The Gosnells of West Cork

The following was Chief Justice of Munster:

1633 Henry Gosnold modern Gosnell Chief Justice Munster Taking lease of slate house in Bishop’s Court of St. Finbarr’s Cathedral Richard Caulfield’s transcriptions of Chapter.  Caulfield’s mother Gosnell from Schull “””Henry Gosnold”” on

Henry Gosnold, or Gosnell (c.1560 – c.1655) was an English-born lawyer who spent most of his very long life in Ireland . He sat in the Irish House of Commons and held office as Chief Justice of Munster and Deputy Admiralty judge. He is now mainly remembered for his friendship with Francis Bacon. He was also famous in his own lifetime for his wit: a few of his jokes still survive. Early career Francis Bacon aged 18, around the time his friendship with Gosnold began. He was the son of John Gosnold, a member of the well-known Gosnold family of Otley, Suffolk and his wife Katherine Kinellmarsh; the explorer Bartholomew Gosnold was his cousin. The family name is also spelt Gosnell or Gosnard.

It is likely that he was parachuted in by the English Colonisers.

In contrast the Gosnell appearing in the marriage licence bonds from 1745 was mostly to reasonably prosperous West Cork Church of Ireland families.  Largely Catholic records only commencr to about 1810 but looking   at DNA evidence there was a significant amount of intermarriage.

Will records commence 1718.

The Gosnells do not appear on the list in Bennetts History of Bandon  of those who came to Bandon post 1590 from the West Country of England

Wills, p.1-2  6-12, deaths p.23-28, p. 41-42

Marriages, p.3-6, 11, p.27-28, 34

Catholic Gosnell Marriages, p.14-20

Emigration to Rochester, New York, p.13-14

Gosnell Apothecaries, p. 29-31, 46-47

Census, p. 42-45

Gosnell, RIC, p. 46-50

Deeds, p.50-59