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Allmuran, a quo O'Halloran,
Connor of Cath-lury,
Teige, the strong,
Gilla-Stephen of the plunder,
Davock" (David Oge).
In the thirteenth century, the O'Hallorans were dispossessed of their ancient inheritance of Clan Fergail, by the De Burgos; and were obliged to emigrate, with the O'Flaherties, to Iar-Connaught, where they built the castle of O'Hery in Gnomore; and also, according to tradition, the castle of Rinvile in Northern Connemara. See our author's Ogyg. p. 376, for this old family; and the "History of Ireland," by Doctor Sylvester O'Halloran of Limerick, who states, vol. ii., p. 389, that he was himself "descended from the House of Clann Fergail." But there was another family of this name in Thomond, for which see Cathreim Thoirdhealbhaigh, or the Chronicles of the Wars of Thomond, at A. D. 1309, which family was "descended from the stock of the O'Briens, and the other Dalcassians."—O'Brien, Diet. p. 514. The learned historian claims for "the House of Clan Fergail" the celebrated St. Finbar of Cork, and Aileran, surnamed an c-eajnai6, or the wise, for whom see Ussher in Primord. pp. 818, 966; O'Conor's, Annal. UUon. pp. 56, 57, and Petrie's Tara, p. 99. He also claims for this family the "invincible" William Ockham, mentioned by Harris, in
Ware, Ware, vol. ii., Writers, p. 82; but Wadding renders this claim more than doubtful. See Harris, in he. ult. citat. An account of the historian O'Halloran will be found in Fitzgerald's History of Limerick, Appendix, p. lx.
In A. D. 1585, the "O'Halloran" was one of the contracting parties in the Indenture of Composition for Iar-Connaught with Queen Elizabeth, which will be found in Appendix I. It appears from the "Description of Connaught," preserved in the British Museum, and quoted in the last additional note, S, p. 252, that Jonick O'Halloran was proprietor of the castle of O'Hery, in Moycullen barony. On 27th March, A. D. 1619, "the east quarter of Barney was granted by patent to Teige and Moyler O'Halloran."—Rot. Pat. Jac. I. And on 28th Nov., 1638, Stephen Lynch obtained a decree in Chancery against Edmond O'Hallorane, of Barney, for £410. 19s. 8d., and the lands of O'Hery to be charged therewith."—Orig. enrolled. This decree is supposed to have led to the transfer of the Barna estate to the Lynches, by whom it is possessed to this day. The following documents relating to the O'Hallorans, who since that time have shared the vicissitudes of most of the ancient Irish families, are considered sufficiently curious for preservation. They are taken from the originals, in the possession of the Editor:
"Carta Dermicii O'Halloran.
"Sciant presentes et futuri, quod ego Dermicius, alias Dermoid duff Mc Shane O'Halloran de Bearna in comitatu Galway generosus, pro quadam summa pecunie mihi per Edmundum Halloran de Galwey mercatorem pre manibus solute, dedi, concessi, vendidi et barganizavi, et hac presenti carta mea confirmavi eidem Edmundo omnia et singula maneria, dominia, castra, messuagia, terras et cetera hereditamenta quecunque,
cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis in villis, campis, locis de Rine
moyly, Ayrdnegrivagh et Tulaghvor, que mihi jure hereditario pertinent, in baronia de Balynahensy infra comitatum predictum. Habendum et tenendum omnia et singula premissa superius expressa, cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis prefato Edmundo Halloran heredibus et assignatis suis, imperpetuum; de capitalibus dominis feodi illius, per servitia inde debita et de jure consueta. Et ego vero predictus Dermicius alias Dermoid O'Halloran et heredes mei omnia et singula premissa prefato Edmundo Halloran heredibus et assignatis suis, contra omnes gentes, warrantizabimus, acquietabimus et imperpetuum, per presentes, defendemus. Et ulterius sciant me
prefatum Dermicium alias Dermoyd O'Halloran fecisse, ordinasse in loco meo
posuisse dilectum mihi in Christo Nehemiam Ffolain generosum, meum attornatum ad intrandum, et possessionem et seisinam capiendum pro me, vice et nomine meo, de et in omnibus et singulis premissis, cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis. Et
post post hujusmodi possessionem et seisinam sic inde captas et habitas, deinde pro me, vice et nomine meo, plenam et pacificam possessionem et seisinam inde et <a jualibet inde parcella prefato Edmundo deliberandum et tradendum. Habendum et tenendum sibi, heredibus et assignatis suis, secundum tenorem, vim, formam et effectum hujus presentis carte mee inde ei confecte. Ratum et gratum habens et habiturus totum et quicquid predictus attornatus meus fecerit in premissis per presentes. In cujus rei testimonium presentibus sigillum meum apposui. Datum vicesimo septimo die Junii, Anno regni domine Elizabethe, Dei gratia Anglie, Francie et Hibernie Regine, fidei defensoris, etc. tricesimo sexto.
