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The Heneberry Family
Early Documented History


Early Reference to de Inteberg (Heneberry)

The family of Intebergh came from Inkborough, co. Worcester (anciently written Intebergh), which was one of the original Marshal manors and not inherited from Strongbow. In Ireland the name suffered progressive corruption, from such forms as 'David de Inttebergh', represented in a 1247 feodary of 1/8 knight's fee at Rathdouan;   to 'once of Nicholas Hyndbruege', represented in the 1324 feodary of 1/8 knight's fee at Rathdonan;   to Heneberry, preserved in the townland of Ballyhenebery, co. Kilkenny, where they were settled in the beginning of the 14th century (see: Note to Duiske Charters, no. 2). The Red Book of Ossory cites that, about 1300, Philip de Hyndeberg was lay patron of the church of Beaulu (now Owning), in the Deanery of Ouerk (Iverk in co. Kilkenny), and at present day there is a large townland named Ballyhenneberry, beside Owning [ref: Carrigan, p.237].

The earliest mention of the family is in co. Wexford. Nicholas de Inteberga was a witness circa 1204 to a quit-claim of Adam son of Synath, executed in co. Wexford (see: Ibid., no. 2); and Nicholas and Philip witnessed another charter circa 1226 (see: Ibid., no. 16). Philip was perhaps the ancestor of the Rathdouan family. He owed rents circa 1230 in Rathsalagh in Bantry (unidentified, see: Ibid., no.41), and Bantry would be a likely place for this fee. He is presumably identical with a sheriff of Munster circa 1244 (see: Cal. Doc. Ire., I. 2661; cf. 2629), and may have been the father of David who witnessed a charter concerning co. Wexford circa 1230 (see: Duiske Charters, no. 39), and the David de Inttebergh who held the 1247 fee at Rathdouan. If so, David must have been succeeded by a brother John, for a Philip was father of John and grandfather of Nicholas de Hyndeberg who released the manor of Rath (Baggotrath, co. Dublin) to Robert Bagod circa 1280 (see: Cal. Pat. and Close Rolls, Ireland, 3 b. ; cf. Ball, ii. 43 ; note to Regr. All Hallows, 135).

So it may be permissible to identify Nicholas with the Nicholas who held this fee (at Rathdouan) before 1324. The entry in the 1342 feodary suggest that he was dead by then, the [knight's] fee having escheated to the overlord; and this would agree with another record which shows Philip as grandfather of Nicholas de Inteberg, whose son Ludovicus in 1323 sued the descendants of the Worcesters for the dower lands of his great-aunt Alianora, daughter of Philip de Inteberg, who had married firstly Andrew de Bermingham and secondly Ralph son and heir of William, nephew and heir of Philip de Worcester (see: Journal R.S.A.I., 1870-1, p. 633. Alianora was alive in 1295, Ibid., 1907, p.387).

Nothing more of hear of this [knight's] fee. It is one of those marked 'decay' in the 1324 feodary, meaning it had been overrun by the Irish. It does not occur in the feodary of circa 1425.


The 1247 feodary (The de Valence Purparty) was taken from "Chancery Miscellanea", P.R.O., London (File 88/4, no. 70), collated with a list in the Calendar Patent Rolls.

The 1324 feodary was printed in the Calendar of Inquisitions post mortem, representing the inquisition on the Irish estate of Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke and taken at Wexford on July 16, 1324.

Source: extracts from the book Knights' Fees in Counties Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny, Irish Manuscripts Commission, with commentary by Eric St. John Brooks, Dublin Stationery Office, 1950


The ealry form of the name is found in a number of early records in the Calendar of Ormond Deeds (Vol I, II, III):

Philip de Inteberge was a witness to a grant at Boyacg in the tenement of Grenan circa 1240.
Philip, sheriff of Munster, witnessed a quit-claim of a villate in Balygillduf and Killacheth circa 1244.
Sir Philip and Sir John de Hindeberge were witnesses of a grant in 'le Glyn O Katoft' dated April 21, 1261.
Philip de Inteberge witnessed a grant in the tenement of BalyhymcDowyl and Laynachiston dated June 15, 1325.
Philip de Inteberge witnessed a grant of land in Shanboth, given at Kilkenny in January 1328.
Geoffrey Intebar' was a witness to a barony of Overk, Co, Kilkenny grant dated March 1342.
Geoffrey Hyndebreg is listed in mercy for non-attendance when summoned to various inquisitions at Clonmel in 1359.
Richard son of Paul Hynteberge paid a fine at Clonmel (co. Tipperary) in 1359.
Robert Hyndebruge witnessed a grant at New Ross (co. Wexford) crica 1360.

In the list of Essoins taken at Clonmel, co. Tipperary in January, 1398, is cited "Milo Maydewlell and Ismaya his wife put in his place Theobald Laynagh to win or lose in a suit between them and David Hendebrege."

A David Hynteburg is listed among the those owing fines and amercements of the court of the Liberty of Tipperary from April 1403 through December 1404. The last name is also spelled Hyndebyrge, Hyndebrygg and Hyndebrugg in these citations.

In a county court of the Liberty of Tipperary, 1410, a case is cited of Robert Stanley against David Hynbryge of Rathedrom on a pleas of debt. Pledges named. David attached by one tassum price 2 marks in hands of Ballagh Hynbryge manucaptor.

February 10, 1446 - William Walsch, chaplain, gives and grants to Nicholas son of David Hynberye the manor of Owenyn, the manor of Henberyeston and the manor of Fanyneston, together with all other messuages, lands, rents, etc., which grantor had of the gift and enfeoffment of said Nicholas in the parish of Ownyn and the parish of Fotheron in Overk, to have and to hold to said Nicholas and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten. If he die without male heir, remainder similarly to Philip, Thomas, Richard, John, Walter, all sons of the said Nicholas; then to John son of Patrick Tywe; William son of Philip Hynberye; William son of Richard Hynberye; John Glas son of Richard Gyllegalde Lesagh Walsch; Milo son of the same Richard; Philip son of Philip Cam Lesagh Walsch; Walter son of John Glas Lesagh Walsch; Richard son of James Lesagh Walsch, and Richard son of Patrick Tywe. And if all these die without heir male so begotten, the above manors, etc. shall revert to the right heirs of the abovesaid Nicholas son of David Hynberye and his heirs for ever.

July 20, 1504 - Richard Henebre grants to Peter Butler, knight, Margaret Gerot his wife and James Butler their son and heir, all lands and tenements in Ownynge, Fanyngistoun, Balihennebre and Gortklenrush and all their lands and tenements in Saunderistoun alias Balyhander, Lasloyn, Scarnanystoun in county Kilkenny.
Witnesses: John Wyse, Walter Englishe, chaplain, and many others.
Dorso: Signed "Pers Butler"


Information compiled and contributed by Dennis Walsh.


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