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O'Higgins - Ó hUigin - d'Eguino

Uí hUigin - Ó hUigin - O'Higgins - Higgins

History

Montiagh ~ An Móinteach

Montiagh is almost certainly an anglicisation of An Móinteach an Irish word which means “moorland, moor, reclaimed bogland”.

Located close to the O’Higgins seat at Dooghorne, records show that in 1593 a “Wille O’Higgin” was a kinsman and contemporary of Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn. Charles O’Higgins of Monteige married another local Gaelic noble’s daughter “Phinolope O’Hara” who was a daughter of The O’Hara of Leyney.

In 1650 these O’Higgins of Montiagh fought under Ulick Burke of Clanricarde against the Cromwellian army at the Battle of Meelick Island on the River Shannon. The Irish lost and retreated behind the walls of the City of Limerick where they were held under siege until October 1651. Upon surrender a “Dr. Higgins” of the Montiagh line was executed.

According to a list drawn up in 1660 after the Restoration in England, Gillacolum O'Higgin of "Montagh" had suffered "local transplantation" arising from his support for Clanricarde against Cromwell. Members of this line of the family remained in Limerick after the Siege while others joined the “Wild Geese” leaving Ireland for France. In 1723 a Confirmation of Arms was recorded at the Court of James III in Italy for “O’Higgin of Montoge”. It was recorded for a Dr. James Higgins in Spain, a scion of the O’Higgins of Montiagh then living then in Madrid.

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