Savage Family History

Genealogy of Keith Robert Savage

'The Savages of The Ards' Armorial Bearings

As seen on the front cover of the book entitled: The Ancient and Noble Family of the Savages of The Ards, compiled from Historical Documents and family Papers and edited by George Francis Savage-Armstrong 1888: Six lioncels rampant sable, three, two and one, armed and languid gules on a field argent.


My objective from the onset when setting up this 'Savage Family' website was to try to trace a direct link back to William Le Sauvage, one of many knights who accompanied John De Courcey in the invasion of County Down circa 1177. I was determined to seek out documentation to substantiate my findings but soon learned that a mammoth task lay ahead as: (a) Civil registration of all births, deaths and marriages Ireland began in 1864. (b) Most of these records were destroyed by fire when the Four Courts building in Dublin where they were housed was shelled during the Irish Civil War. (c) Most of Ireland's census records prior to 1901 were also destroyed. Despite this setback, my research remains an on-going 'work -in-progress' though to date, I have only managed to trace back as far back as Rowland SAVAGE my great, great, great grandfather. circa 1800, so my storey starts here.

James SAVAGE and wife Elizabeth formerly Harper

James SAVAGE 1852-1933 was the son of Willam Savage 1824-1891 from the district of Derryboye, Co.Down