The map above shows the location of over 400 of the most prominent historic clans and families in Ireland. And it includes whether they had an Irish, Scottish, Gallowglass, Norman, or Viking historical association.
The time period is roughly during the reign of King Henry VIII (1509-1547), prior to the complete English conquest of Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries.
At this time, the area under English authority was known as The Pale (area around Dublin) and is shown on the map as well. Interestingly, the term ‘beyond the pale’ (meaning outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour) may have its origins with Irish Pale.
Finally the map also shows the principle towns that existed in Ireland at the time.
If you’d like to buy a copy of the map you can do so here.
To learn more about Ireland’s clans and families have a look at the following books:
- Clans and Families of Ireland: The Heritage and Heraldry of Irish Clans and Families
- A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland, Second Edition
- Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: The Complete Guide. Fourth Edition
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Zoe Porphyrogenita says
“Norman” often means Breton. For example, Tobin is from St Albinus of Vannes, Bishop of Angers from 529 to 550.
Mic O¶”sAinT~Marshe°¶ says
Hey that is Interesting Thanks But did they still speak the BRETONÈ Language is recently re-doubled the Struggle to Keep the full Beauty of its Lexicon and Accent!!
Good Luck From An Mic&M. (Half Kiwi! &Celtic Man;)*
Principle towns? I don’t think so.
Archdeacon/MacOdo/Cody is missing. Should be near Kilkenny (Norman)
“Scottish”? Those “Scots” originally came from Ireland. The whole of Scottish Gaelic culture comes from Ireland.