The O’Driscoll clan held land around Baltimore in South West Cork Ireland and trace their history back for about 1000 years, there are several good books on the subject. The most notable chief was Sir Feenan O’Driscoll, using the English spelling.  He received his knighthood from Elizabeth 1st in1585. His Coat of Arms is the one at the top of this page. All clan members took the name O’Driscoll.

Anthony Driscoll was born in Cork Ireland in 1831, the O’ had been dropped, he married Margaret Glyne who was also born in Cork in 1831. They had survived the Irish potato famine and had two children born in Cork, Ann born 1857 and Michael born in 1858. By 1861 they had emigrated to England and were living at 148 Water Street Chorley Lancashire.

Anthony was working as a labourer on the towns roads, they had a son Patrick born in Chorley in 1961, and another son John born in Chorley in 1865.  By 1871 they had moved to 4 Bengal Square Chorley, this time the name was spelled Driskell. Ann was a carder in a cotton mill and Michael was a cotton mill checker.

In 1880 the family was living at 22  Glebe Street  Ashton Under Lyne where Margaret Driscoll died of Chronic Bronchitis early in the year, Michael and John were working as cotton piecers. Anthony Driscoll/Driskell died early in 1896 in Chorley workhouse.

On 20th. February 1888 John Driscoll/Driskell enlisted in the Highland Light Infantry.  He served in the West Indies 7th. September 1888 to 31st. January 1896, and in Wittebergen  South Africa 23rd. October 1899 to 26 March 1901. He Married Sarah Whiteley using the name Driskill and their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1908 at 190 Corporation Street Manchester (near Victoria Station), their second daughter Elsie was born in 1911 at 9 Park Hill Bury. Their son John was born in South Bury in 1913, Mary (Joyce) was born 16th. June 1916 at 38 Union Street Bury.

At this time John Driskill was listed as having worked as an asbestos pipe coverer, and was now a driver in the Royal Field Artillery he had re-enlisted in May 1915 and served as a reserve.  He served in France just after the 1914/18 war working in the Labour Corps.  John Driskill died of a chest illness 10th. September 1920 and his Daughter Gladys was born at 38 Queen Street Bury 2nd. October 1920. His wife Sarah Driskill died 29th. February 1928. Elizabeth Driskill died 15th. January 1942 at her home 38 Queen Street Bury.


John  Driskill  and his  wife Sarah


I have spent several interesting holidays in picturesque West Cork the home land of the O'Driscolls and would be pleased to exchange notes on my branch of the clan.  
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