North Street, Newry, County Down

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

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Francis Harrison Biddulph of Vicarstown [1774-1827]

Francis Harrison Biddulph was the only surviving son of Francis Biddulph and Eliza Harrison of Vicarstown. He married Mary Marsh, the daughter of Francis Marsh, barrister-at-law, in Stradbally, Laois, in 1797. They had fourteen children, thirteen of whom survived to adulthood.
His daughter Elizabeth, born in 1799, is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, County Dublin. She died in 1893. Although her gravestone states that she is his eldest daughter, he had another daughter, Anne, who was born in the previous year, 1798. She married Simon Biddulph, son of Sir Theophilus Biddulph, 5th Bt.  Her husband died young.
Death: Died Friday se'nnight, at the house of his aunts, the Misses Biddulph, where he was visit for his health, Captain Simon Biddulph, of the 25th regiment, the 30th year of his age. [Hampshire Chronicle, Mon. 05 May 1823, p.4]
A third daughter, christened Mary after her mother, was born and died an infant in 1801. Another daughter, born in 1803, was christened again Mary. Frances Biddulph, born abt 1804 or later, married Mathew Meredith of Lillart, Clonaslee, Queen’s County in 1847 in St Peter’s Church.
The first son of Francis and Mary was christened Francis Marsh Wellesley Biddulph. Born in 1802, he married Lucy Bickerstaffe in 1845.
Their second son, Nicholas Marsh Biddulph, was born on the 20th December 1805.  He married Elizabeth Maria Steele, both of the parish of Donnybrook, at Gretna Green, in 1824.
Their daughter, Margaret Anne Biddulph, was born at Elm Villa, Irishtown, on October 1826.
William Francis Biddulph, born in 1809, died young.
Harriet Biddulph, born on the 8th of November 1810, is believed to have gone to America and married there, as did Jane Biddulph, born the 8th of May 1812.
Sarah, born the 11th of December 1814, went to Australia.
Charlotte was born on the 9th of December 1815, and her sister Patience in 1817.
Caroline was born on the 16th May 1819. She died in Kingstown [Dun Laoghaire], County Dublin on the 28th of May 1874.
Deaths. Biddulph - May 28, at 84 Upper George's-street, Kingstown, Miss Caroline Biddulph, daughter of the late Francis Harrison Marsh Biddulph, Esq.

Francis Harrison Biddulph was the Registrar of the Court of Exchequer from 1805 until his death in 1827. There appears to have been an inquiry into his raising his charges without applying for permission.
Mr. Francis Harrison Biddulph was appointed to this situation in the year 1805. His duties are stated to be, “to attend the sitting to the Court of Exchequer; to take down notes of the decrees, rules and orders,  in Equity causes by the said Court, which he does in a rough book kept by him for that purpose; to see that such rules, orders and decrees as are made and pronounced, are properly posted from such rough book, in the rule books and books of hearings, which books are kept as records of the office; (these rules and decrees he compares;) to receive and file notices, and list of Equity motions; to peruse and examine all drafts of decrees, to see that they contain the proper recitals; to amend such drafts, conformable to the notes of hearings, and to the decrees pronounced by the Court previous to such decrees, being signed and settled by the Chief Remembrancer; and to inrol all final decrees.”
His emoluments arise from fees, and a salary of 100l. paid by the Chief Remembrancer. On the amount of the fees, Mr. Biddulph has not enabled us to speak with any certainty; he states that he has kept no regular account of them; but he estimates, rather vaguely, the amount of his net annual emoluments at from 900l. to 1,000l. per annum, after deducting from his receipts 160l. a year for disbursements. [EPPI 1818 Vol. 10, 140. Fourth Report of Commissioners of Duties, Salaries and Emoluments, in Courts of Justice].

