O'Hanly Crest


Vert boar passant argent armed hoofed and bristled or, between two arrows barways of the second headed of the third, that in 

chief pointing to the dexter and that inthe base to the sinister.  

Three arrows sable flighted argent pointed or one in pale the other two barways.





'SaigheadÓir Collach AbÚ’ 

‘The brave archer forever’


Hanley - Hanly - Ó hAinle



The surname Hanley or Hanly is the anglicised form of the Irish Ó hAinle, which is possibly derived from the Gaelic word áluinn, beautiful (we may also note that in modern Irish ainle means a swallow). It is found to-day principally in, indeed it is almost confined to, two areas, viz. in Connacht to Counties Roscommon and Galway, where it is usually spelt Hanly, and in Munster to County Cork and adjacent districts where the spelling is Hanley. The ancient sept of O’Hanly originated on the banks of the Shannon in County Roscommon where the place-name Doohyhanly perpetuates their connection with that district. These O'Hanlys were tributaries of the royal house of O'Conor. Their establishment in County Cork was comparatively late: the name is almost entirely confined to County Roscommon in the census of 1659 and in earlier records. A family closely allied to the O'Hanlys of Connacht are the Hallys of County Clare whose name has a similar derivation.


Donal O'Hanley was Bishop of Dublin from 1085 to 1096 and Samuel O'Hanley the same from 1096 to 1211 when the bishopric became an archbishopric.  


Lachlan MacLellan and Mary Anne Hanley

Richard Alexander MacLellan and Margaret Anne Hynes

John Robert Tracey and Catherine Cecilia Tracey (MacLellan)

Michael MacLellan Tracey And Jennifer Lambert Tracey


The following headstone transcriptions for the O'Hanly Family tombs show the link between Anne Dufficy and John Hanly, parents of Mary Anne Hanly, and the ancient Hanly Family. The following paper published by Gerald Hanley provided the genealogical evidence for Mary Anne Hanly's link to the ancient family.


'Erected to the memory of the ancient family of Kilmacor by Patrick Hanly. The mothers’ names for four generations were Anne Dufficy, Kate Cline, Margaret O’Farrell, ( Anne O’Hanly, Mabel McLoughlin ) Jane O’Connor., Also ( in fond memory of John Hanly 50 years and his children  James Hanly 68 years Bridget Hanly 70, Richard 34,  Jane 57. Kate 56, also his affectionate wife Ellen Hanly 64 years, Their dau. Mary 18, his uncles Martin Hanly, Rev. James Hanly P. P. Fairymount'.

O’Hanly Family Tomb.


0 Lord be merciful to ye soul of Corm[ack] Hanly and Mary Hanly late of Tuam,* who Died in 1750 and [...] erected by their son John, in. memory of them ’and their parents in 1764.'



Gerard Hanley: O'Hanley and the townland of Kilmacough, Irish Genealogist, Vol.3 (l958 , pp. 101-8.)  


O'Hanley and the townland of Kilmacough.

By Gerald Hanley


From The Irish Conformists (to be published in 1959) by The Rev. Fr. W. Clare: –

Murtagh Hanly of the Parish of Kilglass, Co. Roscommon. 8th July 1733.

Son of Darby Hanly of Kilmacough, Co. Roscommon, and grandson of Murtogh Hanly by his wife Catherine Naghten. (Hussey-Walsh Mu., Vol. 7, p. (13b).  

Kilmacough (variously spelt) is a townland in the parish of Kilgefin, County Roscommon, one of the parishes belonging to the sept of O’Hanly.


