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Monday, 16 April 2012

The Lysaght Family of Mountnorth

Catherine Deane of Crumlin married John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle of Mountnorth, Co. Cork.   They married in St.Anne’s, Dublin on 16th December 1725. Their daughter, Mary Lysaght, married Kingsmill Pennefather - these were our many times great grandparents on our mother’s side. This post explores Mary Lysaght’s relations a little.

The principle seats of the Lysaght family were Mountnorth, Co. Cork, Lisle or Little Island near Cork Harbour, Crumlin near Dublin, and Dawson St, Dublin.  The 1st Baron Lisle also had a home named Fort Lisle or the Vauxhall Gardens in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Their family motto was ‘Bella! Horrida Bella!’ which translates dramatically as ‘Wars! Horrible Wars!’.

John Lysaght was the son of Nicholas Lysaght of Brickfield, or Brickhill, Kilmallock, Limerick, and of Grace Holmes, the daughter of Colonel Thomas Holmes of Kilmallock, Limerick.    Colonel Thomas Holmes had been born circa 1638 and had married Anne Gibbons, the daughter of John Gibbons.  Colonel Thomas Holmes was the grandson of Sir John Holmes, the governor of the Isle of Wight.
The sister of Nicholas Lysaght of Brickfield, according to his will of 1724 - 1726, was a Magdalen Cuningham, possibly the wife of Alexander Cuningham.

A close relation of this same Lysaght family was John Lysaght of Brickhill, Cratloe, Co. Clare, who married Jane Eyre Dalton, the daughter of Edward Dalton of Deerpark, Co. Clare.  Jane Eyre Dalton was the cousin of Lord Eyre of Eyre Park, Co. Galway.
The son of John Lysaght and Jane Eyre Dalton of Brickhill, Co. Clare, was the barrister and poet, Edward/Ned Lysaght who had been born on 21st December 1763.  Edward Lysaght was educated by Rev. Patrick Hare of Cashel, before entering Trinity, Dublin, in 1779.  Four years later his father, John Lysaght, died and was buried in the vault of his kinsman, Lord Lisle, at Ballyclough, Mallow.
Edward entered the Middle Temple in London in 1784, receiving his degree from St. Edmond Hall, Oxford.  He was called to the English bar in  1798, and to the Irish bar the following term.
Edward Lysaght married the daughter of a London bankrupt, Mr. Solomon Salmon, and subsequently found himself saddled with his father-in-law's debts.
Edward Lysaght practised law - badly - in Dublin and took to verse as a livelihood.  He was convivial and popular, but always short of cash.  An MP for Mallow, he was created magistrate for Dublin in 1810,  but died shortly afterwards, leaving a widow and three daughters.
One of his daughters, Jane Eyre Lysaght, married Rev. H. Griffin, Rector of Clonfeacle, Co. Tyrone. On 12th November 1839, in Moy, Co.Tyrone, Elizabeth Hannah (1763 - 1839), wife of the barrister Edward Lysaght, died aged 76.  Jane Eyre Griffin (1794 - 1848), wife of Rev. H. Griffin of Clonfeacle, died on 21st March 1848 at The Glebe, aged 54.
The daughter of Rev. H. Griffin and Jane Eyre Lysaght married Walter Hore of Benburb, Co. Tyrone; a son was named as Edward Lysaght Griffin.
Edward/Ned Lysaght's publication of 1810,  'Poems', mentions several Lysaghts amongst the subscribers, namely Patrick Lysaght of Annfield, Co. Clare,  George Lysaght Esq.,  Miss M. Lysaght, and Patrick Lysaght of Limerick.

Edward/Ned Lysaght's father, John Lysaght of Brickhill, was the brother of Andrew Lysaght of Summerville, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, who married Mary Finucane, and of Margaret Lysaght who married George Ryan of Ballymackeogh and Limerick in 1767.

John of Brickill, Andrew of Summerville, Patrick Lysaght, Hanora Hogan and Margaret Ryan were the children of Charles Lysaght of Ballybreen, Co. Clare.  Charles Lysaght of Ballybreen made a will on 5th September 1753 - he named his sons as eldest son Andrew Lysaght, then Connor Lysaght, John Lysaght, James Lysaght, Nicholas Lysaght, Patrick Lysaght and Thomas Lysaght.  His daughters were Elizabeth and Mary, while brothers were Connor and James.  Charles Lysaght named his nephew as Daniel Lysaght of Ballykeal.

Andrew Lysaght of Summerville (son of Charles of Ballybreen) and his wife, Mary Finucane, had a daughter, Jane who married George Hogan Stacpoole of Crag-brien.   Andrew Lysaght of Summerville, Co. Clare, made out a will on 8th July 1782 in which he named his daughter as Jane Stacpoole, and his brother as Patrick Lysaght.  Nieces were Margaret O'Brien, otherwise Hogan, Hanora Hogan, the daughter of Edmond Hogan by Andrew's sister Hanora Lysaght.  A brother-in-law was Mathias Finucane.  Andrew's son-in-law was George Stacpoole whose son was named as Andrew Stacpoole.
John Lysaght of Summerville, Kilcornan, died in August 1833.
In May 1840, at Kilmurry, Limerick, Major H. Bevan MA, author of 'Thirty Years in India', married Biddy Lysaght, the youngest daughter of the late Walter Lysaght of Summerville.  Walter was noted as the son of James Lysaght of Kilcornan.

The children of Nicholas Lysaght and Grace Holmes of  Brickfield, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, were:

1) Our immediate ancestor, John Lysaght, 1st Lord Lisle, circa 1702 - 1781, who married Catherine Deane in St. Anne’s, Dublin on 16th December 1725.

2) Nicholas Lysaght, who was to get Mountnorth for eleven years following his marriage.  Nicholas Lysaght made a will on 1st August 1735;  he was of Brickfield, Limerick, and named his brothers as Arthur and John, and his sister as Anne wife of Henry Holmes of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and as Mary wife of Beverly Usher of Waterford.

