(Received December 4, 2015)
The Relationship between the O'Hara and Cuffe Families
The dates for the 1st and 2nd Barons Tyrawley seem
to be correct. It's the
relationship between the families that is confusing.
I accept now that their is little real
evidence for any relationship between the two families. The first
creations of the Barons Tyrawley 1 & 2 were O Hara's which
include Charles O Hara. This became extinct on the death of the second
O'Hara Tyrawley. The next creation in 1797 was that of a new line in
Sir James Cuffe Minister for War and Barrack master for Ireland. This
title again became extinct in 1821.
Now for the confusion. In Gibraltar's
Kings Chapel in the ceiling areas are the shields and coats of arms of
all the Governors. and their names. It shows the Coat of Arms of the
O'Hara's but with the name of Sir James Cuffe Baron Tyrawley of
Ballinrobe. The added confusion is that Sir James Cuffe had an
illegitimate child but not a lot is known of him. He also had 4 other
children legitimately, But they did not it seems inherit the title
possibly because of the Union with Great Britain 1800 when the UK flag
the Jack also changed. One record I have browsed states that Tyrawley
had an affair in Lisbon and had an illegitimate child, was this an O
Hara Child she being the wife of an O Hara? and this child inherited
the title but only till 1821?
Incidentally the Cuffe coat of arms is
entirely different and versions of it appear for the Barons, Viscounts
and Earls of Desart as well as Wheeler-Cuffe. But nothing like the O
So you can see the confusion. Anyway I
learned a lot about the O Hara's and the Yorktown surrender was
fascinating as I am keen on that period and the American Rebellion
against the legitimate Crown. (That's an Englishman speaking for you).
That's where I think the connections
need to be proved.
attached Cuffe coat of arms was granted 1544 by King Henry VIII via
Thomas Cromwell. The Cuffes had major estates in Ireland and were Irish
peers. The last Earl was voted by all sides in the Irish conflicts
1920's to be acceptable as the new Presidents of an Irish Dominion
which Michael Collins, John Redmond and Lloyd George accepted but
Éamon de Valera did not! The IRA burnt his house down in
1922 despite the Earl
being favourable to Irish home rule.