Princess Charlene

We have researched and prepared a family tree tracing Princess Charlene’s descent through her paternal grandmother back an amazing sixteen generations all the way back to the 1520’s

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Princess Charlene descends on her paternal line from the Fagans of Feltrim, gentleman-merchants of Dublin.

 In the 1500s the Fagans became immensely wealthy through international commerce.They reinvested their profits in lands close to the capital, and provided finance to the Irish crown government.  By the early 1600s the Fagans controlled more than 5000 acres in Dublin County, including the city’s deep-water port at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey.

Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey county Dublin, This was the main port of the City of Dublin. Between c. 1580 and 1692 the Fagans owned Bulloch Harbour, and it was the main source of their immense wealth and influence.

Until 1790 Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey county Dublin, was the main port of the City of Dublin. Between c. 1580 and 1692 the Fagans owned Bulloch Harbour, and it was the source of their immense wealth and influence

The Princess’s Fagan ancestors made enduring contributions to the development of Dublin, still visible in the city today.  In 1592 Richard and Christopher Fagan – the Princess’s great (x 12) grandfathers – were key figures in the foundation of Trinity College.  In the 1660s Christopher Fagan – the Princess’s great (x 9) grandfather – sold the manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond, to create a royal deer park – which we know today as the Phoenix Park.

The Phoenix Park Dublin. In 1662 Christopher Fagan sold his Manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond, to create a Royal Deer Park.  Photo courtesy Tourism Ireland."

The Phoenix Park Dublin. In 1662 Christopher Fagan sold his Manor of Phoenix to the Duke of Ormond, to create a Royal Deer Park.
Photo courtesy Tourism Ireland.”

Between 1580 and 1652, the conquest of Ireland by the English crown hardened religious and cultural divisions in Ireland along political lines.  The Fagans steered a careful path through the minefield of Irish politics, and held fast to their Catholic faith and their lands. In the 1660s Christopher Fagan – the Princesses great (x 9) grandfather – was restored to his Dublin estates through the patronage of the Duke of Ormond.  At this time the greater number of Catholic landowners across the country were being dispossessed.

By the 1690s, religion polarised the Irish nation between supporters of the Catholic King James II and the Protestant William III.  As an ‘Old English’ Catholic family the Fagans sided with James II.  Captain Richard Fagan is the princess’s great x8 grandfather, and his son Christopher is the Princess’s great (x 7) grandfather.

After peace broke out, Richard Fagan was declared an outlaw for taking up arms against King William.  Under the peace terms of the Treaty of Limerick, Richard should have been entitled to receive a pardon and restoration of his estates.  He died suddenly leaving the issue of the Fagan’s reinstatement as unfinished business.  Fro the remainder of that decade Christopher Fagan, campaigned for a pardon and recovery of his inheritance.  He was thwarted in his campaign by Thomas Coningsby,one of the Lords Justices in Ireland, who abused his office to appropriate Fagan’s estates.

 

In the 1690s Christopher Fagan’s situation was precarious, and he risked falling into poverty and obscurity.  He settled in Killarney relying on the political patronage of Sir Valentine Browne (Lord Kenmare) his former commanding officer, now also a rebel and outlaw.   It was a successful survival strategy – the Brownes and Fagans were connected by blood and marriage to the landed and political elite in Ireland, and could not easily be removed from the body-politic.

 

In 1699 Christopher Fagan of Killarney was finally pardoned under the Treaty of Limerick, too late for the restoration of his hereditary estates.With the permanent loss of the Fagan’s Dublin lands, Christopher Fagan settled permanently in Killarney county Kerry.  Between 1695 and 1772 successive generations of the Fagan family, married into old gentry and merchant families in counties Kerry and Cork, including the FitzMaurice, Trant and Gould families.  During this time the Fagans re-established themselves as merchants along the southern Irish coast, trading out of the port of Cork with the West Indies, and colonial America.   By the 1740s, transatlantic trade was so profitable they even established a permanent office in Philadelphia.

 

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