Warren (No. 1.) family genealogy

Of the English Pale, Ireland

Arms: Chequy or and az.

The name Warren is derived from Guarenna, or Varenna, in Calais or Caux, a county in Normandy; and, according to Watson, “Warren” was in that part of France which was Neustria, now Normandy. It belonged to that noble family in France named “de Sancto Martino.” Camden, in his “Remaines,” says: “Mortimer and Warren are accounted names of great antiquity, yet the father of them (for they were brethren), who first bore those names, was Waltimus de Sancto Martino.”

The Barony of Warren, in Normandy, vested in the ancient Earls of Warrenne, who were created Earls of Surrey (forfeited in 1399), by King William Rufus, after the Conquest.

The descent of William de Warren, created Earl of Surrey, who went to England with the Conqueror, is given as follows in Watson’s History of the Ancient Earls of Warren and Surrey and their Descendants. A Danish Knight had Herfastus, who married, and had a daughter married to Walter de St. Martino, whose son was William de Warrenne, Earl of Warrenne in Normandy, who married Forta, and had a son William, Earl of Warrenne,[1] who accompanied William the Conqueror to England, where he died, 24th June, 1088, and was buried with his wife. Earl William married the Princess Gundreda, fifth daughter of William the Conqueror;[2] she was called Countess of Warren, and, dying 27th May, 1085, was buried in the Church of John the Baptist, Southover, near Lewes. The inscription on, or near her tombstone, in the arch of the Shirley Chancel, belonging to the parish church of Isfield, is as follows:

“Within this Pew stands the Tomb-stone

Of Gundred, daughter of William the

Conqueror, and wife of William, the

Earl of Warren, which having been deposited

Over her remains in the Chapter House

Of Lewes Priory, and lately discovered

In Isfield Church, was removed

To this place, at the expense

Of William Burrell, Esq.,

A.D. 1775.”

This Earl of Warren and Surrey was seated at Reigate, or Holmesdale Castle, Castle-Aen Castle, built soon after the Conquest; and Conisborough Castle, built by the Saxons, belonging to King Harold, was bestowed by King William I. on Earl William. He was succeeded by his son William as second Earl of Warren and Surrey, died 1135. “His other children were Edith, who married Gerard de Gourney; and Reginald de Warren, mentioned with his brother in a grant of their father to his son and heir, William the second Earl, who married Alice, daughter and heiress of William de Wirmgay, and by her was ancestor to the Warrens, Lords of Wirmgay.”[3]

This second Earl built Lewes Castle. He married Isabel, daughter of Hugh the Great, brother of Philip, King of France, and had several children, one of whom was Reginald de Warrenne, ancestor of the Warrens of Little Marlow, in Buckinghamshire, and Poynton, in Cheshire, England; and another was his heir, namely, William, third Earl of Warren and Surrey (died 1148), who was the last of the male branch of these earls. He married Adela Talvace, and by her had two daughters: Isabel, Countess de Warren, (died 1199), who married William de Blois, son of King Stephen, whose mother was Alice, daughter of William the Conqueror; and Gundred, who married Roger de Beaumont, second Earl of Warwick, from whom the Sidneys, Earls of Leicester, are descended.

William de Blois was fourth Earl of Warren and Surrey, in right of his wife, and died in 1159 without issue. His widow married Hameline Plantagenet, son of Geoffrey, brother to King Henry II., who became, in the right of his wife, fifth Earl of Warren and Surrey. The Countess Isabel had by him William, sixth Earl of Warren and Surrey, who had by his second wife Maud, dau. of William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, John, seventh Earl of Warren and Surrey, who married Alice, daughter of Hugh de Brun, and uterine sister to Henry III. of England. He was seated at Peomsey Castle, Sussex; Castle Dinas Brau, in Denbighshire; and Holt Castle. He was succeeded by his son John, eighth and last Earl of Warren and Surrey, who was seated at Beechworth and Sandal Castles, which latter castle he built in the reign of Edward II. He married Joan de Bars, in 33 Edw. I. She became his widow and received dower, 21 Edw. III., and died his widow in 35 Edw. III., 1362.

