[Part of John ROCQUE's 1756 Map of Dublin, showing "Naboth's Vineyard" south of Long Lane and
William is the subject of this article.
John MAGUIRE, who was born in 1693, died in 1774 and was buried with his father at Killoughter Churchyard.
John MAGUERIN, of Ballyhaise, County Cavan, was party to a Deed of Lease, dated 17 June 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.
Possibly married Alice ROYAL; sometime of Belturbet, County Cavan; issue - a son John MAGUIRE, born County Cavan, about 1774; married Letitia BOYD; John Junior emigrated to Ontario, 1823-24, with sons Thomas and; Matthew, probably by an earlier marriage, the son Matthew marrying Sally BOYD with issue.
John MAGUIRE, of Mullalougher (probably Junior), attended Vestry meetings at the Parish Church of Killoughter (Church of Ireland), Diocese of Kilmore, from March 1813 until July 1824, and was appointed one of the two Church Wardens for the ensuing year at a vestry meeting on Easter Monday, 7 April 1817, signing Vestry minutes as Warden for meetings on 10 April 1817, 14 June 1817 and 23 March 1818; also named in Vestry records were Matthew MAGUIRE (May 1815 and April 1824), as were Thomas BUCK (1813-1820), Daniel BUCK (1814-1820) [their great-grandmother was Martha BUCK - see above - and their mother was Martha MAGUIRE, a first cousin of John MAGUIRE Junior - see below]; further, Robert MAGUIRE (no known relation) was named as curate of the Parish from July 1821 until 31 March 1823 (when he had been succeeded as Curate by James GUMLEY).
John and Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, and probably Methodists, on 5 December 1823, both then over 23 and 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," page 327, in a footnote to text on page 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.
4. Martha MAGUIRE, born in 1735; died in 1822; married in the Diocese of Kilmore and Ardagh, 1767, Samuel MARTIN, of Tullyvin, County Cavan; he may have been buried at Saint Peter's (C.of I.,), Dublin, 12 July 1813, aged 75; issue unknown, but possibly including (? Thomas MARTIN, of Sandymount, County Dublin, the father of Joseph MARTIN, who married at Saint John's (C.of I.), Dublin, 12 September 1849, Elizabeth PHAIR, a daughter of John PHAIR of 48 Fleet Street, Dublin, and a sister of Letitia PHAIR, the wife of Nathaniel COLGAN; ? a Dr MARTIN was Tutor to Robert MAGUIRE, son of Thomas MAGUIRE and Lucinda KENNY, on his admission to Trinity College).
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); and that her mother was still living, aged 77, around the year 1766, and probably living with her daughter in Mullalougher, County Cavan.
William wrote an account of his life in 1823, which hereafter will be referred to as the W.M. Memoir - the leather-bound volume, with entries from reverse ends, one personal, the other genealogical, is now in the possession of George John CRAWFORD, of Buckinghamshire, and in 2001 he wrote his "MAGUIRE FAMILY HISTORY, 1648 - 2001" , which included a typed transcription of the Diary part of the Memoir - a copy of his this 2001 transcription was sent to me from Dublin in 2010 by his son Derek CRAWFORD, followed by digital images of the original Memoir pages as well - for all of which I am very grateful).
In his Memoir, William stated that Colonel NEWBURGH's widow:
[The W.M. Memoir.]
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.
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 Saint Kevin Street, so that they might live there - and 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 December 1804, and was buried in the Vicar's Bawn, aged 73, and without issue.
More detail may be found concerning Letitia PHAIR's origins in my PHAIR family blog at this link:
But Methodists had not always been welcome in the MAGUIRE household in Mullalougher:
However, 3 years after they were married, Thomas MAGUIRE and 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, and probably a widow; although possibly re-married.
METHODISM IN DUBLIN BEFORE THE MAGUIRES ARRIVED.
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:
"Sunday 9 August. Before ten we came to Saint George's Quay... About three I wrote a line to the Curate of Saint Mary's, who sent me word he should be glad of my assistance; so I preached there...
Monday 10. Between eight and nine I went to Mr R. (the curate of Saint 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...
"Tuesday 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...
"Sunday 16. We went to Saint James's church in the morning (there being no service at Saint 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 Saint Patrick's, built beside the River Poddle on the site of the well which folk-lore has it Saint 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 Saint Patrick's, probably by Mr WILLIAMS; Charles made this entry for October 1747:
"Sunday October 25. Passed three hours at Saint 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 January 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 Saint 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 July 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 Saint Patrick's church..."
"Sunday 9 April 1775... The good old dean [Francis CORBET] of Saint Patrick's desired me to come within the rails and assist him at the Lord's Supper..."
"Sunday 23 August 1775. I again assisted at Saint Patrick's in delivering the elements of the Lord's Supper..."
The 9 April entry was Dean CORBET's last mention by WESLEY - he may not have been there on 23 August, as he died two days later, on 25 August 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 October 1777. I was much comforted at Saint Patrick's, where an uncommon awe seemed to rest on the whole assembly..."
"Sunday 3 July 1785. We had a larger congregation than ever at Saint 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 March 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 Saint 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 Saint 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 April. 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 Saint 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 Saint Patrick's Cathedral, which lay a short 3 or 4 minute walk to the west, along Wood Street, across Saint Bridget's Street, along Petty Cannon Lane, and into the North Close of Saint 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 Saint 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.
