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in his benefice was collated 30 June.

IV. Mathew French, bapt. at St. Audoen's, 12 Nov., 1723, d.
young.

V. George French, bapt. at St. Audoen's, 23 Aug., 1725, living 8
Jime, 1753, date of will of his cousin Mathew French, see
p. 9.

I. Letitia French, bapt. at St. Audoen's, 10 Feb., 1715, d. under
age.

II. Alice French, living 1753.

III. Mary French, m. Robert Harford, Attorney of the Court of
Exchequer, and d. Oct. or Nov., 1771.



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CHAPTER III.

Mathew French, Junior, and his descendants.

The second son of Mathew French, senior, was : —

MATHEW FRENCH, of Dublin and Belturbet, merchant, who
was bapt. at St. Catherine's, Dublin, 3 March, 1647, and m. by licence,
dated 17 Aug., 1673, Mary, 2nd dau. of Robert Meade, of Dublin.
For notice of her family see Appendix VIT. Mary French on 10
Nov., 1710, filed a Bill in the Court of Chancery against the family
of her sister's husband, Thomas Howard, which Bill is rehearsed in
another, dated 2 Nov., 1715, Rev. Mathew French, (their son) v. Richard
Roche and Mary his wife. In the Bill of 1710 Mrs. French stated that
" the late warr or Rebellion in this Kingdom becoming terrible to the
Protestants " Mathew French, his wife and family, and the above
Thomas Howard, " were for their safety forced with other Protestants
to fly for England, where they continued untill this Kingdom was
afterwards reduced to the obedience of the Crown and Kingdom of
England." His name appears in the contemporary manuscript list
of refugees in T.C.D. Library " Mat. French, jun., £761 real estate."
After this, the Bill continues, they " began their journey from London
homewards, but the said Mathew firench falling sick he dyed at Chester,
where your oratrix continued for some time." Much of his property
had been destroyed by the Irish in his absence, he being obnoxious to
them " for his haveing supplyed the garrisons of Londonderry and
Inniskillen with powder and ball against the Irish." A curious manu-
script list of the sums granted to fugitive Protestants at Chester at this
time is in T.C.D. Library. Mary French and her ten children were
amongst those in need. They received £4 in Sept., 1689, and £3 per
m.onth till the following April. Mathew French was attainted in his
absence by the Parliament of King James II. as Mathew French, junior,
late of the city of Dublin, and is described in the Act as one of those
who " have absented themselves from this kingdom, and have gone
into England, or some other Places beyond the Seas, since the fifth
day of November last, or in some short time before, and did not return,
though called Home by your Majesty's gracious Proclamation."
Admon. of his estate was granted in 1690, and his widow d. 12 Sept.,
1715,* being buried the next day in the second vault in the Chancel

* Chancery Bill 26 April, 1727, Roche v Stanton and others

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of St. Michan's, Dublin, She had ten survaving children at her husband's
death. Their family consisted in all of one son and eleven daus. : —

I. MATHEW, (Rev.) of whom presently.

I. Susanna French, bapt. at St. Michan's 28 Nov., 1678, w.
Richard Sheridan, and d. before 1727, leaving issue, legatees,
but not individually named, in the will of their uncle, the
Rev. M. French.

II. Anne French, bapt. at St. Michan's 3 Nov., 1679, buried at
St. Michan's, 16 Jan., 1680, " in the south Isle of this Church,
close by the side of Mr. Standish tomb."

III. Jane French, bapt., 18 Feb., 1680-1, buried at St. Michan's

10th Aug., 1691.

IV. Martha French, bapt. 21 Feb., 1681-2, d. unm., 1727.

V. EHnor French, bapt. 20 Sept., 1683, d. intest. before 1727.

VI. Frances French, bapt. 21 Jan., 1685-6, m. James Stanton, and
had a son :
Mathew Stanton, living 1753.

VII. Rebecca French, buried at St. Michan's 6 Oct., 1687.

VIII. Katherine French, m. the Rev. Lucas Greene, M.A., Rector of
Ballymachy, Co. Tipperary, son of Jo. Greene, of DubUn,
"gen." He entered T.C.D. 16 Nov., 1698, aged 15, B.A., 1702,
M.A. 1705. His will, dated 17 Feb., 1720, was proved 15
Oct., 1723. They had issue :—

1. Richard Greene. 2. WiUiam Greene. 3. Mathew Greene.
1. Frances Greene. 2. Catherine Greene.

IX. Deborah French, m. the Rev. John Pigott, M.A., Rector of
Loughrea, Co. Galway. For their children and descendants
see pp. 22-25.

