North Street, Newry, County Down

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

Sunday 4 December 2022

May Teresa Biddulph [1879-1925]

May Teresa Biddulph was born on the 29th of May 1879 in St. Kilda’s, Parsonstown, now Birr, County Offaly.  She was the 13th child of Francis Edward Biddulph and Annabella Kennedy, and had two sisters close to her in age, Amy, born in 1875 and Beatrice Anne Biddulph, born in 1880.

Before she married, May visited India, to stay with her brother Nicholas (Nick) who had married Marion Warburton in Poona in 1894. She wrote a graphic account of ‘How I shot my first tiger’ some extracts from which are included here.

At noon on Christmas Day, we got khubber (news) that a tiger had killed a buffalo near a village between two and three miles from our camp, so N. and Mr D. started off at once to make arrangements for a shoot. They came back about 3 p.m. having had a machan, or platform, put up in a tree just over the carcase of the buffalo. Mr. D. and I then tossed as to who should sit up with N. in the machan; I gave him my lucky Jubilee sovereign to toss with, and, much to my delight, won the toss. About 3.30 p.m. N. and I started off on an elephant for the scene of the action…

…after about half an hour’s wait, sitting so still that I could even hear my heart beat, we heard the tiger coming stealthily along…he came around behind my back and then stopped right under our tree; then he walked slowly out  into a little glade, where N. could get a good view of him, but I could not get my rifle round without making a noise, and as the animal seemed to think something had been altered about the place since morning, and was turning round as if to go into the jungle again, M. fired , and rolled her over by a good shot in the back of the neck. I then stood up, and as she rolled her head around gave her a shot right in the throat, then another where N. had hit her. She roared loudly as each shot hit her, and of course was mortally wounded, and would have died if left alone, but as we wanted to get off her machan before it got quite dark, and we could not shout to the men to come up till we were quite sure the beast was dead, N. gave her a last shot, after which she roared no more, but succumbed to her fate.

We came back to camp on the elephant, arriving about 7.30 in good time for dinner, and the tiger was brought soon after. She was a beautiful tigress, measuring 8ft 2in., and had such a magnificent winter coat. The fur was about 2 inches long and very thick; it will be lovely skin when cured…

…Our ride home through the jungle was a bit jumpy, as there are several more tigers about, and we only had a lantern to show the way, and that seemed to make the pitch darkness and dense jungle all around even more intense….the natives were very pleased, and came in crowds the next day to see the tiger and salaam to the memsahib who had shot him, as they are always delighted when a tiger is killed.[1]

May was a keen cyclist. Her name appears in an account of the Bog of Allen Club Bicycle Gymkhana which took place in July 1897. She was clearly an enthusiast of the bicycling craze which swept America and Europe at this time and promised greater freedom for women.

The Annual Gymkhana, promoted by the Bog of Allen Club, came off successfully at Oldtown, Naas, in tropical weather, and in the presence of a large and fashionable concourse of spectators. The Band of the 5th Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers played a fine selection of music during the afternoon, under the baton of Mr. Colvet.

She took part in the Hallow Eve Race (for Pairs) with Rev. L. Fletcher, and also in the Bending Race (for Ladies). Her sister Bea also took part in the Bending Race.

The final race of the day was a One-legged Race (Ladies and Gentlemen). It’s not known if either May or Bea took part.[2]

So it was no surprise when May married Charles Francis Pease who was ‘a well known Irish cyclist’. He was the son of Charles Clifford Pease of Hesslewood, Yorkshire.

Like her sister Amy, eight years earlier, May was married in St. George’s Church, Belfast in 1904 to Charles Francis Pease.[3]

Pease and Biddulph - March 26, at St. George's Church , Belfast, by the Reverend H.D. Murphy, D.D., Charles Pease, Lieutenant Royal Garrison Regiment, only son of the late   Captain Clifford Pease Oxfordshire Light Infantry, to May Teresa, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis E. Biddulph, late 19th Regiment, of Marie Lodge, Dalkey. No cards.[4]

May and Charlie had two children, Ellen Marion Pease b. 1905 in Dublin and Francis Kennedy Pease b. 1908 in Great Connell, Newbridge, County Kildare, then the British Cavalry Barracks.

Pease - February 13th, at Great Connell, Newbridge, the wife of C. Pease, Lieutenant North Lancashire Regiment, of a son.

