Norragh (hereditary barony)

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The Barony of Norragh in County Kildare was an Irish feudal barony- the holder had the right to call himself Baron, but did not hold a peerage and had no right to sit in the Irish House of Lords.

It was granted by Richard fitz Gilbert de Clare, Lord of Leinster and Earl of Pembroke, also known as Strongbow, to Robert St. Michael before 1176. In 1220 Peter de Norrach, probably a descendant of St. Michael, was baron of Norragh. In 1241 Gilbert Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke granted Geoffrey son of Peter two-thirds of the barony of Norragh. An inquisition of 1313 states that the barony of Norragh was held from John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings by Wliilam de Norragh and his heirs (Hastings was Marshal's heir in the female line).[1] About 1320 Geoffrey de Norragh granted the manors of Norragh and Skethness (Skerries) to Sir Michael le Veele. Walter le Veele was Baron of Norragh in 1332 and he died in 1334. His son John Calf had seisin of these lands in 1344. He died in 1356 and his second son Robert had seisin in 1363. After 1363 the barony was held of the Earl of Kildare. Robert died in 1374 and his daughter Elizabeth married Sir John Staunton of Clane. Staunton was a tenant of 2/3 of Norragh and died c.1390. His widow Elizabeth Calf married Art MacMurrough-Kavanagh in 1390.

The lands were taken into the King's hands in 1391 and were granted to McMurrough in 1395.[2] In 1399 Norragh was forfeited by McMurrough and granted to Thomas Holland, 1st Duke of Surrey for life, but returned to him in 1400.[3] In 1402 the barony of Norragh was granted to the Gascon knight Sir Jenico D'Artois and the lands were granted in custody to Sir Edward fitz Eustace. By 1465 Norragh had come to the Wellesley family through marriage to the daughter of Elizabeth Calf. They held it until 1660 when it was encumbered and passed to the Keatings and was eventually purchased by Robert la Touche in 1813.

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  1. ^ Calendar of Ormond Deeds 1961, 170
  2. ^ Otway-Ruthven History of Medieval Ireland 1980, 330
  3. ^ Otway-Ruthven History of Medieval Ireland 1980, 338, 340