Researched, created and maintained by Michael Sandes, Sandes Ancestry publishes genealogical information about the Sandes family that originated in North Kerry in Ireland at the time of the Cromwell invasion.

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The village that Hates its Name.

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 landlords and agents for other landlords and not noted for their kindness and generosity. They regularly evicted impoverished tenants who were behind on rents. They became hated figures.

The Terror of North Kerry

The Exploits of Mr. George Sandes, magistrate and terror of North Kerry. - George Sandes was born in 1821 son of Captain John Sandes and his wife Agnes Sandes (who were second cousins). In 1851 he was recorded as the owner of two houses, namely No.s 24 and 35 The Square, Listowel. He later inherited 'Greenville' from his uncle, William Gough Sandes J.P. who died without issue.

Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Sandes

Arthur Sandes fought in Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon on 18th June 1815. He left the British army later that year. In 1817 he was recruited into Colonel Frederick Campbell's Regiment of Chasseurs by the representative of Bolivar in London. Soldiers of fortune destined to fight for Simon Bolivar in his bid for independence from Spain in South America, they set sail for Venezuela in January 1818.

A Fine Brother

The incredible Flora Sandes achieved international recognition for her part fighting as a soldier in the Serbian army during The First World War. The definitive book about Flora Sandes, 'A Fine Brother' by Louise Miller is available at all book shops.

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish.
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