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The Comerfords of Ballymack

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan, and entitled "The Comerfords of Ballymack.", in the Catholic Parish of Danesfort. [Vol. III, pp. 382-4]

"Jamys Comerford of Ballymaka" is mentioned in a document of 1543. Comberforthe of Ballymak" was presented, with the rest of the gentry of Co. Kilkenny, for charging coyne and livery, in the year 1537. On the 26th March, 1549, James Comerford, of Ballymacka, Sheriff of the Co. Kilkenny, Patrick Comerford, of the same, and Nicholas Comerford, of the same, received pardons. James Comerford was again "Sheriff" in 1559, but died soon after.

Thomas Comerford, his successor, was attainted in or before 1566. On the 3rd Dec., 1583, a Corwn lease was made out to Francis Lovell, of Lysmactiege, Esq., "of the site of the castle with three other castles in Ballymackane (i.e. Ballymack), Co. Kilkenny, lands in Ballymackan, Lesloline, Tullaghmain, Magistoun, Redmore, Kilbreckan, Newehouse, Kilbleyn, Roweston, Blackeslande, Carnegill, Goslington, Shellam Rath, Arlestone, Corbally, Dungarvin, Busshoppesloughe, Thomaston, and in the burgage of the baron of Burnchurch, the possessions of Tho. Quemerford, late of Ballymackan, in the Co. Kilkenny, attainted. To hold for 21 years. Rent 20 pounds during the life of Margaret Cowley, who has part of the premises in dower; afterwards 30 pounds. Maintaining one English horseman [source: Fiants of Queen Eliz.].

Notwithstanding the lease so recently granted to Lovell, another Crown lease was made, on the 19th July, 1586, to Henry Comerford, brother of Thomas Comerford, who had been attainted, "of the castle of Ballymackane, the lands of Ballymackane, Lyslonne, Tullaghmayne, &c. (as above). To hold in fee farm for ever" [source: Fiants of Queen Eliz.]. On the 30th Oct., 1587, Henry Comerford, of Ballymacka, petitioned the Privy Council for the discharge of the extent of his lands for 225 pounds, arrearages, principally accruing after the attainder of his brother Thomas. He appears to have had two sons, James, his successor; and "Thomas Comerford fitz Henry, gent.," pardoned Nov. 18th, 1602, who was probably father of Edward Comerford, of Callan, who forfeited under Cromwell.

James Comerford died while his son, Thomas, was still a minor. On the 30th May, 1601, John King, gent., had a grant from the Court of Wards, "of the wardship and marriage of Thomas, son and heir of James Quemerford alias Comerford, late of Ballymacka, Co. Kilkenny, gent. ; and custody of his lands during minority. The grantee shall cause the ward to be maintained, and educated in the English religion, and in English apparel, in the college of the Holy Trinity, Dublin, from his twelfth year until he shall complete his eighteenth year" [source: Fiants of Queen Eliz.]. Thomas Comerford was of age, before Feb. 11th, 1618-19, when he had livery of seisin, as son and heir "of James Comerford late of Ballimacka, deceased." He died Dec. 12th, 1635.

By inquisition at Thomastown, April 11th, 1636, it was found that "Thomas Comerford late of Ballymacka in the Co. Kilkenny, was seised in his lifetime, of the town and lands of Ballymacka, containing 4 acres of great measure; Graigue, 4 acres; a parcel of land in Lislonyne called Portraught, 8 small burgage acres; Kilbreckane 2 acres; an annual rent of 30s. from 1 burgage in Errlestowne, called St. Leager's towne; 6d. from the town and lands of Redmore otherwise Moneroe, and the reversion of the same town of Redmore; 1 burgage in Bishopslough, containing 4 small burgage acres; 40s. from 1 burgage, in the town of Dungarvan, containing 5 acres of great measure, and the reversion of the same; and 1 toft and 1 garden in Thomastown. The aforesaid Thomas Comerford being so seised, died Dec. 12th, 1635. James Comerford is his son and heir, and was then 21 years of age. The sum of 2s. 4d. is payable out of the premises of Graige to Rowland Fitzgerald and his heirs. George Comerford of Tullaghanbroge claims 3s 4d. out of Portraught and commonage in the said land. William Sweetman, of Castleleefe, claims 24s. out of the premises in St. Leager's towne, 4s. out of Kilbreckan, and 4s. out of Redmore. Edward Comerford, of Callan, claims all the premises as his right and inheritance. The premises are held of the King in capite, by Knight service [source: Inquis. Lagenaie].

