Nigel le Brun was the son of Fromund le Brun, who had been Chancellor of Ireland, and the Pope’s chaplain. Fromund died in 1283. Nigel inherited the lands of Roebuck in Co. Dublin – between modern Donnybrook and Dundrum. In 1308, Nigel le Brun is recorded as being the King’s Escheator (debt-collector).

By1313, John Mac Gilla Mo-Cholmoc, son of Ralph, had conveyed ‘Rathdoun and neighbouring lands’ to Nigel le Brun.

The Book of Howth records that Nigel le Brun was buried in the Friar’s Manor, Dublin “with such solemnities and so many lights of wax, as like in Ireland was not seen before.”


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Turner, Kathleen (1982) If You Seek Monuments, A guide to the antiquities of the Barony of Rathdown, Rathmichael Historical Society, Dublin.






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