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Dossier of the Grant of Feudal Seignory of Annaly and Longford :

The GRANT to George Mentz, Seigneur of Blondel of: All and Singular*/Each and Every of:  The Ancient Barony, Baron Palatine,  Honours, Lordship, Seignory, of the Administrative County Longford together with: (ALL Rights, Privileges, & Perquisites) are granted and conveyed to Dr/Jur. George Mentz, Seigneur of Fief Blondel in Aug 2018, transferred from the: Original sale of rights by The Earl of Westmeath William Anthony Nugent Feb. 7th, 1996.

 CONVEYANCE OF FEUDAL TITLE BARONY AND SEIGNORY

The Purchase of said rights to "County Longford's" Honours  Lordships, Seignorys,  Feudal Barony, Baron Palatine, and Perquisites in Fee Simple by George Mentz Esq. includes the right to the Seignory/Barony by any name it may be called or known. The Feudal Lordships & Seignory of Co. Longord may be one of the most interesting ancient principalities and baronies in Irish-Anglo-Norman History.

 History evidences that the Kingdom of Meath was given to Hugh de Lacy. His Barons were appointed throughout the old kingdom.  Baron Delvin or Gilbert de Nogent/Nugent was given the most western lands and was the only baron and lord in the Westmeath according to the Annals of Westmeath. 

De Nugent came to Ireland with de Lacy in 1171 and settled  land in Delvin.  De Nugent was granted the title Baron of Delvin within the Lordship of Meath, a title now held by the Earl of Westmeath. The original Westmeath contained Longord County and also people  of Delbna/Delvin.

In 1621, the Baron was made Earl of Westmeath.  In 1996, the Earl of Westmeath deeded in fee simple his rights to honors and seignory of Longford which is the ancient region corresponding to the Principality of Annaly or Annalie which was controlled by the Chiefs and Princes of O'Farrell. Longford village was the old fort of O'Farrell. The Nugent family and O'Farrells and many other clans have intermarried over the last 800 years.

The Seigneur of Blondel has acquired any and all Feudal Baronies and Lordships and Seignories of Annaly or Longford, titular rights, honors, barony, and perquisites of the region of the Adminstrative County of Longford from Lord Westmeath.

While Ireland is a Republic, the Nugents are also Irish and when Ireland separated from Britain in Jan. 1919, the Nugents became indiginous Irish  princes, chiefs and lords.  After the separation from Britain, the Nugents (Lords of Westmeath and Delvin), maintained their feudal rights to grants, hereditiments, perquisites, former rights,  and lands in County Longford, Ireland.  The Baron of Delvin and Lord Westmeath had received various grants and ownerships in Annaly, Longford, Granard, various Islands, various Castles, baronies, lordships and other heritible rights.  Just like any other indigenous holders of territory, the Nugents owned an untold number of claims in Annaly or Longford.  These rights were sold in 1996 and are now in the hands of the George Mentz, Seigneur of Fief Blondel.

