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George (0501) of Greenville, Co. Kerry, was born in 1751. In 1783 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Major Fitzmaurice O’Connor, 16th Regiment, later The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment, by whom he had seven sons and two daughters. He was a JP, and High Sheriff in 1795. He died in 1829, having founded the line of Sandes of Greenville, (see Annexure E), to which we are incorrectly shown as belonging in Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland 1904. In the Ballylongford burial ground is a tomb inscribed with Sandes arms of four cross-crosslets and griffon crest and the words ‘Family Vault Sandes of Greenville’. As the arms with four crosses were not granted until 1898 the tomb itself may date from after this. Greenville lies about two miles west of Listowel, a fact that I only discovered about 1990. When I visited it in 1992, the original house had vanished, but the occupant of the existing farmhouse told me that the old Sandes home had been a thatched building that had been destroyed many years ago; all that remained was a bell mouthed walled entrance from the road and the remains of an avenue along the track to the house.

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