Captain James Wright arrived with Cromwell's army in Dublin in 1649. To
finance Cromwell's campaign to put down the "rebellious" Irish who just
could not accept English rule, Parliament devised a scheme where every
person who contributed was to receive estates and manors of 1000 acres, and
lands proportionately less for smaller sums. This Act of Subscription began
in 1642 and in 1653 Ireland was declared subdued and the lands were given
out. James Wright acquired the estates of Gola and Carrachor in western
County Monaghan, in 1666. These were tumultuous times in Ireland. In 1689,
James Wright, gentleman, is listed amongst those English Protestants who was
forced to forfeit his Irish lands when the Catholic James II set up a
parliament in Dublin. There is a story that when the original Irish owner of
the lands, Arthur MacMahon, tried to reclaim his land in 1689, James Wright
and his neighbour John Slack armed themselves and killed MacMahon on the
shores of Drumloo. When James II was defeated by William III at the Battle
of the Boyne in 1690, James Wright had his lands restored to him. Bitterness
lasted centuries - during the troubles of 1922, the Gola house was burned
and the stones of the wrecked house were used to construct the present Roman
Catholic Church and the stone coat of arms was thrown down the well, then 85
feet deep, and 30 feet of rubble was thrown on top.
When James was elderly, his second wife. Mary Slacke prevailed upon him to
disinherit his son William whose mother was jmaes's first wife, Jane Owen in
favour of her own son, Joseph. Ironically Joseph’s son died in 1763 without
an heir and Gola passed back to the line started by Jane Owen in accordance
with that son’s will.
Buried: Tedavnet, County Monaghan
Will: James made his will Nov. 21, 1700 and
it was proved May 22, 1701. In it, he desired to be buried in the church at
Tedavnet, and disinherited his eldest son William, by his first wife Jane
Owen, in favour of his son Joseph by his 2nd wife Mary, leaving the estate
of Gola to Joseph, and Drumloo to Thomas.
Arms: Azure, two bars argent in chief three
leopards heads, or, with crest a dexter arm, embowed, couped, in armor,
habited azure, cuffed argent holding in hand a spear proper, broken of the
Notes: Thomas inherited Carrachor House in
Scotstown, County Monaghan as well as the estate of Drumloo upon the death
of his father in 1700. (The inheritance was unusual - James disinherited his
eldest son, by his his first wife, and give his primary estate, Gola, to his
second son, and his secondary estate, Drumloo, to his third son Thomas).
Drumloo is a townland of 137 acres in county Monaghan.
Death: 1725 (??? see marriage date, Jane birth date). Thomas died
intestate & letters of administration were taken out by his wife,
Eleanor & his eldest son, John.
Mother: Jane (Owen) Wright
Married: Emily Scott in 1659
Notes: William was the eldest son of his
father, James Wright, but was disinherited in favour of children from
James's second marriage. Ironically, the estate he would have inherited,
Gola, passed back into his family in later generations when Isabella Wright
married James Wood, who assumed the name James Wood Wright.