Castles and Women’s Rights

My niece, Drew Benton, is kin to all the folks below, some, lived in castles. That is Drew and her mother, Christine Rosamond Benton, in top photo.

Jon Presco

Alexander Breckenridge1
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     Alexander Breckenridge was born in 1686 at Ireland.1 He married Jane Preston, daughter of Phineas Preston and Hon. Mary Stewart.

1794 – 1854

The daughter of Colonel James McDowell and Sarah (Preston), Elizabeth was born in Rockbridge Co., Virginia on 08 Jul 1794. She married Senator Thomas Hart Benton on 21 Mar 1821, and was the mother of Elizabeth, wife of William C. Jones; Jessie, wife of John C. Frémont; Sarah, wife of Richard T. Jacob; Susan, wife of Baron Gauldree Boiléau, and two sons John Randolph and James McDowell Benton who preceded them in death.

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge c1900Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (May 20, 1872 – November 25, 1920) was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement and one of Kentucky’s leading Progressive reformers. She was also known as Madge Breckinridge and Mrs. Desha Breckinridge.

She was born in Woodlake, Kentucky and grew up at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, the farm established by her great-grandfather, nineteenth-century statesman Henry Clay. Her mother was Henry Clay, Jr.’s daughter, Anne Clay McDowell, and her father was Major Henry Clay McDowell (a namesake of Henry Clay), who served during the American Civil War on the Union side. They purchased the Ashland estate in 1882. One of her brothers was federal judge Henry C. McDowell, Jr.. Another, Thomas was a renowned Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder and trainer who won the 1902 Kentucky Derby.

Hesketh has been making love to Miss Florence Sharon , a most charming girl , daughter of Senator Sharon and the engagement was announced in the Chronicle & Newsletter . The American girls knew what they were up to ; they had this cash , which would allow them to become objects of interest .
Also , it was a passport to Europe , to a certain degree of freedom and what they saw as a more sophisticated environment . So they traded money for access to what they saw as the cream of world society.
The new lady of the manor quickly set out to spend some of that money when she found things not entirely to her liking . She had hoped for a ‘rambling, medieval’ home and had to work to instill those qualities in Nicholas Hawksmoor’s graceful Baroque masterpiece of architecture . Florence Sharon had definite ideas of what an English house should look like, and she encouraged her husband to go out and acquire works of art that she thought were right for the house , and she also had a very , very keen eye for luxury , and so the wardrobes or beds or so on tend to be of the best variety and stood the test of time . The admiral’s comfort came at no expense to Easton Neston , which continued to be maintained by a steady flow of American dollars from San Francisco – interrupted , only in 1906 by the great earthquake .
Children of Robert Breckenridge and Letitia Preston
Robert Breckinridge1
Hon. John Breckinridge+1 b. 2 Dec 1760, d. 14 Dec 1806
1. [S1425] Gloria Hursey, “re: Breckinridge Family,” e-mail message to James Baring, 15 August 2005. Hereinafter cited as “re: Breckinridge Family.”
Alexander Breckenridge1
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     Alexander Breckenridge was born in 1686 at Ireland.1 He married Jane Preston, daughter of Phineas Preston and Hon. Mary Stewart.1 He died before 23 September 1743 at Tinkling Springs, Fisherville, Augusta County, Virginia, U.S.A..1 He was buried at Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Fisherville, Augusta County, Virginia, U.S.A..1 His will was probated on 24 May 1750.1
     He and Jane Preston emigrated along with their children to North America arriving on 1728.1
Children of Alexander Breckenridge and Jane Preston
Letitia Breckenridge1
John Breckenridge1 b. b 1720
George Breckenridge1 b. b 1720
Robert Breckenridge+1 b. c 1720, d. a 16 Aug 1772
James Breckenridge1 b. b 1740
Adam Breckenridge1 b. b 1740
Smith Breckenridge1 b. b 1740

Hon. Mary Stewart was born circa 1677.2 She was the daughter of William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy and Hon. Mary Coote.1,2 She married, firstly, Phineas Preston in 1692 at Mountjoy, Ireland.2,1 She married, secondly, Vice-Admiral George Forbes, 3rd Earl of Granard, son of Arthur Forbes, 2nd Earl of Granard and Mary Rawdon, in 1709.1 She died on 4 October 1765.1 She was also reported to have died on 4 October 1758.2
      From 1692, her married name became Preston.2 From 1709, her married name became Forbes. As a result of her marriage, Hon. Mary Stewart was styled as Countess of Granard on 24 August 1734.
William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy

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William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy (1653 – 24 August 1692), was an Anglo-Irish peer and soldier.
Stewart was born in 1653, the son of Sir Alexander Stewart, 2nd Baronet, of Ramelton. He married the Honourable Mary Coote, daughter of Richard Coote, 1st Lord Coote, Baron Coloony. They had six sons and two daughters.
He was appointed Master-General of the Ordnance and colonel of a regiment of foot and in 1682 was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Viscount Mountjoy and Baron Stewart for services during the Irish Rebellion. In 1686 he served in Hungary at the siege of Buda, where he was twice dangerously wounded, and on his return to Ireland was made a brigadier-general. Macaulay styled him “a brave soldier, an accomplished scholar.” In Dublin he was the centre of a small circle of learned and ingenious men, who had, under his presidency, formed themselves into a Royal Society.[1]
In 1688 he commanded a portion of the royal army of the Catholic King James II stationed at Londonderry. But as he was a Protestant, the Duke of Tyrconnell, Lieutenant Governor of the Irish Army, feared he might be influenced in favour of the Protestant William of Orange and sent him at the outbreak of Irish hostilities on a diplomatic mission to France, secretly intimating that his detention would be desirable. He was accordingly thrown into the Bastille, and kept confined there until 1692. During his period of confinement, the Parliament of Ireland passed a bill of attainder requiring Stewart and two to three thousand others to report to Dublin for sentencing; Stewart in particular was directed to break out of the Bastille in order to report, under pain of being drawn and quartered.[2]
On his release, he did indeed switch loyalties and joined William’s army in Flanders as a General, losing his life at the battle of Steenkerque on 24 August 1692, aged about 39.
On his death in 1692 his title passed to his son Sir William Stewart, 2nd Viscount Mountjoy.

