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John McClintock (1649-1707) of Trintaugh (Treantagh), County Donegal

Scene from Romeyn de Hooghe, Siege of Londonderry, 1689

John was the oldest known son of Alexander McClintock and his wife Agnes (née Stinson / Maclean) of Trintaugh (Treantagh), near St. Johnston, in the barony of Raphoe North, County Donegal. The ancestor of the McClintocks of Drumcar, Lisnavagh, Seskinore and Red Hall, John was born in 1649, the year King Charles I was so sensationally beheaded.

John was 21 years old when his father was buried in Taughboyne in 1670. His wife Jenet was the daughter of John Lowry, a prosperous Scottish landowner who settled in County Tyrone.

John is sometimes described as being ‘of Trentaghmucklaugh,’ or Treantaghmucklagh, the townland to the west of Treantagh.

One of John’s contemporaries was Francis Mackennie, born in Ramelton in 1658, who became a substantial landowner in Virginia and founded the first Presbytery in the New World at Philadelphia in 1706.


Marriage to Jenet Lowry, 1687


On 11 August 1687, he married Jenet Lowry, whose family subsequently added the name of Corry and were given the title of Baron Belmore of Castle Coole in 1781. One might have though ‘Jenet’ was a typo, but that is the spelling given on her tombstone. She was the fourth daughter of John Lowry, a prosperous Scottish landowner who settled at Aghenis, by Caledon, County Tyrone. His first wife was a daughter of Mr. Hamilton of Ballyfallon, County Tyrone. She is said to have died at Londonderry during the siege of 1689, but this does not quite make sense chronologically if Jenet McClintock was the daughter of John Lowry’s second wife.

By his first wife, John Lowry had a son William Lowry, who went to the East Indies and died unmarried, and three daughters – Elizabeth who married Francis Perry of Tattyreagh, Co. Tyrone; Margaret who married John Keys of Cavancurr [Cavancor], near Lifford, Co. Donegal; and Mary who married Archibald Woods of Trinsallagh, Co. Donegal.

By his second wife Mary Buchanan, John Lowry had two more sons – John, who died unmarried, and Robert Lowry who married Anne Sinclair and succeeded at Ahennis – and four more daughters.

  1. Catharine, the eldest daughter, married Sameul Perry of Moyloughmore (Mullaghmore), Co. Tyrone, the estate adjacent to that of John Forster, which would later become the McClintock estate of Seskinore.
  2. Rebecca, who married William Moore of Ballymagrane, near Cappagh, County Tyrone. The Moores and Lowrys were influential families in Co. Tyrone and many of their men were attainted by James II’s Parliament in 1689.
  3. Anne Lowry, who married Robert McClintock of Castrues, Co. Donegal.
  4. Jenet, or Jane, the youngest gal who, as stated above, married John McClintock of Trintaugh.


The War of the Two Kings


John and Jenet are said to have sought refuge in Scotland during the War of the Two Kings, which erupted when John was about forty years old. They were certainly there during the Siege of Londonderry in 1689; their first child John was born on 1 February 1689 but did not survive infancy. [i] John’s 29-year-old brother Lt. Alexander McClintock brother and Alexander’s wife Sarah seem to have died on account of the siege. John subsequently inherited Treintamucklach, the townland beside Trintagh, also spelled Treantaghmucklagh, which had seemingly belonged to Alexander.

James II visited Mongavlin Castle (5.5km south-east of Trintaugh) on his way to the siege in 1690. He apparently wrote a letter from the castle, proposing the city surrender, which was famously rejected.


The Children of John and Jenet McClintock


Alexander McClintock of Drumcar, County Louth, was fifteen years old when his father died in 1707.

