The Persse family, believed to be related to the powerful Percy family of Northumberland England, descended from Reverend Robert Persse, a ‘man of God,’ who arrived in Ireland before 1602 ‘to preach the Gospel.’ His sons survived the worst excesses of the 1641 rebellion and a grandson, Reverend Dudley Persse, set up the first family estate in the wilds of county Galway in 1677, courtesy of lands granted by King Charles II.
By the nineteenth century, Dudley’s descendants had acquired additional lands in Galway, King’s County (Co. Offaly), Kilkenny, May o and Roscommon. The nineteenth century also saw family members become increasingly prominent in the commercial, maritime, political, social and sporting affairs of Galway. Other family members who emigrated were similarly successful particularly in England, the United States and Australia.
Circumstances in the early decades of the twentieth century contrived to almost eliminate the Persse connection with Galway. Today, apart from the literary legacy of Isabella Augusta Persse, Lady Gregory, the extensive and occasionally controversial, history of the Persse family remains relatively unknown. This is their story.
Join us Thursday the 17th of November at 6:30pm for what promises to be an entertaining event. Copies of The Persse Family of County Galway are available in store for €25. For more information, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.