Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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  Humphrys of Gortnanoe, Co.Tipperary

Humphrys of Glenstal, Co.Limerick

Humphrys of Doonane, Co.Tipperary

Humphrys of Co.Limerick and Co.Tipperary

Humphrys of the area just E of Limerick city, on both sides of the Co.Limerick / Co.Tipperary border.
NE Co.Limerick and NW Co.Tipperary.

Later spelt "Humphreys".
See notes on the spelling of the name.


Humphrys was always said by the family to be of Welsh origin.
This would be reflected in the spelling. "Humphrys" is a Welsh way of spelling the surname Humphreys.
Jack Humphrys always said they were Welsh.
Claire Humphreys heard the story they were from Newport in Wales.

One story is that they crossed into the northern part of Ireland. There is a Protestant landed Humphrys family in Co.Cavan.
Other stories mention Scotland, and Belfast.

They perhaps came over to Ireland in the Norman invasion. The Cork Humphreys' say they are Norman Welsh.
If they came over in the Plantations or with Cromwell, then they lost their land (and became Catholic) very quickly, for they are found as a tenant-class Catholic family on the Co.Tipperary / Co.Limerick border since at least 1665.
Claire Humphreys heard the story that they were Protestant, went to Cork originally, became Catholic by marriage in Co.Limerick.

Humphrys of Gortnanoe, Co.Tipperary

Humphrys is found on Co.Tipperary/Co.Limerick border since at least 1665.

The earliest mention of Humphrys in the Co.Tipperary/Co.Limerick border area (the area of the ancestral farms of Doonane and Glenstal) is in 1665.


"Nicholas Humphry" listed S of Newport, Co.Tipperary (between Doonane and Glenstal) in 1665.
These are the 1665 entries for Kilvellane parish, Barony of Owney and Arra, Co.Tipperary, in [Hearth Money Records].
From p.41 of printed records. See larger.
He has 1 hearth, taxed at 2 s.
Kilvellane parish is the parish round Newport, Co.Tipperary.
"Nicholas Humphry" is in the general area of Clonbunny, Rossary Beg and Rossary More. Ballivakeagh must be Ballymackeogh. This is the area S of Newport, very close to Co.Limerick border. See map.
In 1666-67 below, "Nicholas Humphrey" is listed at Gortnanoe in this area. But note above there are entries for Gortnanoe but "Nicholas Humphry" is not among them. He is in a different section.

"Nicholas Humphrey" listed at Gortnanoe, Kilvellane parish, Co.Tipperary, in the 1666-67 entries in [Hearth Money Records].
From p.169 of printed records. See larger.
He has 1 hearth, taxed at 2 s.
Gortnanoe is in Scraggeen townland (SE of Newport), Kilvellane parish, Co.Tipperary (see old map and modern map).
This may be the same person as in the 1665 entry. Though the 1665 entry had a section for Gortnanoe and he was not in it.

Gortnanoe, Co.Tipperary, on 1829 to 1842 map.
Co.Limerick border to bottom left.


Humphrys of Glenstal, Co.Limerick

Humphrys is found in Glenstal area, Co.Limerick, since at least 1698.
Humphrys is found in Glenstal since at least 1756.

Glenstal, Abington par, Co.Limerick, is just across the border from Gortnanoe.
Estate records at [Glenstal Abbey] show Humphrys as Catholic tenant farmers in the Glenstal area since at least 1698.


We start the line of Humphrys of Glenstal with:


Humphrys of Doonane, Co.Tipperary

It is unclear when the family first came to Doonane, Killoscully parish, Co.Tipperary (NE of Newport).

Our line from Doonane starts as follows:


Of the family that stayed in Doonane:

Michael might be the same as:

Humphries of Ballyvarra, Co.Limerick

Humphries [thus spelt] of Ballyvarra, Co.Limerick, were meant to be of the family of Doonane:

Miscellaneous Humphrys and Humphreys

Irish form of the surname



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