David de Barry, 5th Viscount Buttevant

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David de Barry
Viscount Buttevant
Predecessor James, 4th Viscount Buttevant
Successor David, 1st Earl of Barrymore
Died10 April 1617
  • 1. Ellen Roche
  • 2. Julia MacCarthy
David & others
Father James, 4th Viscount Buttevant
MotherEllen MacCarthy Reagh

David Fitz-James de Barry, 18th Baron Barry, 5th Viscount Buttevant (1550–1617), sided initially with fitz Maurice, the rebel, in the 1st Desmond rebellion but changed sides and fought against the rebels. He also fought for the crown in the Nine Years' War.


Birth and origins

David, born 1550, was the second son of James de Barry [1] and Ellen MacCarthy Reagh. His father was the 4th Viscount Buttevant. His father's family was Old English and owned much land in southern County Cork.

His mother was an illegitimate daughter of Cormac na Haoine MacCarthy Reagh, 10th Prince of Carbery. Her family were the MacCarthy Reagh, a Gaelic Irish dynasty that branched from the MacCarthy-Mor line with Donal Gott MacCarthy, a medieval King of Desmond, whose sixth son Donal Maol MacCarthy Reagh was the first independent ruler of Carbery. [2]

David had four brothers and five sisters, [3] which are (as far as known) listed in his father's article. David was the de facto 5th viscount as his elder brother Richard, the de jure 5th viscount, was deaf and dumb and was passed over in the succession.

Family tree
David fitz James de Barry with his two wives, his parents, and other selected relatives. [lower-alpha 1]
4th Viscount

d. 1581
David Barry
5th Viscount

d. 1604
1st Earl

XXXSubject of
the article
XXX Viscounts Buttevant
Earls of Barrymore
*d.v.p. = predeceased his father (decessit vita patris)

First marriage and children

Barry married firstly Ellen Roche, daughter of David Roche, 5th Viscount Roche of Fermoy by his wife Ellen Butler, daughter of James Butler, 10th Baron Dunboyne. [5]

David and Ellen had a son:

  1. David (died c.1604), married Elizabeth Power, daughter of Richard, 4th Baron le Power and Corroghmore; He died predeceasing his father; [6] but had a posthumous son, who became David Barry, 1st Earl of Barrymore

—and six daughters: [7]

  1. Honora, married (1) Gerald FitzGerald of the Decies as his m2nd wife; (2) Patrick Browne [8]
  2. Helen, married (1) John 'Oge' Power; (2) in 1601, Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde; [9] (3) in 1631, Thomas Somerset, 1st Viscount Somerset
  3. a daughter whose name is not known who married James Tobin of Kumpshinagh [10]
  4. Ellen, married John Fitzgerald of Ballymaloe
  5. Catherine, married Richard Burke, Esq.
  6. Margaret, married (1) Sir Dermot O'Shaughnessy; and (2) Robert Dillon, 2nd Earl of Roscommon

First Desmond Rebellion

At the outbreak of the First Desmond Rebellion in 1569, his father, the 4th Viscount Buttevant, supported the rebels. This rebellion ended when Fitz Maurice, the rebel leader, submitted to John Perrot, Lord President of Munster, at Kilmallock in 1573. [11]

Viscount and second marriage

Barry succeeded his father in 1581. [12]

Buttevant, as he was now, married secondly, Julia MacCarthy (also called Sheelagh), daughter of Cormac MacDermot MacCarthy, 16th Lord of Muskerry by his wife Mary Butler. [13] [14]

David and Julia had three sons and four daughters but nothing more seems to be known about them, not even their names. [15]

Irish wars

In the subsequent confiscations of his estates, the friary in Buttevant, together with its glebe, passed into the hands of the poet, Edmund Spenser.

Buttevant was noted for his long and bitter feud with Sir Florence MacCarthy, the MacCarthy Mór, whose loyalty to the Crown was always suspect. Buttevant did great damage to his reputation by spreading rumours about MacCarthy's alleged acts of treason, in particular his links with Patrick O'Collun, whom Florence MacCarthy had once employed as a fencing master. In 1594 O'Collun was executed for conspiracy to kill Queen Elizabeth I. As a result, MacCarthy spent much of his later life in custody.

