Wolfe

Wolfe

Although there have been Woulfes in Ireland since Norman times, the first of the Forenaghts branch was Richard Wolfe of Durham, a Royalist supporter who moved to Ireland prior to 1658.[1] According to a Chancery suit taken in 1665, he lived between Dublin and “Huttonread”, a small farm in the parish of Oughterard, outside Naas, Co. Kildare. Richard was buried in Oughterard Church in the winter of 1678 and succeeded by his only son, 33-year-old John Wolfe.

[1] Mc Lysaght and other authorities, seduced into error by the presence of the same surname in the same county, did not accept that the original Woulfes of ‘Woulfes Country’ near Athy and the Wolfes of Forenaghts had no connection. R.T. Wolfe, in “The Wolfes of Forenaghts, Kildare and Dublin”, written in 1885, proves this beyond any shadow of a doubt. Wolfe, a highly capable historian and genealogist, makes extensive use of documents subsequently destroyed in the Four Courts fire of 1922.

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