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BUNBURY FAMILY HISTORY

 

BUNBURY OF ARDNAHUE & LIVERPOOL

This is a working document, designed to try and make sense of miscellaneous branches of the family that are less well-known than others. My hope is that by having this information online, others will find this page via Google and add further details that may help clarify who was who. In the compilation of this report, I would like to thank to James Doyle, Peter Bunbury, Gill Miller, Maurice O'Neill, J. J. Woods, Verlaine Bennett, Jean Casey, Paul Gallagher, Father Liam Morgan (tinrylandparish@gmail.com), Dermot Mulligan and a special thanks to Michael Purcell (of the Pat Purcell Papers) and Michael Brennan (of Carlow Rootsweb - http://goo.gl/67Vce).

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Above: The grave of Patrick and Ann Bunbury of
Ardnehue in Benekerry, Co. Carlow. The gravestone,
numbered CW007-027, was broken but has since
been repaired with both the break & repair going
through Ann's name.

(Photo: Dermot Mulligan).

PATRICK BUNBURY (d. 1814) OF ARDNEHUE

The townland Ardnehue lies in the Parish of Killerig, County Carlow, directly east of Carlow Town and close to the townlands of Benekerry and Johnstown in the Parish of Urglin. This area was of central importance to the Bunbury family from at least the 1660s when Benjamin Bunbury settled at Killerig. His eldest son Joseph Bunbury was the first to settle at Johnstown House.

One of the lesser known branches of the Bunbury tree is a Roman Catholic family of that name who lived in Ardnehue (or Ardenhoe as it is sometimes spelled) during the 18th and 19th century.

The first members of the family that we know about thus far are Patrick and Ann Bunbury who lived in Ardnehue House around the 1770s. This house may have been burned or knocked down as the present Ardnahue House (now owned by the Keogh family) was built in the mid-19th century. We don’t yet know who Patrick’s father was but, by dint of location and the names of his sons, it seems likely he was an off-shoot of the main Bunbury of Johnstown branch.

Patrick and Ann had at least two sons Henry Bunbury (born 1771) and Robert Bunbury (born 1773). Robert was approximately 36 when, circa 1809, he reported the theft of his family's Silver bowl and Ladle by a housemaid called Ann Fowler. This theft was detailed in the Pat Purcell Papers, kindly made available by Michael Purcell in the Carlow Rootsweb page (http://goo.gl/67Vce). As Peter Bunbury noted in 2012, Robert clearly employed several servants and had a house with a Library room, indicating that they were possibly Protestant and of a social background of higher standard than many farmers.[i]

It is thought that Robert Bunbury was the father of a branch of the Bunbury family who settled in Liverpool. It is also thought that his brother Henry was father to Mary Elizabeth Bunbury who married the Catholic priest Robert Joseph Silva. Further details of the Liverpool connection follows below

Patrick Bunbury died on 10th January 1814. It is believed Ann died in 1821, aged 82. They are buried in Bennekerry graveyard along with some of their children and grandchildren. Their headstone was broken at some point but has been repaired; it now reads 'Patrick and An___ Bunbury' because the break and repair runs through Ann's name.

In June 2012, James Doyle re-visited the old cemetery in Bennekerry where they lie are buried. On the back of their headstone, he found an inscription running the whole length of the headstone. He removed all the ivy from the back and but suggested one would need a large sheet of paper and chalk to accurately trace the inscription. The top of the headstone had been repaired at some point and the inscription appeared to be dedicated to a lady called Susan from Liverpool who may have been Patrick’s niece. From what James made out, it read:

‘In memory of his beloved daughter Susan died 10th? September 1836 aged 19 years. It goes on to say, a treasured tribute to a/his? beloved niece … Dearest Susan, though aged ... Possessed many... in your youth ... A beauty by nature, adorned with grace ... with innocence and dinnour [?] angelic...’

