From Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation by John O'Hart
THE following were the chief families of early settlers, in the counties of Limerick and Clare: De Burgo, Fitzgerald, Fitzgibbon—a branch of the Fitzgeralds, De Clare, De Lacey, Brown Barrett, Roche, Russell, Sarsfield, Stritch, Purcell, Hussey, Harold, Tracey, Trant, Comyn, White, Walsh, Wolfe, Dongan, Rice, Aylmer, Nash, Monsell, Massy, etc. The Fitzgeralds, earls of Desmond, had vast possessions in limerick; and of the estates of Gerald, the sixteenth earl of Desmond, in the reign of Elizabeth, about one hundred thousand acres were confiscated in the county Limerick, and divided amongst the following families:—Annesley, Barkley, Billingsley, Bouchier, Carter, Courtenay, Fitton, Mannering, Stroude, Trenchard, Thornton, and Uthered.
Limerick was formed into a county as early as the reign of King John, A.D. 1210; and Clare, in the reign of Elizabeth, A.D. 1565, by the Lord Deputy Sir Henry Sidney.
From a sad, comfortless childhood Giles Truelove developed into a reclusive and uncommunicative man whose sole passion was books. For so long they were the only meaning to his existence. But when fate eventually intervened to have the outside world intrude upon his life, he began to discover emotions that he never knew he had.
A story for the genuine booklover, penned by an Irish bookseller under the pseudonym of Ralph St. John Featherstonehaugh.
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