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During the Celtic Tiger years, a Ramada Hotel sprang up at Killerig, County Carlow, complete with its very own 'Bunbury Suite' and 'Sir Harry's Bar'. I used to frequent the latter, purely as a place of refuge to get a little writing accomplished with a nice black pint of Guinness. And I was duly disappointed when the hotel closed, another victim of the recession that engulfed Ireland from 2008.

The Bunbury connection to Killerig goes back to the 1660s when Benjamin Bunbury, a grandson of Sir Harry Bunbury, became the first to settle in the area. Benjamin and his wife Mary had five sons. The elder four were established at Johnstown, Cloghna, Lisnavagh (all in County Carlow) and at Kilfeacle in County Tipperary.

The following notes relate to his youngest son Benjamin Bunbury II who was born in 1676 and succeeded his father at Killerig upon his death on April 4th 1707. Notes on Benjamin II's early life are scarce although we do know that in 1702 he joined his brothers in signing the Act of Resumption.


On 27th April 1705 Benjamin Bunbury II married Hester Huband, daughter of Edmund Huband of Dublin. Edmund was presumably the man, or a son of the man, who served as Sheriff of Dublin in 1753.[i] Edmund’s wife may have been Hester Spring of Springfield, Dublin.

An account of Edmund Huband from ‘An appeal to the commons and citizens of London’ by Charles Lucas in 1756 runs: ‘This Gentleman keeps a Toy Shop in Dublin, is reputed to be a Man of Substance, and his Character, as to Honesty, hitherto unimpeached. He is of a sanguine Disposition, warm in his Temper, ambitious of City Honours and Preferments, and as such a Favourer of the Board of Aldermen, who have the sole Disposal of them. He is reputed one of the best Speakers, on their Side, in the Common Council, of which he has been a Member these several Years, by the Favour and Election of the Aldermen. He was an Enemy to Lucas and Latouche, not only on a political Consideration, but from private Resentment, as the former had severely treated him in some his Writings, and as the latter had him (Mr Huband) in the Office of Warden the Guild, which Mr Huband had been voted out of, about a Week before it would, in common Course, have ended. Under these Prejudices, and with these Dispositions, was he introduced on the Floor of the Committee of Priviledges and Elections’.

Benjamin and Hester had one son, Benjamin Bunbury III, and at least three daughters, Mary Bunbury, Hester Bunbury and Hannah Bunbury, and possibly a fourth Eleanor Bunbury, about whom more below. All of his known children were baptised at St. Nicholas Without in Dublin. Mary was shown as of Mill Street.

Confusingly there was another baptism at St. Nicholas Without of a Dyana Bumbery, daughter of Benjamin and SARAH Bunbury of Mill Street, on 19th June 1710. As Gill Miller notes, Dyana 'is how the name is spelt on all the baptisms; Benjamin had a sister Diana.' So who was this Sarah? Was she Benjamin's second wife? Or was her name written incorrectly or mistranscribed from Hester?


In 1713, Benjamin Bunbury was appointed high sheriff for Carlow. In November 1713, Jeffry Paul of Ballyraggan, County Kildare, was returned alongside Sir Pierce Butler of Garryhundon, 4th Bart, for the County of Catherlogh .[i] Major Thomas Burdett of Garryhill, who had challenged Sir Pierce’s electoral victory in 1703, once again objected to the result and presented a petition to the Committee of Privileges and Elections, alleging ‘unfair and improper pressure on the voters’ by ‘some gentlemen, and particularly the popish gentlemen of the said county, Mr. Walter Bagnall, Mr. William Cooke, Mr. John Baggott, and several other papists.’ Burdett also pointed a finger at Benjamin Bunbury, high sheriff, accusing him of employing ‘partial, undue, and illegal practices’ to ensure Paul’s electoral victory. The matter was referred to the parliamentary committee of privileges and elections but, in the election that followed Queen Anne’s death, Burdett was elected to the borough of Catherlogh and appears to have dropped the petition. Parliament was dismissed following the death of Queen Anne on 1 August 1714. Seven weeks later, George, Elector of Hanover, was formally crowned as sovereign of the united kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

[i] Parliament was dissolved on 6th May, 1713, and a new parliament assembled in Dublin, on 25th November, 1713. The Carlow Parliamentary Roll: Comprising Lists of the Knights of the Shire, Robert Malcolmson, p. 14.


