MacMAHON (No.2)

Of Drumgiston, County Monaghan

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

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[1] Arms: Same as those of "MacMahon" (No. 1).


2. Rory, who had:

3. Edmund, who had:

4. Cormac, who had:

5. Collo, who had:

6. Patrick MacMahon, of Dromgiston, co. Monaghan, Esq., who d. in 1637.

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[1] MacMahon: Heber MacMahon, Bishop of Clogher, and General of the Ulster Irish, was a Catholic prelate who took a prominent part in the War 1641—1652, in the interest of Charles I. Clarendon speaks of him as "much superior in parts to any man of that party." He was created Bishop of Clogher in June, 1643. On the death of Owen Roe O'Neill, in November, 1649, he was appointed at Belturbet, Commander of the Ulster Irish, and received his commission from the Earl of Ormond. He immediately put himself at the head of 5,000 foot and 600 horse, and marched to Charlemont, where he issued a manifesto inviting the Scots serving under Coote and Venables to make common cause with the Irish; but only a small number of them joined his standard. On the 21st of June, 1650, he attacked at Scarriffhollis, two miles from Letterkenny, the united forces of Coote and Venables; in the early part of the engagement his troops carried all before them, but they were afterwards defeated and almost annihilated. Major-General O'Cahan, many officers, and 1,500 soldiers were killed on the spot; and Carte says that Colonels Henry Roe O'Neill and Felim O'Neill, Hugh Maguire, Hugh MacMahon, and many more were slain after quarter was given. The Bishop quitted the field with a small party of horse. His fate is related by Clarendon, as follows:—"Next day, in his flight, he had the misfortune, near Enniskilling, to meet with the governor of that town, at the head of a party too strong for him, against which, however, the Bishop defended himself with notable courage; and, after he had received many wounds, he was forced to become a prisoner, upon promise, first, that he should have fair quarter; contrary to which, Sir Charles Coote, as soon as he knew that he (the Bishop) was a prisoner, caused him to be hanged, with all the circumstances of contumely, reproach, and cruelty which he could devise." Cox, in his History of Ireland, says:—"Nor is it amiss to observe the variety and vicissitude of the Irish affairs; for, this very Bishop (MacMahon), and those officers whose heads were now placed on the walls of Derry, were within less than a year before confederate with Sir Charles Coote, raised the siege of that city, and were jovially merry at his table, in the quality of friends."