|A Colonel Thomas Croasdaile served in the
army of the Duke of Marlborough at the Battle of Ramilies
in 1706. On an acount of the history of the Meehan
family, Ted Meehan has written the following:
" Patrick Molaise O'Meighan was the fourth son of Christopher The O'Meighan. He was born at Ballagh Castle Rossinver in County Leitrim in 1693. After the Treaty of Limerick, the family lost their estates. Patrick was taken down to Tipperary by his mother Maragrita, along with his brothers Rourke and William.
Later the three boys were brought out to France by their brothers James and Charles. After spending some months with James and his family, Patrick joined the Queens Dragoons Irish Brigade which was commanded by his cousin Sir Oliver Count O'Gara. Patrick served in the French Army and was discharged in 1715.
He transferred to the regiment of Viscount Clare and took part in the Battle of Ramilles in 1706. He shot the horse from under the Duke of Marlborough and would have killed that Duke but for the fact that he himself was shot and left for dead by a fellow Irishman in the English Army named Field Marshal The Honorable Richard Molesworth. Thus the great Duke's life was spared to bring last minute victory to the English which they would not have achieved had an Irishman not saved Marlborough's life. The colors of Clare's regiment were hung in the Abbey of Irish Benedictine Nuns in Yrpes.
After the battle, Patrick was taken prisoner by the English. An English Army surgeon saved his badly shattered leg and took a bullet out of his arm. (He walked for the rest of his life with a limp.) When he recovered, he was released on bond as was the custom of the time - on the condition that he would not try to escape or rejoin his regiment, or the French or Spanish forces. He accepted the conditions of the bond, and - since he had no money - he remained around the English camp doing odd jobs in the Mess for the Officers.
He became friendly with a fellow Irishman in the English Army named Colonel Thomas Croasdaile of Rynn House Rosenallis, Queens County. In fact, he became a second manservant to the Colonel - speaking in both Irish or French, depending on what language the Colonel spoke to him. Croasdaile wanted to become fluent in both languages and was glad to speak with O'Meighan who was fluent in both. Croasdaile told him he would give him some land and make him a Farm Steward on his estate if ever they got back to Ireland alive.
At the close of the hostilities and the Treaty of Utrecht in 1715, Patrick was released from his bond and rejoined his regiment but was discharged on account of his injuries. He went to La Salle to visit his elder brother James who was governor of that town. While staying with his brother, he met and married Bridget Fitzpatrick, daughter of Florence Fitzpatrick of Ossory (who had also been in the Irish Brigade). After his marriage, he remained for a while with James and his family, before returning to Ireland.
On his return to Ireland, he spent some time with his mother before getting in contact with his old friend Colonel Croasdaile. Croasdaile was delighted to see him and made Patrick and his wife welcome. True to his word, he gave Patrick a large farm and cottage at nominal rent - for three generations, and made Patrick his tillage steward. So he then settled in Rosenallis in Queen's County. By this time Patrick had two daughters, who stayed with their grandmother.
Patrick and his wife became respected members of the Catholic Community in Rosenallis and they kept a low profile. They had a number of sons - the youngest Daniel Molaise O'Meighan succeeded his father on the farm. Patrick O'Meighan died in 1744.
|Peter Moss. firstname.lastname@example.org|