The Migration of the descendants of William Fanning of Co Kilkenny & Co Tipperary to Co Mayo & Leitrim and to North America

The migration of the descendants of William Fanning died 1590 of Co Kilkenny & Co Tipperary Ireland to counties Mayo & Leitrim and on to North America. Research paper by A.B. Reilly.

A.B.Reilly has been a genealogical researcher for almost sixty years with particular interests in the O’Reilly, Fanning and O’Brien families from Co Kilkenny, Co Tipperary & Co Mayo and the journeys of their descendants in Ireland and abroad.

It is with great pleasure that I publish this extensively researched genealogical paper.

Below is his documented research relating to the descendants of William Fanning of Co Kilkenny & Tipperary. This William Fanning died in 1590.

To Counties Mayo & Leitrim & On To North America

The progenitor of this family of Fannings was William Fannyng (sic), who owned land in the Barony
of Kells, [1] County Kilkenny in 1570. He is also recorded in 1570 having extensive land holdings
in the Manor of Killenaule, Barony of Slievardagh in County Tipperary. William Fannyng died in

William Fannyng may have been a kinsman of Oliver Fannynge who was granted lands in County Kilkenny
by Henry VIII in 1545 and in 1548[3]. Oliver Fannynge was of Kylry in the County of Kilkenny. [4]
He was mentioned as one holding land by knight’s service in the Manor of Knocktopher in 1570. [5]

All indications point to Co. Tipperary as the ancestral home of William Fannyng of Kells. His
estates were settled prior to his death with all of the Fannyng Trustees being from Co. Tipperary,
that is: James, son of Thomas Fannyng of Ballingtaggert, Co. Tipperary; Robert, son of Walter
Fannynge of Mohobber, Co. Tipperary & Richard Fannynge of Kappaghintallagarry. [7]

The Fanning family has ancient roots in Co. Kilkenny & Co. Tipperary. [8] John Fanning was the
Fanning recorded in Co. Tipperary on the 20th of November, 1285 [9] and again on the 20th of
1295. [10] Mohober, in the Parish of Lismalin, Barony of Compsey, County Tipperary, was for several
centuries principally a Fanning manor. [11] In addition to sons Thomas, Walter & Richard, William
Fannyng of Kells had two other known sons, James & William. Son, James Fanning, was born around
1555 and died before his father’s death in 1590. Son, William Fanning II, was born in 1565. His
date of death is unknown. [12]

William Fanning II had a son named James Ffaning who was born in 1589 in Knocktopher Parish, Co.
Kilkenny. [13] James Fanning was one of the Fannings who received a certificate of transplantation
after the Cromwellian confiscations of 1652. [14] He received this certificate in 1657 which
entitled him to settlement in Co. Leitrim. [15] He settled in the Parish of Fenagh, Co. Leitrim.
His estates in Co. Kilkenny were never restored to him. [16]

Thomas Fanning, son of James Ffaning, was born in 1625, in Co. Kilkenny. He married Mary
Mcloughlin of Co. Limerick. They both are believed to have died around 1660 in Co. Mayo. Nothing
is heard from them after the birth of their youngest son. [17] Thomas & Mary Mcloughlin Fanning had
two sons that are known. Their oldest son being James who was born abt. 1647 in Co. Kilkenny. [18]
This James Fannning was the grandfather of James Fanning who married Elizabeth and emigrated to
America. They settled in South Carolina around 1750. [19] They had a son, James, born November 28,
1739 who married Elizabeth Saffold on October 13, 1776. He died on November 4, 1803.[20] They have
a great number of descendants in the southern United States. Col. James Walker Fannin of Goliad,
Texas fame was a member of this family. However, the legitimacy of his birth is questioned.

The youngest son of Thomas & Mary Fanning was Loughlin Fanning was born in Co. Mayo after the
transplantation, in 1658. He married Ann O’Brien, daughter of John [21] [22] & Ann Elizabeth
(O’Reilly) O’Brien of Co. Leitrim, Oughterragh Parish. [23] Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly was the
daughter of John & Margaret (O’Reilly) O’Reilly of Ballymacadd, Co. Meath. John O’Reilly died Feb.,

This family of O’Briens were of Ballynalacken, Co. Clare and descend from Donal, a younger son of
Turlough Donn O’Brien who died in 1528. He was of the O’Briens, Kings of Thomond pedigree. [25]

The lineage comes down to 1. Donal O’Brien, who was known as Donal Bacach (“bacach:” Irish, lame):
second son of Teige-an-Chomhaid: m. Saibh, dau. of O’Loghlin, Prince of Burren then to 2. Connor
O’Brien, of Carruduff: third son of Donal Bacach O’Brien; m. Celia, dau. of O’Dea, Prince of
Ive-Fermaic. The lineage continues with 3. Donogh O’Brien, of Carruduff, who married Honora, dau.
of O’Hehir, lord of Ive-Cormaic. It continues on with 4. Dermod O’Brien, of Carruduff: son of
Donogh O’Brien, m. Eleanor, dau. of Teige MacMahon, of Dangan-an-Elly, in the barony of Moyarta,
Co. Clare. On to 5. Donal O’Brien, of Carruduff: son of Dermod O’Brien. In 1652, (see the “Books
of Survey and Distribution”) this Donal O’Brien lost his estate by the Cromwellian Settlement of
Ireland; he m. Honora, dau. of O’Connor of Corcomroe.

Donal & Honora O’Brien had a son, 6a. Brian, of Leitrim, [26] who, under the Act of Repeal passed
by King James II. in the Parliament held in Dublin, A.D. 1689, possessed himself of the Estate of
Carruduff, aforesaid. This Brian O’Brien m. Mary[27], dau. of Lochlin MacConsidine of Lac, in the
Co. Clare, Chief of his name. Torlogh O’Brien, of Leitrim: second son of Brian of Beatath-Corcick,
Esq. [28] (by Catherine, dau. of Jeoffry O’Connell, of Breantry, Esq., and sister of Colonel
Maurice O’Connell, who d.s.p.). Donal & Honora O’Brien’s second son was 6b. John O’Brien who
married Ann Elizabeth O’Reilly, dau. of John O’ Reilly. [29]

Loughlin & Ann (O’Brien) Fanning relocated from Co. Mayo to Co. Leitrim, where his grandfather
James Ffaning had settled and where the O’Briens had settled after the Cromwellian Confiscations.
Loughlin Fanning’s principal livelihood was farming. [30]

Loughlin and Ann (O’Brien) Fanning had the following known issue:

1. James Fanning born abt. 1683 in Connacht, Co. Mayo

2. Thomas Fanning born abt. 1687 in Connacht, Co. Mayo

3. Loughlin Fanning ( Jr.) b. abt. 1690 in Connacht, Co. Mayo [31]
4. Bryan Fanning b. abt. 1693 in Connacht, Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. [32],
[33]Leitrim. He emigrated to America settling in Virginia. [34]
5. Elizabeth Ann Fanning b. 1698 in Connacht, Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. Leitrim.
Died 1714. [35] [36]

Loughlin Fanning, (Jr.), # 3 above, was a farmer and the tutor of the notable blind Irish Harpist
Hempson. [37]

Denis Hempson (O’Hempsey) was born in 1695 some four miles west of Garvagh in the townland of
Craigmore. At the age of three he lost his sight as a result of smallpox; when he was twelve, he
began to learn to play the harp, which was not unusual for a blind person at that time.

His training continued over a period of years under various tutors, all of the old school. These
Laughlin Fanning from Connacht, an area famous at the time for the quality of its harp music. In
1713 two residents of Garvagh, Doctor Bacon and Mr Gage, purchased a harp from Cormick O’Kelly of
Draperstown and presented it to Hempson. This he treasured for the rest of his life. Hempson’s harp
is now known as the Downhill harp and is in the Guinness museum in Dublin. In 1745 Denis Hempson
played before Bonny Prince Charlie in Scotland. He attended a great harp meeting in Belfast in 1792
the age of 97 and told someone afterwards, that when he had played his piece the others harpers
refused to play as a mark of respect. It was said that he was the only harper there who had the
traditional long finger nails, associated with this profession.

Denis Hempson died at Magilligan on the 5th November 1807 aged 112. He had lived in three centuries
and was one of the last great Irish Harpers who played in the traditional way. Just beside the
museum, visitors can see the memorial stone, erected in 1992, in what was the garden of Lord
Garvagh where Hempson began his musical career.

R.W.Patterson, in his “Garvagh’s Hidden Treasures and Secret Places” cites 1706 as the year Hempson
started playing the harp and 1713 as the year he began making a living playing the harp. He further
cites one of Hempson’s principal tutors as C. Carragher. His tutors in succession were Bridget
O’Cahan, C. Carragher (John C. Garragher) from Buncrana, Loughlin Fanning and Patrick Conner.

Loughlin Fanning, ( Jr. ), # 3 above married Unknown and had the following issue:[38] [39]

1. Charles Fanning b. 1736 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province, Ireland who married a
kitchen maid of one of his patrons Mrs. Baillie. [40] [41] Charles was a noted harpist and won
first place three years running at the Granard Co. Longford Grand Balls held in 1781, 1782 &
1783.[42] He, also, won first premium of ten guineas at the Belfast Harp Festival held in 1791.
[43] [44] [45] Charles Fanning died around 1809. [46]

Charles had one or two children. [47]
2. Bryan Fanning b. abt. 1738 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province d. abt. 1749 of

3. Francis Fanning b. abt. 1740 Foxfield, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province. Issue:

A. John Fanning, b. abt. 1775. Issue:
i. Agnes Fanning b. abt. 1807 of Greagh Townland, in the Parish of Killarga,

Co. Leitrim. She married Thomas Conboy of Fenagh, Co.Leitrim abt. 1824 [48]

ii. John Fanning b. abt 1802 of Greagh Townland: Issue:

• John Fanning, III[49] married Mary Unknown at Sruhaun                                           Townland, Fenagh, had two children:
* Daughter Mary Ann Fanning born in Sruhaun in 1862.                                                 This Mary Ann Fanning went on to marry Michael
Stratton at Drumbibe, Fenagh in 1890.[50]
* Son, Francis Fanning [51]

4. William Fanning b. 1744 Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province

5. Thomas Fanning b. 1746 Fenagh, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province

married in 1780 to Mary Bohann from Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Connacht Province. Issue:
A. John Fanning born 1790 in Fenagh, Co. Leitrim m. in 1810 to Mary                           Dobson. Issue:
i. Thomas Fanning b. 21 December, 1812 in Fenagh Parish, Co.                                        Leitrim. He married Bridget Reilly,
born 1 February, 1810 in Ballinamore Parish,
Co. Leitrim. They emigrated to America around 1838 and                                              first settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. They
later moved to Corning, Reeve Township, Daviess County,                                             Indiana. [52] [53] Thomas & Bridget Fanning
are buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Daviess Co, Indiana.                                                 Thomas died April 16, 1871(2)[54] &
Bridget died Nov.18, 1893. [55]
Tom & Bridget Reilly Fanning had the following children: [56]

a. Mary Faning born abt 1842 in Ohio
b. John Faning September 8, 1843 in Cincinnati, Ohio

c. Ellen Faning born abt 1842 in Ohio
d. Francis Faning born abt 1849 in Ohio (male)* See note                                                   below
e. James H. Faning born abt 1851 in Cincinnati, Ohio**See                                                note below

f. Catharan Faning born abt 1853 in Ohio

* d Francis Fanning (1846 – 1893) married Margaret Ann                                                   Flanagan (June 6,1852 – Mar. 22, 1931). [57]
**e James H. Fanning (b. 1853 – d. 1877) married Margaret                                                Farrel ( Sept. 22, 1854 – Oct. 9, 1878) in 1876 in Indiana.                                               They had one child, John J. Fanning.[58]

ii. Henry Fanning born 1814 in Sruhaun, Co. Leitrim. He                                                  married in 1850 to Catherine O’Neill of
Cullagh in the Parish of Fenagh – born 1830. Henry died in                                           1886 and Catherine died in 1889.
Henry & Catherine had the following issue:

a. James Fanning b in 1850’s and died in the                                                                          1930’s. He married Bridget Geehemn. She died                                                                in 1952.

