Welcome to Sandes Ancestry

Sandes Ancestry attempts to document the Sandes family members and their ancestors who lived or originated in County Kerry, Ireland from the time of the invasion by Oliver Cromwell in 1649 up to the present day.

The village that hates its name.

Newtownsandes Co-op

The village originally got its name from George Sandes who was the owner of the lands upon which it was situated. George Sandes and later Thomas William Sandes were hated landlords and agents.

Lt-Col Arthur Sandes

"Soldiers of fortune destined to fight for Simón Bolívar in his bid for independence from Spain in South America, they set sail for Venezuela in January 1818."

Arthur Sandes fought alongside Simón Bolívar in his bid for independence from Spain in South American. After independence he was appointed governor of the department of Azuay in southern Ecuador.

Lancelot D. Sandes D.F.C.

Airman Lancelot Dalrymple Sandes D.F.C.

A pilot in the 59 Squadron Royal Air Force, awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, he was born 1913, son of Robert Dalrymple Sandes and Ruby Hilda Lamb. To his friends and family he was affectionately known as 'Mike'.

The Flora Sandes Story

The Flora Sandes Story

The only women to have served as a soldier in the Great War, Flora was born on 22 January 1876 at Nether Poppleton, near York, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Samuel Dickson Sandes and his wife, Sophia Julia Besnard.

The New Zealand Tablet

Reverend Patrick Moram, Bishop of Dunedin, N.Z. and editor of 'The New ZealandTablet' was a strong critic of the Sandes land agents in Kerry.

A Fine Brother

Louise Miller

The definitive book about Flora Sandes launched in Edinburgh on 24 June 2012 and I was fortunate enough to be invited. So I drove up to Edinburgh and met its rather wonderful author, Louise Miller.

The Terror of North Kerry

John Benn-Walsh. 1st Baron Ormathwaite, Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, London.

Known as the "Terror of North Kerry", George Sandes was a land agent for absentee landlords. He frequently evicted tenants for the slightest cause.

The Earliest Known History

Oliver Cromwell (1599 - 1658)

The earliest known members of the Sandes family were "The Barons of Burgh" at Burgh-by-Sands in Cumberland in the 13th Century.