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     William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy was the son of Sir Alexander Stewart, 2nd Bt. and Catherine Newcomen.2 He married Hon. Mary Coote, daughter of Richard Coote, 1st Lord Coote, Baron of Coloony and Mary St. George.1
     He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baronet Stewart, of Ramalton, co. Donegal [I., 1623] on 3 September 1650.1 He was created 1st Viscount Mountjoy, of co. Tyrone [Ireland] on 19 March 1682/83.3 He was created 1st Baron Stewart of Ramalton, co. Donegal [Ireland] on 19 March 1682/83.3
Children of William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy
William Stewart, 2nd Viscount Mountjoy+4 d. 10 Jan 1727/28
Hon. Alexander Stewart+5
Children of William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy and Hon. Mary Coote
Hon. Catherine Stewart+
Hon. Mary Stewart+6 b. c 1677, d. 4 Oct 1765

Children of Hon. Mary Stewart and Phineas Preston
Jane Preston+2 b. c 1690, d. a 12 Nov 1746
Mary Preston2 b. 1696, d. 1749
Colonel John Preston+2 b. 1699, d. 1747
Nathaniel Preston2 b. c 1700

Hon. Mary Stewart and Phineas Preston

She was the daughter of William Stewart, 1st Viscount Mountjoy and Hon. Mary Coote.1,2 From 1692, her married name became Preston.2 From 1709, her married name became Forbes. As a result of her marriage, Hon. Mary Stewart was styled as Countess of Granard on 24 August 1734.
Children of Hon. Mary Stewart and Phineas Preston
Jane Preston+2 b. c 1690, d. a 12 Nov 1746
Mary Preston2 b. 1696, d. 1749
Colonel John Preston+2 b. 1699, d. 1747

     Florence Louise Breckinridge was born in November 1881 at California, U.S.A..2 She was the daughter of John Witherspoon Breckinridge and Florence Louise Tevis.1 She married Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh, son of Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh, 7th Bt. and Florence Emily Sharon, on 9 September 1909 at British Embassy Church, Paris, France.1 She died on 4 March 1956 at age 74 at Easton Neston, Towcester, Northamptonshire, England.3,4 She was buried at St. Mary’s Church, Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, England.4
      From 9 September 1909, her married name became Fermor-Hesketh.1 As a result of her marriage, Florence Louise Breckinridge was styled as Baroness Hesketh on 25 January 1935.

Forbes baronets

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There have been five Baronetcies created for people with the surname Forbes, four in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia and one in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. The first holder of the Burn Baronetcy of Jessfield, created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom in 1923, assumed the surname of Forbes-Leith of Fyvie in 1925.

Arthur Forbes, 9th Earl of Granard AFC (1915 – 21 November 1992), was a British peer.
He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He received a BA from Cambridge University in 1937.
During World War II, he acted as an air adviser for the RAF, during his service Arthur acted as an adviser to the Minister of State for the Middle East. His decorations included the British Air Force Cross, the French Legion of Honor and the American Legion of Merit.
From 1972 to 1990 he was a director of Texaco. Lord Granard also served as a director for other companies, including the Nabisco Group Ltd. and Martini & Rossi.
Lord Granard’s wife, Marie-Madeleine Eugenie, Princess of Faucigny Lucinge, died in 1990. He is survived by two daughters, Moira and Georgina, two sisters, Eileen, Lady Bute of Scotland, and Moira, Countess Rossi of Switzerland, and two grandchildren. Thus his nephew Peter inherited the title and continues to be the holder.
Arthur Forbes, 9th Earl of Granard, died at his home in Morges, Switzerland in 1992 at age seventy-seven.

Earl of Granard

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Earl of Granard is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1684 for Arthur Forbes, 1st Viscount Granard. He was a Lieutenant-General in the army and served as Marshal of the Army in Ireland after The Restoration and was later Lord Justice of Ireland. He had already succeeded his father as second Baronet of Castle Forbes and been created Baron Clanehugh and Viscount Granard in 1675, also in the Peerage of Ireland. The Baronetcy, of Castle Forbes in county Longford, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 29 September 1628 for his father, Arthur Forbes.
The first Earl’s grandson, the third Earl, was an Admiral in the Royal Navy. He was summoned to the Irish House of Lords through a writ of acceleration as Lord Forbes in his father’s lifetime. He was succeeded by his son, the fourth Earl. He was a Lieutenant-General in the Army. His grandson, the sixth Earl, was a General in the Army. In 1806 he was created Baron Granard, of Castle Donington in the County of Leicester, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. This title gave the Earls an automatic seat in the House of Lords until the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. On his death the titles passed to his grandson, the seventh Earl. He notably served as Lord Lieutenant of County Leitrim from 1856 to 1872. His son, the eighth Earl, was a soldier and Liberal politician. Lord Granard held junior office in the Liberal administrations of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman and H. H. Asquith and was also a member of the Senate of Southern Ireland and of the Senate of the Irish Free State. As of 2010[update] the titles are held by his grandson, the tenth Earl, who succeeded his uncle in 1992.
The invented title of Viscount Forbes is used as a courtesy title for the Earl’s eldest son and heir apparent.
The ancestral family seat of the Earls of Granard is Castle Forbes, near Newtown Forbes, Co Longford, in the Republic of Ireland. It remains in the ownership of the family (as of 2008).

