph, of Glenloe Abbey, who married 

Sarah, second daughter of Michael Balfe of 
Southpark, Co. Roscommon, and by her (who 
survived him, and died December 25, 1871 ; 
administration granted July 2, 1875) had issue 
two sons and three daughters, viz. : 
(i.) Henry, 
(ii.) Thomas, 
(iii.) Kate. 

(iv.) A daughter, married Redington. 
(v.) A daughter, married McDermott. 

(2) James. 

(3) Jane, who married in December, 1822, Thomas 

Mahon of Belleville, Co. Galway, and had issue. 

(4) Anne, who married Dillon Browne. 

(5) Elizabeth, who married Michael Blake of 

Dominick Street, Galway (see BLAKE OF 
KILTOLLA, ante, p. 171). 

2. James, of whom presently. 

3. Nancy. 

Francis Blake died in 1780, (will dated September 14, 1780 
proved November 18, 1780). His second son, 

JAMES BLAKE of Cregg Castle, Co. Galway, married, on 
June 16, 1787, Jane, daughter of Pierce Joyce of Merview, 
Co. Galway, by whom he had issue four sons and one 
daughter, viz. : 

1. Francis, of whom presently. 

2. Henry Joseph, who died unmarried in 1845 (will dated 

November 18, 1845, proved January 29, 1846). 

3. Pierce Joseph, of Corofin, Co. Galway, who died un- 



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married June 15, 1877 ; administration granted on 
August 28, 1877. 

4. Walter John, of Ross Lodge, Co. Galway, who died 

without issue in 1854 ( w ^ dated August 8, 1854, 
proved March 3, 1855). 

5. Mary, who married James McDermott of Rathmore, 

Co. Galway. 

James Blake died in 1818 (will dated October 3, 1817, proved 
September 25, 1818), and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Cregg Castle- He married, January 13, 
1819. Georgina, daughter of Rickard Burke of Glynsk, Co. 
Galway, by whom he had issue five sons and three daughters, 
viz. : 

1. James, born in 1823, of whom presently. 

2. John, of Rockville, Athenry, born in 1826, who married, 

February n, 1861, Mary Anne, eldest daughter of 
G. S. Lynch-Staunton of Clydagh, Co. Galway, and 
died June 29, 1880, having had issue a son : 
(i) Francis. 

3. Henry, born in 1828, died April 17, 1888. 

4. Rickard, of Annaghdown, Co. Galway, born in 1829, 

who married, in 1869, Anne, daughter of Thomas 
Ryan, and had (with other issue) a son : 

(i) Francis Joseph, born in 1873, who married, in 
1902, Adelaide (Lily), second daughter of 
Bernard O'Neill-Power, and by her (who died 
November 20, 1904) has issue a son : 
(i.) Blake, born January 7, 1903. 

5. Francis, born in 1835. 

6. Jane, who married Pierce Joyce of Merview, Co. Galway. 

7. Georgina. 

8. Mary. 

Francis Blake died on March 6, 1869, and was succeeded by 
his eldest son, 

JAMES BLAKE of Cregg. He married, on August 12, 1851, 
Helen, daughter of Arthur French by his wife Emily, daughter 
of Charles Leslie (see DE FREYNE, Baron), by whom he had 
issue : 

1. Arthur Francis, of whom presently. 

2, Errol, died unmarried in March, 1890. 

James Blake died on November 10, 1884, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

ARTHUR FRANCIS BLAKE of Cregg, who married Louisa, a 
daughter of Christopher St. George of Tyrone, Co. Galway, by 
whom he has issue a son and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Oscar Blake. 

2. Blake. 



Blake of Ballinafad^ Co. Mayo. 

WALTER BLAKE, third son of Andrew Blake fitz John (see 
BLAKE OF KILTOLLA, ante, p. 167). He married M. Bodkin, 
sister of Arthur Bodkin, and had issue three sons, viz. : 

1. Marcus, of whom presently. 

2. Robert, ancestor of BLAKE OF ARDFRY (see that family, 

post, p. 179). 

3. Martin, ancestor of BLAKE OF HOLLYPARK, formerly of 

Loughrea (see that family, post, p. 208). 
Walter Blake's eldest son, 

MARCUS BLAKE of Galway, Alderman, in the reign of King 
James I. got by letters patent grants of lands in the counties 
of Galway and Mayo, on June 18, 1618, and March 27, 1619. 
He had issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. Thomas, who had issue a son, 

(i) Henry, of Culgad, Co. Mayo, who married 
Catherine, daughter of Edward Browne, and 
died in 1675 (will dated February 26, 1675, 
proved at Tuam Consistorial Court May 15, 
1676), leaving issue four sons and three 
daughters, viz. : 
(i.) Thomas, 
(ii.) Anthony, 
(iii.) Edward. 
(iv.) Marcus. 
(v.) Ellis. 
(vi.) Juliane. 
(vii.) Margaret. 

Alderman Marcus Blake died on September 29, 1629, and 
was succeeded by his eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE, who purchased other lands in the county of 
Mayo from David O' Kelly of Dunamona. He married Mary, 
daughter of Piers Kirwan, by whom he had issue one son and 
two daughters, viz. : 

1. Marcus oge, of whom presently. 

2. Jennet. 

3. Mary. 

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Walter Blake died June 5, 1633, and was succeeded by his 
only son, 

MARCUS OGE BLAKE (or MAURICE BLAKE). He obtained 
under the Acts of Settlement a re-grant by patent dated 
June 30, 1681 (33 Charles II.), of the lands of Gissiden and 
other lands in the barony of Carra, Co. Mayo, which are 
now the estate of Ballinafad and belonged to his father. He 
married Christiane, daughter of John Darcy of Kinlogh and 
Gorteen, Co. Mayo, and died circa 1683, having had issue two 
sons, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. Mark, first of Rusheen, Co. Mayo, and afterwards of 

Ballinafad. He married Mary, daughter of Josias 
Browne of Ellistron, Co. Mayo, and died circa 1755 
(will dated October 17, 1755, proved P.C., June 23, 
1760), leaving issue by her (who died 1760 ; will dated 
November 17, 1760, proved at Tuam December 4, 
1760) two sons and three daughters : 

(1) Mark, who married his cousin Mary Blake, 

third daughter of Maurice Blake of Ballinafad, 
and died sine prole in 1783 (will dated April 28, 
1783, proved P.C. May 24, 1783). 

(2) John, a Dominican friar of the Abbey of Strade, 

Co. Mayo, and afterwards titular Prior of the 
Abbey of Rathfran, Co. Mayo. He died circa 
1786 (will dated February 28, 1786, proved 
P.C. February 19, 1788). 

(3) Judith. 

(4) A daughter who married John Concannon. 

(5) A daughter who married Rush. 
Marcus oge Blake's eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Ballinafad, had issue three sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

1. Mark, of whom presently. 

2. Walter, who died unmarried (will dated April 28, 1758, 

proved June 3, 1758). 

3. John. 

4. Mary, who married {circa 1710) Isidore Blake of 

Clooneen, Co. Mayo (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL, 
ante, p. 153). 

5. Anstase, who married Joseph Lynch of Cloonlagheen, 

Co. Mayo, and had issue. 

6. Margaret, who married Carroll. 
Walter Blake's eldest son, 

MARK BLAKE of Ballinafad, married Juliane, daughter of 



Blake of Ballinafad 177 

Edmund Kirwan of Dalgin, Co. Mayo, by whom he had issue 
two sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Maurice, of whom presently. 

2. Mark, of Knockmore, Co. Mayo, who married (circa 

1745) Margaret, daughter of John Blake of Mullagh- 
mpre (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE, ante, p. 138), and died 
without issue May 29, 1760 (will dated April 28, 1760). 

3. Anstase, who married, in 1742, Mark Lynch of Barna, 

Co. Galway, and had issue. 

Mark Blake died circa 1759 (will proved at Tuam, Septem- 
ber 14, 1759). His eldest son, 

MAURICE BLAKE of Ballinafad, married, in 1733, Sibilla, 
daughter of Robuck French of Duras, Co. Galway, by whom 
he had issue one son and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Mark, of whom presently. 

2. Juliane, who married Francis Lynch. 

3. Catharine, who married, on September 12, 1762, George 

Browne of Brownestown, Co. Mayo. 

4. Mary, who married her cousin Mark Blake (see p. 176). 

5. Anstase, died unmarried. 

Maurice Blake died circa 1779, and was succeeded by his 
only son, 

MARK BLAKE of Ballinafad. He married, in January, 1777, 
Christiane, only daughter of Martin Kirwan of Blindweil, 
Co. Galway, by whom he had issue four sons and two 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Maurice, of whom presently. 

2. Martin, died unmarried. 

3. Mark, Lieutenant in 6th Dragoon Guards, died un- 

married (will dated January 6, 1825, proved P.C. 
August 13, 1827). 

4. Joseph. 

5. Mary, who married, in 1815, Andrew Browne of Mount 

Hazel, Co. Galway. 

6. Margaret, who married Joseph Lynch of Partry, 

Co. Mayo. 

Mark Blake died circa 1810, and was succeeded by his eldest 
son, 

MAURICE BLAKE of Ballinafad. He married (circa 1814) 
Anne, eldest daughter and heiress of Marcus Lynch of Clogh- 
ballymore, Co. Galway, by Maria his wife, eldest daughter of 
Isidore Blake of Towerhill (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL, ante, 
p. 157), and by her had issue five sons and five daughters, viz. : 

1. Mark, of whom presently. 

2. Maurice Lynch, Captain in the igth Regiment, who 

married Margaret Louisa, daughter of Captain Wallis, 

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and died March 30, 1870 (administration granted 
November i, 1871), leaving issue two sons and three 
daughters, viz. : 

(1) Mark, of Keigala, Co. Mayo, born 1850. 

(2) Napoleon Rudolph, Captain in the Middlesex 

Regiment, born 1853, who married, August 29, 
1888, Alice, daughter of R. H. Page-Henderson 
of Oswaldkirk, Yorkshire. 

(3) Louisa, who married Pierce O'Reilly, younger 

son of Surgeon Richard O'Reilly of Sans 
Souci, Booterstown, Co. Dublin, and left 
issue. 

(4) Euphemia, died unmarried. 

(5) Mary, who married, in 1878, her cousin William 

Brudenell Murphy of Kilbrew, Co. Kildare, 
and has issue. 

3. Martin, died without issue. 

4. Joseph, of whom presently. 

5. Llewellyn (Colonel), of whom presently. 

6. Mary, married, in 1851, George Henry Moore of Moore- 

hall, Co. Mayo, and died in 1895, leaving issue. 

7. Catharine, married (articles dated February 28, 1854) 

Arthur O'Conor of Elphin, Co. Roscommon, and had 
issue. 

8. Anna, married, on August 2, 1856, William Murphy of 

Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin, and had issue. 

9. Julia, married, in 1858 (as his first wife), George Browne 

of Brownestown, and died in 1876, leaving issue, 
lo. Victoria, married first, Hon. Thomas ffrench, who died 
sine prole in May, 1859 > an< ^ secondly, General 
Andrew Browne, C.B., who died April 8, 1883, leaving 
issue by her. 

Maurice Blake died in December, 1851 (will dated Decem- 
ber 18, 1851, proved April 30, 1853), and was succeeded by 
his eldest son, 

MARK BLAKE of Ballinafad. He was M.P. for the County of 
Mayo from 1840 to 1846, and High Sheriff in 1855. He died 
unmarried in June, 1886, and was succeeded by his brother, 

JOSEPH BLAKE of Ballinafad, who died unmarried, and was 
succeeded by his brother, 

LLEWELLYN BLAKE, now (1905) of Ballinafad, and of Clogh- 
ballymore, Co. Galway, late Lieutenant-Colonel 6th Battalion 
Connaught Rangers. He married the widow of - - Murray of 
Northampton House, Kinvarra, Co. Galway, but by her (who 
predeceased him) Colonel Blake had no issue. 



Blake of Ardfry, Co. Galway, now 
Wallscourt (Baron]. 

ROBERT BLAKE, first of the town of Galway and afterwards of 
Ardfry, Co. Galway, second son of Walter Blake fitz Andrew 
(see BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD, ante, p. 175). He got a grant by 
letters patent from King James I., dated May 12, 1612, of 
Ballinacourt (now Wallscourt) and of Ardfry, both in Co. 
Galway, and also of lands in Co. Mayo. He married Katharine, 
daughter of Richard Darcy, by whom he had issue seven sons 
and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Richard (Sir), of whom presently. 

2. Peter, who was bequeathed by his father's will the lands 

of Kilteyne in the barony of Tyrawley, Co. Mayo ; he 
married Mary, eldest daughter of Sir Peter Ffrench of 
Galway, Knight, and died circa 1628, having had issue 
by her (who survived him, and married secondly, 
Patrick Darcy of Galway, counsellor-at-law) a son : 
(i) Valentine Blake. 

3. Nicholas, ancestor of BLAKE of CRUMLIN (see that 

family, post, p. 188). 

4. Henry, who had issue two sons, viz. : 

(1) Francis. 

(2) Martin. 

5. John, ancestor of BLAKE OF MOYNE AND MERLIN PARK 

(see that family, post p. 191). 

6. Francis. 

7. Andrew, ancestor of BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE (see that 

family, post, p. 201). 

8. Katharine married Stephen Lynch fitz Nicholas. 

9. Margaret. 

10. Christiane, who married Malachy Donnelan of Bally- 

donnelan, Co. Galway (who died in 1673). 

11. Mary. 

Robert Blake died December 15, 1615 (will dated July 3, 
1612, proved in the Consistorial Court of Tuam on May 2, 1616), 
and was suceeded by his eldest son, 

SIR RICHARD BLAKE, Knight, of Ardfry, Co. Galway. He 

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was admitted a student at the Middle Temple on July 29, 1612. 
He was knighted on August 8, 1624, by the Lord Deputy of 
Ireland, Viscount Falkland. He was Mayor of Galway 1627-28, 
and M.P. for the County of Galway in 1639. He was the 
Speaker or Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Irish 
Confederation which sat at Kilkenny from 1647 to 1649. He 
married Gylle, eldest daughter of Andrew Kirwan of Galway, 
Alderman (ancestor of KIRWAN OF CREGG), by whom he had 
issue three sons and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Robert, of whom presently. 

2. Andrew, who died unmarried. 

3. Peter, ancestor of BLAKE OF CORBALLY (see that family, 

post, p. 185). 

4. Bridget, who married Edmund Dillon. 

5. Christiane, who married (articles dated February 25, 

1660) Walter Blake of Drum (see that family, ante, 
p. 160). 

6. Catharine, who married, on May 20, 1653, Martin Darcy 

of Clonuane, Co. Clare. 

7. Margaret, who married - - Dillon, and died circa 1710 

(will dated July 8, 1710, proved P.C. June 9, 1713). 

Sir Richard Blake died in 1663 (will dated June 13, 1663, 
proved P.C. July 20, 1663), and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

ROBERT BLAKE of Ardfry. He was admitted a student of 
the Middle Temple on October 16, 1638. He obtained under 
the Acts of Settlement a regrant by patent, dated February 24, 
1681, of the lands of Ardfry and Wallscourt and other lands. 
He married Elizabeth, daughter of Martin Lynch of Levally, 
Co. Galway, by whom he had issue three sons, viz. : 

1. Richard, of whom presently. 

2. Andrew, living in 1735. 

3. Joseph, of Grange, Co. Galway, who married Mary, 

daughter of Colonel Dominick Browne, of Carrow- 
browne, Co. Galway, by whom he had issue three 
sons, viz. : 

(1) Richard, of whom presently. 

(2) Ignatius, who was admitted a student at the 

Middle Temple May 7, 1722, and was a 
barrister-at-law (Ireland) ; he died without 
issue in 1780. 

(3) Henry, who died on September 17, 1788, un- 

married (will dated January 14, 1786, proved 
P.C. December 21, 1789). 

Robert Blake died on March 20, 1697, and was succeeded b^ 
his eldest son, 

RICHARD BLAKE of Ardfry. He married, on March i, 1681, 



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as his first wife, Mary Magdalen, daughter of Oliver Martyn of 
Tullyra, by whom he had issue three sons and four daughters, 
viz. : 

1. Robert, of whom presently. 

2. Oliver, who was admitted a student of the Middle 

Temple on February 4, 1711; he died without issue 
circa 1737 (will dated November 27, 1735, proved P.C 
May 14, 1737). 

3. Peter. 

4. Elizabeth, who married Peter Daly of Quansberry, Co. 

Galway, and had issue. 

5. Cecilia, who married Edward Geoghegan, of Bunowen, 

Co. Galway, and died March, 1773, leaving issue. 

6. Mary, who married John Bodkin, and had issue. 

7. Margaret, who married O'Malley. 

Richard Blake married as his second wife, in December, 1700, 
Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Dillon of Clonbrock, Co. Galway, 
by whom he had further issue three sons and three daughters, 
viz. : 

8. Richard Thomas, died without issue. 

9. William, died without issue. 

10. Constantine, died without issue. 

11. Sibella, died unmarried November 6, 1753. 

12. Mary Prudentia. 

13. Jane. 

Richard Blake died May 12, 1735 (will dated March 22, 1734, 
proved P.C. May, 1735).. and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

ROBERT BLAKE of Ardfry. He married Anstace, second 
daughter of Denis Daly of Carrownekelly, Co. Galway, by 
whom (who died May i, 1739) he had issue two sons and one 
daughter, viz. : 

1. Richard, of whom presently. 

2. Denis, who was admitted a student of the Middle Temple 

on November 15, 1732. 

3. Mary, who married Sir Ulick Blake of Menlo, eighth 

Baronet (see BLAKE OF MENLO, ante, p. 147). 

Robert Blake died May 12, 1741 (will dated May 2, 1741, 
proved P.C. December 24, 1744). He was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

RICHARD BLAKE of Ardfry, and previously of Newgrove, Co. 
Galway. He married, in 1739, Marcia Maria, daughter ot 
Marcus Ffrench of Rahassane, Co. Galway, by whom (who diec 
October 16, 1743) he had issue an only child, 
i. Anstace, who died unmarried in 1753- 

Richard Blake died July 3, 1744 (will dated May 28, i74 
proved P.C. August 22, 1744). On his death without male 



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issue, the representation of the family devolved upon his 
kinsman, 

RICHARD BLAKE, eldest son of Joseph Blake of Grange (see 
ante, p. 180). He married Maria Young, and died in 1759, 
leaving issue, 

JOSEPH BLAKE of Ardfry, and previously of Grange; born 
October 2, 1739. He purchased the estates of Ardfry and 
Wallscourt, which by a private Act of Parliament, 2 George III. 
(1761), had been vested in trustees for sale. He married, 
October, 1764, Honoria, only daughter of Dermot Daly, and by 
her (who died July 14, 1784) had issue : 

1. Joseph Henry, his successor. 

2. Ignatius Charles, Captain of Dragoons, born August 21, 

1773 ; married, June, 1794, Helen, eldest daughter of 
William Cashel of Berwick-upon-Tweed ; and died 
August 6, 1797, leaving by her (who died July 5, 1810) : 

(1) Joseph Henry, second Baron Wallscourt. 

(2) Louisa Helena, married, December 21, 1816, 

Captain R. Bourne, R.N., of Lynnberry, 
Westmeath, and .died February 15, 1863. 

3. Henry James, Colonel of the Galway Militia ; born 

October 5, 1774; married, February 14, 1796, Anne,' 
daughter of John French of Galway ; and, dying 
November n, 1811, left issue : 

(1) Joseph Henry, third Baron Wallscourt. 

(2) John, born October 13, 1801 ; died October 31, 

1846. 

(3) Enroll, born November 8, 1803, d.s.p. 

(4) Henry James, born January 26, 1805 ; married, 

February 23, 1839, Anne*, widow of Lieutenant- 
Colonel Swaine, E.I.C.S. She died Novem- 
ber 8, 1847. 

(5) Honoria Anastasia, married December 7, 1837, 

Lord Hamilton Francis Chichester, and died 
February 7, 1878. He d.s.p. January i, 1854. 

4. Joanna Harriet, married first, February i, 1783, Richard 

Burke of Glinsk; and secondly, in 1792, Dominick 
Daly, by whom (who died in 1841) she left issue. 

5. Elizabeth Jemima, married first, January 25, 1790, 

George, Earl of Enroll, who d.s.p. June 14, 1708. She 
married secondly, September 12, 1816, Right Hon. 
John Hookham Frere, who d.s.p. January 7, 1846. 
She died January 17, 1831. 

6. Agnes Maria, married in April, 1807, Charles Aldrich, 

and died 1808. 

7. Margaret, died at Paris, aged ninety-six, January, 1862. 



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8. Honoria Louisa, mairied, April 4, 1810, George, third 
Earl Cadogan, and died September 12, 1845. 

Joseph Blake died January 19, 1806. His eldest son, 

JOSEPH HENRY BLAKE, first Lord Wallscourt, born October 5, 
1765 ; married, August 18, 1784, Lady Louisa Catherine Mary 
Bermingham, third daughter and co-heiress of Thomas, first 
Earl of Louth, by whom (who married secondly, April 21, 
1804, James Daly, and died May 28, 1827) he had an only 
daughter : 

i. Anastasia, married, January 6, 1803, Luke, second Lord 
Clonbrock, and died June 5, 1816, leaving issue. 

Mr. Blake, having represented Co. Galway in the Irish Parlia- 
ment for several years, was elevated to the peerage July 31, 
1800, by the title of Baron Wallscourt of Ardfry, with 
remainder, in default of the issue male of his body, to the heirs 
male of the body of his father ; and dying vita patris March 28, 
1803, was succeeded accordingly, by (the son of Captain Ignatius 
Blake) his nephew, 

JOSEPH, second BARON WALLSCOURT, born July 23, 1795; 
d.s.p. October n, 1816, when the barony devolved upon his 
first cousin, 

JOSEPH HENRY, third BARON WALLSCOURT, born June 2, 
1797 ; married, September 23, 1822, Elizabeth, only daughter 
of William Locke of Norbury, Surrey, and by her (who died 
January 2, 1877) had issue : 

1. Henry Joseph, born in 1823, died in 1828. 

2. William Richard, born May 6, 1825, died April 6, 

1829. 

3. Erroll Augustus, present peer. 

4. Elizabeth Frederica, married, July 17, 1866, General 

the Hon. Arthur Upton (who died April 23, 1883) 
third son of John Henry, first Viscount Templetown. 

5. Elizabeth Nina, married, September 26, 1859, General 

the Hon. James William Bosville Macdonald, C.B., 
and died July 21, 1890. He died January 4, 1882. 
His lordship died May 28, 1849, and was succeeded by his 
only surviving son : 

ERROLL AUGUSTUS JOSEPH HENRY BLAKE, fourth BARON 
WALLSCOURT, of Ardfry, Co. Galway in Ireland ; late Captain 
Coldstream Guards, formerly Gentleman Usher to the Lord 
Lieutenant of Ireland, J.P. and D.L. Co. Galway; born 
August 22, 1841 ; married first, February 7, 1874, Lady Jane 
Harriet Charlotte Stanhope, fourth daughter of the seventh 
Earl of Harrington, and by her (who died September 8, 1889) 
had issue : 

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married December n, 1897, Ellen, daughter of Joseph 
Mayo, and widow of-- Boisset. 

2. Wyndham Erroll Lincoln, born December 21, 1875. 

3. Elizabeth Honoria (died] 

September 10, 1886) kwins, born August 25, 1877. 

4. Elizabeth Lucy Eily J 

5. Margaret Phyllis, born June 19, 1883. 

His lordship married secondly, January 25, 1896, May, 
daughter of Sir William Palliser, C.B., M.P. 



Blake of Corbally^ Co. Galway. 

PETER BLAKE of Corbally, Co. Galway, third son of 
Sir Richard Blake, Knight, of Ardfry (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY, 
ante, p. 180). On December 20, 1679, he got a grant by patent, 
under the Acts of Settlement, of the castle and lands of Corbally 
in the barony of Tiaquin, Co. Galway (now known as 
Castle Daly). He married Magdalen Martyn, by whom he 
had issue two sons and three daughter, viz. : 

1. Patrick, of whom presently. 

2. Dominick. 

3. Sibyl, who married Anthony Deane of Balrobuck. 

4. Sourna, who married (settlement dated March 22, 1703) 

Hyacinth French, second son of James French of 
Durass, Co. Galway. 

5. Elizabeth, who married Geoffrey Browne, eldest son of 

Colonel Dominick Browne of Castlemacgarret, Co. 
Mayo. 

Peter Blake died circa 1712 (will dated January 10, 1708, 
proved P.C. September 14, 1712), and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

PATRICK BLAKE of Corbally. He married (settlement dated 
April 29, 1695) Margaret, daughter of Frances Blake of Moyne 
(see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK, post, p. 192), by whom he had 
(with other issue) four sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Peter, of whom presently. 

2. Francis, of Rahara, Co. Roscommon, and Anbally, Co. 

Galway. He was admitted a student at the Middle 
Temple on May 25, 1721 ; he married Sarah, daughter 
of Francis Knox of Moyne Abbey, Tyrawly, Co. Mayo, 
and died circa 1744 (will dated August 2, 1743, proved 
December 20, 1744), leaving issue by her (who died 
circa 1760 ; will dated February 19, 1757, proved 
February 23, 1760), two sons and a daughter, viz. : 
(i) Francis, of Rahara, who married Jane Hillas (?), 
and died circa 1808 (will dated October 2, 1807, 
proved April 26, 1808), leaving issue by her (who 
married secondly Lynch, M.D.) a son, 
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(i.) Francis, of Rahara, who died unmarried 
in 1834. 

(2) Peter, who died in 1842, leaving issue a son, 

(i.) Patrick Francis. 

(3) Charity. 

3. Martin, of Lissadoulta, Co. Galway, who married, in 

1747, Honora Skerret, and died without issue in 1749 
(will dated October 29, 1749, proved February 17, 

I749-50). 

4. Anthony. 

5. Sibyl, who married Edmund Burke of Trintrum. 
Patrick Blake died on June 19, 1753, and was succeeded by 

his eldest son, 

PETER BLAKE of Corbally. He was admitted a student of 
the Middle Temple on April 29, 1721. He married Mary, 
daughter of Patrick Darcy of Gorteen, Co. Mayo, and died 
June 27, 1753, leaving issue a son, 

PATRICK BLAKE of Corbally. He married, in July, 1757, 
Mary, daughter of John Morgan of Monksfield, Co. Galway, and 
died about 1805, leaving issue (with a daughter Charlotte, who 
married, in 1807, John Blake, third son of Isidore Blake of 
Towerhill), a son, 

PETER BLAKE of Corbally. He married, May 14, 1800, 
Mary, daughter of Hon. John Browne, sixth son of John, first 
Earl Altamount, and died in 1842, leaving (with other issue) 
a son, 

PETER BLAKE of Corbally, who married Jane, daughter of 
John Lane of Lanespark, and died in November, 1850, leaving 
issue five sons and four daughters, namely : 

1. Sir Henry Arthur Blake, Knight, G.C.M.G., now (1905) 

Governor of Ceylon. He married first, in 1862, 
Jeannette, daughter of Andrew Irwin of Ballymore, 
Co. Roscommon, by whom (who died in 1866) he had 
issue a son, 

(1) Harry Irwin, resident in Queensland in 1889. 
He married secondly, February 7, 1874, Edith, elder 
daughter of Ralph Bernal-Osborne of Newtown Anner, 
Tipperary, M.P., and by her has issue: 

(2) Arthur, born January 15, 1877. 

(3) Maurice, born June 6, 1878. 

(4) Olivia, who married, on June 8, 1903, Captain 

John Arbuthnot, Scots Guards, eldest son 
of Colonel G. Arbuthnot of Norton Court, 
Gloucestershire. 

2. Peter Blake, who married, 1867, Harriet, daughter of 

Walter Keating of Kells, Co. Meath, and died in 1897, 
having had issue five sons and two daughters, namely : 



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(1) Peter, d.s.p. 

(2) Walter, d.s.p. 

(3) William, married September 10, 1901, Eliza, 

daughter of John Ormsby of Castle Dargan, 
Co. Sligo, and has issue a daughter, 
(i.) Fannie. 

(4) Jack, d.s.p. 

(5) Walter. 

(6) Savinia Susan, who married Colonel John 
. Lopdell of Raheen Park. 

(7) Jane Madeline, who married, in May, 1903, 

Alexander Outhwaite Joy of St. Anne's, 
Headingley, Leeds. 

3. John Lane Blake, married March 5, 1866, Kate, daughter 
of John Gibbs, Esq. ; died March 22, 1882 (administra- 
tion granted May 20, 1882), having had issue four sons 
and three daughters, namely : 

(1) John Richard, Captain 3rd Volunteer Battalion 

Royal Welsh Fusiliers; married, July 9, 1898, 
Edith, daughter of Charles Grandison. 

(2) Peter, in the Natal Mounted Police in 1899. 

(3) Bertram, d.s.p. 

(4) Henry Claude, Athlone Pursuivant of Arms, a 

member of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem 
in England, and Lieutenant in 3rd Volunteer 
Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 

(5) Susan, married, in 1898, Henry Richardson 

Edwards, Esq. 

(6) Ethel. 

(7) Ina. 

y 4. Frank Blake, married Mary, daughter of Johnston, 
Esq. 

5. Vere Blake, married Mary, daughter of Ely, Esq., 

and has issue four sons and three daughters, viz. : 

(1) Arthur. (5) Nora. 

(2) Ernest. (6) Corral. 

(3) Rupert. (7) Eileen. 

(4) Cyril. 

6. Mary Blake, married Wallace, Esq. 

7. Susan Blake, married, December 15, 1864, Charles 

Gilford, Esq., and died April 28, 1871. 

8. Bessie Blake, married Jack McKenzie of Deepdene, 
. Richmond, Natal. 

9. Jennie Blake, married Alfred McKenzie of Lilydell, 

Richmond, Natal. 



Blake of Crumlin^ Clooncon^ and Moorfield, 
Co. Galway. 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, third son of Robert Blake of Ardfry (see 
BLAKE OF ARDFRY, ante, p. 179), got a certificate from the Court 
of Claims on August 23, 1677, confirming his title to the lands 
of Crumlin in the barony of Athenry, Co. Galway, and to 
the lands of Clooncon East, in the barony of Ballamoe, Co. 
Galway, of both of which he was then in possession under a 
decree of the Cromwellian Commissioners in 1656. He married 
Mary, daughter of Patrick Darcy by his wife Mary, eldest 
daughter of Sir Peter Ffrench, Knight, and widow of Peter 
Blake (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY, ante, p. 179). Nicholas Blake of 
Crumlin had issue by his wife Mary (who survived him) one 
son and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Peter, of whom presently. 

2. Mary, who married (as his second wife) Sir Henry 

Lynch, third Baronet of Castlecarra, Co. Mayo, and 
died in 1712, leaving issue. 

3. Kate. 

Nicholas Blake of Crumlin died in 1682 (will dated June 3, 
1682, proved P.C. July 22, 1682), and was succeeded by his 
only son, 

PETER BLAKE, previously of Carantrily, and afterwards of 
Crumlin. He left issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Stephen, of whom presently. 

2. Patrick, of Moorfield, who died in December, 1774. 
The elder son, 

STEPHEN BLAKE of Crumlin, Clooncon, and Moorfield. He 
had issue one son and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Patrick, of whom presently. 

2. Bridget, who married Dominick Darcy of Clonuane, 

Co. Clare, and had issue. 

3. Christiane. 

Stephen Blake died circa 1747 (will dated October 20, 1747, 
proved P.C. August 22, 1749), an d was succeeded by his only 
son, 

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PATRICK BLAKE of Crumlin, Clooncon, and Moorfield. He 
had (with other issue) three sons, viz. : 

1. Stephen, of whom presently. 

2. Robert, of whom presently. 

3. Peter, who married Jane, second daughter of Richard 

Eyre and sister of Colonel Giles Eyre of Eyre Court, 
Co. Galway, and died before 1819, leaving issue by 
her (who survived him, and died in 1847 5 will dated 
August 31, 1847, proved P.C. April 27, 1848) seven 
sons and four daughters, viz. : 

(1) Giles Eyre, of whom presently. 

(2) Stephen, who married, in 1819, Jane Creighton, 

and died in October, 1848, leaving issue a son: 
(i.) Stephen (living in 1849). 

(3) Peter, who died in 1840 (administration granted 

November 10, 1868), leaving issue a son : 
(i.) Robert. 

(4) Robert, living in 1847. 

(5) Samuel, died unmarried at Cabul in 1841 (ad- 

ministration granted at Principal Registry, 
Dublin, on February 13, 1860). 

(6) Thomas, living in 1847. 

(7) John, living in 1847. 

(8) Anne, who married Mills, living in 1847. 

(9) Ellen, who married Fry. 

(10) Ancharetta, died unmarried July 9, 1876; will 

proved January 23, 1877. 
(u) Maria, died unmarried in 1841. 

Patrick Blake died in 1790, and was succeeded by his eldest 
son, 

STEPHEN BLAKE of Crumlin, Clooncon, and Moorfield. He 
married, in 1784, Judith Connor, but died without issue in 1814, 
and was succeeded by his brother, 

ROBERT BLAKE of Crumlin, Clooncon, and Moorfield. He 
married Anne Rafter, by whom he had issue two daughters 
only, viz. : 

1. Eliza. 

2. Jane. 

Robert Blake died in 1819 (will dated May 22, 1818, proved 
P.C. February 8, 1820), and was succeeded by his nephew (see 
above), 

GILES EYRE BLAKE of Crumlin and Clooncon. He married 
Charlotte, second daughter of Thomas Seymour of Ballymore 
Castle, Co. Galway, and by her (who survived him, and married 
secondly, William Groom of Sycamore Hill, Co. Galway) had 
issue seven sons and one daughter, viz.: 



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1. Peter, of whom presently. 

2. Thomas, died July 27, 1854 '> administration granted 

November 21, 1868. 

3. John, an officer in i/fth Light Dragoons, died December 

1851 ; administration granted January 10, 1861. 

4. Robert. 

5. Henry, died unmarried April 5, 1865 ; administration 

granted April 2, 1869. 

6. Patrick, of Carrowreagh, Co. Galway, who died without 

issue in 1869 ; will dated May 27, 1869, proved in 
Principal Registry, August 17, 1869. 

7. Giles, died unmarried January 28, 1850 ; administration 

granted February 17, 1868. 

8. Jane. 

Giles Eyre Blake died in March, 1844 (will dated March 10, 
1844, but never proved ; administration granted June 30, 1859), 
and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

PETER BLAKE of Crumlin and Clooncon. He married, in 
1864, Agnes, daughter of Cornelius Creagh of Dangan, Co. 
Clare, but died without issue, on June 29, 1879 ; administra- 
tion granted May 13, 1880. 



Blake of Merlin Park^ Co. Galway^ and 

of Moyne^ Culcon, and Ballyglass, 

Co. Mayo (A). 

JOHN BLAKE, fifth son of Robert Blake of Ardfry (see BLAKE 
OF ARDFRY, ante, p. 179), was devised the castle and lands of 
Castletown in the barony of Longford, Co. Galway, by the 
will of his father. He was admitted a law student at the 
Middle Temple on March 26, 1625. In 1632 he purchased 
from Lord Lambert the lands of Cloonebanane and Carnehely 
in the barony of Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, and in 1634 obtained 
by way of mortgage from John Mcjonyne the castle and lands 
of Culcon in the same barony and county. Prior to 1636 he 
obtained, also by way of mortgage, from Redmund McRuddery 
the lands of Carrowenkilleen and Carroweveline in the Barony 
ot Clanmorris, Co. Mayo, and (in right of his wife) was owner 
in fee of the moiety of the four quarters of Ballyglass in the 
same barony and county. On August 9, 1640, he purchased 
the lands of Carrowreogh and Knockanroe in said barony and 
county from Redmond oge McRuddery. He was Recorder of 
the town of Galway from 1642 to 1654, when he was super- 
seded by the Cromwellian party. He married Margaret, elder 
daughter and one of the two co-heiresses of Francis Martyn of 
Galway, and of Ballyglass, Co. Mayo (who died September 6, 
1615) by his wife Cathalina Burke. 

John Blake died between 1656 and 1663, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Moyne, Co. Mayo, and of Moreagh 
(afterwards called Merlin Park), near the town of Galway. On 
May 17, 1677, he got a confirmatory grant by patent under the 
Acts of Settlement of the four quarters of Ballyglass in the 
barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo, and of other lands in the 
barony of Dunmore, Co. Galway. On March 5, 1680, he 
purchased from his uncle-in-law Andrew oge Blake (See post, 
BLAKE OF FURBOUGH) who was the assignee of the patentee, 
George, Duke of Albemarle the mansion-house in the town of 
Galway which, before the Cromwellian forfeitures, had been 
occupied by his (Francis') father, John Blake ; and about the 

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same period (1680), probably, said Francis Blake also purchased 
the lands of Moreagh and Doughiska, near the town of Galway, 
from the Cromwellian planters or their representatives. On 
November 6, 1683, he got a lease for a term of years from 
William, Earl of Clanricarde, of the four quarters of Moyne in 
the parish of Shruel, barony of Kilmaine and county of Mayo. 
He married first, Gylle (or Julia), youngest daughter of Martin 
fitz Andrew Blake of Cummer (see post, BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN), 
by whom he had issue : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Margaret, who married, in 1695, Patrick Blake senior of 

Corbally (see BLAKE OF CORBALLY ante, p. 185). 

Francis Blake married secondly, Anstas Darcy (who survived 
him). He died circa 1711 (will dated September 8, 1711, 
proved at Tuam July 26, 1716), and was buried in St. Francis' 
Abbey in the town of Galway. He was succeeded by his son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Moreagh, Co. Galway, and Moyne, 
Culcon, and Ballintubber, Co. Mayo, which last-mentioned 
estate he purchased in 1691 from Robert Blake of Ardfry, 
(see BLAKE OF ARDFRY, ante, p. 179). By deed dated May 15, 
1711, he purchased from Sir Henry Bingham, the trustee for 
sale (under Act of Parliament) of Lord Clanricarde's forfeited 
estates, the reversion in fee of the lease of the four quarters of 
Moyne. He married Mabel, third daughter of Sir George 
Browne, second Baronet of the Neale, Co. Mayo, and by her 
(who survived him) had issue two sons and four daughters, viz. : 

1. Francis, of whom presently. 

2. George, first of Killernane, afterwards of Garracloone, 

Co. Mayo, ancestor of the families of BLAKE OF TUAM, 
and BLAKE OF GARRACLOONE (see those families, 
post, pp. 196, 199). 

3. Jane, married Edmund Dillon of Hollywell, Co. Mayo. 

4. Alice, married Kirwan of Blindwell. 

5. Bridget, married Browne of Mayfield. 

6. Margaret, married Lynch. 

Martin Blake died at Ballisnahigny, Co. Mayo, in 1744 ; his 
will, dated October 15, 1744, was not proved in the Prerogative 
Court until June 22, 1771 ; he was buried in the Abbey of Ross, 
Co. Galway, and was succeeded by his eldest son. 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Moreagh, Co. Galway, and of Moyne, etc., 
Co. Mayo. He married (settlement dated June 13,1721) Frances, 
daughter of Charles Daly (the elder) of Callow, Co. Galway, and 
by her (who survived him, and died in 1783, will dated Feb- 
ruary 29, 1776, proved P.C. May 26, 1783) had issue four sons 
and two daughters, viz. : 

i. Charles, of whom presently. 



Blake of Merlin Park 193 

2. John, Major of the Galway Volunteers in 1779. 

3. Anthony, of Carramore, Shruel, Co. Galway. He 

married Margaret, daughter of Kirwan of Dalgin, 
Co. Mayo, and died without issue. His will, dated 
January 22, 1799, was proved at Tuam January 3, 
1806. 

4. Martin, of Houndswood, Co. Mayo, which he held on 

lease from John Darcy. He was admitted a student 
at the Middle Temple on November 17, 1759, an d 
died unmarried ; his will, dated May 7, 1805, was 
proved in P.C. on May 9, 1806. 

5. Mabel, died unmarried. 

6. Anne, died unmarried. 

Francis Blake died circa 1763, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

CHARLES BLAKE of Merlin Park (formerly called Moreagh), 
Co. Galway, and of Moyne, etc., Co. Mayo. He married, on 
May 3, 1762 (articles dated April 17, 1762), Margaret, third 
daughter of Denis Daly of Raford, Co. Galway, by Lady Anne 
his wife, daughter of Michael, tenth Earl Clanricarde, and by 
her (who survived him, and married secondly, John Darcy of 
Ballykine, and thirdly, in June, 1791, Stephen Blake, fifth son 
of Sir Walter Blake, tenth Baronet, of Menlo, and died circa 
1824; will dated December 12, 1814, proved March 24, 1825) 
had issue two sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Charles, of whom presently, 

2. Denis John, who was admitted a student at Lincoln's 

Inn on July 2, 1791. He was Captain in the 
Sgth Regiment, and was present at the Battle of 
Alexandria on the staff of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, 
when he was wounded. His will was proved P.C. 
in 1803. 

3. Frances, married, in October, 1782, John Darcy of 

Houndswood, and had issue. 

Charles Blake died in May, 1769 (will dated March 25, 
1768, proved P.C. June 15, 1769), and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

CHARLES BLAKE of Merlin Park, Moyne, etc. He married, 
on August 3, 1790 (articles dated May 14, 1790), his cousin 
Georgina, daughter and coheir of Sir George Browne of the 
Neale, sixth Baronet, and niece of John, first Baron Kilmaine, 
and by her (who died November 24, 1840, and was buried in 
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin) had issue three sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

1. Charles Kilmaine, of whom presently. 

2. Denis John, who married, in April, 1831, Anna, daughter 
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of Samuel Poer of Belleville Park, Co. Waterford, and 
had issue. 

3. Martin Kirwan, of Glanville, near Galway, who married, 

in 1835, Julia, daughter of John Blake (of the family 
of BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN, see post, p. 216), by whom 
he had issue four sons and three daughters, viz. : 

(1) Charles, now deceased. 

(2) John Denis, who married, April 18, 1867, Mary, 

daughter of P. Sarsfield Comyn of Galway. 

(3) George Francis, Registrar of the Royal College 

of Surgeons, Ireland. 

(4) Martin. 

(5) Olivia. 

(6) Georgina. 

(7) Julia. 

4. Georgina, who married, March i, 1813, Walter Law- 

rence of Lisreaghan, Co. Galway, by whom she had 
issue an eldest son, Walter Lawrence, who married, 
in 1848, Olivia, eldest daughter of Sir Michael Bellew, 
Baronet, of Mount Bellew, Co. Galway, and had issue 
an only child, Honora Lawrence, who married her 
cousin Charles O. Blake de Burgh, the present (1905) 
representative of this branch of the Blake family. 

5. Margaret, who married George Kirwan of Dalgin, 

Co. Mayo, and died without issue in 1875. 

6. Frances, died unmarried June 3, 1883 ; will proved 

July 21, 1883. 

Charles Blake died September 5, 1845 (administration 
granted November 24, 1870), and was succeeded by his eldest 
son, 

CHARLES KILMAINE BLAKE of Merlin Park, Moyne, etc. 
' He was High Sheriff of the county of Galway in 1844, and a 
D.L. and J.P. for Co. Mayo. He married, on May 7, 1839, 
Dorothea Stewart Ormsby, last surviving child and heiress of 
Thomas Gore Ormsby of Comyn, Co. Sligo, by whom he had 
issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Charles Ormsby, born March 29, 1840, of whom 

presently. 

