North Street, Newry, County Down

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

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Nicholas Biddulph of Glenkeen, or Glankeen, Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary [1737-1799]

Nicholas  Biddulph was born in 1737, the son of John Biddulph of Stradbally, Queen's County, and an unknown mother.
He married Elizabeth Dempsey, the daughter of Charles Dempsey, in 1759. 

Biddulph, Nicholas, upholder and auctioneer, at the sign of the Royal Field in Aungier Street 1759-1762; Henry Street 1762-1766. Freeman of the City of Dublin as an Upholder of the Service [served apprenticeship to his father-in-law Charles Dempsey], Christmas 1761. [Irish furniture: woodwork and carving in Ireland from the earliest times to the Act of Union, by the Knight of Glin and  James Peill. Yale University Press, 2007Appendix 1. p. 272]
They had four children, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary and Francis, at least three of whom were baptized in Dublin so it appears that Francis and Elizabeth were living there.
Thomas Biddulph  was born in 1761 and baptised in the Church of Saint Peter and St. Kevin, in Dublin, on the 3rd of April. He became  a Midshipman in the Royal Navy and  drowned in the sinking of the ROYAL GEORGE  in Portsmouth in1782.
Elizabeth Biddulph was born in Dublin in 1764 and baptised in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. In 1789 she married Jonathon Willington of Castle Willington. After his death in 1791, she married again, on the 9th January 1806,  Robert Waller [2nd Bt.] of Castle Waller, Newport, Co. Tipperary, Ireland
Mary Biddulph was born in 1767 and  also baptized in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. The family were then living in Henry Street, Dublin.
Francis Biddulph was born in 1770 and married Mary Steele of Eirke, County Kilkenny, in 1800.
After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth, Nicholas married a second time, Hannah Cooke, the daughter of Joseph Cooke, in 1776. They had one daughter, Hanna Maria. She married John Grene of Clonliffe, Co. Dublin and of Cappamurra, Co. Tipperary, in 1797.
Nicholas Biddulph was listed as a distiller in IRISH PROVINCIAL DIRECTORIES, 1788, PROVINCE OF MUNSTER. He died in 1799.
Died. At Burrisoleigh, County Tipperary, Nicholas Biddulph Esq., [Saunders News-letter 18 September 1799].
Hannah died in 1824. Nicholas and Hannah are buried in Glankeen Churchyard.
Gloria in Excel. Deo.  Here lies the body of Nicholas Biddulph who Dep. this life Sept. the 6th 1799 Aged 62 years.  Lord Have Mercy on his Soul, Amen.  Here also lieth the mortal remains of Mrs. Hannah Biddulph otherwise Cooke his wife having attained Her 81st year in the full enjoyment Of  all her faculties with pious Resignation and in humble confidence of a happy Eternity through The Merits of her Redeemer She Departed this life the 20th of August 1824
Perhaps Elizabeth is also  buried here, though it is possible she died in Dublin.


  1. Hi Nichola, - I have some legal papers from the Cooke estate and it includes some letters between Grene of Clonliffe and a walter Sweetman. If you are ever about Tipperary you are most welcome to look at them. John Connors, Borrisoleigh

    1. Hi John, thank you! Yes I would be very interested, but may have to wait a while before I can visit Borrisoleigh. Some day, hopefully.
      best wishes,

    2. Only seeing message now, - so apologies. If you do get to Borrisoleigh at some stage, - contact me at - -