Patriarch Britton
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Patriarch Britton (bef. 1750)

Patriarch Britton
Born before in Fermanagh, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Background and DNA Research

The surname of Britton was first found in Devonshire, where they were seated from the 11th century. Britton is originally believed to be a French name. Often from County Tipperary, County Kildare and County Meath.[1]

In Ireland, the surname Britton was first found in County Kildare and County Meath, where the name was established in the 13th century. It is often preceded by "le," as in "le Breton," in the Judiciary Rolls and Ormond Deeds of Ireland. This is an important distinction over the English versions of the same surname. In England, the name was derived from de Bretagne, the geographical place name Brittany, the region in France, and not from Great Britain.[2]

It is the view of a number of researchers that the Britton family living in Fermanagh in the late 18th century were all related. DNA research is helping to confirm this. We hope to build this profile in time with more descendants. If you can help, please contact Veronica Williams.


Patriarch BRITTON.[3]

We don't yet know the name of the father of my ancestor Catherine Cassidy nee Britton and her brother Thomas and perhaps we never will.

He was believed to be an Anglican clergyman who was a military chaplain for the garrison at Fermanagh in the North of Ireland.[4]. DNA has now confirmed connections to the Britton family who also had connections with the Church of Ireland.

The Britton name was only linked with the Parish of Boho Co. Fermanagh in the early 1800s. The Britton's were prominent members of the Church of Ireland (non Catholic) and were recorded as Sidemen in the Boho church back in the 1700's. [5] The Linnet Inn located in Boho Fermanagh, was formerly the 'Britton Inn' and run by members of this Britton family who resided at Tullyholvin.

The Former 'Britton Inn'

Garrison is a small village near Lough Melvin in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Garrison (the town) is named from a barracks erected by William III who halted there after the Battle of Aughrim in 1691 (Wikipedia).

The Irish traditionally had quite large families and we expect our Britton patriarch to be no exception. His family may have originated from Scotland perhaps having come over during the Plantation of Ireland or later. DNA results for my family do suggest ethnicity from Scotland and France, currently unaccounted for.

It should be recognised that the segments identified through this DNA research could belong to either Patriarch Britton or his wife.

The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.

Known Children

Probable children

Where DNA evidence suggests a likely relationship they have been connected to this profile. A note on the status from a DNA perspective is also added below.

  • John bef 1785 m Mary HAMILTON
  • James abt 1788 m Mary LAIRD[6]
  • George born abt 1794 m Catherine LAIRD. Several emerging groups suggest he could be another sibling of our unknown patriarch. It is unclear whether Catherine LAIRD and Mary LAIRD are related. Until this can be determined the split between many Britton/Laird segments cannot be determined.

Other possible children

  • Jane born before 1768 (m Henry BROOKS) - 3 Triangulated Groups. Based on her age Jane could be either an older child or perhaps a sibling of our patriarch. For the purposes of our study she has been attached as another potential sibling until further evidence emerges.


  • You can read more about the DNA research associated with the Britton family on my blog, to go to the post please click here.
  • More information can be found regarding my DNA research of my ancestor Catherine Britton on my blog, to go to the post please click here.
  • I am currently mapping the results of this work to DNA Painter, for a visual representation of possible segments handed down from our 'unknown' Patriarch Britton please click here.
  • If you are a descendant of one of the Britton families in Fermanagh and have been DNA tested, please contact Veronica Williams if you can help with this research. Please also consider joining our Brittons of Ireland project at Family Tree DNA.
  • To find more detail about the Triangulated and Emerging Groups associated with this research, please click here.

Wikitree DNA Connections

Of the DNA connections attached to this WIkitree profile, the following are included in this DNA study and have triangulated segments with others.

  • John Roberts
  • Joan (Roberts) Coates and Veronica (Coat) Williams
  • Michael Stevens
  • Barry Roberts
  • Bonnie (Brackin) Ford
  • John Walton
  • Desmond Cassidy
  • Julie (Brackin) Green
  • Norma Gehring
  • Philip (Thrall) Golan
  • Private DNA Woolnough
  • Traecy (Walker) Bottomley
  • Don Temples
  • Steve Yeager

To be reviewed.

  • Janet (Gehring) Luise
  • Jerry Gehring
  • Joy (Gehring) Van Sickel

The following have yet to demonstrate a DNA connection, this includes anyone who has tested at AncestryDNA and has not uploaded their results to a chromosome analysis site for comparison.


  1. James McClelland, Irish Surnames and locations, Hawkesbury Library, 300 George Street Windsor, NSW, Book 32 and 32A.
  2. Britton Surname History, accessed May 2018.
  3. Britton-1031 was created by Veronica Williams on 5 Dec 2014.
  4. Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD, Life of Father Philip Cassidy, PP Archdeacon, Benedictine Monks, Arcadia, NSW, Fr Peter Charles Klein SYD.
  5. Emails, Nuala Cassidy White, 2007, Cassidy Clan.
  6. Gedmatch triangulated group confirmation of relationships between John Walton, Private Britton; and KC, overlapping shared segment of approx 16 cMs on Chromosome 17, Triangulated 27 May 2018.

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