That the Warrens were among the early emigrants to Ireland is known from official records and monumental evidence. In a genealogical account given of the “Warren” family, seated for hundreds of years in the Pale, and especially in the Manor of Swords, co. Dublin, D’Alton says, in his King James’s Irish Army List, “Edward Warren, of Swords, temp. 1642, deduces his own lineage from William de Warren, the first of the name who came to England; and that Edward Warren, a grandson of the Earl of Warren, passed over into Ireland in Strongbow’s time—1172. His great-great-grandson, Richard Warren, acquired the Manor of Swords, in addition to Corduff (or Courtduff), in co. Dublin; and these estates the above Edward Warren, of Swords, temp. 1642, inherited in the sixth generation.”[4]

Edward Warren was born in 1666; served in the Stuart cause in Ireland; had command of the citadel of Belfast, but, having been taken prisoner at the battle of Cavan, he was sent to the Tower of London, whence he was exchanged in 1690, by the influence of a young lady, Miss Anne Spaight, who had seen him in his captivity, and whom he married on his release. In the strength of his loyalty, however, he, returning to Ireland, again joined King James’s adherents; was at the Boyne, and went to France in 1692, after the capitulation of Limerick. In 1698, on the invitation of his friend, Lord Carlingford (Taaffe), he established himself at Nancy, the capital of Lorraine, bringing over his wife, whom he had previously left in London. He was naturalized in 1701 by Letters Patent of the Duke of Lorraine, who appointed him Commander of the Artillery and Fortifications there, and, he dying in 1733, his son and namesake, Edward Warren, succeeded to his post; but, Lorraine having been exchanged against Tuscany on the marriage of Francis the First of Lorraine with Maria Theresa, Empress of Germany, this Warren followed his fortunes and obtained a similar preferment in Tuscany. He died in Florence in 1739, leaving four sons, three of whom died (without issue) in the Austrian Service; the fourth Henry-Hyacinth Warren, born in 1732, became a Major in the Tuscan Army, and died in 1781, leaving two sons: 1. Patrick-Leopold-Ledud, born in 1767, and died at Jamaica in 1796, s.p.; 2. John-Baptiste-Joseph, born 1769, was a Captain in Dillon’s Irish Brigade, until its (dissolution, when he took the same rank of captain, successively, in 33rd and 56th Regiments of Foot (Eng.) He mar. Anne-Laurence Marcilly at Pondicherry, by whom he had two sons and two daughters: the eldest son, Edmund, mar. and is (1883) residing at Nancy in Lorraine; the second son Henry Hyacinth, b. 1818, d. 1851, s. p.

In Gilbert’s “History of the Viceroys of Ireland,” the details of the distribution of Earl Pembroke’s property is given; taken from the Patent Rolls of England, in 22 Edw. III., Part 2., m. 45: that relating to the Countess Warren beginning:

“Pars Johannis de Monte Kaniso: Weseforde Burgus xlij. li., xvij. d.,” etc.

“Pars Comitisse Warrene: Katherlak Burgus, xxiiij. li., xii. s., iiij. d.,” etc., etc.

“Johanne, secunda filia Willielmi Marescalli, comitis, nupta Warreno de Monte Caniso, de qua proercutus est Johannes de Monte Caniso, qui obiit sine herede de se, et post mortem dicti Warreni, Johanne, antedicta filia dicti Willielmi Maresealli fuit nupta Willielmo de Valentia, de quo—Andromarus, Isabel et Elizabeth.”

Warren de Monte Caniso (that is the sixth Earl Warren) mar. Maud, second daughter of William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, and by the order of partition of Henry III., which was afterwards inspected and confirmed by Edward III., the counties of Wexford (corpus comitatus) with the assizes, perquisites, etc., valued at £50 12s. 6d., and the burgh of Wexford, valued at £42 and 17d., with the manors of Rosclare, Karrick (or Carrick), Ferns, etc., were assigned to this Joanna. She had by her husband Warren, a daughter Joanna, who married William de Valentia, who became in her right Earl of Pembroke and Lord or Earl of Wexford, by the selection of his uterine brother King Henry III. To him succeeded Andromar de Valentia,[5] temp. 1318; after whom the title finally became extinct in this family.

At that early period we find the name of Warren connected with the county of Carlow and the other counties included in the grant to Earl Pembroke; and in searching the annals of this section for early mention of the name, we find, in 1311, in a Writ of Summons to the Irish Parliament (taken from the “Chief Remembrancer’s Office Rolls, Dublin”): “Parliamentum de Kilkenny,” the names “Almo fil. Warini, and Wilto le Fyz-Waryne,” therein mentioned. And from the reading of the Summons, it appears that they both were summoned to the Parliament held at Kilkenny by the Earl of Ulster, in 1309.

