Fanning Name Study

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Our goal is to share our discoveries about the Fanning surname in late Medieval and early modern Ireland of the 1200s-1600s. The hope is that we can put our heads together to solve some family mysteries, including pedigrees and names of spouses.

The Fannings arrived with the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland and were present in Kilkenny in the first decade of the 1200s.[1] Starting ca.1300, the Fannings settled in 2 main geographical locations:

  • The main branch settled in Ballingarry, Barony of Slievardagh, County Tipperary -- on the border with County Kilkenny. Many of these Fannings were knights and landowners, and closely connected with the Butlers of Ormond.
    • The first names of the Ballingarry men tended to be Oliver, Edmund, Geoffrey, Nicholas, William, Thomas, James, Richard. Some of these first names (Nicholas, Richard, Thomas, James) were occasionally used by the Limerick branch.
  • A branch of merchants and seamen settled in the city of Limerick and neighboring County Clare. Many men of this branch also served as Limerick mayors, sheriffs, and bailiffs after 1500.
    • The first names of the Limerick men tended to be Clement, Patrick, Dominick, Simon, Francis, Arthur, George, Edward. These first names were virtually non-existent in the Ballingarry branch between 1200-1650.

Some questions for us to explore: How were these 2 branches connected? Who moved to Limerick and when? Was there ongoing contact and intermarriage? Did Ballingarry Fannings own property in Limerick/Clare and vice-versa?

The earliest records (1200s) used the spelling Fanyn. Later the name appeared as Fanyn(g)(e) and Fan(n)ing(e) up until the standardised "Fanning" ca.1600.[2][3]

To help untangle pedigrees between the 1200s and 1600s, we can focus on either the 1) Tipperary/Kilkenny branch (including Ballingarry) or the 2) Limerick/Clare branch. Here are some useful leads:

1) The Fannings of Tipperary & Kilkenny

  • A good place to start is the Calendar of Ormond Deeds.[4][5] These were legal and land transactions in 6 volumes covering 1172 to 1603. A wealth of names and locations, and useful for specifying family relationships (e.g., Geoffrey Fannyng, "son of Nicholas", lord of Ballyngarry, in Vol.4, 1509-1547). It is clear from these records that the Fannings were close neighbours of the Butlers of Ormond.
  • Knights' Fees appears to indicate that the first Fannings in Co. Kilkenny starting ca.1200 were Richard, his son Thomas, his son or grandson John (fl.1300), his heir Thomas (fl.1317-1343).[6]

Some names of interest, taken from the Ormond Deeds and other sources:

  • 1204: Richard Fanyn [most likely the gateway ancestor of the Anglo-Norman Fannings in Ireland] was a witness to Geoffrey FitzRobert's charter to Duiske, Kilkenny, in 1204 [Duiske Charters, no. I.] As Richard Fannynge he witnessed the charter of William Marshal I to Kilkenny between 1207 and 1211 [Chart. Priv., p.34 ; Liber Primus Kilkenny, p.74]. He was killed[7] fighting on the side of William's son Richard Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, in 1234 [Calendar of Documents, Ireland, i. 2212].[8][9]
  • 1244: John Fanyn, witness, Balygillduf and Killacheth.[10]
  • 1245: "Walter Fanning was one of 12 commissioners appointed by Henry III to hold an inquisition concerning charges made by Donatus O'Kennedy,[11] Bishop of Killaloe, of the alienation of certain lands at Roscrea belonging to the bishopric. The inquisition was held at Roscrea on the 5th of July, 1245, and found in favor of the bishop, and the lands were restored to him."[12]
  • ca.1250: Sir John Fanyn, witness (also Sir Hugh Purcell,[14] Sir David Condon [Kantteton])[15]
  • 1261: Thomas Fanyn, witness, Knocktopher, Carrick, Strother.[16]
  • 1275: John Fanyn, 10 marks, for release of venue. Tipperary.[18]
  • [Note: This appears to be the King's validation of the earlier list from 1247 above] 1279: '"Thomas son of Richard Fanyn'", Glothementhan [Clomantagh], Kilkenny.[19]
  • 1280: Thomas Fanyn appears in the records of Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester and Hertford.[20] (Note: Ca.1287 Richard Fanyn (a likely brother/son/nephew of Thomas) is a tenant of Gilbert de Clare's brother, Thomas de Clare, in Co. Clare near Limerick. See the "Limerick" section below.)
  • 1284: Walter Fanyn of Baligaveran.[21]
  • "In 1289, Robert Shertell [Shortall], knight, was witness to a deed, whereby John Fanin, knight, granted to William de Kitelere the manor of Clomantagh, situated in close contiguity to Ballylarkan." [Ballylarkan, Co. Kilkenny, was seat of the Shortall family][22]
  • 1295: John Fanyn pays a fine to Hugh Purcell, Sheriff of Tipperary.[23]
  • 1300: John Fanyn is lord of Clomantagh. An inquest held at Kilkenny found that John held the manor of Clomantagh from the Earl of Gloucester. License was given to him to grant to the parson of Clomantagh and his successors in perpetual alms a messuage in Clomantagh, next the church, late of Master Henry Fanyn [Cal. Just. Rolls, i. 336].[24]
  • 1304: William Fanin is called a "cousin" to Eustace Le Poer[25] in the 32nd year of the reign of Edward I [Longshanks].[26][27][28]
  • 1305: Edmund Grace (le Gras) witnessed a deed by Eustace le Poer to William Ffanyng of the manor of Moyobyra [Mohober] in tail male.[29]
  • 1317: In the 1317 feodary, Thomas de Fanyn (Fannyn) had succeeded to the half knight's fee at Cloghmantagh. He was still there in 1343 [Ormond Deeds, i. 764] but was dead by 1348 [Ormond Deeds, i. 808-10].
  • 1329: Richard Fanyn appears in the Pipe Roll of Edward III, regarding a 1324 transaction with Edward II concerning lands at Ballynennan.[30]
  • 1332: Witnesses: John Fanyn, Patrick Fanyn, Balyeth in the tenement of Fedmer.[31][32]
  • 1334: Thomas Fanyn entered the castle of Mohober [near Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary], the manor of the Fannings, and evicted Eustace le Poer[33] and his men. James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond, is called in as a neutral party to restore order.[34]
  • 1343: Thomas Fanyn of Cradokeston.[35][36]
  • 1374: Henry Fanyn, Thurles, did not come when summoned.[39]
  • 1410: Henry Fanyn of Moytobry [Mohober?][40]
  • 1430: John Fanyn gives and grants to Thomas son of Nicholas de sancto Johanne ... situated in Haltonwrstoun and Balispedegh.[55]
  • ca.1432: Thomas Fanyn of Sleff (Ardagh).[56]
  • 1470: Notarial deed concerning the legitimacy of Thomas and William Fannyng; witnessed by Oliver Fannyng:[57]
    • "We have seen, computed, and understood the rights of a case of birth and legitimacy between Thomas Fannyng the plaintiff (actorem) and William Fannyng the defendant (reum) tried before us in our diocese of Cashel, each of whom claimed to be the legitimate son of Nicholas Fannyng, once captain of his nation ... And because the said Thomas proved himself to have been born in wedlock publicly contracted before the church by credible witnesses of full age and because the said William did not prove his case sufficiently: therefore we, John, Archbishop of Cashel, in the parish church of Mocayrke [Co. Tipperary] in our diocese of Cashel on the 16th day of March in the year of our Lord 1469 [1470 N.S.] ... do declare that ... the said Thomas is the legitimate son of the said Nicholas Fannyng."
  • 1500, and ca.1507: Friar James Fanning (Frere Jhamus Fanyng), friend or associate of John and Thomas Comyn.[58]
  • 1508: Oliver Fanyng of Mohobyr and Gort Rye [Gortfree].[59]
  • "For several centuries before the Cromwellian period, the Fanning family were seated in Ballingarry parish [Tipperary]. The head of the family resided in Ballingarry Castle, while important branches lived at Farrenrory and Ballintaggart. In 1512, the proprietor and lord of Ballingarry was Geoffrey, son of Nicholas. His successor [not necessarily his son] was William Fanning."[60]
  • 1519: Geoffrey Fannyng, lord of Ballyngarry, grants to Peter Butler, Earl of Ormond, and Margaret his wife, all his lands, rents, tenements, etc., in Ballycoyne, Gossescroft, Garryfynyke alias Garryconnyll, Grage Rysoyn, Codeston and Prestiston in county Tipperary.[61]
  • 1521: Geoffrey Fannyng, lord of Ballygharry, grants to Piers, Earl of Ormond, and Margaret FitzGerald his wife and their heirs, and assigns, all his lands and tenements, rents and services, meadows, pastures, woods, etc., in Ballyghoyn, "Sase his crowfte" alias Garran Connyll, and the moiety of all lands, tenements, woods, rents, etc., in Ballyntaghyrth [Ballintaggart], Grageyrysen and Codestoune in county Tipperary.[62]
  • 1530: Henry Fannyng, witness at land transaction involved James, 9th Earl of Ormond.[63]
  • 1537: "Jury of the Commyners of the Co. of Kilkenny:[64]
    • Troddye, Herford, Moteing, Fanneing, Mounsell, Howling, all of Callan [just southeast of Ballingarry];
    • Forstall, Power, Walshe, Arland, and Karron, all of Inystioke [= Inistioge, east of Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny];
    • Power, Tywe, FitzTohn, Lacye, all of Knocktopher [between Callan and Inistioge];
    • Lorknan, Whyte of Knocktopher"
  • 1541: Wilfred Fannyng, Ardmayle, juror.[65]
  • 1544: Oliver Fanyng of Mohobbir grants to James, Earl of Ormond, his heirs and assigns, all the messuages, lands, tenements, etc., in the manors, towns and fields of Mohobbir and Shancourte in county Tipperary, in exchange for all the messuages, lands, etc. which said Earl has in Ballihoggon and Croanebeg in county Kilkenny.[67]

