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Nesbit Nesbitt of Lismore

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Nesbitt of Lismore

Nesbitt of Lismore Arms drawing
Nesbitt of Lismore plate

Motto: "je maintiendrai" I will maintain

This is the same motto as Kingdom of the Netherlands uses. It is from family of Orange. William of Orange -William III was born on 4th November 1650. A Dutchman by birth, part of the House of Orange, he would later reign as King of England, Scotland and Ireland until his death in 1702.

William’s reign came at a precarious time in Europe when religious divide dominated international relations. William would emerge as an important Protestant figurehead; the Orange Order in Northern Ireland is named after him. His victory at the Battle of Boyne on 12th July is still celebrated by many in Northern Ireland, Canada and parts of Scotland.

The Cosbies, of Stradbally, from whom the Nesbitts, of Lismore, descend in the female line through Jane Cosby, the daughter of Arnold Cosby, were among the daring and adventurous leaders of the forces, under Henry VIII.,


Related to Nisbet of Greenholm


Claimed no doubt in error presumed to be son of Thomas Nesbitt, of Newbottle, and grandson of George Nesbitt, who died in 1590

Oldest proven ancestor

Nesbitt-766 Thomas Nesbitt of Lismore (abt. 1672 - abt. 1750)

PROPERTY and Early People

Superior IRELAND

  • Lismore Castle Co Cavan

A letter from Miss Burrowes-arising out of a news item in last issue about the demolition of Lismore Castle, the Editor has received the following from Miss Elanor m C Burrows, Lismore Crossdoney:- re Lismore Castle, I have never heard of any O’Reilly castle having been on the site. The property belonged to the Cosby family who settled in Co Cavan in the lifetime of Arnold Cosby, born in 1591, In 1713 Thomas Nesbitt married the heiress of the Cosbys. He had already had other properties in the county. It was he that built the castle and it continued in the Nesbitt’s hands until my grandmother inherited it on the death of her brother. She married a Burrowes of Stradone, a younger son. There was a gate at one side of the castle known as the brew-house, but I fancy that whatever was brewed there was for home consumption and have never heard of any connection with a Dublin brewery. I was extremely sorry to have to demolish the Castle. I only did it reluctantly owing to its being in a very dangerous condition Anglo-Celt Saturday, April 20, 1957

LISMORE HOUSE, near Crossdoney, County Cavan, was built ca 1730.
  • Lismore House, near Crossdoney, County Cavan, was built ca 1730


Documents SOURCES -

  • History of The Family of Nisbet or Nesbitt In Scotland and Ireland - From Memoranda written by Alexander Nesbitt of Lismore, Co. Cavan, Ireland, and of Oldlands, Sussex, and completed by his widow, Cecilia Nesbitt June, 1898
  • Nesbitt Nisbet Society UK Newsletter Volume XXXII No 3 Winter 2015

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