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McClintock of Castrues & Prospect Hill, County Donegal

Map showing the location of Castruse Townland, Co. Donegal

Robert McClintock of Castrues (1702-1758)


Born at Trintaugh on 27 October 1702, Robert McClintock was the fourth surviving son of John and Jenet McClintock of Trintaugh and a brother of Alexander McClintock of Drumcar, the barrister.

He lived at Castruse [sometimes Castletrues], in the barony of Raphoe North, County Donegal, which he may have inherited from a cousin Alexander McClintock in 1722.

Robert married Helen Harvey (1710-1746) and died at Castrues on 18 November 1758 (sometimes given as February 1757). [1] Their surviving children were John, David, William, Henry, Rose, and Helena. He was also apparently the father of Abraham McClintock, born in 1739, who passed away on 29 May 1786.


Willy McClintock (1754-1822) of Prospect Hill


Robert’s son William McClintock, aka ‘Stuttering Willy’, lived on a 52-acre plot at Prospect Hill in the parish of Killea, County Donegal, beautifully situated on the road leading from Carrigans to Derry, where he died on 10 April 1822, aged 68. [2] He was buried in Taughboyne on 14 April 1822 by Rev Edward Bowen. He was a close friend of Admiral Lord Exmouth, who, as George Edward Pellew, received the Freedom of the City of Londonderry in 1793. Exmouth was Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, from 1811 to 1814, and again from 1815 to 1816. 

Henry McClintock served with distinction at the Bombardment of Algiers in 1816. Painted by George Chambers.

Lieutenant Henry McClintock (1797-1819) & Admiral Lord Exmouth


Willy’s son Henry McClintock served with distinction during the bombardment of Algiers in 1816 (at which the young Captain William McClintock Bunbury and George Colley were also present).

Willy duly received the following letter from Lord Exmouth:

Queen Charlotte, Portsmouth,
October 6th, 1816.
My dear old Friend Willy,
Altho’ my heart wept yesterday at the Funeral of a most noble and gallant officer, who we all loved, it ought not to prevent me from rejoicing to-day that I am able to give the gallant son of my old Friend a Proof that I have never forgotten his Kindness and Friendship, now upwards of thirty years ago, when I passed a. year almost always under his hospitable Roof. It is not a compliment I assure you to say that your Boy deserves his Promotion. He fought for it in a very gallant style, and had your Eye been fixed on him as mine was, when he went with the first Lieutenant to board and fire the nearest Algerine Friate [sic], your heart would have acknowledged him for your son, and leaped with joy as mine did, when I saw him safe on board again. He is a lucky dog to have served his time, and passed only three Days before we got into the scrape. He is a good boy, full of Honour and Principle, mild and meek in his manners, and courageous in the Fight, added to which he knows his duty well, and will be an excellent officer. I bespeak his Services under my Flag, if it ever flies again; but you and I are grown old musty old Fellows, myself “blancher sur l’harnois.” You will not be sorry it was a Freeman of Derry who opened the Dungeons of Algiers, and gave Freedom to Thousands. Indeed my dear Willy all the actions of my life are nothing to the satisfaction I feel in being an humble Instrument in the hands of God for the attainment of so much good. To all and any of your sisters alive, present me affectionately, and believe me, as I have always been.
Your sincerely affectionate and attached Friend,
P.S. Henry is the only officer I have made out of an hundred and fifty candidates.

Willy’s friend Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, painted by James Northcote.

Exmouth then wrote the following letter directly to Henry:

London, Janr. 22nd, 1819.
My dear Henry, I enclose you a letter of Introduction to my good friend Sir Home Popham, because I am glad to make you known to him as a boy of my own bringing up in the Service, to which if you continue as good a man as you have been a boy, you will become an Honour to your good Father, my oldest friend, and a credit to the Service. As such it is right your Commander in Chief should know you are in his Fleet and enjoy my good opinion, but it will not he decorous in me to request any favour from him, who probably has a crowded ship of his own followers, but if he should ever be able to do you any Favour, I shall be very glad to return it to any friend of his. Should I ever be brought again into actual service you may always rest confident on my not forgetting your Interest wherever you may be, and you may bring this promise before me as long as I live, and I will as far as I am able, endeavour to make the loss of your good Father, whenever that loss may happen to you, as little detrimental to your welfare as I can. Continue to love your profession and reverence your God, and his blessing will attend you through life, and secure your happiness hereafter. Write to me when you like and may you return in safety.
Your Friend,

Alas, he did not return safely. Nine months later, on 15 September 1819, 22-year-old Lieutenant Henry McClintock died on his way from ‘the Havannah’ to Jamaica on board on the Wasp, a sloop-of-war. [3] The Limerick Gazette of 14 January 1820 observed: ‘This excellent young man entered on his professional career under the patronage of Lord Exmouth – he accompanied his Lordship in his attack on Algiers, and eminently distinguished himself on that memorable occasion.’