From the "Calendar of Ormond Deeds", Vol. 5 (1547-1583), unless otherwise noted:[73]

  • 1548: Inquisition taken at Clonmel before Gerald Aylmer,[74] knight, chief justice, in the 2nd year of Edward VI [March 22, 1548], by the following jurors: Geoffrey Fannyng, James Loffane, Thomas Cantwell, Maurice Stoke, Richard Cantwell, Peter Cantwell, Edmund Marener, Oliver Fanyng, William Monsell, Richard Hacket, James Fitz David and Rory Meagher. Their presentments are as follows.
    • James Butler alias James Comeynaghe of Cahir, horseman; Thomas Mac Philip O'Hogan; David Oge Mac David alias David McConnoghor O'Lonergan of the same; Hugh Mac Shane O'Donyll; Neile Mac Dermody O'Donill; Redmund fitz Richard fitz John Mac Shane of Lawleston, kerns; William Leaghe Englis; Turelaghe Boy O'Donill; James Duf Mac Garelt Prendergast; Shane Enellan Fannyng; and Maurice Fannyng, late of Cahir, kerns; stole 25 horses of Maurice fitz David of Killonyrree.
    • Walter Oge fitz Walter Mac Olige Bourke of Ballyloggan, gentleman, Edmund Duf Mores[75] of the same, kern, Shane Mac Redmund Fyn of Ballyhomas, kern, and Shane Leaghe Mac Walter Echannanee, late of Balliloggan,[76] ' chamion ' (?), murdered one Redmund Cantwell, constable, at Athassel.
  • 1549: The following 6 Fanning men are given pardons: Geoffrey, Richard, Edmund, John, all 4 of Balligarry; also William of Balliboy, and Nicholas of Garryvome.[77]
  • 1549: Pardon to Edmund fitz Richard Buttler, of Buttlerswodde [Co. Kilkenny], gent; James Cantwell, Richard Fannyng, David Fannyng, John More Fannyng, Nicholas Purcell, David fitz Magon' Fannyng, kerns, all of Buttlerswodde.[78]
  • 1550: Grant to Nicholas Fannyng, of Waterford ; of the office of clerk of the common pleas of the Exchequer. To hold during pleasure, with the accustomed fees. [Nicholas appears to have died before Nov. 1551, or lost the office][79]
  • 1550s -- At various inquisitions taken at Clonmel are included the names Geoffrey Fanyng, gentleman; Nihols, Richard and John Fanyng fitz Geoffrey of Ballyngarry; William Fanyng, gent.; Wilfred Faning of Ballyngarry; Oliver Fanyng, juror; William Fannyng fitz Oliver of Garynegrye, kern; James Fannyng of Garransillaghe, kern; Shane Enellan Fannyng and Maurice Fannyng, late of Cahir, kerns; Richard Fanyng, of the Carrick; Richard Reagh Fannyng of Balyngarry, Geoffry Fannyng vicar of Modessell [Modeshil], John Fanning of Carrick, burgess;[80] Richard Mares [Morres?] of Lysnemroke and Katherin Fannyng his wife (1557); Margaret Fannyng wife of Robert Senjohn[81] [St. John] (1551);[82]
  • 1551: William fitz Oliver Fannyng late of Garynegrie and David MacMaoge Fannyng of same, kerns, stole 2 horses of Donald McTeige of Killetlee.
  • 1553: The following panel of jurors is then sworn : James Oge Butler, Geoffrey Fanyng, Oliver Fanyng,[83] Peter Cantwell, Peter Oge Butler"
  • 1565 -- Oliver Faning and [brother] James Faning of Garrynegrye, county Tipperary, grant to Sir Thomas Butler, Earl of Ormond, the castle of Moylessan with all the messuages, lands, etc., in the town and field of the same. In February, 1570, this grant (deed) was declared void because the land mentioned was in mortgage for 19l. 6s. 8d.... which money was tendered and paid by an order taken at the sessions kept at Cashel, Feb. 27, 1570. (p.152)
  • 1572: Pardon to Manus Faning fitz William, kern; Robert Faning fitz William, John Faning fitz Robert, David Faning fitz John, James Faning fitz Oliver.[84]
  • 1575: Pardon to Geoffrey Fanyne fitz Edmond, kern.[85]
  • 1584: Richard Butler fitz Walter of Powleston,[86] Co. Kilkenny, gent., and Morerteghe O'Riane of Ballyclaghine in the same, gent., to the effect that they owe 300^. to Thomas, Earl of Ormond, on condition that William Fanyng, son and heir of James Fanyng, late of Ballyclaghin, his heirs and assigns, and all other persons seised or to be seised to his or their use of the moiety of the towns and lands of Ballymclaghin and Ballytarsny, Co. Kilkenny, whereof William Fanyng, father of said James, was in his life-time seised, shall abide by the award of Gerald Blanchvild of Blanchvilston, Robert Forstall of Kilfiragh, Thomas Den of the Grenane, Nicholas Shortall of Upper Claragh, Co. Kilkenny, and Henry Shethe [Shee] of Kilkenny, concerning the right, title, and interest of the moiety of said towns, now in controversy between said William Fanyng and the Earl of Ormond.[87]
  • 1590: Nicholas Fannan, witness.[88]

For an index of Fanning names appearing in the Tudor Fiants, see pp.312+:

From the "Deputy Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland":[91]

  • 1508: Nicholas Fannyn of Clonken, called as witness in a case involving Holy Trinity Church, Dublin.
  • 1572: Pardon issued to Oliver Fanninge, of the Creanbeg.[92]
  • 1597: Pardons are issued to Richard Faninge fitz Patrick, Richard Fannynge fitz Oliver, Geoffrey Fanning fitz John, Oliver Fannynge fitz James, William Faninge fitz James, William Fanninge (p.56)
  • 1597: Pardon to Thomas Faninge fitz William, of Ballingarry (p.53)
  • 1599: Pardon to James Fanyn (in the same paragraph beginning with "Pardon to Edmund, Viscount Mountgarret, dame Grany, his wife")
  • 1600: Pardon to Thomas McEdmund Fanning, and to Thomas McShane Fanynge of Farranririe [Farranrory, next to Ballingarry] (p.139)
  • 1600: Pardons to Thomas Fanning and Nicholas Fanning of Ballintaggart (p.137)
  • 1601: Pardon to Thomas Faninge of Mogowry (p.28)
  • 1601: Pardons are issued to Oliver Fannynge of Ballengarrie, Co. Tipperary, and Margaret Fannynge of Ballienowe, Co. Kilkenny (p.243)
  • 1601: Pardons issued to James Fannynge McShane; and to Oliver Fannynge McMaccoge of Fannyngswood [Ballingarry] (p.167)
  • 1601: Pardon to James Fanyne of Ballingarry
  • 1601: Pardon to Edmund "duff" Fanning (p.29)
  • 1602: Pardons to Nicholas Fannynge fitz Edmund of Ballinacloghie [near Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, west of Borrisoleigh and Templemore]; Shane Fanning of Lismalyn [Slievardagh]; William Fannyng (p.57)
  • 1603: Pardon to Jeffrey Fanning McEdmund, of Kilmokyn (p.135), of Killmocollomiogh (p.28)
  • 1603: Pardon to Jacob Fannynge of Dullardstoun (p.139)
  • 1603: Pardon to Shane, William and David Fannynge of Boylie Cheill[94] (p.140)

1625: Death of John Fanning of Co. Tipperary, 25 May 1625. His son and heir William Fanning is still a minor. Property leased to Leonard Shortall of Dublin.[95]

1649: Listed among "The Forty-Nine Officers" (presumably officers loyal to England during the Ireland struggles) appears Thomas Fanning.[96]

1659 census: David Fanning [possible brother/son of Geoffrey, whose father was also named David] is a proprietor in Gormanstown, Barony of Iffa and Offa West, Co. Tipperary.[97]

1650s. Confiscation of lands of James Fanning of Knocktopher, Co. Kilkenny.[98]

1650s. Ballingarry Fannings issued transplantation certificates to Connaught: Edmond Fanning (of Gortfy/Gortfree), William Fanning (Farrenrory), Nicholas Fanning of Clonegall (Glengall?)[99]

From the Civil Survey of Tipperary, "Parish of Ballingarry", begun in 1654, naming the proprietors in 1640:[100][101]

  • Edmond Fanning [son of Nicholas], gentleman, Irish papist, proprietor of 400 acres in Gortfree "in fee by descent from his ancestors".
    • Edmund fled the turmoil of Ireland (1653) and settled in North America. He is considered the "gateway ancestor" of many North American Fannings today.
  • William Fanning [son of Nicholas], gentleman, Irish papist, proprietor of 1980 acres in Farrenrory "in fee by descent from his ancestors".
  • Jeffry Fanning [Geoffrey], gentleman, Irish papist, proprietor of 474 acres (Glengall, Garran, Bellaghboy, Garrinohousy) "in fee by conveyance from his father".
    • Often mistaken as a 3rd brother, this distant cousin "Geoffrey", son of David Fanning and Elizabeth Comerford, was M.P. in 1642, fled to the Continent in the 1650s in service to the exiled Charles II, and was restored to his lands in the 1660s after the Act of Settlement.[102]

Verbatim from the article "Farranrory Castle" on the Barony of Slievardagh website:[103]

  • "Fanning of Ballingarry [presumably Nicholas, based on the Civil Survey, and who died in 1653] tried an unsuccessful ruse to fool the Cromwellians by lighting a huge fire beside the castle and claiming it had been done by his enemies because of his loyality to the Commonwealth, but Cromwell saw through the ruse and Fanning was executed."
  • "Another story, probably apocryphal, is told of Fanning of Gortfree [presumably Edmund, based on the Civil Survey referenced just above] , who was approached by a Cromwellian officer on horseback who demanded the immediate surrender of the castle. Fanning, in fury, with one mighty blow of his sword, beheaded the Cromwellian. The horse bolted in terror, with its headless burden, into a nearby bog, where it sank completely out of sight. Many years later, or so I was told, some turf cutters found a skeleton of a horse in the bog with the headless bones of its rider still in mouldering saddle."

