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Patrick Lynch, born 1715, was an Irish emigrant who became a significant landowner in Rio de la Plata, which is now part of Argentinamarker. He was born in Galwaymarker and was the second son of Patrick Lynch of Lydican Castle and Agnes Blake. The Lynches and the Blakes were 2 of the 14 tribes of Galway, who dominated the political, commercial, and social life of the city of Galway in western Ireland between the mid-13th and late-19th centuries. Being the second son and thus unlikely to have a large inheritance, and possibly because of the effects of the Irish famine of 1740-1741, he left in the 1740's for Bilbaomarker, Spain, and travelled from there to Rio de la Plata, where he settled. In 1749, in Buenos Airesmarker, he married Rosa de Galaya de la Camera, a wealthy heiress. He was successful enough to pass on substantial lands to his eldest surviving son, Justo Pastor Lynch.


Patrick Lynch's descendants through various branches of the family include the following:

  • Patricio (Patrick) Lynch, (grandson), who set up a shipping company. He owned the frigate, Heroina, which was involved in a claim of possession of the Falkland Islandsmarker in 1820. Patricio Lynch married Maria Isabel de Zavaleta, a descendant of the Conquistador Domingo Martínez de Irala. Patricio and Maria are the great great grandparents of Che Guevara, (see below).
  • Patricio Lynch, (great grandson), a rear-admiral in the Chilean navy. His father, Estanislao Lynch, a former officer in the Army of the Andes, had settled in Chile to expand the family's businesses.
  • Benito Lynch, (great great great grandson), Argentine novelist and short-story writer.
  • Adolfo Bioy Casares, (great great great great grandson), Argentine writer.
  • Che Guevara, (great great great great grandson), revolutionary from Argentina.



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