Being Catholic and having taken part in the War of 1641 the Darcys lost much of their lands. Nicholas, a youngster in the time of the War was declared ‘an innocent’ and managed to retain lands in the Martry area. However he proved to be a bad manager and having run into debt was forced to lease out his lands in the Martry area in 1668. The lessee was Michael Tisdall.
Michael’s father, also called Michael, was the first Tisdall in Ireland. He was a tradesman or professional from England. He married a settler woman named Anne Singleton and they had seven sons and two daughters. His eldest son Michael, born in 1637 was sent to school in Dublin where he studied law. While there he met his future wife, Anne Barry, the niece of Sir James Barry (later Lord Santry) the Chief Justice of the Court of the Kings Bench.
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