The Branigan Family

Branigan family crest

(Crest No. 239. Plate 53.)

THE Branigan family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Maine, ancestor of the Southern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Branaghan and signifies “Gainsayer.” The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Down.