The Barrys Come to Ireland

Mavricivs FitzGerald from the National Library of Ireland's copy of Giraldus Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica., Ms 700 f.71r, Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. Maurice was Philip de Barri's uncle

Mavricivs FitzGerald from the National Library of Ireland’s copy of Giraldus Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica., Ms 700 f.71r, Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.

Anagreth de Barri was related to many of the men who set out to conquer Ireland in 1169, among them were Robert Fitzstephen and Maurice Fitzgerald (pictured above), the progenitor of both the earls of Desmond and the earls of Kildare …

In addition to this Anagreth’s son, Gerald, a clergyman and scholar of some note, was appointed to accompany Prince John to Ireland in 1185. During this visit Gerald collected many materials for his famous books Expugnatio Hibernica (The Conquest of Ireland) and Topographica Hibernica (The Topography of Ireland). These texts, written from the point of view of the conquering army, helped to construct the view of the native Gaelic people as wild and barbaric and in need of ‘civilisation’.

Anngreth’s uncle, Robert FitzStephen, was granted lands in Cork after its capture in 1177. Robert in turn granted land to his nephew, Philip de Barri, who journeyed to Cork in 1183 to view his new lands. He established his manorial seat at Carrigtohill near Cork and his family owned Fota Island and property in Carrigtohill until 1975 … a mere 790 years!

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