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See Registry of Deeds: 320/246/215427: Rev Thos Burgoyne to Thomas Cowan dated 1777 relating to a lease for John Burgoyne father of said Thomas for lives of said Thomas Burgoyne & Mary Burgoyne dated 1749 farm of 40 acres near Arklow in [County] Wicklow
John married Mary. They had two children: Thomas and Mary.
Rev Thomas Burgoyne was born about 1715 and died in Dec 1794, aged about 79.
See Registry of Deeds: 320/246/215427: Rev Thos Burgoyne to Thomas Cowan dated 1777 relating to a lease for John Burgoyne father of said Thomas for lives of said Thomas Burgoyne & Mary Burgoyne dated 1749 farm of 40 acres near Arklow in [County] Wicklow (and other lands).
Londonderry Journal: 10-Jul-1778 Married Rev Mr Burgoyne to Miss Miller both of Lifford, County Donegal.
1761 Donegal Voters: Rev Thos Burgoyne - Lifford - Lord Erne, (Landlord), 1761
The Old Courthouse, Lifford, Donegal was first commissioned in 1743. It was built between 1746-1750. The site for the court house was bought from the Revd. Thomas Burgoyne for £150, and was paid for in two installments, April 1755 and September 1756.
Thomas married Barbara Miller in 1778. Barbara died on 21 Apr 1828. They had one son: John James.
Sir John James Burgoyne was born about 1780 and died on 23 May 1838, aged about 58.
Reference: PROB 11/1903/411 - Will of Sir John James Burgoyne of Strabane , County Tyrone 18 December 1838. Full text: Transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Sir John James Burgoyne, Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland (died 1838)
Coleraine Chronicle, 18-Sep-1852: At Newtownstewart Church, on the 2nd inst., by the Rev. James Smith, Rector of Strabane, father of the bridegroom, Oswald Smith, Esq., Lieutenant 33rd Madras N.I., to Mary, eldest daughter of the late Alexander Auchinleck, Esq., of Mulvin, county Tyrone, and grand-daughter of the late Sir John James Burgoyne.
Londonderry Sentinel, 10-Sep-1852: On the 2nd inst., at Newtownstewart Church, by the Rev. James Smyth, Rector of Strabane, father of the bridegroom, Oswald Smyth, Esq., Lieutenant 33rd Madras N.I., to Mary, eldest daughter of the late Alexander Auchinleck, Esq., of Mulvin, county Tyrone, and grand-daughter of the late Sir John James Burgoyne
Londonderry Sentinel Marriages, 19-Sep-62: September 12, in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. T. F. Miller, D.D., Ritchie Mills, Esq., merchant, Calcutta, East Indies, to Nannie, youngest daughter of the late Captain Burgoyne, 93rd Regiment, and grand-daughter of the late Sir John Burgoyne, Strabane.
John married Ann Hamilton, daughter of Claude Hamilton. Ann was born about 1780 and died on 1 Sep 1815 in Strabane, County Tyrone, aged about 35. They had eight children: Frances Ann, Isabel, Thomas Neville, John James Hamilton, Margaret, Claude Hamilton, Ann Jane and Harriet Julia.
Frances Ann Burgoyne was born in Jul 1802 and died on 22 Jul 1843 in Strabane, County Tyrone, aged 41.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 7 Jul 1802 Frances Ann dau of John James Burgoyne & Anne Burgoyne
Londonderry Sentinel Deaths: Doherty Frances 2-Sep-1843. At Strabane, county Tyrone, on Tuesday, the 22nd ult., Frances, wife of John Doherty, Esq., solicitor, and daughter of the late Sir John Burgoyne.
Frances married Hugh Gartan Rogan on 8 Jun 1823 in Strabane Church of Ireland. Hugh died on 9 Dec 1832. They had four children: Ann, Bernard, Hugh Gartan and Francis William.
