Baron Longford Baron Annaly - Feudal Barons

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Baron of Moyashel - Part of the Longford Seignory


"Delvin, the chief town, is possessed by the lord of Delvin. His chief house is called Clonyn. Other towns are Drumcree, Taughmon and Ballinamorrill. A great Sept of the Nugents inhabits this barony.

Fore, the chief town is Fore. It is inhabited by the Nugents and the chief gentleman is the heir of Carlinstown. Cockaree, Multyfarnham, the chief town, is inhabited by the Nugents, of whom the best is Richard of Donore. Moyashel, possessed by the Nugents and Tuites, of whom the principal is Christopher Nugent, of Dardistown, and Edward Tuite, late slain in Connaught of Killenan.

Abbeylaragh or Granard, Co. Longford, was founded in 1214 by Richard Tuite, Baron Palatine of Moyashel. In 1315 Edward Bruce burned the town and despoiled the abbey. In this place a monastery had already been founded by St. Patrick.  Edward Aloysius Pace - 1922 - ‎ Read - ‎ More editions   REFERENCE

Risteárd de Tiúit (anglicised as Richard Tuite) (ob. 1210) was a member of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke's Irish invasion force, and Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. His part in the original invasion is acknowledged in The Song of Dermot and the Earl, which recorded his grant of land in the western part of Meath (present-day Westmeath and Longford) under the authority of Hugh de Lacy in Trim. [1]


The county of Meath was given by his Majesty to Sir Hugh de Lacie, to hold of the Crown by Knight's service, and Sir Gilbert de Nogent marrying his sister Rosa,obtained with her as a marriage portion, the Barony of Delvin, (except the village of Torrochelack, belonging to the Abbot of Foure,) which large tract of lands he distributed amongt his brothers and others. He died JnJ[202, without issue surviving, having had two sons, Adam and Hugh, who both deceased without issue, during the life time of their father.

Richard, the second brother, succeeded, whose only daughter and heir married Richard le Tuit, who became, jure uxoris, third Baron of Delvin. He was father to John le Tuit, fourth Baron of Delvin, whose son, Richard Fitzjohn le Tuit, fifth Baron, married Eglantina Dewswell, and was father of Thomas Fitzjohn, sixth Baron ; he dropped the name of le Tuit, and his son, Richard Fitzjohn, seventh Baron, was father of John Fitzjohn, eighth Baron Delvin, whose only daughter and heir, Catherine, married Sir William Nugent in 1407, (8th of Henry IV.,) descended from Sir Christopher, son of Sir Gilbert Nugent. He, jure uxoris, became ninth Baron Delvin. Thus the honors remained in the family of Tuit, or Tuite, for one hundred and twenty years. By his wife Catherine he had issue.

1552 Grant of AbbeyLara - The Cistercian Abbey in 1552 To Richard Nugent Baron Delvin. The AbbeyLara was probably founded in c.1210
It is traditionally told that Richard Nugent, better known as the Black Baron of Bobsgrove near Mountnugent, gave this monastery its final death stroke. And the following extract gives a colour of truth to this tradition : —
11 IV. and V. Year 1557 Philip and Mary. This monastery (Abbeylara),%20Longford.html situated in Le Annaly and the COUNTY LONGFORD. 9 lands of Tonaghmore, Raicola,* Cowldony, Clon- crawe,f Derraghe and BellamaneJ alias Bally- managhe in Le Annaly, with two cartrons of land in Lickebla, parcel of the possessions of the said monastery, were granted for ever in capite to Richard Nugent, royalties excepted." Year 1552?

Reference and Citation


  ^ La Chanson Dermot e le Conte: 'De huge de laci vus conterai, Cum il feffa ses baruns, Cheualers, serianz e garsunz. Chastelknoc tut premer donat, A huge tÅ·rel, kil tant amat; E chastel brec, solum lescrit, A barun willame le petit, Macherueran alter si, E la tere de rathkeuni; Le cantref pus de hadhnorkur, A meiler, qui ert de grant valur, Donad huge de laci, Al bon meiler le fiz herui; A gilbert de nangle en fin, Donat tut makerigalin; A iocelin donat le nouan, E la tere de ardbrechan: Li vn ert fiz, li alter pere, Solum le dit de la mere; A richard tuit ensement, Donad riche feffement'. This extract from Maurice Regan's La Chanson Dermot e le Conte or 'The Song of Diarmaid and the Earl', written circa 1225AD and the most famous literary introduction to the Norman invasion translates thus: 'Of Hugh de Lacy I shall tell you, How he enfeoffed his barons, Knights, sergeants and retainers Castleknock in the first place he gave To Hugh Tyrrell, whom he loved so much; And the Castle Brack, according to the writing, To baron William le Petit, Magheradernon likewise And the land of Rathkenny; The cantred of Ardnorcher then To Meiler, who was of great worth, Gave Hugh de Lacy- To the good Meiler Fitz Henry; To Gilbert de Nangle, moreover, He gave the whole of Morgallion; To jocelin he gave the Navan, And the land of Ardbraccan, (The one was son, the other father, according to the statement of the mother); To Richard Tuite likewise He gave a rich fief', The Song of Dermot and the Earl: An old French Poem about the coming of the Normans to Ireland (From the Carew Manuscript No 596 in the Archiepiscopal Library at Lambeth Palace), ed. & trans. Goddard Henry Orpen (Clarendon Press, 1892, reprinted 1994)]


