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Clancarty, Earl of (I, 1658 - 1691)


Creation: let.pat. 27 Nov 1658


Attainted: 11 May 1691


Family name: McCarthy




Argent a Stag trippant Gules attired and unguled Or


A Dexter Arm in Armour proper cuffed Argent erect and couped at the wrist holding in the Hand a Lizard both also proper


On either side an Angel proper vested Argent habited Gules winged Or holding in the exterior hand a Shield thereon a Human Head affrontée erased


 Forti et fideli nihil difficile



Donough [McCarthy], 2nd Viscount Muskerry later 1st Earl of Clancarty

2nd but 1st surv. son and heir of Charles/Cormac Oge [McCarthy], 1st Viscount Muskerry, by his first wife Lady Margaret O'Brien, dau. by his first wife of Donough [O'Brien], 3rd Earl of Thomond




bef. 1648 Lady Eleanor Butler, sister of James [Butler], 1st Duke of Ormonde, and dau. of Hon Thomas Butler, styled Viscount Thurles (by his wife Elizabeth Poyntz, dau. of Sir John Poyntz, of Iron Acton, co. Gloucester), 1st son and heir ap. of Walter [Butler], 11th Earl of Ormonde and 4th Earl of Ossory


1. Hon Charles [McCarthy], 3rd Viscount Muskerry, sum. v.p. to the Irish House of Lords in his father's Viscountcy of Muskerry, slain on board the "Royal Charles" fighting against the Dutch (dvp. 3 Jun 1665), mar. betw. 2 Mar 1659/60 and May 1661 Lady Margaret Bourke (mar. (2) 1676 Robert Villiers or Danvers, styled Viscount Purbeck (d. Apr 1684), and (3) Col Robert "Beau" Feilding MP (d. 12 May 1712); d. 14 Aug 1698), only dau. and hrss. of Ulick [Bourke], 1st Marquess of Clanricarde, by his wife Lady Anne Compton, 2nd dau. of William [Compton], 1st Earl of Northampton, and had issue:

1a. Hon Charles James McCarthy, later 2nd Earl of Clancarty

2. Hon Callaghan McCarthy, later 3rd Earl of Clancarty

3. Lieut Gen Rt Hon Justin McCarthy, later titular 1st Viscount Mountcashell

1. Lady Helen McCarthy (d. betw. 6 Aug 1720 and 29 Jun 1722), mar. (1) as his second wife Sir John Fitzgerald, of Dromana, co. Waterford, Lord of the Decies (d. 1 Mar 1664), (2) as his second wife William [Bourke], 7th Earl of Clanricarde, and (3) bef. 1 Feb 1699/1700 Thomas Bourke (d. betw. 29 May 1718 and 5 Dec 1720), and had issue by her second husband

2. Lady Margaret McCarthy (d. 1 Jan 1703/4), mar. bef. 1666 Luke [Plunkett], 3rd Earl of Fingall, and had issue


4 Aug 1665


v.p. c. 1638 a Baronet of Nova Scotia, styled "of Muskerry"

26 Nov 1658 Earl of Clancarty

suc. by



Member of Parliament for Cork 1634-35 and 1639-40; suc, his father as 2nd Viscount Muskerry 20 Feb 1640; he fought with the confederate Roman Catholic Irish 1641-42, but was severely defeated by Lord Broghill at the Battle of Dromagh 1651; he later commanded the Royalist forces in Munster against Cromwell and was twice tried for his life as a Royalist conspirator


Charles James [McCarthy], 2nd Earl of Clancarty



22 Sep 1666

suc. by




Callaghan [McCarthy], 3rd Earl of Clancarty



Lady Elizabeth FitzGerald (mar. (2) 17 Jun 1682 Sir William Davys, Chief Justice of the Irish King's Bench (d. 24 Sep 1687); bur. 15 Feb 1697/8), 4th dau. of Gerald [FitzGerald], 16th Earl of Kildare, by his wife Lady Joan Boyle, 4th dau. by his second wife of Richard [Boyle], 1st Earl of Cork


1. Hon Donogh McCarthy, later 4th Earl of Clancarty

1. Lady Catherine McCarthy (bur. 19 Apr 1738), mar. c. 1705 Paul [Davys], 1st Viscount Mountcashell, and had issue

2. Lady Margaret McCarthy (d. unm.)

3. Lady Elizabeth McCarthy (d. unm.)


21 Nov 1676

suc. by



formerly a monk in France but conformed to the Established Church on inheriting the title


Donogh [McCarthy], 4th Earl of Clancarty


c. 1668


31 Dec 1684 Lady Elizabeth Spencer (b. c. 1673; d. Jun 1704), 2nd dau. of Robert [Spencer], 2nd Earl of Sunderland, by his wife Lady Anne Digby, 2nd dau. of George [Digby], 2nd Earl of Bristol


1. Capt Hon Robert McCarthy RN, styled Viscount Muskerry 1685-1734 and self-styled Earl of Clancarty 1734-69, commanded HMS Adventure c. 1730, Governor of Newfoundland 1733-35, retired to France 1741 on an annual pension of £1,000 when his claim to the Earldom of Clancarty was not recognised, implicated in the Jacobite Rising 1745 after which he was excepted from the Act of Indemnity 1747 (b. 1685; d. 19 Sep 1769), mar. (1) Joanna Player (b. 17 Oct 1693; d. 13 Jan 1759), dau. of Capt Henry Player RN, of Alverstoke, co. Hampshire, by his second wife Joanna Benett, dau. of William Benett, of Fareham, co. Surrey, and had issue:

1a. Hon ..... McCarthy, in the French service (d. unm. and probably vp.)

2a. Hon ..... McCarthy, in the French service (d. unm. and probably vp.)

Viscount Muskerry mar. (2) Elizabeth Farnelly (mar. (2) 7 Oct 1775 Capt Charles Caliste Anselme McCarthy-More, of Cambrai, France; d. 1790), and had issue:

1a. Hon Cecilia McCarthy (d. c. 1792), mar. Pierre Pieron de Bayard, of Mezieres, France

2. Hon Justin McCarthy

1. Lady Charlotte McCarthy (d. 7 Feb 1734/35), mar. 25 May 1721 as his first wife John [West], 1st Earl De la Warr, and had issue


1 Oct 1734


a Lord of the Bedchamber in Ireland to King James II 1689; in command of a regiment of infantry in the Irish Army on the side of King James 1689; taken prisoner at the Siege of Cork 1690 and imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was attainted 11 May 1691 upon which both his peerages and vast estates were forfeited; he escaped to France in 1694, where he was in command of a troop of Horse Guards until 1697; returning secretly to England in 1698 to see his wife, he was betrayed by his brother-in-law, Charles, Lord Spencer, and again imprisoned in the Tower of London; he was pardoned following pleas by Lady Russell but at the cost of permanent exile; he was a Lord of the Bedchamber to the titular King James III 1707


On the attainder of the 4th Earl of Clancarty the Earldom of Clancarty was forfeited.


 First written 20 Apr 2006



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