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The Sir Hugh Lawless (de Laighleis) of Shanganaugh, Ireland

Updated January 3, 2006

About Our Family Research

My first book “ Lawless Family History - Ireland and Canada” 1994, was published in haste. Following heart surgery in August of 1991 I did not think I had much time left.

Fortunately I was given a few more years of extended life. Thus my second book “Lawless Family History - Global - IRL To AUS, CAN, & USA“ was not officially published but only printed by a local printer {10 copies only for immediate members of my family and some Canadian Libraries in June of 2002}. It was much more informative with numerous additional individuals and biographies in the U.S.A., IRELAND, CANADA and AUSTRALIA.

One reason I was able to elaborate on the U.S.A. Lawless/Lollis/Loyless families is because of research shared with me by DONNA LOYLESS HAYES and her son BASCOM BARRY HAYES of Austin, Texas.

We can not trust all sources. Even on the Canadian and USA censuses which show birth dates besides everyone's names that I have personally viewed I have noted that individual birth dates are not accurate and they can vary widely from one census to another.

The bottom line: We do the best we can with what we can find and hope for the best.


Please note that the first 10 generations are by no means accurate but only estimated from data found in history books. The second 10 generations are reasonably accurate as they are taken from an old hand written manuscript (descendant chart) located at the National Library of Ireland.


Ref: MS.811 (11) is a Manuscript Source for the History of Irish Civilization. I have a photo copy of the original manuscript. The ancestral chart has 10 generations of the LAWLESS sept from Richard Lawless and his wife Isabella Cottrell, born in the 1400s, to Sir Nicholas Lawless (1733-1799) and his wife, Margaret Browne (1748-1795). I have added some data to the original only after extensive research of Irish History as related to the LAWLESS sept.

Although it was both expensive to obtain from the National Library of Ireland and is difficult to read, it has been extremely valuable to me in my family tree research.

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