Name: Robert Burnell
Residence: Ballgriffin, co Dublin, Ireland
Change Date: 22 APR 2010
Robert Burnell was appointed Baron of the Exchequer in Ireland in 1402, shortly after which the Burnells, by intermarriage with the De Comyns, acquired the manor and lands of Balgriffin, in the county of Dublin.
Reference to an earlier Robert Burnell of Balgriffin:
On the death of Robert Tyrell, eighth baron of Castleknock, in 1370, the estate had passed to Robert's two sisters. They were both twice married. The elder, Joan, was married successively to John Serjeant and William Boltham, and the younger, Matilda,to Sir Thomas Rokeby, sometime justiciar of Ireland, and Robert Burnell, lord of Balgriffin.
The castle of Ballyfermot was occupied in 1562 by Luke Dillon, an eminent lawyer, who afterwards became Chief Baron of the Exchequer, and is well known in connection with the history of his time; and in 1573 by Richard Wespey.
At that time [a?] portion of the Ballyfermot lands, which in the fourteenth century had belonged to Robert Burnell and had descended from him to the Burnells of Balgriffin, were in the possession of the Crown owing to the attainder of the Balgriffin family, and were held under the Crown by Thady Duffe, an alderman of Dublin.
Amongst other persons connected with Ballyfermot were Stephen and his son Richard of Ballyfermot in 1290, and Robert son of Robert Burnell in 1339.
The Burnell family of Balgriffin was also in possession of land at Ballymun for some centuries, but lost it to the Bathes of Drumcondra after John Burnell was executed for treason for supporting Silken Thomas in his insurrection of 1534.
The Burnells were landowners of extensive property at Balgriffin in North County Dublin and were well known in the city. They had a residence on the north side of Cook Street, known as "Burnell's Inn"; a plot of ground coming down to the quay is mentioned several times in old documents as "Burnells' Inn Gardens."
The Burnells, who were staunch Catholics, always championed the cause of their co-religionists, and suffered severely in consequence. During the reign of Elizabeth, Henry Burnell, as parliamentary representative of County Dublin, advocated the repeal of Poyning's Law and toleration for the Catholics. As a result, he was imprisoned in his own residence at Castleknock, later in Dublin and in the Tower of London. His defense of the Earls of Kildare brought him into further conflict with the government of the day. He died in 1614.
Balgriffin was the property of the Comyn family in the 12th century
but through intermarriage in the fifteenth century it passed to the Burnells. Robert Burnell was Lord of Balgriffin in 1460. When Silken Thomas rose in rebellion in 1533 John Burnell of Balgriffin was one of his active supporters, for which he was later to lose his estate. In 1545the lands were granted by the King to Con O?Neill Earl of Tyrone in consideration of his services.
At the beginning of the fifteenth century, Castleknock was the seat of Thomas Serjeant. Who assumed the style of baron of Castleknock. On the death of Robert, eighth baron of Castleknock, the estate passed to Robert's two sisters. They were both twice married. The elder Joan, was married successively to John Serjeant and William Boltham. The younger Matilda, to Sir Thomas Rokeby, sometime justiciar of Ireland; and to Robert Burnell, lord of Balgriffin.
Matilda Tyrrell (who had been previously married to Robert Burnell, of Ballygriffin), held in dower one-third of the Manor of Lucan...
(Journal of the Co. Kildare Archaeological Society. 190. Page 123)
- Anne Burnell
- Type: Book
Periodical: History of Dublin
Author: J T Gilbert