Of Ancient Times

Joyce Family Origins

Feb 25th, 2017 | By

Google the origin of the Joyce name and you will find the story of Thomas de Jorse who fled Wales in 1283 and landed with a fleet of ships in Galway where he married Honorah O’Brien a descendant of Brian Boru and founded the Joyce Tribe in Connemara. But what are the origins of the

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De Jorz Family References in the Fine Rolls of Henry III

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

The Following extracts are the Rolls of fines levied by King Henry III which were in return for favours granted to the people making the requests.   Full copies can be found at the Fine Rolls Project.    An explanation of what the Fine Rolls are follows below the references to the de Jorz family.

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Margaret of the Bridges

Aug 16th, 2014 | By

The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1 – November 1839 – May 1840 One of the most interesting portions of the volume is the description of the Joyce country,  The history of the Joyces has a good deal of romance about it. “They were a troop or band, that came from Wales or the west of England,

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The Joyces of Joyce Country

Apr 6th, 2014 | By

The following extracts are from “Irish pedigrees or, The origin and stem of the Irish nation.” Limited American ed. By John O’Hart. Published 1915 by P. Murphy & son in New York . Available here – https://openlibrary.org/books/OL6717201M/Irish_pedigrees JOYCE. (No. 1.) Of Joyces’ Country, County Galway. Arms : Ar. an eagle displ. gu. charged on the breast with a bar gemel erm. Crest: A

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Walter and Roland de Jorse Primates of Armagh

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

From From Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh by James Stuart 1819 Primate Taaf was succeeded by Walter de Jorse, (or Joyse,) who was consecrated archbishop by Nicholas cardinal of Ostium in 1306.  He is described by Antonius Sinensis, in his “Chronicle of the Dominicans,” as a man of exquisite learning and great gravity.

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Robert de Jort – Hoton Leceistershire

Mar 31st, 2014 | By

Hoton’s early history In continuing the search for the early history of the de Jort family I came upon this reference to Robert de Jort on the Wolds Historical Organisation website owning land in Hoton, Leceistershire. Hoton, meaning ‘settlement on a heel-shaped hill’, dates from Anglo-Saxon times. After the Conquest its 1300 acres were shared

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Le Sire de Jort also le Cil de jort connections to the de Courci Family

Mar 22nd, 2014 | By

Having had my DNA tested it’s been interesting to find that there are two names that appear 12 times in my matches at 25 markers.  Now this doesn’t mean we are closely related, in fact the estimate is that we shared an ancestor some time beyond 24 generations and the likelihood is that it is

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Castle Hen – From a Tour in Connaught 1839

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

From A Tour in Connaught , by C.O.  the author of Sketches in Ireland, Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, 9 Upper Sackville Street, 1839 Castle Hen, of which the above is a representation is generally supposed to have been one of the inland castles of Grana Uaile, or Grace O’Maley, in whose time the

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Castle Kirk – Castle of the Hen ( Caislean na Circe)

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

From A Tour in Connaught , by C.O.  the author of Sketches in Ireland, Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company, 9 Upper Sackville Street, 1839 The drive along the northern shore of Lough Corrib is really very fine – for looking across the water, studded as it is with many islands, you have before you

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The Norman Conquest

Nov 30th, 2013 | By

It is reasonably well documented that an early Joyce line to arrive in Western Ireland was started by Thomas De Jorse who was of Welsh Norman origin. I will come back to him in a later post but what I wanted to discuss here was whether or not the Joyce name is of Norman origin

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