Benjamin Bunbury II died on January 3rd 1716 aged 39 and was buried alongside his father in Carlow. He was succeeded at Killerig by his only son, Benjamin, who was still a minor at the time. I wonder was this the property located just by the R726 and R418 crossroads? I understand that Killerrig House later passed to the Corrigan family, which included John Corrigan of Leighlinbridge who worked his way up the ranks of the Grand Canal Company in the 18th century to become Harbourmaster.

Benjamin's widow Hester Bunbury was married secondly in late 1718 to John Spring, clerk, of Ligginstown, Co: Kildare. Hester’s brother Francis Huband, a Dublin brewer, stood as witness to the marriage.[ii]


Benjamin Bunbury III succeeded his father in 1716, when he was still a minor. According to a deed of July 1731, he married his first cousin Mary Bunbury, second daughter of his uncle Mathew Bunbury of Kilfeacle.*

Benjamin and Mary had a son Benjamin IV and two daughters Anne and Mary before his death in 1747. I think this last Benjamin was the Benjamin Bunbury, only son of Benjamin, late of Killerig, admitted to Honourable Society of the Middle Temple on 16th June 1763.

It is possible that he died in November 1782 as there was an announcement in the Dublin Hibernian Journal of Monday 18 November 1782 - Died in Carlow, Mr Benjamin Bunbury. The death notice also appeared in the Freeman's Journal of 16-19 November 1782.


(1) Dublin Deed 70 32 47232 dated 10th & 11th July 1730. Registered 13 December 1731. There is a record in Bruce Chandler's report of a Mary Bunbury marrying a Benjamin in 1766, in Emly & Cashel Diocese records of Protestant marriages, but this is too late a date to have been Benjamin of Killerig.

(2) National Burial Index has a Benjamin Bunbury being buried 3.3.1784 at St Mary's Churchyard in Limpley Stoke, Wiltshire. Is this the same man? or what about the Benjamin Bunbury who appears in the Lismore Papers National Library Calendar, viz. MS 43,371/ 19 Letters to John Ussher from John Shea, Mary Hayles, John Kearney, John Damer, Benjamin Bunbury, H. Alcock, and others regarding the estates of the Earl of Cork and Burlington, 20 items 1745-6


In January 2014, I was contacted by Ruth Hayward, the biographer of Charlotte Dee, mistress to the Duke of Cumberland. Charlotte Dee's father was James Dee, a merchant based in Portugal, while her mother was Eleonor Lenon, a daughter of John Lenon and Eleonor Bunbury. Born circa 1710, the latter Eleonor was probably a fourth daughter of Benjamin and Hester Bunbury; she may have been named for Benjamin’s grandmother Eleanor Birkenhead who married Thomas Bunbury, son of Sir Henry. [iii] In about 1720, Eleonor Bunbury married John Lenon, with whom she had a son Thomas Bunbury Lenon (born circa 1725) and two daughters, namely Eleanor and Susanna Bunbury Lenon (who married Joseph Foster and was mother to Luke Foster who, by his 1785 marriage to Margaret Tyrrell, was father of Edward Bunbury Foster). John Lenon is said to have died in 1780 aged 90.

Eleanor Lenon was born in about 1720 and married on 18 April 1739 at the British Factory Lisbon (Trading House) in Portugal to James Dee, a successful wine merchant & Vice-Consul of Lisbon. He may have been descended from the Elizabethan mathematician / astrologer Dr John Dee. James and Eleanor had a son John and four daughters (Anne Caroline, Elizabeth, Eleanor and Deborah Charlotte), all born in Portugal. The fact their youngest child Charlotte, born in 1756, had the first name Deborah may also be relevant; the name was certainly popular with the Bunbury family. Elizabeth Dee married Edward Taylor and was somehow connected to the Clara Amelia Harriott who married Major Thomas Bunbury, the New Zealand man.


