Sunday, September 26, 2010

William MAGUIRE of Dublin; Paving Tax Inspector, Cathedral Sexton & a Primitive Wesleyan Methodist

[The granite obelisk in the Vicar's Bawn, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, erected by William MAGUIRE
to mark his own burial plot, & in memory of his son Thomas.
 Photo by Yvonne RUSSELL, William's great-great-great-grand-daughter.]

Dean Jonathan SWIFT was very fond of gardening; in about 1724, he constructed a garden on the south side of Long Lane, Parish of St Kevin, not far from his Cathedral Church of St Patrick, in Dublin; around it he built a substantial wall; and within it, a small dwelling; but for the most part he planted orchards & vines.
And he gave it a name - Naboth's Vineyard.

Several decades later, in January 1782, under the care of a different Dean, Dr William CRADOCK, the dwelling was the residence of Thomas MAGUIRE, formerly of Mullalougher near Ballyhaise in County Cavan, his wife Letitia MAGUIRE alias PHAYRE, & their family of 5 surviving children (Mary Anne, aged 17; Martha, 16; Joseph, 11; Thomas, 9; & John, 6) from 8 born. And on the 14th of that January, in the house in Naboth's Vineyard, on Long Lane, was born their 9th & last child, their youngest son, William MAGUIRE.

[Part of John ROCQUE's 1756 Map of Dublin, showing "Naboth's Vineyard" south of Long Lane &
east of Williams's Lane; the dwelling house is shown (dotted) in the very bottom left-hand corner,
where Williams's Lane makes a 90 degree turn to the north; the hatched building above it, a quarter of the
 way up the western boundary, was a shed or out-house. It became the site, and still is, of Meath Hospital.]

William is the subject of this article.


His father Thomas MAGUIRE, born in 1739, was the youngest of 4 sons of John MAGUIRE, probably of Clara, near Red Hills, County Cavan, by his wife Martha BUCK, of Mullieghara (perhaps in error for Mullalougher?), near Ballyhaise, County Cavan.
John MAGUIRE, who was born in 1693, died in 1774 & was buried with his father at Killoughter Churchyard.
John MAGUERIN, of Ballyhaise, County Cavan, was party to a Deed of Lease, dated 17 Jun 1767 (Memorial No 120015, Deeds Registry, Henrietta Street, Dublin), by which Thomas NEWBURGH of Ballyhaise demised to him a farmlet in the Town and Lands of Mullalougher.

[Part of the old Churchyard at Killoughter, County Cavan.
There are no remaining legible stones with appropriate MAGUIRE inscriptions.]

Thomas's elder siblings, our William's uncles & aunt, were as follows:
1. Mathew MAGUIRE.
2. John MAGUIRE.
Possibly married Alice  ROYAL; sometime of Belturbet, County Cavan; issue - a son John MAGUIRE, born County Cavan, ca 1774; married Letitia BOYD; John Junior emigrated to Ontario, 1823-24, with sons Thomas & Matthew, probably by an earlier marriage, the son Matthew marrying Sally BOYD with issue. 
John & Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, & probaby Methodists, who on 5 Dec 1823, both then over 23 & of the yeomanry, petitioned the Colonial Office for assistance to emigrate to Carleton County, Canada West (later Ontario), perhaps to join relations already there - see Bruce S. ELLIOTT's "Irish Immigrants in the Canadas: a new approach," p. 327, in a footnote to text on p. 125. See Canada section at [#] below.]
However, descendants of Matthew McGUIRE of Ontario have recorded two versions of their ancestry - one is as shown above, with a marriage to Alice LOYAL; the other has two generations of John MAGUIRE/McGUIRE's marrying into the HENTHORNE family.
3. William MAGUIRE.
4. Martha MAGUIRE, born in 1735; died in 1822; married in the Diocese of Kilmore & Ardagh, 1767, Samuel MARTIN, of Tullyvin, County Cavan; he may have been buried at St Peter's (C.of I.,), Dublin, 12 Jul 1813, aged 75; issue unknown, but possibly including (? Thomas MARTIN, of Sandymount, County Dublin, the father of Joseph MARTIN, who married at St John's (C.of I.), Dublin, 12 Sep 1849, Elizabeth PHAIR, a daughter of John PHAIR of 48 Fleet Street, Dublin, & a sister of Letitia PHAIR, the wife of Nathaniel COLGAN; ? a Dr MARTIN was Tutor to Robert MAGUIRE, son of Thomas MAGUIRE & Lucinda KENNY, on his admission to Trinity College).

Thomas was living in Ballyhaise in 1759, when he had possession of a book entitled "Friendship in Death; in Twenty-one letters from the Dead to the Living," by Mrs Elizabeth ROWE (1674-1719), published in Dublin in 1752; on the title page, he inscribed - "Thomas MAGUIRE, Ballyhays, county Cavan, 1759"; this title page, probably removed from the book, was later one of a number (including those of Lord KEANE, Sir William PIGOTT, James GREY & Charles KELLY, the last two married to PIGOTT sisters of William's son-in-law John PIGOTT), & with a Book-plate of his son (our William) attached to it, which came into the possession of Bertha SMITH of St Bees, and detailed in an item submitted by her & published in Notes & Queries, 6th Series, Volume II, 1880, page 28.
One might speculate that the book was originally given to Thomas in connection with a death in the family circle in that year, perhaps his mother, or even a grand-parent.

Thomas is recorded in the W.M. Diary as having held the lease of a farm at Mullalougher from Colonel Thomas NEWBURGH, of Ballyhaise House, although confirming evidence has not yet been found in the Deeds Registry (unless the 1767 Lease to John MAGUERIN of Ballyhaise is relevant - see above); NEWBURGH was an acquaintance of both Dean SWIFT & of John WESLEY, which two reverend gentlemen were both involved with institutions that would become pivotal in the lives of several of the MAGUIRE children, & in particular, our William MAGUIRE.

Thomas was married, on 6 Apr 1763, to Letitia PHAYRE of Kilmore (probably her Diocese); this date is recorded in William MAGUIRE's Diary (see below), & we have no further details relating to it.
So far, I have been unable to determine the identity of Letitia's parents - all we know is that her father's name was undoubtedly PHAYRE (or PHAIR/FAIR); & that her mother was still living, aged 77, around the year 1766, & probably living with her daughter in Mullalougher, County Cavan.

Thomas & Letitia took their family to Dublin in November 1777. We cannot be entirely sure of the exact reasons behind the move, but we have several indicators from several sources.
William wrote an account of his life in 1823, which hereafter will be referred to as the W.M. Diary (leather-bound, with entries from reverse ends, one personal, the other genealogical, now in the possession of CRAWFORD descendants in Buckinghamshire). In it, William stated that Colonel NEWBURGH's widow:
"...having a particular liking for my mother, when she married the Dean and came to Dublin, induced my parents to come and settle also."
[The W.M. Diary.]

The widow was Martha CARY, who had married NEWBURGH (he was widowered in Nov 1745 when his 1st wife, Charity Julia BLAKE, died without issue) on 16 Jan 1747 [St James's Evening Post, London, Thur 22 Jan 1747]; the Dean was William CRADOCK, who married the widow Martha on 26 Jan 1777 ["Exshaw's Magazine, 1777, p.152" - as cited in Notes & Queries, 6th Ser. VI, 16 Sep 1882, p.223]; and CRADOCK, as one of the lineal successors to Dean SWIFT, was now the "master" of Naboth's Vineyard.

I had a sneaking suspicion that William's mother, Letitia MAGUIRE alias PHAYRE, may have been related to Martha CRADOCK alias NEWBURGH alias CARY, but research has not yet established whether this was the case, & probably will not.
If not, one might then speculate that the connection may have been through Letitia's mother, perhaps in service with Martha at Ballyhaise House, where she met Mr PHAYRE, possibly working his profession or trade in the NEWBURGH estate at Ballyhaise. Estate Accounts, if they still exist, might prove interesting.
But perhaps there is another & simpler explanation - Martha may also have been a Methodist?
Indeed, she would undoubtedly have met John WESLEY on 29 May 1775, when he visited Ballyhaise on his way from Belturbet to Clones, "...and spent an hour with that venerable old man, Colonel NEWBURGH. It does me good to converse with those who have just finished their course, and are quivering over the great gulf..." [WESLEY's Diary].
Martha may have been a force behind CRADOCK's desire to renovate the old Deanery in St Kevin Street, so that they might live there - & evidently able to invite the MAGUIREs to make their home there as well around the mid 1780's; widowed again in 1794, Martha died in Dublin on 13 Dec 1804, & was buried in the Vicar's Bawn, aged 73, & without issue.

More detail may be found concerning Letitia PHAIR's origins in my PHAIR family blog at this link:

And I suspect that William's father may have been acting as a caretaker-cum-gardener in Naboth's Vineyard until a more substantial role was found for him, several years later, as Sexton of his "patron's" Church of Ireland Cathedral of St Patrick.


There is a second source that provides another reason for the MAGUIRE family's departure from Mullalougher. Charles Henry CROOKSHANK, M.A., wrote a comprehensive "History of Methodism in Ireland" (published by B.S. ALLEN & Son, Belfast, 1885); in it, he records the following details, naming MAGUIREs who are confirmed as our William's parents (see also William's obituary, published in the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, 1845, pp.26-37), as follows:
"Mr [John] SLOCOMB, who had been appointed to the Clones circuit, and is described by WESLEY as 'an old labourer, worn out in service,' came to the house of Mr MAGUIRE in Mullalougher, ill of fever, the week before Christmas [1776]. Although he was tended with unremitting care and affection, on the last day of the year he sank under the virulence of the disease...
"When Mr & Mrs MAGUIRE returned from the interment... they found that two of their children had taken the infection, and soon after Mr MAGUIRE and two others of the family caught the disease; but the Lord supported and healed them. Mr MAGUIRE then resolved to move to Dublin, which he did as soon as practicable..."
["History of Methodism in Ireland," by Charles Henry CROOKSHANK, Chapter 27 - 1776, p.308.]

Perhaps the timing of Mrs CRADOCK's removal to Dublin was just coincidence, but a fortuitous one in Thomas's case, leading, as it appears, to an immediate employment & accommodation package.

But Methodists had not always been welcome in the MAGUIRE household in Mullalougher:
"The young convert [evidently John BREDIN] felt an earnest desire to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ; and with this end visited Mrs MAGUIRE of Mullalougher, whom he had previously known. He spoke to her of what the Lord had done for him, and his words sank deep into her heart. On leaving he promised to return on the following Sabbath and pray with any persons that would be present; but before Sunday came, the people of the neighbourhood tauntingly spoke of him as being a Methodist, and Mr MAGUIRE refused to let him pray in the house. A poor neighbour, however, gave a hearty invitation to God's servant, and Mrs MAGUIRE went to hear him.
"Mr MAGUIRE following, to bring her back, arrived during prayer. He went in, and wishing to escape observation, knelt down; and was deeply convinced of sin. When the young convert concluded his address to the throne of grace, Mr MAGUIRE went forward to him, in great distress, requested an interest in his prayers, and invited him to his house on the next Sabbath."
["History of Methodism in Ireland" by Charles Henry CROOKSHANK; Chapter 17 - 1766, p. 197.]

Although this does conflict with William's obituary, which stated that Rev John BREDIN had preached in the MAGUIRE house "shortly after" Letitia's 1763 marriage.
However, 3 years after they were married, Thomas MAGUIRE & his wife Letitia, with an infant child in tow, joined the Society of Methodists; another who did was Mrs MAGUIRE's mother, "...poor... blind" and aged 77 years, although CROOKSHANK did not identify her by name; but we can be certain that it was Mrs PHAYRE, & probably a widow; although possibly re-married.


Methodism made its introduction in Dublin in 1746, when an English Methodist preacher, Mr WILLIAMS, under instructions from the English Methodist Conference, arrived and established a society there.
Rev John WESLEY himself followed up with his first visit to Ireland in the ensuing year, as we learn from his Journal, for August 1747:
"Sun 9 Aug. Before ten we came to St George's Quay... About three I wrote a line to the Curate of St Mary's, who sent me word he should be glad of my assistance; so I preached there...
Mon 10. Between eight and nine I went to Mr R. (the curate of St Mary's). He professed an abundance of good will, commended my sermon in strong terms, and begged he might see me again the next morning. But at the same time he expressed the most deep rooted prejudice against lay-preachers, or preaching out of a church, and said, the Archbishop of Dublin was resolved to suffer no such irregularities in his Diocese. I went to see our brethren, that we might pour out our souls before God. I then went straight to wait upon the Archbishop myself; but he was gone out of town...
"Tue 11. I awaited on the Archbishop at Newbridge, ten miles from Dublin. I had the favour of conversing with him two to three hours; in which I answered abundance of objections...
"Sun 16. We went to St James's church in the morning (there being no service at St Patrick's), and in the afternoon to Christ Church..."

The Archbishop was Charles COBBE (1689-1765), whose seat (the Episcopal throne) was in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin; but on the south side of the River Liffey was another Church of Ireland Collegiate and Cathedral church named St Patrick's, built beside the River Poddle on the site of the well which folk-lore has it St Patrick himself used for baptising early Irish converts to Christianity.
And there was installed a sympathetic Dean, Francis CORBET.
From the Journal of Charles WESLEY, who followed his brother John shortly after in his first visit to Ireland, we see that contact had already been made with St Patrick's, probably by Mr WILLIAMS; Charles made this entry for October 1747:
"Sun Oct 25. Passed three hours at St Patrick's, under my usual burden among the dry bones of the House of Israel [fn - Ezek 37: 1-14]. I seldom enter this place but they are ready to drag me out as a profaner of the temple. The Dean [fn - Francis CORBET, became Dean in Jan 1747] I must except, who has always treated us with great courtesy; looks pleased to see us make the bulk of the communicants; appointed us a set by ourselves; and constantly administers to me first, as the rubric directs."

Thereafter, the nexus established between the Dublin Methodists and the Dean of St Patrick's continued, in particular in connection with the administration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, or the Lord's Supper.
WESLEY himself notes his attendances at service there from time to time, even up to within a couple of years of his death, and mentions several occasions when the numbers of Methodist communicants was so great that it became necessary, if they were all to get home in time for dinner, for the Dean to seek his assistance, as we see from his Journal entries:
"Sunday 19 Jul 1752. I preached at five and eight, but not to so large a congregation as I expected. I was greatly shocked at the behaviour of the congregation in St Patrick's church..."
"Sunday 9 Apr 1775... The good old dean [Francis CORBET] of St Patrick's desired me to come within the rails and assist him at the Lord's Supper..."
"Sunday 23 Aug 1775. I again assisted at St Patrick's in delivering the elements of the Lord's Supper..."

The 9 Apr entry was Dean CORBET's last mention by WESLEY - he may not have been there on 23 Aug, as he died two days later, on 25 Aug 1775, aged 87; he was succeeded as Dean by William CRADOCK, who continued the arrangements of his predecessor, and appears to have presided over the employment favours shown subsequently to members of the MAGUIRE family.

John WESLEY's diary entries continued:
"Sunday 5 Oct 1777. I was much comforted at St Patrick's, where an uncommon awe seemed to rest on the whole assembly..."
"Sunday 3 Jul 1785. We had a larger congregation than ever at St Patrick's, where many of our brethren found such a blessing, that they will not easily be so prejudiced against the church as they were in time past."
"Monday 30 Mar 1789... Meantime, I had letter upon letter concerning the Sunday service; but I could not give an answer till I made a full inquiry both into the occasion and the effects of it. The conversation was this:- About two years ago it was complained, that few of our society attended church on Sunday; most of them either sitting at home, or going on Sunday morning to some Dissenting meeting. Hereby many of them were hurt, and inclined to separate from the Church. To prevent this, it was proposed to have service at the Room; which I consented to, on condition that they would attend St Patrick's every first Sunday in the month. The effect was, (1) That they went no more to meetings, (2) That three times more went to St Patrick's (perhaps six times) in six or twelve months than had done for ten or twelve years before. Observe!  This is done not to prepare for, but to prevent, a separation from the Church...
"Sunday 5 Apr. I preached in the new Room at seven. At eleven I went to the Cathedral. I desired those of our Society who did not go to their parish churches, would go with me to St Patrick's. Many of them did so. It was said the number of communicants was about 500, more than went there in the whole year before Methodists were known in Ireland...
"April 12 - Being Easter Day. We had a solemn assembly indeed; many hundred communicants in the morning; and in the afternoon far more hearers than our Room would contain, though it is considerably enlarged..."

