MATHEWS, Thomas. The O’Neills of Ulster. Their History and Genealogy. With illustrations, some notices of the Northern Septs. Introduction by Francis J. Bigger.


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Illustrated. Three volumes. Dublin: Sealy Bryers & Walker, 1907. Crown octavo. pp. (1) xii, 404, (2) vi, 437, (3) [iv], iv, 369. Titles in red and black. Modern maroon buckram, titled in gilt. Ex lib with neat stamps and label. With genealogies, one folding, nine illustrations of 10 (lacking the reproduction of Speed’s Map of Ulster and genealogical table). A good set. Extremely rare.
A magnificent history of the great Ulster clan (the Red Hand of Ulster was taken from their arms). Their territory being Tír Eoghan which in early times comprised not only modern Tyrone but most of Derry and part of Donegal. The Ui Néill i.e. descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages, were, almost without interruption, High Kings of Ireland. In the fourteenth century a branch of the clan migrated to Antrim and were known as Clann Aodha Bhuidhe and in the seventeenth century a branch of the O’Neills of the Fews settled in the barony of Gallen, County Mayo.
The rarity of the present work is due to a fire at Sealy, Bryers and Walkers, which destroyed most of the edition during the 1916 Rising.


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