Saturday 21 October 2017

Mahon family lineage clarified

Madam -- In reference to the obituary of Col Nicholas Hales Pakenham Mahon (Sunday Independent, May 13, 2012), I wish to impart clarification on the origin of the family.

The papers of the Earl of Ormonde record a Nicholas Mahone as being dispossessed in Co Waterford by the Puritan forces of the British Commonwealth about the year 1655. Family lore in the form of Olive Mahon in discussion with Jim Callery believed that the family came from Waterford. This suggests that rather than being a Cromwellian, Nicholas Mahone was actually a victim of that persecution.

He next surfaces in Dr W Petty's Down Survey owning lands in the townland of Cloonfad in the parish of Aughrim north east of Elphin. Prior to that, he is not recorded in the Strafford Survey of 1636 as recent research demonstrates.

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