North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Monday, 28 March 2022

John Bray Jennings [1854 -1881]

John Bray Jennings was the sixth son of Daniel Corley Jennings and Johanna Bray and was born in Tuam, County Galway. He was baptised in Tuam Cathedral.

August 27th 1854. John Bray of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. Sps Frederick Jennings and Letitia D.[1]

Letitia Jennings was John's aunt, who entered the Convent of Mercy in Newry in 1883. Who was Frederick Jennings?

Like his brothers Ignatius and Daniel, John attended the Killaloe Diocesan College in Ennis, County Clare. Like them, he also appears in the Honour List for 1866-1867.[2]

John went on to study medicine, like his brother Charles, and worked in Yorkshire.

Jennings, John Bray. 36 George St., Hull, Yorkshire. [Date of registration 1876, Mar. 222]. Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Irel, 1875. Lic. K. Q. Coll. Phys. Irel, 1877.[3]

He appears in the 1881 British Census.

John Bray Jennings, aged 26, b. Tormoor Babmay (!), Ireland. Surgeon Member Royal College of Surgery. 36 George St., Sculcoates, York, England. Unmarried. Head of Household. Harriet Dennison, Servant, Married.aged  65. b. Hull, Housekeeper. Thomas Dennison Servant. Married Aged 66. b. Hull. Assist. Housekeeper Dom.

Sadly John died at 6 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, the home of his parents Daniel and Johanna, in the early summer of 1881.

His Death Certificate states that John Bray Jennings, Bachelor, aged 26 years, Physician and Surgeon, died of phthisis (6 months certified), D.C. Jennings present at death, 6 Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, registered May 25th 1881.[4]

He is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin., with his sister Ellie who died of tuberculosis in 1878.

John Bray Jennings, L.R.Q.C.P.I and L.R.C.S.I. d. 7th May 1881, aged 26.[5]



[1]  Baptisms Tuam Cathedral 1845- NLI Pos 4222

[2] Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser 29 July 1867

[3] The Medical Register, 1879

[4] GRO 1881 no. 155

[5] Glasnevin Cemetery. Dublin Section. Kf 14,15. No.168.

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