After Hugh's death, Frances Ann Burgoyne secondly married John Doherty, solicitor of Derry in Feb 1836 (Source: Londonderry Sentinel)
Ann Rogan was born in 1824.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 11 Jul 1824 Ann dau of Hugh Garton Rogan & Frances Burgoyne
Bernard Rogan was born in 1825.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 14 Oct 1825 Barnard son of Francis Rogan & Frances Burgoyne
Hugh Gartan Rogan was born in 1826.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 4 Oct 1826 Hugh Garton son of Hugh Garton Rogan & Frances Ann Burgoyne
Francis William Rogan was born in 1828.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 29 Jul 1828 Frans William son of Hugh Garton Rogan & Frances Burgoyne
Isabel Burgoyne was born in May 1804 and died in 1857, aged 53.
Strabane Church of Ireland: Isabella dau of John James Burgoyne & Ann Burgoyne
Isabel married William Ephriam Grills. William was born in 1789 and died on 23 Apr 1851 in Carlingford, County Louth, aged 62. They had one son: Galbraith Hamilton.
Galbraith Hamilton Grills was born about 1840 and died on 1 Nov 1889 in Portrush, County Antrim, aged about 49.
Ballywillan Old Gravestone Inscription: Galbraith Hamilton Grills Coastguard aged 49 years. Husband of Annie son of W E Grils, Louth. Grandson of Sir JJ Burgoyne, Tyrone. Late Chief Officer Coastguards, Portrush drowned by capsising of lifeboat whilst endeavouring to rescue a crew in distress. Annie wife of GH Grills died 15 Oct 1903 aged 61 years
Ballywillan Old Graveyard Record: Erected by / Annie Grills / in memory of her / beloved husband / Galbraith Hamilton Grills / son of W E Grills, Louth / and grand son of / Sir J J Burgoyne, Tyrone / and late Chief Officer Coastguards, Portrush / drowned 1st Nov 1889 by capsizing / of life-boat whilst endeavouring / to rescue a crew in distress / aged 49 / ?I am the resurrection and the life? / side / our dearly loved mother / Annie Grills / died 15th October 1895 / aged 61 in Thy presence / is fullness of joy / side / also in memory of / Craig H youngest son / died 17th Feb 1940 / William second son / died 29th Jully 1943 / James Hanna eldest son / died 17th May 1945 / Galbraith third son / died 16th Feb 1954 / Member of coastguard / Drowned at Black Rock Strand.
1st November 2010, Special Plaque Remembers Portrush Lifeboat Tragedy:
A Special plaque presented to Portrush Lifeboat in honour of those who have lost their lives On the 1st November 1889 the Portrush Lifeboat launched to a boat in peril at Portballintrae. A ship had been reported in difficulties near the White Rocks and the Portrush lifeboat 'The Robert and Agnes Blair' set off swept along the coast by high winds. Less than an hour later the lifeboat was lying damaged on the beach east of Portballintrae and, three of the crew that set out that night were dead. The Robert and Agnes Blair was a new Lifeboat and the third lifeboat to be sent to Portrush. The boat had been at Portrush barely and month and this was her first callout.
The three volunteer crew men who lost their lives were James McAlister, a local fisherman, William McNeill and Galbraith Hamilton Grills, the Chief Officer of the Coastguard at Portrush.
To-day on the anniversary of that tragic night, William McNeill's great grandson Ronald Handy and his wife Lily presented the Station with a plaque in memory of the three crew men who lost their lives on that November night in 1889.
On an interesting note, Tracey McAlister the great great granddaughter of James McAlister is presently the press officer for Portrush Fundraising team, thus continuing the family links with the Lifeboat.
Hugh McGrattan is a resident of Portrush as well as being a historian. He is particularly fascinated by this graveyard and tells us of some of his favourite headstones. "There are 3 poignant headstones to 3 lifeboat men who lost their lives on the 1st Nov 1889 in the infamous Portrush Lifeboat tragedy" when the "Robert and Agnes Blair" capsized just off Portballintrae. He tells us… William McNeill, William McAllister, both local men, and Galbraith Hamilton-Grills, an Englishman, all died in this accident. Back in those days, Lifeboats were powered by 12 oarsmen and by sail if the wind was right. The ironic thing about this incident was that the vessel they went to rescue managed to avoid being dashed on the rocks of the Giant's Causeway and actually made it safely to the port of Larne. The Lifeboat on the other hand was unable to make a return to Portrush because of the winds from the North West. Its crew tried to get it onto the beach at Blackrock Bay but in their attempts it overturned twice, flinging some of them out into the sea. The three men mentioned above were all lost as a result.