Early in 1915, May and Amy, together with their parents Annabella and Francis, and four of their children, travelled to Queenstown for a short holiday. May’s brother Hugh who served with the Connaught Rangers, was stationed on Spike Island with his wife Violet. On the 7th of May, the Lusitania, a passenger ship, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Cork with the loss of many lives. All four women helped the survivors as they were brought in and Annabella is said to have run around administering measures of brandy.  May was later rewarded for her efforts.

Mrs Charles Pease, who is the daughter of Colonel Biddulph, 'Marie Lodge’ Dalkey, and wife of Capt. Pease, champion cyclist, and at present fighting in the Cameroons, has just been made the recipient of a beautifully-finished and costly gold bangle, modelled in the form of a life belt, as a token of appreciation for the valuable services she rendered to Lusitania survivors in Queenstown. With her father she was staying at the Queen’s Hotel, Queenstown, and it was her fate to witness the pathetic scenes in connection with the great disaster. Trained in the Meath Hospital, Mrs Pease is a skilled nurse and she devoted herself to succouring the sufferers untiringly. Three days of such superhuman work almost broke her down. She returned to Dalkey and it was there the anonymous gift inscribed, ‘To Mrs Pease, for her kindness, from a few survivors of the Lusitania,’ reached her. She is most anxious to impress on her generous donors that it is not she alone but other ladies who shared her labours who are entitled to any thanks she may merit.[5]

Her sister-in-law, Violet Biddulph (nee Martyn), also received the gift of a watch.

There was more bad news to follow, as May’s husband Charlie Pease was wounded in West Africa.

Famous Cyclist Wounded. The friends of Lieut. Charles Pease, the well-known Irish cyclist, will regret to learn that he has been severely wounded in the arm in the Cameroons. Lieut. Pease belongs to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, but has been serving recently with the West African Regiment, which is composed of natives led by white officers. Lieut. Pease is known as the British Empire and Irish Cycling Champion and holder of numerous racing records.[6]

At first he appeared to recover from his wounds.

Captain Charles Pease, the Irish cycling champion, who is well known in Belfast, has recovered from the wounds he received in the Cameroons early in the year, and has left for Sierra Leone to rejoin the West African Frontier Forces. During his leave Capt and Mrs Pease paid a visit to Belfast friends. Captain Pease is well known in Ballymena, and several of his Irish cycling record performances were made on ‘Ireland’s only’ cement track at the Ballymena Recreation Grounds.[7]

But in 1916, in a letter to Amy from Mill Cottage, Fermoy, Francis tells her that Charlie Pease is ill.

He died on the 22nd of October 1919, at 19, The Avenue, Blackheath, according to a newspaper report.

Pease – on the 22nd inst (suddenly), at 20 Montpelier Row, Blackheath, London, Capt. Charles Pease, 1st Batt. Loyal North Lancs. Regt., aged 42.[8]

He had met with an accident on the 13th of October,  when he sustained abrasions and concussion, and had been treated at the Miller Hospital.

At the inquest in Greenwich on Saturday, Dr. Townsend of New Eltham, attributed death to heart failure, and meningitis, accelerated by the fall. A verdict of “accidental death” was recorded. A brother-in-law said the deceased officer served during the war, and was gassed, and since then his heart had been affected.[9]

He is buried in Charlton Cemetery, London.[10]

May married again in 1921. Her second husband was Walter Angus Campbell of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Born in 1886 in Kohat, on the North West Frontier, he was seven years younger than May, and had suffered serious injury in the First World War being left for dead. His injuries caused him to have a metal plate in his head, and he had seizures. He had been treated in Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital, Millbank, London.

The wedding took place in St. Jude’s Church, Southsea, where May’s parents had gone to live in 1917. Her father, Francis, was no longer living, but a photograph of the wedding shows that many of the Biddulph family were present.

Mrs Campbell made a charming bride. She was robed in a gown of grey crepe-de-chine and ninon, and wore a picture hat of black lace, with veil d’or. She was given away by her brother, Major Biddulph, late of the Connaught Rangers, and was supported as maids-in-waiting by her daughter (Miss Ellen Pease), her niece (Miss Sheila Biddulph), and the bride-groom’s niece (Miss Pamela Mackintosh). They were daintily gowned in pink crepe-de-chine, with pale blue sashes and picture hats. Their bouquets were the gift of the bridegroom. Miss Nellie FitzGerald was prevented from attending as maid-in-waiting, owing to injuries unfortunately received in a motor accident the previous afternoon. The duties of best man were performed by the bridegroom’s brother, Captain Campbell, E. Surrey Regiment.

