The documents are listed in chronological order - oldest at the top and newest at the bottom. These documents show that Griffins have lived in County Kerry, Ireland, specifically in the Baronies of Trughanacmy and Corkaguiny, since the late 16th century.
FlANTS OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH
The highlighted text shows that as of 1601, Griffins (spelled Griffen or Grifen in the Fiant) were living in what is now the Civil Parish of Kilgarrylander, Co. Kerry Kilgarrylander stretches westward from Castlemaine to the eastern end of the Dingle Peninsula.
The Griffins are recorded as living in Castledrom and Kilcalloe. Castledrom is now spelled Castledrum. Kilcalloe no longer exists as a placename but it is nearly certain that it represents the location of the current adjoining townlands of Keel and Laghtacallow.
These are the names of the Griffins listed in the pardon (names in parentheses are modernized):
Donell m'Donogh Griffen (Donald son of Donogh Griffin) residing in Kilcalloe.
Donogh m'Giollo Grifen (Donogh son of Griffin's servant? [See Giolla]) residing in Castledrom.
Maurice m'Shane Griffen (Maurice son of Sean Griffin) residing in Castledrom.
Shean m'Teig Griffen (Sean son of Tadhg Griffin) residing in Castledrom.
Note: The castle at Castledrum was destroyed during the 17th century Plantations of Ireland as were the castle at Castlemaine and many other Irish castles and abbeys.
Locations of persons listed in the 1601 pardon of O'Sullivan Mór
Many of the place-names in the 1601 pardon have unconventional spellings. The place-names from Fiant 6555 when seen on the above map give the impression that O'Sullivan Mór had abandoned his traditional stronghold in Dunkerron Castle near Kenmare, Count Kerry and that the Griffins had abandoned their townland of Ballygriffin (also near Kenmare). In 1601 it appears O'Sullivan Mór and the Griffins were manning a defensive line against invasion from the south. This allows us to make assumptions for place-names places such as Kilcalloe, for which we have no other records, and for place-names that are common throughout Ireland such as Drumovallie. Note that Castlemaine is obscured on this map by Brackell (Brackhill).
Place-names and references:
Corkonyne, Corkanyne, Carkanyne Corca Dhuibhne/Corkaguiny | Logainm.ie (the Dingle Peninsula)
Pender's Census of Ireland, 1659
Pender's Census recorded that in 1659 fourteen Ô Griffens were residing in the BARRONY OF TRUGHANAC and thirteen Ô Griffens were residing in the CORCAGUINY BARRONY. No other Griffins or Griffens were recorded for County Kerry.
Flax Growers (1796)
Search Results: (failteromhat.com) search on names starting with the letters GRIF in the province of Munster, county of Kerry. All of the flax growers named Griffin, recorded for County Kerry, were residing in the baronies of Trughanacmy and Corkaguiny.
Locations of Griffin families in 1901
300 years after the pardon of O'Sullivan Mór, Griffins continued to live in County Kerry, Ireland in an area broadly centered around Castlemaine, in the baronies of Corkaguiny, Trughanacmy, Clanmaurice, and Iveragh. The map to the left is a visual representation of the results of the 1901 Irish Census compiled and rendered by barrygriffin.com.