Archbishop COBBE's resolve to have no lay-preachers in his churches, and no preachers preaching out of church, meant that the Methodists had no option but to build their own Meeting House. The Methodist Society had commenced meeting in a former Lutheran Church located in Marlborough street (evidently on the site of the present Roman Catholic Pro-Cathedral), although some local opposition did see it damaged by rioters.
But WESLEY also wanted permanency, by purchasing their own land; however, he had to settle for a 99 year lease, on land in Whitefriar Street, on which a Meeting House was built, and which was opened for preaching in 1752.

The site was undoubtedly the one shown on ROCQUE's 1756 map of Dublin, marked "M.H" in the top right corner of the above map image - standing on the east side of Whitefriar Street, just south of Whitefriar Park, immediately opposite Wood Street (and opposite the Presbyterian Meeting House marked "P.M.H" on the north side of Wood Street).
And the site was very convenient to St Patrick's Cathedral, which lay a short 3 or 4 minute walk to the west, along Wood Street, across St Bridget's Street, along Petty Cannon Lane, & into the North Close of St Patrick's.

The Meeting House in Whitefriar Street continued in use until 1843, when the "Centenary Church" was built by the Methodist Society on the south side of St Stephen's Green. The society had hoped to renew their 99 lease after it's due expiry in 1849, but found that the Carmelites had gazumped them. After the new church was opened, the Methodists continued to use the old building at Whitefriar Street as a school, until the lease term expired.
Subsequently, the Carmelite, Father SPRATT, ran a school there for female children of the neighbourhood, and it was later demolished to erect a custom-built school, which was opened in 1895, and is still standing. A Carmelite publication produced to mark their centenary (see the Whitefriar Street Church Centenary Souvenir web-site) has a slightly hazy photograph of the old Methodist Meeting house.

It was this Meeting House which the MAGUIRE family would have attended after their arrival in Dublin in 1777 - up until the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist schism in 1818-20, when they attended the newly constructed P.W.M. chapel in South Great Georges Street.


Thomas was not the first MAGUIRE of his blood to undergo a significant religious "conversion."
His grandfather, Bryan McConnagher MAGUIRE, was recorded in our William's diary as having been born at Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh, in the year 1648.

[Aghalurcher Churchyard, County Fermanagh; this was the burial ground for old Lisnaskea, &
the main burial ground for the MAGUIREs of the Lisnaskea Sept. A number of MAGUIRE killings by
close MAGUIRE relations took place either inside the Church, or in the Church-yard, particularly
around the time of the abdication of Edmond, 8th MAGUIRE Chief, in the 1480's (see below).]

By 1689, Bryan was a Captain, & serving in the Army of the Catholic King James II (& VII); he was made prisoner by the Williamite forces garrisoned in Crom Castle, under command of Col CRIGHTON; Bryan may have been serving under Piers BUTLER, 3rd Viscount Galmoy, who led a small Army under orders from King James in Dublin to take Enniskillen.

In Mar 1689, the garrison at Crom had held out sufficiently for it to be reinforced from Enniskillen, virtually under Galmoy's nose; whence the garrison immediately set upon the beseigers, & routed them from their trenches, forcing them to retreat back to Belturbet. Galmoy had with him several young Protestant officers as prisoners, & used them as bait, offering a prisoner exchange between Capt Woolston DIXIE & the Jacobite prisoner in Crom Castle, our Capt Bryan MAGUIRE.

All was proceeding with due caution, including the obtaining of permission from Enniskillen; until Galmoy reneged, & had the Protestant officers tried for treason; whereupon they were sentenced to death. MAGUIRE, already released into Galmoy's care at Belturbet as part of the deal, protested Galmoy's actions, & offered his life & freedom for DIXIE's release; when Galmoy proceeded with the executions, MAGUIRE:
"...returned to Crom, according to his parole, so much disgusted at what was done that he lay down his commission and would serve King James no longer. "Bryan... obtained security for his life & liberty, to go at large with a protection from Col CREIGHTON... He retired from military service, and took some ground at a place called Clara, about a mile from Red Hills in the County of Cavan." [The W.M. Diary.]

There was an eyewitness to these events, whose identity I have yet to establish; his report, perhaps the most authentic available (notwithstanding his anonymity), was cited by Thomas WRIGHT in his "The History of Ireland: from the earliest period of the Irish Annals to the present time", 1854, Vol.2, pp.201-202, as follows:
"At this time, one Brian MacConagher Maguire (who had been a captain in the Irish army), was a prisoner with us at Crom. Him the Lord Gillmoy had a desire to release, and the next day he sent an express to captain Crighton (the proprietor of the Castle of Crom, and governor thereof), proposing to exchange captain Dixie for this Captain Maguire, and desiring, if the change were approved of, that Captain Maguire might be sent to him, promising upon his honour to return us Captain Dixie for him.
"The exchange was very acceptable to the governor, and all that were in the castle of Crom, but yet they would conclude nothing until they had the consent of the governor of Enniskillen, and the other officers that were there, and so sent an express from Crom to Enniskillen for their resolution. The messenger was immediately sent back to Captain Crighton, with orders from the governor to go on with the exchange. Accordingly Captain Crighton sent Maguire to the lord Gillmoy, desiring that Captain Dixie might be returned to him, according to his promise under his hand, which letter is in the hands of the governor of Enniskillen. But the lord Gillmoy, as soon as he had Maguire in his hands, called a council of war on Captain Dixie and his cornet, Mr. Charleton, where they were both found guilty, and sentence of death passed upon them, for levying men by the Prince of Orange's commission, which was found in their pockets; and immediately they were desired to prepare to die against the next day; but in the meantime great endeavours were used, and promises made them of life and preferment, if they would turn Papists and adhere to King James. But they though both young men, resolutely rejected the offer, and preferred their religion to the saving of their lives.
"And here, I cannot but remember Maguire's carriage, who (as it was reported) showed an extraordinary concern for the Lord Gillmoy's breach of faith; he went to him, and told him that his putting Mr. Dixie to death (after his promise under his hand to return him,) would be a perpetual stain to his honour, and rather than he should do so base a thing, prayed that he might be returned a prisoner back to Crom, and that Mr. Dixie's life might be saved, for he did not desire to purchase his freedom by so great injustice.
"But the Lord Gillmoy, deaf to anything that could be said on their behalf, caused both the young gentlemen to be hanged on Mr. Russell's sign-post in Belturbet, and, when they were dead, commanded to take their corpses into the kitchen, to cut off both their heads, and ordered them to be thrown out into the street to the soldiers to play at foot-ball with, and when the soldiers for some time had pleased themselves with this barbarous sport, the heads were set up on the market-house in Belturbet."

[The ruins of Crom Castle, built 1610, & destroyed by fire in 1764. 
From the "Somme Memorial Loyal Orange Lodge 842" web-site. 
An information sign at the site records that the round tower in the middle
distance was one of two "added" in the 19th century to enhance
 the view of the ruins from the new castle.]

But Bryan's old world order had not quite finished with him:
"Bryan had a brother, a Romish priest, who apprehended that his retirement from the cause of King James might lead to his giving up the Romish religion, came to see him one day, and, with a loaded pistol in his hand, threatened to shoot him if he did not then promise that he would go to Church.
"Bryan had to make the extorted promise, but at the same time, with great determination he vowed he would never go to Mass, and then the brothers departed..." [W.M.'s Diary.]

And against this somewhat other-wordly display of "brotherly love & Christian charity," not all of which we will have the luxury of verifying in every detail, & without being forced to view it through the propagandist glare of a warring sectarian prism, Bryan may have the last laugh:
"Bryan soon after married a Protestant, Mary LLOYD, and died about the year 1724, leaving one son named John. He was buried in the church-yard of Killoughter alias Drumerra near Red Hills." [The W.M. Diary.]

There is a Church of Ireland, with burial ground, in Drumerra Townland, just a mile or so east of Redhills on the road to Cootehill, immediately to the north of Killoughter Townland; but it was not constructed until 1814 (when the Parish was created out of Annagh Parish), & the earliest decipherable burial date on any stone there is 1820.
It seems certain that Bryan was therefore buried in the old burial ground, on or near the site of an much older church (early O.S. maps), in Killoughter Townland, about 200 metres NNE of the St Brigid's R.C. Church carpark, off the road that leads eastwards into the heart of Mullalougher Townland.

Although we cannot be certain, Bryan's future wife may have been among the Protestant citizenry who had found their way to the apparent "sanctuary" inside Crom Castle (and if not there, almost certainly instead in the Enniskillen garrison). There was indeed a Colonel Thomas LLOYD who served under Gustavus HAMILTON, Governor of Enniskillen, in 1688-89, & who actually captured the garrison at Redhills, County Cavan, in May 1689; he was married, but apparently died without issue.
HAMILTON appears to have been related to the CARY family of Derry & the NEWBURGH family which acquired Ballyhaise House near Cavan; he approved the prisoner transfer between Crom Castle & Belturbet in March 1689; Enniskillen garrison records from that period, if they still exist, may prove to be of interest. It is interesting to speculate on the possibility that our Bryan, having formed a "romantic" attachment to a LLOYD relation, may have been deemed by the Colonel to have been a suitable settler in the hinterland of the Redhills garrison under Protestant control.


William's father Thomas was, on 21 Mar 1779, appointed to succeed Fergus GIBBONS as Sexton of St Patrick's Cathedral. His predecessor, and his daughter Isabella CROSS the Robekeeper, had been dismissed under suspicion of being involved in a theft from the Cathedral:
"...some villains (who it is imagined concealed themselves for the purpose in the church) broke through the Chapter Room of St Patrick's Cathedral into a place where the Cathedral plate was deposited and carried it entirely away, together with the pulpit cloth, &. Strict searching is making in order to discover these sacrilegious wretches..."
[Saunder's News-Letter, 20 Mar 1779.]
The replacement plate, evidently including two large chalices, was manufactured by Dublin Silversmith Richard WILLIAMS in 1779; they had Methodist connections, suggesting that the Methodists who took communion there may have dug deep in making contributions for the purchase of them. See Wesley WEIR's blog at in his entry for 27 Feb 2011.
Thomas's promotion probably came with a different residence, closer to his new job, in South Close, adjacent to the Cathedral, although evidence has not yet surfaced as to when this move took place - but it was clearly not until after our William's birth in 1782.

But, judging by the speedy action taken in removing GIBBONS, the Cathedral Chapter would have been well advised to have the next Sexton living very close to the front door, and as soon as practicable.
 [Part of John ROCQUE's 1756 Map of Dublin, showing at the top St Patrick's Cathedral and
Patrick's Close (alias South or Back Close).
The Sexton's house, No 5, is one of the dwellings shown on the south side of  St Patrick's Close,
 but the which is unknown; probably one of those opposite the south transept of the Cathedral, 
perhaps on or near the corner of Mitre Alley.
The Deanery is the larger building on the north side of St Kevan Street, set back from the street frontage, 
under the "Sepu" of St Sepulchre's.]

Apart from securing the fabric of the Cathedral, the Sexton was the officer "...on whom all notices of burial are served, and who secures all fees on same" [Virger's note in the Register, 1854], & was required to supply the Virger with the list of burials, presumably for him to write up in the register.

In 1783, Thomas was probably involved in the preparations for the inaugural installation of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick (for Irish Peers); Dean CRADOCK was appointed the first Registrar of the order, as it had been decided that the Cathedral was to be the Order's chapel.

In 1785, John WESLEY commenced a brown leather-bound volume of Dublin Membership Lists of the Methodist Society, which survives among the holdings of the Library of the Wesleyan Historical Society in Ireland, Edgehill College, Belfast; dated 28 June, it included entries for Thomas MAGUIRE, Sexton, & Letitia MAGUIRE, both of Deanery House. Subsequent entries were made, but in a different hand, and recorded Thomas & Letty at Deanery House, Jun 1787; and separate entries in June 1788 for Thomas at Deanery House, & Letty at Vineyard Row - I do not know whether this apparent "separation" has any significance - perhaps they had moved from the Deanery, but Thomas's details alone had not yet been up-dated?

[The Deanery, on St Kevans Street, south of St Patrick's Close. Photo courtesy of Patrick COMERFORD.]

And on 9 Feb 1794, Thomas was himself buried in the first of several family plots that he had organised for himself & his family; the W.M. Diary records his death, aged 54, on the same day, which is not impossible, although a little unlikely (perhaps William, then only 11, relied later on the Register for the details, & only the burial date had been entered).

The Register records the detail:
"Mr Thomas MAGUIRE, late Sexton (for 16 years) was interred 9 Feb 1794 in the Vicar's Bawn." [Cathedral Register, Volume 1, Marsh's Library, 1983.]

And upon his death, he was succeeded as Sexton by his widow Letitia (appointed 31 Mar 1794), although the physical side of the role may have been too much for, as her son Thomas "returned" to Dublin to assist her.
To which responsibility she added the post of Robe Keeper (appointed 13 Apr 1797, in the Room of Mrs FERNS, deceased). Letitia resigned both these positions on 5 Jun 1810, aged 70, & was succeeded as Sexton by her youngest son, our William, & as Robe-Keeper by her daughter-in-law, William's wife of 6 years, Mary MAGUIRE alias VICKERS.

I am a little at a loss as to why William got this post instead of his older brother Thomas, who eventually became Virger, but it may well have had something to do with William having secured a position with the Paving Board in 1803 (see below); prior to the establishment of the Corporation for the Paving, Lighting & Cleansing the Streets of Dublin (the predecessor of the Dublin Corporation), these were the duties of the Vestry, and the Sexton had control of the Vestry responsibilities for Liberty of the Cathedral.

Letitia herself died two years later, on 21 Mar 1812, aged 72 (W.M. Diary):
"Mrs Letitia MAGUIRE, late Sextonness & Robe-keeper of the Cathedral, interred 24 Mar 1812 in the family burial place, aged 72 years."
[Cathedral Register, Vol.2, Marsh's Library, 1992 - now at the Representative Church Body Library.]

There is no surviving memorial to mark the original burial location of Thomas & Letitia MAGUIRE.

A plan of the Vicar's Bawn (the above illustration was abstracted from it) was drawn up in the Register in 1824 by their son, our William, and on it is shown the MAGUIRE plot, immediately adjacent to the southern wall of the "French" or "Lady" Chapel, directly under the last two windows nearest to the corner of the Chapel (the Lady Chapel had been, for a time, turned over for use by French Huguenots as a place of worship). Thomas was almost certainly buried in this plot.
By 1812, it is probable that a 2nd plot had been purchased; it is almost certainly shown by William in 1823 as the PHAYRE plot, adjacent but one to the south of the original MAGUIRE plot. Letitia may have instead been buried there.

It is highly likely that this MAGUIRE grave was disturbed when work was carried out on the cathedral foundations, and it is possible the remains were re-buried elsewhere (perhaps filling up the PHAYRE plot).

It is clear that there were several related burials in one or other of the two plots:
1. Joseph MAGUIRE; appointed Clerk of the Cathedral, 17 Mar 1788; buried in the Vicar's Bawn, "...near the end of the French Chapel," 3 Nov 1791. Probably William's eldest surviving brother (although at age 16 perhaps too young to be the Cathedral Clerk).
2. Rebecca PHAIR, interred in the Vicar's Bawn, in Mr Thomas MAGUIRE's ground, 29 Jul 1795.
3. Mrs Rebecca PHAIRE, aged 81, interred in Thomas MAGUIRE's ground. Too young to be William's maternal grandmother; unless she was instead Letitia's step-mother; perhaps more likely to have been instead the mother of Thomas PHAYRE, the husband of William's eldest sister Mary Ann (see below).

[James MALTON's View of the Vicar's Bawn, St Patrick's Cathedral, 1791.
Could any of the people depicted here have perhaps been of our MAGUIRE family?]


