The Millett Ancestors


The Millett Ancestors

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Dr. Michael G Millett I of Tipperary HouseMichael is very interested in Genealogy.

Matthew Richard Millett


– A couple of the Famous Family Connections
~ Just For Fun !



This page, material and work is dedicated to my father Matthew Richard Millett 1924-2005 who loved history and genealogy

Michael hopes it inspires others to look into their own history, heritage and ancestors for fun, healing, inspiration and a whole lot more !

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. ~Edmund Burke
(1729 – 1797) – Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, and member of the British House of Commons.

Aubrey Thomas De Vere

Aubrey Thomas De Vere(1814-1902), Michael`s 3rd Cousin 4 times removed. Irish poet and critic, being the third son of Sir Aubrey de Vere Hunt (1788-1846).
Michael`s 2nd Cousin 5 times removed.
Sir Aubrey, conscious of links with the grander De Vere family of Oxford, assumed the surname De Vere in lieu of Hunt on 15 March 1832.
He dropped the final name by royal license.
Sir Aubrey was himself a poet. Wordsworth called his sonnets the “most perfect of the age.”
Aubrey will be chiefly remembered for the impulse which he gave to the study of Celtic legend and literature.
After Matthew Arnold’s fine lecture on “Celtic Literature,” nothing perhaps did more to help the Celtic revival than Aubrey de Vere’s tender insight into the Irish character, and his stirring reproductions of the early Irish epic poetry.


King Dermot MacMurrough of Leinster and King Brian Boru

King Dermot MacMurrough of LeinsterKing Brian Boru(1110 – 1 May 1171), Dermot was King of Leinster in Ireland.
Michael is directly related to Dermot MacMurrough and through marriage to his wife Mor O’Toole through his direct line lineage (they are his great, great, great etc grandparents) through their daughter, Aoife of Leinster
Aoife of Leinster or Aoife Ní Diarmait is Michael`s great, great, great etc grandmother (direct line).
Dermot`s father’s grandmother Dervorgilla was a daughter of Donnchad, King of Munster and was a grand-daughter of Brian Boru (direct line).
Brian Boru was the last great High King of Ireland and perhaps the greatest military leader the country has ever known.
Brian Boru (c. 941-23 April 1014) was born Brian Bóruma Mac Cennétig, one of 12 sons, and was the founder of the O’Brien dynasty and he died at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
Dermot`s daughter, Aoife of Leinster (Michael`s great, great, great etc grandmother) is sometimes known as Red Eva, or in Irish: Aoife Rua because she conducted battles on behalf of her husband.

She was known later as Eva of Leinster. She was married in Waterford in 1170 to Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, better known as Strongbow.
He was the leader of the Norman invasion force in Ireland for King Henry II of England.
Aoife agreed to this arranged marriage because her father, Dermot had visited England to ask for an invasion army, and this marriage was part of the deal.
Today, a life-size statue of Aoife sits at Carrickfergus Castle in County Antrim, with a plaque describing her as “thinking of home.”


William The Conqueror

william the conquerorWilliam was the first Norman King of England from Christmas, 1066 until his death in 1087. William is connected to Michael through Aubrey de Vere, 1st Earl of Oxford and Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, Lord of Leinster, Justiciar of Ireland who are direct descendents of the Dukes of Normandy from Richard fitz Gilbert, who accompanied William the Conqueror into England during the Norman conquest of 1066, claiming the throne of England, then held by his childless cousin, Edward the Confessor. Michael and William share the same great, great, great etc grandfather, being Richard I, Duke of Normandy (Richard the Fearless).
Michael`s great, great, great etc grandfather, Godfrey de Clare was the eldest illegitimate son in the paternal line of Richard the Fearless. William`s great grandfather was the eldest legitimate son of Richard the Fearless called Richard II, Duke of Normandy.
William`s father Robert the Magnificent, was unmarried himself, and had the one son, William by his mistress Herleva who came from Falaise in Normandy. The difference in their social status made marriage impossible.
Robert the Magnificent later had another child, Adelaide of Normandy.
William and Michael are also the great-great-great grandsons etc of Rollo which is a Latin translation from the Old Norse name Hrólfr, the Norse nobleman of Norwegian or Danish descent who founded Normandy.


Henry VIII. Tudor King of England

Henry VIII(1491 – 1547). Michael is related to Henry through Michael`s direct lineage to Plantagenet King Edward III of England`s via Edward`s son, the first Duke of Clarence, Michael`s great, great, great grandfather etc (Lionel) whose brother was Edward of Langley and then down through him to Elizabeth of York, who was Henry`s mother.
Edward was crowned King of England at the age of fourteen in 1327, following the deposition of his father, Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor.
Besides Henry`s six marriages, Henry VIII is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry’s struggles with Rome, led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.


Ferdinand III of CastileSaint Ferdinand III

(1199 – 1252). Ferdinand was the King of Castile from 1217 and King of Galicia and Leon from 1230.
He was canonised in 1671 by Pope Clement X. and, in Spanish, he is known as Fernando el Santo, San Fernando or San Fernando Rey.
He is Michael`s great, great, great etc. etc grandfather through his daughter (Eleanor of Castille) from his second marriage to Joan, Countess of Ponthieu.
King Ferdinand captured the city of Cordova on 29 June, 1236 from the Muslims during the Spanish Reconquista.
In California, the City of San Fernando and the San Fernando Valley, were named after him and placed under his patronage.
His daughter Eleanor (Michael`s great, great, great grandmother etc) was the first queen consort of Edward I of England.
On her death in 1290, Edward erected 12 “Eleanor Crosses” (memorial crosses) on route with her body from Lincoln to Westminster Abbey in London. The locations of the 12 crosses were: Lincoln, Grantham, Stamford, Geddington, Northampton, Stony Stratford, Woburn, Dunstable,  St Albans, Waltham, Westcheap, and Charing which later became known as Charing Cross.