1 Forbes Baronets, of Castle Forbes (1628)
2 Earls of Granard (1684)
3 See also
4 References
5 External links
[edit] Forbes Baronets, of Castle Forbes (1628)
Sir Arthur Forbes, 1st Baronet (d. 1632)
Sir Arthur Forbes, 2nd Baronet (1623–1695) (created Earl of Granard in 1684)


“Amongst the many branches of the Stewart family that have been transplanted out of Scotland, there have been few that have attained to the degree of wealth and influence which this line of Ulster Stewarts reached in the 17th and 18th centuries. The principal seat was formerly at Newtown-Stewart, County Tyrone, which takes its name from Sir William Stewart, 1st Baronet, who was its founder, and the ruins of the castle of his descendants, the Lords Mountjoy, in the Elizabethan style though not dating back earlier than the middle of the 17th century, are still a picturesque feature of this beautifully situated little Ulster town.

Sir William first went to Ireland, as Captain Stewart, in the year 1608, as evidenced by the following entry in the register of the Privy Council of Scotland:

June 21, 1608.

Letter from the Council to the Governor of Knockfergus: Having ressavit directioun from our most sacred Soveraigne, the Mngis Majestie, to send over tua hundreth men of warr for assisting and furthering his Majisteis service “in that Kingdome . . . we have accordingly sent thame unto you under the charge of thir two gentilmen, Capitane Patrik Craufurde and Capitane Williame Stewart”.

“In the following year Captain Stewart was strongly recommended by the King to the Lord Deputy of Ireland for special favour in the distribution of lands, at the Plantation of Ulster. A despatch to the Lord Deputy, in State Papers, Irish Series, bearing date 19th June 1609, conveys the message that His Majesty desires ” extraordinary respect to be shown to him (Captain Stewart) when the distribution shall come It so that . . . he may therein be regarded before another”.

Captain Stewart’s name was, accordingly, included in the list of ” Servitors ” (i.e., persons in the Government service) recommended for grants of land at the Plantation, and on 30th November 1610, he was vested by Letters Patent with a it proportion” of 1,000 acres along the western shore of the upper part of Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. This property was erected into the Manor of Stewart’s Fort, and on it Captain Stewart constructed a fortified dwelling known by the name of Fort-Stewart,” which became the residence of his youngest son, Thomas Stewart, and the latter’s descendants till about the year 1780, when Sir Annesley Stewart, 6th Baronet, who had become head of the family in 1769, acquired a more commodious and modern type of residence, known as Brookehill, within a mile or two of the old fortified house. He changed the name of “Brookehill” to ” Fort-Stewart,” and this house remains the residence of his successor in the fourth generation, Sir H. J. U. Stewart, present and Ilth Baronet.

Captain Nicholas Pynnar’s Survey 1618 of the Land Grants in the year 1608 in the Barony of Raphoe list William Stewart, brother of Lord Garlies, as receiving 1,500 acres in the Precint of Boilage and Banagh. County Donegal on the Net, list William Stewart, Esq. as receiving a land grant in the year 1608 in the Barony of Boylagh, County Donegal. (I am unable to explain the descrepancy in dates, locations and acreage. (Note to File – JPRhein)

A further letter from the King recommending Captain Stewart to the special attention of the Lord Deputy is in State Papers, Irish Series, under date of 26th January 1612-13, and this led to his being granted an additional proportion of 1500 acres in the Barony of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, which had been surrendered by the original grantee. He subsequently acquired, either by grant or purchase, further lands of large extent in the counties of Tyrone and Donegal. To his lands in the Barony of Strabane, Co. Tyrone, he gave the name of Newtown-Stewart estate; those in the Barony of Clogher in the same county, became the Mount-Stewart estate; and those in the Barony of Kilmacrenan, Co. Donegal, were designated the Ramelton, Fanad, and Fort-Stewart estates. On the Mount-Stewart property he built the great castle of Aughentaine, which was destroyed during the disturbances which broke out in 1641. Mount-Stewart was officially renamed Fivemiletown about the beginning of the 19th century, and it figures under the latter name on present day maps. The ruins of Aughentaine Castle are shown a short distance to the north.

Captain Stewart was knighted at Royston in 1613, and was created a Baronet of Ireland in 1623. He played a large part in civil and military affairs in Ireland till his death late in 1646, and was a member of the Privy Council and a General in the army. He was succeeded as 2nd Baronet by his eldest son, Sir Alexander Stewart. The latter, besides being a military commander of considerable repute, wa’s a zealous Covenanter, and is described in Patrick Adair’s True Narrative of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, 1623-1670, as ” a gentleman of great integrity and fervent in propagating the gospel interest in the districts around Derry.” Sir Alexander is chiefly known to history for having conducted the First Siege of Derry in the year 1649, when the city was held for the English Parliament by Sir Charles Coote.” (Source – The Stewarts, Volume VI, The Stewarts In Ireland, Walter A. Stewart, London, S.W. 3, September 1, 1933)

The Right Honorable Sir William Stewart, 1st Baronet of Newtownstewart, County Tyrone, and Ramelton, County Donegal, went over to Ireland in 1608 as Captain commanding a company of Scottish troops sent to serve in that country. ( See Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, June 21, 1608) He is stated by Douglas of Glenbervied in his “Historical and Genealogical Tree of Royal Family of Scotland and name of Stewart”, 1750 to have been a son of Archibald Stewart, 3rd laird of Fintalloch, who died around 1506 (On review this date may have been incorrectly copied by J.P. Rhein or it is incorrect. This will have to be checked further.) and whose family descended from Sir William Stewart, 2nd of Garlies (see Galloway Earl). (Source – Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage)

Sir William Stewart was in great favor with King James VI, who in 1610 granted him 1,000 acres in the barony of Kilmacrean in County Donegal, Ireland, for the plantation of escheated lands in Ulster. William was a member of the privy council of King James VI and of King Charles I. He was a very prominent man in northern Ireland. He led the Ulster forces during the Irish rebellion of 1641 and decisively defeated Sir Phelim O’Neill on June 16, 1642. Sir William resided at Aughentean and Newtown-Stewart, County Tyrone. Among his many possessions was a demesne of 300 acres in County Donegal, upon which he built in 1618 a four story castle, called Ramelton, and a town consisting of 45 houses. (Source – Stewart Clan Magazine, Volume XI-XV, 1933-1938, page 141)