  1. Baron Delvin was the baronial  grant to Gilbert DeNugent by Lord DeLacy in 1202.  The Lordship of Meath was an extensive seigniorial liberty in medieval Ireland that was awarded to Hugh de Lacy by King Henry II of England by the service of fifty knights and with almost royal authority. The Lordship or fiefdom was imbued with privileges enjoyed in no other Irish liberty, including the four royal pleas of arson, forestalling, rape, and treasure trove. According to The Song of Dermot and the Earl (a 12th-century Norman French poem) and other documents, the land was divided among several barons :   The Original Grant by Hugh de Lacy to Gilbert de Nugent included all of the lands of Delvin or Delbhna.  These Delvin tribes  and clans of  O'Fenolen or O'Finnallan existed in all of Westmeath and outside of Westmeath.   
  2. Historically, Edward VI made grants of Annalye or Annalie or "Longford-Westmeath" and the lands of the O'Ferrell and ancient Delvin tribes to Baron Delvin in fee simple around the year 1152 - and in other grants by King James    See: King James Grant of Annalie Lands and Inchmore Monestery  .   In this King James grant, the monestary  and the demesne of said lands in the Annalie were granted including Castle Richard and The castle bawne town and lands of Liserdawle with 8 Catrons of land.  
  3. Queen Mary and Philip made large grants to Baron Delvin of AbbeyLara Town and Hereditaments 1557 and Granard and and also most all of Columbkille and Northwest Annaly along with the Holy Island of Inchcleraun Grant in 1552 in the Lough Ree and The grant of Inchmore Island & Priory, Lough Gowna. Many of these grants were made event before Longford became a County separated from Westmeath.    
  4. King James I granted the ancient seat of the Annaly region and many other castles, manors, monateries, abbeys,  and feudal seats of power to Baron Delvin within the Annaly or "Longford Westmeath", or inside of the historical County Longford region.   Baron and Chief of the Castle "Lissardowlan as spelled today" History of the County Longford - Page 60 - Google Books Result-   
  5. Market, Courts Baron, and Fair Rights - The Longford market and fair with courts of Longford (the seat of Annaly) were granted to Baron Delvin in 1605 by King James.   
  6. Feudal Westmeath Nobility - "Westmeath hath many goodlie lakes and marshes of fresh water of great quantities, whereof the greatest part falleth into the Sheynon, above Athlone, and the rest into the Brosnagh, which also falleth into the Sheynon, near Mellick.   It hath no noblemen in it, but the baron of Delvin, -whose name is Nugent, and under the bishop of Meath as ordinarie hereof. Whereinto is lately united by Parliament, the little diocese of Clone, in O'Meaghlin's country." —(Ireland in 1598)  
  7. King Edward 1552 - The King also made substantial grants of land and hereditimants and lordships within the Annalye near Granard and Kiltomb to Baron Delvin in capite with knights fees. Edward VI - 1552 - Holy Island also known as: Inchcleraun Island or Quaker Island  in the Annalye to Baron Delvin. 
  8. King James 1620 - The Grant of Parish/Barony of Culumbkille of Longford 1620 - Grant "in Capite by Military Service.  All lands of Smere, Carnedronee, Rosduffe, Drumshanaly, Faghowry, Doonbeggan, Cheynrath, Birenagh, Crott, Aghagagh, Dromowry, Aghekine, Lisgarry, Agherclogh. James I was king of Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625. 

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Historically the Longford County Honours & Perquisites May Include a study of the Following:

