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MacBrady Bishops and Poets

Gilbert MacBrady was Bishop of Ardagh from 1396 to 1400 and there were three MacBrady bishops of Kilmore in the 15th and 16th centuries.  In 1454 Andrew MacBrady, the bishop of Kilmore, provided a cathedral church for the diocese.  The Cavan Crosier, staff of the early MacBrady bishops, was one of the few Irish crosiers to have survived the Reformation and is now in the National Museum in Dublin. 

In the 18th century three MacBradys distinguished themselves as Gaelic poets in the 18th century.  They were Fiachra MacBrady, Rev. Philip MacBrady, and Phelim Brady, the last-named usually referred to as "bold Phelim Brady the bard of Armagh."

Bradys from County Limerick

The Rev. Hugh Brady, born around 1520, was the fourth son of Donough O’Grady of Kilballyowen in Limerick, alias Sir Denis O’Grady alias O’Brady.  Sir Denis had taken the English side, was granted lands in county Clare by Henry VIII, and had adopted the Brady name.  Hugh was Protestant Bishop of Meath from 1563 to 1584. 

His descendants have included: the Rev. Nicholas Brady who published with Nahum Tate, the Poet Laureate, a version of the Psalms that was included in the Book of Common Prayer in 1698; Sir Maziere Brady, the Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1846 to 1866; and E.J. Brady, a Catholic descendant in Australia who was a poet and the writer of some popular sea ballads.

The Old Brady Homestead

In 1997, after discovering a copy of The Brady Annals in the Tennessee State Library, Dick Brady was intrigued with the wealth of family history he had just found.  His interest was particularly ignited by a photograph taken in 1909.  This photograph included a group of unknown ancestors gathered at the grounds of the family pioneer patriarch - Hugh Brady who had immigrated from Ireland in 1732 and settled in Pennsylvania.  Behind the group of people stood a two story structure known as the Old Brady Homestead. 

Immediately he knew that he had to find out whether it was still standing or not.  The fact that the house had survived the constant threat of Indian attacks during the early years to be still standing in 1909 was miracle enough; but what could the possibility that it had withstood the threats of nature and urban sprawl to be still standing in 1997. 

A trip to Pennsylvania was immediately planned.  After exploring all of the country roads near and around the Conodquinet creek, the discovery was made. Thanks to Dick Brady, the Old Brady Homestead was saved.

General Hugh Brady

General Hugh Brady served in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Black Hawk War.  He was presented with a gold saber encrusted with diamonds and pearls from the state of Pennsylvania for his bravery at the battle of Falling Timbers. 

He later was instrumental in the establishment of Fort Brady in Michigan which was at that time at the outer edges of the old Northwest Territory.  He is accredited for making a peaceful settlement between the military and the Indian tribes of the area.

Bradys from Cavan to Bristol, Pennsylvania

Michael and Rose Brady were to be found in Lavey in county Cavan in the 1821 census.  Michael was recorded at that time as a tenant farmer and his wife as a flax spinner. 

The Bradys left Ireland for America around 1832 (the date given for their arrival by their eldest son Terence when he was applying for a carpenter’s certificate).  The Brady family moved first to New York City and then in the late 1830’s to Bristol in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. 

Bristol was an important port for the transportation of coal.  Coal was barged from Easton via the Delaware canal to Bristol where it could be loaded on ships and transported to market.  
Son Terence became involved in the building and ownership of coal ships for this trade, including the schooner George Washington.  In 1852 however, the vessel ran aground near Cape island off New Jersey and both ship and cargo were lost. 

Two years later Terence contracted typhoid fever and died at the age of forty three.  Later Bradys of this family went west to farm in Nauvoo, Illinois.

The Brady Genealogy

William Young Brady, born in 1869, devoted his life to documenting the descendants of Hugh and Hannah Brady until his death in 1959. 

He started contacting the eldest first to get their recollections of our pioneer ancestors so that he could record their memories of them and the ones that had been passed down to them from their parents. This information provided the links to very legitimate information about Brady ancestors in the 1700’s.  This kind of first and second hand information would have been impossible to document if William had not taken on the task at that time and left it for future generations to figure out. He knew the importance of the families history and the duty of preserving it for generations to come. 

Since then, through the works of Donna Cuillard and others to bridge the gaps since 1959 until and beyond the new millennium, thousands of Brady descendants have been documented. The Brady Genealogy now boasts of approximately 7,000 descendants in a massive database diligently maintained by Bill Kleinecke

Matthew Brady the Gentleman Bushranger

Matthew Brady was born of Irish parents in Manchester in 1799.  He grew into a good looking man who had received some level of education as he was able to read and write.  He was employed as a groom when he forged his master's name on a cheque to pay off a debt.  In 1820 he was tried for the crime and sentenced to transportation to Tasmania for seven years. 

He was anything but a model convict in Tasmania, recording many punishments for his misdemeanors, but this did not deter his resolve to escape. In June 1824, while working on a vegetable farm, Brady and six other convicts escaped and seizing a boat from Macquarie Harbor, got clean away. 

The gang was on the loose for almost two years, committing innumerable robberies.  But he was sometimes called the "Gentleman Bushranger," due to his good treatment and fine manners when robbing his victims. 

In March 1826 Brady was shot through the leg on one of his raids and it would not heal.  Two of his accomplices then turned traitor and led the police to where he and his gang were hiding out.  Brady escaped the ensuing gun battle, but was captured soon after by the bounty hunter John Batman. 

He was brought to the gallows at the old Hobart jail on May 4, 1826 and hanged.  Brady's cell had been filled with flowers from the ladies of Hobart town, which tended to support his claim to be a "Gentleman Bushranger."

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