/ French Family
Arms. Ermine, a chevron, sable.
Crest. A Dolphin, embowed, upon rocks, proper.
Motto. One heart, one mind.
The French family, sometimes written
Ffrench in the old manner, are one of the most distinguished
of the Tribes of Galway.
The originally accompanied
William the Conqueror to England, and were amongst the first
wave of Anglo-Norman settlers in Ireland.
They left fine seats at Castle French, Monivea, Frenchgrove, Rahasane and Tyrone in Galway; as well
as several in Mayo & Roscommon as well. Very few of the
family left now.
This family is descended from Sir Maximilian Ffrench,
the first of the name, whose descendants accompanied their
kinsman, William the Conqueror, into England. Their
original place of settlement in Ireland, together with many
other English and Anglo-Norman adventurers, was County
Wexford; From there, over time, they gradually spread
throughout the other parts of Ireland.
Two families of the name settled at different periods in
Galway, the first, with Walter French, in the reign of Henry
VI. about the year 1425. The other, with Henry Begg
Ffrench, in the reign of Elizabeth; since which time, they
have ranked amongst the most considerable in the Province.
The family of Castle Ffrench, near Ahascragh
in County Galway, was raised to the dignity of the Peerage,
in the year 1798. The Right Honorable Charles Baron Ffrench,
of Castle Ffrench is the present Lord.
The other branches
of the French name, are those of Ballinahalla, now of
Beagh, Carrorea, Elmhill, Ffrenchgrove, Monivea, Portcarn, Rahasane
and Tyrone in County Galway, Ballykeneave and Culliane in County Mayo, and Foxborough, Frenchpark, Port, Rocksavage and Snipehill, in