From the website "Historic Graves: Ballingarry Old Church":[104]

  • Ballingarry was recorded as being in the possession of Irish papist Nicholas Faninge of Ballingarry in 1641 (Civil Survey I, 113). Faninge was part of a powerful land-holding family in the parish of Ballingarry from the medieval period to the 17th century. The castle is recorded as being in good repair in 1654 with a thatched house and some cabins.
  • Ballingarry settlement was associated with the Fanning Family in the later Medieval period. In 1512 Geoffry Fannyng[105] was described as the Lord of Ballingarry (Ormond Deeds IV, 71). Geoffry Fanning was probably the [same] freeholder called to the Liberty Court of Tipperary in 1508 as a juror (Ormond Deeds IV, 329).
  • A church was at Ballingarry since 1302 (Calendar of Documents, Ireland 1302-07,285). In 1478 the church was recorded to be in ruins and the parish priest was excommunicated (Calendar Papal Regis. xiii, 606; Hennessy 1985, 69-70). The church was reconstructed, possibly by the Fanning family who resided in the Ballingarry tower house nearby. A church with its nave and chancel appear to have been standing in Ballingarry in 1615, but without services (Murphy 1902,290,302). Unfortunately the Down Survey Parish map depicts no structures in the townland.
  • The Fannings were one of a few families to retain their land after the Cromwellian confiscations. In the census of c. 1659 Jeffry Fannying Esq. is retumed as the principal land owner of Ballingarry townland (Pender 1939,295). In 1667 Jeffry Fanning paid taxes for 3 hearths, including an oven and a kiln (Laffan 1911, 135).
  • Nothing remains [in 1998] of Ballingarry castle site except for a roughly rectangular pile of rubble measuring 24 metres by 21 metres. The castle was destroyed to provide material for the Catholic Church in Ballingarry village in the 19th century.

Diego Fanin, or Fañín, son of Ellen Cantwell and Nicholas Fanning, was the maternal nephew of Jesuit priest Michael Cantwell. Michael lived and studied in Spain for much of the period 1608-1637, excluding his years spent in Ireland (1620s) and Rome (early 1630s).[106][107]

Verbatim from the history of "Farranrory Castle", Ballingarry. The "Diego" in question (Spanish equivalent of "James") appears to refer to Edmund's brother James. As a point of interest, the priest Michael Cantwell (brother of Ellen Cantwell; uncle of Edmund Fanning and James/Diego) petitioned to have his young nephew "Diego Fanin" [Fañin] naturalised in Spain in the 1630s. Diego's connection with Spain continued until at least the 1640s:[108][109]

2) The Fannings of Limerick & Clare

"The Fannings, a Limerick merchant family, shared similar characteristics to other Old English families with landed interests in east Co. Clare such as the Arthurs, Comyns, and the native Gaelic merchant family of Creagh. Based around Kilfinaghta parish [barony of Bunratty] the Fannings prospered on the back of an emerging, but still nascent, market economy of the early decades of the 17th century. Constituting a new class of prosperous tenants on the estates of the Earl of Thomond, these families were poised to take advantage of financial distress of smaller Gaelic freeholders slow to adapt to the changed conditions and ostensibly altered landholding matrix."[113]

The List of Limerick Mayors indicates a series of Fanning men who held the position between 1529 and 1646. A separate list includes sheriffs, with more Fannings appearing starting in 1459.[114]

A good historical source for Limerick names and events is Maurice Lenihan's Limerick: Its History & Antiquities (1884) of 800+ pages:

The "Fanning of Limerick" pedigree is part of the Twigge Collection.[115]

Specific Individuals:

From historical records, the first Fanning with any connection to Limerick/Clare appears in 1287 as a tenant of Sir Thomas de Clare:

  • Richard Fanyn, township of Ballynevan, parish of Kilfinaghta, barony of Bunratty Lower, Co. Clare -- very near the towns of Shannon and Limerick. He also has the township of Balyngil (as yet unidentified).[116] (Note: Ca.1280 Thomas Fanyn (a likely brother to Richard) is a tenant of Thomas de Clare's brother, Gilbert de Clare. See the "Tipperary" section above.)

From W.F. Brooks:[117]

  • "At that time [late 1200s] the inhabitants of the city of Limerick included, besides Irish and Danish families, many of Welsh, Norman, Spanish, Italian and English extraction. In 1197 the city was granted a charter by Prince John as Lord of Ireland, by which the freeholders were empowered to elect annually a mayor, two bailiffs or sheriffs, aldermen and burgesses for the government of the city."

Chronological List of Fannings in Medieval and Early Modern Limerick, including the years 1270-1655, with spellings as used in original documents:[118]

  • Richard (Fannyn). C1270-77, witness to charter (BBL p. 102). 1275, juror at inquisition into charter of L (CDI 2, 1181). Other Limerick jurors of interest include Sir Eustace de Rupe [Roche]. Sir Hugh Porcel.[119]
  • Thomas (Phanyn). 1295, stands pledge (CJR1 p. 18 bis). 1313, accused of receiving (CJR3, pp 309, 310).
  • Roesia (Fanyn). 1297, respondent (CJR1 p.129).
  • Henry. 1297, attorney (CJR1, p. 104 bis). 1311, juror (CJR3, p. 207).
  • Clement (Fanyn). 1311, accused of abetting (CJR3, p. 203). 1311, plaintiff (CJR3, p. 206). 1313, juror (CJR3, p. 267). 1313, stands pledge (CJR3, p. 268) 1313, coroner (CJR3, p. 304). 1313, stands pledge (CJR3, p. 305). 1313, coroner (CJR3, p.305). 1313, no case to answer (CJR3, p. 309).
  • John (Fanyn), 1313, accused of robbery, refuses to answer, sent back to gaol “to the diet”. (CJR3, p. 267). 1313, accused of robbery (CJR3, p. 309).
  • William. 1313, accused and acquitted of robbery (CJR3, p. 309 bis, 310).
  • William FitzSimon, Connautagh (Fanyn). 1313, thief (CJR3, p. 310).
  • Ger [Gerald?] 1317, to present parson to Tullabracky (W1, 284).
  • Richard (Fanyn). 1328-29, rent for Balynennan (RDKPRI (Pipe) 43 p. 15).
  • John (Fanyn). 1341, free tenant in Lickadoon (GR, p. 114).
  • Thomas (Fanyn). 1341 free tenant of manor of Aherlow (GR, p. 111).
  • Davit (Fanyn). 1341, free tenant in Lickadoon (GR, p. 114).
  • John (Fanyn). 1346, supervisor of keepers of peace (Frame, AH 35, p.19).
  • Simon (Fanyng). 1355 one of the electors of Thomas Daundon as sheriff (CICL, 74).
  • John (Fangni, Fangyn). 1514, canon of L, mandate to (CPR 20, 260, 263 &264).
  • William (Faninge). 1541, juror on inquiry into king’s lands etc. (SA, 68-9). 1541-2, citizen and merchant, pardon to (CPCRCI H8-E, p. 69)
  • Philip (Fannyng). 1541, juror at dissolution of monasteries in L and Any (EIMP, pp 116, 209). 1541, juror for extent of Earl of Kildare’s Manors in L (CS, p.177).
  • George. 1541, juror for extent of Earl of Kildare’s Manors in L (Crown Surveys, p.177). Bailiff of L. in 1564 (Lenihan, 699). Signatory to document, as alderman in 1571 (SA, 68).
  • Thomas. 1541, juror for extent of Earl of Kildare’s Manors in L (CS, p.177).
  • Patrick (Fannynge). 1541, juror on inquiry into king’s lands etc.; his house in Creagh Lane paid rent to Hospitallers of Kilmainham. (SA, 68-70). 1536-7, merchant, pardon to (CPCRCI H8-E, p. 27). 1541-2, citizen and merchant, pardon to (CPCRCI H8-E, p. 69)
  • Nicholas, 1541, merchant of Limerick, leasing preceptory of Any with Edmond Secton and Patrick Gowle (Fiants of Henry VIII, 241). 1542, ditto, with some rectories (Fiants of Henry VIII, 241).
  • John. 1541, merchant, pays extortion (SA, 72).
  • Clement. 1551, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1557, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1559, M.P. for Limerick City (Lenihan, 741). 1565, Juror, in case re drainage (SA 51-2). 1557-8, Mayor of L, decree by (CPCRCI H8-E, p. 393). 1561. Writ of dedimus potestatem to (CPCRCI H8-E, p. 468)
  • Richard. 1554, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1561, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1571, signatory to document, as alderman (SA, 68).
  • John. 1559, merchant of L., pardon to (Fiants of Elizabeth, 187)
  • Dominick. 1559, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1568, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 699). 1571, signatory to document, as alderman (SA, 68).
  • John. 1563, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699).
  • Stephen. 1566, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699).
  • George FitzWilliam. 1571, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 699).
  • Patrick. 1576, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 699).
  • Thomas (Fannyng). 1578, treasurer of L. cathedral to form part of a commission (Fiants E, 3354)
  • George. 1580, merchant. In 1573, lands in Clare subject to impositions (CPCRCI E, p. 77 & see 138). In 1595, tenant of Stephen Sexten (CPCRCI E, p. 340) chant [?] of L., holding office of overseer of the Shannon from Leitrim to Doonass (Fiants E. 3641).
  • James. 1584, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 700).
  • George. 1587, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 699).
  • Clement. 1595, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 700).
  • Simon (Fannynge). 1600, Bailiff of L. (Lenihan, 700). 1615, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 701) 1616, Mayor, fined 30 English pounds for not taking the Oath of Supremacy (SCC, 324, 526). 1609, holder of part of the corporation 40 ploughlands, heir of Piers Creagh, son in law of Edmond McMahowny (SA, 36-37). 1618, Alderman, , tenant of Sexton (SA, 62).
  • Clement. 1610, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 701).
  • Arthur. 1614, Sheriff of Limerick City (Lenihan, 701).
  • Nicholas. 1625, Sheriff of L. City (Lenihan, 702). 1630, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 702). 1628, of L, receives alienated land (CPCRCI, C, p. 374)
  • Simon. 1629, alderman of L. licenced to keep wine taverns in L (city & county) and other counties (CPCRCI, C, p. 450). 1631, pardon for alienating castle and lands of Parke and Ballym’kine and licence to alienate same to Thomas Power (CPCRCI, C, p. 579)
  • Francis (Ffrancis Ffaninge, Ffenninge). 1632, Sheriff of L. City (Lenihan, 702). 1642, Burgess, Mentioned in depositions (DEP, 285-6) 1644, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 702). 1655, Alderman, Landowner in Pubblebrien (CSL, 371) 1655, Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 413-4, 421-2, 440, 467)
  • Dominicke Fanning (Esquire). Father of Patrick & John. 1642, un-named mayor mentioned (HCA2, 28).1642 &1653 Mentioned in depositions (DEP,171, 223-4, 242, 285, 320, 349, 490, 505, 648, 1690-2, 1694, 1702-3, 1706-8, 1726, 1728-30, 1751) 1651, Present at the surrender of Limerick (ASL, 264) 1655 (deceased), Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 413, 422, 483)
  • Dominick FitzStephen. 1646, Mayor of L. (Lenihan, 702).
    • [Note: Simon/Stephen used interchangeably?]
  • James. 1644, merchant of L in admiralty Court (HCA2, 1084). 1648, merchant age 33 [born 1615], at Amsterdam loaded cargo onto Angel Gabriel for L (HCA2, 616).
    • Possibly same James who was son of Simon Fanning (d.1636). See "Pedigree" subhead on this page.
  • Patrick. Son of Dominick. 1651, Present at the surrender of Limerick (ASL, 264) 1653, Mentioned in depositions (DEP 1702-3, 1726, 1728, 1730)
  • Nicholas (Ffaning, Ffanninge, Ffanyng). 1653, Mentioned in depositions (DEP 1734) 1655 (deceased), Alderman, Juror of inquisition in Limerick City (CSL, xlv) Landowner in Connello (CSL, 308) And Kenry (CSL, 351, 354), Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 408, 423, 432, 440, 442, 444)
  • James (Ffanning). 1653, Mentioned in depositions (DEP 1692) 1655, Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 439)
  • Thomas (Ffanninge). 1653, Mentioned in depositions (DEP 1694, 1726) 1655, Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 451)
  • Edmund/Edmond (Faninge). 1655 (deceased), Landowner in Ownneybeg (CSL, 4) Landowner in Coshmay (CSL, 143, 146) Mortgage holder in Pubblebrien (CSL, 374, 382) Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 421)
    • [Note: This appears to be the man who is often confused with Edmund Fanning who married Ellen Butler and fled Ireland in 1653 to settle in North America.]
  • John. 1655, Landowner in Pubblebrien (CSL, 383)
  • Richard. 1655 (deceased), Property owner in Limerick City (CSL, 488)