2. Francis Thomas, born in 1843. 

Charles Kilmaine Blake died January 8, 1867, at Boulogne- 
sur-Mer, France, and was there interred in a tomb erected 
by his eldest son, bearing monumental inscription. He was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

CHARLES ORMSBY BLAKE DE BURGH, now (1905) of Bally- 
glass, Co. Mayo, and (in right of his wife) of Rath O'Nora, 
Co. Sligo. He married, July 29, 1868, his cousin Honora 



Blake of Merlin Park 195 

Lawrence, only child of Captain Walter Lawrence of Lis- 
reaghan, Co. Galway (see ante, p. 194), and by her (who died 
October 19, 1873) had issue an only child : 

i. Violet Olivia Blake, now (1905) living. 
Mr. C. O. Blake assumed by royal license, dated Oc- 
tober 10, 1896, the additional surname of De Burgh, with the 
right to bear the arms of DE BURGH quartered with those of 
BLAKE, and this license was recorded in Ulster's Office by a 
grant of exemplification dated November 21, 1896. 

NOTE (A). The pedigree of this branch of the Blake family, from 
Richard Cadel, surnamed Blake, down to C. O. Blake de Burgh, 
Esq., was registered in 1896 in the Herald's College, London. 






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Blake of Tuam, Co. Galway. 

GEORGE BLAKE, second son of Martin Blake of Moyne (see 
BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK AND MOYNE, ante, p. 192), born in July, 
1700. He resided first at Killernane, Co. Mayo, and after 
1765 at Garracloone, Co. Mayo. He married, on April 18, 
1728, Juliane, eldest daughter of Marcus Lynch fitz James 
of Garracloone by his wife Anne, daughter of Marcus Lynch 
fitz Andrew of Garracloone. George Blake (who assumed the 
additional surname of Lynch on succeeding to Garracloone in 
1765) by his wife Juliana (who survived him, and died circa 
1790 ; will proved P.C. 1790) had issue six sons and five 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Martin Blake Lynch, born October 3, 1731 ; admitted 

a student at the Middle Temple on April 13, 1751, 
and afterwards a K.C. of the Irish Bar. He married, 
in 1774, Juliane Kirwan, but died without issue circa 
1799 (will dated July 19, 1799, proved P.C. in 1801). 

2. Mark, born August 30, 1734, of whom presently. 

3. Richard, born May 31, 1736 (see BLAKE OF GARRA- 

CLOONE, post, p. 199). 

4. Henry, born February 21, 1739 ; died without issue. 

5. George, born April 6, 1743; dead without issue in 1815. 

6. John, ancestor of the family of BLAKE OF BELMONT, 

Co. Galway. He was born February 26, 1745, and 
married Miss Cuffe, sister of James Cuffe (afterwards 
first Baron Tyrawley), by whom he had numerous 
issue, some of whose descendants are now resident in 
the United States. 

7. Mary, born June 6, 1729, who married Geoffrey Martyn 

of Curramore, Co. Mayo, and died his widow circa 
1795 (will dated February 15, 1795, proved P.C. 
February 4, 1804), and was buried in Ross Abbey, 
Co. Galway. 

8. Mabel, born July 5, 1730, who married Browne. 

9. Anne, born July 8, 1733. 

10. Margaret, born August 18, 1741. 

11. Bridget, born June 14, 1744; living in 1795. 

George Blake Lynch died September n, 1771 (will dated 

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Blake of Tuam 197 

October ig, 1769, proved P.C. February 2, 1772), and was 
buried at Ross Abbey, Co. Galway. His second son, 

MARK BLAKE of Brooklawn (otherwise Fartimore), Co. 
Galway, married (circa 1771) Mary, daughter of Colonel Manus 
O'Donnel, of the Austrian Imperial Service, by whom he had 
issue four sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Mark, of Brooklawn and of Killeen, Co. Galway. He 

married Maria Browne, and died in 1826 (will dated 
February 21, 1826, proved P.C. December 8, 1826), 
leaving issue three sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Martin, of Killeen Castle, Co. Galway, who 

married Honoria, daughter of - , and died 
August 2, 1859 (administration granted Octo- 
ber 20, 1864). 

(2) Anthony. 

(3) John. 

(4) Julia. 

(5) Harriet. 

2. Martin, died vita pair is, unmarried. 

3. Manus, died without issue in January, 1801. 

4. Charles, of whom presently. 

5. Juliane, who married Skerret of Ballinduff, Co. 

Galway, and had issue. 

Mark Blake died on June 27, 1794 (will proved P.C. on 
August 16, 1794). His fourth son, 

CHARLES BLAKE of Tuam, married (settlement dated 
September 22, 1804) Margaret, daughter of James Eagan of 
Dunblaney, by whom he had issue three sons and four 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Mark, who left issue a son, 

(i) Charles, died unmarried. 

2. Charles, of whom presently. 

3. James, who married Alicia, daughter of Power of 

Tuam, and died in 1849 (will dated May 19, 1849, 
proved P.C. June 28, 1849), leaving issue two sons 
and a daughter : 

(1) Charles. 

(2) James. 

(3) Julia. 

4. Catherine, who married Lynch, and had issue. 

5. Margaret, who married Turner. 

6. Julia, who married James Watson, and had issue. 

7. Mary, who married, in 1840, Walter Blake of Meelick, 

Co. Galway (see BLAKE OF MEELICK, ante, p. 151). 
Charles Blake died circa 1855 (will dated September 15, 
1855, proved P.C. August 27, 1856). His second son, 



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CHARLES BLAKE of Tuam, married, in 1843, Juliane, daughter 
of Lieutenant-Colonel John Dunkin, i8th Royal Irish Regiment, 
by his wife Anne Marlay, and by her (who survived him, and 
died May 2, 1880 ; administration granted August 8, 1881) had 
issue three sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Charles Henry, of whom presently. 

2. John Dunkin of Brooklawn, who married, in 1876, Alice, 

daughter of Dominick Leonard, and has issue two 
sons and a daughter, viz. : 

(1) Charles Dunkin. 

(2) Manus. 

(3) Edith. 

3. Richard Marlay, M.D., of Ravensdale, Dundalk, who 

married, in 1879, Nanny, daughter of Michael Hartigan 
of Limerick, and has issue : 

(1) Marlay. 

(2) Claucle. 

(3) Cecil. 

(4) Lionel. 

(5) Harold. 

(6) Dermot. 

(7) Eva. 

(8) Dorothy. 

(9) Marie. 

4. Maud, who married, in 1875, William Leonard of Mel- 

bourne, and has issue. 

Charles Blake died February 28, 1878 ; will proved at Tuam 
July 10, 1878. His eldest son, 

CHARLES HENRY BLAKE of Tuam, married, in 1876, his cousin 
Rose, youngest daughter of Walter Blake of Meelick (see 
BLAKE OF MEELICK, ante, p. 152), by whom he had issue two 
sons and five daughters, viz. : 

1. Charles George, of whom presently. 

2. Henry. 

3. May. 

4. Maud. 

5. Florence. 

6. Geraldine. 

7. Marjorie. 

Charles Henry Blake died in 1899, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

CHARLES GEORGE BLAKE of Tuam, now (1905) living. 



Blake of Garracloone^ Co. Mayo. 

RICHARD BLAKE, third son of George Blake (Lynch) of 
Garracloone by his wife Juliane Lynch (see BLAKE OF TUAM, 
ante, p. 196), succeeded to the estate of Garracloone under the 
will of his father, George Blake Lynch (proved P.C. Feb- 
ruary 2, 1772). This Richard Blake of Garracloone married 
Eliza, daughter of Colonel Manus O'Donel (of the Austrian 
Imperial Service), by whom he had issue four sons and eight 
daughters, viz. : 

1. George, executed vita patris for complicity in the 

rebellion of 1798. He died sine prole. 

2. Manus, of whom presently. 

3. Mark, of Dower Lodge, Co. Mayo, who died unmarried 

circa 1817 (will dated November 16, 1817, proved 
P.C. on December 10, 1819). 
_ 4. Richard, born in 1796, of whom presently. 

5. Mary, who married John Mathews. 

6. Julia, died unmarried. 

7. Eliza, who married Thomas Delahunt. 

8. Isabella, who married John Rochfort. 

9. Matilda, who married Thomas Thornley. 

10. Margaret, who married Surgeon O'Bre. 

11. Eleanor, who married Surgeon McEnally, R.N. 

12. Charlotte, who married Captain William Graham, 

74th Regiment, and had (with other issue) a daughter, 
Harriet Graham, who married (as his second wife) 
Captain Arthur Netterville Blake of Kilcloghans, Co. 
Galway (see BLAKE OF NEWBOROUGH, Co. Galway, 
post, p. 204). 

Richard Blake of Garracloone died in 1801 (will dated 
August 2, 1799, proved P.C. October 9, 1801). He was 
succeeded by his eldest (surviving) son, 

MANUS BLAKE of Garracloone. He married (settlement 
dated January 30, 1799) Marion Meredith of Dicksgrove, 
Co. Kerry, but died without issue circa 1831 (will dated 
December 26, 1830, proved P.C. February 22, 1831). 
was succeeded by his next (surviving) brother, 

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RICHARD BLAKE of Garracloone. He married (circa 1818) 
Henrietta Bradburne, by whom he had issue a son : 

i. Richard Blake (junior), who married (circa 1839) J an e, 
daughter of William Calcutt by his wife Dora 
MacNamara, and by her (who died in October, 1840) 
had issue a son : 

(i) Richard William Blake. 

NOTE. The estate of Garracloone was sold under a Decree of 
the Court of Chancery in Ireland in 1844. 



Blake of Castlegrove^ Co. Galway. 

ANDREW BLAKE of Fartigare (otherwise Castlegrove), Co. 
Galvvay, seventh son of Robert Blake of Ardfry (see BLAKE 
OF ARDFRY, ante, p. 179), was devised the lands of Fartigare by 
the will of his father, Robert Blake of Ardfry. He married 
Elizabeth, second daughter of Sir Valentine Blake, third 
Baronet of Menlo (see BLAKE OF MENLO, ante, p. 145), by 
whom he had issue a son and heir, 

DOMINICK BLAKE of Fartigare (otherwise Castlegrove), who 
was living in 1716. He married Jane, daughter of John Darcy 
of Gorteen, and had issue a son and heir, 

ANDREW BLAKE of Fartigare (otherwise Castiegrove), who 
married, in 1723, Sibilla, eldest daughter of Martin fitz Peter 
Blake of Ballyglunin (see BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN,/>OS, p. 215). 
Andrew Blake of Castlegrove (who was living in 1739) had 
issue a son and heir, 

DOMINICK BLAKE of Castlegrove. He was admitted to the 
Middle Temple on August 3, 1739, and married (as his first 
wife), circa 1750, Frances, eldest daughter of Nicholas, fifth 
Viscount Netterville, by whom (who died in May, 1764) he had 
issue two sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Andrew, of whom presently. 

2. Netterville, ancestor of BLAKE OF NEWBOROUGH, Co. 

Galway (see that family, post, p. 204). 

3. Catherine, who married Anthony Atkinson of Ashley 

Park, Co. Tipperary. 

Dominick Blake of Castlegrove married (as his second wife), 
in 1770, Elizabeth, third daughter of Sir Joseph Hoare, first 
Baronet, of Annabelle, Co. Cork, by whom (who survived him, 
and married secondly, Colonel James Bulkeley of Huntley Hall) 
he had further issue four sons, viz. : 

4. Dominick Edward, ancestor of BLAKE OF CANADA (see 

that family, post, p. 206). 

5. Joseph, who married Catharine, daughter of Ulick 

Jennings of Ironpool (otherwise Ballyuerin), Co. 
Galway, and had issue a son and two daughters, viz. : 
(i) Dominick Edward, of Rosminna, VVestport, Co. 
Mayo, who married, in 1839, Anna, daughter 



2O2 Blake Family Records 

of Joseph Bourke of Carrowkeel, Co. Mayo, by 
his wife Anne, daughter of Isidore Blake of 
Towerhill (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL, ante, 
p. 157), and had issue two sons and a 
daughter, viz. : 

(i.) Joseph Blake (Surgeon-Major), deceased, 
(ii.) Walter Blake, M.D., deceased, 
(iii.) Mary, who married, in 1872, Sir Chris- 
topher Nixon, Knight, of Roebuck 
Grove, Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin, and 
has issue. 

(2) Catharine, who married Myles Burke, of the 

family of Burke of Ower, Co. Galway. 

(3) Julia, who married Stephen Burke, brother of 

said Myles. 

6. Samuel, an officer in the Suffolk Fencibles, who died 

circa 1846; will dated June 20, 1799, proved P.C. 
January 23, 1847. 

7. William Martin, of Liskeevy, Co. Galway, who had issue 

a son and heir : 

(i) John, born in 1815 ; admitted to Lincoln's Inn 

on November 13, 1834. 

Dominick Blake of Castlegrove died circa 1780 (will dated 
September 14, 1779, proved P.C. January 13, 1827). He was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

ANDREW BLAKE of Castlegrove, who was admitted to the 
Middle Temple on November n, 1773. He married (after 
1784) Isabella, daughter of John Knox and widow and relict of 
Xaverius Blake of Dunmacrina and Oranmore (see BLAKE OF 
DUNMACRINA AND ORANMORE, post, p. 212), by whom he had 
issue a son and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Edward, of whom presently. 

2. Frances, who married, in June, 1804, John Darcy of 

Killtullagh and Clifden Castle. 

Andrew Blake of Castlegrove died circa 1825, and was 
succeeded by his son, 

EDWARD BLAKE of Castlegrove, the last Blake proprietor 
of Castlegrove. He married Anne, daughter of the Rev. 
Andrew Wilson of Millbrook, Co. Mayo, by his wife Marcia, 
second daughter of Croasdaile Miller of Milford, Co. Mayo, by 
whom he had issue three sons and six daughters, viz. : 

1. John Netterville, of whom presently. 

2. Edward, who died unmarried in 1858. 

3. Andrew, who married Rose Budd, and died in 1878, 

leaving issue one child, a son : 
(i) Poulter Blake. 



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4. Frances, who married, in 1841, Sir Richard McCausland, 

Knight, and had issue. 

5. Marcia, who married James Wynne. 

6. Isabella, who married, on April 9, 1840, Charles Eccles 

of Ecclesville, Co. Tyrone, and died December 30, 
1859, leaving issue. 

7. Anne, who married Henry Thompson, M.D., of Omagh, 

Co. Tyrone, and had issue. 

8. Louisa. 

9. Charlotte, who married Rev. Mungo Neville Thompson, 

brother of aforesaid Henry Thompson, and had issue. 

Edward Blake died March 15, 1869 (will proved Septem- 
ber 16, 1869). His eldest son, 

JOHN NETTERVILLE BLAKE, married (as his first wife), on 
June 22, 1840, Anne, daughter of George Nixon of Nixon Hall, 
Co. Fermanagh, but by her (who died September 15, 1841) 
had no issue. He married (as his second wife), in August, 1850, 
Matilda Robinson, by whom (who died July i, 1900) he had 
issue (surviving) three sons and three daughters, viz. : 

1. Edward. 

2. Robert. 

3. Richard. 

4. Anna. 

5. Florence. 

6. Clara. 

John Netterville Blake died at Liverpool (where his family 
are now resident) on September 13, 1892. 



Blake of Newborough) Co. Galway. 

NETTERVILLE BLAKE (Captain) of Newborough, Co. Galway, 
second son of Dominick Blake of Castlegrove by his first wife, 
Francis Netterville (see BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE, ante, p. 201). 
He married, on August io,.i792, Bridget, eldest daughter of 
Xaverius Blake of Dunmacrina and Oranmore (see BLAKE OF 
DUNMACRINA AND ORANMORE, post, p. 213), by whom he had 
issue nine sons and five daughters, viz. : 

1. John Netterville, who married Jane Frances Veitch of 

Galway, and died March n, 1863 (administration 
granted December 9, 1863), leaving issue one son and 
two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Joseph, M.D., who died in 1895, leaving issue 

two sons and one daughter, viz. : 
(i.) Archibold. 
(ii.) Ernest, 
(iii.) Frances. 

(2) Letitia, who married E, J. Dawson of Hounds- 

wood, Co. Mayo, and died January 15, 1876, 
leaving issue a daughter. 

(3) Georgina, who married, in November, 1869, 

her first cousin, James W. Blake (see p. 205). 

2. Xaverius. 

3. Arthur Netterville (Captain), of Kilcloghans House, 

Tuam, who married (as his first wife) on February 7, 
1842, Mrs. Priscilla Honywood, relict of Philip Hony- 
wood, but by her (who died February 9, 1855) had no 
issue. He married as his second wife, Harriet 
Graham (see BLAKE OF GARRACLOONE, ante, p. 199), 
and died without issue on January 19, 1876 (will proved 
at Tuam March 7, 1876). 

4. Frederick. 

5. James Netterville, M.D., of Newborough, who married, 

in 1845, Margaret, daughter of Thomas O'Mara, and 
died in 1847, leaving issue by her (who married 
secondly, in 1854, William Bowman) an only son : 
(i) Netterville J., late manager of the Charing Cross 
branch of the National Bank, London. 
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Blake of Ne^wborough 205 

6. Robert. 

7. Edward, of Ballinasloe, solicitor, who married, in 1838, 

Letitia, eldest daughter of the Hon. James Sidney, 
and died July 13, 1881, leaving issue three sons, viz. : 

(1) Edward Netterville, barrister-at-law, Dublin, 

who married, in February, 1884, Susan, daughter 
of W. J. Sidney, Q.C., and has issue living, two 
sons, viz. : 

(i.) Edward. 

(ii.) Noel. 

(2) James Waller, Crown Solicitor for Co. Galway, 

who married, in 1869, his first cousin, Georgina, 
second daughter of John Blake (see p. 204). 

(3) Arthur, who married, March 27, 1876, Anne, 

daughter of William Kirkpatrick, and has issue 
one son and three daughters, viz. : 
(i.) James. 

(ii.) Susan. 

(iii.) Kathleen. 

(iv.) Ivy. 

8. Thomas. 

9. George. 

10. Isabella, who married Edward Barrington. 

11. Catherine. 

12. Louisa. 

13. Harriet. 

14. Matilda. 

Captain Netterville Blake of Newborough died in 1833 (will 
dated April 6, 1831, proved P.C. June 18, 1833). 



Blake of Canada. 



THE REV. DOMINICK EDWARD BLAKE, eldest son of 
Dominick Blake of Castlegrove (see BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE, 
ante, p. 201), by his second wife, Elizabeth Hoare. He was 
born at Castlegrove in 1771, and was Rector first of Lough- 
brickland, and afterwards of Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. He 
married Ann Margaret, second daughter of William Hume of 
Humewood, Co. Wicklow, and by her (who survived him) had 
issue two sons and three daughters, viz. : 

1. Rev. Dominick, who married, in 1832, Louisa, widow 

and relict of Colonel Jones. He emigrated to 
Canada in 1832, and became Rector of Thornhill, 
Canada. He left issue two sons and two daughters, 
viz. : 

(1) Dominick (living in 1902). 

(2) John Netterville, now (1905) deceased. 

(3) Ann - 

(4) Frances, who married Henry Going, M.D., 

Canada. 

2. William Hume, of whom presently. 

3. Catherine, died unmarried in Canada in 1864. 

4. Wilhelmina, who married, in 1824, the Rev. Charles 

Brough, Archdeacon of Huron Diocese, Canada. 

5. Frances, who married the Rev. Richard Flood of 

Ontario, Canada. 

The Rev. Dominick E. Blake died at Kiltegan on Oc- 
tober 23, 1823 (will dated July 29, 1817 ; proved P.C. 
January 2, 1824). His second son, 

WILLIAM HUME BLAKE, was born at Kiltegan on March 10, 
1809. He married, in 1832, Catharine Honoria, eldest daughter 
of Joseph Samuel Hume by his wife Eliza, daughter of the 
Rev. Charles Smyth. William Hume Blake emigrated to 
Canada in 1832, joined the Canadian Bar, became Solicitor- 
General, and afterwards Chancellor of Upper Canada. By his 
wife Catharine (who survived him) he had issue two sons and 
two daughters, viz. : 

1. Edward, of whom presently. 

2. Samuel Hume, K.C. of the Canadian Bar, who marri< 

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Blake of Canada 207 

Rebecca, third daughter of the Rev. Benjamin 
Cronyn, Bishop of Huron, by whom (who died in 
1901) he has issue one son and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) William Hume, who married Jeanie Law, and 

has issue a daughter : 
(i.) Ellen. 

(2) Mabel, who married Frank Moss, and has issue 

a daughter : 
(i.) Hilda. 

(3) Katharine, who married T. N. Rhinelander, and 

has issue one son and one daughter : 
(i.) Newbold. (ii.) Honoria. 

3. Sophia, who married Verschoyle Cronyn, third son of 

above-mentioned Bishop Benjamin Cronyn, and has 
issue five sons and two daughters : 

(1) Benjamin. (5) William. 

(2) Hume. (6) Blossom. 

(3) Verschoyle. (7) Katherine. 

(4) Edward. 

4. Ann Margaret, who married Tames Kerr, and died in 

1882. 

William Hume Blake died at Toronto on November 17, 
1870. His eldest son, 

EDWARD BLAKE, now (1905) living ; K.C. of the Canadian 
Bar, and a Privy Counsellor, Canada, in 1873 ; M.P. for South 
Longford, Ireland, since 1895. He was born in Canada on 
October 13, 1833, and married at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, 
on January 6, 1858, Margaret, second daughter of the above- 
mentioned Dr. Benjamin Cronyn, by whom he has issue now 
(1905) living three sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Edward Hume, who married Georgina, daughter of 

Alexander Manning, and has issue two sons and one 
daughter, viz. : 

(i) Edward. (2) Holies. 

(3) Norah. 

2. Edward Francis, who married Ethel Benson, and has 

issue two sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(i) Gerald. (2) Verschoyle. 

(3) Mary. (4) Ethel. 

3. Samuel, who married Florence, daughter of John 

Cameron. 

4. Sophia, who married G. M. Wrong, and has issue three 

sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Murray. (4) Margaret. 

(2) Harold. (5) Agnes. 

(3) Hume. 



Blake of Holly par ^formerly of Loughrea\ 
Co. G a/way. 

MARTIN BLAKE, third son of Walter fitz Andrew Blake (see 
BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD, ante, p. 175.), was living in 1612. He 
left issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Richard, of whom presently. 

2. Francis. 
The elder son, 

RICHARD BLAKE of Kilcuane, Co. Galway, held the lands 
of Tirenaskragh in the barony of Longford, Co. Galway, of 
which he was dispossessed in 1655 by the Cromwellian Com- 
missioners. In 1682 he obtained from William, Earl Clan- 
ricarde, a lease for lives of premises in the town of Loughrea, 
and died circa 1698, leaving issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Francis. 
The elder son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Loughrea, in 1700 presented a petition 
to the Trustees for Sale of Forfeited Estates, claiming that 
his interest in the lease for lives granted by Earl Clanricarde 
to his father might be preserved from forfeiture. He left issue 
a son and heir, 

PIERCE BLAKE of Loughrea, who married Elinor, sister of 
Thomas Lynch of Levally, Co. Galway, by whom he had issue 
three sons and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Richard. 

3. Peter. 

4. Margaret. 

5. Juliane. 

Pierce Blake died in 1762 (will dated January 26, 1762, 
proved P.C. March 15, 1762). His eldest son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Hollypark, had issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Pierce of whom presently. 

2. Anthony Richard (Right Hon.), born 1776 ; admitted 

a student at Lincoln's Inn on May 13, 1808 ; was 
made a Privy Councillor of Ireland in 1836, and 
Chief Remembrancer of the Court of Exchequer in 
Ireland in 1837. He married Sarah, daughter of 
Judge James, but died without issue on January 10, 
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Blake of Ho Hyp ark 209 



1849 (will dated August 6, 1845, proved P.C. Feb- 
ruary 20, 1849). 

Martin Blake of Hollypark died before 1808. His eldest son, 
PIERCE BLAKE of Hollypark, married Anne, daughter of 
Peter Connellan of Coolamber, Co. Kilkenny, by whom he had 
issue three sons and five daughters, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Peter, of whom presently. 

3. Rev. Anthony, a Dominican Friar at Galway ; died 

November 15, 1898. 

4. Margaret, who married Henry Dolphin of Loughrea, 

and died in 1845. 

5. Agnes, who married James Lynch. 

6. Harriet, who married Francis Lynch. 

7. Anne, who married W. Pigott. 

8. Celia, died unmarried. 

Pierce Blake of Hollypark died circa 1833 (will dated Decem- 
ber 7, 1832, proved P.C. June 29, 1833). His eldest son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Hollypark, was an officer in the Indian 
Civil Service. He was Commissioner at Delhi, at which place 
he was killed in 1835. He died unmarried, and was succeeded 
by his brother, 

PETER BLAKE of Hollypark. He married, in 1836, Catharine, 
daughter of John Boyle Kernan of Capra, Co. Monaghan, and 
Earne Lodge, Co. Fermanagh, by whom he had issue three 
sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Martin Pierce, of whom presently. 

2. Richard, Captain in 4th Punjab Cavalry ; died un- 

married at Simla in 1875. 

3. John Hubert, who was admitted a student at the 

Middle Temple on May 8, 1869 ; died unmarried in 
Texas in 1885. 

4. Maria, who married Helenus White of Mount Sion, 

Co. Limerick, by whom (who died in 1874) she had 
issue two sons : 

(i) William White. 

(?) Helenus Pierce, who succeeded to Hollypark 
under the will of his uncle, Colonel Martin 
P. Blake, and thereupon assumed the sur- 
name of Blake. 

Peter Blake of Hollypark died in 1884, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

MARTIN PIERCE BLAKE of Hollypark, late Colonel com- 
manding the 88th Regimental District in Ireland, and 
previously Colonel 6th Dragoon Guards. He died unmarried 
in 1900, and was succeeded by his nephew, 

HELENUS P. BLAKE (see above), now (1905) of Hollypark. 
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Blake of Dunmacrina, Co. Mayo^ and 
Oranmore^ Co. Galway. 

WALTER BLAKE, second son of Geoffrey Blake (see BLAKE 
OF KILTOLLA AND VERMOUNT, ante, p. 166). This Walter 
Blake in 1417 got a grant from Thomas Breathnach of a 
tenement in Athenry (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 18) ; he was executor of the will of his uncle, 
John oge Blake, in 1420 (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, at p. 20) ; in 1444 he joined his cousin Cecilia (Gylle) 
Blake in making a grant of lands to the Prior and Convent 
of the Dominican Friars at Athenry (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at p. 29). He died in 1452, and was 
buried in the Dominican abbey at Athenry, leaving issue a son, 

JOHN BLAKE, who in 1452 was by deed of award declared 
entitled to certain lands in Athenry which had been held by 
his father (see " Blake Family Records," First Series, at p. 35). 
This John Blake (who was living in 1505) left issue two sons, viz. : 

1. Richard, of whom presently. 

2. The Rev. Patrick Blake, who was Warden of the 

" Collegiate Church " of St. Nicholas in the town of 
Galway from 1542 to 1553 (see " Blake Family 
Records," First Series, at pp. 79, 93). 
The elder son, 

RICHARD BLAKE, left issue a son, 

PATRICK BLAKE, who was " Bailiff" of the town of Galway 
in 1562-63. This Patrick Blake (who was living in 1580) left 
issue a son and heir, 

ANDREW BLAKE of Galway, Alderman. He was "Bailiff" 
of the town of Galway in 1597-98. On June 18, 1618, he 
obtained a grant by patent from King James I. of the four 
quarters of Ballyglass in the barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo 
(probably as trustee for the two daughters, co-heiresses, of 
Francis Martin of Galway and Ballyglass, who died in 1615). 
He married Juliane Martin, sister of the aforesaid Francis 
Martin of Galway, by whom he left issue three sons, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. Martin, ancestor of BLAKE OF CUMMER AND BALLY- 

GLUNIN (see that family, post, p. 214). 

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Blake of Dunmacrina and Oranmore 211 

3. Andrew oge, ancestor of BLAKE OF FURBOUGH (see that 

family, post, p. 222). 

Alderman Andrew Blake died in 1624 (will dated Decem- 
ber 20, 1624, proved P.C. February 9, 1630). His eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Dunmacrina, Co. Mayo, was returned 
in the Strafford Survey of Mayo made in 1636 as the owner of 
the castle and six quarters of land of Dunmacrina, in the 
barony of Clanmorris, Co. Mayo. He had issue a son and a 
daughter, viz. : 

1. Andrew, of whom presently. 

2. Anstace, who married (as his second wife) John Darcy 

of Kinlogh and Gorteen, Co. Mayo, and had issue. 

Walter Blake of Dunmacrina (who was living in 1656) died 
before 1677. His son and heir, 

ANDREW BLAKE of Dunmacrina, on September 6, 1677, 
obtained a regrant, by patent under the Acts of Settlement, of 
the estate of Dunmacrina. He married twice. By his second 
wife, Dame Anne Foxon, widow of Sir Samuel Foxon, Knight, 
he had no issue. By his first wife (name not ascertained) he 
had issue three sons and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. Valentine, of Cullane, Co. Mayo, who died in 1725 

(will dated October 2, 1725, proved at Tuam Novem- 
ber 2, 1725), having had issue a son, 
(i) Andrew, who died vita patris. 

3. Patrick, of Kilvine, Co. Mayo, who died in 1721 (will 

dated March 27, 1721, proved at Tuam December 6, 
1721), leaving issue three sons and two daughters, viz. : 

(1) Walter, of the town of Galway, and afterwards 

of Carrowbrowne, near Galway, who died in 
October, 1776, leaving issue two daughters 
only, viz. : 

(i.) Ann, who married on February 25, 
1741, Maurice Blake of Clooneen, 
and had issue (see BLAKE OF TOWER- 
HILL, ante, p. 154). 

(ii.) Mary, who married Patrick Kirwan, 
and had issue. 

(2) Right Rev. Dr. Anthony Blake of Carrow- 

browne, Catholic Warden of Galway 1750 to 
1756, Catholic Bishop of Ardagh in 1756, and 
Archbishop of Armagh 1758 to 1787. He died 
in 1787 (will dated October 4, 1785, proved at 
Tuam December 4, 1787). 

(3) Valentine. 

(4) Sybil. 

(5) Magdalen, who married Murphy. 

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212 Blake Family Records 

4. -- Blake, who married James Browne. 

5. Blake, who married Thomas Lynch. 

Andrew Blake of Dunmacrina died in 1704 (will dated 
October IT, 1703, proved at Tuam April 20, 1704). His 
eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE was of Dunmacrina, Co. Mayo, and Oran- 
more, Co. Galway (which latter place he became possessed of 
in right of his wife). He married (articles dated November 24, 
1692) Mary, daughter of Walter Athy and widow of French, 
by whom he had issue a son and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Xaverius J. A., of whom presently. 

2. Anne, who married Patrick Darcy. 

Walter Blake died circa November, 1740 (will dated Novem- 
ber 15, 1740, proved P.C. January 16, 1741). His eldest son, 

XAVERIUS J. A. BLAKE of Dunmacrina and Oranmore, was 
admitted a student at the Middle Temple on June 13, 1721. 
He married - - Daly, daughter of Charles Daly (the elder) of 
Calla, Co. Galway, by whom he had issue two sons and a 
daughter, viz. : 

1. Walter, of Oranmore, who married (circa 1741) Bridget, 

daughter of Denis Daly of Raford, Co. Galway, and 
died vita pair is, circa 1757 (will dated March i, 1757, 
proved at Tuam March 31, 1761), leaving issue three 
sons and one daughter, viz. : 

(1) Xaverius, of whom presently. 

(2) Denis. 

(3) Walter, a Captain in the Austrian Imperial 

Service (living in 1774). 

(4) Anne, who married, in July, 1765, Robert 

Caddell of Harbourstown, Co. Meath, and 
had issue. 

2. Andrew, of Ashford, Co. Galway, who died without 

issue in 1770 (will dated April 3, 1770, proved P.C. 
July 4, 1770). 

3. Mary, who married, on March 6, 1743, Michael Cormick 

of Mullinamore, Co. Mayo. 

Xaverius J. A. Blake died at Lisson Green, London, in 
November, 1768 (will dated May n, 1767, proved P.C. 
May n, 1769), and was succeeded by his grandson, 

XAVERIUS BLAKE of Dunmacrina and Oranmore. He 
married, on November 25, 1773, Isabella, daughter of John 
Knox of Castlerea, Co. Mayo, by whom (who survived him, 
and married, secondly, Andrew Blake of Castlegrove ; see 
BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE, ante, p. 202) he had issue five sons 
and two daughters, viz.: 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. John. 






Blake of Dunmacrina and Oranmore 213 

3. Xaverius, who died in infancy. 

4. Arthur, Lieutenant in the I26th Regiment of Infantry, 

who died in September, 1810 (will dated April 12, 
1809, proved P.C. May 14, 1814). 

5. Andrew. 

6. Bridget, who married, in August, 1792, Captain Netter- 

ville Blake of Newborough (see BLAKE OF NEW- 
BOROUGH, ante, p. 204). 

7. Anne, who married Henry Butler of Milbrooke, Co. 

Clare. 

Xaverius Blake died January 26, 1784 (will dated Novem- 
ber 8, 1783, proved P.C. May 29, 1784), and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Oranmore. He married, on April 14, 
1792, Mary, second daughter of James Butler of Milbrooke, 
Co. Clare, and by her (who predeceased him) had issue four 
sons and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Xaverius, of whom presently. 

2. Denis. 

3. John. 

4. Henry, who married, in June, 1830, Rebecca, daughter 

of Tomkins Brew, and emigrated to America in 1851. 

5. Teresa, who married, on October 5, 1809, Mark Browne 

of Rockfield, Co. Galway. 

6. Frances. 

Walter Blake of Oranmore died in 1836, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

XAVERIUS BLAKE of Oranmore. He married, in 1817, Ellis 
Usher, by whom he had issue two sons and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Walter, of whom presently. 

2. Xaverius, who married, in 1846, Anne Gildea. 

3. Ellis Letitia, who married first, in May, 1840, Thomas 

McNevin, and secondly (as his second wife), in 1849, 
John Butler Greene. 

Xaverius Blake died in 1838, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

WALTER BLAKE of Oranmore. He was the last Blake 
proprietor of Oranmore, which was sold circa 1853. He 
married, on June n, 1842, Frances Charlotte Livesay, by 
whom (who survived him, and died October 8, 1859 ' adminis- 
tration granted June n, 1861) he had issue one son and two 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Xaverius (living in 1861). 

2. Florinda (living in 1861). 

3. Ellis (living in 1861). 

Walter Blake of Oranmore died before 1859. 



Blake of Cummer and Ballyglunin^ 
Co. Galway. 

MARTIN BLAKE of Cummer, Co. Galway, second son of 
Andrew fitz Patrick Blake (see BLAKE OF "DUNMACRINA AND 
ORANMORE, ante, p. 210). He was "Sheriff" of the town of 
Galway 1648-49, and was dispossessed of his property in that 
town by the Cromwellian Commissioners in 1655, and trans- 
planted to Cummer. In 1671 he purchased the lands of Bally- 
glunin, Co. Galway, from the Cromwellian planter Charles 
Holcraft. In 1677 he obtained a regrant, by patent under the 
Acts of Settlement, of lands in the barony of Clare, Co. 
Galway. He married first, in 1640, Margaret Martin, by whom 
(who died circa 1642) he had issue an only child : 

1. Peter, of whom presently. 

Martin Blake married secondly, in August, 1652, Anne, 
daughter of - - Joyce and widow of Patrick Bodkin, and by 
her had further issue a son and two daughters, viz. : 

2. Patrick, who died without issue, vita pair is, in 1676 (will 

dated February 12, 1676, proved in France March 21, 

1677). 

3. Margaret, who married, in 1672, Joseph Lynch, of 

Ballycurren. 

4. Gylle (Julia), who married Francis Blake of Moyne 

(see BLAKE OF MOYNE AND MERLIN PARK, ante, p. 192), 
and died circa 1680, leaving issue. 

Martin Blake died August 8, 1691, and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

PETER BLAKE of Cummer and Ballyglunin. He married, 
in 1667, Sybilla Joyce, by whom he had issue three sons and 
three daughters, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Patrick, ancestor of BLAKE OF LANGHAM (see that 

family, post, p. 218). 

3. Nicholas, who resided in the town of Galway, and died 

circa 1747 (will dated April 10, 1747, proved P.C. 
February 2, 1747-48), leaving issue three sons and two 
daughters, viz. : 

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Blake of Cummer and Bally glunin 215 

(1) Patrick. 

(2) Peter. 

(3) Arthur. 

(4) Sibyl. 

(5) Mary, who married Valentine Browne of Tuam. 

4. Margaret, who married first, in 1686, Christopher 

French of Cloghballymore, Co. Galway; and he 
dying in 1688, she married secondly, Patrick Lynch 
of Galway, M.D. 

5. Anne. 

6. Sibilla. 

Peter Blake died September 21, 1691 (will dated September 17, 
1691, proved at Tuam in September, 1692), and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

MARTIN BLAKE, first of Russiny, Co. Galway, and afterwards 
of Cummer and Ballyglunin. He married, on November 28, 
1691, Margaret, daughter of Edmond French of Boyle Abbey, 
Co. Roscommon (brother of Dominick French of Dungar), by 
whom he had issue two sons and two daughters, viz. : 

1. Edmond, of whom presently. 

2. Martin (Major), of Antigua and St. Kitts in the West 

Indies, and of Sevenoaks, Kent, who married (settle- 
ment dated December 24, 1735) Elizabeth, only 
daughter of John Burke of Antigua, and died 
October 8, 1767 (will proved in London October 16, 
1767), leaving issue three sons and four daughters, viz. : 

(1) John, living in 1783. 

(2) Martin Tomlinson. 

(3) Edmund. 

(4) Margaret, who married John Tomlinson. 

(5) Jane, who married Kentrop of Antwerp. 

(6) Sarah Town, who married Masterson. 

(7) Penelope, who married, November 6, 1760, John 

Sober. 

3. Sibilla, who married, in 1723, Andrew Blake of Castle- 

grove (see BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE, ante, p. 201). 

4. Mary, who married Alexander Bodkin of Anbally, Co. 

Galway. 

Martin Blake died on September 6, 1737, and was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

EDMOND BLAKE of Ballyglunin. He married, on Decem- 
ber 14, 1724, Mary French of Rahassane, Co. Galway, by 
whom he had issue four sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. John, who died without issue in April, 1777 (will dated 

September 24, 1774, proved P.C. August 8, 1777)- 



216 Blake Family Records 

3. Robert (Rev.). 

4. Peter (Rev.). 

5. Margaret, who married, in September, 1751, John Darcy 

of Houndswood, Co. Mayo. 

Edmond Blake died on August 9, 1771 (will dated August 12, 
1765, proved P.C. October 17, 1771), and was succeeded by his 
eldest son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Ballyglunin. He married, in 1751, 
Bridget, daughter of Walter Joyce of Galway, by whom (who 
survived him, and died in 1785 ; will dated December 30, 1784, 
proved P.C. May 3, 1792) he had issue five sons, viz. : 

1. Edmond, of whom presently. 

2. Walter, of whom presently. 

3. Martin (Rev.) of the Order of St. Francis. 

4. Pierce (Rev.). 

5. John, who married, December 31, 1803, Olivia, daughter 

of Christopher French of Brook Lodge (of the family 
of French of Tyrone, Co. Galway), and died on 
October 6, 1822, leaving issue a son and a daughter, 
viz. : 

(1) John Joseph, of Brook Lodge, who married, on 

October 3, 1829, Elizabeth, daughter of John 
Bodkin of Annagh, Co. Galway, and died 
October 16, 1865 (administration granted in 
Principal Registry January 30, 1879), having 
had issue a son and two daughters, viz. : 
(i.) John, died in infancy, 
(ii.) Harriet, a nun. 

(iii.) Olivia, who married John Taafe of 
Smarmore Castle, Co. Louth. 

(2) Julia, who married, in 1835, Martin Kirwan 

Blake, third son of Charles Blake of Merlin 
Park (see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK, ante, p. 194). 

Martin Blake died in 1777 (will proved P.C. 1778), and was 
succeeded by his eldest son, 

EDMOND BLAKE of Ballyglunin. He married, in 1780, 
Mary, daughter of Nugent Sylvester Aylward of Ballinagar, 
Co. Galway, by whom (who survived him, and married secondly, 
in 1789, Colonel John Blake of Furbough ; see BLAKE OF FUR- 
BOUGH, post, p. 223) he had issue an only child, viz. : 
i. Martin Stephen, who died in infancy in 1788. 

Edmond Blake died in 1782 ; his brother 

WALTER BLAKE succeeded to Ballyglunin in 1788 upon 
the death of his nephew Martin Stephen (see above). He 
married, in 1789, Mary Archdeckin, sister of the Right Rev. 
Nicholas Joseph Archdeckin, R.C. Bishop of Kilmacduagh, 



Blake of Cummer and Bally glunin 217 

and by her (who survived him, and died October 4, 1807) had 
issue two sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Martin Joseph, born in 1790, of whom presently. 

2. Henry, who married, in June, 1827, Adelaide, eldest 

daughter of Robert French of Monivea, Co. Galway, 
and died on October 17, 1858, leaving issue five sons 
and five daughters, viz. : 

(1) Walter Martin, born in 1828, of whom presently. 

(2) Robert, born December 3, 1834, of whom 

presently. 

(3) Henry, who emigrated to Australia, now (1905) 

living. 

(4) Martin Joseph, of Ballina, near Ballyglunin, 

Co. Galway, now (1905) living. 

(5) John, late Lieutenant -Colonel commanding 

ist Battalion loth (Lincolnshire) Regiment ; 
he married Christiane, daughter of Skerring- 
ton Gilder and widow of Arthur Frisby, and 
has issue a daughter : 
(i.) Nicola. 

(6) Adelaide, living in 1905. 

(7) Elizabeth, married Den Keating of Woodsgift, 

Co. Kilkenny. 

(8) Nicola, married Andrew Veitch of Galway, 

and died without issue. 

(9) Mary, living in 1905. 

(10) Bidelia, who married first, James Darcy, 
youngest son of Martin Darcy of Wellfort, 
Co. Galway, but by him (who predeceased 
her) had no issue ; she married secondly, 
Thomas Kelly, and by him left issue. 

3. Bridget, who died unmarried. 

Walter Blake of Ballyglunin died in 1802 (will dated March 5, 
1802, proved P.C. 1802) ; he was succeeded by his eldest son, 

MARTIN JOSEPH BLAKE of Ballyglunin and Brook Lodge, 
Co. Galway. He was M.P. for the Borough of Galway from 
1832 to 1857. He died unmarried March 25, 1861 (administra- 
tion granted April 30, 1861), and was succeeded by his nephew, 

WALTER MARTIN BLAKE of Ballyglunin. He was High 
Sheriff of Galway in 1885 > ne died unmarried on September 25, 
1891, and was succeeded by his brother, 

ROBERT BLAKE, now (1905) of Ballyglunin. He was High 
Sheriff of the town of Galway in 1892. 



Blake of Langham^ Co. Suffolk 
(Baronets}. 