Charlotte Dee was about 25 years old when she was married in 1782 to George Johnstone and left Portugal for England. George Johnstone, who was over fifty when he married his young bride, died in 1787. In 1789, Charlotte's portrait was painted by Thomas Lawrence. The following year, she was married secondly to Charles Edmund Nugent - later an Admiral - in 1790. Charlotte was the mistress of the Duke of Cumberland for 20 years and they had a "secret" child. The Duke was the fifth son of George III. He was called Prince Ernest at the time he and Charlotte met in 1794 but was created a Duke five years later. Their daughter Georgina was brought up as Admiral Nugent's daughter.

In 1837, many years after Charlotte's death. the Duke became King of Hanover. As Ruth observes, Queen Victoria was 'a mere woman', she "could not inherit this title and office, and he was the next male in the line of succession. He's had a very bad press, but he comes over as a likeable person in the letters he wrote to Jonathan Wathen Waller - the subject of my first biography - whom he habitually addressed as "Dear Phippy"."

When 25-year-old Charlotte Dee came to London from Lisbon after her marriage to George Johnstone early in 1782, she brought with her as a companion her sister Eleanor Dee, known as Leonora, then aged 32. She also met up with her sister Elizabeth Taylor (nee Dee), then aged 39, who was already established in England with children born in the 1760s, who were not much younger than Charlotte herself. Charlotte was for 40 years a companion / lady-in-waiting to Princess Sophia Matilda of Gloucester, a niece of George III.

Leonora Dee (nee Lenon) died in 1802, aged circa 80-82.

THOMAS BUNBURY LENON (c. 1725 - c. 1797)

Thomas Bunbury Lenon married (Gertrude) Margaret FitzMaurice, a lady much younger than him. Margaret was born on 18 February 1757. Margaret was a daughter of Harman Fitzmaurice (b. 1704).

Harman FitzMaurice, a son of James FitzMaurice (b. 1670) and Catherine Harman, was born in Kilmihil, Clare and died at Knockbrack, near Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. James had inherited the substantail Harman estates in Carlow following his marriage to Catharine.

It has been suggested that Margaret Fitzmaurice was born at Springfield Castle in Limerick. However, Catherine Fitzmaurice of Bandon, who has records of the family in an old bible, says the bible entry does not show her place of birth. Margaret's aunt Anne, a sister of Harman, married their first cousin John Fitzmaurice, the man who built Springfield Castle, so Anne and John certainly lived in the castle but they had no family so, as Catherine says ‘who knows? - perhaps they all lived there for a while’. Catherine Fitzmaurice of Bandon writes: ‘I don't know where any of her brothers and sisters were born but I know that most of the siblings died in Carlow [where the Harman estates were]'.

By 1788, Thomas Bunbury Lenon had set himself up as a wine merchant on Burrin Street, Carlow. (Lucas Directory Carlow, 1788). He was no doubt using the contacts and keen knowledge of the trade he had picked up from James Dee (his stepfather or brother-in-law!) in Portugal. He died on 20 February 1797 aged 72.[iv]

Thomas Bunbury Lenon, who was into his fifties by the time he started having children, had eight children with his wife Margaret.

1. James FitzMaurice Lenon, (b.a. 1778) married Sophia Curtis, and had a son Thomas Bunbury Lenon (1805-1888) who lived all his life in England and married Frances Jeffreys in London on 21 Aug 1833.[v] Thomas was mentioned in the 1825 will of Elizabeth Taylor (nee Dee), his first cousin once removed, although she may well have thought of him as a nephew.
2. Major George Johnstone Lenon
3. Lieut. Thomas Bunbury Lenon, RN, born circa 1782. Lost at sea.
4. John FitzMaurice Lenon (c. 1784-1821)
5. Eleanor FitzMaurice Lenon
6. Charlotte Dee Lenon
7. Harman Dee Lenon
8. Hannah Dee Lenon

As Brian Lenon, a family descendant, observes: 'Three had Dee as their middle name, three had FitzMaurice, one Bunbury, and a George Johnstone. He certainly didn't want to offend any relatives.' The one called George Johnston Lenon would appear to have been named for the husband of his half-sister Charlotte, although the boy was born before the marriage.