From a fuller copy of the above Inquisition it appears that Ellen Comerford, late wife of the said Thomas, deceased, survived her husband; and that his children were: James, his heir, aged 21 years and 6 weeks at the time of his death, Leonard, Richard, Nicholas, George and Barbara.

James Comerford, who succeeded, being an Irish Papist, forfeited under Cromwell in 1653. His confiscated lands included Comerford's Graige, Ballimakee and Kilbricken, which last was forfeited in the name of his mother, Ellinor Comerford. He was transplanted to Connaught in 1654.

Henry Comerford, gent., was outlawed as of Ballimack, in 1691. The local Irish pronunciation of Ballymack is Balliavackaw, or the Town of David's Son.


The Comerfords of Inchiologhan

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan, and entitled "The Comerfords of Inchiologhan." [Vol. III, pp. 229-32]

About 1560, "ffowlke Comerford's lands, houlden of the mannor of Callane," were valued at 40. These lands were the estate of Inchiolaghan (aka Castleinch), shortly before in the possession of the De Valles. How they passed from the De Valles to the Comerfords is unknown. ffowlke, Foulk or Fulco Comerford held some post of trust and emolument under the Earls of Ormond, and has been described as "servant" to three Earls in succession, viz.: Pierce Ruadh, James and Thomas the Black. He was resident of Callan on the 10th May, 1567, at which date we find "pardons" granted to "Fowke Quemerford, of Callan, gent.: Rosina Rothe, his wife; George Quemerford, Philip Quemerford, and Peter Quemerford, of Callan, merchants; and Richard Duff Quemerford" [source: Fiants of Eliz.]. Three days later a Crown lease was granted to "Fowlk Comerford, gent., of the lands of Courtneboyle (Courtnaboolia), by Callan, late the possession of Adam Tobin, attainted; to hold for 21 years" [Ibid.].

In July or August, 1569, during the rebellion of James FitzMaurice, Captain of Desmond, "old Fulco Comerford of Callan," was robbed of £2,000 in money, besides plate, household stuff, corn and cattle. He received compensation soon after, for on the 27th Dec., 1569, the Lord Deputy Sydney wrote to the Privy Council, thanking them for their favour to Fulk Comerford, and suggesting that "he should be rewarded with some portion of his kinsmen, the rebels' lands." As Thomas Comerford of Ballymack, lay at this time under attainder, we must presume that he was one of those rebellious "kinsmen" whose lands the Lord Deputy would have transferred to his protegee, "old Fulco." On the 26th Jan., 1569-70, pardons were granted to "Fowlk Comerford, of Callan, gent., and Rose Roth, his wife; Nicholas Brenan, of Callan, burgess, and Margaret or Meg Roth, his wife; and Marian Roth of the same, widow of Walter Dwsker" [Ibid.]. After this Foulk Comerford appears no more. He left a son Gerald or Garret; and a daughter, Margaret, who married Robert Rothe, author of a history of the Ormond family.

Gerald, or Garret, a younger son, but eventually, the successor and heir of Foulk Comerford, was a student of the Inner Temple in 1583, when he presented a petition to Queen Elizabeth "for a fee farm in Ireland, or an increase of his annuity of 20 granted in consideration of his hurts" [source: State Papers]. He is, no doubt, identical with the Garret Comerford of Callan, who, in the same year, petitioned the Queen, for a pension "in consideration of the mahems which the company of Sir John of Desmond's traitors inflicted on him, when he conferred with David Barry" [Ibid.]. On the 9th January, 1583-4, the Queen directs "a pension of 20 a year to be granted to Gerald Comerford, who had gone "to study the laws for his help, he being a younger brother, and destitute of maintenance," and, "in consequence of the infirmities grown upon him in his limbs," her Majesty gives him license to return to his native country for the better recovery of his health" [source: Pat. Rolls].

Rapid promotion awaited him at home. He was appointed Queen's Attorney-at-laws for the Province of Connaught, March 5th, 1584-5; M.P. of Callan, in 1585; Queen's Attorney in Connaught and Thomond, Nov., 4th, 1591; Second Justice of the Province of Munster, Oct. 5th, 1600; and, finally, Baron of the Exchequer and Chief Justice of Munster.

