Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Mary Bray and Biddy Bray [1795 - ], Ellen Bray [1797 - ], John Bray [1800 - ], Thurles, County Tipperary

 Mary and Biddy Bray were born and baptised  in Thurles, County Tipperary in 1795, twin daughters of Luke Bray and Anstice Cormack. Sponsors at their baptism were  Alice Bowe, Thomas Cormac and Biddy Cormac.[1]  Their sister Ellen Bray was born in 1797. Ellen’s sponsors at her baptism were John Bray and Bridget Gleeson.[2]  Their brother John was born in 1800. John’s sponsors were John and Bridget Cormac.[3]
Their parents died in 1801, Luke Bray in June. Anstice three months later in September. They are buried at Holy Cross Abbey.
Mary and Biddy would have been only six years old at the time. Their siblings Ellen and John  were even younger.
What became of them after they were orphaned?
A Mary Bray married John St. John in 1824 in the presence of John Bray and Mrs Bray. Could this be Mary, one of Luke Bray’s daughters??
An Ellen Bray married John Meghan in 1828. Was this Ellen, daughter of Luke Bray?


[1] Catholic Church Records. Thurles. Baptisms. 02489/04. P. 3. 1796. [www.nli.ie ]
[2] Catholic Church Records, Thurles. Baptism 26 December1797. Mf 02489/04. Page 10. [www.nli.ie]
[3] Catholic Church Records, Thurles. Mf. 02489/04. Baptism 2 September 1800. [www.nli.ie].

Mary Bray, Thurles, County Tipperary

 Mary Bray was the daughter of John Bray, of Thurles, County Tipperary, and his wife Mary Fogarty.
She married Denis O’Brien. They had two sons.

1. John Bray O’Brien [1805-1839]
John [Luke?], of Denis O'Brien and Mary Bray, Main Street, sponsors John Bray, Elizabeth Bray. [1]
John Bray O’Brien died by drowning in 1839.
Tipperary North Riding Summer Assizes 1839. Thurles 1st August: John Bray O'Brien J.P. of Turtulla drowned. With his two brothers and his cousin german, John Bray Esq., went boating on River Suir, very swollen after recent heavy rain, on Wednesday 31 July. At bridge of Cabra, the boat struck a concealed weir and capsized. The other three scrambled ashore but O'Brien was cast headlong into the water and drowned. He merited high esteems (sic) and affection. Considerate and indulgent as a landlord: friend and benefactor to all in neighbourhood: upright and impartial as a magistrate.

2. Francis Bray O’Brien [1806-1870]
Francis, son of Denis O'Brien and Mary Bray, sponsors Thomas Lanigan of Castle Fogarty and Margaret O'Brien wife of Ml. Ryan of Abington.[2]
Francis Bray O’Brien married his first cousin Frances Agnes Bray, known as Fanny, the daughter of Luke Bray and Ellen Ronan, in Thurles on the 24th of November 1840. They had six children.  Francis died in 1870. Fanny died in 1874.
O'Brien, Jan 12, at Ardfort House, Thurles, after a long and painful illness, Francis Agnes, relict of Francis Bray O'Brien, Esq., J.P. [3]
Both are buried in St. Mary's Graveyard, Thurles, along with other members of the Bray O'Brien family.

Denis O’Brien died on the 26th April 1812.  

His widow Mary Bray married again, to John Burke. They had three children. Mary Helena Burke [1813-1889] also found as Bourke, Emily Burke, and William Burke.
Mary Bray’s granddaughter Mary Helena Bourke married Charles Laurence Toole on the 8th of October 1839 in St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin. They had nine children. Their fourth son, Edmund Toole, born in 1848, was a recipient of the Victoria Cross in 1879, in recognition of his services at Ulundi, Zululand, South Africa.


