Arms. Vert, a chevron, or, between two squirrels, counter
sejant, in chief, and one in base, proper.
squirrel, sejant, proper.
Motto. Primus ultimusque in
The Skerritt family have been
noted in the county since 1242, and were a well established
member of the Tribes of Galway.
They had seats at Ballinduff, Drungriffin, and
Nutgrove, as well as properties in County Clare.
This old family is of considerable antiquity
in Galway. The name was originally Huscared; and they derive
their origin from an English family, one of whom, Roger Huscared, is mentioned by Dugdale, as a judge, at a very
early period. Robert Huscared, or Scared, held lands in
Connaught, under Richard de Burgo, in 1242.
In the registry
of the monastery of Athenry, Walter Huscared and Johanna
his wife, are mentioned amongst the principal benefactors of
that foundation. Richard Scared or Skeret, who is
supposed to have been their son, was Provost of Galway, in
1378. To him belonged, the estate of Ardfry, in Mearuidhe,
and other lands about Clare-yn-dowl, now
the friars minors; of which convent, he bestowed a piece of
ground, on which, part of their monastery was built.
these lands are held by his descendants to this day. The
principal branches of this name, at present, are those of Ballinduff, Carnacrow, Drumgriflin and Nutgrove in
County Galway and Finvarra and Funchien in County Clare.
See History of other Tribes