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MacDermot Roe (MacDiarmata Ruadh) is the name of a sept of the MacDermot Kings of Moylurg. Their ancestor, Dermot Dall mac Conor mac Cormac MacDermott, was blinded by Aedh mac Felim Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, in 1266. Dermot Dall's grandson, Dermot Ruadh, was reguarded as the founder of the sept as it is named after him. The Kings of Moylurg were a branch of the Sil Muiredaig, and a kindred family to the Ua Conchobair Kings of Connacht. ... Cormac MacDermot, King of Moylurg, reigned 1218-1244. ... Aedh mac Felim Ua Conchobair An immensely important King of Connacht, and rightly credited with turning the tide on Norman expansion into Connacht. ... Events February 26 - French defeat Germans and Sicilians at Battle of Benevento. ...

Within two hundred years of their birth as a distinct sept, the MacDermot Roe's had become Lords of Tir Tuathail in northeastern Co. Roscommon, apparently displacing the MacManus family. By the early 1600's their holdings had extended south to Ballinahow (Cavetown) and Ardcarn, and west to Tibohine.

Under the leadership of Connor MacDermot Roe, the family made an act of Surrender and Regrant to the English Crown in 1607 and thereby preserved their property in the wake of the Nine Year's War. The family seat was at Camagh, later called Ballyfarnan, now called Alderford. They seem to have prospered, as out of a total of forty-one MacDermots listed in a grant of 1617, nineteen were MacDermot Roe's. Events January 20 - Tidal wave swept along the Bristol Channel, killing 2000 people. ... Events Change of emperor of the Ottoman Empire from Ahmed I (1603-1617) to Mustafa I (1617-1623). ...

The senior line of the family became Protestant and identified themselves primerly with the British section of Irish society. The last fully accounted generation of this family ends in the late 1800's, though as three of the five brothers in the family emigrated to the USA, there may yet be descendants. However, the name MacDermot Roe is still found in small numbers in Connacht, and in countrys abroad under various variations.

Family Tree

Incomplete pending further research

 Dermot Dall mac Conor mac Cormac MacDermott, fl. 1266. | ? | Dermot Ruadh | | several generations | | Cathal MacDermot Roe | ? | ? | |______________________ | | | | Connor, fl.1607. Cormac | | | Henry (no issue) Cathal Dubh | | Henry Baccach MacDermot Roe (c.1645-1715) Mary FitzGerald, (c.1660-1739) | |____________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | | Henry John Bishop Thomas Dr.Matthew Charles, d.1752. Ann O'Donnell =Julia French =Ms. McDermot =Eleanor O'Conor | | | | a daughter | | | Thomas Dr. Charles of Jamaica | | _________________| | | | | ? | | | | Charles Henry Mary, alive 1830. _______________|__________________________ | | | | | | | | | | | | Patrick, fl.1850's. Thomas, French Fitzgerald William Edward | died 1913. d. 1917. (emigrated to USA) several generations d.s.p. two daughters | Kenneth MacDermotRoe of New York alive 1999. 


See also

Chiefs of the Name Kings of Moylurg An Irish Chief of the Name was a person recognised by the Chief Herald of Ireland as the most senior known male descendant of the last inaugurated or de facto chief of that name in power in Gaelic Ireland at or before the end of the sixteenth century, see Irish... The Kings of Moylurg were a branch of the Sil Muiredaig, and a kindred family to the Ua Conchobair Kings of Connacht. ...

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The MacDermots Roe decision to side with the English turned out to be a smart one (definately not very loyal or courage one) The rebellion was crushed on December 24, 1601 with the great defeat of the Irish and their Spanish allies on the Cork coast at the Battle of Kinsale.
Subsequent to the Irish defeat Conor MacDermot Roe (who it appears was not even recognised as a chief by the MacDermots Roe) submitted a petition to the new English King for a surrender and re-grant of the historic MacDermot Roe country.
The extent to which the MacDermots Roe of Alderford identified with the English is illustrated by Ffrench Fitzgerald's entry in Who Was Who.14 Ffrench describes himself as "Lord of MoylurgÂ… (and) head of the Protestant branch of the MacDermot sept".
The rise of the MacDermots Roe as the principal branch of the MacDermots was, not only, due to the prestige of its ancestor, Dermot Dall, but also, to the fact that the MacDermot Roe held the hereditary position of Biatach General for the Kingdom of Connaught.
The relative size and importance of the MacDermots Roe by the early 17th century is seen in the names of the lessors set forth in the 1617 Grant of Brian Og MacDermot.
The revival of the MacDermots Roe is complemented by the resurgence of interest in Celtic music in general and in the music of Turlough O'Carolan, in particular.
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