'Burgh03'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bourke of Clanmories (Clanmorris), Burgh (Burke or Bourke) of Clanricarde, Bourke (De Burgh) of St. Albans
[For many years we showed a note here that "The early generations of this family will be researched further in due course." We have virtually completed researching these generations as part of our 2020 Review of the Burghs. We are not confident that we will make much more progress with this. If others have not succeeded with this task before us then it would be presumptuous for us to expect that we will be more successful!
N.B. As part of the 2020 Review, we split the page into 2 sections, leaving the uncertain early generations (which were expanded) in the upper section and moving the more reliable information we have on the later generationsinto a lower section and then we moved part of that (expanded) lower section into a separate page.]

Sir Ulick de Burgh of Clanricarde (a 1324)
(1) Lodge (p127) identifies the eldest of the 7 sons of Sir William (d 1324, shown in the continuation) as "Sir William or Ulick" and then apparently provides details of his life, with dates such as 1419 & 1427, referring to him only as Sir Ulick who died 1429. It is clear that there has been confusion between different generations. That impression is supported by the fact that BP1870 jumps from this Sir Ulick to Ulick, father of the 1st Earl.
(2) TCP (vol III, p228, note c) reports that 'the MacWilliam' who d 1541 (Sir Ulick) was great-grandson of Ulick Bourke, feudal Lord of Clanricarde (1467-1487). The following broadly follows Lodge other than to assume that he has omitted some generations. However, caution leads us not to make the marital connections suggested by Lodge unless we have confirmation from the other family. We suggest that you view the whole of this upper section as not truly reliable. Apart from anything else, it seems likely that there was not always the simple father-to-son succession shown here.
1. ?? de Burgh possibly Ulick father of Honoria? possibly father or grandfather of ....
  A. Sir Ulick de Burgh of Clanricarde (d 1429)
  m. Agnes (d 1396, dau of Roger, Earl of Warwick)
  i. ?? de Burgh possibly the feudal Lord of Clanricarde who apparently d 1467?
Possibly Rickard? The father of Mary is shown in the FitzThomas records as 'Ulick mac Rickard' but she may have been of an earlier generation.
  a. Ulick ('the Red') de Burgh of Clanricarde (d 1485 (or 1487?))
  m. Egelina (d 1452, dau of Hugh de Courtenay)
  (1) Ulick de Burgh of Clanricarde
(1) Lodge shows the successor of Ulick the Red (son by Egelina ) as Ulick (a 1503) who, by Sluma (d 1498, dau of the Earl of Claremont), was father of (one son) the Ulick who was father, by Margaret, dau of Pierce, Earl of Ormond, of Ulick 'the beheader', Governor of Connaught, the 1st Earl (d 1544). Although we report below that Margaret Butler may have been mother of the 1st Earl, we discount much of what Lodge reports on these generations, particularly where TCP reports differently.
(2) This was possibly the Ulick who married Eustacia Fitzgerald, dau of Gerald, 8th Earl of Kildare (who d 1513).
(3) TCP reports that the second wife of the 1st Earl was sister of the Sir Ulick (d 1541) and daughter of ...
  (A) Richard Oge MacWilliam of Clanrickard (d 1519)
  (i) Sir Ulick Bourke or De Burgh, 'the MacWilliam' (d 1541)
  (ii) Honora Bourke
  m1. (div) Ulick Bourke or de Burgh, Governor of Connaught, 1st Earl of Clanricarde (d 19.10.1544) @@ below
  m2. Piers Martin of Galway
  (B) ?? de Burgh possibly Ulick father of Annabella (possibly Honor also)?
