Donal MacCarthy Reagh

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Donal MacCarthy Reagh (Irish: Domhnall Mac Carthaigh Riabhach) (1450/1460–1531) was the 9th Prince of Carbery from 1505 to his death in 1531.[1] He belonged to the MacCarthy Reagh dynasty,[2] and was the son of Finghin MacCarthy Reagh, 8th Prince of Carbery, and Lady Catherine FitzGerald, daughter Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond.

In some sources and pedigrees he is known as Donal (Donnell) MacFineere MacCarthy Reagh, although it is not known if this refers to his father or to some other aspect of his upbringing.

Life

Donal's troops, commanded by his son Cormac na Haoine, assisted his kinsman Cormac Laidir Oge MacCarthy, Lord of Muskerry in the Battle of Mourne Abbey in 1521 against James FitzGerald, 10th Earl of Desmond. The MacCarthys were victorious.

He was also an enlightened patron of the arts and letters, like his father.

Marriages and issue

Donal first married Lady Ellen MacCarthy Muskerry, daughter of Cormac Laidir MacCarthy, 4th Lord of Muscry, and they had issue two sons and one daughter:

  1. Dermod, slain by Walter FitzGerald, son of the Earl of Kildare
  2. Donal, who died without issue
  3. Ellen, married Teige Mor O'Driscoll

He married secondly Lady Eleanor FitzGerald, daughter of Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare, and they had issue four sons and three daughters:

  1. Cormac na Haoine MacCarthy Reagh, 10th Prince of Carbery
  2. Finghin, married Lady Catherine MacCarthy Mor, daughter of Donal an Drumin MacCarthy Mor, King of Desmond, but they left no issue
  3. Donogh MacCarthy Reagh, 11th Prince of Carbery, father of Florence MacCarthy and Dermot Maol MacCarthy
  4. Owen MacCarthy Reagh, 12th Prince of Carbery
  1. Catherine, married Teige MacCarthy, 6th Lord of Muscry
  2. Shely, married Dermod, The O'Sullivan Beare
  3. Ellinor, married Connor-Fin O'Meagher

Notes

  1. ^ Famille MacCarthy Reagh
  2. ^ Irish Pedigrees: MacCarthy Reagh, Prince of Carbery (#119)

References

  • MacCarthy, Samuel Trant, The MacCarthys of Munster. 1922.
  • O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees. Dublin: James Duffy and Co. 5th edition, 1892.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Finghin MacCarthy Reagh
Prince of Carbery
1505–1531
Succeeded by
Cormac na Haoine
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