Sir William Stewart in 1613 bought 1,500 acres granted in 1610 to James Haig, gentleman, in the precinct of Strabane, County Tyrone. (Source – Stewart Clan Magazine, Volume XI-XV, 1933-1938, page 118)

“William Stewart, 1st Baronet Ramelton, started out as Captain William Stewart of Whithorn. He was granted lands under the Plantation scheme as a Servitor rather than an Undertaker, in reward for his military service in Ireland under King James I of England. He was granted ‘Gortavagie’ by James and also he received ‘Ramelton’ which had originally been granted to Sir Richard Hansard. Shortly thereafter he also took over the lands in County Tyrone of James Haig, which eventually became known as Newtownstewart, and later still land in Clogher Barony; also in County Tyrone, which he renamed Mount Stewart and which is now known as Fivemiletown. He married Frances Newcomen, and was knighted in 1623. He was made a Baronet of Ramelton in 1623 and died in 1646” (Source – Mary Stewart Kyritsis)

“Sir William Stewart emigrated to Ireland during the planation of Ulster, in the time of King James VI of Scotland who inherited the English throne as James I of England. Sir William married Frances Newcomer, daughter of Sir Robert Newcomer of Mosstown, County Longford. He sat in the Irish parliament for County Donegal in 1613-1615, and was created a baronet on May 2, 1623. He served with distinction against the Irish rebels in 1641 and 1642. He had at least two sons.” (Source – Letter from Mary Hazeltine Cole)

“James I (of England) (1566-1625), king of England (1603-1625) and, as James VI, king of Scotland (1567-1625). Born in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, James was the only son of Mary, Queen of Scots. When Mary was forced to abdicate in 1567, he was proclaimed king of Scotland. He assumed actual rule in 1581. Scotland was at that time divided by conflict between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics. James tried unsuccessfully to advance the cause of religious peace in Europe, but he repressed both Catholics and Protestants at various times. In 1586 James formed an alliance with his cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. He replaced the feudal power of the nobility with a strong central government, and maintaining the divine right of kings, he enforced the superiority of the state over the church. In 1603 James succeeded Queen Elizabeth as James I, the first Stuart king of England. His belief in divine right led to prolonged conflict with Parliament. James authorized a new translation of the Bible, generally called the King James Version. James I was succeeded to the throne by his son, Charles I.” (Source – The Encarta 99 Desk Encyclopedia Copyright 1998 Microsoft Corporation)

“After the first shock of the rebellion and the initial frantic defence measures, the Protestants began to hit back. For example, volunteers from the Laggan district, County Donegal, near Londonderry, launched a counter-attack in early summer 1642, organized by two brothers and professional soldiers, Sir William and Sir Robert Stewart. The Laggin men swiftly recaptured Strabane; relieved Lemavady, destroyed rebel bands in the Magilligan Peninsula, swept through Roe Valley and at the Gelvin Burn near Dungiven finally, relieving Colerain .” (Source – Ulster’s Defence Tradition by Robert K. Campbell)

“The plantation of Ulster was fully planned by the English and Scottish Privy Councils in 1610. Land was assigned to British undertakers during April and May. Undertakers had to be in residence by September 1610, and to have fulfilled their conditions of settlement by Easter 1613. The enterprise attracted those pressed hard by the cost of living, in Scotland as well as England.” (Source – Modern Ireland 1600-1972 by R. F. Foster)

“In 1600, Ulster was synonymous with wildness and untamed Gaelicism: separate by nature and geography, least inhabited, least developed economically, least urbanized. Less than two percent of the population of Ireland was of Scots or English descent; but by the early 1700s the proportion had soared to 27 percent.” (Source – Modern Ireland 1600-1972 by R. F.Foster)

See Links Section on this site for “An Historical Account of the Plantation in Ulster at the Commencement of the Seventeeth Century 1608 -1620”, by the Reverend George Hill. There is a specific reference to Sir William Stewart on pages 322,323,522,533,544 and 545. (Note to File -JP Rhein)

“The following excerpts are taken from The Adair Manuscript section: In May 1642, about 10,000 troops from the Scottish army were sent to Ireland by the Parliament of England. The Irish were rebelling and reportedly encouraged by “the Popish clergy and the Bishop of Raphoe”. The King committed the managing of the war to the Parliament of England. The Presbyterian ministers were attempting to administer the “solemn League and Covenant to the army,” but the Mayor of Derry sent a Captain Hepburn to the ministers to invite them to a conference in his chambers. “There he showed them a letter from the Parliament of England, recommending to them the taking of the covenant when it should come to the Scotch army and withal, a proclamation by those who then ruled in Dublin, prohibiting the taking of it and declared his great straits what to choose.” It appears that no decision was made and the ministers left him’ They soon “received another discouraging letter from Sir Robert Stewart, sent by Major Galbraith. It appears that the Presbyterian ministers continued to preach and administer the covenant to the people, which included many soldiers in the army. Mr. Phillips about Ballycastle (near Newtownlimabady), set himself against it, and did endeavor to dissuade the garrison thereabout from it. And Sir Robert Stewart, with Mr. Humphrey Galbraith, was using the same endeavours about Derry, having heard that the ministers were coming there. Afterwards the ministers went towards Enniskillen ‘without sight of the enemy. For the Irish, who were protected, hearing the covenant was coming that way, fled, because they heard that the covenant was to extirpate all Papists, and was against protecting them.”