A reception was afterwards held at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs Biddulph, 46 Shaftesbury-road, Southsea. The hostess was charmingly gowned in a confection of black satin and mauve crepe-de-chine. The many handsome presents included a number of cheques. The ladies-in-waiting were presented with handsome wristlet watches by the bridegroom. The happy pair departed for a Continental honeymoon amidst showers of rice and confetti.

Among the guests we noticed – Bishop Ingham, D.D.;  Inspector-General R. Biddulph, R.N., and Mrs Biddulph; Major and Mrs H. W. Biddulph, Mrs FitzGerald, Capt and Mrs Mateer, Miss Campbell, Miss A. Campbell, Miss G. Campbell, Mrs Mackintosh, Revd and Mrs Langdon and Miss Langdon, Commander Drought, R.N.; Captain Court R.N., and Mrs Court; Captain Stenhouse R.N.,; Captain and Mrs Sparks, Lieut.-Colonel N. T. Biddulph, the bride’s brother, was unavoidably absent, being abroad at present.[11]

Notable among the guests was Captain J. R. Stenhouse.

Commander Joseph Russell Stenhouse, DSO, OBE, DSC, RD, RNR (1887–1941) was a Scottish-born seaman, Royal Navy Officer and Antarctic navigator, who commanded the expedition vessel SY Aurora during her 283-day drift in the ice while on service with the Ross Sea Party component of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914–17. After Aurora's escape from the ice he brought her safely to New Zealand, but was thereafter replaced as the vessel's commander. He later served with distinction in the Royal Navy during both World Wars.[12]

Francis Pease, May’s son, sailed with Captain Stenhouse.

The Captain of the Discovery, J R Stenhouse, who had served with Shackleton, and being a relation of Pease secured Pease a place in the crew.

Pease himself had met Shackleton as a schoolboy and wrote “I, myself, had met Shackleton. It was years before, when I was a boy, aged 15, a pupil of St. Helen's College, South Sea and I had had the great privilege of been presented to him. He was then just departing on one of his expeditions to the Antarctic. It was he who first inspired me with desire for Polar Exploration. Looking at him I thought how wonderful, it would be to be a man like him.”[13]

May died on the 20th November 1925, in Alassio, Italy.

Campbell - On November 20th, suddenly, from acute peritonitis, at Alassio, Italy, May Theresa, wife of Major Walter Angus Campbell, and daughter of the late Lieut.-Col. F. E. Biddulph, of Fortal, King's County, and Marie Lodge, Dalkey, Ireland.[14]

A photograph of her grave has a note on the reverse: Poor May's grave beside the grave with the cross. June 1927.

Walter Campbell died many years after May, in 1963, in Norfolk, England.

[1]Newspaper cutting source unknown.

[2] The Irish Times July 19, 1897.

[3] 1904 Jan/Mar Marriage Belfast May Theresa [GRO 1 257]

[4]  Newspaper cutting source unknown.

[5] Wicklow News-letter and County Advertiser 12 June 1915.

[6] The Irish Times, Saturday, June 26, 1915.

[7] Ballymena Weekly Telegraph 18 December 1915

[8] Lancashire Evening Post 25 October 1919

[9] Kentish Independent 31 October 1919

[10] Charlton, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England Plot 2 C." J. 316.

[11] News-cutting source unknown

[12] Wikipedia


[14] News cutting source unknown.

Saturday 12 November 2022

Beatrice Anne Biddulph [1880-1967]



Beatrice Anne Biddulph was born on the 14th of August 1880 in St. Kilda’s, Parsonstown, now Birr, County Offaly.[1] She was the 14th child and youngest surviving daughter of Francis Edward Biddulph and Annabella Kennedy, and had two sisters close to her in age, Amy, born in 1875 and May Biddulph, born in 1879. Beatrice was known as Bea, and also, in the family, as Biddy.

The family later moved to Marie Lodge in Dalkey, County Dublin, Beatrice and her sister May, appeared to have enjoyed a varied social life.