That Murtagh Hanly, son of Darby, son of Murtagh, as recorded above, is probably the descendant of William Carragh O’Hanly who died about 1606, may be seen from the following. From ”Fiants of Elizabeth”, Fiant No. 5887 (6202), 11th August, 1594. ”Pardon to William Carrage O Hanlye of Caroreaghe.” Carrowreagh is a townland adjacent to the townland of Kilmacough in the parish of Kilgefin, and was a part of the lands belonging to this clan of the O’Hanly sept. In the Patent Rolls, James I, in the year 1617, the following is recorded: ”Moriertagh Moyle O’Hanly of Carrowrewagh, gent. Pour gnives or two thirds of Carrowrewagh Qr; half of Killmcqogh Qr; two gnives or one third of Coilletehane Qr; Dowghkill, 1 cart. part of Lackan Qr; one sixth of Killmcquogh Qr.” On 10th April 1633, ”Murtagh Moyle O’Hanly, of Carrowrewagh, gentleman, ” was a member of a jury listed in Chancery Inquisition No. 92, Charles I. In the Book of Survey and Distribution for Roscommon, 1636-1703, the lands of ”Murtagh Moyle McMilliam Carragh O’Hanly” are shown as follows under ”Proprietors in 1641”


Aghfadda in Clonshee1 gneeve.
Cappagh in Kilte’.han1 gneeve. (This is the Coilletehane of 1617).
Treely in Clogher.            1/2  gneeve.
Killmacough3 cart
Carrowreagh4 gneeves
Aghoworishny1 cartron


All the above lands are in the parish of Kilgefin.


Dooghill1 cartron. (This is Dowghkill of 1617).
Dooghill is in the parish of Cloonfinlogh near Kilgefin.


After the Cromwellian wars Murtagh Moyle McWilliam Carragh O’Hanly appeared before the Commissioners for Declaration of Claims and Qualifications. The following documents of the period show the process of the Cromwellian machine as it dealt with Murtagh Moyle, then over ninety years of age. ”By the Comrs for Adiudic’ns of the Claymes and Qualific’ns of ye Irish. Uppon reading the claims of Mortagh Moyle Hanly a coppie whereof is hereunto annexed and attested, it is ordered that the same be referred unto Henry Wright Esqr. to examine the matter therein contaiyned and all such evidence as shall be produced by him, for clearing of his title to said estate in his said claime mentioned and to state and report ye same unto this Court Dated at Athlone the 14th of March 1655.


Signed by Order of ye Ld (I) Commrs.

Rich. Cows (?)”

Here follows the claim of Murtagh Moyle O’Hanly, the document itself being undated.  

”To the honnorable the Commissioners for Adiudic’n of Claymes and qualifications of the Eyrish the clayme of Mortagh Moyle hanly of Carrowreagh in the Barrony of Ballintober and county of Roscommon to the lands tennements and hereditaments hereafter mentioned the sayd claymant showeth that William Carragh Hanly late of Carrowreagh aforesaid Gent the claymants deceased father was in his life tyme lawfully seized in his demesne as of fee and Ancient Inheritance to him descended from his Ancestors of and in four Gneeves in Carrowreagh, three cartrons in Kilmocoogh, one gneeve in Capagh in the quarter of Cillitian, one gneeve in ye quarter of Clogher, two gneeves in Duckill and Cillivoran in ye quarter of Lackan, and half a quarter of Leniglanan in the Barrony of Ballintober and county of Roscommon aforesaid, the sd William dyed about fifty years agoe by and after whose death ye premmises descended and came as of right ye same ought to descend and come to ye clayant as sonn and heir of ye sd William, who likewise beca me seized and possessed of ye said premisses his demesne as of fee, and ye rents issues and profitts thereof,  Rewards and to his own use the premisses being worth in ye year 1641 sixty pounds ster beside and ye claymant further showeth that he is upwards of 90 years of adge and never (did?) any thing to ye prejudice of ye English Interest in the tyme of ye late Rebellion but uppon all occasions did manifest his good affection to ye same when he had opportunity soe to doe Sayme the Claymant to ye premisses and humbly prayeth that ye same may be attested (entered?) and adiudged further by decree of ye honnorable Coorte and that he may have ye thereof.