They next went to Ramelton, where they received the rest of Sir William Stewart’s regiment, and many of Colonel Mervyn’s, contrary to his threatenings. also, one of those who opposed the covenant at Raphoe entered into it with apparent ingenuousness. From this place they returned to Derry, where Sir Robert Stewart, Colonel Mervyn and Major James Galbraith came now to hear the ministers preach and explain the covenant. A document dated on 14 December 1642, in the records of Fermanagh, Ireland: ‘The last true Intelligence from Ireland; Being a true Relation of the great Victory lately obtained against the Rebels by Sir William Stewart, Colonel Sanderson, Colonel Mervyn, and Sergeant Major Galbraith against the great O’Neales and MacGwires Forces, wherein they slew great numbers of the Rebels, took 900 cows, 500 sheep, and 300 horses from the Rebels in the County of Fermanagh. Sir William Stewart understanding that a party of Oneales in the Kirrilrs Woodes, sent out Captain Balfoure, a deserving soldier, with a hundred men, who skirmished with them, killing fifty rebels, and lost but four of his own men, and took away four hundred cows from the Rebels. Some four days after Sir William Stewart desired Lieutenant Colonel Sanderson, Lieutenant Colonel Audley Mervin, and Sergeant-Major James Galbraith to march from Newtowne to relieve Ageer and Aghatyan, with five hundred foot and a hundred horse.” (Source – The Redtower, Clan Galbraith Association International, Volume XX, No. 3, March 1999)

A copy of “The Stewarts” by Walter A. Stewart, 10 Durham Place, Chelsea, London, September 1, 1933, is filed in the research files of J. P. Rhein, Volume 4, Packet D. This is a 49 page detailed document dealing with these Stewarts in Ireland. It also contains several dissenting views as true line of descent of these Stewarts. (Note to file JP Rhein)

“GEORGE CRAWFURD (or Crawford), a Scottish historian with a bent for genealogy, whose works were published at Edinburgh in 1710 and around then, gave his opinion of the origin of the Mountjoy Stewarts in Ireland, several generations after those Stewarts were settled there. Apparently he got his information from conversations with fourth or fifth cousins of the Mountjoy branch-not from signed documents nor, of course, contemporary witnesses. Crawford named Archibald Stewart of Fintalloch, in Kirkcudbrightshire, but did niot trace his ancestry, because the descendants with whom he talked did not know it themselves. They dimly knew that they were cadets of the Stewarts of Garlies, because the earls of Galloway, who presented the eldest branch of that strain, were their super chiefs.

In the reigns of William & Mary and Queen Anne, when Crawford worked, the fame of the Lords Mountjoy, grandson and great-grandson of the first Sir William Stewart, was widespread. Anybody who could claim relationship to them was proud to do so. The Stewarts of Fintalloch whom Crawford talked with included particularly William Stewart of Culgruff, probably in Kirkcudbrightshire, secretary to the dukes of Queensberry, for it was he who first rook an interest in the Fintalloch ancestry and hired a genealogist, Rev. Andrew Symson, to look it up. This Willam Stewart of Culgruff was the eldest son of Archibald Stewart of Culgruff, second son of John Stewart of Shambellie, in Dumfriesshire. John was a son of John Stewart of Allans, son of John and Bessie (Newell) Stewart of Auchinleck. John was a younger son of Archibald Stewart, jr. of Fintalloch, second son of Archibald and Elizabeth (Kennedy) Stewart of Fintalloch. Archibald and Elizabeth’s elder son was William, called Black William: he inherited the lease of Fintalloch, married Janet Gordon but left no issue, and died July 24, 1595, at the court of Queen Elizabeth. His brother Archibald succeeded to Fintalloch: he married a daughter of McLellan of Bombie and had these children, as listed by Crawford – Richard, who succeeded to Fintalloch ; John of “Allans”, James, “ancestor of Archibald Stewart, the great Whig with the whiskers who lives in the Cowgate (Edinburgh)”; Robert, “ancestor of the Lords Mountjoy in Ireland”; and Archibald “of Heisilside. Crawford overlooked a son William and supposed that Robert, whose name, was quite as distinguished as William’s in the early settlement of Ulster, was the great-grandfather of the Lord Mountjoy of his (Crawford’s) time. He took a stab at it, and came as close as anybody could who depended on what he had heard.” (Source – Stewart Clan Magazine, Tome H, Volume 37, Number 6, December 1959)


The following excerpts were taken from Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research Volume 1, Repositories and Records, by Margaret Dickson Falley, B.S., published by Genealogical Publishing Col, Inc. 1981.

“On the whole, the Plantation and Settlement of Ireland carried out the principal object of the Crown and the English Government (including that of the Commonwealth) over a period of one hundred and fifty years, to eventually subjugate Ireland by confiscation, and plant the realm with new land-lords, loyal to the State, who would supply revenue to the Government, maintain English law administered by representatives from England, and furnish protection by locally supported military forces. Thus the forfeitures of individual estates by “enemies of the State” are a part of the series of Plantation and Settlement records which set forth the changes in ownership and tenure of Irish lands.

The Presbyterians in Ireland were largely Ulster Scots. During two and a half centuries after the first plantation of Scottish Presbyterian colonies in Ulster, ca. 1606, they maintained a close connection with their homeland, while they remained a race apart from their Irish and English neighbors. They were hated by the Roman Catholics of Ulster, whose land they had usurped. They were despised by the English, whose Government and Established Church inflicted persecution upon them due to religious non-conformity.

The Ulster Scots kept their racial strain pure in matters of intermarriage. They sent their sons to Scotland to be educated for the ministry, etc. Many of them married there before they returned to Ulster. Thus they remained under the influence of Scottish religion, philosophy, and family ties to their early and some later generations.

While the Presbyterians who settled in Ulster were almost solidly Scottish, there were many English Puritans of Calvinistic doctrine who settled in Dublin and the South of Ireland. The English type of Presbyterianism lacked the more severe theology and discipline of the Scottish Church. Their congreations in Leinster and Munster were the outgrowth of the English Puritans and Independents of the Commonwealth period, left there without organization after the Restoration. These two sects united in 1696 and developed the Southern Association of the Presbyterian Church. This became the Presbytery of Munster and a part of the General Synod.

Historians of Church and local off airs, and the genealogists, have preserved a wealth of published and manuscript records regarding Presbyterian families and individuals.

