McEllistrem of Ballylongford, Co.Kerry
There are many spellings of this surname in Co.Kerry.
The Ballylongford family (our family) always spells the name
so I standardise our family to this spelling.
A photo in
[McAuliffe, vol.1, 2011, p.65]
shows that "McEllistrem"
was the spelling on
the old shop in Ballylongford
However, the name is spelt "Mac Ellestrem"
grave of Richard Mac Ellestrem
(died 1848) at Lislaughtin Abbey.
writes it "MacEllistrum".
Think "McEllistrim" is how
spelt it in his son's middle name.
Spelt this way in
McEllistrem (and variants) of Co.Kerry
McEllistrem (and many spelling variations)
is thought to be a Norman family in Co.Kerry,
adopting a Gaelic-style surname.
There was a "Castle MacEllistrum"
(or "Castle Macallistrim"
or "Castle McEllstrim").
These MacEllistrums were dispossessed of the castle in 1579-1604.
Tralee was granted to Denny
The McEllistrems of Ballylongford thought that
the family of Tralee (presumably the family of Castle MacEllistrum)
was the ancestor of the 3 branches:
- McEllistrem of Ballylongford.
- "McEllistrim" of Ballyduff, Rattoo par, SW of Ballylongford,
- "McEllistrim" of Ballymacelligott, Ballymacelligott par, just E of Tralee.
The name "Richard"
is found in different branches in Co.Kerry
This suggests that "Richard" in the family goes back to
a common ancestor in the early 18th century or even 17th century.
"Castle Macallistrim", Tralee, on
1829 to 1842 map
This is on Pembroke St, off Rock St, NW side of Tralee.
Some ruins survived in the 1840s.
Apparently now nothing remains.
[Mary Barrett, née Patt]
said about our line:
"the Mc Carthys, Mac Ellestrems and Scollards are all from Ardfert"
(Ardfert, NW of Tralee, Co.Kerry).
Question: Who are the Scollards?
Our family (the Ballylongford family)
The spelling "Mac Ellestrem"
on the grave of Richard Mac Ellestrem
(died 1848), Lislaughtin Abbey.
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