A true Coppye. Ex’d.

Rich. Cows (I)”  

 On the back of the document is written ”The Copy of Mortagh Moyle Hanly his Clayme,”  

 Then follows judgment as to his ”Qualification.”  

”By the Com’rs for Adiudicacon of Claymes and Quallificacons of the Irish.”  

The Clayme of Mortagh Moyle Hanley of Carrowreagh in the Barrony of Ballintober and Countyof Roscommon as well to his tytle as to his quallificacon being this day heard in the presence of the Councell for the Commomwealth as of the Councell for the sayd Claymant it appeared fully upon (he evidence produced that the Claymant hath made a good and  legall tytle by descent from his Ancestors unto ffower Gneeves in Carrowreagh aforesaid, three cartrons in Killmocoogh, one Gneeve in Onagh in the quarter of Cillitian, half a Gneeve in the quarter of Clogher, Two Gneeves in Duckell and Collivoran in the quarter of Luckan and halfe a Quarter in Leniglanan is the Barrony of Ballintober and County of Roscommon aforesad in the sayd Clayme mencioned. And that the Claymant is comprised within the Seventh Quallificacon of the Act of Settlement of Ireland. The Court doth thereupon adiudge the sayd Claymant his heires and Assignes for (every?) to have and enjoy One third part of the lands before mencioned in Connaught or Clare according to the true intent and meaning of the sayd Act of Settlement Saving to his Highnesse the Lord Protectar and the Commonwealth of England all right that hereafter may appear to belong to his sayd Highnesse or the sayd Commonwealth and saving to all other persons all right that may hereafter appeare to belong unto them out of the lands Claymed by the sayd Claymant or any part thereof. Dated at Athlone the third day of Aprill 1656.


John Cooke.

Copie ex’d, Rich. Cows(i’) William Halsey.”  

On the back of the document is written ”Mortagh Moyle Hanley his Decree.” and ”Decree of Mortagh Moyle hanly.” Having been placed within the Seventh Qualification and thereby losing two thirds of his ancestral lands, Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly’s ”final settlement” reads as follows – ”By ye Comrs for Settinge out Lands to ye Irish in ye Province’ of Connaght and County of Clare.  

In pursuance of the decree of the Comrs for Adjudication of the Claymes and Qualifications of the Irish Granted in ye behalfe of Mortagh Hanly of Carrowreogh in ye County of Roscommon,. whereby he is adiuged to have Bc enioy one third parte of his estate by virtue of the Seventh qualification wherein he is comprised, set out unto him in ye province of Connaght and County of Clare, it is ordered and accordingly hee is hereby empowered to enter upon and take possession of one hundred and nynteene acres of land in the Quarter of Carrowreogh and Killmcquige lyinge and beinge in ye parish of Killgeffin Barony of Ballintober and County of Roscommon The same to have enioy and possess with all improvementes houses buildings appurtenances Rents and profitts thereunto belonging to him his Heires and assignes for ever, in full satisfaction of his estate according to ye tenor of the said Decree And ye heigh Constoble of ye said Barony is hereby Required and authorised to put the said Mortogh Hanly into the full and quiett possession of ye premisses without fee. Dated at Loughrea this 16th May 1656.

Entd Bc Examd.

J. A. Cuffe.

M. N. Edwards. Char. Holcroft.”  

On the back of the document is written ”Mortagh Hanly final settlement.” The final settlement detailed above is confirmed by ”An Account of Lands Set out to the Transplanted Irish in Connaught” which is to be found in the Ormonde Manuscripts. The entry regarding Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly reads as follows –


Person’s nameDate of Date of DecreeFinal SettlementNo of Acres

Mortagh Moyle Hanly

of Carrowreagh in Co.

Roscommon3 April 1656. 14 May 1656.  119.  