  1. Seignory of the Kingdom of Teffia - TEABHTHA or Teamhfna – LATIN TEFFIA IS THE TERRITORY OF COUNTY LONGFORD - south Tethba—Tethbae Deiscirt— Centered around its Capital Ardagh.[2] It was divided into two distinct kingdoms, north Tethba, ruled by the Cenél Coirpri, and south Tethba, ruled by the Cenél Maini     
  2. Seignory of the    Principality de Anghaile OR Feudal Principality of Annaly - Princes of Anghaile , Annaly or Annalie or Chieftain and Princes of Annaly (http://www.from-ireland.net/history-longford-annaly-farrell  (also known as Conmaicne Maigh Rein) * The Last Princes Prince of Annaly is listed here: Citation    
  3. Baron Delvin of Longford or Baron of Longphort - Leinster PROVINCE (Baron of Longfoirt is a VIKING or Irish Spelling)  The Longford/Annalie Feudal Barony, Market and Fair were controlled by the Baron Delvin and Lords of Westmeah.     
  4. Seignory of the Western Kingdom of Meath - Longford was the Western portion of the Kingdom.     
  5. Feudal Baron of   Rathline & Cashell or Ratheline & Cashell .     
  6. Lord Baron of Lisnanagh Castle, Co. Longford (Capite forever). Baron Lissaghanedan/Manor Correboy in Longford Barony.  Near Longford Town and Edgeworthstown. In grants it is spelled: Lissenoannagh Those lands created the manor of Correboymore or Coreboy, with court leet and view of frank-pledge and court baron ; with power to appoint seneschals and other officers, with jurisdiction in all actions for covenant and tres- pass where the damages Lios na nUamhanach or Lisnanagh | Logainm.ie          See Map of Where Lisnanagh Is     
  7. Longford Barony Market and Fair - Grant from the King to Baron Delvin - Longford County. Licence to hold a Thursday market and a fair on the 1st of August, and two days at Longford, with the usual courts and fees     
  8. Seignory of Kingdom of Breifne - Longford a  province.     
  9. Seignory of and Lord Baron of Cairpre Gabra- Cairpre Gabra lay between the tuaths of Luigne-Gailenga to the east,and the Conmaicne Rein to the north-west. Centred near Granard, Cairpre Gabra lay along the northern border of the ancient Kingdom of Meath, and comprised the barony of Granard, and at part of the barony of Longford     
  10. Baron of Inchmore or Inishmor in the Annalie (Co Longford) Priory, Island in Lough Gowna – Grant forever.  Augustinian Priory called Inch Mór Monastery. Forever  in capite. Also, a Papal Grant of Inchmore to Baron Delvin of Longford-Westmeath/Nugents for as long as there is a schism in the church.     
  11. Seignory &  Feudal Baron of Upper Conmaicne (which is county Longford) Then the County Longford came to be known as Upper Conmaicne, to distinguish it from Muinntir-Eolais or South Leitrim     
  12. Feudal Lord Baron of    Brigh Leithe – Ancient Longford Name (        Bri Leith)A Fief or Seignory     
  13. Lord or Baron of AbbeyLara or “Abbey Larha” of Annaly & County Longford (To Nugents in Capite forever)     
  14. Lord or Prince of East Connaught Kingdom 1014     
  15. Baron of Westmeath of the Priory of Fore - 1541 - grant of the manors of Belgard and Fore, Co. Longford-Westmeath to Nugents.     
  16. Feudal Baron of Moyashell or MoyasHill Moyas-Hill  – Westmeath or barony of Moyashel or Magheradernon in Westmeath. The Tuite and Marward family rights may have been transferred over to Nugents throught marriage and lack of issue. 
  17.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyashel_and_Magheradernon          
  18. Chiefs and Barons of Liserdawle - Manors/Castles of   Liserdawle, Killenlassaragh, Moate, Grant of 1609 from King James I  - Lord Delvin owned essentially 1/2 of Longford County which was Later Surrendered for payments of 100 Pounds Sterling.  Lord Baron Lisserdowle ( Castle and Lands) Original Seat of the Princes and Cheifs of Annaly which is a Feudal 'Fons Honorum'  Titled Seat.     
  19. Baron of Skryne - Skrine Skreen Ancient    Skryne - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baron_Skryne  Skryine is a Feudal Barony inherited by Delvin Nugents by Marriage from to the last titular Baroness of the Marward Clan.     
  20. Feudal Lord of   Balrath  & Lord of Bracklyn or Brackloom     
  21. Priory and Manor of Foure or Fower . Jan. 2nd 1612 – in Capite for Knights Service.        Lord Baron of Belgarde & Foure & Kilthorne Manors.     
  22. Count Nugent - Lord of Killasona Longford Co - & Freiherr von Nugent  -      Graf Nugent of Longford County     
  23. Pope’s Grant of of Inchmore  1635
    Despite the twenty year grant the island obviously remained with the family for considerably longer. A further grant recorded in the Calendar of Papal Documents relates that in 1635 the Pope permitted the Earl of Westmeath to retain the property during the schism. The Papal grant was made on condition that if the schism should come to an end that the earl would restore the abbeys to whatever orders had previously held them. The Nugent estates were very considerable and quite apart from Inchmore they also held the lands of Fore which had a very large monastic site.     
  24. Lord Baron of Coolamber Castle -  Link       
  25. Feudal Lord or Feudal Count Palatine of Meath - The Longford-Westmeath area was a grant in 1171 by King Henry the Second of the entire Kingdom of Meath to DeLacy and his Barons. The Earl of Westmeath would have been the Feudal Count of Westmeath.     
  26. Princes of Fiacha -   Citation     The descendants of this    Fiacha,    are the ancient tribes of MacGeoghegans of Kinallach, and the O'Molloys of Fearcall." Fiacha and McGoeghegans were based near Mulligar    
  27. Lord Baron of Lisnanagh Castle, Co. Longford (Capite forever). Baron Lissaghanedan/Manor Correboy in Longford Barony.  Near Longford Town and Edgeworthstown. In grants it is spelled: Lissenoannagh Those lands created the manor of Correboymore, with court leet and view of frank-pledge and court baron ; with power to appoint seneschals and other officers, with jurisdiction in all actions for covenant and tres- pass where the damages Lios na nUamhanach or Lisnanagh | Logainm.ie         See Map of Where Lisnanagh Is   IX. 29.-—“ Grant under the commission for the plantation of Longford. to Thomas Nugent.—Longford County. The town and lands
    of Corroboymore, Correyboybegg, Aghenteskin, Carrickmacinleney, Fyermore, Aghencownalle, alias Aghenitanvally, Lissenuske, Killoge, Keallragh, Clennenegenny, Lenemore, and Corlukillog, 643a. pasture, and 46a. bog and wood, excepting thereout the lands of Ballenegoshenagh, 96a., and Ballygarnett, 296a. pasture, and 43a. bog and wood ; Cornemow, 50a. pasture, and 6a. bog and wood, barony of Longford; the castle and lands of Lissenoannagh, 113a. pasture, and 24a. bog and wood, barony of Granard ; Clonedarramner and Annaghguillen, 32a. pasture, and 298a. bog and wood; Clonfelym, Clonynbegg, Diryushy, and Derrycullin, 30a. pasture, and 137a. bog and wood, barony of Longford. To hold 1' n capite, by military service ; rent for the l,164a. pasture, £12 2s. 6d., Engl., and for the 554a. bog and wood, 11s. 6%d. Those lands created the manor of Correboymore, with court leet and view of frank-pledge and court baron; with power to appoint seneschals and other oflicers, with jurisdiction in all actions for covenant and trespass where the damages do owt exceed 40a., Ir.; with power to make tenures; to have free warren; to enjoy all escheats.
       