Before we return to the subject of this article, & his illustrious career in Dublin, let us take a look at his immediate family connections. The little we know of his MAGUIRE aunts & uncles was recorded above; what we know of his siblings is as follows:

1. Mary Ann MAGUIRE was born 19 Apr 1764; she was interred in the Vicar's Bawn, St Patrick's Cathedral, almost certainly in the PHAYRE plot, on 5 Aug 1802; she was married, by License of the Dublin Diocese, in 1785, to Thomas PHAYRE of Kilmore, County Cavan [W.M.'s Diary], who was probably already her relation; he was buried with her on 5 Dec 1802; they left issue:
a. Robert PHAYRE, who settled in England with his wife Margaret TACKABURY; probably had issue (a child of Robert PHAIR buried in the Vicar's Bawn, 1 Jun 1815,"... in Mr Maguire's burial place").
b. John PHAYRE, born in Dublin, 12 May 1790, & after his parents died in 1802, he was raised by his MAGUIRE grandmother, & went to New York in 1817 (obituary, New York Christian Advocate, 4 Apr 1867, p.107); Deacon & Elder, Wesleyan Methodist Church, New York; died suddenly at his residence, 201 West 30th Street, New York, 4 Dec 1866, & buried in his own plot, Cypress Hills Cemetery (see their Burial Records); married 1stly, Frances A. BOGERT; she died at 198 Allen Street, New York, 19 Jan 1841; with issue:
     i. Elizabeth D. PHAYRE, born ca 1825, married Isaac JOLLIE, with issue.
     ii. Sarah Anne PHAYRE; married her 2nd cousin Thomas Lancelot PIGOTT.
     iii. Francis PHAYRE, born ca 1830, died Feb 1852.
     iv. (daur) married Mr SMITH with 2 children buried at Cypress Hills in Rev John PHAYRE's plot - John F. SMITH in Jan 1851 & Letitia M. SMITH in Jan 1853, both children.
John married 2ndly, 16 Oct 1841, Catharine McComb JOLLIE; she died at 325 West 30th Street, New York, 9 Jun 1873, aged 66; they had further issue:
     v. John Francis PHAYRE, born New York City 11 Jul 1842, B.A. from the University City of New York, died New York 1919, having married on 20 Aug 1869 Augusta C. TALLMAN, with issue a daughter Mary A. PHAYRE, born 1871.
c. Letitia PHAYRE, Assistant Sexton at St Patrick's, 1817; Robekeeper, 1831; Sextonness, 3 Patrick's Close South, 1842-48; Gallery Keeper, 1845; married William WHITE, Carpenter, also of St Patrick's Cathedral; he was buried there on 14 Dec 1838; issue baptised at St Patrick's Cathedral:
     i. Mary Anne WHITE, born 5 May 1821, & bapt 14 May.
     ii. Letitia WHITE, born 11 Jul 1823, & bapt 24 Jul.
     iii. William WHITE, bapt 13 Nov 1824, & buried 6 May 1825.
     iv. Henry WHITE, bapt 25 May 1826, & buried 7 Jan 1829.
     v. William Eustace WHITE, bapt 22 Apr 1827, & buried 8 Apr 1833.
     vi. Thomas WHITE, born 13 Dec 1828, bapt 21 Dec, & buried 22 Mar 1845.
     vii. Lucinda WHITE, born 5 Nov 1830, & bapt 25 Nov.
2. Martha MAGUIRE, born on 13 Jul 1765; married at St Audoen's (C.of I.), Dublin, 27 May 1783, Thomas BUCK, of Ballyhaise, County Cavan [W.M.'s Diary], who was probably already her relation; with issue:
a. Thomas BUCK.
b. Daniel BUCK.
Thomas & Daniel BUCK witnessed a marriage in Johnstown District, Grenville County, Nov 1835, between Samuel MEECH & Eliza ENGLISH, & performed by William BROWN, a Methodist Episcopal Church Minister [Johnstown District Marriage Registers, Archives of Ontario, Microfilm MS248, Reel 3].
c. Letitia BUCK.
Hiram HOLDEN married Canada West, 9 Sep 1834, Letitia BUCK, daughter of Thomas BUCK, both of Marchville, Grenville County, ceremony performed by Rev Anson GREEN, another Methodist Episcopal Church Minister; with issue including a son Thomas HOLDEN
This family emigrated to Canada on 28 April 1823 [W.M.'s Diary].

3. Jean MAGUIRE; born on 18 Nov 1766; died young.

4. John MAGUIRE; born on 28 Jul 1768; died in infancy.

5. Joseph MAGUIRE; born on 5 May 1770; probably appointed Clerk of St Patrick's Cathedral (but ? perhaps too young); died on 1 Nov 1792 (W.M. Diary) & buried in the Vicar's Bawn "...near then end of the French Chapel," on 3 Nov 1791 (Cathedral Register); apparently unmarried.

6. Thomas MAGUIRE; born on 10 May 1772; sent to school "in the country" (perhaps at County Cavan?) but returned to Dublin on his father's death, to assist his mother in her duties as Sexton; apprenticed for 7 years to Mr BRITTLE (Obit, Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, 1845, p.30], whose business was not stated, but probably involved with glazing (there was a family of Dublin Glaziers named BRETTL) & from as early as 1789, as indicted by the next; the Glass Cutter in Dublin who bound his younger brother William as an apprentice, 1795; joined the Methodist Society in 1788-89, & possibly at the start of his apprenticeship; directory-listed as Delf Seller of 70 Camden Street, Dublin (1803-20); Collector of the House Tax, Dublin Foundling Hospital, 1808-27; of 80 Camden Street (1820-22); of 111 St Stephen's Green (1824-29: of 2 Harcourt Road (1836-44); Constable (24 Nov 1789 & 1814), Beadle (27 Jun 1795) & Virger (1 Dec 1818) of St Patrick's Cathedral; died on 6 Aug 1844, of cholera, & was buried in the Vicar's Bawn, in his own plot, as recorded in the Cathedral Register:
"Mr Thomas MAGUIRE, Ae 72 years, for many years Verger of this Cathedral & Sub-Proctor, buried 7 Aug 1844 in the family burial ground."
A Cathedral publication "Gravestones; St Patrick's Cathedral" consulted in Marsh's Library, records the inscription, now effectively illegible, as follows:
"...Also the remains of his father, Mr Thomas MAGUIRE of Harcourt Road, who departed this life the 6th of August 1844, aged 72 years."
The stone is now located on a plot unidentified on William MAGUIRE's 1842 Plan - it was almost certainly relocated from one of the two earlier graves, excavated when foundation work was carried out.

[The relocated tabular stone covering the re-interred remains of Rev Robert MAGUIRE &
his parents Thomas MAGUIRE & Lucinda MAGUIRE alias KENNY; it is highly likely that the
remains of Thomas MAGUIRE Senior & Letitia MAGUIRE alias PHAYRE were also re-interred here;
there is a complete transcription of the now largely illegible inscription in Marsh's Library.
Photo by Derek CRAWFORD of Dublin, gt-gt-grandson of Henry MAGUIRE.]

Thomas was married, in the Cathedral, on 13 Mar 1796, to Lucinda KENNY; she was buried with Thomas, 25 May 1853, aged 82; they had issue:
i. Robert MAGUIRE, baptised 15 Dec 1796: B.A., Trinity College Dublin; Residentiary Preacher & Minor Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral; died 23 Mar 1837, of fever, & buried Vicar's Bawn; several plaques installed inside the Cathedral in his memory; married at St Peter's (C.of I.), 26 Jun 1831, Margaret HEWSON; she survived as widow; no issue.
ii. Thomas MAGUIRE, bapt 20 Apr 1800, & buried Vicar's Bawn, 27 Aug 1801.
iii. Letitia MAGUIRE, bapt 27 Aug 1802 & buried Vicar's Bawn, 24 Mar 1817.
iv. Lucinda MAGUIRE, born 9 Sep 1809, & bapt 10 Sep; declared Bankrupt, 1863; married Apr 1839, William ROBERTS, Wine Merchant in Abbey Street, Dublin; he was a Methodist; at 17 Ranelagh Road, 1849-1859; issue:
     a. Anne Letitia ROBERTS, born 2 Apr 1840, & bapt 10 Jun.
     b. Robert Maguire ROBERTS, born 17 May 1841, & bapt 18 May.
     c. William ROBERTS, born 16 Nov 1843, & bapt 27 Dec.
     d. Lucinda Emily ROBERTS, born Dec 1844, bapt 29 Jan 1845, & buried at St Patrick's 30 May 1859.
     e. Thomas Maguire ROBERTS, born 1 May 1846, & bapt St Peter's 28 May; Physician, at Dundrum, County Dublin, 1911 Census, with wife & family; died Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire, 4 Nov 1930; married at Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in 1875 to Annie COOKE; she died at Llanfairfechan, 10 Oct 1936; with issue - Sophia Caroline ROBERTS, born County Wexford, 26 Jul 1877; Lucie Eleanor ROBERTS, born Enniscorthy, 9 Apr 1879; Annie Ethel ROBERTS, born Enniscorthy, ca 1880; Elsie Alice ROBERTS, born County Wexford, 1886; Thomas Philips Herbert ROBERTS, born County Wexford, ca 1889, a Medical & Dental Student in 1911 living with his parents at age 22. 
     f. Margaret Martha ROBERTS, born 1 Sep 1847 & bapt St Peter's 21 Oct.
     g. Mary Ellen ROBERTS, born 22 Jul 1849 & bapt St Peter's 13 Sep.
     h. Letitia Alice ROBERTS, born 22 Nov 1850 & bapt St Peter's 28 Jan 1851.

7. John MAGUIRE (the 2nd); born on 10 May 1774; went to America on 18 Mar 1795; "...went to N.Y. in 1794 died there" [W.M.'s Diary], perhaps before 1844 (detail appears to be recorded in William's hand); no further particulars.
Possibly (but clearly not if he was dead before 1844) enumerated at No 2 Township (Edwardsburgh), Grenville County, Canada West (Ontario), 1851 Census, aged 77, Farmer, born Ireland, with Leticia McGUIRE, aged 51, & next door to Mathew McGUIRE, aged 27, Farmer ( in error for 37, on indications of later Census index information), both also born Ireland, & what appear to be other relations born Canada.
[Possibly settled in Carleton County, Ontario, anyway - if so, perhaps the relation of John & Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, who on 5 Dec 1823 petitioned the government for assistance to emigrate, perhaps to join relations already there - see above and Canada section at [#] below.]

8. William MAGUIRE; born on 20 May 1777; died in 1777, an infant.

Of his PHAYRE relations, we know almost nothing, other than to speculate that Thomas PHAYRE (above) was the son of one of William's uncles.

[An interior view of St Patrick's Cathedral, from a water colour painting, ca 1830, by an unidentified artist, used
to illustrate a booklet entitled "St Patrick's Cathedral," by Victor JACKSON [The Irish Heritage Series, No 9].
The Organ was at that time located immediately east of the transepts, blocking the view of the whole of
the area where the choir & altar presently stand, the east window & the Lady Chapel.
The illuminated area seen through the 2nd arch from the left, at ground floor level, just above the choir stalls, is
the entry to the north transept, then separated off for use by the congregation of the parish of St Nicholas Without.
Again, it is interesting to speculate whether any of the people depicted, especially the three in the foreground,
may have been members of our MAGUIRE family.]


At the time of his father's death in Feb 1794, William, then aged 12, was still at school. In the following year, as he records in his "diary," he was bound as an apprentice to his brother Thomas, who was a glass cutter (Thomas, aged 22, was not yet married); William remained with Thomas until the end of 1799, when Thomas:
"...removed to a distant part of the city, and I not liking the business, did not continue." [The W.M. Diary.]

William apparently went back to school, occasionally, and:
"...preparing myself for whatever situation providence might please to direct me to." 
[The W.M. Diary.]

He did not have to wait long. In March 1800, and at the recommendation of Mr Bennet DUGDALE, William was appointed 2nd Master at the General Free School in Abbey Street. William observed that the school was directed principally by Quakers; although it appears that DUGDALE was yet another member of the Methodist Society, who had led the class into which his brother Thomas had made his entry into the Society some 8 years earlier. But here William did not stay long.

A mercantile career beckoned, & by 12 Jan 1801, he had resigned his teaching post to take up a position as Clerk for Mack MONSARRAT, Esq, of Abbey Street, Wine Merchant & Perfumer, with premises in Kertland House. Despite a three week illness with the fever (in June 1801), he lived with MONSARRAT until Apr 1802, when he took up a position as Clerk, in the room of his brother, with Mr J.T. ALLAN, of Cook Street, Brass Founder; here he stayed until June 1803.

And then, making one final career change, on 3 Sep 1803, & at the recommendation of Rev James VERSCHOYLE, Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, William was appointed a Supervisor of the Dublin Paving Board, under the Commissioners for Paving, Lighting & Cleansing the Streets of Dublin. And in the big league, William early encountered "persuasions" that were thrown his way:
"I found this a place of great temptation for I was placed over Contractors, who, to gain the Officer placed over them, were in the habit of constantly treating them. The first day I entered my new employment, I, with other Officers, was invited to a tavern to dinner after which drink was very freely applied..." [The W.M. Diary.]

No time wasted here - and how things haven't changed much over the last 200 years!
William took the advice of "...a good man" named Edward KINSLEY, a Lamp Inspector, who pointed out that if William accepted the Contractor's invitations, he would put himself "...under a Compliment to him" - but if he refused, he would remain independent of the Contractor's pressures. Which advice William was able to keep, from that day, refusing to:
"...accept of any treat or present and consequently would not give a Certificate of my Division until I was satisfied with the work. When I would be out on Inspection with my brother officers, they would go to taverns and leave me without asking me to go with them, so completely did I get out of this Snare... "And yet after all this, I had the pleasure of the Contractors saying that I did them more justice than those who were living on them..." [The W.M. Diary.]

William's attitude met with approbation of the Board, if not all of Commissioners, and when the Government conducted an enquiry, in 1807, the Commissioners were dismissed, a new Board appointed, & of all the serving officers, only William was offered a situation of his own choosing by the new Board. And so, in Aug 1807, William was appointed Collector of Taxes for the Paving Board.
During this period, William was recorded as residing at 5 South Close (also known as Patrick's or Back Close), clearly the Sexton's residence, with his widowed mother Letitia. Undoubtedly things did not change when William assumed that responsibility on his mother's resignation in 1810.

It is only around the year 1822 that we find William has moved, with what had already become a large family, from the Sexton's house, to premises at 9 Peter Place, in or near Charlemont Street.


For, on 23 Jan 1804, William was married, by Consistorial License, & by the Rev James NEVINS (Curate of St Andrew's), to Mary VICKERS; and by 1822, 11 of their 16 children had been born (see below).

[The record William MAGUIRE made in his own hand, in his 1823 Diary, of his marriage to Mary VICKERS.]

Mary was born at Elbow Lane, Dublin, on 25 Jan 1786, the 2nd daughter of John VICKERS, Weaver of Phordham's Alley (1788) & of Elbow Lane (1790-99), by his wife Elizabeth STINSON (died 27 Jul 1799; baptised at St Catherine's, Dublin, 15 Sep 1765, 3rd daughter of Robert STINSON of the Coombe, Twister & Throwster, by his wife Elizabeth).

Her father, John VICKERS, died on 22 Apr 1806, aged 43; he was born at New Row, Parish of St Catherine's, 20 Mar 1763, elder son of Joseph VICKERS, of the Coombe, Dublin, Silk Weaver, by his wife Elizabeth (her maiden surname has not yet been determined); John was the elder brother of Mary VICKERS, born 7 Jul 1769, the wife of John PIGOTT of Grafton Lane & Charlotte Street, whose son John PIGOTT married in 1824 William's eldest daughter Elizabeth MAGUIRE (see below). Her grandfather, Joseph VICKERS, was baptised at St Catherine's, Dublin, 17 Jun 1734, son of John VICKERS & Mary EMERSON [see image at & scroll down to the last entry in the left column].