In August 2008, Meredith Downes of Australia contacted me and wondered if I knew anything of her forbear, Edward Bunbury Foster. I passed the question onto Michael Purcell and the following came to light.

It is said that Benjamin Bunbury of Killerig may have fathered an illegitimate daughter, Margaret Tyrrell, who duly named her son Edward Bunbury Foster in his honour. However, another theory proposed by Jenny Street Grant in 2014 moots the possibility that the boy was named for Ellinor Lenon (nee Bunbury), grandmother of Margaret's husband, Luke Foster.

Luke Foster (1769-1828) was a watchmaker based on Tullow Street, Co Carlow. Pigot's Directory of 1824 lists three watchmakers in Carlow - Joseph Foster (Tullow Street, perhaps a son or brother of Luke), Henry Dyer (also of Tullow Street) and Richard Watters (Dublin Street). There is also record of a Joseph Lemon, a Carlow watchmaker, who was bound to keep the peace for an unidentified crime in 1822.

Luke Foster is said to have been uncle or great-uncle to the American songsmith Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864), author of 'Beautiful Dreamer', 'I Dream of Jennie', 'O Susanna', 'Hard Times' etc). Stephen was a son of William Barclay Foster, one of the most prosperous merchants of Pittsburgh, and a grandson of James Foster, an Irish emigrant who co-founded Dr. McMillan's Canonsburgh Academy in 1791. If this connection is correct, then Luke's nephew Morrison Foster was largely responsible for compiling Stephen's works and writing a short biography of him. Luke's niece, Ann Eliza Foster, married a brother of the bachelor President James Buchanan.

As Jenny Grant explained in an email of April 2014, Luke Foster was a first cousin of Elizabeth Taylor (nee Dee) who died in Surrey in 1826. Elizabeth, who married Edward Taylor, was herself a cousin of the aforementioned Dees. Jenny writes:

"Towards the end of Elizabeth Taylor’s Will after she’d bestowed numerous bequests of £5 on each of her servants, she then bequeathed “five pounds to Mr Luke Foster of Carlow’s widow (my gx4 grandmother Margaret), and to her unmarried daughter (Margaret) like sum of five pounds, to her son living at Carlow five pounds (I have no idea at all who this was), to her son residing in London ( my gx3 grandfather Edward Bunbury Foster) five pounds, and the sum of five pounds to Mr Benjamin Foster (I believe this to be Benjamin Bunbury Foster who died in Carlow in 1838 at the age of 76 years, and who I’m fairly certain was Luke’s brother)”. Elizabeth Taylor nee Lenon was Luke Foster’s 1st cousin and was apparently a very generous woman. Her Will goes a long way to confirming Susana’s parentage and her place in this family.

As to ‘the son living at Carlow’ in 182, there was a Henry Foster who died in Dublin (COI) in 1833 at the age of 39 (giving him a DoB c 1794) but Jenny thinks a more likely candidate is Joseph Foster, a watchmaker in Tullow St.

However it has now caused another mystery …. just who was Luke & Margaret’s son who was living in Carlow in 1826?? I have a few records for Joseph Foster which date from 1785 when there’s a watchmaker named Joseph Foster in Carlow (I’d presumed this chap was Luke’s brother) right through to 1835 when Joseph Foster is recorded as being a householder in the Select Committee on Fictitious Votes Ireland. Maybe the earlier records relate to Joseph, Luke’s brother and the later ones to Joseph, Luke’s son. It’s odd though that there’s no mention of another son in Luke & Margaret’s letter to Edward Bunbury Foster in 1823 informing him of the contents of the Memorial and Deed. I can find no birth, marriage or death records for Joseph Foster."


According to an inscription in Edward Bunbury Foster's diary, Luke and Margaret Foster lived at Bridewell [Bridwick?] on Soloman's Lane [sic] in [Marlow?], County Carlow. There are also deeds pertaining to this property from 1790; these deeds name both Benjamin Bunbury and George, Prince of Wales.

