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Link (Lynch) was not always the short, simple Irish surname that it is today. First there was the Legendary Labradh Longseach, monarch of Ireland for eighteen years from 541 AD. Undoubtedly a sea-warrior (longseach means mariner) his name lingers on in a variety of spellings: O Loingsigh, Linch, O Loingseachain, Lynchehan. A number of distinct clans with lands in almost every province of Ireland bear the name and are found in counties Clare, Sligo and Limerick, while some branched north to County Donegal and south to County Cork. Other Lynches stem from different roots being originally called de Lench. These arrived in the 12th Century with the Normans. Others came from the city of Lintz in Austria, and Charlemagne as an ancestor.
In the fifteenth century the Lynches became one of the most powerful of "The Fourteen Tribes of Galway". these prominent families were cultured, prosperous merchants who traded with Europe and kept their territories secure by intermarriage.
A Lynch family, originally from Galway, settled in Mayo and, through marriage, added Blosse to their Lynch patronymic. In the nineteenth century, several of the eleven sons of Henry Blosse Lynch achieved lasting recognition as explorers.
Driven out by the Cromwellians, many Lynches went to Europe. mostly to France, to join the services, the legal and medical professions, or to enter commerce. Count Jean Baptiste Lynch (1749 - 1835), a descendant of Irish Emigres, was Mayor of Bordeaux and a Jacobite, and lost much of his property during the French Revolution. However, he managed to retrieve his inheritance and founded a wine business.