Any genealogy tends to become somewhat complex as facts and generations get added to larger and larger trees, as more information gets included with further research. So this next chart is to show in its simplest form how the Grant family has evolved from its early Norman roots, to where we are today.
It starts with Otho, who lived in Normandy prior to the conquest of England, and follows a well documented family to Miles, first Baron Iverk and one of the original Norman invaders of Ireland in 1169. He settled with land in Iverk in the south of Co Kilkenny.
We appear to follow the descent of the youngest son of the first Baron, one Sir William Grant the Elder. There were three main branches of the Grant family in Iverk, after the sale of the Barony by the fifth Baron in 1320. Their seats were at Corluddy, Polerone and Ballynabouly, all in the old Barony of Iverk. They held this land continuously until 1650, when they lost it in the Cromwellian confiscations. The Ballynabouly branch's Christian names are the ones that lived on in our branch of the family, therefore I assume that we are descended from this branch.
Records grow dim in the middle of the 14th century, and for about a hundred years we do not know the father to son relationships, but we do know that the family continued to live in their seats during this period. We pick up names again in 1536 in Ballynabouly. We can then follow the direct line from 1536, until Thomas lost the property in 1650 through confiscation. Our branch of the family received land in Connaught in lieu of their confiscated land, but they sold it straight away, and had no more claim for compensation after the restoration. They moved to Toem in Co Tipperary, where they are picked up in the Hearth Money rolls in 1665.
One generation later they moved to Moyaliff, Co Tipperary in the early part of the 18th century. We follow their descent there for about a hundred years, until they moved to Shinrone, Co Offaly in 1797. They were probably forced to move by a combination of the Whiteboy movement, which was very active in Tipperary at this time. Plus the lack of Protestant marriage partners. The Grants that stayed married Catholics and their children were Catholic under the rules of the Catholic church.
The first Grants appear in Shinrone in 1797. Some stayed in the area, but our branch was forced to move on because of the famine in the late 1840's. They moved to Kilconnel, Co Galway, where my great-great-grandfather Stephen was a gatekeeper on a Protestant estate. The Land League were very active, and it was probably this that forced his sons to move away around 1870. Some went to Dublin, some further afield to England, Australia or America.
My great-grandfather Thomas joined the Dublin Metropolitan Police as a constable, and rose through the ranks to become a Superintendent. His son Charles, my grandfather, became a civil servant in Dublin, but following Irish independence in 1922, decided that his future was brighter and safer in the newly partitioned Protestant North. So he then moved to Belfast. My parents lived in Northern Ireland,and are now both dead, and my brother, sister and myself have moved to England.
The main groups of Grants who have descended from the Barons of Iverk, and still live in Ireland today, are around Waterford, and in the Shinrone area. There is one family still in Moyaliffe.
The Grants in Donegal are not Grants, but "Granny"s whoo for some reason changed there surname over the period 1850 to 1900
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