Burke ( Bourke, de Burgh, de Burca) is one of the most important and most numerous of the Hiberno-Norman names.

William Fitzadelm de Burgo (called William the Conquerer by Irish annalists) was the first in the country when he succeeded Strongbow as chief governor.  Vast estates were granted to the de Burgos in 1179, but they did not actually take possession of the lands until the next generation when Henry III regranted the land to Sir Richard de Burgo.

The Burkes quickly adopted Brehon law and proclaimed themselves chiefs in the Irish fashion.  They formed several septs, the most important were known as MacWilliam Uachtar in Galway and MacWilliam lochtar in Co Mayo.  Some subsets were the MacHugos, MacGibbons, Mac Seainin (Jennings) and MacRedmonds.

After the battle of Kinsdale when Lord Burke of Castleconnell won acclaim on the English side, the Burkes seemed to display more loyalty to the king than to their country.  However, when the two loyalties coincided during the reign of James II, they were leaders among the Confederate Catholics and many were deprived of their estates.  Most recovered their estates in the Restoration.

Our Burkes are found in Teevnish, Co Mayo in the mid 1800s.  There seems little hope of tracing earlier records, but twenty years ago, it seemed that there was no hope of finding a family for Julia at all, now we know she had a sister Bridget who married James Geraghty and a brother Austin.


  1. Julia Burke bef 1845 Teevinish, Mayo - aft 1911 Derrycoosh, Mayo (Dropbox)
  2. Probably Patrick Burke bef 1821 - bef 1865 m Mary ? (Dropbox)
  3. Burke Ancestry (Dropbox)


Teevnish, Mayo, Ireland (Dropbox)
Teevnish Papers


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