[1] Catholic Church Registers, Thurles 02489/04 P. 6 1805 [www.nli.ie]
[2] Catholic Church Registers. Thurles 02489/04 P. 14. 1806 [www.nli.le]
[3] The Belfast Newsletter, Jan 16, 1874.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Edmond Bray, New Road, Thurles, County Tipperary

Edmond Bray was the son of John Bray [1755-1826] of Thurles, County Tipperary, and his wife Mary Fogarty [1756-1799].
He married Mary Purcell. They had one daughter, Mary Bray, born in 1809.
Mary, daughter of Edmond Bray and Mary Purcel, New Road, sponsors John Dwyer and Anne Fogarty.[1]
Anne Fogarty was probably a cousin of Edmond's. His mother was Mary Fogarty.


[1] Church Records, Thurles, Baptisms, 02489/05 P. 31 1809  [www.nli.ie]

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Robert Bray [abt 1759], Thurles, County Tipperary

Robert Bray was the son of Luke Bray of Galbertstown, County Tipperary  and his wife, Mary Phillips, daughter of Samuel Phillips of Foyle and Sarah Max of Gaile, County Tipperary.
His father, Luke Bray, died in 1774 when Robert and his siblings were still minors. Robert, his brothers John, Edmond, Luke, and Samuel, and his sisters, Eleanor and Mary, are mentioned in their father’s will. Robert received a bequest of £200.
James Max of Killough, County Tipperary, in his will, proved in 1775, lists the children of his cousin Mary Bray [nee Phillips].
To Mrs Mary Bray during viduity and no longer £20 yearly out of the Commons of Cashel, if interest continue so long also £0 immediately to buy mourning.
To John Bray, her eldest son, £50 at age 21. To Ellenor, Mary, Luke, and Robert Bray £10 each at such time as ex’rs think proper.
His brother Thomas Max, also of Killough, in his will dated 1777, also left Robert £20.
To cousin Mary Bray £50 and to her son John Bray £100 exclusive of devise mentioned. To Simon Bray and Edmond Bray, sons of said Mary Bray 10 guineas each at 21. To Luke Bray and Robert Bray, younger sons of Mary, £20 each, over and above legacies left them by my brother James Max, which sums I direct to be paid as apprentice fees with them, and to Ellinor Bray £20, and to Mary Bray, daughter of said Mary £30.

No further records for Robert Bray have been found.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Samuel Bray [abt 1763-] Thurles, County Tipperary.


Samuel Bray was the son of Luke Bray of Galberstown, Holy Cross, County Tipperary and his wife Mary Phillips. He was also the grandson of Samuel Phillips of Foyle and Sarah Max of Gaile, County Tipperary
His father, Luke Bray, died in 1774 when his children were still minors. Samuel, along with his brothers John, Edmond, Luke, and Robert, and his sisters, Eleanor and Mary, is mentioned in his father’s will. He received a bequest of £200.
James Max in his will proved in 1775 omits the name of Samuel when he is listing the children of his cousin Mary Bray [nee Phillips],
To Mrs Mary Bray during viduity and no longer £20 yearly out of the Commons of Cashel, if interest continue so long also £0 immediately to buy mourning.
To John Bray, her eldest son, £50 at age 21. To Ellenor, Mary, Luke, and Robert Bray £10 each at such time as ex’rs think proper.
Was this in error?
His brother Thomas Max in his will dated 1777 includes Samuel.
Mary Bray and her sons, John, Samuel, Edmund, Luke & Robert.
To cousin Mary Bray £50 and to her son John Bray £100 exclusive of devise mentioned. To Simon Bray and Edmond Bray, sons of said Mary Bray 10 guineas each at 21. To Luke Bray and Robert Bray, younger sons of Mary, £20 each, over and above legacies left them by my brother James Max, which sums I direct to be paid as apprentice fees with them, and to Ellinor Bray £20, and to Mary Bray, daughter of said Mary £30.
He then refers to Simon Bray. Is Simon in fact Samuel?
Samuel would still have been a child in 1777. There are no further records of his existence.  Is it possible he did not survive to adulthood?

