Wolverston family genealogy

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In the churchyard of Kiladreney (which lies one mile from Newtown-Mountkennedy, near the main road from Dublin and Wexford,) is a tombstone of large dimensions bearing the following inscription:

“This tombstone was erected by John Wolverston, of Cooldrass. Here lies the body of his Father, Captain William Wolverston, who died Jan. 19, 1731; and also his Mother, who died Mar. 13, 1733; also two of their sons, Richard and William, and six of the said John’s children, 3 Boys and 3 Girls. Here also lies the Body of the above John Wolverston, who died 25 June, 1769. Aged 63 years.”

The Captain William Wolverston here mentioned was great grandson of the celebrated Fiacha (or Feagh) O’Byrne (commonly known as “Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne”), who (see p. 613, Vol. I.) is No. 130 on the “O’Byrne” (No. 1) pedigree. That Fiacha (or Feagh) O’Byrne, of Ballinacor, and Lord of Ranelagh, co. Wicklow, was murdered in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, by the Lord Deputy, Sir William Russell. We are of opinion that the William Wolverston, who was buried at Kiladreney, as above mentioned, is identical with the person of the same name who is mentioned by D’Alton, as of “Knockadrith,” co. Wicklow.