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1818, proved 13 June, 1840.

* Wrongly entered as " filius natu maximus " of the Rev. Andrew Nixon.

t Dublin Grant Book 1774, marriage licence 7 April. He was then of Lurgan,
Co. Cavan.

t Exchequer Bill. 24 Feb., 1778, Pakenhain Beatty. Anne and Mary Beatty,
(Jeorge Nixon, and Elinor his wife v. Peter Beatty and Peter Thompson. Robert
Beatty, of Springtown, Co. Longford, had in. Anne, dau. of Capt. Henry Pakenham.
of Pakenham Hall, Co. Longford. M.P. for Navan, and great-aunt of Thomas, Lord Longford.

§ Freeman'' s Journul, 1779.

;] Exchequer Bill, 29 Jan., 1794, amended 12 Dec, 1795, Docryn v. Nixon.

^ Exchequer Bill, 7 July, 1767, Johnston v. Archdall.


VI. Humphrey Nixon, Lieut, 95th Regt., 8 July, 1813, afterwards
Co. Meath Police, m. Penelope Eliza Jackson, and d. 16 July,
1825, aged 35. She m. 2nd, 28 Nov., 1826, John Robert
VII. Adam Nixon, Lieut. R.N., h. 1798, d. 6 June, 1843, buried at
Castlerahan, BallyjamesdufE.

I. Elizabeth Nixon, m. (a runaway match) 22 Oct., 1814, M.

Adelbert James D'Oisy, of Paris, Professor of Languages in
the Belfast Institution, and Consular Agent for France.
She d. 23 June, 1826.
II. Jane Nixon, of The Cottage, BallyjamesdufE, d. unm. 10 Aug.*

III. Mary Anne Nixon.

The fourth son of George Nixon, of Lurgan Lodge : —

JAMES NIXON, Lieut. R.N., was b. about 1788. He entered the
Navy 1 May, 1802, on board the Aurora, and on 11 Dec, 1807, was
present with the Sir Francis Drake, as midshipman in the destruction
at Griessee, in the Island of Java, of the dockyard and stores, and all
the men-of-war remaining to Holland in the East Indies. While Acting-
Lieut, of the Hesper sloop he took command of her cutter on 15 Nov.,
1810, and boarded and captured the French National schooner La
Mouche, bound to the Isle of France with despatches, he and two men
only having been wounded on the British side {Gazette, 1811, p. 297) ;
and was also at the reduction of Java, where he was employed on shore
in the storming of Fort Cornelis. His commission as Lieut., bears date
3 Jan., 1812. While serving with H.M.S. Pembroke he shared in a
partial action fought with the French fleet ofi Toulon, 5 Nov., 1813, and
witnessed the fall of Genoa, April, 1814.* He was placed on half pay,
Aug., 1814, and did not afterwards go afloat. He m. 1817, Jane, dau.
of the Rev. Alexander Hamilton, of Co. Fermanagh, and d. 29 Sept.,
1847, aged 59, (inscription at Castlerahan) leaving by her, who d. 7
March, 1854, aged 64, issue : —

I. GEORGE, of whom presently.

I. Annabella Nixon, m. 6 Dec, 1860, Robert Hanna, of Wellington
Road, Dublin.

II. Ehza Nixon, m. 23 June, 1864, Richard Dempsey, of Mount

Prospect, Co. Cavan.

The son : —

GEORGE NIXON, M.D., Surgeon Royal Antrim Artillery, h. 17
March, 1820, m. 5 June, 1845, Elizabeth, dau. of Espine Ward, of Dublin,
by his fiist wife, Harriet, dau. of Charles FitzGerald, of Navinstown,

* O'Byrne's Naval Biographical Dictionary, p. 817.