(The following information is a collection of details about descendants of a Nicholas Lysaght of Mallow, and might not be direct descendants of Nicholas Lysaght, son of Nicholas Lysaght and Grace Holmes.
A Nicholas Lysaght was a member of the Duhallow Hunt in 1801 and gave his residence as Mountnorth, although this might be too late to be the son of Nicholas Lysaght and Grace Holmes. His Trinity records show he'd been educated privately by a Mr. Pierce, and entered TCD on November 9th 1759.
 In July 1842, at Broadwater, Sussex, John Lysaght, son of Nicholas Lysaght of Mallow, married Caroline-Harriet Beatson, the daughter of Major-General Alexander Beatson of Henley, Sussex, former governor of St. Helena.  Four years later, on 20th August 1846 at Aberdour, another daughter of Alexander Beatson, Adelaide Janetta Beatson, married another member of the same Lysaght family, James Lysaght of Carrigmore, Cork, who was the son of William Lysaght and Catherine Royse, and grandson of William Lysaght, a Co. Clare relation of John, 1st Lord Lisle, who was reared and educated by him at Mountnorth.

The John Lysaght, son of Nicholas Lysaght of Mallow, who married Caroline Harriet Beatson in 1842, might be the barrister John Nicholas Lysaght,  the eldest son of a Nicholas Lysaght of Mallow, who was sued in March 1841 for breach of promise by Miss Frances Elizabeth Farmar. Both John Nicholas Lysaght and Frances Elizabeth Farmar were aged 22 at the time. Frances Elizabeth Farmar was a milliner of Mallow and Youghal;  her brother was George Farmar, a cabinetmaker and proprietor of the baths at Youghal.  Their parents were dead. Although John Nicholas Lysaght had begged her to marry him, he dithered, knowing that his inherited estates were encumbered and that his widowed mother was hoping for a large dowry upon his marriage, something the Farmar family, whose parents were dead, couldn't provide.  Due to his debts, the Lysaght estate was liable to be sold under a decree in chancery of Hill v. Lysaght.   John Nicholas Lysaght strung Miss Farmar along for a number of years, during which her health declined, until eventually she and her brother lost patience and sued him.
Frances Elizabeth Farmer's cousin was the Mallow solicitor, Edward Christopher Lysaght Farmer, who was the son of Anthony Farmer and Mary Lysaght.  Anthony Farmer and Mary Lysaght had married in 1808 but both were dead by the time of the 1821 census which showed their two orphaned children, 8-year-old Edward Christopher Lysaght Farmer and Mary Farmer, living in Mallow with a widowed Mary Lysaght, immediately next door to 7-year-old John Nicholas Lysaght.  In the 1841 breach of promise court hearing, Edward Christopher Lysaght Farmer acted on behalf of John Nicholas Lysaght.)

3)  Arthur Lysaght, born to Nicholas Lysaght and Grace Holmes circa 1710, who married Charity Wrixon in 1736, Charity being the daughter of Nicholas Wrixon and Jane Bastable of Ballygiblin, Co. Cork.
According to his father's will, he was to get the ploughland of Clareen near Mountnorth for eleven years following his marriage.
Arthur and Charity had a son, Major Arthur Lysaght (born in Cork in 1741, and died at Fort St. George, Madras, on January 1783) of the East India Company, who married, on 15th October 1776,  Martha Pybus, the daughter of John Pybus of the Madras council.  Following the death of her first husband, Martha married John Briggs. The son of Arthur Lysaght and Martha Pybus, Arthur Lysaght of the Royal Navy, lived from 1783 till 1859. He entered the Navy in 1795, and served as a midshipman under Vice-Admiral Rainer.  He was made a lieutenant on the La Chiffone frigate, and was promoted to commander on January 22nd 1806;  he commanded the Jamaica 24 and became rear admiral of The White in 1841.   He married Caroline Cummings and settled in her hometown of Bath.  The other son of Arthur Lysaght and Martha Pybus was John Lysaght (1780-1781).
Arthur Lysaght and Charity Wrixon also had Governor Nicholas Lysaght of  Lisnabrin House, Curryglass, Co. Cork, who was High Sheriff for Co. Cork in 1768, and who died unmarried on 26th February 1782.
Arthur Lysaght and Charity Wrixon also had John Lysaght, Thomas Lysaght of the 24th Regiment, and a daughter, Jane Lysaght, who married late in life:
 From 'The Gentleman's Magazine' of October 1813:  'At Bath, Jane, widow of the Honorable Frederick Vane of Sellaby, co. Durham, second son of Henry, 1st Earl of Darlington.  She was the eldest daughter of Arthur Lysaght and niece of John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle.  She was married to Mr. Vane in August 1796.'
(Also of interest here is the will of Ann Lysaght who died in Weston, Bath, Somerset, on 19th November 1812.  She had been born Ann Wrixon, the daughter of Henry Wrixon of Glinhill, Cork, and was the sister of Mary Wrixon who had married Bartholomew Coote Purdon or Purdon Coote.  Mary Purdon Coote was named in the widowed Ann Lysaght's will of 1812 as her sister, her niece being Anna Maria Coote Purdon.  Both Ann Lysaght and Mary Coote Purdon were the executrixes of their father henry Wrixon's will.   Ann Lysaght also named the nephews of her deceased father (but not of her mother) as John Nicholas Wrixon of Cork city and John Michael Wrixon of Ballygiblin, Cork.  It seems that Ann Wrixon was a daughter of a second marriage of Henry Wrixon;  Ann's will makes no mention of her late husband, so I've no idea as yet which Lysaght she married, but the Wrixons and Purdon/Coote families were of Ballyclough, Co. Cork, as were the Lysaght family, so Ann's late husband was probably a member of the Mountnorth Lysaghts.)

4) Ann Lysaght who married her first cousin Henry Holmes. Henry Holmes (1703 - 1762) was the son of Colonel Henry Holmes of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and of Mary Holmes, the illegitimate daughter of Sir Robert Holmes, the Governor of the Isle of Wight.  Sir Robert Holmes was the brother of Thomas Holmes of Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.  Henry Holmes and Ann Lysaght died without issue.