PATRICK BLAKE, second son of Peter Blake of Cummer and 
Ballyglunin (see BLAKE OF CUMMER AND BALLYGLUNIN, ante, 
p. 214). He emigrated to the West Indies, and acquired 
extensive landed property in the islands of St. Kitts, Antigua, 
and Montserrat. He married Mary Ann, daughter of Andrew 
Bodkin of Montserrat, by whom (who died February 18, 1720, 
and was buried in the island of St. Kitts) he had issue two 
sons and a daughter, viz. : 

. i. Martin, of St. Kitts, and afterwards of Leicester 

Fields, London. He married first, Sarah, daughter 

of Dominick Trant ; and secondly, the daughter of 

- Liddell, but had no issue by either. He died vita 

patrisinij^z (will proved in London August 25, 1743). 

2. Andrew, of whom presently. 

3. Margaret. 

Patrick Blake died at St. Kitts on March 7, 1744 (will dated 
March 5, 1743, proved at Antigua in 1745). He was succeeded 
by his second son, 

ANDREW BLAKE of St. Kitts and Antigua, and afterwards of 
New Norfolk Street, Hanover Square, London. He married 
Marcella French, by whom he had issue four sons and two 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Patrick (Sir), of whom presently. 

2. Christopher, who died unmarried (will proved in London 

February i, 1780). 

3. Edward, who died unmarried in 1763. 

4. Arthur, who left issue two sons, viz. : 

(1) Arthur Garland, who died in India November 30, 

1813. 

(2) Edward. 

5. Frances, who married, April i, 1769, Thomas Hodges, 

and left issue. 

6. Marianne, who married first, Austerbat ; and secondly, 

on March I, 1772, Thomas, second Lord Montford 
(who died October 24, 1799). 
218 



Blake of Langham 219 



Andrew Blake died in London circa 1761 (will dated July 21, 
1760, proved in Antigua November n, 1762). His eldest 
son, 

SIR PATRICK BLAKE of Langham, Co. Suffolk, was created 
a Baronet October 8, 1772. He was M.P. for Sudbury, Suffolk, 
1768-1784. He married, April 14, 1762, Annabella, youngest 
daughter of the Rev. Sir William Bunbury, Bart., and (with a 
daughter, Annabella, wife of Robert Jones Adeane of Babra- 
ham, in Cambridgeshire) had two sons, Patrick and James, 
successive Baronets. Sir Patrick was divorced from his wife 
by Act of Parliament in 1778, and, dying in 1784 (will proved 
in London July 24, 1784), was succeeded by his elder son, 

SIR PATRICK BLAKE, second Baronet, an officer in the 
loth Dragoons. This gentleman married, August 12, 1789, 
Maria Charlotte, only daughter of James Phipps, of the island 
of St. Christopher's, but dying s.p., July 25, 1818, the title 
devolved upon his brother, 

SIR JAMES HENRY BLAKE, third Baronet, married, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1794, Louisa Elizabeth, daughter of General the 
Hon. Thomas Gage, so celebrated in the American War, and 
grand-daughter of Thomas, first Viscount Gage, by whom 
(who died January 21, 1832) he had : 

1. Henry Charles, fourth Baronet. 

2. Patrick John, Admiral R.N. 

3. William Robert (Rev.), Vicar of Great Barton, Suffolk, 

died 1868. 

4. James Bunbury, of Thurston House, Suffolk, born 

1802 ; married, November i, 1831, Catherine, youngest 
daughter of Sir William Pilkington, Bart., of Chevet, 
Co. York, and died July, 1874, leaving (with a 
daughter) a son : 

(i) George Pilkington, of Thurston House, J.P. 
Suffolk, late Captain 84th Regiment and 
Colonel Suffolk Yeomanry Cavalry ; born 
April 23, 1835 ; married first, May 15, 1860, 
Adeline, third daughter of James King King 
of Staunton Park, Herefordshire, M.P. for 
that county, and by her (who died 1890) has 
issue : 

(i.) Eustace James Pilkington, born March 
26, 1865 ; married, 1889, Ethel Minna, 
daughter of Colonel P. B. Schrieber, 
Royal Scots, and has issue : 

(a) Norman Pilkington, born 1890. 
(6) Violet Hilda, 
(ii.) Adelina Annie, married H. H. Cameron. 



220 Blake Family Records 

(iii.) Kathleen Mary, married Francis M. 
Rickards, and has issue. 

(iv.) Geraldine. 

George Pilkington Blake married secondly, 
1893, Adela, daughter of Theobald Theobald 
of Sutton Courtney Abbey, Abingdon, and 
widow of Thomas Duffield. 

5. Thomas Gage, born 1805. 

6. George Harry. 

7. Louisa Annabella, married Francis King Eagle, and 

died leaving issue one son. 

8. Emily Eliza, married Michael Edwards Rogers, and 

died his widow, January 26, 1859, leaving issue. 

Sir James Henry Blake died April 21, 1832, and was suc- 
ceeded by his eldest son, 

SIR HENRY CHARLES BLAKE, fourth Baronet, born Novem- 
ber 23, 1794; married first, August 2, 1819, Mary Anne, only 
daughter of William Whitter of Midhurst, Sussex, and by her 
(who died April 20, 1841) had issue : 

1. Henry Bunbury (Rev.), Rector of Hessett, Suffolk, born 

May 14, 1820; married, July i, 1847, Frances Marian, 
only daughter of Henry James Oakes of Nowton 
Court, Bury St. Edmunds, and died April 20, 1873, 
leaving issue : 

(1) Patrick James Graham, present Baronet. 

(2) Marian Louisa, born March 17, 1848. 

(3) Emma Gage, born June 20, 1857 ; married, 

August 24, 1892, George Henry Fillingham, 
J.P., of Syerston Hail, Notts, and had issue. 

(4) Julia Porteus, born October 7, 1858. 

(5) Mary Anne Thellusson, born January 19, 1860. 

2. William Gage, of Nowton Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, 

born November 14, 1821 ; married, June 16, 1859, 
at Cologne, Mary, eldest surviving daughter of the 
Rev. James T. Bennet, Rector of Cheveley, Cam- 
bridgeshire, and died 1889, leaving issue : 

(1) Constance Gage, born March 20, 1860; married, 

1883, Edward Charles Harrison Bennet of 
Copdock, Ipswich, and has issue. 

(2) Evelyn Gage, born July 23, 1861. 

(3) Henrietta Lillie Gage, born October 27, 1864. 
Sir Henry Blake married secondly, February 15, 1849, Louisa, 

third daughter and coheiress of Sir Thomas Pilkington, seventh 
Baronet, of Chevet Hall, and widow of the Rev. G. A. Dawson. 
She died December 28, 1881. Sir Henry died January 22, 
1880, and was succeeded by his grandson, 



Blake of Lang ham 221 

SIR PATRICK JAMES GRAHAM BLAKE, fifth and present (1905) 
Baronet, of Langham, Suffolk, late Lieutenant 3rd Battalion 
Suffolk Regiment, born October 23, 1861 ; married, October 18, 
1883, Emma Gertrude, only daughter of Thomas Pilkington 
Dawson of Groton House, Suffolk, by whom he has issue a 
son and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Cuthbert Patrick, born January 2, 1885. 

2. Veronica, born February 10, 1887. 



^ Blake of Furbough, Co. Galway. 

ANDREW (OGE) BLAKE, third son of Andrew fitz Patrick 
Blake (see BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA AND ORANMORE, ante, 
p. 211). He obtained a grant, by patent (dated July 26, 1677, 
enrolled August 9, 1677) under the Acts of Settlement, of lands 
in the baronies of Dunkellin and Moycullen, Co. Galway. He 
married Christiane, daughter of Dominick Martyn of lar- 
Connaught, by whom he had issue eight sons and three 
daughters, viz. : 

1. Francis, of whom presently. 

2. Nicholas, a Dominican friar of the Dominican con- 

vent at Galway. He was living (in concealment) at 
Galway in 1705. 

3. Edward, died vita patris in 1678 (will dated January 6, 

1678, proved at Tuam January 23, 1678). 

4. Patrick. 

5. Martin. 

6. Dominick. 

7. Walter. 

8. Augustin. 

9. Sibyl, who married (circa 1672) Peter Martyn, after- 

wards Justice of the Common Pleas in Ireland, 
tempore James II. 

10. Anne, who married Dominick Bodkin. 

11. Katharine, dead in 1682. 

Andrew oge Blake died circa 1687 ( w iM dated October 20, 
1681, proved at Tuam August 22, 1687). He was succeeded 
by his eldest son, 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Furbough in the barony of Moycullen, 
Co. Galway. He married Jane Martyn, by whom he had issue 
two sons and a daughter, viz. : 

1. Thomas, of whom presently. 

2. John, of Ballymanagh, Co. Galway, who married Sarah 

French of Aggard, Co. Galway, and died on Novem- 
ber 26, 1763, leaving issue a son : 

(i) Andrew, of Ballymanagh, who married (articles 
dated Febrrary 4, 1760) Honoria, eldest 



Blake of Furbough 223 

daughter of Michael Burke of Ballydugan, 
Co. Galway, and died circa 1781 (will dated 
September 22, 1768, proved P.C. April 25, 1781), 
leaving issue two sons and a daughter, viz. : 
(i.) John (Colonel), of whom presently, 
(ii.) Andrew, Captain in the 88th Regi- 
ment ; killed at Talavera July 28, 
1809. 

(iii.) Sarah. 
3. Juliane. 

Francis Blake of Furbough was succeeded by his eldest son, 
THOMAS BLAKE (the elder) of Furbough, who had issue two 
sons, viz. : 

1. Francis, of whom presently. 

2. Jasper. 
The elder son, 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Furbough (living in 1748), had issue an 
only son, 

THOMAS BLAKE (the younger) of Furbough, who died with- 
out issue circa 1764 ; and the representation of the family 
eventually devolved upon his cousin John Blake, eldest son 
of Andrew Blake of Ballymanagh (see above). This 

JOHN BLAKE of Furbough, Lieutenant-Colonel, was Mayor 
of Galway from 1830 to 1836. He married first, in March, 
1789, Mary, daughter of Nugent Sylvester Aylward of Ballin- 
agar, Co. Galway, and widow of Edmond Blake of Ballyglunin 
(see BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN, ante, p. 216), but by her had no 
issue. He married secondly, in 1797, Maria, second daughter 
of Edmund Galwey of the city of Cork, by whom he had issue 
three sons, viz. : 

1. Andrew William, of whom presently. 

2. Edmond, born in 1803, who was Mayor of Galway from 

1836 to 1840, when the mayoralty was abolished by 
Act of Parliament. He married, on November 24, 
1870, Anne, daughter of Christopher St. George of 
Tyrone, Co. Galway, and died on May 9, 1895, leaving 
issue by her (who survived him, and died February i, 
1904) an only child : 
(i) Anne. 

3. John Henry, of Rathville, Co. Galway, who married 

Harriet, daughter of Francis Lynch of Mount 
Pleasant, Co. Galway, and died June 29, 1882 (will 
proved in Principal Registry August 23, 1882), leaving 
issue surviving two sons, viz. : 

(1) Edmond, now (1905) of Rathville. 

(2) Henry. 



224 Blake Family Records 

Colonel John Blake of Furbough died on October 18, 1836, 
and was succeeded by his eldest son, 

ANDREW WILLIAM BLAKE of Furbough. He married, on 
September 22, 1832, Maria Julia, second daughter of Malachy 
Daly of Raford, Co. Galway, by whom (who survived him, 
and died March 2, 1871 ; will proved April 3, 1871) he had 
issue three sons and four daughters, viz. : 

1. John Archer Daly, of whom presently. 

2. Malachy J., Clerk of the Peace for County Galway, 

who died unmarried on May 12, 1902. 

3. Andrew, married, but died without issue. 

4. Julia, died unmarried June 2, 1854. 

5. Elizabeth. 

6. Emily, who married, on July 24, 1866, William, tenth 

Earl of Westmeath. 

7. Charlotte, who married, on October 29, 1863, John 

Smyth of Masonbrook, Co. Galway. 

Andrew W. Blake of Furbough died on January 27, 1868 
(administration granted April 21, 1868), and was succeeded by 
his eldest son, 

JOHN ARCHER DALY (Colonel), now (1905) of Furbough and 
of Raford, Co. Galway. He assumed by royal license dated 
April 24, 1837, the surname and arms of Daly in lieu of his 
patronymic Blake, in compliance with the testamentary pro- 
visions of his maternal great-uncle, Hyacinth Daly of Raford. 
He married, on April 30, 1864, Lady Anne Nugent, daughter 
of Anthony, ninth Earl of Westmeath, and has had issue one 
son and one daughter, viz. : 

1. Denis (Captain), who married, on June 3, 1899, Kath- 

leen, only daughter of Richard Lynch of Petersburgh, 
Co. Galway, and died vita patris in November, 1899, 
having had posthumous issue a son and a daughter, 
viz. : 

(1) Denis, born in March, died in August, 1900. 

(2) Denise (twin with her brother). 

2. Anne, who died unmarried in 1897. 



1 Blake of Athboy^ Co. Meath. 

This family, according to tradition (which I believe to be 
correct), was a branch of the Blakes of Galway which settled 
at Athboy, Co. Meath, in "the beginning of the sixteenth 
century. The tradition is corroborated by the fact that, when 
the family of Blake of Athboy became extinct in the male line, 
circa 1619, its lands in Co. Meath were acquired by Richard 
Blake (afterwards Sir Richard Blake, Knight), of Ardfry, Co. 
Galway. Sir Richard Blake was dispossessed of these lands 
by the Cromwellian Commissioners in 1655 ; but they were 
regranted to his son Robert Blake of Ardfry, by patent dated 
February 24, 1681, under the Acts of Settlement. I have not, 
however, been able to ascertain the exact connection of this 
branch (the Blakes of Athboy) with the Blakes of Galway ; 
and consequently I have placed their genealogy at the end of 
the genealogies of the Blakes of Galway. 

MARTIN BLAKE of Athboy, Co. Meath, was " Portreeve " of 
the town of Athboy in 1540. He died (before April 10, 1550) 
leaving issue a son and heir, 

JAMES BLAKE of Athboy, who obtained livery of possession 
of his father's estate on April 10, 1550. He was M.P. for the 
Borough of Athboy in the Irish Parliament of 1559. He left 
issue by his wife Alison (who survived him) three sons, viz. : 

1. Martin, of whom presently. 

2. Peter, of Clonynge or Clowne, near Athboy, who died 

between 1605 and 1618, leaving issue a daughter, viz.: 
(i) Allsone, who married Walter Plunket, Clerk of 
the Hanaper, and died December 25, 1637, 
leaving issue. 

3. Richard, of Wardtown, Co. Meath, who died without 

issue male on January 8, 1618 (Inquisition post-mortem 
at Trim dated July 7, 1619). 

James Blake of Athboy died before November 24, 1571, and 
was succeeded by his eldest son, 

MARTIN BLAKE of Athboy, and also of Lispople, Co. Meath. 
He was made a ward of Sir John Bedlow on November 24, 
1571, and got livery of his father's estate on October 24, 1577. 

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He was admitted to the Inner Temple, London, in 1578. He 
married first, Anne, daughter of Sir John Bellew of Bellews- 
town, Knight (probably his guardian), but by her had no issue. 
He married secondly (settlement dated December 12, 1591), 
Ellis Fitzwilliams, by whom he had issue an only child, viz. : 

i. Mary, born circa 1599. 

Martin Blake of Athboy and Lispople died on February 27, 
1604 (will dated February 27, 1604, proved P.C. July 12, 1606). 







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A Brief Account of the Fourteen 

Ancient Families or " Tribes " 

of the Town of Galway 

THE fourteen ancient families or " tribes " of the town of 
Galway were those families whose ancestors were alleged to 
have been in fact by prescription arising from ancient custom 
the freemen or commonalty of the town of Galway in the 
year 1484, when King Richard III. granted (on December 15, 
1484) a new charter of incorporation to the town, giving the 
commonalty authority to annually elect a Mayor and two 
Bailiffs, and to rule the town themselves, without any control 
or right of interference on the part of the head of the De Burgh 
family, whose ancestors had founded and been rulers of the 
town in early times. These families were not exclusively of 
British or Anglo-Norman origin, as has sometimes been 
erroneously asserted : the Kirwan family, for instance, certainly, 
the Darcy family most probably, and the Martin family 
possibly, were of Irish origin. In the same year (1484) the 
fourteen ancient families secured to themselves, it is said, in 
their capacity of prescriptive freemen of Galway, the control 
also of ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the town. At that time 
the parish of St. Nicholas, in which the town of Galway is 
situated, formed portion of the Archdiocese of Tuam (to which 
the ancient See of Annadown had been united) ; but in 1484 
these fourteen ancient families prevailed on Donatus O'Murray, 
then Archbishop of Tuam, for valuable consideration, to release 
the town from the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the See of Tuam; 
and that Archbishop did in fact, of his own authority, by deed 
dated September 28, 1484, institute a " Collegiate," styled the 
" Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas at Galway," exempted 
from the See of Tuam, and which was to be composed of 
a clerical Warden and eight Vicars, who were to be presented 
and solely elected by the Sovereign (or Mayor), the Bailiffs, 
and their compeers (pares), of the town of Galway. This act, 
of course, required Papal sanction, which was granted by a 
Bull of Pope Innocent VIII. , dated the 6th of the Ides of 

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228 Blake Family Records 

February, 1484-85. After the Reformation it became necessary 
to obtain the King's recognition of the " Collegiate," and this 
was obtained by a royal charter of King Edward VI., dated 
April 29, 1551, instituting as a body corporate a Collegiate, 
styled the " Royal College of Galway," consisting of nine 
clergymen of the Reformed Religion a Warden and eight 
choral Vicars who were in the first instance nominated in the 
charter itself, but who were afterwards to be elected by the 
Mayor, Bailiffs, and commonalty of the town of Galway, 
which, as a body corporate, had then . conformed to the 
Reformed Religion. The Rev. Patrick Blake (who had taken 
the oath of supremacy) was the Warden nominated in this 
charter (for him, see Genealogies, BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA 
AND ORANMORE, ante, p. 210). 

The Catholic members of the fourteen families, however, 
continued to elect a Mayor and Bailiffs of their own persuasion, 
and to choose a Warden and Vicars from their own clergy,* in 
accordance with the Bull of Pope Innocent VIII., although, of 
course, the parish church of St. Nicholas and all the tem- 
poralities of the " Collegiate " had become vested in, and were 
held by, the Reformers. t 

Thus, it came to pass that from 1484 down to 1653 (the date 
of the Cromwellian settlement at Galway) the members of the 
fourteen ancient families, constituting the class of prescriptive 
freemen, together with whatever new freemen were from time 
to time admitted, had in their own hands the complete control 
and government of the town, in ecclesiastical as well as in 
municipal matters. 

In 1653 they were deprived of their property in the town, 
and of all their corporate rights therein, by the Cromwellian 
settlers, by whom they were first designated as a term of 
reproach and contempt the "tribes " of Galway. This designa- 
tion was, however, afterwards adopted by the fourteen ancient 
families themselves as an honourable mark of distinction, 
serving to distinguish them not only from the Cromwellian 
settlers, but also from the other inhabitants of the town. 

* The Catholic " Collegiate " of Galway continued to exist until 
1831, when it was abolished by Pope Gregory XVI., who then con- 
stituted a new diocese comprising the town of Galway and the 
adjoining parishes, and appointed Dr. George Browne the first 
Bishop of the new see, to which the administration of the Sees of 
Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora were added by a decree of Pope 
Pius IX. dated August 23, 1866. 

f The Protestant Wardenship came to an end in 1840, when the 
Corporation of Galway was abolished by the Irish Municipal Regu- 
lations Act. The Rev. Ralph Daly was the last Protestant Warden. 









Tribes of Galway 229 

In the eighteenth century certain characteristics came to be 
respectively attributed to each of the fourteen "tribe" families; 
these "traits" are in most instances by no means creditable, 
but they have for that very reason, perhaps, been regarded (by 
non-tribes and others) as all the more credible. 

The following is an alphabetical list of the fourteen " tribes," 
together with their alleged " familiar" characteristics: 

ATHY, jealous. FRENCH, prating. 

BLAKE, positive. JOYCE, merry. 

BODKIN, bloody. KIRWAN, careful. 

BROWNE, brave. LYNCH, proud. 

DARCY, stout. MARTIN, litigious. 

DEANE, devout. MORRIS, plausible. 

FONTE, barren. SKERRETT, obstinate. 

Athy. 

ARMS : Chequy argent and gules, on a chevron of the last, 

three estoiles or. 

CREST : A demi-lion rampant or. 
MOTTO : Ductus non coactus ; or, Dud et non trahi (To be led, 

and not to be driven). 

This family was among the very first Anglo-Norman followers 
of Richard de Burgh which settled at Galway when that 
nobleman first founded the town of Galway, circa 1232. As 
its surname denotes, this family was previously resident at 
Athy, a town in Kildare, situate at a ford on the river Barrow. 
The word "Athy," in Irish " Ath-I," means the "ford of 
Aedh," and was so called because a Munster chieftain named 
Aedh was slain in a battle fought at that ford in the second 
century. 

In early records the surname of this family is written 
"de Athy 11 ("Blake Family Records," First Series, Nos. 6, 
10, 12). William de Athy was appointed Treasurer of Con- 
naught in 1388. John Athy was " Sovereign " of the town of 
Galway in 1426-27, and he, or another John Athy, was 
Sovereign in 1438-39 (" Blake Family Records," First Series, 
Nos. 25, 42). About 1440 not about 1320, as Hardiman states 
("History of Galway," p. 54) the Athy family were, nearly 
exterminated by their fellow-townsmen the Blakes, in a quarrel 
between the two families. This, perhaps, may explain the fact 
that no member of the Athy family appears in the list of Mayors 
of Galway. 



230 Blake Family Records 

B/ake. 

ARMS : Argent, a fret gules. 

CREST: A mountain -cat passant proper. Another crest seems 
to have been in use in this family in the seventeenth 
century, namely, "On a tower argent a fret gules," which 
is the crest depicted on the old map of Galway engraved 
circa 1661, a copy of which is preserved in the Manuscript 
Library at Trinity College, Dublin (see post, p. 234). 

MOTTO : Virtus sola nobilitat (Virtue alone enobles). 

^ This family is of Welsh origin ; its surname was originally 
Cadell or Cadwell, but Richard Cadel, the first of the family 
who settled in Galway, adopted the surname of Blake (Niger) 
("Blake Family Records," First Series, Record No. i). He 
was settled in Galway certainly as early as 1277, for one of 
the Records in the present series (No. 89) states there was 
authentic documentary evidence proving that he acquired .the 
lands of Kiltorroge and Ballymacroe near the town of Galway 
" in the sixth year of King Edward I." (1277-78). He was 
" Portreeve " of the town of Galway in 1290 (Hardiman's 
" History of Galway," p. 198), and was Sheriff of Connaught 
in 1303-04, as appears from the following entry in the Irish 
Exchequer Roll of 31 Edward I. : " Memorandum, that on 
the 2ist of October, 31 Edward I. (1303), Richard Blake was 
appointed Sheriff of Connaught by letters patent of this 
Exchequer . . . afterwards on the I5th day of November 
came here the said Richard and was duly sworn." He was 
again Portreeve of Galway in 1.312, and was living in 1315, when 
he obtained a grant of the lands of Kiltolla near Galway 
(" Blake Family Records," First Series, Record No. i). His 
grandson, Henry Blake of Galway, by letters patent dated 
February 22, 1395, was pardoned by King Richard II. for 
rebellion, and this pardon thus records his English origin : 
" Inasmuch as our liege subject Henry Blak of Galway, of 
English origin as he says (Anglicus oriundus ut dicit), hath 
humbly submitted himself to our grace," etc. (see Addendum, 
"Blake Family Records," First Series, pp. 136, 137). Walter 
Blake, who was educated at Oxford University, was appointed 
Bishop of Clonmacnois in 1487 by Pope Innocent VIII. , and 
in 1506 was nominated by King Henry VII. for the Metro- 
politan See of Tuam (see " Blake Family Records," First 
Series, Record No. 77) ; but this nomination was not accepted by 
Pope Julius II., who appointed Morogh O'Fihely. Bishop Blake 
died in 1508 (for him, see Genealogy of BLAKE OF KILTOLLA 
at p. 167). Valentine Blake fitz Walter fitz Thomas was created 



Tribes of Galway 231 



a Baronet of Ireland on July 10, 1622 (see Genealogy of BLAKE 
OF MENLO at p. 143). Richard Blake fitz Robert fitz Walter 
fitz Andrew was knighted by Viscount Falkland, Lord Deputy 
of Ireland, on August 8, 1624, and was afterwards Speaker, or 
Chairman, of the Assembly of the Irish Catholic Confedera- 
tion (see Genealogy of BLAKE OF ARDFRY at p. 180). Walter 
Blake fitz Arthur, who was Mayor of Galway from Septem- 
ber 29, 1648, to September 29, 1649, was knighted during 
his mayoralty by the Marquis of Ormonde, Lord Deputy of 
Ireland, the Corporation of Galway having in that year con- 
sented to advance 5,000 to the Lord Deputy to assist him in 
the campaign against the Parliamentary forces (for him, see 
Genealogy of BLAKE OF KILTOLLA at p. i58). Anthony Blake 
was appointed Roman Catholic Bishop of Ardagh in 1756, and 
in 1758 was raised to the Archiepiscopal See of Armagh ; he 
died in 1787 (see Genealogy of BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA AND 
ORANMORE at p. 211). Patrick Blake of Langham, Suffolk, 
was created a Baronet in 1772 (see BLAKE OF LANGHAM at 
p. 219). In 1800 Joseph Henry Blake, M.P. for County 
Galway, was created an Irish peer with the title Baron Walls- 
court of Ardfry (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY at p. 183). Twenty 
members of the Blake family were Mayors of Galway from 
1485 to 1840, when the Corporation of Galway was abolished 
by Act of Parliament, the last Mayor being Edmond Blake 
(see BLAKE OF FURBOUGH at p. 223). Sir Henry Arthur Blake 
(knighted in 1888), and now (1905) Governor of Ceylon, has 
occupied a similar position in several other Crown Colonies 
(for him, see Genealogy of BLAKE OF CORBALLY at p. 186). 
Edward Blake, a member of the Privy Council in Canada, after 
holding high official position in that country, has been M.P. 
for Longford in the Imperial Parliament since 1893. His 
family, the Blakes of Canada, is descended from the family 
of Blake of Castlegrove, County Galway (see Genealogy of 
BLAKE OF CASTLEGROVE and BLAKE OF CANADA at p. 207). 



2 32 Blake Family Records 

Bodkin. 

ARMS : Ermine, on a saltire gules, a leopard's face or. 

CREST : A leopard's face or. 

MOTTO : Crom-aboo (Crom to victory). 

The above are the armorial bearings of this family given in the 
illustration at the beginning of this Chapter, ante, p. 227, and as 
depicted on the old map of Galway before alluded to (ante, p. 230). 
But the armorial bearings now in use are : 

ARMS : Argent, a saltire gules. 
CREST : A wild boar proper. 

MOTTO : Crom-aboo (Crom was the name of a castle belonging 
to the Fitzgeralds of Desmond). 

From an old seal of Christopher Bodkin appended to a deed dated 
July 7, 1554, in the Blake collection (" Blake Family Records," First 
Series, Record No. 123), it would seem that the "arms" he used 
were " ermine, a saltire, gules." 

This family is an offshoot of the Geraldines of the Desmond 
line, one of whom, whose Christian name was Thomas, settled 
at Athenry early in the reign of King Edward I. The surname 
" Bodkin " originated, doubtless, in a sobriquet given to this 
Thomas, some say on account of his prowess in the use of 
the weapon commonly called " bodikin " a short dagger or 
poniard ; while others consider it arose from the kind of 
garment he habitually wore, a costly material of silk and gold 
tissue called " baudkin," much used towards the end of the 
thirteenth century. The family were prorninent citizens in 
both the corporate towns of Athenry and Galway in the four- 
teenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. In 1384 Nicholas, 
son of Thomas " Baudekyn," took a mortgage from Robert 
Stevyn of three acres of burgage lands at Athenry (" Blake 
Family Records," First Series, p. 10). In 1407 Richard 
Bodikyn was a burgess of Galway ; in 1426-27 Robert " Bout- 
kin " was Provost of Galway, John Athy being then the Sove- 
reign (" Blake Family Records," First Series, p. 23) ; in 1444 
Edmund Bodykyn, in 1449 Robert Bodkyn, and in 1451 
Walter Bodykyn, were Provosts of Athenry ("Blake Family 
Records," First Series, pp. 29, 33, 34). Four members of 
the family were Mayors of Galway between 1485 and 1653. 
Christopher Bodkin was a prominent ecclesiastic in Galway 
in the sixteenth century ; in 1533 he was appointed by the 
Pope Bishop of Kilmacduagh ; in February, 1537, having taken 
the oath of supremacy, he was appointed Archbishop of Tuam 
by King Henry VIII., while the Pope, on the other hand, 
appointed (in 1538) Arthur O'Frizel Archbishop. Upon the 







Sea! of Christopher (Bodkin), Archbishop of Tuam, 
appended to a deed of 'award, dated April 3, 1 543. 
(See Record No. 103, First Series, at p. 81.) 



Tribes of Gal way 233 

accession of Queen Mary in 1553, Bodkin became reconciled 
with Rome, and O'Frizel retiring about 1555, Bodkin was then 
appointed Archbishop of Tuam by the Pope. He managed to 
secure the approbation of Queen Elizabeth, and was retained 
by her as Archbishop. He died in 1572. A facsimile illustra- 
tion of his archiepiscopal seal, appended to a deed of April 3, 
1543, in the Blake collection (" Blake Family Records," First 
Series, Record No. 103), is here given. 

Browne. 

ARMS : Or, an eagle displayed between two heads sable. 

CREST : An eagle's head erased. 

MOTTO : Fovtiter et fideliter (Boldly and faithfully). 

The above are the armorial bearings given in the illustration (ante, 
p. 227) ; but those now in use are : 

ARMS : An eagle displayed with two heads sable, langued 

gules. 

CREST : A griffin's head erased argent, langued gules. 
MOTTO: Fortiter et fidelitev. 

This family is of Anglo-Norman origin. Sir David le Brun, 
a contemporary of Richard de Burgh, the " Red " Earl of 
Ulster, was the first of this family that acquired a settlement 
in Connaught, chiefly in the town of Athenry and its neigh- 
bourhood, although Sir David is said to have also built the 
castle of Carrowbrowne, near Oranmore, in the neighbourhood 
of the town of Galway ; he died in 1303. John " Brun " was 
Bailiff of Athenry in 1451 (" Blake Family Records," First 
Series, No. 49), and William " Brun" was Provost of Athenry 
in 1527 ("Blake Family Records," First Series, No. 84) 
Although prominent citizens of the town of Athenry during 
the whole of the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, 
this family do not appear to have been among the prescriptive 
freemen of the town of Galway in 1484 ; for in 1539 Andrew 
Browne of Athenry, and in 1541 Nicholas Browne, Robert 
Browne, and Dominick Browne fitz William, all of Athenry, 
were specially admitted to the freedom of the town of Galway 
(see loth Report of the Historical MSS. Commission, appen- 
dix, part v., "Archives of Galway," pp. 388, 389), a proceeding 
which would have been unnecessary had their ancestors been 
prescriptive freemen of that town in 1484. I do not -myself, 
therefore, quite understand how this family came to be recog- 
nised as one of the fourteen ancient families of Galway ; but 
they were in fact so recognised. Some years after the settle- 
ment of the above-mentioned members of the Browne family 



234 Blake Family Records 

in the town of Galway they rose to eminence there. Andrew 
Browne became Mayor in 1574, and Dominick Browne fitz 
William was Mayor in 1575 ; he was considered to be one of 
the richest merchants of his time in Ireland. His grandson, 
another Dominick Browne, who was Mayor in 1634-35, was 
knighted on August u, 1635, by Sir Thomas Wentworth 
(Strafford), Lord Deputy of Ireland. His eldest son, Geoffrey 
Browne, was a member of the Supreme Council of the Catholic 
Confederation, and in 1651 was sent by the Marquis of Clan- 
ricarde, then Lord Deputy of Ireland, to Brussels, to conclude 
a treaty with the Due de Lorraine, in order to raise a loan of 
20,000 for the use of the King's army in Ireland. The Cus- 
toms of the towns of Galway and Limerick were to be given to 
Lorraine as a security for the loan. It was on this occasion 
that an elaborate map of the town of Galway was drawn up. 
After King Charles II. 's restoration this map was (circa 1661) 
engraved, and further embellished with the armorial bearings 
of the fourteen ancient families of Galway ; a copy of this 
engraving is preserved in the Manuscript Library of Trinity 
College, Dublin ; and another copy, formerly preserved at 
Castlemacgarret, is now in the Library of Queens College, 
Galway. A fine photographic reproduction of the Trinity College 
copy has been issued in 1905 by the Galway Archaeological 
and Historical Society. Dominick Browne of Castlemacgarret, 
Co. Mayo, descended from the above-mentioned Geoffrey 
Browne, was created a peer of Ireland, with the title " Baron 
Oranmore and Browne," on May 4, 1836. There were in all 
eight members of this family who were Mayors of Galway. 

Darcy. 

ARMS : Azure, semee of cross-crosslets and three cinquefoils 

argent. 
CREST : On a chapeau gules turned up ermine, a bull passant 

sable, armed or. 
MOTTO : Un Dieu, un Roi (One God, one King). 

This family claims descent from the Anglo-Norman family 
of D'Arcy of Plattyn, Co. Meath, whose arms they have 
adopted. This claim, however, was first put forward in the 
eighteenth century by a member of the Darcy family of Galway, 
who then registered his pedigree at Ulster's Office. This pedi- 
gree states that Sir William D'Arcy of Flatten, Knight (who 
was living in 1517, and was undoubtedly descended from Sir 
John D'Arcy, Lord Justice of Ireland in the reigns of King 
Edward II. and King Edward III.), had a younger brother 









Tribes of Galway 235 

named " Nicholas D'Arcy, who was a Captain of horse, and, 
being stationed in the County of Mayo, married Jane, daughter 
and heiress of O'Duraghy of Partry in that county, and by her 
had a son Thomas D'Arcy, who had a son Conyers D'Arcy, 
who had a son Nicholas D'Arcy, who had a son James 
D'Arcy (styled Riaveagh, or the Swarthy), who was appointed 
President of Connaught in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and 
was Mayor of Galway in 1602-03, in which year (1603) he died, 
and was buried in the Franciscan Abbey at Galway "; and the 
pedigree then refers to the inscription upon his tomb there, 
which is as follows: " Epitaphium D. Jacobi Darcy majoris, 
Connacise prsesidis, Galviae prsetoris, qui obiit A.D. 1603. This 
tomb was repaired by the descendants of James Darcy in the 
year 1728. Pray for the dead." 

But a very different account of the ancestry of the above 
James Darcy is given by the Irish genealogist Duald McFirbis, 
who in the year 1645, while residing in the town of Galway, 
wrote his work entitled " Tribes and Genealogies of Hy- 
Fiachra." McFirbis states in that work that the family of 
Darcy of Galway was descended from the Irish tribe of 
O'Dorchaidhe (O'Dorsey), one of whom was chieftain of Partry 
in Mayo in 1417, and gives the ancestry of the above James 
Darcy to be as follows: "James Riaveagh Dorsey, son of 
Nicholas, son of Conor, son of Patrick, son of Thomas, son of 
Walter Riaveagh O'Dorchaidhe, the first man of the family of 
O'Dorchaidhe who came to Galway, according to the people of 
Galway themselves. 1 " It is evident, therefore, that McFirbis, 
who wrote only some forty years after the death of the above 
James Darcy, obtained this information from that man's sons, 
then living in the town of Galway. O'Donovan, who edited 
McFirbis's manuscript (first published in 1844), comments very 
severely on what he terms the deliberately fabricated Anglo- 
Norman pedigree of the Darcy family of Galway, and sarcasti- 
cally adds : " It was a poor shift to erect a respectability for a 
family that were already respectable enough by allowing them 
their true descent." 

If no original contemporary documentary evidence is avail- 
able to prove the alleged descent of the family of Darcy of 
Galway from the Anglo-Norman family of D'Arcy of Meath, I 
consider that McFirbis's genealogy is much more reliable than 
the other. The fact that in the old Corporation Book of 
Galway the surname of James Darcy, the Mayor in r6o2-O3, 
and that of his immediate successors, is written " Dorsey," not 
D'Arcy, seems to bear out McFirbis, for "Dorsey" would 
accurately represent the pronunciation of the Irish word 
" Dorchaidhe." See also "Blake Family Records," First 



236 Blake Family Records 

Series, No. no, where ''Nicholas Dorsy " is one of the 
witnesses to a deed of 1549. Walter Riaveagh Dorsey prob- 
ably settled in the town of Galway at some period in the reign 
of King Henry VI. (1422-1460). Some time after the Darcy 
family had settled there, they succeeded as heirs general to the 
property of the Develyn family in the town when that family 
became extinct in the male line. The Develyn family was of 
Irish stock, and were old resident freemen of Galway, James 
Develyn being Provost in 1431, and another James Develyn 
in 1461. James Riaveagh Darcy was the first of the Darcy 
family that became prominent in Galway ; he was one of the 
Bailiffs there in 1578-79, and Mayor in 1602-03. There were 
altogether four members of the Darcy family Mayors of Galway. 
Martin Darcy, the second son of the above James Riaveagh 
Darcy, was Sheriff of the county of Galway in 1635, the year 
in which Lord Deputy Strafford was carrying out his scheme 
for the " plantation " of Connaught ; the jury of the county of 
Galway having found a verdict adverse to the King's title, 
Strafford fined Darcy, as Sheriff, in the sum of 1,000, and 
ordered his imprisonment until the fine should be paid; the 
unfortunate man died in goal in 1636. Patrick Darcy of 
Kiltolla, the seventh son of James Riaveagh Darcy, was a 
lawyer of repute and a member of the Supreme Council of 
Confederate Catholics, and acted as the legal adviser of that 
assembly. Another member of this family was Count Patrick 
Darcy (descended from Anthony Darcy, the fourth son of 
James Riaveagh Darcy), who was a Marechal in the French 
Army, and also a celebrated mathematician. He died in 1779. 



Deane or Dene. 

ARMS : Azure, three wings, two and one, argent. 
CREST : A demi-lion rampant azure. 
MOTTO : Arte vel marte (By art or by war). 

This family is of English origin. The surname first used 
by them was Allen. William Allen alias Dene came from 
Bristol, and settled in Galway early in the reign of King 
Henry VI. He was " Provost " of Galway in 1438-39, John 
Athey being " Sovereign " in that year (" Blake Family 
Records," First Series, No. 42) ; and was again Provost in 
1448-49, during which year he died. His son William oge 
Dene was Sovereign in 1462-63, and Edmond Deane, son of 
the last-named William, was Mayor in 1503-04 ; he was the 
only Mayor of Galway of this family. 



Tribes of Galway 237 

Fonte or Faunte. 

ARMS : Argent, semee of cross-crosslets, a lion rampant sable. 
CREST : A demi-lion rampant. 

; This family, which is said to have sprung from an ancient 
English family of Leicestershire, settled in Galway in the 
beginning of the fifteenth century. In the sixteenth century 
Martin Faunt was Mayor of Galway in 1520-21. There were 
altogether three Mayors of this family. It became extinct in 
Galway early in the nineteenth century. 

French. 

ARMS : Ermine, a chevron sable. 
CREST : A dolphin embowed proper. 
MOTTO : " One heart, one mind." 

But the motto now in use in this family is Malo tnovi quant fcedari 
or (sometimes) Mors potius macula (I had rather die than be dis- 
honoured ; Death rather than a stain). 

This family is of Anglo-Norman origin ; its first settlement 
in Ireland was in the county of Wexford. About 1425 one 
Walter French came from Wexford and settled in the town of 
Galway ; he was " Sovereign " from September 29, 1444, to 
September 29, 1445 (" Blake Family Records," First Series, 
Record No. 43). The first Mayor of this family was John 
French, 1538-39 ; he erected the aisle in the Collegiate Church 
of St. Nicholas, called after him " French's aisle "; he also 
built a chapel in the Franciscan Abbey at Galway. He died 
in 1546. There were altogether sixteen members of the 
French family who were Mayors of Galway. Peter French, 
son of Valentine, was elected Mayor for the year 1615-16, but, 
as he refused to take the Oath of Supremacy, another Mayor 
had to be chosen, and French was fined 100 for recusancy ; 
nevertheless he was afterwards on August 10, 1623 knighted 
by Viscount Falkland, Lord Deputy of Ireland. He died 
February 27, 1631, and was buried in the Franciscan Abbey at 
Galway, where his widow, Dame Mary French alias Browne 
erected to his memory a superb marble monument, richly gilt, 
and adorned with sculptured figures ; this monument was 
broken up by the Cromwellian soldiers in 1653, and their com- 
mander, Colonel Stubbers, the military Governor of 'Galway, 
converted part of the polished marble into chimney-pieces. 
Sir Oliver oge French (son of Patrick, son of Oliver oge), who 
was Mayor in 1650-51, was knighted by the Lord Deputy, the 
Marquis of Ormonde, in May, 1649. Charles Ffrench of 



238 Blake Family Records 

Clogher (otherwise Castle-ffrench), a lineal descendant of John 
French the Mayor in 1538-39* was Mayor of Galway in 1773-74 ; 
he was created a Baronet in 1779, and died in 1784. His widow, 
Dame Rose Ffrench, in 1798 was created a peeress of Ireland, 
with the title Baroness Ffrench of Castle-ffrench, with re- 
mainder to the heirs male of her body by her deceased hus- 
band Sir Charles Ffrench (see Lecky's " History of the 
Eighteenth Century," vol. vii., p. 415, as to the creation of this 
peerage). 

Patrick French (son of Stephen French) " of Galway, 
burgess," purchased Dungar (otherwise French Park), Co. 
Roscommon, in the first quarter of the seventeenth century ; 
he died at Dungar in 1669, aged eighty-six. His lineal descen- 
dant, Arthur French of French Park, was in 1839 created a 
peer of the United Kingdom, with the title of Baron de Freyne. 
Sir John D. P. French, a General in the British Army who 
much distinguished himself in the Boer War, 1899-1901, is 
also a lineal descendant of the above-mentioned Patrick 
French ; he is the son of John Tracey French, Commander 
R.N., son of John D. P. French, M.D., son of Fleming French, 
son of John French, son of John French of Highlake, Co. Ros- 
common, son of John French of French Park, son of Dominick 
French of French Park, son of the above-mentioned Patrick 
French. 

,- Joyce, Joyes, or Joy. 

ARMS : Argent, an eagle displayed with two necks gules, over 

all a fess ermine. 
CREST : A demi-wolf rampant argent, ducally gorged or. The 

crest now used, however, is " A demi-griffin segreant." 

MOTTO : Mors aut honorabilis vita (Death or an honourable life). 