Mary's siblings were as follows:
1. Susana VICKERS, born on 10 Jun 1784; died young.
3. Esther VICKERS, born on 2 Feb 1788; died 18 May 1810.
4. John VICKERS, born on 21 Feb 1790; died at Charlotte Mall, Dublin, 30 Nov 1824; married in Dublin, 20 Nov 1815, Hannah LEESON, with issue:
a. George VICKERS, born in Dublin, 30 Aug 1816; Organist in Limerick, 1853; Professor of Music, Ventnor Villas, Hove, Sussex, 1871; went to Canada; died at his brother's residence in Toronto, 11 Oct 1883, the childless widower of Miss FORT of Limerick.
b. John Joseph VICKERS, born in Dublin 5 May 1818; emigrated to New York, 1848; went to Canada, 1850; Businessman & local Tory politician in Toronto, from 1852; founder & sole proprietor of Vickers Express Company, 1854-1888; died at Toronto, 11 Mar 1896; married in Belleville, Ontario, 1851, Catherine Mary MOODIE (born England, 14 Feb 1832, eldest daughter of John Wedderburn Dunbar MOODIE by Susanna STRICKLAND), who died 14 Dec 1904, leaving issue:
i. Georgina Eliza VICKERS, born Toronto, 28 May 1856; died Toronto, 6 Oct 1893; married at Toronto, 6 Aug 1881, Edward Philip LEACOCK, with issue.
ii. John Alexander Dunbar VICKERS, born Toronto, 22 May 1858; died 1918; married Ellen Florence TENCH, with issue.
iii. Katie Moodie VICKERS, born Toronto, 28 Jan 1860; died 1932; married Philip Playford McMURRICH, with issue.
iv. William Wallbridge VICKERS, born Toronto, 6 Aug 1862; Barrister-at-Law; died at Toronto, 28 Jun 1927; married Mary HOWLAND, with issue.
v. Isabella Josephine VICKERS, born Toronto, 7 Aug 1864; died at Denver, May 1943; married on 21 Sep 1887, Henry SEWALL, M.D. (1855-1936), Professor of Physiology, Universities of Michigan (1881-89) & Denver (from 1889), Denver Health Commissioner, & Secretary of the Colorado Board of Health; no issue.
vi. Victor Gilmore Ridgway VICKERS, born Toronto, 1 Jun 1866; died at Montreal, 1944; married in 1905, Marcella May SMITH.
vii. Ethel Rosina VICKERS, born Toronto, 4 Mar 1868; married on 11 Nov 1891, Samuel William EWING, of Montreal; issue a daughter - Katherine Hamilton EWING (born Montreal, 1 Dec 1893, twice married with issue, & also known as Doria MARCH, silent film actress).
viii. Henrietta Moodie VICKERS, born Toronto, 2 Mar 1870; died in 1938; unmarried.
ix. Arthur Algoma VICKERS, born Toronto, 26 Mar 1872; died 1914; married Marcella Gertrude FINN.
x. Agnes Strickland VICKERS, born Toronto, 6 Nov 1874; died 1950; married 1902, Philip Edward McKENZIE.

c. Elizabeth VICKERS , born Dublin, 25 Dec 1821; residing in Hove, Sussex, 1871, with her widowered brother George; died in Dublin, 12 Dec 1908, & buried in her MAGUIRE cousin's plot in Mt Jerome Cemetery.
d. Frederick Torrens VICKERS, born Dublin, 27 Jun 1825; died at Dublin, 28 Feb 1827.
5. Joseph VICKERS, born on 13 Nov 1792; married Mary Ann SPRATT.
6. George VICKERS, born on 7 Feb 1794; died on 27 Jul 1828; married on 21 Aug 1817, Margaret CONNELL.
7. Elizabeth VICKERS, born on 17 Oct 1795; died an infant.
8. Elizabeth VICKERS, born on 3 Oct 1796; died young.
9. Robert VICKERS, born on 13 Sep 1798; died young.


William remained at 9 Peter Place until his death; although in 1832-33 he was recorded as living at Sidney Villa, Merrion.

In 1823, William was encouraged to join with the Dublin Methodists, a large number of whom had, in 1816, separated themselves into the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Connection, in order that they could remain "loyal" to the Established Church of Ireland in matters sacramental. William would serve this Connection in financial matters for the rest of his life, as periodical Representative of the Dublin Circuit at Annual Conferences, & as Treasurer of several Funds, including the Family Fund.

Back at the Paving Board, William continued to impress his superiors, & on 12 Apr 1826, he was appointed Inspector of Taxes for the Paving Board, with an annual salary of £200, paid monthly, & the responsibility:
" report on applications upon the subject of Taxes, prepare Collector's books for Paving, Lighting & Watering taxes, examine & control weekly abstracts of Collector's receipts, & personally investigate all cases of non-collection & the causes thereof." [Returns of the Commissioner, Paving Establishment, 1831-32.]

This added to the smaller remuneration he received for exercising his duties as Sexton of St Patrick's Cathedral, which in 1834 was recorded as £31 13 s. & 2d. halfpenny per annum [Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons, 1834, p.50]. And at the same time, his wife Mary was earning £10 per annum for performing her duties as Robe Keeper.

And not only did William get paid to be Sexton - there are one or two heirlooms in the family which came to William for performing the duties associated with Cathedral burials - Dean KEATING gave him a silver snuff box, with the inscription:
"The gift of Rev'd Jn Wm KEATING, D.D., Dean of St Patrick's, to Mr Wm MAGUIRE, as a Token of his Regard for his Great Kindness & Attention on a late Melancholy Occasion. March 25th, 1811."
[In the possession of Brian Herbert MAGUIRE, of Leeton, N.S.W., 1992; Brian was a grandson of William's eldest surviving son William MAGUIRE, Solicitor of Dublin & Sydney.]

Dean KEATING's wife Mervyn, elder daughter of Oliver NUGENT of Bobsgrove, County Cavan, had died on 20 Mar 1811, leaving the Dean with 2 infant children, & perhaps with several others. And the Dean was to die himself on 6 May 1817, aged 47; there is no doubt that his other gift, a gold or silver ring, engraved with the name "MAGUIRE" & the date "1 May 1817" was in expectation of William doing him the same justice in death as he had done for his wife 6 years earlier - although Thomas McFANN, William's obituary writer, observed that KEATINGE:
"...held Mr William MAGUIRE in such high esteem that on his death-bed, he took off his gold ring and presented it to him, as a token of his friendship."

William also got involved in Antiquarian activities associated with the Cathedral. In 1835, he supervised the excavation & opening up of Dean SWIFT's coffin, to enable medical studies of his skull, along with that of his Stella; when the relics were replaced, William enclosed with them a bottle, sealed with wax impressed with his Arms of MAGUIRE of Fermanagh, in which was a document, dated 13 Aug 1835, & containing this note:
"Doctor SWIFT's grave was opened this day by permission of the Dean, the British Association being holding their meeting in Dublin; he scull was in two as it now appears, having been opened on his death to examine the brain."

In the inner fold of the document was another paper, also signed by Wm MAGUIRE, Sexton, with a 2nd date of 13 Aug 1838 (although the year may be in error for 1835) which stated: "Stella's scull was taken out of the adjoining grave & is now deposited with SWIFT's." This information came to light in 1882, when work was being carried out to repair the Cathedral's foundations. William's bottle was found, & the seal broken, revealing that some water had entered the bottle; and the "discovery" was published in the Church of Ireland Gazette for that year:
"...a coffin was discovered containing the skulls & other bones of the celebrated Jonathan SWIFT, D.D., & Stella, the lady on whose life he had such a mysterious and melancholy influence. The coffin of the Dean was immersed in water, and the bones were much decayed, but the skulls were enclosed in a box and were in good preservation.
A sealed bottle, containing the record of the fact that they were lent to the Phrenological Society some 40 years ago, was found in the box, crushed into one of the skulls, and to this circumstance their preservation is in some degree due."

William does not appear to have been a prolific maker of property deeds; research has yet to discover whether his ancestors made property transfers in County Cavan that, after 1708, would have been required to have been registered at the Registry of Deeds in Henrietta Street, Dublin; but William himself figured in several of his own:
1. Of Patrick's South Close, County of the City of Dublin, Gent, when named as grantee in an Indenture of Lease, dated 24 Mar 1819, concerning a lot of ground on the east side of Patrick St (which he had from the three Commissioners of Wide Streets); grantee of additional leases on land on the east side of Patrick St in Apr 1824 & Feb 1825; on which lands William had erected several substantial brick dwellings, which, by an Indented Deed of Mortgage, dated 31 Aug 1840 (Register Vol.20, p.90); and which, as William MAGUIRE of Peter Place, County of Dublin, Gent, he made the lot over to a Committee of the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Society (comprising John HAYES of Ormond Quay, Merchant; Robert QUEALE of Back Lane, Merchant; John SIBTHORPE of Cork Hill, Merchant; Henry James SIBTHORPE of Cork Hill, Medical Doctor; & William ROBERTS of Dublin, Merchant). The names HAYES, SIBTHORPE & ROBERTS will become familiar - members of them married members of William's family. Here too we see more connections with the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Society. And it appears from several later wills (his son Rev Robert's in 1890; & his grandson William Robert of Tower Hill Lodge) that William made bequests of property in Patrick Street , Dublin; William's will has not yet been discovered.
2. Of Peter Place, County Dublin, Gent, when he was joint 3rd party (with William EWART of Belfast, Merchant, father of William's future daughter-in-law) to the Marriage Settlement, dated 11 Nov 1830 (Memorial No 576300), for his daughter Letitia MAGUIRE & John HOLDEN of Belfast, Merchant, in which John HOLDEN was required to execute his bond for 1,500 pouinds sterling to make provision for Letitia in case she survived him.
3. Of Peter Place, City Dublin, Gent, when he made an Indented Deed dated 23 Dec 1833, in which his son-in-law, John PIGOTT of East Hanover Street, but late of Sandymount, made over to him the lease of the dwelling house at No 11 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, on the northern corner of Baggot Street, as the result of John PIGOTT being "...fairly in debt" to William in the sum of £106 (G.B. currency), PIGOTT cited as having purchased the lease 12 months earlier from William BATES. 4. Of the City of Dublin, Gent, when he was named as grantee in a Deed of Mortgage, dated 9 May 1837 (Vol.8, p.87), made by his son-in-law John HOLDEN of Belfast, Merchant, and executed after William had prosecuted HOLDEN in the Court of Chancery for the recovery of a 500 pound sterling debt & the interest accrued upon it, which HOLDEN had failed to repay by the nominated date; the mortgage involved two properties in High Street, Belfast, leases of which HOLDEN had purchased in 1833 & 1835 from Catherine ASHMORE of Dorset Street, Dublin.
4. Of Peter Place, City of Dublin, Gent, when named as grantor in a Deed dated 8 Nov 1843 (Vol.17, p.13), concerning the sale to Col Henry WHITE of St Helen's, County Dublin, of a property at Old Merrion, Parish of Booterstown, County Dublin, which he had acquired by Deed of Assignment date 18 Sep 1830 from Richard CHARLES of Shaw Street, Dublin, Slate Merchant, Edmund ORFORD of Kildare Street, Dublin, Hotel Keeper, & his wife Mary ORFORD otherwise KEARNS. This was probably Sidney Villa, where William was directory listed in 1834, and which address was recorded in Minutes of Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Society Annual Conferences for 1832 & 1833.


William died at 9 Peter Place on 24 Jun 1844, aged 62; notice of the death was published in Saunder's News-Letter & Dublin Gazette, 27 Jun, as follows:
"DIED - On the 28th (sic - & impossible!) inst., at his residence, 9 Peter-place, after a painfully lingering illness, Mr William MAGUIRE, deeply & deservedly regretted by his family & circle of numerous friends."

His obituary referred to William's last illness as follows:
"In the early part of the last winter [late 1843], in a letter to his wife Mrs MAGUIRE, who was then on a visit with her daughter, Mrs HOLDEN, in Belfast, he remarks, 'I am beginning to feel I am in a tenement of clay.'
"In January, 1844, he was obliged to take his leave of his office at the Paving Board... His cough had become very troublesome, and his strength gradually declined, yet no serious fears were entertained of the issue until about the month of May. A consultation on his case was then held by the most eminent medical men in this city, when they pronounced his case to be hopeless. His disease proved to be an inward cancer, and his sufferings occasionally were very severe and protracted." [Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, 1845, p.34. From an issue held in the Library of the Wesleyan Historical Society in Ireland, Edgehill College, Belfast, & kindly extracted by the Archivist, Robin RODDIE.]

The Cathedral Register recorded his burial:
"28th June 1844: Mr William MAGUIRE, for 34 years Sexton of this Cathedral, aged 62, interred in the family burial ground, Vicar's Bawn."

Again, we turn to his obituary for the detail:
"His funeral took place on the Friday morning following. It being the time of the Annual Conference, of which body Mr MAGUIRE had been an official member for many years, as Treasurer of the Family Fund, the morning session of the Conference was suspended, and all its members attended, and preceeded the hearse three abreast. They were followed by the leaders and members of the Strangers' Friend Society, and nearly all the male members of the Society; the family followed in mourning coaches, and a long line of carriages of clergymen and gentlemen closed the mournful procession.
"When the funeral arrived at the north entrance to St Patrick's Cathedral, those preceeding the corpse formed into a semi-circle; and the coffin was met by the present Dean, the Hon and Very Rev Henry PAKENHAM. The writer of these pages never recollects to have heard the beautiful burial service of the Church of England more impressively or solemnly read than on this occasion. At the grave the Dean delivered an address, distinguished by fervid eloquence, deep feeling, and important evangelical truth.
"Thus was our respected brother honoured in death as well as in life." [P.W.M. Magazine, 1845, p.35.]

He was undoubtedly buried in his own plot, indicated on his 1824 plan of the Vicar's Bawn as lying about 30 feet south of the south-eastern corner of the Lady Chapel, & marked "MAGUIRE #2" on the illustration above. The grave is marked by a granite obelisk (pictured at the top of this article), which he caused to be erected on the sad occasion of the death, in 1828, of his eldest son Thomas MAGUIRE. After his own death, an additional inscription was added, to the eastern face of the obelisk:

"Sacred to the memory of Mr Wm MAGUIRE, late of this Cathedral, who departed this life the 24th of June 1844. AE 62. Job 1st, 21st."
[Job 1; 21: "And said naked came I out of my mother's womb and naked shall I return; the Lord gave and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord."]

William's widow Mary continued to live at 9 Peter Place, until 1853; thereafter she was recorded at 5 Garville Avenue, Rathgar (1854-58); & at 5 Garville Terrace, Rathgar (1861-65), probably with her son Henry. On 3 Jun 1845, an Indented Deed was made between the same Committee of Primitive Wesleyan Methodists named in her late husband's deed (see above), and the other party, comprising Mary MAGUIRE of Peter Place, Dublin, Widow, and her 5 younger sons, Joseph, Richard, Edward, Henry & Robert, all also of Peter Place, & concerning the same mortgaged premises at Patrick Street, Dublin. I do not know whether the naming of Joseph before Richard in this deed may indicate that the birth order of the triplets in the St Patrick's Register may have been incorrect.

Mary was living at 21 Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, when she died, 28 Jun 1871, of Senility; the death was informed by her son Joseph, of 21 Kenilworth Square, present at death; she was buried on 1 July at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section 5C, Plot 4081], about 60 foot east of South Walk, & 10 foot north of Guinness Walk, in an unmarked grave immediately to the west of the grave of her son John (died 1865), & purchased for her burial by her son Henry.