Note - Galbraith Hamilton Grills was an Irishman
Galbraith married Anne Hanna on 19 Jun 1863 in Rathmullan Church of Ireland, County Down. Anne was born about 1842 and died on 13 Oct 1903 in 3 Sandymount St, Belfast, aged about 61. They had two children: James Hanna and Claud Hamilton.
James Hanna Grills was born on 25 Apr 1867 in Corporation St, Belfast and died on 17 May 1945, aged 78.
Civil birth record: James Hanna Grills died 17 May 1945 aged 78 years buried 19 May 1945 City Cemetery - Glenalina Extension
Claud Hamilton Grills was born about 1873 and died on 10 Feb 1940, aged about 67.
Claud Hamilton Grills died 10 February 1940 aged 67 years buried 20 February 1940 City Cemetery - Glenalina Extension
Rev Thomas Neville Burgoyne was born in Feb 1806 and died in Dec 1842 in Magherafelt, aged 36.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 10 Feb 1806 Thomas Neville son of John James Burgoyne & Ann Burgoyne
Londonderry Sentinel, 25-Jun-1836: By the Rev. Thomas Lindsay, on Friday week, the Rev. Thomas Neville Burgoyne, eldest son of Sir John James Burgoyne, to Frances, daughter of the Rev. John Buck, D.D., late Fellow of Trinity College , and Rector of Clonoe and Desertcreat.
Woods Chapel Church of Ireland: Burial 15 Dec 1842. Rev Thos Neville, minister Wood's Chapel of Magherafelt late Clonoe aged 39
Thomas married Frances Buck, daughter of Rev John Buck, in 1836.
Capt John James Hamilton Burgoyne was born about 1807 and died on 29 Jun 1856 in Weymouth, Dorset England, aged about 49.
Not mentioned in his father's will of 1838. Why? Was he already provided for?
WO 25/803/92 Folio 184.
Name: Lieutenant [John James H] Burgoyne.
Date of birth: 17 February 1807.
Place of birth: Ireland.
Regiment: 93rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot.
Enlisted as rank: 22 October 1825; date: Ensign. Last rank: Lieutenant; date: 27 October 1829.
Married: Margaret Stewart, date: 23 September 1827 bt Rev Crawford Church of England (she was still alive 31 Dec 1829). Enlisted in army aged 18 years
Historical records of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Battalion, 2nd
by Roderick Hamilton Burgoyne
Publisher London, R. Bentley and son 1883
History 93rd Sutherland Highlanders
John James Hamilton Burgoyne. Before entering the army served as a midshipman in the Honoureble East India Company's navy; appointed ensign, 32nd regiment, 22nd of October, 1826; promoted to a lieutenancy in the 33rd, 30th of December, 1826 ; 93rd, 1st of December, 1830, and retired in 1833. Was captain of the guard at Cape Coast Castle from 1834 to 1837; appointed to the barrack department in 1839, and died at Weymouth on the 29th of June, 1856, while barrack-master of that place, Dorchester, and Isle of Portland.
A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire 1858 (20th edition), By John Bernard Burke
Marquis of Abercorn
Anna (dau of Sir Claud Hamilton) married Sir John James Burgoyne and had with junior issue -
John James Hamilton Burgoyne Esq 63rd Highlanders who in 1833 married Jane Anna Maria eldest dau of Major Gen Sir Evan John Murray McGregor Bart
England Deaths & Burials 1538-1991
Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England
Buried 3 July 1856 John James Hamilton Burgoyne aged 48 years
Freemason admissions Dorset
Capt. J. J. Hamilton BURGOYNE Dorchester
John James Hamilton Burgoyne aged 48 buried 3rd July 1856 Melcombe Regis (Dorset, England).
In 1849 Post Office Directory Captain J. J. H. Burgoyne Quatre Bras cottage Bradford Peverell
John married Margaret Stewart on 23 Sep 1827. Margaret died in 1830-1832.
John next married Jane Anna Maria McGregor in 1833. They had two children: Roderick dhu Glenlyon Hamilton and Nannie.