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Frances Agnes Bray [1813-1874], Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary

 Frances Agnes Bray [Fanny] was the third daughter of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary and his wife Ellen Ronayne.
Frances, of Luke Bray, farmer, and Ellen Ronan, Ballycarrane, sponsors Maurice Ronan and Mrs. J. Bray.[1]

She married Francis Bray O’Brien [1806-1870]. Francis was the son of Denis O'Brien and Mary Bray and a cousin of Frances Agnes.[2]  They were married by His Grace the Most Reverend Dr. Slattery on the 24th of November 1840. A dispensation from a bishop was required on the grounds of two 2nd degrees of separation or consanguinity.  Francis’s mother was Mary Bray, a sister of Luke Bray who was Fanny’s father. Francis’s grandmother was another Mary Bray which accounted for the second 2nd degree of separation. William Joseph Burke and Anne Ronan were present at the marriage.
Maurice Ronayne of Knockaderry in County Waterford and Robert Lidwell of Templemore in the County of Tipperary were named in the marriage settlement.[3]

Francis and Fanny had six children:

1. Denis Bray O’Brien [1841-] of Ardfort House, Thurles, County Tipperary.
BIRTHS. At Thurles, Co. Tipperary, the lady of FRANCIS O'BRIEN, Esq, of a son and heir. [4]
2. Ellen [abt.1843-1899]. She is buried in St. Mary’s Graveyard, Thurles.
Ellen Mary O'Brien died at Thurles 30th Dec 1899 aged 56 years  
3. John Bray O’Brien [1844-] of Ardfort House, married Mary Desmond Power, eldest daughter of Richard Power Esq., of Ballydavid House, Thurles, County Tipperary in 1881.
4. Mary O’Brien [1846-]. Charles Tool and Mary Bray were witnesses at her baptism.
5. William Francis Bray O’Brien [abt 1849-1927], Ardfort House, Thurles, County Tipperary, married Kathleen Lloyd in London in 1881. They had one daughter Camilla O’Brien. William and Kathleen are buried in St. Mary’s Graveyard, Thurles.
William Bray O'Brien son of Francis Bray O'Brien who died at Ardfort 8th Dec 1927 aged 78   Also his wife Kathleen (nee Lloyd) of Lisheen Castle who died at Ardfort 22nd March 1953 aged 92 years
6. Francis James O’Brien [1853-] known as Frank.


In May 1855 the lands of Gortataggart, part of Gortnaclogh and houses and premises in the town of Thurles, the estate of Francis O'Brien, were advertised for sale.[5]

Francis Bray O’Brien died on the 1st of November 1870 aged 64.
Frances, or Fanny, died on the 12thof January 1874. 
O'Brien, Jan 12, at Ardfort House, Thurles, after a long and painful illness, Francis Agnes, relict of Francis Bray O'Brien, Esq., J.P.[6]
Both are buried in St. Mary's Graveyard, Thurles. Francis Bray O'Brien died at Thurles 1st Nov 1870 aged 64 years   Fanny Bray O'Brien his wife died 12th Jan 1874  





































[1]  Catholic Church Register, Thurles, 02489/05. P. 71 1813 ? Dec [www.nli.ie].
[2]  Catholic Church Registers. Thurles 02489/04 P. 14. 1806 [www.nli.le]
[3]  Bray O’Brien Registry of Deeds 1840-23-224
[4]  The Freeman’s Journal 12th October 1841.
[5]  www.landedestates.ie
[6]  The Belfast Newsletter, Jan 16, 1874

Monday, 15 July 2019

James Bray [Abt. 1781-1825] of Thurles

 James Bray was the son of John Bray of Thurles, County Tipperary, and his wife Mary Fogarty.  He was named after his maternal grandfather James Fogarty.
He married Mary Kearney in 1810 in Thurles.
By Doctor Bray, James Bray of Thurles to Mary Kearney of Thurles, pres. John Bray his father and Mrs Kearney her mother. [1]