According to Burke’s  he had a protracted dispute from 1811 to 1824 in regard to the Rathrobin and Fortal estates with Sir Robert Waller on the death of his cousin Margaret, Mrs Bernard.  Having died childless, Margaret Biddulph, wife of Thomas Bernard, left the moiety of her estates to her cousin Elizabeth, Lady Waller.
He eventually succeeded by compromise to the Rathrobin portion, while Fortal went to his cousin Nicholas Biddulph, of Congor.
After the death of Francis in 1827 the family ceased to have any connection with Vicarstown. Francis and his father are buried in Curaclone graveyard. In his will he requested a simple headstone with their names and dates upon it. This does not appear to have survived. His widow Mary died in August 1861, at no. 3 Kingstown Parade, Kingstown, County Dublin and is buried with two of her daughters in Carrickbrennan graveyard.
Mary, Caroline, and their mother Mary Biddulph widow of Francis Biddulph of King's County, late Registrar of the Court of Equity.... buried at Carrickbrennan [Monkstown], County Dublin. [The Irish Genealogist].

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Francis Biddulph of Vicarstown [1727-1806]

 Francis Biddulph was born on the 21st June 1727, the son of John Biddulph and an unknown mother. He married Eliza Harrison, the daughter of William Harrison of Leeds, Yorkshire, in 1765. Francis was a Justice of the Peace. The family lived in Vicarstown House, Queen’s County. The house was probably constructed by Francis. They had eight children, three of whom died in infancy, Patience, Frances Margaret Sarah and Nicholas John. The surviving children were Elizabeth, Mary, a second Patience, Francis and Harriet. It was not unusual at the time, with the high infant mortality rate, macabre though it may seem to us now, to christen a new baby with the name of a dead child, as happened here with Patience.
Elizabeth, who was born in 1766 and Francis’ eldest daughter, married Richard Grattan in St. Mark’s, Dublin in 1788. They too had eight children.
A second daughter, Mary Anne, born three years later in 1769, married William Scott in Vicarstown in 1785.
Patience Biddulph married Henry T. Warner in 1801. They had seven children.
The first and only surviving son of Francis and Eliza, Francis Harrison Biddulph, was born in 1774. He married Mary Marsh in 1797. They had 14 children.
Harriet Biddulph, the youngest daughter of Francis and Eliza, was born in 1781. She married the Reverend Richard Clarke, Rector of Geashill, King’s County, on 26th January 1799.

Life in the rural area of Vicarstown was not without its excitements.

Maryborough – April 8. Yesterday came on a trial before the Hon. Justice Crookshank, and a respectable Jury of the Queen’s county, a cause wherein Thomas Fitzgerald, of Corbally, Esq. was prosecutor, and Francis Biddulph, of Vicarstown, Esq. was Defendant. It was an issue out of the King’s Bench, to try whether certain expressions therein stated, were used with an intention to provoke the said Thomas Fitzgerald to fight a duel with the said Francis Biddulph – when after a full investigation of the matter, in said information stated, Mr Biddulph was honourably acquitted. [Dublin Evening Post 15 April 1797].

The following year, 1798, a year of insurrection, the house itself was attacked.

Saturday night last, a banditti attacked the house of Mr. Francis Biddulph, of the Queen's county, with a view to plunder it, but meeting with a spirited resistance, they decamped, after wounding a female servant in the house, and destroying some of the furniture, and breaking the windows. [Mirror of the Times, Sat, March 3, 1798, Issue 10]

The Express and Evening Chronicle gives a more graphic account of events.  It seems that this may have been the catalyst for the family leaving Vicarstown House forever.

On Sunday night the 24th ult, a most daring banditti, at about eight o’clock in the evening, attacked the house of Francis Biddulph Esq., of Vicarstown, in the Queen’s County, Ireland, where they secured all the servants; but Mr. Biddulph, with his wife and daughter  having time to get up stairs, he made such a resistance, though they carried on their attack for upwards of an hour, that he deterred them from forcing a door which he had fortunately erected on the stairs; they fired several shots at Mr. Biddulph, and wounded a servant-maid in the shoulder, hit Mrs Biddulph with slugs in the clothes, filled the upper rooms with a number of bullets broke all the windows and furniture in the house; so that the gentlemen and his family are now obliged to go and reside in a town. [Express  and Evening Chronicle, St, Mar 3, 1798. Issue 538].