Roderick dhu Glenlyon Hamilton Burgoyne was born in 1837 in Madeira (Portugal) - and died on 16 Dec 1905, aged 68.
Historical records of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Battalion, 2nd, by Roderick Hamilton Burgoyne, Publisher London, R. Bentley and son 1883
Newcastle Gaol History
Roderick DHU Hamilton Glenyon Burgoyne was born in Madeira in 1837 and was listed as a British Subject on census records, the son of John James Hamilton Burgoyne a military man who was, amongst other things, a renowned Barrack Master in Dorset. Like his father, Burgoyne spent several decades in the armed forces prior to his role as Governor at Newcastle Gaol. He joined the army in 1855 and during his time with the forces served for the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders and, amongst the many campaigns he was involved in, played a significant role in the relief and capture of Lucknow for which he received an Indian Mutiny Medal with clasps.
By the time of his Governorship at Newcastle Governor Burgoyne was the father of three children, with his wife Elizabeth. His eldest was Margaret Emilia (born January 1874), and he also had twin boys, Evan John Murray and Roderick Murrie(Oct 1875). However, Governor Burgoyne's last year at Newcastle was to be marked by a terrible family tragedy.
Early accounts of Burgoyne's son Evan John Murray suggest that he was a talented athlete with reports from his school, Cheltenham College, noting that he broke the record for the annual Shurdington Race, by a considerable distance at the age of just 16. Following in his father's footsteps Evan went on to serve in the Army with the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment) and made the rank of Lieutenant. But by 1899 he was working on ships as a 2nd Lieutenant and in the New Year he was on board the 'Dalgonar', a Liverpool based ship reported to be sailing from 'Hiogo' (modern day Hyogo) in Japan to Port Angeles.
By all accounts the 'Dalgonar' encountered some very difficult conditions on its journey and reports early in the year noted fears for its safety. In March, reports began to surface acknowledging that there was a pronounced worry about its progress owing to the weather it was encountering. When the ship finally arrived at Port Angeles on Saturday 25th March, 1899, one newspaper noted that "she encountered boisterous weather and lost three lower topsails, topsail yards, and sustained other minor damage." At this stage there was no mention of any further incident. However, by late April news reports began to appear noting that Evan John Murray had tragically lost his life on board. The early reports were often patchy and unclear including multiple misnamings of the ship as the 'Balgour', but by May more detailed reports and newspapers were giving a detailed account, as provided by the Captain.
On February 28th, at about 3 a.m., while shaking out reefs in the upper mizzentopsail, Mr. Burgoyne fell from the port yard into the sea. The first officer, hearing a cry, saw him falling, and immediately threw a lifebuoy overboard, at the same time letting go the mizzentopsail braces to stop the ship's way. All hands were called, and the ship heaved to. The lifeboat was lowered, at a terrible risk, and with the first and third officers and four men a diligent search was made, but nothing could be seen of either Mr. Burgoyne or the lifebuoy. A heavy mist was setting in, and blue lights had to be burned from the ship's deck to enable the boat to find its way back to the vessel. The ship was hove to until daylight, when the search was again instituted, but without avail
It is not entirely clear when the Burgoyne family will have had the news but it is worth noting that the first detailed reports of the death appeared in the newspaper in May, the same month that Governor Burgoyne left Newcastle Gaol and took up the position of Governor at neighbouring Durham gaol.
However, amongst all the tragedy, I am pleased to report that there was great happiness in the same year as the Governor's eldest child, Margaret Emilia, got married at the beautiful Durham Cathedral. She wed Mr Francis Wilfrid Brunner of the Royal Engineers in a ceremony that attracted several big reports in the newspapers, including a detailed summary in The Gentlewoman. The reception was held in the Prison Governor's Office at Old Elvet - quite a setting for a wedding party!
