Cox family genealogy

Of Brefny

[1] Arms: Sa. a chev. betw. three bucks' scalps ar. Crest: On an arm ar. a bend az. the hand holding a triple branch of pinks ppr. leaved vert.

CAOCH, brother of Cathal, who is No. 113 on the "O'Reilly" pedigree, was the ancestor of MacCoich; anglicised Cox.

113. Caoch ("caoch:" Irish, blind): son of Annadh.

114. Niall: his son.

115. Mathghamhan: his son.

116. Cathal: his son.

117. Aonghus: his son.

118. Mathghamhan: his son.

119. Giolla na Naomh: his son


[1] Cox: Walter, or "Watty" Cox, the son of a Westmeath blacksmith, a hanger-on of the revolutionary party in 1798, was born about 1770. He is said to have proved faithless both to his own side and to the Government. In 1797 he established the Union Star, nominally in the interests of the United Irishmen, but it was ultimately repudiated by the Directory. After a visit to America, he established his Irish Monthly Magazine, in which are to be found some valuable biographical details of many distinguished persons of the period. He died at 12 Clarence-street, Dublin, in poverty, on the 17th January, 1837, aged 66 years. Some years before his death he had tried to cut the head off King William's Statue in Dublin—relinquishing his task upon finding his tools unsuitable for the purpose.