The four articles below were kindly forwarded by Carolyn Devine of Peterborough, UK
Extract from HISTORY OF THE DEVINE FAMILY
compiled in 1998 by Thomas Edward Devine
The Devines originally belonged to the county of Fermanagh,
and are descended from the Gruoch na Colla or three brothers, who conquered
the clan Rorys and destroyed the ancient palace of Emania, which was for centuries
the great fort or stronghold of the Red Branch Knights. The names of these
brothers were Colla Maen, Colla Da-Crioch and Colla Uais. They took possession
of a portion of Counties Down, Armagh, Louth, Monaghan and Fermanagh.
The Devines claim Colla Huiss as their ancestor. The name Devine is derived from King Cairbre, second of one of the Collas, who was the Ard Righ or High King of Ireland, a man distinguished for his generosity and liberality towards his friends. Hence, he was called Cairbre, Arigiod na Daimh, or the Dispenser of the Golden Presents. The word Daimh is pronounced 'duif', hence Divin-Devine-Devane-Davin-Devenny-Diver, etc.
The Annalists tell us of the race of Daimens being settled in Fermanagh along the river Erne. It is related that in the thirteenth century in an election held for the chieftaincy, the Devines were defeated by the McGuires, after which the Devines seem never to have regained their supremacy in Fermanagh.
After their failure to maintain their power in Fermanagh, the clan seems to have scattered out seeking settlements in the neighboring counties, especially Tyrone, where they settled in the district of Donaghady, north of Strabane, becoming active and firm supporters of the O'Neils.
Many of the race of Devine
are found in Sligo, Mayo and Donegal. There are also quite a few of the name
in County Derry in the districts adjoining Tyrone.
There is a town land along Burndennet in Donaghady, Co Tyrone called Lisdivin , translated as Devine's Castle or Fort. This would confirm the tradition of the Devines owning the district of Donaghady from the Ferry at Donelong on the Foyle to the Butter Lox above Donaghmana.
In the district or country above and around Donananna, the name is still very plentiful. There are also many of the name to be found in the Southern part of County Derry, Altahoney and Fir Glen district.