David FitzDavid De Barry

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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De Barry, David FitzDavid, Earl of Barrymore, grandson of preceding, a posthumous child, was born March 1605. At the age of twelve he succeeded to the estates of his family, and in 1621 married Alice, daughter of the Earl of Cork, and through the Earl's influence was created Earl of Barrymore. When the war broke out in 1641, he held to the English side, and garrisoned his castle of Shandon with about 100 men; being offered the position of general in the Irish army, he replied: "I will first take an offer from my brother Dungarvan to be hangman-general at Youghal." On 10th May 1642 he, with Lord Dungarvan, took the castle of Ballymacpatrick (now Careysville), held by his grand-aunt, a MacCarthy, rescued a large number of English confined therein, and killed in cold blood the whole garrison, about fifty men. He headed his regiment at the battle of Liscarroll in September 1642, and died on the 29th of the same month, probably from his wounds, or from the fatigues of compaigning. He was buried in his father-in-law's family vault at Youghal. Lodge says : " His lordship was a person of great generosity, humanity, and Christian charity." He was a Protestant. The honours of the family became extinct upon the death of Henry Barry, 8th Earl of Barrymore, in 1824.


52. Burke, Sir Bernard: Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages. London, 1866.

216. Lodge's Peerage of Ireland, Revised and Enlarged by Mervyn Archdall. 7 vols. Dublin, 1789.

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