While attaining such offices of honour and emolument, in the fiercely penal days of Queen Elizabeth, it may be asked if Gerald Comerford was recreant to the Faith in which he had been brought up? The answer must probably be that he was, if not altogether, at least externally. We have it, however, on the unimpeachable authority of Bishop Rothe, that, in his last illness, the "dissimulator," as he styles him, was reconciled to Holy Church, and died after the victory of penance. His brother-in-law, Sir Nicholas Walsh, raised like him to high judicial positions, like him a pervert or, at least, a "dissimulator," imitated him also in his conversion, and died a sincere penitent, April 22nd, 1615 [source: Rothe's Analecta, pp.43-5. Dublin 1884]. Gerald Comerford died at Coolnamuck, in the Co. Waterford, on the 29th Oct. or 4th Nov., 1604, and is buried in the church of Callan. By his wife Johanna, sister of Sir Nicholas Walsh, senr., of the Co. Waterford, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, he left issue, with a daughter, Margaret, five sons: -- (1) Foulk, of Inchiolaghan, his heir; (2) James; (3) Nicholas; (4) Edward; (5) Patrick, who died in 1630, leaving by Elizabeth Brett, his wife, a son, Garrett, and a daughter Elizabeth.

By Inquisition at Gouran, 11 Nov., 1608, it was found that, at his death, Gerald Comerford was seised of the fee of the manor and lands of Inchioleghan and of the advowson belonging to same; of the town and lands of Brownstown; of a yearly rent of 6s. 8d. issuing from the lands of Maurice [    ] in the townland of Goslan (Goslingstown), by reason of the common pasture which he has in the land of Inchioleghan; of lands in Sholdamrath (Shellumsrath) and "le motch Moere" (i.e. the Big Mor or Moor, Hibernice Moin mor); of land in the townland of Goslan; of land in Rosbercon; and of 10 messuages, 9 gardens, and 21 acres, small measure, within the town and burgagery of Callan. He died at Cowlenemucky, in the Co. Waterford, 29 Oct., 1604. Foulk Comerford is his lawful son and heir, and was then full age and unmarried. Johanna Comerford, otherwise Walsh, wife of Gerald, was seised of the moiety of the said manor of Inchioleghan and the towne of Brownstowne, for the term of her life, and the said moiety to the said Johanna, in jointure.

Foulk Comerford, of Inchiologhan, son and successor of Gerald, entered the Inner Temple in 1604; had livery of seisin, for a fine of 5 4s. 5d., on the 16th of Oct., 1611; and died Feb. 2nd, 1623, leaving his son, Gerald Comerford, then only 11 years of age, his successor and heir.

Gerald or Garret Comerford, being a minor, his wardship was granted to Robert Kennedy, in consideration of a fine of 200, Dec. 2nd, 1623. He had livery of seisin, Feb. 16th, 1632-3. He was still living in 1641, but died within the next few years, leaving an only daughter, Thomasine, who afterwards married Benj. Barrington.

William Comerford, the successor and, most probably brother of Gerald, forfeited Inchiologhan , 1031 acres, and Brownstown, 255 acres, under Cromwell, in 1653; and was transplanted to Connaught in 1654. His wife Ellen, daughter of Robert Shee, son of Lucas, son of Sir Richard Shee.

"Richard Comerford of Castleinch, gent." was outlawed as a Jacobite, in 1691.

Castleinch castle is supposed, with much probability, to be the "villa about three (Italian) miles from the town," where the Nuncio, Rinuccini, stopped the night before his first arrival in Kilkenny. It has since been completely uprooted. Its site in the "Castle Field," to the west of the Castleinch graveyard, is still clearly marked by deep tenches and grassy mounds.


The Comerfords of Ballybur Castle

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan, and entitled "The Comerfords of Ballybur Castle." [Vol. III, pp. 393-95]

Thomas Comerford, of Ballybur, who died Feb. 2nd, 1588-89, was son and heir of Richard Roe Comerford, son and heir of Richard Comerford, senr., and of his wife Ellen Freny, who was one of the co-heirs of Patrick, son of Fulk Freny.