5) Mary Lysaght who married Beverly Ussher in St. Peter's, Dublin, on 26th March 1733.  Beverly Ussher was the son of Beverly Ussher and his second wife, Grace Osborne;  the family had come from Ballyfin, Cork, to Kilmeadon, Waterford, in 1668, and settled there.  The younger Beverly Ussher made his will in Kilmeadon in 1755, and named John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle, as one of his trustees.  Beverly Ussher and Mary Lysaght left three daughters - Mary Ussher who married John Congreve, Elizabeth Ussher who married Bolton Lee, and Ann who had been born in 1737 and who married Simon Newport.

John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle of Mountnorth, son of Nicholas Lysaght and Grace Holmes, died in 1781, having made his will on 29th December 1778. He had five children with Catherine Deane of Crumlin, Dublin - he also had children with his second wife,  Elizabeth Moore, the daughter of Edward Moore.  His 1778 will named his sons as John and James Lysaght and his daughters as Elizabeth and Grace.  A brother was Arthur and a nephew was Nicholas Lysaght.

The Children of John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle of Mountnorth, and of Grace Holmes, were as follows:

1)  John Lysaght, 2nd Lord Lisle, who married Mary Anne/Marianne Connor, the daughter of Daniel Connor of Ballybricken, in 1778.
A deed of 1821 766-586-520121) recorded an earlier lease, originally carried out between Nicholas Lysaght, who was the father of the 1st Baron Lisle, by which he leased land in Duhallow to John Upton of Ashgrove, Limerick, and to James D'arcy of Knockaderry.  This was being renewed in 1821 by the 2nd Baron Lisle, the property in question being this time leased to Thomas d'Arcy Evans of Bushy Island, Limerick, and to James d'Arcy Evans of Knockaderry/Knockadervy. The witnesses were Michael Edward Mahony of Cove/Cobh, and William Lapp, who had power of attorney on behalf of John Lysaght, 2nd Lord Lisle.

2) Joseph Lysaght, born circa 1739/1741.  Joseph was admitted to Trinity, Dublin, on January 25th 1752 or 1753. Gained an L.L.D. in Vern. 1776;  called to the Irish bar in 1761.
 He was elected MP for Mallow on July 12th 1768, was MP for Charleville 1768 - 1776 and MP for Castlemartyr 1776 - 1783.   In 1795 he married Henrietta St. Leger, daughter of Lord Doneraile. He died in Buxton-Wells, England, in 1799, where he had gone in poor health to take the waters, accompanied by his wife and by her sister, the Hon. Charlotte Theodosia St.Leger, aka. Lady Riversdale.    His nephew, and our immediate paternal ancestor, Rev. John Pennefather of Newport,Tipperary, the son of Joseph's sister Mary Lysaght and Kingsmill Pennefather, was one of the executors of his will which had been written on 24th May 1798 and in which he named his brother as James Lysaght and his nephew as Rev. John Pennefather, our immediate maternal ancestor.
Joseph's widow, the Hon. Harriet or Henrietta Lysaght, daughter of Lord Viscount Doneraile, died in May 1822. ('Oxford Journal', 18th May 1822.)

3)  James Lysaght, died unmarried. Also attended Trinity - got L.L.D. in Vern. 1776, called to the Irish bar in 1765.

4) Margaret Lysaght who married William Hodder of Hodderfield, Co. Cork, in Dublin on 22nd March 1775.  William Hodder was the son of Captain William Hodder and Anne Webb.  He died 12 years after his marriage to Margaret Lysaght, but, having no children, his estate of Hoddersfield passed to his nephew William Henry Moore who subsequently took the name of Hodder.

5) Mary Lysaght who married Kingsmill Pennefather - our immediate maternal ancestors.   The widowed Mary Pennefather made her will in Cork on 4th June 1785, which was probated on 6th June 1788.  In this she named three of her daughters as Charity, Catherine and Margaretta Pennefather, and a son as William Pennefather of Cork.   Her brother was named as James Lysaght and her brother-in-law was William Hodder who had married her sister Margaret Lysaght in 1775.  We descend from her son Rev. John Pennefather of Newport, Co. Tipperary.

John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle, married his second wife,  Elizabeth Moore, the daughter of Edward Moore, in 1746 and had three further children:

6)  Edward Moore Lysaght, who died at his father's residence in Dawson Street, Dublin, in 1772, following a lingering illness.

7)  Elizabeth Lysaght who died unmarried on 29th June 1787, at her father's residence, Fort Lisle in modern-day Blackrock Park, Co. Dublin.  She had made her will on 28th October 1783, in which she named her mother as the Rt. Hon. Lady Baroness Lisle, her brother John Lord Baron Lisle, her sister Grace Travers and her cousin Ellen Pennefather.

8)  Grace Lysaght pf Donabrook (ie, Donnybrook), Dublin, who married, on July 25th 1783, John Travers of Cork. There were shenanigans...From 'The Gentleman's and London Magazine,  1741 -1794':   ' Same day, was tried in the Court of Exchequer, before the Lord Chief Baron, an action brought by John Travers, Esq., against Dennis McCarthy, for criminal conversation with the Hon. Grace Travers (formerly Lysaght), the wife of the plaintiff.  A fiat was some time ago granted by the learned judge who tried this action, whereon McCarthy was taken into custody.  The damages laid in the declaration were 5000 l. It appeared that the defendant was postillion to the plaintiff, and had been found in bed with the plaintiff's wife,  and frequent acts of criminal intercourse were proved.  The learned judge felt the offence to be of the most heinous and aggravated nature, as did the jury, who gave a verdict for 5000 l. , the whole of the damages in the declaration,  without quitting the box.'   (This took place in 1791.)

John Lysaght, 2nd Baron Lisle (1729 - 1798) married in 1778 Marianne Connor, the daughter of George Connor of Ballybricken, Co. Cork. (I think our family would have died out without the prolific Connor family of Ballybricken;  they seem to have provided an endless supply of wives and husbands for the ancestors...)