AN EARLIER RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL CONVERSION IN THE FAMILY - CAPTAIN BRYAN McCONNAGHER MAGUIRE.
"Bryan... obtained security for his life and 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. Memoir.]
"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."
Patrick's Close (alias South or Back Close).
under the "Sepu" of Saint Sepulchre's.]
[The Deanery, on Saint Kevans Street, south of Saint Patrick's Close. Photo courtesy of Patrick COMERFORD.]
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.
Before we return to the subject of this article, and his illustrious career in Dublin, let us take a look at his immediate family connections. The little we know of his MAGUIRE aunts and uncles was recorded above; what we know of his siblings is as follows:
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 June 1815,"... in Mr Maguire's burial place").
b. John PHAYRE, born in Dublin, 12 May 1790, and after his parents died in 1802, he was raised by his MAGUIRE grandmother, andamp; went to New York in 1817 (obituary, New York Christian Advocate, 4 April 1867, p.107); Deacon and Elder, Wesleyan Methodist Church, New York; died suddenly at his residence, 201 West 30th Street, New York, 4 December 1866, and buried in his own plot, Cypress Hills Cemetery (see their Burial Records); married firstly, Frances A. BOGERT; she died at 198 Allen Street, New York, 19 January 1841; with issue:
i. Elizabeth D. PHAYRE, born about 1825, married Isaac JOLLIE, with issue.
ii. Sarah Anne PHAYRE; married her 2nd cousin Thomas Lancelot PIGOTT.
iii. Francis PHAYRE, born about 1830, died February 1852.
iv. (daughter) married Mr SMITH with two children buried at Cypress Hills in Rev John PHAYRE's plot - John F. SMITH in January 1851 and Letitia M. SMITH in January 1853, both children.
John married secondly, 16 October 1841, Catharine McComb JOLLIE; she died at 325 West 30th Street, New York, 9 June 1873, aged 66; they had further issue:
v. John Francis PHAYRE, born New York City 11 July 1842, B.A. from the University City of New York, died at New York in 1919, having married on 20 August 1869 Augusta C. TALLMAN, with issue a daughter Mary A. PHAYRE, born in 1871.
c. Letitia PHAYRE, Assistant Sexton at Saint Patrick's, 1817; Robekeeper, 1831; Sextonness, 3 Patrick's Close South, 1842-48; Gallery Keeper, 1845; married William WHITE, Carpenter, also of Saint Patrick's Cathedral; he was buried there on 14 December 1838; issue baptised at Saint Patrick's Cathedral:
i. Mary Anne WHITE, born 5 May 1821, and baptised 14 May.
ii. Letitia WHITE, born 11 July 1823, and baptised 24 Jul.
iii. William WHITE, baptised 13 November 1824, and buried 6 May 1825.
iv. Henry WHITE, baptised 25 May 1826, and buried 7 January 1829.
v. William Eustace WHITE, bapt 22 April 1827, and buried 8 April 1833.
vi. Thomas WHITE, born 13 December 1828, baptised 21 December, and buried 22 March 1845.
vii. Lucinda WHITE, born 5 November 1830, and baptised 25 November.
a. Thomas BUCK.
b. Daniel BUCK.
Thomas and Daniel BUCK were named in Vestry records for the Parish of Killoughter (Church of Ireland), Diocese of Kilmore, between 1813 and 1820; they emigrated to Ontario, Canada; they witnessed a marriage in Johnstown District, Grenville County, November 1835, between Samuel MEECH and Eliza ENGLISH, and performed by William BROWN, a Methodist Episcopal Church Minister [Johnstown District Marriage Registers, Archives of Ontario, Microfilm MS 248, Reel 3].
c. Letitia BUCK.
Hiram HOLDEN married Canada West, 9 September 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 Memoir].
"Mr Thomas MAGUIRE, Ae 72 years, for many years Verger of this Cathedral and Sub-Proctor, buried 7 August 1844 in the family burial ground."
A Cathedral publication "Gravestones; Saint 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.
a. Anne Letitia ROBERTS, born 2 April 1840, and baptised 10 June.
b. Robert Maguire ROBERTS, born 17 May 1841, and baptised 18 May.
c. William ROBERTS, born 16 November 1843, and baptised 27 December.
d. Lucinda Emily ROBERTS, born December 1844, baptised 29 January 1845, and buried at Saint Patrick's on 30 May 1859.
e. Thomas Maguire ROBERTS, born 1 May 1846, and baptised at Saint Peter's 28 May; Physician, at Dundrum, County Dublin, 1911 Census, with wife and family; died at Llanfairfechan, Caernarvonshire, 4 November 1930; married at Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in 1875 to Annie COOKE; she died at Llanfairfechan, 10 October 1936; with issue - Sophia Caroline ROBERTS, born County Wexford, 26 July 1877; Lucie Eleanor ROBERTS, born Enniscorthy, 9 April 1879; Annie Ethel ROBERTS, born Enniscorthy, about 1880; Elsie Alice ROBERTS, born County Wexford, 1886; Thomas Philips Herbert ROBERTS, born County Wexford, about 1889, a Medical and Dental Student in 1911 living with his parents at age 22.
f. Margaret Martha ROBERTS, born 1 September 1847 and baptised Saint Peter's 21 October.
g. Mary Ellen ROBERTS, born 22 July 1849 and baptised Saint Peter's 13 September.
h. Letitia Alice ROBERTS, born 22 November 1850 and baptised Saint Peter's 28 January 1851.