A few points which may puzzle genealogists will be clarified by a brief review of the history of the Presbyterians and their problems, due to the laws of the realm regarding dissenters from the Established Church of Ireland. This will show that less than half of the Presbyterian families were permanently settled in Ireland before 1650. The Penal Laws and other Acts of Parliament, depriving Presbyterians of religious and civil liberty, were during some periods more rigorously imposed in Scotland than in Ireland, thus resulting in a large emigration to Ulster. At other times the Ulster Presbyterians were more severely penalized, causing several ministers and many Church members to return to Scotland. At all times until well into the eighteenth century, the religious laws and practices resulted in the entries of many records of baptism, marriage and burial, in the Parish Registers of the Established Church.

The first wave of Presbyterian settlers come to Ulster as leasers of the numerous Scottish proprietors who were granted estates by James I, 1605-1625. By patent of 16 April 1605, the northeast quarter of County Down was granted to Hugh Montgomery and the northwest quarter was granted to James Hamilton. This represented two-thirds of the estates forfeited by Con O’Neill, who later was forced to sell his remaining lands to the benefit of Hamilton and Montgomery. The southern part of County Down remained in Roman Catholic hands. The new proprietors were required by the Crown to live on their estates, build houses, churches, and bring English or Scottish settlers as tenants, able to bear arms for the King, build houses and develop their land. Hamilton and Montgomery brought emigrants from the Scottish counties of Ayre, Renfrew, Wigtown, Dumfries and Kirkcudbright. They began coming in May 1606. By 1610, Montgomery could muster 1,000 men for the King and in 1614, the two proprietors mustered 2,000 men, representing about 10,000 Scots settled in County Down.

Sir Arthur Chicester received a large portion in the southern part of County Antrim. In 1603, he was granted the “Castle of Belfast” and surrounding property. He soon afterward acquired land along Carrickfergus Bay and to the north almost as far as Lough Larne. He at first settled an English colony around Belfast, but before long the Scottish settlers predominated throughout the lower half of County Antrim. The upper half had been in the hands of the Macdonnell clan since about 1580. Soon after 1607, the area was granted to Randall Macdonnell who, in 1620, became the Earl of Antrim.

Scottish tenants also spread through his estates, being required to bear arms for the King and develop the land. The flight of the Ulster Earls of Tyrone and Tyrcommel with their Chiefs who were confederates, on 14 September 1607, gave James I the opportunity to confiscate their lands for past and present treason. The six counties of Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone, were escheated to the Crown. This great confiscation, of some 3,800,000 acres, lead to the carefully planned “Plantation of Ulster” between 1608 and 1620. Of this land, about 1,500,000 acres were only partly fertile and largely bog, forest, and mountain country. This was restored to the Irish Roman Catholic natives. Extensive grants were reserved for the bishops and their incumbents of the Established Church. Trinity College, Dublin, and other Royal Schools received about 20,000 acres. Land was also set aside for the corporate towns, forts, etc. The remaining half million acres of the most fertile land was reserved for colonization by English and Scottish settlers.

King James at first chose fifty-nine Scotsmen of high social standing and influence and nearly as many Englishmen, together with fifty-six military officers or “servitors” and eight-six natives, as undertakers who were to receive estates of 2,000 acres of less, in all counties but Londonderry which was reserved for the Corporation of the City of London. Eventually, by 1630, some undertakers acquired as much as 3,000 acres, and estates in County Londonderry came into private hands.

Through the influence of John Knox, the foundations of the Presbyterian Church were laid in Scotland and the first General Assembly was called in 1560. James VI of Scotland who succeeded to the English throne as James I, in 1603, was determined to strengthen the Established Church in Scotland. Melville, the leading Presbyterian of the time, was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and the General Assembly was forbidden to function. Presbyterian ministers and their adherents alike were severely persecuted by the bishops, to bring them under Church control.

At the same time, King James was anxious for a large settlement of English and Scots in Ireland. The latter came to Ulster for new land but also for religious liberty, attracted by the tolerant attitude maintained there by the bishops. The new Confession of Faith, sanctioned by Parliament for the Plantation Settlements, reconciled the differences between Anglicans and Presbyterians. It was Calvinistic in doctrine and allowed Presbyterian ministers to serve as clergy in the parish churches according to their own practices and beliefs. This encouraged the Scottish ministers to follow their countrymen to Ulster.

The easy cooperation of the bishops in Ulster changed after 1625, and the ministers preached under increasing restrictions. This came about through the influence of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, over Charles I. They were determined to tighten the control of the Established Church and this was reflected in Ireland.

To make matters worse, Wentworth (Earl of Strafford) was appointed to the Irish Vice-royalty and arrived in Dublin in 1633. He and his government began a reign of terror for Roman Catholics and Presbyterians alike. He followed Laud’s policy to the letter. The earlier “Articles of Religion” were set aside and the ministers were required to adopt a Confession of Faith embodying the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England. He further ordered the Act of Uniformity to be enforced against the ministers. This declared that every clergyman or minister celebrating any religious service other than that of the Established Church, every layman assisting at such a service and every person who opposed the liturgy of the Church, was liable on the third offense to confiscation of goods and imprisonment for life.

John M’Clelland, of Newtownards, was deposed but continued to preach, and was therefore excommunicated.

In 1636, Robert Blair, Robert Hamilton, John M’Clelland and John Livingstone organized a group of 140 Scottish settlers to emigrate to New England. They set sail in September, 1636, and when half way across, were driven back by storms. The ministers, to escape arrest, fled to Scotland, accompanied by many of their adherents. At this time Scotland had become a safe refuge.

The crowning blow to Ulster came in 1639 when the “Black Oath” was imposed. The clergy were required to read it from their pulpits and the people were forced to swear on their knees, if over age sixteen, to obey the King’s commands and to abjure and renounce the Covenant. The clergy were ordered to report on every Presbyterian in each parish. Some conformed. Landed proprietors such as the Hamiltons and the Montgomerys betrayed their faith and joined the persecutors. Great numbers, who could re-establish themselves in Scotland, returned there. As many as 500 at a time returned to Scotland for the Communion season.

