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  • ID: I65717
  • Name: James Gernon
  • Prefix: Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Death: ABT 1561
  • Note: Will date 2
  • Residence: Kilnecoole, co Louth
  • Note: 2 3 2

    The will of Sir James Gernon, dated 5th Sep., 1558, is given in full in the Fiants James I., No. 124, p. 253, in which he
    disposes of, among other lands, the lands of Gernonstown, Dromiskin, Milltown, Rathcassan, Clonbroath, the manors
    of Killencoole, Donaghmoyne, etc.
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    Will dated 5 Sep., 1558, proved 1 July 1562.
    Had four daughters, the eldest of whom, Genet, married Richard Seagrave, esq.
    His brother John inherited Killincowle from James.
    ---
    "Few families in the Empire can establish so Iong a line of distinguished ancestry as the Gernons, their pedigree being traceable from Robert de Gernon. who accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy." So says Burke's Landed Gentry, which I have found, however, full of errors as regards the subsequent history of the Gernon family.
    A de Gernon came with Strongbow to [reland : a Roger Gernon, said to be his grandson, was Sheriff of Louth C299-1301 {Pipe Rolls) ; a Roger Gernon was Sheriff in 1416 (.l/./v'.i ; Henry Gernon in 1450 (M.R.) ; John Gernon of Killencoole in 1453 (M.R.) ; John Gernon of Gernonstown, 1485 (M.R.) ; Edward Gernon of Gernonstown, 1558 (C.B.) ; Roger Gernon, 1578 (Fiants Eliz. 468) ; Thomas Gernon, 1593 (C.B.) ; Roger Gernon, 1594 (C.B.) ; a Gernon was Sub-sheriff in 1597 (Fiants Eliz. 1600) ; Roger Gernon was M.P. for Drogheda in 1374 ; and Richard Gernon Mayor of Drogheda in 1468 (Dalton).
    The Gernons were among those gentry of Louth implicated in the massacre of the Earl of Louth in 1329. In 1338 (Nov. 14) John Gernon was appointed one of the " Commissioners of Inquisition of the King," and in 1343 a John Gernon was " narrator in Chancery " (Cal. Ch. Ch. 231-235).
    In 1375 we find a grant from the Primate to Roger Gernon of Gernonstown of the custody of the Manor of Yneskene [Inniskeeu] at 10 a year and a maze of eels (Reeves MSS).
    The will of Sir James Gernon, dated 5th Sep., 1558, is given in full in the Fiants James I., No. 124, p. 253, in which he disposes of, among other lands, the lands of Gernonstown, Dromiskin, Milltown, Rathcassan, Clonbroath, the manors of Killencoole, Donaghmoyne, etc.
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    However, two other couples from County Louth, both Dowdall men married to Gernon women, secured their matrimonial dispensations for consanguinity in 1538. ....
    ... for an orthodox Catholic bishop beyond the borders of the Pale. Sir Patrick Gernon was attainted for his part in the Kildare rebellion of 1534-5. One of the marriages involved Sir James Dowdall, a close associate of Patrick's son, James Gernon [living 1541] . The dispensations granted by the bishop of Clogher.
    (Priests and prelates of Armagh in the age of reformations, 1518-1558?. Henry A. Jefferies. 1997.. Page 144.)
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    In 1229, Richard Gernon is the first recorded lord of the manor of Killincoole. This branch later acquired Athcarne Castle and held it until the 1930s. Many members of the family called themselves "Garland," in England as well as Ireland. "Gartlan" and "Gartland" and even "MacGartland" are found.
    Sir James Gernon of Killincoole, nephew and heir of John Gernon.*
    (www.martinrealm.org/genealogy/gernon.htm)
    BLG 1862 does not mention an uncle John for Sir James.
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  • Change Date: 30 NOV 2010



    Father: Thomas Gernon
    Mother: Alison d?Arcy

    Marriage 1 Anne Plunkett
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Eleanor Gernon

    Sources:
    1. Type: Web Site
      Title: Stirnet Genealogy
      Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
      URL: www.stirnet.com
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: History of Kilsaran union of parishes in the County of Louth
    3. Type: Book
      Periodical: Burkes Landed Gentry
      Date: 1862
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