Richard Comberforthe, of Ballybur, was presented by the "Jury of the Commyners of the Towne of Kylkenny," for charging coyne and livery, in 1537. In 1566, Thomas Qwemerford and Ricgard Oge Qwemerford, gents., had a commission to make war on Piers Grace, &c. [source: Fiants of Eliz.]. Richard Oge Quemerford of Balliburr, gent., and (his son) Richard Boy Quemerford of Balliburr, horseman, had pardons, April 20th, 1567. Richard Oge was again pardoned Jan. 22nd, 1571-72, after which he appears no more. He had three sons, viz:

(1) Thomas, his heir

(2) Richard Boy, (i.e. Buide, or Yellow), pardoned as of Ballibur in 1567, and of Danganmore in 1571. He was the founder of the Comerford family of Danganmore. He died at an advanced age in 1624.

(3) William of Killcowle (i.e. Kilcooley), Co. Tipperary, who died, leaving issue, before 1637.

Thomas, the eldest son and heir of Richard Oge, was pardoned, as of Ballibur, in 1571, and as of Castelkely, (otherwise Ballymaclaghny), in 1575. He died Feb. 2nd, 1588-89, being then seised, in fee, of the manor, castle and vill of Ballyburr; and of two parts of the land of Ballybur; and, in virtue of his descent from Ellen Freny, (daughter of Patrick fitz Fulk Freny and his wife, Johanna), of the lands of Ballymacclaghny (Castelkely above, now Castlekelly), Ballytarsny and Caplestoun. He had the following sons: (1) Richard, his heir; (2) Patrick, "late deceased," leaving issue, in 1637; (3) Edward; (4) George, "late deceased," leaving issue, in 1637.

Richard, son and heir of Thomas, was born in 1564; was one of the Constables of the Barony of Shillelogher, in 1608; and had livery of his father's property in 1628. He died at Ballybur, 15th June, 1637, at the age of 73 years. The following entry of his death is found in the Office of the Ulster King-of-Arms, Dublin:

"Richard Comerford of Ballyburr, in the County of Kilkenny, Esqr., sonne and heire of Thomas Comerford, of the same, Esqr., sonne and heire of Richard Comerford of the same, Esqr., sonne and heire of Richard Comerford, of the same, Esqr., tooke to his first wife, [Johanna], daughter of John Sweetman, of Castleiefe, in the said County, Esqr., which died without issue. The said first-mentioned Richard tooke to his second wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Purcell, Baron of Loughmoe, Esqr., by whom hee had issue 3 sonnes and 11 daughters, vidz., Thomas, eldest sonne and heire, died young without issue; John, second borne, but by the death of his elder brother without issue, eldest sonne and heire, took to wife Grany, daughter of Morgan Keavanagh, of Burreas, in the County of Catherlagh, Esqr.; and Richard, the 3d. sonne, married to Elizabeth, daughter of William Deane (recte Den) of Mocullen, in the said County of Kilkenny, gent.; Ellin, the eldest daughter, married to Theobald Butler, of Rouskagh, in the County of Tipperary, Esqr., which Ellin died, leaving several issue. Ellinor, the second daughter, first married to John Kenedy, of Ballingarry, in the County of Tipperary, Esqr., deceased, and secondly married to Dermot McGilpatrick, second brother to the Lord of Vpper Ossorie. Joane, the 3d. daughter, married George Shea, of Kilkenny, gent. Margarett, the 4th daughter, married to James Forstall, of Forstalltowne, in the said County of Kilkenny, gent.; Marym the 5th daughter, as yett unmarried. Ellan, the 6th daughter, as yett alsoe unmarried. Elizabeth the 7th, married to Pierce fitz Gerald of Goslingstowne, in the said County, gent. Mary the 8th, and the other 3 daughters died young without issue. The said first-mentioned Richard departed this life at Ballyburr aforesaid the 15th of June, 1637, and was interred in the Church of Grange, in the said County. The truth of the premises is testified by the subscription of the said John, sonne and heire aforesaid, whoe hath returned this Certificat to be recorded in the Office of the Vluester King of Arms. Taken the 2d. of July 1637."

In his will, made April 21st, 1637, but not proved, he desires to be buried in Grange; mentions his wife Mary Purcell; appoints his nephew, William Sweetman, of Castleefe, and his brother-in-law, John Purcell of Cranagh, Co. Tipperary, his executors; makes his son John Comerford, his heir, with remainder to his other son, Richard Comerford; remainder to the children of his brother, Patrick, late deceased; remainder to his brother Edward; remainder to the children of his uncle, the late Richard Comerford of Danganmore; remainder to his other uncle, William Comerford of Killcowle, Co. Tipperary; remainder to the heirs of his late deceased brother, George Comerford; he leaves 100 to each of his (unmarried) daughters, Mary and Ellan; and mentions his son-in-law, Pierce Baron, of Goslingstown. Witnesses: Richard Comerford, Peter Rothe, Walter Butler, and James Purcell.