This persecution and departure of many Scots from Ulster saved hundreds of lives during the Rebellion which broke out in 1641. The Roman Catholics, determined to exterminate the English, also hated the Presbyterians for settling on their forfeited land. They tortured and murdered thousands and drove others out of their homes to die of privation. Reprisals by the settlers, and a Scottish army sent to Ulster, were equally devastating.

Following the Rebellion, after 1652, the Presbyterians came from Scotland to Ulster in great numbers, owing to the unsettled conditions while Cromwell was attacking the Scottish Royalists. Some, who had fled Ulster during the early years of the Rebellion, returned after Scottish forces made their safety more assured. When peace was established, Cromwell at first held the Presbyterians suspect for having supported the Royalist cause. After a little time they were allowed to flourish and many of their ministers were permitted to preach under ecclesiastical control of the new State Church. By 1658, there were eighty congregations and seventy Presbyterian ministers organized into five Presbyteries and a General Synod.

The Presbyterians who were in Ulster in 1659, if settled in one of the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry or Monaghan, are listed in A Census of Ireland, circa 1659, edited by Seamus Pender, Dublin, 1939. Records for the counties of Cavan and Tyrone are omitted, due to the fact that the original documents were not preserved.

Following the restoration of Charles II, in 1660, he who had pledged his loyalty to the Presbyterian Church when Scotland crowned him king, soon after his father’s execution in 1649, now betrayed his word. He and his Parliament returned the Established Church to power. Its lands and churches, taken by the Commonwealth Government, were restored to the extent they were owned in 1641, and the bishops with their clergy regained their positions.”

1 Forbes, later Stuart-Forbes, of Monymusk (1626)
1.1 Baronets
2 Forbes, of Castle Forbes (1628)
2.1 Baronets
3 Forbes, of Craigievar (1630)
3.1 Baronets
4 Forbes, of Foveran (1700)
4.1 Baronets
5 Forbes, of Newe (1823)
5.1 Baronets
6 Burn, later Forbes-Leith of Fyvie, of Jessfield (1923)
6.1 Baronets
7 See also
8 References
[edit] Forbes, later Stuart-Forbes, of Monymusk (1626)
The Forbes Baronetcy, of Pitsligo and Monymusk in the County of Aberdeen, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 30 March 1626 for William Forbes, with remainder to heirs male whatsoever. He was a descendant of Duncan Forbes, second son of James Forbes, 2nd Lord Forbes (see the Lord Forbes). The eighth Baronet assumed the additional surname and arms of Hepburn. He was the heir general of the last Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (his ancestor, the fourth Baronet, having married Hon. Mary, daughter of Alexander Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes of Pitsligo). His only child, Harriet Williamina, married Charles Henry Rolle Trefusis, 20th Baron Clinton. On the Baronet’s death in 1828 the Forbes of Pitsligo estates passed to his daughter and son-in-law (see the Baron Clinton). The seventh Baronet married Williamina Wishart, only child and heiress of Sir John Belshes Wishart (later Stuart), 4th Baronet. The tenth Baronet assumed the additional surname of Stuart.
[edit] Baronets
Sir William Forbes, 1st Baronet (died c. 1650)
Sir William Forbes, 2nd Baronet (died c. 1680)
Sir John Forbes, 3rd Baronet (died c. 1700)
Sir William Forbes, 4th Baronet (died c. 1720)
Sir William Forbes, 5th Baronet (died 1743)
Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet (1739–1806)
Sir William Forbes, 7th Baronet (1773–1828)
Sir John Stuart Hepburn-Forbes, 8th Baronet (1804–1866)
Sir William Forbes, 9th Baronet (1835–1906)
Sir Charles Hay Hepburn Stuart-Forbes, 10th Baronet (1871–1927)
Sir Hugh Stuart-Forbes, 11th Baronet (1896–1937)
Sir Charles Edward Stuart-Forbes, 12th Baronet (1903–1985)
Sir William Daniel Stuart-Forbes, 13th Baronet (born 1935)
[edit] Forbes, of Castle Forbes (1628)
The Forbes Baronetcy, of Castle Forbes in the County of Longford, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 29 September 1628 for Sir Arthur Forbes, 1st Baronet. He was the great-great-grandson of the Hon. Patrick Forbes, third son of the aforementioned James Forbes, 2nd Lord Forbes. His son, the second Baronet, was elevated to the Peerage of Ireland as Earl of Granard in 1684.
[edit] Baronets
See the Earl of Granard
[edit] Forbes, of Craigievar (1630)

Craigievar Castle
The Forbes Baronetcy, of Craigievar in the County of Aberdeen, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 20 April 1630 for William Forbes. He was also a descendant of Hon. Patrick Forbes, third son of the second Lord Forbes, and the nephew of the first Baronet of the 1628 creation. The fourth Baronet represented Aberdeenshire in the House of Commons. The fifth Baronet married the Hon. Sarah Sempill, eldest daughter of Hugh Sempill, 12th Lord Sempill. Their grandson, the eighth Baronet, succeeded as seventeenth Lord Sempill in 1884 (see the Lord Sempill for earlier history of this title). The titles remained united until the death of his grandson, the nineteenth Lord and tenth Baronet, in 1965.
Here great controversy arose. As he only had female issue, the baronetcy and the barony had to be separated. He was succeeded in the lordship by his daughter (see Lord Sempill for later history of this title) while the baronetcy had to pass to his male successor. His youngest sister, Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill had changed his legal gender by petitioning the Sheriff of Aberdeen in 1952, becoming Ewan Forbes-Sempill; as a result, after a two-year legal dispute, the title passed to the younger sibling of the tenth baronet. On the death of Sir Ewan in 1991, the title was then inherited by the cousin who had challenged the legality of the succession, and he became Sir John Alexander Cumnock Forbes-Sempill, Bt.
[edit] Baronets
Sir William Forbes, 1st Baronet (died 1648)
John Forbes, 2nd Baronet (1636–1703)
William Forbes, 3rd Baronet (1660 – c. 1730)
Sir Arthur Forbes, 4th Baronet (1709–1773)
Sir William Forbes, 5th Baronet (1755–1816)
Sir Arthur Forbes, 6th Baronet (1784–1823)
Sir John Forbes, 7th Baronet (1785–1846)
William Forbes, 17th Lord Sempill, 8th Baronet (1836–1905) (succeeded as 17th Lord Sempill in 1884)
John Forbes-Sempill, 18th Lord Sempill, 9th Baronet (1863–1934)
William Francis Forbes-Sempill, 19th Lord Sempill, 10th Baronet (1893–1965)
Sir Ewan Forbes, 11th Baronet (1912–1991)
Sir John Alexander Cumnock Forbes, 12th Baronet (1927–2000)
Sir Andrew Iain Forbes, 13th Baronet (born 1945)
[edit] Forbes, of Foveran (1700)
The Forbes Baronetcy, of Foveran, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 10 April 1700 for Samuel Forbes. The title became dormant on the death of the third Baronet in circa 1760.
[edit] Baronets
Sir Samuel Forbes, 1st Baronet (c. 1663 – 1717)
Sir Alexander Forbes, 2nd Baronet (died c. 1750)
Sir John Forbes, 3rd Baronet (died c. 1760)
[edit] Forbes, of Newe (1823)

