Turtle Bunbury

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FAMILY HISTORIES

 

Turtle has written the history of over 200 families, mostly Irish or Anglo-Irish, but also Irish-American, Australian, Canadian, British, British colonial, Danish, Swedish, Dutch and Russian. In some cases, the client wanted it for a Golden or Ruby Wedding Anniversary. In others it was for a Christmas or birthday present. And sometimes it was out of simple curiosity.

Many of these histories came under the umbrella of Turtle's innovative concept, 'Your History in a Book', where he sets the generations of every specific family into the context of the historical events and characters they would have encountered.

Turtle's principal aim is always to bring colour and life into the dramatis personae of the past, to provide something warmer than the cold, stone grave slabs scattered across the country. As such, he places each family in the context of the times in which they were living. Many of the characters he examines were players on a stage that circulated the entire world. The following histories are necessarily works in progress.

If you have any further knowledge of these families, or spot any errors, omissions or broken links, then please email Turtle directly.

IRELAND

ANTRIM

Halloran of Glenarm

ARMAGH

Stronge of Tynan Abbey

CARLOW

Browne-Clayton of Browne's Hill
Bunbury of Cranavonane
Bunbury of Johnstown
Bunbury of Lisnavagh
Butler of Ballintemple
Crosbie of Viewmount
Durdin-Robertson of Huntingdon
Finn of Drummond (Drumin)
Germaine of Lisnavagh
Halpin of Carlow & Dublin
Kane-Smith of Moyle
McClintock of Rathvinden

CLARE

Butler of Castle Crine
Ievers of Ceylon
Ievers of Mount Ievers, Sixmilebridge
Kerins of Craggaknock

CORK

Musgrave of Cork City
Yelverton, Viscount Avonmore
Supple of Aghadoe

DONEGAL

McClintock of Dunmore
McClintock of Trintaugh

DOWN

Christy of Moyallon
Wakefield of Marino

DUBLIN

Beere of Skinner Row & Camden Street
Kane of Swords
Martin of Dublin & Virginia
Maxwell of Corduff

Moffatt of Blackrock
Molesworth of Swords
Morgan of Castle Street
Nash of Finnstown

GALWAY

Blake of Menlough & Meelick
Bunbury of Spiddal
Trench, Earl of Clancarty

KILDARE

Barton of Straffan
Clements of Killadoon
Conolly of Castletown
De Burgh of Oldtown

De Robeck of Gowran Grange
Fennell of Burtown
Fitzgerald of Carton, Dukes of Leinster
Henry of Straffan & Lodge Park
Lattin of Morristown Lattin
La Touche of Harristown
Maunsell of Oakley Park
Medlicott of Dunmurry
More-O'Ferrall
of Ballyna

More-O'Ferrall of Kildangan
Moore of Moore Abbey, Marquesses of Drogheda
Twitchen of Kildare
Wogan-Browne of Clongowes or Castle Browne
Wolfe of Forenaghts

KILKENNY

Cuffe, Earl of Desart
Ponsonby, Earl of Bessborough
Swift of Swifte's Heath

LEITRIM

Campbell of Drumsna

LIMERICK

Boyle, Earl of Shannon
Gough of Gujerat & Woodstown

LONGFORD

More-O'Ferrall of Lisard

LOUTH

Connolly of Dundalk
Disney of Stebannon
Foster of Collon & Dunleer

MAYO

D'Arcy of Gorteen

MEATH

Butler of Priestown
McCarthy of Ratoath

Plunkett of Crickstown

MONAGHAN

Kane of Monaghan & Swords
Kinnear of Ballybay
Lennard of Clones
Madden of Hilton Park
Roper of Bishopscourt

ROSCOMMON

Musgrave of Derrinasoo & Tumna

SLIGO

Marren of Ballymote

TIPPERARY

Bunbury of Kilfeacle
Bunbury of Lisbryan
Butler of Ballyglasheen
Galvin of Ballyporeen
Morgan of Thurles
Moore, Earl of Mountcashell
Ponsonby of Kilcooley Abbey

WATERFORD

De la Poer Beresford of Curraghmore
Holroyd-Smyth of Ballynatray

Smyth of Ballynatray
Smyth of Headborough

WESTMEATH

Moffatt of Stonepark
Swift of Streete, Lynn & Lynnbury

WICKLOW

Acton of Kilmacurragh
Barton & Childers of Glendalough

Brabazon, Earl of Meath
Dennis of Fortgranite
Howard, Earl of Wicklow
Hume of Humewood
Leslie Ellis of Magherymore
Pennefather of Rathsallagh
Tighe of Rossana
Wingfield, Viscount Powerscourt

 

ENGLAND

Benson of The Fould
Crampton of Lancashire
Colvin of Monkhams Hall

Dacres Dixon - Astronomers & Earldoms
Delbridge of Cornwall
Drew of Westmorland
Paget of the Samarang
Peart Robinson of Burnley & Lancashire
Rudall of London
Whishaw of Rudheath
AROUND THE WORLD

AUSTRALIA

Benson of Queensland
Crampton of Tumut
D'Arcy of Rockhampton
Foster of New South Wales

GUYANA

Bunbury of Devonshire

KENYA

Versturme-Bunbury

NEW ZEALAND

Halloran of Tairua & Auckland

RUSSIA

Whishaw of St Petersburg

USA

Bunbury of Virginia
Martin of Virginia

"We all of us descend from men and women whose names we will never know. Until recent centuries, every generation simply came and fell like fields of wheat".
Turtle Bunbury, The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of Co. Wicklow (2005)

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