For the inscription on his monument at Grange, and for that on the base of the wayside cross erected here by himself and his second wife, see above. [Earlier in the text Carrigan translates a latin inscription as: "Pray for the souls of Richard Comerford of Ballibur, Esq., and Mrs. Mary Purcell, his wife, who had this cross made in honour of the Holy Corss of our Lord, July 20th." (year uncut) ].

John Comerford, his ons and heir, succeeded. He was born in 1598, and was already married at the time of his father's death. He forfeited his estates, consisting of Ballybur, Ballytarsney and Ballymaclaghny, in 1653, and was transplanted to Connaught the following year. His later history is unknown.

Thomas Comerford of Ballbur, gent., was outlawed as a Jacobite, in 1691.


The Comerfords of Danganmore

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan, and entitled "The Comerfords and Ryans of Danganmore." [Vol. IV, pp. 40-41]

The Barons, or Fitzgeralds, seem to have been the old owners of the castle and townland of Danganmore (Catholic parish of Dunnamaggan), as tenants of the Ormonde family, to whom the fee-simple of the property belonged. The Comerfords are first mentioned in connection with the townland in 1571, when Richard Quemerford boy (i.e. buidhe, yellow) fitz Richard of Deinginemore, horseman, received a pardon [source: Fiants of Eliz.]. As Richard Comerford fitz Richard of Danginmore, gent., he was again pardoned, in 1601 [Ibid.]. Black Thomas, Earl of Ormond, must have reposed great confidence in him, as he appointed him trustee to some of the settlements of land made by him upon his heir, Sir Walter Butler. Mr. Comerford's descent is as follows: Richard boy Comerford of Danganmore, (brother of Thomas Comerford of Ballybur castle, who died in 1588), son of Richard Oge Comerford, son of Richard Roe Comerford, son of Richard Comerford and his wife, Ellen Freny. He died in 1624, at an advanced age, and is buried in Kilree. With his wife, Johanna St. Leger, he is commemorated in the inscription above [Carrigan translates from Latin: "Pray for the souls of Mr. Richard Comerford and Johanna St. Leger. Richard died Oct. 5th 162[4], Johanna died Oct. 3rd., 1622. Richard Comerford junr, and Catherine Fennell got me made, April 29th, 1636."].

Edmund Comerford, his eldest son and heir, who is described as of Danganmore, in the Co. Kilkenny, and of Mohbber, in the Co. Tipperary, died in Jan. 1629-30. Thomas, eldest son and heir of Edmund, was 21 years of age at his father's death, and married; he is described as of Derryleigh, now called Castlemorris, which townland he forfeited in the Cromwellian confiscations; if he had any issue, there is no mention of such.

Richard Comerford, who, with his wife, Catherine Fennell, erected the inscribed stone at Ballintee, must have been another son of Richard boy. He is mentioned as of Danganmore, in 1658 and 1659, and he paid 6s. hearth money for his house there, in 1664. He died soon after, leaving his family in straitened circumstances, as appears from a document in Kilkenny castle, in which his widow, Catherine Fennell, petitioned his Grace the Duke of Ormond, that,

"Whereas after the death of her husband, she was unexpectedly left in great arrears to his Grace, and nothing to pay withal, her husband having supposed that all arrears were discharged on his last account at Dublin with his Grace's Commissioners, upon delivering up the deeds of mortgages of Shortalstown, Danaganmore, and Cluanmacshanboy, 100 sterling taken in annuity from Mr. Peter Shee, 100 sterling paid to Mr. James Bryan of the city of Kilkenny, and 100 upon Cluanmacshanboy . . . . [he] might commiserate the unableness and low condition of his oratrix, and the acceptance of the deeds, &c., aforesaid, and to discharge her from all arrears, and give her a lease of ye farme of Danganmore and Shortalstown for 21 years, for a considerable yearly rent, toward the better enabling and maintaining of his oratrix, and the future subsistence of her children."

This petition appears to have been favorably entertained, as the widow and her children continued in possession of Danganmore; and it is, moreover, on record, that a lease of Danganmore, for 3 lives, was made out to the representative of the family, no doubt Catherine Fennell herself, on the 25th March, 1671.