James Bray and his wife Mary Kearney were present at the marriage of Elizabeth Bray of Fethard to James Lalor of Mount Brilliant, Kilkenny, in 1812, in Thurles. Elizabeth Bray’s uncle The Reverend Thomas Bray conducted the ceremony and her sister Margaret was also present. Elizabeth's father James died in 1783. He had been a doctor in Falmouth. Her mother was Margaret Fullerton. Her sister Margaret never married and appears to have become a nun in the Presentation Convent, Cork. Her brother James [R.N.] died in 1813. Her other brother John Fullerton was in the East India Service. She and James Lalor had four children. Charles, Margaret and Joseph all died in infancy. Their surviving daughter Alicia Bray Lalor married O'Brien Mahony in Clonmel in 1861 and had one daughter Elizabeth Clara Mary. Elizabeth Lalor appears to have died in 1861.
The question is, why were James Bray and Mary Kearney of Thurles people of importance at the marriage? How might they have been related to Elizabeth Bray?

James Bray died in 1825 aged 44. He was buried in Holy Cross Abbey. There is an inscription on his gravestone:
Here lies the body of James Bray Esq., of the Town of Thurles who departed this life on the 1st day of March 1825 aged 44 years. In him the widow and the orphan lost a constant friend and true piety a perfect model. May he rest in Peace Amen.
Luke's second daughter Mary, niece of James, is also commemorated on the gravestone.
Also Mary second daughter of Luke and Niece of James Bray Esqr who died July 17th 1877 aged 62.[2]

Mary Kearney outlived James by 24 years. She never remarried and died in Dublin in 1849.
Died, Feb 5, at an advanced age at Middle Gardiner-street, Mary, relict of the late James Bray of Thurles, Esq.[3]
She is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.







[1] Catholic Church Registers Thurles 02489/05 1810 P. 153. www.nli.ie
[2]  www.findagrave.com
[3] Freeman's Journal, Wed Feb 7, 1849

Sunday, 30 June 2019

John Bray [1818-1872]


John Bray was born on the 7th of December 1818 the son of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary and Ellen Ronayne. He was a twin, his sister was christened Johanna. Their baptismal sponsors were Luke Bray, Mary Ann Lalor, James Bray and Mary Kearney

On the 7th inst .the lady of Luke Bray Esq. of Ballycurrane of twins a son and a daughter. About a year back this lady had the same good fortune.[1]

John Bray was involved, with three cousins, in the accident at Cabra Bridge on the River Suir which resulted in the drowning of John Bray O'Brien, J.P., of Turtulla, 31st of July 1839.

Tipperary North Riding Summer Assizes 1839. Thurles 1st August: John Bray O'Brien J.P. of Turtulla drowned. With his two brothers and his cousin german, John Bray Esq., went boating on River Suir, very swollen after recent heavy rain, on Wednesday 31 July. At bridge of Cabra, the boat struck a concealed weir and capsized. The other three scrambled ashore but O'Brien was cast headlong into the water and drowned. He merited high esteems (sic) and affection. Considerate and indulgent as a landlord: friend and benefactor to all in neighbourhood: upright and impartial as a magistrate.[2]

In 1860 John Bray was found to be of unsound mind.[3] He had been unwell for the previous 18 years – possibly since the year after the drowning at Cabra Bridge.
From 1860 he lived in residential care in Hartfield House, Dublin. He had a farm of 138 acres from which he derived an income. He was single.
John Bray died in 1872. His place of residence on the death certificate was given then as Westmoreland St., Dublin. Charles Toole had a seed merchants at 41 Westmoreland Street, Toole and Mackey, nursery and seedsman and florists.[4] He was married to John Bray’s first cousin Mary Bourke. This was later changed in the death record to Ballycurrane, Thurles. The informant was Denis Bray O'Brien, Ardfort House, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.


[1] Southern Register Thursday 17 Dec. 1818
[2] Tipperary Free Press, Saturday 3rd August 1839.
[3] The Evening Freeman, 12th June 1860.
[4] Pettigrew and Oulton's Dublin Directory 1842

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Ellen Mary Clare Bray [1817-1900]


Ellen Mary Clare Bray was born about 1817, the daughter of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary and Ellen Ronayne of County Waterford. She never married.
She died in 1900 aged 84, and is buried at Holy Cross Abbey with her parents and sisters.