When Meath, the mensal demesne of the Irish kings, was erected into a Palatinate, this Richard became a Palatine peer, by the style ofBaron of Moyashell,a title which he transmitted to his posterity. He was killed in 1211, by the fall of a tower in Athlone, and buried in the Abbey near Granard, which himself had previously founded, and where he had also raised a frontier castle. Richard, his son, thereupon inherited the manors of Kilalton, Demar, and Kilster, as did his brother Maurice the lands of Lochlock, Sonnagh, Imper, Jordanstown, &c. To this Richard the custody of the Castle of Clonmacnois was committed in 1224, and in 1232 he marched, under the command of William de Lacy, into Upper Breffny, against the O'Reillys, by whose sept the invaders were defeated with much loss, Richard de Tuyt, and Simon de Lacy, being amongst the wounded. In 1244, he had military summons to a royal expedition against the Scots. His issue male becameextinctin the second generation.

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The family of Nugent is descended from Nogent de Retrou, descended from the illustrious house of Bellesme, in Normandy, two brothers of which family, Gilbert and Hugh, accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy, and were with him at the battle of Hastings. In the reign of Henry II. (1172), Sir Gilbert de Nogent, with his brothers, Richard, Christopher, and John, came in the expedition to Ireland in company with Sir Hugh de Lacy. The county of Meath, which at the period comprised Westmeath, or the ancient kingdom of Meath, was given by his Majesty to De Lacy, to hold to the Crown by Knight's Service, and Sir Gilbert de Nugent, marrying his sister, Rosa, obtained with her as her marriage portion the barony of Delvin (except the village of Torrelack, belonging to the Abbot of Fore), which large tracts of lands he distributed among his brothers and others.


He died in 1202 without issue surviving, having had two sons, Adam and Hugh, who both deceased without issue during the lifetime of their father. Richard, the second brother, succeeded, whose only daughter and heir married, Richard le Tuit, and carried the barony of Delvin into the family of John or James (supposed to be Tuite), into which she married, and it so remained until brought back by inter-marriage of Sir. Wm. Nugent, of Balrath, descended from Christopher Nugent, third brother of Sir Gilbert, with Catherine, daughter and heiress of John Fitzjames, Baron of Delvin. This Sir William was elected 10th November, 1401, Sheriff of Meath, by the county, in which office he was confirmed by the King for one year, again during pleasure, by patent, 21st Nov., 1402. He was succeeded at his decease by his eldest son, Richard, second Baron of Devlin, who, in consequence of his experiences and services in the King's wars, to the impoverishment of his fortune, had an order dated at Trim, 20th February, 1428, to receive 20 marks out of the Exchequer. This Nicholas married Catherine, daughter of Thomas Drake, sister and heiress of Nicholas Drake, lord of Drakerath, in the county of Meath, and was succeeded by his eldest son, James, third baron of Delvin, who married Elizabeth, elder daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Hollywood of the barony of Delvin, and grand-daughter, maternally, of Christopher, third lord of Killeen, and was succeeded by his eldest son, fourth baron of Delvin, who married the daughter of Sir Robert Preston, of Gormanstown, and was succeeded by his son, Sir Richard Nugent, Knight, .fifth baron of Delvin, who married Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Kildare, and was svicceeded by his son, Christopher, sixth baron, who was father of Richard, seventh baron, who had summonses to Parliament 1486. 1490. and 1491, and who was constituted by the Lords Justices and Council, 1496, Commander and Leader-in-Chief of all the forces destined for the defence of the counties of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Louth, the strongholds of the English Pale. His lordship was subsequently summoned to Parliament in 1498, but failing to appear, he was fined 40s. for non-attendance.


In 1504, Lord Delvin, accompanied by the Earl of Kildare, went to the famous battle of Knocktough, in Connaught, and was the first to throw a spear into the ranks of the Irish, by which he chanced to kill one of the Burkes. The battle of Knocktough, or Knocktow, was fought on the 19th August, at a place called Cnock-Tuagh, which according to MacGeoghegan and others, signifies "the hill of the battle-axes," about seven or eight miles north-east of Galway. The circumstances attending the demolition of three castles belonging to Malachy O'Kelly, lord of Hy Maine, in Galway, is stated as the chief cause of this celebrated battle, but according to other accounts, various private quarrels and public jealousies between Gerald Fitzgerald, Earl of Kildare, then Lord Deputy of Ireland, and Ulrick MacWilliam Burke, lord of Clanricarde; in Galway.