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The Norman conquest of England began in 1066 AD with the invasion of the Kingdom of England by the troops of conqueror Guillaume Le Conqurant aka "William the Conqueror" (Duke of Normandy) and his success at the Battle of Hastings resulted in Norman control of England.

For distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.

These pages are simply an attempt to research and document where our families have come from, plus any other interesting tid-bits.

English, Welsh, and Irish Purcells are of Norman decent. Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus pig Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials.

Nicholas Purcell, 13th Baron of Loughmoe (1651 4 March 1722) was the first son of Colonel James Purcell of Loughmoe and Elizabeth Butler, sister the influential James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde.

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In the 1170 Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, Sir Hugh Purcell came to Ireland with Richard 'Strongbow' de Clare (created Lord of Leinster by the King of England) and was soon after "slaine by the Waterfordians," leaving two sons, (a) Sir Walter, ancestor of the Loughmoe family, and (b) Sir Hugh, Jr.

Over the coming weeks I'll be listing my surnames starting with "A" and going through the alphabet until I reach "Z".

I'll preface this with a caveat - most surnames are more common than you might think, so sharing a surname doesn't mean we're related.

The Blackcastle as it is known, was built in the Town Park in 1450 by the Butlers. A petition submitted to the Council on December 12, 1658 by John Parcell and Ytie Jans, two sorrowful sinners, ask for pardon and leave to marry.

This building and its manor lands were occupied by them and leased to the families of Purcell of Loughmore and Morris of Knocka On the ship Constance which departed London for Virginia arriving in October 24, 1635 there is one Thomas Pursell Thomas Purcell's (1666) parents are unknown but his grandfather was thought to be Thomas Purcell who came to America on the sailing vessel, Constance, in 1635, age 16, from London. The Council allowed them to remain three months to settle their affairs, but must separate from each other at once.Purcells were adherents of the Butlers (Earls of Ormonde) and captains of their army.



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