Captain Nicholas Mahon, a Cromwellian soldier, received large grants of land in County Roscommon, and later became high sheriff. He received Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly’s 119 acres in his own name as the following entry from The Book of Survey and Distribution for Roscommon shows –


County of Roscommon. Parish of Kilgepn. Ballintobber Baro:   

Proprietors 1641.  DenominationsTo whom disposed, etc.  

Murtagh Moyle Hanly in KillmcCough 

3 Cart R in Carrowreagh 4 gns:  

KillmcCough R 2 Qrs. Carrowreagh 

Cont. of Arable & Pasture



Edmund McLaughlin Hanley 1 gneeve 

in KillmcCough.

Murtagh Moyler Hanley holds of these qrs 5 Cart:  

R 1/2 and Edmund mcLoghlin Hanly holds ye rest.  

021 Nicholas Mahon  



Murtagh Moyle, being then over ninety years of age, must have died soon after the settlement, for in the Census of Ireland 1659 he is represented by William Hanly, as follows – 





No. of people.  


Titulados’ Names  




Kilgefin  Clunecashel  27  Garrot Dillon, Gent.   27  
 Gortelihan  3  Garrot Dillon, Gent.   3  
 Clunshee, Tuam & Cawawabonine  32  

John Hanly, Gent. Thomas Terrill, Esq., 

R Christopher Terrill, Gent.  

 Aghavoryn  18  James Malyan, Gent.   18  
 Tumranill  16  James White, Gent.   16  
 Cloonegeragh  11  Patrick Warren, Gent,   11  
 Corry  12  Gillernan Hanly, Gent.   12  
 Curraghe  15  William Hanly, Gent.   15  
 Clogher  12    12  
 Shian  6    6  


Principal Irish names include O’Hanly. Number 45.

The 45 O’Hanlys above were in the parishes of. Kilglass, Kilgefin, Cluntoskert and Killtivan, with 15 others recorded as living in the parish of Clonfinlogh. 

The next mention of .the lands of Carrowreagh and Kilmacough is in 1676 as the following deed records –  

 ”Be it known unto all men by these presents – we William Hanly of Curragh and Mortagh Hanly of Gotlehone Gents in the county of Roscommon Gents do hereby acknowledge and confess ourselves to be owing and stand duly indebtcd unto Nicholas Mahon Esq. high sherriE of the county aforesaid in the just and full sume of forty pounds current and lawful money of England to be paid unto the said Nicholas Mahon his heirs Executors or assignes at his or theirs will and pleasure the said payment well and truly to be made and done the said William Hanly and Mortagh Hanly do bind us and everp of us our heirs Executors and assignes jointly and severally firmly by property. In witness whereof we have hereunto put our hands and seals this two and twentieth day of April and in ye 27th year of ye raigne of our soveraigne Ld Charles ye Lord be ye grace of God England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King Defr of ye faith a. 1676.


.” ”Whereas the above named William Hanly and Mortagh Hanly have passed by way of mortgage twenty acres of ye land quarter of land commonly called by ye name of Carrowreag & Killmocoo lying and being in the Barony of Ballintober and county of Roscommon for ye sume of ten pounds or until ye said sume of ten pounds be repaid at one whole and entire payment by ye said William Hanly and Mortagh Hanly or their assignes unto ye aforesaid Nicholas Mahon his heirs Execrs or assignes convey and assure unto ye said Nicholas Mahon his heirs or assignes for ever twenty acres of ye qr of land called Carrowreagh 8c Killreocoogh which premises are situate lying and being... etc. ... etc


Being present at ye signing Sealing                     Will. Hanly. (seal).

8c delivering hereof we whose names                 Mor. Hanly. (seal).



Peter Conry. Humb. Westby. Henery Skerrett. (Note: Nicholas Mahon’s wife, Magdalen, was a Skerrett).

On the back of the document is written – ”Mr. Will. Hanly his bond to perform a mortgage,” and ”William hanly, Mortagh, and Loghlin hanly their deeds of mortgage and bond.”