Co. Ealdare, and Merrion Square, Dublin, and d. 18 April, 1862, having
had, by her, who d. 4 April, 1870, with four infant children, who were
buried at Castlerahan, issue : —

I. JAMES HAMILTON FITZGERALD, of whom presently.

I. Harriett Anna Elizabeth Nixon, m. 13 April, 1871, Robert
Augustus Millner, of Cherbury, Booterstown, Co. Dublin,
and had issue : —

1. Robert Millner, 6. 5 June, 1873.

2. Frederick Millner, h. 27 April, 1877, d. 15 May, 1902.

3. George Nixon Millner, h. 13 Dec, 1879.

1. Kathleen Elizabeth Millner.

2. Florence Millner, d. 15 Feb., 1880.
The son : —

Limerick, J.P., Co. Carlow ; late Lieut. R.N.R., F.R.G.S., and Younger
Brother of The Trinity House, 6. 26 May, 1850, m. 13 Aug., 1887,
Kathleen Margaret Alsager, youngest dau. of Henry Alsager Pollock,
of Alsager, Cheshire (by Harriette, eldest dau. of William Gore, of
Goremount, Co. Antrim) only son of Lieut. -Colonel Robert Carlile
Pollock, 90th Light Infantry, formerly 27th Regt. Issue :—

I. George Alsager FitzGerald Nixon, h. 26 March, 1892.

I. Obre Alsager FitzGerald Nixon.


Arms of SWANZY, on reord in Ulster's Office.

Gules, a fesse argent between two uuicdrns counter-cuura.nt ur. Crcat — A
unicorn's head couped or, cliai'ged with a har geniel gules.

To face p. 99.


CHAPTER VI.— continued.

swanzy of avelreagh.

Descendants of Anne Nixon.

The eldest dau. of the Rev. Andrew Nixon, of Nixon Lodge, Belturbet
(p. 83) by Marianne, elder dau. of the Rev. Mathew French, Prebendary
of Kilroot (p. 19), was : —

ANNE NIXON, b. 1737-8, 7n. settlements dated 10 Oct., 1765,* Henry
Swanzy, of Avelreagh and Harrymount, Clontibret, Co. Monaghan,
only SOD of James Swanzy, of Avelreagh, who was only son of Henry
Swanzy, of Avelreagh, Ensign in Colonel Arthur Upton's Regt. in the
army of William III., commission dated 5 Feb., 1688-9.t Before her
marriage, she lived with her uncle, the Rev. Adam Nixon, Vicar of
Clontibret. During the Oak-boy agitation against tithes, 1763, a band of
the insurgents surrounded Mr. Nixon's house, and put him on a " wooden
horse," intending to take him to Castleshane, some distance ofE, and
make him swear that he would never exact " small dues " again. His
niece declared she would not leave him, and made the rebels put the old
man into his carriage, instead of the uncomfortable " wooden horse "
they had with them. She ordered her horse, in order that she might
accompany him, and, finding a difficulty in making her way through the
crowd, she took off her shoe, which had a very high wooden heel, and
cleared a path with it ! When they started, one of the insurgents
placed in her hat a branch of oak, which was the rebel badge. As she
was riding, it fell out twice, and twice it was replaced. The third time
it fell out, and as they were about to replace it, she said : " It's no use,
boys, what the heart does not approve of, the head won't carry." J

* Chancery Bill, 29 July, 1775, Swanzy v. Fetherston.

