Magennis is an Irish
Irish people
The Irish people are an ethnic group who originate in Ireland, an island in northwestern Europe. Ireland has been populated for around 9,000 years , with the Irish people's earliest ancestors recorded having legends of being descended from groups such as the Nemedians, Fomorians, Fir Bolg, Tuatha...

Family name
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, derived from or the Sons of Angus, sometimes also spelt as Maginnis. The most famous branch controlled west County Down
County Down
-Cities:*Belfast *Newry -Large towns:*Dundonald*Newtownards*Bangor-Medium towns:...

, particularly the Iveagh baronies, and occasionally Dundrum Castle
Dundrum Castle
Dundrum Castle is a castle, situated above the town of Dundrum, County Down, Northern Ireland. It was constructed by John de Courcy, sometime near the beginning of the 13th century, following his invasion of Ulster...

 to the east. The Magennis, Lords of Iveagh, are descendants of the Uí Echach Cobo
Uí Echach Cobo
Uí Echach Cobo were a branch of the Dál nAraidi in Ulster . They gave their name to the early medieval Kingdom of Coba located in the baronies of Upper and Lower Iveagh in modern County Down...

 branch of the Dál nAraidi
Dál nAraidi
Dál nAraidi was a kingdom of the Cruthin in the north-east of Ireland in the first millennium. The lands of the Dál nAraidi appear to correspond with the Robogdii of Ptolemy's Geographia, a region shared with Dál Riata...

 dynasty of the Cruthin
The Cruthin were a people of early Ireland, who occupied parts of Counties Down, Antrim and Londonderry in the early medieval period....

. "Iveagh" derives from "Uibh Eachach", the genitive of Uí Echach.

Their closest kin were the McCartan
McCartan is a surname of Irish origins. Derived from Mac Artáin, which denotes the son of Artán, the surname was taken by chiefs of Kinelarty in County Down. The surname was thought to have lost its prefix to become Carton, Cartin, Carten and Cartan...

s of Kinelarty. John O'Hart
John O'Hart
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 prepared their pedigree in his Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation.

The heir of the former lords of Iveagh was created "Viscount Magennis of Iveagh" in 1623 by King James I of England. The title was attainted in 1693 after the Williamite war. Claiming a descent from the Magennis clan, Sir Edward Guinness
Edward Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh
Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, KP, GCVO, FRS was an Irish philanthropist and businessman.-Public life:...

 took the title "Lord Iveagh" in 1891, and then Earl of Iveagh
Earl of Iveagh
Earl of Iveagh is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1919 for the businessman and philanthropist Edward Guinness, 1st Viscount Iveagh. He was the third son of Sir Benjamin Guinness, 1st Baronet, of Ashford, and the great-grandson of Arthur Guinness, the founder of the...

 in 1919.

Magennis clan

The clan ruled in west County Down before the Norman invasion of 1169 and allied itself to the Earldom of Ulster from 1177 until the death of William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster
William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster
William de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster and 4th Baron of Connaught , was a noble in the Peerage of Ireland.-Background:...

 in 1333. By 1500 the chief's family
The derbfine was an Irish agnatic kinship group and power structure as defined in the law tracts of the eighth century. Its principal purpose was as an institution of property inheritance, with property redistributed on the death of a member to those remaining members of the derbfine...

 had 12 branches, with the strongest based in Rathfriland
Rathfriland is a village in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is a hilltop Plantation of Ulster settlement between the Mourne Mountains, Slieve Croob and Banbridge. It had a population of 2,079 people in the 2001 Census.-History:...

 and Kilwarlin. On the losing side at the Battle of Bellahoe (1539), in 1543 the chief travelled to Greenwich
Greenwich is a district of south London, England, located in the London Borough of Greenwich.Greenwich is best known for its maritime history and for giving its name to the Greenwich Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time...

 and accepted terms of surrender and regrant
Surrender and regrant
During the Tudor conquest of Ireland , "surrender and regrant" was the legal mechanism by which Irish clans were to be converted from a power structure rooted in clan and kin loyalties, to a late-feudal system under the English legal system...

, and was knighted as Sir Arthur Guinez. In 1584-85 his son Sir Hugh was again regranted his lands, then about 100,000 acres. Though uninvolved in the Nine Years' War
Nine Years' War (Ireland)
The Nine Years' War or Tyrone's Rebellion took place in Ireland from 1594 to 1603. It was fought between the forces of Gaelic Irish chieftains Hugh O'Neill of Tír Eoghain, Hugh Roe O'Donnell of Tír Chonaill and their allies, against English rule in Ireland. The war was fought in all parts of the...

 (1594-1603), about half of the clan's lands were sold in the 1610s and 1620s during the Plantation of Ulster
Plantation of Ulster
The Plantation of Ulster was the organised colonisation of Ulster—a province of Ireland—by people from Great Britain. Private plantation by wealthy landowners began in 1606, while official plantation controlled by King James I of England and VI of Scotland began in 1609...