7. John MAGUIRE (the 2nd); born on 10 May 1774; went to America on 18 March 1795; "...went to N.Y. in 1794 died there" [W.M.'s Memoir], 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, and next door to Mathew McGUIRE, aged 27, Farmer ( in error for 37, on indications of later Census index information), both also born Ireland, and what appear to be other relations born Canada.
[Possibly settled in Carleton County, Ontario, anyway - if so, perhaps the relation of John and Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, who on 5 December 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.
"...removed to a distant part of the city, and I not liking the business, did not continue."
[The W.M. Memoir. With gratitude to George CRAWFORD, of Buckinghamshire, for preserving the original and for privately publishing a transcript of it - and to his son Derek (Del) CRAWFORD for sending me digital copies of his father's transcript and the original Memoir in 2010.]
"...preparing myself for whatever situation providence might please to direct me to."
[The W.M. Memoir.]
And in the big league, William early encountered "persuasions" that were thrown his way:
"I found this place a 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 on my new employment, I, with other Officers, was invited to a tavern to dinner after which drink was freely applied. At the end of the quarter the Contractor sent in his bill to the Board for the Paving and Cleansing the Streets in his Contract. This Account was certified by the Supervisor and this was usually done after a Dinner given by the Contractor. The second Dinner I went to was one for this purpose, and after a plentiful supply of Punch, the Contract was certified in due form whether in or out of order. This, I found on reflection, would lead me into a Snare..."
[The W.M. Memoir.]
William took the advice of "...a good man" named Edward KINSLEY:
" I advised with a good man who was a lamp Inspector (Mr Edw. KINSLEY), his advice to me was 'If you accept the Invitation of the Contractor you put yourself under a Compliment to him, and whether the Division over which you are placed is in or out of order, you will have to sign his Bill, but if you refuse to attend his invitations, you will be independent of the Contractor.' The advice he gave me I was, through the divine aid, enabled to keep. I, from that day, totally refused to accept any treat or present, and consequently would not give a certificate on my Division until I was satisfied it was in order. When I would be out on inspection with my brother officers, they would go to the taverns and leave me without asking me to go with them, so completely did I get out of this Snare, through the Lord's help.
"And yet after all this I had the pleasure of the Contractors saying that I did then more justice than those who were living on them, for the Supervisors received all money for deposits for private openings of paving, and very little of this the Contractors received. I met with the approbations of the Board and was enabled to continue in this Course, and often I recollect with gratitude the kind advice of my Dear Friend KINSLEY."
[The W.M. Memoir.]
"On January 23rd 1804 I entered on the marriage State; and found the Commissioners still observant of my conduct. I was appointed to assist one of the Collectors in addition to my other situation, and my immediate Commissioner, I.M. ORMSBY, Esq, placed very great confidence in me. After some time, the citizens became dissatisfied with the Commissioners.
"In 1807 the Government appointed an enquiry which terminated in the removal of the Commissioners, and a temporary Board was established until a new Act of Parliament was passed. The temporary Board was pleased to extend my sphere of action and I had to inspect the whole of the streets out of order, and get them repaired at the expense of the Contractors. In August 1807 a new Board was established by an act of Parliament and the old Board dismissed with pensions. The Officers were also discontinued and only a few of them were reappointed. I was the only Officer to whom the new Board were pleased to offer a choice of situation, and the Secretary, who brought the message from the Board, advised me to take a Collector's place, which I did, and was immediately appointed. O, may I be thankful to Him who has enabled me to provide things lawful for my family.
"I continued in the employ of the Commissioners as a Collector until February 1826, when I was appointed Inspector of taxes. This appointment was a new one arising from a Commission of Enquiry into sundry irregularities of the Commissioners and their Officers. The person I succeeded had only got the appointment the August before and had been a Collector, but had been in the Habit of applying the Public Money to his private use and repaying it in the course of the year with the Privity of the Collector who followed him. In 1823 it was my turn to follow him and he asked me not to apply to certain houses in walk, where, he stated, the arrears charged thereon were paid to him and that in the course of the year he would hand me that amount. I considered it my duty to let the Treasurer know what was going on, but he took no steps to stop this proceeding. The money was handed to me and accounted for but the Commission of Enquiry discovered this irregular mode of acting. I had to make a full statement of the transactions and my having told the Treasurer of the proceeding saved me, and was the means of my promotion, my predecessor having resigned to save himself the disgrace of dismissal. The Treasurer had previously resigned and the Chief Commissioner was dismissed soon after by the Lord Lieutenant. The Commission of Enquiry in their report made particular remark on the Treasurer's conduct in not acting on the Report made by me in 1823, as it appeared the system was continued up to the time of my predecessor's appointment to be Inspector of taxes.
"Thus I may say, tho' dead, my old Friend KINSLEY speaketh, providence enabled me to follow his advice and I revere his memory."
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.
