Margaret Joyce – Margaret of the Bridges 1596

Jan 1st, 1596 | By | Category: Of Ancient Times

1596. Oliver Oge French, Mayor; and P. Oge French Fitz-Peter and William Lynch-Fitz-Peter,Bailiffs.

This mayor married Margaret Joyce, daughter of John Joyce, She had been formerly married toDomingo De Rona, a rich Spaniard, who had taken a liking to her on seeing her going to the water bare-legged to wash clothes. He died and left her very rich, and without issue. Margaret Joyce was known as Margaret na Frehide, Margaret of the Bridges, having built the greater part of the bridges of Connacht. Her second husband was the Mayor, Oliver Oge French. Hardiman relates that during the absence of her second husband at sea, during which time she built the bridges, she was sitting before the workmen, when an eagle, flying over her head, let fall into her bosom, a gold ring containing a brilliant stone, the nature of which was unknown to the lapidaries. It was preserved by her descendants, as a mark from Heaven in appreciation of her good works and charity.

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