De Meones family

The De Meones family were an Anglo-Irish family who originated in Hampshire. They moved to Ireland in the thirteenth century, became substantial landowners in Dublin, and gave their name to the suburb of Rathmines.

All Saints Church, East Meon: the de Meones family took their name from the village of East Meon

The family came originally from East Meon in Hampshire. A de Meones moved to Ireland in 1279–80 in the entourage of John de Derlington , Archbishop of Dublin.[1] This was probably William de Meones, the first family member of note, who became Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer in 1311.[1] He acquired lands in the Manor of St. Sepulchre comprising much of present-day Dublin city) which became known first as Meonesrath, and later as Rathmines i.e. the Rath (ringfort) of de Meones.[1]

Rathmines, present day

William died in 1325 and his property passed to a relative, Gilbert de Meones, who was a soldier.[2] John de Meones was Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1331-2 and 1337-8 and Robert de Meones held the same office in 1351-2. Nicholas de Meones was appointed a judge of the Court of King's Bench (Ireland) in 1374.[3] In 1382 a second William de Meones was Lord of Meonesrath.[2] The family also held lands at Harold's Cross and operated a mill on the River Dodder.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221–1921 John Murray London 1926 Vol.1 p.58
  2. ^ a b c Ball, F. Elrington History of Dublin Alexander Thom and Co. Vol.2 1903 p.100
  3. ^ Ball Judges in Ireland p.88