William & Mary had thirteen children born at 5 South (or Back or Patrick's) Close, and another three born at 9 Peter Place; all were baptised at St Patrick's Cathedral.
They were as follows:

1. Elizabeth MAGUIRE, born at 10 o'clock in the evening, on Saturday 1 Dec 1804 (the W.M. Diary) , & baptised 23 Dec; she died at Garville Terrace, Rathgar, on 13 Aug 1854, "...after a lingering illness [Dublin Evening Mail, Wed 23 Aug], & was buried in the PIGOTT plot, Vicar's Bawn, 15 Aug, with her husband's parents, John PIGOTT (died 1838) & Mary PIGOTT alias VICKERS (died 1829) who was her mother's aunt; Elizabeth was married at St Peter's (C.of I.), Dublin, in Jun 1824, to John PIGOTT Junior (1796-1877) of Dublin, Brooklyn & Kansas; with issue:
a. John Vickers PIGOTT, born in Dublin & baptised at St Patrick's 12 Jun 1825; went to America; probably settled in Rose Township, Ramsey County Minnesota; died at St Paul, Minnesota, 10 Aug 1881; probably married Mary O'BRIEN; she died at St Paul, 21 Jun 1902, aged 68 with issue:
     i. Richard PIGOTT, born Virginia 1850.
     ii. Margaret A. PIGOTT, born Virginia 1853, married William BELL.
     iii. John PIGOTT, born Minnesota, 1858.
     iv. Thomas J. PIGOTT, born Minnesota, 1862.
     v. Charles E. PIGOTT, born Minnesota, 1863.
b. William Frederick PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 22 Jan 1827; buried St Patrick's Cathedral, 6 Jun 1842.
c. Mary Georgina PIGOTT, born in Dublin & bapt at St Patrick's, 5 Oct 1828; died at Dalkey, 18 May 1837 & buried at St Patrick's.
d. Thomas Lancelot PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 20 Mar 1831; went to New York before 1859; died at Manhattan, Jul 1911, & buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery, 11 Jul; married at New York, 1863, his 2nd cousin Sarah Ann PHAYRE; issue (
     i. William H. PIGOTT, aged 15, with parents, 1880 Census; n.f.p. Possibly died before reaching adulthood.
e. Alfred Joseph PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 21 May 1833; Imperial Army, in the Crimea & in India (Siege of Lucknow); went to New York, Mar 1861; 36th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, Civil War; died at Philadelphia, 5 Jul 1863, without issue; married at New York, Feb 1863, Ellen WALSH.
f. George Maguire PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 11 Sep 1836, & bapt at St Peter's, 23 Jul 1839; went to Kansas, Jul 1858; died on a visit to his brother, Kiowa, Oklahoma, 26 Feb 1910, & buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas; married Elizabeth, born Alabama, died 1907, without surviving issue.
g. Henry Robert PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 5 Oct 1838, & bapt at St Peter's, 23 Jul 1839; went to Ceylon, 1862; emigrated to N.S.W., 1890; died at Faulconbridge, 26 Apr 1904; married at Battersea, London, 5 Jun 1862, Ellen GILES (daughter of Rev John Eustace GILES by his 2nd wife Anne LEESE); she died at Burwood, N.S.W., 21 Jul 1925, with issue (including my grandfather Henry Robert Maguire PIGOTT - see all of their separate & earlier postings on this blog page).
h. Edward Albert PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 22 Dec 1840, & bapt at St Peter's, 2 Aug 1842; went to the Choctaw Nation (later re-named Oklahoma); died at Kiowa, Pittsburg Co, Oklahoma, Jan 1912, & buried in his brother George's Plot, Lawrence, Kansas; married at Chickasaw Nation, 24 Jul 1871, Annie NORRIS (of the Choctaw Nation), with issue only one surviving daughter (
     i. Mary A. PIGOTT, born Indian Territories, Sep 1887; married 1908, George A. ROGERS; with issue a son Charles ROGERS, born Oklahoma 1909.
j. Elizabeth Letitia PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 9 Oct 1843; went to New York, 1870; living in Manhattan, 1930 Census; unmarried.
k. Adelaide Kate PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 19 May 1848; went to live with her uncle Edward MAGUIRE after her mother's death; she died at Torquay, Apr 1856.

2. Letitia MAGUIRE (pictured above); born on 18 Oct 1806, & baptised 9 Nov; died at Mervue, Holywood, County Down, 18 Sep 1887, aged 80, & buried in the Old Priory Churchyard, Holywood; married at St Peter's (C.of I.), Dublin, 12 Nov 1830, John HOLDEN of Belfast, Hatter; he was a major player in the Sewn Muslin Manufacturing Trade in Belfast; he died at Mervue, High Street, Holywood, 1 Dec 1888, aged 90; with issue:
i. William Sinclair HOLDEN, born 19 Feb 1832; died 31 May 1833, & bur Shankhill Cemetery.
ii. Mary Jane HOLDEN, born Belfast, 4 Dec 1833; aged 75, unmarried, 1911 Census, living with her MAGOWAN nephew.
iii. John Sinclair HOLDEN, born Belfast, 14 Feb 1836; Medical Practitioner in Glenarm, County Antrim, & after 1869, in Sudbury, County Suffolk; died at Sudbury, 13 Jul 1923; married 1stly, at Sudbury, 13 Apr 1880, Mary ANDREWES, with issue:
     a. George Sinclair HOLDEN, born 1881.
     b. Nora May HOLDEN, born 1883.
     c. Rosalind Letitia HOLDEN, born 1887.
John married 2ndly, at Sudbury, 1895, Mary SIKES, with further issue:
     d. Agnes Joyce HOLDEN, born 1896.
     e. Marjory Joan HOLDEN, born 1900.
iv. William Thomas HOLDEN, born 14 Dec 1838; Church of Ireland Clergyman; Curate of Bocking, Essex, 1871; Rector of Whipsnade, near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, 1878-1914; married at Braintree, Essex, 1872, Sarah Blake WYATT; issue:
     a. Lilian Kate HOLDEN, born 1874.
     b. William Meynell HOLDEN, born 1878.
v. Letitia HOLDEN, born Belfast, 15 Jun 1842, a twin; at Royal Road, Smithfield, County Antrim, 1911 Census, aged 68, with her husband & unmarried sister; married at Belfast, 1867, Samuel John MAGOWAN, of Glenarm, County Antrim, Bank Manager; with issue:
     a. Samuel McDonald MAGOWAN, born 1868; married Elizabeth IRVINE, with issue.
     b. Emily MAGOWAN, living 1911; married Frank HOEY.
vi. Lucinda HOLDEN, born 15 Jun 1842, the other twin; died at Belfast, 1892; unmarried.
vii. Henry Brian McConnagher Maguire HOLDEN, born Belfast, 10 Jan 1845; Church of Ireland Clergyman; Curate of Kilconrida, 1869; Curate of Ballymena, 1873; went to England; Secretary, C.of E. Temperence Society, Ripon, Yorkshire, 1877; Vicar of St Bart's, Bowling, Bradford, 1880; Vicar of Caunton, Nottinghamshire, 1888; living at St Leonard's-on-Sea, Sussex, 1911 Census; married at Holywood Parish Church, 3 Aug 1870, Dora Adams GRANT; no issue.
viii. Elizabeth Emily HOLDEN, born Belfast, 13 Aug 1847; aged 63, 1911 Census, with her married sister; unmarried.

3. Thomas MAGUIRE, born on 8 Oct 1808, & baptised 23 Oct; Organist; Student at Trinity College, Dublin; Organist at St Anne's Parish Church; died Jan 1828, aged 19, & buried 23 Jan in his father's plot, Vicar's Bawn; unmarried; on this grave was erected the MAGUIRE obelisk.

4. William MAGUIRE (pictured above); born on 4 Apr 1811, & baptised 26 Apr; Solicitor in Dublin; emigrated to South Australia, 1848, & advertised his intention to Register with the Supreme Court of S.A. as Barrister, etc, 13 Nov 1848; his business papers were disposed of by notice dated 4 Dec 1852; he sailed from Melbourne, on the schooner Mary and Ellen, arrived Sydney 23 Dec 1852, his wife & 3 ch'n following on the ship Golden Spring, arrived Sydney 14 Mar 1853; practiced as a Solicitor in Sydney; resident, Alderman & Mayor of Randwick; died at Randwick, 1 Aug 1877; married at St Mary's (C.of I.), Dublin, 21 Jun 1836, Hannah HENEY [see image at ]; issue 4 children, three of whom survived to emigrate with their parents:
i. Hannah MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1837; went to Australia; married at Sydney, 1854, John Willis DAVISON, with issue:
     a. Hannah Willis DAVISON, born Sydney, 1856; married in Melbourne, 1878, John Howard LOUCHE, with issue - Richmond John LOUCHE, born 1879; Desmond Fitzgibbon LOUCHE, born 1881; Ormonde Ernest LOUCHE, born 1883; Frances Olive LOUCHE, born 1885; Marion Grace LOUCHE, born 1889; & Annie Marguerite LOUCHE, born 1891.
     b. Frances Ellen DAVISON, born 1857; married in Sydney, 1886, Charles Chester DUNSTAN, with issue - Kathleen Beatrice DUNSTAN, born 1887; Hilda Maude DUNSTAN, born 1888, married Canon Frederick TUGWELL; Dorothy Frances DUNSTAN, married WILSON; Edith Lilian DUNSTAN, born 1894, married James CAMPBELL; Chester Kingsley DUNSTAN, born 1897, married Beth STONEY; & Willis M.F. DUNSTAN, died 1901.
     c. Robert William Henry DAVISON, born Surry Hills, 1859; died 1899; married in 1890, Kate DEMPSTER, with issue - Rita Willis DAVISON, born Glebe, 1891; Falkland Eric DAVISON, born Glebe, 1894.
     d. John Charles DAVISON, born 1861; died at Carcoar, 1901, unmarr.
     e. Mary Edith DAVISON, born 1863; died in 1950; married in 1890, Arthur Cole Valentia POWNALL, with issue - Ina Valentia POWNALL, born 1891; Marjorie Maud POWNALL, born 1892, married Edward HAYLOCK; & Wilfred Hall POWNALL, born 1897.
     f. Elizabeth Maude DAVISON, born 1866, unmarried.
ii. Mary MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1840; emigrated to Australia; died at North Sydney, 31 Aug 1859, aged 20; unmarried.
iii. William Henry MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1842; emigrated to Australia; Postal Inspector, N.S.W. Government; died at Neutral Bay, 1924; married at Tamworth, 1863, Maria SMITH; with issue:
     a. William MAGUIRE, born Sydney, 1863; died 1915; married in 1897, Edith S. LAMBERT.
     b. Arthur Robert MAGUIRE, born Goulburn, 1865; died at Chatswood, 1922; married in 1893, Agnes HINCHCLIFF; issue - Edith L. MAGUIRE, born 1895; & Eric Lindsay MAGUIRE, born 1898.
     c. Walter Charles MAGUIRE, born Goulburn, 1867; married in 1906, Constance READ, with issue - Philip Read MAGUIRE, born 1909; & Robert Read MAGUIRE, born 1911.
     d. Edithe Mary MAGUIRE, born Sydney, 1869; died st Balmain, 1897, unmarried.
     e. Alfred Thomas MAGUIRE, born Maitland, 1871; died at Chatswood, 1941, unmarried.
     f. Eva Maude MAGUIRE, born West Maitland, 1873; died at Albury, 1875, infant.
     g. Florence May MAGUIRE, born Albury, 1875; died at Chatswood, 1960, unmarried.
     h. Mabel Lillian MAGUIRE, born Sydney, 1877; died at Bathurst, 1891, unmarried.
      j. Ethel Gray MAGUIRE, born Balmain, 1879; died at Chatswood, 1961, unmarried.
     k. Leslie Gault MAGUIRE, born Balmain, 1880; died at Chatswood, 1977, unmarr.
     l. Herbert Edwin MAGUIRE, born Balmain, 1882; married in 1913, Muriel Nyree Adele NEWTON, with issue - Brian Herbert MAGUIRE, born 1914, later of Leeton (in 1992, he had possession of the William MAGUIRE Senior ring & snuff box given as presents by Dean KEATINGE); Elsbeth Minnie MAGUIRE, born 1916 (descendants in N.Z.); & Derek William MAGUIRE, born 1919.

5. John MAGUIRE (pictured above); born in Sep 1813, & baptised 30 Sep; Manufacturing Ironmonger, of 10 Dawson Street, Dublin, 1841; founder of the firm MAGUIRE & Son; died at Bullock, Killiney, County Dublin, 6 Jun 1865, & buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section C5, Plot 3264]; married, on 5 Mar 1841, probably in Dublin (or perhaps instead in Neneagh), Catherine FLETCHER (she was probably a daughter of Robert FLETCHER of Nenagh, County Tipperary, Merchant, by his wife Sarah BURR); issue:
i. William Robert MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1841; went into business with his father, & carried it on after his father's death; Managing Director of the merged public company named MAGUIRE & GATCHELL, Ltd, 10 Dawson Street Dublin, 1899; resided at Tower Hill Lodge, Killiney; died there on 9 Dec 1923, & buried at Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock [Plot 6, Row B1, South Section]; married 1stly, at St Anne's (C.of I.), Dublin, 27 Apr 1865, Rosetta SCOTT [see image at ]; she died on 4 Dec 1895, without issue. 
William married 2ndly, at Holy Trinity, Bournemouth, 18 Dec 1905, his cousin Amy MAGUIRE (daughter of his uncle Joseph MAGUIRE - see below); she died at Tower Hill Lodge, 17 Feb 1940, without issue.
ii. Mary Elizabeth MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1850; married at Dalkey (C.of I.) Church, 9 Dec 1873, Edward Irwin SCOTT (brother of Rosetta MAGUIRE alias SCOTT), a Medical Practitioner; they lived in Gwangchow & Swatow, Guangdung Province, China, 1874-1880; in Brackley, Northants, 1883-87; went to Hove, Sussex, 1888; he died at Hove, 1914; issue:

     a. Edward Fletcher SCOTT, born 1874; married Neva M. ULAND.
     b. Ernest Christian SCOTT, born 1876; unmarried.
     c. Mary Katherine SCOTT, born 1878, unmarried.
     d. Margaretta SCOTT, born 1880; married Edward WIGHT.
     e. William Howard SCOTT, born 1881, unmarried.
     f. Rosetta SCOTT, born 1883, unmarried.
     g. John Maguire SCOTT, born 1883.
     h. Alice Elizabeth SCOTT, born 1885, married Richard Minton COURTAULD.
     j. Dorothy SCOTT, born 1887, unmarried.
iii. Elizabeth Kate MAGUIRE, born Dublin, ca 1852; married at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 24 Nov 1875, Joshua George BRERETON, Medical Practitioner; they lived in Chefoo, Shantung Province, China, 1879-1884; at Newport, Shropshire, 1891 Census; at Villa d'Este, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1901 Census; with issue:
     a. Violet Kate BRERETON, born 1880; married John Walter PRIDMORE.
     b. Adam Charles BRERETON, born 1884, unmarried.
     c. Dorothy Rosetta BRERETON, born 1891, married Maurice Woodman EMLEY).
iv. John Burr MAGUIRE, born ca 1855; died suddenly, of heart disease, while skating at Kingstown, 6 Sep 1875, & buried in his father's plot at Mount Jerome Cemetery, aged 19; unmarried.

6. Mary Anne MAGUIRE, born on 16 Dec 1815, & baptised on 2 Feb 1816; probably cared for her widowed mother in her old age; died at Leicester Avenue, Rathgar, County Dublin, 22 May 1885, & was buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery, with her mother; unmarried.
Another Mary Ann McGUIRE, formerly an inmate of the Dublin Foundling Hospital, or instead of the Dublin House of Industry, was one of 30 young women from Dublin (10 of them from the Foundling Hospital), who were selected by Emigration Commissioners appointed by the Colonial Office, along with another 170 from similar institutions in the City of Cork, to emigrate as free settlers to New South Wales, on the ship "Red Rover" in 1832, all costs covered by sale of Crown Lands, in an attempt to ease the shortage of domestic help in the colony (and in the eyes of some colonists, to increase their own marriage prospects).
According to the passenger manifest, furnished by the Dublin authorities who prepared the list of proposed passengers for the Commissioners, Mary Ann McGUIRE was aged 20 on embarkation.
Subsequent information, provided by her in the course of several Court appearances in Sydney & at least one prison admission record, suggest that this emigrant was born in Dublin, was a Protestant (or had subsequently became one- especially so if she was raised in the Foundling Hospital), and appears with an alternate birth year of 1815, 3 years at variance with the formal record from her institution of origin in Dublin.
Her activities did not markedly distinguish her from the other co-emigrants, all of which resulted in the coining of the sarcastic epithet, Red Rovers, which was applied very loosely to women with very loose morals - although this McGUIRE emigrant does appear to have found her way back to Ireland, probably paid for by moneys she "extorted" from the father of the illegitimate daughter she took with her (& who subsequently re-emigrated, in 1849, as an unaccompanied 14 year-old, to her place of birth, her mother apparently being "constrained" to remain in Dublin).
Despite clear evidentiary difficulties (the most obvious being that many foundlings bore their mother's surname anyway), an Australian descendant of this 1832 emigrant believes that this ancestor may have been the above Mary Anne MAGUIRE, born in Dublin in Dec 1815.
It is my considered opinion that she does not belong to this family. However, I will happily include her details in this blog if and when validated evidence of a connection is forthcoming.
Although that will always be tempered by another great difficulty - any alternate Protestant baptisms that may have taken place in Dublin in the time frame is likely to have been recorded in one or other of the Registers surrendered to the Public Record Office at the commencement of Irish Statutory Registration - and more than half of these were destroyed in the fires which consumed the contents of the Four Courts Building in Dublin in 1922, as the result of Artillery bombardments that took place about the time of the Partition of the Six Counties in the North from the emerging Irish Free State.

7. James George Lambart MAGUIRE, born on 24 Jan 1818, & baptised 5 Feb, a twin; died in Jul 1830, & bur Vicar's Bawn, 22 Jul, aged 12.