X. Elizabeth French, m. John Curtis.

XI. Mary French, d. intest. before 1727.*

The only son of Mathew French, jun., was : —

THE REV MATHEW FRENCH, Scholar, T.C.D., 1701, B.A., 1703,
entrance not recorded, bapt. at St. Michan's, Dublin, 20 Jan., 1684-5,
collated Prebendary of Kilroot, Co. Antrim, 13 Sept., 1716, being next
successor but one to Swift in that cure. He d. " about March, 1721,
possessed of a considerable leall and personall Estate sufficient to pay



* These childreQ. with the exception of those who died young, are all detailed
in the Chancery Bill of 1727.



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his just debts with a great overphis." * His will, dated 12 March, 1719,
was proved 7 July, 1722. He had three children : —

I. Mathew French, d. unm. before 1739.t

I. Marianne French, m. at Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath, by licence

dated 10 March, 1737, the Rev. Andrew Nixon, B.A., of
Nixon Lodge, Co. Cavan, Vicar of Ahamplish, dio. Elphin.
Her portrait faces p. 83, and one of her dresses is still
preserved. She d. 15 March, 1775, leaving numerous
descendants, in the families of Nixon, Grattan, Swanzy,
Ersldne, etc., for whom see pp. 83-127, inclusive.

II. JOANNA, of whom immediately.

The younger dau. : —

JOANNA FRENCH, m. licence 15 July, 1738, the Rev. Edward
Fanning, B.A., Rector of Banagher and Dungiven, diocese of Derry,
1751-91, son of the Rev. Geoffrey Fanning, B.A., Rector of Banagher
and Dungiven, 1716-51, by his wife, sister of Henry Gary, of Dungiven,
Co. Derry, M.P. for Coleraine, and dau. of Edward Gary, of Dungiven,J
by his wife Martha, 2nd dau. of Henry Mervyn, of Trellick, Go. Tyrone,
M.P. for Augher, 1661, and for Go. Tyrone, 1692, High Sherifi Co. Tyrone,
1686, eldest son of Sir Audley Mervyn, M.P., of Castle Mervyn, Co.
Tyrone, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons. The Rev. Edward
Fanning entered T.C.D. 16 Oct,. 1728, aged 19, was B.A. 1733, and in
1742 was living at Killala, Co. Mayo, when he was a candidate for the
premium ofiered by the Dublin Society for the greatest yield of wheat
from one plantation acre during that year. He had 19 barrels 9 stone
from 3 roods 30 perches, but did not get the prize {Pue, 7 Dec, 1742).
Towards the end of his life, while still holding his benefices, he lived
in Grafton St., Dublin, where his wife d. May, 1776, and d. there 1791
(will proved 9 July) having had three children : —

I. Henry Fanning, (Rev.), B.A., T.C.D., 1768, d. July, 1771.

I. CATHERINE, of whom presently.

II. Martha Fanning, m. 29 May, 1762, § Biennerhasset Grove, of

Dublin, one of the Sherifi's Peers, 5th son of Ion Grove, of
Ballyhemock (now Anuesgrove), Go. Cork, (by Arabella, dau.
of Robert Biennerhasset) eldest son of Alexander Grove, of
Ballyhemock, by Dorothy, younger dau. of James Mansergh,



* Same Chancery Bill.

t Chancery Bill, 28 March, 1739, Tisdall v. Nixon, Fanning and French.

j The Life of Thomas Reynolds, by his Son, London, 1839, Vol. I., p. 78.

§ " Married May 29, Mr. Biennerhasset Grove, to ]\Iis3 Martha Fanning, daughter
of the Rev.Edward Fanning, of Dungiven, in the county of Derry, a most beautiful
young ladj', whose endowments in evsry respect cannot fail to render the married
state truly happy." 'Public Gazetteer, 5 June, 1762).

