Charles Borromeo Jennings was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, in 1846, and was the eldest son of Daniel Jennings and Johanna Bray. He was baptised in Thurles on the 11th of November 1846 and called after his grandfather Charles Jennings, of Newry, County Down. He was also called after St. Charles Borromeo.
St. Charles Borromeo, Italian San Carlo Borromeo, (born October 2, 1538, Arona, duchy of Milan—died November 3, 1584, Milan; canonized 1610; feast day November 4), cardinal and archbishop who was one of the most important figures of the Counter-Reformation in Italy. He is the patron saint of bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders.
Charles attended Tramore School Waterford and from there went on to study at the Catholic University, Dublin.
Catholic University... Classical Burses... Charles B. Jennings, Tramore School, Waterford, 15l.
He took his medical degrees in 1867 and subsequently joined the British Army.
Jennings, Charles Boromeo, Staff Assistant Surgeon, Army, (Date of registration, 1868, Feb 1.] Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Irel., 1867. Lic. K. Q. Coll. Phys., Ireland, 1868.
Charles married Annabelle Mary Agnes Caldbeck, the widow of William Francis Cope Caldbeck, on January 8th 1877.
JENNINGS and CALDBECK - Jan 8, at St. Patrick's Monkstown, Charles B. Jennings, Esq., Army Medical Department, son of D. C. Jennings, Esq., R.I.C., to Annabelle Mary Agnes, widow of William Francis Caldbeck, Esq., and daughter of the late Samuel Hugo, Esq., Guernsey.
Charles and Annabelle had three children.
- Charles Ernest Hugo Bray Jennings [1877-]
- Violet Jennings [1882 South Africa - 1962] Married 1) Leonard Hacking 2) Frederick Bowring.
- Kathleen Jennings [1883-1912] married Henry Lindemere. They had one daughter Beryl Kathleen M. [1911-1984] and a son Henry Lindemere.
Annabelle had three children from her previous marriage,
- William Francis Cope Caldbeck. [1867-1895].
- Francis Curran Caldbeck. Not Married. [1871 – 1955].
- Florence Anna Mary Caldbeck [1870 – 1956] married P.W. Stafford.
Charles retired from the Army in 1893. In the 1901 Census Charles and Annabelle [Anastasia] lived in a house on South Hill Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin. Ernest, Violet and Kathleen were living with them, also Francis Caldbeck, Annabelle’s son and stepson of Charles. By 1911 they were living at 6 Ulva Road Putney S W, Wandsworth, London & Surrey, England. Charles was retired and there were no children living with them. Annabelle appears as Anastasia in both Irish and British Census Records.
In an unidentified news cutting it was reported that the degree of LL.D. (hon. causa) was conferred on Charles Jennings by the N.U.I. in 1915.
In 1915 The Senate of the newly founded National University of Ireland awarded honorary doctorate degrees on persons who had attended the Catholic University of Ireland for conscientious reasons, but the Catholic University did not have the authority to award degrees.
In a list of the recipients of the honorary degrees the only name which appears is that of Lt-Col. John B Jennings. It’s possible that there might be some confusion between Charles and his younger brother John Bray Jennings [1854-1881] who also studied medicine and who died young.
Lieut.-Col. C. B. Jennings, late R.A.M.C., died at Fernleigh, The Hill, Monkstown, County Dublin, on the 30th of May 1826, aged 80. He is buried in Deansgrange Burial Ground, Blackrock, County Dublin, Ireland, Plot: North/F2/7. There is no one else in the plot.
His wife, Anastasia, died at the Southampton Hotel, Surbiton, Surrey, on the 6th of May 1928. She left a will.