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Historical notes on the ancient sept of Clancy/Glancy of Dartry

Compiled by Maria Clancy
Published by Linden Publishing Company.
The geographical location of this sept is in the northeastern area of Co. Sligo stretching into parts of Co. Leitrim in the region of Lough Gill. The Glancy/Clancy sept claim to be of Gaelic aristocratic origins and to have been around for some one thousand years. They can show a pedigree dating back to 1590 to a Teige Óg MacClancy.
Under the many chapter headings there are twelve interesting titles, which cover a time scale from medieval history to some modern day members of the sept. One slight criticism here would be the quality of reproduction of some of these photos. They fail to add anything to the accompanying text.
Under the heading “County Sligo Miscellanies” there are a number of articles pertaining to various personalities of the families down through the ages with extracts from the Hearth Roll Tax to Tithe Applotment and on to a detailed account of a John J. Clancy who became the Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1914.
There are also a number of brief biographies of other prominent sept members such as, William Clancy a leading Fenian of his day, Rev. John J. Clancy, the bishop of Elphin and another John who was elected to the first Dail. Two others of note, who were obviously Indian civil servants, were Reginald J. Clancy finance minister to a Nizam in India circa 1911 and a Bertrand J. Clancy who was governor of the Punjab 1941 to 1946.
All in all a very interesting group of people and although limited in its appeal to genealogists it will be of great benefit to any who are researching this name and this area.
Published Ireland 2007 / ISBN: 978-1-905487-08-0 Paperback, 100 pages incl. b/w photos and maps
Available from: Maria Clancy, 42, Evora Crescent, Howth, County Dublin, Ireland or email:
Price: Euro 20, Stg.£15, U.S.$30, Aus$30, Can.$30 incl. p. & p. Pay by cash or cheque.

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