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Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland
X. The Vikings and Normans


actually under Anglo-Norman control). In 1179, Fitz Adelm obtained a grant of a great portion of Connacht, although settlement there was not effected for some time. By marriage with the heiress of the de Lacys, Walter de Burgo, descendant of the Fitz Adelm, acquired the Earldom of Ulster, etc., and the Burkes became the greatest Anglo-Norman family in Ireland. On the murder in 1333 of William, the Brown Earl of Ulster, leaving only an infant daughter, the leading male representatives of the Burkes adopted the Brehon Law (the law of the Gad), which provided for a male succession. They divided the lordship of Connacht between them, and proclaimed themselves Irish chiefs under the style of MacWilliam Uachtar (the Upper MacWilliam) and MacWilliam lochtar (the Lower MacWilliam), the former holding Galway and the other County Mayo. They did so in full defiant view of a castle of English garrison, standing without the walls some distance back, while symbolically changing their English clothing for Gaelic garb. There were several branches of the family, and these adopted from their respective ancestors the patronymics of MacDavie (Mac Daibhidh), MacGibbon (Mac Giobuin), Jennings (Mac Sheoinin), MacRedmond (Mac Reamoinn) and MacPhilbin (Mac Philbin).

The MacDavies were settled in the north of County Galway along the Roscommon border. The MacGibbons were seated on the west side of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. The Burkes also possessed the Barony of Clanwilliam in County Limerick. There is a late medieval knight’s effigy of the Burkes at Glinsk in County Galway. Thoor Ballylee, the home of William Butler Yeats in the Kiltartan country of County Galway, was originally a Norman keep built there by the Burkes.

The Butlers (de Buitileir) descend from the Norman Theobald Fitzwalter, whom Henry II appointed to the post of Chief Butler of Ireland in the late twelfth century. Theobald was besides granted the baronies of Upper and Lower Ormond, and other lands in Kilkenny and Tipperary. In 1328 the then head of the family was created Earl of Ormond. Their chief seat was long at Kilkenny castle, from which they exercised great influence and power.

The Chisholms (Siosal), who came to form a clan in the Highland territory of Strathglass and Glen Affric in Inverness-shire, descend from the Saxon-Norman family of the name, settled in the border region of Roxburghshire and Berwickshire (this Lowland family is still extant). The Chisholms seem from their arms to have been closely related to the Swintons of that Ilk, a great Lowland family, the male-line representatives of the old Anglo-Saxon Beornician Royal House.

Robert Chisholm of that Ilk in Roxburgshire became Royal Constable of Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness in 1359, by succession from his maternal grandfather, Sir Robert Lauder of the Bass, the previous constable. He also inherited from Lauder lands near Elgin and Nairn, and he soon became Sheriff of Inverness and Justiciar of the North as well. His son, Alexander, acquired wide possessions in the north by virtue of his marriage to Margaret, daughter of


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