In 1317, Domino Fulcone Warine (Fitz-Warren) accompanied Roger Mortimer, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with his knights, to Dublin, and held a Parliament at Kilmainham, with all the nobles, in which was treated the liberation of the Earl of Ulster.

The Fitz Warrens were a powerful family in Ireland at that time. They seem to have been hereditary Seneschals[6] of Ulster; at least William FitzWarrine was in that office in 1332 and 1375. On 10th August, 1329, Sir John Waryng,[7] of co. Meath, Knt., was killed in battle along with Thomas Butler, younger brother of the first Earl of Carrick, and many others, while, with the English army, invading Ardnorcher.

In 1414, John Waryng was Abbot of St. Mary’s Church at Trim.

In 1485, we find the name of “John Waryng, Prependarie of Mullaghidart, co. Dublin,” which constitutes a prebend in St. Patrick’s Cathedral; and at Mullaghidart (Mulhuddart) monumental records of the name are still above ground, since 1679.

Patrick Warren, of Navan, was an M.P. in 1559; and in 1566, under the head of Stapleston, in Kimber’s Baronetage, is the name of “Roderigg MacWarren, or Drom MacWarren, of co. Cashell.”

Thomas Waringe was an M.P. in 1585; and in 1590 we find the names of: “He. Waringe, of King's County, (and) Tho: Waringe, of the Borough-town of Navan,” in a list of the “Lords Spuall (Spiritual) and Tempall, Counties, Cytties and Boroughtowns as are answerable to the Plyament (Parliament) in this realme of Ireland, and souche as were sumonde unto Plyament holden befor Rt. Hon. Sir John Perrot, Knigght, lord deputie gen’all of this realme of Ireland XXV. j° die Aprillis anno regni regine Elizabeth vicissimo septimo.”

Elizabeth, daughter of the above Thomas Warren of Navan, and his wife Jane, daughter of Thomas Birt, of Tullock, married Bartholomew Aylmer, Clerk of the Peace for the counties of Kildare and Meath, 1553, and son of Sir Gerald Aylmer, Knt., of Dollardstown, co. Meath (d. 1560),. Chief Justice of the Queen’s Bench, 1553, and had Christopher Aylmer, of Balrath, co. Meath, grandfather of Catherine Aylmer, wife of Captain Michael Warren, of Warrenstown, co. Meath, who d. 1712.

Andrew, son of John Warrine, of Churchtown, co. Meath, gent., M.P. in 1613, had livery of his estates in 1609, and died in 1638, leaving a son, John, of Churchtown, born 1600, and married. The attainders of 1642 presented his name, as they also did the following: Captain Edward Warren, of Swords; Alexander Warren, of Ballybine; Captain John Warren, of Castleknock; and Captain Thomas Warren, of Sillogue, all of the co. Dublin; also Patrick Warren of Churchtown, co. Meath. The above Captain Edward Warren was among the Confederate Catholics assembled at Kilkenny in 1646; as also were Alexander Warren[8] of Churchtown, co. Meath, and William Warren of Casheltown, who had a grant of 283 acres within the parish of Castleknock, besides parts of Carpenterstown, and the Lusks. He was called also as of Corduff, county Dublin. He settled in tail-mail 58 acres of land in Lacken on his nephew Captain Thomas Warren of Warrenstown, by deed of 22nd March, 1669.

The above Captain John Warren was, in 1686, the Sheriff of the co. Dublin, and in 1689 was Deputy Lieutenant of the said county; and in that year represented the borough of Carlow in the Irish Parliament. He was attainted as of Warrenstown, co. Meath and co. Carlow, but his forfeitures lay chiefly in the Queen’s County, and in the county and town of Carlow. In 1685, he was with twenty-three others appointed “first and modern free burgesses of the borough of Carlow,” by King James II., upon his accession.

In 1679 he was with eleven others appointed one of the “first and modern free burgesses of the borough of Catherlogh” (Carlow), by Charles II., in 23rd year of his reign.

