CURRY

From Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation by John O'Hart

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Arms: Az. a lion pass. guard. or. Crest: An arm in armour embowed. holding a spear, all ppr.

GNOBOG, brother of Aedhan who is No. 93 on the "Coghlan" pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Curaidh; anglicised Corey, Cory, and, more lately, Curry, Currie, O'Curry, and O'Corra.[1]

93. Gnobog: son of Dealbha.

94. Baodan: his son.

95. Maithan: his son.

96. Maoltuile: his son.

97. Saraan: his son.

98. Aodh: his son.

99. Dungal: his son.

100. Dungus: his son.

101. Innealach: his son.

102. Luachan [2]: his son.

103. Lughaidh: his son.

104. Cas: his son.

105. Sioda: his son.

106. Baodan (2): his son.

107. Lughaidh (2): his son.

108. Amhailgadh (or Awly): his son.

109. Curadh ("curadh,"[3] Irish, a valiant champion): his son; a quo O'Curaidh.

110. Conor: his son.

111. Diarmaid (Dermod) O'Corey: his son: the first who assumed this sirname.

112. Fergus: his son.

113. Donoch (Donogh): his son.

114. Curadh (2): his son.

115. Fergus (2): his son.

116. Donogh (2): his son.

117. Donough (3): his son.

118. Donal: his son.

119. Conor (2): his son.

120. Donal (2): his son.

121. Conor O'Curry: his son.

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NOTES

[1] O'Corra: Of this family was John Curry, M.D., a distinguished Catholic physician and writer, who was born in Ireland early in the 18th century. He was descended from the O'Corra family, of Cavan, who lost their estates in the wars of 1641-1652, and 1689-1691. His grandfather, a cavalry officer in James's army, fell at the battle of Aughrim. Disqualified by his religion from obtaining a degree in Ireland (on account of the stringency of the Penal Laws against Catholics), Doctor John Curry went to Paris, there studied medicine for several years, and took his diploma at Rheims. Returning to practise in Ireland, he rose to eminence as a physician; and took up his pen in defence of his co-religionists. The incident that impelled him to do so is thus related by his editor, Charles O'Connor: "In October, 1746, as he passed through the Castle-yard on the memorial day of the Irish rebellion of 1641, he met two ladies, and a girl of about eight years of age, who, stepping on a little before them, turned about suddenly, and, with uplifted hands and horror in her countenance, exclaimed—Are there any of those bloody Papists in Dublin? This incident, which to a different hearer would be laughable, filled the Doctor with anxious reflections. He immediately inferred that the child's terror proceeded from the impression made on her mind by the sermon preached on that day in Christ Church, whence those ladies had proceeded; and having procured a copy of the sermon, he found that his surmise was well founded." He combated such bitter prejudices in a Dialogue, the publication of which created a great sensation, and it was replied to by Walter Harris. Dr. Curry rejoined in his Historical Memoirs. In 1775, he published anonymously An Historical and Critical Review of the Civil Wars in Ireland. With Mr. Wyse, Mr. O'Conor, and a few more, Dr. Curry was one of the founders of the first Catholic Committee, which in March, 1760, met privately at the Elephant Tavern in Essex-street, Dublin—the forerunner of the powerful Catholic Associations which seventy years afterwards, under O'Connell, achieved Emancipation. He died in 1780. Two of his sons were officers in the Austrian service.—For further information on this subject, see Webb's valuable work—Compendium of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill and Son, 1878).

[2] Luachan: A quo O'Luachain ("luach": Irish, price), anglicised Price.

[3] Curadh: This word is derived from the Irish obsolete substantive cur, "power," "manliness"; and from it some genealogists incorrectly derive Conry (see "Conroy").


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