Published History

The following is an extract from Chapter 18 of The Byrnes and The O’Byrnes, edited by Daniel Rothwell Byrne.

On the 12th of September 1964, Edward Byrne married Philomena Dixon in Dublin. Little did they know that tow hundred years before, their families were close neighbours in Cappagh Co. Kildare. Indeed, they shared common connections with the Boylan family of Old Bog Road fame.

The family pedigree for this branch of the current Byrne family has only recently been discovered and dates back to Edward Dixon (1516-1559) of Ballyneskeagh House in Co. Meath.

Part of their claim to fame is that one of Edward’s descendants, Andrew Dixon (1609-1656) married Margery Makewy, daughter of Francis Makewy who had been sent to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth I. The Makewy’s are one of three families who had legitimate claim to the throne of England after the death of Elizabeth. The Crown, however, went to James VI of Scotland who became James I of England. The Makewy’s faded into history.

The Dixon family pedigree is as follows:

Edward Dixon (1516-1559) married Mary (b. 1518) lived at Ballyneskeagh House.

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Nicholas Dixon (b. abt. 1539)

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Edward Dixon (b. abt. 1562)

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William Dixon (b. 1583 d. bef 1637)

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Andrew Dixon (b. 1609 d. aft. 1656) Born at Troman House, Enfield, Co. Meath.

                                                             Married Margery Makewy daughter of Francis.

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Gilbert Dixon (b. 1637)

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William Dixon (b. 1675)

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Gilbert Dixon (1709-1769) Married Bridget Carberry (1706-1746)

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Patrick Dixon (b. 1745)

Gilbert and Bridget lived at Killyon but their son Patrick (1745) moved from Killyon to Ballyonan, Co. Kildare. His son Michael (abt. 1780) married Alice Forun. Their son Patrick (1804) married a woman called Jane Duggen (1815-1887).

Patrick (1804) is the older brother of Christopher (b. 1810) whose son Patrick was born around 1851 and so the pedigree continues as follows:

Michael (b. abt. 1780)

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Christopher Dixon (b. 1810)

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Patrick (b. 1851)

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John Dixon (b.1881)

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John Dixon (1916-1986)

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Philomena Dixon (b. 1947)

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Derek Dixon-Byrne (b. 1965)

Philomena was born on the 14th of July 1947 in Dublin. She married Edward Byrne at the tender age of seventeen on the 12th of September 1964.

For the moment, the situation regarding the loss of the Dixon land and houses is a mystery. It is hoped that further research will throw some light on the subject in the not too distant future.

John Dixon (1916-1986) married Veronica Dowd (1921-1996) in 1946 and they had three children, Philomena (1947), Donal (1951) and Deirdre (1959). Donal became a successful businessman and lives at Castleknock Lodge in Dublin. Deirdre has lived with her family in South Africa since 1983.

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