From Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation by John O'Hart
Armorial Bearings: Same as those of "MacCarthy, Lords of Muscry."
THE founder of this family was Sir Cormac MacTeige, lord of Muscry. who is No. 121 on the "MacCarthy, lords of Muscry" Stem.
122. Donoch MacCarthy, called "Maister-na-Mona": son of Sir Cormac MacTeige by his first wife Ellen Barrett, who was daughter of James Barrett, by Ellen, sister of Teige (No. 121), and consequently his (Sir Cormac's) first cousin. He got the name Na-Mona from the preceptory of Mourne and the lands around this religious establishment, which his father willed to him. This Donoch m. Ellen, dau. of Donal MacOwen MacTeige Illoyghie MacSweeney, Chief Warder of Blarney Castle. He died in February, 1605, leaving a son Cormac, then twelve years old.
123. Cormac MacDonoch MacCarthy: said son; born 1593; m. a dau. of Donal O'Donovan, of Rahine, by his wife Joan, dau. of Sir Owen MacCarthy Reagh; left issue:—1. Donoch; and 2. Teige, whose dau. Mary m. Donoch O'Donovan, of Castlehaven.
124. Donoch MacCarthy, "Maister na-Mona": his son; had by his wife Catherine (living in 1700) twelve children: the eldest named Charles; another, Daniel, d. 1766. This Donoch died in February, 1683, intestate, leaving to his widow and his children the management of his estate. Under a lease of 99 years, at a yearly rent of £56 11s. 3 ¾d., granted by Ellen Countess Dowager of Clancarthy, and Donoch, earl of Clancarthy, dated 30th October, 1677, he entered into the lands of Courtbrack, Ballmarypeak, Clauneballycullen, and Lahackaneen, in the Barony of Muscry, which lands were in 1641 the ancient property and inheritance of his ancestors.
125. Charles MacCarthy, "Maister na-Mona": his son; he had sixteen sons, thirteen of whom emigrated; in 1700 he claimed and was allowed the benefits of above lease, the reversion of which was forfeited by the attainder of Donoch, earl of Clancarthy; which claim was adjudged within the "Articles of Limerick."
126. Owen MacCarthy, the last "Maister na-Mona": his son; born 1706; married Catherine (living in 1764), dau. of Charles MacCarthy, of Lyredane; died 5th November, 1790; was interred in Kilcrea Abbey, leaving an only son, and three daughters, residents in Cork: 1. Mary, married to Barry; 2. Anne, died aged 76; and 3. Catherine died in 1832, all buried in Kilcrea, "pursuant to their dying wishes."
127. Charles MacCarthy: his son; entered the service of the King of Portugal, was colonel of a regiment of horse, and Governor of Miranda, in 1790. He died in Portugal in 1792, leaving an only daughter, who d. s. p. in 1832; and was buried in Kilcrea.
(Mourne Abbey passed through the Encumbered Estates Court, and was purchased about the middle of the present century by a Colonel Beamish, of Lota Park, Cork.)
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