James & Bridget had a son named James                                                                           Fanning who married Mary McHugh. James &                                                                 Mary had three
sons: 1st James Patrick (J P) Fanning who                                                                           married Greta Beirne in 1970. They live in                                                                         Foxfield, Co. Leitrim. [59]
2nd Leo Fanning of Drumigna, Co. Leitrim, who                                                               is unmarried & 3rd Frank Fanning of Mohill,                                                                   Co. Leitrim, who is married with no children.

b. Patrick b. 1850 married Mary E. Bierne. They                                                                   had a son, James Fanning b. 1893 and married                                                                Mary Ann Curran. James died ca. 1963. James                                                                  & Mary Fanning had a son, Patrick “Paddy”                                                                      Fanning born 1931 and
married Chrissie Foley. They had a son named                                                                Patrick Colm Fanning.

iii. Margaret, daughter of John & Mary Dobson Fanning was born                                   1826.
iv. Patrick Fanning married Bridget Gannon. He died in 1855. They                                had a son, Michael fanning b. 1852. Michael had a son, Charles                                    Leroy Fanning who was born in 1902 in Rhode Island.
v. John Fanning b. ca. 1830 married Mary Canning. He died in 1916.                               They had a son, John Fanning b. 1870 who married Rose McCabe. He                        died in 1916.
vi. Francis Fanning of Glasdrumman. Fenagh, Co. Leitrim.

Thomas & Mary Bohann Fanning had another son:

B. Michael Fanning born in 1794, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. He died in Osgoode Township, Ontario,
Canada on May 8, 1868. He left his native land on 05 May, 1818 with his wife , Sarah Jane O’Brien,
& their 7-week old son, Patrick & settled first in Macisque Co., St. Armond , Quebec. Sarah was
born in 1794 and died May 17, 1868. In 1833 they moved to Bytown, & in 1838 to Osgoode, Ontario,
Canada, settling on lot 12 con. 6. For many years. Michael Fanning (Fenning) operated a blacksmith
shop. His account books date from 1838 to 1862. Michael and Sarah Jane had 5 children: Patrick,
Elizabeth, Alexander, Margaret, Mary Jane. [60]

i. Patrick Fenning born March 17, 1818, Co. Leitrim, married                                          April 24 1834 to Ann Guilfoyle, born
April 2 1823, Co. Limerick Ireland., settled on the west half of                                      lot ,14 .con .7 where they raised
9 girls and 4 boys. [61]

ii. Elizabeth Fenning, born Lower Canada ,1825, died 1911,                                               married John Keany, farmed Lot 11, con. 5. 4 children.

iii. Alexander Fenning, born 1827 Lower Canada, married                                                 Feb.18,1878 Mary Malone, daughter of John
Malone & Ellen Meagher and farmed on the homestead – lot                                      12. con .6. Alexander died 1898. His wife,
Mary, was born 1837 died 1929. They had two sons, Michael                                        John, born July 27 ,1880 died Dec. 7 1961, [ single] John                                                 Alexander, born May 24 1884, died 1972, married Nov.24,
1925 to Anne Kehoe , daughter of Patrick Kehoe & Johanna                                            Fenning.

iv. Margaret Fenning , born 1836 in Bytown married John Moran.
v. Mary Jane Fenning. [62] [63]
# 4 Bryan Fanning, son of Laughlin Fanning, Sr. and Ann O’Brien was born about 1693 in Greagh Townland, Fenagh Parish, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. He emigrated to America and settled in Prince George County of the Colony of Virginia probably around 1720 to 1725. He married Elizabeth Unknown.
[64] It is not sure whether he married in Ireland or Virginia.

Around 1734/1735, Amelia County was formed from Brunswick County which itself had been formed
earlier in 1732 from Prince George County. At this time Bryan Fanning is found with his young
family in what was later known by 1752 as Nottoway Parish, but was initially called Raleigh Parish
1735.[65] He was commissioned to survey for a road to the fork of the Little Nottoway River in the
spring of 1735.[66] Brian Fannon was named in “A List of all the Titheables below Deep Creek in
1736”. [67] On January 2, 1737, he received 294 acres of land by patent from King George II [68]
and by the summer of that year he was involved in the clearing of a new road from the county line

the Tomahitton Creek and the Birchen Swamp. [69] Here he would clear a plantation site and raise
his family. The location is now occupied by Fort Pickett, Blackstone, Nottoway County, Va. (first
known as Camp Pickett). Bryan would later receive another patent for an additional 280 acres on
July 20, 1748
in the same area. [70]

Bryan & Elizabeth Fanning, sometimes spelled Fannen, Fannon or Fannin, raised their family in
Nottoway Parish. Their plantation was located at the present site of Fort Pickett, Blackstone,
Virginia. The old Camp maps show the Tomahitton Creek beginning at the site of the Camp airfield.
This is the location mentioned in the patents & deeds for Bryan Fannin, Sr.’s lands. Bryan died
there in 1765. It is presumed that he is buried there. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers removed any
known graves as they built Camp Pickett.[71] Bryan & Elizabeth’s graves were not found. [72]

Bryan died between January 3rd & February 17th of 1765. [73] Elizabeth Fanin had sold her 92 acre
share of the plantation on September 25th, 1765 to Nathaniel Hobbs [74] and most likely went to
live with one of her children. Achals, Briant, Jehu & Laughlin Fannin were all listed along with
Elizabeth Fannin in the 1765 Amelia Co., Va. Personal Property Tax List. [75] Laughling Fannen,
Achales Fennen (with other free male William Fennen on 140 acres) & William Fennen were all listed
in the
1766 Personal Property Tax List for lower Nottoway Parish of Amelia Co. [76] It appears sons Jehu &
Briant had moved on by 1766 and Elizabeth may have died or moved with one of her children. Jehu
died in 1770 in Halifax County, Virginia. His wife was Anne Unknown. & Bryan, Jr. died in Sussex
County, Virgina in 1767. His wife was Rachel Rottenberry. Laughlin moved to Mecklenburg County,
Virginia, where he served in the militia during the American Revolution. His wife was named
Winnefred Unknown. After the war he moved to Elbert County, Georgia, where he died around 1806-

Bryan & Elizabeth Fannin, Sr.’ son David drowned in Deep River, Orange County, North Carolina
around 1755, shortly before the birth of his son, David Fanning, later a Loyalist Colonel of South
Carolina, who died in 1825 in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Achilles Fannin, Sr., son of Bryan & Elizabeth, married Rose Unknown and moved to Halifax Co., Va.,
Fincastle Co., Va., Montgomery Co., Va. and died in Wythe Co., Va in 1812 (now Bland Co., Va.). He
had five children: Akerless Fannon, Jr., Bryant Fannon, William Fannon, David Fannon (Fannin,
Fanning) & Sarah Straighley.

Records of Amelia County, Virginia

First Court for Amelia County, Va. was held May 9, 1735 — Page 1 of Original Order Book 1

13 February 1735 (Old calendar 1734) Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 6

Bryan Fenell Appointed Surveyor of a Road to be cleared a little below John Jacksons to the fork of
Little Nottoway.

1736 “A List of all the Titheables below Deep Creek in 1736”.

The list was taken by Abraham Green. Amelia microfilm reel #55, Library of Virginia, 1736-1771.
This is roughly the southern 2/3 of Amelia County. Prior to about 1735, this area was part of
Prince George County. In other words, these individuals were residents of Prince George County the
year before Amelia was carved out of Prince George.

Included in the list of names was: Fannon, Brian

10 December, 1736 Order Book 1, Page 18

Court held To Lay the County Levey

Bryan Fanney 1 old wolf’s head 140

10 June 1737 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 28

Upon the petition of John Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Solomon Harper, Bryan ffenney, William Green,
William Keatly, William Pool, and William Parush, Leave is given them to clear a road from the
county line between Tomahitton and the Birchen Swamps to the Chappel on Nottoway the most
convenient way & they are accordingly ordered to clear the same.

10 December, 1737 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1, Page 41

Court held on Laying the County Levy

To Bryan Fanin, 7 young, 1 old ditto 630

20 April 1739 Amelia Co., Va. Order Book 1 Page 65

John Leverett appointed Surveyor of the Road from Letbetters low grounds on Nottoway River the
nearest way to Butterwood road. Bryan Fenning W.m Jackson Thomas Jackson Hez. Powell John Jackson
and all other persons convenient and not employed on other roads to assist in doing the Same.

19 August 1748 O. S., Page 105

Ordered that William Jackson be Appointed Surveyor of a Road from Battes Path to the County Line
and that William Cryer Charles Jackson Bryant Fannell Capt Haynes and their Male Labouring
Tithables Assist him in doing the Same —
A list of all —-Surveys made in the County of Amelia from 1st day of September 1746 to the 15th
day of May 1751 by William Watson, surveyor includes the following entry:

28 March 1751 David Fannin a Survey on the South Side of the Burchan Swamp joining Bagsdales
Jackson and John Hugh’s lines 125 Acres


Amelia Co., Va. Will Book 2X pg. 89 Written: 3 January, 1765 Proven: 18 Feb., 1765


In the name of God, Amen, I Bryan Fannen of Amelia County, being weak in body yet in proper sence,
considering that certainty of death, I recommend my Soul to God’s mercy and my Estate as followeth
Item: I lend to my dearly beloved Wife, Elizabeth Fannan the plantation where I now live
& all my hogs & Cattle & Household furniture during her widowhood or Life & I give her my Horse

Saddle & Bridle; and the Land I have lent to my Wife, after her time to be Equally divided between
my Son Laughlin and my Son Phillip; Beginning to divide at the burchin where my line and magoons
(?) crosses & if either of them dies without heir, the other is to possess the whole & if both dies
without Heir, to my Son Achilles Fannan, Laughlans part to be joining the Burchin & spring branch
in the
fork. Item I give to my son Jehu Fannen all the land that lyes on the East side of my spring
branch only about half an acre joining the spring, to keep it good not to sell till his Mother’s
death nor swap. Item I leave all my land that lyes on the south side of the burchen to be sold by
Executors to discharge my Debts & if any Left of the money the said land sells for, besides paying
my Debts, to be equally divided between my Son Laughlin & my Son Phillip and my daughter Judith;
also after my Wifes time, the Hogs & Cattle & Household furniture to be equally divided amongst the
same three children, Laughlin, Phillip & Judith. Item I leave to my Children David, Mary, Bryan,
Anny, Bety, Peggy and Frankey one shilling apiece. Item I do hereby make constitute & appoint my
beloved wife Elizabeth Fannan & my son Achillis Fannan Executors of my last Will & Testament
intesta of all I have hereunto set Hand seal This 3 day of January, 1765.