"Recently visiting the old Bennekerry Cemetery, it’s now long closed. I found resting under a large Horse Chestnut tree a tombstone to the Bunbury family of Ardnehue house, Ardnehue, Co. Carlow. The last person interred was a William Bunbury in the early 1920's" - Maurice O’Neill.

The Dunleckny Parish Registers 1836 records the christening on 7 Feb, 1836 of Bridget Bunbury, daughter of Patt Bunbury? And his wife Margaret (nee McGrath). James Morris stood as sponsor. Nothing further is known of Bridie, Paddy or Maggie. What's the most likely theory? A renegade son who had a greater leaning towards the old Mass Book than the Book of Common Prayer?

Similarly, J. J. Woods encountered two references to Bunburys of Ardnehue in the Tinryland birth registers. The first was in 1824 when James Woods, son of James Woods and Mary Kearney, was baptised with sponsors James Kane and Eleanor Bunbury. The second came two years later when James and Mary's son Patrick Woods had a Mary Bunbury stand as his sponsor in 1826.

BUNBURYS IN AMERICA

It is possible that Patrick and Ann had another son Thomas Bunbury who may have married a Mary Noulan (Nolan). It seems likely that Thomas and Mary were the parents of three Bunbury boys who went to America in 1838, namely Edward Bunbury (born 29th July 1818), James Patrick Bunbury (born 17th March 1819, St Patrick's Day) and Mathew Bunbury (baptized 2nd September 1821).

They sailed on the vessel Republic, which arrived in New York on 3rd August 1838. All three moved west to Michigan, Illinois and Iowa respectively, where they married and had families.

One of Edward’s neighbours in Michigan was John Bunbury, said to be the son of Denis and Bridget Bunbury, who may well have been a cousin.

James Patrick Bunbury died in Waterloo, Iowa, where there is a memorial stone on his grave giving his date of death as 8th April 1861; Peter Bunbury maintains this is an error and that the date should read 1860.

MARIANNE ERRIL (aka MARY ‘CIS’ BYRNE)

One of the Bunbury houses at Ardnahue was a servant’s house which was occupied by the Byrne family at the time of the 1911 censuses.[ii] Amongst those staying in the house was a four year old ‘nurse child’ called Marianne Errill who had recently been adopted by the Byrnes.[iii]

She may have originally come from Jacksons foster home in Carlow but there were no official records at that time. An exhaustive search by Marianne’s grandson to find any trace of her parentage has not yet yielded anything. (July 2012).

It seems likely that the name ‘Marianne Errill’ was made up as part of a general cover up over her true parentage. The ‘Errill’ name does not exist in Ireland but it is also perhaps relevant that the name ‘Berril’ was closely connected with the nearby Bunbury family at this time, not least given the Bunbury-Berrill-Byrne connections.

The man believed to be her father was Dr Edward McDonald, a member of a family long associated with the national movement and a well known Carlow family. He lived at Burrin Street, Carlow and formerly of Primrose Hill, Carlow.[iv] His family included a respected magistrate, a nun and some senior members of the Catholic clergy.[v] The Carlow Union Minute books noted that Dr. McDonald’s nephew Richard McDonald (son of his brother Richard) was Chairperson or Secretary of the Union for fostering children at that time of Marianne’s adoption.

Dr. McDonald was registered on the medical register on 22nd May 1897 and was appointed dispensary officer at Ballyroan, Co. Laois, the following year. From 1912 to 1926 he was tuberculosis officer at Carlow, as well as dispensary officer. He was also an officer of Carlow Urban District Council. Dr. McDonald died on 21st September 1936 aged 67.

