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Abandoned families - Nugent - Contents


John MacNamara,
born maybe c.1730,
of Doolin, Co.Clare.
Aidan McMahon Glynn said he was of Doolin.
He was agent for Robert Nugent (later Viscount Clare and Earl Nugent).
John was said to be a relation of Earl Nugent.
If he is in any way a close relation, through Nugent, then he is a descendant of Edward I and of Aoife Mac Murrough and of Brian Boru.

Letters survive of 1765 to 1769 from Robert Nugent in England to "John McNamara" in Galway. John is acting as his agent for his Irish estates.
Nugent was cr Viscount Clare in 1767, and cr Earl Nugent in 1776.
John died before 1788.
Nugent left a pension to John's widow in his will of 1788.
John and unknown wife had issue:

  1. Hugh MacNamara.
    [Letter of 1855] from his grand-nephew Michael Lysaght says that the Nugent family regarded Hugh as a relation.
    The letter says that when Earl Nugent's son-in-law the Marquess of Buckingham was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1782-1783 and 1787-1789) Hugh "was invited and received at the Castle of Dublin as a near relative".
    He died unmarried in 1832.

  2. Nanno MacNamara.
    She mar John Bourke.
    [D'Alton, 1860] says he was of "Glenaragha-Burren". This place is unidentified. Perhaps some obsolete placename in The Burren, Co.Clare.
    They had issue:

    1. Mary Bourke,
      mar John Lysaght and had issue.


John MacNamara was agent for Earl Nugent

John MacNamara was definitely the agent for Earl Nugent.


John MacNamara was said to be related to Earl Nugent

The claim that John MacNamara was related to Earl Nugent is an early claim, made in 1830.

[Letter of 1855] from Michael Lysaght says that the Nugent family regarded Hugh MacNamara as a relation in the 1780s.
Michael says he was told this by Hugh in 1830.

Extract from p.377 of [D'Alton, 1860].
This says that John MacNamara was "relative and friend" of Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent.
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Joan Nugent

The Nugent relationship was thought to come through an ancestor "Joan Nugent".


[Letter of 1855] from Michael Lysaght to Sarah Wallace discusses who their supposed ancestors "Joan Nugent" and "Mary Lynch" are.
Sarah Wallace thinks Joan Nugent is wife of John MacNamara.
Michael Lysaght thinks she might be a previous generation.
They do not know.

This casts doubt on the idea that John MacNamara's wife was the Nugent:
The will of Robert Nugent, 1st Earl Nugent, in 1788 leaves a small pension of 5 pounds per year for life to the widow of John MacNamara.
It does not refer to her as his relation, in a section of the will mentioning various of his relatives.
The 1760s letters do not mention John's wife.

Edmond Nugent, brother of Earl Nugent


Aidan McMahon Glynn inserts "Joan Nugent" and "Mary Lynch" into the tree.
He thinks the connection to Nugent is through Edmond Nugent (or Edmund), brother of 1st Earl Nugent.

However, this idea does not fit with the peerages.
Above is an extract from Nugent, Viscount Clare, on p.127 of [Peerage of Ireland, 1768, vol.2]. Just after Nugent was created Viscount.
This says that his brother Edmund Nugent died at Buda, Hungary, in 1736. (Other peerages say at age 21.)
This is only 32 years earlier. It would be strange if this was false.


MacNamara of Doolin

This is a promising suggestion, that the main MacNamara family of Doolin, Co.Clare, appears to descend from Edmond Nugent of Carlanstown, grandfather of Earl Nugent.
This could explain the link. But there are some issues.

[Mac Mahon, 2017] says the MacNamaras of Doolin, Co.Clare, descend from Ann Nugent, dau of Edmund Nugent of "Colmanstown, Co.Kildare".
"Colmanstown" seems to be an error. See the following.
The footnotes are as follows:


Note 9 above leads to p.440 of The history and topography of the county of Clare, James Frost, 1893.
This shows entries from the Book of Forfeitures and Distributions listing the confiscations after 1652. See pp.390-526.
See facsimile of originals for Drumcreehy parish on pp.476-479 of Books of Survey and Distribution, Vol.IV, Clare.
This looks promising as to how MacNamara would be related to the Earl:

Except there are some questions:


MACNAMARA in [Burkes Irish, 1976] shows this MacNamara family.

Conclusion: Unproved. Needs more work.


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