Our Spanish Cousin

My name is Antonio Castro from Barcelona, Spain, and a few months ago I began to make a family tree just to know the origin of my family. I found that the grandmother of my grandmother was ADELAIDA RIQUELME O'CROWLEY, but at this time I was unable to find nothing other than that she was born in Cadiz, Spain.

I also found that Pedro Alonso O'Crowley O'Donnell from Cadiz was the son of Dermot O'Crowley Power and Mary O'Donnell Davrin who married in Limerick, Munster and then took a boat to Cadiz. Why? I don't know. But two weeks ago I was able to find that Dermot O'Crowley and Mary O'Donnell had nine children, and one of them was CATALINA O'CROWLEY O'DONNELL mother of ADELAIDA.

I really want to give the clan information about the branches of the tree that are descendants of O'Crowley.

Thanks in advance from a distant "cousin", Antonio Castro

Editor's Note: Seamus Crowley, in his booklet The O’Crowley Clan, Some Historical Notes, mentioned Pedro Alonso O’Crowley and even included a portrait of him. Nevertheless, it was a surprise to hear from one of his descendents. Antonio says that he is interested in visiting Ireland and may try to attend the 2016 gathering. Hopefully we can all meet our Spanish cousin then.

The following is from Seamus’ booklet:

Pedro Alonso O’Crouley was born in Cadiz in 1740. Both his parents had emigrated from Ireland. His father Dermetrio (Diarmuid or Jeremiah) was from Limerick claiming descent from Cormac O’Crowley born in Carbery, Co. Cork in 1550. His mother was an O’Donnell from Bally Murphy in Co. Clare.

At nine years old he was sent to France where he got a classical education from the Augustinians at Senlis. He chose to follow a career as a merchant and got a licence for Veracruz and made his first journey to Mexico at the age of 24. Over the next ten years he repeated the journey several times and built up a large fortune from his trading business.

While in Mexico, or “New Spain” as it was called, he gathered every bit of information he could about the country and its history, geology, vegetation, animals, etc. and wrote up his findings in the “Idea compendiosa” – A description of the Kingdom of New Spain” in 1774.

After returning from Mexico O’Crowley stayed on in Cadiz pursuing his interests in antiquities and history. In 1794 he published a catalogue of his private collections called “Musaei o’croulanei”. It lists over 5,000 Greek and Roman coins and 200 paintings including works by Van Dyck, Rubens, Murillo, Velaquez, Zurbaran and Ribera. He also had many geological specimens he had gathered in New Spain.

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