The Ruxtons of Ardee

A fascinating mystery involves the Ruxton/Fitzherbert intermarriage which is even more confusing than I had outlined above as William Ruxton, the Surgeon General in 1754 purchased Blackcastle (Registry of deeds Dublin) - presumably Letitia’s sons got it back. I'm indebted to Trevor Fitzherbert of Swynnerton (current spelling) for the following narrative. Taken from Co Louth Archaelogical archives

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Rebellion and Massacres in Ardee and Braganstown (Part 2)

With the dawn of the fourteenth century the people of Ardee awakened to a period of increase lawlessness in Ireland in general and in the areas north of Ardee in particular. Its position on the very frontier between the Norman Lordship and the Gaelic North influenced the way of life of Ardonians as they must have lived a frontier lifestyle. Taken from Ardee Facebook page - post by Kevin McKenny

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Carmelite Order in Ardee – 13th Century

Whereas the Carmelites, who first appear leading an eremitical life on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, began to move across Western Europe from the first half of the 13th century. Their mode of living changed during this migration until they came to be reckoned as mendicants. In due course they made their way to Ireland and one of their first foundations in Ireland was at Ardee. Taken from ...

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