North Street, Newry, County Down

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

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.

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