. The chief was created a viscount
A viscount or viscountess is a member of the European nobility whose comital title ranks usually, as in the British peerage, above a baron, below an earl or a count .-Etymology:...

 in 1623 and he and some cousins were members of the Irish parliament, supporting Confederate Ireland
Confederate Ireland
Confederate Ireland refers to the period of Irish self-government between the Rebellion of 1641 and the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649. During this time, two-thirds of Ireland was governed by the Irish Catholic Confederation, also known as the "Confederation of Kilkenny"...

 in the 1640s and the Patriot Parliament
Patriot Parliament
The Patriot Parliament is the name given to the session of the Irish Parliament called by King James II of Ireland during the War of the Two Kings in 1689. The parliament met in one session, from 7 May 1689 to 20 July 1689, and was the only session of the Irish Parliament under King James II.The...

 of 1689.

Magennis viscounts

The viscountcy lasted from 1623 to 1693 in the peerage of Ireland
Peerage of Ireland
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  • Arthur (d 1629), created viscount in 1623; married to Sarah, a daughter of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
  • Hugh (1599-1639); married Mary Bellew of Bellewstown
    Bellewstown is a village on the Hill of Crockafotha in County Meath in Ireland. The village is situated in a rural setting with views of the Mourne Mountains to the north and the Irish Sea to the east....

  • Arthur (d. 1683); married Margaret O'Reilly.
  • Hugh (1630-84); married Rose O'Neill
  • Bryan (d.1692); married Margaret de Burgh
  • Phelim (d. before 1701)

In 1693 the title became attainted
In English criminal law, attainder or attinctura is the metaphorical 'stain' or 'corruption of blood' which arises from being condemned for a serious capital crime . It entails losing not only one's property and hereditary titles, but typically also the right to pass them on to one's heirs...

 after the Williamite War in Ireland
Williamite war in Ireland
The Williamite War in Ireland—also called the Jacobite War in Ireland, the Williamite-Jacobite War in Ireland and in Irish as Cogadh an Dá Rí —was a conflict between Catholic King James II and Protestant King William of Orange over who would be King of England, Scotland and Ireland...



  • James Joseph Magennis
    James Joseph Magennis
    James Joseph Magennis VC was a Belfast-born recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces...

     (1919-1986), Northern Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Josh Magennis
    Josh Magennis
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     (born 1990), Northern Irish professional footballer
  • William Magennis
    William Magennis
    William Magennis was an Irish politician and university professor. Born in Belfast, he was educated at Belvedere College, Dublin, and University College Dublin. In 1893 he was called to the Bar...

     (1867-1946), Irish politician and university professor
  • Ken Maginnis, Baron Maginnis of Drumglass
    Ken Maginnis, Baron Maginnis of Drumglass
    Kenneth Wiggins Maginnis, Lord Maginnis of Drumglass is a Northern Irish Ulster Unionist politician who sits in the House of Lords...

     (born 1938), Northern Irish politician
  • John Maginnis
    John Maginnis
    John Edward Maginnis was a Northern Irish politician. He was Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for Armagh from 1959 until he stood down at the February 1974 general election.-References:...

The name can also be spelt "McGuinness
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", as in:
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  • Paul McGuinness
    Paul McGuinness
    Paul McGuinness is the main shareholder and founder of Principle Management Limited: an artist management company based in Dublin, Ireland, which has managed U2 from the start of their successful career...

    , manager of U2
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  • Martin McGuinness
    Martin McGuinness
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  • Mairead McGuinness
    Mairead McGuinness
    Mairead McGuinness is an Irish politician and Member of the European Parliament for the East constituency. She is a member of Fine Gael, part of the European People's Party.-Education and media career:...

In America the name is more often spelt "Maginnis"; see:
  • Charles Donagh Maginnis
    Charles Donagh Maginnis
    Considered the father of American Gothic architecture, Charles Donagh Maginnis was born in County Londonderry, Ireland on January 7, 1867. He was educated in Dublin, emigrated to Boston at age 18 and got his first job apprenticing for architect Edmund M. Wheelwright as a draftsman. In 1900 he...

  • John Maginnis
    John Maginnis (Louisiana political writer)
    John Maginnis is a writer of columns and commentaries on current political events in Louisiana. His column, always about the latest political event in Louisiana, appears in newspapers and other sources around the state. His web site is read by political analysts nationwide as a barometer of...

  • Martin Maginnis
    Martin Maginnis
    Martin Maginnis was a nineteenth century politician, publisher, editor and miner from Minnesota and the Montana Territory.-Biography:...

  • Robert L. Maginnis
    Robert L. Maginnis
    Robert L. Maginnis is a retired US Army lieutenant colonel and military commentator on CNN and Fox News.He was part of the Pentagon military analyst program.-References:...

  • Robert P. Maginnis
    Robert P. Maginnis
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  • Ross A. McGinnis
    Ross A. McGinnis
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  • Maginnis & Walsh
    Maginnis & Walsh
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Other variant spellings include:
  • Alban Maginness
    Alban Maginness
    Alban Maginness is a Nationalist politician in Northern Ireland.Maginness was born in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. He completed his secondary education at St. Malachy's College, Belfast. He then attended the New University of Ulster and subsequently Queen's University of Belfast where...

  • Paul McGennis
    Paul McGennis
    Paul McGennis, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin pleaded guilty in 1997 to two charges of sexually assaulting a girl at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin when he was chaplain there in 1960...

  • McGinnis
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The Border Chieftains of Ulster

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