Fashion and Varieties. Departures from Kingstown per Royal Mail Steamers... Mrs Biddulph, Miss Beatrice Biddulph.[2]

They had enjoyed cycling in Parsonstown and continued to do so in Dublin, not always abiding by the law.

Petty Sessions 1905. Miss Beatrice Biddulph, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Constable Talbot. On the 26th of April 1905 at Johnstown, Co. Dublin, the defendant did unlawfully and wilfully prevent or interrupt the free passage of persons on the road by driving a carriage to wit  a bicycle on the footpath…Contrary to 14 and 15 Vic C92 S13.

Convicted and ordered to pay for fine the sum of two shillings and sixpence and for costs the sum of one shilling and sixpence or in default of payment forthwith to be imprisoned in [Kilmainham] Mountjoy Gaol for the period of seven days without hard labour unless said sums are sooner paid.[3]

No doubt the fine was paid.

The following year Bea began her training in Harcourt Street Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Her sister Amy had also trained as a nurse in the Royal Hospital, Baggot Street.

National Children’s Hospital Harcourt Street.

The following Red Cross Lady Probationers were selected to undergo twelve months training in the hospital from October 1st: Miss Beatrice Biddulph…[4]

In 1912 she was presented in Dublin Castle.

Presentations. The following ladies and gentlemen had the honour of being presented to their Excellencies at St. Patrick’s Ball last night….Miss Beatrice Biddulph (by Mrs Comyn Kenny).[5] 

Mrs Jennings and Miss Joan Jennings are also included in this list.

Bea married Archibald Mateer in 1914. He was known as Archie, and also as Chicko. His father, Archibald Mateer having died in 1892, when Archie was still a child, his mother, Olivia Smythe, married as her second husband, John Howard Parnell, brother of Charles Stewart Parnell. They were married in the Mariners’ Church, Dun Laoghaire, the Kingstown, on the 13th of June, 1907. John Howard Parnell was a bachelor and a City Marshall of Dublin.

Archie was to join the army, the Queen’s Liverpool Regiment.


8th (Irish) Battalion, The King's (LiverpoolRegiment); Archibald John Percival Mateer

to be Second Lieutenant. • Dated 15th September, 1911.[6] 

Family history suggested that Bea and Archie were already married in Liverpool and that the second marriage in Dublin was to please his mother. A record of the Liverpool marriage shows that this story is actually true! Archie was residing at 14 Elliot Street, Liverpool. Bea gave her address as Marie Lodge, Dalkey.

Archibald J. P. Mateer, Liverpool, Lancashire, England and Beatrice A. Biddulph.[7]

To please his mother Olivia, as he was very fond of her, a second marriage took place in Dublin.[8]

A marriage is arranged, and will take place the last week in December, very quietly, in consequence of the war, between Captain Archibald John Percival Mateer, A. D. C. of the King's Liverpool Regiment, only son of the late Archibald Mateer, Esq., J.P., Carlingford House, Carlingford, Co. Louth and Mrs John Howard Parnell, of 1 Clarinda Park, E., Kingstown, and grandson of the late Colonel J. Smyth, 2nd Batt. the Welsh

Regiment, and Miss Beatrice Anne Biddulph, youngest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel F. E. Biddulph, of Marie Lodge, Dalkey, late of the 9th and 19th Regiments.[9]

A detailed description of the wedding seems to have appeared in a contemporary newspaper.

"Killarney" writes from Dublin: - It was quite refreshing to have a smartly-dressed wedding in our midst this week. Since the war began brides and bridegrooms have married very quietly in travelling garb, and in many cases the bridegroom has been called off at a moment's notice. In this instance the bridegroom was Captain Matier (sic) A.D.C to General Edwardes on the Mersey Defence Scheme, and his bride Miss Biddulph, daughter of Colonel Biddulph, late of the 19th Regiment. She had bridesmaids - two nieces, Miss Nellie FitzGerald and Miss Ellen Pease - and also a page, Master Francis Pease, who was dressed as a miniature soldier. It was a pretty wedding, and there was a reception afterwards, the happy pair having a great send-off. Captain Matier is son of Mrs. J. H. Parnell, of Clarinda Park, Kingstown.

Bea and Archie had no children.