Helen Beatrix PotterHelen “Beatrix Potter”

(1866-1943), World Famous English author and illustrator of picture-books for young children.
She was the creator of the wonderful animal characters: Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny.
Hester Rosa Barrington Millett’s, (b.1858) daughter was Catherine Christobel de Vere Allen, Michael`s 2nd Cousin twice removed. Catherine`s husband was Edward Durning Holt (b.1878), his mother was Lawrencina Potter, her father was Richard Potter Jnr, his father was Richard Potter Snr, his father was John Potter (b.1728) – Helen Beatrix Potter is descended from this John Potter.



Lady Diana Frances Spencer, HRH The Princess of Wales

Diana Spencer(1961-1997), Michael is related to Diana on her father`s side through Michael`s family`s relationship to the Hunt`s and de Vere`s and in particular John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford. (Michael`s great, great etc. grandfather and also Diana`s).
John was an Esquire for the Body at the funeral of Henry VII in 1509, and was knighted by Henry VIII on the 25 September 1513 at Tournai, after the Battle of the Spurs. In 1526, he was appointed Great Chamberlain for life, and was made a Knight of the Garter on 21 October 1527.
John de Vere bore the crown at Anne Boleyn`s coronation in April 1533, but later served on the commission which tried Anne on 15 May 1536.

Diana had been a kindergarten teacher. She became heavily involved in charitable work, worked tirelessly for concerns related to AIDS, and was a fierce opponent of the use of land mines. She was very interested in complementary medicine and therapy.
Diana`s two sons, Princes William and Harry, are second and fourth, respectively, in line to the thrones of the United Kingdom and the other 15 Commonwealth Realms.


Queen Elizabeth IIHRH Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

Michael is related to Queen Elizabeth II, the current UK monarch through a shared great, great etc grandmother –
Philippa Plantagenet, 5th Countess of Ulster.
To see the complete connection and connecting tree, go here.



Rt. Hon Sir Winston Churchill. 1874-1965

Michael is related to Winston Churchill in two ways:
1) Bloodline:
Winston Churchill and Michael share the same great, great grandfather etc. notibly, John De Vere. 15th Earl of Oxford.
John De Vere and Elizabeth Trussell had seven children.
Winston ChurchillAmong those children were the Hon. Aubrey de Vere who goes down the line direct to Michael via his father
(he is Michael`s great, great etc grandfather ). One of Aubrey`s brothers, John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford goes down direct to Winston Churchill (John de Vere is Winston`s great, great etc. grandfather).
They were both brothers and sons of John De Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford.
Winston`s line through the son John goes on down into the Herberts, Worsleys and through Georgiana Carolina Carteret who got married to the Hon. John Spencer. John was the youngest son of the 3rd Earl of Sunderland with his second wife, Lady Anne Churchill.
From this marriage descend the modern Dukes of Marlborough.

John and Lady Churchill`s second son was Charles Spencer. Charles was the 3rd Duke of Marlborough who married the Hon. Elizabeth Trevor.
Their eldest son, George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough with Lady Caroline Russell had a son George Spencer-Churchill, 5th Duke of Marlborough who later married Lady Susan Stewart, daughter of John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway and had another son, George Spencer-Churchill, 6th Duke of Marlborough with Lady Jane Stewart who was the daughter of George Stewart, 8th Earl of Galloway.
These two people were the paternal great grandparents of Winston through his father Lord Randolph Churchill.
2) Marriage Connection:
Michael`s 1st Cousin 3 times removed, Hester Rosa Barrington Millett. Hester`s husband`s [James Henry Leslie Allen`s] great grandmother`s cousin`s great great great grandson was the Rt. Hon Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also a soldier in the British Army.
He has been studied to a unique extent as part of modern British and world history.
A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings.

Ancestors of the MillettsO’ Mahony

Máire Christina O' Mahony

O' Mahony Family CrestMichael`s mother`s name is O’ Mahony, first found in County Cork, Ireland where they held a family seat from ancient times. Today it is mostly found throughout West Munster.
Michael`s mother, Máire (Mary) is from the County Galway branch of the name who were farming people.

The name comes from the Irish O Mathghamhna – (Ó Mahúna), stemming from mathghamhan, meaning ‘bear’.
The surname was adopted in the eleventh century by one of the dominant families of the Munster Eoghanacht peoples, the Cineal Aodha.
Michael’s mothers`s people come from a branch seated in the barony of Kiltartan in Galway.
The original individual from whom the name derives was the child of a marriage between son of Cian Mac Maol Muadh, the Prince of Raithlinn or Raithleann around the area of Bandon in County Cork, and chief of the Cineal Aodha – and Sadhbh, daughter of King Brian Boru – High King of Ireland.

King Brian Boru or (Brian Mac Cennetig or Brian Boroimhe in Irish) was born in Munster, Ireland.
A member of the Dal Cais (Delcassians) tribe and who died in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching. ~Paul Tsongas

Tá sé iontach go bhfuil meascán de oidhreacht Béarla agus Gaeilge. Déanann sé seo dúinn go mór chuid den talamh agus stair na n-oileán iontach, agus na daoine a bhí os ár gcomhair. ~Dr. Michael G Millett

→ Tipperary House Article

→ Thoughts on Our Ancestors

→ The Diaries of Mary Ann Wennell

→ An Interview with Dr. Michael G Millett

→ Matthew R Millett`s Memorial Website

→ Michael`s Biography

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