This family is of Welsh origin. It was one of a number of 
Welsh tribes which sailed from Wales and landed on the western 
coast of Connaught circa 1260. The Joyces found a country 
congenial to them in the mountainous district on the north of 
Connemara, where they settled down, intermarried with the 
O'Flaherties, and soon multiplied exceedingly. This district 
even to the present time (1905) is called " Joyce Country." The 
Christian name of their chief at or soon after the time of their 
invasion of Connaught was Thomas, and the head of the clan 
was afterwards styled " McThomas." But some members of 
the tribe about the middle of the fourteenth century (1350) 
settled in the Anglo-Norman towns of Athenry and Galway. 
John Joy was " Provost " of Athenry in 1392 (" Blake Family 



Tribes of Galway 239 

Records," First Series, Record No. 9). William Joy or Joyce, 
who was educated at Oxford University, was Archbishop of 
Tuam from 1485 to 1501. Henry Jose or Joes was Mayor of 
Galway in 1542-43 ; he was the only Mayor of this family. 

A curious relic has been preserved in the senior line of the 
Joyces of Joyce Country for over 300 years ; it is a stone of the 
shape and size of an egg, and of polished surface possibly a 
species of crystal. According to the tradition in the family, 
this stone was dropped by an eagle into the lap of Margaret, 
daughter of John Joyce and wife of Oliver oge French, who 
was Mayor of Galway 1596-97. This relic is now (1905) in the 
possession of Martin B. Joyce, formerly of Tirnakille, in Joyce 
Country, but now (1905) residing in the town of Galway. 

Kir wan. 

ARMS : Argent, a chevron gules between three sheldrakes 

sable, beaked and legged gules. 

CREST : A sheldrake close sable, beaked and legged gules. 
MOTTO : J'aitne mon Dieu, nion Roi, et won pays (I love my God, 

my King, and my country). 

These are the armorial bearings given in the illustration (see p. 227), 
and are those depicted on the old map of Galway. But the armorial 
bearings of this family as registered in Ulster's Office are : 

ARMS : Argent, a chevron gules between three Cornish 

choughs sable. 

CREST : A Cornish chough, as in the arms. 
MOTTO : Mon Dieu, mon Roi, et ma patvie. 

This family is undoubtedly of Irish origin. The Irish form 
of the name is O'Ciardubain, pronounced O'Kieruwaun. The 
family settled in the town of Galway circa 1460. Eleven mem- 
bers of this family were Mayors of Galway. Stephen Kirwan 
was appointed Protestant Bishop of Kilmacduagh in 1578, and 
was translated to the See of Clonfert in 1582 ; he died in 1602. 
Francis Kirwan was Catholic Bishop of Killala from 1645 to 
1661. Richard Kirwan of Cregg, Co. Galway, was a distin- 
guished writer on chemistry and mineralogy ; he died in 1812. 
Walter Blake Kirwan, Protestant Dean of Killala, had a high 
reputation as an eloquent preacher. He was the eldest son of 
Patrick (son of Thomas) Kirwan by his wife Mary, daughter 
of Walter Blake of the family of Blake of Dunmacrina and 
Oranmore (see Genealogy of that family at p. 211). He was at 
first a Catholic priest, but became a Protestant in 1787. He 
was appointed Dean of Killala in 1800, and died in 1805. 



240 Blake Family Records 

Lynch. 

ARMS : Azure, a chevron between three trefoils slipped, or. 
CREST : A lynx passant argent. 
MOTTO : Semper fidelis (Ever faithful). 

This Anglo-Norman family settled in the town of Galway 
about 1261. The first of the name in Galway was John de 
Lynch of Knock, Co. Meath, who married the daughter and 
heiress of William de Lacy by his wife, a daughter of Llewellyn, 
Prince of North Wales. This William de Lacy was the son of 
Hugh de Lacy, first Lord Deputy of Ireland, by his second 
wife, a daughter of Roderick O'Conor, King of Ireland. William 
de Lacy was slain in battle in 1233. The eldest line of the 
Lynch family in Galway took the surname of Marshal, but 
that stem soon became extinct in the male line. Thomas de 
Lince was Provost of the town of Galway in 1274. The Lynch 
family was by far the most numerous and influential of the 
fourteen " tribes " of Galway ; eighty-two of its members were 
Mayors between 1485 and 1654. 

In 1312 Nicholas Lynch, surnamed the Black Marshal, 
built the Great Gate of the town. 

In 1442 Edmund Lynch fitz Thomas built the great West 
Bridge of the town; he was a generous benefactor to the 
Dominican abbey at Athenry, and, as recorded in the register 
of that abbey, he died at Galway in 1462, and was buried in 
the tomb which he had erected for himself and his family in 
the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin in the parish church of 
St. Nicholas at Galway. In 1484 Dominick Lynch fitz John 
was chiefly instrumental in the obtaining from Archbishop 
Donatus O'Murray and Pope Innocent VIII. the establishment 
of the " Collegiate " of St. Nicholas at Galway, and also in the 
securing of the charter of King Richard III. for the town, 
under which " Mayors " were first constituted, the first Mayor 
of Galway being Dominick's brother Peter Lynch, while 
Dominick Lynch was himself the second Mayor in 1486-87. 
He built two chapels, dedicated to Blessed Mary and St. James, 
in the collegiate church, and died in 1508. His brother Peter 
Lynch built and endowed in 1494 the chapel dedicated to 
St. Katharine in the collegiate church ; he died in 1507. 

Dominick Lynch's grandson, Nicholas Lynch fitz Stephen, 
who was Mayor in 1554-55, built the tower and the south aisle 
of the collegiate church, and the chapel therein dedicated to 
Our Lady ; this aisle is now known as " Lynch's Aisle." 

Roland Lynch was appointed Protestant Bishop of Kilrnac- 



Tribes of Galway 241 

duagh in 1587, and held the See of Clonfert also, in commendam, 
after 1602 ; he died in 1625. See ante, Record No. 4, note (B). 

John Lynch fitz James, educated at Oxford University, was 
Protestant Bishop of Elphin from 1584 to 1611 ; yet notwith- 
standing his conformity, Sir James Ware states that " he lived 
a concealed, and died a public, Papist." 

Sir Henry Lynch, fourth son of Nicholas Lynch fitz Stephen 
fitz Arthur, was created a Baronet of Ireland on June 8, 1622. 

John Lynch, D.D.,a Roman Catholic divine, was the author 
of a history of Ireland, styled " Cambrensis Eversus," refuting 
many of the statements contained in the history of Gerald 
Barry (Cambrensis) ; he also wrote the life of his uncle, 
Francis Kirwan, Catholic Bishop of Killala. Dr. Lynch died in 
1677. 

James Lynch was Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam 
from 1669 to 1713. 

Martin or Martyn. 

ARMS : Azure, a Calvary cross on five degrees, argent, 
between the sun in splendour on the dexter limb and the 
moon in crescent on the sinister, or. 

CREST : An estoile wavy of six points or. 

MOTTO : Auxilium meum a Domino (My help from the Lord). 

This family is of Anglo-Norman origin, according to the 
Martin pedigree registered in Ulster's Office ; but two anti- 
quaries (O'Brien and Vallancey) consider that the family is of 
Irish origin and descended from the clan " Mairtinigh," a 
remnant of the ancient Firbolg race which inhabited Ireland 
long before the advent of the Milesians. No reliable authority 
exists, however, to support this latter view. The Martins 
settled in the town of Galway early in the reign of King 
Edward III. In 1365 Joan, daughter and heir of William 
Sephisend, granted to Thomas Martyn and his heirs all profits 
arising from certain mills in the town of Galway, which said 
Joan, and her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, had 
held from the Lords, Walter, Richard, and William, de Burgh, 
Earls of Ulster. In 1532 Richard Martin got a license by 
patent from King Henry VIII. to have three places on the 
Galway river between the bridge and the sea for taking salmon 
with nets ; and shortly afterwards Thomas Martin got a similar 
license. In 1558 Thomas Martin built a gate at the west end 
of the bridge, and a tower to defend it. Fifteen members of 
this family were Mayors of Galway. 

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242 Blake Family Records 

Morris or Mares. 

ARMS : Or, a fess indented sable, in base a lion rampant 
armed and langued gules. 

CREST : A lion's head erased, gutte de sang. 

MOTTO : Si Deus noUscum quis contra nos? (If God be with us, 

who shall be against us ?). 

This family is of Anglo-Norman origin, and claims descent 
from Sir Harvey de Monte-Maurisco, Knight, a companion-in- 
arms of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, styled " Strong- 
bow." It was not, however, until the reign of King Edward IV. 
(1460-1483) that this family first settled in the town of Galway. 
In 1486, Richard " Mares " was Bailiff of the town during the 
mayoralty of Dominick Lynch fitz John. William " Mareis " 
was Mayor in 1527-28, and died in 1534. Andrew "Mareis" 
was Mayor in 1588-89, and died in 1594. These were the only 
Mayors of this family. 

Michael Morris of Spiddal near Galway, a distinguished 
lawyer, was M.P. for Galway Borough from 1865 to 1867, when 
he was raised to the Bench as a Justice of the Common Pleas; 
in 1885 he was created a Baronet, and in 1887 appointed Lord 
Chief Justice of Ireland. In 1889 he was created a life peer, 
with the title of Baron Morris of Spiddal ; and in 1900 he 
received an hereditary peerage under the title of Baron Killanin. 
He died in 1902. 

Skerrett. 

ARMS : Vert, a chevron or between two squirrels counter- 
sejant in chief, and one in base, proper. 

CREST : A squirrel sejant proper. . 

MOTTO : Primus ultimusque in acie (The first and the last in 

the battle). 

This family is of Anglo-Norman origin. The surname was 
originally Huskared or Husgard, afterwards changed into 
Scared or Scareth, and finally Skerrett. Edmund Huskared 
is mentioned in 1280 as being one of the tenants in Connaught 
of Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster, then deceased. Walter 
Husgard and Joanna his wife built the cloisters in the Dominican 
abbey at Athenry, and were there interred. Richard Scared 
was " Provost " of the town of Galway in 1378-79, and Walter 
Skeret was " Provost " in 1414 and 1417. In 1445-46 Nicholas 
Skeret was " Sovereign " of Galway (" Blake Family Records," 
First Series, No. 43). Five of this family were Mayors of 
Galway between 1485 and 1653. Nicholas Skerrett was 
Catholic Archbishop of Tuam 1580-1585, and Mark Skerrett 
was Catholic Archbishop of that see from 1749 to 1784. 




Mayoralty seal of John Skerret, 
Mayor of Galway, appended 
to an official notification 
dated August 5, 1492. (See 
Re cord No. 68<?, First Series, 
P. 46.) 



A Description of the Corporate 

Arms used by the Town of Galway 

at Different Periods 

THREE distinct sets of corporate arms were used at different 
periods by the town of Galway. The first set, which in the 
old map of Galway (referred to at p. 234) is designated, " The 
most ancient Armorial Bearings of the Town of Galway," came 
into use not earlier than 1369, and continued to be used 
down to 1485. The heraldic description of these arms is as 
follows : 

Quarterly of four: in the first and fourth quarters the arms 
of De Burgh (Earls of Ulster), " Or, a cross gules." In the 
second and third quarters the arms of Mortimer (Earls of 
March), " Barry of six, or and azure, on a chief of the first 
three palletts between two base esquierres dexter and sinister 
of the second ; over all an inescutcheon, argent." 

There is appended to an original deed dated November 10, 
1445, in the Blake collection (see " Blake Family Records," 
First Series, Record No. 44), a fragment of the common seal of 
the town of Galway, which displays these armorial bearings 
(see illustration). 

The historical explanation of the use of these arms as the 
corporate arms of the town of Galway appears from the follow- 
ing facts : The town was first founded by Richard de Burgh 
about 1232, and was ruled by his descendants, the De Burgh 
Earls of Ulster, for 100 years. William de Burgh, third 
Earl of Ulster, was slain in 1333 ; he left an only child, a 
daughter, Elizabeth de Burgh, then (1333) about a year old. 
This child was taken to England and made a ward of King 
Edward III., who later on decided to bestow her in marriage 
upon his second son, Lionel Plantagenet (then also a child of 
tender years), when the two grew up. In contemplation of this 
marriage, King Edward in 1347 created Lionel Earl of Ulster, 
and the marriage between him and Elizabeth de Burgh took 
place in 1352. Lionel was sent over to Ireland as Lord Deputy 
in 1361, and sought to regain possession of the vast estates in 

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244 Blake Family Records 

Ulster and Connaught of his wife, but signally failed to do so. 
The De Burgh estates in Connaught (other than the town of 
Galway) were then in the possession of the kinsmen of William 
de Burgh, third Earl of Ulster, who had been slain in 1333. 
These kinsmen had thrown off allegiance to the English Crown, 
and had adopted Irish names, habits, and customs. The chief 
of them in the county of Galway was styled the " Upper 
McWilliam " (McWilliam of Clanricarde), and the chief of them 
in the county of Mayo was styled the " Lower McWilliam " 
(McWilliam of Clanwilliam). Lionel got nothing back from 
them ; he was created Duke of Clarence in 1362, in which year 
his wife Elizabeth died, leaving issue by him an only child, 
Philippa Plantagenet, who married, in 1368, Edmund Mortimer, 
Earl of March. Her father, Lionel, died shortly after her 
marriage with Mortimer ; and then Mortimer became, in right 
of his wife, Earl of Ulster as well as Earl of March. The arms 
depicted upon a seal used by this Edmund Mortimer in 1372 
are almost identical with the arms of the town of Galway 
above described. 

The next set of corporate arms of the town of Galway came 
into use not earlier than 1485, and continued to be used down 
to about 1588. The heraldic description of these arms is as 
follows : 

" Azure, a chevron or between three castles triple-towered 
and masoned, argent." 

The historical explanation of these arms which suggests 
itself to me may be thus stated : On December 15, 1484, King 
Richard III. granted a new charter of incorporation to the 
town of Galway, whereby the title of " Mayor" was conferred 
upon the chief magistrate of the town ; and the charter con- 
tained an express provision that " McWilliam, Lord of Clan- 
ricarde and his heirs should not have any rule or power within 
the town of Galway, but that the Mayor, Bailiffs, and com- 
monalty should alone have full power and authority to rule and 
govern the said town." This charter, in my opinion, occasioned 
the introduction of a different set of corporate arms for the 
town to that previously in use. The Lynch family were then 
(1484) by far the most influential in the town ; the first two 
Mayors and most of the succeeding Mayors were of that family; 
and as part of the armorial bearings of that family were " azure, 
a chevron or," these were for that reason (I think) introduced 
into the new corporate arms of the town. The introduction 
into the corporate arms of the " three castles triple-towered 
and masoned " is accounted for by the fact that at that period 
(1484) the town had been entirely surrounded by walls, defended 
by castellated fortifications. 







Fragment of the most ancient common 
seal of the corporate town of Gal- 
way appended to a deed of award 
dated November 10, 24 Henry VL, 
A,D. 1445. (See Record No. 44, First 
Series, at pp. 31, 32.) 





r he most ancient armorial bearings 
of the corporate town of Galway, 
used from circa 1370 to circa 1485. 



The armorial bearings of the corporate 
town of Galway u.sed from circa 
1485 to circa 1578. 






! 



TH ARTIES OF- GflLWWC R-PORT-TOWH 




The more recent armorial bearings of 
the corporate town of Galway, 
used from circa 1 578 to circa 1661 ; 
from a drawing recorded in 
Ulsters Office Tempore Chris- 
topher Ussher, Ulster King of 
Arms 1588 to 1597. 




A variation of the more recent armorial 
bearings of the corporate town of 
Galway used from circa 1661 to 
1840. 



Corporate Arms of Galway 24.5 

The more recent set of corporate arms used by the town 
was introduced, in my opinion, not earlier than 1578, and 
probably about 1588. The heraldic description of these is as 
follows : 

" Argent, on waves of the sea in base proper, a galley, or ; 
mast and pennant, sable ; sails furled ; on an escutcheon, also 
sable, a lion rampant of the third, or." 

The introduction of this set of armorial bearings as the 
corporate arms of the town cannot, in my opinion, be assigned 
to a date earlier than 1578, and certainly first came to be used 
between 1588 and 1597. 

On July 14, 1578, Queen Elizabeth granted a new charter 
of incorporation to the town of Galway, and thereby expressly 
constituted the Mayor of Galway for the time being, Admiral 
of the Port of Galway, and of the Bay of Galway as far as, and 
including, the islands of Arran at the mouth of the bay. The 
town of Galway was then (1578) a highly important mercan- 
tile town and a thriving commercial emporium, and the arms 
adopted by the town about this period were designed to signalize 
its commercial character and importance. It is certain, at all 
events, that these are given as the arms of the town of Galway 
in one of the oldest registers now remaining in the office of 
Ulster King of Arms ; and this register was made during the 
period when Christopher Ussher was Ulster King of Arms, 
viz., 1588-1597. 

After the restoration of King Charles II., a variation of this 
set of arms, consisting of the insertion of the " arms of 
England " instead of the "lion rampant," on the inescutcheon, 
was introduced ; but this variation was never authenticated by 
registration in Ulster's Office. 

These, the more recent corporate arms of Galway, continued 
in use until the Corporation of Galway was abolished in 1840 
by the Act for the Regulation of Municipal Corporations in 
Ireland, 3 and 4 Victoria, chapter 108, which by section 13 
enacted that " the Body, or reputed Body, Corporate in con- 
nexion with the Borough of Galway shall be dissolved "; and 
that Act provided for the appointment of Town Commissioners 
instead. The Town Commissioners occasionally used on legal 
documents this set of arms as their common seal after 1840. 

The Town Commissioners were abolished by the Local 
Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, and an Urban District 
Council was substituted as the governing body of the town. 



Appendix A 

Abstract of Blake Wills between 1600 
and 1700 

ALPHABETICAL LIST. 

ANDREW BLAKE, son of Andrew, 1687 (see BLAKE OF FURBOUGH). 

ANDREW BLAKE, son of Patrick, 1630 (see BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA AND 
ORANMORE). 

EDWARD BLAKE, son of Andrew, 1678 (see BLAKE OF FURBOUGH). 

HENRY BLAKE of Culgad, son of Thomas, 1676 (see BLAKE OF 
BALLINAFAD). 

MARTIN BLAKE of Lispople, Co. Meath, 1606 (see BLAKE OF ATHBOY). 

MARY BLAKE, Dame, widow of Sir Thomas Blake, fourth Baronet, 1694 
(see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE of Crumlin, 1682 (see BLAKE OF CRUMLIN). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, son of John, 1683 (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

PETER BLAKE, son of Martin, 1692 (see BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN AND 
CUMMER). 

RICHARD BLAKE, Sir, Knight, 1663 (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

ROBERT BLAKE, son of Walter, son of Andrew, 1616 (see BLAKE OF 
ARDFRY). 

THOMAS BLAKE, Sir, fourth Baronet, 1674 (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

VALENTINE BLAKE, Sir, first Baronet, 1634 (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

VALENTINE BLAKE, Sir, third Baronet, 1654 (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

WALTER BLAKE of Exning, son of Sir Thomas Blake, second Baronet, 
1674 (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

Martin Blake of Lispople, Co. Meath. 

Probate Extract of the probate of the will of Martin Blake of 

I2> Lispople, Co. Meath : 

" My daughter Mary Blake to have one-sixth of the 300 
left her out of the rents and profits of my lands ; I appoint 
my wife, my brother Peter Blake, and my daughter Mary 
executors, and my brother George King of Clontarf and my 
cousin Nicholas Moore of Athboy overseers and guardians of 
my daughter Mary." Will dated February 27, 1604. Witnesses : 
" Robt. Rochford, Edmund Nugent, William Walsh." Indorsed : 
" Exhibited on the part of Peter Blake, 3 May, 1605." Proved 
on July 12, 1606, in the Prerogative Court, Dublin. 

246 



Appendix A 247 

Robert Blake Jitz Walter Jitz Andrew of Galway, 

Merchant. 

Probate of the will of " Robert Blake fitz Walter fitz Andrew Probate 
of Galway, merchant " : May 2 - 

" My body to be buried in St. Francis Abbey with my *' 
ancestors ; 10 to be given to the poor ; 10 towards the 
reparation of St. Francis Abbey near Galway, specially of my 
ancestors chapel ; To Stephen begg Linch his wife Genette 
Blak and her poor daughter 20 ; To my brother Mark Blak 
his daughter that shall be the next towards marriage TO, 
and to Thomas Blak his son 20, to begin the world withal'; 
40 shillings to be yearly paid out of the Abbacy of Balentobere 
unto poor schollars : Of this my will I ordain my eldest son 
and heir Richard Blak, my son Peter Blak and my son Nicholas 
Blak executors, and my wife Catherine Dorsey alias Blak, 
Martin Blak my brother, and Arthur Bodkin my uncle to be 
overseers. I bequeath to my only married wife Catherine 
Dorsey alias Blak my own new dwelling house during her life, 
except my eldest son Richard do come to Galway with his wife 
to dwell there, and if he do, that then she is to have the house 
wherein we dwelled before during her life ; also I leave to her 
during her life my mill-weir Shruere, and my enclosed Park 
and my land of Cahermakuleak, and the 4 chiefry I have in 
Mearyie of the Lord Bermingham, and the mortgaged lands I 
have in Donell-Padrick and Kyllvollane, the same to be in 
recompense of her third parts of all my lands and goods. I 
give to my eldest daughter Kathleen Blak 200 for her prefer- 
ment on marriage ; To each of my other daughters, viz., 
Margaret Blak, Chrystyane Blak and Mary Blak 200 marks ; 
and whereas I have these five years past and more appointed 
their mother my wife to keep all that she could in money of the 
aqua-vitey that she makes yearly and of the malt and corn and 
cloth, to be kept towards the marriage of my said daughters, I 
ordain that my wife do give the same to them and to be in part 
payment of their said marriage portions. I bequeath to my 
eldest son and heir Richard Blak and his heirs, my own 
dwelling-house in Galway, and the salmon place called Etgare, 
and the mortgage for 300 that I have upon Nicholas Blak fitz 
John his stone house and all his lands in Galway, also my 
estate in Martin Blak of Athboy his lands, also my 'lands in 
Meary in the Barony of Dunkellin, viz., in Ardfry, Ballena- 
courty, Balleneclohy, Moylowne, Ballancuilunghe, my two mills 
at Lyndrick, and my lands at Magheraltaghe in the Barony 
of Athenry that I have in fee simple or fee-farm, my mortgage 



248 Blake Family Records 

or rent-charge that I have there upon Ulick oge Wall of Droghty 
for 40 marks and of his son Shane Wall for 10 marks, also my 
quarter of the lands called Durahy in the Barony of Ross and 
all the rest of my lands in said Barony, and my interest in 
Castle- Moyle and in all other places except what I leave by 
special name to the rest of my children, his brothers. I 
bequeath to my second son Peter Blake and his heirs my stone 
house in the Great-Gate street in Galway that I bought of 
James Roe his son Richard Linch fitz Stephen, also my mort- 
gage of 200 upon the Corballys, also a rent charge I have 
upon Nicholas Dorsey his lands in Galway, and a mortgage of 
58 I gave to my said brother Nicholas Dorsey upon his lands 
of Clounbanane, also my fishing of Kyltane and the quarter of 
lands of Kyltaine and my mortgage upon the two quarters of 
Donagh-Patrick. I bequeath to my son Nicholas Blak my 
stone house near St. Nicholas Church in Galway that I bought 
of my brother 'Nicholas Dorsey, for I wish to leave a stone 
house in Galway to every one of my sons ; also I leave him my 
mortgage upon John Linch fitz Richard his ground cellar, and 
shops over the same, in Galway and my thatch house without 
the Great-Gate in Galway and the garden thereunto annexed, 
wherein Teige O'Darmody the smith dwells and which I 
bought of John Linch fitz Richard ; also if my son Nicholas 
will follow the law as I did purpose for him, I bequeath unto 
him for his maintainance all my land in the Barony of Kilmain 
and the Abbey of Balentobere except that which I gave thereof 
to my son Peter Blak, and the one half of the said Abbey to be 
to my son Andrew Blak during his life, if Nicholas be a lawyer, 
if he be not, the said half to be to Andrew and his heirs for 
ever during my interest therein ; so always that the Abbey and 
the lands near it be to Nicholas, and the rest unto the other 
proportionately. I bequeath to my son Henry Blak and his 
heirs my parlour and low hall and garden near the Great Gate 
that I bought of James Linch fitz Harry, my cellar under 
James Linch fitz Ambrose his house now in the occupation of 
his son Anthony Linch, also the castle of Carha and one 
quarter of land near it and the mortgage I have upon Shane 
McHowegge of Ballybrodere his half quarter of land near 
Carha, also my mortgage upon Richard McMoyler of Gortina- 
makane his lands and my mortgages upon Clownowe and all 
Richard oge Power his lands and my mortgages upon Dolphy- 
naghe and upon James Dolphine of Rahrody his lands, and 
upon Joneck McHowegge of the Grange his lands. I bequeath 
my son John Blak and his heirs my house in Fewe Street in 
Galway wherein I dwelt myself and which I have on mortgage 
from Thomas Nollane and Geffrey Martin fitz John, also the 



Appendix A 249 

tenement over against the said house which I bought of John 
Linch fitz Richard and to acquit the cellar which Edmund 
French his son hath under it, out of my whole goods, also the 
mortgage I have upon Geoffrey [Martin] his sons dwelling 
house from John Martin fitz Patrick ; I bequeath unto him 
my castle called Casteltown and all the lands I have in the 
Barony of Longford, also my mortgage upon the half quarter 
of land of Kylbridy and the mortgage I have of Richard 
Norowne and Edmond Dorcha for 20 marks and the mortgages 
I have of Donell breghe O'Maddin and his brother, the two 
mortgages I have upon Thomas rieveghe MacShane MacUlick 
of Balendrony of 28 and the mortgage I have of Thomas 
Macjoneck of Lyssenard of 20 marks, also the mortgages I 
-have of Shane McThomas Caraghe and his brothers for 20. 
I bequeath to my son Francis Blak my house in Sander's Lane 
that I bought of Nicholas Lynch fitz George whereof my 
brother Mark Blak hath the deeds in keeping, also I bequeath 
to him my shop under Andrew galda Linch his house that 
I have of my brother Nicholas Dorsey, also the mortgages I 
have upon Moylmore McShane his lands, and the four mort- 
gages I have upon Joneck McThomas of Barneboy and his 
kinsmen William McRedmond-mor and Walter Bourk, the 
mortgage upon Edmond Bourke his lands, the rent charge 
I have upon Moyler McShane of the Aello his lands, and the 
mortgage 1 have upon Balylone from John More and Hary fitz 
Edmond. I bequeath to my son Andrewe Blak my tenements 
in Flood Street in Galway called Griffine and Verdones place, 
and the mortgages I have upon the tenements in Earls Lane 
from Martin galde Linch, and the mortgages I have upon the 
shop under Anthony mor Lynch his house, also I bequeath to 
him the mortgages I have upon Fartigare and the rent charges 
I have upon Sir Thomas Bourke fitz William, Knt., his lands. 
I will that a silver piece of the biggest and best I have and one 
jug of silver for bere and one cup of silver for wine with a 
brass crock for aqua-vitey be given to every one of my sons. 
If any one of my sons becomes a churchman, as I hope in God 
some of them will, his portion is to be to my eldest son and 
heir Richard Blake who shall pay yearly unto such son the 
sum of 20 while he is a student and afterwards the sum of 
20 marks yearly during his life. My will is that all my leases 
which I have of Bishop Lynch be equally divided and that 
every one of my children that shall have wife and house shall 
have his part of them to help maintain his charge. ... I will 
that every Saturday my wife and children do cause special 
prayers to be said for my soul by themselves and such as shall 
be there : if any of my children become a churchman, I will 



Probate 



250 Blake Family Records 

that he have such furniture of plate and cloth and other things 
as I had for the altar. In witness whereof I have hereunto 
subscribed my name and fixed rny seal, the 3rd day of July, 
1612, in the presence of these whose names do witness the 
same." Signed: " Robb. Blak." [Seal attached.] Witnesses: 
" Thos. Browne, Thomas Kelly, Robt. Kennedy, William Kieff." 
Probate of said will granted by the Consistorial Court of Tuam, 
May 2, 1616. 

Andrew Blake fitz Patrick of Galway, Alderman. 
Extract of the probate of the will of " Andrew Blake iitz 



February 9, p atn ck of Galway, alderman " : 



1630. 



I make and ordaine Patrick Martin of Galway, merchant, 
Alderman Marcus Blake, and Andrew Lynch fitz Nicholas, 
and George Martin of Galway, merchants, to divide and dis- 
tribute my stone houses, lands, tenements, goods, debts, mort- 
gages and chatties in all places whatsoever, upon my wife and 
children according to the pleasure of you the said Patrick, 
Marcus, Andrew, and George ; desiring my wife and children 
to be fully content and satisfied with such portion as you shall 
give to each, being assured of your equal division." Will 
attested under the hands and seals of " Andrew Lynch, Giles 
Martin her mark, Walter Blake, and George Martin." 
Published on December 20, 1624. Proved in the Prerogative 
Court, Dublin, on February 9, 1630, by Julian Blake alias 
Martin, widow and relict of testator, and Walter Blake, son 
and heir of testator. 



Probate 
1634. 



Sir Valentine Blake of Galway, Knight and Baronet. 

Extracts from the probate of the will dated June 20, 1629, 
with codicil dated January 2, 1634, f Sir Valentine Blake of 
Galway, Knight and Baronet : 

" My bodie to be buried in my newe chappell in St. Frauncis 
Abbey that I have erected myself to the honor and glorie of 
our Saviour Jesus Christ and his blessed mother St. Mary, of 
Loretto, where I have bene myselfe in person, both there and 
in Roome, the 2Oth of May, 1616 : I constitute my son and 
heire Thomas Blake to be my executor : I doe desire my 
loveing wife Annabell Blake als Lynch to take care and see the 
performing of this my last will : I do humbly desire and upon 
paine of a father by blessing to his children, that my sonne and 
heir Thomas Blake, his brother Francis Blake, and my grand- 
child Vallentyne Blake shall in all dutiful respects use my 







Appendix A 251 

loveing wife well and justly: All my plate shall remaine suc- 
cessively to the heire of the house, some of it to be for my wife 
to her use, for already shee and I have bestowed the most part 
of our plate upon both my sons and my daughter Lady Mar- 
garet Arthur als Blake : I bequeath that my second son Francis 
Blake and his heirs for ever shall have and enjoy the two stone 
houses I bought of Arthur Blake, and all the lands I bought 
of Bryan Reiffe McKillepully : I bequeath my granddaughter 
Mary Blake daughter of Francis Blake 200 towards her pre- 
ferment, and if she shall die before her marriage then her 
second sister shall have it, and then her other sisters suc- 
cessively shall have it in like manner : I bequeath my grand- 
child Annable Blake, brought up by my wife and myself, 
towards her preferment 200 besides what her mother Annable 
will give her : I bequeath my unfortunate daughter Juliane 
Blake 10, and my grandchild her daughter Maggine Blake als 
Faunt 5 ; My will is that if it pleaseth God Almightie to give 
free permittance in celebrating God's divine service in my newe 
chappell of St. Mary of Loretto, that then the heires of my 
house shall be tyed to give a reasonable stipend per annum to 
some honest fryer of the Order of St. Francis, or good priest, 
to celebrate Masse upon some spirituall feast and Sundays in 
my aforesaid chappell and then to praye devoutedly for my 
soule his salvation : Also my will is that in respect of my olde 
auncient buriall in St. Francis Abbey the friars in devoutely 
praying for my soule shall have 10 ; in like manner, the 
Order of St. Dominicke 5 marks, in like manner the Order of 
St. Augustine 5 marks, and in like manner the Order of the 
Jesuits : My will is that Francis Kirwan priest in like manner 
shall have 20 shillings, and James Fallon as much ; and the 
rest of that Society, of the births resident in Galway, a mark 
apiece : My will is that my sonne and heire Thomas Blake, 
and his sonne and heire my grandchild Valentine Blake, shall, 
first to Thomas during his life, enjoy my now Mansion House 
and all the rents and profits of all my lands as well within the 
Town liberties as in all the several counties abroade, the mesne 
profits thereof to be to him during his life and noe more." 
Signed in the presence of " Ric. Blake, Thomas Blake and his 
son Val. Blake, Francis Blake, Patr. Darcie, Vallentine 
Browne." 

CODICIL dated January 2, 1634: " Imprimis I do enjoine my 
son and heir apparent Thomas Blake Esqre. and my grand- 
child Sir Vallentine Blake, Knight, to satisfie all my just 
demaunds and challengis that can be made by any person 
against myselfe, according the advise of my beloved cozins 
Sir Richard Blake, Knight, Patrick Darcy Esqre., and my 



252 Blake Family Records 

nephew Vallentine Browne : I give and devise to my son 
Francis Blake all the lands which he now enjoyeth in possession ; 
and what else I have in Kynallnory, and also the town and 
4 quarters of land of BallymacGilliboy and the mortgages I 
hould neare it from Donell O'Flaherty, also the mortgage of 
Friagh I hould for 200 English, from the Earle of Thomond, 
and the mortgages I hould from Donough O'Grady for 100 
and from Rory McNamarra for 100 ; the mortgage of 120 
I hould from Connor McRory of Corbally ; the mortgage of 
27 from Donough McClanchie of Urlin, and the mortgage of 
120 I hould of Boetius McConnor of Ballydonnogh ; to have 
and to hold the said mortgages and lands unto my son said 
Francis and his executors and assigns for the space of 1000 
years : Item I leave to my grandchild Geffry Blake fitz Thomas 
and his heirs my stone house neare the little Gate in Galway : 
To my grandchild John Blake fitz Thomas and his heirs the 
thatch house neare the said stone house : Item I give to my 
said grandchild Geffrey Blake the quarter of land called Kill- 
vanyedonell, the quarter of land of Rahlee and the quarter of 
land of Donegegie, in the County of Maio for the space of 
1000 years : I leave all my other castles, lands, etc., not 
hereby or by my said Will devised, to the feoffees in trust by 
me nominated upon the marriage of my said grandchild Sir 
Vallentine Blake, Knight, to the uses declared in the feoffment 
or deed to them made upon or after the said intermarriage." 

Sir Valentine Blake of Galway, Knight and Baronet. 

Probate Probate dated April 12, 1654, granted in the Consistorial 

April 12, Court of Dublin, of the will dated June i, 1651, of Sir Valentine 
Blake of Galway, Knight and Baronet. 

NOTE. The original grant of probate is preserved among the 
Blake Family Records (see it recorded, ante, Record No. 126). 

Sir Richard Blake, Knight. 

Extract of the probate of the will dated June 13, 1663, of 
Sir Richard Blake, Knight : 

" I appoint my eldest son Robert Blake, Esq., sole executor: 
To my daughter Bridget I leave 200 for a marriage portion ; 
I leave all my lands and hereditaments, not otherwise disposed 
of, to my eldest son Robert Blake ; I leave to my second son 
Andrew Blake the estate I purchased of Thomas Roe Bourke 
in the Barony of Tirawley, County Mayo ; I have already 
estated upon my youngest son Peter Blake my estates in the 






Appendix A 253 

County of Mayo ; in case I should be restored my old estate, I 
leave my son Andrew Blake the Abbey of Ballintober and the 
lands thereof now possessed by Nicholas Baskerville ; and the 
quarter of land of Tuaghtie when it is freed from cousin Henry 
Blake's challenge, his pretence for keeping it being for the 
100 I owed his father by bond though I expended so much 
money to make good the estate that his grandfather Marcus 
Blake made whereby he holds all the lands he hath in the 
County of Mayo and the same being formerly in dispute 
between us was submitted to the arbitration of my brother 
John Blake deceased, and my brother Patrick Kirwan who 
ordered the payment of 102 marks by the said Henry unto me, 
which he never paid, and keeps since the said lands, although 
they are of far greater value than the difference between 
100 marks and the 100 payable under the feoffment made 
by his grandfather whereby the said lands were estated 
upon Thomas Blake the said Henry's father ; which feoff- 
ment was by order of the Court of Claims deposited in 
the hands of Philip Purcell deceased, as appears by said 
Purcell's acknowledgement in writing which I cannot as yet 
have, and is the pretence that said Henry Blake hath to 
keep the said lands of Tuoghtie, and that Marcus Blake 
fitz Walter hath to keep the 3 score pounds from me that 
by the said arbitrators he was ordered to pay me ; whereas I 
have appointed to my second son Andrew Blake the lands I 
purchased of Thomas Roe Bourke, and in lieu thereof the 
Abbey of Ballintober, I do hereby appoint the respective 
premises to him for life, with remainder to his first and other 
sons in tail, with remainder to my eldest son Robert Blake for 
life, with remainder to his first and other sons in tail, with 
remainder to my youngest son Peter Blake, with remainder to 
his first and other sons in tail." 

Will proved on July 20, 1663, in the Prerogative Court, 
Dublin, by Robert Blake of Ardfry, the eldest son of the 
testator, the executor named in said will. 

Walter Blake of Exning, Co. Suffolk, Esquire. 

Extract of the will of Walter Blake of Exning, Co. Suffolk, 
Esquire : 1674 

" My body to be buried in the parish church of Whitechapel 
in London : I bequeath to my nephew Henry Blake fitz . 
Valentine a legacy of 12 to be paid to him within 6 months, 
or in lieu thereof" all writings relating to titles in Sir Thomas 
Blake's estate to be surrendered up to him : in case the said 
legacy be paid I bequeath all my papers together with the 



254 Blake Family Records 

benefit thereof to my nephew Francis Lynch fitz James, to 
whom likewise I bequeath all my personal estate either in 
England or Ireland, including therein all debts and mortgages 
due to me, and all leases, lands, houses and tenements what- 
soever ; saving the moiety of the first two years rent to be 
received by him out of the lands now in my possession in 
Ireland, which moiety I bequeath to my nephew Nicholas 
Lynch fitz William. I appoint my aforesaid nephew Francis 
Lynch my sole executor." Dated November 21, 1672. 
Attested under the hand and seal of the testator. Witnesses : 
Ralph Rogars, Elizabeth Rogars, Martha Norwood. Will 
proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on April 28, 
1674, by said Francis Lynch the sole executor therein named. 
[44 Bunce.] 



Will r1 



October 10, 
1674. 



Probate 
May 15, 
1676. 



Sir Thomas Blake of Menlough, Baronet. 

Coeval copy of the will dated October 10, 1674, of Sir 
Blake of Menlough, Baronet. 

was never proved ; but the coeval copy is 
\ Blake Family Records (see ante, Record 



XT " 

- 
preserved among 

No. 175). 



Henry Blake foz Thorna?^^' C ~ 

p vf ,- ( r 'will of Henry Blake fitz 

Jixtract from the probate of the 

Thomas of Culgad, Co Mayo : , o . My wife Catherine 

BlaklaH R ned '" the L Abbe y of Maersonal estate; when 
5v*S Br 7e to have half my and Margaret Blake 
rny daughters, Elis Blake. Julian Blakehem to hive towards 
' <me to years of discretion each of tl; I empower my 

Specified ^umlease my real estate 
tO mort g^e or.id mortgage and 
P ; subject to the aforesand heir Thomas 

^ 6State tO m y so Anthon y Blake 
emaind ^ to my s.rd Blake in tail 



sn and 
to raise 



Blake 



in talmae wfh ' ^ o my s.r ae n ta 

ma e Zh r r ^ emain der to my son EArcus Blake in tail 

e' Jith r, '^ t0 > my youn est soz Walter in tail male ; 
I anoint ' emain ^ ert f M cus Blake / ne fit* Edward, John 
P ** W1e ' Edward Brsxecutors." Will dated 



. . 

063 l be m - Browne, Walter Joyes, 



Court on May 15 if 




Appendix A 255 

Edward Elake fitz Andrew of Galway, Merchant. 

Extract of the probate of the will of Edward Blake fitz P robate 
Andrew of Galway, merchant : leyS.^ 23 ' 

" To be buried in St. Francis Abbey near Galway ; To my 
father Andrew Blake 50 ; To my brother Patrick Blake 140, 
and he is to be sole heir of all my concerns except what I herein- 
after bequeath ; To my brother Nicholas Blake 10 ; To my 
brother Martin Blake 30 ; To my brother Walter Blake 15 ; 
To my brother Thomas Blake 15 ; To my niece Anne Bodkin 
daughter of Dominick Bodkin 30 ; To my nephew Andrew 
Bodkin fitz Dominick 10 : I appoint my said brother Patrick 
Blake my sole executor." Will dated January 6, 1678. 
Proved in Consistorial Court of Tuam by said Patrick Blake 
on January 23, 1678. 

Nicholas Blake of Crumlin^ Co. Galway. 

Extract of the probate of the will of Nicholas Blake of Probate 
Crumlin, Co. Galway : J^ 22 - 

" To be buried in my father's tomb in St. Francis Abbey, 
Galway ; I bequeath all my interest in Crumlin, Cluncon, and 
Keiltafadan to my wife Mary Blake together with the 600 due 
to me by the bond of Robert Blake, his son Richard Blake, 
Oliver Martyn, and Peter Kirwan of Bellaturrin ; To my 
daughter Cate Blake 200 provided she marry with the consent 
of my son and heir Peter Blake and of my son-in-law Sir 
Henry Lynch, Baronet, and his wife my daughter ; To my 
poor nephew Frank Blake ; I devise all my lands after the 
death of my wife to my son and heir Peter Blake ; I appoint 
my wife sole executrix." Will dated June 3, 1682. Proved in 
the Prerogative Court, Dublin, by testator's widow and relict, 
Mary Blake, on July 22, 1682. 

Nicholas Elake fitz John. 

Extract of the will of Nicholas Blake fitz John : Will dated 

" I Nicholas Blake fitz John, now aboard the Providence of August 17, 
Bristol, Captain Nicholas Lux, Commander, do make my last I( 
will : I bequeath all my real and personal estate ' to my 
daughter Anstace, provided she lived ; in the other case I order 
that n y nephew Nicholas Blake fitz Henry shall enjoy my real 
estate ; I bequeath my father-in-law Christopher Browne 10 
out of my land in Moneterye ; If my daughter Anstace Blake 



256 Blake Family Records 

shall not succeed, I order my nephew Nicholas Blake fitz 
Henry to pay 30 shillings yearly to the Franciscans of Galway." 
Will dated August 17, 1683. Not proved, but original will 
preserved among the wills of the Consistorial Court of Tuam. 

Andrew Blake fitz Andrew of Galway, Merchant. 