By the time she went to Bennekerry National School in October 1906 school, Marianne Errill was known as ‘Mary (Sis) Byrne’. It is possible that her original name was ‘Mary Anne’ rather than ‘Marianne’ and that she simply ceased using ‘Anne’. She did not know about her earlier name until she was obliged to find out who her father was for her marriage certificate. She subsequently changed her name to Mary McDonald, and insisted on being called Mary and no other name. She was married to John Sweeny of Friarstown and later lived near Duckett’s Grove. John Sweeny was a son of Patrick Sweeney of Grange and his wife Winifred (nee Byrne of Killerig, kinsfolk of the John Byrne who lived in the old Iron Gate Lodge at Ducketts Grove). John was elected Secretary of Carlow GAA and served on Carlow County Board (1911-1924), becoming a Trustee in 1926. Carlow’s GAA Sweeney Cup is named after him and his brothers. He was also a cousin to John Sweeney of Pollerton, Carlow, Captain of Carlow Fire Brigade for 40 years, for whom John Sweeney Park in Carlow was named.

Following John’s death in 1939, Marianne was married secondly and so became Mary Walsh. On her second marriage, her date of birth was recorded as October 1906.

THE BUNBURY BYRNE CONNECTION?

According to a record of births sent by Father Liam Morgan in June 2012, Benjamin Bunbury and Mary Murphy of ‘Arnehue’ [sic] had four children– Catherine (born 26th September 1820), Mary (born 27th December 1825), Frances (born 30th April 1829) and Denis (born 11th November 1834).

It is possible that this Denis Bunbury later married Margaret Berrill and was father to Frances Bunbury, born on 20 August 1873 in Ireland, possibly Kildare.

In April 1912, Frances Bunbury married Patrick Byrne in Dublin. It is not yet known whether Patrick Byrne was one of the Byrnes of Ardnahue, but this does leave room for a possible link between the name ‘Errill’ and ‘Berrill’. Francis Bunbury Byrne, wife of Patrick Byrne, Carlow, died 1951, aged 54. [check this inscription as date does not add up …] Patrick Byrne is thought to have been one of thirteen children born to Daniel and Mary Byrne of Ardnahue, although he was clearly not their son Patrick who was born in 1864 but died in 1885 aged 21. Daniel Byrne died in 1888 aged 70.

There is a grave in Benekerry which records Benjamin Berril [?] Bunbury who died 15th August 1923 [1823?] aged 60.

Patrick and Frances had a son called Sergeant Philip Denis Bunbury Byrne (534732), who served as a Flight Engineer with 15 Squadron of Royal Air Force. He was killed aged 28 when his Blenheim Blenheim was shot down over Holland on 25th or 26th July 1942. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Netherlands, and recalled on the Pembrokeshire War Memorial. He was survived by his widow, Elsie Mary Byrne, of Pembroke.

THE BUNBURYS OF JOHNSTOWN

This branch should not be overly confused with the branch of the Bunbury family who lived at Johnstown House. What we know is that William Bunbury was born on 19th January 1841, the son of Denis Bunbury of Johnstown by his wife Anne Doyle (who was born circa 1810).[vi]

William married Juliana Fitzharris and lived at Johnstown. Their son Denis was born on 6th January 1877 but died aged sixteen on 24th May 1893 and was buried in Benekerry. William died less than a year later, on 5th May 1894, aged 52.

As well as Dennis, William and Juliana had another son William (born 30th July 1878, known as Willie) and three daughters Marian (born 8th Feb 1880), Julia (born 16th December 1881) and Martha (born c. 1884).

At the time of the 1901 census, the household comprised of the widowed Anne Bunbury (aged 90), Julianna (aged 50) and Juliana’s children William (Willie, aged 21), Juliana (aged 18, aka Julia) and Martha (aged 16). There is no mention of Marian who must have been elsewhere at the time. Also present was Juliana Bunbury’s brother Peter Fitzharris, a 52 year old dairy man from Co. Carlow, who was visiting. Another visitor was 7-year-old Edward Hennessy, whose son ‘Ol Hen’ contacted me by Facebook in September 2013 and explained how Edward’s mother had died ‘and he used to go to them a lot’. The family also kept a 60-year-old general labourer called John Anthony (a married man).[vii]

Juliana died aged 53 on 22nd December 1902 and old Anne Bunbury passed away on 8th April 1905. (An inscription – not sure where – claims she was 100, but the 1901 census would suggest she was closer to 95).

