(Mac) Carbery, (O) Carbery - The principal sept of O Cairbre belong to Co. Westmeath where they were chiefs in the barony of Clonlonan. They remained there in a leading position up to the end of the seventeenth century. Hugh Carbery of Ballymore, Co. Westmeath, was outlawed for his activities on the side of James 11, in whose army another of the family was an officer. At that period, however, the name Carbery was much more numerous in Co. Waterford, it is probable that the people there so called were of different stock and in Irish they were Mac Cairbre not O Cairbre: the existence of the place Ballymac-arbry in co. Waterford corroborates this. In fact MacCarbery occurs more often in the earlier records thanCarbery, but such references relate to places so widely scattered as to be of little use as a guide to location. For example the four Masters mention. Inter alios, Dermot MacCarbry, an Ultonian harper in 1490: while Eneas MacCarbery of the Clogher diocese appears in Archbishop Swain's Register in 1427 both as Mac and O. In the next century the Fiants record many MacCarberys in Counties Monahan and Longford as well as in the parts of the country in which we would expect to find them. In the Faints the O'Carberys, much fewer in number, are all in the midland area around Co. Westmeath: but in 1659 some families were found in Co. Armagh. Finally it should be mentioned that a Norman family deriving its name from the place Carbery* appears in early records, e.g. as a tenant of the manor of Cloncurry, Co. Kildare, in 1304. At the present time the name is a scattered one, but it is safe to say that it is found most often in Dublin, North Leinster and South Ulster and seldom in Connacht. Taken from "The Murrumbidgee Carberry's" which was complied by Pat Carberry, June Clarke, Ann Quinlan and Marie Quinlan, published in 1988 after their Family Reunion at GUNDAGAI.