From 'Dublin Alumni':  'John Lysaght, SC (Dr. Ford) Oct 24 1745, aged 16; son of John, Armiger;  born Dublin. BA Vern, 1750. (2nd Baron Lisle).'

Also, brother to the above: 'Joseph Lysaght, Privately educated. LLD Vern 1776 (of the Inner Temple); 2nd son of John of Mount North, Cork;  Irish bar 1761; MP Youghal 1768;  MP Cashel 1798.'

John Lysaght, 2nd Baron Lisle,  was the MP for Castlemartyr, Cork, and the Sheriff of Co. Cork.  Joshua Reynolds painted a charming Georgian portrait of him. He died in Bristol on January 9th 1798.

The children of John Lysaght and Marianne Connor were:
  • John Lysaght, 3rd Baron Lisle.
  • George Lysaght, 4th Baron Lisle, born 1783 in Bristol, married Elizabeth Knight on 11th August 1810, then married Elizabeth Ann Foulkes on 14th October 1816.
  • Elizabeth Lysaght, born 1779 in Kildare St, Dublin, married James Hall in September 1800, and died in May 1813.
  • Catherine Lysaght who married Thomas Delany Hall, brother of James Hall, in 1803.
John Lysaght, 3rd Baron Lisle, and his brother, George Lysaght, 4th Baron Lisle:
John Lysaght 3rd Baron was born to John Lysaght and Marianne Connor on 4th December 1780, and married Sarah Gibbs of Inverness in 1809. They had no children.  The ‘Annual Register, 1834’ recorded his premature death:   “By a fall when hunting in the New Forest, by which he dislocated his neck, aged 53, the right honourable John Lysaght, 3rd Baron Lisle of Mountnorth, county Cork.”

John was succeeded, therefore by his younger brother, George Lysaght, 4th Baron Lisle (1783 - 7th July 1868),  who had married, firstly, on October 11th 1819, Elizabeth Knight, who died on 12th April 1815 - George and Elizabeth had a son, John Arthur Lysaght (the 5th Baron), and a daughter, Elizabeth Lysaght.  George Lysaght married secondly, on Octber 14th 1819, Elizabeth Annie Foulkes, the daughter of John Davy Foulkes of Devon;  Elizabeth Anne died on November 1st 1825, having produced 7 children with George, one of whom was Catherine Charlotte Lysaght.  George finally married Elizabeth Church of Bloomsbury, Middlesex on August 16th 1836.    She was the daughter of John and Ann Church of Bedford Place.

In 1851, George Lysaght and his third wife, Elizabeth Church, were living in Kenton, Devon - the census records his name merely as 'Lisle' and his profession as 'Peer'.    Their adult children were John Arthur, Samuel Knight Lysaght, and Elizabeth Mary Ann Lysaght, all living at home. Also present on the night of the census were two unmarried adult nieces - Eliza Combe, aged 25, and her sister, Charlotte Combe, aged 19.  George Lysaght, 4th Baron Lisle, had a daughter, Catherine Charlotte Lysaght, who married the clergyman and schoolmaster, Rev. John Eyre Yonge.  Catherine Charlotte Yonge died on 22nd December 1905 at Shettisham Rectory in Suffolk, and her will was administered by three of her sons, Rev. George Yonge, rev. Vernon George Yonge, and the solicitor, John Harry Yonge.   A further son was Henry Lysaght of the 86th Foot who died at Poona on November 1st 1851, aged 26.

The 5th Baron Lisle, John Arthur Lysaght, was born in Pilton, Devon, to George Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight, on 12th October 1811, and married twice, the first time to Henrietta Ann Church of Bloomsbury who I believe was the sister of George Lysaght’s (4th Baron) third wife.    Henriette Church had been born in 1816 to John and Ann Church of Bedford Place, Bloomsbury, and married John Arthur Lysaght on 6th March 1837.  She would die in 1860.
In 1841, John Arthur Lysaght and Henrietta Ann were living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with the first three of their children.
1) John George Lysaght, 1837 - 1837, born and died at Kenton House.
2) John Arthur Lysaght, 1838 - 1872.
3) George William James Lysaght (1840 - 1919), the 6th Baron Lisle.
4) Frederick Lysaght, born 1841.
5) Henrietta-Elizabeth Lysaght, 1845 - 1891.
6) Henry Lysaght, 1847 - 1915.
7) Elizabeth Octavia Lysaght, 1850 - 1870.
8) Philippa Charlotte Lysaght, 1853 - 1855.
9) Richard Lysaght, 1854 - 1855.
10) Mary-Anne Clara Lysaght, 1856 - 1858.

The 5th Baron Lisle, John Arthur Lysaght, died at Castle Magner, Kanturk, Co. Cork, on 18th April 1898.

The son of John Arthur Lysaght and Henrietta Ann Church, George William James Lysaght  (1840 - 1919)    became the 6th Baron Lisle.  He was in the military and served in several units - the Devon Mil. Art.,  the Jackson Forest Rangers, the Waitako Militia.  George was married to Amy Emily Langford of Ventnor and St.Heliers, Jersey.

The 7th Baron Lisle was named John Nicholas Horace Lysaght (the son of Horace George Lysaght who died in 1918) who had been born in 1903 and succeeded to the title in 1919.  He died in 1997 aged 93.
He married twice, to Vivienne Brew who died in 1948, then to Marie Helen Rugold following his 1930 divorce from Vivienne.

William Lysaght of Mount North, Cork:
John Lysaght, 1st Baron Lisle of Mountnorth, took in one of his Clare relations, the Catholic William Lysaght, and educated him at Mountnorth.  The Clare Lysaghts were closely related to the Cork family but there are too many variations of the genealogical link for me to decipher the exact relationship accurately.  William was the son of Patrick Lysaght and Barbara Arthur;  Patrick, who died young, was the son of William Lysaght of Feakle, who was the son and heir of an earlier Patrick.  Land in Feakle, Tullagh, Bunratty and Inchiquin in Co. Clare were granted to this family in November 1678.
Following his father's early death, William was taken in by his elderly grandfather,William of Feakle, whose second wife, Ann Reddan, treated the orphaned boy so poorly that an appeal was made to Lord Lisle of Mountnorth to take the child in.  (Ann Reddan, according to Lysaght family lore, engaged the services of an Algerian pirate to abduct William and his unnamed sister, in order to get her hands on her husband's money. Alternatively, William's father's property may have been sold to pay off family debts...)