In 1667 he and William Warren joined in conveying 16½ acres of their Castleknock property (of which the said William had, under the Act of Settlement, obtained a confirmatory grant in 1666) to the Crown, for the purpose of enlarging the Phoenix Park, Dublin. And in 1667, this William Warren of Corduff, and his wife Anne, passed Patent for 858 acres of Land in the co. Wexford. The above Captain Thomas Warren, was Sheriff of the co. Dublin in 1687, and was, again, during the year of King James’s sojourn there. He was in King William’s Parliament attainted in 1691 by the description as of Corduff, co. Dublin, and of Warrenstown; and in 1692 charges were brought against William Culliford, a Commissioner of His Majesty’s revenue:

“That, for his private advantage he did take to farm the forfeited lands of Captain Thomas Warren of Corduff, from His Majesty’s then Commissioners of the revenue, in the name of one Nolan, in trust for him, the said Culliford, and did seize the stock, corn, and household goods of the said Warren, to the value of £500, which were forfeited to their Majesties, and disposed thereof to his own private use.”

In 1667, Richard Warren, of Carlow, passed Patent for 1,532 acres of land in the co. Wexford; Edward, son and heir of Major Abell Warren, passed Patent for 380 acres in the co. Kilkenny; and John Warren of Corduff, passed Patent for 6,196 acres in Wexford county.

In 1687, William Warren, of Corduff, co. Dublin, as appears by the Inquisitions of that year, was seized of 283 acres in Upper Castleknock, co. Dublin, 51 acres in Carpenterstown, and 58 acres in Lacken, which he had settled in tail-mail on his nephew.

In 1689, Richard Warren, of co. Carlow, was granted estates by the Parliament during its sitting.

In 1688-1692, the following Warrens of the Pale, were in King James’s Irish Army: Thomas Warren, of Warrenstown, county Meath, Captain; and Michael Warren,[9] of Warrenstown, co. Meath (d. 1712), Ensign in his Company in the King’s Regiment of Infantry, which, together with the Regiments of Fitz-James, Lord Galway, Colonel John Bourke, Sir Maurice Eustace, Colonel Ramsey, Colonel John Hamilton, Lord Gilmoy, Lord Abercorn, James Preston, Viscount Gormanstown, Colonel Dominick Sheldon, Colonel Charles Cavenagh, and Col. Simon Luttrell, constituted the besieging forces at Derry and Limerick, at the Boyne, and on the fields of Aughrim and Cavan.

Francis Warren, Ensign in Col. Hamilton’s Regiment.

Lieutenant Warren and Ensign Warren, in Viscount Gormanstown’s Regiment of Infantry.

Nicholas Warren, of Corduff, Captain in Col. Cavenagh’s Regiment of Infantry: commission bore date of 1st Dec., 1680.

John Warren, of Warrenstown, Captain; and Richard Warren, of county Carlow, a Lieutenant in his Company, in Sir Maurice Eustace’s Regiment of Infantry.

Laurence Warren, Lieutenant in Col. Bourke’s Regiment of Infantry.

Edward Warren, of Swords, Captain in Sir Michael Creagh’s Regiment of Infantry.

Thomas Warren, of Warrenstown, co. Meath, Cornet in Col. Luttrell’s Regiment of Dragoons.

In 1692, Michael, James, and Patrick Warren, of Warrenstown, co. Meath, and Richard Warren, of Corduff, were attainted.

In 1667, Cornet Thomas Warren, of Warrenstown, passed Patent for 408 acres of land in co. Meath.

Sir William Warren, of Warrenstown, Knt., had a son Anthony, who married Mary, widow of Sir Cahir O’Dogherty, Knt., and daughter of Christopher Preston, 4th Viscount Gormanstown.

Thomas Preston, son of fourth Viscount Gormanstown (and brother of Anthony Warren’s wife), created Viscount Taragh (Tara), by Letters Patent, dated 2nd July, 1650, was succeeded by his eldest son, Anthony Preston, as second Viscount Taragh; and by Margaret, daughter of the above Anthony Warren, of Warrenstown, Esq., he had several daughters and one son, Thomas, to whom King Charles II. was sponsor. He was killed on the 6th July, 1674 (aged 22), by Sir Francis Blundell, of King’s County, Knt., and his brothers William and Winwood, who were all acquitted of the murder, and received His Majesty’s Pardon,[10] 19th Dec., 1674.

