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O'Neill's of the Island of Martinique

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:52 pm
by Miles Hispaniae
There were many O’Neill’s in the Caribbean especially the O’Neill’s Counts of Tyrone of the Aodh Mór mac Feardorcha Ó Néill line. Who lived in the Spanish Netherlands Don Patrick O'Neill was born in Spanish Netherlands (modern day Belgium) in 1622 and given the courtesy title of Count of Tyrone in deference to his father's title which was taken upon the death of Hugh O'Neill in Rome 1616. Patrick O'Neill and his cousin Eoghan Rua Ó Néill, anglicized as Owen Roe O'Neill (c. 1590–1649) "Red Owen", was a seventeenth century soldier and one of the most famous of the O'Neill family of Ulster O'Neill was the son of Art O'Neill, a younger brother of Hugh O'Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone . As a young man, left Ireland in the Flight of the Earls to escape the English conquest of his native Ulster. He grew up in the Spanish Netherlands and spent 40 years serving in the Irish regiment of the Spanish army. He saw most of his combat in the Eighty Years' War against the Dutch Republic in Flanders, notably at the siege of Arras, where he commanded the Spanish garrison. O'Neill was, like many Gaelic Irish officers in the Spanish service, very hostile to the English Protestant presence in Ireland. Both cousins returned to Ireland during the Irish Rebellion of 1641 to fight in the Irish Confederate Wars. Owen Roe O'Neill was poisoned by the Cromwell supporters and died in 1649. Patrick O'Neill left Ireland and took loyalty and arms for the King of France and moved his family to the Island of Martinique there they lived for 200 years.

Am in search for any O'Neill's in the Island of Martinique or surrounding Islands. Possible descendants of Hugh O'Neill , 2nd Earl of Tyrone.

I would suggets a Y-DNA test for any male O'Neill.