In March 1802, Luke had a close shave when Robert Lawler, a mason from Leighlinbridge, came into his shop to have a silver watch valued. Luke recognised the watch as one he had cleaned 'and set to Rights' some years earlier for a gentleman called William Bennett from Ballyknockan, Leighlin, Co. Carlow. Bennett was murdered in November 1797 and his watch went missing that night. Luke effectively attempted a citizen's arrest on Lawler, bringing him to the home of John Bennett, High Sheriff of County Carlow, but Bennett was not at home and Lawler made good his escape in the meantime. [7]

Luke, Margaret, Joseph and Susana are all thought to have been buried at St Mary's, Carlow, where Benjamin Bunbury of Killerig's 1707 grave is the oldest surviving one. Luke's descendant Jenny Street Grant tried to find them during a visit in April 2017, without success, but gamely concluded they are 'resting there just under the grass'.


Luke and Margaret's son Edward Bunbury Foster was born and christened in Carlow circa 1791. He became known as a highly skilled watch and instrument maker in Westminster and Australia. On 6th June 1813, he was married to Ellen Taber at St James, Westminster, London. They lived at 33 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, where they had a daughter, Susannah (born 1st March 1814 at Tufton St, St James) and a son, Edward (born 28th January 1816 at Charles St, parish of St Margaret's, Westminster).

Benjamin Bunbury - assumed to have been Edward Bunbury Foster's grandfather - died in 1823.

On 22nd October 1828, Edward Foster Bunbury and his son Edward left London on the 266-ton ship Thompson, arriving in Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia, on 19 April 1829.[8] Neither Ellen or Susannah Foster appears to have accompanied them. It may be that Ellen was deceased because Edward appears to have subsequently married again. The Limerick City Chronicle of 22nd June 1842 has a curious reference to a Mrs. Mary Foster, relict of the late Mr. Bunbury Foster, of Carlow. (Thanks to Sharon Oddie Brown).

Father and son navigated the 6 month trip to Australia using a chronometer which the elder Edward had made himself. He kept an informative and amusing diary of the arduous trip, a copy of which later passed to Pat Purcell and may now be in the possession of Pat's nephew, Michael.

Whilst ashore in Capetown, South Africa on Saturday 31st January 1829, he wrote in his diary: 'On presenting my card [to His Excellency the Governor, Sir Lowrey Cole] he immediately recognised me (having repeatedly spoken to him while in Cockspurshire). In Sydney, he continued to practice as a watchmaker, based at at 287 George St in Sydney by 1844/45. One of his clocks is at Old Government House in Parramatta. His residence at that time was Black Wattle Swamp, Petersham, Sydney.

33 Cockspur Street & the BIG BEN CONNECTION

Curiously, 33 Cockspur St was later occupied by another celebrated maker of watches, clocks, chronometers and regulators - John Dent (1790-1853), builder of Big Ben. What a pity it was not Edward Bunbury Foster who designed Big Ben and then we could speculate that he named the clock for his grandfather Benjamin Bunbury! [9] Starting life as a tallow chandler, Dent was employed by both the Vulliamys and the Barrauds making clocks and watches. In 1830 he entered into a partnership with J.R. Arnold and in 1840 he set up on his own account at 33 Cockspur Street, vacated by Bunbury Foster at least twelve years earlier. Dent was the builder of "Big Ben", the celebrated Westminster clock, and made many fine chronometers, watches, and high commercial grade clocks. His stepson, Richard Edward Dent, took over the firm in 1853 and ran it until 1920, specialising in Coromandel Marine Chronometers and Victorian Mahogany Wall Regulators.


In Australia, Edward Bunbury Foster's son Edward became a cattle proprietor and poundkeeper and in 1835 his address was 100 Elizabeth St, Sydney (now one of Sydney's busiest streets). Edward Junior apparently went bankrupt. In 1842 he married Caroline Horsley in Sydney. They had three sons - Edward, Charles and George.



