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McClintock of Derry-Londonderry

William McClintock, Haberdasher & 1798 Patriot


William McClintock of Londonderry was arrested for being a United Irishman on the eve of the 1798 Rebellion. According to Peter Gilmore, Trevor Parkhill and William Roulston’s work ‘Exiles of ’98 – Ulster Presbyterians and the United States (Ulster Historical Foundation, 2018), p. 180:

“William McClintock was a successful haberdasher in Londonderry. He may have been the William McClintock who was a captain in the Derry Light Dragoons formed in 1780. He was certainly one of the 56 ‘steady friends of merit’, a group of Londonderry merchants and businessmen, who presented three silver cups to the newspaper publisher George Douglas prior to his departure from Ireland in the summer of 1796. For his involvement in a plot to capture Derry for the United Irishmen, McClintock was charged with treason and lodged in the city’s gaol, along with Robert Moore, in June 1797. The two men spent only two months in prison. The lawyer John Philpott Curran was brought in specially to represent them and he argued that Moore and McClintock were not aware that it was treasonable to take the United Irish obligation and were ready to take the oath of allegiance. The charges were dropped and the two men took the oath of allegiance. McClintock subsequently left for America.”

A rather faded report on their trial appeared in the Dublin Evening Post of 23 September 1797, here. Further details are provided in ‘1798: A Bicentenary Perspective,’ edited by Thomas Bartlett, p. 245.

‘… Joseph Orr, Robert Moore [of Molenan] and William McClintock, were in Derry gaol, charged with treason. All three were men of the highest respectability. Orr was a wealthy brazier with a shop on Pump Street. Moore was the city’s leading ironmonger, and McClintock one of its best regarded haberdashers. They had all been prominent in civic life over the previous generation. Moore, the most conspicuous, had been a Volunteer officer in the 1780s and again in the 17908; the chairman and treasurer of the city poor-house and infirmary; an active member of the Chamber of Commerce; and a delegate to the last Dungannon convention.’

Their troubles were not yet over. According to the London Chronicle of 13-15 November 1798:

‘At a Common Council held in the Guild Hall of the city of Londonderry, the 2d November 1798, it was ordered unanimously, that Henry Grattan, a freeman of this city, being concerned in bringing about the rebellion, be, and is hereby disfranchised from all the privileges of this city. It was ordered also, that Robert Moore, and William M’Clintock, merchants; Joseph Orr, copper-smith, and Christopher Hardy, saddler, being concerned in bringing about the said rebellion, be, and each of them is hereby disfranchised from all the privileges of freemen of this city.”

As Jack McClintock observes, the William McClintock who journeyed to America circa 1798 may correlate to a William McClintick who emigrated from Coleraine and made his way to Ohio. He was recorded in the semi-wealthy town of Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, from at least 1802. Two years earlier, Chillicothe had been named as capital of the remnant Northwest Territory (after Indiana Territory was split off) of Ohio, eastern Michigan and part of south-eastern Indiana. Jack also found a record stating that William McClintick and his son Joseph moved to Ross County in 1820 from Muskingum County, Ohio.  This may distance them from the McClintock’s in Ross County: James and his son William Trimble McClintock who did very well.  William later donated his house to the Ross County, Ohio Historical Society.

William died in about 1843 in Pickaway County, Ohio, a county that is also associated with Barack Obama’s Irish ancestor Fulmuth Kearney.  William’s son Joseph McClintock was born in Ireland in about 1787 and died in Pickaway County, Ohio in 1867.

Judge James McClintock also had Chillicothe connections, plus William T McClintock, president of the Ohio & Mississippi in 1882 (see Railway News here)


Dr Ross McClintock, M.R.C.S, RAPHOE


Dr Ross McClintock, MD of the Raphoe dispensary in County Donegal was the son of a William McClintock, merchant, of Bishop Street, Londonderry, and his wife Elizabeth (1769-1840). Was this the William McClintock whose name was expunged from Derry Corporation’s list of freemen in 1798 for being one of four city merchants who supported the United Irishmen? The only thing is that Elizabeth died at Ross’s residence in Raphoe on 30 December 1840, aged 72, but perhaps she did not join her husband in exile? [1]

Dr Ross McClintock was in charge of the Raphoe dispensary from 1833 to 1872, fearlessly combatting cholera and fever (which he contracted). He was also the registrar of deaths in the District of Raphoe in the Union of Strabane in the 1860s. He once observed that private subscriptions were disgraceful ‘ to the medical profession, and disgusting to individuals supported by them.” [2]

On 14 June 1838, Dr McClintock was married at Convoy Church, by the Rev. William Lodge, Rector of Killea, to Mary Elizabeth, only daughter of the late John Maclarty, Esq., of Gold Mine, Jamaica.[3] She bore him a son in Raphoe on 9 September 1840. [4]

On 1 June 1842, Ross’s sister Elizabeth was married in the Church of Raphoe by the Rev. Thomas Irwin, of the Deanery to Captain Crawley, Sub Inspector of the Constabulary. [5] (Or, at least, I’m pretty sure she was Ross’s sister!).