Sir Charles Forbes (1803–1877) funerary monument, Brompton Cemetery, London
The Forbes Baronetcy, of Newe in the County of Aberdeen, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 4 November 1823 for Charles Forbes, a merchant in Bombay, India. In 1833 he became the heir male of Alexander Forbes, 3rd Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (a title which had been attainted in 1745), and was allowed by the Lord Lyon to use the Pitsligo arms and supporters. Forbes was a descendant of William Forbes, younger brother of Sir Alexander Forbes of Pitsligo (from whom the Lords Forbes of Pitsligo descended) and great-grandson of Sir William Forbes, brother of Alexander Forbes, 1st Lord Forbes.
[edit] Baronets
Sir Charles Forbes, 1st Baronet (1773–1849)
Sir Charles Forbes, 2nd Baronet (1832–1852)
Sir Charles Forbes, 3rd Baronet (1803–1877)
Sir Charles John Forbes, 4th Baronet (1843–1884)
Sir Charles Stewart Forbes, 5th Baronet (1867–1927)
Sir John Stewart Forbes, 6th Baronet (1901–1984)
Sir Hamish Stewart Forbes, 7th Baronet (1916–2007)
Sir James Thomas Stewart Forbes, 8th Baronet (born 1957)
[edit] Burn, later Forbes-Leith of Fyvie, of Jessfield (1923)
The Forbes-Leith of Fyvie Baronetcy, of Jessfield in the County of Midlothian, originally the Burn Baronetcy, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 7 March 1923 for the soldier and Conservative politician Charles Rosdew Burn. He had previously represented Torquay in the House of Commons. Burn was the youngest son of General Robert Burn and the husband of Hon. Ethel, only daughter and heiress of Alexander John Forbes-Leith, 1st Baron Leith of Fyvie. By edict of the Lord Lyon in 1925 Burn assumed the surname and arms of Forbes-Leith of Fyvie, for himself, his wife and son, according to the terms of his father-in-law’s will. Lord Leith of Fyvie was the eldest son of Rear-Admiral John James Leith by his wife Margaret, daughter and heir of Alexander Forbes, a descendant of Duncan Forbes, second son of the second Lord Forbes. The first Baronet’s younger son, the second Baronet, served as Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire from 1959 to 1973.
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Sir Charles Rosdew Forbes-Leith, 1st Baronet (1859–1930)
Sir (Robert) Iain (Algernon) Forbes-Leith, 2nd Baronet (1902–1973)
Sir Andrew George Forbes-Leith, 3rd Baronet (1929–2000)
Sir George Ian David Forbes-Leith, 4th Baronet (born 1967)

Breckinridge at her desk.She was educated in Lexington, Kentucky and at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, and at State College (now the University of Kentucky) intermittently between 1890-1894. In 1898 Madeline McDowell married Desha Breckinridge, the editor of the Lexington Herald and a brother of the pioneering social worker Sophonisba Breckinridge. The Breckinridges together used the newspaper’s editorial pages to promote political and social causes of the Progressive Era, especially programs for the poor, child welfare and for women’s rights.

The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed shortly before she died. She was able to vote only once in her life, in the November United States presidential election, 1920, before suffering a stroke and dying on Thanksgiving Day, at the age of 48.

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (shown last year of her life) by Dixie Selden. Portrait at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.Contents [hide]
1 Key Activities and Accomplishments
2 Family
3 Writings
4 Sources and External Links

[edit] Key Activities and Accomplishments1908-1912 she chaired the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs.
Successfully lobbied for allowing women to vote in Kentucky school board elections.
1912-1915 and 1919-1920 she served as president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association.
1912 she helped found the Kentucky Tuberculosis Commission and was the group’s vice president until 1916.
1913-1915 she served as vice president of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
She founded a social settlement at Proctor, Kentucky, similar to Chicago’s Hull House, advocated to establish playgrounds and kindergartens, and spoke out against child labor.
Founded the Lexington Civic League
She was a vocal supporter of the newly formed League of Nations.
[edit] FamilyMain article: Breckinridge family
Madeline married Desha Breckinridge, who came from a notable American family. The members of the family include John C. Breckinridge and Bunny Breckinridge. Madeline was also a cousin of Dr. Ephraim McDowell and American Civil War Union General Irvin McDowell. Her cousin, Laura Clay, founded the Kentucky Equal Rights Association in 1912, of which Madeline later became president.

[edit] WritingsBreckinridge, Mrs. Desha. “Women and the schools” and “The relation of the public schools to Kentucky’s commercial development,” in School Betterment for Kentucky. Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs. Harrodsburg, Ky.: The Democrat, 1908.

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