Name: Cormac Laidir MacCarty
Burial: Kilcrea Friary, Aherla, Co Cork
Occupation: Built Blarney Castle
Cause: Killed by his brother Eoghan, and by his (Eoghan's) sons
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Change Date: 19 AUG 2009
Cormac Laidir: b. 1411; married to Mary, daughter of Edmond Fitzmaurice, lord of Kerry, by whom he had Cormac Oge, and a daughter who married Donal MacCarthy-Reagh, of Carbery.
This Cormac, in 1465, founded the Franciscan Monastery of Kilcredhe or Cill-Credhe (now "Kilcrea"), in the parish of Kilbonane, dedicated to St. Bridget, founded five additional churches; and also built the donjon of Blarney Castle, together with the castles of Kilcrea, and Ballymaccadan.
The Four Masters record his death as follows, under A.D. 1494:
"Cormac, i.e. the MacCarthy, the son of Tadg, son of Cormac, lord of Muskerry, was killed by his own brother Eoghan, and by his (Eoghan's) sons. He was a man who raised and revered the church, and was the first founder of the monastery of Kilcrea; a man that ordained that the Sabbath should be kept holy in his dominions as it ought to be; and he was succeeded by Eoghan, son of Tadg."
He was buried in Kilcrea, in the middle of the choir; the inscription on his tomb runs thus: -
"Hic jacet Cormacus, fil. Thadei, fil. Cormac fil. Dermidii Magni MacCarthy, Duns de Musgraigh-Flayn, acistius conventus primus fundator. an. Dom. 1494."
Cormac Laidir (the strong), Lord of Muskerry, built the enduring Blarney Castle about 1446.
No trace of the MacCarthy tombs at Kilcrea survive.
Lodge says he married as his first wife Catherine, dau of John Barry, Vct Buttevant, by whom he had a son Teige whose dau Julia married Donal MacCarthy-Reagh.
I appear to have got his son Cormac Oge having that wife and daughter.
Father: Teige MacCarty
- Cormac Oge MacCarthy b: 1447
- Text: MacCarthy, McCarthy, Carthy, Cartie, etc.
- Type: Book
Periodical: Peerage of Ireland
Author: John Lodge, Mervyn Archdall