Maguire (or Mac Guire) comes from the Irish Mag Uidhir. This was at one time the leading sept of Fermanagh. The appeared there in the tenth century and became prominent from the fourteenth century. They suffered greatly under the land confiscations at the time of Cromwell and William of Orange – and many Maguires left Ireland as part of the “Wild Geese” to enter service in the armies of France and Austria.
The sept has 4 castles associated with them in County Fermanagh – the most famous being Enniskillen Castle.
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