William Lysaght (1723 - 1798) of Clare, therefore, moved south to Cork, getting on well with both of Lord Lisle's wives, firstly Catherine Deane who died on June 17th 1743, then with Elizabeth Moore. Following the death of Catherine Lysaght, née Deane, in 1743, Lord Lisle went with his family to Bath for a number of years, and left the young William Lysaght in charge of Mountnorth in his absence.   Lord Lisle also spent much time in Dublin.
 In 1749, William Lysaght acquired 348 acres of land at Clogheen near Doneraile from Lady Midleton;  he also built a 'pretty little thatched cottage' for himself.   In 1750 he married the Protestant Elizabeth Knight, the daughter of James Knight of Ballynoe, near Charleville, who was a cousin of Lord Lisle  - under the marriage settlement, William Lysaght got £350, Elizabeth Knight's grandmother Gubbins gave her £200;  her Uncle Blakeney Gubbins gave her £50.  (James Knight's wife was the daughter of Joseph Gubbins and Catherine Blakeney.)  Another uncle was Henry Knight. Elizabeth Knight's brother was Sir Christopher Knight.
William Lysaght had relations in Portugal, and would later send two of his own children there.

William Lysaght of Cork  made his will on 1st June 1793 in which he named his wife as Elizabeth (Knight), sons as John, Edward, Nicholas, Henry and, and daughters as Jane and Grace;  granddaughters were Elizabeth Huson and Elizabeth Sayers. 

The children of William Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight, who were reared Protestant, were:
1) William Lysaght (1754 - 1801)  who married Catherine Royse, the daughter of Thomas Royse of Ballinvirig, Limerick, at Nantenant, Limerick, in 1791.   William Lysaght Jr. was JP for Cork and Counsellor at law.   Catherine Royse's siblings were Robert Royse and Vere Royse who had learning difficulties and was described as an idiot.
William Lysaght JP, who lived at Fortwilliam and at Mount North, died on 9th December 1801, when out hunting for Whiteboys - he accidentally stepped on a farmyard pig, causing his horse to rear up and throw him, and died a few days later.

Catherine Lysaght, née Royse, proved the will of her brother, Vere Royse, when he died in Mallow, Co. Cork, on 27th September 1839.  Her son, James Lysaght of Malahide and Carrigmore, was the second executor. James Lysaght of Malahide and Carrigmore, would later be the executor of his mother Catherine's will when she died in Mallow on 4th December 1839.
Earlier, at Lucyville, The Liberties, Cork City,  John Lysaght, the son of William Lysaght and Catherine Royse, died in April 1828, and his will was granted to his brothers, William Lysaght and James Lysaght of Malahide.

One of the sons of Catherine Royse and William Lysaght was James Lysaght, noted as being of Malahide, but who also bought Carrigmore near Dunmanway, Co. Cork, which had previously been known as Connerville, the seat of the Conners.
James Lysaght made a fortune in the legal profession, and was working in Clare in 1839, the year of his mother's death - Catherine Royse Lysaght, widow of William Lysaght, died at Mallow6 Upper Bag in 1839.
A son, Thomas Lysaght, was living with her in Mallow prior to her death.  A widowed surgeon Thomas Lysaght MD of 6 Upper Baggot Street, married in St. Peter's on 15th March 1849, Matilda Elizabeth Benison of Talbot Street, the daughter of Lieutenant Joseph Benison.
James Lysaght of Mallow, attorney-at-law, married twice, first to his cousin, the eldest daughter of Robert Royse of Ballydonohue, Co. Limerick, ('Dublin Weekly Register', 16th March 1822).  The wedding took place at the bride's family home at Ballydonohue.  (Robert Royse was his maternal uncle.)
James Lysaght and his first wife, Miss Royse, had the Rev. Edward Lysaght who later married Mary Conner, daughter of Daniel Conner of Manch.
James Lysaght of Mallow, Malahide and Carrigmore, married secondly in 1847 at Aberdour, Edinburgh, to Adelaide Janetta Douglas, the widowed daughter of the ex-Governor of St.Helena, Major-General Beatson.
Another son of James Lysaght of Carrigmore was William Lysaght, JP of Cork, who married Eliza Jane Connor, the daughter of Daniel Conner of Manch, and who had William Conner Lysaght on 8th March 1861 while living at Laurel Hill Avenue, Limerick, and then Edward Longfield Lysaght on 24th December 1862; son William Conner Lysaght, assistant medical officer with the Royal Infirmiary, died at 13 Frederick Place, Clifton, Bristol, on 24th July 1887, and who was survived by his widow, Mary Lysaght of 7 Vyvyan Terrace, Bristol.

Rev. Edward Lysaght, the son of James Lysaght and Miss Royce,  married Mary Conner of Manch, in Kinneigh Church, Co. Cork, on 17th June 1852 - he was noted as the rector of Castlemacadam, Co. Wicklow.   Rev. Edward Lysaght and Mary Conner had a son in Malahide, Dublin, in May 1853.

The son of Catherine Royse and William Lysaght, William Lysaght (1800 - 1840),  married Frances Atkins of Cork, on 20th October 1819, the daughter of William Atkins;  William was later known as William Lysaght of Hazelwood and Fort William.
His son, John Lysaght (1832 - 1895) moved to England with his widowed mother, and founded the ironworks of John Lysaght Ltd in Bristol.  He was joined in the business by two nephews, Sidney Royse Lysaght (1856 - 1941) and William Royse Lysaght (1859 - 1945).  In October 1858, John Lysaght, son of William of Hazelwood, married Ellen Moss, the eldest daughter of Lieutenant Sidney Moss R.N.
Sidney Royce Lysaght and William Royce Lysaght were the sons of Thomas Royse Lysaght and of Emily Sophia Lysaght, who had moved to live in England by the 1850s.
Thomas Royse Lysaght had been born on 21st February 1828 in Mallow to William Lysaght and Frances Atkins.  They had other children - Frances E. Lysaght, Herbert Royse Lysaght and Grace Ellen Lysaght.