Signed Sealed in the presence of us : Bryan B F Fannan (his mark)
Joshua Hightower
John Kirkland (his mark) Thomas Hightower
Pg. 90 –

At the court held for Amelia County this 18th day of Feby 1765 this will was proved by the oaths of
Joshua Hightower Jr. and John Kirkland two of the witnesses thereto sworn to by Elizabeth Fannon
the Executrix therein named and entered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executrix who
entered into and acknowledged Bond with Joshua Hightower her Security as the law directs
Certificate was granted her for obtaining a probate in due form.

Testa P. G. Peachy


Amelia Co., Va. Will Book 2X pg. 130

October 6, 1765 Court: Inventory & Appraisement recorded for Estate of Bryan Fannan. No value total
given. Appraisers: Joshua Hightower, Charles Williams & George Hightower.

The following two entries have been purported by some to be Personal Property Tax Lists, but were
actually from the “List of Titheables for Amelia County”. Amelia County didn’t have Personal
Property Taxes until after the Revolutionary War.

1765 Amelia County, Va. List of Titheables: Achals, Briant, Elizabeth, Jehu & Laughlin Fannin,
all in Nottoway Parish.

1766 Amelia County, Va. List of Titheables: Laughling Fannen, Achales Fennen ( with other free
male William Fennen), all in Nottoway Parish.

Of the twelve children of Bryan & Elizabeth Fanning (Fannen), nothing is known of six of them; that
is: Phillip, Judith, Anny, Bety, Peggy or Frankey. Some say that Mary Fannin married Burwell
Burchett, but evidence seems to suggest that Mary Burchett was the daughter of Achilles Fanning,
Sr. There is also an obscure reference to Elisabeth Fannen of Nottoway Parish (Amelia Co., Va),
daughter of Betty Fannen, found in “Miscellaneous records Amelia County , VA 1735-1865”, regarding
an entry in Order Book 6. The entry is as follows:

“Jan 22, 1761 Elisabeth Fannen of Nottoway Parish, daughter of Betty Fannen page 85”. The order
books deal with children who were bound out from 1735 – 1782.
It states: “Not all children who were bound out were paupers. However, by law, each Parish was
required to support its own paupers. The church wardens were ordered by the court to bind out, to
the age of maturity, the children of such persons as were deemed incapable of supporting them or
bringing them up in “honest courses”.”
[1] Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth,
1515-1624, ed. J.S. Brewer, and William Bullen. 6 vols. (London 1867-1873) p. 402.
[2] Ibid. Calendar p. 404
[3] D’Alton. Illustrations, etc. of King James’s Irish Army, 1689, vol. II., p. 620
[4] Calendar of the Patent and Close Rolls of Chauncery in Ireland. Morrin. Dublin, 1861-2,
vol. 1., pp. 175, 184

[5] Calendar of the Carew Manuscripts preserved in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth,
1515-1624, ed.
J.S. Brewer, and William Bullen. 6 vols. (London 1867-1873) p. 402.

[6] Knocktopher: MIs in the graveyard: including Bassett’s Directory of Knocktopher 1884:

Kilkenny graveyard inscriptions. Published Kilkenny: Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Author
Phelan, M M et al

[7] D’Alton, p. 620

[8] Tipperary’s families : being the hearth money records for 1665-67 Published Dublin : James
Duffy & Co., Ltd., 1911 Author Laffan, Thomas ed.

[9] Calendar of Documents, etc., 1285-1292. Sweetman. P. 58.
[10] Ibid., 1293-1301, p. 114
[11] Clyn. The Annals of Ireland, p. 61
[12] D’Alton. p. 620.
[13] Ibid., Knocktopher: MIs in the graveyard

[14] “Books of Survey and Distribution” 20 vols. Public Record Office, Dublin, vol. IX Wexford &
[15] John O’Hart “Irish Landed Gentry, second edition, p. 262
[16] Ibid. p. 898
[17] Hardiman. “Ancient Irish Deeds and Writings, chiefly relating to Landed Property, from the
twelfh to the seventeenth century”, Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, 1828.

[18] Ibid

[19] Union County, S.C. Register of Mesne Conveyance Deed Index Book C Page 199 & others.

[20] Memoirs of the Fort & Fannin Families. Kate Haynes Fort 1903. MacGowan & Cooke Co.

[21] The O’Briens –Written in Irish in 1762, based on an earlier book by Hugh Buie Mac Curtin.

Translated from Irish Ms. by Standish O’Grady

[22] Irish Pedigrees by O’Hart, Volume 1, dated 1892.

[23] Ballinagleara Parish, Co. Leitrim: Aspects of its History & Traditions. by Padraig Forde.

[24] A Genealogical & Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland by Sir Bernard Burke, CB1899

[25] O’Brien of Thomond: The O’Briens In Irish History, 1500 – 1865

[26] Irish Pedigrees (Heber Genealogies): O’Brien No. 8, Of Ballynalacken, County Clare.
[27] The History and Topography of the County of Clare by James Frost Dublin 1893 [28] G.E.
Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord

Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and
the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6
volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VII.
[29] Ibid: A Genealogical & Hearldic History

[30] Ainsworth. “Report on the Dillon Papers, relating to the property of Dillon, Greene,

McKeogh, Donellan & other families and to lands in Cos. Galway, Roscommon & Mayo. Private

Collection No. 4.

[31] Irish Minstrels and Musicians by Captain Francis O’Neill Chapter VIII Harpers At The Granard
and Belfast Meetings. Chicago, Rrgan Printing House, 1913

[32] Ibid: O’Brien

[33] “MacUi-Brien Ara,” in Vol H. 1.7, MSS. Lib., Trinity College, Dublin.

[34] Ibid: “MacUi-Briens Ara”
[35] Irish History In Stone Inscriptions. Arnold Ross, Vol. 2, pages 212. Private Collection
E.C. Cochrane. Compiled observations from 1868-1873 of parish cemetery monuments from Connaught

[36] Ibid: The O’Briens

[37] Ibid. Irish Minstrels and Musicians.

[38] Ibid: Irish History in Stone Inscriptions.

[39] Ibid: Irish Minstrels and Musicians
[40] T h e M e m o i r s o f Arthur O ‘ N e i l l, Chapter VII,
[41] Ibid. Irish Minstrels and Musicians.
[42] Ms. 33 Book 3 Edward Bunting
[43] History of the Traditional Music of Leitrim 1600 -2000. A lecture given in the Glen Centre

Manorhamilton. It has to do with Leitrim Music.

[44] Grainne Yeats. Belfast Harp Festival, 1792
[45] Journal of the Dun Laoghane Genealogical Society Vol. 8 No. 4, 1999 – Article: “Ireland of
Hidden Centuries”. Michael Merrigan, FGSI

[46] Complete Collection of Carolan’s Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 129, pg. 92-93. Heymann (Legacy of
the 1792 Belfast Harp Festival), 1992; pgs. 18-20. Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill &
Donna Long – “The Morning Dew” (1993).

[47] Annals of the Harpers by Charlotte Milligan Fox. London- Smith, Elder & Co.

[48] Descendants of Agnes Fanning, Wife of Thomas Conboy b. 1810. by Walker. [49] Griffith’s
Valuation 1851 Co. Leitrim, Ireland.

[50] Ibid: Descendants of Agnes Fanning

[51] Ibid: Griffith’s Valuation

[52] 1860 US Federal Census of Reeve Twp., Daviess Co., Indiana Roll: M653_251 Page 804; Image

[53] 1870 US Federal Census of Reeve Twp., Daviess Co., In. Roll M 593_306 Page 297; Image 498

[54] Daviess County, Indiana 1886 (History of) by Weston A. Goodspeed –Biographical Sketches of
John & James H. Fanning

[55] Daviess County, Indiana Cemetery Books – St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

[56] Ibid. 1860 US Federal Census

[57] Ibid: Daviess Co., Ind. 1886 (History of) [58] Ibid. Daviess Co., Ind. Cemetery Books
[59] J. P. Fanning of Foxfield, Co. Leitrim.
[60] Pioneer Families of Osgoode Township Volume IX Osgoode Township Historical Society &
Museum Sept., 1978.

[61] 1881 Census Place: Osgoode, Russell, Ontario, Canada Source: FHL Film 1375865 NAC C-13229
Dist 104
SubDist G Div 2 Page 21 Family 92

[62] Ibid: Pioneer Families

[63] Ibid: Pioneer Families

[64] Amelia County, Va. Will Book 2X Page 89 3 January, 1765

[65] Will Book 2X Amelia County, Virginia (1761 – 1771) Abstracted & Compiled by Gibson
Jefferson McConnaughey Virginia Book Company

[66] Amelia County, Va. Order Book 1 p. 6 at Court held Feb. 13, 1735, there is a Bryan Fenell
appointed as a surveyor of a road to be cleared to the fork of Little Nottoway. Bryan Fannin
received a land grant in Amelia County for 294 acres on Jan. 2, 1737, plus other grants later.
[67] Amelia County, Va. Microfilm reel #55, Library of Virginia
[68] LVA-Va. State Land Office Patents, No. 17, 1735-1738, p. 425 (Reel 15) to Bryan Fennin .
[69] Amelia County, Va. Order Book 1 p. 28 10 June 1737
[70] LVA-Va. State Land Office Patents, No. 26 pp. 484-486 (Reel 24) to Bryan Fanning.
[71] Hunter letter re: U.S. Army Engineers work removing graves at Camp Pickett, Va.

[72] Hamner & Bevell Funeral Home, Blackstone, Va. Contracted by US Army to remove all graves from
future site of Camp Picket, Va.
[73] Amelia County, Va. Will Book 2X Page 89 3 January, 1765
[74] Amelia County, Va. Deed Book 8, Pg. 661
[75] 1765 Amelia County, Va. Personal Property Tax List LDS Microfilm FHL US/CAN #1902616
[76] 1766 Amelia County, Va. Personal Property Tax List LDS Microfilm FHL US/CAN #1902616
Laughling Fannen, Achales Fennen, (other free male: William Fennen 140 Acres), William Fennen.
END: Part 1 by A.B. Reilly”

Parents of Edmund Fanning 1620-1683 the Immigrant Fanning Ancestor?

