The McMorra or Morrow Family

McMorra or Morrow family crest

(Crest No. 133. Plate 50.)

THE McMorra or Morrow family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Fiacha Baiceada, son of Cathire More, King of Ireland, A. D. 144. The ancient name was Morough and signifies “Chief.”

The heads of the sept were styled Kings of Leinster, and their possessions were located in the present Counties of Wicklow and Kildare.

The surname Morough, or Morrow, was derived from Murcha Moroch, or Morough, who was the fiftieth Christian King of Leinster. A branch of the McMorrows were also chiefs of Tealach Ainbith and of Muintir Birn, districts in the baronies of Dungannon and Strabane.