On 20th September 1910, 30-year-old Willie Bunbury married Ellen O’Meara (known as Elly), the 43-year-old Benekerry schoolteacher who grew up in Mountrath, County Laois. The witnesses were William Treacy of Johnstown and Maggie O'Rourke of Carlow. Elly Bunbury, who was born on 8 September 1867, was seemingly eleven years older than Willie and is believed to have succeeded Margaret Muldowney as Principal of Benekerry National School, commencing on 1 January 1904. She was a daughter of John O’Meara, a carpenter from Roscrea, County Tipperary, and his wife Anne (nee Tynan, born 12 July 1835), a bootmaker, daughter of Patrick Tynan and Ellen Keating of Mountrath. [John and Anne O’Meara were married on 1 Nov 1863]. Thanks to Paul Gallagher for these details.

By the time of the 1911 census, 34-year-old Willie was living at house 3 in Ballinakilbeg (Johnstown, Carlow) with Ellen, their 8-year-old Dublin-born nephew Fintan O’Meara, and 16-year-old servant Katie Byrne.[viii] Mrs. Moore of the pub in Grangecon informed me in the early 21st century that she was taught by a Mrs. Bunbury of Johnstown Lane, Benekerry (what years?) whose husband Willie Bunbury was connected to her father, Edward Hennessey. Ol Hen also writes: ‘I recall going to see Willie in Johnstown when I was a child. I recall a big open fire with a bellows to pump now and then to make the embers glow.’

As John Brown, the former Benekerry Principal, notes in "The History of Education in Bennekerry 1824-2013" (published in 2013 for the Bennekerry "Past & Present" Gathering weekend):

"There is quiet an exchange of letters when it came to her retirement. She was going to be 60 years of age on the 3rd of September 1927 but because women teachers rated "efficient" could work beyond this age, it was recommended that she continue in her position up to 30th September 1928. Fr. David Gorry, P.P. (1925-1933) was to be notified. Her pension was approved from the 1st October 1932.

Each following year the extension was approved with James T. Dick, District Inspector, advising to do so on the two occasions and for the final extension to the 30th September 1932, the new Inspector C.O. Cinnéide wrote "as Ghaelige" to approve. Her claim for pension was sent on to the T.P.O. (Teachers' Pension Officer). On the 9th July 1931 Ellen Bunbury herself was notified that she was 65 (as if she didn't already know!), with a copy of the letter going to Fr. Gorry. Still there was further business to be done before she left.

A letter to Fr. Gory on 29th July 1932 confirmed her retirement and continued "I am to say that in view of the average attendance and enrolment of pupils in Bennekerry N.S., the successor to Mrs Bunbury should be a master who has given at least five years efficient service or who is highly efficient and has given at least three years' service, two of which were "highly efficient" and who possessed the necessary qualifications".

In a letter dated the 28th of September 1932, Fr. Gorry confirmed that Mrs Bunbury "has given up possession of the school-house, Teacher's residence, furniture, records stock etc" for which there is a Surrender Certificate as confirmed by C. O'Cinnéide on the 21st of October 1932.

Willie and Ellie Bunbury lived in Johnstown Lane on the farm later purchased by Bennie Lawlor in 1958. After Ellie's retirement, she returned to her native Mountrath, where she lived at Market Square for the next twenty years. She died in Abbeyleix on 17th March 1952 and is buried in nearby Clonina cemetery.

[With thanks to James Doyle]

Julia Bunbury died in Greece on 13th February 1951 aged 68, and was interred in Athens. In his Facebook message of October 2013, ‘Ol Hen’ suggested that the other sisters had also spent time in Greece as governesses. ‘Martha and Maryanne ended their days in a house across from my parents on the Main Street ,Castledermot. Martha was the taller of the two. Maryanne was a beautiful woman, very kind

In 2012, James Doyle also found an inscription on the side of Denis Bunbury’s headstone which he read as: ‘His sister Mary Anne Bunbury died November 9th [1961?] aged 81. His brother William Bunbury died February 24th [1966?], aged 87. His sister Martha Bunbury died February 29th 1976 aged 91.’