B 'J,



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of Macrony Castle, Fermoy, Capt. of Horse. Mr. Grove d.
Nov., 1773, leaving two daus. : —

1. Elizabeth Grove, d. 10 Jan., 1793.

2. Anna Grove, d., 1790-91.
The elder dau. : —

CATHERINE FANNING, ?n. William Witherington,* of Grafton
St., Dublin, and d. 18 April, 1797, having had by him (admon. granted
25 Feb., 1802) three sons and five daus. : —

I. Edward Witherington, Lieut.-Colonel 9th Dragoons, b. 23 Jan.,
1758, m. May, 1825, Miss Childe, and d. in Dublin of cholera,
15 Aug., 1832, having had a son, b. May, 1827.
11. Henry Piercy Witherington, d. young.
III. Henry Witherington, Lieut. 9th Dragoons, exchanged in 1799
to the 2nd Regt. in order to see active service in Holland,
served through the whole of that campaign ; exchanged for
the same reason into the 63rd Regt., and saw further service.f
He was b. 17 March, 1779, m. 1803, Maria, 2nd dau. of General
Bird, of Goytra, Monmouthshire, and sister of Lieut-Colonel
Henry Bird, 5th Regt.. and d. at Deal, where he had landed
from Flushing, 16 Sept., 1809, leaving by her, who d. 25 Dec.,
1807, a dau. :—

Selina M. A. Witherington,^ m. 21 Aug., 1849, J. H. S. Sadler,
of Bleak Hall, Wilts.

I. Joanna Witherington, d. unm., 23 Aug., 1793.
II. Martha Witherington, m. 1st (a runaway match) at St. Ann's
Dublin, 21 July, 1785, the famous Theobald Wolfe Tone,
B.A., LL.B., Barrister-at-law, (son of Peter Tone, a coach-
maker of Dublin) known for his connection with the rebellion
in 1798. He d. in prison 19 Nov., 1798, having had issue : —

1. William Theobald Wolfe Tone, Lieut. 8th Royal Chasseurs

in the service of France, Legion of Honour, author of a
Life of his father, 6. 29 April, 1791, m. 1825, Katherine,
only dau. of Counsellor WilUam Sampson, of New York,
and d. 10 Nov., 1828, at New York, leaving an only dau. : —
Grace Georgina Tone, m. Lascelles E. Maxwell, and d.
his widow, at Brooklyn, N.Y., April, 1900

2. Francis Rawdon Tone, b. 1793, d. 1806.
1. Maria Tone, d. in Paris, April, 1803.

* Stated by his grandson, T. Reynolds, 1839, to have been a naval officer. He
was certainly later a woollen draper in Dublin.

t Gentlemen's Magazine, 1809, Vol. II., p. 1084.

X She was apparently m. before to Mx. Forgood. of Dartford, see Reynolds' Life.
The above statement is from the MSS. of the late Mrs. A. F. Reynolds.




HARRIETT.

Wife of Thomas Reynolds, and daughter of ^\'illiftla \Vitherington.
See p. 21.

Fiom a Miniature in possession ai Miss Jiili i Hi iinolds.



1o face p. 21.



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Martha Tone, m. 2nd, 19 Aug., 1816, Thomas Wilson of Dullatur,
Scotland, and d., in U.S.A., 18 March, 1849.

III. HARRIETT, of whom presently.

IV. Catherine Witheringtcn, m. 1796, John Heaviside, of the War

Office, Dept., Dublin, and had one son.
V. Elizabeth Witherington.
The 3rd dau. :—

HARRIETT WITHERINGTON, m. 25 March, 1794, Thomas
Reynolds, of Kilkea Castle, Co. Kildare, elder son of Andrew Reynolds,
of Dublin, and Rathfarnham, by Rose, dau. of Thomas Fitzgerald,
of Kilmeed, Co. Kildare. Mr. Reynolds, who was greatly imphcated
in the troubles of 1798, d. 18 Aug., 1836, and in 1839 a Vindication of
his actions was published by his son Thos. By his wife, who d. 29 July,
1851, he had issue : —

I. ANDREW FITZGERALD, of whom presently.
II. Thomas Reynolds, 6. 15 April, 1798, m. in Copenhagen, Caroline
Henrietta Ross, (who d. 28 Jan., 1868) and d. 8 Dec., 1846,
leaving issue : —

1. Thomas Andrew Fitzgerald Reynolds, of Hamsted House,
Hants, m. Anne, 2nd dau. of Thomas Raikes, of Springnill,
Welton, E. Yorks, and d. s.p. 1 Jan., 1878. She d. 26
Feb., 1864.

