Richard Synnott[1, 2, 3]

Male 1527 - 1591  (64 years)


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  • Name Richard Synnott 
    Born 1527  Castlebridge, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Address:
    Ballytramon 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 9833AAF8D2EC4784A1EA3362615D5D8FC035 
    Died 9 Sep 1591  County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Address:
    Ballybrennan 
    Person ID I8061  Treefive
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2018 

    Father Walter Synnot,   d. 20 May 1529 
    Family ID F2263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Codde,   b. Abt 1527, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1592  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married Y  [2, 5, 6
    Children 
     1. Walter Synnott,   b. Abt 1550, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1580, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     2. [Unknown] Synnot,   b. Abt 1551, Castlebridge, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Synnott,   b. Abt 1552, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1624, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     4. John Synnot,   b. Abt 1554, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Nicholas Synnot, Esq.,   b. Abt 1556, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Sir William Synnott,   b. Abt 1558, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Edmund Synnot,   b. Abt 1560, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1630, Lyngstown, County Wexford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2264  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 9:
      'Richard of Ballybrennan. Chief of his name, born 1527. Two years old at the time of his father's death.[3] Knight of the Shire 1559. MP for County 1559. High Sheriff 1576. High Commissioner for mustering the Hostings within the territory of Ferns - 1579. [4] Accused of unjustly seizing 330 cows & 100 horses - 1580.[5] of Rosegarland 1582 & the manors of Enniscorthy & the Murrowes. Again High Sheriff 1583-4. Died 9th September 1591.[6] See also p 47.
      [3] I. His uncle James was his guardian & received all the profits of the estate during minority. A. (quoting Inqn 1541) 1552. He was a lease holder of Rosegarland in 1546 [handwritten addition - 1582]. (G. vol 2 p. 88) He got the reversion of the grant to Sir Oliver Lambart in 1582. G. vol 2 p 183-7 sold his interest in Enniscorthy to Sir H. Wallop 1585. G. vol VI p. 410.
      [4] F. Vol 31 p. 66.
      [5] A. 22 Eliz.
      [6] I. & G. Vol VI p. 401.'
      Hore page 40:
      '1537 Richard, son & heir of Walter Synnot of Ballybrenan. Thos. Cusack, guardian.[5]
      [5] M.'
      Source record G: Hore's History of the County of Wexford.
      Source record F: M.S.S. of the late Herbert F. Hore
      Source record A. 22 Eliz.
      Source record I: Chancery & Exchequer Inquisitions post mortem
      Source record M: Calendar of State Papers.
      Page 41:
      Hore page 41:
      '1538. Walter Synnott of Ballybrenan, dead 20 May 1529. Richard, his son & heir, aged 2 at that time. James the Rector of Kylleom received all the issues after Walter's death.[3]
      [3] I. Exchequer.
      [5] B. 29-30 Hen VII memb. No. 12. No. 27. also mem 5. No. 8'
      '1538 Grant of wardship, &c, of Richard son & heir of Walter of Ballybrenan, dd. To James Sherloke of Waterford, gent.[5]
      [5] B. 29-30 Hen VIII.'
      Source record B: Calendar of patent & Close Rolls. (printed)
      Source record I : Chancery & Exchequer Inquisitions post mortem

      Page 47, referred to above, is part of a list of Disconnected members of the Clan Synnot, with an entry under 1579: 'Richard Synot of Ballybrenan, Constable of Ferns.' citing Hore's History of the County of Wexford Vol VI p. 400.

