MATHEWS, Thomas. An Account of The O’Dempseys, Chiefs of Clan Maliere.


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Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1903. First edition. Crown octavo. pp. vii, 203. Green cloth, titled in gilt on upper cover and spine. Ex lib with neat stamps. New endpapers. Minor wear to spine ends, otherwise a very good copy. Very rare.
COPAC locates 4 copies only.
The O’Dempseys were a powerful clan, situated in the territory lying on the borders of Laois and Offaly known as Clanmalier. The title Viscount Clanmalier was bestowed by James I of England on Terence O’Dempsey, the family being then and in the reign of Elizabeth I consistently pro-English. This was quite contrary to the stance taken by their ancestors, whose chief boasted of being one of the very few Irish leaders who defeated Strongbow in a military engagement. Their loyalty however to the catholic James II resulted in the loss of their ancient patrimony. This is an excellent study of the clan by a leading family historian.

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