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The Gookin Family Coat of Arms

 Vincent Gookin was born sometime between 1584 and 1590 in Ripple Court, Kent England

His parents were John and Cathrine Gookin

Little is known of Vincent’s early years, he most likely spent sometime on The European Continent learning the Pilchard fishing trade.

Vincent Gookin moved to Ireland sometime in 1606 and settled as a tenant in fee simple under Phane Beecher at The Manor of Castlemahon in The Barony of Kinalmeaky. Despite living about seven miles from the coast Vincent became involved in the Pilchard fishing industry, owning several fisheries at Courtmacsherry where he settled in 1616. The fourtunes derived from his fisheries as well as cattle herds and wool flocks soon made Vincent one of the wealthiest men in Southern Ireland, he got involved in local politics, serving as High Sheriff of County Cork in the 1620s. In 1631 he was knighted by Robert Boyle,The Earl of Cork.

Even though Sir Vincent’s success had come mostly in Ireland,he bitterly hated the Irish or as one biographer wrote "He was a devout Protestant who hated The Catholics and Their Priests and was more than happy to have them hate him back." 

In 1634, while at the height of his career he published and distributed in The Munster Plantation a pamphlet in the form of a Letter to Lord Deputy of Ireland Thomas Wentworth that attacked Old English, New English, Irish, Protestants, Catholics, Soldiers, Captains etc..

It enraged so many people against him that even Wentworth commented that they would probably hang Sir Vincent if they could.Wentworth eventually went to Parliament for assistance with the matter which promptly dispatched an agent with a warrant for Sir Vincent’s arrest so he could be brought before Parliament and formally censured, However Sir Vincent and his wife left Ireland before the warrant could be served and returned to their estate at Gloucestershire, England where Sir Vincent lived until his death in 1638.