The earliest recorded ancestor in Wicklow was Rice Meredith of Oghill who was listed in the Arklow Hearth Money Rolls of 1669, and would have been born in the first half of the 17th century. He may have been the first person of this branch to settle in Ireland from Wales. The earliest ancestor from whom there is a documented lineage is Mathias Meredith, who lived in Templeraney House, Co. Wicklow, and who died in 1729 in Co. Wicklow. His son John Meredith (c1711-1786) was named in the will of Mathias, and may be the cousin John referred to in the 1761 will of Thomas Meredith of Rearymore.
This possible connection between the two family lines has been confirmed by y-DNA analysis of descendants. The common ancestor of the two branches is though to be the Rice Meredith mentioned in the Arklow Hearth Rolls of 1669 - indeed, the unusual given name of Rice occurs in many of the successive generations of both lines. The sketch on the right illustrates the possible connection, and it is shown in more detail in this Schematic Diagram.
The descendants of the Wicklow family line include a number of very distinguished Merediths in Ireland and in Canada, whose biographical details can be found on this website.
A pedigree of the Wicklow Merediths developed in the 1800s by the Dublin solicitor William Rice Meredith claimed that this family line was descended from John the brother of Bishop Richard Meredith, and therefore had Royal descent from the early Welsh Kings. However, a record in the Genealogical Office of Ireland concludes that there is no evidence whatsoever to support this assertion, and this is confirmed by the y-DNA tests reported on this website. Nevertheless, the erroneous pedigree from the 1800s continues to be circulated.
The names of specific persons in this Family Line can be found in the Surname Index.
The family history can also be explored through different types of chart: