The Nunn family of Wexford are Cromwellian in origin and are descended from one Captain Richard Nunn, a Cavalry Officer. Captain Nunn was the first of seven consecutive generations of the family to be appointed High Sheriff of the County of Wexford, a position of great authority and responsibility.
The family successfully settled in Wexford following the Cromwellian Conquest in the 1650s, and established seats at St. Margaret’s, Hillcastle, Silverspring in Ballycogley, Rosehill in Enniscorthy, Alma House in Ferrycarrig and Castlebridge House, to name but a few. They were listed among the largest landowners in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy in the county.
The Nunns were early innovators and entrepreneurs as can be seen from their many successful business ventures. In addition, like so many Anglo-Irish families, the Nunns were also a constant supply of mid to high ranking officers in the British Army and almost every generation made the ultimate sacrifice for King/Queen and country. Nunns fought in almost every conflict in which the British Army was engaged since the seventeenth century.
In addition to soldiering, the Nunns of Wexford can be found among the lists of renowned physicians, clergymen, industrialists, solicitors and barristers, maltsters and millers since the early eighteenth century in Ireland.
The Nunns of Wexford are now gone from the shores of Wexford, but they have left their mark on the local landscape and history, social, industrial and military. This is their story.