Observations: From the above list, we see that 5 Fanning men in 1541 (William, Patrick, Philip, Thomas, George) are serving similar roles as "juror for extent of Earl of Kildare’s Manors" in Limerick,[120] or "juror on inquiry into king’s lands", and therefore could be brothers, or a father and his sons.

The Fannings of Fanningstown, County Limerick, were granted this castle in 1655:

From historical records, here are some other Limerick men of note (possible repeats with the list above):

  • William Fanning is recorded as an extensive landovmer in the barony of Connello, County Limerick, in 1310.[121]
  • Richard Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor in the barony of Pubblebrien, County of Limerick in 1346.[122]
  • Thomas Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor of the County of Limerick in 1409.[123]
  • Nicholas Fanning was high constable of the barony of Connello in 1426.[124]
  • "Richard Fanning served as an officer under Thomas, [7th] Earl of Desmond, during the Wars of the Roses. He died of wounds received at the battle of Wexford in 1462."[125]
  • David Fanning was assessor of the city of Limerick in 1467.[126]
  • Walter Fanning is recorded as a landed proprietor in the barony of Pubblebrien in 1501. He was high constable in 1499.[127]
  • Richard Fanning is mentioned among the officers slain at the battle of Mourne Abbey [Co. Cork] in 1520 or 1521. This battle was fought between the forces of the [10th] Earl of Desmond [James, lived 1480-1529] and those of the allied chieftains of South Munster under MacCarthy of Muskerry, assisted by MacCarthy Reagh. Desmond was defeated with the loss of over one thousand slain.[128]
  • Simon Fanning [likely father of Clement; see subhead "Pedigree" below] is recorded in 1532 as possessing estates in the barony of Pubblebrien. He held the offices of high constable of that barony in 1540, and alderman of the city of Limerick.[129]
  • Nicholas Fanning, Lord of Aine in 1540 (Knockainy, County Limerick)[130]
  • Nicholas Fanning was appointed to the office of Clerk of the Pleas of the Exchequer on the 27th of December, 1541, and on the accession of Edward VI, the office was confirmed to him on the 28th of April, 1547.[131]
  • 1542: Lease to Edmund Sexten, of Lymeryke, gent., Patrick Gowle of Kyllmalloke, and Nicholas Fannynge, of Lymeryke, merchants ; of the preceptory or manor of Anee, county Limerick, lands of Anye, Ballynecloghire, Lymerike, Killmalloke, Adare, Croghe, Askeyny, Rathkilly, Ardagke, Casshell, Carryke, Ardarty, and Dengille, rectories of Anee, Loynge, Kylfrusse, Kayrcorney, Kayrfussoke, Kylcalane, Morton, Owlys, Browe, Carnowsy, Rochiston, Ardarre, Newton by Ardarre, Narlaghe, Kylville, Kylleny, Kyllyno, Kyllaine, Kyltoine, Rathronan, Areffynan, Mortelston, Cnograffyn, and Carrintobbyr, in the counties Limerick, Kerry, Tobbyrare (Tipperary), and Clare. To hold for 21 years.[132]
  • Sir Gerald Aylmer, Viceroy of Ireland, visited Limerick on the 13th of February, 1542, and appointed a commission of 18 free and lawful men to inquire into the disposal of the property of the suppressed monasteries. Patrick and William Fanning (both aldermen) served on this commission, which found that Alderman Simon Fanning held 3 acres of land in the Liberties of Limerick in fee simple, from the prior of Kilmainham.[133] It also found that Patrick Fanning held a house in Creagh Lane from the same prior.[134]
  • 1542: (33rd year of Henry VIII): John Fanning's ship was one of many stopped by Shiekus O'Cahaine of Keilruish and forced to pay an extortion fee.[135]
  • 1547: Grant to Nicholas Fannyng, clerk; of the office of clerk of common pleas of the Exchequer. To hold during pleasure, with the accustomed fees.[136]
  • 1559: Pardon to John Fanning, merchant of Limerick (Fiants of Elizabeth, 187)[137]
  • 1564: George Fanning, son of Alderman William Fanning, was elected sheriff of the City of Limerick in 1564, and served as mayor during two terms, being chosen to that office in 1572 and 1588.[138]
  • 1578: Thomas Fannyng, treasurer of the Cathedral of Limerick.[139] Clergyman and treasurer of Limerick Cathedral from 1557 to 1583.[140]
  • A different Thomas Fanning, of Youghal, appears to have been treasurer to father and son James FitzJohn FitzGerald (14th Earl of Desmond) and Gerald, (15th Earl).[141]
    • In March 1558, Onoria, the 14th Earl's daughter, was espoused to the son of MacCarthy More. By direction of the Earl, his treasurer, Thomas Fanning, sent letters by a messenger (Robert Remon) to Queen Mary requesting her sanction of the union.[142]
    • In 1575 Thomas Fanning negotiated and was one of the witnesses to the assignment of the castle and manor of Inchiquin, near Youghal, to the [15th] Earl of Desmond, by Lady Katherine, the dowager Countess of Desmond.
    • Thomas resided in Youghal. He witnessed the deed of assignment made by the Lady Katherine to the Earl of Desmond, which was recorded in the Court of Exchequer, Dublin, in 1587.
  • 1580: George Fanning, merchant of Limerick, holding office of overseer of the Shannon from Leitrim to Doonass (Fiants of Elizabeth 3641)[143]
  • 1585: George Fanning of Limerick, merchant[144]
  • 1587: Testimonial of March 21, 1587, by George Faninge, mayor of Limerick, Stephen Roche and Edmund Comen of the same, bailiffs, concerning the manner in which prize wines have been levied in the port of Limerick to the use of the Earl of Ormond and his progenitors from time out of mind, made at the request of Nicholas Comen of Limerick, alderman.[145][146]
  • 1591: James Fanning, alderman for Limerick (and previously mayor in 1584) returned from a merchant trip to Spain with a report of Spanish armies being prepared for invasion.[147]
  • 1601: Robert Fanning of Traley, merchant
  • Jesuit priest James Fanning (1602-1646). Born in Limerick, he entered Spain (Galicia) in 1623, was ordained at the Royal College in Salamanca (1635) and returned to Ireland as professor of humanities. He was in poor health and died in Co. Kilkenny in 1646. [Likely related to Edward "Eduardus" Fanning (1648-1689), another Jesuit who lived in Spain. See mention of him below.]
  • 1632: Sir John MacNamara, Knight, mortaged to John Fanning the lands of Cloonaleary, Ballynaglogh, Ardskha, and Gorteenaneelig.[148]
  • 1635: By the 1630s leading members of the [McInerny] sept had business dealings with the English and Dutch settlers of the Earl of Thomond’s estates. James [McInerny] is recorded in a dealing with Simon and John Fanning [father and son] in 1635.[149] These refer to the father and younger brother of Dominick Fanning, the mayor executed in 1651. The will of Simon (1636) makes many mentions of the aquavit business, of which he was clearly proud.[150]
  • 1638: Henry O’Brien, 5th Earl of Thomond [also known as 4th Earl, d.1639], complained against Simon Fanning and petitioned to prevent his sons George and John Fanning selling aquavit in Co. Clare.[151]
  • Nicholas Fanning was Mayor of Limerick in 1630 and a landowner in 1641.[152]
  • Nicholas Fanning of Limerick's lands in Kildimo parish (adjacent to city of Limerick) were confiscated, including townlands Cahir and 2/3 of Dromore. Grantee was Phineas Bury.[154]
  • The staunchly Catholic Dominick Fanning was mayor of Limerick several times in the 1640s. He resisted the English invasion, which resulted in the Siege of Limerick (1651) and afterwards was executed -- along with several family members, resisters, and clergy.
  • In 1641, the same Dominick Fanning and his son Thomas Fanning are listed as proprietors in the Bunratty barony (adjacent to the city of Limerick) of County Clare.[155]
  • 1650s. Limerick Fannings issued transplantation certificates to Connacht: Frances Fanning, Edward Fitz-Francis, Michael Fanning, Nicholas Fanning (the Limerick alderman), Thomas Fitz-Clement, Thomas Fitz-Patrick[156]
  • Thomas Fanning -- possibly Thomas Fitz-Patrick or Thomas Fitz-Clement, given that Thomas son of Limerick mayor Dominick Fanning was executed in 1651, along with this father, after the Siege of Limerick.
    • 1659: Thomas Faning (gentleman) appears in Killana and Cahirr, Parish of Teakill, Barony of Tulla [just north of the town of Limerick], County Clare.[157]
    • 1663: Thomas Fanning, tenant of Feenagh, Barony of Bunratty, Co. Clare.[158]
    • 1672. Thomas Fanning rented lands at Pollagh (Gortpullagh), Co. Clare.[159]
    • 1685: Thomas Fanning of Kehar, Co. Clare, gentleman, probate of his will[160]
  • 1663: Ricardo Fanning[161] served as a Captain in the Spanish Netherlands.[162]
  • 1667: Dominick Fanning of Limerick (likely a son or nephew of the mayor) was married to Slaney, daughter of Donogh (Daniel) MacNamara.[163]
  • 1676: Edward Fanning owned property in Knockalough, in the parish of Kilmihil, on the west coast of Co. Clare (near Spanish Point).[164][165] This might have been the same "Edward Fitz-Francis" Fanning who had received a Transplanters Certificate[166] in 1653.
  • 1675-1682: Jesuit brother Edward "Eduardus" Fanning (1646-1689) of Limerick entered Spain in 1673 (Seville) and taught at the Irish College there from 1675-1682. Verbatim notes from Father Francis Finegan, Society of Jesus:
    • "Related to Stephen Rice (1625-1699) [likely via common ancestor "Edward Fanning (born ca.1572), 2nd son of Clement" from the Limerick branch; see Pedigree below]. As [Fanning] was heir to a considerable inheritance, he sought and received the General’s permission to return to Ireland and claim it (Fr General’s approval 24 October 1682). He remained in Limerick until his death 03 September 1689."
    • Eduardus was likely related to Jesuit priest James Fanning (1602-1646), who also lived in Spain. See mention of him above.