In the list of Jacobites” outlawed for ”foreign treason” is ”Loghlin son of William Hanley of Corragh.” This ’was about the year 1690, Loghlin being one of three O’Hanlys of County Roscommon so outlawed.


A further deed of mortgage was performed in 1685.


”This indenture made the thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand and six hundred and eighty five between William Hanly of Corragh in the County of Roscommon, Gent. of the one part and John Mahon of Stroakestown in the said county of the other part WITNESSETH that the said William Hanly for divers good considerations thereunto moving and especially for and in consideration of the sum of seventy five pounds eight shills sterling to him before the perfection hereof satisfied and paid by the said John Mahon the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge...’ etc,, etc.... by force of the statute of transferring rents into possession At.r. that and those the... his Right title and interest of and in eighty two acres of land Strafford’s Survey in the town and lands of Killmcough and Carrowreagh commonly called and known by the name of Gortatole and Carrowreagh...lying and being in the parish of Kilgefin... etc.


Will. Hanly.


On the back of the document is written – ”Signed and sealed R delivered in the presence of Humb. Westby. Teig Hanly. Edm. Donelan. Cormack Hanly. Phelim??’ Killmacough. The deed of mortgage of Wm. Hanly for $75.8.0 13th April 1685.”


Note: John Mahon was,’ Nicholas Mahon’s eldest son, and the lands he possessed are detailed in his father’s will.


The following deed from The Registry of Deeds, Dublin, gives a further trans- action for the year 1718.


”Memorial of Deeds of lease and release dated the 9th and 10th days of January 1718 made by and between Murtagh Hanly of Ballincorry in the county of Roscommon, Gent. and William Hanly son and heir apparent of the said Murtagh Hanly of the one part and the Rt. Hon. Sir Ed. Crofton of Moate in the county of Roscommon, Bart. of the other part reciting that the said Murtagh Hanly and William Hanly did by their deeds indented bearing date the 11th and 12th day of November in the year of our Lord God 1709 for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and thirty three pounds to them in hand paid by Nicholas Mahon his heirs all that and those the lands commonly called and known by the name of Ballincorry one quarter containing eighty and two acres of profitable land Irish plantation measure be the same more or less situate lying and being ... etc., etc.... to have and to hold unto the said Nicholas Mahon his heirs and assignes forever subject to a proviso or condition of redemption upon the payment of one hundred and three pounds ster on the twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord God 1711 together with the lawful interest for the same until the payment thereof and Reciting likewise that the said Murtagh and William Hanly did by two other deeds indented bearing the date the ninth and tenth days of May in the year of our Lord God 1718 for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and three pounds to them in hand paid by the said Nicholas Mahon before the perfection of the said deeds bargain sell alien enfeoffe release and confirm unto the said Nicholas Mahon and his heirs all that and those the lands aforesaid... etc., etc....


The deed goes on to explain that Sir Ed. Crofton pays the several mortgages amounting to £220 and thirty pounds in hand paid to them by Crofton, and that they ”bargained sold granted enfeoffed remised released aliened and confirmed unto the said Sir Ed.


Crofton for one whole year the lands known by the name of Ballincorry, eighty two acres etc....”  


Witnesses. John Kelly, John Hanly, Hugh Hanly and John Wigglesworth, all of Co. Roscommon.


” The machine for the beggaring of the Irish had by then gone into almost perfect working order, and notes of desperation sound throughout many documents of the period. One man might make a mortgage while the pressure on his own kin increased year by year. Still regarding the land of Ireland as their own, often poverty stricken on the lands of their ancestors, life must have become daily more complicated as more and more deeds were made. In volume five of the Hussey-Walsh manuscripts is the following extract from an Exchequer Bill for the year 1719.


Mahon v. Hanly.