Probate Extract of the probate of the will and two codicils of 

August 22, Andrew Blake fitz Andrew of Galway, merchant : 
l68 7- "To be buried in St. Francis Abbey near Galway: I leave 

to my wife Christiane Blake alias Martyn, in lieu of dower out 
of the lands in the annexed schedule, the following, viz., Laug- 
hella and Lettery, Corkullin, Knocknebricky and Knockne- 
greny in the Barony of Muckillin ; the two upper stories of my 
house in Galway ; and 30 yearly out of my lands of Forbagh : 
To my son Walter Blake 200 and my interest in the waste 
plot formerly belonging to Martyn Blake and Geffry gelda 
Lynch : To my daughter Anne Blake 200 : To my son 
Augustine Blake my waste plot near the citadel and my interest 
in the house formerly belonging to Robert Blake, and 200 : 
To my granddaughter Anne Bodkin 100 : To my daughter 
Katherine Blake 100 : To my granddaughter Julian Blake 
100 : To my son Nicholas Blake when he comes to this 
kingdom 5 yearly : I devise all my lands (except what is 
before otherwise disposed of) and the reversion of the premises 
limited to my said wife, unto my brother Martin Blake of 
Cummer, my nephew Francis Blake of Moyne, my son-in-law 
Peter Martyn, and my nephew John Lynch fitz Michael, upon 
trust, for the use of my son Francis Blake for life, with 
remainder to my grandson Thomas Blake and the heirs male 
of his body, with remainder to my grandson John Blake and 
the heirs male of his body, with remainder to the heirs male of 
my son Francis Blake, with remainder to my son Patrick Blake 
and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to my son 
Martyn Blake and the heirs male of his body, with remainder 
to my son Dominick Blake and the heirs male of his body, 
with remainder to my son Walter Blake and the heirs male of 
his body, with remainder to my son Augustine Blake and the 
heirs male of his body : If the mortgage on Moyaskeragh be 
redeemed I order said mortgage money to be paid to my son 
Walter Blake if he be not satisfied of his legacy before : I leave 
to Sybil Martyn fitz Thomas the debt due to Dominick Martyn 
by the bond of John French of Muckullin, deceased : I devise 
my leases in the Barony of Muckullin to my wife, excepting my 
lease of Kilroe which I devise my son Francis Blake : I leave 
12 worth of my jewels to my daughter-in-law Jane Blake alias 



Appendix A 257 

Martyn, and 12 worth to my son Walter, and 12 worth to 
my son Augustine : I leave my plate to my wife and sons 
Francis, Dominick, Martyn, Walter, and Augustine : If any- 
thing should happen to my son Francis Blake, I leave to his 
wife Jane for the maintenance of herself and her children 
during life what I left to him : If my grandnephew Martin 
Blake fitz Francis do study the law I devise to him 3 a year 
for the first five years : What my son Patrick Blake owes me 
I discharge him of: I appoint my said brother Martin Blake, 
my said nephew Francis Blake, my said son-in-law Peter 
Martyn, and my said nephew John Lynch fitz Michael, 
executors of my will." Will dated October 20, 1681. Witnesses: 
William Kenney, John Blake, John Killikelly. 

First codicil, dated December 4, 1682 : " I devise my son 
Walter Blake 50 in addition to the 200 left him by my 
will : My daughter Katherine Blake being dead I devise 100 
more to my daughter Anne : I leave to my grandson Andrew 
Martyn my great silver sugar-box : I leave to my grandson 
Andrew Blake fitz Patrick the half cartron of Cappagh." 
Witnesses: William Kenney, John Killikelly, Thomas Rutledge. 

Second codicil, dated October 27, 1685 : " Whereas I have 
paid my son Walter Blake his child's portion and given his 
wife a gold chain, I revoke the former legacies left to him, and I 
devise to him my interest in the quarter of land of Trelick : I 
leave 20 to the reputed daughter of my son Edward Blake.'' 
Witnesses : William Kenney, John Blake. 

Schedule annexed to the will: "A particular of the estate 
of Andrew Blake fitz Andrew." " Forbagh 2 quarters, viz., 
Shanesflerherty, Cosmemore and Sersy ; Derry and Derry- 
loghan ; Knocknegreny and Knocknebricky ; Bollisky ; Cork- 
ullin; Lettery and Laughella ; Faravan ; Carraghduff; Shane- 
vaghen ; Kallebraltune ; In Moyaskeragh 2 quarters 228 acres 
set to Jasper Martin : All the aforesaid lands being in the 
Barony of Muckullin : In the Barony of Dunmore as followeth, 
viz., Drumbane i quarter ; Kellneknock I quarter 35 acres ; 
the bog of Addergule : In the Barony of Dunkellin, viz., 
Cappagh ; In Kiltartan Barony, viz., Trelick i quarter 
77 acres." 

Will and codicils proved in the Consistorial Court of Tuam 
on August 22, 1687. 



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Peter Blake, Son and Heir of Martin Elake of 
Cummer, Co. Galway. 

Probate Extract of the probate of the will of Peter Blake, son and 

September k e j r Q f M ar ti n Blake of Cummer, lately deceased : 

" My body to be buried in St. Francis Abbey, Galway : I 
leave to my son and heir Martin Blake all my real and personal 
estate except what is hereinafter mentioned : To my son 
Nicholas Blake 300 : To my son Patrick Blake 200 : To my 
daughter Margaret Blake 400 : To my second daughter Anne 
Blake 300: To my daughter Sibilla Blake 200: To my cousin 
Patrick Lynch 5 ; I appoint my brothers Francis Blake of 
Moyne, Esq., and Captain Joseph Lynch of Ballycurren, Father 
Edmund Burke, P.P., of Kilmacrean, Ignatius Lynch of Galway, 
and said Patrick Lynch, Doctor of Physic, to be my executors." 
Will dated September 17, 1691. Proved in Tuam Consistorial 
Court, September , 1692, by said Edmund Burke and Dr. 
Patrick Lynch. 



vViU dated 
October 20, 



Dame Mary Blake of Cullagh, Co. Galway. 

Nuncupative will dated October 20, 1694, of Dame Mary 
Rlake of Cullagh> Co . Galway. 

After preferment of her daughter, Julian Blake, sister of Sir 
Walter Blake, she ordered 30 to be paid to her servant Kate 
Tully. Will recorded in Tuam Consistorial Court. 






Appendix B 

Grants to the Blakes by Letters Patent 
from King James /. 

ALPHABETICAL LIST. 
ANDREW BLAKE, son of Patrick, 1618, 1619 (see BLAKE OF DUN- 

MACRINA AND ORANMORE). 

MARCUS BLAKE, son of Walter, 1619 (see BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, son of John, 1619 (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

RICHARD BLAKE, Sir, Knight, 1619 (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

ROBERT BLAKE, son of Walter, son of Andrew, 1612 (see BLAKE OF 
ARDFRY). 

VALENTINE BLAKE, Sir, first Baronet, 1616, 1619, 1621, 1622 (see BLAKE 
OF MENLO). 

Grant to 'Robert Blake of Galway^ Gentleman. 

COUNTY OF GALWAY IN ATHENRY BARONY: The 
castle of Ballynacourt, parcel of the estate of John Wale &f(io James!.), 
Ballynacourt, attainted ; half the town and lands of Coulfadda 
and a half quarter therein ; half of .the half quarter of land of 
Glanmyne ; in Cartronclogh half a cartron ; in Carrowboy half 
a quarter, parcel of the estate of John Wale of Courtwale, 
attainted ; the castle and site of Castle-moyle and 2 quarters 
of land thereunto belonging, parcel of the estate of Melaghlin 
reogh O'Kelly, son of Edmond McMelaughlin, slain in rebellion: 
to hold these premises for ever as of the castle of Dublin in 
common soccage by fealty; Eymellagh i quarter; Knockane- 
gilline half quarter ; Lissenuske alias Lisseniskie i cartron ; 
Carhinduff half quarter lying in Ballydroghty ; Meansoughtragh 
i quarter lying in Ballykillrickell ; Cormanmore i cartron in 
Coulfadda; Carrowboy half quarter; Glannaskelny i quarter; 
Bealanclare i quarter in Ballynoulter ; Lissenlooma half 
quarter ; Leaghcarrowentobber half quarter lying in Bally- 
funnor ; Fieraghmore one-tenth quarter lying in Carhahey- 
hunney quarter ; Cahernagarry i quarter. LOUGHREAGH 
BARONY : The castle, town, and bawn of Garha and 3 cartrons, 

259 172 



260 Blake Family Records 

to hold these of the Earl of Clanrickard by Knight service ; 
in Ballyknock I cartron ; in Ballyknockane I cartron called 
Rathsonyn ; Shrowyne and Ferraghagh, to hold these lands of 
the said Earl. DUNKELLIN BARONY : The castle or fort of 
Ardfry and I quarter of land called by the names of Drorn- 
duffe, Rathoultane, Kilcanyne, Lissenovege, and Rahinepised ; 
Moyloune half quarter; in Garrane ij cartrons ; Ballynecourty 
one-fifth of a quarter; Ballyneclohy one-fourth of a quarter: 
to hold these of the said Earl ; Dowray free from composition ; 
Cullagh i cartron: to hold these as of the King's Manor of 
Ardkyne in the Isle of Arran, by Knight service. CLARE 
BARONY : One mill on the river Shroher and a parcel of land 
called Carrinvollyne adjoining, eight acres, besides a meadow 
and wood near the river and bridge of Shroher on the north, 
and a parcel called Cullens and Caheroromore on the south- 
east, and the road to said bridge on the west ; Carrowoulter 
otherwise Oulter i quarter ; Clonybane I quarter ; Kilkilnerie 
i cartron ; Edraowen half quarter ; Clanperist i\ quarters ; 
Cloony half a quarter ; Carnkynehard i quarter ; Moyless 
i quarter ; Carrowkillbowery i quarter ; Bealogowny half car- 
tron and one-third of a water-mill : to hold these of said Earl 
by the accustomed rents and services pursuant to the deed 
of Royal Composition. LEITRIM BARONY : The half quarter of 
Kiltiskill called Ferraghnekilleighter ; in Ballybarady i cartron : 
to hold these of said Earl by the usual rents and services. 
DUNKELLYN BARONY : The chief rent of -2 English out of the 
quarter of Carrowmonterderonely ; out of Ballynecourty and 
Ballynecloghie 2 quarters, 2. 

COUNTY OF MAYO [CARRA AND KILMAINE BARONIES]: 
The castle, town and bawne of Gissidine with 2 quarters called 
Knockneheane and Clonecolowe free from the Royal Com- 
position established in Connaught ; in Cornehauolie 2 quarters, 
viz., Corryeighter and Corrym c remon ; and Correploregan 
and Lissehorny i quarter; of Boghconge 2 quarters, viz., 
Gortfoile and Lassane, otherwise Nemrackoge and Bealakepe ; 
Rahivearne and Gardens i quarter ; Killomarrine i quarter ; 
Killidally i cartron ; half of Cloneflyn : all free from said com- 
position ; Killeknocke i quarter ; Killekeile i quarter ; Barny- 
dromrower i quarter ; Knockbane and Shrahinasse i quarter ; 
Kilgarrow and Bunewinne or Bunewunny ; Bealtray i quarter ; 
the three last quarters being parcels of Killegalane ; Coole- 
gadd i quarter ; Liss Walter-Bourke i quarter ; Carrowrowen 
i quarter ; in the half of Mullyntorman i cartron ; half the 
town lands of Tonreghie otherwise Tonlegie ; of Rathdouha 
and Classym c helly i quarter ; half of Clogh-henry-Philip ; 
Gradock 3 cartrons ; Dromnegough half quarter ; Carrowmore- 






Appendix B 261 

drome half quarter ; Carrownegraganagh i quarter ; Carrow- 
necun i quarter ; Rahanesshandroman half quarter ; Carrow- 
rievagh i quarter; Lussendugane i quarter ; Garrane i quarter; 
Gortduffe i cartron ; Gortevanan i cartron ; Dermottomunny 
half quarter ; Cartonallen i cartron ; Gortskehagh i cartron ; 
Ellanmore i quarter ; half the castle and bawn of Kenkillowe ; 
Carrowencarha 3 cartrons ; Calldragh half quarter ; Gortecarne 
half quarter ; Grianan half cartron ; Gunugortneha one-sixth of 
a quarter ; two-thirds of the castle of Castlegarr in the town of 
Kinkillane ; Killmacough i quarter : in Ardmorin half quarter ; 
Lissenvally i quarter ; Knockroe half quarter ; Cartronnefall, 
Cartronneskrevagh, CaherdufTe, Attybehy, Pollnebunny, Gort- 
cam, each i cartron; Corretanvally half quarter; Killm c bered 
i quarter ; Rahibane i quarter : to hold as of the Manor of 
Shrade in Mayo County by the fortieth part of a Knight's fee : 
saving all Royal Composition and Risings out ; and saving 
to Sir John Bingham of Clonegashell, Knight, Humphrey Rey- 
nolds of Dublin, gentleman, and Moyler McGibbon, Moyler 
McEnerrine, Ulick Bourke of Ballynecarrige, and Robert 
Bowen, Esq., their right to all or any of the premises ; for 
a fine of 20 marks Irish (Patent Rolls of Chancery, Ireland, 
May 16, 10 James I., Roll III. 13). 

Grants to Valentine Blake of Galway, Esq. 

No. i. 

License to Valentine Blake, Esq., to hold a Saturday market 
at Clonyn in Mayo County ; and two fairs there, one on July 2 J^e 29, 1616 
and 3, and the other on September 13 and 14 ; with courts of (14 James I. : 
pie-powder and the usual tolls. Na'xxi^) 6 

No. 2. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : One quarter of Patent 
Ballymacro; seven-twelfths of the 2 quarters of Lissarowla ; J^ ^ 

2 quarters of Cloghturleinshaman. 1619 

(17 James I. : 

JVT Part II. facie 

NO, 3. No.i.i). 

COUNTY CLARE, BURREN AND BUNRATTY BARONIES : The Pate ^ d 
castle of Muckenis ; the castle and lands of Glancollumkilly J* I62I 
i quarter; Slewcarne i quarter; Dangen half quarter ; ( Ig j am es I. : 
Fahibegg and Fahimore i quarter; the castle and lands of Part I. facie 
Ballyally i quarter ; Resgane i quarter ; Knockballymacugan 
i quarter ; Ballyduff half quarter ; Ballyhie i quarter ; Bally- 
kealcher i quarter; Cappaghard i cartron; Moghan half 



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Patent 
enrolled 



Part I. facie 
No. xi. 28). 



quarter : to hold by Knight's service at the fortieth part of a 
Knight's fee. The above lands created the Manor of Muckenis, 
with courts leet and baron ; license to hold a fair at Muckenis 
for ever on September 14, with a court of pie-powder and the 
usual tolls. 

No. 4. 

COUNTY GALWAY (no barony specified) : The site, ambit and 
precinct of the dissolved monastery called Collis Victoriae alias 
Knockmoy and all hereditaments within the same, in O'Kelly's 
country ; Monaster quarter alias Carrownemanestragh, with a 
water-mill ; 4 quarters of Coulagh ; 2 quarters of Fewne- 
managh ; Moyne i quarter ; feaelaeheren i quarter ; Keylganow 
i quarter ; Carrowneglowrd i quarter ; Carrownemuddagh 
i quarter ; the tithes great and small of the estate of said 
monastery ; the church of Killascobe in O'Kelly's country ; a 
moiety of the tithes out of the following lands, from the 
4 quarters of Killaskerla, the 4 quarters of Dromadda, the 
4 quarters of Lyomoymonyn, the 4 quarters of Menlough 
(various other tithes therein specified) : to hold in capite by 
military service at the rent of 28 Irish. The lands were thereby 
created the Manor of Knockmoy, with courts leet and baron ; 
license to hold a Tuesday market at Knockmoy, and a yearly 
fair there on August 10 and the day following for ever, with a 
court of pie-powder and the usual tolls. 

NOTE. The King, by privy signet dated September 24, 1620, 
granted to Sir Dudley Norton, Principal Secretary for Ireland, so 
many castles, manors, dissolved monasteries, and lands as would 
amount to^"ioo a year English ; Sir Dudley, by deed dated May 21, 
1622, assigned to said Valentine Blake so much of the said lands as 
are of the yearly value of 28 Irish. 



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Grants to Marcus Blake of Galway, Merchant. 

No. i. 



MAYO COUNTY, CARRA BARONY : Coroskehaghe ; Lisrobert 
/iTtames 16 ! 18 alias Mullin torman ; Russine ; Drumcorbane ; Cloncowan ; 
Pari !m. facie Ballynalty. 

Nax ' 32) - No. 2. 

^ MAYO COUNTY, CARRA BARONY: The castle and bawne of 
Gissiden ; i quarter of Knocknehaen alias Gissiden ; Cloon- 
cpwly and Killally i quarter ; Corrymacremon and Corry- 
eighter i quarter; Lissnehorney half quarter; Corriphreghan, 
Lassen, and Gortfoil i quarter ; Lahivern and Belakip 





Seal of the convent (monastery] " Collis 

Victoria " (Knockmoy) appended to a 

deed dated March 25, 1557. (See 

Record No. 128, First Series ^ at 

p. 100.) 



Appendix B 263 

1 quarter ; Kilmaren and Rathneshandromen i quarter ; 
Corroderry i quarter ; 2 quarters of Ballynalty ; Carrowreagh- 
Inenagh i quarter ; Coolegadd I quarter ; Rowan i quarter ; 
three-fourths of 2 quarters of Listenan and Lis Walterbourke ; 
three-fourths of Lisrobert alias Mullintorman ; a moiety of the 

2 quarters of Tonreghy alias Tonleghy ; Keilknock i quarter ; 
i quarter of Drumcorban ; Kilkeil i quarter ; Knockbane and 
Grahinassy i quarter ; Koilgarne and Bunevone I quarter ; 
i cartron of Russine ; Barnydrumrower i quarter ; Corretan- 
vally i quarter ; 2 quarters of Cloghenryphilip ; 3 cartrons of 
Clasmonisellagh, Carrownegraganah ; Carrownecun i quarter. 
All the premises granted to Marcus Blake in Carra Barony 
were thereby created the Manor of Gissiden with 200 acres of 
demesne lands, and power to hold courts leet and baron every 
three weeks. 

Grants to Andrew Blake Jitz Patrick of Galway, 

Merchant. Patent 

enrolled 

]\0. I . June 18, 1618 

(16 James I. : 

MAYO COUNTY, CLANMORRIS BARONY: The 4 quarters of Part in. facie 
Balliglass alias Balliaspaine ; Carrowreagh, Fallnagry. 

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NO. 2. November 2 8, 



GALWAY COUNTY, DUNMORE BARONY: One cartron of Cley 
duff. NO. i. i). 

TVT Patent 

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MAYO COUNTY, TYRAWLEY BARONY : Carroverick i quarter 



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Carrowhassel i quarter ; Carrowknockan. (17 James i. : 

Part II. facie 
No. i. i). 

Grant to Nicholas Blake of Galway, Merchant. p ate nt 

enrolled 

GALWAY COUNTY, CLARE BARONY : Five-eighths of the March 27, 
4 quarters of Slewclare. (fr James I. : 

Part II. facie 

Grants to Richard Blake of Galway, Esq. No ' * z) ' 

Patent 

GALWAY COUNTY, CLARE BARONY: A moiety of Ballycolgan. JJ 1011 ^ 
GALWAY COUNTY, Ross BARONY : Carricknesillie i cartron ; I6 c 27> 



Shanvallywalter i cartron ; Shanvallydany i quarter. (17 James I. : 

MAYO COUNTY, KILMAINE BARONY: Lisnelegan i quarter ; Part.n. facie 



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Garran i quarter ; Carrowreogh i quarter ; Polnebuny half 
quarter ; Lisservine i cartron ; Illanmore i quarter ; Knock- 
nepisse I quarter ; Gortmacjordan half quarter ; Ardvoher 
alias Ardvorin half quarter ; Lecarrowenumery half quarter ; 
Eanagh i cartron ; Feraghduff one-third quarter ; Gortcam 
i cartron; Kilmacduogh i quarter; Knockroe half quarter; 
Cregganenagh half quarter. The premises granted to Richard 
Blake, Esq., lying in Kilmaine Barony, County Mayo, and all 
the lands and islands which were parcel of the possessions of 
the Priory of Ballintobber in Mayo, were thereby created the 
Manor of CahirMcUHck with 200 acres of demesne lands, with 
power to hold courts leet and baron ; license to said Richard 
Blake to hold a weekly market at Ballintobber on Thursdays, 
and a yearly fair there on the morrow of SS. Simon and Jude, 
with a court of pie-powder and the usual tolls. 









Appendix C 

Alphabetical List of the Blakes possessed of 

Estates or Interests in Land in the 

County of Mayo in 1636 

(EXTRACTED FROM THE STRAFFORD SURVEY OF MAYO MADE IN 1636.) 

INDEX TO NAMES. 

ANDREW BLAKE, son of John (not identified). 

FRANCIS BLAKE, son of Marcus (not identified). 

HENRY BLAKE of Culgad, son of Thomas (see BLAKE OF BALLINFAD). 

JOHN BLAKE of Culcon, son of Robert (see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK 
AND MOYNE). 

MARCUS BLAKE, Alderman (see BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, son of Anthony (see BLAKE OF KILTOLLA AND VER- 
MOUNT). 

PETER BLAKE, son of Robert (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

RICHARD BLAKE, son of Andrew (not identified). 

RICHARD BLAKE, Sir, Knight (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

THOMAS BLAKE, son of Andrew (not identified). 

THOMAS BLAKE, son of Henry (not identified). 

THOMAS BLAKE, Sir, second Baronet (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

VALENTINE BLAKE, Sir, first Baronet (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

WALTER BLAKE, son of Andrew (see BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA AND 
OR AN MORE). 

WALTER BLAKE, son of Marcus (see BLAKE OF BALLINAFAD). 

Andrew Blake Jltz John. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : The half quarter of 
Caherkene in mortgage to Andrew Blake fitz John from 
Hubert McEdmond boy since 1620. 

Francis Blake fitz Marcus of Gal-way, Merchant. 

COUNTY MAYO, GALLEN BARONY: A moiety of the castle 
and bawn of BeallaVary ; a moiety of Lisnacrohie ; and a 
moiety of Broornatoonagh in Beallavary ; in mortgage to 

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Francis Blake fitz Marcus of Galway, merchant, from Walter 
fitz Stephens, since 1627 for 33. 

Henry Blake Jttz Thomas. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : Coolegadd i quarter ; 
Carrowencowan i quarter ; one-third part of the 2 quarters of 
Tonrighihy ; Liswalter-Bourke i quarter ; i cartron in the 
quarter of Mullintorman alias Lisrobert : the reversion of all 
which, for want of heirs male of the body of the said Henry, is 
to Sir Richard Blake ; the quarter of Listernan ; 2j cartrons 
in the quarter of Mullintorman alias Lisrobert ; i cartron in 
the half quarter of Russine ; half cartron in Lecarrowkila- 
killeen ; half a cartron in the quarter of Carrownecon called 
Gortmoyler. 

John Blake, Esq. 

COUNTY MAYO, CLANMORRIS BARONY : John Blake, Esq., is 
the possessor or owner of the moiety of the 4 quarters of Bally- 
glass; the moiety of the quarter of Lissinrevogh; and the moiety 
of half a gneeve of Falinagree. In 1632 he did purchase of 
David bane (Bourke) for 40 i cartron in the quarter of Syfine. 

Three cartrons in BallyMcRicard and half a cartron of 
Syfine were mortgaged for 19 by Richard Bourke to John 
Blake, Esq. ; half a cartron in Carrow Eveline was mortgaged 
by Edmond McRuddery to Michael Lynch for 20, who 
assigned the same unto John Blake, Esq. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY: John Blake, Esq., did 
in 1632 purchase of Lord Lambert 2 quarters of Cloonebanane 
and 2 quarters of Cahernehely for 104. One cartron of 
Cranvrodane was mortgaged in 1616 for io to John Blake, 
Esq., by Tibbott McEdmond Mcjonyne ; i cartron of Cranvro- 
dane in the town of Ballynecraddane was mortgaged in 1616 
for 10 to John Blake, Esq., by Moyler McTibbott Mcjonyne ; 
the castle of Coolecon and the 2 quarters adjoining were 
mortgaged in 1616 for 100 to John Blake, Esq., by John 
Mcjonyne. 

Marcus Blake of Galway, Alderman (Deceased}. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY: The moiety of the castle 
and bawne of Gissiden ; half a quarter in the quarter of 
Knocknahaen alias Gissiden ; half a quarter and two mills in 
the quarter of Clonecolly alias Gissiden ; 6 acres of Killally ; 
3 cartrons in Ballynalty ; the 2 quarters of Cornehauoly, 



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namely, Corryeughter and Corry-Remon ; Corryphregane and 
Lisnehorne ; Gortfoile and Lassen 3 cartrons ; Beallakipe and 
Rohiverne i quarter ; Killomaryn i quarter ; Rabineshane- 
dromen 10 acres; the moiety of the townlands of Clouneflyn, 
viz., Corredery i quarter, Carrowrewagh-Lysemny i quarter, 
Keilleknock- i quarter, Keillkeille i quarter, Knockbane 
i quarter, Keiigarve i quarter, Drumcorbane i quarter ; and 
a yearly rent of 6s. 8d. out of the quarter of Rathbane. In 
1628 he did purchase of William McDavid O'Kelly i quarter 
in the 2 quarters of Cloghenryphilip, and. ij cartrons in 
Gradoge for what consideration appears not. In 1630 he did 
purchase of Richard McThomas boy and Walter McThomas 
boy i cartron of Cleyselagh, i cartron of Largereogh, and 
a parcel called Gortnetona for the consideration of 58. 
The half quarter of Gissiden was mortgaged by David 
Bourke in 1631 unto the heirs of Marcus Blake of Galway, 
Alderman, for 45. In 1631 i cartron of Gissiden called 
Clonecolly was mortgaged by Uiick Bourke unto Marcus 
Blake, deceased, for 25. In 1631 i cartron in the quarter 
of Knockmore was mortgaged by Thomas McKiggan unto the 
heirs of Marcus Blake of Galway, deceased, for 12 75. The 
heir of Marcus Blake hath a rent out of half a cartron in the 
half quarter of Carrowprechane, and of I cartron in the half 
quarter of Gortfoile, and of other premises belonging to Hubert 
McEdmond Stanton, in lieu of a debt for which a mortgage 
was agreed to be made. David O'Kelly of Dounemona 
eighteen years since (i.e., in 1618) did mortgage the half 
quarter of Russine unto Marcus Blake for ^22. In 1627 John 
O'Donnell did lease for ninety-nine years, by way of mortgage 
for 10, the half quarter called Knocktample unto Marcus 
Blake. 

Nicholas Blake Jifz Anthony of Galway^ Merchant. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : Nicholas Blake fitz 
Anthony of Galway, merchant, did purchase in 1634 f J onn 
Mcjonyne the half quarter of Gortneclogh parcel of the 
4 quarters of Coolissduff, and the half quarter of Caherwicklem 
parcel of Ballenecarrha, for 120. In 1633 he purchased of 
William Mcjonyne the one-ninth part of the quarter of 
Ferraghduffe for 30. In 1631 he purchased of Sir Peter 
French, Knight, deceased, for 26, Cartrongowre alias Cloghfyn 
in Coolissduff. A year and a half since he purchased of 
William McEdmond Mcjonyne the half quarter of Gortshane- 
brannagh in Coolissduff for 52. In 1630 he purchased from 
Walter oge Mcjonyne half a cartron of the half quarter of 



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Lissdalton, and one-fourth of the cartron of Shanegassane in 
Coolissduff, for 30. In 1634 he purchased of Rickard Bourke 
Mcjonyne of Daurys the cartrons of Cartrondigey, Cartron- 
howle, and Mallyard, in Ballymartin, for 120. In 1629 he 
purchased of Edmond Mcjonyne the one-sixth part of Liss- 
daltyne, and Shanagassane in Coolisduff, and the one-sixth of 
Clyard in Ballenecarragh, for 72. In 1629 he purchased 
another one -sixth part of Shaneglassane from Rickard 
McTibbot Mcjonyne for 6 ; the one-third part of Cartrone- 
glogh parcel of Ellistronaghbegg was mortgaged by Moyler 
McEdmond Mcjonyne to Richard Blake for 7 ios., who 
assigned the same about two years since (i.e., in 1634) to 
Nicholas Blake fitz Anthony ; the one-third part of the half 
quarter of Clyard in Ballinecarragh, and the one-sixth part of 
the half quarter of Lisdaltyne in Ballycoolisduff were mortgaged 
by Rickard McTibbot Mcjonyne to Nicholas Blake for 
23 6s. lod. in 1631 ; half a cartron in Lissdaltyne and the 
one-fourth part of Shaneglassane were mortgaged by Thomas 
Mcjonyne and William Mcjonyne eight years since (i.e., in 
1628) to Nicholas Blake for 10 6s. ; the 2 quarters of Dowrus 
were mortgaged by Richard Bourke six years since (i.e., 1630) 
to Nicholas Blake of Galway, merchant, for 120 ; half a 
quarter of Crevaghruddane was mortgaged by William 
McHubert Mcjonyne three years since (i.e., 1633) to Nicholas 
Blake fitz Anthony of Galway, merchant, for 60 ; the one- 
third part of the half quarter of Cleyard parcel of Ballinecarha 
was mortgaged by John Browne, Esq., of the Neale, ten years 
since (i.e., in 1626) unto Nicholas Blake for 13, and the one- 
sixth part of Lisdaltyne and Shaneglassane were mortgaged by 
said Browne unto Nicholas Blake for 20. 

Peter Blake. 

COUNTY MAYO, ERRIS BARONY : The quarter of Kiltony alias 
Kiltaine, with a fishing-place thereon, parcel of the Abbey of 
Ballintobber. 

Richard Blake Jltz Andrew of Galway, Merchant. 

COUNTY MAYO, BURRISHOOLE BARONY : One cartron in the 
half quarter of Rosstuoy was mortgaged by Walter McTibbot 
(Bourke) about twelve years since (i.e., in 1624) to Richard 
Blake fitz Andrew of Galway, merchant, for 20. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : One and a half cartrons 
in Ballymartin were mortgaged by Owen McKiggen, nine 
years since (i.e., in 1627) unto Richard Blake fitz Andrew for 



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39 ; I quarter called Ballisneheny was mortgaged in 1628 by 
Ulick Bourke fitz Edmond for 68 unto Richard Blake fitz 
Andrew, who assigned the same to Sir Valentine Blake. 

Sir Richard Blake, Knight. 

COUNTY MAYO, BURRISHOOLE BARONY : Sir Richard Blake, 
Knight, is the possessor of i J quarters of Killevally ; half 
quarter of Limrie ; i quarter of Moate ; i quarter of Fieragh- 
more; i quarter of Capmernaire; 2 quarters of Killquiry alias 
Killvry ; i quarter of the island of Clinish. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : Sir Richard Blake, Knight, 
is the possessor of the abbey of Ballintobber and 4 quarters of 
land thereunto belonging, viz., Skehanagh, Drumenroe, Derry- 
dowyerge, and Knockerahy ; the 4 quarters of Cogalla, viz., 
Dromny 2 quarters, Lorgan i quarter, Coggall and Gohard 
i quarter ; Dromegaive i quarter ; Towaght i quarter (A) ; the 
parcel called Killpeslane ; the moiety of the parcel called 
Farrengolgorta, and the parcel called Gortnemannagh ; the 
late dissolved abbey of Crossemelyn alias Crossmullin. In 
1635 he did purchase of John McEdmond i quarter of Caher- 
kett for 30, and a lease for fifteen years of the half quarter of 
Clooncolan at the rent of -2 143. 4d. Theobald, Lord Viscount 
Mayo, deceased, did in 1617 mortgage the ruinous castle of 
Liscromally and the quarter of Breandowe unto Sir Richard 
Blake for 120. 

COUNTY MAYO, CLANMORRIS BARONY : Sir Richard Blake 
did in 1632 purchase of Sir George St. George, Knight, 
i quarter of Lishnemricken for 160 ; and in 1633 he did 
purchase of Eveline Moore alias Richards and her husband 
Robert Moore the late dissolved abbey of Ballinsmally, and 
i quarter of land thereunto belonging called Carrowdronmyne 
for 84, and the benefit of a lease for three lives of the quarter 
of Lisniricken and the quarter of Ballinsmale for 3. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : The one-fourth part of 
a cartron in the half quarter of Creigganehely was mortgaged 
by John Darcy to Sir Richard Blake for 4 ; two-third parts of 
the quarter of Carnecarton was mortgaged in 1619 by Tibbot 
McMoyler Mcjonyne to Sir Richard Blake for 34 ; half a 
quarter of Caherowdoonagal, Ballynecarragh and half a quarter 
of Douneteahie were mortgaged by Edmond Mcjonyne three 
years since (i.e., in 1633) to Sir Richard Blake for lp6. In 
1627 Thomas Bowen did mortgage the castle of Lisskellin, and 
3 quarters thereunto belonging, viz., Carrowmore-Liskellin, 
the half quarter of Lecarrowgarranvreiky, the half quarter of 
Lecarrowballywalter, and the quarter of Carrowcluneguly, unto 



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Sir Richard Blake for 354. Sir Richard Blake is the possessor 
of i quarter of Carrowrivagh ; i cartron of Gortduff and 
Gortesman ; the half quarter of Dermot O'Munney ; i cartron of 
Cartron-Alleyn ; i cartron of Gortskehagh ; i quarter of Ulan- 
more and Kilmacduogh ; half quarter of Ardmoren ; i quarter 
of Lissenvally ; i cartron of Cartronenfoll ; Cartronscrabbagh ; 
Caherduff; Polnebunny; and Gortcam ; two-third parts of the 
castle of Ballancholly alias Ballybackagh; i quarter of Cloghfin 
and Gortenagh ; i cartron of Carrowrivagh in Clantuskerte, 
and the quarter of Carrowmore; i quarter of Gortnantie and 
Rathnagronah in the townland of Lisnerod and half quarter of 
Tauneghmore; half quarter in Unieryrevogh ; i quarter of 
Knocknepissey and Lassroyne; half quarter of Bellanamrisk- 
lane ; i cartron of Corrybane ; half cartron of Gortgarve ; half 
cartron of Cahirmoyle ; one-third part of a quarter of Carrne- 
carton; half quarter of Cregganenagh; I cartron of Enagh and 
Mollane ; half cartron of Polnebunny and Cartron Mary ; of 
i quarter in Fieraghduff, the quarter of Lisnelegan and the 
quarter of Garrane, Katherine Darcy, mother of the said Sir 
Richard Blake, is in possession as part of her dower; 2 quarters 
in Cloonarck in possession of Sir Richard. The said Sir Richard 
Blake, on April 14, 1632, did purchase of Sir Richard St. George 
for 160 one-third part of a quarter in Cloonmultoge; i cartron 
of Gortitimore; half a cartron of Teneele; the one-fourth part of 
the castle and lands of Ballycussin containing i quarter, known 
by the following names: Marge, Gortnecross, Cappaghcarvoy, 
Gortristerduff, Garrycam, and Lashneday ; one-sixth part of 
the quarter of Shanballyboonevony ; half a cartron of Carrow- 
keele; Gortminskand Gortgare; the one-fourth part of Killinduff 
cartron ; one-sixth of a quarter in Carne. In 1629 John Browne, 
Esq., of the Neale, did mortgage half a quarter in Ballycussin 
unto Sir Richard Blake for 40. 

COUNTY MAYO, MURRISK BARONY : In January, 1633, Evelyne 
Moore alias Richards and her husband Robert Moore did 
convey the late dissolved abbey of Cleere in the island of Cleere 
and a half quarter of land thereunto belonging, unto Sir Richard 
Blake for 84. 

COUNTY MAYO, TYRAWLEY BARONY : By articles of agreement 
made between Thomas Roe Bourke of Inishcoe and Sir Richard 
Blake, Knight, dated August 20, 1634, sa -id Thomas Bourke, in 
consideration of 150, reserved to Sir Richard a yearly rent of 
7 los. out of the castle and two-third parts of the lands of 
Inishcoe, Cloonkally, Mullenmore, Carrowmore, Crossmollyne, 
Longfort, Kildaveroge, Ardagh, Fortesse and Laghmore ; and 
granted the reversion of said premises to Sir Richard Blake 
after the death, without heirs male, of said Thomas Bourke. 






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Sir Richard Blake is the possessor of i quarter of Towrenymore, 
Ballaghomuck and Behagh, parcels of the abbey of Crosse- 
melyna. In 1633 ne did purchase of Evelyne Moore alias 
Richards and her husband (amongst divers other lands) the 
abbey of Errew and the 2 quarters of land thereunto belonging, 
viz., Kilmurry and Ballynemraher, for 84. In 1634 ne did 
purchase of Sir Robert Cressy i quarter of Knockedangen for 
80 ; in 1630 he did purchase of said Sir Robert Cressey the 
moiety of the castle of Crossmolina with the village and hamlet 
thereunto adjoining for 40. 

NOTE. (A) " Towaght i quarter." This had been portion of the 
estate of the Abbey of Ballintubber, Co. Mayo, prior to the dis- 
solution of monastic houses. In Archbishop King's manuscript 
collections, now (1905) preserved in the National Library of Ireland, 
it is stated that it appeared from an Inquisition taken September i, 
1614, that the possessions of Ballintubber Abbey included, inter alia, 
" the quarter of land called Towaght wherein is dedicated the Church 
of St. Patrick still existing, as the cell, chapel, or church of the 
parish " (of Towaghty) (see King's " Collectanea de rebus Hiberniae," 
vol. xiii., at p. 197). I am inclined to think that Towaght may be 
identical with the place called " Magh Foimsen," where St. Patrick 
is stated to have left a priest named Conan (see " Tripartite Life of 
St. Patrick," Stokes' edition, at p. no); but none of the com- 
mentators on the " Life of St. Patrick " have hitherto been able to 
identify the exact locality of Magh Foimsen. The Church of 
St. Patrick at Towaght, which, according to the Inquisition cited 
by King, was in existence in 1614, has long since totally disappeared, 
nor is there even any local tradition surviving about it. The lands 
of Towaght were purchased on April 3, 1766, by Isidore Blake from 
trustees for sale (under a private Act of Parliament, 2 George III.) 
of the estates of Robert and Richard Blake of Ardfry, both deceased 
before 1761. The lands of Towaght now form portion of the 
demesne of Towerhill, which was the name given to them instead 
of Towaght by Isidore Blake immediately after his purchase of 
them in 1766. 

Thomas Blake Jitz Andrew of Ga/way, Merchant. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : Two quarters of Derry- 
colla, viz., the quarters called Carrowkeele and Carrowmore 
were mortgaged in 1628 by Richard boy Mcjonyne to Thomas 
Blake of Galway, merchant, for 101 ; the half quarter of 
.Lismele of the quarter of Carrowkeele was mortgaged in 1632 
by Edmond boy Mcjonyne to Thomas Blake of Ballycussin for 
55 ; the half quarter of Caherdavy and the half quarter of 
Lissinwalter were mortgaged in 1632 by him to Thomas Blake 
for IIQ; one-third part of half a quarter in Carne, parcel of 



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Ballyhenry, and one-third part of half a cartron in Carrowkeele, 
parcel of the lands of Clownkennely, were mortgaged in 1626 
by Richard Mcjonyne to Thomas Blake for 10 ; 3^- cartrons 
of the lands of Ballyhenry and a cartron in Clownkennely were 
also mortgaged by him in 1628 to Thomas Blake for 50; one- 
sixth part of a quarter in Gortnemuck in Carrowmore, one-sixth 
part of a quarter in Shanbally, and one-sixth part of the 
commons in said premises were mortgaged by Tibbot Mcjonyne 
to Thomas Blake of Ballycussin for 42 ; 3^ cartrons in the 
2 quarters of Ardkilly ; the. cartron of Knockany woane, part of 
Ellistronaghbeg ; and the moiety of the half quarter of Laghan- 
boyes, were mortgaged seven years since (i.e., in 1629) by 
Anthony Garvey of Lehinch, Esq., unto Thomas Blake fitz 
Andrew of Ballycushin for 66. 

Thomas Blake Jitz Henry of Galway, Merchant. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : Two-thirds of one-third 
of a quarter of Fieraghduff were mortgaged with other lands in 
1627 by Moyler McTibbot Mcjonyne unto Thomas Blake fitz 
Henry of Galway, merchant. 

Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : The castle of Clonyne ; the 
half quarter of Clonkeily ; the half quarter of Reynenyle ; the 
two quarters of Ballynecloghie ; the three quarters of Lisseneny, 
viz., the quarter .of Gortterderaturla, the quarter of Carracas- 
laduane, the quarter of Carrowanultorie ; and the half quarter 
of Lecarrowroughane, are in lease from His Majesty to Sir 
Thomas Blake for twenty-seven years yet to come ; the reversion 
in the Crown. Sir Thomas Blake did purchase of William 
Crowe, Esq., deceased, the 4 quarters of Ballyheamon, viz., the 
quarter of Fartee, the quarter of LissmcGillyroe, the quarter 
of Knockekilline, and the quarter of Clonenagappoge and 
Killskeogh, for what consideration appears not. In 1629 he 
did purchase of Moyler McShane oge Stanton the quarter 
called Carrownegreggane for 100. In 1629 he did purchase 
of Sir Henry Lynch the castle and 2j quarters of Bohernefany 
for 200 for a marriage portion. In 1632 the castle of Castle- 
carra, the quarters of Killerilane, Knockglass alias Slade, 
Cruagh alias Carrowcrowe, Listibbot and Laghboy, Laghbarine, 
and the half quarter of Knockytorin and Knockelly, were mort- 
gaged by Oliver Bowen, Esq., unto Sir Thomas Blake for 400; 
the half quarter of the quarter of Carrowkeile was mortgaged 
in 1628 by John boy Stanton to Sir Thomas Blake for 20. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : The quarter of Clony 






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and the half quarter of Lecarrowcree in Ballym c Walter, were 
mortgaged eight years since (i.e., in 1628) by Melbry McHubert 
Rochford to Sir Thomas Blake for 60. 

Sir Valentine Blake, Baronet (Deceased). 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY: The half quarter of Recasse 
in the quarter of Glaskeard was mortgaged in 1628 by Eneas 
McWalter McDonnell to Sir Valentine Blake for 12. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : The half quarter of 
Killin alias Carrowkillin, the half quarter of Outragh parcel of 
Carrowenslattery, and the half quarter of Shankill, were mort- 
gaged in 1625 by Henry Rochford unto Sir Valentine Blake, 
Baronet, deceased, and Thomas Blake, Esq., his son and heir- 
apparent, for 70 ; the 4 quarters of Kinlogh, viz., 2 quarters 
of Cully and 2 quarters of Cahernehely, were mortgaged seven 
years since (i.e., in 1629) by Walter Bourke of Cloghans unto 
Sir Valentine Blake for 300. Sir Valentine Blake, deceased, 
did in 1628 purchase of Edmond Rochford i cartron of Shankill 
for 40. In 1631 he did purchase from Marcus McEneas 
McDonnell the half quarter of Keillmeldony and the quarter of 
Keillcloghane for ^160. Six years since (i.e., in 1630) he did 
purchase of Edmond Rochford the quarter of Downegeggy, the 
half quarter of Clonkan, and i cartron of the upper quarter of 
Carrowenslattery, for 160. The said Sir Valentine Blake or 
his son and heir Sir Thomas Blake, in whose possession the 
said lands now are, is the owner of the quarter of Rathlitty. 
The cartron of Dromandowne and Cowlyloghnane and the 
cartron of Dounebegg were mortgaged in 1632 by Dominick 
French, Esq., unto Sir Valentine Blake, deceased, for 40. 

COUNTY MAYO, TYRAWLEY BARONY : Sir Valentine Blake, 
deceased, did in 1631 purchase of Patrick Cusack, Esq., in 
consideration of 1,000, the castle and lands of Ross commonly 
called Ross McPadin, containing 2 quarters and 3 cartrons, 
viz., the quarters of Slutshane and Killeene, the half quarter of 
Ballynatome, and the cartron of Killibron; the town and lands 
of Rareogh alias Cusackstown and 2 quarters and 3 cartrons, 
viz., the quarter of Atty Arte, the quarter of Rathnerry, the 
half cartron of Drisheghane in the half quarter of Dromryne ; 
the quarter of Carne alias Carnekillyhaghy ; the lands of 
Russiny and Laghbowly containing 2 quarters, viz., the quarter 
of Russiny, the half quarter of Mullaghnacappagh, the half 
quarter of Knockmurry and the half-quarter of Lecarrowkeele ; 
the lands of Dromord containing ij quarters, viz., the quarter 
of Derrine and the half quarter of Cogagh ; and the lands of 
Rathreen containing ii quarters. 