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George Bunbury of Johnstown married Bridget Kilfoyle and they were parents of William (5th February 1815), Martin (9th February 1823), George (22nd February 1826) and John (31st May 1829). [ix] So who was he!?

There is also a record of a William Murphy of Johnstown, baptized a Catholic in Tinryland, Co. Carlow, on 7 May 1834. He was the son of Mathew Murphy and Anne Bunbury. His sponsors were William Gallivag and Matilda Bunbury. Who were they!? (Thanks to Anne Marie Kalishoek)

Patrick Bunbury was born on 5th February 1827, the son of Thomas Bunbury and his wife Judith Connor of Rutland, Co. Carlow. [x] Who he!?

Michael Purcell has a deed of Thomas Bunbury, owner of the Bear Inn (on the site of the present day Post Office) and other Carlow Town property in 1723. He bought the pub from Theo Purcell, ancestor of Michael.

 

BUNBURY OF CLONMORE

Other Bunburys listed in the Carlow area in 1911 are Thomas Bunbury, farmer, and his wife Margaret Bunbury (nee Mulhall) of Creerin (Clonmore), aged 76 and 73, both Roman Catholic and married for 32 years. They married in the parish of Clonmore on 5th Sept 1878 so it may be possible to source their marriage certificate which should identify their parents. Both are buried in Crecrin cemetery.

Mary Bunbury, Natural causes, Clonmore, Sept. 1849. [From the Inquest Returns 1841 - 1851, copied in the Pat Purcell Papers]

BUNBURYS OF LIVERPOOL

The Carlow Cathedral Marriage Register contain the following references: [xi]

6th July 1840: Luke Franklin to Anna Bunbury. Sponsors; William Bunbury and Mary Bunbury, Castle Street, Carlow.

26th August 1839: By permission of the Bishop Dr. Doyle, Maurice Nolan, a Catholic, to Clare Acheson, a Protestant. Sponsors: Luke Franklin, William Bunbury, Mary Bunbury.

The above documents lead Gill Miller to produce the following:

1844 13 May: Baptism ST. MARYS, Liverpool, born 30 APRIL 1844 - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, PARENTS LUKE BENJAMIN AND HANNAH FRANKLIN, GODPARENTS JOHN DUGGAN AND CATHERINE BUNBURY.

1845 26 Oct: Baptism ST. MARYS, Liverpool, born 13 OCT 1845 - CATHERINE FRANKLIN, PARENTS LUKE BENJAMIN AND HANNAH FRANKLIN, GODPARENTS EDWARD ROCHE & MARIA ROBINSON

Gill Miller writes: “I feel Luke Benjamin Franklin and Hannah Franklin in Liverpool are the same people as Luke Franklin and Anna Bunbury in Carlow”.

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1846 ¼ 3: MARRIAGE Liverpool JOSEPH SILVA and CATHERINE BUNBURY Liverpool 20 448 – Aug 12 1846 Joseph Silva, father Manuel Silva, Catherine Bunbury father Robert Bunbury, both residing in Liverpool, witnesses LB Franklin and Hannah Franklin. (Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Catholic Marriages, 1754-1921)

Gill Miller writes: ‘I feel Catherine Bunbury’s father Robert is more than likely the son of Patrick and Ann Bunbury of Ardnahue House. I have nothing to go on other than various other relationships mentioned in Catholic Parish Registers in Liverpool.’

