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Phillip 
Magrath
+ ante 1650


Phillip 
Magrath
, of Sleady castle, co. Waterford. http://www.castlecountryhouse.com/today.html According to legend, following Phillip's death in the 1640's, ownership of the lands passed into the hands of Phillip's brother Pierce although Phillip's widow and three daughters continued to reside at Sleady Castle. One night, as the story goes, they were dining with some officers of the Clonmel garrison when the place was attacked by raiders. One of the servant girls, who had been courted by the son of the robber chief, assisted in their entry. The robbers kidnapped the officers, who were later found murdered. Mrs McGrath was accused of assisting the robbers and her estates were confiscated. Fact or fiction, having actively supported the rebellion, confiscation was inevitable - despite the Civil Survey of 1654 which still shows ownership of 800 acres of Curraghnasleady and Ballykereene in the name of Phillip McGrath of Curragh na Sleady, Irish papist deceased. Incidentally, one of the new owners was Sir Richard Osbourne of Cappagh, who actually married one of the McGrath daughters, which to some extent retrieved the family fortune. A View Of Castle Country House And Mountain Castle BridgeFollowing forfeiture, the land previously held by the McGraths was divided between several Lords loyal to the British Crown including Osbourne. Not surprisingly the demise of the McGrath families also saw the demise of the importance of both Mountain and Sleady Castles. Sleady Castle fell to ruin by slow degrees and is said to have last been occupied by a schoolmaster in 1765, who taught his pupils in the kitchen and slept in the principal apartment himself. -------- In 1628 Philip McGrath, fourth in descent from the above mentioned D‚onal, moved from Mountain Castle to the nearby mansion of Sleady Castle, which, legend has it, was build for his new wife - the daughter of Lord Waterford -who refused to move in with him until something more becoming her status was build for her: '[It] was build in 1628, as appears from a date on a chimney-piece, with the words Philpius Mac-grath. It is said the occasion of building the castle was a dispute between MaGrath and his wife, who would not be reconciled till he had build her a castle on her own jointure, to do which he had such contributions from his vassals, that when it was finished, he was much richer than when the work began. A great quantity of oak was employed in this building, which is not more than a century erected.' (3) Indeed the new castle was hardly a castle at all but rather a fortified mansion-house erected in the shape of a cross with many battlements, gables and chimneys. Although Phillip McGrath departed from Mountain Castle in 1628, it is highly probable that he contiued to lease the surrounding lands from Gearld FitzGearld of Dromana, (4) although who, if anyone, resided in Mountain Castle following Phillip's departure we cannot say. Although the McGraths didn't own the lands at Mountain Castle they did possess quite a considerable portion of lands nearby at Sleady Castle. The Civil Survey of 1654 shows that 800 acres of Curraghnasleady and Ballykereene was owned by Phillip McGrath of Curragh na Sleady, Irish papist deceased. Whether Phillip inherited these lands as part of the McGrath inheritance or whether they were acquired through the marriage of Phillip to the daughter of Lord Waterford, it is impossible to say. Certainly that Smith reports that Sleady Castle was build on her own jointure would suggest the latter. (3) Charles Smith, History of Waterford, 1746. (4) Ryland has this to say of the FitzGearlds in 1824: `Dromana, in the parish of Affane is one of the most magnificent demenses in Ireland ..........The Lords of the Decies, the ancient proprietors of Dromana, derived their descent from James, the seventh Earl of Desmond. In 1561, a descendant of this nobleman was created Baron of Dromany and Viscount Desses, and dying without issue, his possessions but not his titles, descended to his brother Sir James Fitz Gearld who removed from Cappagh to Dromana, where he died in December, 1581.'( lch. 315/316)

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Phillip 
Magrath
(
Sheehy
) + ante 1650

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Ellen 
Sheehy
(
Magrath
)

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Sheehy
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