Francis Biddulph died on 11th September 1806. His widow Eliza survived him. She died in 1827, the same year as their son Francis. Francis and his son are buried in Curaclone graveyard near Vicarstown. There is no headstone.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Nicholas Biddulph of Fortal and Rathrobin [b. abt 1714–d. 1762]

Nicholas Biddulph of Rathrobin and Fortal, King's County, was the son of Francis Biddulph and Mary Jackson.  He inherited both Fortal and Rathrobin from his father Francis Biddulph.
Nicholas married Patience Colley, daughter of Thomas Colley, of Killurin, Geashill, King’s County, on 26th April 1736. They had two daughters Margaret, and Sarah.    He was a Justice of the Peace, and High Sheriff in 1741.  
Rathrobin and Fortal remained in his posession.
We hear that on Monday last the Decree of the Court of Exchequer in Irleand, made in the cause wherein Nicholas Biddulph Esq., was Plaintiff, and the Right Hon. Henry Earl of Shellburn, and Lord Dunkeron, his son, were defendants, decreeing the Renewal of Leases to the  said Mr. Biddulph, was affirmed, and the Appeal of the said Earl of Shellburn and his son therefrom, dismissed with Costs [Whitehall Evening Post or London Intelligencer, Thur, May 12, 1748, Issue 352 ]
His daughter Sarah married Gifford Nesbitt of Tubberdaly House, King's County, in 1769.
Marriages. A few days ago, Giffard Nesbitt, Esq; to Miss Biddulph. [Limerick Chronicle Vol 1. no 6. Thur, March 9, 1769]
Sarah died childless in 1772. She bequeathed the moiety of her estate to her sister Margaret. Gifford Nesbitt died in 1773.

Nicholas'  daughter Margaret 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. (Killaloe, Co. Clare Marriage License Bonds, 1680-1720 and 1760-1762. from Ms 31883, folio 188).
After his death in 1779 she married her second husband Thomas Bernard of Castle Bernard, King’s County, in 1780.
Margaret Biddulph also died childless on the 31st March, 1811. She left the moiety of her estates to her cousin Elizabeth, Lady Waller, [nee Biddulph].

After the death of his first wife Patience, Nicholas Biddulph married Alice Scott of Carhircon, County Clare in 1754. They had one son, Angel Biddulph, who died in 1769, while still a child. His name, Angel, came from Alice Scott’s family.
In 1712 the Earl of Thomond leased Cahercon/Cahiracon, parish of Kilfiddane, and Killadysert, parish of Killadysert, barony of Clonderalaw, county Clare, to Angel Scott in perpetuity.
Nicholas Biddulph died in 1762. His widow, Alice, married again, John Biddulph, a lieutenant in the Army and  first cousin of Nicholas, on 30th November 1769.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Francis Biddulph of Mount Oliver, Queen's County [1770-1826]

Francis Biddulph was the only surviving son of Nicholas Biddulph and Elizabeth Dempsey, of Glenkeen, Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary. Brother of Thomas who died in the sinking of the Royal George in 1782, Mary and Elizabeth, and half brother of Hannah Biddulph. He married Mary Steele in 1880. She was the daughter of Richard Steele of Kyle.
Biddulph, Francis of Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, Esq., and Mary Steele of Eirke, spinster, 31 December 1800.(C. of I., Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin Ms. GOI, 612-617).
Francis and Mary had five children, Anne, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Richard and Francis.
 Anne, born in 1801, married Hugh Boyd Wray. They had one son, Jackson Wray, who died in the Crimea. She died in 1872. Hugh Boyd Wray and Anne are buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, Kill o’ the Grange, County Dublin.
Elizabeth Biddulph was  born in 1802  She was unmarried  She  died  on the 14th of October 1877, aged 75, at Richmond Hill, Rathmines, Dublin.
Nicholas, the eldest son, was born in 1803. He married, first, Catherine Lucas in 1833, they had one son Francis Edward, and second, in 1839, Isabella Digges la Touche. Nicholas and Isabella had nine children.
Richard was born in 1809. He married Catherine Matilda Bates and emigrated to Canada. They had four children.
Francis Waller, the youngest son, was born in 1810. He married Elizabeth Shore in Canada. They had two children, Mary Elizabeth and Richard.
Francis Biddulph died in 1826, at his sister Elizabeth’s home in Dublin. It is not known when his wife Mary Steele died.
Died. At Fitzwilliam-square, Dublin, the 4th inst., at the residence of his sister, Lady Waller, Francis Biddulph, Esq., of Portarlington, and late of Mountoliver, Queen's County. Posthumous eulogy was never bestowed on a more worthy individual. In him was united every virtue which could ornament the human character. He was a loving parent, and affectionate husband, a sincere and unalterable friend. In all the relations to society, he was a most honourable and good man; his moral worth, inflexible integrity, and urbanity of manners, rendering him esteemed by all, and now deeply regretted by his numerous friends and acquaintances.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Elizabeth Waller [nee Biddulph], [1764-1855]