In 1663, there arose a general clamour in the Pale against the proceedings of the Court of Claims sitting at Dublin; the cause being dissatisfaction with the execution of the Act of Settlement; and some of the boldest spirits resolved to maintain by the sword, the Estates which they enjoyed. A great many Colonels and other officers that served in Cromwell’s Army, and in the Armies of the Confederation, entered into a conspiracy for this purpose; and a Private Committee was chosen for the supreme direction of the affair. Among the men that composed this Committee were, the above Lt.-Col. Abel Warren, Colonel Shapcote, and Captain Sandford. This plot, however, was abandoned; the Private Committee still continuing their meetings. But, again, in that year there was another plot for surprising the Castle of Dublin, and seizing the Duke of Ormonde, set on foot by some considerable persons; but this plot was also exposed and frustrated. When within twelve hours of being executed, his Grace caused the chief conspirators to be seized. Colonel Edward Warren was taken, but Lt.-Col. Abel Warren and others made their escape; and a proclamation was issued on the 26th May, offering a reward of £100 for their apprehension.

Colonel Edward Warren was tried and executed with Major Alex. Jephson and Major Thompson, on 15th July, 1663, by order of the Duke of Ormonde. The King was satisfied with these examples of his Justice, and granted his pardon to the next that was taken.[11]

In the “Narrative of the Proceedings of the House of Commons concerning such of their number as were found guilty of the late Conspiracy,” a Bill was introduced into Parliament, stating that “Whereas this House was informed that Abel Warren, etc., etc., Esqs. members of this House, were engaged in the late wicked and horrid plot, etc., etc.,” and asking for an investigation, dated 13th Nov., 1665.[11a]

Among the Catholic defendants in the town of Drogheda, when besieged by Cromwell in 1649, was Col. Henry Warren, and his Regiment; but Col. Warren was slain at the storming.

In 1646, a debate arose before the Parliamentary Committee as to the advisability of admitting this Col. Henry Warren and his Regiment into Dublin, as a garrison for that city. The Marquis of Ormonde said he had a very good opinion of Col. Warren; but the Regiment was, he said, a part of an army which a few days before, attempted to take the city by force, and threatened to cut the throats of all its inhabitants; that they had lately violated a peace—that of Kilkenny—solemnly concluded and by them received, and had broken out into open and violent acts of hostility; they had not been able to carry the place by assault, and were now to be received into it under the notion of defendants, and to be fed by those whom they would besiege no longer. The Marquis had certainly a very difficult part to act for the management of that party who still adhered to the king’s authority; but he had, at the same time, the highest resentment against the Confederates, whose war had ruined their fortunes, and he entertained the worst suspicions of such of that party as pretended to return to duty. Besides these apprehensions, there was real danger in admitting Colonel Warren’s Regiment, into the city; for, though the Marquis was satisfied with the Colonel himself, and that Warren had taken particular care to form his Regiment, so as it might be devoted to His Majesty’s service, yet it was hard to answer for the rest of the officers.[12]

Captain Nicholas Warren, of Corduff, co. Dublin, had a son Nicholas Warren, of Killeen, Queen’s County, who married Anne Fitzgerald, of co. Kildare, and had by her two sons, Thomas Warren and Holt Warren, of the county Kilkenny. Thomas married Anne Archdicken (or Archdeacon), of county Kilkenny, and by her had a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Michael Warren, of Sandford’s Court, county Kilkenny (born in Oct., 1791), who married, in 1825, Sarah, daughter of Millington Eaton Swettenham, of Swettenham Hall, county Chester, and had Thomas Willis (born 1826), and Robert, born 1836. Samuel Warren was Sheriff in 1821, and Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1837-38.

The above Elizabeth married in 1712, Eusebius, son of Edward Stratford (born 28th June, 1663), by his wife, Euseby Baisley, of Ricketstown, county Carlow (and grandson of Robert Stratford, Member of Parliament for county Wicklow), and had Edward, of Ballyconnan, Queen’s County, Esq.

