Captain Francis Townsend (102)

Date of Birth: between 1648-64
Date of Death: Unknown
Generation: 2nd
Residence: Kilnagross, Clonakilty
Father: Colonel Richard Townsend [100]
Mother: Hyde, Hildegardis
  1. Honor, Katherine
  1. Richard [116]
  2. Jane [117]
  3. Dorothea [118]
See Also: Table I ; Scrapbook ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Captain Francis Townsend (Captain Francis Townesend)

Under the heading 'Townesend', page 127 of Gillman's 'Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cork and Ross' records a Marriage Bond dated 1679. Marriage dated 21 November 1679. Katherine Honor was the widow of William Honor of Madam, Ballinscarthy, Clonakilty.

Francis was a Captain in Colonel Frederick Hamilton's Regiment of Foot. The 'House of Commons Journal Volume 11: 3 December 1695' records “Colonel Frederick Hamilton’s Regiment of Foot: 13 Companies 13, 44 Commissioned Officers, 104 Non-Commissioned Officers, 780 Private Men, Annual Cost £16,145-3s-4d and 69 Servants”.

Along with his brothers Bryan Townsend [200], Horatio Townsend [104] and Kingston Townsend [105] his name appeared in the list of those proscribed under the terms of the Act of Attainder 1689 (1) passed by James II's Irish Parliament and he fled to England with his family. The Trinity College, Dublin MS list of fugitives shows his estates as worth £340.

Francis signed a bond for the debts of his brother in law Dominic Copinger who married Dorothea Townsend [112]. Following the Treaty of Limerick in 1691 “A List of the Claims as they are entered with the Trustees at Chichester House on College Green, Dublin on or before 10th August 1700” was drawn up to determine claims arising from the last wave of forfeitures and confiscations. Claim number 2589 on page 299 shows Francis' brother, Philip Townsend [106] laying claim to some of Dominic Copinger's land on behalf of Francis' son, Richard Townsend [116] (born in 1691) with the residue of 21 years on the lands of Rathmore from 1684.

'An Officer of the Long Parliament' Ch VIII p. 200-202 and 'Pooles of Mayfield' p. 237 refer.

(1) The Act summoned all who were in rebellion against James II's authority to appear for trial on a given day, or be declared traitors, hanged, drawn and quartered, and their property confiscated. Page 329 of Francis Tuckey's "Tuckey's Cork Remembrancer" lists extracts from a manuscript in the library of Trinity College, Dublin, which records the names, with the yearly value of their estates, of Protestants of the County and City of Cork and their families, who fled from King James II; amongst these can be found "Townsend, Brian. Wife. 4 children. £300. Townsend, Francis. Wife. 5 children £340. Townsend, Horatio. £100." Kingston is not shown in Tuckey's list but is shown on page 120 of 'An Officer of the Long Parliament'.