Doherty (No.1) family genealogy

Lords of Inishowen

Arms: Ar. a stag springing gu. on a chief vert three mullets of the first. Crest: a hand couped at the wrist erect grasping a sword all ppr. Another Crest: A greyhound courant ar. holding in the mouth a hare ppr. Motto: Ar mDuthchas (For my hereditary right).

FIAMHAN, a brother of Muriartus (or Muiriartach) who is No. 99 on the (No. 1) "O'Donel" (Tirconnell) pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Dochartaigh ; anglicised Docharty, Dogherty, Doherty, Dougherty, and O'Dogherty.

99. Fiamhan (or Fianamhain): third son of Ceannfaola.

103. Maongal: his son.

101. Dochartach ("dochar:" Irish, harm): his son; a quo O'Dochartaigh.

102. Maongal (2): his soil.

103. Donoch: his son.

104. Maongal: his son.

105. Donal: his son.

106. Donogh Dunn: his son.

107. Donal Fionn: his son.

108. Connor: his son.

109. Dermod: his son.

110. Murtagh: his son.

111. Aongus: his son.

112. Donal Mór: his son.

113. Rory: his son.

114. Donal (4): his son.

115. Connor: his son.

116. Aneisleis: his son.

117. Donal (5): his son.

118. John: his son.

119. Connor-an-Einigh: his son; was the first of the family who settled in Inishowen.

120. Donal (6): his son.

121. Brian Dubh: his son; had a brother Aodh; living in 1440.

122. Connor Carrach: his son.

123. Felim: his son.

124. John Mór: his son.

125. John Oge: his son.

126. Sir Cahir O'Dogherty [1]: his son; lord of Inishowen; living in 1608; left no male issue. Sir Cahir had two brothers—1. Rory, who was the elder, and whose descendants live in Spain; 2. John, who died in 1638.

127. John: son of said John; had two brothers—1. Owen; 2. William.

128. Cahir: son of said Owen.

129. Cahir: his son; had a brother Owen; d. in 1732.

130. John: son of said Owen; d. 1762.

131. Cahir: son of John; d. 1784.

132. Henry Dogherty, a Catholic Priest: his son; had two brothers —1. John; 2. Clinton Dillon. These three brothers retired to Spain with their uncle, the Rev. Henry O'Dogherty, D.D. And their pedigree, as above given, down from Sir Cahir O'Dogherty, was certified by Fortescue, Ulster King of Arms, on 4th November, 1790.—See Meehan's "Flight of the Earls."


[1] Sir Cahir ODogherty: In Connellan's "Four Masters" it is stated that, in May, 1608, Sir Cahir O'Dogherty, lord of Inishowen, a young man of great spirit and valour, then only in the twenty-first year of his age, raised an insurrection against the English in Ulster; being unable to tolerate the insolence and tyranny of Sir George Paulett, Governor of Derry. O'Dogherty and his forces having surprised Derry, they slew Paulett and most of the garrison, and burned the town; he also took the fort of Culmore, near Derry, from Captain Hart; and gave the command of the fortress to a valiant chief named Felim MacDavett. O'Dogherty ravaged the settlements of the English in various parts of Derry, Donegal and Tyrone; and defeated their forces in several engagements. Marshal Wingfield and Sir Oliver Lambert marched against him with four thousand men; and having advanced to Culmore, MacDavett, unable to defend the place against so great a force, set fire to the fortress, and sailed off with his men towards Derry, carrying away some of the cannon, and throwing the rest into the sea. Wingfield then advanced against Burt Castle, the chief residence of O'Dogherty, near Lough Swilly. MacGeoghegan says the castle was commanded by a monk, who, not having a sufficient force to defend it, and not wishing to subject to the dangers of a siege, O'Dogherty's lady, who was Mary Preston, daughter of Lord Gormanstown, surrendered the castle on condition that the garrison should be spared; but Wingfield put most of them to the sword, and sent O'Dogherty's wife to her brother. O'Dogherty had various encounters with the English forces, and maintained his ground for about three months in Donegal; the lord deputy Chichester offered a reward of five hundred marks for his head; and Sir Cahir being encamped at the Rock of Doune, near Kilmacrennan, was shot dead with a musket ball, by an English soldier, who took deliberate aim at him; recognising the warlike chief amidst his men, from his waving plume and lofty stature. The extensive estates of O'Dogherty were confiscated, and transferred to Chichester, ancestor to the Earls of Donegal.