About Robert Parke, of Carlow
Robert Parke was born 1636 in Carlow, Ireland.
Parents: not known
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Children of Robert Parke are:
- Robert Parke, born 1658 in Ballyredmond, Carlow, Ireland; died 1738 in PA.
- Thomas Parke, born 1660 in Ballyredmond, Carlow, Ireland; died January 31, 1737/38 in PA.
Quarkerism evolved in the North of England in the 17th century and made its first inroads into the Carlow/Kildare region during the Cromwellian plantations of the 1650s. Many Quaker families settled in the Fenagh area, the most notable of which were the Watson's and the Leckys who purchased large farms at Kilconner and Ballykealey respectively.
from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlow, Carlow, county town of Carlow, province of Leinster, Ireland]
The settlement of Carlow is thousands of years old and pre-dates written Irish history. ... The name Carlow is an anglicisation of the Irish language name Ceatharlach. Historically, it was anglicised as Caherlagh, Caterlagh and Catherlagh, which are closer to the Irish spelling. It is generally believed by folk-etymology that this refers to "four lakes", since ceathar means "four" and loch means "lake". However, the name in fact derives from the Old Irish word cethrae "animals, cattle, herds, flocks" (which is related to ceathar, and therefore originally signified "quadruped"). This meaning is confirmed by An Brainse Logainmneacha (The Placenames Branch of Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs) at logainm.ie.
Ballyredmond Wood ... [is] said by many to be the Black Wood referred to in history as the last meeting place of Ard RI and Diarmuid McMurragh before the latter went to seek the aid of the Normans.