"Present Nicholas Linch, fyz Marks.
Dorby alias Diermoyd O Halloran, his signc.-}-" "I Ere:..ond Hallorine Sonne and heyre of the within named Ed. Hallornine do release unto Edmond Flahertye of Rinvile esq. all my right to the castle and lands of Rinvile, by virtue of this deede or any other deede whatsoever. In witnesse whereof I have heereunto subscribed my name the last of October Anno Dni 1638.
"Erehond H Alloraine. "Present Hugh Flahertye. Nicholas Browne."
"Carta Joh. O'Halloran,
"Sciant presentes et futuri quod ego Johannes (PHattoran de Galwey, piscator, dedi, concessi et hac presenti carta mea confirmavi Ambrose Martin de Galwey predicta mercatori, omnia et singula manerium, castrum, messuagium, terras, tenementa, prata, pascua, pastures, boscos, suboscos, moram, montium, aquas, gurgitas piscarum et alia hereditamenta quorumcunque, cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis que habeo, habui, seu quovismodo in futuro habere potero, vel aliquis alius habet vel habere debet, vel aliqui alii habent vel habere debent, ad meum usum in villis, campis et hamletis de Renvyle, vel in aliquo alio loco in Erconnaght, in comitatu Galwey predicta; habendum et tenendum omnia et singula premissa superius expressa, concessa, recitata et specificata cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis, prefato Ambrose Martin heredibus et assignatis suis, ad usum predicti Ambrose, heredum et assignatorum suorum imperpetuum, de capitalibus dominis feodi illius per servicia inde debita et de jure consueta. Et ego vero predictus Johannes O'Halloran et heredes mei omnia et singula premissa superius expressa, concessa, recitata, et specificata cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis, prefato Ambrose Martin heredibus et assignatis suis contra omnes gentes warrantizabimus, acquietabimus et imperpetuum defendemus per presentes. Et ulterius sciant me prefatum Johannem O'Halloran fecisse, constituisse, ordinasse, deputasse, et in loco meo possuisse dilectum mihi in Christo Edmond boy M'Bryne de Irislona, et Dermod M'Hyue de Shanvalliard in Erconnaght predicta, yeomen, meum verum et legitimum atturnatum, ad intrandum et possessionem et seisinam capiendum pro me, vice et nomine meo, et post hujusmodi possessionem et seisinam sic inde captas et habitas, deinde pro me, vice et nomine meo, plenam et pacificam possessionem, et seisinam omnium et singulorum premissorum superius expressorun cum omnibus et singulis eorum pertinenciis, prefato Ambrose Martin heredibus et assignatis suis deliberandum, secundum tenorem, vim, formam et effectum hujus presentis carte mee, inde ei confecte per presentes. In cujus rei testimonium, presentibus sigillum meum apposui. Datum apud Gallwey vui.° die Septembris, Anno Domini, 1954.
"John O'halluran, his mark" (viz., a curiously shapedfishing-hook).—Orig.
