O'Hart (No.5) family genealogy

Another Branch of the Grange Family

[1] Arms: Same as "O'Hart" (No. 1).

CORMAC, a brother of Cormac-na-Cuideachta who is No. 119 on the "O'Hart" (of Drumcliffe) pedigree, was the ancestor of other branches of this family.

119. Cormac: son of Teige Caoch; had three sons—1. Owen, 2. Teige, 3. Hugh: this Teige was the father of Donoch, the father of the three brothers, Giollachriosd Caoch, Maolruan, and Owen; and Hugh was the father of Teige, Hugh Oge, and Melachlin: this last-mentioned Teige was the father of the seven brothers—Owen, Hugh Oge, Brian, Cormac, William Granna, Giollachriosd Caoch, and Teige.

120. Owen: son of Cormac.

121. Rory: his son.

122. Niall: his son; had two brothers—1. Felim, 2. Teige Caoch.

123. James: son of Niall (or Neil); lived in Ballygilgan (one of the seven cartons of Lisadil), married Mary Kilbride, and had:

124. Thady (or Teige), of Ballygilgan, who m. Catherine Mannion, and had four sons and three daughters; the sons were:

I. James, of whom presently.

II. Patrick.

III. Michael.

IV. Thady.

The daughters were: 1. Else, 2. Mary, 3. Bridget.

In 1833, the family with others was evicted by Sir Robert Gore Booth, of Lisadil, Bart., and the three brothers and three sisters of James emigrated to America; and the townland has since been turned into grazing farms.

125. James [2] O'Hart, of North Grange, co. Sligo, living in 1886: son of Thady; purchased a holding in Drumcliffe, after the family was evicted from Ballygilgan; married Ellen, daughter of Michael Cryan, of Drumcliffe, and lived there for some fourteen years. He subsequently purchased (for £100) from Mr. Gethen, of Ballymote, in the year 1848, another farm in North Grange, on which stood the ruins of the castle built in the beginning of the 17th century by Teige O'Hart, brother of Aodh (or Hugh) Mór, who is No. 117 on the (No. 1) "O'Hart" pedigree. The children of this James O'Hart were six sons; and one daughter, Catherine:

I. Patrick, of whom presently.

II. Timothy, living at Garrison, co. Fermanagh; married Mary Ellen Clancy, dau. of Andrew Clancy, of Stracomer, county Leitrim, and has had issue.

III. Michael, living in America, and there married.

IV. James, living at Caldragh, near Bundoran, married Ellen, daughter of Joseph Barker, of Muninane, co. Sligo, and has had issue.

V. John, living at Grange, has there a Drapery Establishment; married to Anne, dau. of James McGarraghy, of Grange, and has had two in family:—1. James, 2. Mary-Kate.

VI. Bernard, unm. in 1886; living in North Grange, and there keeps a Bakery and a Vintner's Establishment.

I. Catherine, m. James McSharry, of Mount Temple, near Grange, and had six children (living in 1886): 1. Bridget, 2. Mary, 3. Kate, 4. Ellie, 5. Annie, 6. Michael.

126. Patrick Harte, of North Grange, county Sligo: son of James O'Hart; unmarried in 1886.


[1] O'Hart: In the "Records of Ireland; Patent Rolls; James I.," pp. 20 and 21, many of the "O'Harts," and "O'Hartes," are mentioned as having obtained Pardons.

[2] James: Having visited North Grange, on the 29th of July, 1886, we had the pleasure of there meeting Mr. James O'Hart, who was then 85 years of age, and who naturally feels a laudable pride in the ancient lineage of our family. "My sons," said he, "write their name Harte, but the correct name is O'Hart." "Can you, sir," I said, "show me even one stone of the old Castle of Grange, which I came all the way from Dublin to see?" "Yes," he replied; "see (pointing to a stone embedded in the front wall of one of his houses) where I have preserved a stone of the arch that was over the front entrance to the castle of my ancestors." And there sure enough, has Mr. James O'Hart preserved that to him precious relic, as a souvenir of his family castle, which had once towered in North Grange, but was lately razed, to supply the stones with which the spacious Catholic church which now stands on the site of said castle, the presbytery, and the walls around the church, have been built.

We may observe that we, too, wrote our name Harte, up to 1873, and omitted the Prefix O'; because, on account of our parents' reduced circumstances, that prefix was omitted by my brother, to whom, as a Catholic clergyman, the family naturally looked for the mode of spelling the name in its transition from the Irish to the English language, and who from his boyhood (as we find his autograph in some of his books,) variously wrote his name Hairtt, Hairtte, Hartte, and Harte. The last mentioned form was the orthography adopted by the members of the family who, in the 12th century, first settled in England, and descendants of whom came back therefrom and settled in Ireland, temp. Elizabeth; and, possibly, because (until lately) that was the English mode of spelling the name, our dear brother thought it fashionable to adopt that form of orthography; or, because, from the same motive, Furlong, in his English translation of Carolan's song in honour of Bishop O'Hart (of the diocese of Achonry) wrote the name Harte, with an e final, and without the prefix O'; while Dr. W. Maziere Brady, in his Episcopal Succession in England, Scotland, and Ireland, Vol. ii., p. 191, writes the name O'Harte, thus restoring the prefix O'; but, in the Irish orthography of the sirname (O'h-Airt) there is no final e.