8. Lucinda MAGUIRE, born on 24 Jan 1818, & baptised 5 Feb, the other twin; of Peter Place, Dublin, Sep 1838, when she wrote verses to her cousin John Joseph VICKERS (born Dublin 1818, son of John VICKERS & Hannah LEESON) of Toronto, Ontario; died in Oct 1840, & buried Vicar's Bawn, 31 Oct, aged 22; unmarried.

9. Robert MAGUIRE, born on 26 Feb 1820, & baptised 27 Feb, a triplet; died in Mar 1822, & buried Vicar's Bawn, 7 Mar, aged 2.

10. Richard MAGUIRE, (pictured above); born on 26 Feb 1820, & baptised 27 Feb, the 2nd triplet; of Peter Place, Dublin, when named on a Deed of his mother, dated 3 Jun 1845; Carpenter; emigrated to New Jersey; Steward, St Stephen's Lodge No 63, South Amboy, Grand Lodge (Masonic) of New Jersey, Jan 1867; Lay Deputy, Christ Church, South Amboy (Diocese of New Jersey, Episcopal Church), Mar 1867; at South Amboy Township, 1870 & 1880 Censuses; died at South Amboy, N.J., 20 Dec 1898, & bur Christ Church Cemetery, although his Monumental Inscription records his birth on 21 Feb 1820; married Anna (born Oldenburg, Germany, 12 Dec 1825); she died at South Amboy, 11 Jan 1892; apparently without surviving issue.

11. Joseph MAGUIRE, born on 26 Feb 1820, & baptised 27 Feb, the last triplet; Architect in Dublin; at 9 Peter Place, 1846; Garville Avenue, Rathgar, 1847-49; Leicester Avenue, Rathgar, 1849-57; Kenilworth Square, Rathgar, 1858-88 (different numbers 2, 4, 8, 14 & 57); 19 Rathgar Avenue, 1893-95; Charleville Road, Rathmines, 1896-98; & 17; Castlewood Place, Rathmines, 1899-1900; & 13 Grosvenor Square, 1904; died at his daughter's residence, 84 Rathgar Road, 2 Dec 1904, & buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section 5C, Plot 1913]; married at Rathfarnham (C.of I.), 1 May 1845, Mary HAYES (born Dublin, 26 Feb 1817, daughter of Andrew HAYES & Mary SPARLING); she died at 14 Rathgar Avenue, 25 Jul 1896; issue:
i. Mary MAGUIRE, born ca Aug 1846; buried on 27 Apr 1855, in her father's plot, aged 8 years & 8 months.
ii. Elizabeth MAGUIRE, born County Dublin, 1848; died on 12 Dec 1835; married at Dublin, 9 Apr 1881, Charles Banks CORDNER (son of Pendock Charles CORDNER); Commercial Traveller, Tea & Wine; he died on 24 Apr 1923; issue:

     a. Cecil Charles CORDNER, born ca 1882, unmarried.
     b. Albert Noel CORDNER, born ca 1883; married Ethel Marie HUTCHINS.
     c. Ida Lillian CORDNER, born ca 1885.
     d. Hubert Victor CORDNER, born ca 1886; unmarried; emigrated to Australia.
     e. Elsie CORDNER, born ca 1890.
iii. Anna Jane MAGUIRE, born in 1850; died at 14 Kenilworth Square South, 16 Sep 1866, & buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery, aged 16.
iv. Letitia MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, ca 1851; known as Tissie; Nursing Sister; District Nurse, 54 London Road, Braintree, Essex, 1891 Census; Superintendent of Firs House, Trinity Road, Bournemouth, 1901 & 1911 Censuses; died at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 11 Aug 1933, & buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery; unmarried.
v. William Andrew MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, 30 Jun 1853; Rathmines School; Sanitation Engineer; at 59 Kenilworth Square, 1888; of 2 Home Villa, Rathmines, 1889; at 65 Canford Road, Wandsworth, London, 1891 Census; died at Wandsworth, 7 Mar 1892; married at St Olave's Parish Church, Southwark, 5 Oct 1888, his cousin Ephraimina Adams MAGUIRE (daur of his uncle Rev Robert MAGUIRE - see below); issue:

     a. Wilfred Adams MAGUIRE, born 1889; died 1890.
     b. Effie MAGUIRE, born 1891; died 1892.
vi. Amy MAGUIRE, born ca 1855; School Governess, with her married cousin at the Villa d'Este, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1901 Census; died at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 17 Feb 1940; married, as his 2nd wife, her cousin William Robert MAGUIRE (son of her uncle John MAGUIRE of Dawson Street - see above); no issue.
vii. Mary Caroline MAGUIRE, born at Rathgar, 1 Dec 1856; died at Castlewood Park, Rathmines, 30 Jan 1939, & buried Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section C6, Plot 8946]; married at Rathfarnham (C.of I.), 2 Apr 1879, James WELLS (son of William Frederick WELLS, Pharmacist); of 52 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin, Pharmacist; he died at Rathgar Road, 7 Mar 1893; issue:

     a. Albert Owen WELLS, born 1880; unmarried.
     b. Annie Elizabeth WELLS, born 1881; married Charles Tancred KEATINGE.
     c. William Frederick WELLS, born 1883; married Annie.
     d. Violet Mary WELLS, born 1884; unmarried.
     e. Norah Beatrice WELLS, born 1886; unmarried.
     f. Eileen Lillian WELLS, born 1888; married Thomas FITZHENRY.
     g. Agnes Margaret WELLS, born 1891; married John Caldwell FERGUSSON.

[The well-barricaded WELLS Pharmacy in Dublin, 1916.]
Grand-parents of Yvonne RUSSELL alias ROBINSON, of Dublin, who supplied much material for this family.
viii. Georgina Henrietta MAGUIRE, baptised at Rathfarnham (C.of I.), 15 Aug 1858; informed her mother's death, 1896; Nurse, "Rest for the Dying," Heytesbury Street, Dublin, 1904, when she informed her father's death; Matron, 20 Camden Row, 1911 Census, aged 52 & unmarried; died on 25 Feb 1941, & buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section B205, Plot 23981] with her niece Mrs Agnes Margaret FERGUSSON alias WELLS.

12. Susannah MAGUIRE, born in Oct 1821, & baptised 4 Oct; died on 12 Oct 1824 (W.M. Diary); burial details not yet known.

13. Edward MAGUIRE, (pictured above); born in Dublin on 21 Sep 1822, & baptised 23 Sep; B.A., Trinity College, Dublin, Jun 1845; D.D., 1888; Church of Ireland Clergyman; Curate of Donaghmore, County Donegal, 15 Oct 1846; Perpetual Curate of Muckamore, County Antrim, 1847; Perpetual Curate of Ballymena, County Antrim, 1860; Rector of Dunluce, County Antrim, & Rural Dean of Coleraine, 1865; Rector of Ballinderry, County Antrim, 1872; Rector of Bangor, County Down, 1876; Dean of Down, 1887, retaining the Rectory of Bangor; he died at Ardmara, County Down, 7 Oct 1913, aged 91; he married 1stly, at St Anne's (C.of I.), Belfast, on 21 Jan 1847, Sarah Jane EWART (daughter of William EWART & Mary Ann ROSSMAN, & sister of Sir William EWART, 1st Baronet of Glenmachen House); she died at Torquay, Devonshire, 14 May 1856, with issue:
i. Marian MAGUIRE, born ca 1849; died 1 Aug 1870, & buried at Dunluce, aged 20 [M.I.]; unmarried.
ii. Mary MAGUIRE, born 1851; died 1851, & buried at the New Burying Ground, Belfast, aged 1 week.
iii. William Ewart MAGUIRE, born at Glenbank, Belfast, 22 Sep 1855; died at Torquay, Devonshire, 28 Feb 1856, aged 6 months.

Edward married 2ndly, at Knock Breda (C.of I.), 9 Nov 1865, Mary KINAHAN (daughter of Rev John KINAHAN & Emily GEORGE); she died at Ardmara, County Down, 19 Feb 1904, aged 70; with further issue:
iv. Edward John MAGUIRE, born at Dunluce Rectory, Bushmills, 14 Sep 1866; baptised there 14 Oct; Rossall School, Thornton-le-Fylde, Lancashire; B.A., Trinity College Dublin, 1888; aged 44, Schoolmaster, with his father, 1911 Census, unmarried; assistant schoolmaster at Horris Hill, near Newbury, Berkshire, from 1889; died in 1959, late of Ladle Hill House, Burghclere; married at St George, Hanover Square, London, Jun qtr 1923 [Vol.1a, p.854], Alice Angelet HELSHAM-JONES (baptised at Pinner, Middlesex, 16 Apr 1886, daughter of Arthur HELSHAM-JONES, Barrister, by Alice Harriett TOOKE); they had issue an only child:
     a. Helen Mary MAGUIRE, born 1925; mentioned in her Aunt Muriel's account of Eva MAGUIRE's life & work, as a competent Pianist; she died in 2005; she married David PUGH (he died 1993, aged 71); with issue 2 daughters. 
v. Frederick George MAGUIRE, born 10 Nov 1867, & baptised at Dunluce, County Antrim, 5 Jan 1868; worked for some years in Ceylon; at Seacourt, Bangor, County Down, 1907; Director, Sirocco Engineering Works, Belfast, 1911; he died at Glenbank, Bangor, 31 Jul 1933; married on 15 Jan 1903, Clara May DAVIDSON (born Belfast, 13 May 1875, daughter of Sir Samuel Cleland DAVIDSON, founder of the Sirocco Engineering Works); she died at Belfast, 7 Apr 1950; with issue:
     a. Doreen May MAGUIRE, born Bangor, 1903, unmarried.
     b. Richard Frederick MAGUIRE, born Bangor 26 Jul 1907; married in 1938, Elizabeth Brice SMYTH; emigrated to Phoenix, Arizona, & died there 7 Feb 1955.
     c. Edward Davidson MAGUIRE, born 1909; married Sarah F.M. HARRISON.
vi. Mary Emily MAGUIRE, born at Dunluce, 20 Apr 1869; living with her father, 1911, aged 41, unmarried; Miss Emily MAGUIRE was recorded as an Orderly with the 3rd Scottish Women's Hospital Unit, Serbia, 1 Jul 1915 to 1 Mar 1916 [Scarlet Finders web-site]; this unit left England in April 1915, under Dr Alice HUTCHINSON, and was detained for a fortnight at Malta to attend to British wounded; on arrival in Serbia, they were sent to Valjevo ["A History of the Scottish Women's Hospitals," Chapter 11, p.103].
vii. Kathleen Henrietta MAGUIRE, born at Dunluce, 6 Oct 1870; housekeeper to her brother Frederick in Ceylon; at Repton House, Riding Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, 1911 Census, aged 40, with her husband; married at St James's, Piccadilly, London, 15 Sep 1910, Capt Joseph STRAKER, of Earls Colne, Essex.
viii. Charles James Kinahan MAGUIRE, born on 31 Mar 1872, & baptised at Dunluce, 12 May; with his married SCOTT cousin, at Hove, Sussex, 1891 Census; Captain, 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment, Boer War; killed-in-action at the Battle of Diamond Hill, Pretoria, 12 Jun 1900; unmarried; a "costly" memorial window was erected at Bangor Church in his memory.
ix. Eva Marion MAGUIRE, born at Ballinderry Rectory, 12 Aug 1873; Royal University, Belfast; M.A. with Gold Medal in Modern Languages; worked tirelessly for most of her life for Elise SANDES in her Soldiers Homes, firstly at Quetta, India (1898-1902); then at the Curragh Camp; at Athlone West, County Westmeath (1911 Census); & at Ballykinler, County Down (after the 1922 partition of Ireland); 
Eva took over as Head of the Homes after Elise SANDES died in 1934; she worked closely with the U.S. Military brass in World War 2, including Dwight D. EISENHOWER; cr O.B.E.; she died at Ballykinler, 27 Oct 1967, & buried, with full Military Honours, at Tyrella Cemetery [M.I.]; unmarried.
x. Muriel Alice May MAGUIRE, born County Antrim, ca 1877; worked for a time with her sister Eva in the Miss Sandes Homes; published her book "Eva Maguire of the Sandes Soldiers Homes" in 1945; died on 11 Mar 1973; married at the Abbey Church, Bangor, 10 Jun 1913, Rev James QUINN (born 9 Oct 1878, son of Joseph QUINN & Rebecca BOYCE); Curate of Knockaney, 1904; Curate of Bangor, 1906; Rector of St Michael's, Belfast, 1913; Incumbent of St Jude's, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, 1924; Chancellor of Down Cathedral; retired 1956; died on 8 May 1964, & buried Knotty Ash Cemetery, Rostrevor; with issue:
     a. Joseph Edward Gough QUINN, born 1914; unmarried.
     b. James Charles Frederick QUINN, born 1919, married Hannah GWYNN.

14. Henry MAGUIRE, (pictured above); born on 5 Feb 1824, & baptised 21 Feb; Collector of Public Monies, 9 Peter Place, 1846-53; Collector of Taxes, Paving Board, 1848; Rate Collector, Office of the Collector-General of Rates, 1856; at Rathgar Cottage, Rathgar, 1862-63; 27 Garville Avenue, Rathgar, 1864-65; 36 Cullenswood Avenue, Ranelagh, 1867; 27 Garville Avenue, Rathgar, 1864-85; 74 Grosvenor Street, Rathmines, 1893-98; Kenilworth Road, Rathgar, 1901 & 1911 Censuses; died at 30 Kenilworth Road, 15 Nov 1911, aged 86, Engineer, & buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section 230, Plot 8082]; married at St Peter's (C.of I.), Dublin, 5 Jul 1861, Emily JONES (daughter of William JONES of Cambridge Terrace, Rathgar) [see image at ]; she died at 27 Ormonde Road, Rathmines, 15 Mar 1890; with issue:
i. Henry MAGUIRE, born 1861; died at 27 Garville Avenue, Rathgar, 14 Jan 1877, aged 16.
ii. Emily MAGUIRE, born 1862; died 27 Garville Avenue, 8 Apr 1874, aged 11 years 6 months.
iii. Frederick William MAGUIRE, born Garville Avenue, 13 Jan 1864; Ironmonger, 8 Desmond Terrace, 1893; 121 Tritonvlle Terrace, Sandymount, 1898-1902; at 6 Claremont Terrace, Rathmines, 1911 Census; died 1950; married Dublin North, 16 Aug 1887, Fannie Theresa EARLS; issue
     a. Lyndon Frederick MAGUIRE, born 1891.
     b. Irene Laura MAGUIRE, born 1895; married Herbert NIBLOCK.
     c. Norman Earls MAGUIRE, born 1898; married Ethel POWDERLY.
     d. Vera Noel MAGUIRE, born 1900; married Gerald CLARKE.
     e. Eva Constance MAGUIRE, born 1902; married Cecil DICKSON.
     f. Edna Kathleen MAGUIRE, born 1902; married George Percy Garfield CRAWFORD.
iv. Herbert MAGUIRE, born Rathfarnham, 25 Mar 1865; Commission Agent, with his father, 1901 & 1911 Censuses; died in 1938; possibly married in 1936.
v. Ethel Mary MAGUIRE, born at 36 Cullenswood Avenue, 8 Oct 1866; with father, 1901 & 1911 Censuses, unmarried, & housekeeper; probably died on 29 Oct 1918, & buried in the family plot at Mount Jerome Cemetery.
vi. Eily MAGUIRE, born at 11 Leinster Road West, 26 Sep 1868; died at 5 Bloomfield Avenue, 21 Jun 1887, aged 18, & buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery.

vii. Ada Georgina MAGUIRE, born at 27 Garville Ave, 17 Jun 1870; died on 25 Aug 1870, & buried in her JONES grandparents' plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery; an infant.
viii. Hedley Vickers MAGUIRE, born on 5 Sep 1871; aged 30, Clerk, with father, 1901; Commercial Traveller, Drugs, at 16 Rathgar Avenue, Rathmines, 1911 Census, with wife & 2 ch'n; married at Trinity Church, Rathmines, 29 Aug 1902, Gertrude Emily JAMES (daughter of the late Henry JAMES of Rathdowney); she died on 10 Nov 1927; with issue
     a. Eric MAGUIRE, born 1903.
     b. Ena Kathleen MAGUIRE, born 1906.
     c. Hedley Vickers MAGUIRE, born & died 1920.
ix. Eveline Maude MAGUIRE, born on 15 Sep 1874; died at 28 Ormonde Road, 20 Feb 1889, aged 14, & buried Mount Jerome Cemetery.
x. Muriel Marrable MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, 24 Mar 1876; died on 30 Jun 1889, & buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery..
xi. Edgar MAGUIRE, born in Dublin South, 1878; with his father, 1911 Census, aged 33 & "Retired from the Army."