On 20th August 1836, Edward and Ellen's daughter Susannah was married at St James, Sydney, to Charles Drew Street of Invermein, a surgeon who arrived in Australia on the Noormuhul, a whaling ship under the command of a Captain Taber (Susannah's uncle?), on April 29th 1832. Charles's father Thomas Street was also a surgeon, as was his brother Francis Gale Snelling Street who came to Australia sometime later. Aside from Edward Foster Bunbury, the other witnesses to the Street-Foster wedding were C J Foster, J A Duvauchelle, Louisa Jane Davies and Margaret Emma Davies. Charles was declared bankrupt on 30th March 1842. In 1993, a commemorative postage stamp was issued featuring one of Edward Bunbury Foster's 'complex' clocks.


With thanks to Ruth Hayward, Hilary Jarvis, Jenny Grant, Peter Bunbury, Bob Fitzsimons, Gill Miller, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Michael Purcell, Michael Brennan, William Squair, Brian Lenon, Edward Hill and the team at Carlow Rootsweb.


[i] Copy of confirmation of arms to the Rev. Hugo Richard Huband, Chaplain in the Falkland Islands, second son of Capt. George Joseph Huband of Canonbrook, Co. Dublin, son of Wilcocks Huband, son of Joseph Huband, son of Edmund Huband, Sheriff of Dublin 1753, June 15, 1908. See http://sources.nli.ie/Record/MS_UR_039407/Details

[ii] Deed 26 74 14699 dated 10.12.1718 refers to a marriage settlement between Hester Bunbury widow and relict of Benjamin Bunbury of Killerig, Co: Carlow and John Spring, of Ligginstown, Co: Kildare a clerk. Registered 16.1.1719 and witnessed by Francis Huband. (Thanks to Peter Bunbury).

Francis Huband, son of Edmund, baptized in St. Nicholas Without, Dublin, on 2 March 1694 according to http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details/5a16c10158073 and married in St. Andrew’s, Dublin, to Ann Hayes on 11 May 1723 according to http://churchrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/details/5323cd0530786 Anne was a daughter of John Hayes of Ballenyclack, Co. Wicklow, and his wife Mary (nee Wilcocks). Francis Huband is believed to have died in 1727, leaving at least one son John Hayes Huband, and Ann remarried Robert Wilcocks of Palmerston. Further details of the Hayes family and their connections to the families of White, Parnell, Montgomery and Blair at http://genforum.genealogy.com/hayes/messages/7960.html

[iii] In the Will of Eleanor Dee the elder, there are four spellings of Eleanor listed in the margin.

[iv] Thomas Bunbury Lenon was born c 1725 if his age at death in 1797 (72) is to be believed. Brian Lenon proposed the year of his death was 1799.

[v] Thomas Bunbury Lenon II married married Frances Jeffreys, daughter of the Rector of Barnes, in 1833. The following record of their marriage by Gill Miller shows that the various cousins, related to Eleanor Lenon, were still in close contact a generation or two after Eleanor's death. Charlotte Dee's granddaughter Anne Elizabeth, nee Johnstone was there, as was her daughter Georgina Bankes (ostensibly nee Nugent) & her husband George. Anne, Georgina & TBL were not far apart in age although technically of different generations.
Gill Miller writes: "Their marriage record shows that the ceremony was performed by Edmd. H. Bucknall Estcourt who was the husband of Anne Elizabeth Johnstone ... The witnesses to the marriage were Anne Elizabeth Bucknall Estcourt, Georgina Charlotte Bankes (more of her in a moment), George Bankes (husband of Georgina Charlotte), John Jeffreys and two people who look like Mary Byrne and J. Byron. Of the witnesses, Georgina Charlotte (Nugent) Bankes was either the daughter of Deborah Charlotte Dee and her husband Charles Edmund Nugent (the illegitimate son of Edmund Nugent) or the daughter of Deborah Charlotte Dee and the Duke of Cumberland. The Bankes family estate was Kingston Lacy in Dorset. George Bankes’ brother William was a friend of Lord Byron and one of the other witnesses to the TBL II & Frances Jeffreys marriage was a J. Byron. At least I thought it was a J until I found Lord Byron’s signature and in my opinion what is written on the record mirrors pretty much Lord Byron’s signature but he had died some 9 years earlier. Maybe the witness was his cousin George who inherited from him and was Lord of the Bedchamber between 1830-37. The cousin, Admiral George Anson Byron had a wife, Elizabeth Mary Chandos Pole. Maybe the Mary Byrne signature is really Mary Byron and the cousin Byron’s wife and I am misreading her name as Byrne??"
Ruth Hayward adds: 'Anne Elizabeth was Charlotte Dee's granddaughter - the younger of the two daughters of Sir John Lowther Johnstone, b 1783 - the only child of Charlotte Dee & George Johnstone. To his mother's dismay, JLJ married his Scottish girlfriend Charlotte Gordon in 1804 (as soon as he was no longer a minor) and they had three children: Charlotte Margaret, Anne Elizabeth and Frederick George. The boy inherited the baronetcy when only one year old as JLJ died on Christmas Eve 1811.'

