Richard Óg de Burgh

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Richard Óg de Burgh, Anglo-Irish noble and soldier, ancestor of Burke of Clanricarde, fl. early-to-mid 13th century.


De Burgh was a younger, illegitimate son, of William de Burgh (died 1205). He had brothers Richard Mór de Burgh, 1st Baron of Connaught (died 1243) and Hubert de Burgh, Bishop of Limerick (died 1250).

Eponym of Clanricarde

Richard Óge is considered the ancestor of the Burke family of Clanricarde in south Connacht (now County Galway, which became an extremely powerful family in their own right following the Burke Civil War of the 1330s.

According to volume nine of A New History of Ireland, "The origins of the Clanricard line are not abolsutely proven, but the descent given" (on page 170, see family tree below) "is that in the best Irish genealogical sources and is not contradicted by contemporary sources."

Family tree

  Walter de Burgh of Burgh Castle, Norfolk.
  |                                    |                                                |                              |
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 William de Burgh, died 1205.    Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent, d. 1243.  Geoffrey de Burgh, d. 1228.  Thomas de Burgh
  |                                        (issue; John and Hubert)                          
  |                                                         |                                             |
  |                                                         |                                             |    
 Richard Mór de Burgh, 1st Baron of Connaught  Hubert de Burgh, Bishop of Limerick, d. 1250.   Richard Óge de Burgh
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  |                                           ____________________________________________________________|
 de Burgh Earl of Ulster,                     |                  |               |
 Burke of Castleconnell, County Limerick      |                  |               |
 Mac William Iochtar Bourke of County Mayo.  Hubert           William            Richard                                  
                                              |                  |               |
                                              |                  |               |_________________               
                                     Clan Mac Hubert?   Richard an Fhorbhair     |                |
                                                                 |               |                |
  _______________________________________________________________|               Sir David Donn  Sir William Ruad
  |                                           |         |                            |                    d.1327.
  |                                           |         |                   Clan Mac David
  Ulick Burke of Annaghkeen, d. 1343.      Raymond  Walter Óge
  Richard Óg Burke, d. 1387.
  Burke of Clanricarde


  • A New History of Ireland, volume IX, Oxford, 1984;
    • Earls of Ulster and Lords of Connacht, 1205-1460 (De Burgh, De Lacy and Mortimer), p. 170;
    • Mac William Burkes: Mac William Iochtar (de Burgh), Lords of Lower Connacht and Viscounts of Mayo, 1332-1649, p. 171;
    • Burke of Clanricard: Mac William Uachtar (de Burgh), Lords of Upper Connacht and Earls of Clanricard, 1332-1722.