A HISTORY of THE FAMILY of BLACKER OF CARRICKBLACKER IN IRELAND
by Major Latham C.M.Blacker, Dublin, 1901
"BLACKER OF CARRICKBLACKER.
THE history of this family is interwoven with Norse, English, and Irish records to a remarkable extent. Its origin dates with considerable certainty as far back as the ninth century, when the Northmen were spreading down over the countries of
The name is derived from Blacaire,  son of Godfred,  son of Ivor (or Imhar), son of Regnar Lodbrog,  King of Denmark, who was descended from Odin,  King of Asgardia, circa 76 BC. descendant of Eric,  King of Scandinavia, circa 2000 BC
Ivar  invaded Ireland in the year 872 , at the head of a large fleet, and landed where Dublin now stands, where he and his companions speedily subjugated the surrounding country, acquiring also the ports of Waterford and Limerick. This Ivar is known in the annals as Ivar Beinlaus or the Boneless.
It is curious that there is still in
Blacaire achieved a great reputation by slaying the champion of Ireland, Muircheartach (of the Leather Cloaks), both at Ardee,
On Anlaff's return to
The family origins started in Norway ("Black " is a pure Swedish word, meaning a "fetter" or a "gyve"), coupled with the fact that parts of Yorkshire in those days, about the time
of the Conquest, were largely colonized by Danes and Norsemen, who were duly noted in the Domesday Book, leads one to the irresistible conclusion that it is the same stock.
Sitric MacBlacar (or son of Blacar) disappeared from the Annals of the Four Masters, and the inference is that he migrated to Yorkshire - where his uncle Anlaff had possessions of old standing - and settled as a landholder. The Blacre occurs three times in the Domesday Book ; and the total land held by them was about ten hides, or from 800 to 1,200 acres. Anlaff, and his first cousin Aulaffe Cuaran made great efforts to conquer the whole of England, having already practical possession of that part of north of Humber. They allied themselves with
Athelstane hired the aid of Thorolf and Egils, two Vikings, and with his brother Edmund gave battle at Brunanburgh (supposed to be near Beverley), where the Scottish part of the invaders' line was broken by Thorolf and Thorkill, Chancellor of London, and Anlaff's array taken in rear, and his army vanquished. He retreated to the Humber after a desperate conflict, in which 30,000 are said to have fallen, and regained
It is extremely likely that the crushing defeat at Brunanburgh shook the power of the Norse dynasty of Dublin to such an extent that it was unable to cope successfully with Brian Boroimhe's intrigues and his ultimate attack at Clontarf . Brian has been considered as a usurper compared with the older pure Irish dynasties of O'Nial and others; and it is clear that it was only by combining with the Danes and the Norse that he succeeded in
overcoming his native rivals. He married his daughter to Sitric III, King of Dublin, a cousin of Blacaire, and thus ensured his neutrality, the more so as there were feuds of old standing between the Danes and the Norse. After Brian's death, at the hands of Brodir, on the eve of the battle, anarchy set in, and the Norsemen, under Sitric, retained Dublin and also the other ports they had founded at Waterford and Limerick, until Strongbow's advent in Ireland.
Sitric III, towards the end of his reign, granted the revenues of certain lands in North Dublin, peopled by Norwegians, at ealduick [Baldoyle], Rochen [Raheny], and Portahern [Portrane], to Bishop Donatus, in 1038, towards the foundation of the Cathedral of
lands near Dublin.
All this tends to show that the Northmen maintained themselves to a comparatively late date in
In Yorkshire they survived even longer, and it was the Danes who rose and massacred William the Conqueror's garrison in
Near Barnsley, in the parishes of Darton and Darfield, there are two hamlets called Blacker, where the name has been affixed to many parts of the neighbourhood in the Ordnance Survey, annexed to known Blacker estates.
Again in the TESTAMENTA EBORACIENSA, or
These records constitute a most valuable link with the past, and their authenticity is undoubted.
During the Wars of the Roses,