Copy of original letter - April 1908 (Letter from Thomas Clowry)
In compliance with your request that I tell you something about our family I will write and tell you what I know about them. First about the Clowrys. Early in the 17th century our paternal ancestor, whose name was McClowry came down to Carlow County from the North of Ireland.
The McClowrys originally came across the English Channel (Irish Sea) from Scotland. He and his family were part of the thousands of the inhabitants of that Section who were driven out by the Orangemen and compelled to seek a home in some other parts.
They came down to Carlow County, settled on a farm called Kilrush (commonly called Crush) and then raised a family of sons and daughters. One of the sons was named Jeremiah (the neighbors called him Darby). When (he) grew to manhood he married a wife whose name was Mary Crowe and who came from the adjoining county Wexford. They built up, occupied and cultivated a farm of about 200 acres of fine, fertile land in the Township of Kilken, immediately adjoining the Kilrush farm.