WILLIAM TAKES A WIFE - MARY VICKERS, A METHODIST.
For, on 23 January 1804, William was married, by Consistorial License, and by the Rev James NEVINS (Curate of Saint 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.]
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 January 1860; died 1932; married Philip Playford McMURRICH, with issue.
iv. William Wallbridge VICKERS, born Toronto, 6 August 1862; Barrister-at-Law; died at Toronto, 28 June 1927; married Mary HOWLAND, with issue.
v. Isabella Josephine VICKERS, born Toronto, 7 August 1864; died at Denver, May 1943; married on 21 September 1887, Henry SEWALL, M.D. (1855-1936), Professor of Physiology, Universities of Michigan (1881-89) and Denver (from 1889), Denver Health Commissioner, and Secretary of the Colorado Board of Health; no issue.
vi. Victor Gilmore Ridgway VICKERS, born Toronto, 1 June 1866; died at Montreal, 1944; married in 1905, Marcella May SMITH.
vii. Ethel Rosina VICKERS, born Toronto, 4 March 1868; married on 11 November 1891, Samuel William EWING, of Montreal; issue a daughter - Katherine Hamilton EWING (born Montreal, 1 December 1893, twice married with issue, and also known as Doria MARCH, silent film actress).
viii. Henrietta Moodie VICKERS, born Toronto, 2 March 1870; died in 1938; unmarried.
ix. Arthur Algoma VICKERS, born Toronto, 26 March 1872; died 1914; married Marcella Gertrude FINN.
x. Agnes Strickland VICKERS, born Toronto, 6 November 1874; died 1950; married 1902, Philip Edward McKENZIE.
c. Elizabeth VICKERS , born Dublin, 25 December 1821; residing in Hove, Sussex, 1871, with her widowered brother George; died in Dublin, 12 December 1908, and buried in her MAGUIRE cousin's plot in Mt Jerome Cemetery.
WILLIAM'S FURTHER CAREER.
"...to report on applications upon the subject of Taxes, prepare Collector's books for Paving, Lighting and Watering taxes, examine and control weekly abstracts of Collector's receipts, and personally investigate all cases of non-collection and the causes thereof." [Returns of the Commissioner, Paving Establishment, 1831-32.]
"...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."
"...a coffin was discovered containing the skulls and other bones of the celebrated Jonathan SWIFT, D.D., and 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."
4. Of the City of Dublin, Gent, when he was named as grantee in a Deed of Mortgage, dated 9 May 1837 (Volume 8, page 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 and 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 and 1835 from Catherine ASHMORE of Dorset Street, Dublin.
"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, and kindly extracted by the Archivist, Robin RODDIE.]
"When the funeral arrived at the north entrance to Saint 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.]
She was buried on 1 July at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section 5C, Plot 4081], about 60 feet east of South Walk, and 10 feet north of Guinness Walk, in an unmarked grave immediately to the west of the grave of her son John (died 1865), and purchased for her burial by her son Henry.
It had probably been intended to bury her with her late husband in the Vicar's Bawn at St Patrick's Cathedral, but that other plans were then made, probably after it was discovered that there was no more space in that grave.
They were as follows:
a. John Vickers PIGOTT, born in Dublin and baptised at Saint Patrick's 12 June 1825; went to America; possibly settled in Rose Township, Ramsey County Minnesota; died at Saint Paul, Minnesota, 10 August 1881; probably married Mary O'BRIEN; she died at Saint Paul, 21 June 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 January 1827; buried Saint Patrick's Cathedral, 6 June 1842.
c. Mary Georgina PIGOTT, born in Dublin and bapt at Saint Patrick's, 5 October 1828; died at Dalkey, 18 May 1837 and buried at Saint Patrick's.
d. Thomas Lancelot PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 20 March 1831; went to New York before 1859; died at Manhattan, July 1911, and buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery, 11 July; 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 and in India (Siege of Lucknow); went to New York, March 1861; 36th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, Civil War; died at Philadelphia, 5 July 1863, without issue; married at New York, February 1863, Ellen WALSH.
f. George Maguire PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 11 September 1836, and baptised at Saint Peter's, 23 July 1839; went to Kansas, July 1858; died on a visit to his brother, Kiowa, Oklahoma, 26 February 1910, and buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas; married Elizabeth, born Alabama, died 1907, without surviving issue.
g. Henry Robert PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 5 October 1838, and baptised at Saint Peter's, 23 July 1839; went to Ceylon, 1862; emigrated to N.S.W., 1890; died at Faulconbridge, 26 April 1904; married at Battersea, London, 5 June 1862, Ellen GILES (daughter of Rev John Eustace GILES by his 2nd wife Anne LEESE); she died at Burwood, N.S.W., 21 July 1925, with issue (including my grandfather Henry Robert Maguire PIGOTT - see all of their separate and earlier postings on this blog page).
h. Edward Albert PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 22 December 1840, and baptised at Saint Peter's, 2 August 1842; went to the Choctaw Nation (later re-named Oklahoma); died at Kiowa, Pittsburg Co, Oklahoma, January 1912, and buried in his brother George's Plot, Lawrence, Kansas; married at Chickasaw Nation, 24 July 1871, Annie NORRIS (of the Choctaw Nation), with issue only one surviving daughter (
i. Mary A. PIGOTT, born Indian Territories, September 1887; married 1908, George A. ROGERS; with issue a son Charles ROGERS, born Oklahoma 1909.
j. Elizabeth Letitia PIGOTT, born in Dublin, 9 October 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, April 1856.