Willy’s Other Children


Henry’s brother Robert died ‘at Miss Harvey’s on the east wall of Derry’ aged 19 in February 1824. He was buried in the Parish of Taughboyne on 6 February 1824 by Rev Edward Bowen.[4]

Willy’s third son James Harvey McClintock, Esq., served with the East India Company and died at Donegal on 17 April 1857.  [5]

Willy’s eldest daughter Jane McClintock died ‘at her residence, in Buncrana’ on 9 March 1846. [6]

Willy’s third daughter Ann McClintock also died at Buncrana, on 1 May 1871. [7]

Prospect Hill was sold by public auction, via Robert McClintock of Dunmore, in June 1838. [8] (See here).


William McClintock senior with his wife Magdalene at their Diddillibah Road residence, Woombye, ca 1890.

William McClintock senior and Magdalene with a daughter or granddaughter in the garden of their Diddillibah Road residence, Woombye, ca 1886.

William McClintock senior with four of his six children, Woombye, ca1910.

William McClintock (1828-1916) of Prospect Hill, Australia


A person of interest is William McClintock who emigrated to Australia in the 1880s and named his house Prospect Hill. Born in 1828, he is recorded as the son of Alexander McClintock and his wife Barbara, née Wiley.

On 23 October 1857, William was married in Aghavea, by Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh (but perhaps clocked as County Cavan) to Magdalene Hall, who was also born in Ireland in 1828. William and Magdalene were the parents of children were Robert McClintock (1858–1887), Margaret McClintock (1860–1861), Thomas McClintock (1861–1912), Margaret Ann McClintock (1863–1943), Magdalene McClintock (1865–1904) and William McClintock (1867-1916), who was born in Enniskillen on 15 April 1867.

In October 1882 the family travelled to Plymouth, England to embark for Queensland aboard the ship Merkara. They arrived in Cooktown on 15 December 1882 and made their way to Brisbane in January 1883. In January 1884 William applied for Portion 195 (153 acres) in the Cobb’s Camp (Woombye area) and in September of the same year he also acquired Portion 196 (163 acres). The properties were bounded on the north by Paynter Creek, with Diddillibah Road running through the southern section. This is near Rosemount, east of Nambour, in the Sunshine Coast region. William named his property ‘Prospect Hill’ and after initially building a slab and bark humpy, he erected a family home. As the land was cleared he planted citrus trees and grazed cattle and horses. Magdalene died in 1905 and William died in 1916. (See here).

William and Margaret’s son William married Charlotte Lunn on 1 January 1893, in Maroochy River, Queensland, Australia. They had at least 6 sons and 1 daughter, namely John McClintock (1896–1958), Richard McClintock (1898–1959), Harold McClintock (1901–1967), Hilda McClintock (1903–1987), William Arthur McClintock (1905–1997), James McClintock (1907–1913) and George Eric Guy McClintock (1909–1987). William died in Woombye, Queensland on 25 May 1959, aged 92, and was buried in Woombye Cemetery. Source of images: here.

[See Epitaph here: In loving memory of my dear wife and our mother CHARLOTTE McCLINTOCK died 22nd Sept 1947 aged 79 years. Also our dear father WILLIAM McCLINTOCK died 25th May 1959 aged 92 years. Forever with the Lord. GEORGE. E. G. McCLINTOCK 5.11.1909 – 25.9.1987 and his beloved wife “MADGE” MARJORIE. M. McCLINTOCK 11.5.1910 – 31.3.2003, Cherished parents of ALAN, ANNE & IAN. Grandparents & great grandparents. “Together again – at rest”]

With thanks to Belinda Evangelista.




[1] His will is recorded in Sir Arthur Vicars ‘Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536-1810’ (1897), p. 300.

[2] Strabane Morning Post, 7 May 1822.

[3] Saunders’s News-Letter – Saturday 08 January 1820, p. 3.

[4] Strabane Morning Post, 17 February 1824.

[5] On the 17th ult., at Donegal, James Harvey McClintock, Esq., late of the Hon. East India Company’s service, and third son of the late William McClintock, Esq., of Prospect Hill, county Donegal. Londonderry Sentinel, 1 May 1857.

[6] Londonderry Sentinel, 21 March 1846.

[7] Londonderry Sentinel – Friday 05 May 1871.

[8] See RS McClintock’s booklet for two letters written from Lord Exmouth to William McClintock that sing of young Henry’s praises in the battle.