The Meade Family

Meade family crest

(Crest No. 84. Plate 62.)

THE Meade family is descended from Milesius, King of Spain, through the line of his son Heber. The founder of the family was Cormac Cas, son of Olliol Ollum, King of Munster, A. D. 177, and his consort, Sabia, daughter of Con of the Hundred Battles, King of Ireland, A. D. 148. The ancient name was Meadhra and signifies “Joyful.” The possessions of the clan were located in the present Counties of Cork and Clare.

General George H. Meade, of Philadelphia, Pa., who commanded the Union Army at the battle of Gettysburg, was a descendant of this Irish family, as is also Admiral Richard W. Meade of the United States Navy.