Ancestry of Edmund Fanning born Ireland about 1620 died Connecticut America 1683, the Immigrant Fanning Ancestor. Possible parents of and ancestry in Ireland.

Who were the parents of Edmund Fanning of Stonington Connecticut and what is his Irish ancestry??

Location map of Connecticut, USA
Location map of Connecticut, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lots of folk in America and probably Canada as well can trace their family tree back to Edmund Fanning who was born in Ireland about 1620 and died in Connecticut in 1683.

DNA tests as well as family documents have proved these lineages.

But in family trees there are several different parents given for this Edmund.

So far I haven’t seen any proof or reliable sources to back up what so many have on their family trees. It may be that there is no supporting documents and that we will never know for sure who they were.

But if anyone out there can back up his claim as to Edmund’s parents I’d love to hear from you. Or if you have any ideas on the matter please contact me.

I have been looking around on the internet and especially in some of the old books on for references to this Edmund.

The parents of Edmund are commonly given as Nicholas Fanning and Ellen Cantwell in family trees on Rootsweb World Connect and

WikiTree has the Parents of Edmund as Nicholas Fanning born Ballingarry, Tipperary Ireland 1593 died there 1653; Ellen Cantwell born Tipperary 1598 died 1699.

This tree goes further back:

The parents of Nicholas are given as William Fanning born Ballingarry Tipperary 1560 and Catherine Purcell born Ballingarry 1564;

The father of this William Fanning was William Fanning born Ballingarry 1532 died Farranrory 20 Sept 1579

His father was Oliver Fanning born Garynegrye 1500 died 1600

His father was William Fanning born Ballyclaghin Co Kilkenny 1472 died Ballingarry 1538.

There don’t seem to be any sources for this tree.

Nicholas Schenck and Walter Frederic Brooks however believe Francis Fanning was Edmund’s father but again it is hard to see why they believe this.

The following is a post by Jon Fannon (Dec18, 2008 in Ireland Roots Tipperary) where he gives an outline of  what he thinks is the ancestry of Edmund Fanning, the immigrant ancestor of many American Fannings.

“Edmund of Conn. line however is : Conn. Edmund (b.1620) was son of Francis (b. about 1588 was a sheriff and mayor in Limerick also) and Francis is possibly the brother to Simon fitzClement. (Clement had 3 sons. 1st came Simon, then Edward or Edmund, and 3rd Francis) Edward fitzClement had a son Nicholas who also was sheriff or mayor. Francis fitzClement had two sons Thomas and Edmund. Francis Fanning with Edmund fitzFrancis Fanning and Thomas fitzFrancis Fanning along with Nicholas Fanning are documented forced to leave limerick to Ballengyre by the English in 1651 or 1653 I cant remember right now, and then was again named in some sort of reconciliation from the Queen in 1660 I believe. Its presumed Edmund went on to Conn. sometime after 1653, possibly in 1660. Keep in mind for this hundred year period there was a Fanning as sheriff or mayor in Limerick most of the time. Wether or not it was a cousin a brother a nephew, it seems there were no shortage of Fanning law men, and to complicate this more their names were repeated generation after generation causing a lot of confusion. ”

From the Surnames of Ireland by Edward Maclysaght we have this paragraph on the Fanning name and origins:

A name of Norman origin prominent in Co Limerick where Fanningstown, formerly Ballyfanning, indicates the location. They were formally of Ballingarry, Co Tipperary where in the fifteenth century the head of the family was, like Irish chiefs, officially described as “Captain of his nation“.”

Walter Frederic Brooks thought that Edmund’s father was Francis Fanning.

“Alderman Francis Fanning, the third son of Clement, served as sheriff in 1632-3, and as mayor of Limerick in 1644”

“At the time of the Confiscations in 1653-54 Francis Fanning’s estates were forfeited, and he received sentence of transplantation to Connaught. Francis also had a son Edward who also received sentence of transplantation at the same time….his name is given as Edward Fitz-Francis Fanning.

This Edward or Edmund Fanning, son of the above mentioned Francis Fanning, ex-Mayor of Limerick, emigrated in 1653 or soon after to America and settled in Connecticut.” pages 31-32 Vol 1 History of the Fanning Family by Walter Frederic Brooks.

I do find it strange that Edmund and his children did not call any of their descendants Nicholas or Francis although a daughter of Thomas is called Frances. Edmund named his sons Edmund,Thomas, John, William and James.

Nicholas Schenck has a similar lineage to Walter Brook:

Nicholas W. Schenck Diary: “The American – Fanning Line’ written c 1905

The first Fanning who came to this country was Edmund Fanning – born in Ireland in (about)1620 – of the Fannings in Ireland – Limerick, Tipperary, Kilkinny, Clare – the name is on record from 13th Century to confutation under Cromwell in 1652. Vast estates were established to the Fannings.

Edmund – the emigrant American ancestor – who settled in Connecticut about 1653 was the son of Francis Fanning, 1841 Mayor of Limerick, Ireland – Connaught Certification Office of Exchequer, Dublin. His name is given as Fitz – Francis Fanning. Fit-Francis means son of Francis – Fitz is French or Norman meaning ‘son of ____’.

This Edmund or Edmond – emigrated to America in 1653 (authority) of John O’Hart, Edmund Irish antiquity and author of Irish Peogries – Clentus of Ireland and is found at Fisher Island in 1655 and 1657, later at Groton – Connecticut (near New London) 1664 – now called Ledyard – where he had a farm called Groton Farm – which remained in possession of family for 150 years – where he lived until his death in 1683. “

My interest in Edmund Fanning’s ancestry comes from the fact that my Fanning family here in Australia are linked to this Edmund as shown in a DNA test. So we must be descendants not from Edmund but from his relations who stayed in Ireland.

When I was in Ireland I visited Ballingarry and was told about a Fanning castle in Farranrory. We found what is left of the castle and spent a few hours climbing around it and taking photos. Then when I was briefly in the National Library I found a pedigree for the Fannings who lived in this castle. So I would like Edmund to be related to the Farranrory Fannings!!

In terms of names in our family Edward and William have been used over and over, never a Nicholas or Dominick and only my grandfather was called Francis, which I think is a bit too far down the track to be relevant.

If anyone has any info on the ancestry of  Edmund I’d be most interested to hear from you.

The Impact of Cromwell on Irish Fanning Fortunes

Tracing Irish Fanning Land ownership 1841 and 1870 in the Down Survey after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland.

Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658
Oliver Cromwell 1599-1658

“In March 1649, Parliament commissioned Oliver Cromwell to lead an army of invasion into Ireland. Defeat of the Irish at the battle of Rathmines enabled Cromwell to land unopposed at Dublin in 1649. Cromwell, a Puritan, “believed he was an instrument of divine retribution for (alleged) atrocities committed by Catholics against Protestants in 1641 and he accordingly gave orders to deny mercy to Catholics.” His campaign was savage. Cromwell left Ireland in May 1650. The subjugation of Ireland was completed in May 1652.

Parliament was now faced with settling its enormous debts resulting from the war in Ireland. The adventurers or investors had been offered two and a half million acres of Irish land which were to be confiscated after the rebellion was put down. The lands of the defeated Irish and Old English Catholics were declared confiscated and preparations begun for its distribution to the various people to whom the government was indebted.

In order to facilitate this redistribution a survey of the land was undertaken. The act for settling Ireland was passed by the English parliament in August 1652. While the land was being surveyed the government was deciding who should forfeit land. Degrees of guilt were established and penalties defined. The result was that owners of Irish land, whether they were Catholic, protestant or Old English were to suffer. Some were dispossessed totally; others forfeited one fifth, one third, two thirds or three quarters of their land depending on whether their part in the rebellion was a major or minor one. They were to be recompensed from forfeited land west of the Shannon by an area to the proportion they were entitles to retain.

44,210 names were recorded on certificates of transplantation by May 1, 1654. A new Ireland emerged after the Cromwellian Plantation.

The following records were taken from “The Irish Gentry When Cromwell Came to Ireland” by John O’Hart 1887. Online at Internet Archives American Libraries. :

Persons Transplanted In Ireland from Co Limerick: Frances, Madalen, Martin and Mary Fanninge.

From Co Tipperary: Nicholas Ffanninge of Clonegall, Edmond Ffanninge of Gortfy and Wm. Ffanninge of Ffarrenroe.

Connaught Certificates-Transplanters 1653-1654: Inrolments of the Certificates of the Commissioners appointed for hearing and determining the claims of Transplanted Persons in the Province of Connaught and the County of Clare: Edward Fitz-Francis Fanning, Michael Fanning, Thomas Fitz-Clement Fanning, Thomas Fitz-Patrick Fanning, Nicholas Fanning, Alderman, William Fanning.

Book of Survey and Distribution: Nicholas Fanning and John McRory (proprietors in 1641) of  lands denominated Lower Englandstown and Upper Englandstown(Co Limerick). These lands were forfeited and conveyed to Brook Bridges.

James Ffaning had lands confiscated in the Barony of Knocktopher, Co Kilkenny. Names of persons in the Grants, under the Acts of Settlement: Jeffrey and William Fanning.

The Power Family Pedigree has Jeffry Fanning of Fanningstown, Co Tipperary marrying Gyles, daughter of Thomas Power (who died 1637) and Margaret Butler. In the reign of Charles 11 (1860-) Geoffry Fanning of Ballingarry forfeited lands.

Land Distribution before and After Cromwell

The above map is from The Ireland Story- Irish History, Maps of Ireland

The Down Survey

The Down Survey maps completed between 1656 and 1658, are now online free at

These maps were completed after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland to facilitate the transfer of Irish Catholic land to English Protestant owners. Land being given to soldiers and those who helped finance the war in Ireland.

“A new Ireland emerged after the Cromwellian Plantation. Land ownership and political authority passed from the older inhabitants to the new colonists, from Irish and Old English Catholics to a landed ascendancy of English Protestants who were to control the life of Ireland until the twentieth century” This quote is from an excellent article by Catherine Donovan and is on the Clare County Library site.

I have been able to trace my Fanning ancestors to Lissaroon just north of Thurles in Co Tipperary north. They are said to have arrived there in 1741. My earliest found ancestor was William Fanning born c 1731 and died 1801. I don’t know where they came from but it would have been perhaps Co Limerick or Ballingarry in Co Tipperary. They seemed to be fairly well off by the size of the house and interior decorations and also by the fact that the land at Lissaroon was prime agricultural land.

After Cromwell’s conquest of Ireland and the resulting redistribution of land ownership the Fannings in Ireland suffered a reversal of fortune. Prior to this time they had been wealthy and fairly powerful land owners.

In 1660 Charles II was restored to the English throne.  The majority of the Irish did not however get their lands back. Irish who could prove they were innocent of any involvement in the Irish rebellion against English rule could have their lands back but the courts were abolished before the Irish could have their claims heard! A small number, mostly Old English, succeeded in being restores to their former lands.