      H.F.H. writing on the "Brief Description of the Barony Forth", says, Richard Synnott of Ballybrennan performed eminent services to the Crown during q. Elizabeth's reign. He is frequently mentioned with eulogy in the State Papers. The Viceroy in a letter dated 19 August 1582, greatly praises Ricd. Synot, a man of good birth, living & credit." '

      Richard was the eldest son and heir, born in 1527. There was a grant of the wardship of Richard Synnot, son and heir of Walter Synnot, of Ballybrenen, deceased, to James Shurloke, of Waterford, Gent. No date. HENRY VIII 29* 30*1509 to 1547 From patent and Close Rolls 1538+. He was Sheriff of Wexford in 1559, Knight of the Shire in 1559, Commissioner for the County in 1579 and MP for the County of Wexford. Richard had a grant of Rosegarland from Queen Elizabeth 29 Sept 1582 and the lands, Abbey and Manor of Enniscorthy in 1585. He was a Catholic, and a loyalist to Queen Elizabeth’s regime, and he became very wealthy. 

      Being a "Knight of the Shire" meant that he was a member of parliament, not that he had been knighted (with thanks to David Synnott for this clarification). 

      P. Hore Synnott Pedigree at page 102 records that Richard gave a surety for a Philip Synnot, most likely a family member:

      'Before Sir John Plunkett & Lucas Dillon. Dublin, 22 Feb. 1581.
      Recognizance of Philip Synnot of Ballygery & Richard Synnot of Ballybrennan, Co. Wexford, to the King in £500, viz Philip in £300 & Richard in £200.
      The condition is that the above bounden Philip be from henceforth true & faithful to H. M. & the State, & be of good behaviour towards all H.M.'s good subjects, & do at all times appear before the Lord Deputy or other Government of this Island for the time being, within 20 days warning given to them, or left at either of their homes, or do deliver the body of the said Philip to the Castle of Dublin, there to be safely kept for his good behaviour.'

      George Griffiths in "Chronicles of the County Wexford" relates on page 74:
      'After mention that there were very numerous branches of the Synnotts, we may give an anecdote concerning them. They had acquired such large properties, and were so scattered, that when Sir Richard Synnott was Sheriff of the County in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, he summoned a Grand Jury of which every member was one of his own name. On hearing the name so frequently reiterated, the Justice facetiously remarked that, to judge by their considerable estates and good living, they must have obtained their fair lands by virtuous courses, and acted, and would act, up to their name SIN-NOT!'
      Note that Griffiths records this as an anecdote, and the mention of "Sir Richard" is not supported by any recorded bestowal of a knighthood.

      Herbert Hore authored an article in the Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society (vol. 4 No 1 (1862)) entitled "An Account of the Barony of Forth, in the County of Wexford, Written at the Close of the Seventeenth Century". Hore said that the author of the original manuscript, written about 1680, was unknown but from the frequent references to religious matters, and thorough acquaintance displayed with them, the quotations from classic writers, and the circumstances that the citations from the Old and New Testaments were in the Latin language, he conjectured that he was a Roman catholic priest; and further that his name was Synnott, because he showed intimate knowledge of this family. Whoever he was, he evidently was chosen as capable of drawing a complete account of the old colonists of the barony of Forth.