The births/baptisms of some of the children of William Lysaght and Frances Atkins were noted on the LDS site:

Maria Lysaght, born in Mallow, Cork, in September 1821.
Elizabeth Lysaght born in Mallow in November 1824.
Catherine Anne Lysaght, born in Mallow in February 1823.
William Lysaght, born Mallow on 1st May 1826, although his date of birth was given as 1825 in 'Walford's County Families'...Willliam married, firstly, Frances Murphy, daughter of William Murphy MD of Cork, and, secondly, in 1870, Charity Haines, daughter of Thomas Haines of Lakeville, Cork, and had a son, William Lysaght, in 1872.
Thomas Royse Lysaght born Mallow on 21st February 1828.
Sarah Grace, the youngest daughter of William Lysaght of Hazelwood, married, Christopher Crofts, the eldest son of Christopher Crofts of Ballyhoura. The wedding took place on 14th March 1861 in Buttevant.
A later William Lysaght of Hazelwood, Mallow, died in 2nd August 1916, and his will was granted to William and George Lysaght.  
A William Lysaght, builder of Mallow, died on 2nd January 1881;  he was survived by his widow Margaret Lysaght.

2) Henry Lysaght of Elmvale  (son of William Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight) who married Jane Norcott in Buttevant Church on 28th November 1799. A member of the Duhallow Hunt in the 1800s, he inherited Clogheen from his father.  The marriage settlement was commemorated with a deed (523-437-351201), dated 27th November 1799 - Henry Lysaght was living at Elmville, Cork, and Jane Norcott was living at Springfield, Cork;  also mentioned were Hugh Norcott of Springfield and William Norcott, a barrister of Dublin.  Earlier (503-148-321930) on 14th April 1796,  William Lysaght transferred circa 38 acres of land in the Clogheen/Fermoy area of Cork to his youngest son, Henry Lysaght, and this was witnessed by Edward Lysaght of Dublin and William Norcott of Cork.    Jane Norcott was the daughter of James Norcott of Springfield and of Jane Roberts of Britfieldstown near Buttevant, Co. Cork. Jane was baptised, along with her twin brother, Hugh Norcott, in Buttevant Parish Church on 10th November 1775.

Children of Henry Lysaght of Elmvale:

The eldest son of Henry Lysaght of Elmvale was William H. Lysaght of Grove Cottage.

The second son of Henry of Elmvale was Joseph Lysaght.

On 23rd September 1842 at sea aboard 'The Agricola',  the death occurred of Hugh Norcott Lysaght, the youngest son of the late Henry Lysaght.
Henry Lysaght was born to Henry Lysaght and Jane Norcott of Elmville near Buttevant and was baptised there on 2nd October 1804.  He inherited Clogheen, sold it and bought Bellwood in Tipperary, but spent the later years of his life in Dublin.   His wife, who he married in July 1838, was Maria Hooper, the daughter of Robert Hooper of Tipperary. She died in 1859.
From The Cork Examiner of 6th November 1863:  'In Blessington Street, Henry Lysaght, 3rd son of the late Henry Lysaght Esq., of Elmvale, Nov. 4, at his residence 5 Royal Canal Terrace.'
Also, from the Dublin Evening Mail - on 4th November 1863, Henry Lysaght Esq., formerly of Bellwood, Templemore, the 3rd son of the late Henry Lysaght of Elmvale, died at 61 Blessington Street.  Henry of Bellwood had a son at Bellwood, Tipperary, in April 1844.
In September 1858, Maria Lysaght, the daughter of Henry Lysaght of Bellwood married Thomas Eyre Powell, the son of the late John Powell.  When Henry Lysaght of Bellwood died at 66 Blessington Street on 4th November 1863, his will was granted to his daughter, Maria Powell, the wife of Thomas Eyre Powell of the Royal Bank, Foster Place, Dublin.   Thomas Eyre Powell acted as witness at the wedding of his sister-in-law, Belinda Wilhelmina Lysaght of 3 Foster Place and of 66 Blessington Street, when she married, on 23rd February 1864, John William McGowan, a builder and son of William McGowan.   Thomas Eyre Powell died at Hope Villa, Bray, Co. Wicklow, in 1920.
A daughter of Henry Lysaght  Elizabeth Lysaght of Edward Terrace, Summerhill, Dublin, died of consumtion on 6th January 1868, and her will was granted to her unmarried sister Jane Norcott Lysaght of 6 Leinster Road, Rathmines, Co. Dublin.

NB: It's interesting to note the Dublin addresses of Henry Lysaght of Bellwood - Blessington Street, Edward Terrace and Summerhill were streets associated with John Pennefather and Emily Courtenay, the Pennefathers and the Lysaghts being related by marriage.

(Earlier, the 1847 Street Directory for Dublin noted both the solicitor Henry Lysaght and an Andrew Lysaght as living at 42 Summerhill.  In July 1852, an Andrew Lysaght, barrister-at-law, married Frances Louisa Jemima O'Callaghan, the daughter of the late George O'Callaghan, of Mary Fort, Co. Clare -  this Andrew Lysaght, a possible son of Henry Lysaght of Elmville, died in 1859.  None of the genealogies name Andrew as a son of either the Henry Lysaghts, however....)

3) John.  (Son of William Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight.) According to a deed (606-469-416744), dated 23rd April 1798, John Lysaght of Woodpark, Cork, married Sarah Gubbins, the daughter of James Gubbins of Thinmore or Shinmore Castle, Limerick.  Under the marriage articles, land in Templeconnell, Cork, was transferred to William Lysaght, barrister of Mountnorth, and to Mr. Wrixon of Ballygiblin, Cork.

4) A deed, dated 17th July 1767, identifies Christopher Lysaght as the 4th son of William Lysaght of Mountnorth.  The Catholic Ballyclogh Burial record the burial on 17th November 1803, of a Christopher Lysaght.