15. Robert MAGUIRE (2), (pictured above); born on 3 Mar 1826, & baptised 17 Apr; B.A., Trinity College, Dublin, 1847; Principal of the Church Mission College, Ballinasloe, County Galway, 1847; Church of Ireland Clergyman, 1849; Curate of St Nicholas's, Cork, 1849; Clerical Secretary, Islington Protestant Institute, 1852; Rector of St James's, Clerkenwell, Apr 1857; at 39 Myddleton Square, Clerkenwell, 1861 & 1871 Censuses; Rector of St Olave's, Southwark, Jun 1875; not found in England in 1881 Census records, perhaps visiting Ireland; died at 6 Lesmure Road, Eastbourne, 3 Sep 1890, & buried in his family grave at Highgate Cemetery; married 1stly, at St Nicholas' (C.of I.), Cork, on 24 Apr 1851, Ephraimina ADAMS (daughter of Ephraim ADAMS & Anna TRANSKOWSKI); she died at 3 Clermont Villas, Richmond, 13 Jun 1864, aged 37; issue:
i. Anna Maria MAGUIRE, born Islington, 1853; with her parents, 1861 & 1871.
ii. Ephraimina Adams MAGUIRE, born Islington, 1856; died at Burton-upon-Trent, 1907; married 1stly, at St Olave's Southwark, 5 Oct 1888, her cousin William Andrew MAGUIRE (son of her uncle Joseph MAGUIRE - see above); with issue, not surviving (see above also); he died in 1892; she married 2ndly, at St Stephen's, Wandsworth, 19 Aug 1896, Rev Thomas George STRONG, a widower; possible additional issue:

     a. Effie Louise STRONG, born 1897.
iii. Mary Esther MAGUIRE, born at 24 Lonsdale Street, Islington, 28 Apr 1857; died at Clerkenwell, 1859; a child.
iv. Dorothea Letitia MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Sq, 2 May 1858; School Teacher, aged 32, unmarried, with sister & brother-in-law, 1891; aged 52, Own Means, Kensington, 1911 Census.
v. Robert Ephraim MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Sq, 16 Mar 1861; with parents, 1861 & 1871 Censuses; the only surviving issue not named in his father's will, 1890; went to Australia; died at Sydney Hospital, 26 Jul 1915, late of Queensland; unmarried.
Robert married 2ndly, at Staffordshire, 5 Aug 1869, Margaret Mary DEACON (daughter of Edward Erastus DEACON, Barrister-at-Law); she was at Croydon, Msx, 1901 Census, aged 67, with 2 children; further issue:
vi. Margaret Mary Deacon MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Square, 14 Aug 1870; named in her father's will, 1890.
vii. Gertrude Owen MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Square, 2 Jun 1872; aged 28, with her mother, 1901 Census, unmarried; a Patient at Heigham Hall, Old Palace Road, Norwich, 1911 Census.
viii. Edith Frances MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Square, 19 Feb 1874; died at St Olave's Rectory, 26 Sep 1877, aged 3.
ix. Francis Edward MAGUIRE, born at St Olave's Rectory, 14 Nov 1876; Chartered Accountant, with mother, 1901 Census; of 22 Montague Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, 1909 (grave transfer, Highgate Cemetery Burial Register), & in 1911 Census, aged 34, Assistant Secretary, with wife Ada (aged 36, born Hulton, Cranwick, Yorks); died in 1971; married at Bromley, Kent, Dec quarter 1908, Ada Gertrude PUDSEY; issue included two daughters.

[The MAGUIRE Coat-of-Arms in the top light of a Memorial window erected by Rev Robert MAGUIRE in the
Church of St James's, Clerkenwell, May 1867, to mark the 10th anniversary of his induction as incumbent -
as portrayed on the web-site.]

16. Georgina MAGUIRE, born on 3 Aug 1828, & baptised 8 Aug; died in Mar 1865, & buried Vicar's Bawn, 30 Mar, aged 36; unmarried.


Mathew MAGUIREJohn MAGUIRE & William MAGUIRE were the elder sons of John MAGUIRE (1693-1774) of Clara, near Redhills, County Cavan, by his wife Martha BUCK; they may have been born ca 1725-35. One of these may have been ancestor to John & Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, & probaby Methodists, who on 5 Dec 1823, both then over 23 & of the yeomanry, petitioned the Colonial Office for assistance to emigrate to Carleton County, Canada West (later Ontario), perhaps to join relations already there.

Bruce S. ELLIOTT, in his "Irish Immigrants in the Canadas: a new approach," 1988, McGill-Queen's Uni Press, at page 125, wrote the following:
"A third group of settlers in Carleton County was represented in Colonel COCKBURN's List by William KEMP of Cavan. Several dozen families of Protestant farmers & weavers from north Cavan parishes of Annagh, Annacliffe.& Castleterra petitioned the Colonial Office for assistance to emigrate to join relaqtives in the Richmond military settlement between 1820 and 1830 [fn.31].
"Though the government refused them aid, most came in any case, and settled in Goulburn, Huntly, March & Nepean Townships,where they were joined by a number of families from their old neighbourhoods, who did not bother to petition the government before leaving ireland. Many of the emigrants were pioneers of Methodism in Carleton County, and their faith, which they adopted in Ireland and not on the Canadian frontier, helped keep the families close for many generations."
And at p 327 (the preceding page, 326, was not shown in the search result):
"Fn 31. ..James WILSON and John MAGUIRE, 18 Dec 1822; CO 384/9, f.357, petition of John and Matthew MAGUIRE, Mullaloghter, Redhills, 5 Dec 1823; PAC, RG 1, L 3, P14/83, petition of William, Isaac & Abraham PRATT, John McGUIRE Senior & Junior, Matthew McGUIRE and John MOORE, Huntly, read 28 Sep 1825 ".

There can be little doubt that the Mullaloghter MAGUIRES were related to the family of Thomas MAGUIRE of Mullalougher, near Redhills, Parish of Castleterra, County Cavan, by his wife Letitia PHAYRE. Their son John MAGUIRE (the 2nd of the name, & born County Cavan, probably at Mullalougher, on 10 May 1774), was recorded in William MAGUIRE's 1823 "Memoir" as having gone to America on 18 Mar 1795; & of having died there (this additional entry was not in William MAGUIRE's hand, so may have occurred after his death in 1844).

He is certainly of the right age for the John McGUIRE who was enumerated at No 2 Township (Edwardsburgh), Grenville County, Canada West (Ontario), 1851 Census, aged 77, Married, a Farmer, born Ireland, with Leticia McGUIRE, aged 51, Married, also born Ireland; daughter Margaret E. THOMSON, aged 21, Married (not of this family), and sons Jacob McGUIRE, aged 18, & James McGUIRE, aged 11, both Labourers & both born Canada.
In the adjacent dwelling was Mathew McGUIRE, aged 27, Farmer, born Ireland (later census information suggests his age was recorded in error for 37), with Sarah McGUIRE, also aged 27 (also prob in error for 37), Married, born Ireland, and their children John (aged 13), Sarah (13), Helen (12), James (10), Matthew (8), Jacob (6), Fanny (4) & Mary Ann (2); also in this dwelling were James BOYDE, aged 17, born Ireland (undoubtedly a brother of Sarah McGUIRE Senior), & Thomas McGUIRE, 40, born Ireland (probably Matthew Senior's brother). If Matthew Senior was 37, & if Thomas was his brother, and they were John McGUIRE Senior's son, then it is clear they must have been by an earlier marriage.

And the appearance of the name Matthew also suggests this might have been one of the Mullalougher imigrants.
However, there is some information at large (a 2004 Rootsweb posting by Mary Lou FRY, of Dunrobin, Ontario, citing a "...hand-written note-book"), which suggests that this John McGUIRE was married to Letitia BOYD, and that his parents were John McGUIRE & Alice ROYAL. Further, & perhaps informed from the same source, a MURRAY family tree ( indicates that John McGUIRE (the Alice ROYAL spouse) had been born in Belturbet, County Cavan (a few miles to the west of Redhills).

Either way, it is possible to speculate the following descent:

John MAGUIRE, born County Cavan, 1774; emigrated to Ontario before 1823; died in Ontario; married 1stly, with issue:
1. Thomas McGUIRE, born Ireland, ca 1811; residing with his brother Mathew, 1851 Census, aged 40.
2. Matthew McGUIRE, born Ireland, ca 1814; at Edwardsburgh, 1861 Census, aged 46, with wife & 3 ch'n; ditto, 1871, aged 58; died at Edwardsburg, Grenville Co, Ont, 7 Jul 1877; married Sarah (Sally) BOYD; she was born Ireland, ca 1813; she was at Edwardsburgh, 1881 Census, aged 70, with 2 daurs; issue:
     a. John McGUIRE, born Spencerville, Ontario, 1 May 1837; aged 13, with parents, 1851; at Edwardsburgh, 1861 Census, aged 23, Cabinet Maker; at Almonte, Lanark County, 1871, aged 34, with wife & 3 ch'n; married Grenville County, Ont, 15 Mar 1864, Jane HENDRY; issue - James McGUIRE (aged 6 in 1871), Ellen McGUIRE (aged 5 in 1871), Alice McGUIRE (aged 3 in 1871), Letitia Henrietta McGUIRE (born Almonte, 19 Jun 1873) & John Matthew McGUIRE (born Almonte, 7 Mar 1877).
     b. Sarah Jane McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 1 Nov 1839; aged 13, with parents, 1851; aged 21, with brothers, 1861; died at Spencerville, 14 May 1928; married at Edwardsburgh, 3 May 1864, Thomas Hunter SMAIL, with issue.
     c. Helen McGUIRE, born Spencerville 13 Nov 1840; aged 12, with parents, 1851; aged 20, ditto, 1861; aged 40, with mother, 1881.
     d. James McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 30 May 1842; aged 10, with parents, 1851; aged 18, ditto, 1861; at Almonte, 1871 Census, aged 28, Cabinet Maker, with wife Elizabeth.
     e. Matthew McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 13 Mar 1844; aged 8, with parents, 1851.
     f. Jacob McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 12 Sep 1845; aged 6, with parents, 1851; Apprenticed to his brother John, 1861 Census, aged 15; with parents, 1871, with wife; Farmer; died at Edwardsburgh, 2 May 1932; married at Spencerville, 24 Jan 1870, Mary Ann DUKELOW; issue - Matthew McGUIRE (born 1871; died 1953; married 1894, Margaret Scott FRASER); Gertrude Anne McGUIRE (born 1873; died 1935; married John Andrew RIDDELL); Sarah Jane McGUIRE (born 1875; died 1927); Margaret Ellen McGUIRE (born 1877); Mary Esther McGUIRE (born & died 1880); Fanny Helena McGUIRE (born 1881); Charles Joseph McGUIRE (born 1886); Hester Alice McGUIRE (born 1881; married Edward James HUNTER).
     g. Fanny McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 17 Oct 1847; aged 4, with parents, 1851; aged 13, ditto, 1861; probably married Daniel MILLS with issue.
     h. Mary Ann McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 27 Apr 1850; aged 2 mos, with parents, 1851; aged 10, ditto, 1861; aged 30, with mother, 1881.
John married 2ndly, Letitia (unknown - perhaps ? BOYD); she was born Ireland, ca 1800; with husband, 1851 Census, aged 51; further issue:
3. Margaret E. McGUIRE, born Canada, ca 1830; married Mr THOMPSON; of Gananoque; visiting her parents, 1851 Census, aged 21.
4. Jacob McGUIRE, born Canada, ca 1832; aged 18, Labourer, with parents, 1851.
5. James McGUIRE, born Canada, ca 1839; aged 11, with parents, 1851.

[St Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery, Spencerville, Ontario. A McGUIRE family burial ground.]

Another family of relations who emigrated to Ontario, on 28 Apr 1823 [William MAGUIRE's Memoir] were Thomas BUCK & his wife Martha MAGUIRE (she was born on 13 Jul 1765, and was William's eldest sister), with their 3 children:
1. Thomas BUCK.
Thomas & Daniel BUCK both witnessed a marriage in Johnstown District, Grenville County, Nov 1835, between Samuel MEECH & Eliza ENGLISH, & peformed by William BROWN, a Methodist Episcopal Church Minister [Johnstown District Marriage Registers, Archives of Ontario, Microfilm MS248, Reel 3].
2. Daniel BUCK.
Daniel BUCK, Carpenter, was appointed Lockmaster, Clowes Lock (#20), Rideau Canal Waterway, 1832; transferred to Poonmalie Lock (#32), 1844; transferred to Old Slys Lock, 1847; Newboro Lock, 1847; Old Slys, 1849-1871; at Montague, South Lanark County, Ont, 1871 Census, aged 67, Married, born Ireland, with wife Margaret; at Smith's Falls, Lanark South, Ontario, 1881, aged 78, Widower, Pensioner, C. of E.; ditto, 1891, aged 83; retired on a pension of nearly $200 p.a.; died at Smith's Falls, Sp 1893, aged 90.
3. Letitia BUCK.
Hiram HOLDEN married 1stly, Canada West, 9 Sep 1834, Letitia BUCK, daughter of Thomas BUCK, both of Marchville, Grenville County, ceremony performed by Rev Anson GREEN, a Methodist Episcopal Church Minister; with issue:
     a.Thomas Buck HOLDEN, born Oneida County, New York, 7 Feb 1840; went to Canada at age 2; Victoria College, Cobourg, 1860; Lawyer; called to the Canadian Bar, 1863; stood for Parliament or the Reform Party,1872, 1874 & 1879, without success; Alderman, Belleville City Council, Baldwin Ward, 1871, & Kitcheson Ward, 1880; Police Magistrate; a Methodist; died 28 Jun 1884; married 20 Jul 1864, Mary Elizabeth PIPER; she was born 12 Jan 1846, & died 25 Feb 1920; issue - Hiram William HOLDEN (born 1865; his portrait presented 1915 to the Chicago Law Institute; married Ethel Mae BOBBITT); John Bell HOLDEN (born 1866, d 1947; married Maude Louise MILLMAN); Louisa Lydia HOLDEN (born 1870; died 1941; married Thomas S. CLARK); Letitia HOLDEN (born 1871; died 1952); Mary Ella HOLDEN (born 1872; died 1958); Henry Wilberfore Aikens HOLDEN (born 1874); & Thomas Frederick HOLDEN (born 1877; died 1897).
Hiram married 2ndly, Belleville, 27 May 1845, Maria HOWARD.


Inevitably there is interest in the ancestry of William's great-grandfather, Capt Bryan McConnagher MAGUIRE (1648-1724), said to have been native to Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh. All we have from William's diary is that his great-grandfather, "...being a junior descendant from the great Stem, had his sword for his fortune." Which suggests that he had no idea as to the identity of this great-grandfather; but that he was aware that he had next to no chance of inheriting MAGUIRE property or title.

[The brass insert in the top of the MAGUIRE obelisk in the Vicar's bawn, depicting the Arms of 
MAGUIRE of Fermanagh - "Vert, a white horse fully caparisoned (Gules), thereon a Knight in complete armour, 
on his helmet a plume of ostrich feathers, his right hand brandishing a sword, all ppr."]

But William availed himself of a family Coat-of-Arms (pictured above), which he used to adorn the memorial obelisk he had erected in the Vicar's Bawn. There is no evidence in the Genealogical Office in Dublin (the lineal successor to the Office of the Chief Herald in Ireland) that he sought any approval to use the Arms; nor do I suspect that the bronze caster needed any particular authority before proceeding with the manufacture of the plaque.

William almost certainly would have "rubbed shoulders" with staff of the Chief Herald's Office while they were preparing escutcheons for adornment of Cathedral choir stalls of members of the Order of St Patrick's, so had ample opportunity to make enquiries as to protocols concerning useage of these Arms. And William impressed the same Arms on the wax seal to the bottle containing his explanatory messages which he placed in Dean SWIFT's coffin in 1835, presumably by the use of a signet ring, made for that purpose. William probably had the ring made for his own use, as his being the youngest son would have meant his father's (if he had one) would instead have gone to the eldest surviving son Thomas. In this case, William may have needed to persuade the jeweller that he had a claim to the Arms (they are most often used to authenticate signatures on property deeds, as the "seal" part of "sign and seal"). But, if it was a family heirloom, it would be fascinating to discover where it is now located, assess it for age from maker's marks, & see if it may have belonged to his great-grandfather before him. And William replicated the arms in his diary, which showed the Arms identical to the brass insert, with the exception of th horse's left fore-leg (splayed forward), and included the Ducal Stag as Crest (without Ducal coronet), and a Motto, in what appears to be celtic style lettering, & which I deciphered as "Creorvis Romad" - which does not make sense.

