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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 728 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ROSCOMMON, a market town and the county town of Co. Roscommon, Ireland, situated on rising ground in a bare plain in the centre of the county, on the Mayo line of the Midland Great Western railway, 18t m. N.W. by N. from Athlone. Pop. (1901) 1891. It contains the county buildings, and has Protestant and Roman Catholic churches, the latter of which is a fine building completed in 1903. An extensive trade is carried on in agricultural produce and live stock. A castle, dating from 1268, when it was founded by John d'Ufford, justiciary of Ireland, stands, an imposing mass of ruins, but far gone in decay, overlooking the plain. It fell to besiegers in 1566, 1642 and 1652, and was partially burned after the battle of Aughrim in 1691. There are also remains of a Dominican priory of the middle of the 13th century, founded by Felim O'Conor, king of Connaught, and exhibiting fine, though mutilated, details of the style of that period. The name of the town, signifying St Coman's wood, is derived from the saint who founded the monastery of Canons Regular here in the 6th century. The town received charters from Edward I. and James I. Two m. N.E. are small remains of the abbey of Deerane.
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I am presently comming to Ireland to fix my heritage. My family of Canon's and Cannon's came to the USA in 1420 our matriarch came to New York in 1637. I would like to see if any people and or land still exists. If it does I would like the place where they and or it can be found. I am writing from St Cloud, MN, USA so it makes it very hard to find what I want. I know that the Cannon's have old delapadated Castles and there is some property that still exists. I am looking for what exists but more over the family. Thank you for your help and I will be in touch. Dr Michael Cannon St Cloud, MN, USA
Regarding the assertion by Dr Michael Cannon of St Cloud MS USA that his ancestors on his father's side came to the USA in 1420 I wonder how this can be so. Columbus did not discover America until 1492! I have great faith in the ingenuity of the Cannons but is this not a little over the top? C Cannon Dublin
C. Cannon, Dublin: Im sorry if this post confused you but the point of 1420 was the year that my ancestor's left their home. They stayed in other places, it took over 200 years to raise enough money for their passage. Their point of landing was in New York in 1637. The ship's name, manifest, census and ages can all be found in a book published by my Grandmother's Parish Priest and available for loan at the Cleveland, Denver, Omaha and New York public libraries. Again Im sorry for the confusion. M Cannon
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