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A History of McCrohan(James McCrohan of Texas, U.S.A.)

World-wide home of McCrohan Genealogy

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The NameNotes from Anna Fullam's research into McCrohan Genealogy. This article treats with the historical seat of the McCrohans at Letter Castle, record of lands which were re-assigned, Daniel O'Connell and other miscellanea..

From the research of James McCrohan, Dallas, Texas.

Response from Mrs. Anna Fullam 

Respondees from "Ireland" 

Table of Contents


(The Wet Hillside)

King's History of Kerry

Vol . 3, P. 215

"Belonged to the MacCrohans, an offshoot of the O'Sullivan Mor clan. The McGillycudy's branched off the same stem."

Joseph McCrohan


"Given to Alexander Eager by Dudlow. One of the Eagers later built Caragh Lake Hotel." Con McCrohan in Letter at time of Ludlow."

King Vol. II


"The Lettur Alexander was.4th son of Alex Eager/Rose 0'Toole of Bally-maulus Castle and the   family only got Ballymalus some time after 1677.
The Littur Alex married Elizabeth, Daughter of Rev. Pierce Butler, Rector of Iverach, and so left no issue."

Charles Smith

"Ancient & Present State J.G. Kerry", 1756  P.107

"In this Parifh is a second castle called Litter, erected formerly by O'Sullivans, and in later times, possessed a branch of that family called MacCrehan."



The castle was situated 1.5 SSE of Cahirciveen town.  The foundations only remain (1969) shown on .5" to one mile map - Kerry 79.

John O'Donovan

15 August 1841

A gcathair Saidhbhin anUibh Rathach

"In the townland of Litter in the southwest of this parish there was formerly a castle which belonged to the family of MacCrehin a branch of the 0'Sullivan's. It is now entirely destroyed, but its site is well known and shown and should appear on the ordinance map."





MacCrohan (McCrohan) -Branch of The O'Sullivans.

  "They were recorded as providing forty (40) men for O'Sullivan's army in 1596. Their seat was at the Castle of Letter near Caherciveen. In the penal times they were reduced to obscurity in Ireland, but as exiles rose to prominence in Spain.
  As late as 1657 the MacCrechins are included, in a state paper of the day, among the Munster families "Plotting for Trouble" and in the next generation we find Denis MacCroghan an officer in 0'Donovan's Regiment of James II's Army, while a Jeremiah Croghan was in Creagh's Regiment. Two MacCroghans of Kerry were subsequently attainted by Jacobites."

Above is an extract from the book "More Irish Families II by Edward McLysaght .
0'Gorman Ltd., Galway and Dublin. -





Source Of Excerpt: Unidentified Newspaper Article
"Tracing an O'Connell Pedigree"

"Maurice O'Connell who was high sheriff of Kerry in 1560 could trace his descent, generation by generation, back to 1337 when Hugh O'Connell was chief of the O'Connell nation. Glancing at his pedigree we find the blood of the O'Briens of Thomond, the O'Connors of Corcomroe, the O'Connors Kerry, the O'Sullivans Beare, the MacCarthys Mor, the O'Donovans of Clan Cathail, the Earls of Desmond, the O'Callaghans, the MacCrohans mingled with the O'Connells. Maurice the high sheriff died on July 24, 1607, and two years later on April 10, 1609, an inquisition was held at Tralee before Sir Dominic Sarsfield, Knight, John Meade, Jusiciar, and John Burkett, Attorney for Minister, and a jury. The findings of the inquisition include details of the lands held by the late Maurice, including
Ballycarbery, Cahirciveen, Aghort and many others including what were called "adjacent lands in the patria called O'Connell's country in Iveragh."  Maurice's son and heir, Geoffery, had inherited all the lands and other property.
  This Geoffery who became high sheriff of Kerry in 1616 married Hanora, a daughter of MacCrohan of Letter Castle. They had two sons, Daniel and Maurice.  Daniel married Alicia Singerson and their son, John O'Connell of Derrynane was the great grandfather of Daniel O'Connell the Liberator. This John of Derrynane married Jane Conway of Cloghan and was a captain in the army of James II. By license under the articles of the Treaty of Limerick he succeeded in keeping his lands. His son Daniel of Derrynane, married Maire Dhubh Ni Dhonnchadha and their son, Morgan O'Connell , married Catherine 0'Mullane of Whitechurch.  They were the parents of Daniel O'Connell, who was indeed captain of his nation."

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    Geoffery O'Connell, castellar of Ballycarbery Castle married Hanora MacCrohan c. 16?? Since a boat would take him across to Renard in fifteen minutes, she was probably a Renard MacCrohan!
    John Og MacCrohan lived there in Renard before that and went to Beiginis Island nearby in 1654 to escape Cromwell,'s army. Some MacCrohans stayed on Beiginis (little island) until one married the post mistress in Valentia fifty years ago and moved there. She had a fine premises -two story near the brokel. Present Post Office is next door now. This was father of Dan and Owen. Dan has nice boy and girl now five and eight. .Plenty claret in those days.  O'Connells and MacCrohans were smugglers. One French base was Nantes.
Source: 'Antiquities of County Kerry' O'Donovan 1841.
     Reprints Ordinance Surrey.




Dod (?) Mc Crohan was abbot of abbey of Terryglass when Dermot Mc Murrough came back with his Norman allies from England. Terryglass is on Nenagh side of Lough Derg, in Co. Tipperary. Abbey ruins on Village street. The book of Leinster was compiled by order of this Mc Crohan who was Dermot's tutor.

Most of the book is in Trinity College Dublin and remainder in Franciscan library at Dun Muire, Killiney, Co. Dublin. A letter copied from the book of Leinster from Finn Mac Gorman to the same Mc Crohan directs that the conclusion of the book is written by Mc Crohan.
      Found in "the Norman Invasion of Ireland", by Richard Roche, Anvill Books

(1169 or earlier date)

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