a note from the webmaster

June 2019

Welcome to the reconstructed website for the Leonards of Kinglass, originally adapted from a monograph written by my father Philip Eamonn Leonard back in the 1990s.  Da Leonard passed away in 2012, and I was keeping this site up as a memorial to him, only to realise over the following decades that it is still a valuable resource for Leonard descendants and cousins from Australia to the USA, many of whom have fascinating information of their own to offer.  Newly affordable techniques of DNA testing have proved especially valuable in re-establishing links between distant branches of the family that had previously been lost in time, and if Da was alive today I’m sure he would have been thrilled to incorporate all this new information into his text.  As webmaster I will try my best to do this for him.   


Niall Leonard



7 thoughts on “a note from the webmaster”

  1. Hi Niall
    I am the daughter of Patrick Leonard, Australia.
    Recently I have become interested in genetic genealogy and am making some excellent connections with cousins unknown to me previously. Are you are to point me in the direction of someone who has an extensive family tree, in particular the McManus line?

    What I have is very sketchy and unverified, just put together by family notes I made as a child related to me by my grandmother.

    Would be glad of any suggestions you have.

    1. I am sorry to have missed this request – notifications do not seem to be working. I believe however we corresponded by email. The Kinglass site was my late father’s project, not mine, and I have no expertise in it. I do know there are quite a few genealogical sites on the Net where you can find info, including data on the families of Fermanagh.

  2. Since the last comment is 2016, is there nobody overseeing this site? Any recommendations of people to contact as I am hoping to get to Fermanaugh if not this fall (2017) then in the spring regarding my Leonard ancestors: Terence Leonard & Brigid (Biddy) Dowd.


    1. As the website mentions, since my father who wrote the original monograph passed away, it is no longer being updated. However I, Niall Leonard, still control it and see posted comments like yours. If you are visiting Fermanagh there are still plenty of Leonards in Kinglass where my uncle runs Terence’s farm. You could do worse than start there.

  3. A beautifully written family history… What an engaging and well researched story. I share some connection to your family in that I am the grandson of John Corrigan and Mary Jane Cox of Sessiagh whom you highlight in Chp 8.

  4. Hello Niall
    I have uncovered some more very interesting Leonard family history.
    There was another son of Phillip and Jane McManus called James who has descendants still living in the US and with whom I am in contact.

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