Archie later became Assistant Commissioner of the Nigeria Police in 1919. 

After Archie’s retirement as Commissioner of the Nigeria Police, the couple came home to live in a house called Maplegrove, in Ballybrack, County Dublin. There they kept hens, and a rooster, and Archie built caravans. Bea kept Maltese Terriers. Archie organised the annual flower show in Dun Laoghaire Town Hall. Harold de Mowbray Parnell, a meteorologist and the son of Henry Tudor Parnell, lived with them until his death in 1961.

Beatrice, known in the family as Bea or Biddy, died suddenly in 1967 at home in Maplegrove.  She was 87. Her body was laid out in the drawing room overnight.

She is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery, County Dublin.[10]

Deansgrange Cemetery


In Cherished Memory of | BEATRICE (BIDDY) | daughter of Col. And Mrs. BIDDULPH | of St.Kilda, Birr and Marie Lodge, Dalkey | died 27th June 1967 | adored wife and comrade of |ARCHIE MATEER for 54 years | All her life she trusted in God | and His Son Jesus Christ |

From 1967 on, Archie lived at the Abbey Hotel, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland where he was wonderfully looked after by Mrs Moreland, only moving into a nursing home towards the very end of his life.

Archie became a Catholic shortly before his death. His funeral took place from St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Glasthule, which he said he and Bea had often visited together.

He is buried in Deansgrange Cemetery with Bea.

Above named ARCHIE MATEER | died 3rd August 1983 also rests here | Sometime Captain 8th Battalion | The Kings Liverpool Regiment | and retired Commissioner Nigeria Police | May they rest in Peace.


[1] 1880 Oct/Dec Birth Parsonstown Beatrice Anne [GRO 3 474]

[2] FJ, April 27, 1898.

[3] Petty Sessions Court Registers, Cabinteely, Dublin, 1905.

[4] Dublin Daily Express 28 September 1906

[5] Dublin Daily Express, 19 March 1912.

[6] The London Gazette, 20 October, 1911.

[7] Marriage quarter 4, Vol. 8B, marriage year 1914, p. 203

[8] 1914 Oct/Dec Marriage Rathdown Beatrice Anne GRO Vol 2. 809.

[9] Leinster Reporter 12 Dec 1914

[10] Deansgrange Cemetery Plot: St. Nessan/J/100

Thursday 30 June 2022

Myra, or Alice, Biddulph [1877-1877], Kilmainham, Dublin

Myra Biddulph was the daughter of Francis Edward Biddulph, Brevet-Major, 9th Regiment, and his wife Annabella. She is a mystery as, while there is no mention of a Myra in the family, she appears as Myra in the official civil records.  She is believed to have been called Alice by the family. There are no civil records of a birth or a death of Alice. Possibly she was called after her sister Isabella Alice who died in Pembroke Dock in 1875.

Myra, or Alice, was born on the 29th of August 1877, in Rosemount, New Kilmainham, Dublin.

Biddulph - August 29th, at Rosemount, New Kilmainham, the wife of Captain F.E. Biddulph, 9th Regiment, of a daughter, who survived her birth only two days.


She was buried on the 4th of September 1877 in Grangegorman Military Cemetery.

Myra Biddulph, bur. 4 Sept 1877, age 3 days, infant daughter of Corp. Biddulph, 9th Regiment.[1]

What grief there must have been at the death of another child after the sad deaths in Wales.





















Tuesday 28 June 2022

Isabella Alice Biddulph [1874-1875] and Ormus Llewellyn Biddulph [1874-1874], Pembroke Dock, Wales

Isabella Alice and Ormus Llewellyn Biddulph were born on the 12th of February 1874 at Upper Law [sic] Street, Pembroke Dock, Wales, twin children of Francis Edward Biddulph and his wife Annabella.

BIDDULPH - February 12th, at Pembroke Dock, South Wales, the wife of Captain Francis E. Biddulph, 9th Regiment, of twins (boy and girl).[1]

They were baptised on April the 11th, at St. John the Evangelist’s, by Geo Wylde, Chaplain to the Forces.


Ormus Llewellyn died on the 2nd of September 1874. He is buried in Llanion Cemetery.

BURIAL 5 September 1874. Pembrokeshire County Council. Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock. Grave reference G/42[2]

Isabella Alice died on the 6th of March 1875, also at Pembroke Dock.