Those whose land was forfeited were to be given land in Connaught hence the saying “To Hell or Connaught”. Some of the Fannings were meant to be transplanted but whether they did leave or not is not confirmed. The whole transplantation process was a bureaucratic nightmare and took so long that by the time of the Restoration of Charles II many people had not moved.

This Down Survey shows that throughout Ireland nearly all Fanning land holdings were lost and transferred to English Protestant owners with the notable exception of Jeffrey Fanning who was or became Protestant. The Book of Survey and Distribution notes that a Geoffrey Fanning of Ballingarry forfeited his lands under King Charles the second.

The Down Survey also shows that the landowning Fanning family members  lived in Ballingarry in Co Tipperary, Co Limerick and some in Co Clare and a few in Co Galway and Co Kilkenny. They do not show up in other counties at this time.

Co Tipperary:

Townland of LISSAROON
Map of theTownland of Lissaroon in Down Survey 1656-1658
Map of the Townland of Lissaroon in Down Survey 1656-1658

 Name: Lisroane

1641 Owner(s): John, Henry St (Protestant)Teige, Teig (Catholic);Edmund, Edmun (Catholic)Purcell of Loghmore, Theo (Catholic);Dermott, Dermot (Catholic)Denogh, Denog (Catholic)Fogerty, Conner (Catholic)

1670 Owner(s): Rogers, Richard (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Elliogurty Parish: Inchyfogurty Profitable land: 95 plantation acres Forfeited: 95 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 13 English: 13

There were no Fannings listed in Lissaroon at the time of the Down Survey.


Down Survey Name: Ballingarry

1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic)1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of COALBROOK

Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of CLASHDUFF Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of EARLSHILL Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of KNOCKALONGA Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of GARRANACOOL Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of GORTNASMUTTAUN Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 5 English: 3 Irish: 2

Townland of FARRANRORY UPPER Down Survey Name: Ffarrenrowry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Ingoldsby, Sir George (Protestant)Anglesey, Earl of (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Profitable land: 1067 plantation acres Forfeited: 1067 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 43 English: 34 Irish: 9

Townland of FARRANRORY LOWER Down Survey Name: Ffarrenrowry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Ingoldsby, Sir George (Protestant)Anglesey, Earl of (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry

Townland of GORTNASCULLOGE Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of KYLEBALLYGALVAN Down Survey Name: Killmakenoge 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Minchin, Charles (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Profitable land: 168 plantation acres Forfeited: 168 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 11 English: 11

Townland of BALLINGARRY LOWER Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Profitable land: 1903 plantation acres Forfeited: 1903 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 7 English: 7

Townland of SPRINGFIELD (ED Ballyphilip) Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of KYLEBALLYGALVAN Down Survey Name: Killmakenoge 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Minchin, Charles (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Profitable land: 168 plantation acres Forfeited: 168 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 11 English: 11

Townland of ARDRAGH Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of JESSFIELD Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of TINOCK Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of BALLINGARRY UPPER Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 53 English: 48 Irish: 5 Titulado: Jeffrey Fanning, William Fanning

Townland of GLENGALL Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 12 English: 10 Irish: 2

Townland of BLACKCOMMON (ED Farranrory) Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres


Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of FOILMARNELL LOWER Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of AUGHNACRUMPANE Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres

Townland of HARLEYPARK Down Survey Name: Ballingarry 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, Jeffrey (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Forfeited: Jeffrey Fanning plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 25 English: 21 Irish: 4 Titulado: George Comerford, James Comerford

Townland of GORTFREE

Down Survey Name: Gurtfree 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Edmund (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Moore, Richard (Protestant) County: Tipperary Barony: Slevardargh and Compsy Parish: Ballingarry Profitable land: 186 plantation acres Forfeited: 186 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 8 English: 8

Co Limerick:

King John's Castle and Thomond Bridge, Limeric...
King John’s Castle and Thomond Bridge, Limerick city. Ireton took Limerick in 1651 after a long siege (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Townland of BALLYSIMON (Dickson) Down Survey Name: Ardmore 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Alderman (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): James Duke of York (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Limrick Liberties Parish: Derrygalvan Profitable land: 44 plantation acres Forfeited: 44 plantation acres

Townland of KEYANNA

Down Survey Name: Shedfeackle

1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Alderman (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): James Duke of York (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Limrick Liberties Parish: Derrygalvan Profitable land: 251 plantation acres Forfeited: 251 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 47 English: 47

Townland of RATHBANE SOUTH Down Survey Name: Rathbane 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Dominick (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Wilson, Sir Ralph (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Limrick Liberties Parish: St Nicholas

Townland of INCHMORE Down Survey Name: Ardnevokes 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Dominick (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Winkworth, John (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Limrick Liberties Parish: St Nicholas Unprofitable land: 98 plantation acres Profitable land: 54 plantation acres Forfeited: 54 plantation acres

Townland of CRABB’S-LAND Down Survey Name: Skennaboy 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Dominick (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Wilson, Sir Ralph (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Limrick Liberties Parish: St Nicholas Profitable land: 21 plantation acres Forfeited: 21 plantation acres

Townland of Fanningstown (ED Fedmore)

Down Survey Name: Fanninstowne 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Edmond (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Ormesby, Sir Edward (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Coshma Parish: Ballingaddy Profitable land: 360 plantation acres Forfeited: 360 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 56 English: 49 Irish: 7 Titulado: Col John Bridges


Down Survey Name: Ballyshanikine 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Glyn & Nicholas (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Bury, Phineas (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Kenry Parish: Killcornane Profitable land: 318 plantation acres Forfeited: 318 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 10 English: 10

Townland of GLASCURRAM

Down Survey Name: Garranyweelanbeg 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, John (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Evans, George (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Pobblebrian Parish: Killkeady Profitable land: 40 plantation acres Forfeited: 40 plantation acres

Townland of GARRANE (ED Garrane)

Down Survey Name: Garrannemannagh 1641 Owner(s): Ffanning of Limerick, Ffrancis (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Ingram, Sir Arthur (Protestant)Newenham, John (Protestant) County: Limerick Barony: Pobblebrian Parish: Monesterneany Profitable land: 197 plantation acres Forfeited: 197 plantation acres

Co Clare:


Down Survey Name: Cregneseigh 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Dominick (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Inchiquin, Earl of (Protestant) County: Clare Barony: Inchiquin Parish: Disert Profitable land: 30 plantation acres Forfeited: 30 plantation acres


Down Survey Name: Ballylerenan 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, Dominick (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Inchiquin, Earl of (Protestant) County: Clare Barony: Inchiquin Parish: Disert Unprofitable land: 4 plantation acres Profitable land: 36 plantation acres Forfeited: 36 plantation acres

Co Kilkenny:

Kilkenny Castle. The Irish Confederate capital...
Kilkenny Castle. The Irish Confederate capital of Kilkenny fell to Cromwell in 1650 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Townland of CROAN

Down Survey Name: Crannebeg 1641 Owner(s): Fanning, James (Catholic) 1670 Owner(s): Halsey, William (Protestant) County: Kilkenny Barony: Knocktopher Parish: Aghaviller Profitable land: 161 plantation acres Forfeited: 161 plantation acres 1659 Census Total: 10 English: 10

1670 Fanning Land Owners:

Co Galway

Townland of SHANTALLOW (Ballymoe By)

Down Survey Name: Shanbollye 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic)Ffanning, William (Catholic) County: Galway Barony: Bellamoe Parish: Cloniberne Unprofitable land: 16 plantation acres Profitable land: 62 plantation acres Forfeited: 62 plantation acres


Down Survey Name: Ahellundedmond 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic)Ffanning, William (Catholic) County: Galway Barony: Bellamoe Parish: Cloniberne Unprofitable land: 171 plantation acres Profitable land: 68 plantation acres Forfeited: 68 plantation acres


Down Survey Name: Cappanyguine 1670 Owner(s): Fanning, William (Catholic)Ffanning, William (Catholic) County: Galway Barony: Bellamoe Parish: Cloniberne Unprofitable land: 328 plantation acres Profitable land: 158 plantation acres Forfeited: 158 plantation acres

Co Tipperary:

Jeffrey Fanning owned 21 properties. These are listed in the above records from the Down Survey site.

1641 Irish Depositions

Link to view 1641 Irish Depositions taken regarding the rebellion of Oct 1641.

I have just come across a link to the 1641 Depositions held in Trinity College Library in Dublin Ireland. These were statements mostly by Protestants regarding the rebellious activities of Irish Catholics around the time of the Oct 1641 rebellion where the rebels attempted to take over Dublin Castle.

One of the surviving medieval towers at Dublin...
One of the surviving medieval towers at Dublin Castle.

There are a number of Fannings mentioned in them different depositions. The surname is spelled Ffanning, Fanning or FFanninge.

It is possible to look at the original often illegible documents. But there are also transcripts of these papers below which is just as well.

So far I have come across Edmond Ffanning in 1642, Dominick Ffanning 1646 and a John Ffanning 1642. Dominick Fanning, the Mayor of Limerick, who was executed by Cromwell features in many as a rebel.

You can register for free and also save any you are looking at.

The link is 1641 Depositions.

Fanning’s Tower House Farrenrory Co Tipperary Ireland

Farrenrory Castle in Co Tipperary was home to William Fanning an Anglo-Norman. He owned 1,000 acres there in 1650. Included are photos of the castle and surrounding buildings and land as of 2012.

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory View from

Ballingarry View from Fanning Castle Farrenrory Co Tipperary (3)Above are views from Fanning Castle tower house in Farenrory Ballingarry Co Tipperary.

On my recent trip to Ireland and Co Tipperary I thought I would have a look around Ballingarry as there are Fannings documented living there in medieval times.

There were different Fanning families at Ballingarry, Mohober, Farrenrory, Garynegre, Gortfree and Glengall.  In 1305 William Fanning was leased the Manor, Castle and lands of Mohober.

The earliest mention of Farranrory I have come across so far is the following:

25th April 1555 Inquisition taken at Clonmel

The jurors say that Nicholas Richard and John Fanyng Fitz Geoffery of Ballyngarry, Teige Beare O’Howlaghan and Dermot O’Treassy alias O’Twee of the same, kearns, advised procured and abetted by Geoffrey Fanyng gent, willfully burned a house at Ferenrory conmtaining 40 cows with 60l of William Fanyng gent and also a girl called Sawe Iny Canlyen who was in the house.” From the Calendar of Ormond Deeds.

Dec 20 1579 Edmund Fanning of Farrinrory, gentleman, son of William fanning late of the same grants to Thomas….

Richard Fannynge of Farrenrory 1589 Fiants of Elizabeth
Richard Fannynge of Farrenrory pardoned 1589 Fiants of Elizabeth

Dec 13, 1592 Edmund Fanning of Faren Rory is mentioned in a commission.

In 1641 in the Down Survey William Fanning of Upper and Lower Ffarrenrowry owns lands.

