Clans and Families of Ireland: The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families

Clans and Families of Ireland: The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families


By (author) John Grenham, Foreword by Donal Begley


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  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Format: Hardback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 272mm x 20mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0785831363
  • ISBN 13: 9780785831365
  • Sales rank: 932,102

Product description

"Clans and Families of Ireland" provides a fascinating account of the origins of the Irish people from prehistoric times down to the present, with particular emphasis on placenames and surnames. It tells of the effects of invasion, war, famine and emigration, and how these have influenced the makeup of Ireland and the Irish. Focusing on 200 of the commonest Irish names, it sheds light on their origins, highlights their geographical distribution and gives details of prominent family members.Illustrated with coats of arms and clan tartans as well as photographs of Ireland's landscapes, historic sites and artifacts, this book will be of particular interest to all who rejoice in an Irish name.

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Author information

John Grenham is the author of Tracing your Irish Ancestors (Gill & Macmillan, 3rd ed.2006), the standard guide for Irish genealogy, Clans and Families of Ireland (1995), and An Illustrated History of Ireland (1997), among other works. He has written the "Irish Roots" column in The Irish Times since February 2009, develops heritage databases, and runs the Irish Ancestors website in conjunction with The Irish Times.