The Dowling Family

Dowling family crest

(Crest No. 268. Plate 31.)

THE Dowling family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founders of the family were Fiacha Baiceada, son of Cathire More, King of Ireland, A. D. 144, and Feidlim, son of Eana Kinsealach, King of Leinster, A. D. 350, also of the line of Cathire More. The ancient name was Dubhlein, signifying “Defiance.”

The possessions of the sept were located in the present County of Cavan. The Dowlings were also chiefs of Siol Elaigh and the Lagan; this territory of Siol Elaigh is now the barony of Shilelagh, in the south of the County of Wicklow. The O’Dowlings were also chiefs in Queens County, with the title of Lords of Laeighis, or Leise. Some of this family have Anglicized the name to Laing.

Bartholomew Dowling, the author of the popular and spirited ballad on “The Brigade at Fontenoy” and other poems, was a native of Limerick. He came to the United States in 1851 and went to California, where he made and lost a fortune two or three times in succession.

Right Rev. T. F. Dowling, Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, Ont., one of the most eloquent and learned of the Canadian hierarchy, and Mr. Victor J. Dowling, one of the prominent young lawyers of New York City, are descendants of this family.