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Two William O’Durges and the Battle of Drogheda

An Irish massacre and unclear family origins

A black and white engraving of soldiers killing civilians at drogheda
1868 illustration by Henry Edward Doyle of the massacre at Drogheda. Published in: An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800, by Mary Frances Cusack. Public domain. Source

An early 17th century ancestor of mine, Sir William O’Durge, was born about 1605 in Ireland, presumably in Drogheda-in-Meath. William was the last of the known family in Ireland, as the line was severed by religion and politics and the circumstances of his life are…



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