Thomas Harriot – The True Discoverer of the Potato

Sir Walter Raleigh will forever to be associated with the potato. It may even be true that he grew the first potatoes in Ireland at his home Myrtle Grove, Youghal. However, the first Englishman to discover potatoes was Thomas Harriot, a remarkable scientist who...
The Burning of Knockcroghery, 1921

The Burning of Knockcroghery, 1921

The early hours of Tuesday 21 June 1921 were clear in the skies over County Roscommon, save for a few light clouds drifting westwards from Lough Ree that perhaps heralded the coming Summer Solstice. At one o’clock in the morning, most people in Knockcroghery were fast...

Sir Sampson Eure

SIR SAMPSON EURE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR WALES While there is sadly no mention of a Henry Eure or Henry Ievers in his will, family lore holds that the Henry Ievers who came to Ireland was a son or close relative of Sir Sampson Eure, the grandson of both the 2nd Baron...
Campbell of Drumsna, Co Leitrim, & Bath, England

Campbell of Drumsna, Co Leitrim, & Bath, England

In 1735, Thomas Bunbury of Kill married Catherine Campbell, daughter of Josias and Lettice Campbell of Drumsna, Annaduff, Co. Leitrim. The Campbells were closely related to the great naval dynasty of Rowley, the Virginia tobacco merchant family of Martin, and to...

The Martin Family of Dublin & Virginia

THE MARTIN FAMILY OF DUBLIN & VIRGINIA In 1735, 30-year-old Thomas Bunbury, High Sheriff of Carlow, married Catherine Campbell, third daughter of Colonel Josias Campbell and his wife Lettice. SCOTTISH ROOTS Lettice Campbell (1682-1757) was the youngest daughter...