Hugh Massy, II

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Hugh Massy, II

Birthdate:
Death: circa 1701 (33-49)
Immediate Family:

Son of Captain Hugh Massey and Margaret Massy
Husband of Amy Massy
Father of Hugh Massy, III; Very Rev. Charles Massy; William Massy; Margaret Baker; John Massy and 3 others

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About Hugh Massy, II

Hugh Massy (Hugh II) Hugh Massy, eldest son of Captain Hugh Massy (Hugh I) and Margaret Percy, was probably born in England prior to the acquisition of Duntrileague in 1659 and arrived in Ireland after that date. A book, Footprints of a Faithful Servant, written by the Rev. Dawson Massy records the following of Hugh II’s time at Duntrileague:- “During the next thirty years he remained there undisturbed, and trebled his possessions by divine blessing on his industry.”

Hugh II married Amy Benson of the North of Ireland, and had four sons, Hugh, John (ancestor of the Ingoldsby Massys), William (ancestor of the Stoneville Massys), and Charles (ancestor of the Dillon Massys), and two daughters, Margaret and Amy. At its most prosperous the Duntrileague property extended to 2,293 acres. In 1674 Hugh II was appointed High Sheriff for Co. Limerick. He also built the church at Duntrileague, the ruined tower of which still stands. His father Hugh I made a present of a bell to the church. The period from the accession of the Catholic King James II in 1685, to the battle of the Boyne in 1690, brought terror to the Protestant population in Ireland who believed that they would see a repeat of the atrocities of 1641. An Act of Attainder listed nearly 2,500 Protestants who were condemned to death. Hugh I and Hugh II were listed, as was Anthony Irby, who was rector of Duntrileague. His wife Elizabeth, Hugh I’s daughter, was out of the country during this troubled time. When she returned, she was overjoyed at finding her husband, father and brother still alive. In thanksgiving she gave a beautiful silver chalice, exquisitely inscribed, to Duntrileague Church: This Chalice was given by Elizabeth Irby to ye Church of Duntryleage in the Kingdome of Ireland as a grateful acknowledgement to Almighty God for her safe Returne to her native Country and findeing her Husband and Father in good health: which Mercy she hopes never to forget. The Chalice is of London silver, probably made between 1678 and 1690 and is in the safekeeping of the Dean of Cashel. After King James II’s flight to France, following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, fighting continued around Limerick. At Christmas 1690, Hugh II visited the Cromwellian General Ginkel at Bansha about 20 miles east of Duntrileague and he obtained a troop of forty dragoons to protect his house. On his return he found the house at Duntrileague in flames. He managed to save an outbuilding in which he lived until a replacement house was built. Hugh II died at Duntrileague in 1701 and is reputed to be buried under the floor of the church