My Briscoe family originated from Crofton Hall in Cumberland County England and was granted land in King's County Ireland now Offaly County in the mid 1580's. The Scragh Castle was built by Briscoe after he married a Kearney in 1588 near Tullamore.The foundation of this castle still exists today though in bad repair.
I did get to see first hand the baptisimal entries in a ledger for my gggrandfather Nicholas Briscoe and Mary Byrne Briscoe family in St. Peters Church Rhode Parish. Nicholas Briscoe and family immigrated to the United States in 1849 settling in the Minooka, Illinois.
There is also another member of the Crofton Hall Briscoe's that settled in Kilkenny during this time as well in the southeast of Ireland.