1654-56 In the Civil Survey the castle at Farrinrory is inhabited by William Faninge, gent and papist.

1654 William Ffanninge of Farrenroe has been issued a certificate of transplanation.

Even though death was the punishment for not leaving I have read that the transplantation scheme was a bureaurocratic nightmare and not everyone left for Connaught, some stayed on without their estates.

In the Hearth Money Rolls 1665-67 a David Fanning de Fearanrory has one hearth and 2s.

1670 the lands of the Fannings at Farranrory are owned by Sir George Ingoldsby, Earl of Anglesey, Protestant. He most likely got it from Ltn Jessy. While the soldiers of Cromwell were rewarded with land many sold their estates on.

When I got back to Dublin I looked up the pedigree of a William Fanning of Farrenrory in the National Library and found this document:

William Fanning of Farrenrory Pedigree cr
Pedigree of a William Fanning of Farranrory Co Tipperary National Library Dublin

John D’Alton in his Illustrations Historical and Genealogical of King James’s Irish Army List of 1689 outlines some of the family lineage of the Fannings of the Ballingarry area and of Kilkenny:

Richard Fanning captain King James's Irish Army List 1689 Vol1cr
Richard Fanning captian King James’s Irish Army List 1689 p621

Farrenrory Castle is described in the Ordinance Survey Letters by John O’Donovan. These letters are now online at Ask About Ireland.

In Oct 1840 it was described in the Ordinance Survey Letters as ” a round castle measuring 17′ 6″ in diameter on the inside and its walls well grouted 9ft in thickness and about 40 ft in height. It is three stories high; the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining the others were of wood and have long since disappeared, as usual. The doorway which is on the N.W. side is pointed and constructed of cut lime stone. The windows are all constructed of cut lime stone and are some quadrangular, some roundheaded and some pointed. ( See Dic Noyer’s Sketch)

(Vol 1 Tipperary page 559. So far I haven’t been able to find the sketches.)

In William Healy’s “History and Antiquities of Kilkenny” published in 1893 there are these pages relating to the Fannings of Farrenrory and Ballingarry:

William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny died 1590 page1 cr
William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny p2 cr

William Fannynge of Farranrory and Kilkenny died in 1590. (From History and Antiquities of Kilkenny William Healy). In John D’Alton’s book “Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical of King James’ Irish Army List” 1861, William Fannyng who died in 1590 is described as “the settler”.

It seems that these Fannings who lived at Farranrory originally came across from Kilkenny. I have read that they came to Kilkenny from Waterford, not sure if there is any way of knowing if this is true.

I have also seen a family tree which has Edmund, the brother of William Fanning of Farranrory who died in 1590, being the the Edmund Fanning who settled in Connecticut. Again, who knows?

“Ballingarry History The Fannings, Lords of Ballingarry by Michael J. Fitzgerald on also has more information and stories of the exploits of the medieval Ballingarry Fannings.

I asked around in Ballingarry and was directed to the house of Martin Maher who I was informed by a local  man in the street “is into all that crarp”.  Martin was very helpful and assured me that there is nothing left in terms of buildings associated with the Fannings in Ballingarry or Mohober but that at Farrenrory there is a round towerhouse in Pollard’s Field.

After getting lost the usual number of times we found it. The castle was up a drive and just visible from the road. It was unfortunately surrounded by layers of mud and cow poo which we sank into.  Afterwards we went to visit a fourth cousin and had to turn up in our socks. Although, they being farmers didn’t seem to mind. “Where there’s muck there’s money ” they told us.

The townland of Farranrory was owned by William Fanninge of Farrenrory, son of James Fanning according to the pedigree above, in 1641 recorded in the Civil Survey. It was described as a good little castle with a good thatched house and some cabins. In the Down Survey 1655-6 it is depicted along with five houses surrounding it. Farranrory became the property of Lieutenant William Jessy of the Cromwellian army, who is recorded with two hearths in the Hearth Returns for 1666/7. He was most likely an absentee landlord.

The following description of the tower house/castle comes from the Slieveardagh site which sourced their information from Richard Clutterbuck’s thesis. I wish we had had this with us when we were looking over the Tower House:

“Location: Farranrory is situated in the east of Slieveardagh on the hills overlooking the Munster River Valley. The land is used predominantly for pasture today and was estimated to be mostly pasture in 1654 (Civil Survey I, 115). The site is approximately 4.2km northeast of Ballingarry parish centre.

Farrenrory castle is sited at an altitude of 210 metres on ground sloping gently to the southeast. The site has a south-easterly aspect and is sheltered by the hills. A small stream tributary of the Munster River runs approximately 40 metres to the east of the tower house cutting a small valley in the shale bed rock. The tower house is 190 metres north-west of a road which runs east-west into Co. Kilkenny.

Ballingarry Fanning Road Castle Farrenrory Road uo to
Road up to the tower house from Farranrory Rd

A lane connects the site to the road and probably served the original settlement and the modern farm yards and houses as well as continuing up the hill as a lane to the fields.

Fanning Tower House Original Entrance
Fanning Tower House Original Entrance on the west side

Description Farrenrory Castle is a free standing tower house with a circular plan. The castle is constructed of coursed limestone surviving to the level of the second floor above which it is derelict. The interior has mural chambers (vaulted chambers in the thickness of a wall),  stairs and an internal vault. The exterior ground level of the structure has a very slight base batter (thicker at the base).

The gable of a derelict farm house is attached to the west side of the tower house, partially obscuring the original entrance (Fig. 45, Plate 19). The tower house has a maximum external diameter of 10.4 metres and an internal diameter of 5.2 metres for the main ground floor chamber. Farrenrory survives to an approximate height of 8 metres.

None of the original woodwork or door survives in the interior of the tower house and was probably salvaged for a later building. This robbing resulted in the breach in the ground floor embrasure (an embrasure is an opening in the defences of a castle used for shooting at attackers) and also the destruction of the tower above the second floor.  Farrenrory tower house has a major structural crack in its facade and may be in danger of collapse.

Fanning tower house Farrenrory Co Tipperary
The derelect farmhouse attached to the tower house on the west side
FAnning Tower House Farrenrory Ballingarry structural crack on the west side
Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Ballingarry showing the structural crack on the west side

The tower house was entered through pointed-arch cut limestone door located in the western quadrant of the tower. The door frame has two orders one of which accommodated a yett (gate or grille of latticed wrought iron) held in place by chains through holes in the left jamb and the apex of the door frame. The gable of the later farm house obscures the right hand side of the jamb.

Dedication plaque
Dedication plaque above main entrance, now blocked up.

A dedication plaque is set in the wall above the door; unfortunately this plaque is illegible. Presumably is a dedication to the builder and owner of the tower house, probably a member of the Fanning family.

The main entrance leads to a small lobby area. Two inward opening pointed-arch doors led from the lobby to a mural chamber and a secondary lobby. There is a cruciform musket loop with downward splayed expanded terminals directly in front of the main entrance. This is set in a single flag of limestone and is reached by a recess in the main ground floor chamber.

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior (9)
Cruciform musket hole

There is also a murder hole in the lobby ceiling which drops from a mural chamber in the first floor.

The small ground floor mural chamber probably acted as a guard chamber or storage space. This chamber has a vaulted roof and has two recesses in the walls for cupboard space.

The secondary entrance lobby gives access the main ground floor chamber and the vice (spiral staircase) through inward opening door set in pointed-arch limestone frames. The jambs still retain some pivot holes and hanging-eyes for the heavy wooden doors as well as the holes in the jambs for the cross bolts. The chain for the yett can also be drawn through an aperture from this lobby.

The ground floor main chamber is circular in shape with coursed shale walls and three deep set embrasures for windows. The embrasure in the south-west quadrant has been broken out. The floor of the chamber is obscured by rubbish and debris from the walls and corbel roof (corbels are stone brackets). The chamber originally had a wooden ceiling.

The embrasures are vaulted, still with the impression of the wicker-work centring. Narrow slit windows are round-headed and constructed of dressed limestone with splayed ingoings. The exterior of the southern light has carved spandrels with a triple-leaf motif. On either side of the lights are musket loops. These are deep apertures splayed at an angle to the windows, although their exits on the outside of the tower house have been removed and blocked. Portions of the vaulting of the southern embrasure have collapsed where it corresponds with the first floor embrasure overhead.

Window on the second floor
Window on the second floor

The vice is accessed through an inward opening segmented pointed-arch door from the secondary lobby and was lit by a single narrow window. The first floor was reached through a pointed-arch door directly off the vice. A mural passage (a passage in the thickness of a wall) from the vice leads to the chamber with the murder hole. The passage is lit by slit windows and has a small gun loop next to the murder hole over the ground floor main entrance.

The wooden floor of the second storey was supported on corbels. The floor has three deep embrasures each with narrow ogee-headed windows of dressed limestone.

On each side of the lights are apertures for gun loops. These pierce the wall as small circular holes created by two shaped pieces of limestone. The first floor has a vaulted ceiling which is now in a dangerous state of repair.

Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Ceiling
Ceiling of second floor

The second floor can still be reached by the remains of the vice though some of the steps have been removed. This floor as too dangerous to inspect but appears to have been larger then the lower floors. The original walls partially survive and contain the remains of a number of windows around its circumference and a slop stone on the north-east side of this floor.

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Slop Stone
Slop stone for carrying away kitchen waste Farrenrory Fanning tower house

The remains of the second floor are obscured by the growth of grass, ivy and a tree. The tree is probably destroying the internal vault with its roots.

Interior from second floor
Interior from second floor

There is no apparent garderobe or a fire place in the tower house, although these may have been contained on the second or upper floors. (there is a garderobe or medieval toilet) There is no evidence for a bawn or wall around the tower. However, the area around the castle has been used as a farm yard with stone out-houses and these may have robbed and obscured any original bawn walls.”

Richard Clutterbuck has also written another article discussing Farranrory Tower House in Trowel Vol. IX, 1998/9, titled “Farrenrory Tower-House, County Tipperary A Gentleman’s Home” :

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel 1998 p13

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p14 Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p15

Farranrory Tower House Richard Clutterbuck Trowel p16

Richard Clutterbuck’s article on Farranrory tower house from Trowel printed with his kind permission.

There is also a description and evaluation of Farranrory in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland from a 2003 visit:

Farranrory Castle National Monuments Description page 2
National Monuments Service description of Farranrory Tower House

Martin Maher edits the Ballingarry Journal and is involved with a fantastic site for the Ballingarry area and people with excellent articles on the history of the area. He gave me a copy of the 2004 edition which has a photo of Farrenrory Castle with this information :

” Farranrory Castle (also known as Prout’s Castle) is situated about three miles from Ballingarry village and about half a mile to the west of the Munster River. It was a round castle, three stories high, the third floor rested on a stone arch still remaining; the others were of wood and have long since disappeared. The doorway on the northeast side was pointed and constructed of cut limestone, as were all the windows. The Fannings, who were the greatest landowners and most numerous Norman family in the area occupied the castle for many years. The ruins of the castle which are situated on Pollard’s land can still be viewed.”