1. Mary Reynolds, m. James Henry Holden, Solicitor, of Hull
and London, and d. s.p. 24 Dec, 1879. He d. 13 Feb.,
1881.

1. Catherine Reynolds, m. 12 Jan., 1828, in Paris, M. De Bressy, a
French officer, and d. Nov., 1858, having had issue :—

1. Amelie De Bressy, m. and d. about 1860.

2. Valerie De Bressy, d. in infancy 14 March, 1830.

3. Harriette Elise De Bressy, m. M. de Bouffon, grandnephew
of M. De Boufion, the famous naturalist, and d. before
May, 1903, having had a son, who is dead.

4. Another dau

II. Harriett Reynolds, m. 7 April, 1828, M. Celeste Etienne David,
French Consul in Mexico, eldest son of Pierre David, Consul
General at Smyrna, and d. 16 March, 1830, leaving m.
surviving issue.

The elder son : —

ANDREW FITZGERALD REYNOLDS, Barrister-at-law, entered
Trin. Coll. Camb., 1813, and Temple, 1814, b. 10 Feb., 1795, m. 23
July, 1833, Mary, 2nd dau. of Caius Thompson, of Hull, merch., by



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Mary, dau. of John Rickard, of Beck Bank House, Yorks, and d. 23
July, 1856, having had by her, who d. 10 May, 1892, in her 95th year :
I. Henry Fitzgerald Reynolds, b. 24 Dec, 1837, d. 30 Jan., 1863.
II. WALTER, of whom presently.
I. Harriett Ann Reynolds, d. in infancy 19 Jul}^, 1835.
II. Julia Ann Reynolds.
The younger son : —

WALTER REYNOLDS, of Hull, Stock and Share broker, b. 16
July, 1839, in. 18 May, 1864, Matilda, youngest dau. of James
Hamilton, J.P., D.L., of Fintragh, Co, Donegal, by Anne, dau. of
William Hutchinson, of Earby Hall, Yorkshire, and d. 12 Aug., 1893,
having had issue : —

I. HENRY FITZGERALD, of whom presently.
II. Walter Hamilton Reynolds, b. 24 Sept., 1876.
I. Mary Geraldine Reynolds.
II. Kathleen Rose Reynolds, d. 5 Feb., 1872.

III. Evelyn Reynolds.

IV. Mabel Reynolds.

The elder son : —

HENRY FITZGERALD REYNOLDS, Engineer and Analytical
Chemist, London, was b. 8 June, 1865.



The Family of Pigott, Descended from Deborah French.
We now return to the ninth dau. of Mathew French and Mary Meade

(p. 18);

DEBORAH FRENCH, m. the Rev. John Pigott, M.A.,* Rector of
Loughrea, Co. Galway, son of Thomas Pigott, of Chetwynd, Co. Cork, by
Jane. dau. of Sir Emanuel Moore, Bart., of Rosscarbery, Co. Cork,
High Sherifi, Co. Cork, 1677. Mr. Pigott, who was b. in Co. Cork,
entered T.C.D. 30 June, 1701, aged 15, was B.A., 1705, M.A. 1708,
and was buried at St. Michan's, Dubhn, 31 July, 1734, having had two
sons and one dau. : —

I. Thomas Pigott, buried at St. Paul's, 10 Jan., 1708.



* The Rev. John Pigott's brother, Emanuel Pigott. of Chetwynd. M.P. City for
Cork, 1735-60, was father of Major-General Thomas Pigott, of Knapton, Queen's
Co., M.P. Taghmon, 1776-S3, and Midleton 1783-90. and 1790-93, whose son.
Sir George Pigott, Bart., so creatfid 3 Oct., 1808, was ancestor of the baronets of
Kiiapton. The Rev. John Pigott's grandfather, Alexander Pigott, of Innishannon,
Co. Cork, M.P. Maryborough, 1661, was son of John Pigott, of Crangebegg, Queen's
Co., M.P., that Co. 1634-9, and 1639-46,by Martha, dau. of Sir Thomas Colclough,
Knt., of Tintern Abbey, Co. Wexford. {Lodge's Peerage, 1906).