”Bartholomew Mahon of Strokestown, County Roscommon, Esq. says that Darby Hanly of Kilmacough, County Roscommon, Gent. being seized of the lands of Kilmacough in the Barony of Ballintober County Roscorpmon came to your suppliant for the loan of money stating that he wanted to provide for his children and grandchildren R that he had full power to sell lands.... Your suppliant became possessed of the same and enjoyed them without any disturbance until of late the said Darby Hanly, John Hanly of Ballyleague in the said County Roscommon & Margaret Hanly his wife, Patrick Hanly of Moher in the said County, one James Nevill, Gent. 5’ one Catherine Hanly, widow of one Mortagh Hanly, combming together give out in speeches that Darby Hanley had no power to make such a bargain for that one Mortagh Hanly father to the said Darby Hanly was but tenant for life with remainder to ye said Murtagh Hanly his ye said Darby’s son in Tail male & that the said Murtagh Hanly married the defendant Catherine Hanly als. Naughten & had a son & heir who they pretended turn yr suppliant out of ye said lands... at other times said confederates state that said Murtagh left several sons by said Katherine.”


The  title-deeds hidden in human feeling, an atavism which no legal documents could wither, must have been very powerfully alive in the Irish people of that period as they watched their own kin make deeds over the lands which their ancestors had held for centuries until dispossessed. The temptation to regard ”the Ancient People,” as they were called in some documents, as a nuisance, must have been very strong in the new owners who found themselves amongst a community with a most tenacious race-memory and an unwillingness to surrender what they considered their own by right of centuries. Again and again in the documents of the period one sees the deepening of the com- plications as the Irish feeling for sept-ownership of ancient land became tangled in the sterling and the documents as the transactions in land multiplied year by year. Of about sixty O’Hanly landowoers in 1641, about fifty-one were completely dispossessed. The nine who were able to hold on to some of their land during the Cromwellian trans- plantation period must have be n closely watched by those of the dispossessed who were not in Spain or France waiting for some miracle. This atmosphere must have obtained all over Ireland.


In 1721 a further transaction was made over Kilmacough as is shown by the following from the Registry of Deeds, Dublin. ’


”A memorial of indented deeds of lease and release etc.– dated eighth and the release made the ninth day of September 1721 made or mentioned to be made between Darby Hanly of Killmacough in the County of Roscommon, Gent. of the one part and Bartholomew Mahon of Cloonfree in the said county of Roscommon, Esq. of the other part –


”The deed states that for $96.10.0 paid by Bartholomew Mahon, Darby Hanly ”did sell enfeoffe release ancl confirm unto” Bartholomew Mahon ”then in actual possession” the thirty nine acres of land in the town and lands commonly called and known by the name of Kilmacough. Witnesses were Humberston Westby of Strokes- town in the county of Roscommon, Gent., Francis Hanly Scrivener, Nicholas Hawkes of the City of Dublin, Gent. and Thady Connor of Cloonfree in the said county, Yeoman .... signed and sealed by Darby Hanly. 9th Sept. 1721.


So that Darby Hanly was not of one mind with ”the confederates” as named by Bartholomew Mahon in his complaint of 1719. The original total of land, one third of his estate, granted to Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly in 1656 in Carrowreagh and Kilmacough was 119 acres. The eighty acres and the thirty nine acres described in the above deeds give a total of 121 acres, ”be it more or less” as some of the deeds put it. Some of the genealogical details in the foregoing documents tally with the genealog- ical chart of the O’Hardys in the Genealogical Office, Dublin. The genealogy of Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly can be seen in the chart as follows –





It will be seen from the above that William of Curragh, son of Murtagh Moyle, still called himself William Carragh after the style of his grandfather who died about 1606. Unfortunately the genealogy in the chart ends with the five sons of William Carragh (2). The year 1754 shows that the memory of the upheaval of the transplantation was still very much alive. For instance, the grandson of a Dillon who was transplanted from Meath into the O’Hanly country, made the following statement – Dillon v. Hanley. 14 Sept. 1754.


