The Gilmore Family

Gilmore family crest

(Crest No. 288. Plate 54.)

THE Gilmore or McGilmer family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Ir. The founder of the family was Laoiseach Kean More, son of Conal Kearnach, the famous warrior.

The ancient name was Guilla More, and signifies “The Great Boy.” The possessions of the clan were situated in the present County of Donegal and in the Counties of Down and Antrim, where they held the districts of the great Ards. The principal native families of this district, in which many English and Scotch had settled, were the O’Nials, the McDunlevys, McGennises, McCartans, O’Kellys, and McGilmores.

Of this family was the late Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore of New York, the eminent musician and bandmaster.