Finucane family tree

Finucane family tree from the best attic room at Jacobs. Photographed by Harry.

This is the Genealogy of the ô Finucan, of County Clare from the best attic room at Jacobs (Simon's old room.) It's a bit small to read here and doesn't get much better if you just click on it. BUT if you click here you should be able to zoom in and pan about or you can download it to your computer.

Provenance of the tree

You can see the tiny Keeling branch down at the bottom right. In our branch of the family, Dorothy was the last Finucane. She was Grandpa's mother. One of Dorothy's sisters was Ruvé who gave the family tree to Simon. Another sister was Barbara Finucane whose daughter was Mary, a cousin of Grandpa. Mary still lives. She tells us (see first comment) of an awesome great aunt Mary Francis  who married Jeremiah Sugrue (they are in the tree). So Mary Sugrue must be the Mrs M Sugrue who commissioned the tree by Philip Crossle. There is a note to this effect in the bottom right dated 1929-1930. Crossle used records from the Public Record Office, Dublin in 1921. The Records Office was "was burnt to the ground and all the records perished in the flames" in 1922. We can deduce that Mary Sugrue gave the tree to her niece Ruvé who gave it to Simon.

Here are a few other interesting points:

  • Morgan and Jane Finucane are one level above her. Their journey to Fiji is told here and their diary is here.
  • Apparently (top left) we are descended from King Milesius of Spain (or Míl Espáine) who foresaw he would also be king of Ireland but died before he could make it. Some of his sons did succeed in crossing the sea. This is recorded in a "9th-century semi-historical work".
  • Also at the top left is another distant ancestor Olioll Olum, King of Munster, died AD 234. There must be millions of people descended from these kings, particularity as Olum was "said to have been the progenitor of most of the great families of the south of Ireland".
  • And finally, for the moment, there's lieutenant Andrew Finucane:
This is the coat of arms granted 1815 to Andrew Finucane Esq. of Ennistymon House, Co. Clare, son of Hon. Mathias Finucane, Judge of the court of Common Pleas in Ireland.
Motto: Fide et fortitudine (Faith and fortitude)

He probably fought at the battle of Waterloo, see below. (Ireland was still part of GB back then.)

We find on the great Wikipedia that "In 1792 the house passed down to Ann O’Brien and her husband Matthias Finucane, who retained it after their divorce [and left it to Andrew]. On the death of Andrew Finucane in 1843, the house was inherited by his brother-in-law William Nugent Macnamara of Doolin, who died in 1856 at the age of eighty-one." William Nugent is on the tree.

Dr Andrew Finucane is under the top line just to the right of the break in the middle. His only son the Hon. Mathias is below and below that his only son also Andrew, born 1779. Cornet 10th Light Dragoons, promoted to lieutenant 1809. "As part of the 6th Cavalry Brigade, the 10th Light Dragoons charged the French cavalry and infantry at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815." By then their name was more complicated: "10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars)". Wikipedia. They did a lot of fighting in the Napoleonic War.

  • Harry has contributed the coat of arms of Sir John Keeling. Motto "Spread Happiness"

Coat of arms of Sir John Keeling
Spread Happiness
If anybody else finds more stories, please leave a comment!


  1. Mrs Sugrue was Auntie Mary, one of our grandfather's sisters, rather a fierce looking lady, always wearing black. She never had any children as far as I remember, I think the younger Finucane girls, my mum and your granny were rather in awe of her. We used to be taken to tea with her somewhere in Wimbledon, I don't think I liked it much!
    Sorry, no idea where Ruve got it from but Patrick might know that, I'll ask him. Well done for doing it, best wishes and love, Mary.

  2. ‘Mrs Sugrue’ was Mary, the seventh of ten Finucane siblings, her elder brother Morgan being my (and your Dad’s) grandfather – making her our great aunt, and your great-great aunt. I am too young to remember her, but I think my sister Mary does (apparently she was rather scary). You can actually find her on the tree, married to Jeremiah Sugrue, a Royal Navy surgeon.

    Crossie would appear to have been the researcher and/or draftsman, and in looking at it again it occurs to me what a mammoth job it must have been – and with no help from Google or i2 mapping! I wonder too how many copies there are, and who may have the original. Even the copying of it must have been quite a job some years ago.

    For your interest, I also have the original of a tree drawn by Ruvé in her own hand in about 1974, although this appears to trace the Sheridan rather than the Finucane line. This goes as far back as her great-great-great grandparents, David & Winifred Lynch, with all you eight brothers just sneaking in at the bottom.

    While writing I thought I’d mention that I am the keeper of Ruvé’s little pocket diaries, spanning the years 1965-1985. While I have always been comforted to have them on the shelf in my study, it occurs to me that one of you might be better keepers for the future. You have shown such interest in the family history I feel that you would appreciate and take good care of them. Do let me know, and I’d be happy to pass them on to you.

    You will note that they are all marked ‘Auntie Pag’, the name by which I and my sisters best knew and adored her. This stems from our mother, her little sister Barbara, who adopted this nickname for her from early childhood.

    Do anyway be in touch if you have an interest in seeing (and perhaps copying) Ruvé’s own hand-drawn tree, and perhaps taking charge of her diaries.

    Patrick Grayson