Pedigree Post-1500 of the Limerick Fannings

The website Stirnet -- a compiler of genealogical information based on a variety of sources (mostly trusted) but not considered 100% reliable -- has assembled a pedigree of the Limerick Fannings, in this instance based on John O'Hart's Irish Pedigrees, adding details from W.F Brooks' History of the Fanning Family (pp.16+). The chart below attempts to clarify some common misunderstandings[167] of O'Hart, adding new details where available for clarity.

TC = given a Transplanter Certificate in the 1650s:[168]

  • Clement Fanning[169][170] (born ca.1500) Sheriff (1551); Mayor of Limerick (1577-78); MP (1579)
    • Patrick Fanning[171] (ca.1525-1612) of Ballyarrily & Ballynevan, Sheriff of Limerick
      • Clement Fanning (born ca.1550), Sheriff then Mayor of Limerick (a 1595, 1610)[172][173]
        • Simon Fanning[174][175] (ca.1570-1637), Sheriff then Mayor of Limerick, m. Joan Arthur (daughter of Dominick Arthur of Limerick)[176]
          • Dominick Fanning, (born ca.1595), Mayor of Limerick in 1640s, executed 1651, m. Katherine Comyn (daughter of Alderman David Comyn)[177]
            • Thomas Fanning (born ca.1630, executed with father 1651)
            • Patrick Fanning (born ca.1631, executed with father 1651)
            • Joan Fanning m1. Sir Dominick White of Limerick, m2. Thomas Comyn of Moynoe[178] daughter of David Comyn of Limerick)[179]
          • John Fanning (born ca.1600) m. Mary Hogan (daughter of Patrick Hogan of Killamena)
          • James Fanning (born ca.1615), 5th son of Simon, m. Katherine Stritch (daughter of Alderman Michael Stritch of Limerick)[180]; James was possibly executed with his brother Dominick in 1651 (see Dominick's profile, "Wiggins" reference)
            • his sons Edward and Michael given TCs in 1650s[181]
          • other issue - Bartholomew, Richard,[182][183] Joan, Anne (one of these daughters married James Stritch FitzWilliam)
        • Edward Fanning (born ca.1572), 2nd son of Clement[184]
          • Nicholas Fanning,[185] Sheriff then Mayor of Limerick (1630); TC; deceased before 1655[186]
          • Phyllis Fanning m. James Rice of Ballymuddel (d.1636)
        • Francis Fanning (born ca.1575), 3rd son of Clement, Sheriff then Mayor of Limerick (a 1644); TC[187]
          • his son Edward received TC[188]
        • Thomas Fitz-Clement (born ca.1590; appears to fit here); TC[189]

Five more Fannings from Limerick who received TCs, but unsure where to place them in the family tree: William, Martin, Mary, Madelen (Madeleine?), Thomas Fitz-Patrick.[190]

Research Notes

Pre-1650 is the focus of this One-Name Study. However, as a point of interest, below are some names of famous Fannings in North America:

  • Edmund Fanning, gateway ancestor (1653) of the Fannings of colonial North America, including all of the following Fannings:
    • Gen. Edmund Fanning (1739-1818), a Loyalist who was Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. His nephew and protégé was John Wickham, the lawyer who successfully defended U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr.
    • Lt. Nathaniel Fanning (1755-1805), a Patriot and hero of the American Revolution, for whom 3 ships have been named USS Fanning. He wrote Fanning's Narrative recounting his war experiences.
    • Capt. Edmund Fanning (1769-1841), brother of Nathaniel. Edmund was an American explorer and sea captain, known as the "Pathfinder of the Pacific." In 1798 he discovered Fanning Island, today also known as Tabueran. He wrote Voyages & Discoveries in the South Seas: 1792-1832.
  • W.F. Brooks' History of the Fanning Family (1905) has a 50-page section on the Fannings in Ireland prior to 1653, when Edmund Fanning emigrated to New York and Connecticut colonies. The remainder of the book (700+ pages) offers pedigrees and biographies of his North American descendants.


