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Unknown McNamara (bef. 1755)

Unknown "of Moyriesk" McNamara
Born before in Moyriesk, Clare, Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Patriarch MCNAMARA of Moyriesk [1]

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Research Notes

The MacNamaras were settled at Moyriesk, parish of Clooney, barony of Bunratty Upper, County Clare from the 17th century. In 1684 John MacNamara received a grant of 2,370 acres in the barony of Bunratty, including Moyriesk. Colonel Francis MacNamara was Member of Parliament for county Clare 1790-1798. His son was the well known duellist John "Fireball" MacNamara. His hell raising caused the loss of the family estates. In 1837 Lewis writes that Moriesk was bought by the father of Lord Fitzgerald and Vesci from the MacNamaras and that Knopouge Castle, then in the hands of William Scott, formerly belonged to the MacNamaras of Moriesk.

The coming of Cromwell to Ireland and the subsequent wholesale confiscations of land dealt a fatal blow to their position and high standing and it has been calculated that of 293 families of the name, living on their lands in 1654 only six were allowed to retain part of their estates. Many fled the country mainly to France, a few retired to accept what was offered to them in Connacht, others departed to seek a new life even as far away as the West Indies.[2]


  1. Landed Estates accessed 2022.
  2. McNamara, Clare Library, accessed 2019.

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