The History of 8 Families

The History of 8 Families

Beirne Family Armorial Coat of Arms & Crest

The Byrne / Bryne / Beirne family that married into the McGreal family is from the Townland of Drumrewey, Civil & Catholic Parish of Inishmagrath, Diocese of Kilmore, Barony of Drumahaire, Probate District of Ballina, PLU of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Connaught, Ireland. My great grandmother was Mary McGreal, nee Beirne / Byrne / Bryne. Her daughter, Anne McTernan, nee McGreal was my grandmother. Drumrewey is W by NW of Lough Allen.

The Beirne family motto is "Fuimus" meaning "We Have Been", [where wasn't noted].

The beginning history of the Beirne family from Drumrewey.

Byrne loosely translated means Raven and the spelling of the name appears to be always different. Beirne is the County Leitrim / County Roscommon spelling that is most common.

A interesting story is of the O'Beirne who was chief of Tir-Briuin-na-Sinna or the land of Briain by the River Shannon which stretches from Jamestown on the Shannon to Elphin. O'Beirne's Castle stood at Dangean. One of these O'Beirne's went down in the HMS Hempshire with the British Chief of Staff, Kitchener off the Orkneys Isles off the North of Scotland during the Great War (1915).

The PAF descendancy chart listing all known descendants of Thomas Byrne, <1817-->1869.

eirne / Bryne / Byrne family Blazon of Arms and Crest explained and translated.

Searching for links to other Beirne / Bryne / Byrne families.

Michael McTiernan

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Last updated Dec 13, 1998


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