Arms. Azure, semee of cross crosslets, three cinquefoils,
Crest. On a chapeau, gules, doubled ermine, a bull passant,
sable, corned, unguled, and furnished.
Motto. Un Dieu, un Roy.
The D'Arcy family claim direct descent from a French family
derived from Charlamagne, named for Castle d'Arcie near
They travelled with William the Conqueror to England, and
were appointed to positions in Ireland in the 14th century.
They established themselves at Kiltullagh, Newforest, Gorteen
and Houndswood. One of the Tribes of Galway, they are not to
be confused with the Darcy families, who are of Gaelic
This family stands highly distinguished in the annals of the
kingdom. Its descent is derived from David D'Arcy, of an
eminent family in France which deduces its origin from
Charlemagne, who took his surname from Castle D'Arcie, his
chief seat, which lay within thirty miles of Paris.
Christopher, having, with a band of his vassals, joined the
crusades, died in Palestine, leaving Thomas his heir, whose
son, Sir Richard D'Arcy, accompanied William the Conqueror
From him descended, Sir John D'Arcy, who was high in repute with Edward II. by whom he
was appointed justice of Ireland in 1323. He married the
Lady Jane Bourke, daughter of Richard, Earl of Ulster, from
which marriage are derived all the D'Arcies of Ireland.
The Galway family is immediately descended from James Riveagh D'Arcy, who settled here about the end of the reign
of Elizabeth, and, in consequence of his superior abilities
and address, rapidly acquired considerable power and
From him sprung in a direct line the house of Kiltulla, and the families of Newforest, in
Galway, (formerly of Clunuane in County Clare), Gorteen and Houndswood
in County Mayo.