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 December 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.
a. Samuel McDonald MAGOWAN, born at Holywood, 11 January 1868, the birth informed by his father; married Elizabeth IRVINE, with issue.
b. Emily MAGOWAN, living 1911; married at St George's Parish Church, Belfast, 17 April 1894, Francis Joseph HOEY, Wine Merchant (son of Ralph HOEY, Linen Merchant).
f. Elizabeth Maude DAVISON, born 1866, unmarried.
5. John MAGUIRE (pictured above); born in September 1813, and baptised 30 September; Manufacturing Ironmonger, of 10 Dawson Street, Dublin, 1841; founder of the firm MAGUIRE and Son; died at Bullock, Killiney, County Dublin, 6 June 1865, and buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section C5, Plot 3264]; married on 5 March 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, about 1841; went into business with his father, and carried it on after his father's death; Managing Director of the merged public company named MAGUIRE and GATCHELL, Ltd, 10 Dawson Street Dublin, 1899; resided at Tower Hill Lodge, Killiney; died there on 9 December 1923, and buried at Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock [Plot 6, Row B1, South Section]; married firstly, at Saint Anne's (C.of I.), Dublin, 27 April 1865, Rosetta SCOTT [see image at http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/reels/d-344-3-4-038.pdf ]; she died on 4 December 1895, without issue.
William married 2ndly, at Holy Trinity, Bournemouth, 18 December 1905, his cousin Amy MAGUIRE (daughter of his uncle Joseph MAGUIRE - see below); she died at Tower Hill Lodge, 17 February 1940, without issue.
ii. Mary Elizabeth MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, about 1850; married at Dalkey (C.of I.) Church, 9 December 1873, Edward Irwin SCOTT (brother of Rosetta MAGUIRE alias SCOTT), a Medical Practitioner; they lived in Gwangchow and 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, about 1852; married at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 24 November 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 about 1855; died suddenly, of heart disease, while skating at Kingstown, 6 September 1875, and buried in his father's plot at Mount Jerome Cemetery, aged 19; unmarried.
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 and 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 (and 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 December 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.
Richard married Anna Margaret STALLING (born Oldenburg, Germany, 12 December 1825 - sister of Deidrich Christian STALLING, 1822-1870); she died at South Amboy, 11 January 1892; apparently without surviving issue.
ii. Elizabeth MAGUIRE, born County Dublin, 1848; died on 12 December 1835; married at Dublin, 9 April 1881, Charles Banks CORDNER (son of Pendock Charles CORDNER); Commercial Traveller, Tea and Wine; he died on 24 April 1923; issue:
a. Cecil Charles CORDNER, born about 1882, unmarried.
b. Albert Noel CORDNER, born about 1883; married Ethel Marie HUTCHINS.
c. Ida Lillian CORDNER, born about 1885.
d. Hubert Victor CORDNER, born about 1886; unmarried; emigrated to Australia.
e. Elsie CORDNER, born about 1890.
iii. Anna Jane MAGUIRE, born in 1850; died at 14 Kenilworth Square South, 16 September 1866, and buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery, aged 16.
iv. Letitia MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, about 1851; known as Tissie; Nursing Sister; District Nurse, 54 London Road, Braintree, Essex, 1891 Census; Superintendent of Firs House, Trinity Road, Bournemouth, 1901 and 1911 Censuses; died at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 11 August 1933, and buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery; unmarried.
v. William Andrew MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, 30 June 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 March 1892; married at Saint Olave's Parish Church, Southwark, 5 October 1888, his cousin Ephraimina Adams MAGUIRE (daughter 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 about 1855; probably the other niece mentioned in the 1896 will of Richard MAGUIRE of New Jersey; School Governess, with her married cousin at the Villa d'Este, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1901 Census; died at Tower Hill Lodge, Dalkey, 17 February 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 December 1856; died at Castlewood Park, Rathmines, 30 January 1939, and buried Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section C6, Plot 8946]; married at Rathfarnham (C.of I.), 2 April 1879, James WELLS (son of William Frederick WELLS, Pharmacist); of 52 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin, Pharmacist; he died at Rathgar Road, 7 March 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 August 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 and unmarried; died on 25 February 1941, and buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section B205, Plot 23981] with her niece Mrs Agnes Margaret FERGUSSON alias WELLS.
ii. Mary MAGUIRE, born 1851; died 1851, and buried at the New Burying Ground, Belfast, aged 1 week.
iii. William Ewart MAGUIRE, born at Glenbank, Belfast, 22 September 1855; died at Torquay, Devonshire, 28 February 1856, aged 6 months.
