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Capt. Thomas Spring

Killagha Abbey ruin (to NW) and the new Kilcolman Abbey (to SE) on 1829 to 1842 map.
See modern satellite view.

Capt. Thomas Spring (see here).
His family were from Lavenham, Suffolk.
He served as Captain in army of Elizabeth I in Ireland.
He was granted land in Co.Kerry. Settled in Ireland.
He served with distinction for the Crown against the rebels during the Desmond Rebellions.

He mar post-1580 to Annabel Browne [or Annabella, a widow, of Co.Limerick].
Her father (killed 1580) was an ally of the rebel 14th Earl of Desmond.

Constable of Castlemaine: Spring was made Constable of Castlemaine (stronghold between Killorglin and Tralee), Co.Kerry. Castlemaine was an Earl of Desmond castle, seized by the crown.
[King, 1931] says that Spring was Constable of Castlemaine in 1586.
Granted Killagha: On 12 Dec 1588 he was granted the estates of Killagha Abbey (or Killagh Abbey or Kilcolman Abbey), near Milltown, Co.Kerry.
He was High Sheriff of Kerry in 1592.
[King, 1931] says he had a grant in 1596 of church lands at Killagha and in Iveragh.
He died 1597.
[Visitation of Suffolk] says he was "slain in Ireland".
Capt. Thomas and Annabel had issue:

  1. Thomas Spring, mar Margaret Fen and had issue:

    1. Thomas Spring, mar Avice Blennerhassett [descendant of Edward III] and had issue:

      1. Thomas Spring, had issue:
        1. Thomas Spring, born 1735, had issue:
          1. Katherine Spring, mar 1785 to Stephen Edward Rice and had issue.

      2. Francis Spring, had issue:
        1. John Spring, mar Mary Collis.

    2. Walter Spring, mar Alice Blennerhassett and had issue:
      1. Avice Spring, mar Thomas Blennerhassett and had issue.

  2. Alice Spring [or Alison],
    mar Col. James Ryeves and had issue.

Killagha Abbey.
Photo 2012. See full size. From here.
See more photos.

Castlemaine, Co.Kerry, on 1829 to 1842 map.
The castle once stood on the bridge. It was destroyed in 1652.
Nothing remains today. See street view.


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