This page will link to our branch of the Blake Family Tree. If you find any
errors, or have some additional information, please contact me so it can
be corrected and updated.
- Our Family Tree
- 21 generations of The Blake Family.
Starting circa 1277.
- An extract from James Hardiman's
"History of Galway" contains the following:
"This family is of British extraction,
and, though the name seems derived from the Saxon, Blac,
a colour; yet, Debrett, in his Baronetage, says, "they
are traditionally descended from Ap-lake, one of the
knights of King Arthur's round table," and adds, "that
in the reign of Henry II, one of this family accompanied
Strongbow,and after many exploits built himself a
castle, at Menlo, near Galway." Richard Caddell surnamed
Blake,(from whom, according to Lynch's MS. the Blakes of
Galway are descended,) was sheriff of Connaught,
Vicecomes Conacioe, 32 and 33 Edw. I, he was also
sheriff in 1306. and in 7 Edw. Il. the king's writ
issued, for arrearages of his account. The arms of this
family were first borne by him and descended to his
posterity. The family of Ardfry, descended from Sir
Richard Blake, who was speaker or chairman, of the
assembly of the confederate catholics of Ireland, at
Kilkenny, in 1647, was raised to the dignity of the
peerage, in the year 1800, in the person of Joseph Henry
Blake, Esq. who was then created Lord Baron of
Wallscourt, in the kingdom of Ireland. This widely
extended name is, at present, divided into the opulent
and respectable families, of Ardfry, Ballyglunin,
Belmont, Castlegrove, Corbally, Forbough, Frenchfort,
Hollypark, Killeencastle, Mace, Menlo, Merlinpark,
Moorfield, Orancastle, Rahara or
Annbally, Renville, (formerly of Lehinch, in Mayo,)
Tully, Waterdale and Windfield, in the County of Galway;
and Ballinafad, Brookhill, Garracloone, Milltown and
Towerhill, in the County of Mayo."
Arms. Argent, a fret, gules. Crest. A cat passant,
gardant, proper, Motto. Virtus sola Nobilitat.
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genealogy records in the world - a great place to do
some research if you are interested in genealogy.