"Morrertagh (PHallurane and Teig is JDede, the
"Be yt knowen into all men by theis presents, that wee Morrirtegh fytz Davocke O'Hallorane, and Teige fytz Davocke O'Hallorane of Rynvilly in the county of Galway yeomen, have gywen and graunted into our welbeloued land-lord, Morrogh ne Moyer O'Flaherty of Bonnowen in the county of Gallewey aforesaid gentle, all that quarter of land sett, lying and being in Rynvilly within the Barony of Ballenehensy in the county of Galewey aferesaid, frome us our heires, executores and assignes, into the said Morroghe ne Moyer O'Flaherty his heires, executors and assignes, sole and proper use for ever, uppon condicion and forme folowinge, viz. to sey, that yfe in cause that the said Morrirteghe O'Hallorane, Teige O'Hallorane or ther heires sheold happen to dwell in and uppon any part or parcell of that land, that then he or they shall yeald and pay into the said Morroghe ne Moyer O'Flaherty his heires, executores and assignes, the just some of six shillings and eight pence sterr: corant lawfull money in England, for and out of every cartron of that quarter of land, that he or they shall occupie or meynure yearly, otherwyse yf it shald happen that the said Morroghe ne Moyer O'Flaherty his heires or assignes shall occupie or meynure anny cartrone of that quarter of land, that then he his heires or assignes shall yeld and pay into the said Morirtegh O'Hallorane and Teige O'Hallorane or their heires, the just some of wane (one) shilling and eight pence ster. yearly: provided allweys that the said rent of six shillings eight pence ster. is to be paid yearly out of every cartrone in Rynvilly to Morroghe ne Moyer O'Flaherty, in respect of and consideration of his lordshipe in that soy He. In withnes whereofe we have sett hirinto our signes and sealles. this 17
IrISh ArCh. SOC. 15. 2 L of
of October 1606—Teig O'Hallorane is sign & seall—Morteigh O'Hallorane is sign and seall.—Present at thensealling and delivery hereofe, wee whose names inswethe. —Nichas Martin, Richard Lynce fytz-Nich. Davy O'Dowan, testis."—Orig.
"Deede of the Clagann, A. D. 1612. "Be it knowen to all men by theis presents, that wee Margarett nyne Dermott mor CPHalluran late of the Clegan in the countie of Galwey, and Onora nyne Jonecke O'Halluran of the same, for a certaine soome of money to us in hand well and truely contented, satisfied and paid, have remised, released, and for us and our heires for ever, quitt claimed by these presents, unto Morugh ne Moyre O'Flaherty of Bonoven in the countie of Galwey aforesaid, gent, in his full and peaceable possession and seisin being, his heires and assignes for ever, all that our right, title, claime, demand and interest, which ever we have had, or which for ever hereafter we shall have, our heires, executors and assignes, of all and singuler the cartron of land with thappurtenances called Knockbane, the cartron of land of Lacknehae, the cartron of Knock mcGillechrist, the haulf quarter of land in the Kealmor, the cartron of land of Knockyle, the cartron of Kleganbig and Fallereagh, and the cartron of the Kyllyne called Sranelana, with their hereditaments and appurtenances, situated in the Clagan in the barony of Ballenehense within the countie of Galwey, soe as neither we the said Margarett and Onora nor our heires, nor any other person or persons whatsoever by us, for us, or in our or any of our names, any right, title, claime, demande, or interest of and in the lands, tenements hereditaments with thappurtenances aforesaid, or in any parte or parcell thereof; and that we may not dispose, claime, or sell the same for ever hereafter, but of all actions, rightes, titles, claime, demaund, and interest, shalbe excluded for ever by these presents. And we the said Margarett and Onora and our heires, all and singuler the lands, tenements and hereditaments with the appurtenances aforesaid, unto the said Morogh O'Flahertie his heires and assignes for ever, against us and our heires, and against all other person or persons whatsoever lawfully haveing, claimeing or which for ever hereafter shall lawfully claime, into the lands, tenements, and hereditaments with thappurtenances aforesaid, or into any parte or parcell thereof, anie right, title, state or interest, of, by or under us the said Margarett and Onora, our heires or assigns, shall save, warraunt, acquitt and defend for ever, by these presentes. In witnes whereof we have hereunto set ouer signes and seales, dated the fifteenth day
of September A0. D°. 1612 Margrett nyn X Dermot mor O'Halloran. Onner nyn
X Jonicke O'Halloran.—Beinge presente at the signing, sealing and delivery of this deede we whose names are subscribed.—Forinan mc Dermote Follan is marke, ?•— Morrogh X Marrey O'Dovane, is marke.—Davy X O'Dovane is marke.—Knogher X og mc Knohor mcOwen."—Orig.