Bray, Ellen, 31 August. Probate of the will of Ellen Bray late of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, spinster, 11 August 1900 granted at Dublin to John B. O'Brien gentleman. Effects £5,707.4.2d. [520][1]

John Bray O’Brien of Ardfort House, Thurles, was her nephew, son of her sister Frances who had married Francis Bray O’Brien. He was married to Mary Desmond Power.


[1]  www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie

Monday, 3 June 2019

Catherine Johanna Bray [1815-1902]


Catherine Johanna Bray was born in 1815, the daughter of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary and Ellen Ronayne of Ballindad, County Waterford.
Cat Johanna, of Luke Bray, gent, and Ellen Ronan, Ballycarrane, sponsor Mary Ronan.[1]

Catherine Bray sponsored her nephew Daniel Jennings, son of her sister Johanna, at his baptism in Tuam Cathedral on 27th May 1853.[2]
She was also a witness at the marriage of her cousin Ann Ronayne to Walter George Mansfield in 1853 in the Catholic Cathedral, Waterford.[3] After the death of Walter Mansfield in 1873, Ann married again, to Thomas Paul Sherlock, in Dublin, in 1874.

In 1877 Catherine was a beneficiary of her sister Mary’s will.
Ellen and Catherine Bray, the two remaining sisters after Mary’s death, are mentioned in both the newspapers and in Directories.
Concert in Thurles... The Misses Bray.[4]
As they grew older they lived in the Main Street of Thurles and not at Ballycarrane.
Bray, Miss Catherine, Main St., Thurles. (Gentry and Clergy).[5]
Thurles Misses Bray farmers residents Main St. Thurles.[6]

Ellen died in 1900 aged 84. Catherine’s brother Luke died in 1855, and her brother John in 1872. Her married sister Frances died in 1874. Johanna, married to Daniel Corley Jennings, was the only sibling still living.
Catherine does not appear in the 1901 Census. On October 22nd 1902 Catherine Bray died aged 87. She was buried with her parents and sisters at Holy Cross Abbey, Co. Tipperary. Her nephew, Daniel Jennings, whose baptism she had sponsored in Tuam in 1853, was to be the last member of the family buried in Holy Cross in 1915.
Catherine had been the last surviving unmarried sister. Henrietta E. Jennings, Catherine’s niece and daughter of the last married sister Johanna, noted in her Private Account Book in 1903 ‘Ballycurrane title deeds can't be found.’  
Ballycarrane House no longer exists.[7]


[1] Catholic Church Registers, Thurles, 02489/05 P. 86. 1815 [www.nli.ie]
[2] Baptisms Tuam Cathedral Register. NLI Pos 4222.
[3] Walter Mansfield and  Ann Ronayne Sps. Edward Mansfield and  Catherine Bray. 1853. Holy Trinity, Waterford Mf. HT02445/02. [www.nli.ie]
[4] Freeman's Journal, Jan 13, 1879.
[5] Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory 1881. Irish Origins.
[6] Bassett's Directory 1889
[7] www.buildingsofireland.ie

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Mary Bray [1815-1877]


Mary Bray, second daughter of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, County Tipperary and Ellen Ronayne of Ballindad, County Waterford was born in Thurles in 1815. 

In 1850 she was a sponsor at the baptism of her sister Johanna’s son Ignatius Loyola Ronayne Bray Jennings in Tuam Cathedral, County Galway.
August 25th 1850: Ignatius Loyola of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. Sponsors Charles Jennings and Mary Bray.[1]  

Mary died in 1877 aged 62. She was buried at Holy Cross Abbey, County Tipperary, with her parents and three sisters. Her name is recorded on the grave of her uncle James Bray who died in 1825 aged 44.
   Mary second daughter of Luke, niece of James, d. 1877 aged 62.[2]


[1]  Catholic Church Records [www.nli.ie]
[2] A picture of the gravestone can be seen on www.findagrave.com.