Dr Thomas McGrath writing in Landlordism in Ballingarry Parish in 1650 and 1850 describes the various Fanning holdings differently:

“In comparision to the Butlers, the Fanning Family, who were also of Anglo-Norman origin, were of minor importance though they were well established in Ballingarry holding 4,454 acres. Nicholas Fanning held 1600 acres at Ballingarry. Jeffry of Glengall held 474 acres consisting of Glengall(1184) Grawn(100), Ballaghboy(150) and Gortnassy(40). William Fanning of Farrinrory held 1,980 acres: Farranrory(1,000), Cappagh(680), and Kilmackenoge(300). Edmond Fanning of Gortfree held 400 acres therein.”

I don’t know if there is any connection between my Fanning ancestors and those at Farrenrory as there are no records after about 1680 to make any connections. There don’t appear to be any Fannings living in the Ballingarry area today or during the 1850’s (Griffith’s Valuations) and they may have moved to the Thurles area. There is mention made on the site of a Mr Fanning setting aside land for the new Ballingarry Church before he sold his land to Mr Jacobs. The new church was built in 1731 so there was a Fanning around at or just before this time.

Visitation Book of James Butler Land for Ballingarry Chaopel Mr Fannin 1754
Visitation Book of James Butler 1754

The Fannings who lived at Lissaroon are said to arrived there in 1741 but from where we don’t as yet know. Perhaps some one reading this may know what happened to the Ballingarry Fannings. Certainly in our family the names William and Edward appear frequently.

It was a highlight of my time in Co Tipperary climbing around this castle. The first time we were there it was raining and I discovered that all the photos I took had a big raindrop in the middle, so we had to go back the next day. This time armed with gumboots (in Ireland they call them wellingtons) kindly lent us by Eileen Creed our Cashel B&B (Ard Ri House- highly recommend) host and her husband.

It was also a lovely sunny day so much more enjoyable. I loved the land around the castle, very pretty and protected, my kind of place. We climbed up on top and sat up there and surveyed the surrounding countryside and imagined what it must have been like living there.

While exploring the castle ruins it was great not to have to worry about snakes !! Thank you St Patrick. At home it would be highly prized snake habitat. To be honest we didn’t see a lot of wildlife in Ireland and Spain compared to back home which is a bit sad. I guess centuries of occupation have taken there toll. The downside of all that history. At least while driving around Ireland I got a break from seeing roadkill which is so prevalent on my drive to work on the Pacific Highway in NSW.

Entrance to the road leading up to the tower house


Fanning Tower House Farrenrory Co Tipperary
Fanning tower house window
Fanning Castle Farrenrory Arrow Loop Window
Ceiling of Fanning tower house Farrenrory
Fanning tower house Farrenrory interior arches

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior (9)

Richard Clutterbuck mentions that ” the multiple gun or musket loops place this tower house in the sixteenth century when hand held guns became numerous in Ireland.”

Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory Interior


Ballingarry Fanning Castle Farrenrory, the garderobe or medieval toilet which emptied down to the outside of the castle.
Back of the castle, toilet waste exit?
Internal stone staircase


Land Around Farrenrory Castle, View from the Top

If you want to read more about Farrenrory and the medieval Fanning family go to this site It is worth looking at along with

Results of Cromwellian Settlement in Co Tipperary Ireland

Tipperary Library’s Local Studies site has many Tipperary Historical Journals online free out of print issues. The Cromwellian Settlement of Tipperary by J.G. Simms is very informative and gives a background to the unrest and strife which followed in Co Tipperary.

English: Castles of Munster: Ardfinnan, Tipper...
Ardfinnan Castle, Co Tipperary was built by Prince John in 1185. It was garrisoned by Cromwellian troops throughout the 1650’s.


English: Castles of Munster: Burncourt, Tipper...
Burncourt Castle Co Tipperary was destroyed in 1650 by its owner Sir Richard Everard to prevent its occupation by Cromwellian troops.

The Cromwellian Settlement of Tipperary by J.G.Simms can be read here at the Tipperary Library site. It is very interesting and informative. There are many out of print issues online here as well.

“The result of the Cromwellian settlement was that by 1660 at the end of the Commonwealth regime virtually all Tipperary was in the possession of Protestants” and according to Simms “the foundations of much later strife were laid in the Cromwellian settlement.”

There are quite a lot of out of print Tipperary Historical Journal articles which can be read online free through the Tipperary Library Local Studies site.

Fannings in Feudal and Medieval Times in Co Tipperary

The History of Clonmel by W. P Burke 1907 at mentions Anglo-Norman Fannings in the 13th and 16th centuries in Co Tipperary Ireland.

The History of Clonmel by William P Burke published in 1907 can be easily read online at The pages below mention Anglo-Norman Fannings in the 12th and 16th centuries in Co Tipperary Ireland.

Co Tipperary Cahir Castle Butler Coat of Arms
Butler Coat of Arms Cahir Castle Co Tipperary

History of Clonmel p7 croppedHistory of Clonmel page 8croppedClonmel in the 16th Century Fanning kerns cropped

Ballynahow Castle Co Tipperary Ireland 16 th Century Purcell Castle
Ballynahow Castle Co Tipperary Ireland 16 th Century Purcell Castle

Fanning Family in Co Tipperary Ireland 1654-1656

Taken from Robert Simington’s Civil Survey of Co Tipperary 1654 are the names and holdings of Fannings in Co Tipperary at that time. Early Fanning surname variations were: Faning, Faninge, Fanninge.

Map of Co Tipperary 1654
Thomas Faninge Juror
Thomas Faning of Gragenorea Gent Juror
Parish of Ballingarry
Holdings of Nicholas Faninge of Ballingarry & Jeffry Faninge of Glangale
Holdings of Jeffry Faning
Holdings of Wm. Faninge of Farrinrory
Wm. Faninge of Farrinrory & Edmond Fanning of Gortfree
Index of English Protestants and Papists 1654

Source: “The Civil Survey AD 1654-1656 County Tipperary Vol 1” by Robert C. Simington. Can be read at askaboutireland.

Early Documented Fanning History Ireland

Documents the land grants and various disputes from 1204-1592 in the Munster province of Ireland which involved the Anglo-Norman Fannings.

County Kilkenny Ireland History by Denis Walsh

The Fannings of Clomantagh

Richard Fanyn (Janyn) was among the first of the family in Ireland. He was a witness to Geoffrey FitzRobert’s charter to Duiske in 1204 [Duiske charters, no. I.] As Richard Fannynge he witnessed the charter of William Marshal I to Kilkenny between 1207 and 1211 [Chart. Priv., p.34 ; Liber Primus Kilk., p.74]. He was killed fighting on the side of Richard, Earl Marshal, in 1234 [Cal. Doc. Ire., i. 2212]. Richard may have been the original enfeoffee at Clomantagh, barony of Crannagh, Co. Kilkenny, as suggested by the descent of the 1/2 knight’s fee there.

Richard Fanyn was succeeded by his son Thomas, who held half the fee of a knight at Glothementhau according to the 1247 feodary (see notes below). In the record he is given as Thomas, son of Richard Janyn (Fanyn). Glothementhau is likely the equivalent of Clomantagh, for in 1300 John Fanyn was lord of Clomantagh. In that year, after an inquest held at Kilkenny, which found that John held the manor of Clomantagh of the Earl of Gloucester, in chief, and had then nothing in the manor except one messuage worth yearly 16d., license was given to him to grant to the parson of Clomantagh and his successors in perpetual alms a messuage in Clomantagh, next the church, late of Master Henry Fanyn [Cal. Just. Rolls, i. 336].

In the 1317 feodary Thomas de Fanyn (Fannyn) had succeeded to the half knight’s fee at Cloghmantagh. He was still there in 1343 when his lands in this neighborhood are mentioned [Ormond Deeds, i. 764], but was dead by 1348 [Ormond Deeds, i. 808-10].

Clomantagh is noted in later times to be held by the Butlers.

Notes on the feodaries

The 1247 feodary (The de Valence Purparty) was taken from “Chancery Miscellanea“, P.R.O., London (File 88/4, no. 70), collated with a list in the Calendar Patent Rolls.

The 1317 feodary (share of Hugh le Despenser and Alianora his wife) was taken from “Chancery Miscellanea“, P.R.O., London (File 9/24). Variants of this records (possibly of a later date) are from the British Museum, Additional Manuscripts MS. 4791.

Primary sources:Knights’ Fees in Counties Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny, Irish Manuscripts Commission, with commentary by Eric St. John Brooks, Dublin Stationery Office, 1950. Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Volume I, Edmund Curtis, ed., Dublin, 1932.

Extracts from the Calendar of Ormond Deeds, Vol. I -VI, Edmund Curtis, 1932-43.

Circa 1244 – Ralph son of Geoffrey quit-claims to Richard son of William a villate in Balygillduf and Killacheth. Witnesses: Philip de Intebergh, sheriff of Munster, John Fanyn, Henry de Capella, Geoffrey del Esse, John son of Richard, Adam de Sancto Johanne, Henry Pincera (Butler), Richard de Empdene, Robert de Beauveira, Andrew de Maydewell, Hugh del Anglurne, David Druy, William Gasam, William Ward, Thomas de Bristoll, clerk, Adam the clerk. [Vol I, p.44]

Circa 1250 – John son of Vincent de Everus, notwithstanding that he was not in seisin, grants a third part of five carucates in Douenachmor (Donoughmore) which belonged to the Lady Alice de Hereford, grantor’s mother, in dower, to Roger de Penbroc, in fee and in free socage. Witnesses: Sir Hugh Purcell, Sir William de Dene, Sir David de Kantteton, Sir David son of Godfrey, Sir John Fanyn, Sir Geoffrey de la Foreste, Sir Richard son of Ivo, Robert de Braham, Sheriff of Kilkenny, Robert de Petraponte, Robert Scorthals, Laurence de London, John Albus, Simon Albus, Robert de Bremel. [Vol. I, p.47]

May 20, 1261 – Clarice Griffyn, formerly wife of John Lagheles, in her lawful viduity, quit-claims to Milo le Bret and his heirs the manors of Knoktofre (Knocktopher), Karrek (Carrick), and Strother. Witnesses: Sirs Simon de Lasscy, Thomas son of Lionis, Thomas Fanyn, Walter de Hereford, Amaury de Lasscy, Walter son of Alured, Robert de Clahull, Geoffrey de Forestal, John de Clifford, Roger de Penbroc, Nicholas Albrici, Hugh de Belinges. [Vol I, p.62]

Between 1261-1266 – Sir William Fanyn was among the (prominent) witnesses where Ralph, Prior of St. Edmund of Athasell and the convent there, quit-claims to Theobald, Butler of Ireland, all houses with all building and closes which John de Hakeford, farmer of their church held in said vill, near the water. [Vol I, p.59]

