MAGAURAN

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

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Arms: Ar. out of a mount vert an oak tree ppr. on a chief az. a crescent betw. two mullets ar. Crest: An oak tree ppr.

BREANNAN, brother of Hugh Fionn who is No. 93 On the "O'Rourke" pedigree, was the ancestor of MacSamhradhain; anglicised MacGauran, MacGovern, Magauran, Magovern, McGowran, Saurin,[1] Somers, and Summers.

93. Breannan: son of Fergnath [fergna].

94. Baothin: his son.

95. Maoinach: his son.

96. Eochaidh: his son; a quo Teallach Eochdhaidh.

97. Dungaile: his son.

98. Coscrach: his son.

99. Iomhar: his son.

100. Ruarc: his son.

101. Teige: his son.

102. Connor: his son.

103. Samhradhan ("samhradh:" Irish, summer); a quo MacSamhradhain.

104. Muireadhach: his son.

105. Giollananaomh: his son.

106. Giollaiosa: his son.

107. Giollananaomh (2): his son.

108. Donoch: his son.

109. Brian Breug ("breug:" Irish, a lie): his son.

110. Thomas: his son.

111. Fergal: his son.

112. Brian MacSamhradhain: his son; had four brothers—1. Thomas na-Feasoige, 2. Donoch Ballach, 3. Maolseaghlainn, 4. Cormac.

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NOTES

[1] Saurin: There was a Huguenot refugee in Ireland named Saurin, whose grandson was William Saurin, an eminent lawyer, who was born in the North of Ireland in 1757. This William's father was a Presbyterian Minister. William was educated at the University of Dublin, and was called to the Bar in 1780. With indignant ardour he threw himself into the agitation against the proposal for the Union between Great Britain and Ireland. He was elected a member of the House of Commons for Blessington. For at least twenty-three years after the passing of the Act of Union he never set foot upon English soil. In 1807 he was appointed Attorney-General, and he may be said to have governed Ireland for fifteen years. He instituted proceedings against the Catholic Board; popular excitement was the result: from being one of the most popular men in Ireland, he grew to be an object of aversion. In 1822, on some official changes then being made, he was offered, and in a fit of vexation refused, the place of Chief Justice of the King's Bench, whereupon he returned to his old position at the Bar. Mr. Saurin married a sister of the Marquis of Thomond. He died at his residence, Stephen's Green, Dublin, on the 11th of February, 1839, aged 82 years.


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