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O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino

Uí hUigin - Ó hUigin - O'Higgins - Higgins

History

Cromwellian Settlement and Loss of Lands

In Sligo, the O’Higgins held ancestral lands at Dooghorne, Monteige, and Ballynary and in Westmeath they had lands at Kilbeg. Under the Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland (1654) resident Catholic landowners such as the O’Higgins came within the category of ‘transplanter’ which meant that they had their holdings confiscated and were often transplanted from one parish to another in order to make room for those who had been transplanted from across the river Shannon into Connacht. The result of this was that by the time the Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland had finished most of the prominent Gaelic families including the O’Higgins had disappeared from their ancestral lands in Sligo and Westmeath.

The branch of the family who were Lords of Kilbeg in Westmeath lost their lands under Cromwell. In 1638 John O'Higgins of Kilbeg recorded his father's death in the Funeral Entries of the Ulster King of Arms in Dublin. His father Tadhg O'Higgins of Kilbeg, had been married to a daughter of The O’Brennan and died at Kilbeg in 1633 and was buried in the Parish Church of Ardnorroghire. After the restoration of King Charles II of England (1660) other lands in Galway and Roscommon were granted in 1677 to the O'Higgins of Kilbeg at Carropaden, Beagh and Keelogue in consideration of those that they had previously lost in Westmeath under Cromwell.

After the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 the O'Higgins lost their lands again as a result of their support for James II of England against William of Orange.

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