"j" For this commission, now in the possession of Mrs. Swanzy, Ivy Lodge, Newry,
see Appendix V., p. 173. There was also a fm-ther commission as Lieut., now
lost. Henry Swanzy, after the conclusion of the Revolution, settled down at
Avelreagh, in the parish of Clontibret (now the residence of Miss K. G. Swanzy,
see p. 112), and d. there 7 Aug., 1742, aged 76, (6. about 1666), inscription on
tomb at Clontibret. His sword is in the possession of his descendant Miss Jones
(see p. 110). His will, dated 2 Aug., 1742, was proved in the diocese of Clogher
12 Oct., 1742. His wife Elizabeth d. 14 Nov., 1744. Henry Swanzy's only son,
James Swanzy, of Avelreagh, b. 1710, was married twice. His second wife was
Mary, ^vidow of Edward Johnston, of KiUaneal, Co. Monaghan, and dau. of
Richard Seaver, of the family of Seaver of Heath Hall, Co. Armagh. Richard
Seaver's will, dated 12 April, 1767, was proved in Clogher diocese 28 Aug., 1770.
He was then living at Aveheagh. James Swanzy d. IS June, 1784, aged 74,
leaving by his first wife, (with five daus. EHzabeth, Mrs. twin, who d. 7 Jan.,
1808, mother of Margaret Irwin, m., settlements 23 June, 1791, Richard Jackson,
High Sheriff, Co. Monaghan 1826 ; Rose, m. William Swanzy, and d. 16 Jan.,
1814, aged 82 ; Sarah, 7n. Robert Boyd, and d. 20 May, 1817, aged 81 ; Mary,
m. 1st — Rogers, and 2nd., marr. lie. bond. 16 Dec, 1771, Alexander Henry ; and
another dau. Mrs. Shegog) an only son HENRY, m. Anne Nixon, see above.

X Family tradition, given in speech of the late Rev. T. B. Swanzy (p. 103), 8
Nov., 1865.



Henry Swanzy d. 26 March, 1792, aged 48, intestate, and his widow
d. at Harrymount 4 Feb., 1822, aged 85. Her will, dated 3 May, 1820,
was proved, 29 Aug., 1822, They had ten children, six sons and four
daus., viz, : —

I, Adam Swanzy, of Harrymount, Co, Monaghan, h. about 1766,
m. licence bond, dated 16 July, 1785, Rebecca Walker, of
Dublin, and d. at Cape Coast Castle, Gold Coast, West Africa,
in 1803,* leaving an only child : —

Mary Jane Swanzy, 6, 1793, m. 1st, 28 Aug,, 1811, William
Glenny, of Newry, second son of William Glenny, who
was son of Isaac Glenny, of Glenville, Co, Down, and
by him, who d. 23 Dec, 1818, had three sons and one
dau. : —
(1.) William Boyle Glenny, 6. 1 Sept., d. 15 Sept., 1813.

(2.) William Boyle Glenny, of Tudor Lodge, Belfast, J.P.,

Co. Down, h. 8 April, 1816, m. 25 Oct., 1839, Anne,

only dau. of Archibald Little, of Newry, Co. Down,

by Margaretta, sister of Major- General Thomas Falls,

and dau, of Alexander Falls, Mr, Glenny d. 26 Feb,,

1880, and his widow d. 6 Feb., 1902, having had two

sons and five daus, : —

i. William Henry Glenny, Madras Ci^^l Service

retired, Collector and Magistrate North Arcot,

h. 14 April, 1841, m. 1st, 8 Aug., 1872, Meta,

dau, of James Moore, M.D., M,R,LA,, by

Thomasine dau. of Alexander M'Donnell, of

Annadale, Co. Down, She d. May, 1904, and

Mr. Glenny m. 2nd, 29 Nov,, 1905, LiUan

EHza, sister of Sir Walter Roper Lawrence,

Bart,, G.C.I,E., and youngest dau. of George

Lawrence, J.P,, of Trevella, Monmouthshire,

Issue, by first marriage : —

1. William Ernest Falls Glenny, d. young.

2. Henry Quinn Glenny, Sch. Caius Coll,,
Cambridge, Lieut. 1st Batt. the Imperial
Yeomanry, 1 March, 1901, served in the
South African war (2 medals, 5 clasps),
now Dist. Supt. of Police, Northern
Nigeria, 6. 11 Aug., 1879.

3. Arthur Hill Trevor Glenny, Midshipman
R.N., H.M.S. Africa, b. 14 Oct., 1888.

* Exchequer Bill, 6 Jan., 1818, Glenny v. Swanzy.


1. Hilda Thomasine Glenny.

2. Ethel Maud Glenny.

3. Edith Margaret M'Donnell Glenny.

ii. James Swanzy Glenny, of Glenville, near Newry,
Co. Down, J.P., Co. Down, B.A., T.C.D., C.E.,
6. 9 Jan., 1843, .

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