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1848 ¼ 4 BIRTH Liverpool 20 291 ROBERT SILVA
1848 19 Dec BAPTISM St. Marys, Liverpool ROBERT parents JOSEPH & CATHERINE da SILVA, Godparents Albert Zeniza? and MARY REYNOLDS (Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Catholic Baptisms, 1802-1906). Robert Joseph Silva trained as a Catholic priest and died, aged 36, in Lancashire in 1886. His parents appear to have moved to Flintshire, North Wales and died there in 1879 (Catherine aged 54) and 1888 (Joseph aged 67)

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1866 19TH Jan: Letters of administration of the personal estate and effects of Hannah Franklin late of Earle Street, Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, widow, deceased, who died 2nd January 1866 at Carlow in the county of Carlow in Ireland were granted at Liverpool to Benjamin Franklin of 17 Earle Street aforesaid medical student the son and one of the next of kin of the deceased he having been first sworn. effects under £200.

Gill Miller writes: ‘Mary Reynolds was born Mary Elizabeth Bunbury in Carlow c.1810 and married John Reynolds in Liverpool 1842. One of the witnesses was Philip O’Donnald – could he have been an ancestor of Edward O’Donald? Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Bunbury. I feel that this Henry is the son of Patrick and Ann Bunbury of Ardnahue House for the same reason I think of Robert. Mary Reynolds features in a number of baptisms / marriages / probates in Liverpool. She was at some stage a licensed victualler in Toxteth Park and I found a page from a book saying Fenian sympathisers would meet in her pub. It was known that supporters would meet in pubs … Hannah Franklin was also a licensed victualler at some point, as was Mary’s brother John Patrick Bunbury.

Mary Elizabeth and John Patrick had a sister Elizabeth who firstly married Patrick Smith and secondly James Burns. Could the Burns surname be a corruption of Byrne? Both spouses were born in Ireland and both marriages took place in Liverpool. There were three children in total from the marriages. James was a shipwright but I can’t make out what Patrick was other than a dealer.

Among other Bunburys in Liverpool at this time is one who could be the Henry Bunbury who in 1848 married Alicia O’Beirne in Dublin. A Henry Bunbury / Alicia O’Burn / Alice Berne are in Liverpool in the 1850s.’

VERLAINE BENNETT NOTES

PATRICK BUNBURY, born 1807 in Johnstown, County Carlow, Ireland. IGI - No verification that this is my Patrick.

Could not find a birth date or place for MARY GORMAN.

Haven't yet found a marriage for Patrick and Mary.

THOMAS BUNBURY, born Jan. 4, 1827, County Wicklow, Ireland. IGI - Parents are Patrick Bunbury and Mary. Thomas was a witness on a Civil War affidavit , which gave his date of birth as 1828.

MARGARET BUNBURY, born in 1830, in Ireland. Information taken from 1851 census of New Brunswick, Canada

Patrick and Mary and their two children entered New Brunswick, Canada in April of 1831. I have not been able to find the name of the ship or the port of entry.

Their third child, ELEANOR (ELLEN) was born the 5th of August, 1831 in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada. Records of Diocese of St. John, St. Patrick Parish, New Brunswick.

MARY BUNBURY came next on the 6th of Sept. 1833. She was Baptized on the 6th of Oct. 1833 in the New Brunswick parish. US- Canada film of the Mormon Church #0861221.

MARIA, MARY OR MARIE BUNBURY, born in 1835 in New Castle, New Brunswick,, Canada

PATRICK BUNBURY, JR. was born next in 1840 in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada

SARAH BUNBURY, b. 1842 in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada

ELIZABETH ALICE, b. Oct. 8, 1843 in New Castle, New Brunswick, Canada

I am descended from Thomas BUNBURY. He and his family came to the US in 1881.

MISCELLANEOUS BUMBERYS

1. James Bumbery of Colt, Queen’s County (in which county he was born). He was a 23 year old General Labourer, Roman Catholic, unable to read or write, spoke English and worked as a servant. At the time of the 1901 census he was employed by Thomas and Maraget Higgans.

2. Mary Bumbery of Kilminchy, Queen’s County (in which county she was born). She was a 30-year-old Roman Catholic domestic servant who could read and write. She was unmarried.

