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The Daton Family
Early Documented History


In the Calendar of Ormond Deeds, the first mention of Daton, with a County Kilkenny connection, appears as a witness of a release and quit-claim to Sir Edmund le Botiller [Butler] in the manor and barony of Cnoketothyr [Knocktopher]. Hugh Datoun, knight, was among the witnesses of this grant, dated February 28, 1314, and given at Dublin.

The Ormond Deeds mention a number of Datouns in records recorded about 1359, including the following names Richard Datoun, knight; Peter Datoun and John Dauton; Richard Dalton and John Roth Dalton; Richard son of John Dalton; and Richard son of James Datoun.

A Walter son of Richard Dantoun, knight, is recorded as a witness, on September 6, 1375, of lands in the lordship of Overk [Iverk], Co. Kilkenny. A Richard Dantoun is cited in an earlier deed, dated November, 1352, at an undisclosed place.

Another entry in this work records that "Walter Datoun quit-claims to James, Earl of Ormond, all his right in all lands, tenements, rents, etc., in the lordships of Kildras, Correstoun and Metlagh in county Kilkenny." This grant was given at Waterford, dated December 24, 1379, and indicates the Datons had possesed a number of properties in south central County Kilkenny.

In the Court roll of the manor of Kilcrone [Co. Kilkenny], circa 1400, listed among the suitors of the court of Kilcrone is a Raymond Daton for [rent of] Balikarrowill.
NOTE: Raymond and Redmund are often used as the same name.

In November, 1419, a Henry Datoun is listed among the jurors at an inquisition at Corbaliesford which outlined the parcels of royal service divided between the Barony of Knocktopher and the Newtown of Jerpoint (Co. Kilkenny).

On July 18, 1438, is recorded a deed of attorney by Raymond fitz Walter Datoun appointing Nocholas fitzElys Datoun his bailiff for placing Richard fitz Redmund de Valle and Joan his wife in full seisin of a townland called Atheny near of Lynnan in county Tipperary, to have and to hold to them and the heirs male between them begotten. Given at Castleton.

Dated August 31, 1446 is a deed of attorney of Anastasia Daton, daughter and heir of John Daton, appointing Nicholas MacElyot her bailiff for delivery to Geoffrey Vale (albeit, de Valle), chaplain, full seisin of all her lands, etc. in counties Kilkenny, Tipperary and elsewhere. Given at Henberyeston.

In a record dated about 1453, the estate of Redmund fitz Walter Daton is enumerated, as lands in: "Castletown, Whytchurch, Newtoune, Ballnemeale alias Kyllomory, Newgraige, two acres in Garrynerchy, Kylmedally, Ballyfoyle, Ballyen, Bremill, Rogeristown, Cloghistare, Twor Portenshe (?), Liclaman, Twor Dowlinge, Cowlerve, Ballybeataghe, Fencockstowne, Tomynstowne, and a plot (plac') from Kylteran which estate bears date xxo die Octobris anno regni Regis Henrici quarti post conquestum Anglie (blank)."
"In which estate the revercioun of the lands which Margaret the wife of said Walter had in dower was likewise past."
The record goes on to cite that "Redmund Daton had issue Robert and Redmund [fitz Redmund]. Robert past forty acres with their appurtenances called Mone Rothe in tenemento de Owning to his second brother Patrick and his heirs." The record appears to show the descent of Richard fitz Redmund to his son, Patrick fitz Richard Daton, and then to his grandson Walter fitz Patrick Daton, and finally that Walter [fitz Patrick] Daton had issue John Daton fitz Walter. In the mix, it cites an estate in tayle from Richard fitzPatricke Daton to his son Patrick fitzRichard Daton of the land of Moynroo (presumably Mone Rothe above), dated February 1533, and that the heir of this Patricke fitz Richard is to be sought out.

On January 16, 1453, the grant from Robert son of Redmund Datoun to Patrick son of Redmund Datoun is recorded. He granted Patrick firty acres of land which are called "Monrothe" in the tenement of Unynge. Among the witnesses were Richard Datoun and Redmund fitzJohn.

In an indenture dated September 12, 1457, it cites Robert Datown, William Datown, Patrick Datown and Richard Datown, the sons of Redmund Datown, late lord of the Datowns. It goes on to describe Robert as lord and heir of the Datowns.