Thomas and Frances Bunbury Lenon were parents of:

a) Lt. Col. Edmund Henry Lenon (1830-1893) who was awarded the Victoria Cros at the Battle of Taku Forts, China, in 1859.

b) Capt. John FitzMaurice Lenon, R.N, (1834-1899) who was baptised in Mortlake 1 Aug 1834 and married Jane Lucy Haywood.

c) Arthur Lenon (1842-1914) who married Emily and settled in Camden, NSW, Australia. They had children Thomas Bunbury Lenon and Caroline Frances (who married a Thomas Masters). It seems the son T. B. Lenon died in the Anglo-Boer War as Jenny Grant found a record in the NSW State Records. There was also an "in memorium" in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 19th of April 1901 which said:

LENON - In loving memory of my dear brother, T. B. Lenon, who died of enteric fever at Bloemfontein whilst on native service in South Africa on April 26th, 1900. Inserted by his loving sister, C. F. Masters.

7. Pat Purcell Papers via Carlow Rootsweb: Luke Foster, Watchmaker, Tullow Street, Carlow states before Henry Rudkin, J.P. that, on Wednesday 10th March 1802, Robert Lawler, a Mason, of School Park, Leighlinbridge, came to his shop in Tullow Street and presented a Silver Watch to him to have it valued. 'Upon Examinant seeing said Watch He knew it to be the Property of William Bennett, Esq. Deceased, This Examinant having Cleaned said Watch and set it to Rights ~ And Examinant saith He heard and Believes said Watch was Robbed from said William Bennett on the night He was murdered at Ballylougham (? ) in the County of Carlow more than four Years Since ~~ Examinant further saith He Instantly brought said Robert Lawler and the Watch to the Lodgings of John Bennett Esq. High Sheriff for the County of Carlow In Order to hand said Lawler over to Justice But not finding the Sheriff then at Home, said Lawler forced ..?..... to make His Escape from this Examinant ~~ Examinant further saith He in a very short Time after met said Sheriff and Related to Him what had happened and He showed to Him said Watch which is now in His Possession as Examinant Believes, Sworn 13th day of March 1802. (signed) Luke Foster (signed) Henry Rudkin. Examinant bound in the Sum of £50 to Prosecute when called upon ~~~~~.*

8. Bounty Immigrants 1828-1842 CD.

9. The main bell at the Great Clock of Westminster is officially known as the Great Bell. It is, of course, better known by the nickname Big Ben, which is often mistakenly applied to the Clock Tower. The original bell was a 14.5-tonne (16 ton) hour bell, cast on 6 August 1856 in Stockton-on-Tees by John Warner & Sons. The bell was never officially named, but the legend on it records that the commissioner of works, Sir Benjamin Hall, was responsible for the order. Another theory for the origin of the name is that the bell may have been named after a contemporary heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt. It is thought that the bell was originally to be called Victoria or Royal Victoria in honour of Queen Victoria, but that an MP suggested the nickname during a Parliamentary debate; the comment is not recorded in Hansard.