The McAuley, Magawley, or Macauley Family

McAuley, Magawley, or Macauley family crest

(Crest No. 58. Plate 27.)

THE McAuley family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Maine, ancestor of Southern Hy Nials and son of Nial of the Nine Hostages, King of Ireland, A. D. 379. The ancient name was Auly and signifies “Echo, Son of Rock.” The head of the sept was styled Prince of Calry of the Ports.

McAuley, Magawley, or Macauley family crest

(Crest No. 105. Plates 61.)

The possessions of the McAuleys were located in the present County of Westmeath. The territory called Calry comprises the present parish of Ballyloughloe, in the barony of Clanlonan, in Westmeath; and the ports alluded to in the above passage were those of the Shannon, to which this parish extends; according to MacGeoghegan, the McAuleys, Lords of Calry, also possessed part of the barony of Kilcoursey, in the Kings County. A sept of the Maguires took the surname of Magawley and gave name to the barony of Clanawley, in Fermanagh, which was their territory.

Mary Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Order of Mercy, was born in the County of Dublin in 1778 and died in 1841. The Order which she founded numbers to-day hundreds of convents and is one of the most efficient of the orders engaged in the work of charity.

The late General Daniel Macauley, formerly mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana, and who distinguished himself for gallantry in the late Civil War and was subsequently connected with the Nicaragua Canal enterprise, was a descendant of the Irish MacAuleys. His brother is one of the most prominent actors of the day.