Egan (No.3) family genealogy

Of Austria-Hungary, and Germany

(A Branch of the "Egan" Family, of Ballymac-Egan, county Tipperary.)

The Armorial Bearings granted in 1715 to a member of the "Egan," of BallymacEgan, family, in the County Tipperary, were:

Arms: Quarterly, 1st, gu. a tower ar. supported by two knights in complete armour, holding in their interior hands a battle axe all ppr. in chief a snake barways or; 2nd and 3rd, or, on a bend vert. three plates; 4th, gu. on a tower as in the first quarter, a swan statant ar. Crest: On a tower or, a knight in complete armour couped at the knees, holding in his dexter hand a battle axe all ppr. Motto: Fortitudo et prudentia.

JOHN EGAN,[1] M.P., mentioned in the last sentence of the "Egan" (No. 1) pedigree, was a younger son of Carbery Egan, who was a scion of the Ballymac-Egan family, co. Tipperary, and who settled in Charleville, co. Cork, as Master of the Endowed School of that place. Said Carbery afterwards entered into Holy Orders as a clergyman of the late Established Church in Ireland; and was Protestant Curate of Charleville, from A.D. 1748 to 1770. One of his sons, whose christian name we have not ascertained, also entered into Holy Orders, and afterwards became Bishop of Philadelphia, United States, America.

Considering the date of the grant of the Armorial Bearings which head this pedigree, and the fact that they are identical with those of the family of the Rev. Carbery Egan, here mentioned, who was Curate of Charleville, A.D. 1748, we are of opinion that it was to the said Carbery Egan's father those Armorial Bearings were first granted, A.D. 1715.

Commencing with the Rev. Carbery Egan, the pedigree of this family is as follows:

1. Rev. Carbery Egan, Curate of Charleville, co. Cork, from A.D. 1748 to 1770, married and had:

I. James, who m. and had:

I. Pierce (b. 1773, d. 1849), who m. and had a son Pierce, living in 1887.

II. John, b. 1779, d. 1862.

III. Laurence.

This James's family settled in England.

II. Carbery, baptized 9th March, 1746.

III. Giles, bapt. 19th March, 1747.

IV. Richard, baptized 1st April, 1750, d. 1751.

V. John, M.P. from 1789 to 1800, b. 1754, and of whom presently.

VI. Daniel, d. 1766.

I. Mary, bapt. 1751.

II. Catherine, bapt. 1758.

III. Elizabeth,[2] d. 1765.

2. John Egan, M.P.; a younger son of Rev. Carbery Egan; born 1754, died 1810; entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a Sizar; studied Law in London; and after his return home married a widow lady of some fortune. In March, 1789, Mr. John Egan entered the Irish Parliament as member for Ballinakill (Queen's County); and, from 1790 to 1800, sat for Tullagh. He was "Chairman" of Kilmainham, or, as the position would now be termed, County Court Judge of Dublin. In Parliament he voted against the "Union" between Great Britain and Ireland; was, for so doing, deprived by the Government of his chairmanship; and, thus reduced to poverty, d. in Scotland, in May, 1810.

3. James Egan (b. 1783, d. 1834): son of John; after remaining some short time in Scotland, he went to Germany in the beginning of this century; became a Page at the Court of Zwei-Brucken, in Germany, "and a Freemason." In after years he went to reside in Austria-Hungary, mar. Theresa Price, and had four sons:

I. James, of whom presently.

II. Charles, who went to America in 1849. His son William, who is living in Mainz (or Mayençe), in Germany, has a large establishment of "speditary" business, with numerous filials (or branches thereof) in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. This William has a son named William, of minor age, in 1887.

III. Edward (d. 1880): the third son of James (No. 3); was a landowner in Hungary. He had two sons and a daughter; the sons are:

I. Edward, who is (in 1887) an Inspector-General of Dairy Farming at the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture; and whose three children—1. László, 2. Imre, and 3. Edward, are minors, in 1887.

