Spenser* Genealogy, in Croker, Researches in the South of Ireland [... &c.] (1824)

[Source: Researches in the South of Ireland Illustrative of the Scenery, Architectural Remains, and the Manners and Superstitions of the Peasantry, with an appendix containing a private narrative of the Rebellion of 1798 (London: J. Murray MDCCCXXIV [1824]), available at Internet Archive online. ]


I have been favoured by a gentleman with the following fragment of the Spencer genealogy, extracted from the Herald’s College, in Dublin:

Edmund Spencer,
of Kilcolman, Co.Cork, the Poet; ob. 1598
  David Nagle, of Moneanimney, Co. Cork; ob. Nov.1637. Ellen, d. of William Roche, of Ballyhowley, Co. Cork.      
Silvanus Spencer,
son and heir.
= Ellen Nagle, eldest daughter. —Grace, son of Robert Grace, Courtstown and Eleanor Condon.
Isabel Nagle, 2d daughter.
= Isabel Nagle, 2nd daughter =John Barry, of Leambary, Co. Cork. Richard Condon, of Flemingstown, Co. Cork. = Catherine Nagle, 3d daughter.
Edmund Spencer, eldt. son, living 1637. William Spencer, 2d son, living 1637.          
    Richard Nagle, of Moneanimney, son and heir. Ellen, d. of Rich. Barry, of Rahanyskie, Co. Cork. James Nagle, 2d son. Ellen, d. of John Lacy, of Atlycagh, Co. Limerick. Garret Nagle, 3d son, a capt. of horse in the Emp. Ferdinand’s service, 1634.

“It does not appear what became of Spencer’s wife and children. Two sons are said to have survived him, Sylvanus and Peregrine; Sylvanus married Ellen Nangle or Nagle, eldest daughter of David Nangle, of Moneanymy, in the county of Cork, by whom he had two sons, Edmund and William Spencer. His other son, Peregrine, also married, and had a son Hugolin, who, after the restoration of Charles II, was replaced by the Court of Claims in as much of the lands as could be found to have been his ancestor’s. Hugolin attached himself to the cause of James II, and, after the Revolution, was outlawed for treason and rebellion. Some time after, his cousin William, son of Sylvanus, became a suitor for the forfeited property, and recovered it by the interest of Mr. Montague, afterwards Earl of Halifax, who was then at the head of the treasury. He had been introduced to Mr. Montague by Congreve, who with others was desirous of honoring the descendant of so great a poet. Dr. Birch describes him as a man somewhat advanced in years, but unable to give any account of the works of his ancestor which are wanting. The family has been since very imperfectly traced.”

Chalmers’s Biog. Dic.

Ed. note: ‘Spencer’ give as ‘Spenser’ in the original (Croker, op. cit., 1824, p.111, n.) [BS].

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