Deaths. At Pembroke Dock, on the 5th inst., Edith, aged 3 years, and on the 6th William, aged 4 years, same day, Isabella, aged 1 year, the dearly beloved children of Capt. Biddulph. 1st Bat., 9th Regiment.

She is buried in Llanion Cemetery with Ormus.

BURIAL 9 March 1875. Pembrokeshire County Council. Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock. Grave reference G/42.[3]

[1]  Irish Times Mon February 16, 1874


[3]  Ibid.

Monday 27 June 2022

Ethel Emily Biddulph [1872-1875]

Ethel Emily Biddulph was the second daughter of Francis Edward Biddulph and his wife Annabella. Her older sister, Catherine, had died in India in 1869 so Ethel was now the only girl.

She was born in Aghada, County Cork on the 6th of Feb 1872, and baptised on the 14th of February 1872. Her baptismal sponsors were Richard E. Biddulph, Harriet Anderson, and Margaret Kennedy.

Richard Edmund Biddulph was her half uncle, half brother of her father Francis. He was 20 years old at the time, and studying in Trinity College in Dublin. He later joined the Royal Navy as a Surgeon.

Margaret Kennedy was her maternal grandmother, and the widow of John Campbell Kennedy.

Who was Harriet Anderson?


Ethel Emily Biddulph died on the 5th of March 1875, in Pembroke Dock, Wales. She was three years old.

Deaths. At Pembroke Dock, on the 5th inst., Edith, aged 3 years, and on the 6th William, aged 4 years, same day, Isabella, aged 1 year, the dearly beloved children of Capt. Biddulph. 1st Bat., 9th Regiment.

She is buried in Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock, with her siblings.

BURIAL 9 March 1875. Pembrokeshire County Council. Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock. Grave reference G/43.[1]




Sunday 26 June 2022

William Henry Biddulph [1870-1875]

William Henry Biddulph was the sixth son of Francis Edward Biddulph, and his wife Annabella.  He was born on the 20th of October 1870 at 17 Montpelier Hill, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin. He was baptised on the 19th of December  1870 in the Church of Ireland  Parish of St. Paul, in the City of Dublin.

His father, Francis, was a Captain in H.M.  9th Regiment of Foot.

He died at Pembroke Dock, Wales, in 1875.

Deaths. At Pembroke Dock, on the 5th inst., Edith,aged 3 years, and on the 6th Wiliiam, aged 4 years, same day, Isabella, aged 1 year, the dearly beloved children of Capt. Biddulph. 1st Bat., 9th Regiment.

William is not buried in the Military Cemetery of St. John's Pembroke Dock but in the civil cemetery with his siblings.

Saturday 25 June 2022

Charles Thomas Biddulph [1869-1900]

Charles Thomas Biddulph was the fifth and youngest surviving son of Francis Edward Biddulph and his wife Annabella. He was born on the 7th of June 1869  in Bangalore, India, and baptised on the 1st of July 1869 in  Holy Trinity Garrison Church, Bangalore.

He never married.

Early in his career he joined the Colonial Office, and served as Superintendent of Police in The Gambia. He was later forced to return to England due to ill-health.

In February 1900 he decided to accompany the 3rd Battalion Leinster Regiment to South Africa. He may not have been fully recovered from the effects of his ill health in the Gambia, as only a few weeks later he died of enteric fever at Queenstown, South Africa, on April 26th, 1900. Typhoid fever (enteric fever) is an infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella typhi (S typhi) or contaminated food.

He was buried with full military honours. His gravestone carries the following inscription.

Sacred to the Memory of Capt. Charles Biddulph 3rd Bn. Leinster Regt., second son of Colonel Biddulph formerly commanding H.M. 9th Regiment of Foot who died of Enteric Fever at the Frontier Hospital, Queenstown on the 26. of April 1900.

In the midst of life we are in death.

This Memorial is erected by his brother officers H. C. officers and men as a mark of esteem.


There is a memorial obelisk in Birr, County Offaly, which bears, among others, Capt. Charles Biddulph’s name. It is located in the military cemetery near the ruined barracks at Crinkill.