Anna Bray [abt 1812 – 1873]

Anna Bray was the eldest daughter of Luke Bray of Ballycarrane, Thurles, and Ellen Ronayne.
Anna was not listed in the surviving fragments of the 1821 census with the family in Ballycarrane, Thurles.  She is listed with her grandmother Ann (Anstace) Ronayne (nee Power) in Waterford.[1] Ann Ronayne was aged 60 and a widow in 1821. Anna Bray was then about ten years old.  Her grandfather William Ronayne had been dead since 1815.
Anna died unmarried in 1873. She is buried at Holy Cross, Co. Tipperary with her parents and three of her sisters.  
Luke d. 1837 aged 57.
Luke's widow Ellen Ronayne 1864 aged 76   
and their daughters Anna Bray d.1866, Mary Ann d. 1876, Ellen Mary Clare d. 1900 aged 84, Catherine 1902  aged 87




[1] 1821 Census extract City of Waterford, Parish of Trinity Within

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Luke Bray [abt 1730 – 1 April 1774]

The Brays were evicted from Clonmel by Cromwell, and lost everything. According to William P. Burke in his history of Clonmel  after the Restoration the Brays made a vain attempt to recover their property in Kilsheelan Street and elsewhere in the town. They subsequently obtained from Captain Mathew a farm at Galberstown, near Thurles.’[1]

Luke Bray, Galbertstown, Holy Cross,Co. Tipperary  was born about 1730. He married Mary Phillips, daughter of Samuel Phillips and Sarah Max, and niece of John Max of Killough, County Tipperary, in 1755, in the Diocese of Cashel and Emly[2].
Bray to Max. 28th Day of June 1755.
A Memorial of indented articles of agreement made and executed by and between Luke Bray of Galberstown in the County of Tipperary Gent of the one part  John Max of Killough in the said county gent of the second part and Mary Phillips niece to the said John Max spinster of the third part whereby the said  Luke Bray did agree to take to wife the said Mary Philips [sic] with all convenient speed and the said Luke Bray did covenant and agree with the said John Max and Mary Philips [sic] in consideration of ye said Marriage and  Marriage Portion to settle on the said Mary Philips [sic] by way of Joynture forty lds yearly during her natural life[3]

Three volumes of the Thurles parish registers of the Church of Ireland,  baptisms 1713-1877, marriages 1715-1845 & burials 1713-1877, were destroyed in the fire in the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1922, so it has not been possible to research records and connections between the Max, Phillips and Bray families. It is not clear if Samuel Phillips was already dead by the date of his daughter’s marriage to Luke Bray, or if he disinherited her because she married a Catholic. There is family lore to suggest that this may have happened. It is clear that her uncle John Max, brother of her mother Sarah Max, and two Max cousins, made certain that she was provided for her in their wills.
The will of John Max, states:
Whereas testator’s niece Mary Bray otherwise Phillips, and wife of Luke Bray, gent, hath a provision made for her life from the death of said Luke Bray, if she survive him to issue out of the lands of Galbertstown, which the said Luke Bray holds for the term of his own life and the life of the said James Max. £20 per annum to Mary Bray out of the lands of Doggstown and Farrenlyny if she remains a widow after the death of Luke Bray and James Max.[4]

Her cousin James Max, son of John Max, mentioned her in his will.
Date: January 11, 1775
Date proved July 31, 1775
Son of John and Joan Max
Married to: Unmarried
Sons or daughters: None
Brother: Thomas Max of Killough
Others: Catherine Mockler nee Meagher; Mary Cormick nee Meagher; Michael Sweny, son of Mary Cormick; Thomas Max of Clonmel; Sessily Meagher, Anne Ford, Catherine Cormick nee Bowe
Bequeathed to mother Judith Max £20, to sister Mary Max £600 payable on marriage with consent of brother Thomas and not otherwise. To Mrs Mary Bray during viduity and no longer £20 yearly out of the Commons of Cashel, if interest continue so long also £0 immediately to buy mourning.
To John Bray, her eldest son, £50 at age 21. To Ellenor, Mary, Luke, and Robert Bray £10 each at such time as ex’rs think proper.[5]

