HISTORY OF TIPPERARY CLAN O'NOLAN.
The PIERCE NOWLAND (NOLAND) (O’HEWELANE) (O’WOLOGHAN) line of O'NOLAN'S has long been assumed to have descended from Carlow Clan O'NOLAN. New DNA evidence and genealogical information is altering that assumption. The families of N-8 and N-13 may prove a descendancy from Co. Tipperary, Ireland and connect to the PIERCE NOWLAND (NOLAND) line that began traveling to the New World around the mid 17th century. This separate and distinct O’NOLAN clan from Co. Tipperary would have an ancient Osraighe (Ossory) connection to the ancestors of Offaly - Kilkenny Clan O’NOLAN, the Corca Laighde. Offaly - Kilkenny Clan resided in Shillelogher (Magh Roighne) Barony, and Tipperary Clan O'NOLAN would have lived in Magh Feimhin, as described below.
HISTORY SERIES #1: THE HISTORY OF OSRAIGHE: ROOTS OF COUNTY KILKENNY.
"In the fifth century the neighbouring tribe of the Deisi (from modern Co. Waterford/Tipperary), aided by the Corca Laighde (from modern Co. Cork), conquered south Ossory, and for over a century, the Corca Laighde chiefs ruled in place of the dispossessed Ossory chiefs." (17)
THE OSRAIGHE REGION.
"In ancient times the Kingdom of Ossory was divided under Brehon Laws into Magha, a term signifying "plains", of which seven are recorded in early documents, though not all of these are coterminous with the present county boundaries. The names of these, now doubtful of interpretation and no longer in popular usage, included Magh Airgead Rois, northwards from Kilkenny city; Magh Airbh, continuing further north-westwards to the Laois border; Magh Chearbaill, on a broad front from the Nore to the Barrow rivers, now comprising much of the barony of Gowran; Magh Ghabhar Laighean, northwards from the Johnswell Hills into modern Co. Laois (Leix); Magh Lacha (west of Kilkenny city to Callan?); Magh Feimhin, west of Callan to Slievenaman (in modern Co. Tipperary); and Magh Roighne, comprising most of Shillelogher Barony." (18)
The 1881 British Census records a PIERCE NOLAND born in the year 1825 in Co. Tipperary, Ireland living at 6 Cranford Row, Cranford Lane, Harlington, Middlesex, England with wife JULIA NOLAND and eight year old niece ALICE BRYAN. Genealogical researchers have a branch of this family living in Co. Mayo in the early seventeenth century, which suggests transplantation or dispossession from Co. Tipperary. Connaught or hell may have been the only choice for this family. The Maryland estate of PIERCE (NOWLAND) NOLAND, "Fethard," pronounced "Feddard," was most likely named after the ancient walled city of Co. Tipperary where this family or clan of O’NOLAN’S originated. Coincidentally, there is another Fethard by the Sea in Co. Wexford. The file Descendants of PIERCE NOWLAND (NOLAND) was saved from NOLAND'S of America by Sharon NOLAND. It is a very large 277 page document be patient when downloading.
8 August 2006.
“I personally suspect that PIERCE NOLAND was named after Pierce Roe Butler…” (19)
Nolan Clan Secretary.
CALENDAR OF ORMOND DEEDS, 1172-1350.
“Estreats of Co. Kilkenny, 19-20 Edward II (1325-6).
[The King is described only as Edward, but the dating of the feasts and years can only apply to the reign of Edward II.]
Estreats of county Kilkenny on Thursday next after the feast of St. Andrew in the 19th year of King Edward, Fulc de fraxineto being sheriff.”
“BENET O’NOLAN by pledge of Philip and Maurice Noungill xxd.”
CALENDAR OF ORMOND DEEDS, 1350-1413.
“Given at Carrykmcgryffyn on the 9th day of February in the 21st year of Richard II.
February 9, 1398.
(2) James, Earl of Ormond, appoints PHILIP O’HEWELAN and Philip Walsh his bailiffs for receiving full seisin in his name from John fitz Elys, son and heir of Geoffrey McElyot, in all messuages, rents, etc., as above.
Same date and place” [as previous entry].
“From DAVID O’HYNEWLANE for 12 acres at lease iiis.”
“From Shane Curteys for the farm of Crege at lease xxi.
From DAVID O’HEWLANE for 1 ½ acres at lease vid.
From Henry O’Tothull for 4 acres at lease xvid.
From Thomas Walsche for 2 acres at lease viiid.
From Jonoc Carraghe for 2 acres at lease viiid.
From ADAM O’HEWLAN for 1 acre at lease iiiid.
[Rest of deed frayed away.]
CALENDAR OF ORMOND DEEDS, 1413-1509.
“Rental of James, Earl of Ormond, in counties Kilkenny and Tipperary for Easter term in the 10th year of Henry VI.
[The name of the place faded.]”
PHILIP O’HEWELANE for 1 ½ acres 4d.
PHILIP O’HEWELANE for ½ acre 2d.
THOMAS O’HEWELANE for one garden 2d.
PATRICK O’HEWELANE for ½ acre 2d.