This Monument was erected by the Officers warrant Officers Non-Commissioned Officers and Men of the 3rd Batt., Leinster Regiment in Memory of their Comrades who were killed in action and died of disease in South Africa during embodiment between 18 January 1900 and the 26th May 1902.[1]


Monday 20 June 2022

Catherine Mary Biddulph [1861-1869]



Catherine Mary Biddulph, known in the family as Kate, was the eldest child of Francis Edward Biddulph and his wife Annabella. She was born in Haddington Road, Dublin on the 25th of November 1861.

Births, on the 25th inst, in Dublin, the wife of Francis [?] Biddulph, Esq., 12th Regiment, of a daughter.[1]

The family sailed for the Mediterranean on H.M.S.Trafalgar in 1863. Kate’s brother Nicholas Trafalgar was born at sea on the 6th of December.

Two more children were born in Tonghoo, British Burmah. Francis was born on the 9th December 1865 and survived four days. He died of convulsions. Hugh Wray Biddulph was born on the 12th of November 1866.

The family then moved to Bangalore, India, where Arthur Stuart Biddulph was born in 1868 and Charles Thomas Biddulph was born the following year in 1869.

Kate died of typhoid fever at 6 Ulsoor Rd., Bangalore, India, on the 24th of July 1869, aged seven years and eight months. Her burial is recorded in Bangalore Trinity Church.

By October 1870 the family had returned to Ireland.

[1] Nenagh Guardian, Wed., Nov. 27, 1861





Monday 6 June 2022

Arthur Stuart Biddulph [1868 – 1878]

Arthur Stuart Biddulph was the third son of Francis Edward Biddulph of Birr, County Offaly, and his wife Annabella. He was born in Bangalore, Madras, India on the 13th of April 1868, where his father was a Captain in Her Majesty’s  2nd Battalion, 19th Regiment, and baptised on the 4th June 1868 in Holy Trinity church, Bangalore. St Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore, was built in 1808 for the British Army. It catered only to the English-speaking congregation following East India Company's one-station-one-church policy. However people in the area began pressurising the British Army for a second church and Holy Trinity Church was built in 1851, for the British Regiment stationed in Bangalore.


The family returned to Wales from India, and then to Ireland.

Sadly Arthur died in Ireland, aged 10, at his grandfather’s home, Congor House, Merton Hall, in County Tipperary in 1878.

On the 7th inst. at Congor House, county Tipperary, the residence of his grandfather, Arthur Stuart, third son of Lieut.-Colonel Francis Edward Biddulph, of John's-place, Parsonstown, late of the 9th regiment, aged 10 years.

He died of hip joint disease, possibly tuberculosis. His parents appear to have been living in John’s Place, Birr, at the time. Perhaps they had not yet moved into St. Kilda’s which was to be their permanent home.

He is buried in Congor graveyard where Ardcroney Church used to stand. Ardcroney church was removed, stone by stone, in 1996, and rebuilt in the folk village at Bunratty Castle, County Clare. Beneath one of the windows there is a carved memorial to Annie Biddulph, Arthur’s half aunt, who died in Birr in 1901. There is still a gravestone in Congor.


Erected by their children in memory of Nicholas Biddulph, J.P., of Congor House, died 5th April 1888, aged 84 years.

Isabella his wife died 19th September 1888 aged 78 years.

Also Arthur Stuart Biddulph who died 7th June 1878 aged 10 years.

In memory of Mary Biddulph who died 1st January 1914. Also her sister Annie who died 21st September 1901. Birr View, Birr.

'I am the resurrection and the Life.'

Arthur’s death had been preceded by a time of great sadness. Francis and Annabella had lost four children on their return to England from India.

The first, Ormus Llewellyn Biddulph, died on 2 Sept 1874 at Pembroke Dock, Wales. He was only 7 months old and had been born at Pembroke Dock.

Ethel Emily Biddulph, who had been born on the 6th of February 1872 at Aghada, County Cork, died at Pembroke Dock on the 5th of March 1875, aged three.  Isabella Alice Biddulph, who was a twin of Ormus Llewellyn, died on the 6th of March 1875. William Henry Biddulph, who had been born in Dublin, also died on the 6th of March 1875. He was four and a half years old.

Deaths. At Pembroke Dock, on the 5th inst., Edith, aged 3 years, and on the 6th William, aged 4 years, same day, Isabella, aged 1 year, the dearly beloved children of Capt. Biddulph. 1st Bat., 9th Regiment.