In 1687, James Warren was appointed one of the burgesses of the town of Drogheda, under the new charter granted by King James II. in that year. Henry Warren, of Granebegg, county Kildare, Esq., had by his wife, Elizabeth (daughter of Sir John Eustace), a daughter, Anne, who married in 1660, Dudley Colley, of Castle-Carbery, Esq., and had Henry, who succeeded his father, and in 1705 erected a monument to his memory, setting forth his descent; and a son, Richard, of Granebegg, Esq., who married Mary, daughter of Henry Percy, Esq., and, dying 6th February, 1734, left William Paul, of Granebegg, who married in 1738, Frances (born 1719), daughter of Robert, son of Baron Allen, of Stillorgan, the first Viscount Allen. This William Paul Warren, appeared before Parliament, 15th October, 1777, with a petition setting forth that, according to the true election returns of 18th May, 1776, he should be entitled to a seat in the Parliament of that year, for the county Carlow. This petition was, however, withdrawn the following December. He had two children, Richard and Frances.

Captain John Warren, mentioned above, was appointed by James II. to assess taxes on property in Queen’s County, 10th April, 1690. He was at that time High Sheriff, pro temp., of that county. His estate, attainted, consisted of the town and lands of Nurny, in barony of Forth, and Ballinvally (or Ballivally), in barony of Catherlogh; Coniger or Conniger, Cappaghwater, Laraghteige or Laragh, Garryonny or Gariyounge, Ballykeeneen or Ballykinnin, Aghaclare or Aghilare, and Cooleneshigan or Coolinsygam, in barony of Forth, county Carlow. These lands were conveyed to Maurice (or Morris) Warren, of Nurny, co. Carlow, Esq., on 14th June, 1703, by the then Court of Claims, for consideration of £1,057, to hold to him and his heirs.

“Maurice Warren appears before the Court of Claims, as claimant to £200 debt, and £6 rent-charge per annum, by bond dated 1st May, 1684, and judgment entered in Hilary Term in the 2 and 3 James II., and assigned to the said claimant by Oliver Keating, 11th Feb., 1698, and also by deed of assignment from Elinor Warren, widow, 11th Feb., 1698, on the lands of Laragh.”[13]

In the Journal of the Irish House of Commons in the list of Sheriffs who had not closed their accounts, 19th Oct., 1722, is the name of this Maurice Warren, Esq. He was Sheriff of the co. Carlow, in 1712. He had leased to him land in county Kildare, by Lord Dongan, who was created Earl of Limerick, temp. James II., for his life and the lives of his nephews Edward and William Warren, with a covenant for perpetual renewal. (This William Warren died in the Camp of Dundalk.) Maurice Warren, the lessee, left a son Gilbert, who entered upon the lands, but was unable to obtain a renewal, by reason that the Earl of Athlone, the Patentee of the Estates of the attainted Earl of Limerick, was absent from Ireland.

Henry Warren, of county Carlow, Esq., and the younger children of Captain John Warren, deceased, were by his widow, their mother, executrix for said John Warren, claimants before the Court for £200 portion, by Will dated 13th October, 1694, in the town and lands of Larraghteige and other lands: Claim dismissed.

Thomas Warren claimed before the Court, and was allowed the benefit of a leasehold interest in Lower Castleknock, co. Dublin, forfeited by Earl Tyrconnel.

Corduff, in the parish of Castleknock, co. of Dublin, mentioned above, was once the property of the de la Field family; and, subsequently, of the Warren family, who lost it by Writ of Attainder in 1691, but succeeded to certain portions of the denomination afterwards. The fee of which is now (at least it was in 1875) chiefly vested in the devisee of Mr. Locke.

Castleknock, i.e. the “Castle on the Hill” (so called from its baronial fortress above mentioned), is the old burial place of the Warrens of Corduff. The old Castle at Castleknock fell into decay at the time of the Restoration, and was never repaired. Previous to the English invasion of Ireland, it was a royal Danish residence. It was given by Strongbow to Hugh Tyrrel, his “intrinsic friend.” This Hugh Tyrrel was first Baron of Castleknock.

Richard Tyrrell was second Baron, temp. 1184, and his son, Hugh, the third Baron, was seized of the Manor, in 1310. His son, Robert, the fourth Baron, dying, left a daughter, who married Robert Sergent, who was fifth Baron of Castleknock, in right of his wife. In 1486, Hugh Tyrrell was Lord of Castleknock, the last of that line; and, on his death, without male issue, his inheritance passed to those who married his daughters; John Burnell, temp. 1532, was one of them. The quantity of land forfeited in 1641, under the Cromwellian Settlement, in the barony of Castleknock, was 3,344 acres.