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Walter Blake Jitz Andrew. 

COUNTY MAYO, CLANMORRIS BARONY : Walter Blake fitz 
Andrew is the owner of the manor and castle of Dowm c nyny 
with 6 quarters of land, viz., the quarter of Carrownecashlane, 
the quarter of Crivaghard, the quarter of Crivaghisell, the 
quarter of Tryneskehy and the 2 quarters of Laghballyroe, 
which are leased at a rent of j unto John Moore the elder 
Esq. In 1631 he did purchase a moiety of a half quarter of 
Burrissa called Lissnegrisse for 40. In 1632 he did purchase 
the half quarter of Ballinville called Laghrevagh for 34 6s. 8d. 
By release in January, 1632, and by mortgage in July, 1632, 
he did purchase of John O'Donnellan one-third part of the 
2 quarters of Kilvyne for 43. By mortgage in 1632 and by 
release in 1634 he did purchase of Owen oge O'Donnellan one 
other third part of the 2 quarters of Kilvyne for 43. In 1632 
Robert O'Donnell did mortgage one-third part of the 2 quarters 
of Kilvyne unto Walter Blake for 44. In 1627 McRuddery 
did mortgage half a quarter of Carrowenlogh and i gneeve of 
Gortinariagh unto Walter Blake for 6. In 1631 Redmond 
McRuddery did mortgage half a quarter in Borese unto Walter 
Blake fitz Andrew for 40. In 1627 Richard McRuddery did 
mortgage i gneeve in the quarter of Carrowbeg and i gneeve 
in the quarter of Carrowntvilly unto Walter Blake for 12 53. 
In 1620 John Moore the elder did mortgage the quarter called 
Shanvallybought unto Walter Blake for 40, and in 1623 said 
John Moore did mortgage 2 gneeves in the quarter of Carrow- 
kippe unto said Walter Blake for 16. Sixteen years since 
(i.e., in 1620) Turlough McRuddery did mortgage i gneeve in 
the quarter of Carrowbeg unto Walter Blake for 6. 

Walter Blake Jitz Marcus of Galway (Deceased). 

COUNTY MAYO, BURRISHOOLE BARONY : In 1620 Rickard 
McTibbot McGibbon of Ballyknock did mortgage i cartron of 
the half quarter of Loghanleigh unto Walter Blake for j. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : In 1632 David Bourke did 
mortgage the half cartron of Curtanwally unto the heirs of 
Walter Blake of Galway, deceased, for 15 ; in 1632 Ulick 
Bourke did mortgage i cartron of the half quarter of Kill- 
m c ferrit unto Walter Blake, deceased, for g ; six years since 
(i.e., in 1630) Ulick Brannagh and Walter Brannagh did 
mortgage 3^ cartrons in the quarter of Rossleaghane unto 
Walter Blake fitz Marcus for 37 ; eight years since (i.e., in 
1628) Myler McWalter Kelly did mortgage 3 half cartrons in 
the half quarter of Lecarrowkeelkilline unto Walter Blake of 




Appendix C 275 

Galway for 6 8s. 40!. ; ten years since (i.e., in 1626) William 
Kelly did mortgage ij cartrons in the quarter of Gradoge unto 
Walter Blake fitz Marcus of Galway for 18 los. ; five years 
since (i.e., in 1631) William Kelly, son to Henry Kelly, did, 
without said Henry's consent, mortgage 3 cartrons in Bally- 
nantie unto Walter Blake for 31 los. ; in 1631 said Henry 
Kelly did mortgage i cartron in the quarter of Dromcorbane 
unto Walter Blake for ro ; in 1630 Tibbot Bourke McRickard 
Kelly did mortgage the half quarter of Ballynaltie, the cartron 
of Lissnemucky, the cartron of Laghreogh, and a cartron in the 
quarter of Dromcorbane, unto Walter Blake for 64. 

COUNTY MAYO, TYRAWLEY BARONY : In 1629 Moyler Barrett 
fitz Piers did mortgage half a quarter of Lissiclynne unto 
Walter Blake for .40; and in 1631 said Barrett did mortgage 
the castle of Farrow unto Martin Darcy, who assigned it unto 
Walter Blake for 50 ; in 1631 said Barrett did mortgage the 
half quarter of Downoghmore unto Walter Blake for 50. 



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Appendix D 

Blakes who obtained Decrees as Transplanted 

Persons for Lands in Connaught from the 

Cromwellian Commissioners between 

1655 and 1659 

(EXTRACTED FROM VOL. II. OF THE ORMONDE MSS. PUBLISHED IN 
1899 BY THE HISTORICAL MSS. COMMISSION.) 

INDEX TO NAMES. 

ANTHONY BLAKE (not identified). 

ELINOR BLAKE, Dame, widow of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet 
(see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

FRANCIS BLAKE, orphan, son of Martin, son of Nicholas (see BLAKE OF 
RENVYLE). 

FRANCIS BLAKE, third son of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet (see 
BLAKE OF MENLO). 

HENRY BLAKE, son of Patrick, son of John, son of Andrew (BLAKE OF 
KILTOLLA). 

HENRY BLAKE, second son of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet (see 
BLAKE OF MENLO). 

JEFFREY BLAKE (not identified). 

JEFFREY BLAKE, son of James (see BLAKE OF DRUM AND GORTNAMONA). 

JOHN BLAKE, son of Nicholas (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

JOHN BLAKE, Esq., fifth son of Robert (see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK 
AND MOYNE). 

JOHN BLAKE, fourth son of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet (see BLAKE 
OF TOWERHILL). 

JULYANE BLAKE, Dame, widow of Sir Thomas Blake, second Baronet 
(see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

KATHARINE BLAKE alias Browne, widow (not identified). 

MARCUS BLAKE, son of Walter, son of Marcus (see BLAKE OF BAL- 
LINAFAD). 

MARTIN BLAKE, second son of Andrew, son of Patrick (see BLAKE OF 
BALLYGLUNIN AND CUMMER). 

MARY BLAKE alias FRENCH, widow (not identified). 

MEGG BLAKE alias Font (not identified). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, fourth son of Nicholas (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

NICHOLAS BLAKE, third son of Robert, son of Walter, son of Andrew 
(see BLAKE OF CRUMLIN). 

PATRICK BLAKE, orphan, son of James, third son of Nicholas (see BLAKE 
OF RENVYLE). 

RICHARD BLAKE, Sir (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

THOMAS BLAKE, Sir, fourth Baronet (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

VALENTINE BLAKE, son of Peter, second son of Robert, son of Walter, 
son of Andrew (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

WALTER BLAKE, eldest son of Andrew, son of Patrick (see BLAKE OF 

DUNMACRINA AND ORANMORE). 

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Appendix D 277 

Anthony Blake of Galway. 

Date of his decree at Athlone, May 20, 1656. Date of decree 
of final settlement at Loughrea, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted him, 66. 

Dame Elinor Blake, Dame Julyane Blake, Sir Thomas 

Blake of Galway and his Younger Brothers, Henry, 

Francis , and John Blake. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 26, 1656. Date of decree of 
final settlement at Loughrea, August 31, 1656. Number of 
acres allotted, 5,967. 

Francis Blake of Galway, Orphan. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 26, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 31, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 63. 

Henry Blake of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, April 21, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 22, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 307. 

Jeffrey Blake of Galway, Merchant. 

Date of Athlone decree, September 5, 1655. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, September 9, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 746. 

Jeffrey Blake Jitz James. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 26, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 31, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 47. 

John Blake, Esq., of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, April 22, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 19, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 1,015. 



278 Blake Family Records 

John Blake Jitz Nicholas of Galway, Alderman. 

Date of Athlone decree, April 24, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 8, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 668. 

Katharine Blake alias Browne, Mother of 
Marcus Browne. 

Date of Athlone decree, April 24, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 8, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 356. 

Marcus Blake of Carra, Co. Mayo. 

Date of Athlone decree, April i, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 22, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 736. 

Martin Blake Jitz Andrew of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 23, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, July 23, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 425. 

Mary Blake alias French, Widow, and her Daughter 
Agnes French of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 24, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 25, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 553. 

Megg Blake alias Font of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 12, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 31, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 56. 

Nicholas Blake Jitz Nicholas of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 2, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, May 28, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 119. 

Nicholas Blake Jitz Robert, late of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 17, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 17, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 212. 







Appendix D 279 

Patrick Blake of Galway, Orphan. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 19, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 29, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 170. 

Sir Richard Blake of Galway, Knight. 
(FOUR CERTIFICATES.) 

No. i. 

Date of Athlone decree, April 8, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, June 4, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 8,919. 

No. 2. 

Date of Athlone decree, June 20, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, June 18, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 761. 

No. 3. 

Date of Athlone decree, June 20, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 29, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 241. 

No. 4. 

(IN SATISFACTION OF LANDS IN Co. MEATH.) 
Date of Athlone decree, June 20, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 29, 1657. Number of acres 
allotted, 472. 

Valentine Blake fitz Peter of Galivay. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 28, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, August 15, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 98. 

Walter Blake of Galway. 

Date of Athlone decree, May 14, 1656. Date of final 
settlement at Loughrea, June 19, 1656. Number of acres 
allotted, 2,215. 



Appendix E 

Grants to the Blakes by Letters Patent 

from King Charles II. under the Acts of 

Settlement and Explanation 

ALPHABETICAL LIST. 

ANDREW BLAKE, son of Andrew, 1677 (see BLAKE OF FURBOUGH). 

ANDREW BLAKE, son of Walter, 1677 (see BLAKE OF DUNMACRINA AND 
ORANMORE). 

FRANCIS BLAKE, son of John, 1677 (see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK AND 
MOYNE). 

HENRY BLAKE, son of John, 1682 (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

JOHN BLAKE, son of Sir Valentine Blake, third Baronet, 1680 (see BLAKE 
OF TOWERHILL). 

MARCUS OGE or MAURICE BLAKE, son of Walter, 1681 (see BLAKE OF 
BALLINAFAD). 

MARTIN BLAKE, son of Andrew, 1677 (see BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN). 

PATRICK BLAKE, son of Nicholas, 1678 (see BLAKE OF KILTOLLA AND 
VERMOUNT). 

PETER BLAKE, son of Sir Richard, 1679 (see BLAKE OF CORBALLY). 

ROBERT BLAKE, son of Sir Richard, 1681 (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

WALTER BLAKE, son of Geoffrey, 1677, 1680 (see BLAKE OF DRUM AND 
GORTNAMONA). 

WALTER BLAKE of Exning, son of Sir Thomas Blake, second Baronet, 
1668 (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

Grant to Walter Blake. 

Patent COUNTY GALWAY, TIAQUIN BARONY: The 6 quarters of 

p a b d Cullagh, viz., Cullagh 4 quarters, the quarter of the Abbey 
I668T 22 ' anc * tne m ^ s thereupon, and the quarter of the Nayle alias 

enrolled Feigh. 

May 18, COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY: The 4 quarters of 

Charles II.). Ballymacroy alias Carnemore and Cahirtober ; the 2 quarters 
of Cleoghermishamon ; Cappagh, Varine, and Rabegg. 

COUNTY GALWAY, MOYCULLEN BARONY: Farravan i quarter; 
Curraghduffoughtragh i quarter ; Lisnahallagh one-sixth of a 
quarter ; Dunlaban i quarter. 

COUNTY GALWAY, KILTARTAN BARONY : Trelack i quarter. 

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Appendix E 281 



COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : The castle, town and 
j quarters of Clunine ; Craganagh i quarter ; Cogahe 
i quarter ; Kinowrie i quarter ; Druminbegg i quarter ; 
Druminmore i quarter ; Ganhowid i quarter ; Bartregogy 
half quarter ; Lissanmile half quarter ; Rosselane i quarter ; 
Coillnegee alias Colynegowre i quarter ; Drumodonell half 
quarter ; Coilknock i quarter ; Struan i quarter ; Drumsinagh 
i quarter ; Carrowbrunoge 4 quarters ; Drumniclogh and 
Drumincartron half quarter ; Lagnivadoge half quarter ; Tully 

1 quarter. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : Dawrus 2 quarters. 
Total quantity in Co. Galway, 3,478 acres ; in Co. Mayo, 
2,803 acres. 

Grants to Walter Blake. 

No. i. 

COUNTY GALWAY, MOYCULLEN BARONY: The quarter 
Myny ; Sellarinbeg quarter ; Moyrost quarter ; Rossavile August 17, 

2 quarters ; Drum i cartron ; Sarsie i cartron ; Ballynefruan 1677 ; 
half cartron; Russin I quarter; Derrykele i carton; Glan- ^ r u s e t d 22 
m c Murrin I quarter ; Formoyle half quarter ; Bunnagippa l67 7 ( 29 

i cartron; Derryerglynny i quarter; Killine or Killone half Charles 11.). 
quarter ; Derrycrigh and Shanfrighogh half quarter ; Derrynea 
i cartron. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : Garranclone or 
Garneclone half quarter ; Cregturley half quarter. 

COUNTY GALWAY, BALLYNAHINCH BARONY : Crivillagh 
I cartron ; Inishlackery i cartron ; Inishnee 3 cartrons. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY: Ullinagh i quarter; 
Cullan i quarter ; Gortbrack i cartron ; Gortboy i cartron. 

COUNTY CLARE, BURREN BARONY : A parcel of commons to 
Derrinbarbeg and Killoy. 

COUNTY CLARE, CORCUMROE BARONY : Cregcurreden East 
quarter. 

Total acreage : 1,558 plantation, 2,523 statute. 

No. 2. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : Common to ^ ate " t 
Garrymore alias Boughdorough parcels of the 4 quarters ofjjjj~ l6 
Ballynegeragh ; Lecarrig 2 quarters. 1680 ; 

COUNTY CLARE, CORCUMROE BARONY : Cregcurreden East enrolled 

August 5, 
i quarter. l68 5 (32 

Total quantity in Galway, 238 acres; in Clare, 123 acres. Charles II.) 



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Patent 
dated 
July 26, 
1677; 
enrolled 
August 9, 
1677 (29 
Charles II.] 



Patent 
dated 
July 26, 
1677; 
enrolled 
August 9, 
1677 (29 
Charles II.). 



Patent 
dated 
July 26, 
1677; 
enrolled 
August 9, 
1677 (29 
Charles II.; 



Patent 
dated 
July 6, 
1677; 
enrolled 
November 6, 
1677 (29 
Charles II.). 



Grant to Martin Blake. 

COUNTY GALWAY, CLARE BARONY : Killinmore 3 quarters ; 
Killinbeg two-thirds of a quarter ; Ballagh I quarter ; Garrane 
i quarter ; Carrowreagh half quarter ; Lackin half quarter ; 
Ardnasadan 2 quarters ; Bunona half quarter ; Garriduffe- 
Bunona ; Lecarrowreagh half quarter. 

Total acreage: 1,170 plantation, 1,895 statute. 

Grant to Andrew Blake of Ga/way, Merchant. 

COUNTY GALWAY, MOYCULLEN BARONY : Knockanebracke 
half quarter ; Coshmeimore half quarter ; Shanaflaherty 
i quarter ; Sersy half quarter ; Derry I quarter ; Derrylochan 
i quarter ; Knocknegreny half quarter ; Corcullin 6 cartrons ; 
Ballisky i quarter ; Shanavagha half cartron ; Carraghduffe 
i quarter ; Loghell and Letterie 2 parcels of mountain land ; 
Moyaskragh 2 quarters. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : Ballylin 4 quarters ; 
Killinpatrick half quarter ; Cappagh half cartron ; Killneknock 
i quarter ; the bog of Addergoole ; a turlough adjoining 
Garrane. 

Total acreage : 1,563 plantation, 2,532 statute. 

Grant to Francis Blake, Esq., Son and Heir of John. 

COUNTY MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : Culcon 2 quarters ; 
Garrimore 2 quarters. 

COUNTYMAYO,CLANMORRIS BARONY: Carrowreagh i quarter; 
Ballyglass and Carrowskehan 4 quarters. 

COUNTY GALWAY, CLARE BARONY : Cahirm c Nally quarter. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNMORE BARONY : Sillyhane i quarter ; 
Tusan or Tysan i quarter ; Corroghan half quarter ; Lisslyne 
i quarter ; Clunmolan half quarter ; Lynanny or Lynomny 
quarter ; Lismegan or Lismeggin half quarter ; Knockankerin ; 
Behagh half quarter ; Clarevoghter ; Carrowgarry quarter. 

Total acreage : 1,880 plantation, 3,046 statute. 

Grant to Andrew Blake of Dunmacrine, Co. Mayo, 
Esq., Son and Heir of Walter. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNMORE BARONY : Clunbare i quarter. 

COUNTY MAYO, CLANMORRIS BARONY : Kilvine 2 quarters ; 
Cryvaghshill i quarter ; Drumackrine or Drumactrine alias 
Carrowcaslane i quarter ; Crivaghard i quarter ; Trineskhie 






Appendix E 283 

I quarter; Laffeliroe 2 quarters; Shanballyboght ; Balleard 
i quarter; Carrowkipp, Croskeagh, Gortuclane and Gorte- 
killine i quarter ; Carrowbeg i quarter ; Ballenville i quarter ; 
Burrish i quarter ; Carrowevilline i quarter ; Carrowlogh 
i quarter ; Carrowkilline i quarter ; Knockroe i quarter ; 
Lisduffe 2 quarters ; Clunemore 2 quarters. 
Total acreage: 2,072 plantation, 3,356 statute. 

Grant in Trust for Patrick Blake of Kiltullagh. 

COUNTY GALWAY, CLARE AND DUNKELLIN BARONIES: Kil- November 21 
tullagh and Monydan 4 quarters ; Garranspidegane 2 quarters ; 1678; 
granted by patent to Hugh Mulloy, gent., to hold to the use enrolled 
of Patrick Blake of Kiltullagh and his heirs until he be paid ^T^ J ' 

700. Charles II.). 



Grant to Peter Blake, Esq. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : Carrinescavogy Patent 
part of Cahirforvas ; the castle and quarter of Corbally ; ^\ 
Lisseene half quarter ; half quarter of Ballanagh. 1679; 

COUNTY GALWAY. ATHENRY HALF-BARONY : The moiety enrolled 
of the castle and 6 quarters of Aghrim. December 20, 

COUNTY GALWAY, KILTARTAN BARONY: Ballynecraggy alias chariesii.). 
Knockanetimalihin i quarter. 

Total acreage : 1,640 statute. 

Grant to John Blake and Marcus French conjointly. 

COUNTY CLARE, BUNRATTY BARONY: The manor and lands P^t 
of Ballyally 7^ quarters, viz., Clontine, Drumindart alias February 20, 
Castle, Ballyhie i quarter, Leaghnane and Mughane i quarter, 1680; 
Reaghskane i quarter, Knockballymacguggin i quarter, Bally- enrolled 
keallaghan i quarter, Ballyguffe half quarter, Knocknora igg^/' 
i cartron : Cappagh i quarter, viz., Shanaile, Knockreaghlas- Charles II.). 
kine, Chager-Wyllykeere. 

COUNTY CLARE, BURREN BARONY : The castle and manor 
of Muckins alias Muckininove, and Karrologan ; Faghebegg 
and Fahemore i quarter ; Ballymacramanagh ; Glancullum- 
killy i quarter whereon a ruined church stands ; Carrowen- 
laghen ; Cappagh 2 quarters. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : Lisribbert i quarter. 

To hold the premises (except 50 acres in Muckiniss limited 
in Dame Elinor Blake and her heirs until paid 200 by the 
heirs male of Sir Valentine Blake the elder, Baronet, deceased, 
and then to the uses in these presents mentioned, and except 



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1681 ; 
enrolled 



4 acres in Cappagh to the use of said John Blake and his heirs) 
to the grantees of the patent and their heirs until paid 400 ; 
and then to the use of said Dame Elinor Blake for life ; with 
remainder to the grantees and their heirs until paid out of the 
rents and profits 250 to discharge some debts they stood 
bound for of Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, deceased ; remainder 
to the use of Sir Valentine Blake the younger, Baronet, and 
his heirs male ; remainder to Walter Blake his brother and 
his heirs male ; remainder to the heirs male of the body of 
Sir Valentine Blake, deceased, grandfather of said Sir Valentine 
the younger ; remainder to the right heirs of Sir Valentine the 
elder. 

Total quantity in Co. Clare, 1,098 acres plantation, 1,778 
acres statute; in Co. Mayo, 116 acres statute. 

Grant to Robert Blake, Esq., Son and Heir of 

Richard. 

Patent COUNTY GALWAY, ATHENRY HALF-BARONY : Coolefadda 

I quarter ; Emlagh i quarter ; Droghty quarter ; Wallscourt 
alias Drumnecourty alias Ballynecourty I quarter ; Meanes 
i quarter ; Glanmine and Lissenisky i quarter ; Knockane- 
killine half quarter ; Garnesidy i cartron ; Knockanrickard 
Charles II.). i quarter ; Cahirkilline half quarter ; Carnanmore i cartron; 
Cahernegary i quarter ; Carrowboy i quarter ; Ballanlara 
i quarter ; Glanskehy ; Ballintober alias Carrowntobber 

1 quarter. 

COUNTY GALWAY, DUNKELLIN BARONY : The house and 
lands of Ardfry and Kilcamine i quarter ; Moylune half 
quarter ; Ballynecourty 2 quarters ; Garrane i quarter ; Bally- 
nemannagh i quarter ; Ballynecloghy quarter ; the moiety of 
Oranbeg 2 quarters ; Ruinvile 2 quarters. 

COUNTY GALWAY, CLARE BARONY : The moiety of Tawnagh ; 
in Grange and Cregmore 6 quarters. 

COUNTY GALWAY, TIAQUIN BARONY : In Collurt and Dris- 
seghane 2 quarters. 

COUNTY OF MAYO, KILMAINE BARONY : In Muckalgie 
4 quarters ; Carrowreagh i quarter ; in CahirM c Ulick 

2 quarters ; Garrane i quarter ; Lissenelegane i quarter ; 
Mullanagh i cartron ; Ballybackagle two-thirds of a quarter ; 
Pollanebunny i quarter ; Creganenagh half quarter;. Gort- 
mcjordan half quarter ; Ardmorane i quarter ; Krickbellane- 
brisklane half quarter ; Carrownekearty quarter; Killmacduogh 
i quarter ; Knocknepissy and Lisserowny 2 quarters ; in Bally- 
henry 4 quarters ; Tawnaghmore i quarter ; Gortananty or 






Appendix E 285 

Gortnacry and Rathnigruagh i quarter ; Ballycutshines 
4 quarters ; Cloonecollenane 2 quarters ; Cloonarke and 
Carrowboy 2 quarters ; Carrowmoreliskelline I quarter ; 
Lecarrowgarranvirke and Leahvally waiter i quarter ; Cloon- 
gowna i quarter; Cahercat i quarter ; Ilndmore i quarter. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : Drumenroe i quarter ; 
Carrowknockneragh i quarter ; Derrydawderrick i quarter ; 
Towaght i quarter ; Skehanagh i quarter. 

COUNTY MEATH, LUNE BARONY : Blake's castle in Athboy ; 
one park in Clonine in the liberties of Athboy ; part of the 
commons in the town and fields of Rintaughton of Moyacher ; 
Wardtown. 

COUNTY OF MEATH, NAVAN BARONY : In Gilbertstown a 
proportion of the commons thereof; Andarry alias Dunderry 
and Irishtown ; Phillianstown. 

Total quantity in Galway and Mayo, 7,355 acres plantation, 
11,913 acres statute ; in Meath, 557 acres plantation, 903 acres 
statute. 

Grant to Marcus or Maurice Blake. 

COUNTY MAYO, CARRA BARONY : Corriphreighan quarter ; * >ate ( ? t 
Bohanagh, Raghiberne and Gortefoyle 2 quarters ; Killomarill j^ 30 
alias Kiltomarill quarter ; Correighter quarter ; Raghneshand- 1681 ; 
rimen alias Raghsheandrimaghan half quarter ; Cloghanlucas enrolled 
quarter ; Cloghenry-Phillip quarter ; Correderry quarter ; {^ ^ 3 
Cloonflon quarter ; in Cluncola alias Gesiden or Glissiduffe Charles n.). 
quarter. 

Total acreage: 734 plantation, 1,189 statute. 

Grant in Trust for Henry Blake. Patent 

dated 



COUNTY GALWAY, DUNMORE BARONY : Killerneene half jg^ 7 17 ' 

quarter. enrolled 

Patent granted to Anthony Browne, son of Gregory, in trust March 3, 
for Henry Blake and his heirs. J? 82 {33 



Appendix F 

Alphabetical List of Blake Claims presented 

in 17001701 at Chichester House, 
Dublin, to the Trustees for the Sale of 
Estates forfeited in 1688 

ALPHABETICAL INDEX. 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Moyne, son of John (see Genealogy of BLAKE OF 
MERLIN PARK AND MOYNE). 

FRANCIS BLAKE of Sunnagh (see BLAKE OF HOLLY PARK AND 
LOUGHREA). 

HENRY BLAKE, son of John (see BLAKE OF RENVYLE). 

ISIDORE BLAKE, son of John (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL). 

MARTIN BLAKE of Culcon, son of Francis (see BLAKE OF MERLIN PARK 
AND MOYNE). 

MARTIN BLAKE of Loughrea, son of Richard (see BLAKE OF HOLLY 
PARK AND LOUGHREA). 

MARTIN BLAKE of Russiny, son of Peter (see BLAKE OF BALLYGLUNIN 
AND CUMMER). 

MARY BLAKE alias Lynch, widow of John Blake (see BLAKE OF TOWER- 
HILL). 

PATRICK BLAKE, second son of John (see BLAKE OF TOWERHILL). 

PETER BLAKE of Corbally, son of Sir Richard Blake, Knight (see BLAKE 
OF CORBALLY). 

RICHARD BLAKE of Ardfry, son of Robert (see BLAKE OF ARDFRY). 

VALENTINE BLAKE of Femore (not identified). 

WALTER BLAKE of Beagh (not identified). 

WALTER BLAKE, Sir, of Cullagh, sixth Baronet (see BLAKE OF MENLO). 

WALTER BLAKE of Drum, son of Geoffrey (see BLAKE OF DRUM AND 
GORTNAMONA). 

WALTER BLAKE of Oranmore, son of Andrew (see BLAKE OF DUN- 

MACRINA AND ORANMORE). 

Francis Blake of Moyne, Co. Mayo, Esq. 



Book?' ^e C ^ m f F ran cis Blake of Moyne, County Mayo, Esq., 

fol. 120' sheweth : 

(Custom "That William late Earl Clanrickard, by deed dated 

6 November, 1683, did demise unto the claimant the 4 quarters 

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Appendix F 287 

of Moyne, in the barony of Kilmaine and county of Mayo, for 
23 years at a rent of 40 per annum ; that said William Earl 
Clanrickard died in October, 1687 J tnat his son and heir 
Rickard, now Earl Clanrickard, did receive the rent of said 
lands since; that claimant heard that said Rickard Earl 
Clanrickard by some voluntary deed settled the said premises 
upon his second son John Burke, commonly called Lord 
Bophin for life ; that said Lord Bophin is attainted of treason ; 
that the claimant is a stranger to the said settlement and a 
stranger to whoever hath the reversion of the said premises : 
the claimant prays for such allowance of his said lease as the 
Trustees for the Sale of Forfeited Estates may think fit." 

Claim witnessed by " Geff. Browne, Patk. Darcy, John 
Browne, Tho. Blake, Martin Blake." 

The claim was allowed. 

Francis Blake, late of Sunnagh, Co. Galuvay, 

Gentleman. 
The claim of Francis Blake late of Sunnagh, County Galway, Claim 

, , J J No. 2004, 

gentleman, sheweth : Book , 

"That Murtagh Hanine of Corbullimore, County Galway, fols. 31/32 
gentleman, being seized in fee of the J quarter of Sunnagh, ^"^ m 
in the barony of Longford and county of Galway, did by deed collection), 
dated 3 May, 1679, mortgage the same unto the claimant for 
40, subject to a proviso for redemption ; that claimant fears 
that the said lands, by reason of the attainder of some person 
deriving any benefit from the same, may have been forfeited : 
the claimant prays that his said mortgage may be preserved 
from forfeiture." 

The claim was dismissed. 

Henry Blake. 

The claim of Henry Blake of [blank] sheweth : Claim 

" That Sir Henry Lynch, Baronet, deceased, did by deed g ok 7( g' 
dated i September, 1677, demise for 31 years unto George f I23 ' 
Lesson the 2 quarters of Grangebeg, the quarter of Lisduffe, (Custom 
and the \ quarter of Killolinaghta alias Corwindolly, in the House 
barony of Clare and county of Galway ; that William late Earl u 
Clanrickard, whose estate the said lands were, did confirm the 
said lease; that the said lease came by mesne assignments 
unto William Groome, who by deed dated 10 March, 1699, 
assigned the same unto the claimant ; that said Sir' Henry 
Lynch was attainted and outlawed : the claimant prays that 
the said lease may be preserved from forfeiture." 
The claim was dismissed. 



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Isidore Blake and Patrick Blake, Minors. 



The claims of Isidore Blake and Patrick Blake, minors, by 
their uncle and guardian Thomas Lynch, Esq., sheweth : 

"That Dame Ellinor Blake alias Lynch, deceased, and her 
son John Blake, or one of them, were seized in fee by way of 



Claim 
No. 930, 
Book F, 
fols. 148, 149 
(Custom 

House mortgage of the lands of Muckeniss and Carnlaghane contain- 

ing 50 acres, with a condition for redemption upon payment of 
200 by Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, deceased, and his heirs ; 
and were likewise seized in fee simple absolute of the lands of 
Muckiness-New containing 49 acres, all situate in the county 
of Clare ; that being so seized the said Dame Ellinor Blake 
and her said son John Blake, on the intermarriage of said 
John Blake with Mary, daughter to Isidore Lynch of Drimcong 
in the county of Galway, Esq., did by deed of release dated 
10 January, 1678, convey all said premises to trustees therein 
named, and their heirs, to the use of said John and Mary 
during their lives and the life of the survivor of them, with 
remainder in tail male to the use of their first and other sons 
successively ; that the said marriage took effect ; that the said 
John Blake died in rebellion and was attainted of treason ; 
that the said Mary is still alive and is in possession of the said 
Muckiniss-New, and received payment of the said ^"200 in 
redemption of said Muckiniss and Carnlaghane, which 200 
she holds to the use of herself for. life with remainder to the 
use of the claimants ; that the claimant Isidore Blake is the 
first son, and the claimant Patrick is the second son, of the 
said John begotten on the body of said Mary ; that inas- 
much as the said John Blake, attainted, had but an estate for 
life in the premises, the claimants claimed that their respective 
estates in tail male in the premises may be preserved from 
forfeiture." 

Their claims were heard by the Trustees for Sale of Forfeited 
Estates at Chichester House, Dublin, on March 3, 1701, who 
decreed that the claims of the said claimants should be 
allowed. 



Claim 
No. 2250, 
Book O, 
fols. 68, 69 
(Custom 
House 
Collection). 



Martin Blake of Coolecon, Co. Mayo, Esq. 

The claim of Martin Blake of Coolecon, County Mayo, Esq., 
sheweth : 

" That Dominick Lovelock of Fartemore, gentleman, being 
seized in fee of the J quarter of Carrowmore, and 25 acres 
in the J quarter of Miltown, all in the barony of Dunmore and 
county of Galway, did by deed of release dated 25 August, 
1680, by the name of Dominick Lovelock, late of Kiltoroge 






Appendix F 289 

in the county of Galway, in consideration of 90, convey by 
way of mortgage the said lands to Andrew Merrick of Kill- 
benane, County Galway; that upon the intermarriage of 
Andrew Merrick junior, second son of said Andrew Merrick, 
with Margaret Bodkin, said Andrew Merrick agreed to convey 
said premises to Andrew Merrick junior, and afterwards by 
will confirmed said agreement; that Andrew Merrick junior, 
in consideration of 133, did by deed of release dated 
27 September, 1699, convey said premises to the claimant 
Martin Blake ; that the claimant's name was made use of only 
on trust for John, Archbishop of Tuam, and that the claimant 
purchased said lands with the money of the said Lord Arch- 
bishop and to his use ; that said Dominick Lovelock was 
attainted of treason in the late rebellion, whereby the equity of 
redemption in said premises vested in the Trustees for Sale of 
Forfeited Estates. The claimant prays that said mortgage 
may be preserved from forfeiture." 
The claim was allowed. 

Martin Blake of Loughrea, Co. Galway. 

The claim of Martin Blake of Loughrea, County Galway, Claim 
sheweth: 

" That William late Earl Clanrickard, being seized of certain fois. 166,' 167 
houses and tenements in the town of Loughrea, did by a lease (Custom 
dated i May, 1682, made between said Earl Clanrickard of the collection). 
first part, and Richard Blake of Loughrea, the father of the 
claimant, of the other part, demise the said premises to said 
Richard Blake and his heirs, for the lives of said Richard 
Blake, said Martin Blake the claimant, and one Francis Blake, 
both sons of said Richard Blake, at the yearly rent of 5 ; that 
Rickard now Earl Clanrickard did by a lease dated 20 March, 
1693, made between said Rickard Earl Clanrickard of the first 
part and said Richard Blake of Loughrea of the other part, 
demise the said premises to said Richard Blake and his heirs, 
for the lives of said Richard Blake, Martin Blake the claimant, 
and Francis Blake, said Richard Blake's brother, at the yearly 
rent of 4 ; that said Richard Blake by deed dated 20 March, 
1696, did convey all his interest in the said premises to the 
claimant ; that said Richard Blake is now dead, and the 
claimant is his son and heir ; that some of the lives in said 
leases are still living ; that the premises comprised -in said 
leases were settled in remainder upon John Burke, commonly 
called Lord Bophin, who is attainted and outlawed : the claimant 
prays that the said leases may be preserved from forfeiture." 

The claim was dismissed. 

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290 Blake Family Records 

Martin Blake of Russiny, Co. Galway, Gentleman. 

The claim of Martin Blake of Russiny, County Galway, 
, gentleman, sheweth : 
Book G, That William Burke of Carrantnly, County Galway, did 

fols. 137-139 by deed dated 8 February, 1682, mortgage the lands of 
Ho U use m Parrantrily, Carnkiele, Kilbenane, Athyflin, and Knockvaska- 
Collection). hill, i n the barony of Bellamoe, unto Martin Blake of Cummer, 
County Galway, for 110 ; and by deed dated 12 June, 1684, 
said William Burke did mortgage unto said Martin Blake of 
Cummer the lands of Carnroe and Levally in the barony of 
Bellamoe for 80; that said William Burke remained in 
possession of all said premises as tenant until May, 1690, since 
when he paid no rent therefor; that said Martin Blake of 
Cummer died in 1691, and was adjudged within the benefit of 
the Articles of Galway ; that Peter Blake was his. eldest son 
and heir, and died soon afterwards ; that the claimant Martin 
Blake is the son and heir of said Peter Blake, and grandson 
and heir of Martin Blake of Cummer, deceased ; that said 
William Burke was attainted and outlawed for treason : the 
claimant prays that his title to said premises as mortgagee 
may be preserved from forfeiture." 
' The claim was allowed. 

Mary Blake alias Lynch. 

Claim The claim of Mary Blake alias Lynch, widow and relict of 

BookD 8 ' J ohn Blake > deceased, sheweth : 

fols 173, 174 " That Dame Ellinor Blake alias Lynch, deceased, and her 
(Custom son John Blake, being seized in fee by way of mortgage of the 
Collection) l an ds of Muckinis and Carnloghane, subject to a condition for 
redemption in favour of Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, and his 
heirs, and likewise being seized in fee simple absolute 
of the lands of Muckinis-New, all lying in the county 
of Clare, by deed of release dated 10 January, 1678, in con- 
sideration of a marriage to be had between the said John 
Blake and the claimant Mary Lynch, and in consideration of 
250 marriage portion paid by Isidore Lynch, said Mary's 
father, to said John Blake, did convey all said premises unto 
the said Isidore Lynch, Thomas Lynch, son and heir to said 
Isidore, James Martin of Maghery in the county of Galway, 
gentleman, Robert French of Rahassane in the said county, 
gent., and Richard Martin, gent., and their heirs, to the use of 
said John and Mary during their joint lives and the life of the 
survivor of them, for the jointure of the claimant, said Mary ; 
that said deed was exhibited at an Inquisition held at Ennis 






Appendix F 291 

on 17 July, 1699 ; that said deed contained a covenant that, if 
the said lands of Muckinis and Carnloghane were redeemed, 
the mortgage money should be laid out to the same uses as 
said Muckinis and Carnloghane were limited ; that the said 
marriage took effect ; that the said John Blake is since dead, 
and was found by the said Inquisition to have died in rebellion; 
that Sir Walter Blake, son and heir to said Sir Thomas Blake, 
redeemed the said lands of Muckinis by payment of 200 in or 
about the year 1693 ; that the claimant is in possession of the 
said lands of Muckinis-New and also of the yearly interest of said 
200 : the claimant prayed that all her estate and interest 
in the said premises might be preserved from forfeiture." 

Witnesses to the claim : " Dom. Lynch, Patrick Blake, 
Tho. Stanton." 

The claim was allowed. 

Peter Blake of Cor bally, Co. Galway^ Esq. 

The claim of Peter Blake of Corbally, County Galway, Claim 
gentleman, sheweth : Book^ 

" That the late Earl of Clanricarde by deed dated 13 June, fols. 190-194 
1642, in consideration of the sum of 2,642 paid him by (Custom 
.Edmund Skerrett of Akin, Esq., demised the castle and three 
cartrons of Dungory, the quarter of Rough aliaS Rueveragh, 
Polveneagh, Gorfariall, Ballyburk, Cahircunnagh, Shannycula- 
hinboy, Cappaghrnore, Leytha, Cluniffe, Clydagh, and Ogowla, 
unto Sir James Ware of Dublin and Sir Richard Blake of 
Galway, for the term of 1,000 years, upon trust unto and for 
.the use of Oliver Martyn, grandnephew of said Edmund 
Skerrett, with remainder to the use of Peter Martyn, also 
grandnephew to said Edmund Skerrett ; that the Earl Clan- 
,ricard and said Oliver Martyn by deed dated 10 September, 
1675, conveyed said premises unto Sir Henry Lynch of Mace, 
Baronet, in trust for said Oliver until paid 900 by said Earl 
Clanricarde, with remainder on trust for said Earl Clanricarde; 
that by deed dated 21 February, 1675-76, made between said 
Earl Clanricarde and Sir Henry Lynch, it was declared, in 
consideration of 50 paid by the claimant, that the said assign- 
ment of the term or 1,000 years should, after the payment of 
said sum of 900, be on trust for the claimant for a term of 
41 years; that the said Earl and said Oliver Martyn, for the 
further assurance of said claimant, by deed dated 22 February, 
1675-76, conveyed said premises unto James Donelan of 
Leytrim, Co. Galway, and Peter Martyn of Galway, Esq., and 
their heirs, upon trust for the use of said Oliver Martyn until 

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292 Blake Family Records 

he was paid said 900, with remainder to the use of the 
claimant for the term of 41 years ; that said Earl Clanricarde 
and Oliver Martyn by deed dated 1683, in consideration of 
200 paid by the claimant, demised the lands of Dungory, 
Rough alias Ruoeveragh, etc., unto the claimant for the term 
of 35 years at the yearly rent of 98 ; that the claimant did 
nof know of any right or title any forfeiting person hath to 
said premises." 

Witnesses: " Dom. Blake,, Tho s Martyn, Ol r Martyn." 
The claim was dismissed as being cautionary. 

Richard Blake of Ardfry, Co. Galway, Esq. 

Claim The claim of Richard Blake of Ardfry, in the county ot 

BookN 8 ' Galway, Esq., sheweth : 

fols. 171-173 " That Ulick, Marquis of Clanrickard, by a deed of exchange 
(Custom dated 15 July, 1642, conveyed the half quarter of Lismullen 
Collection} in the Baron Y of Dunkellin, County Galway, in exchange for 
the half quarter of Shunnagh in the Barony of Longford, County 
Galway, to Sir Richard Blake, Knight, the claimant's grand- 
father/ in fee; that said Sir Richard Blake was dispossessed 
by the late usurper Cromwell ; that Lismullen was included 
in the Patent granted to William, late Earl Clanrickard, under 
the Acts of Settlement ; that said William, Earl Clanrickard, 
by deed dated 8 May, 1671, conveyed Lismullen to Robert 
Blake of Ardfry, son and heir of said Sir Richard Blake, in 
exchange for the half quarter of Shunnagh, and by a further 
deed dated 20 November, 1678, confirmed and perfected the 
same ; that said Robert Blake remained in possession of said 
half quarter of Lismullen until his death on 20 March, 1697, 
when the said half quarter of Lismullen descended to the 
claimant who is the son and heir of said Robert Blake ; that 
William, Earl of Clanrickard, by a lease dated n October, 
1666, demised the lands of Carrowrnoremunterdively, in the 
Barony of Dunkellin, County Galway, unto Walter Athy for 
the term of 41 years ; that said Walter Athy assigned the 
same to Edmund French of Boyle, County Roscommon, who 
assigned the same to Peter Kirwan of Belatorne, County 
Galway, who by deed dated 15 April, 1681, assigned the same 
to said Robert Blake the claimant's father ; that said Robert 
Blake by deed dated 16 September, 1681, assigned the same 
to Peter Blake of Corbally upon trust for said Robert Blake 
and Elizabeth his wife during their joint lives and the life of 
the survivor of them, with remainder upon trust for the 
claimant ; that such Robert Blake enjoyed the premises 
during his life, and said Elizabeth Blake during her life after 






Appendix F 293 

him ; that claimant has enjoyed the same since the death of 
said Elizabeth ; that claimant is an absolute stranger to all 
settlements of the reversion of the premises made by the 
family of Clanrickard : the claimant prayed that his interest 
in the said lease might be preserved from forfeiture." 

The claim as to the lands of Lismullen was dismissed as 
cautionary, and the claim as to the lease was dismissed 
absolutely. 

Richard Blake of Ardfry, and Another. 

The claim of Richard Blake of Ardfry, County Galway, Esq., Claim 
and Giles Maghan of Clarinbridge, County Galway, sheweth : g'^ 2 

" That the 4 quarters of Cregana in the Barony of Dun- foK 150, 151 
kellin, County Galway, were set out in final settlement by the (Custom' 
late usurped powers unto Henry Magawly of Ballyloghtor, ^}" se . 
County Westmeath ; that Patrick Magawly, son and heir of 
said Henry Magawly, by a lease dated 16 September, 1696, 
demised the said premises unto the claimants for a term of 
21 years : the claimants prayed that their interest in said 
lease might be preserved from any forfeiture occasioned by the 
attainder of said Patrick Magawly." 

The claim was dismissed. 

Valentine Blake oj Feamore^ Co. Mayo, and Mary 

his Wife. 