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II. WILLIAM, of whom immediately.

I. Elizabeth Pigott.

The younger son : —

THE VEN. WILLIAM PIGOTT, Archdeacon of Clonfert, and
Rector of Killan, diocese of Kilmore, from 25 Nov., 1772, entered T.C.D
29 June, 1732, B.A. 1736, M.A. 1739, m. 1st EUza Clarke, of Cork,
and 2nd, 30 April, 1770, Mary Moore, whose will, dated 15 March,
1797, was proved 4 Oct., 1797. The Archdeacon, whose will was dated
27 June, 1783, was buried at Loughrea, 17 Nov., 1790. He had by his
first wife, four sons and two daughters : —

I. HENRY, of whom presently.

II. Alexander Pigott, of Monemore, Co. Galway, bapt. 1752, living
1783.

III. John Pigott, Colonel in the army, living 1783. It is stated

by Mr. W. Jackson Pigott that John Pigott was the Colonel
Pigott, the duellist, of Loughrea, mentioned in Lever's ''Jack
Hinton, Chap. 29, as follows : — " Pigott was an old half-pay
Colonel, whose principal occupation for thirteen years had
been what the French would call ' to assist ' at afEairs of
honour. Even the Major himself looked up to him as a last
appeal in a disputed or a difficult point ; and many a reserved
case was kept for his opinion, with the same ceremonious
observance as a knotty point of law for the consideration of
the twelve Judges."

IV. Edward Pigott (Rev.), B.A., T.C.D., 1772, Rector of Dysart

Enos, instituted i Sept., 1772, bapt. 1749, ni. twice, one
marriage being 23 July, 1774, to Anne Billing, by whom he
had a dau. : —
Frances Mary Anne Billing Pigott.

I. Elizabeth Pigott, buried at Loughrea, 1748.
II. Deborah Pigott, m. 11 June, 1768, Thomas Curtis, eldest son of
John Curtis, of Moimt Hanover, Duleek, Co. Meath, High
Sheriff Co. Meath, 1749.*

The eldest son : —

THE REV. HENRY PIGOTT, Rector of Duusandle, Loughrea,
Co. Galway, m. Frances, dau. of Samuel Benton, of Co. Sligo, and d.
before 15 March, 1797, having had three sons and three daughters : —
I. William Pigott, Capt. 84th Regt., 18 Aug., 1808, Capt. in army



♦John Curtis of Mount Hanover, m. Feb., 1744, Martha, dau. of Thomas Towers
of Archerstowii, Co. Meath. ( Burke's Landed Gentry,lM(i." Towers of Bushy Park,")
His will, dated 29 Sept, 1771, was proved 27 July, 1775, A settlement had lately
been made on his son Thomas Cmtis. His other sous were Richard (inherited
Mount Hanover), Robert (got Rasteen, Co. Meath), and William, (got Jamestowii
Queen's Co.).



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5 Nov., 1807, h. 1780, m. 1804, Jane Armstrong, elder dau. of
Thomas Drought, of Droughtville, King's Co., by Frances
Maria, dau. of Colonel the Hon. Thomas Wallen, President
of the Council of Jamaica, and d. 19 Feb., 1852, aged 72, buried
at Loughrea, leaving by her, who d. 1818, four children : —

1. Henry Pigott, bapt. at Loughrea 1805, went to America.

2. William Pigott, m. 1st, Anne, dau. of Pierce Blake, of Holly

Park, Co. Galway, and 2nd, Miss Redington.

1. Frances Pigott.

2. Jane Pigott.

II. HENRY, of whom presently.
III. Thomas Pigott, bapt. 1789, buried 1790.
I. Deborah Pigott, buried at Loughrea 1856, aged 76.