5) Joseph Lysaght  (son of William Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight) who was sent as a child to his uncle in Portugal, where he died young.

6) Elizabeth Lysaght (daughter of William Lysaght and Elizabeth Knight) who married Edward Sayers of Doneraile in 1774.

7)  Grace Lysaght who married Rev. Mountifort Longfield, vicar of Desertserges, Cork on 1st November 1796 -  Grace and her brother, Joseph Lysaght, had been sent to be adopted by their kinsman, Joseph Lysaght, in Lisbon;  he had no children of his own and wished to ensure his property in Portugal was passed on to family.  (Following the defeat of James II at the Battle of the Boyne, a branch of the Clare Lysaghts, who were Catholic, had settled in Lisbon and done well there.) Grace was reared in a Lisbon convent where another Lysaght relation was the Mother Superior.  When she reached adulthood she returned to Ireland for a visit, and, while there and against her father's wishes, she married Rev. Mountiford Longfield - another piece of Lysaght lore has it that Grace fell into the water as she got off the boat in Cobh, and that Mountiford Longfield immediately jumped in to rescue her. The son of Grace and Mountifort Longfield was Robert Longfield, QC., Law Advisor of the Crown for Ireland.

Other Lysaghts:

The following Lysaght family of Limerick, Clare and Dublin are possible relations of the Mountnorth Lysaghts, the Mountnorth Lysaght family having originated in Co. Clare.

Mary Lysaght, daughter of John Lysaght, 1st Lord Lisle of Mountnorth, and of Catherine Deane, married Kingsmill Pennefather in 1754.  In 1789, their son, Rev. John Pennefather of Newport, Tipperary, married, as his second wife, Elizabeth Percival, the daughter of Captain William Percival of the 103rd Foot and Anne Waller, daughter of Richard Waller of Newport.  

Elizabeth Percival's brother was Captain Westby Percival who also married a member of a Lysaght family, although I have no idea if this Lysaght family was related to the Lysaght family of Mountnorth, Co. Cork.  Captain Westby Perceval's wife was Margaret Lysaght, daughter of the barrister Thomas Lysaght.  The couple married in St. Peter's, Dublin, in August 1817.

When Daniel Lysaght of Ennis made his will in 24th December 1775, he named his first cousin as the solicitor Thomas Lysaght.  His half-brothers were James, Patrick, Thomas and John.  Another first cousin was John Lysaght of Brickhill whose son was Edward Lysaght.  A sister-in-law was Jane Kerin while his two brothers-in-law ere named as Edward Armstrong of Ennis and the merchant John Fitzgerald. (Betham's Extracts.)

Another son of the solicitor Thomas Lysaght was Richard Lysaght who had been admitted to Trinity aged 15 on 10th November 1790 - he had been born in Co. Limerick to the solicitor Thomas Lysaght.

In the 1830's, Richard Lysaght was an attorney, firstly at 17 Leeson Street, then at 11 Pembroke Street. Richard Lysaght, late of Limerick,  died on 18th June 1845 in Lower Pembroke Street aged 72. His wife had died there on 9th November 1838.
Earlier, Richard Lysaght had given an affadavit, dated 10th August 1826, to confirm the loss of certain legal papers which had been entrusted to his father Thomas Lysaght by the Butler family, who had employed him as law-agent;  these family papers had been lost when Thomas Lysaght sold up and moved from Limerick to Dublin in about 1790. Richard confirmed in his 1826 affadavit that his brother, Thomas Lysaght Junior, had been in the legal business with his father but both were now dead.

'Saunders Newletter' of 30th October 1821 reported that a bill belonging to the Lysaghts had been lost in the post. Payment was stopped so the bill was now worthless.....'John Balfe's Draft on Messrs.Murphy of Smithfield in favour of James Lysaght for 100l. dated 8th of October....1821...said Bill was enclosed in a Richard Lysaght Esq.,Ennis...information may be sent to Captain Percival, 14 Molesworth St...'   The daughter of Thomas Lysaght Senior was Margaret Lysaght, wife of Captain Westby Perceval who, in 1821, lived at 41 Molesworth Street.  

In 1824, Pigots Directory noted James Lysaght at 17 Leeson Street, the address associated with Richard Lysaght.  In 1824, Richard Lysaght was recorded at 10 Dawson Street.   In 1835, solicitor James Lysaght was noted at both 21 William Street and in Limerick.  A James Lysaght, solicitor, was recorded in 1830 at both 17 Andrew Street and in 32 Georges St, Limerick.

(It's unclear who James Lysaght was.  I went through the register of Drumcliffe Church, Ennis, in the National Archives.  The microfilm covered the years 1785 to 1829 and showed up the following Lysaght entries who may or may not be related to the Lysaght family discussed in this post:
9th March 1796 - the baptism of John, son of Mr. James Lysaght and his wife.
23rd February 1799 - the baptism of Catherine, daughter of Francis Lysaght and Charlotte his wife.
1803, date faded - the baptism of James, son of James and Jane Lysaght.
14th May 1808 - the burial of Mrs. Lysaght, wife of Mr. James Lysaght.
29th November 1817 - the marriage of Serjeant Thomas Hodson of the 20th to Margaret Lysaght of Glinfield, spinster. License.  Glinfield was difficult to decipher and might not be accurate.
7th December 1817 - George Inglis, assistant surgeon of 93rd Reg. to Miss Catherine Lysaght of Ennis. License.)

So Thomas Lysaght Senior, solicitor of Limerick, then Leeson St, Dublin, had Richard Lysaght of 17 Leeson St and then Pembroke Street in about 1775 and who might have operated in Ennis, Margaret who married Captain Westby Perceval in 1817, and Thomas Lysaght Junior who had been in business with his father, and possibly James Lysaght.

