Britannia, by William Camden

The County of Cavon.

East-Breany.
* Lives, C.
O-Reily.
Small N NEXT to this on the west, lies the County of Cavon, formerly call’d East Breany; where * liv’d the Family of the O Reileys, who ¦ ¦ Derive, C.derived themselves from the Ridleys of England; tho’ in their manners and methods of life, mere Irish: ⌈but they are now extinct.⌉ † † So said, ann. 1607.Not long ago, this family was eminent for their Cavalry; which were weaken’d by the wise conduct of Henry Sidney, who divided this territory into seven Baronies. The Lords, all of this family, ¦ ¦ Hold, C.held immediately by Knights-service of the Crown of England. The way of living * * Is, C.was not in Towns, but in Castles; ⌈but now they have several good Towns, and pretty Villages.⌉ Bishoprick of Kilmore. They have a Bishoprick among them ⌈which was heretofore⌉ but poor,Poor Bishops. the See whereof is at Kilmore; and yet this Bishop † † Is, C.was not so poor, as were those Irish Bishops, who had no other revenues or subsistance than three Milk-cows, with this custom, that if they went dry, the Parish was to give others in exchange for them; as Adam Bremensis relates from the information of some of them, in their return out of Italy through Germany.

Ware, Ant. p.133. ⌈As to the Bishoprick; being joined with Ardagh, it may be reckon’d among the richest in the Kingdom; and as to the Bishops of Kilmore, they are in our Historians sometimes call’d Brefinienses, from the County of Brefiny; and sometimes Triburnenses, from an obscure little Village called Triburna, where they were formerly seated; till, in the year 1454, the See was settled at Kilmore.

Earls of Cavon. Cavon hath been erected into an Earldom, in the Honourable Family of Lambert.⌉

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