The claim of Valentine Blake of Feamore, County Mayo, Claim 
gentleman, and Mary Blake his wife, alias Dillon alias Power, No - 22 ?5. 
sheweth : fo ? s ' '. 1? g 

' That the claimant Mary Blake being entitled for life to the (Custom 
lands of Cloonmore and Gurteen in the Barony of Ballymoe, J?" se . 
County Galway, by a lease dated 7 September, 1683, made 
by her by the name of Mary Power, widow and relict of Henry 
Power, demised the said lands unto William Burke of Carrow- 
intryly for 99 years if said Mary should so long live, at the 
yearly rent of 28 ; that in 1684 said Mary married Lucas 
Dillon since deceased ; that prior to 1687 said William Burke 
purchased the inheritance of said lands ; that said William 
Burke having come to an agreement with said Lucas Dillon 
concerning the sale of said Mary's life estate in the premises, 
said William Burke, by deed of mortgage dated 16 August, 
1687, conveyed the said premises unto said Lucas Dillon to 
the use of said Lucas and Mary his wife, with remainder in 
tail male to the heirs of the body of said Mary by said Lucas, 



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with a proviso for redemption on the payment of 200 by said 
William Burke to said Lucas Dillon ; that said Lucas Dillon 
died in June or July, 1691, leaving said Mary his widow 
and Theobald Dillon his son, an infant aged 3 years ; that 
said Mary afterwards married the claimant said Valentine 
Blake ; that said Mary and her now husband claim to be 
entitled to the yearly rent of 28 under the above mentioned 
lease ; that said William Burke being outlawed and attainted 
of treason on account of the late rebellion, the reversion or 
equity of redemption of said premises and also in said term of 
99 years was forfeited ; that no part of the said 200 mortgage 
money was ever paid to said Lucas Dillon or to the claimants : 
the claimants prayed that their right and title to the premises 
and to the said mortgage money might be preserved from 
forfeiture." 

The claim was allowed, and referred to have an account 
taken. 



(Custom 

House 

Collection). 



Valentine Blake of Feamore, Co. Mayo, and Mary 

his Wife. 

Claim The claim of Valentine Blake of Feamore, County Mayo, 

Book Q 6 ' and Mary his wife as administratrix of the goods of Lucas 
fols. ny, n8 Dillon of Feamore, deceased, sheweth : 

"That Gerald Dillon of the city of Dublin, Esq., being 
seized in fee of the lands of Feamore, Gortiline, Gortinlina, 
Carrownedin, Carrowinck, and Carrawaurin, by lease dated in 
August, 1684, demised said lands unto Lucas Dillon for the 
term of 21 years at the yearly rent of 40; that said Lucas 
Dillon died intestate in 1691, leaving said Mary his widow, 
and one son, Theobald Dillon, aged 3 years ; that on 9 July, 
1692, administration of the goods of said Lucas was granted 
in Tuam Diocese to said Mary; that said Mary and her now 
husband, Valentine Blake, possessed and enjoyed the said lands 
under said lease, until the same were extended by elegits for 
debts of said Gerald Dillon and the rents thereof paid to the 
creditors ; that said Gerald Dillon was outlawed and attainted 
of treason: the claimants prayed that their interest in the said 
term of 21 years might be preserved from forfeiture." 
The claim was waived at the hearing. 






Appendix F 295 

Sir Walter Blake, Baronet, of Cullagh, Co. Calway. 

The claim of Sir Walter Blake of Cullagh, County Galway, Claim 
Baronet, sheweth : N O. 444. 

" That Marcus French, the grandfather of the claimant by f k ^ 62 
his mother's side, and John Blake, the uncle of the claimant (Custom 
by his father's side, in 1680 obtained a grant by Patent under House 
the Acts of Settlement of the castle and lands of Ballyaly and- 
the manor and lands of Muckiniss in the Baronies of Bunratty 
and Burren, in the County of Clare ; that by virtue of said 
Patent the said premises were vested in the said Patentees and 
their heirs to the use of Dame Elinor Blake, the claimant's 
grandmother on his father's side, for life, with remainder to the 
Patentees and their heirs until repaid 250 for some debts of 
Sir Thomas Blake, Baronet, deceased, the claimant's father, 
with remainder to the use of Sir Valentine Blake, Baronet, and 
his heirs male, with remainder to the use of the claimant, said 
Sir Valentine Blake's brother, and his heirs male, with divers 
remainder over ; that Donough O'Callaghane, who claimed 
an estate by way of mortgage in said premises in reversion 
expectant on the decease of said Dame Elinor Blake, brought 
an action against the said Patentees to establish his claim ; 
that the said action was compromised for 328, for which sum 
the said Patentees mortgaged the said premises to said 
O'Callaghane ; that said Sir Valentine Blake, the claimant's 
brother, attained the age of 21 years in 1685, but died 
without issue in October, 1686 ; that said Dame Elinor Blake 
died in 1692 ; that upon her death the claimant got possession 
of the premises and mortgaged the same to Denis Kelly of 
Lisduffe, County Galway ; that said John Blake survived the 
said Marcus French ; that said John Blake died in rebellion 
and was attainted of treason, as appeared from an Inquisition 
post-mortem taken at Ennis in 1699 ; that the claimant was 
adjudged to be within the benefit of the Articles of Galway: 
the claimant prayed that it might be decreed that he was 
entitled to an estate in tail male in said premises and preserved 
from any forfeiture." 
The claim was allowed. 

Sir Walter Blake of Cullagh, Co. Galway, Baronet, claim 

No. 1410, 

The claim of Sir Walter Blake, Baronet, sheweth : Book M, 

" That John Browne, Esq., being seized in fee of the lands |^ us 8 t ^ m 
of Moycartha, four quarters, by deed dated 23 August, 1699, House" 1 
conveyed said premises to the Rt. Hon. Philip Savage and Collection). 



296 



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others as trustees for the purpose of payment of his debts ; 
that the said trustees by deed dated 2 September, 1699, con- 
veyed said premises unto the claimant in consideration of 
778 ; that William, late Earl Clanricarde, deceased, was 
alleged in his lifetime to have settled the said lands upon 
Ulick, late Lord Viscount Galway, and John Burke, commonly 
called Lord Bophin ; and that by reason of forfeitures com- 
mitted by them the said lands had become vested in the 
Trustees of Sale under the Act, whereas really said Lord 
Viscount Galway and John Burke had no title to said lands ; 
that the claimant has been adjudged to be within the Articles 
lately made for the surrender of Galway : the claimant prays 
that his estate in said lands may be preserved from forfeiture." 

Witnesses : De. Daly, Walter Taylor, De. Daly. 

The claim was allowed. 



Claim 
No. 865, 
Book H, 
fols. 8, 9* 
(Custom 
House 
Collection). 



Walter Blake of Beagh, Co. Galway, Gentleman. 

The claim of Walter Blake of Beagh, County Galway, 
gentleman, sheweth : 

" That by deed dated 28 April, 1681, Redmond Magrath of 
Tiredaegh, County Clare, Ellis his wife, and Redmond 
Magrath his son, conveyed the J quarter of Carraholla, 
I quarter of Clunemaccalis and the abbey and precinct of 
Kilconnell, in the Barony of Kilconnell and County of Galway, 
unto Richard Martin of Corbeagh, by the name of Richard 
Martin of Ross, Co. Galway, and the claimant Walter Blake, 
then described as of Galway, gent., upon trust for Peter 
Martyn, Esq., counsellor-at-law ; that afterwards said Peter 
Martyn became indebted to the claimant for 200, for which, 
by the name of Peter Martyn of Dublin, one of the Justices of 
the Common Pleas, he executed unto claimant a bond, dated 
10 January, 1687, in the penal sum of 400 ; that in December, 
1689, said Peter Martyn tendered to claimant 100 for principal 
and 30 for interest in brass money, which the claimant first 
refused to accept, but afterwards, fearing imprisonment by said 
Peter Martyn, indorsed acceptance for same upon said bond ; 
that said Peter Martyn had since gone to France and was 
outlawed for rebellion : the claimant claims said lands as 
security for his said debt." 
The claim was dismissed. 



Appendix F 297 

Walter Blake of Drum, Co. Galway, Esq. 

The claim of Walter Blake of Drum, County Galway, Esq., Claim 
sheweth : g 

'That James, late Duke of York, being seized in fee of fois. 150, 151 
158 acres in the 2 quarters of Leickerrig, in the Barony of (Custom 
Dunkellin and County of Galway, by lease dated 28 March, edition) 
1671, demised the same unto Dame Mary Burke ; that on 
ii March, 1680, Dame Mary Burke and her husband, Lord 
Athenry, assigned said lease unto the claimant ; that by a 
certificate of the Court of Claims dated i March, 1677, the 
claimant was set out in fee 126 acres in Leickerrig 2 quarters, 
and 21 acres in the commons of Garrymore and Derrydorragha ; 
that on i March, 1680, the claimant was put into possession of 
said premises by the Sheriff; that the claimant has been 
adjudged to be within the Articles of Galway : the claimant 
claims the benefit of said lease and of said certificate in fee, 
notwithstanding the forfeiture of any persons whatsoever." 

The claim in fee for 126 acres in Derrydorragha was dis- 
allowed. 

Walter Blake of Oranmore, Gentleman. 

The claim of Walter Blake of Oranmore, County Galway, Claim 
gentleman, sheweth : BookM?' 

;< That by virtue of the marriage articles dated 24 November, fois. 130-132 
1692, made between the claimant and Mary Athy alias French (Custom 
(the daughter of Walter Athy fitz Francis and Anne his wife), 
the claimant became (in right of his wife) possessed of a lease 
of the 4 quarters of Oranmore granted in 1666 by William, 
late Earl Clanricarde, unto said Walter Athy for the term of 
42 years ; that the claimant does not know what forfeitures 
may have been incurred by the Clanricarde family : the 
claimant prays that his interest in said lease may be preserved 
from forfeiture." 

The claim was allowed and referred. 



Index 

To the Records in the First Series 



ADURNUS, JAMES, suit against, 46 
Affonsa, Balthasar, 86 
Albin, John, 6 
Philip, 10 
Alen, John, Vice-Chancellor of Ireland, 

7 

Annadown Abbey. See Enaghdune 
Ardcarne, 78 
Ardfry, Blake family of, 29 

grant of lands of, to Robert Blake, 

I 35 

Arthur, Prince of Wales, 3 
Ash worth, Mr., possessed of fishery in 

river of Galway, 15, 16 
family, 16 

Athenry, Lord. See Bermingham 
Athenry, E,, 122 

Athenry, abbey of, See Monastery of 
award of lands in, 45 
bailiffs of, 6, 10, 12, 33, 34 
bequests of lands, etc., in, 40, 47, 

51, 65, 112, 113 
Bermingham family of, 24 
Bernard land, 59 
Blakmead, 10 
Bothringbegg, 10 
Browne family of, 119 
Castle, 33 

Clochangostany, 47 
Clogrehan, bequest of, 40, 47, 96 
Clonyntornor, 10, 34 
Court, vi., 37, 38, 53, 55, 62-64 
mandate of Archbishop of 

Tuam to, 62, 63 
Cross, the, 33, 113 
deeds dated at, 6, 7, 10-12, 16, 18, 

21-25, 29, 34-36, 4 1 - 59. 62 
disputes on lands, etc., in, 37, 40, 

53, 54, 61, 92, 96, 97 
Ford of the river, 10 
Gortincormuck, 10, 34 
Grants of lands and tenements in, 

v., 5, 6, 10, ii, 16, 33, 67 
House of St. John the Baptist, 33 
House of the Lepers, 10 
Kath . . . geal, 33 
leases of houses in, 35, 41 
Lords of, ii 
merchants, 50, 58, 59 
Monastery of Dominicans, 10, 17 
bequests to, 19, 51, 113, 114 
foundation of, 29 
gifts to, 29, 30, 40 



Athenry, Monastery of Dominicans, 

register of, 29, 114, 137 
Athenry, mortgage of house in, 36 
mortgages of lands in, 10, 50 
Na Lachreagh street, 33 
Nabrutin street, 33, 34 
O'Cruayn house, 34 
O'Nile house, 33 
Parish church, 19, 40 
bequest to, 51 
deeds dated in, 32 
Parkebegg, 10 
Provost and burgesses of, property 

of, 124, 125 
provosts of, 6, 10-12, 16, 29, 33, 34, 

36-38, 53. 63 

Rectory and Vicarage of, 43, 44 
release of title to lands in, 12 
river, 41 

Sparrum (the gate of) Lareach, 33 
Terellium hill, or Gort-Knock-an- 

glas, 59 
Vicars, 33, 34 

Athluayn Monastery, bequest to, 40 
Athy, Edmund, 25, 32, 36 
Elia de, ii, 12, 16, 22, 25 
John, 25, 89, 109 ; Sovereign of 

Galway, 23, 30 
Kathilina, deposition on will of 

Clement French, 108 
Nicholas, 21, 25, 29, 109 ; mort- 
gages by, 68, 89 
Richard, 6, 22, 25 
Thomas, 25 
Walter, 25, 31, 36 ; portreeve of 

Galway, 32 
William, 6, 7, 25 
Athy tribe of Galway, iii. 
Aylmer, Sir Gerald, Chief Justice o 
Common Pleas, Ireland, 85 

Babynge, John, Archbishop of Tuam, 
20, 21 

Ball, John, 128 

Ballenakille, Burke family of, 104, 106 

Ballenclare parsonage, 67 . 

Ballinacourt. See Wallscourt 

Ballinrobe Chapel, 66 

indictment of Henry Blake at, 136 

Ballyclare, tithes of, 66 

Ballymaccroe (Carnmore) Castle. 119 
grant in fee of lands of, 93 
imposition of taxes on, 115, 116 



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Ballymacroe, lands of, 4, 69, 73, 74, 9 2 

124 

Baltimore, co. Cork, 58 
Barnewall, Christopher, 78 

John, Lord Chancellor of Ireland 

5. 7 

Sir Patrick, 75, 76, 79, 92 
award by, 5, 76, 77 
biographical notes on, 78 
Bary, William de, 3 
Baryg-ni-Lachriach, 33 
Bathe, James, Chief Baron of the j 

Exchequer, Ireland, 85 
John, 75, 76, 92 ; award by, 76, 77 ; 

offices of, 78, 79 
Baudekyn. See Bodkin 
Bawn, Hugh, 126 
Bennett, Nicholas, notary, 66 
Berell, Adam (priest), 21 
Bermingham (or Bcemigham), Edmund, 

119 
John, Archbishop. S^Wingfield, 

John 
John, Warden of Galway, 68, 79, 

87,88 
Lord, 36 

Meyler de, Lord Athenry, 29 
Philip de, 3 
Philip Erla de, n 
Redmond, 103 
Simon de, 3 
family, n, 24 
Betagh, James, 124 
Betham's " Constitution of England 

and Ireland," 29, 63 
Blach. See Blake 
Blacinhyduach, 34 

Blake, Blach, Blak, Niger, or Cad- 
dell 

Anastacia, daughter of Valentine, 
bequest to, 47, 52 ; mortgage of 
lands, etc., to, 61 
Anastas, daughter of John, 86 
Andrew, son of Nicholas, 50, 51 
Andrew, son of William, 36 
Anorine, 41 ; bequest to, 40 
Anstace, 9 
Anthony, 5, 120 
Arthur, 15 

Aveline, bequest to, 19 
Cateline, bequest to, 45 
Cecilia, Gylle, Syly, or Egidia, 9, 
6 9, 73. 74, 78, 80, 102; bequest 
to, 19 ; dispute on succession of 
inheritance by, 22, 27 ; grant to 
St. Nicholas Church, Galway, 
24 ; writ against, for forcible 
entry (illus.), 28; gifts of lands, 
etc., by, 29, 30 
Christopher, son of John, i 
Cristine, bequest to, 51 
Dominick, 120 



Blake, Edmund, 22 ; grant of adminis- 
tration of goods of, 21 

Emeline Cadel, 3 

Evelyn, daughter of John, mar- 
riage settlement of, 39 ; bequest 
to, 40 

Evelyn, daughter of Nicholas, 94, 
114 ; bequest to, 112 

Evelyn, wife of John, mortgage of 
lands by, 56, 57 

Evelyn, wife of Valentine, 47, 48, 
52, 57, 67, 69, 75, 119 

Francis, 103, 104, 105, in ; notary, 

Francis, son of Wadyn, 48, 61,67, 98 

Geoffrey, son of John, 69, 70, 78, 84 

Geoffrey, son of Walter, 5, 9, 20, 
21, 44, 58, 70, 78 ; deed of grant 
to (illus.), 6, 7; grant of lands 
in Athenry to, 10 

Gylle. See Blake, Cecilia 

Henry, 91 

Henry, curate of St. Nicholas, 
Galway, 51 

Henry " the Great," son of John, 
9, 10, 13, 18, 20, 21, 25, 29, 35, 
38, 45-47, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 62-64, 
76-78 ; dispute on succession of 
inheritance by, 21, 22, 27, 31, 32 ; 
mortgage of lands by, 22, 36 ; 
Receiver of the Customs, 23 ; 
deed of exemplification requested 
by (illus.), 24 ; grant to St. Nicho- 
las Church, Galway, 24; grants 
of lands by, 25, 26 ; writ against 
William Blake for forcible entry 
(illus.), 28 ; gift of lands in Gal- 
way to, 30 ; deed of exemplifica- 
tion of agreement with Wm. 
Blake, 31 ; deed of settlement 

by, 33, 34, 64 

Henry, son of Nicholas, 63, 64; 
dispute on estate of Richard 
Blake, 53-56 ; mortgages of lands 

by, 5 8 - 59 

Henry, son of Thomas, 9, 78, 102, 
109 ; grant to St. Nicholas 
Church, Galway, 24 

Henry, son of Walter, 18, 29, 69, 
70, 76-78, 84, 85 ; deed of lease 
of tithes to (illus.), 7-10, 71, 73; 
release of claims against, 11 ; gift 
of fishery to, 14 ; dispute on suc- 
cession to estate of, 21, 22, 27, 
31 ; grant for Masses for, 24 ; 
exemplification of deeds of grant 
by, 108-110; indicted for treason 
and pardoned, 136, 137 

Henry M., of the Heath, i 

Honoria-Louisa, 29 

James, of Galway, vi. 

Joan, bequest to, 40 



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in 



Blake, John, alias Caddell, 4 

John, burgess of Gal way, 42 
John, son of Henry, 41, 45, 47, 48, 
50, 5i, 54-56, 73. 78; writ to 
provide protection for, 25 ; grant 
of lands to, 25, 26; bond for 
payment of ^40, 26 ; agreement 
to appear at Dublin in litigation, 
27 ; notarial instrument of de- 
position of, at Dublin (illus.), 
30 ; deed of exemplification of 
agreement with Wm. Blake, 31 ; 
deed of award of lands to, 31, 
32 ; covenant to keep the peace 
with Thos. Blake, 32 ; settlement 
of lands on, 33, 34, lease of house 
by, 35. 36 ; confirmation of lands 
to. 37. 38 ; confirmation of mort- 
gage of lands by, 36 ; bond for 
repayment of money to, 37 ; re- 
lease of claims against, 38 ; letter 
to, requesting appointment to 
transact business, 38 ; marriage 
settlement of daughter of, 39; 
will of, 39-41, 66 
John, son of Henry (alius), 68, 89 

John, son of Henry (alius), 127 
ohn, son of Mark, i 
ohn, son of Nicholas, son of Henry, 
mortgage of lands by, 50 ; dispute 
on estate of Richard Blake, 53- 
56; dispute on estate of, 61, 62 

John, son of Nicholas, son of John, 
14, 15, 94; bequest to, 112; 
mortgages of houses in Gal way 
by, 114, 115, 117, 118, 131, 132; 
released from exactions for the 
Queen's service, 115-117; lease 
of premises from Walter Blake, 
118; acknowledgment for rent 
given to, 118 ; mortgage of lands 
by, 119, 120, 132 ; dispute on 
estate of, 120-122 ; administration 
of goods of, 122, 123, 128, 129; 
inquisitio post-mortem, 124-126 ; 
death of, 130 

John, son of Richard, 80, 92, 93, 
115, 120, 121, 133; confirmation 
of gifts to Galway College, 102, 
103 ; released from exactions for 
the Queen's service, 115-117 ; 
Mayor of Galway, 117 ; mortgage 
of land to, 125 

John, son of Thomas, of Mullagh- 
more, i 

John, son of Wadyn, 53-57, 63, 67, 
75, 78 ; bequests to, 46, 48, 51 ; 
mortgages of lands to, 50 ; dis- 
pute on inheritance by, 52 

John, son of Wadyn (alius), u 

John oge, son of Walter, 9, 10, 16, 
22, 24, 78 ; grants of lands in 



Athenry to, 10, n; release of 
lands in Galway to, 12; grant 
of eel-weirs and lands in Galway 
to, 12 ; mortgage of eel- weirs to, 
17 ; inventory of the goods and 
debts of, 18, 19 ; will of, 18-21, 66 

John, son of Walter, son of Geof- 
frey, grant of land by, 34 ; grant 
of rights on land to, 35 ; award 
of lands to, 35 ; provost of 
Athenry, 36 ; grants of land to, 
36 

John, son of William, son of Geof- 
frey, 36, 40, 58, 63, 69, 70, 78, 79, 
84 ; Mayor of Galway, agree- 
ment with Sir William de 
Burgo, 43, 44 ; descent of, 44 

Sir John (eleventh Bart.), 5 

Joseph, of Ardfry, 29 

Juliane, bequest to, 40 

Katalina, 59, 62 ; bequest to, 19 

Margaret, bequest to, 19 

Martin, merchant of Galway, 75, 

120 

Martin Joseph, of Ballyglunin, 9 
Maurice, C. J., Colonel, 25, 35 
Nicholas, of Athenry, 10, n, 12 
Nicholas, son of Henry, 50, 51, 
53. 54. 56. 62, 64; gift to, 33; 
award of lands to, 45, 46 
Nicholas, son of John, son of 
Nicholas, 118, 120, 125; ad- 
ministration of inheritance of, 
during minority, 123 ; expenses 
of repairs to house of, 127 ; 
wardship of, granted to Nicholas 
Spackman and Walter French, 
128, 129 ; dispensation for 
marriage of, 130 ; grant in fee 
of lands to, 131 ; acquittance of 
rent due from, 132 ; receipt for 
rent from, 132 ; release of debts 
due to J. Dorcey, 132 ; mort- 
gage on lands redeemed by, 132, 
133 ; mortgages of premises by, 
r 34> J 35 lease of cellar to, 135 
Nicholas, son of John, son of 
Wadyn, 56, 57, 60, 79, 103 ; 
dispute on estate of Richard 
Blake, 53-56, 63, 64 ; mortgage 
of lands, etc., by, 60, 61 ; grant 
in fee of premises to, 67; mort- 
gage of buildings to, 68 ; dispute 
on the rent of Doflys, 71, 72 ; 
grants in fee of lands to, 73, 74 ; 
agreement to recover lands for 
William de Burgo, 74, 75 ; bond 
for payment of ^50 to, 75 ; 
award in dispute on lands by, 
76, 77 ; descent of, 78 ; award 
in dispute with Redmund de 
Burgh on Kyltulaghmore, 80-82 ; 



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receipt for goods, etc., from, 86 ; 
lease of tithes to, 87 ; award of 
the castle and lands of Kyltulach 
to, 87, 88; mortgage of house 
in Gal way to, 89 ; grants in fee 
of Moynnedayn to, 89, 90 ; 
mortgage of the lands of Culagh 
to, 90 ; grant in fee of the lands 
and Castle of Kyltulagh to, 91 ; 
grants in fee of Colleagh to, 91, 
95 ; award of lands, etc., to, in 
dispute with Richard Blake, 92 ; 
bond to observe the foregoing 
award, 93 ; exchange of lands 
with Richard Blake, 93 ; acquit- 
tance by Dominick French to, 
93, 94 ; wives of, 94 ; decree for 
payment of annuity to John de 
Burgo by, 94, 95 ; award in 
dispute on lands with Thomas 
Blake, 96-98 ; bond given to, to 
observe the foregoing award, 
98 ; lease of Gorterilly to, 98 ; 
dispensation for marriage of 
(illus.}, 99 ; acquittance of Myne- 
dane to, 100 ; mortgage of tithes 
in Duvlis to, 100 ; appointed 
receiver of tithes, etc., by Abbot 
of Knockmoy (illus. , p. 10), 101 ; 
grant of revenues of Duvlis and 
Gal way Rectory to, 101 ; mort- 
gage of Cahernesserin, etc., to, 
103 ; grant in fee of Carran- 
keallinvy, etc. , to, 104 ; lease of 
fishery to, 14, 104, 104 ; attorney 
to Ennes Kyrowan, 105 ; testi- 
mony of the Council of Galway 
in respect of mortgage on tene- 
ment, 105, 1 06 ; grant in fee of 
Cackerloin to, 106, 107 ; proof 
of will of Clement French in 
favour of, 107, 108 ; requests for 
exemplification . of deeds of 
Henry Blake, 108-111 ; mortgage 
of Lissinnchunie to, in ; mort- 
gage of land in Moynedain by, 
in, 112; probate of will of, 
112-114 

Patrick, 100, 120 
Patrick, of Kiltullagh, 5 
Patrick, Warden and Vicar of Gal- 
way, 79, 80, 92, 93 
Richard, son of Geoffrey, 5, 9, 23, 
100 ; suit against Wm. de Burgo 
for dispossession, 69, 70, 97 ; 
agreement to recover lands from, 
74, 75 ; bond for payment of 
5 by, 75 ; award in dispute on 
lands by, 76. 77 ; descent of, 78 ; 
Mayor of Galway, 78 ; award in 
dispute with the College of 
Galway, 79, 80; award in dis- 



pute with Redmund de Burgh 
on Kyltulaghmore, 80-82 ; decree 
in favour of, concerning fishery 
rights, 13-15, 83-85; award of 
the castle and lands of Kyl- 
tulach to, 87, 88 ; grants in fee 
of Moynnedayn to, 89, 90 ; 
grant in fee of the lands and 
castle of Kyltulagh to, 91 ; 
award of lands, etc., to, in dis- 
pute with Nicholas Blake, 92 ; 
bond to observe the foregoing 
award, 93 ; exchange of lands 
with Nicholas Blake, 93 ; decree 
for payment of annuity to John 
de Burgo by, 94, 95 ; confirma- 
tion of gifts to Galway College, 
102, 103 

Richard, son of Henry, 50, 54 ; 
gift to, 33 ; award of lands to, 
45, 46 ; mortgage of lands by, 
50; will of, 51, 66; dispute on 
inheritance of, 53-55, 63, 64 
Richard Cadel, i, 7, 9, 21, 44, 58, 
68, 70, 78 ; surname of Blake 
assumed by, iii. ; grant of lands 
to, iii. ; deed of grant of land to 
(illus.), 3-5 ; biographical notes 
on, 4 

Richard "flavus," bequest to, 20 
Robert, of Ballyglunin Park, 9 
Robert, son of Walter, son of 
Andrew, mortgages of premises 
to, 134, 135 ; lease of cellar by, 
135 
Roubard, son of Walter, son of 

Thomas, 131, 132, 134, 135 
Sylly. See Blake, Cecilia 
Theobald, of Kiltullagh and Ver- 

mount, 5 
Thomas, 20, 63, 71, 73, 91, 95, 

103 ; Mayor of Galway, 104 
Thomas, son of Henry, 45, 54 ; 

gift to, 33 

Thomas, son of Richard, 5 
Thomas, son of Wadyn, 61, 67, 
112, 117, 118; bequest to, 47; 
grant in fee of lands to. 74 ; 
agreement to recover lands for 
Wm. de Burgo, 74, 75 ; receipt 
for payment to, as Keeper of the 
Customs of the Port of Galway, 
86; Mayor of Galway, 87, 88; 
award in dispute on lands with 
Nicholas Blake, 96 - 98 ; bond 
given by, to observe foregoing 
award, 98 ; inquisitio post- 
mortem, 119 
Thomas (Niger or Duff), son of 

Walter, 9, 22, 24, 68, 78, 80 
Thomas, son of William, 32, 36 
Sir Thomas (4th Bart.), 4 






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Blake, Sir Ulick (8th Bart.), 8, 9 

Valentine, or Wadyn, 45, 50, 51, 

53. 56, 57, 61, 67, 69, 75 ; bequest 

to, 40 ; lease of house by, 41 ; 

confirmation of lease of lands to, 

42; will of (front.), 46-49, 66; 

disputes on will of, 52, 53, 96, 98 
Valentine, son of Wadyn, 61, 96, 

97 ; bequest to, 47; grant in fee 

of premises to Nicholas Blake, 

67 ; mortgage of house by, 68, 69 
Valentine (Sir), son of Walter, son 

of Thomas, 118, 119, 127, 134 ; 

lease of houses, etc., by, 131; 

acquittance of rent due to, 131, 

132 
Sir Valentine (ist Bart.), 8; 

possessed of fishery at Galway, 

15 

Sir Valentine (3rd Bart.), 4 
Valentine O'Connor, 2 
Walter, bailiff of Galway, 46 
Walter, Bishop of Clonmacnois, 

57 ; biographical notes on, 58 
Walter, son of Geoffrey, 9, 18, 20, 

21, 34-36; gift of lands by, 29, 

3 
Walter, son of Henry, 54 ; gift to, 

33 

Walter, son of John oge, 21, 24, 
78, 102, 109 ; endowment of St. 
Nicholas Church, Galway, by, 
24 ; Receiver of the Customs, 

Walter, son of Richard Caddell, 
5, 7, 9, 10-12, 17, 21, 44, 58, 
68, 70, 76 109 ; descendants of, 
78 

Walter, dispensation for marriage 
of, 41 

Walter, son of Thomas, 105, 119, 
121, 125, 131 ; mortgages of 
houses to, 114, 115, 117, 118, 
131, 132; lease of premises to 
John Blake, 118 

William, son of Geoffrey, 4, 9, 24, 
25- 35- 44. 58, 69, 70, 76-78, 81, 
84, 88, 102 ; grant of lands to, 
9 ; lease of lands by, 5, 23 ; dis- 
pute on succession of inheritance 
by, 21, 22, 27, 31, 32 ; deed of 
grant to St. Nicholas Church, 
Galway, 24; bond for payment 
of 40, 26, 27 ; agreement to 
appear at Dublin in litigation, 
27 ; writ against, for forcible 
entry (illus.), 28, 29; failed to 
appear at Dublin, 30; deed of 
exemplification of agreement 
with Henry Blake, 31; grant of 
lands by, 36; grant of lands, 
etc., to, 109 



Blake, William, son of John, bequest to, 

40 ; will of, 45 
William, son of Wadyn, 67, 96, 

97 ; bequest to, 47 
William, son of Walter, 9, n, 20, 

78 ; bequest to, 19 
Blake family, surname of Blake 

assumed by Richard Cadel and 

descendants, iii. 
forms of spelling, iii. 
female succession barred, v., 64 
founder of, 78 
family of Ardfry, 135 
family of Connaught, descent of, 3 
family of Galway, 7 ; descent of, 

iii. ; burial-place of, 17, 19 
family of Kiltolla, 117, 133 
family of Menlo, 5, 8, 119; ances- 
tor of, 67 

family of Renvyle, 117 
family of To werhill, 119 
family records, notes on, iii.-vi. 

history of the collection, 

I, 2 

nation, 63, 64 
tribe of Galway, iii. 
Blakesland, bequest of, 47 

mortgage of, 50 
Blenkynicayn, mortgage of, 58 
Bodkin, Boutkin, or Baudekyn 
Arthur, 118, 123, 133 
Christopher, Archbishop of Tuam, 
23, 73, 74, 80-82, 85, 87, 95, 100, 
101, 103, 108, IIO-H2, 114, 123 ; 
biographical notes on, 72 ; 
awards by, 71, 72, 96-98 ; dis- 
pensation for marriage of Nicho- 
las Blake (illus.), 99 ; bequest to, 

113 

David, 90 
Edmund, bailiff of Galway, 86; 

provost of Athenry, 29 
Gregory, 134 
Henry, 12, 17, 20, 41, 64, 109, 134, 

135 ; provost of Galway, 23 ; 

mortgage of lands and house to, 

36 
James, 33, 34, 36, 59, 60, 64 ; suit 

against, 61, 62 
Janet, bequest to, 48 
John, 7, 53, 109 ; bailiff of Galway, 

56 

Jonocke, 134 
Julian, bequest to, 113 
Nicholas, 7 ; mortgage of lands to, 

10 

Richard, 18 

Robert, 48 ; provost of Athenry, 33 
Stephen, 59 
Thomas, 10, 35, 48, 134 ; lease of 

house to, 41 ; provost of Athenry, 

53 ; mortgage of lands to, 59 



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Bodkin, Walter, 22, 27, 33 ; provost of 
Athenry, 34 ; provost of Galway, 
1 08 

Bodkin tribe of Galway, iii. 
Bodykyn. See Bodkin 
Boher, 34 

Bohermore lane, 117 
Bohernamonn, 33 
Bolton, Richard, Lord Chancellor of 

Ireland, 4, 20, 78 
Bonaventer, Thomas, 10, n, 12, 16; 

provost of Athenry, 6 
Boork. See Burke 
Botiller. See Butler 
Bowtekyn. See Bodkin 
Boyse, Richard, 7 
Brabazon, William, Vice-Treasurer of 

Ireland, 85 

Branagayn, John, 101 
Brandegain, Sir John, Warden of the 

College Church of Galway, 103 
Brangan or Breathnach, Father Henry, 

61 
Brannagh, David, 18 

Joan, deed of grant of lands in 

Athenry by, 16 

Thomas, deed of release of tene- 
ment in Athenry by, 18 
William, 16, 46, 126 
Bremegham, de. See Bermingham 
Breytnagh. See Brannagh 
Bristol, deed dated at, 25 

merchants. 23 

Browne, or Brun, Cathalina, dispensa- 
tion for marriage of, 130 
Denis, 33 
Dominick, 118, 121, 125, 131, 132, 

134, i3S 

George, Bishop of Galway, 44 
James, 64, 118, 119, 134, 135 
John, 51 ; bailiff of Athenry, 33, 34 
Juliane, 118, 119, 121 ; mortgage 

of lands to, 120; redemption of 

mortgage of lands to, 132, 133 
Mr. , prosecuted for illegal fishing, 

15, 16 

Michael Joseph, of Moyne, i 
Stephen, 119 
Thomas, 119 
Father Valentine, 17 
William, 48, 61, 62, 119; provost 

of Athenry, 63 
Browne tribe of Galway, iii. 
Bullter, Peter, 64 

Burke, de Burgh, de Burgo, or Boork 
Cathalin, 60 
Cecily, 60, 90 
David, 80, 8 1, 89, 90 ; grant in fee 

of Colleagh by, 91 
David Duf, in 
Edmund, 21,69,73,74, 80,81,89-91, 

95. 97 ; mortgage of lands by, in 



Burke, Elizabeth, 13 

Evelyn, 60 

Fergus, 80, 81, 90 

Harry, priest, 123 

Henry, 60, 80, 81, 90 

Henry Ruffus, 21 

Hubert, 81, 90 

Hubert McRichard Roe, mortgage 
of land by, 133, 134 

John, 12, 69, 73, 74, 80, 81, 89, 90 

John, Abbot of Knockmoy, 8, 42 

John, Archbishop of Tuam, 58 ; 
deed of exemplification by, 30, 31 

John McRichard Roe, 134 

John Reagh McRichard Roe, 
mortgage of land by, 134 

John, son of Myler, 21 

John, son of Ulick or William, 
103 ; award against, in suit con- 
cerning Kyltulach, 87, 88 ; 
award of annuity to, 94 ; grant 
in fee of the lands and castle of 
Kyltulagh by, 91 ; lease of lands 
by, 98 

Jonach de, 80, 81 

Margrett, 60 

Myler, 21, 60, 80, 81, 89, 90 

Redmund, of Tynaghe, 83 

Redmund, son of Myler, dispute 
with Richard and Nicholas 
Blake on Kyltulaghmore, 80-83 

Redmund, son of Thomas, 80, 81 ; 
grant in fee of lands by, 131 

Redmund Reawagh(the Swarthy), 
60 

Redmund, son of Walter, 80, 81, 91 

Richard, 13, 31, 32, 43, 44, 60, 80, 
81, 83, 89, 90, 137 ; grants in fee 
of lands by, 91, 131 ; acquittance 
of Mynedane to Nicholas Blake, 
100 

Richard, Sheriff of Clanrickard,49 

Richard oge, MacWilliam of Clan- 
rickard, 136, 137 

Richard " the Red," Earl of Ulster 
and Lord of Connaught, grant 
of land by, iii. , 4 

Roland, Bishop of Clonfert, 23, 
80-83, 85, 95 

Shane McRichard Roe, mortgage 
of land by, 133, 134 

Slany, 43 

Theobald, 44, 89, 90 ; grant in fee 
of Couleagh by, 95 

Thomas, 80-83, 9> I0 ' mort- 
gage of lands by, 60 ; grants 
in fee of parts of Moynnedayn 
by, 89, 90 ; mortgage of the 
lands of Culagh by, 90 

Thomas balach, 131 

Thomas bawn, son of William, 
mortgage of lands by, 103 






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Burke, Ulick. See William 

Walter, 73, in 

Walter, son of David, 80, 81 

Walter, son of Thomas, 5. 60, 88, 
91 ; lease of land to, 23 ; sept of, 
81-83, 89 

Walter Flavus, grant in fee of part 
of Moynnedayn, by, 90 

William or Willuc, or Ulick, 5, 
13, 77, 80, 81, 87, 90, 91, 100, 103, 
in, 131; mortgage of lands to, 
60 ; sept of, 97 

William, son of Edmund, decree 
against, for dispossession, 69, 
70 ; grants in fee of lands by, 
73, 74 ; agreement to recover 
lands for, 74, 75 ; redemption of 
mortgage by, 133 

William, son of Fergus, 80, 81 

William, son of John, award against 
in dispute on Kyltulach, 87, 88 

William, of Ballenakille, grants of 
lands by, 104, 106, 107 

Sir William, or Ulick, son of 
Richard, Mac- William of Clan- 
rickard, treasonable entry into 
Galway by, 136, 137; award by, 
21 

Sir William or Ulick (Ruadh), 
Sheriff of Connaught, 28, 37, 
J 37 

Sir William or Ulick, of Knocktoo, 
137 ; agreement to protect the 
collegiate of St. Nicholas, Gal- 
way, 43, 44 

Sir William, " the Gray," 17, 137 

Sir William, Lord, and first Earl, 
of Clanrickard, 137 ; award by, 
81-83 

family, 13, 31, 83 

settlement in Galway, iv. 
Butler, Christopher, 118 

Davy, 23 

James, Earl of Ormond, 28, 29 

Nicholas, 27 

Peter, 36 

Richard, 115, 118 

William, 27 

Cachepoll, Adam Grass, 6 

David, Provost of Athenry, 6 
Cackerloin, grant of lands called, 106 
Caddell, Cadel, or Cad well 

John, of the Naule, 3 

Sir John, 3 

Richard Black, 3 

Sir Richard, 3 

Robert, 3 

Sir Walter de, 3 

family, of Harbourstown, 3 

origin of, 3 

residents in the Pale, 4 



Caddell. See also Blake 
Cadogan, George, 3rd Earl, 29 

George Henry, 5th Earl, descent 

of, 29 
Cahernesserin, mortgage cf lands 

called, 103 
Calf, Nicholas, 10 
Cany, Adam, 101 

James, 101 

Carew, Sir George, vi. 
Carnmore. See Ballymacroe 
! Carrane-a-lynn, 104 
Carrankeallinvy, 104 
Carranteyne, 124 

Carwell, or O' Carroll, Malruny, 5 
Cascebol, Gyllamael, 16 
Casleaun-an-owere, 29 
\ Castle Connor, deed dated at, 12 
t Castroknoke, Prebendary of, 66 
Cathyr Ruohyn, 34 
Cathyrwoynam, 36 
Challoner, Roger, lease of fishery to, 

13, 14, 84, 85 
: Chancery Court, Ireland, 69, 74, 75, 76, 

77. 88 

Charles II., grant of fishery by, 15, 16 
Clancathye, bailiff of, 6 
Clanrickard, 

chiefs of, 137 

Earls of, 66, 83, 95, 137 

Lords of, 21, 27, 31, 32, 37, 80. See 

also Burgh, Sir William de 
Mac Williams of, 137 
Clantayg, steward of, 10 
Clare Barony, 4, 124, 131 
grant of lands in, n 
monastery, bequests to, 19, 51 
Claregalway, 4 
Claregalway river, 4 
Clarence, Lionel, Duke of, 13 
Clarylien, grant in fee of, 131 
Clement VII., Pope, 83 
Clifford, John, 7, n 
Cloch-Rehayn, 47 
Clogansalach, 33 
Clogh-gostyn, land called, 47 
Cloghan-loske fishery, 47 
Clonfert Bishopric, united with Elphin, 

83 

Bishops of. See Burgh, Roland 
de; Magrath, Mathew ; Nangle, 
Richard 
Dean of, 26 
diocese, 55, 59, 66 
Clonfert Monastery, 58 
Clonmacnois, Bishops of. See Blake, 
Walter; Cory, Milo ; 'O'Mullaly, 
Thomas 

Clonmakany, near Ballyclare, 66 
Clontarfe, Viscount, 66 
Cloonyn-na-gamna, 34 
Clorhan-na-luog, 46 

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Clowan, Nicholas, 81 
Clown Maekanyn, town of, 67 
Clownkeynie, mortgage of, 133 
Cluayn, Dermot, notary, 51, 59 
Cnoc mbuaid, 7 
Cnoc Muaid, 7 
Cnokmoy. See Knockmoy 
Cockett Customs, meaning of, 86 
Colleagh. See Culagh 
Collis Victoriae Monastery. See Knock- 
moy 

Collrahin, lands of, 47, 73, 74, 92, 125 
Colman, Nicholas, 95 

Thomas, 48 

Thomas, notary, 60, 90, 91, 92, 94, 

95, 98, 100, 103-107, 112 
Concoryr, Father Roger, 87 
Connaught, administration of estates 
of the Templars in, vi., 66, 67 

Blake family of, 3 

composition rents of, 117 

dispute on lands in, 74, 76 

Governor of, 14 

Governor and Council of, 120, 122, 
125 

grants of lands in, 9, 13, 109 

King of, 7 

King's'Justices, 38, 136 

Lord of, iii., 13, 14, 84, 85 

President and Council of, decree 
of, 115-117 

Sheriff of, writ to, to provide 
protection for John Blake, 25 

Sheriffs of, 4, 6, 27, 28 
Contaynglas, 34 
Coredhyle fishery, 47 
Cornell, Roger, 79, 87 
Corran, John, constable of the staple, 

Dublin, 129 
Corrib, Lough, 15, 16 
Cory, Milo, Bp. of Clonmacnois, 136 
Cosmedin, Cardinal of St. Mary in, 

99 

Courte, 124 
Cousingeston, 95 
Cowlkery, mortgage of, 133 
Cowlrain, dispute on lands of, 69 

exchange of lands of, 93 

imposition of taxes on, 115, 116 
Coy leach, 60 
Coyne, Thomas, 104 
Cradoke, Thomas, 23 
Crany, Donat, 24 
Crayg, le, 56 
Cregmoyleny, 124 
Crofton, John, Escheator- General in 

