Ar nDuthchas - the clan motto meaning "Our Heritage"
|"Who so ever asks me of
my birth - I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal
a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland,
and my name is from the Clann O'Dochartaigh!'
---Ar nDuthchas, Issue #27 www.odochartaigh.org
has it that John J. Dougherty, b. 1825 was from County Antrim.
His father, James J. Dougherty, b. 1785 was also indentified as having come from Antrim. Rosemary Dougherty b. 1930 - told the author of this site that the Doughertys, "way way back" came from County Mayo - which is marked on the map of Irish Counties to the left. However research reveals that Patrick O'Dougherty b. 1750 was from County Antrim.
Patrick Dougherty, b. 1784 and James J. Dougherty, b. 1785 spelled their name without the "O"
The significance of such a distinction is that country Antrim was in the Protestant north of Ireland whereas County Mayo was in the Catholic part (Eire). The Dougherty's that came to Canada were Protestants - even though the grandfather of immigrant John J. Dougherty, b. 1825, was Patrick O'Dougherty b. 1750 - who spelled his name the Catholic way with an "O".
You might also note we marked County Donegal also since that part of Ireland is also famous for a large number of Doughertys coming from there. Many of the websites about the O'Dochartaigh clan refer to Donegal, rather than Mayo
|"Ó Dochartaigh Keep"
The Keep was part of Buncrana Castle
"Buncrana castle is located at one end of Cahir O'Doherty Avenue in Buncrana, on the opposite bank at the mouth of the Crana River. Although Buncrana was one of the oldest castles of Inishowen, it is barely recorded in any records until the 1608 rebellion. It was described in 1601 as being a small castle, owned by Conor Mac Gearóid Ó Dochartaigh
|original found at
".. owned by Conor Mac Gearóid Ó Dochartaigh, and although having a strong keep, it had no bawn at that time. It drew little attention from Docwra, chief of the English occupants in the South of Inishowen and in Derry. It was repaired by Hugh Boy O'Doherty in 1602 to act as a meeting point for the Spanish armada, who intended to land on Inch Island and use it as their base.
In 1608, it was chosen by
Sir Cahir Rua O'Dogherty, after his rift with
the English, as a place to gather his supporters together before marching
on Derry. It was burnt by the English, although the walls stood and it
was repaired soon afterwards. It was leased to Henry Vaughan, who had come
to Derry with Docwra. He lived in the castle with his family until the
completion of the nearby house in 1718. It is said that the castle was
The original castle had two
storeys, with deep recesses and loophole slits. There were three periods
of construction, with additions and adjustments being carried out with
each period. The second period was concerned with the fortification of
the castle in 1602, and the final period with Chichester's or Vaughan's
repair in about 1908."
"Buncrana is situated in the west of the Inishowen peninsula, which itself is situated in county Donegal, Ireland. The name "Buncrana" comes from the Irish Bun Cranncha, which translates to "Bottom Of The Crana". The Crana being the river which Buncrana was built beside. The river runs into lough Swilly, which is said to be the deepest lough in the British Isles."
|"Buncrana [Bun Cranna -
the mouth of the River Cranncha] is situated on the eastern shore of Lough
Swilly, the deepest sea estuary in Europe. The settlement was
founded in the 15th century around the local clann O'Doherty's Castle of
which only the Keep remains."
additional reference to the
clann O'Doherty's Castle [Keep]
|A map of Buncrana from
notice the crest of Buncrana has a stag deer in the same leaping design as on the Ó Dochartaigh clan herald
If you go to this page you
may read detailed info on the origins of the buncrana herald symbols in
which specific reference is made to the Ó Dochartaigh clan
|the ancestors of Patrick
O'Dougherty "escaped from the Inishowen in 1608 when the O'Dochartaigh's
were being persecuted by Chichester.."
"Inishowen was the last Gaelic
stronghold in the province of Ulster to come under British occupation in
the 17th century. The cultures, traditions and language of the Gaels remained
strong in the peninsula until the twentieth century. The Irish language
was the everyday language of much of the peninsula until the late 1800s,
especially in areas such as Clonmany, where there were still native speakers
of the language until the mid 1900s."
Dougherty name is spelled in Irish Gaelic above
- see www.odochartaigh.com
|A huge Ó Dochartaigh
|This page provides much useful info on the origins of the Ó Dochartaigh name and also a profile on Sir Cahir O'Doherty|
|Also a huge Ó Dochartaigh clan website|
|Yet another Ó Dochartaigh clan website|
Co. Antrim Surname Interest List http://irishgenealogy.net/surnamel.html
The 1851 Co. Antrim Census
The 1851 Co. Antrim Census http://irishgenealogy.net/antrim/co_ant01.html no Doughertys mentioned
The 1851 Co. Antrim Census http://irishgenealogy.net/antrim/co_ant02.html a John Dougherty found but the date is wrong and the spouse's name is incorrect
The 1851 Co. Antrim Census http://irishgenealogy.net/antrim/co_ant04.htmlno Doughertys mentioned
a member of the Ó Dochartaigh Web Ring http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~julieann/daugherty.htm
Hugh Doherty, also a member of the Ó Dochartaigh Web Ring http://www.highspeedplus.com/~hdoherty/
list of the sites on the O'Dochartaigh web ring http://www.ringsurf.com/netring?ring=ODochartaigh;action=list
a lot of Dougherty information
can be obtained from http://www.oneill-net.com/links.htm
Ancestry line of W. Tim G. Richardson, author of this site
the Ó Dochartaigh pages - updated 2003 April 23
Main Intro page www.witiger.com/family/dougherty1.htm
Patrick O'Dougherty b. 1750
owned by Mike Dougherty.
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