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O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino

Uí hUigin - Ó hUigin - O'Higgins - Higgins

History

Summerhill ~ Cnoc an Línsigh

About 1721 a branch of the Ballynary O’Higgins family migrated to Dangan (Summerhill) in Co. Meath. The family had lost possession of their lands in Ballynary in Sligo where they had become reduced in status to work as tenant farmers on the lands they had owned previously. A relation, Father Michael O’Higgins, was appointed as Parish Priest of the Roman Catholic Parish of Dangan (Summerhill) in Co. Meath which resulted in the family moving from Sligo and obtaining support in Meath.

Charles O’Higgins and his wife Margaret left their ancestral seat in Ballynary and took up residence on the lands at Clondoogan on the Langford estate at Sumerhill. Despite losing their lands, this branch of the family kept their heritage alive and continued to claim the family title of Ballynary. Within a decade the "Higgins" family were living on a number of townlands in Summerhill including Clonmahon, Moy and Agher.

In 1751 Ambrose, great grandson of Shean Duff O’Higgins of Ballynary, left for Cadiz in Spain. From there, he continued to South America in the service of the King of Spain. Ambrose went on to become Governor of Chile in 1788 and Viceroy of Peru in 1796. He was created Marquis de Osorno in 1792 by King Carlos IV of Spain. Ambrose’s son Bernardo became the first Head of State of Chile in 1818.

The last member of the family with name O’Higgins to live in Summerhill was Bridget O’Higgins who died in 1947 and was buried in Agher cemetery. Others descended in the female line continue to live in Summerhill today.

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