Where did the Redmonds Go?


Many notable Irish rebels were produced by this family, but many also fled to France and Spain after the invasion. Other lines settled in England using the name Redman, particularly in Yorkshire where they held estates at Thorton and Tolford. 

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Chevalier Gabriel Redmond who fought with distinction with the Irish Brigade in France; Dr John Redman (1499-1551), English churchman and academic, the first Master of Trinity College, Cambridge (1546-1551); Sir Richard Redman (or Redmayne) (died 1426), British soldier, administrator and politician, Speaker of the House of Commons for the Parliament of 1415; Richard Redman (died 1505), Bishop of St Asaph, Bishop of Exeter, and Bishop of Ely; and William Redman (c. 1541-1602) was an English Archdeacon of Canterbury (1570), Bishop of Norwich (1594). 

In 1845, the great potato famine culminated several years of famine causing widespread poverty and starvation, and the great exodus from Ireland began. Within fifty years the population was reduced to less than half. Many joined the armada of sailing ships which sailed from Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Holyhead, Liverpool and Glasgow, all bound for the New World. Some called these small ships the "White Sails," others, more realistically, called them the "Coffin Ships," voyaging across the Atlantic when 25 percent of the passengers died at sea. 


  • John Redmond, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 

  • Michael Redmond, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749 

  • Patrick Redmond settled with his wife Bridget and four children in 

New York State in 1804 

  • Bernard Redmond, aged 58, arrived in New York in 1806 

  • Lawrence Redmond, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812 

  • Maurice Redmond, aged 18, landed in North Carolina in 1812 

  • Thomas Redmond, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1812 

  • Stephen Redmond, who landed in Canada in 1816 

The most famous bearer of the name was John Edward Redmond (1855-1918), leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party in the British House of Commons until the party was eclipsed by the rise of Sinn Fein.His immediate family, which claimed descent from the old Norman stock, was remarkable for the number of politicians it produced. no fewer than seven others became M.P.s in the U.K. parliament or T.D.s in the Irish Dail after independence.