”Your orator Walter Dillon of Gortlyon, County Roscommon says that he is seized of the lands of Gortlyon. Margaret Hanley of Kilmacough in the said county, widow, in combination with her son John Hanley, Chs McLoughlin, Michael Hanley, Anthony Hanley & several others in June last forcibly entered on your supliant’s lands whereupon your suppliant’s son Martin Dillon opposed them & John Hanley threatened to bury him in a boghole. On the 11th July last John Hanley, Patrick Hanley, Anthony Hanley & others assembled in said bog.”


Walter Dillon had fought a thirty year legal battle for this piece of land, not with the Hanleys, but with a Dalton who was his kinsman, both of them descended from the transplanted Dillon. Walter Dillon had known many setbacks, including being seized by the press gang in England and held for two years in military service. He had gone across to England to make sure that another claimant to the piece of land was dead. When he finally made his way to County Roscommon about the year 1709, document in hand, he found Murtagh Hanly in possession, who then made way for him. Those who ”assembled in said bog” in 1754 were suffering from the transplantation of a hundred years before, as much as the unfortunate Dillon whose ancestor had been transplanted. The transactions of the period are so complicated, both underhand and legalised by deed, that it is almost impossible at times to discover who had right, whatever that was. For the ”Ancient People” the land must still have been theirs in their own minds.


The Margaret Hanley and her son John of Kilmacough above, must have been of the family of Murtagh and William.


The only other deed concerning Kilmacough which, so far, I have been able to find, is one of the year 1764. It is as follows and has an air of finality about it where the family of Murtagh Moyle O’Hanly is concerned. The deed is dated 16 April 1764 and states that on the 3rd and 4th day of October 1762, ”the said release made between Bartholomew Mahon of Cloonfree, in Co. Roscommon, Esq., nephew, heir and devises of Bartholomew Mahon, late of Cloonfree, aforesaid, Esq., deceased, of the first part, Murtagh Hanly of Killyvackan in the said county of the second part, Thomas Mahon of Strokestown in the said county, Esq., of the third part, and John Conry of Cloonahee in the said county of the fourth part, whereby the said Bartholomew Mahon for the consideration therein mentioned did thereby bargain and sell unto the said John Conry the town and lands of Killmacough one quarter situate in the parish of Kilgefin – etc.–.”


That Murtagh Hanly shown as of Kilglass, son of Darby Hanly of Kilmacough, and grandson of Murtagh Hanly by his wife Catherine Naghten, in Father Clare’s ”Irish Conformists,” was a direct descendant of Murtagh Moyle O’Hanly, seems certain. The Murtagh Hanly of Killyvackan mentioned in the deed of 1764, whose interest in Kilmacough seems to have been finally severed by that deed, may have been the same Murtagh of 1733. The O’Hanlys lived on in the parishes of Kilglass, Cloonfinlogh (in which parish Killyvackan lies), Kilgefin and Cloontuskert,’ as many do to this day, and the Murtagh of 1764 must .have settled with one of them.


The writer of these notes would be glad of any information which might assist in the elucidation of this genealogy.


I am greatly indebted to the Very Rev. Canon M. J. Connellan, P. P., whose know- ledge of Roscommon place-names is unrivalled, for much information concerning downlands; also to Dr. R. 7. Hayes, L L.D., M.R.I.A., Director of the National Library of Ireland, for generous help m research, and for the use of the Pakenham-Mahon collection of documents which contain the material of the Cromwellian period concerning Mortagh Moyle O’Hanly, and two of the early deeds. I thank also the Rev. Fr. Wallace Clare for the use of copious documents, and J. G. Simms, author of ”The Williamite Confiscation in Ireland 1690-1703,” for the information concerning the outlawing of Loghlin Hanly and advice as to sources, and to the officials of the Registry of Deeds, Dublin, for much kind assistance in searches made there.







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