The WALSH Name

The name Walsh is one of the most common throughout Ireland. It is derived for the word foreigner or Welshman.

Our Walshes were an ancient family from Kilkenny, Ireland who because of their Jacobite loyalties were dispossessed of their land and fled to France.

Our Walsh Family in Ireland

With so many Walshes in Ireland over such a long time, the precise ancestry is automatically in question. Possible Walsh ancestries have been documented on

The most likely origin of our Walsh line is the Walsh family of Ballynacooly in Kilkenny.

Walshes in France

Following the confiscation of their Kilkenny lands they emigrated to France estblishing themselves in St. Malo, Brittany. Here they became ship builders, privateers in the service of the French king and slave traders.

Walsh Nobility

Anthony (Antoine) Vincent Walsh was named as Earl Walsh by the titular King James III for his part in escorting the Prince of Wales to Scotland. James should be correctly known as the 'Pretendant' meaning 'claimant', "rather than the false epithet [Pretender] that is [was] obnoxious to every Jacobite"

* Anthony Vincent WALSH, 1st Earl Walsh (1703 - 1763)

* Anthony John Baptist WALSH, 2nd Earl Walsh (1765 - 1798)

* Theopold Anthony Oliver WALSH, 3rd Earl Walsh (1768 - 1792)

* Edward WALSH, 4th Earl Walsh (1806 - 1884)

* After 1884 all titles became extinct. 

Francis Joseph Walsh was created Comte (Count) de Serrant by Louis XV. This grant was registered first at Angers on 9th July, at the Parliament of Paris 16th July...

* Francis Joseph WALSH, 1st Count de Serrant (1704 - 1782)

* Antoine Joseph Phillippe WALSH, 2nd Count de Serrant (1744 - 1817)

This title continued ....

Thomas Walsh

In the above table, Thomas WALSH, otherwise Francis Thomas Joseph David WALSH, is shown as having died s.p. (Latin sine prole meaning without issue). We now know that is not correct because he had an illegitimate daughter Elizabeth Thomasina WALSH.


Chateau de Serrant, Saint-Georges-sur-Loire, France
The grave of Eliza Thomasina (Walsh) Briscoe in the old churchyard at Graigavine, Kilkenny


Care has been taken to include only accurate information on this site however it cannot be guaranteed. Data from many sources and contributions from fellow researchers make up this site and errors may be present.

Any corrections and additional information would be most welcome.