McGrath Coat of Arms Parchment

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About this Parchment

Beautifully arranged in this parchment and created by Edmond McGrath (RIP) in the 1970s and only rediscovered after 40 years in safe storage, we bring you a very special illustration that encompasses symbols of your Irish tribal heritage. The owner of this name is by definition a child of Ireland in culture and in blood!

On this A1 (23.4 x 33.1 inch) sized parchment, your special Irish Coat of Arms is deservedly embellished by all the many ancient Celtic inspirations of Irish artists, scholars and architects. At the centre you see the backdrop of the Kerry landscape with her scenic Killarney lakes, whilst other bordering elements are the craftsmanship of sculptors and builders who managed to create works of art with the most basic of tools. With this parchment you will see your family name as an integral part of the Irish story which will forever remain an integral part of Irish heritage.

This parchment can be an heirloom for many generations yet to come as your family thrive into the future making their own mark on history as your ancestors did. Your unique Irish family Coat of Arms is a wonderful creative reminder that your name has an Irish tribal identity with its origin, derivatives and impact on the culture of Ireland and worldwide. All of this written in Celtic calligraphy. The design inspiration is about Ireland’s story and how your family have made a mark on Ireland history. 

Features of Ireland illustrated include:

  • Book of Kells inspired artwork
  • St.Patrick
  • The Cross of Cong
  • The Ardagh Chalice
  • Killarney Lakes
  • The Irish Harp
  • The Currachs of the West of Ireland
  • Glendalough Monastery
  • Blarney Castle
  • Traditional thatched houses of Ireland
  • Ahenny Cross
  • Cross of Muiredach
  • The Burgh O’Malley Chalice
  • The crests of the four provinces of Ireland: Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, Munster
  • The Tara Brooch
  • The Celtic Torc 

The McGrath Coat Of Arms Story

Read the intriguing transcription of the text illustrated on the McGrath parchment:

The original Gaelic form of this name was McCraith, meaning weaver’s son. It has many and varied derivatives including Magrath, McGraw, McRac, and Creeth. There were two main branches of the family: one originated from Termon McGrath in the savage wilderness between Fermanah & Donegal; the other achieved great stature in Gaelic Ireland by becoming hereditary ‘Ollambs’ or poets to the powerful O’ Brien's- Kings of the ancient territory of Thomond. These were distinguished & learned men. John McRory McGrath was an 11th century historian of note, & John McCraith chronicled the Wars of Ourlough. Though their descendants can still be found in County Clare the majority of them were established by the 16th century in the Counties of Tipperary and Waterford, and in the city of Waterford stand the ruins of McGrath’s Castle. Many of the family’s holdings in the Middle Ages had originally been church property, so it is not surprising to find that the McGraths were Bishop of Killaloe between 1391 &1436. Beauty of countenance, height & longevity were distinctive features of the McGraths. Miler McGrath, born in Co. Fermanah in 1523, embodied the family’s determination & opportunism. He began his career as a Franciscan Friar, was converted to protestantism, & became Archbishop of Cashel, whilst holding the Catholic Bishopric of Down. In 1604 he held four Bishoprics, seventy livings & had been married twice, Daniel McGrath, born in 1751, emigrated to Canada & lived to be 109. His son, Thomas, became Alderman of Montreal. Other McGraths settled at first in New York & Quebec. Andrew Condon McGrath, who died in 1893, was a Judge & Governor of Carolina, and played a prominent Part as a Confederate in the American Civil War.

You can choose from three options: 

 

Large A1 Print: We will send you a high quality print right to you and you can frame and display in your home.

Unlimited Print Download: An ideal option if you would like your extended family to have one for their own homes.

Unique Original Parchment: If you would like to be the proud holder of the one and only original parchment for this name created over 43 years ago, you can purchase this but note that there is only one available!



Note: the above imagery shows:

- Full view of one parchment as an example

- A cropped low resolution image of your specific name

Each parchment contains the unique family Coat of Arms and written history.

About Celtic Art

Celtic art is associated with the Celts who are the people that spoke the Celtic languages in Europe back from pre-history right through to the modern period. Celtic art is a difficult term to define, covering a huge expanse of time across geography and culture.  Celtic art is typically ornamental which characteristically does not have straight lines and is rich with symbolism.

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