In 1680, Danganmore was settled on Charles Fitzgerald, on the occasion of his marriage with Catherine Comerford. This lady was, it may be presumed, the daughter (or grand-daughter) and surviving heir of Richard Comerford and Catherine Fennell, and is the "Cathaleen Comerthoon," of Danganmore, so famous in local tradition. She appears to have had no issue by Mr. Fitzgerald. On the death of Mr. Fitzgerald, which occurred some time after 1691 (in which year he was attainted) and before 1700, she married a Mr. Ryan of the Silvermines, in the Co. Tipperary, a gentleman who had lost his property in the late Williamite war.

The issue of this second marriage, according to the Kilkenny Archaeol. Journal, April, 1864, was an only son, Jeremiah Rryan. This is, however, most likely, inaccurate, as Mrs. Catherine Ryan, widow, to all appearance identical with Mrs. Catherine Ryan of Danganmore, by her will dated from Danaganbeg, Feb. 1738, after first directing her remains to be interred with her ancestors in Kilree, leaves her property to her two sons, James and Jeremiah. This will also contains the following clause:
"I leave and bequeath to my grndson, John Ryan, one suit of vestments with altar linen, missal and large gilt chalice * to remain for ever in the family & that I may be prayed for yearly."

Jeremiah Ryan, who succeeded to the Danganmore property, at his mother's death, married a Miss Peppard, in 1721, and died in Kilkenny, in April 1758. His wife survived him many years, and died in High Street, Kilkenny, in 1794, at the great age of 104 years.
[Carrigan continues his text with the Ryan and Langton family of Danganmore]


Thomas and Edward Comerford of Callan

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory, published in 1905 by Rev. Canon William Carrigan. [Vol. III. pp. 304-05]

In the south aisle of the old church of Callan is an altar tomb for Thomas Comerford, dated 1629. Thomas Comerford of Callan, to whom this monument was erected, held a considerable amount of property in and around Callan. He appears to have sprung from the brnach of the Comerford family long seated at Ballymack. He was living in 1619 and 1621 [source: Inquis. Lageniae, 54 Caroli I].

Edward Comerford, his son and heir, was one of the trusted confidants of Walter, Earl of Ormond. He must have been full age on the 25th Feb., 1621-22, when his father settled him upon the lands of Ballyclovan and Foulkesrath, Kiltoleghan, and many messuages and gardens in the town of Callan. He was sovereign of Callan in 1632, and M. P. of same in 1634 and 1635, and again from 1639 to 1648. He was a member of the Catholic Confederates body, and subscribed the oath of the Association in 1642. He forfeited under Cromwell in 1653.


Notes from The Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Volume I, II & II

In the Estreats of Co. Kilkenny, 19-20 Edward II (1325-6), we find reference to a Philip de Quemerford, who was fined among many others in the County. [i. #577]

On February 12, 1346. N.S., John de Quemerford was among the witnesses of a grant by Matthew Eyleward to Maurice son of William "le Whyte" of an acres of land in the burgage of Erleyston (Earlstown, co. Kilkenny). [i. #781] John is found again as a witness of a "le Whyte" grant of land in Tybryneken in the barony of Erley (near to Kells & Callan, co. Kilkenny) [i. #765]

June 1350 - Thomas, son of Philip de Quemerford, grants to William son of Richard Coteral of Kells a house with appurtenances in the middle of the town of Kells. Given at Kells in Ossory. Witnesses: William Barret, Elias Bar, Thomas fitz Robert, John son of Thomas Daniel, Walter Daniel, Theobald Eynow. In the same month, Thomas quitclaims the same to Richard. [i. #849, #850]

November 1411 - William Quemerford is listed, "for his lands at lease", among the Rental of James le Botiller, Earl of Ormond, for Callan. [ii. #414, p.301] William is again listed on April 25, 1412, for his lands at lease in or near Callan. [ii. #421]

November, 1434 - In the Rental of the Earl of Ormond, for Irraght and "Hill de Callane", the chief rent of Richard Quemerford at Maioweston is listed at 16d. [iii. #119, p.111]

January 6, 1501 - Edmund Quemerford, dean of Ossory, is listed among the witnesses at an episcopal deed relating to the marriage of James Butler and Sabina Kavanagh. [iii. #302] (note: Edmund was Deanof Ossory from Aug. 13th , 1491 till his death. He was also Bishop of Ferns from 1505 till his death, in 1509. source: Ware)


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