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Trudie Blewett wrote:
When we researched the Blewett/Bluett coat of arms we visited a man who transcribes Amorial sentences. He assured us that it was a FOX not a Squirrel that was holding the acorn. Because it is an acorn people make the mistake of associating it with a squirrel.
Thomas Ronayne wrote:
I thought you might be interested in the following snippet extracted from Frederick W. Knight "Notes on the Family of Ronayne or Ronan of Counties Cork and Waterford" (Cork: Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 1915-1916):
John Ronayne, of D'Laughtane (died 1636), who married (circa 1601) Catherine, daughter of Roger Bluet, Esquire.
The statement in Burke's Landed Gentry (1846) that John Ronayne acquired the estate of D'Laughtane on his marriage is incorrect. The Ronaynes had been at D'Laughtane for generations before John's time. From family manuscripts and other documents it appears that Roger Bluet acquired from his friend, Sir Walter Raleigh, part of the D'Laughtane estate, which the Ronaynes had forfeited, and that John Ronayne, on his marriage with Catherine Bluet, recovered the forfeited lands. Previous to the Bluet marriage the Ronaynes lived at Ballyheeny Castle.
On his marriage with Catherine, John removed to the site on which stands the house now known as D'Laughtane. This house is on the Blackwater, near Youghal. In 1856 it was sold in the Encumbered Estates Court, the purchaser being Mr. Samuel Allen. Mr. Allen disposed of the property some years afterwards to Mr. John Peddar Furlong, of Fermoy. In 1910 Mr. Furlong sold it to the Land Commission, who let the house and part of the lands to Mr. Brown, the present occupier, the remainder of the lands being divided up into various farms. The present house was build (circa 1811) by Mr. Richard Power-Ronayne, D.L., the original having been destroyed by fire.
The townland of Laughtane--Clochtaine, or little lake--included all the district now known as the Board of Clashmore. An old Latin pedigree refers to Ronayne "de" (of) Laughtane. This "de" was confusedly read some generations ago as part of the name of the place, and the shortened d' soon followed. Hence the present curious form.
I've been gathering as much information as I can about my own family (Ronayne), and I'm always interested to learn of allied families (even if the alliance took place in the reign of Queen Elizabeth); perhaps the above may be of some interest to you. (If you're interested in Knight's Notes, let me know and I'll be happy to e-mail you a copy).