History of the Clan O’Toole (Ui Thuathail) and Other Leinster Septs. With numerous illustrations, folding genealogical charts, coloured map of the county of Wicklow, and coloured armorial bearing of Clan O’Toole. Together with: A History of Clan O’Byrne. List of subscribers at end. Dublin: M.H. Gill and Son, 1890. Quarto. pp. xvi, 604, 52, 7. Original green cloth, armorial device and title in gilt on upper cover and spine. Ex libris Milltown Park Trust. Rebacked. A very good copy. Very scarce.
This is one of the most comprehensive family histories ever written. Dr. MacLysaght tells us “The O’Tooles are remarkable for their unremitting resistance to English attempts to conquer Ireland from the late twelfth century … to the end of the seventeenth century, when the country was finally subdued”. Their patrimony, near to the capital, was ideally suited to resistance on account of its mountainous and wooded nature. They controlled an area coextensive with the diocese of Glendalough, and their chiefs exercised the right of nominating the Abbots of that See. The author has painstakingly researched, the various branches, persons of note, and illustrated this with numerous genealogical tables. This edition includes as a supplement, The History of the Clan O’Byrne (Ui Faelan), which is not present in most copies.