II. Frances Pigott, Mrs. Hawkins. '>=
III. Jane Pigott.

The second son : —

HENRY PIGOTT, of Eagle HiU, Loughrea, J.P., Co. Galway,
Capt. 82nd Regt., served in the Peninsula, m. 18 Jan., 1816, Margaret,
eldest dau. of Sir Scrope Bemard-Morland, Bart., M.P., of Winchendon,
Bucks, by Harriett, only child and heiress of William Morland. She
d. 7 June, 1859, having had two sons and three daughters : —

I. FRANCIS BERNARD, of whom presently.

II. Henry De Renzy Pigott, Major-General in the army, B.A.,
T.C.D., 1844, Ensign 83rd Regt., 1845, served iu the Indian
Mutiny, and the Afghan war of 1878, and had medals for
both campaigns. Major 83rd Regt., 1862, Major 19th Regt.,
1863, Lieut.-Coionel 70th Regt., 1872, Brevet-Colonel, 1876,
commanded the regimental district of Warrington 1881-2,
retired with the hou. rank of Major-General, 1882, m. Frances,
oniy dau. of Capt. Charles Pauiet Doyne, Royal Horse Guards
Blue, grandson of the Very Rev. Charles Doyne, D.D., Dean
of Leighlin, 3rd son of Philip Dojoie, of Wells, Co. Wexford,,
Major-General Pigott d. at Elkhorn, Manitoba, 14 Nov., 1889,
having had issue : —

1. Henry Bernard Pigott.

2. Augustus Doyne Pigott, m. Florence Buchanan, of Maiden,

Manitoba.

3. Tyringham Vere Pigott.



* " Well married in Co. Cork " {The Bernards of Abington and Nether Winchendon,
by Mrs. Napier Higgins, Longmans, Green, 1904, Vol. IV., p. 89.)



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4. Chetwynd Pigott, m. in Canada.

1. Frances Beatrice Pigott.

2. Violet Pigott, m. in Canada
I. Marianne Frances Pigott.

II. Harriett Morland Pigott.

III. Margaret Jane Pigott.
The elder son : —

FKANCIS BERNARD PIGOTT, of Eagle Hill, 6. 5 Jan., 1822, m.
1st, 5 Sept., 1850, his cousin, Letitia Charlotte, eldest child of Sir Thomas
Tyringham Bernard, 6th Bart., of Nether Winchendon, Bucks, by
Sophia only child and heiress of Sir David WiUiams, Bart., of
Goldingtons, Herts., and Clifford Court, Herefordshire, and by her,
who d. 17 Dec, 1865, had an only child : —

LOUISA SOPHIA BERNARD, of whom presently.

Mr. Pigott m. 2nd, 9 Oct., 1867, Charlotte Octavia, widow of Major
James Harrison Cholmeley, 8th Hussars, and youngest dau. of James
Raymond Johnstone, of Alva, Clackmannanshire, by Mary EUzabeth,
sister of Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bart., of Easton Park, Lincolnshire.
Mr. Pigott d. 12 Nov., 1872. His only child :—

LOUISA SOPHIA BERNARD PIGOTT, m. 5 Aug., 1874, Wilham
Walton, of Horsley Priory, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, J.P., eldest son
of James Walton, of Dolforgan, Montgomeryshire, and has issue : —

I. Francis William Bernard Walton, b. 29 Dec, 1891.

I. Constance Vera Walton, m. 31 Jan., 1901, Charles Kensit
Norman, of Brantham Court, Suffolk, 2nd son of the Rev.
Charles Frederick Norman, M.A., J.P., of Mistley Place,
Essex, Hon. Canon of St. Albans, and Rector of Mistley with
Bradfield.

II. Edith Millicent Walton.

III. Florence Margaret Walton, m. 10 Feb., 1905, her cousin, Frederick
James Walton, only son of Frederick Walton, of Cwmllecoediog,
Montgomeryshire, and has one dau. : —

Margaret Petronilla Milhcent Walton.



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CHAPTER IV.

Stanford of Cask.

Daniel French and his descendants.

