Keatings in the Journal of the Co. Kildare Archaeological Society: 1691

Earlier this year, I started gathering a collection of citations from online issues of the Journal of the Co. Kildare Archaeological Society and Surround Districts. Lots of gems in here on Keatings in the Co. Kildare area, and I’d like to do the same with other available journals (as well as find a good source for issues not readily available online). I ordered the entries in my notes by the earliest year referenced in each article. I’ve some ideas for a searchable database containing these entries, but for now, here they are in article form.

(My apologies for the weird mixture of fonts below. I was trying to convey the writing from the tomb as indicated in the article…)

The second tomb consists of a plain, mural, limestone slab set in a projecting frame, and built into the south wall of the chancel ; below it is a vault, probably the one mentioned in the following inscription, which is in plain incised Roman capitals, several of which are conjoined ; many of the initial letters, however, are in “free-hand” capitals :–

THIS MONVMENt IS ERECTED BY JOHN KEATINGE
ESQr CH : JdVSTICE OF Ye COVRT OF COM : PLEAS
2 SON OF EDM: KEATINGE OF NORRAGH-
MORE IN COM : KILDARE ESQr BY ELLINOR

EVSTACE HIS 2 WIFE DAVGHTER OF JOn
EVSTACE OF HARRISTOWNE IN Ye COM :
AFORESd ESQr IN MEMORY OF Ye Ldy GRACE
SHVCKBVRGH Ye RELICT OF Sr RICHARD~
SHVCKBVRGH OF SHVCKBVRGH IN Ye CO : OF
WARWICK Kt. SHE WAS ONE OF Ye DAVGHrs OF Sr
THOs HOLT OF ASTON?IVXTA?BERMINGHAm IN Ye
Sd COM : BARt. AFTER SOM YEARES VIDVITY ON Ye
27th 8r 1659 SHE INTERMARRYED Wth Ye Sd Jn THEN
A STVDENT AT LINCOLNS INN Wth WHOME HAV-
EING LIVED Wth MVCH MVTVALL COMFORT &
SATISFACON SHE DEPARTED THIS LIFE Ye 12th
OF AP: 1677 & IS HERE INTERED IN A VALT
WHEREIN ARE LIKEWISE DEPOSITED Ye ASHES
OF Ye Sd EDMd : & ELLINOR WHO HAD BOTH
BEEN FORMERLY BVRYED IN THIS GROVND.
& Wn IT SHALL PLEASE Ye ALMIGHTY TO
PVT AN END TO HIS Ye Sd JOHNS PILGRIM-
AGE, HIS DESIRES NOW ARE Yt HIS BONES MAY

BE LAID BY THEIRS IF CONVENIENTLY IT
MAY BE.

        John Keating‘s death took place in the month of October, 1691, and, if his desire was carried out, he was buried by the side of his wife in the vault below the monument he had erected.

        John’s father, Edmond, was the first of his name in Narraghmore, which had been forfeited by the family of Wellesley, or Wesley, Barons of Norragh, owing to their joining in the Rebellion of 1641.

        Edmond Keating, of Narraghmore, in his will styles himself “of the city of Dublin, Esq.,” so that probably his parents had been in business in that city. His second wife, Ellinor Eustace, was a sister of Sir Maurice Eustace, Knt., Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Who his first wife was, I have failed to discover.1

        Mr. Francis Elrington Ball has written an article on the career of John Keating, the Chief Justice; it was published in (consecutive) volume x, pp. 141-5, of the “Journal of the Cork Archaelogical Society,” in the year 1901.

        Sir Maurice Eustace, the Lord Chancellor, resided at Harristown in the County Kildare, near Ballymore-Eustace, and in Damask Street, or Eustace Street as it is now called ; his father John was a younger son of William Eustace, of Castlemartin.

1 A Funeral Entry states that “Barbara, daughter of Rich. Longe, sometime one of the Clarkes of the Chauncery, deceased the 20th of February, 1624 ; she was mar. to Edmond Keatinge.” This possibly was the first wife of Edmond Keating, of Narraghmore.

OMureth. “Miscellaea. Palmerstown, County Dublin. Two Tombs in connection with County Kildare Families.” Journal of the Co. Kildare Archaeological Society and Surrounding Districts IV (1903-1905): 315-318. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Journal_of_the_Co_Kildare_Archaeological/rSIvAAAAMAAJ (accessed February 27, 2021).

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