Dunamase in Co. Leix , they were driven from the area by English invaders under Elizabeth I. O'Lalor Mills in co. Leix was the scene of the treaty which resulted in the transplantation of the leaders of the Seven Septs to Co. Kerry. The peasants and workers of the O'Lalor sept remained in their old territory, a fact that is born out by the prevalence of the name there.
The name itself is said to be derived from leath (half) and labhar (sick person / or stammerer) was the name of two early kings of Ulidia whose families are now extinct as well as the one that was one of the Seven Septs of Leix,
Our Lawlors are found in the Gullane district of Co. Kerry. Perhaps they were descended from the transplanted leaders, or perhaps not? At this point our knowledge of the family history in Ireland is limited to two generations beginning in approximately 1800. Let the search continue.
Thomas Lawlor abt 1800 - prob. 1873
Mary Lawlor 1819-1909 m. Edward English m2. John Carmody
- Gullane, Kerry, Ireland
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