All were buried at Llanion Cemetery on the 9th of March 1875. [1]








[1] BURIAL 9 March 1875. Llanion Cemetery, Pembroke Dock. Grave reference G/42



Sunday 24 April 2022

Elizabeth [Eliza] Jennings [ - ] and John Caraher [ - 1851] of Newry and Warrenpoint, County Down.

Eliza Jennings was born in Newry, County Down, one of nine children of Andrew Jennings of North Street, Newry, County Down, and Catherine O’Toole.

She married John Caraher of Merchant’s Quay, Newry. He was a linen and woollen draper and had a house, stores, kiln, office and yard at no. 15 Merchant’s Quay.

A melancholy accident occurred in this town, on Tuesday last, to a respectable farmer, Mr David Poag, of Donaghmore (within a few miles of Newry). As the men were hoisting up a sack of oats into the cornstore of Mr John Caraher, Canal Quay, it by some mischance fell on Mr Poag: by which his breast bone, ribs etc., were so materially impaired and broken, that he only survived a few hours. He has, we understand, left a wife and large family to deplore his sudden and unexpected death.[2]

John Caraher was listed as a Merchant (General Commission) on Merchant’s Quay in Newry in 1824.[3] He also owned the ship JOHNS.  

JOHNS Master: W. Savage. Built: 1828. Owner: Caraher. Port: Newry.[4]

Their daughter Elizabeth Caraher was born in 1826.

Catholic Church Records. Newry. Baptisms. Elizabeth Caraher of John and Eliza sps John A. O'Hagan and Mrs Jennings. 3rd September 1826. (By the Rt. Revd., Doctor Kelly.).[5]   

There may have been a second daughter Sarah Catherine Caraher though this is not certain. Sarah Catherine Caraher was a baptismal sponsor, together with Andrew John Jennings, at the baptism of Margaret daughter of John O’Hagan who had been a sponsor at the baptism of Elizabeth Caraher in 1826.

In 1840 he was selling oats from Merchant’s Quay.[6]

By 1846 John Caraher was a coal and corn merchant, but also facing bankruptcy.

Mr O’Hagan appeared for John Caraher in the Bankruptcy Court in Dublin. The petitioning creditors were Messrs Sturge who for nearly twenty years had been John Caraher’s agents in England for the purchase of grain and other purposes. John Caraher fought the charge, but lost.

His name appeared in the Bankrupt and Insolvent Calendar 9th November 1846.

Bankrupts. John Caraher of Newry, in the county of Armagh, merchant, dealer and chapman, to surrender on Tuesday, the 10th day of November next, and on Friday the 11th day of December following.[7]

His property was placed for sale, including property and personal effects, from Warrenpoint, in 1847.

To be SOLD by auction…Dwelling-House and Premises with the appurtenaces, as now in the occupation of said bankrupt, which are situate, lying and being in Warrenpoint, in the County of Down… and on which the bankrupt has laid out a considerable sum of money…[8]

His Newry Premises were also later sold.

Desirable Business Situation. To be let or sold, that Dwelling-House, 18 Merchant’s-Quay, with Offices, Yard and Corn-Kiln, to which is attached a large well walled-in Garden that could be easily converted into a Timber and Coal-Yard. Application to be made to John Caraher, Newry, 14th April, 1851.[9]

He died in Warrenpoint in 1851.

Death. Sept. 23, of disease of the heart, at his residence Marine Terrace, Warrenpoint, John Caraher aged 60 years.[10]

Eight years later, on the 3rd of November 1859, Elizabeth Caraher, daughter of John Caraher and Eliza Jennings, and granddaughter of Andrew Jennings of North Street, married Patrick Hanlon in Newry.



















[1]  Field Books 1841? NAI MFGS/54/006.

[2] Belfast Commercial Chronicle 11 Dec 1822

[3] Pigot’s Directory, Newry, 1824.

[4] Lloyd's register of British and Foreign Shipping 1st July 1838 to 30th June 1839, London, 1838

[5] Catholic Church Records. Newry. 05501/09

[6] Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser 29 August 1840

[7] Freeman's Journal, Sat, Oct 31, 1846

[8] General Advertiser for Dublin …20 Feb 1847

[9] Newry Telegraph, 10th June 1851

[10] Belfast News-Letter 01 Oct 1851