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From the book "The Book of Ulster Surnames," by Robert Bell, 1988, pp. 116-7:&&&&&&LAFFERTY (also Laverty)&&&&&&Lafferty is an exclusively Ulster name and in 1900 was found only counties Donegal, Cerry and Tyrone. It stems mainly from O'Lafferty or O'Laverty, Gaelic O Laithbheartaigh. Both names derive from the Gaelic for "bright ruler" and are Ulster forms of the Connacht name O'Flaverty or O'Flaherty. (The "F" in Ulster was often aspirated or silent, thus O'Flynn becomes in Ulster O'Lynn.)&&&&&&The O'Laffertys were a Donegal sept, the chief of which was Lord of Aileach, famous for the great stone fortress, the Grianan of Aileach, at the head of Lough Swilly. The first to bear the surname was Murchadh Ua Flaithbheartaigh, also known as Murchadh Gluin Ilair, "of the eagle knee," King of Tyrone, died 972. One of the chiefs, Macraith O'Laverty, died in 1197, was described by the Four Masters as the "Tanist of Tyrone" a short time before the chieftancy of Tyrone passed to the O'Neills. The O'Laffertys were driven from Donegal in the thirteenth century and settled near Ardstraw in Co. Tyrone, their base perhaps marked by the townland of Lislafferty. Monsignor James O'Laverty, 1828-1906, a noted historian and author of the five-volume "Historical Account of the Diocese of Down and Connor," was of this sept. He was born at Carraban, Co. Down.&&&&&&[my comment: Ardstraw, County Tyrone is located just to the west of NewtownStewart. NewtownStewart is on the highway north of Omagh.]&&&&&&Laverty is also an exclusively Ulster name but is found mainly in Co. Antrim. Most of this name will be originally MacLavertys, a sept of Clan Donald, hereditary "speakers," or heralds, of the Lords of the Isles. The Clan Donald claim that the name was originally Fear Labhairt an Righ, "the king's speaker" but Black states that the name was actually MacFhlaithbheartaich and was thus etymologically similar to the Irish O'Flaverty or O'Lafferty. The MacLavertys claim to be originally a Kintyre branch of the MacDonalds. They were later based on Islay, at the court of the Lord of the Isles. The name became common too on Arran. In the mid-nineteenth century the Antrim Lavertys were found almost exclusively in the barony of Upper Dunluce. **** From the book "The Surnames of Scotland," by George F. Black, 1946, p. 535:&&&&&&MACLAVERTY, MACLAFFERTY, MACLARDIE, MACLARDY, MACLARY, MACLEVERTY, MACCHACHARTY (this last a Galwegian spelling). The authors of "The Clan Donald" tell us in grandiloquent language that "The progenitor of the family from whom they take their name was known as 'Fear Labhairt an Righ,' or the King's Speaker, who received this distinction from the circumstance of his being employed by the King of Isles as special ambassador to hostile tribes at feud with that potentate . . The office" they add, "appears to have become hereditary in the family" ("Clan Donald," III, p. 550). The proper Gaelic form of the name is, of course, MacFhlaithbheartaich" (with omission of "Fh" due to aspiration), 'son of the dominion bearing' or 'ruler.' The name is the same as the common Irish "Flaithbheartach," now Flaherty, a name which occurs frequently in the "Annual of the Four Masters" and elsewhere. As an adjective modern Irish "flaithbheartach" has the meaning of generous, hospitable ("Dinneen! "). Flaithbertach princeps (superior) Duinchaillden died in 872 (AU.), and Flaithbheartach ua Flaithbheartaigh was slain in 1133, a not uncommon ending for Gaels in the Middle Ages. The authors of "The Clan Donald" also state, without offering any proof of their assertion, that the Maclavertys "are descended from the Family of the Isles (i.e. the Macdonalds), and had their original habitat in Kintyre. They broke out early from the main stem, and claim descent from the founder of the Monastery of Saddell." The earliest of the name however in Scottish record is John M'Claffirdy, who filled the subordinate position of tenant under the Douglases in the lands of Mikilbrekauch in the barony of Buittle, 1376 (RHM., I, p. lx). John Macgillecrist Maklafferdich was one of those included in the remission granted Sir John Campbell of Cawdor and others in 1524 for the burning of the lands of Colonsay and the murder of Lachlan Maclean of Dowart in Edinburgh ("Cawdor," p. 147). Gilcrist Malaverty held the lands of Langulchulchoich in Bute, 1540 (RSS., II, 3704). Alexander McLartych of Gartcharran is recorded in 1609 ("Poltalloch Writs," p. 135), Archibald M'Clartie was one of M'Nachtane's soldiers shipped at Lochkerran in 1627 ("Archaeologia Scotica," III, p. 254), Dowgall McLairtie held a six-shilling land in Islay, 1686 ("Bk. Islay," p. 518), Donald Roy M'Clorty is in Lergihony, parish of Craignish, 1686 ("Argyll"), and Angus M'Clairtick of Garcharran, parish of Craignish, is in record, 1693 ("Argyll Inv."). Alexander M'Laertike is in record in Dunnamuke, 1672 (HP., II, p. 207), John M'Laertich was a merchant in Kilchoan, 1713; and Mrs. MacClarty has been immortalized in Mrs. Hamilton's "The Cottagers of Glenburnie," first published in 1808. The Maclartys gave name to Eilean Mhic Labhartaich or MacLarty's Island (opposite Gartcharran) and to Sgeir Dubh Mhic Labhartaich or MacLarty's Black Rock (MacDougall, "Craignish tales," p. 39). McClairty 1684, McLartie 1655.