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Luke Lynch

1772 - 1865

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Below is a typed version of a letter written by Luke Lynch to his nephew, Bishop Patrick Neeson Lynch in 1859

Kibberidogue June 15th 1859


Right Rev. and Nephew,


It is with the greatest emotions that I address a few lines to you.  Uncle Michael often urged me to write a few lines to you, but when I thought of the correspondence that was between you and my dear son Bernard when you were in Rome and him in Paris, my resolution failed but now as I am the eldest of the family, for I never saw any of the family or name as old as I am being born the 17th of November 1772, Francis was born the 1st of November 1778, Michael was born 2nd of October 1784, Bridget 4th of June 1787 and my youngest brother Conlaw was born the 20th of Oct 1790 and his eldest son was born the 17th of March 1817, now you can calculate the age of any of the family that are now living and were born in Ireland.  The most of my family are in America.  I have not got a letter from any of them since I got a letter from your father when he was in New York.  I suppose they think that I am dead.  Uncle Michael’s wife died last year, he is a widower without any family, the failure of the crops in Ireland.  Since the year ’46 hunted him more than any of the family.  Uncle Hugh Neeson and family are well.  I saw him in his own house on the 27th where he told me once that he got a letter from you and that it mentioned one of the family being married to a descendent of one of the ancient Chiefs of America.  I thought no wonder for if your father knew his own Genealogy he could trace his own family to the best or greatest families in Tyrone, Cavan and Monaghan, e.g. O’ Neill, O’ Reilly ---Mahon.  If you have any curiosity to know it, I can give it you in detail.  You will excuse old age for this poor scroll for I don’t know anyone of my age can write any now.  I hope you will offer a prayer for me as I don’t expect to be here long by the course of nature.  Francis has four 4 and 2 daughters living convenient to him one of the sons is in the house with him.  Michael has no sons or daughter but living lonely by himself.  Your father had 3 granduncles Priests Edward, Bernard and Conlaw Cassidy.  Their granduncle Hugh McMahon, bishop of Clogher first, next Arch Bishop of Dublin, afterwards Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland.

The said Hugh Mc Mahon, the Primate, it was his uncle Arthur Augustin Mc Mahon Provost of St. Peters in the city of Cassil in Flanders that left the money to establish the McMahons burses in the Irish College Paris for student to be Priest for the Diocese of Clogher or Ki……in the Province of Ulster in Ireland.  When the above Arthur Augustin Mc Mahon made his will he appointed the above Hugh Mc Mahon who was then Bishop of Clogher as executor to manage the money for the use of the family he settled.  The burses in the Irish College in Paris and appointed his two nephews, your fathers Grandfathers two uncles to be the first nominators during their lifetime.  The Bishop had nothing to do with the nomination, but after their time, whoever were appointed to nominate their nomination were to be signed by the Bishop of Clogher for the time being for fear any fraud should be done and I believe he claims the greatest authority now, I know a good deal about it as I have a Copy of the will and I believe there are very few copys of the said will in Ireland.  I remember we had not one slated in this parish, now there are four Churches all well slated besides what other denominations have the priests divided the Parish into 2 parts, the one east the other west.  Uncle Hugh Neeson and I live in the west division.  Uncle Michael lives in the division east.  Doctor Donnelly is parish priest of the east division.  I was speaking to him on Sunday, he told me that you spent the most of your time along with him while he was in Charleston and that you sent a letter with him to your uncle Hugh Neeson.  Doctor Donnelly speaks well of you an account of your kindness to him in Charleston.  The Rev. James Smith is parish priest of the west division, he has 2 curates and Doctor Donnelly has only one curate.


We remain Right Rev. and dear Nephew, your most affectionate uncles,


Luke Lynch,

Michael Lynch.


Below is a news article in the Cork Examiner in 1865 after the death of Luke Lynch



There died, a few days since, near Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh, in thr ninety-sixth year of his age, a man named Luke Lynch, who might with justice, be cited as an illustration of the saying, - "That it is amongst the Irish peasantry the real nobility of the country may be found." Although this man occupied a comparitively humble position in society, he could dwell with pride on the fact, that among the highest and best of historical celebrities of our country he could find his ancestors; and although he was born and lived his lifetime in a retired district, he could trace a direct line of descent from the Red Handed Neill, from Owen Roe, from the O'Reilly's of Cavan and from the McMahons, of Monaghan and Dartry. The deceased had a brother who, about forty years ago, emigrated to South Carolina, and settled at Cheraw, where he became an extensive planter. One of his sons was a major general in the Confederate army, who was prevented by sickness from taking active service. - Another son James, was a colonel, and commanded on James's Island, off Charleston, during some of Gilmore's most determined attacks; he died in the service. Another son is the Right Rev. P. N. Lynch, Bishop of South Carolina, who recently visited Europe on a diplomatic mission for the Government of Jeff Davis, and while here he visited his uncle at Rosslea. At that time his father was in good health, and on a visit with another son, Dr. John Lynch of Columbia, S.C. The deceased man of very considerable talent, and intimately acquainted with every phase of Irish politics. He could freely converse on every political change that came over the country since he saw the volunteers of 1792 under drill. He retained his mental faculties to the last, and aided by every consolation of religion has departed, it is to be hoped, to a better world. - Correspondent of Ulster observer.