November, 1284 – Bond of Ralph son of Adam de Caston, Nesta formerly wife of Geoffrey de Norton, Richard son of Meyler, Robert de Preston, William Devenys and Maurice son of Richard Seweyn to their lord, Theobald le Botiller, that John son and heir of said Geoffrey de Norton would grant to said Theobald all security which he should have in seventeen acres in the tenement of Baligaveran (Gowran) which formerly belonged to Symon Dyme; two acres in le Berton, and an acre of meadow in le Hamme; and the whole meadow that Sir Theobald have to the said Geoffrey at le Norhe Korrach (? north Korrack) and in four acres formerly belonging to Walter Fanyn; and five acres that said Walter formerly bought to Walter Fox lying near the gate called Quenaldtsbarre, … [Vol I, p.108]

August 23, 1305 – Know ye all present and to come that I, Eustace le Poer, knight, have given and granted to William ffanyng the manor of Moyobyra, with all its appurtenances, namely the castle, messuages, lands, meadows, etc., turbaries, homeages, services, suits of court and all else, named and to be named belonging to the said manor. To have and to hold to the said William and his heirs in heredity forever; paying yearly therefor to me and my heirs for the first twenty four years from the making of this charter fifty marks of silver, and after this term, is completed the said William and his heirs shall be forever free of the above said rent for the said manor, saving however to me and my heirs all other services of the said manor, viz. ten shillings of royal service when proclaimed, all law suits of the tenants of the said manor at my court of Carth (? Carch), and all wardships, marriages, and reliefs of the heirs male of the said William when they happen. Given at Kilkenny. Witnesses: John fitz Thomas, Peter son of James de Bermyngham, Walter Lenfaunt, Geoffrey de Poher, knights, Edmund le Gras, Hugh de Antone (? Dandon or Dundon) and Robert de Lond’ (? Londres). [Vol I, p.156]

July, 1332 – Simon de Rupe grants to John fitz Simon of Balyeth one mark’s worth of yearly rent in Balyeth in the tenement of Fedmer. Witnesses: Walter . . . John FanynPatrick Fanyn, Walter Dullard and Gilbert Appilgard. [Vol I, p.274]

September 14, 1343 – John, son of William Uske, grants to Milo Cornewaleys, chaplain, two carucates of land in Cradokeston, together with common pasture belonging to the same for all farm beasts of said Milo grazing there; which carucates lie between the land of Thomas Fanyn and the land formerly Thomas Aunteyn’s in length and breadth from the land of Edmund Gras and that of Thomas Pembrok. Given at Cradokeston. Witnesses: William le Gras, John le Gras, Edmund le Gras, Thomas Pembrok, Martin Byketon, and others. [Vol I, p.324]

November 1348 – Deed of entail made by Milo Cornewalshe, chaplain. He grants to Patrick son of Fulc de la Fregne, knight, and Johanna his wife one messuage and two carucates of land in Rathcradok in the tenement of Kildreynagh, which formerly belonged to Ralph de Uske, lying between the land formerly Thomas Fanyn’s and the land formerly Thomas de Druhull’s… Given at Rathcradok. Witnesses: Robert Shorthals, John de Blaunchevill, knights, Thomas Purcel, Gilbert Shorthals and Thomas Pembrok. [Vol I, p.342]

January 22, 1410 – Henry Fanyn of Moytobry appeared before the county court of the liberty of Tipperary, at Crumpiscastell, before Robert Poer, sheriff of the same liberty. [Vol. II, p.289]

August 2, 1430 – John Fanyn gives and grants to Thomas son of Nicholas de sancto Johanne and his heirs all messuages, lands, tenements, etc., and services of free tenants together with a third part of a water-mill which are situated in Haltonwrstoun and Balispedegh. To have and to hold to him and his heirs for ever. [Vol. III, p. 74]

August 4, 1489 – Notarial deed declaring that “in the year of our Lord 1489 by the computation of the churches of England and Ireland, in the seventh indiction of the 5th year of the pontificate of Innocent VIII, in the parish church of St. Mary of Callan in the diocese of Ossory on the fourth day of August, in the presence of me, public notary, … Thomas Fannyng, lord of Mohobbir, chief of his nation, exhibited certain letters patent of the most reverend lord and father in Christ John, archbishop of Cashel, of happy memory, signed with the seal and subscription of William Broun, notary, scribe of the court of the same archbishop, containing the process in a cause of matrimony and legitimacy between the said Thomas, plaintiff, and William Fannyng, defendant, and the sentence pronounced by the same archbishop in the said case. These he handed to be read to the aforesaid notary…

We have seen, computed, and understood the rights of a case of birth and legitimacy between Thomas Fannyng the plaintiff and William Fannyng the defendant tried before us in our diocese of Cashel, each of whom claimed to be the legitimate son of Nicholas Fannyng, once captain of his nation, which still remains open and undecided…. therefore we…, by this our final sentence delivered by the advice of men learned of law, do declare that the said William has failed to prove his case and that the said Thomas is the legitimate son of the said Nicholas Fannyng and born in wedlock publicly contracted before the church.” [Vol III, p.267]

1550’s – At inquisitions taken at Clonmel are included the names Geoffrey Fanyng, gent.; Nihols, Richard and John Fanyng fitz Geoffrey of Ballyngarry; William Fanyng, gent.; Wilfred Faning of Ballyngarin; Oliver Fanyng, juror; William Fannyng fitz Oliver of Garynegrye, kern; James Fannyng of Garransillaghe, kern; Shane Enellan Fannyng and Maurice Fannyng, late of Cahir, kerns; Richard Fanyng, of the Carrick; Richard Reagh Fannyng of Balyngary. [Vol V. various]

April 22, 1565 – Oliver Faning and James Faning of Garrynegrye, county Tipperary, grant to Sir Thomas Butler, Earl of Ormond, the castle of Moylessan with all the messuages, lands, etc., in the town and field of the same. In February, 1570, this grant (deed) was declared void because the land mentioned was in mortgage for 19l. 6s. 8d…. which money was tendered and paid by an order taken at the sessions kept at Cahsel, Feb. 27, 1570. [Vol V, p.152]

December 20, 1579 – Edmund Fanning of Farrinrory, Co. Tipperary, gentleman, son and heir of William Fanning late of the same, grants to Thomas, Earl of Ormond, half of the towns of Ballymaclaghne and Ballytarsne in county Kilkenny or Carlow, with all the messuages, lands, etc., belonging to the same, to hold to him, his heirs and assigns for ever. [Vol V, p. 303]

January 27, 1584/5 – Bond, by Richard Butler of Powleston, Co. Kilkenny, gent., and Morerteghe O’Riane of Ballyclaghine in the same, gent., to the effect that they owe 300l. to Thomas, Earl of Ormond, on condition that William Fanyng, son and heir of James Fanyng, late of Balyclaghin, his heirs and assigns, and all other persons seised or to be seised to his and their use of the moiety of the towns and lands of Ballymclaghin and Ballytarsny, Co. Kilkenny, whereof William Fanyng, father of said James, was in his life-time seised, shall abide by the award of Gerald Blanchvild of Blanchvilston, Robert Forstall of Kilfiragh, etc., concerning the right, title, and interest of the moiety of said towns, now in controversy between said William Fanyng and the Earl of Ormond.

In March of the same year, an award was made to William Faninge fitz James of Ballymclaghne, where “the Earl shall make an estate in tail of the premises (above) to said William with remainder to Oliver Faninge, William’s uncle, with remainder to said Earl. [Vol VI, p.15]

December 13, 1592 – In a commission from the noblemen, gentlemen and freeholders of the county palatine or liberty of Tipperary appears the following names: William Fanning of Ballygary, and Edmund Fanning of Faren Rory. [Vol VI, p.52]

Information compiled by Dennis Walsh.

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Early Fannings in Co Tipperary and Co Kilkenny Ireland 1305-1659

Describes land grants, legal disputes and legitimacy rulings involving Fannings in the counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny Ireland 1305-1659. Different older versions of the Fanning name are used.

These records are in the National Library of Ireland archives in Dublin:

1305- Grant by Eustace le Poer to William Fanyng of the manor of Mayobyra, Aug. 23, 1305.

1347 -Writ to the sheriff of Kilkenny touching a contoversy in law between Amicia de Carew, defendant, and Thomas Fanin, Plaintiff, concerning the manor of Cleomentach, 1347.

1430 – Grant by J. Fanyn to Thomas de Sancto Johanne(St.John) of messuages, land,etc. in Haltonwrstoun and Balispedegh, Aug.2, 1430.

1439-Notarial deed concerning the legitimacy of Thomas and William Fannyng, Lord of Mohobbir (Co. Tipperary), Aug.4,1489.

1512-Grant by Geoffrey Fanynge to Sir Piers Butler of the town of Balicoyne, Co.Tipperary, Sept 8, 1512.

1519- Grant by Geoffrey Fannyng to the Earl of Ormonde of all his lands etc in Ballycoyne, Gossescroft, Garryfynke, Codeston, etc Co Tipperary Aug 12 1519.

1521- Grant by Geoffrey Fannyng to the Earl of Ormonde of all his lands and tenements Ballyghoyn, Ballyntaghyrth, Grageyrysen and Codestoune, Co Tipperary, Dec 10 1521.

1544-Grant by Oliver Fanyng to the Earl of Ormonde of all the messuages, lands, etc.of Mohobbir and Shancourte, Co. Tipperary, in exchange for lands in Ballihoggon and Croanebeg in Co. Kilkenny, May 10, 1544.

1551- William Fannyng fitz Oliver of Garynegrye and James Fannyng of Garansillaghe, kerns, at Lisnalyn killed one Donald O’Shee late of Modesshell, footman. Inquisition at Clonmel. From Calendar of Ormonde Deeds, 5th Edward VI(1551).

1557-Grant by the Earl of Ormonde to Richard Mares and Katherin Fannyng his wife of the wardship of Edmond Warner alias Marnell, May 1, 1557.

1578-Grant by the Earl of Ormonde, through his attorney, Richard Shee, to John Fanning of a mill called Hospital Mill in Carrick(-on-Suir), May 22, 1578.

1579-Grant by Edmund Fanning to the Earl of Ormonde of half of the towns of Ballymaclaghne and Ballytarane, Co Kilkenny, Dec 20 1579.

1585-Bond by Richard Butler and Morerteghe O’Riane to the Earl of Ormonde on condition that William Fanyng shall abide an award concerning the title to a moiety of lands in Ballymclaghin and Ballytarsny, Co Kilkenny, with the award, Jan 27, Mar 3, 1585.

1625-Grant by Clement Fanning to his daughter Joan Fanning of a half plowland of Dromona and a chamber in the castle of Ballycahill, Co Tipperary, citing a grant by Fanning to William Kennedy and others, June 20 1625.

1659- Jeffery Fannying Esq. and William Fannyng gent. are listed in Pender’s Census of Ireland 1659 as living in the townland of Ballingarry in the Parish of Ballingarry.