Britannia, by William Camden

The County of Letrim.

Breany. Big N NEXT to Slego on the East, lies Breany, which was the Estate of the ancient family of O-Rorck, descended from Rotherick, Monarch of Ireland, (whom they call Rorck, after their way of contracting;) and was enjoy’d by them, till Brien O Rorck, Lord of Breany and Minterolise, was inveigled by the Pope (Sixtus Quintus) and the King of Spain into a Rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. Upon which, he was presently forc’d to seek refuge in Scotland; from whence he was sent into England, and hang’d there for his folly and rashness. The Estate being forfeited to the Crown, this territory was reduc’d into a County by John Perrott the Lord Deputy, and, from the head Town in it, call’d Letrim. This is a mountainous County, very rank in grass, but not so much as to verifie that of Solinus, Grass grows so plentifully in Ireland, that the Cattle are certainly surfeited, if they are not now and then hinder’d from feeding. So many herds of Cattel are kept in this narrow County, that it has had above a hundred and twenty thousand head at one time. The Bishoprick of Achonry, (now united to the See of * * Elphin, C.Killalla) lies in this County, as also the head of the Shanon, the chief river in Ireland; which in a winding chanel, sometimes broad and sometimes narrow, passes through several Counties; as we have already observed. The Chief families, † † Are, C.were the O Rorcks, O Murreies, Mac Lochleims, Mac Glanchies, and ¦ ¦ This name, now, turn’d into English; and call’d Reynolds.Mac Granells, all pure Irish; ⌈but now those Families are of small figure and fortune.⌉

John de Burgo, the son of Richard Earl of Clan-Richard (who was createdBaron Letrim. Baron of Letrim by Queen Elizabeth, and soon after murder’d by some envious hands) took his title (as some say) from another place, and not from this Letrim; and I have not learn’d the truth of that matter. ⌈But at present, the title of Baron of Letrim, is vested in the Right Honourable Bennet Sherrard, now Earl of Harborough in England.⌉

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