Elizabeth Biddulph [1764-1855]

Elizabeth Biddulph was born in Dublin in 1764 and baptised in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. She was the first daughter of Nicholas Biddulph and Elizabeth Dempsey, Glenkeen, Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, sister of Thomas, Mary and Francis Biddulph and half sister of Hannah Biddulph.
In 1789 she married Jonathon Willington of Castle Willington. They had an only daughter who died young.
24473  WILLINGTON Jonathan Esq Jul 1789 BIDDULPH Miss OFF NEWS        Walker's Hibernian Magazine
Jonathon also died in 1791.
"Here lieth the body of John WILLINGTON, Esq., Barrister at Law, who departed this life 
at Worcester in England on the 14th of Jany. 1791 aged 55 years"
County Tipperary   Templemore Parish   'EPITAPHS IN THE ANCIENT CHURCHYARD, &c.
He was in fact, 33 years old.
On the 9th January 1806 Elizabeth married Robert Waller [2nd Bt.] of Castle Waller, Newport, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. He was a widower and had previously been married to Mary Bernard of Castle Bernard.
Ennis Chronicle, Saturday 1 March 1806, Married, Sir Robert Waller, Bart., of Newport, Co. Tipperary, to Mrs Willington, widow of Councellor Willington.
Robert and Elizabeth had no children and Robert Waller predeceased her, dying on the 5th June 1826.
Elizabeth died on the Isle of Man, on the 20th November 1855.
Deaths; at her residence, near Douglas, Isle of Man, the Dowager Lady Waller, relict of the late Sir Robert Waller, Bart., of Newport, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. A lady of an amiable and charitable disposition, sincerely beloved and respected.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child, by Imogen Stuart, RHA. Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Detail from the Lady Chapel.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Hannah Biddulph [Abt.1777-1839]

Born in about 1777 Hannah was the daughter of Nicholas Biddulph, a distiller, of Glenkeen, near Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, and his second wife Hannah Cooke. She was about five years old when her older half-brother Thomas Biddulph died in the sinking of the Royal George in Portsmouth in 1782.

Hannah married John Grene [Abt. 1770- 18 Jan 1837] of Clonliffe, County Dublin and of Cappamurra, County Tipperary, in September 1797. This appears to have been a Protestant marriage although the Grenes were a Catholic family. Hannah’s father was a member of the Church of Ireland and James and John Grene of Cappamurra are found in the Catholic Qualification and Convert Rolls for 1779. However, most, if not all, of Hannah’s grandchildren were baptised into the Catholic faith.

Hannah and John had nine children, Hannah, James, Nicholas, Ellen, Eliza, John, Susan, Margaret, and Maria.
Their eldest daughter, Hannah Grene, was born about 1798 in Cappamurra, Cashel, County Tipperary. Her brother James, born in September 1798 also in Cappamurra, died as an infant in 1800. Nicholas Biddulph Grene, her second son, was born in Grene Park, Cashel, on the 20th October 1800. He married Catherine Sadleir abt 1830, and died on the 29th March 1882. Catherine was the daughter of Clement William Sadleir and Joanna Scully.
Ellen Grene was born abt 1804, and died young on the 4th April 1818. Her sister Eliza was born abt. 1806. She died in the Presentation Convent in Thurles, County Tipperary on the 11th December 1896. John Grene was born 21 Feb 1809. He married Anna Maria Delany in 1850.  Susan Grene was born about 1811. Margaret Grene was born in May 1818.  Maria, Hannah’s youngest daughter, married James Barry in 1837.

Hannah died on the 30th September 1839. Her husband John Grene had predeceased her by two years.