  1. "The Fanning Family Early Documented History:"
  2. See also W.F. Brooks, p.6:
  3. For a look at other spelling variations, see Rev. Patrick Woulfe's Irish Names and Surnames (1923):
  4. Search here for "Ormond Deeds" to see all 6 volumes in PDF format:
  5. Note: "Ormond" refers to the lands of the Earls of Ormond, a title created by King Edward III in 1328 for James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormond. The 6 volumes of the Ormond Deeds were kept for centuries in Kilkenny Castle and transcribed by historian Edmund Curtis in the 1930s.
  6. KNIGHTS' FEES IN COUNTIES WEXFORD CARLOW AND KILKENNY (13th—15th Century), WITH COMMENTARY BY ERIC ST. JOHN BROOKS (published 1950). See especially pp. 187, 212-3, 237.
  7. From context, Richard Fanyn and the Earl of Pembroke died (1234) fighting in the Battle of the Curragh, Co. Kildare, against Sir Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Lord Offaly.
  9. Richard Fanyn, from the 13th year of the reign of Henry III (ca.1229):
  10. Ormond Deeds, Vol.1, entry #102
  11. Donatus O'Kennedy, in old Irish known as Domnall Ó Cennéitig, served as Bishop of Killaloe from ca.1231-1252:
  12. W.F. Brooks, Vol.1, p.16, referencing the Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland (1171-1251), p.411:
  13. "Knights' Fees in County Kilkenny":
  14. There were several generations of Hugh Purcells in Ireland, which causes some confusion. The first Hugh arrived in 1171 with the Anglo-Norman and had son Sir Walter Purcell. This same Hugh reportedly also had a son Hugh and grandson Hugh. The grandson Hugh is reported to have married Beatrix, daughter of Theobald FitzWalter, 1st Chief Butler of Ireland:
    • "As part of his marriage, Hugh received from FitzWalter, the town of Loughmoe. Sir Hugh founded, in 1241, a Monastery of Franciscans or Grey Friars in Waterford."
  15. Ormond Deeds, Vol.1, entry #109
  16. Ormond Deeds, Vol.1, entry #138
  17. Ormond Deeds, Vol.1, entry #134
  18. Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland, 1285-1292, p.58:
  19. Calendar of Documents relating to Ireland (1252-1284), p.325:
  20. In approximately the 8th year of King Edward I:
  21. Ormond Deeds, Vol.1, entry #269
  22. James Graves, The history, architecture, and antiquities of the cathedral church of St. Canice, Kilkenny (Dublin: Hodges, Smith, & Co, 1857), p.168:
  23. Calendar of Documents for Ireland (1293-1301), p.114:
  25. Possibly the same Eustace le Poer mentioned in the 1334 entry above.
  26. "The King reciting that he had granted to Eustace le Poer for his services in Scotland a sum of 700 marks, which Hugh Purcel was bound to pay at the Exchequer, that William Fanin cousin to said Eustace was bound to Hugh in a like sum, and that Eustace was desirous that, to exonerate William, Hugh should be allowed this sum; [the King] commands that Hugh should be acquitted of this sum."
  27. Calendar of Documents for Ireland, 1302-7, p.117:
  28. Hugh Purcell was ancestor to the Barons of Loughmoe, who held the title until Col. Nicholas Purcell, who died in 1723. Loughmoe is located between Templemore and Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
  29. Angela Mungham, thesis submitted 31 March 2006 to the Department of History, Durham University. "English Settlers in 14th Century Ireland: A case study of 12 landed families of South Leinster/East Munster," p.91:
  31. Ormond Deeds, v1, item 647
  32. Possibly referring to Fedamore near Limerick, just north of Fanningstown and west of Ballyneety.
  33. Most likely the same Eustace fitz Matthew le Poer who was the ancestor of the MacEustace branch of the Powers. Eustace (one of three known Eustace le Poers of the time, and not to be confused with Eustace, Baron of Kells, d.1311) was the brother of John le Poer. This John was the ancestor of Richard, 1st Baron le Power, and of the succeeding Barons le Poer and Curraghmore of County Waterford.
  34. Richard Butler, The Annals of Ireland, Irish Archaeological Society, 1849, p.25:
  35. Ormond Deeds, v1, item 765
  36. Possibly referring to Cradockstown, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
  37. Ormond Deeds, v1, item 808
  38. Ormond Deeds, v2, p.44, p.49
  39. Ormond Deeds, v2, p.131
  40. Ormond Deeds, v2, p.289; item 405.
  41. "15th Century Royal Service in County Kilkenny":
  43. "The Purcell Family: Early Documented History"
  44. "The Cantwells of Cantwellscourt", from Rev. Carrigan's History of the Diocese of Ossory (1905):
  54. "The Graces of Courtstown", from Rev. Carrigan's History of the Diocese of Ossory (1905):
  55. Ormond Deeds, v.3, item 93, p.74
  56. Ormond Deeds, v.3, p.94
  57. Ormond Deeds, v.3, item 275
  58. Ormond Deeds, v.5, p,342, p.364.
  59. Ormond Deeds, v.3, item 337, p.334.
  60. Discrepancy: While the author has referred to the reliable Ormond Deeds for the 1500s, when he gets to 1640 he claims that Nicholas was a father to another Geoffrey Fanning MP -- but a certified pedigree (see Geoffrey's profile) indicates that Geoffrey's father was David.
    • Millett, Benignus. "Fabian Ryan, O.P., Postulated as Bishop by Clergy and Laity of Cashel and of Emly 1652.” Collectanea Hibernica, no. 29, 1988, p.24.
  61. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 58, p.59.
  62. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 78, p.71.
  63. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 157, p.141.
  64. Edmund Hogan, Priest of the Society of Jesus, The description of Ireland : and the state thereof as it is at this present in anno 1598, p.67:
  65. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 265, p.208.
  66. Ormond Deeds, v.5, p.215.
  67. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 323, p.266.
  68. "The Irish famously employed "Cethernacht" or Kern as light infantry. These usually made up the bulk of Gaelic and even later Anglo-Norman Irish armies during the Middle Ages to Renaissance eras. Traditionally armed with javelins and swords while wearing no armour, in later periods they were equipped with caliver muskets while still using little to no armour. They were notably effective while employed in tandem with heavily armed "Galloglaich" or anglicised Gallowglass. They could provide effective support to heavily armed troops as well as endlessly harassing enemies in difficult terrain." See also:
  69. Undoubtedly the relatives of Sir Richard Rothe MP (1550-1622), trusted advisor (and 3rd cousin) to Thomas, 10th Earl of Ormond, during 40 years.
  70. The likely relatives of Gerald Wale (Wall, Val, du Vall), of Coolnamuck, Co. Waterford.
  71. William P. Burke, History of Clonmel (N. Harvey & Co., Waterford, Ireland, 1907), Chapter 3:
  72. Ormond Deeds, v.5, entry 347, p.282.
  73. Extracts from the Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Edmund Curtis, 1932-43, Vol V:
  74. According to The Peerage, Sir Gerald Aylmer's parents were Bartholomew Aylmer (d.1501) and Margaret Chevers, daughter of Walter Cheevers and Catherine Welles. He was Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench [Ireland] between 1535-1559, and lived at Dollardstown, County Meath. Gerald's brother was Richard Aylmer, Chief Sergeant and High Sheriff of Co. Kildare in the 1540s.
  75. Possibly the same Edmund Morres as the surname Morres was not common at the time.
  76. Possibly Ballyogan in the Barony of Gowran, County Kilkenny.
  77. Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records and of the Keeper of the State Papers in Ireland, Vols 1-10 (1869), Fiants of Edward VI, p.70, entry#399:
  78. Fiants of Edward VI:
  79. Fiants of Edward VI:
  80. Grant by Thomas, Earl of Ormond, to John Fanning, of the mill in Carrick called the Hospital mill. [May 22, 1578]
  81. Lead for further exploration: Possible son of John St. John, gentleman, of St. Johnstown, near Fethard, Co. Tipperary, as outlined in this private family tree:
    • "Two Ormond Deeds place a John St. John of Skaddanstown (St. Johnstown) in 1543.
      • ORMOND DEEDS IV 255: James Butler, James Archer of Archerstown, Meiler Cantwell of the Kyllynis, Richard Stacboll of Leynaghestown, Richard Fitzjohn of Lawlestown, James Hackett of Bambonstown, Piers Butler of Cokishill, Philip Purcell of the Holy Cross, John St John of Skaddanstown. June 26, 1543. Seals of the office of Sovereign of Kilkenny, of William Walshe, Sovereign of Callan, the Sovereign of Clonmel, the portreeve of Cashel, Edmund, archbishop of Cashel; Nicholas [Walsh], bishop of Waterford; Myles, bishop of Ossory, and two others.
      • ORMOND DEEDS IV 288. Bond of January i in the 34th year of Henry VIII by Nicholas Saunce of Fethard, county Tipperary, to William Poer of Rathcowle and James Uyng of Fethard ... The condition of this obligation is that said Nicholas shall abide by the award of Gefferay Moclare of Moclerstown and John Saint John of Skaddanstown concerning all quarrels between said parties from the beginning of the world unto the above date. Witnesses: Walter Cowley, Thomas Everard. January i, 1543."
  82. Extracts from the Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Edmund Curtis, 1932-43, Vol V:
  83. Geoffrey & Oliver were most likely sons of Oliver (1500-1551)
  84. Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland, 12th Report, p.71, item 2081:
  85. Deputy Keeper of Public Records in Ireland, 12th Report, p.153, item 2635:
  86. The Polestown Butlers descended from the 2 eldest sons of Sir James Butler, father of Piers, 8th Earl of Ormond.
  87. Ormond Deeds, v.6, entry 18, pp.14-15.
  88. Ormond Deeds, v.6, entry 62, p.44.
  89. Ormond Deeds, v.6, p.52.
  90. Ormond Deeds, v.6, p.187.
  91. The 17th-20th Reports of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records in Ireland. (Dublin: Alex. Thom. & Company, 1886). Various pages, including Appendix VI: Fiants of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth:
  92. 12th Edition, p.71, item 2085:
  93. Possibly Buolick, just north of Ballingarry in Co. Tipperary
  94. Possibly Buolick, just north of Ballingarry in Co. Tipperary
  95. Kearney, H. F. “The Court of Wards and Liveries in Ireland, 1622-1641.” Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, vol. 57, Royal Irish Academy, 1955, pp. 29–68, See chart on p.53:
  96. The Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland, p.384