     
  28. Baron of Columbkile    
  29. Baron of Lerha  (AbbeyLara Precinct Grants)    
  30. Baron of Smere    
  31. Baron of Temple Michael    
  32. Baron Inchcleraun    
  33. Feudal Baron Killasonna    
  34. Baron Skryne    
  35. Baron of Granard including lordships of: Tonaghmore, Ryncole, Cowldony, Cloncrawe, Derraghe, and Ballymanna.

 

 *Mentz, Seigneur of Blondel,  is a descendant of the McConnell or Mac Domnaill, McMechan McMahon, and Fleming Clans, and this ancient land and central Irish region is part of his ancestry of which immigrated from Ireland to the USA. Mentz comes from a long line of Scots Irish who are decendants of the families of: Kerr, Douglas, Campbell, McConnell, Stewarts, Drummond, McMahon, McMechan, Kirkpatrick, Boyle, De Barry, Donnel Mac Fineere Mac Carthy-Reagh, Powers, Darcy D'Arcy. FitzGerald-Leixlip, MacDonnell, Fitzjohn Barry and many more.

* ALL AND SINGULAR Definition: A comprehensive; term often employed in conveyances, wills, and the like, which includes the aggregate or whole and also each of the separate items or components. McClaskoy v. Ilarr (C. C.) 54 Fed. 798.https://thelawdictionary.org/all-and-singular/  * All and singular is a legal phrase meaning "each and every". It is an antiquated term that was commonly used in making bequests under a will, and other contexts. All and Singular Law and Legal Definition | USLegal, Inc.
https://definitions.uslegal.com/a/all-and-singular/

 

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Delvin -Nugent - Early Grants in Longford from Queen Mary and King James    