Edward married 2ndly, at Knock Breda (C.of I.), 9 November 1865, Mary KINAHAN (daughter of Rev John KINAHAN and Emily GEORGE); she died at Ardmara, County Down, 19 February 1904, aged 70; with further issue:
a. Helen Mary MAGUIRE, born 1925; mentioned in her Aunt Muriel's account of Eva MAGUIRE's life and work, as a competent Pianist; she died in 2005; she married David PUGH (he died 1993, aged 71); with issue two daughters.
v. Frederick George MAGUIRE, born 10 November 1867, and baptised at Dunluce, County Antrim, 5 January 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 July 1933; married on 15 January 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 April 1950; with issue:
a. Doreen May MAGUIRE, born at Seacourt, Bangor, 4 December 1903; unmarried.
b. Richard Frederick MAGUIRE, born at Bangor, 26 July 1907; married in 1938, Elizabeth Brice SMYTH; emigrated to Phoenix, Arizona, and died there 7 February 1955.
c. Edward Davidson MAGUIRE, born at Bangor, 18 January 1909, the birth informed by his father; married Sarah F.M. HARRISON.
vi. Mary Emily MAGUIRE, born at Dunluce, 20 April 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 July 1915 to 1 March 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, page 103].
vii. Kathleen Henrietta MAGUIRE, born at Dunluce, 6 October 1870; housekeeper to her brother Frederick in Ceylon; at Repton House, Riding Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, 1911 Census, aged 40, with her husband; married at Saint James's, Piccadilly, London, 15 September 1910, Capt Joseph STRAKER, of Earls Colne, Essex.
viii. Charles James Kinahan MAGUIRE, born on 31 March 1872, and 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 June 1900; unmarried; a "costly" memorial window was erected at Bangor Church in his memory.
ix. Eva Marion MAGUIRE, born at Ballinderry Rectory, 12 August 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); and 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; created O.B.E.; she died at Ballykinler, 27 October 1967, and buried, with full Military Honours, at Tyrella Cemetery [M.I.]; unmarried.
x. Muriel Alice May MAGUIRE, born County Antrim, about 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 March 1973; married at the Abbey Church, Bangor, 10 June 1913, Rev James QUINN (born 9 October 1878, son of Joseph QUINN and Rebecca BOYCE); Curate of Knockaney, 1904; Curate of Bangor, 1906; Rector of Saint Michael's, Belfast, 1913; Incumbent of Saint Jude's, Ballynafeigh, Belfast, 1924; Chancellor of Down Cathedral; retired 1956; died on 8 May 1964, and buried at Knotty Ash Cemetery, Rostrevor; with issue:
a. Joseph Edward Gough QUINN, born at Ballygomartin, 28 March 1914; unmarried.
b. James Charles Frederick QUINN, born 1919, married Hannah GWYNN.
14. Henry MAGUIRE, (pictured above); born on 5 February 1824, and baptised 21 February; 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 and 1911 Censuses; died at 30 Kenilworth Road, 15 November 1911, aged 86, Engineer, and buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery [Section 230, Plot 8082]; married at Saint Peter's (C.of I.), Dublin, 5 July 1861, Emily JONES (daughter of William JONES of Cambridge Terrace, Rathgar) [see image at http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/reels/d-45-3-14-109.pdf ]; she died at 27 Ormonde Road, Rathmines, 15 March 1890; with issue:
ii. Emily MAGUIRE, born 1862; died 27 Garville Avenue, 8 April 1874, aged 11 years 6 months.
iii. Frederick William MAGUIRE, born Garville Avenue, 13 January 1864; Ironmonger, 8 Desmond Terrace, 1893; 121 Tritonvlle Terrace, Sandymount, 1898-1902; at 6 Claremont Terrace, Rathmines, 1911 Census; died at 193 Harold's Cross Road, 19 August 1950; married at Dublin North, 16 August 1887, Fannie Theresa EARLS; she died at 196 Harold's Cross Road, 28 November 1950, aged 86, Widow of Business Director, the death informed by her son W.E. MAGUIRE, 46 Farney Park, Sandymount; they had issue:
a. Lyndon Frederick MAGUIRE, born 1891.
b. Irene Laura MAGUIRE, born 1895; married Herbert NIBLOCK.
c. Norman Earls MAGUIRE, born 1898; died at 46 Ferny Park, Sandymount, 19 July 1953, aged 55, Agent, informed by his widow Ethel; he was married at Abbey Street Methodist Church, 3 September 1928, to Ethel Lillian 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 March 1865; Commission Agent, with his father, 1901 and 1911 Censuses; died in 1938; possibly married in 1936.
v. Ethel Mary MAGUIRE, born at 36 Cullenswood Avenue, 8 October 1866; probably the niece named in the 1896 will of Richard MAGUIRE of New Jersey; with father, 1901 and 1911 Censuses, unmarried, and housekeeper; probably died on 29 October 1918, and buried in the family plot at Mount Jerome Cemetery.
vi. Eily MAGUIRE, born at 11 Leinster Road West, 26 September 1868; died at 5 Bloomfield Avenue, 21 June 1887, aged 18, and buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery.
vii. Ada Georgina MAGUIRE, born at 27 Garville Avenue, 17 June 1870; died on 25 August 1870, and buried in her JONES grandparents' plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery; an infant.
viii. Hedley Vickers MAGUIRE, born at 27 Garville Avenue, Rathgar, 5 September 1871; aged 30, Clerk, with father, 1901; Commercial Traveller, Drugs, at 16 Rathgar Avenue, Rathmines, 1911 Census, with wife and two children; married at Trinity Church, Rathmines, 29 August 1902, Gertrude Emily JAMES (daughter of the late Henry JAMES of Rathdowney); she died on 10 November 1927; with issue (
a. Eric MAGUIRE, born 1903.
