West Cork History

Thomas W Clerke, Skibbereen, West Cork (1800-1885), Judge New York Supreme Court, Academic New York University Law School, founder Irish Emigrant Society.

Born in Skibbereen the family was well known in medical circles. Later relations were the Clerke sisters noted for astronomy. He attended with Dr. Sullivan’s school probably Bandon Grammar and Trinity College at age 17. He emigrated to the US and at the time there were a number of prominent lawyers Irish born in the city. Other siblings emigrated Alexander who was a businessman and landowner and MP to Australia. These included Robert Emmet’s brother and Robert Swanton, former United Irishman, from Ballydehob, and a Judge of the Marine Court of New York.

He remained active in the Law School until 1871.

Brother Alexander in Tasmania

http://eprints.utas.edu.au/19030/1/whole_BriscoeJeffreyRoy1996_thesis.pdf

http://books.google.ie/books?id=YlOUBad4ht8C&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63&dq=judge+thomas+w+clerke+new+york&source=bl&ots=GKkgGcShKN&sig=DWcykFAg5OXaPwyGNPiyOq6RjqQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=iftfU7ukC_DX7Aa3ooGgCA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=judge%20thomas%20w%20clerke%20new%20york&f=false

He had earlier been involved in the establishment of the Irish Emigrant Society.

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