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  • ID: I28189
  • Name: Robert de Bermingham 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1124
  • Occupation: Baron of Offaly
  • Note:

    The first de Bermingham to come to Ireland was Robert de Bermingham [this one??] of the Castle of Bermingham in Warwickshire, who accompanied Strongbow in the momentous AngloNorman invasion. By the year 1230 they were firmly established at Tethmoy in Offaly. In 1235 Piers de Bermingham took part with de Burgo in the conquest of Connacht, where the family acquired a great territory chiefly in the barony of Dunmore, Co. Galway, (Bermingham's country). This was also termed MacOrish's or MacHorish's country, the Gaelic patronymic MacOrish (now Corish) was adopted by the Berminghams of Connacht who like the Burkes, became hibernicized. The eponym here is Piers de Bermingham, Feoras being the Irish equivalent of Piers. This was also used by the Berminghams-of Co. Kildare where Castle Carbury, or the Castle of Mac Fheorais, wag their principal seat. They were very prominent in the fourteenth century. John de Bermingham was the victor at the famous battle of Faughert, (1318) where Edward Bruce was defeated; and Richard de Bermingham (from whom the Bermingham Tower in Dublin Castle is named) won the decisive victory of Athenry " in 1316. Later the Berminghams were to become Barons of Athenry. In the next century they are found coupled with the O'Connors when the parliament held at Drogheda in 1478 took protective steps "for the chastisement of the Berminghams." Even this indirect association with the O'Connors is ironical since in 1305 Sir Piers de Bermingham caused a large party of O'Connors who were his guests to be treacherously murdered - himself and his family were later similarly treated by the Verdons and the Gernons. The O'Connors were the principal sufferers by the defeat of Athenry. In 1584 Margaret Bermingham (Dame Bell) died in prison as a result of her efforts on behalf of persecuted priests.
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  • Change Date: 14 APR 2004

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Eva de Bermingham

      1. Type: Web Site
        Title: LDS Ancestral file
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