  97. William P. Burke, History of Clonmel (N. Harvey & Co., Waterford, Ireland, 1907), Chapter 22, p.454.
  98. The Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland, p.262:
  99. The Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland, p.331, p.347, p.363
  100. Civil Survey of Tipperary, 1654-1656, "Parish of Ballingarry", pp.112-116:
  101. Note: Nicholas here is the father of Edmond and William. The Jeffrey Fanning in question is the son of David, according to a registered pedigree (see his profile). All the Fanning men here appear to have Andrew Fanning (born ca.1440) as a common ancestor.
  102. For more on Geoffrey, see Brooks, p.47 and p.50:
  103. Author Michael J. FitzGerald of Thurles, Co. Tipperary:
  104. Richard Clutterbuck , The Settlement and Architecture of Later Medieval Slieveardagh, County Tipperary, Volume 2. This thesis is presented in fulfilment of the regulations for the degree of M.Utt in Archaeology, University College Dublin. Supervisors: Prof. Barry Raftery, Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe, Dr. Muiris 0’Sullivan, August 1998:
  105. This Geoffrey (fl. 1512) was the possible son of Andrew Fanning, squire, of Ballingarry, born ca.1444.
  106. In the 1630s, Michael Cantwell sought to formalise his position in Cádiz, Spain, and at the same time to secure Spanish residency papers for his young nephew, Diego Fanin (Fañin).
  107. Michael Cantwell and his nephew Diego Fañin [sic] are also mentioned (1631) in the Report on Franciscan Manuscripts preserved at The Convent, Merchants' Quay, Dublin. See entry for 20 May 1631 (Madrid) on p.41:
  108. Richard Clutterbuck , The Settlement and Architecture of Later Medieval Slieveardagh, County Tipperary, Volume 2. This thesis is presented in fulfilment of the regulations for the degree of M.Utt in Archaeology, University College Dublin. Supervisors: Prof. Barry Raftery, Dr. Tadhg O’Keeffe, Dr. Muiris 0’Sullivan, August 1998:
  109. In the late 1630s, Michael Cantwell sought to formalise his position in Cádiz, Spain, and at the same time to secure Spanish residency papers for his nephew, Diego Fanin.
  110. In Spanish, "Don" is a polite male form of address, and "Diego" is the equivalent of James.
  111. Michael Cantwell -- brother of Ellen, who married Nicholas Fanning -- and his nephew Diego Fañin [sic] are also mentioned (1631) in the Report on Franciscan Manuscripts preserved at The Convent, Merchants' Quay, Dublin. See entry for 20 May 1631 (Madrid) on p.41:
  112. Notes on Spanish pedigree requirements of the era, by author Samuel Fannin in “Documents of Irish Interest in Archivo De La Diputación Foral De Bizkaia (Bilbao) [with Index].” Archivium Hibernicum, Vol.64 (2011), pp.170–193:
    • "The rigorous demands of the Spanish notarial system in the 17th and 18th centuries resulted in the production of substantial documentary records. These include the extensive documentation required for the registration of new Irish emigrants wishing to settle in Spain. The information required from the new arrivals included extensive genealogical detail to provide proof of legitimacy, religious conformity and, in the case of claims to nobility, an exposition of the blood lines of preceding generations."
    • "Noble status was reflected in the title 'hidalgo'. To secure recognition of noble title, [people] were required to demonstrate 'limpieza de sangre' (purity of blood or descent) as well as noble origin. In the Basque country [i.e., Bilbao and San Sebastián] the grant of mere citizenship was indicated as 'sello menor', while noble title was referred to as 'sello mayor'."
  113. Luke McInerney, "Documents from the Thomond Papers at Petworth House Archive", pp.17-18. Published in the journal Archivium Hibernicum:
  114. Rev. Patrick Fitzgerald compiled a list of Limericks mayors and sheriffs over the centuries in his History, Topography, and Antiquities of the County and City of Limerick (1827). Search here for "Fanning":
  115. The Twigge Collections of manuscripts are held by the British Library in 6 volumes and are available on 6 reels of microfilm in the Local Studies Centre. This catalogue of the collections has been compiled by the British Library. Numbers in bold are BL manuscript reference numbers:
    • 39267. Vol. IX (ff. 206). Pedigrees and materials for pedigrees of Anglo-Irish families connected with East Clare. Larger Pedigrees in 39270 NN-PP.
  116. George U. MacNamara, LL.D. (Vice-President of the North Munster Antiquarian Society), in his detailed history of "Bunratty Castle", as published in the North Munster Antiquarian Journal, Vol.3, No.4 (1915), pp.220-313. The reference to Richard Fanyn appears on page 235:
  117. History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, p.16:
  118. Brian Hodkinson, Assistant Curator of Limerick Museum, has compiled a lengthy list (300 pages) of people cited in Medieval Limerick records from the late 1200s until the Dissolution of the Monasteries (ca.1541). See the original text for an explanation of sources and acronyms: The Early Modern list covers the period 1540s to 1650s:
  119. Calendar of Documents for Ireland (1252-1284), p.213:
  120. In 1541, the de jure 11th Earl of Kildare was Gerald FitzGerald (1525-1585), whose elder half-brother "Silken" Thomas, 10th Earl, and 5 uncles were executed at Tyburn (London) in 1537 during the Geraldine uprising. For his protection, in 1540 Gerald was sent to live in exile on the Continent (Paris, Brussels, Rome). Therefore the jury of 1541, on which the 3 Fanning men served, was likely addressing the question of how to manage the Earl's manors in Limerick during his absence. Gerald returned to England upon the death of Henry VIII in 1547 and was restored to his Irish estates by patent in 1552. For more information on the 11th Earl of Kildare:
  121. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.17, referencing the Calendar of Documents (1310), p. 247:
  122. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.17, referencing the Records of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Vol.2, p.216:
  123. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.17, referencing the journal of the Irish Archaeological Society, Vol.V. p.146:
  124. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.17, referencing the journal of the Irish Archaeological Society, Vol.V. p.379:
  125. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, pp.17-18, referencing Stubbs. Chronicles of the Middle Ages, p.367:
  126. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.18, referencing Lenihan, Limerick: its History and Antiquities, p.139:
  127. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.18, referencing Records of Ireland, Vol. 3, pp. 87, 154:
  128. W.F.Brooks, Vol.1, p.18, referencing O'Daly, The Rise, Increase, and Exit of the Geraldines. Translated by C.P. Meehan. 2nd edition, Dublin (1878), p.48:
  129. W.F. Brooks, Vol.1, p.18, referencing Hardy's State Papers (1532, p. 371, and 1540, p. 298):
  131. Brooks, p.19, referencing the Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chancery in Ireland, Morrin. Dublin (1861-2), Vol.1, pp. 68, 141:
  132. Fiants of Henry VIII:
  133. Kilmainham, a suburban village of the city of Dublin, in the barony of Newcastle. The ancient priory of Kilmainham was founded in 1174 for the Knights Templars by Richard de Clare ("Strongbow"), Earl of Pembroke, and dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
  134. Brooks, p.19, referencing Lenihan:
  135. Lenihan, p.91:
  136. Fiants of Edward VI:
  137. "Limerick Names in the Tudor Fiants":
  138. Brooks, History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, p.25:
  140. Brooks, p.21, referencing Brady, Episcopal Succession In England, Scotland and Ireland, Vol. 3, p. 29:
  141. Brooks, pp.19-20, referencing Calendar of the State Papers relating to Ireland, etc., (1509-1573), p.143; and also Burke, Vicissitudes of Families, 2nd series, London, 1860, pp. 409, 416:
  142. Verbatim from Rev. C.B. Gibson's History of the City & County of Cork in 2 volumes (Thomas Newby, London, 1861); Vol.1, p.180:
    • May 1558: The [14th] Earl of Desmond's chaplain writes, from London to the Old Earl and Countess, saying he has presented their letters to the Secretary (of State, William) Petre, but has not been introduced to the Queen, or able to deliver the letters brought to him by Thomas Fanning, the tailor, of Youghal. [The chaplain] then adds, that he is going to Flanders or Brabant, to see Cardinal Caraffa, the Pope’s legate, respecting a dispensation for the marriage of their daughter, Onoria, with MacCarthy MoreCardinal Pole, the Queen’s cousin, not having as yet received his powers.
  143. "Limerick Names in the Tudor Fiants":
  145. Ormond Deeds, Vol.6, entry 50, p.36
  146. Quoting Brooks, History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, pp.26-27:
    • "In 15S8 the seaports of Ireland were alarmed by the appearance of Spanish warships on the coast. George Fanning, then mayor of Limerick for the second time, wrote to the Mayor of Waterford informing him of the appearance of some Spanish vessels off the western coast ... [On the 12th of September] Mayor Fanning sent a dispatch to the Mayor of Waterford acquainting him with the "happy news of the departure of the Spaniards."
  147. Excerpted from The Stritch Family: The Rise and Demise of a Limerick Patrician Family, by Sonia Ferguson, Researcher with History and Folklore Project, Limerick Civic Trust, 2009-2010:
    • "The merchants of Limerick also played their part in the conflict by providing information gleaned from their commercial journeys to France and Spain, as is evidenced in 1591 when information supplied by James Fanning, Alderman, and Bartholomew Stackpool, merchant of Limerick, was reported to Lord Burghley, [Queen] Elizabeth's principal advisor:
    A slightly more detailed version of James Fanning's report from Spain appears in Brooks' History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, pp.27-28:
  150. The transcribed "Will of Symon Fanning of Limerick, Alderman" (1636):