[1] Warrenne: From the History of the Warren Family, recorded by Dugdale and Banks, we find that “Ralph Sir de Garrene (so called from a place in Normandy, afterwards named Bellencombre or Bellchamber, near Dieppe, the Baronial seat of the Warrens) was the father of William de Warrenne, who accompanied the Conqueror to England, had vast grants of land there, and was created Earl of Surrey in 1089.”

[2] Conqueror: See Blore’s History of Rutland; and Manning and Bray’s Surrey, Vol. I., p. 553.

[3] Wirmgay: See Additions of Dugdale’s Baronetage in “Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica.”

[4] Generation: How the Irish Warrens were connected with the ancient Earls of Warren may be gleaned from the following observations: The legitimate son of Dermod MacMurrough, the last King of Leinster, having been slain while a hostage in the hands of the Irish Monarch Roderick O’Connor, Dermod’s daughter Eva inherited the “Seignory” of Leinster. This Eva was married to Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, surnamed “Strongbow;” and their daughter Eva was married to William Marshall, who, in her right, became Earl of Pembroke. By virtue of that right the said William Marshall received from King John, in 1208, a confirmatory grant of the seignory of Leinster; to which charter his son-in-law the sixth Earl of Warren and Surrey (who d. in 1240) was a witness. In the right of this lordship, this Earl of Pembroke, his sons or co-heirs, afterwards erected almost all the Corporate and Monastic Establishments now existing in the counties of Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, and Wexford. On the death of this earl’s five sons without male issue, his estates were divided by King Henry III. amongst the earl’s five daughters. Of the lordship of Leinster, that part now known as the county of Carlow, was assigned to the Countess of Warren, wife of William de Blois, the sixth Earl of Warren and Surrey.

[5] Valentia: From a “View of the Legal Institutions of Ireland.”

[6] Seneschals: See Rymer and Davis’s Discoveries, and Grace’s Kilkeniensis.

[7] Waryng: In old books we find his name spelled Warring, Waryng, and Waring, all of which, with Warren, would seem to be different anglicised forms of the name De Warrenne.

[8] Alexander Warren: According to Dr. Petty’s “Down Survey,” Captain Edward Warren and Alexander Warren here mentioned were of the “Committee of Agents of the Army,” in 1656, who had charge of settling the “division of the neat lands of Leinster and Ulster” amongst the Army; and in 1658 they were nominated by the army for auditing the proceedings of the “Commissioners for the setting out the lands to the Army.” The former was appointed “for his zeal and industry in the business of his accommodation in the barony of Balleboy.”

The names of Richard Warren, Alexander Warren, Captain Edward Warren, John Warren, and “Abell” Warren, appear very often in 1655 and 1656, as Agents for the respective regiments of Leinster and Ulster, signed to Petitions to the Lord Deputy and Council of Ireland concerning the setting forth of Lands for the satisfaction of the Commonwealth Army.

[9] Warren: The above Michael Warren, of Warrenstown, co. Meath, had, with other children, by Lady Catherine Aylmer, his wife: 1. Admiral Sir Peter Warren, R.N. (d. in Dublin, 1752); 2. Oliver Warren, of Warrenstown (sometime an officer in the Navy of Queen Anne), who was the father of the Rt. Hon. Nathaniel Warren, of Dublin, of whom the following obituary notice was printed in the Gentleman’s Magazine:

“1796, 15 Jan.—At his house in William-st., Dublin, in his 59th year, universally and deservedly lamented, Alderman Nathaniel Warren, Member of Parliament for the borough of Callan, and late Superintendent Magistrate of the new establishment for protecting the peace of the city of Dublin. He filled the office of High Sheriff of that city in 1773, was elected an Alderman in 1775, chosen to the Maoralty (Mayoralty) in 1782; in 1786, he served the office of High Sheriff of the county of Dublin, and was also Chief Commissioner of Police for many years.” For his descendants, see p. 48, ante; and Browning’s Americans of Royal Descent: Pedigrees II. and LXV.

[10] Pardon: See The Fate and Fortunes of the Earls of Tyrone and Tyrconnell; also Lodge’s Peerage.

[11] Taken: See the “Carte MSS., Bodleian Library, Vol. g.g. p. 389;” also Carte’s Life of the Duke of Ormonde.

[12] Officers: See Carte’s Duke of Ormonde.

[13] Laragh: From the “Records of the Court of Claims of the county Carlow.”