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Clan O’Byrne

July 26, 2013 , ,

O'Byrne COA

O’Byrne COA

Recorded as O’ Byrne but more usually as Byrne, this is an Irish surname of great antiquity. Claiming descent from Bran, the king of Leinster, who died in 1052, this great clan originated in County Kildare where they held extensive territory until the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169 – 1170, when they migrated to Wicklow where they occupied the country between Rathdrum and Shillelagh. Their name in Irish is properly O’ Broin, meaning the male descendant of Bron, the raven. The O’ Broins, like their neighbours the O’ Tooles, were particularly noteworthy for their resistance to foreign aggression, and they continued to inaugurate native chiefs up to the end of the 16th Century. The seat of their chiefs was at Ballinacor, County Wicklow, and the territory over which they held sway was known as Crioch Branach. The celebrated “Leabhar Branach” or “Book of the O’ Byrnes” deals with the exploits of the clan in these times. Alderman Alfred Byrne (1882 – 1956), a distinguished recent member of the clan, was ten times Lord Mayor of Dublin. The Byrne coat of arms has the blazon of a red shield charged with a chevron between three silver dexter hands couped at the wrist, the Crest being a mermaid with comb and mirror proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name may be that of Fiacha Mac Hugh O’Byrne, the military leader. This was dated 1544 – 1595, in the Historical Records of Dublin, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st of England, 1558 – 1603.

Patrick O’Byrne (1817 – 1890)

is my 3rd great grandfather
James Oscar Byrne (1840 – 1879)
son of Patrick O’Byrne
Sarah Helena Byrne (1878 – 1962)
daughter of James Oscar Byrne
Olga Fern Scott (1897 – 1968)
daughter of Sarah Helena Byrne
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Olga Fern Scott
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
The O’Byrne family of County Meathe, Ireland came to America during the famine.  Two of his children died on the passage across the Atlantic on the ship Corra Linn. The traveled in steerage and arrived in New York from Liverpool on 28 September, 1848.  There is no record of the family staying in New York City.  They had a home in Wilna, New York,which is  in Jefferson County, upstate.  When I started my family tree research years ago I had notes from my great grandmother Sarah Helena Byrne.  The O’Byrnes left their home and worldly goods to the Catholic church, and the notes say that all the family records are in a Catholic church in Wilna, NY.  I do know exactly where they lived, and have tried to figure out if the church they attended is still there. I would love to know more about my clan in Ireland.  I want to go to Dublin someday; I feel certain I will like it.

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wow.. you go back to 1052? that’s amazing Pam! that’s so totallly cool you are at geneaology


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

July 28, 2013

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  1. #ROW80 Plots for Poems | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

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