In 1601, during the Nine Years War Buttevant sided with the new President of Munster, Sir George Carew. In the wake of the Battle of Kinsale, he was granted large estates in Munster which had been forfeited by the MacCarthy Reagh.


Buttevant died at Barryscourt Castle 10 April 1617. [16] [17] His title and estate passed to his grandson, who became 1st Earl of Barrymore in 1628.

Notes and references


  1. This family tree is partly derived from the Barry pedigree in Cokayne. [4] Also see the list of children in the text.


  1. McGurk 2004, p.  121. "Barry, David fitz James, de facto third Viscount Buttevant (1550–1617), was the second son of James fitz Richard Barry Roe (d.1581) ..."
  2. Gibson 1861, p.  84, line 9. "There were at this time [15th & 16th centuries] four distinct chieftainships of the Mac Carthys; the Mac Carthys Mor, or lords of Desmond, and their off-shoots, namely, the Mac Carthys Reagh of Carbery, the Donough Mac Carthys of Duhallow, and the Mac Carthys of Muskerry."
  3. Barry 1902, p.  99, line 31: "James FitzRichard Viscount Buttevant had five sons and five daughters by his wife, Ellen, daughter of Cormac na haoine McCarthy Reagh."
  4. Cokayne 1910, p.  435–447. "Barry pedigree"
  5. Cokayne 1910, p.  442, line 31. "He m. [married], 1stly, Ellen, da. [daughter] of David (Roche), Viscount Roche of Fermoy [I. [Ireland]], by Ellen, da. of James (Butler), Lord Dunboyne [I.[Ireland]&thinspace;]."
  6. Cokayne 1910, p.  443. "David Barry, s. [son] and h. ap. [heir apparent] by his 1st wife. He m. [married] Elizabeth, 3rd da. [daughter] of Richard, 4th Lord le Powir [I. [Ireland]], by Catherine, da. [daughter] and coh. [coheir] of James Fitz John, 3rd Viscount Barry abovenamed. He d.v.p. [predeceased his father], in 1604 or 1604/5]."
  7. Lodge 1789, p.  294, line 36. "His Lordship's issue by his first wife were one son David, and six daughters ..."
  8. Burke 1866, p.  25, left column, line 35. "Honora, m. [married] 1st to Gerald FitzGerald, of the Decies, by whom she had no issue; and 2ndly to Patrick Browne, Esq. of Molmnkin. co. Wexford, by whom she had William, Walter, and several daus. [daughters]."
  9. Edwards 2004, p.  225, left column, line 6. "At some time between 2 and 24 June 1601 Ormond married Helen (d. [died] 1642), daughter of David Barry, Viscount Buttevant ..."
  10. Lodge 1789, p.  295, line 11. "... married to James Tobin of Kumpshinagh, in the county of Tipperary, Esq."
  11. McCormack 2009, 4th paragraph. "... and eventually (23 February 1573) he submitted to the lord president at Kilmallock ..."
  12. Cokayne 1910, p.  442, line 6. "He [James, the 4th viscount] d. [died] 10 Apr. 1581."
  13. Cokayne 1910, p.  442, line 34. "He m. [married], 2ndly, Julia, 2nd da. [daughter] of Cormac MacCarthy, of Muskerry."
  14. O'Hart 1892, p.  123, right column, line 21. "Julia, who married twice: first, to David Barry of Buttevant; and secondly, Dermod O'Shaughnessy of Gort, in the county of Galway."
  15. McGurk 2004, p.  122, left column. "With his second wife, Sheelagh, daughter of Cormac MacCarthy of Muskerry, Lord Barry had three more sons and four daughters."
  16. Austin 1885, p.  314, right column. "He died at Banysoourt, near Cork, 10 April 1617."
  17. Cokayne 1910, p.  442, line 35. "He d. (in the lifetime of his elder br., the de jure Viscount) 10 Apr. 1617, at Barry's Court."


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