With the government showing little inclination to reach a more permanent settlement with the O’Farrells, Delvin led a raid across Lough Ree shortly before Christmas 1548.21 Despite opposition from the nearby Dillons, it seems that Delvin succeeded in gaining a foothold in the southern reaches of the O’Farrell lordship. In 1552 the crown granted the dissolved monastery of Holy Island, Lough Ree, to the baron, together with associated lands and tithes.22 This was more than a mundane grant of ecclesiastical land in one’s county of residence, which many peers, gentry and officials received: it must be viewed in the context of mid-Tudor expansionism. The government was willing in 1553 to nominate a ‘captain and governor’ of the O’Farrell Boy branch, yet allowed Delvin to build up a landholding profile within the branch’s sphere of influence on the banks of Lough Ree. Lord Deputy Croft and his advisors described these lands as in ‘a waste, wylde Countrey amonge the yrishe where lytle obedyence doth contynue’, but Delvin had announced his intention to fortify his new territory.23

The baron was also granted the monastic site at Granard, in the northeast of the Annaly lordship; this also represented a projected expansion of English influence. Before the 15th century Granard Abbey had been an exclusively English foundation, but papal order forced it to admit Gaelic men. The house quickly lost its English identity, and fell completely under O’Farrell patronage.24 Thus Delvin’s acquisition of Granard represented an effort to reincorporate former English church lands into English society. Confirmation of the achievements of Baron Richard in enhancing the importance of his house came in 1553, when he joined O’Connor Roe in a devastating raid on the MacDermots of Moylurg, a lordship situated west of the Annaly and a considerable distance from Delvin territory.25

County Longford Monastery of Holy Island Lough Ree also Granted to Lord Delvin in 1552
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ANNALY, OR LONGFORD - Principality of Annaly
Anghaile or "Annaly," which was formed out of the ancient territory of Teffia (Latin), comprised the whole of the County Longford, and was the principality of O'Farrell. His chief residence was the town of "Longford," anciently called Longphort-Ui-Fhearghail or the Fortress of O'Farrell. This territory was divided into Upper and Lower Annaly: the former comprising that part of Longford south of Granard, and a part of the County Westmeath, was possessed by O'Farrell Buidhe (or O'Farrell the Yellow); the latter, or that portion north of Granard, was possessed by O'Farrell Ban (or O'Farrell the Fair). The O'Farrells were dispossessed of this territory by Hugh de Lacy in the twelfth century.

De LACY TO THEIR KNIGHTS.
This victory at Thurles gave new courage to the Irish, as it was the first pitched battle they had won against the invaders; and now, in this year 1174, "taking head from O'Brien's success, they sprang up on all sides, and the earl could not move from Waterford."* Even there he was not long safe, for the citizens, exasperated by the licentiousness of the soldiery developed during Raymond's command, rose in arms and killed 200 of the English garrison, and Strongbow was obliged to betake himself to an island near the town.f
Hugh De Lacy had been parcelling out his seigniory of Meath, including the country to the banks of the Liffey, among the knights and lords who accompanied him, and they had taken pains to consolidate their settlement by the importation of men and arms, and the erection of numerous castles. To his true friend Hugh Tyrrell, De Lacy had presented Castleknock; and to William Petit, Castlebrack; to Gilbert De Nangle and his son Jocelyn, a great tract of country; to Richard Tuite, " fair possessions;" to Richard De La Chappell, "much land;" to Adam De Feipo the domains of Skryne, Clontarf, and Santry; to Gilbert De Nugent, the territory of Delvin; to William De Misset and Hugh De Hose, or Hussey," large inheritances;" to Geoffrey De Constantine, lands in O'Ferral's country of Annaly; to Thomas Le Fleming, Ardee; to "the valiant Meyler Fitz-Henry," to Robert De Lacy, to AdamDullard, to " one Thomas," and to Richard Le Fleming, large tracts also.*

To learn more, read the    Baronage of Ireland  

The original Westmeath contained Longord County and also people  of Delbna/Delvin.

The Original Grant by Hugh de Lacy to Gilbert de Nugent included all of the lands of Delvin or Delbhna.  These Delvin tribes  and clans of  O'Fenolen or O'Finnallan existed in all of Westmeath and outside of Westmeath.

