Kennedys, Lawrences and Marshalls of Culdaff and Carndonagh

Pedigree of Alice Henrietta Lawrence Generation I 1              Alice Henrietta Lawrence, born on 06‑05‑1895, daughter of Henry Hayes Lawrence (see also 2) and Victoria Margaret Walrond (see also 3). Married at the age of 27 to Hopetoun Gabriel Stokes, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., M.E.C. Son of Sir Henry Edward Stokes. Generation II 2              Henry Hayes Lawrence, born on 26‑02‑1864 in Lahore, died on 27‑10‑1898 at the age of 34, son of Sir Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence (see also 4) and Alice Eacy Kennedy…

The Dresden Letters – 5 : the Bishopric

Dresden 23 December 1797 The vacant bishopric is at last disposed of to Dr. Stock and I suppose Dr. Godfrey will never get further promotion. I cannot say I am sorry for this as I have taught myself to place no reliance of men in positions. My parishioners at Randalstown are busily collecting a purse to dispute Lord Donegall’s title to the rectorial tythes so that I must give up all hope of making anything from Lord Donegall’s offer to…

The Dresden Letters – 4 : Portents of War

DRESDEN  23 DECEMBER 1797 Arthur arrived a few days ago. Nothing has been arranged as yet in a satisfactory manner for him. A variety of things is proposed to him but no vigorous steps taken to procure them. It is proposed to him to get Mr. Banks the weight master of Belfast to resign his employment on condition of arthritis and giving him the income during his life but this I fear he will not consent to. Sir Charles Talbot…

The Dresden Letters – 3

Rev Ed Chichester reports that his mother and father are planning to leave Dresden in mid-winter 1797. House hunting was an everyday topic in rectory households as vacancies arose in the church or perhaps the death of a bishop presented new vistas. The letter is written 2 days before Christmas but there are no greetings or references to any household preparations. Clearly Christmas was just another church holiday and it would be up to the Victorians to turn it into a…

The Chichester Family Tree

Pedigree of William Chichester/O’Neill   Generation I 1              William Chichester/O’Neill, Created Baron 1868, born on 03‑03‑1813, died 1883, son of Rev. Edward Chichester BA MA (see also 2) and Catharine Young (see also 3). Married (1) at the age of 25 on 03‑01‑1839 to Henrietta Torrens, born 1819, died on 17‑01‑1857, daughter of Hon. Robert Torrens, 2nd Justice of H.M. Court of Commin Pleas., and Anne Torrens. Married (2) to Elizabeth Grace Torrens, born 1814, died on 22‑01‑1905, daughter of…

The Dresden Letters – 2

The Dresden Letters – 2


1 August 1796

My dear Uncle (i.e. Lieut. Col. Hart, 43 Upper Norton St. Portland Rd., London)

I returned home from Dublin a few days ago and left my father, mother and Mary at Ballinascreen (Co.Derry) where they will remain until the visitation of Derry which is fixed for the middle of this week. My father is considerably better than I have known him for many years and I am convinced the mere exercise of the journey has been of service to him. Purcell and Richards still persist in their favourable opinion of his complaint. Richards says his disorder has not arrived at a  sufficient maturity for an operation, should an operation be necessary, but he was known so many cases where the disorder has dispersed of itself that he thinks my father will not by any means require one. He says the pain in his back certainly proceeds from his present disorder owing to the contraction of the spermatic chord and must necessarily cease when the cause is removed. There is a correspondence agreed upon between Richards and him and at the end of six months if he does not find the swelling decrease he must return to Dublin and undergo an operation which he advises him is very trifling being nothing but a very small puncture in the scrotum. In the meantime he recommends the immediate use of fomentations. Purcell tells him his constitution has a  very gouty disposition and has advised the use of the Donegal spa which prescription my father is determined to comply with. 

I spent a couple of days at Ballynagard (Culmore Rd.) on my way home and my uncle made me very happy by telling me that, as sea bathing has been recommended to you, it is possible you might come over to the north of Ireland this summer. I need not tell you how convenient this place is to the cold bath and did you know how much it would delight us all I am convinced you would not hesitate one moment. 

Lucius Carey has been so unfortunate to offend my Aunt Hart by neglecting to execute a commission she gave him some time ago to buy a pair of horses. She is determined never to pardon him and my uncle is resolved to give up all future connection with him. Alderman Fairley met him in Derry last week and gave him such abuse as would have disgraced Billingsgate. 

My Uncle Charleton has returned to Derry and is at camp near Dublin and is very well. I hope by this time I have another little cousin . Have I any chance of knowing my Aunt Charlotte? Be as good as to remember me to her.

And believe me to be, my dear uncle, your most affectionate nephew, 

Edward Chichester

PS. I have made some further enquiries about Portarlington. It is remarkable for being the best place in the kingdom to learn French. They have all kinds of masters there and it is the best place in Ireland for boys. My Uncle Charleton has just sent his son Thomas there.

The Dresden Letters, Clonmany – 1

Rev William Chichester was rector of Clonmany and the picture seen here shows him in his study at Dresden, Clonmany. (The picture has been supplied from the estate of Lord O’Neill of Shanes’s Castle, Co. Antrim) His son Edward also became a rector and served in Cloncha and Culdaff. While resident at Clonmany, Edward corresponded on a regular basis with his uncle, Lieut. Gen. Hart of Kilderry, Muff. His letters were written from his home at Dresden which was situated…

Carraig na Spainneach Carndoagh

The townland of Carndoagh is a few miles from Carndonagh. It has one major landmark, the twin arch railway bridge constructed in 1901 close to the Carndoagh railway halt. The bridge can be seen from the Carn-Ballyliffin road. In a field nearby there is a rock called Carraig na Spainneach or the Spanish Rock where a Spaniard was hung. West Donegal has several rocks of the same name usually associated with a Spaniard or an incursion. Prior to the Battle…

The Pitt Kennedys of Carndonagh Rectory from 1782

The old rectory belonging to the Church of Ireland was occupied until a couple of decades ago, the last incumbent being Rev. Henderson, I believe. The two storey house is not visible from the Carn-Ballyliffin road; the entrance is off the slip road to Malin. The building is still in fair shape but the farm yard is in good heart with impressive red-brick buildings surrounding a courtyard still intact, a model of good design. In fact, I recall seeing Rev.…

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