The 3rd son of Mathew Frenchi, of Belturbet, (p. 2) was : —

MAJOR DANIEL FRENCH, oi Belturbat, High Sheriif, Co. Cavan,
1690, J.P. Co. Cavan, (warrant books, Rocord Office), attainted by
James II. as Daniel French, of Belturbet, Merchant, was active in the
cause of William of Orange. In the spring of 1689 he sat out from
Belturbet with sixty horse, captured Sir Gerard Irvine, and sent him
a prisoner to Lord Blayney.* In the Irish Civil Correspondence, State
Papers, Dublin Castle, there is a letter from him, dated 5 Aug., 1702.
For the charge brought against him in his father's will, (apparently
the unfounded suspicion of a sick man) and his vindication, see p. 4.
He w. 1685, Isabella, niece of Ambrose Bedell, of Cam, Co. Cavan,
J.P., High Sheriff Co. Cavan, 1668, sister of Ambrose Bedell, junior,
of Carn, and youngest dau.f of the Rev. William Bedell, Vicar of
Kinawley, diocese of Kilraore, 1634-37, and Rector of Rattlesden,
Suffolk, 1644-70, eldest son of the Right Rev. WILLIAM BEDELL,
the famous Bishop of Kilmore, 1629-42. Major French d. 1702, admon.
19 Feb., 1702-3 to Arthur Noble, of Liaaaskea, Co. Fermanagh, the
principal creditor, Isabella, the widow, renouncing her interest. She
d. 1718, (will dat. 21 June, proved Prerog. 18 Aug.), having had three
daus. : —

I. ELINOR, of whom presently.

II. Mary French, m. licence granted in dio. Kilmore 9 July, 1717,
the Rev. John Fletcher, (who entered T.C.D. 23 March, 1706,
aged 17, b. at Whitehaven, England) B.A., 1710, Curate of
St. Michan's, DubUn, licence 5 July, 1726, son of the Rev.
John Fletcher. His will was proved 6 March, 1732. They had
a son : —
Bedell Fletcher, b. about 1728 in Dublin, educated by Mr.

Quinton, entered T.C.D. 9 May, 1744, aged 16, Scholar

1747, B.A. 1749, M.A. 1756.J



* Derry and Enniskillen in the Year 1689, by Professor Witherow, p. 192.

t Chancery Bill 21 June, 1728, Stanford, Fletcher, and Brilton v. Geering and
Bedell. Mrj. French's elder sister Penelope m. 1G80, the Rev. James Lowry,
Vicar of Kinawley and Killiiiagh, 1685, and of Arklow, Co. Wicldow, 1704. (Life
and Death of Bishop Bedell, by Jones, pp. 237-8.)

J A marriage licence was issued 4 Dec, 1773, between Bedell Fletcher, of
Ilathmines, Co. Dublin, Gent., and Elizabeth Fletcher, of St. Mary's, Dublin,
apr. to be m. in that church.



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III. Susanna French, ni. 1st John Britton, of Dublin, Attorney-at-law,
whose will dated 8 May, 1726, was proved same year. By
him she had three daus. : —

1. Isabella Britton, m. at St. Ann's, Dublin, 11 Feb., 1755,

the Ven. Charles Huson, Archdeacon of Ferns 1767-77,
and Rector of St. Patrick's, Wexford, who entered T.C.D .
3 March, 1728, son of Benjamin Huson. The Archdeacon
d. April, 1777, and a tablet to his memory is in Wexford
Church. His will, dated 13 June, 1766, was proved in
Ferns diocese 6 June, 1777. His widow, who went to
live first at Artramont, Wexford, with her half-brother,
R. Le Hunte, M.P., and afterwards at Belvedere, with
her sister, was buried at Wexford 13 Feb., 1784.

2. Mary Britton.

3. Winifred Britton, who lived with her half-brother at

Artramont, and after his death, at Belvedere House,

Wexford. She was buried at Wexford 29 Dec, 1789,

will proved 29 May, 1790, by John Brownrigg, husband of

Isabella Brownrigg, otherwise Stanford, the sole executrix.

Susanna French, Mrs. Britton, m. 2nd Francis Le Hunte, M.D.,

of Brennanstown, Co. Dublin, one of the founders of the

Royal Dublin Society. Dr. Le Hunte, who was brother of

Mrs. Humphrey French, (see p. 15) succeeded his brother

Richard in the family estates, and retired from practice to

live at Brenanstown. See some account of him in Mr. F.

Elrington Ball's History of the County of Dublin, Vol. I., p.

106. Thomas Mozeen, an actor, in his contemporary

Miscellaneous Essays, p. 67, now in the British Museum,

has a poem entitled " The Invitation to Dr. Le Hunt's in the

County of Dublin." He describes how, as he lay on the grass,

he thought about the depravity of mankind, and proceeds : —

When strait by my Side there appear' d a fair Maid
In Vestments as white as the Lilly array'd
Whose ruddy Complexion, and Glee of whose face


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