  (i) Richard Bourke or de Burgh 'MacWilliam' (d 04.1530) - continued below
Richard is identified by TCP as father of the 1st Earl and cousin of the above Sir Ulick Bourke (d 1541). BP1870 suggests that the father of the 1st Earl was called Ulick but that may not be conclusive as it may have been either a consequence of the general confusion between generations or because the Earl succeeded the above Ulick as Chief of the MacWilliams.
  m. _ Butler
  (C) Honor de Burgh possibly fits here or a generation later (dau of Ulick)
  m. Meiler Bermingham, 7th Lord of Athenry (d 1529)
  (2) Mary de Burgh (d 1435) dau of 'Ulick mac Rickard', should be a generation or two earlier?
  m. James, 7th (sb 6th?) Earl of Desmond (d 1462-3)
  (3) Honora de Burgh this looks like the Honoria we show below as 3 generations earlier
  m. Edmond ("ancestor to the Viscount Mayo")
  (4) Annabella de Burgh
  m. (Conchobar or Conor) O'Brien, 'King of Thomond' (d 1540)
  (5)+ other issue - Richard, Thomas, Henry, James, John
  B. Honoria de Burgh possibly fits here or a generation later
  m. Edmond Bourke 'of the Beard' of Newport and Burrishoole, 'Lord MacWilliam' (d 1458)
2. Sir Redmond de Burgh of Castle Hacket
  Lodge suggests that the Redmond a generation earlier was ancestor of the Burkes of Headford & Castle Hackett. We are showing that Redmond as a different person.
3. Mary de Burgh or Burke possibly of this generation
  m. William Boy O'Kelly of Callow Castle (d 1381)



Richard Bourke or de Burgh 'MacWilliam' (d 04.1530) - continued above
m. _ Butler
TCP ('Clanricarde') identifies the 1st Earl's mother as Margaret, dau of Piers Butler, Earl of Ormond & Ossory, but with an indication that such is not certain, reporting that some sources identify her as a dau of _ O'Maden though noting that such a marriage took place in the 14th century. TCP does report that the Earl "was certainly allied, through his mother, to the Butlers". However, Margaret Butler is identified in TCP ('Upper Ossory') as wife of Thomas Fitzgerald then Barnaby FitzPatrick (who married again after her). We suspect that Richard's wife was a sister or cousin of that Margaret.
1. Ulick Bourke or de Burgh, Governor of Connaught, 1st Earl of Clanricarde (d 19.10.1544)
  Lodge suggests that the mother of the 2nd Earl was Maud de Lacie. TCP identifies her as ...
m1. (div) Grace or Grany O'Caroll (dau of Maolrona O'Carroll, 'prince of Ely')
  A. Richard Bourke or de Burgh, 2nd Earl of Clanricarde (d 24.07.1582)
  Richard had a number of relationships, some of which are sometimes shown as having been formalised in marriage.
  m1. (1548), div) Margaret O'Brien (dau of Murrough O'Brien, 1st Earl of Thomond)
i. Ulick Bourke or de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Clanricarde (d 20.05.1601)
  TCP ('Clanricarde') shows just the following Honora Burke as a wife. It mentions that Margaret, daughter of Richard FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel, is sometimes identified as one of his wives (Lodge identifies her as his bride on 25.11.1564) but no such earl existed in the 16th century.
  m. (25.11.1564) Honora Burke (b c1535, a 1615, dau of John Burke of Clogheroka & Tullyra)
a. Richard Bourke or de Burgh, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, 1st Earl of St. Albans (b c1572, d 12.11.1635, 2nd son)
  The following is supported by (TCP ('Saint Albans') and) BE1883 ('Burgh of Somerhill, Tunbridge & St. Albans').
  m. (before 08.04.1603) Frances Walsingham (bur 17.02.1631/2, dau of Sir Francis Walsingham, Secretary)
  (1) Ulick Bourke, 5th Earl then Marquess of Clanricarde, 2nd Earl of St. Albans (b before 08.12.1604, d 07.1657)
  m. (12.1622) Anne Compton (d 17.08.1645, dau of William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton)
  (A) Mary or Margaret Bourke (d 14.08.1698)
  m1. Charles McCarty, Viscount Muskerry (dvp 03.06.1665)
m2. (1676) Robert Villiers, 'Viscount Purbeck' (b c1656, d 04.1684)
  m3. Robert ('Beau') Fielding (d 12.05.1712, Colonel, MP)
  (2) Mary or Margaret Bourke
  m. Edmund Butler of Cloughinche (son of James, Earl of Ormonde)
  (3) Honora Bourke (b 19.08.1610, d 10.03.1661)
  m. (c1645) John Paulet, 5th Marquess of Winchester (b c1597, d 05.03.1674-5)
  b. Sir Thomas Bourke or De Burgh (dsp) mentioned by Lodge
  m. Ursula Wentworth (dau of Sir Nicholas Wentworth)
  c. Sir William Bourke or De Burgh ancestor of the later Earls of Clanricarde
d. Honora Bourke
  m. Sir Nicholas Malby, Governor of Connaught
  e. Margaret Bourke not mentioned by Lodge, presumed daughter by Honora Burke
  m. Sir John Bourke of Derrymaclaghtny
  f.+ other issue - Richard (d infant), Mary (d young)
  p. Martha Frannas
h. John Bourke of Donsandell, 1st Viscount of Clanmories (Clanmorris) (d 16.11.1633)
  Lodge suggests that John m. Catherine, dau of Sir Anthony Browne, and d 16.11.1635. We follow TCP ('Bourke of Clanmories') which is supported by BE1883 ('Viscount Burke').