His middle name may have been a corruption of Cuconnaght, & that may have been used by him or others, as a patronymic, to distinguish him from another or other Bryan MAGUIREs of his age. Which is not entirely convincing, as the other Bryan MAGUIRE he is most likely to have been confused with was Bryan (ca 1665-1712) of Tempo, whose father was in fact Cuconnaght (see below). But it was probably instead a patronymic of Cnogher alias Conchobhair.

There is a hint of his being connected to the Tempo MAGUIRE family (see J.G. SIMMS's 1979 paper, "The Williamite War in South Ulster," published in the Clogher Journal). Even suggestions that Bryan may have been shunned by his family, & his details perhaps "removed" from family pedigrees does not help, as it only increases the speculative nature of any further interest in, or "claim" upon that illustrious lineage.

However, there is published pedigree which does record, for about the right generation, a Bryan MAGUIRE who was the son of Connacher MAGUIRE. This is Pedigree No 572 of the "Geinealaighe Fearmanach" (G.F.), as published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission in "Analecta Hibernica," No 3, Sep 1931, at page 101.

And it records a direct descent from Eamuinn na Cuile, the 8th MAGUIRE Chief of Fermanagh, through his only legitimate son Giolla Padruicc MAGUIRE, all as follows, with expanded detail from other sources, including the Annals of the Four Masters & the Annals of Ulster.


DONN CARRACH; the first MAGUIRE Chief of Fermanagh, 1264-1302; son of Domnhail who was son of Giolla Iosa; father of:

FLAITHBEARTAGH (Flaherty) MAGUIRE; 2nd Chief of Fermanagh, 1302-1327; father of:

RORY EINIGH (the Generous) MAGUIRE; 3rd Chief of Fermanagh, 1327-1338; father of:

AODH RUADH (Red Hugh) MAGUIRE; 4th Chief of Fermanagh, 1338-1363; father of:

PHILIP NA TUAIGHE (Battleaxe) MAGUIRE; 5th Chief of Fermanagh, 1363-1393; father of:

THOMAS MOR MAGUIRE (Giolla Dubh or Black Lad); 6th Chief of Fermanagh, 1395-1430; died 1430; some sources suggest he married Margaret O'NEIL (daughter of Conn O'NEIL, Chief of Tyrone), with issue 7 sons, including 2nd son Philip (Tanist of the Clan, & progenitor of the Tempo MAGUIREs - see below), and his eldest son:

THOMAS OGE MAGUIRE; 7th Chief of Fermanagh, 1430-1471; by Juliana CAMPBELL, the father of Conchubar Mor MAGUIRE (the 10th Chief, 1503-27), & of his eldest son:

EAMONN MAGUIRE; the 8th Chief of Fermanagh, 1471-86; lost territory & prestige to raids by O'NEILL & O'DONNELL, 1483; his chiefship was further savaged by internal feuding, & in particular by the fratricidal assassination of his only legitimate son Giolla-Phadraig, 1484; relinquished the Chiefship in 1486, fearing his illegitimate sons would also murder his only legitimate grandson Phelimidh Dubh, then only a child; last of the chiefs from the senior branch of MAGUIREs based at Knockninny &/or Lisnaskea; died 1488 [Annals of the Four Masters]; father of:

GIOLLA-PHADRAIG MAGUIRE, the only legitimate son amongst the 14 sons that Eamonn had; his father preserved for him the Barony of Cuile (Coole) & Cnoch Ninnie (Knockninny) for his posterity, before abdicating the Chiefship in favour of his nephew & Giolla-Phadraig's cousin, Sean MAGUIRE (the 9th Chief of Fermanagh, 1486-1503); Giolla-Phadraig was slain at the altar of the Church of Achadh-Urchair (Aghalurcher), 13 Sep 1484, by five of his half-brothers - Don, John, Edmond, Art Carrach & Hugh MAGUIRE; father of:

PHELIMIDH DUBH MAGUIRE; (Phelimy Duffe); died 1533 [Annals of Ulster]; father of:

SEAIN MAGUIRE of Knockninny; father of:

BRYAN MAGUIRE of Knockninny; "...appears in a fiant of 1592 [Fiants of Elizabeth, No 5716] as a follower of Hugh MAGUIRE, 'chief of his name,' but it is clear that Brian mac Seain was a relatively minor figure" [Bernadette CUNNINGHAM & Raymond GILLESPIE, "The Purposes of Patronage: Brian MAGUIRE of Knockninny and his Manuscripts," Clogher Record, Vol. XIII, No.1, 1988, p.40].
BRYAN was father of:
1. Fheidhlime MAGUIRE (his issue recorded in Pedigree G.F. 542, "Analecta Hibernica").
2. Aodh Ruaidh MAGUIRE (ditto Pedigree G.F. 543).
3. Conchonacht MAGUIRE (ditto Pedigree G.F. 544).
4. Concobhair Mhodortha (alias Connor or Cnocher) MAGUIRE. See next.

CNOGHER MODARTHA MAGUIRE of Knockninny; the "Melancholy" or perhaps "Courtly"; identified as Concobhair mhodortha in "Geinealaighe Fearmanach" Pedigrees G.F. 549 & 572 ("Analecta Hibernica"); " 1629, Conor mac Brian, almost certainly Brian's father who was usually known as Conor Modartha mac Brian, held a one year lease from [Lord James] BALFOUR of 109 acres of the Townland of Drumquillia in the Barony of Coole; by 1634 he held the lands of Tomnefernoge at £4 5 shilings per annum from BALFOUR on an annual lease; and by 1636 he had progressed yet further to the 'great tate' of Chime at £12, 2 muttons and 12 hens per annum. In 1641 he, and his son Turlogh, one of Brian's three brothers, merited the title 'gentlemen' in a list of the inhabitants of the parish of Kinawley in the barony of Knockninny" [CUNNINGHAM & GILLESPIE, "The Purpose of Patronage," Op.Cit., pp. 40-41]. John DOLAN recorded that, by the early eighteenth century, Connor Modartha had refurbished the chapel of Callowhill (about 2.5 miles from Knockninny Hill) in the parish of Kinawley, for use as a burial ground for the family.

[Ruins of Knockninny House; photo taken in Nov 2010.]

Cnocher was buried in Callowhill Churchyard (near Derrylin, County Fermanagh), Feb 1691 - the Monumental Inscription, bearing Arms which feature, as one among several items, the armour-clad Knight on horseback (as illustrated on our William MAGUIRE's Obelisk in Vicar's Bawn of St Patrick's Cathedral), now largely illegible, appears on a stone built into the exterior of the front wall of the church, now ruined, on the right-hand side of the entrance doorway.

It has been transcribed as - "This monument was erected by Brien MAGUIRE for his beloved father 
Knogher Modoerre MAGUIRE and his posterity, who lieth hereunder, and dyed in February..."

Cnocher was father of:
1. Toirdhealbhach MAGUIRE (his issue recorded in Pedigree 550, "Analecta Hibernica").
2. Eamonn MAGUIRE.
3. Rughraoi MAGUIRE (ditto, Pedigree 569); &
4. BRYAN MAGUIRE. See next.

BRYAN McCONACHER MAGUIRE of Knockninny; an Army Captain, who, after the Williamite wars, was a patron of literature & manuscript collector, responsible for marshalling resources which led to the preparation of six surviving composite manuscripts at Knockninny between 1712 & 1721, in which "the principal subject categories... are historical & genealogical material, legendary tales, lives of saints and devotional tracts" [CUNNINGHAM & GILLESPIE, "The Purposes of Patronage," Op. Cit., p.42]; described by one of the scribes, Michael O'CLERY, as a " of the greatest honour, learning & patriotism, who collected all the best chronicles in Ireland to Cocninne, where he entertained the most learned Irish Scholars, whilst they collated the books of the Cluanmacnois, the Collections of O'Duvegan, the Book of Udri, the Book of the O'Cleri's, written in the reign of Maolsechlan the Great, who died in 1022, the Book of the O'Duigenan's, commonly called of Glendaloch, and the Book of Congabhla, with several others" ["Biblioteca Stowensis: A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the Stowe Library" by Rev Charles O'CONNOR, D.D., for the British Museum's Department of Manuscripts, 1818, Vol.1, page 143, in a note to Fol. 7 of Irish Mss No 31].
Bryan MAGUIRE of Knockninny, Gent, was named as grantee in a Deed of Lease dated 19 Mar 1719 (Memorial Number 15239, Deeds Registry, Henrietta Street, Dublin), from Edmond Morton PLEYDELL of Millburne St Andrew, Wiltshire (possibly in error for Dorset), concerning the "Territory of Doobally... in the Barony of Tullagho and County Cavan," measuring 24 cartrons, for a term of 31 years, at a rental of £150 sterling per annum, to be paid half yearly; this deed and the memorial of it were witnessed by Brian MAGUIRE of the City of Dublin, Woollen Draper, although his relationship to Bryan of Knockninny, if any, is not stated. This property was the subject of another Deed of Mortgage, dated 2 Dec 1726, in which Bryan's eldest son Edmund MAGUIRE mortgaged the estate to James SANDERSON of Castledown, County Dublin, for the sum of £1,200, citing the earlier 1719 deed of his now deceased father, as well as two other deeds of his mother, Mary MAGUIRE, dated 31 Mar 1725, & mentioning his own brother Cornelius MAGUIRE; Edmund's eldest son is identified as Connell MAGUIRE, named in another deed dated 1 Jul 1726 (Mem No 35198), & in which his agent is named as Ross MAGUIRE.
BRYAN was father (but perhaps not by Mary LLOYD) of:
1. Eamonn (Edmond) MAGUIRE; father of Connall MAGUIRE & Lucas MAGUIRE [G.F. 573].
2. Peattar (Peter) MAGUIRE.
3. Conchobar (Cornelius) Modartha MAGUIRE.


Brian is identified by Rev Patrick MULLIGAN, in his "Early History of Fermanagh" [an edited version of John DOLAN's Manuscript History of Fermanagh, published in the Clogher Record, Vol. II, No. 1, 1957, p. 62], as the Jacobite Captain involved in the prisoner exchange at Crom Castle in 1689, who also heads the William MAGUIRE of Dublin pedigree. However, there appear to be some evidentiary difficulties in verifying this "assumption" with entire satisfaction.
The coincidence of Bryan's death, apparently shortly before 1725, and of his widow's name being Mary, is very notable. However, nowhere in the "Fermanagh Genealogies" in Analecta Hibernica is there a pedigree recording a son of Bryan named John MAGUIRE - and nowhere is there a Bryan of near age with a brother identifed as a Priest (or "brathir").
And it does appear from other evidence that Bryan's eldest brother Turlough was of age at the beginning of the 1641 Rebellion (& recorded as a gentleman), & so born in or before 1620; which makes a birth for Bryan in 1648 a bit problematic - although not impossible, especially if Cnocher had made a second marriage (the Fermanagh Genealogies in "Analecta Hibernica" do not name wives or daughters; nor are there anywhere recorded any event dates).
In addition, there is some small difficulty in reconciling the activities of the Jacobite Army Captain at Crom with the prolific patronage of Catholic Arts & Letters, & for which Bryan of Knockninny is renowned - not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive.
My own feeling on the matter is summed up by the expression - where there is smoke, there is fire; but that the connection is, as Scottish juries are wont to hand down in judgement, not proven - at least not yet.


Some sources have suggested a possible origin for the prisoner at Crom from the Tempo branch of the MAGUIRE family, some considerable detail of which we find in the writings of Dr W. (Bill) MAGUIRE in his "Heydays and Fairdays and not so good old days." The lineage of this branch is summarised as follows:
THOMAS MOR MAGUIRE (An Giolla Dubh); 6th MAGUIRE Chief of Fermanagh, 1395; died 1430; married Margaret O'NEIL (daughter of Conn O'NEIL, Chief of Tyrone), with issue 7 sons, including the 2nd son:
Philip MAGUIRE; Tanist of the Clan MAGUIRE of Fermanagh; died 1470; he had issue 3 sons - second son Sean MAGUIRE, the 9th Chief of Fermanagh (1486-1503); & third son Tirlough MAGUIRE. The eldest son was:
Brian MAGUIRE of Tempo; his grandson was:
Cuconnaght (the Coarb) MAGUIRE; 11th Chief of the Fermanagh MAGUIRE's, 1527; died 1537; married Siobhan O'NEIL (daughter of Sean O'NEIL); issue - an eldest son Sean MAGUIRE (the 13th Chief; died 1566); second son Brian MAGUIRE (Abbott of Lisgool); third son Cormac MAGUIRE (alian in 1539); fifth son Donncadh MAGUIRE (died 1562); & 6th son Domnhall MAGUIRE; he also had a 4th son:
Cuconnaght Oge MAGUIRE; 14th Chief, 1566; died 17 Jan 1589; married 1stly, Nuala O'DOMNHALL (daughter of Magnus O'DOMNHALL), by whom he had issue - an eldest son Hugh MAGUIRE, the 15th Chief (killed by Warham ST LEGER near Cork, Mar 1600); Cuconnaght married 2ndly, Margaret O'NEIL (daughter of Sean O'NEIL), by whom he had further issue - second son Cuconnaght MAGUIRE, who contested the 16th Chiefship, but fled to Europe with the "Flight of the Earls" in 1607, & died in Genoa in 1608); fourth son Tirlough MAGUIRE; & fifth son Sean Baccach MAGUIRE; he also had a third son:
Brian MAGUIRE; granted the Manor of Inseloghagease, near Loch Eyes, by James I, & one of the first grantees to settle on his estate; by 1611 he had built a substantial residence there, surrounded by a fortified bawn; also of Tempodessel & Tullyweel, County Fermanagh; probably regranted those 90 Townlands by Patent of Charles I, 1639; at his death he was the last remaining Irish landowner in County Fermanagh; died at Tullyweel, 24 Apr 1655; married Susanna O'CONNOR (daughter of Calvagh O'CONNER of Balintober, County Roscommon); issue an only son:
Hugh MAGUIRE; of Tempo, County Fermanagh; killed in 1650, "fighting the English"; married Mary O'REILLY (daughter of the Chief of Breffney); he had by her a son and heir (without any mention of younger children, ? presumed none):
Cuconnacht Mor MAGUIRE; born Eniskillen, ca 1645-50; Sheriff of County Fermanagh under King James II; mortgaged large parts of his estate to raise a Regiment for the service of his Catholic King; killed at the Battle of Aughrim, 23 Jul 1691, when it is said that a clansman removed his head in a sack & returned it to Fermanagh for burial in the family vault on Devenish Island, Lough Erne; his Fermanagh estates were confiscated by the new King William's government; married Mary MAGENNIS (daughter of Ever MAGENNIS of Castlewellan, County Down); with issue:
1. Bryan MAGUIRE, born ca 1665-66; restored the confiscated estates of his late father, 1702, arguing that his father only held a life interest in them; died at Tullyweel, 13 Oct 1712; married Bridget NUGENT (daughter of James NUGENT of Coolamber, County Longford), using her dowry to pay off debts on the estate; she died in 1754, aged 77, having had issue four or five sons - Cuconnaght MAGUIRE (died 1739, unmarried); Brian MAGUIRE (not listed on most pedigrees, and in the one he is, recorded as "nothing is known of him"); Robert MAGUIRE of Tempo (conformed to Protestantism in 1739 to preserve the estates; died in 1778; married in 1741, Elizabeth McDermott ROE; s.p.); Hugh MAGUIRE (an Army Colonel; died 1766; married 1745, as her "imprisoning" husband, the Lady Dowager CATHCART, whom he kept locked up in a room at Tempo for over 20 years); & Philip MAGUIRE (died in Dublin, 1789, having had, by Frances MORRES, a son & heir Hugh MAGUIRE of Tempo).
2. Hugh MAGUIRE, born 1668.
3. Stephen MAGUIRE, born 1670.

William MAGUIRE is my gtx3 grandfather.