3. Bridget Bumbery of Acraboy, Ballykisteen, Co. Tipperary, was an unmarried 43-year-old domestic servant at time of 1911 census when she was living with National Board teacher Mary Sophia Houston and her brother Robert Houston.

FOOTNOTES

[i] From Pat Purcell Papers. 1809. Before Henry Bunbury, Esquire, one of his Majesties Justices of the Peace for Carlow.

[ii] http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Carlow/Johnstown/Ardnehue/311431/ ...

[iii] ‘I notice that on the 1911 census her name is written in different writing from the rest of the family as if they didn’t know how to enter her on the census or what to put her name down as. It looks like the person doing the census completed my grandmother aged 4 on the census.’ - James Doyle, June 2012.

[iv] Dr. Edward McDonald became a doctor in the late 1800's. He is listed in the 1901 and 1911 censuses in Burrin Street Carlow.

[v] The doctors father Michael McDonald came from Cloughna, Milford. Doctor McDonald’s brother, Richard was Magistrate and later Coroner for Carlow and lived in Tiny Park (near Tinryland), Carlow, and on the Athy Road near the Courthouse. Richard was very involved in Carlow politics, serving as a member – and often as chairman - on most public bodies, including the Carlow Board of Guardians. During the Land Wars he actively fought for tenants rights and became a strong supporter of robust Nationalsim, throwing his support behind Sinn Fein in 1918 when he presided at the public meeting held in Carlow. In latter years he was a prominent member of the Farmers Union. He extensively engaged in the farming industry, holding large farms in Kildare and Carlow.

July 21st 1920: Mr Richard P.McDonald of Tinypark, Carlow, Coroner for County Carlow, tenders his resignation as a Magistrate to the Lord Chancellor. The letter is published in the Nationalist and Leinster Times: 'My Lord -- As a protest against the brutal, stupid, and unconstitutional manner in which England is attempting to govern this country, I hereby resign my Commission of the Peace for the counties of Carlow and Wicklow --Yours faithfully, R.P.McDonald.' (PPP)

Another brother was Fr. Andrew McDonald, a priest in Blackrock, while Dr. McDonald would later leave everything to his sister, Sr. Camillus McDonald (born Eliza Kate McDonald), Convent of Mercy, Newry, founder of a sewing and lace school and designer of Clanrye Lace. His will was written in his own handwriting a month before he died. The McDonalds’ mother Joanna was an O'Shea from near Callan, Co. Kilkenny. His uncles included the Rev Fr A. McDonald PP Mountrath and the late Mr. Patrick O’Shea, both prominently identified with Catholic publications in America, while their great-uncles included priests such as Rev Thomas O'Shea, co-founder of the Tenants’s Rights Movement, and Archdeacon Robert O’Shea, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny. Doctor McDonald was a Fianna Fail man and sought election but failed. He was involved in getting the TB hospital for Carlow and there are minutes in Carlow library which mentions this. His funeral in 1936 makes him out to be an important man with stately people present and approx. 24 priests.

[vi] This date is ascertained from a record of births sent by Father Liam Morgan in June 2012.

[vii] See http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1901/Carlow/Johnstown/Johnstown/1041766/

[viii] See http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/results.jsp?census_year=1911&surname=Bunbury&firstname=&county=Carlow&townland=&ded=&age=&sex=&search=Search&relationToHead=&religion=&education=&occupation=&marriageStatus=&birthplace=&language=&deafdumb=&marriageYears=&childrenBorn=&childrenLiving=

Katie Byrne would appear to be a different person to the Katie Byrne who knew that Sis was Dr. McDonald’s daughter. The latter Kate was a daughter of Mary Byrne of Ardnahue and was aged 21 on the 1911 census.

[ix] This information is ascertained from a record of births sent by Father Liam Morgan in June 2012.

[x] This information is ascertained from a record of births sent by Father Liam Morgan in June 2012.

[xi] Extracted by Jean Casey, c/o http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/IRL-CARLOW/2010-03/1269786832

 

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