The Hanley Family

Hanley family crest

(Crest No. 184. Plate 21.)

THE Hanley family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Brian, son of Eocha Moy Veagon, King of Ireland, A. D. 350. The ancient name was Hanlach and signifies “Chronicler.”

The possessions of the clan were located in the present County of Roscommon. The O’Hanleys were Chiefs of Kinel Dobhtha, a large district in the barony of Ballintober, along the Shannon. It formed part of the Three Tuatha, or the Three Districts. The chiefs of the sept were styled Princes of Corcachlain.

The name is numerous still, and many of its representatives hold honorable positions in the United States. Among them may be mentioned Mr. John Hanley, of Brooklyn, N. Y.