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Capt. Thomas Spring

Killagha Abbey.
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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,
    born post-1580, probably 1580s, definitely pre-1597,
    sometime in 1627-1642 he was commissioned a Captain to command a company at Castlemaine by Sir William St. Leger (Lord President of Munster 1627-1642),
    mar Margaret Fen,
    had issue:

    [Spring and Spring, 2000] suggests Thomas is grandfather of Thomas and Walter, not father.
    By the dates that makes more sense.

    1. Thomas Spring,
      mar Avice Blennerhassett [born est temp 1670, descendant of Edward III],
      he fl 1733,
      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 [born est temp 1670, sister of Avice, descendant of Edward III],
      he fl 1728,
      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 ruin (to NW) and the new Kilcolman Abbey (to SE) on 1829 to 1842 map.
See modern satellite view.

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.


Family of Dick Spring

Dick Spring, former leader of the Labour Party in Ireland, is meant to be from this Spring family. His family are Catholic.

John Spring,
mar Norah Hickey [Honora, born 1837, Co.Kerry],
(todo) try mar of John Spring in [GROI], Limerick, 1868, 1st qr, vol 15 p 286,
they baptised their son Catholic in 1869, all later family records are Catholic,
John died pre-1901,
Norah is listed in Tralee with sons in 1901 census, she is "widow", cannot read,
John is listed as "labourer" at son's mar 1904, he is listed as "living" but think this is an error, can't find him in 1901 census,
had issue:

  1. Francis Spring,
    bapt in Tralee RC church in 1869, sp Arthur Spring and Mary Hickey, see entry,
    living Tralee with mother and brother in 1901 census.

  2. Arthur Spring,
    born 1875 or 1874, Co.Kerry,
    living Tralee with mother and brother in 1901 census, he is "Butcher",
    mar 1904 to Catherine Commane, see mar cert from here, he is "Butcher",
    see them listed in Tralee in 1911 census, he is "Victualler",
    had issue:

    1. Dan Spring,
      born 1910, Tralee, see birth cert from here,
      Labour Party TD,
      had issue:

      1. Arthur Spring, born 1945,
        had issue:

        1. Arthur Spring,
          Labour Party TD.

      2. Dick Spring,
        born Tralee, 1950,
        leader of the Labour Party 1982-1997.


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