Governor Burgoyne remained as the Governor of Durham Prison until 1902 when he retired. He spent his last few years in Dalmeny, Linlithgowshire and died on 16th December 1905. Alongside his time in H.M prison service he also retained a strong affection for his military career and even published the official history of his unit (the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders). It would perhaps have pleased him to know that his youngest son and twin brother to Evan, Roderick Murrie, went on to have a distinguished military career (including a period as a Prisoner of War) during which he received both the Victoria Cross and The Croix de Guerre. He died in London in 1937 and was given full military honours at his funeral. His cremated remains were taken via casket on the train to be laid to rest beside his father, mother and sister at Stirling Cemetery.
Londonderry Sentinel Sept 19 1862, MILLS-BURGOYNE. September 12, in St. Anne's Church, Belfast, by the Rev. T. F. Miller, D.D., RITCHIE MILLS, ESQ., merchant, Calcutta, East Indies, to NANNIE, youngest daughter of the late CAPTAIN BURGOYNE, 93rd Regiment, and grand-daughter of the late SIR JOHN BURGOYNE, Strabane
Nannie married Ritchie Mills in 1862.
Margaret Burgoyne was born in Mar 1808.
Camus-Juxta-Mourne (Strabane) Church of Ireland: Christened 2 March 1808 Margaret of John James & Ann Burgoyne
Margaret married Alexander Auchinleck in 1827. They had one daughter: Mary.
September 10 1852, Married on the 2nd inst., at Newtownstewart Church, by the Rev. James Smyth, Rector of Strabane, father of the bridegroom, OSWALD SMYTH, ESQ., Lieutenant 33rd Madras N.I., to MARY, eldest daughter of the late ALEXANDER AUCHINLECK, ESQ., of Mulvin, county Tyrone, and grand-daughter of the late SIR JOHN JAMES BURGOYNE
Mary married Oswald Smyth on 2 Sep 1852.
Claude Hamilton Burgoyne was born in Jan 1810.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 16 Jan 1810 Claudius son of John James Burgoyne & Ann Burgoyne
King's Inn Admission Papers: BURGOYNE, CLAUDE HAMILTON, 3rd s. of Sir John, Strabane, County Tyrone, and Anne Hamilton; over 16; educated. Portora; afft. Alexander Auchinleck, friend. H 1829.
Ann Jane Burgoyne was born in Mar 1811.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 19 Mar 1811 Ann Jane dau of John James Burgoyne & Ann Burgoyne
Might have died young as not mentioned in her father's will 1838
Harriet Julia Burgoyne was born in Jan 1813.
Strabane Church of Ireland: Christened 2 Jan 1813 Harriet Julian dau of John James Burgoyne & Ann Burgoyne 8 Mar 1813
John Burgoyne next married Charlotte Head, daughter of Michael Head, on 27 Nov 1818 in St Peter's Dublin. Charlotte was born about 1785 and died on 7 Feb 1872, aged about 87. They had three children: Michael Head, Charlotte Head and Henry Head.
Michael Head Burgoyne was born about 1820.
Londonderry Sentinel Marriage, 18-May-39: On the 16th inst., at the Church of Urney, by the Rev. Robert Hume, Michael Head Burgoyne, Esq., son of the late Sir John J. Burgoyne, to Anne, eldest daughter of the late Galbriath Hamilton, Esq., of Ballylatton, county Tyrone.
Londonderry Sentinel Death: Michael H. 15-Jul-1843, On Sunday morning last, at the residence of his mother, Lady Burgoyne, Percy Place, Dublin, Michael Head Burgoyne, Esq., son of the late Sir John James Burgoyne, of Strabane.
Michael married Anne Hamilton, daughter of Galbraith Hamilton, in 1839.
Charlotte Head Burgoyne was born in Jan 1822 and died on 18 Sep 1892 in 43 Percy Place, Dublin, aged 70.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 24 Jan 1822 Charlotte Head dau of John James Burgoyne & Charlotte Head
Date of death from will index
Henry Head Burgoyne was born in Jun 1824.
Strabane Church of Ireland: 27 Jun 1824 Henry Head son of John James Burgoyne & Charlotte Head
General Notes: Life in lease 1749
See registered deed: 320/246/21542 - Rev Thos Burgoyne to Thomas Cowan dated 1777 relating to a lease for John Burgoyne father of said Thomas for lives of said Thomas Burgoyne & Mary Burgoyne dated 1749 farm of 40 acres near Arklow in [County]Wicklow.
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