Galway/Galwey (Lota & West Cork)
"Burke's Irish Family Records" traces the ancestry of this family back to their location in Kinsale, county Cork in the 15th century. By the mid 16th century the Galways were well established in Cork city and by the end of the 17th century were living at Lota. In 1739 John Galway of Lota married Jane only child and heiress of William O'Bryen of Anacross, county Cork. From their son Edward descend the later generations of Galway of Lota and Fort Richard and from their son John descend the Galways of Doon, county Clare and Rock Lodge, county Cork. Several members of the Galway family owned between 200-500 acres in the hinterland of Clonakilty in the 1870s. William Galway is listed as a proprietor of over 1300 acres at the same time. Michael Galway was among the principal lessors in the parish of Rathbarry, barony of Ibane & Barryroe at the time of Griffith's Valuation while William Galway held townlands in the parish of Desertserges, barony of Kinalmeaky.