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Elizabeth R. 56. The Queen to the Lord Deputy and the Lord Chancellor.
“Right trustie and well beloved, we greet you well: we are pleased to grant to our right trustie and well beloved, the Baron of Delvin, his heirs and assigns, in fee-farm, our castles, manors, lands, tenements, tithes, and other hereditaments whatsoever, which shall be found by office (inquisition), or other sufficient matter of recorde, to have been the possessions and lands of such persons as have been slayne in actual rebellion against us, sithence the twentieth day of June, in the five-and-thirtieth year of our reign, or of such rebels as hereafter shall be attainted for like cause, and situate in the country of Breny, called the countie of Cavan, or in the countrie of the Anally, called the countie of Longforde, or in both, amounting to the cleare yearly value of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England, at the choice of the Baron, his heirs and assigns, if the same shall be by you thought meete to be passed from us, and not found fit to be reserved in our hands for the use of any garrison or fortification; according to such rents, compositions, and services, as the premises shall appear to have been heretofore helde of us, if any suche shall be founde upon the records of our Exchequer, or else upon reasonable survey to be taken for us, according to the course of our Exchequer in like cases; wherefore our will and pleasure is, and we do authorize and require you, when the Lord of Delvin, his heirs or assigns, or any for him or them, shall bringe unto you any note or notes of any such lands or hereditaments in the counties of Cavan and Longford, then ye shall give him, his heirs and assigns, means, from time to time, to have the just particulars thereof at the hands of our auditor there; and thereupon cause, by advice of our learned Council, one or more books of so much of the castles, manors, lands, tenements, tithes, and hereditaments, as shall amount to the value of £1oo, current money of England, in the counties of Cavan and Longford, to be granted from us, our heirs and successors, in fee-farm, to the said Lord of Delvin, his heirs and assigns for ever, by letters patent under our Great Seal of Ireland ; reserving to us, our heirs and successors, such rents, compositions, and services yearly, as shall be founde by office, survey, or recorde, to have been heretofore paid, or to be hereafter meete to be reserved for any of the said lands and hereditaments, proportionably to the quantity of the lands and hereditaments, unto us or our predecessors; To be holden of us, our heirs and successors, by knight's service, in capite ; with a provisoe to be inserted in such letters patent of the lands to be made to the Baron, that he shall not alienate them, or any part of them, to any of the meere Irishrie or others, who shall not be of English descent; and also we require you, our Council, the Barons of the Exchequer, and all other our officers, to whom it shall appertain, to further the Baron, his heirs and assigns, in the expedition of this our grant : further, for that we have been advertized by you of the chargeable and valorous service of the Baron, during the late rebellion, and of his sufficiencye therein to do us service, and as we understand from him, that for the prosecution of the rebells, which we intend, our forces must be used and employed in his country, we do, therefore, thiuk it fit, and so require you, that of our forces which shall be in our pay, some parte may be assigned to his charge and governmente, either of horse or foote, as you, with the advice of our Council, shall find to be answerable to his degree, ability, and good deserte.”—Palace of Westminster, May 7, 39°.
Memorandum of the Lord Baron of Delvin, having on the 1st of June, in the year aforesaid, come before the Master of the Rolls, and having prayed that the preceding letter should be enrolled, it was accordingly ordered by— A. Sentleger.
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Writs and Summons to from Barons from  Westmeath and Longford  to  Attend Parliament

  • 1371, John Fitz John (Baron of Delvin)  was summoned to Parliament by Writ, dated at Dublin, 13th February in that Year, as Baron of Delvin:
  • Later, Sir William Nugent was summoned to Parliament by Writ as Baron of Delvin, and is commonly called the First Baron of Delvin:
  • Christopher the 6th Baron of Delvin, who sat in the Parliament which was held at Trim in the Reign of Richard 3d:
  • Christopher was the Eighth Baron Delvin, sat in Parliament 20th Elizabeth, and died on the 17th August 1602.
  • Richard the Ninth Baron of Delvin sat in Parliament in 1613 and in 1615, and by Privy Seal, dated at Westminster, 22d November 1621, he was (144.) created created Earl ofWestmeath, to him and the Heirs Male of his Body.

 

 

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