Bourke (No. 4.) family genealogy

The Bourkes, Lords Viscount Mayo

Ulick, younger brother of Sir Rickard na-Cuairagiath who is No. 24 on the “Bourkes, lords marquis Mayo” pedigree, was the ancestor of Bourke, lords viscount Mayo.

24. Ulick Bourke; second son of Edmond na-Feasoige.

25. Ulick (2); his son; had four brothers—1. David, 2. Theobald, 3. Meyler, 4. Edmond.

26. David; son of Ulick (2). This David had two brothers—1. William, who had a son called “Ricard de Moin an Coiran;” 2. Rickard, who had a son also named Rickard.

27. Rickard an Iarain: son of David. Rickard had three younger brothers—1. William, called “The Blind Abbot;” 2. Walter Fada a quo the Bourkes of Partry; and 3. Ulick an Teampul. This Rickard an Iarain was m. to the celebrated heroine Graine-Ui-Mhaille [Grana Wale], or Grace O’Malley,[1] dau. of Owen O’Malley, and widow of O’Flaherty—two Irish chiefs in the co. Mayo.

28. Tioboid na Luinge (Toby or Theobald of the Ship); son of Rickard an Iarain; was the first “lord viscount Mayo:” had brothers, the youngest of whom was Rickard Oge.

29. Meyler; son of Theobald na Luinge; second lord viscount Mayo. This Meyler had two brothers— 1. Toby; 2. Rickard, of Ballychaddy.

30. Theobald, third lord viscount Mayo: son of Meyler; living in 1726.

31. His eldest son, Sir Theobald Bourke, married Ellis Agar, dau. of James Agar, of Gowran, county Kilkenny, in March, 1726, and became a Protestant in Oct., 1726. This Sir Theobald, afterwards fourth viscount Mayo, had, amongst others, two sons;

32. Theobald and John. Theobald the elder was a Catholic, and thereby forfeited the title and estates to his younger brother John. John, fifth Lord viscount Mayo, leased Cloggernagh in 1752 to Theobald his elder brother. Theobald had five sons, James, Dominick, Edward, William, and Theobald, who was a Medical Doctor. James was of Castlebourke, and had one son, Aylmer Lambert Bourke, who was an officer of Dragoons, and who died in or about 1873.

33. Dominick, of Cloggernagh, who died in 1803, m. Ismay Taaffe, and had two sons: Theobald of Woodville, in the county of Mayo, and 2. Joseph of Greenhills; with several daughters, one of whom m. Myles Jordan of Rosslevan Castle in the county of Mayo, and another Charles O’Malley of Cloonane.

34. Theobald Bourke of Woodville, who died in 1845, was one of the first Catholic Magistrates after the relaxation of the Penal Laws; he married Isabel Deane of Foxford, and had two sons; John and Joseph, both of whom died leaving no surviving male issue; and four daus.— the eldest of whom, Bedelia, mar. George Martin Sheridan. Julia married Richard O’Grady of Carrabeg—and

35. The third, Isabel, married John Martin Sheridan of Pheasant Hill, and had three sons; George-Martin, John-Burke, of Castlebar, and Richard-Bingham, with one;

36. Daughter, Isabella, who mar. P. T. Macaulay, and has issue; ten sons: John-Sheridan, Henry-Martin, Gerald-Deane, Frank-Theobald-Bourke, George-Patrick, Charles-Aidan-O’Mally, James Sheridan, Edmond-Bourke; Florence-Bingham, and Richard Bourke; with four daughters; Mary-Isabel-Ismay, Margaret-Agnes, Kathaleen-Bourke, and Isabella-Bingham Macaulay— all living in 1887.


[1] Grace O’Malley: In 1575 lord deputy Sidney wrote to the Council in London that Grace O’Malley “was powerful in galleys and seamen.” After having performed many remarkable exploits against the English, Grace was, as a matter of state policy, invited as a guest by Queen Elizabeth to London; the reception which the Queen accorded to her was most gracious. She even offered, at parting, to make her a “Countess,” which the proud Irishwoman refused, but accepted the title of “Earl” for her infant son; for it is a remarkable fact that during the voyage from Clare Island, in Mayo, to Chester, where she landed, Grace O’Malley was delivered of a son—thence named Tioboid na Luinge (meaning “Toby or Theobald of the Ship”), from whom descend the Viscounts Mayo.

Dressed in the simple costume of her country—a yellow bodice and petticoat; her hair gathered to the crown and fastened with a silver bodkin; with a crimson mantle thrown over her shoulders, and fastened with a golden brooch, the Irish Chieftainess approached Elizabeth, and boldly addressed her (as in “The Meeting of Grace O’Malley and Queen Elizabeth,” in the Appendix), less as a Mistress, than as a sister Sovereign.