Richard de Burgh, 2nd earl of
- known as
the Red Earl of Ulster
- Unknown but around 1259 Died - July 29, 1326 at Athassel
Monastery, near Cashel, County Tipperary.
One of the most powerful Irish nobles of the late
13th and early 14th centuries, a member of a historic Anglo-Irish family
the Burghs and son of Walter de Burgh (c. 1230-71), the 1st Earl
of Ulster (of the second creation).
1286 he led a ferocious attack on Connaught and reestablished his family's power
deposing Brian O'Neill as the chief native king and substituting a nominee of
his own. He led his forces
from Ireland to support England's King Edward I in his Scottish campaigns
and when the forces of Edward de Bruce's invaded Ulster in 1315, the Earl
led a force against him, although he had given his daughter Elizabeth in
marriage to Robert de Bruce who later became King of Scotland in around 1304.
of Richard de Burgh were the De Mandeville's who ruled the Route from
their seat at Dunluce Castle, they are believed to have been descendent from
William de Mandeville, the Earl of Essex. Their is also a link between the De Mandeville's,
Dunluce Castle and the McQuillen's clan. The chief of the
McQuillen's was also a Lord of the Route and believed to have lived
Dunluce Castle - One theory suggest the MacQuillen's came from the De Mandeville's
line and gaelicized their name to MacUighilin or MacHugelin and that
MacQuillen is a derivative of that. It was common for Anglo Norman's
who settled in Ireland to gaelicize their names - many became, as an
old saying goes ' more Irish than the Irish' - a fact that seems to go
hand in hand with many Anglo-Irish people.