b. Ena Kathleen MAGUIRE, born 1906.
c. Hedley Vickers MAGUIRE, born and died at 30 Albert Road, Rathdown, Dublin, 10 January 1920, aged 18 hours.
ix. Eveline Maude MAGUIRE, born on 15 September 1874; died at 28 Ormonde Road, 20 February 1889, aged 14, and buried Mount Jerome Cemetery.
x. Muriel Marrable MAGUIRE, born in Dublin, 24 March 1876; died on 30 June 1889, and buried in the family plot, Mount Jerome Cemetery..
xi. Edgar MAGUIRE, born in Dublin South, 1878; with his father, 1911 Census, aged 33 and "Retired from the Army."
ii. Ephraimina Adams MAGUIRE, born Islington, 1856; died at Burton-upon-Trent, 1907; married 1stly, at Saint Olave's Southwark, 5 October 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 Saint Stephen's, Wandsworth, 19 August 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 April 1857; died at Clerkenwell, 1859; a child.
iv. Dorothea Letitia MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Square, 2 May 1858; School Teacher, aged 32, unmarried, with sister and; brother-in-law, 1891; aged 52, Own Means, Kensington, 1911 Census.
v. Robert Ephraim MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Sq, 16 March 1861; with parents, 1861 and 1871 Censuses; the only surviving issue not named in his father's will, 1890; went to Australia; died at Sydney Hospital, 26 July 1915, late of Queensland; unmarried.
vii. Gertrude Owen MAGUIRE, born at 39 Myddleton Square, 2 June 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 February 1874; died at Saint Olave's Rectory, 26 September 1877, aged 3.
ix. Francis Edward MAGUIRE, born at Saint Olave's Rectory, 14 November 1876; Chartered Accountant, with mother, 1901 Census; of 22 Montague Gardens, Wallington, Surrey, 1909 (grave transfer, Highgate Cemetery Burial Register), and in 1911 Census, aged 34, Assistant Secretary, with wife Ada (aged 36, born Hulton, Cranwick, Yorks); died in 1971; married at Bromley, Kent, December quarter 1908, Ada Gertrude PUDSEY; issue included two daughters.
16. Georgina MAGUIRE, born on 3 August 1828, and baptised 8 August; died in March 1865, and buried Vicar's Bawn, 30 March, aged 36; unmarried.
[#] A RELATED McGUIRE FAMILY IN CANADA WEST (ONTARIO).
Mathew MAGUIRE, John MAGUIRE and 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 about 1725-35. One of these may have been ancestor to John and Matthew MAGUIRE, both of Mullalougher, Redhills, County Cavan, and probaby Methodists, who on 5 December 1823, both then over 23 and of the yeomanry, petitioned the Colonial Office for assistance to emigrate to Carleton County, Canada West (later Ontario), perhaps to join relations already there.
"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 and weavers from north Cavan parishes of Annagh, Annacliffe. and Castleterra petitioned the Colonial Office for assistance to emigrate to join relatives 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 and 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 google.book search result):
"Fn 31. ..James WILSON and John MAGUIRE, 18 December 1822; CO 384/9, f.357, petition of John and Matthew MAGUIRE, Mullaloghter, Redhills, 5 December 1823; PAC, RG 1, L 3, P14/83, petition of William, Isaac and Abraham PRATT, John McGUIRE Senior and Junior, Matthew McGUIRE and John MOORE, Huntly, read 28 September 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, and 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 March 1795; and 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, and James McGUIRE, aged 11, both Labourers and 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) and Mary Ann (2); also in this dwelling were James BOYDE, aged 17, born Ireland (undoubtedly a brother of Sarah McGUIRE Senior), and Thomas McGUIRE, 40, born Ireland (probably Matthew Senior's brother). If Matthew Senior was 37, and 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 and Alice ROYAL. Further, and perhaps informed from the same source, a MURRAY family tree (ancestry.com) 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, about 1811; residing with his brother Mathew, 1851 Census, aged 40.
2. Matthew McGUIRE, born Ireland, about 1814; at Edwardsburgh, 1861 Census, aged 46, with wife and three children; ditto, 1871, aged 58; died at Edwardsburg, Grenville County, Ontario, 7 July 1877; married Sarah (Sally) BOYD; she was born Ireland, about 1813; she was at Edwardsburgh, 1881 Census, aged 70, with two daughters; 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 and three children; married Grenville County, Ont, 15 March 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 June 1873) and John Matthew McGUIRE (born Almonte, 7 March 1877).
b. Sarah Jane McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 1 November 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 November 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 March 1844; aged 8, with parents, 1851.
f. Jacob McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 12 September 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 January 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 and 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 October 1847; aged 4, with parents, 1851; aged 13, ditto, 1861; probably married Daniel MILLS with issue.
h. Mary Ann McGUIRE, born Spencerville, 27 April 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, about 1800; with husband, 1851 Census, aged 51; further issue:
3. Margaret E. McGUIRE, born Canada, about 1830; married Mr THOMPSON; of Gananoque; visiting her parents, 1851 Census, aged 21.