II. Lewis: the second son of Edward, who d. in 1880; is Chief Engineer to the Maritime Government of Fiume and the Hungarian Croate Coast. He has one son, Béla,[3] a minor in 1887.

The daughter of Edward, who d. in 1880, is:

I. Irma, who is, 1887, living at her widowed mother's in "Borostyánko-Castle."

IV. Alfred: the fourth son of James (No. 3); is Chief Engineer to the Hungarian States Railways. He had two sons and four daughters; the sons were:

I. Alfred, who is on the Engineer's Staff of the Hungarian States Railways.

II. Edward, who is a Clerk in the Establishment of his cousin William Egan, in Mayençe, in Germany.

The sisters of these two brothers, are: 1. Rosa, 2. Julia, both of whom are married in Budapest; 3. Josephine, 4. Louisa—both of whom are (in 1887) living at their father's in Budapest.

4. James: eldest son of James (No. 3), who was the first of the family that settled in Hungary; is (in 1887) a Professor at the University of Budapest; has one son and three daughters:

I. Lewis, of whom presently.

I. Rosa, who m. a Hungarian Nobleman and Lawyer, Dr. Victor de Hagara, member of the Hungarian Parliament, for the county of Ugocsa; and living in 1887.

II. Clara. III. Adéle, both living at their father's in 1887.

5. Lewis Egan: son of James (No. 4); is a Director of extensive Glass-works in Transylvania. His children are two sons and one dau.:

I. Lewis, of whom presently.

II. Victor, a minor in 1887.

I. Leona, also a minor in 1887.

6. Lewis Egan: son of Lewis (No. 5); living in 1887, and a minor.

See also Egan (No. 3) pedigree in the addenda of Volume 2.


[1] John Egan, M.P.: John Egan, Chairman of Kilmainham, co. Dublin, was born A.D. 1754, at Charleville, co. Cork, where his father was a Church of England clergyman. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a sizar, studied law in London, and after his return home married a widow lady of some fortune. In March, 1789, he entered Parliament as member for Ballinakill, Queen's County; and, from 1790 to the period of the Union, sat for Tullagh. He was a noted duellist, and hence was called "Bully Egan." He once fought with his intimate friend, Curran, fortunately without serious consequences. Egan, who was a corpulent man, complained of the great advantage his size gave to his adversary: "I'll tell you what, Mr. Egan," said Curran, "I wish to take no advantage of you whatever. Let my size be chalked out on your side, and I am quite content that every shot which hits outside that mark should go for nothing." In after life there were few of his old friends of whom Curran was accustomed to speak with greater affection than of Egan. In 1799 he was appointed Chairman of Kilmainham. His means were by that time reduced, and the post was then almost his only source of income. The office depended upon Government favour, and it was intimated that his support of the "Union" between Great Britain and Ireland would lead to further advancement. As the final debate on the question in the Irish House of Commons proceeded, it was seen that Egan was writhing under conflicting emotions; at length he rose, delivered a furious speech against the Union, and sat down exclaiming: "Ireland—Ireland for ever! and damn Kilmainham!" He died, in poverty, in May, 1810, aged 60 years.—See Webb's Compendium of Irish Biography (Dublin: Gill & Son, 1878); the Correspondence of the Marquis Cornwallis (London: Charles Ross 3 vols. 1859); Curran and his Contemporaries (Edinburgh: Charles Phillips, 1850); Notes and Queries (London, 1850-1878); Public Characters of 1798 (Dublin: 1799); Walker's Hibernian Magazine (Dublin: 1771-1811); Brady's Records of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross, vol. 111., p. 183.

[2] Elizabeth: We are unable to find the dates of Baptism of James, John, Daniel, and Catherine—children of the Rev. Carbery Egan; for, from some cause or other, those dates are not recorded iu the Charleville Baptismal Register of that period.

[3] Bela: This name is the Hungarian for "Albert."