&&&&&& **** From the book "The Surnames of Ireland," by Edward MacLysaght, 1964, p. 190: (O) Laverty, Lafferty "O Laithbheartaigh." Though racially distinct, etymologically this is the same as O'Flaverty, the initial F in the case of the Ulster sept being aspirated. The Four Masters describe the chief as 'the Tanish of Tyrone'. IF MIF Map Donegal and Tyrone.&&&&&&From the book "Irish Names and Surnames," collected and edited with explanatory and historical notes, by Rev. Patrick Woulfe, published by Irish Gen. Foundation, Box 7575, Kansas City, MO 64116, USA. Page 580.&&&&&&[Note: I do not have the fonts for the Gaelic alphabet; hence, I will do the best that I can with the symbols.]&&&&&&O Laitbeartais - I - O Laffertie, O Laghertie, O Laherty. O'Lafferty, O'Laverty, Lafferty, Laverty, Laherty; 'des. Of Flaitbeartst'; a var, if O Flaitbeartaig, owing to the aspiration of the initial F; the name of a distinguished family of the Cinel Eoghain in Ulster, where it is still common, especially in Tyrone, Derry, Antrim and Donegal.&&&&&& **** From the book "The Surnames of Derry," by Brian Mitchell, 1992, p. 76:&&&&&&Lafferty (10) Irish. This County Donegal sept was also known by the name Laverty (See Laverty). Their chiefs were Lords of Aileach before they were driven from their homeland in the 13th centru and settled near Ardstraw in County Tyrone. p. 77 Laverty (5) Scots Gaelic. A sept of Clan Donald who were hereditary heralds to the Lords of the Isles. Originating in Kintyre they were ater based on Islay. Laverty can also be another form of Lafferty (See Lafferty). Lavery (6) Irish. This sept, who took their name from their 11th century chief, originated in Moira, County Down. The Laverys formed into three branches known by the titles White, Red and Strong. The name was also anglicised to Lowry (See Lowry). **** From the book "The Surnames of Ireland," by Edward MacLysaght, 1964, p. 190: (O) Laverty, Lafferty "O Laithbheartaigh." Though racially distinct, etymologically this is the same as O'Flaverty, the initial F in the case of the Ulster sept being aspirated. The Four Masters describe the chief as 'the Tanish of Tyrone'. IF MIF Map Donegal and Tyrone. **** From the book "Supplement to Irish Families," by Edward MacLysaght, 1964, p. 161: (o) LAVERTY (IF 146)&&&&&&Variants of Laverty are Lafferty and Laherty, the Irish form of which is O Laithbheartaigh (in modernized spelling O Laifeartaigh). Both O'Lafferty and O'Laherty occur in the Elizabethan Fiants relating to Co. Donegal.&&&&&& () () () () ()&&&&&&From: AKaKueker@aol.com To: LAFFERTY-L@rootsweb.com&&&&&&February 21, 1738/39 meant that Susanna would have been born on February 21, 1739 on the calendar as we know it today.&&&&&&Here is an explanation of the double dates in case anyone does not know about double dates:&&&&&&The practice of double dating resulted from the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar. The Julian Calendar declared March 25 as the first of the year, and a solar year to be 365 days and 6 hours long. In 1582, Pop Gergory XIII determined that the Julian Calendar was off by 11 minutes and 14 seconds. The new Gregorian Calendar resolved the discrepancy and declared January 1 as the first of the year. Not all countries accepted this calendar at the same time. In fact, England and the American colonies didn't accept it until 1752. Before that date, the government observed March 25 as the first of the year, but most of the year, but most of the population observed January 1 as the first of the year. So, many people included both years when writing dates falling between January 1 and March 25, as in the following examples.&&&&&&Julian or Old Style Gregorian or New Style Double Dates Dec. 25, 1718.........Dec. 25, 1718............Dec. 25, 1718 Jan. 01, 1718.........Jan. 01, 1719............Jan. 01, 1718/19 Feb. 02, 1718.........Feb. 02, 1719............Feb. 02, 1718/19&&&&&&-------------------------------------------------------------------------&&&End of LAFFERTY-D Digest V98 Issue #16 &&&***********************************************************************
Submitter: Dan Malone
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