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Justices of the Peace, Co. Cork

Rev. Paul Lymerick, 22nd October 1729.

Revised: Genealogy of Limrick family of Schull, West Cork from 1720 with their relations Benjamin Sullivan, (O’Sullivan Mór), Cork, Lawyers, East India Men, MPs

Paul Limrick, attorney, Cork, Pembroke St., 1840s was a younger brother of John Limrick Justice of the Peace of Union Hall and Schull (sons of Col. Wm. Somerville Limrick) and also brother of Dr William. Limrick of Union Hall. John Limrick JP, magistrate, crops up often in newspaper reports, esp. in relation to the great famine but also in his confrontation with O’Donovan Rossa in 1863 in Union Hall.

It is believed that the Limericks of Goleen were descendants of Robert Limrick – the son of Rev Paul Limrick of Schull – who married a Catholic and obviously forfeited any inheritance from the family (and was thus poor). The Limericks of Goleen and Schull have now disappeared from the Mizen peninsula – some went to South Wales while others emigrated to Boston in the United States.

With reference to Denny’s history and Col. William Somerville, it is interesting that Denny, a professed genealogist, chooses to ignore any illegitimate descendants, so provides comparatively little information about him other than “Col. … in the Hon. East India Co.’s Military Service, who bought a valuable estate at Union Hall, Co. Cork, and died there, unmarried, 14th August, 1831”

Denny was probably more interested in demonstrating his own family connections to the aristocracy such as the O’Sullivans.

Research by Brian Limrick shows that Colonel Limrick actually had 8 children all born in Cork after his return from India (now aged 50ish), including William, John and Paul plus another son, Thomas Hingston Limrick, and four daughters. Margaret English was mother to John (and was probably mother to all the others but no proof).

The Limrick surname is probably English from Gloucestershire where among others Thomas Limrick was MP for Gloucester in 1482. A close relative, William Lymryk of Brimpsfield in Glos. was yet another clergyman who was appointed a Canon at the Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr in Dublin at the end of the 15th C. At that time the post of canon was a post almost exclusively filled by Englishmen!



From an article by Rev. H L Denny, JCHAS, 1907.