Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Sir Henry Bunbury (1565-1634)

Born in 1565, Henry Bunbury was grandfather of the Benjamin Bunbury who first acquired the land in County Carlow, Ireland. Henry succeeded as head of the family on the death of his father Thomas Bunbury died on 5 May 1601. Two years later, on 23 July 1603, he was...
Maule of Scotland and Ballynatray

Maule of Scotland and Ballynatray

The Norman family of Maule (sometimes Mawle) were much admired in Christian circles during the 13th and 14th century on account of their crusading zeal.  A junior branch of the family settled in Midlothian, Scotland, and became closely allied to the Earl of...
Supple of Aghadoe Castle, Co. Cork

Supple of Aghadoe Castle, Co. Cork

The Supples were an old Anglo-Norman family, descended from Philippe de Capella (or de Capel), one of the original mercenaries to participate in the Cambro-Norman invasion of Ireland. Philippe came to Ireland with Robert FitzStephen in 1167 and took part in the...
Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

The Irish chieftains had been up in arms against the Elizabethan army since 1592. In August 1598, Hugh O’Neill, the renegade Earl of Tyrone, had achieved his greatest victory to date when he massacred the army of Marshall Bagenal at the battle of Yellowforde....

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...