THOMAS O’HEWELANE for 6 acres 18d.
“Anastasia daughter of Robert Erchedekne quit claims to DONALD son of DONALD O’WHOLOWHAN and his heirs for ever all her right in all messuages and tenements, etc., which she has in Carrhygyn, Loghedare, and Carregele and elsewhere in County Kilkenny.
Witnesses: William Drule, John Philpote, Edmund Graas, Phillip Graas, James Drule, William O’Cathyl, sergeant, Sir Maurice O’Hole, vicar of Kylmanagh, James Tywe, Thomas son of Philip Erchedekyn and Oliver Seynt Legger.
October 21, 1456.”
Entry Number 339.
“Indenture (in English) made at Kilkenny on the 12th day of January in the year 1508, between Sir PERS [PIERS BUTLER] BUTTELER, knight, and DOWNYLL O’WOLOGHAN, carpenter, witnesses that Sir PIERS has granted and to farm given for his heirs and assigns unto DOWNYLL during his life the three stone mills of the aforesaid town, with their meadows, “inchis,” and appurtenances, that is to say in length from William Archer’s ground unto the common “correll” (quarry) and in breadth from the King’s Way in the west to the Nore in the east; also the mill of Donmore with the great “inche” and appurtenances, which “inch” is in length from Merransground and so to the common way and Pollbolloke; also the old mill of Callan within the same town. Further Sir PIERS and his heirs shall bring and carry all millstones, iron and brass and all other necessaries at their own cost unto the aforesaid mills and so at all times and as oft as shall be required during DOWNYLL’S life. Also DOWNYLL shall “gate and make all myllstones in the montayne and tember in the wode at his cost at all tymes excepte mette and drink ouer the said Sir PERS his airs and asigns ande so durant the foresaide DOWNYLL’S life” Also the said DOWNYLL and his servants shall do all manner of works freely unto the aforesaid Sir Piers and anywhere as is desired except for meat and drink. Also the said DOWNYLL shall have the third part of all manner of corn that shall be ground within the aforesaid mills at all times during his life’ also hat it be lawful and free unto Sir PIERS to have at all times unto his horses and hackneys (hakensis) free pasture in the meadows above-written, with all blood-shedding according, and so during DOWNYLL’S life.
January 12, 1509. BUTLER Seal.”
12 June 1688 - PIERCE NOLAND “Feddard” Patent.
12 June 1688 - PIERCE NOLAND “Feddard” Patent, 2.
NOWLAND (NOLAND) BROTHERS - ARRIVING FROM IRELAND TO AMERICA.
PIERCE NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1675, settled in Cecil Co. Maryland
and then moved to Charles Co. where he spent most of his life.
PHILLIP NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1677, settled in Loudoun Co. Virginia.
THOMAS NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1678, settled in Anne Arundel Co.
WILLIAM NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1678, arrived in Maryland on the same
ship as his brother Thomas.
HENRY NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1679, settled in Kent Co. Maryland with his
sons: Henry, Jr. and Richard.
DARBY NOWLAND (NOLAND): 1680, Darby and wife ANN BROWNING settled
in Cecil Co. Maryland.
A PHILIP NOWLAN owned 100 acres in Ballydrom, Co. Carlow, 1641 according to O'NOLAN: The History of a People by Fr. John NOLAN & Art Kavanagh. They cite the PHILIP NOWLAN acreage in NOLAN, NOWLAN, NOWLAND Owners of Land Co. Carlow, 1641. Fr. John NOLAN & Art Kavanagh also cite a HENRY O'NOLAN (NOLAND) (NOWLAND) of Carrigslaney, Co. Carlow in rebellion with the Kavanagh's of Garryhill during the year 1584.
* There is record of a _______ NOLAND born about the year 1600 in Co. Mayo and a NOLAND, dubbed first, born 1625 in Mayo. JAMES NOWLAN is also recorded in the Strafford Inquisition of Co. Mayo as of Ballinrobe, 1632.
THE STRAFFORD INQUISITION OF CO. MAYO (R. I. A. MS 24 E 15).
BARONY OF BURRISHOOLE.
"Said lord viscount did also, on 6 August 1632, purchase of JAMES NOWLAN, of Ballinrobe, gent. 1/2 cartron in the half qr of Rosstwogh; and 1/2 cartron in the half qr Irrishane, in the town of Ballytarsny for the consideration of £5 st."(20)
* It is not known whether the above three individuals were of Carlow Clan O’NOLAN or Offaly - Kilkenny Clan O‘NOLAN, however, research suggests an Offaly - Kilkenny relationship through the Co. Tipperary NOLAN family.
NOLAND'S OF AMERICA.
"Some of the first NOLAND'S that were recorded as landing in Maryland were:
CATHERINE NOLAND in 1655.
PHILLIP NOLAND in 1677.
THOMAS NOLAND in 1678.
WILLIAM NOLAND in 1678.
HENRY NOLAND in 1679.
DARBY NOLAND in 1680.
PIERCE NOLAND in 1684.
Although the records showed that these early settlers landed in Maryland, many of them quickly moved into other states, particularly Virginia."(21)