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Families covered: Fox of Ballagh, Fox of Foxbrooke, Fox of Fox Hall, Fox ("The Fox") of Kilcoursey

BIFR1976 reports that "The name of this family, which is said to descend from Maine, King of Teffia, son of Nial of the Nine Hostages ... is derived from Teige, Chief of his Sept, who was surnamed Sionnach, the Irish for Fox. From him the family was subsequently styled Sionnach, later translated to the English form of Fox, the Chief or Head being designated "The Fox"." Our pedigree commences with the father, name unknown, of Hubert and Art.
?? Fox
1. Hubert Fox ("The Fox") of Kilcoursey, King's Co. (dsp 16.06.1600)
2. Art (Arthur) Fox (d before 1600)
  A. Brassil Fox ("The Fox") of Kilcoursey
  m. Mary O'Connor (dau of Lisagh (Lewis) O'Connor of Leuxlip)
  i. Brassil Fox ("The Fox") of Kilcoursey (dsp)
  m. Magawley
  ii. James Fox ("The Fox") of Ballagh, co. Westmeath
  m. Jane Stone
  a. Anthony Fox ("The Fox") of Ballagh (d 1751)
  m. _ Kelly (dau of Charles Kelly of Castle Kelly)
  (1) James Fox ("The Fox") of Suntown, co. Westmeath (b 1717, d 1796)
m. (1743) Millicent Palin (dau of Captain Mathew Palin of Hyde Park)
  (A) Mathew Fox ("The Fox") of Foxbrooke (b 1745, d 15.05.1808)
  m. Elizabeth Grierson (dau of John Grierson of Doolistown)
  (i) James Fox ("The Fox") of Foxbrooke & Galtrim House (co. Meath) (b 1773, d 1850) had issue
  m1. Harriet D'Arcy (d c1848, dau of James D'Arcy of Hyde Park)
  m2. (31.01.1849) Margaret Crozier (dsp 24.04.1872, dau of John Crozier of Gortra House)
  (ii) John Fox of Dublin (b c1774) had issue
  m. Sarah Kingstone (dau of Alexander Kingstone of Mosstown)
  (iii) Joseph Fox of Doolistown, co. Meath (b c1778, d 1855) had issue
  m. (1807) Frances D'Arcy (d 1840, dau of James D'Arcy of Hyde Park)
  (iv) William Fox of Dublin (b c1785, d 1859) had issue (in Wisconsin, USA)
  m. Ellen Lynn (d 1844, dau of Adam Loftus Lynn of Newport Lodge)
  (v) Amelia Fox (d 1844)
  m. Robert Johnstone of Goschen
  (vi) Anne Fox
  m. Nicholas Gosselin (rector of Tashinny)
  (vii) Maria Fox
  m. Rev. Charles Johnstone of co. Longford
  (viii) Eliza Fox
m. William Fletcher of Newry
  (ix) Matilda Fox
  m. Robert Creighton of Rice Hill
  (2)+ 2 sons
  b. Jane Fox
  m. Anthony Coffy of Kilglass
  c.+ other issue (d unm) - Catherine, Elizabeth
  iii. Mary Fox probably of this generation
  m. (1644) Edmond Malone of Ballynahown
  iv.+ other issue



BLGI1912 reports that "This family (anciently O'Caharny, afterwards changed to O'Sionach, anglicised Fox) have their descent from Maine, 1st King of Teffia, 4th son of Niall, the Nine of Hostages." This indicates that, despite their coats of arms being very different, it is thought that the following family is distantly connected to the family above.
Sir Patrick Fox of Moyvore, co. Westmeath (b before 1560, d 1618)
m1. Janet Newman (dau of Walter Newman)
1. Nathaniel Fox of Rathreogh, later called Fox Hall, co. Longford (b 1588, d 1634) eldest son, presumed of this marriage
  m. (1609) Elizabeth Hussey (dau of Walter Hussey of Moy(le) Hussey)
  A. Patrick Fox of Fox Hall (b 1614)
m. Barbara (Plunkett) (dau of Patrick, 7th (sb 9th?) Lord Dunsany by Jane, dau of Sir Thomas Heneage of Hainton)
  i. son (dvpsp)
  ii. Charles Fox of Fox Hall (b 1636)
  m(1). Elizabeth
  a. Patrick Fox of Fox Hall (dsp 1735)
  m. Frances Herbert (dau/heir of Sir Edward Herbert, Bart of Durrow, by Hester Lambart, dau of Earl of Cavan)
  b. Charles Fox, later of Fox Hall (d 1747)
  m. Jane Whitney (dau of Col. Thomas Whitney of Newpass by Maria Boleyn)
(1) Charles Fox (dvp 27.10.1746)
  m. (1725) Jane West (dau of Francis West of Ringownie, cousin)
  (A) Francis Fox of Fox Hall (b 1727, d 1779)
  m. (30.03.1759) Mary Edgeworth (dau of Richard Edgeworth of Edgeworthstown by Rachel. dau/heir of Samuel Lovell of Harleston)
(i) Richard Fox of Fox Hall (b 1760, d 1833, Colonel)
  m. (12.1787) Anne Maxwell (d 1801, dau of Barry, Earl of Farnham)
  (a) Francis Fox of Fox Hall (b 1788, d 1834, cleric) had issue
m. (1813) Frances Browne (dau of Rev. Jemmett Browne of Riverstown by Frances, dau of John (not Arthur) Blennerhassett of Balyseedy)
  (b) Barry Fox 'of Annaghmore' (b 1789, d 1863, Brevet Major) had issue
  m. (1824) Sophia Edgworth (dau of Richard Lovell Edgworth)
  (c) Charles Fox of Keady (b 1791, d 1862, MP)
  (d) John James Fox (b 1792, d 03.1870) had issue
  m. (1825) Harriet Louisa Beresford (dau of Rev. Charles Cobbe Beresford)
  (e) Richard Fox (b 1795, d 1864) had issue
  m. Jane Campbell Buchanan (dau of James Buchanan of Blair Vadock by Janet, dau of Earl of Caithness)
(f) Selina Judith Fox
  m. (1820) James Saunderson (son of Francis of Castle Saunderson)
  (g)+ other issue (d unm) - Margaret Grace (d 1819), Mary Anne (d 1818), Henrietta (d 1868), Elizabeth
  (B)+ 2 sons and 2 daughters
  c. Peyton Fox of Port Mahon (d 1750, Lt. Colonel)
  m. Marthabetta Maria Piers (dau of Col. Henry Piers)
  d. Robert Fox (d unm 1748, Grand Chamberlain, Escheator General)
  e. Alice Fox
  m. William Persse of Spring Hill
  f. Jane Fox
  m. George (probably not Anthony) Hickman of Ballyket
  B.+ 7 sons and 3 daughters
m2. Catherine Aylmer (dau of Sir Gerald Aylmer of Donadea)

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : BIGR1976 ('The Fox'), BLGI1912 ('Fox of Kilcoursey')
(2) For lower section : BLGI1912 ('Fox of Fox Hall')
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