  151. In the lifetime of Donough O’Brien, 4th Earl of Thomond [also known as 3rd Earl, and the Great Earl], Simon Fanning procured a grant by letters patent for the license of wine and aquavit in Co. Clare which he sold in Ennis, Clare, Bunratty and Sixmilebridge. Simon Fanning’s sons held an interest in the licence but part of Simon’s interest in the license was conveyed to the Earl whose interest apparently descended to his heir Henry O’Brien. After the earl died in 1624, Simon Fanning intended to ‘defeat the supplicant [Henry O’Brien] of the benefit of that grant…in his Majesty’s Court of Exchequer’. Henry O’Brien was claiming that the license lawfully descended to him, by virtue of his father’s interest. Records of small scale production of aquavit date from the mid-15th century, one of which is listed amongst a mortgage of lands of David O’Ferala in 1458.
  152. See footnote 9 from James Frost's The History and Topography of the County of Clare, Part II. History of Thomond:
  153. Ownership of much of Bunratty Barony later passed to Sir Henry Ingoldsby, who became Limerick mayor in 1656. His mother was Oliver Cromwell's cousin.
  154. James Grene Barry, The Cromwellian Settlement of the County of Limerick, p.31:
  156. The Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland, p.331, p.347, p.363
  158. James Frost, The History and Topography of the County of Clare, Part II. History of Thomond, Chapter 23, Book of Forfeitures and Distributions, Barony of Bunratty Lower: Feenagh Parish. See also footnote 21:
  159. In The History and Topography of the County of Clare, author James Frost records a petition by John Ivers (son of Henry Ievers) in which he stated that, in the year 1672, Lord Clare mortgaged to Thomas Fanning part of Gortpollagh.
  161. Another "Captain Richard Fanning" served in King James' Army in 1689. Author John D'Alton (King James' Irish Army List, 1689, publisher J.R.Smith, 1861) believes he came from Pobble-Brien, just southwest of the city of Limerick.
  162. See footnote 46 from James Frost's The History and Topography of the County of Clare, Part II. History of Thomond: Search here for "Fanning":
  165. The Irish Landed Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland, p.331, p.347, p.363
  166. O'Hart's research into Irish family origins is generally well regarded, but his specific expertise on detailed pedigrees was much less reliable. A comment in Wikitree's G2G forum provides a bit of context. In the case of the Fannings, O'Hart calls his pedigree chart Fanning of Ballingarry and Fanningstown (p.202) but completely ignores the Ballingarry (Tipperary) branch. The possible explanation for this oversight:
    • He assumed that the 2 branches were one and the same, despite the distance, or, more likely
    • He confused the historic family seat of Ballingarry in County Tipperary with two other townships of Ballingarry very close to Limerick -- one in the barony of Coshlea and the other in the barony of Connello Upper.
    Regardless of this, his Limerick pedigree, although limited to 6 generations, appears to be accurate.
  167. See Brooks, p.49, for the list of Fannings who received Transplanter Certificates:
  168. Quoting W.F. Brooks, in his History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, p.21:
    • "In 1554 [Clement Fanning] went to Paris on behalf of some Limerick merchants who had been despoiled of their goods by French pirates. Writing to Queen Mary, under date of 2nd of October, 1554, Dr. [Nicholas Wotton], [son of Sir Robert Wotton, Sheriff of Kent] the English envoy, says: "I obtained judgment for some Irishmen of Limerick for whom one Clement Fanning is solicitor here by which sentence the King [Henri II] himself and the Duchess of Valentinois [referring to Diane de Poitiers, mistress of King Henri II] are condemned for some part of the goods spoiled [stolen] which came to their use." "
  169. Quoting W.F. Brooks, in his History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, pp.22-24:
    • "Clement Fanning suffered heavy loss of property by the rebellion of the Earl of Desmond ... Lord Justice Sir William Pelham was ordered to visit [the Earl's] dominions. Pelham arrived in the City of Limerick in October 1579. Here he was waited on by Nicholas Stritch, the mayor, who presented him a thousand well-armed citizens. With this force Sir William marched to Fanningstown (then the property of Clement Fanning), where he encamped, using the castle as his headquarters.
    • [After the defeat and death of the Earl of Desmond in 1583], the vast territory of Desmond was thereupon confiscated and divided among the officers of the English army and certain persons called adventurers because they had adventured or advanced funds for the prosecution of the war. The confiscation of Fanningstown was contested by Clement Fanning, who took no part in the rebellion, on the plea that Fanningstown was entailed on him as heir-at-law and that it was not held directly from the Earl of Desmond.
    • His pleading was unsuccessful, the Court deciding that the rights of the Queen [Elizabeth] superseded and were paramount to any claim he could produce. On the 4th of March, 1589, Edward Mainwaring of Cheshire, England, was granted the Castle and 2,400 acres of the lands of Fanningstown manor. William Candish, of the same shire, was granted the townlands of Castle, Cloghtach and the rest in Pobblebrian amounting to 2000 acres."
  170. Brooks, History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, p.28:
    • "Patrick Fanning, son of Clement Fanning of Fanningstown, was elected sheriff of the city of Limerick in 1576. An inquisition taken at Sixmilebridge, County Clare, on the 3d of April, 1626, found that Patrick Fanning died on the 1st of June, 1612, being then owner of Ballyarrily (Mount Ivers) and of Ballynevan, in the County Clare, and found that Clement Fanning, his son and heir, of full age, assigned these lands to Thomas Rourke and Philip Garrett."
  171. Clement Fanning's daughter Joan Fanning married the 7th son of Thomas Creagh (d.1639) and Phyllis Sexton (daughter of Arthur). Thomas Creagh [born ca.1570] was in turn the 3rd son of Patrick Creagh, who was the 2nd son of Christopher Creagh. The elder sons of Thomas (d.1639) married women of the Patrick and Dominick Creagh (2), Patrick Arthur (2 daughters), Thomas Daniell (1) and Stephen Harrold (1) families.
  172. According to Notes on the Sexton Family, noted from the Sexton diary transcribed by Noel Murphy and published online by the Limerick City Council, Clement married Margaret Gould in 1614, presumably as a 2nd marriage for Clement. Margaret died in 1624.
  173. The transcribed "Will of Symon Fanning of Limerick, Alderman" (1636):
  174. "[Simon Fanning] served as sheriff in 1600, and was elected to the mayoralty in 1615. He resided in Limerick in St. Mary's Parish. His "stone-house" was bounded on the east by [his brother] Francis Fanning's stone-house, on the west by John Stritch's stone-house, on the north by Creagh's land, and on the south by [his brother] Edmund Fanning's lands. An inquisition held at Limerick by Sir John Davies, the King's Attorney-General, on the 18th of March, 1615, found that Simon Fanning was possessed of part of the lands of Ratwyrd, Gorteardboher, Gortrebowley, Rathgreylan and Ardnevedoge, being part of 40 ploughlands which were granted by Henry III to the Leper Hospital, and which on the suppression of the monasteries and other religious houses reverted to the crown. On May 10th, 1631, [Simon] obtained permission from the Court of Exchequer to sell the lands of Parke and Ballymackine in the County of Limerick to Thomas Power of Limerick. Simon Fanning died on the 7th of March, 1637, leaving 5 sons: (1) Dominick; (2) John, who married Mary, daughter of Patrick Hogan of Killamona, County Clare; (3) Bartholomew; (4) Richard; (5) James, who married Katherine, daughter of Alderman Michael Stritch of Limerick; and two daughters, Joan and Anne, one of whom married James Stritch Fitz-William."
  175. Extensive notes on the Arthur family, assembled from various records and transcribed by Noel Murphy. Published online by the Limerick City Council:
  176. Two pages summarising the early activities of the Comyn family in Ireland, for historial context:
  177. A Comyn family pedigree places Thomas Comyn as son of John Comyn and Joan Arthur. Joan Fanning's husband was therefore a cousin or distant cousin of her mother's.
  178. John O'Hart, Irish Pedigrees:
  179. Possibly the same James mentioned in "Who Was Who in Early Modern Limerick", by Alan O'Driscoll and Brian Hodkinson, Assistant Curator of Limerick Museum:
  180. Brooks, p.49
  181. According to John O'Hart, in his correspondence (p.812, Note F) with W.F. Brooks, author of History of the Fanning Family (1905), "Richard Fanning" (don Ricardo Fanan), younger brother to Dominick, served as a Captain in the Spanish Netherlands in 1663.
  182. Another "Captain Richard Fanning" served in King James' Army in 1689. Author John D'Alton (King James' Irish Army List, 1689, publisher J.R.Smith, 1861) believes he came from Pobble-Brien, just southwest of the city of Limerick.
  183. James Rice (born ca.1580) of Ballynruddel, son of Stephen Rice of Dingle (an "undertaker" or planter under Queen Elizabeth), married 2) Phillis, daughter to Edward Fanning of Limerick. James (d.1636) and Phillis had 8 sons and 3 daughters. A descendant was Sir Stephen Rice (1637-1715), lawyer and Chief Baron of the Exchequer.
  184. Brooks, History of the Fanning Family, Vol.1, p.29:
    • "Nicholas ... was sheriff in 1623 and mayor of Limerick in 1630. He is referred to in [his uncle] Simon Fanning's will in 1636 as Alderman Nicholas Fanning (Fitz-Edward), and by the provisions of the will was made one of the "overseers" to the executors. After the confiscation of his landed property he was transplanted to Connaught in 1653-4."
  185. Brian Hodkinson, Assistant Curator of Limerick Museum, has compiled 2 lengthy lists of 1) people cited in Medieval Limerick records from the late 1200s until the Dissolution of the Monasteries (ca.1541), and also 2) Early Modern Limerick from the 1540s to 1650s. Nicholas, with the "deceased" notation, appears in the Early Modern list:
  186. Brooks, p.49
  187. Brooks, p.49
  188. Brooks, p.49
  189. See Brooks, p.49, for his list of Fannings who received Transplanter Certificates:

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