      From pages 80-83:
      'There are many distinct families of Sinnots in the said county [Wexford] in number exceeding any other ancient name within its limitts; whose Estates were valuable before the late tyrannicall usurpacons; amongst which the howse of Ballybrenan, in Forte, was esteemed the most eminent; whose possessors frequentlie were intrusted with greatest Authority in affaires of publique Concerne in that County, from whose progeny descended several men remarkable for schoole learning and persons indowed with heroicke spirits and martially disposed minds, vigorously active in theyre constant Loyall affection to the Crowne of England, during all Combustions and Rebellious Insurrections in Ireland, wherein they resolutelie demeaned themselves, exposing what was most deare unto them and theyre Lives in opposing, repelling and suppressing Common Enemyes invading the said County, as also elsewhere especially during the 15 yeares warrs in Q. Elizabeth's Reigne. when Richd. Sinnott of Ballibrenan aforsd, commanding and having the conduct of Forces raised in the said County (attended by his sonns and many other Sinnots his Relations and dependants) affoorded signal testimony of theire valour and loyalty to theire prince and country in several violent and fierce conflicts returning with theyre party victorious; wherein Walter Sinnot, eldest son of the sd Rich. was slaine (then Sheriff of the said County) neere Iniscorthy. For which numerous demonstracons of Fidelity and noble services, the said Rich. Sinnot became her Majestie's favourite, on whom as a Royal Gratuity, her Majesty vouchsafed gratiouslie to conferre a considerable Estate of forfeited lands (which after the death of his eldest sonne as aforesaid) he distributed and settled on the yonger.
      2. To James Sinnot, the Manor or Barony of Rosgarland.
      3. To John Sinnot, Cooledyne, with 1200 acres.
      4. To Nicholas Sinnot, Parke, Logh, and other villages, with several howses in Wexford.
      5. To Sir Wm Sinnot, Knight, Balifarnocke, with 24 plowlands intire in the Murrows.
      6. To Edmond Sinnot, Lingstowne, with other villages.
      1. Leaving onely to his Grandchild, Martin Sinnot, the Ancient Mannor of Ballicaran and Ballibrenan aforesaid. The present proprietor whereof persevering in his predecessors' zealous Loyaly to his King, was by the late Regicide usurper expulsed and Exiled, his estate, anno 1653, being as a gratuity given unto General Monke, and since detained by his Grace the Duke of Albemarle, the said proprietor, though distressed, preferring an Existence in some forraigne Region before transplantacion into Connaught, especially his dear and dread Sovereign being exiled, he neither desiring or accepting (when officiously procured) any compensation in lieu of his ancient inheritance (as most other proprietors in Ireland), depending on divine providence and his Majestie's Charles 2 unparaled [sic] Clemency and Bounty. Sinnot of Ballibrenan beares his Escutcheon or Coate of Armes a Swan or Cignet sable, the field argent (Elementa Coloris). Besides the foresd familyes and howses of Sinnots, the ensuing severall Branches and familys originally descended from the howse of Ballebrenan, gentlemen enjoying good Estates for many descents, from whom also several persons famous for learning and chivalry, in Germany, France, Spaine, and Muscovie, &c., were extracted.
      In the Barony of Fort, Sinnot of Balligery;
      Sinnot of Rathdowny.
      Sinnott of Stonehowse of Wexford.
      Sinnott of Gratkerocke.
      In Ballaghene Barony.
      Sinnot of Owlort,
      Sinnot of Balymore.
      Sinnot of Garrymusky.
      Sinnot of Tinraheene.
      In Shilmaleere.
      Sinnot of Garrymusky.
      Sinnot of Owlortvicke.
      Sinnot of Ballinhownemore.
      Sinnot of Ballinvacky.
      Sinnot of Balleareele.
      Sinnot of Ballyroe.
      Sinnot of Ballinkilly.
      Sinnot of Monyvilleog.
      Sinnot of Mogangolie.

      These Gentlemen, compleatlie armed, and mounted on horsebacke, in Q. Eliz. warrs, adhearing and unanimous in theyre resolutions, vigorouslie opposed such as appeared Rebellious or disaffected to the Crowne of England; they enjoyed their freeholds and ancient Inheritance untill the late usurped Government, being then as proprietors transplantable. How innocent soever, Loyalty to their King seemed Criminal.'

  • Sources 
    1. [S2997] BOK Synnott Pedigree (Philip H. Hore, unpublished, 1913), page 9.

    2. [S2713] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1092-1096 (Synnott).

    3. [S3507] BOK Hore MSS by Herbert F. Hore, Hore MSS., MSS 31; Manuscript; 1838; page 468; Descendancy of Pierce Synnot of Ballytramon.

    4. [S1920] BOK011, BOK068 Annals of the Sinnott etc Families - M. E. Sinnott, BOK011, BOK068., chart - Pierce Synnot of Ballytramon.

    5. [S2297] TRE Family tree - Sinnett Family Tree (owner James Sinnett) on ancestry.com accessed 12, 22 Jul 2014, 18 Feb 2015.

    6. [S3507] BOK Hore MSS by Herbert F. Hore, Hore MSS., MSS 31; Manuscript; 1838; page 468; Descendancy of Pierce Synnot of Ballytroman.