  m. Catharine Brabazon (a 06.1656, dau of Anthony Brabazon of Ballynasloe by Ursula Malby)
  (1) Thomas Bourke, 2nd Viscount of Clanmories (dspm)
  m. (before 1633) Margaret Fleming (dau of Christopher Fleming, Lord Slane)
  BP1870 & Lodge show both John and Edmund as sons by Honora Burke. TCP ('Bourke of Clanmories)' identifies John's mother as Martha Frannas so this leaves uncertainty as to who was mother of ...
  i. Edmund Bourke or Burke of Kilcornan Lodge suggests that he dsp but BP1870 reports that he was ancestor of the Burkes of Kilcornan
  m2. (24.11.1553) Margaret O'Brien (d 1568, dau of Donough O'Brien, 2nd Earl of Thomond) named Catherine by Lodge
  ii. John Bourke or De Burgh of Meelick Castle, Baron of Leitrim (b c1557, dspl 11.11.1583)
  The following is supported by TCP (vol VII, 'Leitrim'). His issue by Johanna O'Carroll were declared illegitimate. BE1866 ('Burke-Baron Leitrim'), but not BE1883, reports that "From his lordship's collateral descendants, the Burkes of Meelick, derived Peter Burke, Esq. of Elm Hall, in the county of Tipperary, father of John Burke, author of this work". This reference, if valid, might be helpful with identifying the ancestor of the Burkes of Clogheroke reported on Burgh13. The dates suggest that the 1st Burke of Meelick (other than this John) might have been an uncle or elder brother/cousin of his rather than a son or younger brother.
m(1). _ Barnewall (a 11.1584)
  (m2.)/p Johanna O'Carroll (possibly dau of Sir William O'Carroll)
  a. Redmond Bourke (a 1615 in Spain)
  (1) Ellis Bourke
m. Richard Finglass of Wespalstown
  b.+ other issue - John (d 12.1599), Thomas, William (a 12.1604)
  iii.+ 2 sons and 1 daughter
  Lodge shows Honora O'Brien as mother of Richard ('Oge'), the undermentioned Margaret, and Marcella or Margery (m. Conossus O'Neile, Earl of Tyrone).
  m3. (1568) Gille or Cecilia MacCarty (a c1580, dau of Cormac Oge MacCarty of Muskerry) not mentioned by Lodge
  p/m4. Honora O'Brien (dau of Turlough O'Brien Mac I Brien Arra (O'Brien of Dunharrass))
  vi. Margaret Bourke
  m1. Richard Burke of Derrymaclauchna
  m2. Theobold Bourke, 1st Lord of Brittas (d 1654)
  p/m5. Sawny Oge Burke
  p/m6. Julian Brown
  m2. (div) Honora Bourke (dau of Richard Oge MacWilliam of Clanrickard) @@ above
  m3. Maria Lynch
  partner(s) unknown
  B.+ other issue including Thomas 'the Athlete' (d 1545)

Main source(s): BP1870 ('Clanricarde'), TCP ('Clanricarde'), 'Peerage of Ireland' (Lodge, revised by Mervyn Archdall, vol 1, 1789, 'De Burgh, Earl of Clanricarde', p127+) with a little input from TCP ('Bourke of Clanmories')
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