On December 21, 1492, Redmund (Redmundus) Datoun, lord of Cillmogulla, Cillcrispine and Athena, in the counties Kilkenny and Tipperary, gives and grants to John son of Peter Butler his tenements of Cillcrispyne and Athene on the west side of Lyucan and Sliabhdile in the county Tipperary with all its tenements, lands, woods, plains, mills, etc., and all free liberties pertaining thereto, to him and his heirs forever. In the accompanying quit-claim of this transaction, Redmund Datoun is described as captain of his nation.
NOTE: According to Hogan's Onomasticon Goidelicum Sliabh Dil is the hilly region east of Slievenamon in county Tipperary, extending to Carrick-on-Suir, and in county Kilkenny to Windgap and to Owning near Pilltown. Ahenna, Kilclipsin and Garryduff of county Tipperary are in it, so are Curraghmore and Cahernane of county Kilkenny.


The Datons of Kildaton

The following passage comes from Carrigan's History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory and entitled "The Datons of Kildaton."

The name Daton, or D'Autun, now incorrectly written Dalton, appears in Kilkenny records as early as 1382, in which year Walter Daton and others were appointed Keepers of the Peace in said County (source: Patent Rolls). John fitz Redmund Daton was appointed to the same office in 1425. On the 20th Dec., 1516, McRedmond Daton, chief of his nation, and lord of Cyllecyspine and Athene (Kilclispeen and Ahenny), in the Co. Tipperary, granted John fitz Peter le Botiller all right, &c., which he had in his (Daton's) demesne of Cillcrispyne and Athene, on the west side of the Lyneam (i.e. Lingaun river), in the Co. Tipperary (source: Graves's MSS.). About 1565 "Daton and his kinsmen's landes houlden of the mannour of the Grannagh" were estimated at 100 marks (l66 13s. 4d.).

What date the family settled at Kilmodalla, or Kildaton, now Bessborough, is unknown. In a document of 1592, the townland is called "Daton's Kill," which shows that in that year, at least, the Datons were well established here. In the same year died William Daton of Kildaton, chief of his nation. His will, dated Nov. 15th, 1592, and proved the 6th of January, 1592-93, is as follows:

"In Dei nomine. Amen. In the yere of out Lord 1592 and the 15 of November, I, William Daten being sicke in body and whole in minde and in full memory, dith make my last will and testament in presence of God and holy church. Item. I bequeath my soul to Almightie God and to all the holy company of heaven, and my body to the earth to be buried in the chapple of Kilmoygall. And I make my wife Margaret Butler and my sonne Edmund Daton mu executors of this my last will and testament. Itm. more I will and ordayne all my goodss moveable and unmoveable in iii equal porcions that is to saie one parte to my wife, the seconf parte to my children and the third part to my soule. Itm. all my goods moveable is 6 cables and one kowe and 8 and 20 shepe and the valewe of xvteen. sh[illings] of iron and brasse."

Edmund Daton, son and heir of William, was 25 years old at the time of his father's death, and was, therefore, born in 1567. He died Aug. 1st. 1629, and was buried with his ancestors "in the chapel of Kilmadalie." By his wife, Margaret, daughter of GErald Blanchville of Blanchvillestown, whom he had married before Nov., 1592, he left issue: -- Walter, his heir, John, on whom he settled Whitechurch and New Graig; Edward; Oliver; William; Theobald; Margaret; Catherine; Elizabeth; and Allan.

Walter, the eldest son and heir, was of full age at his father's death, and married to Ellice, sister of Richard, 3rd Viscount Mountgarret. He was still living in 1641, but died within the next dozen years.

Edmund Daton, his successor and, presumably, his son, forfeited, in 1653, the faimly estates, which, according to the Down Survey Books, then comprised the townlands of Kildaton (a castle), Curloghan, Tubernabrone and Lisnagenny, Ballaghdowlin, Ballagh[na]metagh, Jamestown, Gorheen and Bannagher.

"William Daton, of Kildaton, Esq.," probably the representative of Edmund, was outlawed and attainted by the Williamites, Apr. 20th, 1691. Other members of the family outlawed in the same day were: Walter Daton, of Kilonasbog, Esq.: Walter Daton, of Garrynerehy, gent.; Redmond Daton, of Kilenasbog, gent.; and William Daton, of the City of Kilkenny, gent. (afterwards Bishop of Ossory)

Kildaton Castle sttod on a low ridge or mound, about 250 yeards, east of Bessborough House. It was taken down soon after the erection of the present mansion, which dates from 1744.

In Irish, Daton is pronounced Dhawthoon. The Irish of Kildaton or Bessborough is Kyle-a-Dhawthoona, i.e. Daton's Kill or Church.


Information compiled and contributed by Dennis Walsh.


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