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Lord Baron Rathcline and Cashell

Chiefs of Muinter Gilgain

Grant of Parishes of Rathline and Cashell to Baron Delvin

' VLV.—-27. Grant from the King to Mary, lady Delvin, widow .of lord Christopher, and her son sir Richard Nugent, baron of .Delvin - Westmeath or Longford, Co.    The site of the late monastery or Priory of Cannons of the Holy-Island, all the buildings and 2 q" of land within the said site thereof—Darrenye and Dirrenegellsgh, 2 q" each, containing 80‘ arable, 10‘ pasture, ,10‘ underwood, and 80‘ be -in Sruhir, 1 q' containmo 20‘ .arable, and 10‘ pasture—in C arue, l qr containing 80‘ arable and 10‘ wood and underwood—in Kerowbeg , 2 q"I containing 60‘ arable, and 80‘ bog and pasture—in Kerowmore, 1 q' containing 30‘ arable, and 15‘ underwood—in Cashell, 2 q" containing 60‘ arable, and 80‘ wood and pasture—in Kerovantie, 1 q‘ containing 80‘ arable and 10‘. wood and pasture—the rectories, 'vicarages, tithes and  hereditaments of Rathline and Cashell—the' vicarages and tithes of Sruhir, Killire, Killnomer, and Kilronen, and the tithes of the rectories—the tithes ofthe lands of Dirreine and Dirrenegealagh; parcel of the estate of the said prior ; demised in reversion to Christopher lord Delvin, 10 June 28‘h liz. for 80 years at 21l 9‘ 0d Ir.—WestmeathCo’. The town or hamlet of Hilton, with 2 messuages, 8 cottages, 240‘ arable, pasture, meadow, and beg; parcel of the estate of the late Friary of Fower; ,valued at 2‘ 13‘ 4‘ by the year.—Longford, Co’.

Citation - Calendar of Patent Rolls

Rathcline Castle, Lanesborough, Co. Longford

Rathcline Castle, Lanesborough, Co. Longford
A medieval tower house, enlarged in the early 17th century, now forms a vast ruin. Looks impressive but is only one wall thick.  © Copyright Kieran Campbell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Cashel Monastery

Augustinian Canons Regular ruins near parish church purportedly remains of a foundation dependent on Inchcleraun Island in County Longford which was granted to Baron Delvin


The O'Quinns, chiefs of Muinter Gilgain, and Lords of Rathcline, had the Barony of Rathcline, in Annaly, or Longford. Citation  This caput and lands were granted to Lord Delvin.







Rathcline - Library Ireland  
RATHCLINE, or RATHLINE, a parish, in the barony of RATHCLINE, county of LONGFORD, and province of LEINSTER; containing, with the greater portion of the ... 







Pg 57 History of Countyd Longford

Pat. 5. Page 104

Baron Delvin Surrendered several grants back to the Crown, but some were not surrendered such as Rathline and Casshell

  1. Surrender of Monilagan Castle
  2. Surrender of Newton Castle
  3. Surrender Cloning Island
  4. Surrender of Lisvenoa Castle
  5. Not Surrendered Grant of Rectories Vicarages of Rathline and Casshell, titles , spiritual and termporal.
  6. Not Surrendered Priorie of Channons of the Holy Island
  7. Not surrendered: Possessions of Holy Island including Dirreine and Dirrenegealagh in Lonford.
  8. Not surrendered, Lands in Abbey Lara

Pat. 12, XLI

From CHAT GPT - See Below

The Barons Delvin did receive grants of land and titles in Annaly (also known as County Longford) during the 16th century. The Delvins were an Anglo-Norman family who had settled in Ireland in the late 13th century, and they became prominent landowners in County Westmeath and other parts of the Midlands.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Delvins were granted various lands and titles in Annaly, including the barony of Rathcline, which was adjacent to the Sleight William district. In addition to the barony, the Delvins also held the titles of Baron Delvin and Viscount Westmeath. They were staunchly loyal to the English Crown and played important roles in the administration of the region, including serving as sheriffs and justices of the peace.

It is worth noting that the granting of land and titles to English landowners like the Delvins was part of a broader policy of "plantation" that aimed to establish English control over Ireland and displace the traditional Irish nobility. This policy led to significant tensions and conflicts between English settlers and the Irish population, particularly in areas like Annaly that had a long history of Gaelic rule.

Yes, Queen Elizabeth I did grant the Barony of Rathcline to the Delvin family in the late 16th century. The Delvins were loyal supporters of the English Crown and had served in various military and administrative roles, and as a reward for their service, they were granted extensive lands and titles in Ireland.

The Barony of Rathcline was located in County Longford (formerly known as Annaly), in the central part of Ireland. It was a large and valuable territory, consisting of several thousand acres of land, and was strategically located near the border between the English-controlled territories and the Gaelic Irish territories.

The Delvin family became prominent landowners and political figures in the region, and their influence extended beyond the boundaries of the Barony of Rathcline. They played an important role in the administration of the region and served in various official capacities, including as sheriffs, justices of the peace, and members of Parliament.

Queen Elizabeth I granted the Barony of Rathcline to the Delvin family in 1579. The grant was made to Sir Christopher Nugent, who was the 6th Baron Delvin and a loyal supporter of the English Crown. The Delvin family had served the English Crown for several generations, and their loyalty was rewarded with extensive lands and titles in Ireland, including the Barony of Rathcline of COunty Longford.

The Barony of Rathcline is a historical barony in County Longford, Ireland. The barony was created in 1583 and was granted to Sir Christopher Nugent, who was the 6th Baron Delvin. The Delvin family held the title of Baron of Rathcline for several generations until the late 17th century. After that, the title passed through several different families before eventually falling into disuse. Today, the barony is mostly a historical and geographical unit, and the title of Baron of Rathcline is not currently in use