Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Monday, 29 January 2018

Margaret Biddulph [ - 31 March 1811] of Rathrobin and Fortal


Margaret Biddulph, and her sister Sarah, were the daughters of Nicholas Biddulph of Rathrobin and Fortal, and his first wife, Patience Colley. There were no sons, and the son of a later marriage, to Alice Scott, died young.
Margaret was married twice. She married her first husband Alexander Cornewall in 1762.
Cornwall, Alexander, gent, of Lishmote, Co. Limerick and Margaret Biddulph of Fortell, Kingscounty, spinster. Bondsmen: Richard Harrison of Aghress, Co. Clare, gent, and Derby Ryan of Killaloe, merchant, 11 June 1762.[1]
After his death in 1779 she married her second husband Thomas Bernard [1745- ], of Castle Bernard, King’s County, in 1780. His daughter Mary Bernard, from his first marriage with Mary Willington, married Robert Waller in 1796.
Margaret died childless on the 31st of March, 1811. She left the moiety of her estates to her cousin Elizabeth, Lady Waller. Elizabeth Biddulph had become the second wife of Sir Robert Waller in 1806, after the death of Mary Bernard in 1804.
Margaret’s sister Sarah married Gifford Nesbitt of Tubberdaly House, King's County, in 1769.
Marriages. A few days ago, Giffard Nesbitt, Esq; to Miss Biddulph.[2]
Sarah died childless in 1772. She bequeathed the moiety of her estate to her sister Margaret. Gifford Nesbitt died in 1773.
In this way, and in the absence of a male heir, Margaret inherited Rathrobin and Fortal from her sister Sarah.  On her death in 1811, she bequeathed the estates to her cousin Elizabeth Biddulph, daughter of Nicholas Biddulph and Elizabeth Dempsey, and the wife of Sir Robert Waller.
From Margaret’s death in 1811 until 1824 Francis Harrison Biddulph [1774-1827] of Vicarstown, had a dispute with Sir Robert Waller in regard to the Rathrobin and Fortal estates. He was an uncle of Elizabeth, Lady Waller, a second cousin of Margaret, and a great grandson of Nicholas Biddulph who had been granted Rathrobin in perpetuity by Lord Shelburne. The dispute was eventually settled in his favour. He succeeded to Rathrobin, and his cousin, Nicholas Biddulph of Congor, succeeded to Fortal.[3]


[1] Killaloe, Co. Clare Marriage License Bonds, 1680-1720 and 1760-1762. from Ms 31883, folio 188.
[2] Limerick Chronicle Vol 1. no 6. Thur, March 9, 1769
[3] Burke's Irish Family Records.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

John Biddulph [c.1700-1741], Stradbally, Queen’s County


John Biddulph was the second son of Nicholas Biddulph of Rathrobin and Fortal, and his wife, Charity. His father, Nicholas, died in 1702, when he was two years old, and his older brother Francis, born in 1690, inherited Rathrobin and Fortal.
John Biddulph’s wife is unknown. He had five children, John, Francis, Nicholas, Richard and Alice
  1. John Biddulph, a Lieutenant in the Army. He married Alice Scott, the widow of his cousin Nicholas Biddulph.
  2. Francis Biddulph, [1727-1826] of Vicarstown, Queen’s County. He married Eliza Harrison of Yorkshire in 1765. They had eight children.
  3. Nicholas Biddulph [1737-1799], of Glenkeen, Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary. He married, first, Elizabeth Dempsey, in 1759, and second, Hannah Cooke.
  4. Richard Biddulph of Skinners Alley, County Dublin married Prudence Tunkes in 1755. He is believed to have been a weaver.
  5. Alice Biddulph, of whom nothing is known.

A John Biddulph, Ballyboy, Offaly, cloathier, appears in a Memorial in the Registry of Deeds, dated 27 February 1723. The name of John Biddulph of Stradbally appears in two later deeds, dated 1728 and 1739.
He died about 1740.[1] His children were still minors.


[1] John Biddulph, Stradbally, Queen’s County.1741. [W.P.W. Phillimore & Gertrude Thrift, Indexes to Irish Wills 1536-1858, 5 Vols (1909-1920)]

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Francis Biddulph [1690 - ] of Rathrobin and Fortal, King’s County



Francis Biddulph [1690 - ] was the eldest son of Nicholas Biddulph [1662-1702] and his wife Charity. After the death of his father Nicholas Biddulph, Charity Biddulph, married John Newcombe of Aghanville, King’s County, in 1707,
Francis Biddulph is sometimes found as Francis Bidolph. He married Mary Jackson of Ballymackey, County Tipperary in 1712, daughter of Robert Jackson of Knockinglass, County Tipperary.
Biddulph, Francis. Kilaghy, King's County. Gent. Mary Jackson, Ballymackey, Co. Tipperary. 7 April 1712. (Dublin Prerogative Marriage Licenses).
In 1702 while still a minor he had  inherited  Rathrobin, King's County, from his father. He later obtained a lease forever of Fortal, King’s County, from Lord Shelbourne in 1722. He  made Fortal his place of residence.
Francis and Mary had one son, Nicholas Biddulph [b. abt 1714 - d. 1762] , of Fortal and Rathrobin , who was married twice, first,  Patience Colley of Stradbally, King’s County, and second,  Alice Scott.