BARRY, Edmond. Barrymore. Records of the Barrys of County Cork from the earliest to the present time.


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With pedigrees ... Reprinted from the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archæological Society. Cork: Guy & Co., 1902. Royal octavo. pp. 214. Green cloth, title in gilt on upper cover. A very good copy. Exceedingly rare.
COPAC lists only 3 copies.
The Barrys came to Ireland in the wake of the Anglo-Norman invasion. Like the Bourkes, Fitzgeralds, Butlers, Prendergasts, Roches, etc.- they became Hibernis ipsis Hiberniores (more Irish than the Irish themselves) and can now be regarded essentially Irish. As early as 1179 Philip de Barri obtained extensive grants of land in County Cork (in the baronies of Barrymore, Orrery and Kinelea). The family prospered and multiplied, and the several branches of the family formed septs in the Irish fashion, the chief of which were the important Barry Mór, Barry Óg, Barry Roe, while minor branches became Barry Maol (Bald) and Barry Láidir (Strong). Among the many distinguished members are: two soldiers of the 1641 war - David Barry, Earl of Barrymore and Gerald Barry (also an author); James Barry (born c.1591) is regarded the first Irish dramatist; Sir Samuel Barry, John Milner Barry and Sir David Barry, all physicians wrote extensively on medical subjects; In art James Barry was one of our most celebrated painters; John Barry of Wexford is known as the “father of the American navy”. The patriot Kevin Barry was hanged for his part in the Irish War of Independence.

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