John and Jenet McClintock returned to Ireland soon after peace was reestablished and had some thirteen children, of whom seven survived to adulthood. Among these were:

  1. John McClintock (1688-1698), born and died in Scotland.
  2. Mary McClintock (born 2 Feb 1690, married Gray, Esq, of Donegal, died 1751).
  3. Alexander McClintock (1692-1775), solicitor, of Drumcar. Born on 30 September 1692, he most likely went to Dublin in about 1710 where he read law and became a barrister of note during the early Georgian Age. In 1734, he was noted as ‘Attorney, Common Pleas’. In 1725, he married the wealthy Rebecca Sampson who came from a prosperous Dublin family. As they had no children, Alexander became, in Colonel Bob McClintock’s words, ‘the fairy godfather to his nephews and nieces’, although he notably excluded his nephew and nearest natural heir Dr James McClintock, a son of William, from his will. He purchased the Drumcar property in Co Louth which he left to his nephew John McClintock, grandfather of the first Lord Rathdonnell. He established another nephew Alexander McClintock at Seskinore in County Tyrone. And he ‘left money to many of his nephews and nieces’. When he died in Dublin on 25 May 1775, he was buried in Dunleer, a couple of miles outside Drumcar. His last will was dated 10 July 1772 and proven on 8 June 1775.
  4. Catherine (or Katharine) McClintock b. 1693, married Mr. Keys
  5. Robert McClintock (1695-1702), died young.
  6. William McClintock (1696-1776) of Cappagh.
  7. John McClintock (27 Mar 1698-1765) of Trintaugh.
  8. James McClintock (1699-1765)
  9. Anne McClintock (1701-1765)
  10. Robert McClintock (1702-1757) of Castruse, father of Willy McClintock of Prospect Hill.
  11. George (1707-1719), born posthumously.

They may have opted to return to Ireland after Scotland was blitzed by severe famine between 1695 and 1698, with some districts losing up to 20% of their inhabitants.

John’s widowed mother Agnes McClintock died in 1696. John’s brother William McClintock (1657-1724) married Elizabeth Harvey and was ancestor of the McClintocks of Dunmore and the Alexanders of Caledon. John also had a sister Jane (or Jean) McClintock, who married a Mr. Porter.

On 2 June 1705, the town of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, was all but destroyed by an accidental fire that caused severe losses to 114 families and their servants, and badly damaged Queen Anne’s barracks, the total loss being computed at over £7,911. A memorial was presented to the Lord Lieutenant from the Provost and Corporation, asking for the benefit of a full collection from house to house throughout the Kingdom, and in all Cathedrals and Parish Churches. It set forth that “they never in the late reign nor in this applied to their Majesties for any relief or reward for their services and sufferings (in 1641 and 1688-90) when they had to maintain many thousands of poor stript Protestants who came for protection. But now being poor, disconsolate and entirely ruined, so that they have neither house to go into, beds to lie on, nor wherewithal to buy bread, may it please your Grace to grant your Petitioners the benefit of a full collection.” [ii]


Death of John and Jenet


John passed away on 3 September 1707 aged 59 and was buried beneath a white marble slab in the south side of Taughboyne Church Cemetery. In his will, dated 1 September 1707, he left his wife £20 per annum and the lease of Trinta during her life or widowhood, and £50 to dispose of by will, besides ten cows, two of the best horses, and twelve sheep; to his son Alexander a freehold in St. Johnstone; to his daughter Mary, £40, and to daughter Katherine, £20. [iii] Each child was named in the will and bond was given by Alexander McClintock on 4 October 1719 as the guardian of the living minor children, named James and Robert.

John and Jenet’s youngest son George (1707-1719), born posthumously, died before the above bond was given.

Jenet, widow of John McClintock, died on 28 December 1739 and was buried alongside him in Taughboyne, as were their son John and daughter-in-law Susanna in due course.


McClintock of Trensallagh, County Donegal


A branch of the family lived at Trensallagh in the Parish of Taughboyne. Martha McClintock (1775-1856), wife of James McClintock, died at Trensallagh on 21 August 1856, aged 81. [1] They may have been parents of Elizabeth McClintock (1810-1869) who died ‘at her residence, Trensallagh’ on 17 December 1869, aged 59. [2]

[1] Londonderry Sentinel, 29 August 1856; [2] Londonderry Sentinel, 21 December 1869.