Her cousin Thomas Max also provided for her and her children.
Part of the Will of 1777. Will of Thos Max of Killough -made 14 Mar 1777. Codicil:
"…Edm Bray & his heirs, son of Mrs Mary Bray, to have profits of Carrow subject to £21p.a willed to Mrs Mary Bray, by my brother James Max. Sister, Mary Max, willed farms of Ballyhowlahan, Synone, Ballyclerahan, Ballyfowloo, Glenbane, house in Cork City & mortgages of £280 on lands of Nodstown from Simon Foulkes, when she reaches age 18 & if she has children, the 2nd son & his issue, to have Gaile; the 3rd son & his issue to have Dogstown & Farranlyn; 4th son & his issue to have Dogastown & Farranlyny, 4th son & his heirs to have Boyceland with remainder in case of default of issue to said sons to their right heirs…"[6]


Luke Bray and Mary Phillips had seven children.
John Bray [abt. 1755-1826] Luke died before his eldest son John reached his twenty first birthday.  John married Mary Fogarty, daughter of James Fogarty and Joanna Scully of Thurles.
Robert Bray [1759-]
Edmond Bray [1761-] married Mary Keating in 1781.
Samuel Bray [1763 -]
Luke Bray [1765-1801] married Anstice Cormack. They had four children. Both parents died very young and are buried at Holy Cross Abbey.
Eleanor Bray [1767-]
Mary Bray [1769 - ] married Simon Bourke.


Luke Bray, bequeathed his interest in Galbertstown Co Tipperary to his Executrix his wife Mary Phillips in trust for his eldest son John Bray - and to herself £40 p. a. - until her son (John) is 21 yrs of age - and thence to Samuel Edmond Luke and Robert, to each of whom he leaves £200. To his daughters, Eleanor and Mary Bray £300 each at 21 yrs age marrying with their mothers consent. Mary Bray, James Max, Thomas Max (both of Killough, G….) and Francis Lodge of Bakerstown Esq. Exers. Date 3 Mar 1772.
Codicil leaves his leasehold interest in and about Thurles, to his wife, etc and cows for her use and until John is of age and she acts as executrix whilst a widow only. Bonds and Securities Notes for £800. 3 Mar 1772.
Administration of goods etc granted to Most Revd Father William and so forth to Mary Bourke otherwise Bray (wife of Simon Bourke) natural and lawful daughter - one of next of kin and ….  And one of residuary legatees in said will first sworn previously. Mary Bray, James Max, Thomas Max and Francis Lodge Exers having departed without having taken out burden of Execution Dated 8 Feb 1803.

 Luke Bray died in Thurles on the 1st April 1774 aged 71 years.[7]  He was buried in Holy Cross Abbey. His wife Mary died in 1789. She had outlived him by 15 years.
Luke Bray, his youngest son, died 4 June 1801 aet. 34. He also was buried in Holy Cross Abbey.
Geraldine Carville wrote in her book The heritage of Holy Cross:
“The people of the district had buried their dead in the adjacent graveyard in the Abbey grounds. Dr. Wall objected to this, whereupon the people buried the dead inside the Abbey." Dr. Wall, Vice Provost of Trinity College, Dublin - purchased townlands - incl. Holy Cross and Grange, etc - originally leased by Frederick Hamilton of Londonderry to William Armstrong of Farneybridge - Hamilton owned these lands in 1743 - Armstrongs still held lands in 1830. Wall family lived in Holy Cross, in the now parochial house.[8]




Luke Bray's signature in 1768. [Private Collection].



[1] The History of Clonmel, by William P. Burke, 1907. p. 317. [archive.org]
[2] Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage License Bonds, 1623-1866. [NAI]
[3] Registry of Deeds 175 412 117654
[4] Will of John Max. gentleman, of Killough, Co.Tipperary Date: probably 1769
[5] Will of James Max, gentleman, Killough, Co.Tipperary
[6] Memorials of the Dead  http://clerihan.ie/history-of-clerihan/
[7] Belfast Newsletter 15-19 April 1774 p. 2.
[8]The heritage of Holy Cross, by Geraldine Carville, Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 1973.