Barry, William Maol (c.1293–1373), landholder and dynast, son of David Barry (d. 1347), sheriff of Cork, was the founder of the line of Barry Roe; his sobriquet means ‘the bald’. With his father, he attempted to withstand the MacCarthy pressure upon the Barry lands in west Cork. The senior Barry line thought him so useful as a bulwark against the advancing MacCarthy Reagh that they granted him their western lands between 1345 and 1356 as his own personal fief, which allowed them to concentrate their attention upon their heartland in central Cork. Styled as ‘of Rathgobban’ (Rathcobane), William married Margaret (d. 1373), daughter of Miles de Courcy, with whom he had a large family. William Maol founded the friary at Timoleague, where he and his wife were buried in 1373. He was succeeded by his son William Ruadh Barry (d. 1392?).
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