Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossanagh, Co. Wicklow

Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, and Rossanagh, Co. Wicklow

The Tighe family’s connection to Ireland began when an opportunist farmer from Lincolnshire secured the contract to supply Cromwell’s troops with bread and wheat. He became MP for Dublin and indeed every generation of the family held a seat in the Irish Parliament...
Vigors of Old Leighlin, Erindale & Holloden

Vigors of Old Leighlin, Erindale & Holloden

The Vigors hailed from Devon, England, and came to Ireland in the early 17th century when one of them became chaplain to the influential Boyle family. During the reign of Charles II, they  were granted estates in County Carlow, where branches were established at Old...
Rudall of London and Cornwall

Rudall of London and Cornwall

My wife Ally’s maternal great-grandmother was Mary Elfrida Catherine Rudall, eldest daughter of the Rev. Alfred Rudall, Vicar of St. Agnes in Cornwall. In 1902 she married John Delbridge, a miner from the same parish. It would seem the Vicar disapproved of the...
Delbridge of Cornwall, Arizona & Mexico

Delbridge of Cornwall, Arizona & Mexico

My wife Ally’s great-grandfather was John Delbridge, a gold-miner from the parish of St. Agnes in Cornwall. He lived an extraordinary life that took in the copper mines of Mexico and Arizona, among many other places. In 1902, he married Elfrida Rudall, eldest...