'Saunders Newsletter' of 27th August 1817 noted that Westby Perceval, who had recently married Miss Lysaght of Leeson Street, had arrived at his sister-in-law's house, Mrs. Hunter of Charlotte's Quay (Limerick), with his bride.   Mrs. Hunter might have been another daughter of Thomas Lysaght, solicitor, since I know of no Perceval/Hunter marriages.  She had two known daughters, Margaret and Charlotte Hunter, both named as beneficiaries in their uncle Westby Perceval's will.   A Mrs. Hunter, widow of the excise office Robert Hunter, died in Limerick in June 1824.  ('Waterford Mail', 19th June 1824.)

A Miss Catherine Lysaght, daughter of the late Thomas Lysaght, died in Church Street, Ennis, in July 1849.

The son of Thomas Lysaght, Thomas Lysaght Junior, had married Catherine Vallancey, youngest daughter of Colonel Charles Vallancey L.L.D., on 23rd October 1799.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Kearney of Trinity College, Dublin. ('Saunders Newsletter', 23 October 1799.)
Thomas Lysaght Junior was the register and law agent to the Royal Dublin Society, a job he received through the influence of his father-in-law, Colonel Vallancey, and died of typhus fever in Ennis in 1819.   His widow, Catherine Lysaght, née Vallancey, died in January 1848 at Bayview near Kilrush, Co. Clare.
(Frances P. Vallancey, the daughter of Colonel Vallancey, married Lieutenant Shewbridge in 1775; she would die in Lower Mount Street on 20th October 1819, the widow of Mahor Shewbridge of the Royal Irish Artillery.
On 19th December 1815 in Windsor, Margaret Vallancey, the eldest daughter of the late Captain Vallancey and granddaughter of the late General Vallancey, married  Thomas Baverstsock.   Margaret Baverstock died, aged 81, on 18th September 1864.)

A son of Thomas Lysaght Junior and Catherine Vallancey was Richard Lysaght, named in his uncle Captain Westby Perceval's 1835 will.

Edmond Cole Bowen, attorney of Limerick, married Margaret, the second daughter of attorney Thomas Lysaght Junior and Catherine Vallancey in 1828.  In 1828, at the residence of her mother in Georges Square, Kilrush, Co.Clare, Margaret Cole Bowen gave birth to a son.  Margaret Lysaght, second daughter of Thomas Lysaght, married secondly Basil Lukey Davoren.

Basil's brother, George Davoren, married Charlotte Lysaght, also a daughter of Thomas Lysaght Junior and Catherine Vallancy.  The children of George and Charlotte Davoren were, amongst others, Catherine Frances Vallancy Davoren and Westby Percival Davoren.
George and Basil Lukey Davoren were the sons of Basil Davoren of Ennis.

The eldest daughter of Thomas Lysaght Junior of Leeson Street was Catherine Vallancy Lysaght who died in Baggot Street in 1834.

The son of Thomas Lysaght Junior and Catherine Vallancey was Major Thomas Vallancey Lysaght. In May 1820, one year after his father had died of typhus in Ennis, Co. Clare, Thomas V. Lysaght applied to enter the British Bengal Army as a cadet.  He was nominated by a director of the East India Company, Edward Parry and recommended by Captain Henry Vansittart of the Royal Navy.  His application papers (viewable via Find My Past - British India Office Births and Baptisms) confirms that he was the son of Thomas Lysaght, lately deceased, a solicitor who resided in Dublin.  Born in St. Peter's parish on 8th March 1804, he had received a classical education at the Feinaigle Institute. His next of kin was his widowed mother Catherine Lysaght.

Edward Parry of Gower Street, who nominated him, wrote a letter on his behalf to the army - 'My dear sir, I have prepared Mr Abington the proper officer at the India House who will be ready to receive Mr. Lysaght, get him passed through the forms of the India House and enable him to find a ship to sail in the course of the month....Pray remember me to my daughter, to Mrs. Henry Vansittart and to all our friends at Bisham....'
Edward Parry of the East India Company had married Emilia Vansittart, the daughter of Henry Vansittart and Amelia Morse;  Edward Parry's nephew was the Captain Henry Vansittart who had recommended Thomas Vallancey Lysaght as a cadet in 1820.   The Vansittart family of Bisham were close relations of Rear-Admiral Henry Vansittart who had married Mary Charity Pennefather, daughter of Rev. John Pennefather and Elizabeth Perceval of Newport, Tipperary, in 1809.

Thomas Vallancey Lysaght married his first wife, Fanny Sophia Hamilton in Dacca, Bengal, on 3rd April 1829.  The witnesses were members of the bride's family, Emily Anna Hamilton, Lt-Col. Charles W. Hamilton Charlotte Hamilton.
On 22nd January 1833, Thomas Vallancey Lysaght married, secondly, Maria O' Halloran in Dinapore, India.

Thomas Vallancey Lysaght and Maria O'Halloran had four daughters, all of whom were orphaned by 1849 and in receipt of an army pension accordingly.  They were Fanny Percival Lysaght born 13th March 1834, Maria Vallancey Lysaght born 17th August 1837, Caroline Bayly Lysaght born 20th April 1840 and Margaret Pennifather Lysaght born 19th April 1842.
Major Thomas Vallancey Lysaght's second wife, Maria O'Halloran was a member of the Limerick O'Halloran family - when Caroline Bayly Lysaght died in Leamington aged 18 in 1858, she was noted as the 3rd daughter of the late Thomas V. Lysaght and granddaughter of the late Major-General Sir Joseph O'Halloran.  Folowing the premature death of the Lysaght girls' parents in India, they had been taken in  by their uncle and aunt in Leamington, Lt. John Nicholas O'Halloran and Elizabeth Pringle.


  1. Alison - came across your blog when researching the name "Lord Lisle". I live in "Fort Lisle" Cobh Co. Cork and am wondering if it was built by one of the Lysaghts (Built between 1824 and 34 as far as I know) I know that there was a "Fort Lisle" in Dublin but this has long since been demolished.
    Eddie English -

  2. I haven't come across reference to Fort Lisle of Cork before, but it seems likely to have been built by the Lysaght family, given the name. I'll keep an eye out for something in relation to this....

  3. I'm a lysaght from limerick my name is declan Anthony lysaght my great grandfather was a James lysaght and he was son of a Arthur lysaght brother to a William lysaght of limerick.