Dr McClintock retired in poor health in 1872, after 38 ½ years’ service. (See here). Dr McClintock owned 176 acres in Raphoe in the 1876 landowners’ record. His wife Mary Elizabeth died on 26 August 1880. [6]


Grave of John McClintock of Derry, his son Captain James McClintock (Adjutant of the Derry Militia) and grandson Robert James McClintock at Derry Cathedral. Photo: A. R. Boyle, 2023. The inscription reads:
 Sacred to the Memory of
JOHN McCLINTOCK of this City
whose remains are here interred
He died A.D. 1804 Aged 53 years.
                       to the Memory of
his grandson JOHN McCLINTOCK
who died 2nd December A.D. 1842 aged 10 years.
Also to the memory of Captn JAMES McCLINTOCK
28th Regt late Adjt L’Derry Militia
Son of the above John M’Clintock and
Father of John McClintock
He died the 15th April 1850 aged 56 years
Also to the memory of his eldest son
who died at Sea on board the
Ship Childe Harolde on the 25th Decr
                   1852 aged 28 years

Captain James McClintock, Adjutant of the Derry Militia


Among the graves in the burial ground of St. Columb’s Cathedral in Derry-Londonderry is a table tomb for Captain James McClintock (1794-1850), son of John McClintock (1751-1804) of Derry who died in 1804, aged 53.

James became an ensign in the 88th (Connaught Rangers) Regiment of Foot on 12 May 1812 and served in the Peninsula War in April 1814. On 25 November 1815, he was promoted to lieutenant. Reduced to half pay on the end of the Napoleonic Wars on 25 February 1816, he served as a Captain and Adjutant in the Londonderry Militia for many years. He died at his residence in Derry on 15 April 1850, aged 56. [7]

His eldest son Robert James McClintock was killed in a tragic accident as reported by the Londonderry Standard of Thursday 27 January 1853:

‘At sea, on the 25th ult., on board the ship Childe Harold, caused by a fall from the main topmast, Robert James McClintock, aged 28 years, late of this city, eldest son of the late Capt. McClintock, 88th Regiment.’

In March 1853, the same ship set sail from England to Geelong, Victoria, arriving on 16 June.

Captain McClintock may also have been the father of John McClintock, named on the same grave, who died in 1842, aged 10 years old.


Other Derry Links


[Married] On Tuesday, the 29th ult., by the Rev. George Hay, Samuel McClintock, Esq., of this City, to Mary, second daughter of the late Rev. Andrew Cochran, Rector of Lower Fahan, in the Diocese of Derry (Londonderry Sentinel, 1 May 1830)


[Married] At the house of Mr. John Barclay, Beltony, near Raphoe, on Thursday, 22nd March, by the Rev. Mr. Dickey, Mr. William Buchanan, to Miss Mary McClintock, both of the Milltown, Raphoe, whose ages together are 130 years. Neither of them had been married before, and they have always borne most decent, respectable and unblemished characters from their infancy (Londonderry Sentinel, 7 April 1832)




[1] On the 30th ult., at the residence of her son, Dr McClintock, in Raphoe, county Donegal, Mrs. Elizabeth McClintock, aged 72 years, relict of the late Mr. William McClintock, of Bishop Street, in this City, merchant (Londonderry Sentinel, 2 January 1841).

[2] Laurence M. Geary, ‘Medicine and Charity in Ireland, 1718-1851’ (University College Dublin Press, 2004), p. 170.

[3]  Londonderry Sentinel, 16 June 1838.

[4] Londonderry Sentinel, 12 September 1840.

[5] Londonderry Sentinel, 11 June 11 1842.

[6] Belfast Morning News – Saturday 28 August 1880.

[7] April 15, at his residence, in Derry, aged 56 years, Captain James M’Clintock, late of the 88th Regiment, and for many years Adjutant of the Londonderry Regiment of Militia. (Dublin Evening Mail, 19 April 1850, p. 3) His will is here.