Ireland, 119, 124, 126, 129 
Crossins, award in dispute on, 92 

grant in fee of lands of, 93 

lands in, 73, 74 
Crothul, John, mortgage of land by, 49 

Stephen, 49 



Crothul, Walter, Provost of Athenry, 

6 ; mortgage of land by, 49 
Culagh, or Colleagh, lands of, in 

grants in fee of, to Nicholas Blake, 

9i, 95 

mortgage of the lands of, 90 
Culrahyn. See Cowlrain 
Curragh, William, bailiff of Dublin, 

30 
Cusake, Edward, 95 

Sir Thomas, Lord Chancellor of 
Ireland, 85, 94, 95 

Dagyl. See Dingle 
Darcy, Matilda, 95 
Darcy or Dorsey, tribe of Galway, iii. 
David, Father, Junr., 81, 82 
Dean, Edmond, Mayor of Galway, 
52, 53 

James, 70 

William, 25, 29 ; Provost of 

Galway, 30 

Deane tribe of Galway, iii. 
Derry, connell, 119, 124 
Desmond, Earls of. See Fitzgerald 
Develyn, William, 19 
Dillon. See Dyllon 
Dingle, settlements at, 43 
Doflyche, Dowlisse, or Dulys, bequest 
of lands called, 46 

dispute on possession of, 120, 121 

dispute on the rent of, 71-73 

land of, 29, 96, in, 125, 133 

lease of, 42 

lease of tithes of, 7 

mortgages of, 61, 120, 132 

mortgage of tithes in, 100 

position of, 9 

Dogherskea. See Doughuskie 
Donatus, Dean of Clonfert, 26 
Dorsey, James, Dispute on fishery at 
Galway, 14, 15 ; decree for 
restitution of lands by, 120-122 ; 
lease of lands to, 124 ; mortgage 
of house to, 125 ; release of debts 
due to, 132 

Nicholas, 89 

Doughuskie bequeathed to Evelyn 
Blake, 112 

dispute on possession of, 120 

lands of, nj, 132 
Dowlysse. See Doflyche 
Drommacken, Vicar of, 87 
Druminmore, 119 
Druym-Blake, lands of, 46, 56, 125 

dispute on possession of, 120, 121 

mill, 125 

Druym-Blake, mortgage of, 58, 117 
Dublin, 128, 129 

Bailiffs, 30 

Castle, 30 

Court of Exchequer, 27 






Indt 



IX 



Dublin, Court of King's Bench, 63 

King's Court, decree of, 136, 137 

Marshal, 136 

Mayor, 30 

mayors and constables of the 
staple, 129, 130 

Parliament held at, 28 

Royal Court, 46 

St. Patrick's Cathedral, burial in, 
117 

Seal of, 30 
Duff, Rory, 61 

Dungalvy. See Galway (Fort of) 
Dunkellin Barony, 4, 5 
Duvlis. See Doflyche 
Dyke, 25 
Dyllon, Robert, attorney, 95 

Thomas, 122 

Egne, John, notary, 108, no 
Elizabeth, Queen, 66, 72, 123, 128 ; 

grant of lease of fishery to Galway 

Corporation, 14 
Ellercare, Richard, Prebendary of 

Castroknoke, 66 
Elphin Bishopric united with Clonfert, 

83 

Enaghdune diocese, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 
45, 46, 61, 83 

Canons of, 39, 58 

Florence, Abbot of, 104, 107, 108 
Erla, Peter, 21 

Philip, grant of lands by, 10, n 

William, 10 
Eugene IV., Pope, 32 
Excestre, Robert, notary, 30 
Exonia, John de, 3 

Stephen de, 3 
Eyre, John, of Eyre Court, 15 

family, 15 

Fahalmunyn, 24 

Fancy's, Dean, History of the diocese 

of Kilmacduagh, 130 
Falinga, meaning of, 86 
Fallen, Andrew, mortgage of a cellar 

by, 70 
Cornelius, 70 ; bailiff of Galway, 

T ?- 2 ' 53 
Juliane, 70 

Faunt or Faunthe, Adam, bailiff of 
Galway, 60, 61 

James, 96, 98, 106 

Stephen, 86 

Walter, 32 ; Provost of Galway, 

26 

Feldestown, co. Dublin, 78 
Feorais Clan, 24 
Feran-ni-Chrothulayn, 49 
Ferns Diocese, 66 
Ferran-yn-blageach. 34 
Finn-Tragha. See Ventry 



Fitton, Sir Edward, President of Con- 
naught, 117 

Fitz Brandan, Thomas, 27 
Fitzgerald, James, Earl of Desmond, 
award in dispute on port dues, 
42, 43 

Thomas, Earl of Desmond, 43 
Fiwian, Philip, grants of land to, 5, 6 

Robert, 5, 6 
Fleytus, William, 6 
Fonte or Faunt, tribe of Galway, iii. 
Foranmore, Burke family of, 90, 91,95, 

100 

Rector of, 38 

rectory and vicarage of, 43, 44 
Forcible entry, Acts against, 28, 29 
Foster, Francis, of Ashfield, 9 
Foster, Blake-, family of, 9 
French or Frenshe, Alexander, 40 

Ambrose, redemption of part of 

mortgage from, 133 
Anthony, 133 ; mortgage of tene- 
ment to, 105 
Arthur, 91, 105, 106, 134 ; bequest 

to, 65 

Christofor, bequest to, 65 
Clement, depositions of witnesses 

to prove the will of, 107, 108 
Dominick, 89, 112, 113 ; acquit- 
tance to Nicholas Blake, 93, 94 
Edmund, Bailiff of Galway, 60, 61 
Edward, bequest to, 65 
Ennes, 94, 106 
Genet, 93, 94 

Geoffrey, 52, 94, 105 ; suit against 
Richard Lynch, 61, 62 ; will of, 
65, 66 

Honorina, 59 
James, 36, 91 
Jasper, 105 

John, 36, 63, 67, 71, 73, 75, 79, 82, 
89, 93, 94, 105, 112, 119; Mayor 
of Galway, 70, 94 
Juliane, 38, 130 
Maggie, bequest to, 113 
Marcus, 94, 105, 106, 107; bequest 

to, 65 

Martin, 105, 106 
Nicholas, 39, 40, in, 112, 119; 

Bailiff of Galway, 46, 70 
Oliver, in, 112, 119 
Patrick, 129 
Peter, 73, 74, 87, 89, 94, 104, 107, 

119 

Robert, 40, 94, 105 
Robing, 120 
Roobard, 105 
Rossine, dispute on dowry of, 62, 

63 

Stephen, 48, 65, 131 
Valentine or Wadyn, in, 112, 130 
Walter, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 133 
2O 2 



Blake Family Records 



French, Walter, Sovereign of Galway, 
3 1 ; grant of wardship of Nicholas 
Blake to, 128, 129 ; bond for pay- 
ment of 40 by, 129, 130 
William, 59; mortgage of lands to, 
58, 59 ; suit against Richard 
Lynch, 61,62; suit against, 63 

French tribe of Galway, iii. 

Fwyt. See White 

Fyntray. See Ventry 

Galway, 3 

Abbey of St. Augustin (called The 

Hill), bequest to, 113 
Almshouse, bequest to, 113, 114 
"Archives of Galway," iv., 44, 57, 

60, 61, 70, 73, 88, 104 
Award of houses in, 22 
Bailiffs, 4, 26, 27, 30, 32, 44, 46, 
52, 56, 57, 60, 61, 70, 86, 103, 108 
bequests of lands, etc., in, 40, 47, 

51, 112 
Bishop of, 44. See also Catholic 

Bishops 
Blakeland, 68 
Blake's Castle, 131 
Blake's Garden, 96, 117, 131 
Blake's Lane, 61, 86, 117 
Blake's Oven, 117 
Boryn Blak Lane, 57 
Catholic Bishops of, records of, 

24, 39, 44, 57, 80, 103 
Chapel of St. Anne, 19 
Chapel of St. Nicholas, 19 
Church of St. Nicholas, 20 

agreement to guard the col- 
legiate of, 43, 44 
award in dispute of the 
Warden and Vicars with 
Richard Blake concerning 
rents, 79, 80 

bequests to, 48, 51, 112, 113 
College of, 37, 48 
confirmation of foundation as 

a collegiate church, 57 
confirmation of gifts to, 102, 

103 

Curate of, 51 
endowment of, 24 
notes on the collegiate of, 44 
priests, 87 
proctors of, 103 
Vicars of, 21, 40, 51, 79, 92, 

93 

Warden and Vicars, 102 
Wardens, 44, 45, 79, 93, 103, 

1 08 

Comptroller of the Port of, 23 
Corporation Book of, 57, 104 

governors of the collegiate of 

St. Nicholas, 44 
lease of fishery by, 14 



Galway, Council, 102 

Court, 27, 46, 61, 63-65, 79, 80 

Court House, 106, no 

Creggis, the, 32 

Customs of, 33, 86 

deeds dated at, 6, 7, n, 24, 26-33, 
36, 38, 39, 42, 44 - 4 6, 50-52, 57, 
62, 65, 67, 68, 70, 73-75, 79, 
86-88, 91, 93-95,98, 101, 103-111, 

116, 122, 131, 134, 135 
delivered up to William de Burgh, 

136 

Diocese, 44 
Disputes on possession of lands, 

etc., in, 22, 28, 31, 32, 69, 76, 

92, 96, 97, 120-122 
farmer of the Queen's revenues, 

104 

fishery. See Galway River 
Fort of (Dungalvy), 3 
freedom of, 70 
Garaduff, 56 

Gift of lands in, to Henry Blake, 30 
Gortledrine, 31 
grants of lands and tenements in, 

v., ii, 12, 25-27, 67, 73, 74, 109 
grant of land near, to Richard 

Cadel, iii. 

historical incidents, iv. 
House of St. John, 67 
inquisitiones post-mortem taken at, 

8, 119, 124 
King's cokket, 136 
Little Gate, 79 
Mayor and Bailiffs, 122 
Mayor and burgesses, lands of, 124 
Mayor, Bailiffs, and Council, 

testimony in favour of Nicholas 

Blake in respect of mortgage, 

105, 106 
Mayors, 23, 39, 43, 44, 46, 52, 56, 

57, 60, 61, 66, 70, 73, 78, 79, 80, 

86-88, 94, 95, 102-104, 106, 108, 

no, in, 117, 122 
Merchants, v., 24, 45, 46, 50, 58, 

59, 63, 65-71, 73-76, 83, 92, 93, 

104, 107, 114, 115, 117-120, 

123-125, 131, 132, 134, 135 
mortgages of lands and tenements, 

etc., in, 56, 57, 68, 89, 114, 115, 

117, 134, 135 

Monastery of Franciscans, 12, 17, 

20 

Abbot of, 82 
bequests to, 19, 40, 51, 65, 

112 
Burial - place of the Blake 

family, 17, 19, 39,45,46, 51, 

112 

burials in, 65, 123 
Cornelius, Warden of, 26 
death dues of, 115 



Index 



XI 



Galway, Monastery of Franciscans, 

deeds dated at, 26, 82, 100 
founded by Sir William de 

Burgh, 17 
plague at, 58 
Port Customs of, 86 
Portreeves, 32. 63 
possessions of John Blake in. 125 
Provost of, 21, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 

108, 109 
Queen's high street, 114, 117, 134, 

Rectory, tithes of, 101 

releases of right to lands, etc., in, 

6, 12 
rent of land in, granted to the 

College, 102 
road to, 10 
Seal of, attached to deed of award 

in 1445, 32 
Sovereigns of, 21, 23, 26, 27, 30, 32, 

40, 63, 108 
statute, 71, 73 
street-side, 113 
Town Clerk, 92, 106 
tribes of, iii. 
Tribunes, 26, 30 
West Bridge, 16 
See also Doflyche 
Galway Archaeological and Historical 

Society, Journal of, 9 
Galway, County of the town of. 9 
Galway County, Sheriff of, 116, 122 
Galway River, 

Aytemgloye fishery, 14, 121, 132 
bridges, 14, 22, 84 
Cloghan fishery, 15, 121 
Cloghan Lough fishery, 47, 132 
Correcalle eel- weir, 31 
Corrynichas eel-weir, 132 
Crossin ford, 12, 17 
Crow's-nest. 13 
eel-weirs, 12, 14, 17, 84 
fisheries v., 22, 26, 28, 73, 74, 122, 

125, 136 

fishery, historical notes on, 12-16 
Fourthe de Hayle fishery, 14 

dispute on, 83-85 
Fowert, 14, 15 

lease of, 104 
Mill, 84 

Nunsenachmore weir, 15, 22 
Penryse fishery, 13 
Sra-ochtaragh weir, 14 

lease of, 104 

Sure-an-more eel-weir, 132 
''i M-mvyr Island, 14, 84 
Genoa merchant, 46 
Geos or Joes. Henry. 67. 73-75, 91, 93. 
96. 98 ; mortgage of a cellar to. 
70 ; Mayor of Galway, 79. 80 ; 
award by, 92 



1 Geos, John, 68, 91 

Walter, 118 
j Geraldine family, 43 
I Gerrald. or Gerret. Thomas, constable 
of the staple, Dublin, 129, 130 

Gerrot. John, 30 

Gilbert. Sir John, 2. 35, 44 
Lady. 2. 35 

Gillet, John, 129 

Glanananayr. 47 
| Glis. John, 49 
[ Glothrean, 33 
! Goldinge. Walter, 75 

Gort- Bernard, deeds relating to lands 
of. 34-36 

Gort collis Terelli, 59 

Gort-i-boher. mortgage of, 117 

Gort-knocan-glas, mortgage of, 59 

Gortentarsua, 22 

Gortevilly, lease of, 98 

Gortinbothyr, 22 

Gortmecall fishery, 46 

Gortnafahe, 37 

Gortnasgustale. 33, 37 

mortgages of lands at, 22, 25 

Gostan. Thomas, 59 

G raced ieu Monastery, 78 

Gregory XVI.. Pope, 44 

Growe. William, 21, 23, 30 

Gurna, meaning of, 25 

Hallaton, Peter, 59 

Hallett, Mrs. T. G. P.,.i6 

Hannyn, 19 
John, ii 

Katherine, grants of lands by, n 
Philip, ii 

Harbourstown, Caddell family of, 3 

Hardiman, James, notes to O' Flaherty's 
"History of lar-Connaught," 2, 3, 
ii. 13, 23, 24, 31, 32, 39, 41, 42, 57, 
80 95, 99, 103 

Henry III., grant by, 13 

Henry IV., 28, 29 

Henry VI., v. ; writ to provide pro- 
tection for John Blake, 25 ; writ to 
Sheriff of Connaught (illus.), 28 

Henry VII , 57,58 

Henry VIII., 66, 72, 83; grants of 
fishery licenses, 13 

Heyleward, Seman, 6 

William Seman, release of claim 
by, 6 

Hill, Thomas, King's Justice in Con- 
naught, 136 

Hill of Victory, Monastery of the. See 
Knockmoy Abbey 

Historical MSS. Commission, iv., 2 

Hobrigge, Thomas de, grant of land 
by (illus.), 3-5 

Hope, Walter, lease of lands to, 66, 67 

Hunt, Thomas, steward of Clantayg, 10 



Xll 



Blake Family Records 



Hussey, John, 42 
Thomas, 42 
family, 43 

lar-Connaught, Prince of, 3 
Ilanhackett, 124 
Incumbered Estates Court, 2 
Innocent VIII., Pope, 44, 58 
Ireland, Barons of the Exchequer, 85 

Lord Chancellor?, 4, 70, 95 

Lord Deputy, 83, 85 

Lord Lieutenants of, 29 

Masters of the Rolls, 78, 95 
Irish Archaeological Society, 2 

Miscellany of the, 39 

James I., 8, 135 ; composition rents of, 

117 

ennings family, 31 
eos. See Geos 
erningham, Mrs. Sophia, 3 
ones, Roger, 95 

oy, John, provost of Athenry, 10 
oyce. See also Geos, Joes, Joy 

Henry, of the Order of Preachers, 

39 

Walter, 118 

William, Archbishop of Tuam, 48 
tribe of Galway, iii. 
Julius II., Pope, 58 

Kachebol, Geoffrey, bailiff of Clan- 

cathoye, 6 

Kaffy, Nicholas, notary, 45, 67 
Kar, Edmund, bequest to, 20 
Keilliachter, 98 
Kelly. See O' Kelly 
Kemconwy, grant of lands of, 3 
Kennaleyn Monastery, bequests to, 19, 

4 

tithes of, 66 
Kente, Nicholas, 12, 17 
Kerdyffe, Father William, 16 
Kerin, Cornelius, 100 

Thadeus, 100 
Kermac, William, 62 
Kerry, Lords of the Liberty of, 42, 

43 
Kery, Thomas, deed of grant by, n 

Walter, n 
Kiervick, or Kerwyk, James, 96, 98 

Thomas, provost of Athenry, 37, 

38 

Kilconnell, Friars of, bequest to, 19, 40 
Kilcornayn, lease of tithes of, 87 

Rector of, 87 
Kilfenora, Bishop of, 32 

See of, 44 

Killaloe, Bishop of, 130 
Killin, 98 

Killmaellyn, prebendary of, 43 
Killock-rahaed-brane, 121 



Kilmacduagh, appointment to benefice 

of, v. 

Bishop of, 109 

Bishops of. See Bodkin, Chris- 
topher ; O'Laghnan, Laurence; 
O'Molony, Malachy 
Denis, Archdeacon of, 37 
diocese, 42 
See of, 32, 44 

Kilrnainham Hospital, administration 
of estates of, in Connaught, vi., 
66, 67 

dissolution of, 66 
Prior of, 66 
Steward of, 66 
Kilrekena parsonage, 67 
Kiltaroge, or Kiltoroge, 112 
castle and town of, 124 
grant in fee of lands of, 93 
imposition of taxes on, 115, 116 
lands in, 73, 74, 92 
possessors of manor of, 4 
tithes of, 66 
water-mill, 124 
Kiltullagh, or Kyltolagh, 89 
Blake family of, 117, 133 
lands and castle, 124 

award in dispute on, by 
Richard and Nicholas 
Blake, 92 
dispute on possession of, 87, 

88 

grants in fee of, 91, 93 
imposition of taxes on, 115, 116 
possessors of, 3, 5 
Kiltullaghmore Castle, award to John 

de Burgo in respect of, 94, 95 
dispute on possession of, 80-82 
lands in, 73, 74 
lease of land at, 23 
Kir wan. See Kyrowan 
Klocrehayn, 33 
Knoccan pasturage, 34 
Knockannenor, mortgage of lands 

called, 103 
Knockmoy Abbey, v., 14 

Abbots of. See O'Conor, Dermot ; 
O'Kelly, Hugh ; O'Laghnan, 
Laurence 
bequest to, 113 
Commendatory of, 8, 42 
eel-weir of, 84 
historical notes on, 7-9 
Priors of, 100, 101 
tithes of, 71-73, ioi 
Knockmoy Hill, 7 

Manor of, 8 

Knoctanglass, land at, 34 
Kylconyll, deed dated at, 37 
Monastery, 123 

bequest to, 40 
Kylmaynam. See Kilrnainham 






Index 



Xlll 



Kyltaraughta parsonage, 67 
Kyltolagh. See Kiltullagh 
Kyltullaghbeg, lands in, 73, 74 
Kylroggy, 124 
Kynnelaghin parsonage, 67 
Kyrowan, or Kirwan, Andrew, 13-15 ; 
decree against concerning fishery 
rights, 83-85 

Antony, 120 ; acknowledgment of 
payment of mortgage to, 132, 
133; mortgage of land to, 133, 134 
Clement, 105 
David, 45, 103, 133 
Denis, 96, 98, 104, 107 
Dermot, 19 

Edmund, 105, 106; Bailiff of Gal- 
way, 86 

Ennes, 106 ; mortgage of tenement 
by, 105 ; proof of Clement 
French's will in favour of, 107, 
108 

_ ames, 103 
Jonock, 65 
Juliane, 133 
Katiline, 68 
Patrick, 68 
Father Patrick, 87-89 
Richard, 68, 89 
Robert, 52 
William, 105 ; Bailiff of Galway, 

52, 53 

Kirwan tribe of Galway, iii. 
Kyst, Thomas, 10 

Lachnayn. See O'Laghnan 
Lackagh parish, 4 

Lackaghbeg, mortgage of land in, 134 
Laeragh, or Lachreach, Clement, 6, 
10-12, 16; sheriff of Connaught, 6 

Nicholas, release of claim by, 6 

Robert, 6 

Stephen, 6 

Wadinus, 6 

Walter, 6, 33, 59 

Laght McRedmund, mortgage of, 134 
Lally, or O'Mullaly, William, Arch- 
bishop of Tuam, 57, 72, 122, 123 
Lang, Walter, notary, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41 

Father William, Vicar of Galway, 

5i 
Lange, John, Vicar of Galway, 21 

Thomas, 6 

Laragh hamlet, 34, 37, 40, 47 
Lareach. See Laeragh 
Latton, 124 

Lawless, Adam, provost of Athenry, 
12 ; grant of eel-weirs by, 12 

John, 12, 17, 18, 25 

Michael, 7, 10 

Thomas, 10 

Walter, 18 ; mortgage of eel- weirs 
by, 17 



Layles. See Lawless 

Layrath. See Laeragh 

Lecaru-caher-Cnockan, grant in fee of, 
131 

Legge, Robert, 129 

Leighvally, 124 

Lench. See Lynch 

Letterach in lar-Connaught, 65 

Limerick, Court of the Mayor and Cor- 
poration, 37 

Linager, Charles, 3 

Linch. See Lynch 

Lismullen, 95 

Lissinnchunie, mortgage of, in 

Lochriach, or Loughrea, deed dated at, 

49 
monastery, 49 

bequest to, 40 

London, Thomas, notary, 36 
Lorcan, Mathew, 60 ; notary, 50, 51, 53 
Loughrea, Friars of, bequest to, 19 
Lowther, Garret, 21 
Luttayn, Edmund, 49 
Lutterell, Sir Thomas (Chief Justice of 

the King's Bench, Ireland), 85 
Lynch, or Linch, Adam, 6 
Alexander, 26, 27, 30 
Ambrose, 60, 70, 91, 121 
Andrew, 52, 53, 73 
Anthony, 13 

Arthur, 70, 87, 88, 96, 107, 108, no 
Cecilia, 94 ; dispensation for mar- 
riage of (illus.) , 99 ; bequest to, 1 12 
Christopher, 119, 124; mortgage 

of house to, 68 
Dominick, 19, 22, 39, 41, 45, 48, 

52, 69, 71, 97 ; agreement with 
Sir William de Burgo, 43, 44 ; 
Mayor of Galway, 122 

Edmund, 32, 48, 52, 61, 71, 72, 
103 ; Sovereign of Galway, 26 

Eveline, wife of Valentine Blake, 
67, 69, 75, 119 ; bequest to, 47, 
48 ; dispute on inheritance by, 
52 ; mortgage of lands to, 56, 57 

Geoffrey, 48, 56, 57, 67, 69, 119 

George, 89, 114 ; Mayor of Gal- 
way, 104 

Helicia, deposition on will of 
Clement French, 108 

Henry, 25, 31, 104, in, 112 ; 
Sovereign of Galway, 21, 26, 27 ; 
Provost of Galway, 29 

James, vi., 6, 12, 17, 26, 48, 52, 

53, 59-61, 66, 70, 121 ; Bailiff of 
Galway, 70, 108, noj Mayor of 
Galway, 103 

James, Archbishop of Tuam, 58 
Jenet, 13 

Jermyn, goldsmith, 63 
John, 43, 89, loi, 107; deposition 
on will of Clement French, 107 



XIV 



Blake Family Records 



Lynch, John, son of Andrew, Mayor of 

Galway, 73 

John, son of Christopher, 119, 124 
John, son of Edmund, 48, 52, 61, 

J 03 

John, son of Henry, 104, in, 112 

John, son of John, 46 

John, son of Richard, 94, 118, 132, 
133 ; administrator of goods of 
John Blake, 122, 123 ; lease of 
houses, etc., to, 13.1 

John ballach de, 109 

Johnickin, 100, 104 ; Mayor of 
Galway, 86 

Johnneg, 103 

Juliane, 60 ; dispensation for mar- 
riage of, 41 

Leonard, award of goods to, 46 

Marcus, 51 

Martin, 48, 52, 91 

Mary, 123 

Mathew, 52 

Nicholas, 90, 91, 103, 114, 121 

Oliver, 91, 119 

Patrick, 93 

Peter, 40, 47, 91, 1 19, 131 ; marriage 
settlement of wife of, 39 ; first 
Mayor of Galway, 39 ; will of, 39 

Richard, 86, 94, 103, 118, 120, 122, 
131, 132, 133, 135 ; suit against, 
61, 62 ; Bailiff of Galway, 103 

Robbug, 104 ; mortgage of land 
to, in 

Robert, 26, 29, 31, 32, 41, 45, 47, 
89 ; Provost of Galway, 21 , 26, 27 

Saunder, 23, 31, 32, 44, 45, 63, 122 

Stephen, 31, 39, 48, 52, 53, 59, 68, 
70, 91, 96, 98, 103, 120, 121, 133 ; 
Mayor of Galway, 60, 61, 70, 106, 
107 ; power of attorney to, to 
administer estates of Kilmain- 
ham Hospital, vi. , 66 ; award by, 
87, 88 

Thomas, 31, 32, 56, 79, 80, 82; 
Mayor of Galway, 23 

Ulick dery, 119 

Walter, 52, 53, 86, 89, 94, 99, 104 ; 
Mayor of Galway, 56 ; Bailiff of 
Galway, 103 

William, 25, 26, 27, 31, 44, 45, 51 ; 
Sovereign of Galway, 32, 40, 63, 
108 
Lynch tribe of Galway, iii. 

McAuge, Theobald, 119, 124 
McCarroll, Fergus, 32 
McConell, Nicholas, notary, in 
McCunelle, Florence, 100, 101 
McCurke, Philip, tribune of Galway, 30 
McDavy, Ferriagh, 124 
McDonagh, Manus, 33 
McDonnogh, Dermot, 48 



McDowyan of Connemara, 65 

McDowyll, Donatus, 61 

McEdmund, Bernard, 101 

McElyre, John, 48 

McFarranta, William, 60 

McFolan, Donald, 57 

Macgarret, Castle, 119 

McGay, Jonacus, Prior of Knockmoy, 

101 

Sabina, 68 

McGnell, William, 68 
McGrasa, 18 
McGyllanahyn, Denis, 60 

Thomas, 60 

McGyllonach, Rev. Denis, 38 ; ap- 
pointed to Kilmacduagh, 32 
McHendyl, Richard, 10 
McHowege, Edmund, 95, 104, 107 
McHugh, Edmund, chief of, 49 

Thomas, 21 
McHyre, John, 47 
Mcjhonyne, Ricard oge, 128, 129 
McKeagayn, Boetius, 8c, 81 
Mackenaeld, Thadeus, 37 
McKyllanane, Rev. Maurice, lease of 

tithes by, 87 

McKynnamuyn, Philip, 19 
McMoriertha, Maurus, 48 
McPhilipin, John, 12 
McRicard, Davy, 60 
McRory, John, 131 
McScayn, Adam, 14, 84 
David, 14, 84 
John, 14, 84 
Theobald, 20 
Mc-Seonin family, 31 
McShane, Hugh, 124 
Redmund, 124 
William, 124 
McShanyn, Thomas, 60 
McThomas, Jonock, 82 
McTibbot, Walter, 21 
Me William, Melaghlin, 124 
Magloy, Eugene, Warden of the 

College Church of Galway, 108 
MagMalayn, Thomas Fuscus, 19 
Magrath, Mathew, Bishop of Clonfert, 

48, 49 

Malbie, Sir Nicholas, Governor of Con- 
naught, 14; decree of, 120-122, 125* 
March, Earl of. See Mortimer 
Mares, or Morris, Thomas, 90 
Martyn or Martin, Dominick, 118, 120, 
131-133 ; acknowledgment for 
rent given by, 118 
Edmund, 119, 124 
Emeline, 51 
Joan, 47, 51 

John, mortgage of land to, 134 
Patrick, 134 ; Bailiff of Galway, 

108, no 
Piers, 14 ; lease of fishery by, 104 



Index 



xv 



Martyn, Richard, 22, 25, 79, 80, 121, 

125 ; grant of fishery to, 13 
Robbing, 118 

Thomas, 12, 13, 68, 79, 80, 84, 
103 ; Mayor of Galway, 60, 108, 
no, in 
William, 12, 17, 29, 45; Bailiff of 

Galway, 56 

Martin tribe of Galway, iii. 
Martyn's Mill, 84 
Meary tithes, 47 

vicarage of, 43, 44 
Menlo, Blake family of, 5, 8, 67, 119 
Michil or Myghell, Sir William, in 
Moeyn Monastery, bequest to, 40 
Molgan, Edmund, 67 
John, notary, 72 

Nicholas, notary, 23, 68, 69, 70, 
73, 74, 75, 81, 82, 86, 87, 89, 90, 
91, 107, 108 

Father Thomas, Warden of Gal- 
way, bequest to, 45 
William, notary, 46 
Molloy, Hugh, 5 
Morony, Marchus, notary, 65 
Morris tribe of Galway, iii. 
Morrogh, dispute on possession of, 120, 

121 

lands of, in, 125 
mortgage of, 120, 132 
townland, 9 
Mortimer, Edmund, Earl of March, 

J 3 . 
Moylin, 124 

Moyne, co. Galway, i, 2 

Moynedane, acquittance of, to Nicholas 

Blake, 100 

award in dispute on, 92 
grants in fee of, 89, 90, 93 
imposition of taxes on, 115, 116 
land of, 132 
mortgage of, 60, in 
See also Kiltullagh 

Moyvolgh, 124 

Muckullin, 124 

Mullaghmore, i, 119 

Murshy, 127 

Myghell. See Michil 

Mylles, John, 128, 129 

Myluk Monastery, bequest to, 40 

Mynlagh, 124 

Nangle, Richard, Bishop of Clonfert, 

83 

Naule, The, 3 
Nicobru hamlet, 37 
Niell, John, receipt given by, for goods, 

etc., 86 

Niger. See Blake 
North, Robert, 66 
Norton, Sir Dudley, 8 
Nuncinach fishing-pool, 22 



O'Bary, Thomas, 29 

O'Braeyn, Rev. Thomas, Canon of 

Tuam, 32 
O'Brien, Donatus, 49 

Margaret, 49 
O'Buoyd, William, tribune of Galway, 

26 
O'Cahan, Denis, Bishop of Kilfenora, 

vi., 32 
O'Callenan, Cormock, mortgage of 

land to, 133, 134 
O'Cathayl, Patrick, mortgage of land 

to, 49 

O'Cayvan, Cormac, 101 
O'Cluayn, Dermot, 55, 60, 61 
O'Clumayn, Brother Thomas, 20 
O'Conor, Brian, 17 

Cathal Crovedearg, King of Con- 
naught, 7 

Dermot, Abbot of Knockmoy, 71, 
72 ; deed of lease of tithes by 
(illus.), 7-10 

O'Conyll, Dermot, priest, 21 
O'Cormockayn, Abbot, 82 
O'Cruachayn, Dermot, 34 
O'Culeayn, Geoffrey, 62 
O'Daegeayn, Thadeus, 38 
O'Daly, John, 131 

O'Donachayn, Thadeus, 64, 107, 108 
O'Donna, Father John, 48 
O'Dowda, Rory, 12 
O'Dunnayn, Thadeus, 61 
O'Dunyn, Donald, 73, 74, 75 
O'Dwyne, Thadeus, 81 
O'Fihely, Morrogh, Archbishop of 

Tuam, 58 

O'Flaghyrty, Roger, 124 
O' Flaherty, Donald, 82 

Honora, 3 
O' Flaherty's " History of lar-Con- 

naught," 2, 3, 4, 11, 20, 23, 24, 31, 

32, 37, 41, 42, 57, 80, 95, 99, 103 
O'Flannagayn, Thadeus, tribune of 

Galway, 26 
O'Flarty, Rory, 126 
O'Floyn, Thomas, 20 
O'Frigil, Arthur, Archbishop of Tuam, 

72 

O'Fyn, Gallarywagh, 57 
O'Gillayn, Memna, 19 
O' Gorman, Father Florence, 60 
O'Grade, Nicholas, 6 

Thomas, deed of grant by (illus.), 6 
O'Grany, John, 126 
O'Growne, Father Eugene, 62 
O'Guny, Dermot, 48 
O'Gyllorayn, Thomas, 82 
O'Halean, Father William, 16 
O'Hallorain, Dermot, 97 
O'Haygayn, 19 
O'Hessin, Sir Denis, Vicar pf Galway, 

92,93 



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Blake Family Records 



O'Heyn, Brian oge, 124 
O'Higgin, Owen, 124 
O'Hylane, Thomas, 47 
O'Kahell, Patrick, 95 
O'Kaywenayn, Thomas, 33 
O' Kelly, 66 
Conor, 8 

Hugh or Odo, Abbot of Knockmoy , 
8 ; dispute on the rent of 
Doflys, 71-73 ; mortgage of 
tithes by, 100, 101 ; deed of 
appointment of receiver of tithes 
by (illus., p. 10), 101 ; grant of 
tithes by, 101 
John, 30 

Katerine, bequest to, 48 
Thady, 119 
William, 119 
O'Kermac, Nicholas, 16 

William, 64 

O'Kerwycke, James, 45, 96, 98 
Thomas, 35, 36 
William, 59 
O'Keryn, John, 56 
O'Kyermaig, Thomas, 33, 34, 37 
O'Kyervyke, Thomas, mortgage of land 

to, 25 
O'Laghnan, John, 37, 38 

Laurence, Abbot of Knockmoy, 8 
Nicholas, 35, 64, 65 ; Bailiff of 
Athenry, 10-12, 16 ; lease of 
house to, 35, 36 
Peter, 37, 38 
Walter, 37, 38 
William, 29, 33, 34, 37, 40 
O'Longan, John, 57 
O'Lorchayn, John, bequest to, 20 
O'Lunisse, Donatus, 49 
O'Maellagayn, William, 39 
O'Manyn, William, 124 
O'Meccayn, Cornelius, 101 
O'Mogayn, Thomas, 89 
O'Molony, Malachy, Bishop of Kil- 
macduagh, marriage dispensation by, 
130 

O'Mongan, John. 57 
O'Mulbrenayn, Thomas, 34, 35 

William, 35 

O'Mullaly, Thomas, Archbishop of 
Tuam, 62, 65, 66, 72 ; mandate 
to the Court of Athenry, 62 
William, 100, 101, 108 
O'Muloghane, Nicholas, 35 
O'Mulrifall, Sir William, 60 
O'Murishir, Malachias, 134 
O'Murray, Donatus, Archbishop of 
Tuam, 44, 57 ; bond for repayment 
of money by, 37 ; bequest to, 40 ; 
dispensation by, for consanguineous 
marriage, 41 
O'Myny, Thomas, 47 
O Nellayn, Dermot, notary, 42 



O'Nolyn, Donatus Niger, 68 
Oranmore, Lord, 61 ; descent of, 119 
Oranmore, near Galway, 3 

parish, 5, 9 

Ormond and Ossory, James, Earl of, 85 
Ormond, Earl of. See Butler 
O'Rohn, Richard, 126 
O'Ruarc, Charles, 49 
O'Tyernay, Father Odo, 41 

Father Philip, 64 

Thomas, Bailiff of Galway, 26, 27, 

30, 32 

O'Vulloghan, Donill oge, 70 
Oxford .University, 49, 58 

Pale, English, 116; Caddell family in, 

4 

Panrise fishery, 13 
Panryse, or Penryse, John, 40 

Thomas, 22, 109 
Parke, Thomas, tribune of Galway, 

30 
Parke, lands called, 34, 47, 52 

near Laragh, 47 
Parker, John, Master of the Rolls in 

Ireland, 78 
Parry s, Richard, grant of Galway 

fishery to, 13 
Patryche, Richard, 7 

Robert, 132 
Paul IV., Pope, 99 

Pay, Nicholas, 18, 36, 41 ; Provost of 
Athenry, 12, 163 ; grant of lands 
to, 16 

Thomas, 16 
Perewilisrath, 6 
Piccott, William, mayor of the staple, 

Dublin, 129, 130 
Pictor, Henry, 6 

John, 6 

Pippard, John, Bailiff of Athenry, 6 

Pius IX., Pope, 44 

Pollard, Maurice, 6 

Symon, 5 

Thomas, 6 

Walter, grant of land by, 5 
Portdomna or Portumna, Monastery, 

bequest to, 40 
Porter's Place fishery, 13 
Portu, Maurice de. See O'Fihely, 

Morrogh 
Portu Patrum Monastery. See Enagh- 

dune 
Portu Puro, Monastery. See Clon- 

fert 

Portuencis, Philip, Bishop of, 41 
Power, Dominick, 95 
Preachers, Order of, 39 
Preachers, John, General of the Order 

of, 29,31, 32 

Preston, Sir George, grant of fishery 
to, 15, 16 






Index 



xvn 



Public Record Office, Dublin, v., 29, 

65, 70, 119, 126, 137 
Pyccott. SeePiccott 
Pypar, John Keyll, 10 

Quyn, Rowland, 128-130 

Rabranne, 29 

Rahyn, or Rathyn, 34, 58 

Randon, House of St. John of, 67 

Rawson, Sir John, Prior of Kilmain- 

ham, power of attorney to Stephen 

Lynch, vi., 66 
Rede, John, mortgage of lands to, 22, 

25 ; Comptroller of the Ports of 

Galway and Sligo, 23 ; mortgage of 

land by, 25 

Reginald, Cardinal, 99 
Renville, 124 

Renvyle, Blake family of, 117 
Richard II., Pardon to Henry Blake, 

136, 137 

Richard, son of Patrick, 10 
Roba. See Ballinrobe 
Robert, son of Stephen, 6 
Rogers, William, 25 
Rosche, John, 16 
Roscommon, 38 
Ross-Royall Monastery, bequests to, 

40- 5i 

Rosty, John, 34 
Ruane, Denys, 31 
Ruff us, Maurice, 16 

Nicholas, 33 
Russellstown, 124 

Sadler, Colonel, Thomas, 4 
St. Lawrence, Almeric de, 7 
St. Leger, Sir Anthony, Lord Deputy 
of Ireland, 8, 13, 66 ; decree of, 

83-85 

Sancta Maria de Gras barque, 86 
Schepishet, William, n 
Seal of John Wingfield, Archbishop of 

Tuam (illus.), 26 
Seges, meaning of, 59 
Sgeahaingill-Cronaydar, 34 
Sheyne, Owen Murtagh, 119 
Shylananichy, 47 
Sillve river, 34 
Simon, son of Walter, 3 
Sixtus IV., Pope, 41 
Skerret, Agnes, bequest to, 65 

Cecilia, wife of John Blake, 119, 
125; dispute on fishery at Gal- 
way, 14, 15 ; decree of restitu- 
tion of lands to, 120-122 ; 
bequest to, 123 ; lists of ex- 
penses of, 126-128 
Christopher, 131 
Edmund, will of, 123 



Skerret, Edmund, son of Edmund, 

bequest to, 123 

Evelyne, wife of John Blake, 56, 57 
Issybella, 53 

James, 79, 80, 81, 82, 103, 112 
John, 47, 90 ; Mayor of Galway, 46 
Margaret, 48 
Mary, bequest to, 113 
Nicholas, 25, 26, 31, 51, 53, 96, 
in, 112; Sovereign of Galway, 
3i 

Nicholas, Archbishop of Tuam, 72 
Richard, 98 
Ronald, 126 
Walter, 25, 27, 30, 90 
William, 73, 74, 75, 89, 90, 134 
Skerrett tribe of Galway, iii. 
Slewclare, 103, 104, 106, 124, 131 
Sligo, Comptroller of the Port of, 23 
Convent of Friars Preachers, 17, 1 8 
Customs of, 33 

Spackman, Nicholas, wardship of 
Nicholas Blake granted to, 128; 
wardship transferred to Walter 
French, 128, 129 ; bond for payment 
of 40 to, 129, 130 
Spain, trade with, 58 
Steven, Christina, 16 

Henry, grant of lands by, 33 
John, 10, 16, 18 
Richard, 35 

Robert, grant of lands by, 10 ; 
mortgage of lands by, 10 ; grants 
of lands to, 33, 34 ; grant of rights 
on land by, 35 ; dispute on lands 
by, 35 
William, 33 

Succession of land, laws of, 64 
Sussex, Earl of, 66 

Taltarum's Case, 64, 65 
Tayg, John, 51 
Temperneys, Thomas, 10 
Terellain, 98 
Thomond, 120 
Throtyll, Stephen, 7 
Tiaquin barony, 7 
Tobin, Henry, 68, 69, 97, 112 
Tonnyg, David, 6 

Geoffrey, grant of land by, 6 
Towerhill, co. Mayo, 2, 5 

Blake family of, 119 
Trant, David, 42 

Gerald, 42 

Philip, dispute on port dues, 42, 43 

Richard, dispute on port dues, 42, 

Trant family, 43 

Trendelog, Father Thomas, 16 

Tressay, Margaret, deposition on will 

of Clement French, 108 
Treunt. See Trant 



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Tuam Archdiocese/Ecclesiastical Court 
of, v., vi., 63, 65 

Archbishopric of, Walter Blake 
nominated to, 58 

Archbishops of. See Baby nge, John; 
Bodkin, Christopher ; Burke, 
John; Joyce, William; Lally, 
William; Lynch, James; O'Fi- 
hely, Morrogh ; O'Frigil, Arthur ; 
O'Mullaly, Thomas; O'Murray, 
Donatus ; Skerret, Nicholas ; 
Wingfield, alias Bermingham, 
John 

Canon of, 32 

Church, canonry of, 43 

Dean of, 72 

Diocese, 38, 39, 41, 42, \ ;-., TOO 
clerk of, no 

Father John, Dean of, n 

Thomas, Archdeacon of, 36 
Tyr-Oyleana, 22, 98 

Ulster, Earl of, iii, 4 

Valencis, Father David, Canon of 

Enaghdune, 39 
Valle, Thomas, 131 
William de, 21 
Ventry Bay, dispute on port dues of, 

42,43 
Vere, Robert de, Lord Deputy of 

Ireland, 13 
Vermount, 5 

Walensis, Annota, 6 
William, 7 



Waleys, Richard de, Provost of Ath- 

enry, 6 
Wallscourt, grant of, to Robert Blake, 

135 

Walsh, John, Bailiff of Dublin, 30 
Ward, Roger, deed of release by, n 
Ware, Sir James, 62 
Waterford, Court of, 54 
Wayte, John, 30 
Webbe, Walter, 24 

William, 24, 25 
Welles, Leo, Lord, Lord Deputy, 25 

William, 25 
Werdone, Richard, priest, 21 

Thomas, 22 

White, Edussa, 17, 18 ; deed of release 
by, 12 

John, 12, 22 ; notary, 10, 12, 16 

Father John, chaplain, n, 18 
Windfield, Patrick, 49 
Wingfield, or Bermingham, John, Arch- 
bishop of Tuam, deed of ex- 
emplification by (illus.), 24 
Seal of, vi. (illus.), 26 
Withiforde, Hugh, 23 

John, 23, 25 

Woder, Nicholas, Mayor of Dublin, 30 
Worlock, Roger, 39 
Wykfor, Hugh, 19 
Wythyr, David, u, 12, 16, 18 

Edmund, 10 

Thomas, Provost of Athenry, 10 

Yngowyr Island, 14, 84 

Yong, Richard, release of claims by, 

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