4. Jacob McGUIRE, born Canada, about 1832; aged 18, Labourer, with parents, 1851.
5. James McGUIRE, born Canada, about 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 April 1823 [William MAGUIRE's Memoir] were Thomas BUCK and his wife Martha MAGUIRE (she was born on 13 July 1765, and was William's eldest sister), with their three children:
1. Thomas BUCK.
Thomas and Daniel BUCK both witnessed a marriage in Johnstown District, Grenville County, November 1835, between Samuel MEECH and Eliza ENGLISH, and 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, 1893, aged 90.
3. Letitia BUCK.
Hiram HOLDEN married 1stly, Canada West, 9 September 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 February 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 and 1879, without success; Alderman, Belleville City Council, Baldwin Ward, 1871, and Kitcheson Ward, 1880; Police Magistrate; a Methodist; died 28 June 1884; married 20 July 1864, Mary Elizabeth PIPER; she was born 12 January 1846, and died 25 February 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); and Thomas Frederick HOLDEN (born 1877; died 1897).
Hiram married 2ndly, Belleville, 27 May 1845, Maria HOWARD.
SOME SPECULATION ABOUT WILLIAM'S EARLIER MAGUIRE ANCESTRY.
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.
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 Saint Patrick's, so had ample opportunity to make enquiries as to protocols concerning usage 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, and 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 the 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, and which I deciphered as "Creorvis Romad" - which does not make sense.
His middle name may have been a corruption of Cuconnaght, and 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 (about 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, and 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, September 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 and the Annals of Ulster.
DESCENT OF THE MAGUIRE FAMILY OF KNOCKNINNY, COUNTY FERMANAGH.
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 seven sons, including second son Philip (Tanist of the Clan, and 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), and of his eldest son:
EAMONN MAGUIRE; the 8th Chief of Fermanagh, 1471-86; lost territory and prestige to raids by O'NEILL and O'DONNELL, 1483; his chiefship was further savaged by internal feuding, and 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 and/or Lisnaskea; died in 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) and Cnoch Ninnie (Knockninny) for his posterity, before abdicating the Chiefship in favour of his nephew and 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 September 1484, by five of his half-brothers - Don, John, Edmond, Art Carrach and 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 and Raymond GILLESPIE, "The Purposes of Patronage: Brian MAGUIRE of Knockninny and his Manuscripts," Clogher Record, Volume XIII, No. 1, 1988, page 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 and 572 ("Analecta Hibernica"); "...in 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 and GILLESPIE, "The Purpose of Patronage," Op. Cit., pages 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.
Cnocher was buried in Callowhill Churchyard (near Derrylin, County Fermanagh), February 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 Saint 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.
Cnocher was father of:
1. Toirdhealbhach MAGUIRE (his issue recorded in Pedigree 550, "Analecta Hibernica").
2. Eamonn MAGUIRE.
3. Rughraoi MAGUIRE (ditto, Pedigree 569); and
4. BRYAN MAGUIRE. See next.
BRYAN McCONACHER MAGUIRE of Knockninny; an Army Captain, who, after the Williamite wars, was a patron of literature and manuscript collector, responsible for marshalling resources which led to the preparation of six surviving composite manuscripts at Knockninny between 1712 and 1721, in which "the principal subject categories... are historical and genealogical material, legendary tales, lives of saints and devotional tracts" [CUNNINGHAM and GILLESPIE, "The Purposes of Patronage," Op. Cit., page 42]; described by one of the scribes, Michael O'CLERY, as a "...man of the greatest honour, learning and 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].
1. Eamonn (Edmond) MAGUIRE; father of Connall MAGUIRE and Lucas MAGUIRE [G.F. 573].
2. Peattar (Peter) MAGUIRE.
3. Conchobar (Cornelius) Modartha MAGUIRE.
IS BRIAN MAGUIRE OF KNOCKNINNY THE ANCESTOR OF OUR WILLIAM MAGUIRE OF DUBLIN?
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, page 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 (and recorded as a gentleman), and 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 and Letters, and 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.
THE FAMILY OF MAGUIRE OF TEMPO.
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 seven sons, including the second son:
Philip MAGUIRE; Tanist of the Clan MAGUIRE of Fermanagh; died 1470; he had issue three sons - second son Sean MAGUIRE, the 9th Chief of Fermanagh (1486-1503); and 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 (slain in 1539); fifth son Donncadh MAGUIRE (died 1562); and 6th son Domnhall MAGUIRE; he also had a 4th son:
Cuconnaght Oge MAGUIRE; 14th Chief, 1566; died 17 January 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, March 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, and died in Genoa in 1608); fourth son Tirlough MAGUIRE; and fifth son Sean Baccach MAGUIRE; he also had a third son:
Brian MAGUIRE; granted the Manor of Inseloghagease, near Loch Eyes, by James I, and 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 and 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 April 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, about 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 July 1691, when it is said that a clansman removed his head in a sack and 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 about 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 October 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); and Philip MAGUIRE (died in Dublin, 1789, having had, by Frances MORRES, a son and heir Hugh MAGUIRE of Tempo).
2. Hugh MAGUIRE, born 1668.
3. Stephen MAGUIRE, born 1670.