Reverend Philip Townsend (106)

Date of Birth: 1664
Date of Death: May 1735
Generation: 2nd
Residence: Liscleary & Cork
Father: Colonel Richard Townsend [100]
Mother: Hyde, Hildegardis
  1. Galwey, Helena
  1. Elizabeth [120]
  2. Mary [121]
See Also: Table I ; Scrapbook ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Reverend Philip Townsend (Reverend Philip Townesend)

Philip was born at Kilbrittain Castle, near Timoleague, Co Cork.

Alumni Trinity College Dublin from Co Cork and Kerry 1593-1860 in Dr Casey's Collection records that Philip was taught by Mr Tyndall of Cork before he entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 20 June 1685 aged 20 as a pensioner who paid a fixed sum annually for his studies. Mr Tyndall also tutored Philip's brother, William Townsend [107], before he entered the University at the same time as Philip. The TCD Graduation List records that he qualified BA in Spring 1689 and MA in Summer 1694.

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 1708. Helena Galwey was the daughter of John Galwey (1 & 1a) of Lota, Cork. See 1976 Edn Burke's Irish Family Records - Galwey.

Philip started his adult life in the army and was a Captain of Horse under William III. He took Holy Orders in 1706 and was admitted by Bishop Dive Downes (2) to be the Prebend of Liscleary and by Bishop Crow of Cloyne to be Rector of Aghinagh. Philip was appointed Vicar of Holy Trinity, Cork on 11 February 1707 following the resignation of Rt Rev Edward Synge, whose daughter, Mary, married Philip's brother Bryan [200]. John held these livings until his death. See page 111 of Brady's Parochial and Clerical Records Volume 1 for a summary of Philip's ministry.

Thomas Pembrock (1683-1754) was active in the civic life of Cork, serving as sheriff, mayor and as a Justice of the Peace. His book ‘Ye Mayoral Booke of Thomas Pembrock’ is a scrapbook of over four hundred pages of hand-written, practical information that gives a remarkable glimpse into the life in the City of Cork in the first half of the eighteenth century. Page 37 gives details of of the dimensions of Christ Church after it was completed on 20 November 1720 and shows that the “Rev Phillip Townesend” was the Vicar. There is reference to Christchurch in Philip’s entry Brady’s Parochial and Clerical records.

An entry in the Charter and By-Laws of the City of Cork (page 95) records at a Court of D’Oyer Hundred, held for the City of Cork on Monday 29 January 1721 it was ordered “That the Mayor, Sheriffs and Common-Speaker, Hugh Dickson Esq, Mr William Masters, Mr Philip Townsend, Mr John Taylor, Mr Thomas Pembroke, Mr James Foucault, Mr Moses Deane, and Mr William Boyle, or any six of them, do view the Lough and the Commons adjacent, and report to this Court after what manner the same may be laid out for the health, recreation and credit of this City”

Page 445 of The Council Book of the Corporation of the City of Cork 1690-1800 by Richard Caulfield records on page 445 "19 Oct 1724. That 3 guineas be paid for sermons preached on the following days: the Election-day, Michaelmas-day and Swearing-day, preached by Mr Townsend, Mr Boyle Davies and Mr Somerville."

An assignment dated 16 August 1732 (Memorial Number 55741) in the Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland records Philip Townsend of Cork as the grantor of a 99 year lease of Hare Island to Francis Daunt. It is unlikely that this assignment refers to Philip Townsend [500] who had inherited Derry just six years before.

He was buried at Holy Trinity on 26 May 1735 and probate was granted the same year (3).

An Act of Parliament to 'prevent the further growth of popery' was passed in 1703 and it required Roman Catholics to provide proof of conformity when they converted to Protestantism. Certificates of conformity were enrolled by the Irish Court of Chancery and became known as the Converts Rolls. Page 270 of the rolls shows that Helena converted to Protestantism in 1709. She died of consumption in 1711.

(1) Helena’s father, `bred to the law and very eminent in his profession', was admitted to Gray's Inn 16 May 1668 and subsequently called to the Bar in Ireland. He was MP for Cork City in the Parliament of 1689, a JP for the county and city and was appointed a Commissioner for assessing tax for Co. Cork 10 April 1690. For his adherence to the Jacobite cause he was attainted in 1690 and his estates forfeited. This was reversed on 17 June 1693 and he received a Royal Pardon 1 Aug. 1695. His will, dated 7 February 1711, was proved 17 February 1712/13. He was buried in the family vault at Rathconev. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Col. William Meade of Ballintubber, Co. Cork.

(1a) The entry for Galwey (Lota) in the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database records ""Burke's Irish Family Records" traces the ancestry of this family back to their location in Kinsale, county Cork in the 15th century. By the mid 16th century the Galways were well established in Cork city and by the end of the 17th century were living at Lota. In 1739 John Galway of Lota married Jane only child and heiress of William O'Bryen of Anacross, county Cork. From their son Edward descend the later generations of Galway of Lota and Fort Richard and from their son John descend the Galways of Doon, county Clare and Rock Lodge, county Cork. (See the entries at [5A10] and [6A08] for other Rock Lodge connections.) Several members of the Galway family owned between 200-500 acres in the hinterland of Clonakilty in the 1870s. William Galway is listed as a proprietor of over 1300 acres at the same time. Michael Galway was among the principal lessors in the parish of Rathbarry, barony of Ibane & Barryroe at the time of Griffith's Valuation while William Galway held townlands in the parish of Desertserges, barony of Kinalmeaky." This entry in the database also records that "Tradition locally suggests Scartagh Cottage was originally the property of the Townsend family. By the time of Griffith's Valuation, it was being leased by Henry Galway to Matthew O'Hea." See the entry for John Townsend [300] and for Janet Mary Townshend [5B11] who married Charles Galwey in 1870.

(2) Bishop Dive Downes married Elizabeth Townsend (nee Becher) whose first husband was Horatio [104].

(3) 'Cork and Ross Wills 1548-1800'.

Janet Mary Townsend [5B11] married Charles Richard Galwey who is a descendant of John Galwey of Lota.

'An Officer of the Long Parliament' Ch VIII p. 206-207 refers.