McClintock of Leck, County Donegal


In 1766, Samuel McClintock of Lurgy was listed as a Protestant householder in the Donegal parish of Leck, just south-east of Letterkenny. The Londonderry Sentinel of 5 May 1838 reported in the death ‘on the 13th ult., at Lurgy, in the parish of Leck, [of] Mr. David McClintock, aged 92.’ According to her obituary in 1899, Ann McClintock was born at Leck in 1810 and arrived into Melbourne in 1840 with her brother John McClintock and one of their sisters. In 1843 Ann relocated to Lithgow NSW to join another brother, William McClintock. In 1846 she married James Thompson, a Irish tweed manufacturer who ran the Cooerwull Tweed Factory in Lithgow. According to the article, “she was the last surviving member of the McClintock family”.


McClintock of Trentaghmucklaugh


Alexander McClintock died at Trentaghmucklaugh, near St. Johnston, on 24 January 1856, aged 26. [1] Nine years later, on 5 January 1865, Joseph McClintock, Esq., Trentamucklagh, was married in the First Presbyterian Church, Letterkenny, by the Rev. John Kinnear, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr. Robert Noble, of Castledoey, near Letterkenny. [2]

[1] Londonderry Sentinel, 25 January 1856; [2] Londonderry Sentinel, 10 January 1865.

Unidentified McClintocks of Donegal area


Tenants On Abercorn’s Donegal Estate, Laggan Area, 1794

  • David McClintock, Ardagh
  • James McClintock, Ardagh
  • James and John McClintock, Ardagh
  • Thomas McClintock, Creatland
  • Alex McClintock, Drumenan
  • Samuel McClintock, Gillistown


Householders in St. Johnston, 1794

  • John McClintock
  • John McClintock
  • Robert McClintock


1796 Spinning Wheel Entitlement Lists

Many Scots-Irish planters encouraged their tenants to grow flax for linen cloth and to use the money they made from this industry to pay their rent. It was a manky job, digging for retted flax in those murky, muddy waters. By such means, between 1660 and 1760, Ulster developed from one of the most backward parts of Ireland to its most prosperous. However, during the 18th century, one in every three harvests failed, the worst years being 1717-19, 1727-29, 1735-36, 1740-41, 1745-46, 1755-56 and 1763-64. Many chose to emigrate to the Americas instead, especially to Pennsylvania. The Spinning Wheel List (or the Flax Growers Bounty List) is a Flax Seed Premium Entitlement list that names everyone in Ireland to whom the Trustees of the Linen Manufacturers paid premiums for sowing flax in 1796.

  • John McClintock, Donaghmore
  • William McClintock, Killaghtee
  • Aaron McClintock, Killaghtee
  • Robert McClintock, Esq., Killea
  • Alexander McClintock, Kilmacrenan
  • Alexander McClintock, Leck
  • Alexander McClintock, Raphoe
  • Andrew McClintock, Raphoe
  • William McClintock, Raphoe
  • Alexander McClintock, Taughboyne
  • Daniel McClintock, Taughboyne
  • James McClintock, Taughboyne
  • John McClintock, Taughboyne
  • Joseph McClintock, Taughboyne
  • Robert McClintock, Taughboyne
  • Thomas McClintock, Taughboyne




With thanks to William Bunbury, Andrew Bunbury, Olive Brown, Tom Barr, Sylvia McClintock, Kieran Fagan, Canon Crooks, the McFarlands and Jack McClintic for this excellent collection of data here.




[i]  “A History of the McClintock Family” by Col. R.S. McClintock, pub. 1961. As an aside, 1689 also saw the birth of William Mitchell in Virginia. He later became a Revenue official in Dublin where he died in 1804 at the astonishing age of 115.

[ii] Details via Stair na hÉireann.

[iii] His will is recorded in Sir Arthur Vicars ‘Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810’ (1897), p. 300, where he is referred to as John McClintock of ’Trentogh’ and a ‘gent’.