Elizabeth Hildegardis Townshend (244)

Date of Birth: Unknown
Date of Death: 4 Nov 1863
Generation: 6th
Residence: Monkstown, Co Cork
Father: Richard Townsend [221]
Mother: Mellifont, Barbara
  1. Warren, William
  1. Thomas W
  2. William Augustus
  3. Philip (?) T
  4. Mary
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Notes for Elizabeth Hildegardis Townsend

Elizabeth’s Marriage Settlement (1) is dated 15 December 1835. William Warren (2) of Prospect Villa, Monkstown, Co Cork, 5th son of Thomas Warren MP by his wife Anna Townsend [408] of Whitehall; (2a) grandson of Sir Robert Warren of Warren's Court (2b) and Crookstown (2c). See Burkes Peerage - Warren Bt. In the Settlement William Warren is shown living at The Crescent, Limerick.

In the Marriage Settlement Elizabeth's father settled £800 on her in trust for 99 years and the trustees were Richard Mellifont Townsend [236] and William Richard Townsend [240].

A Judgment in the Court of the Queen's Bench dated 9th August 1864 records that Richard Townsend of Dunbeacon and 'William Warren of Clontaff' (Elizabeth's husdand?) were ordered to pay £600 to Philip Wolfe a merchant of Bantry. The judgment is registered in the Office of Registration of Judgments and is contained in Book 16 No 353.

An article in The Skibbereen and West Carberry Eagle records that a Grand Masonic Concert in aid of the Masonic Female Orphan Asylum Cork was held in the New Lecture Hall, Mardyke, Skibbereen on 9 April 1863. The following members of the family were amongst those who patronised the concert. Thomas Somerville, husband of Henrietta Augusta Townsend [234], Thomas Somerville of The Prairie, son of Henrietta Anna Townsend [242], William Warren of Clontaff, husband of Elizabeth Hildegardis Townsend [244] (this might not be him), Samuel Richard Townsend [421], Lionel John Fleming of Newcourt, husband of Eliza Townsend [5D05] and Horace Townsend of Derry [5D12]. The cutting is reproduced in individual ‘Scrapbooks’. Elizabeth's husband.

The three sons emigrated to New Zealand (two of them in 1858) and nothing further is known about them except that when their Uncle Richard Mellifont-Townshend [236] died in 1884 he left £1000 to be divided equally amongst them. The brother's three receipts for this bequest are signed and dated 'First day of August 1885. Napier, New Zealnad'. (3) Two letters (4) written by their uncle John Henry Townsend [238] to his friend Donald McLean (5) in New Zealand give an insight into two of the brothers.

The first was written from Dunbeacon on 2 April 1858 “…again introduce to your acquaintance and friendship two young gentlemen whose interest and welfare I have much at heart. They will sail in the end of next month for New Zealand and being my nephews will lead me to hope that for our old friendship’s sake you who are so very competent to do so will give them that counsel your experience warrants and further their views in what you consider to be their interests. The youngest has been educated in Germany and if he liked could have come into the army, and the eldest has a good knowledge of agriculture and the management of sheep and horned cattle. They are my sister’s sons and have been carefully and religiously brought up and I trust with the assistance of God they will not contract any of the bad propensities which were unhappily but too prevalent in my day in New Zealand and Australia.”

The second letter, also from Dunbeacon is dated 29 May 1858. “My nephews Thomas and Michael (?) Warren are the bearers of this letter, and as they have not had much worldly experience yet, may I hope you won’t think me too unreasonable in asking you to give them some of that counsel which you are so very competent to do, and which will be so highly useful to them both. They take a good outfit and small capital, but have not yet come to any decision as to what they will turn their attention to, nor do I think it would be wise they did before seeing the country and getting the opinion of so very respectable and qualified a person as yourself. Tom has a good knowledge of cattle & agriculture and Michael who has been at school in Germany will soon fall into rough work blest with a fine constitution and quiet habits. Indeed they both possess the latter and God grant that they may so continue. I have heard that the southern provinces of the South Island have fine tracts of country for horned cattle and sheep, and that many young men have settled themselves there, but I am perfectly ignorant of its capabilities;”

The daughter, Mary Warren, received a legacy of £2,000 for her children (6) from her Uncle Richard Mellifont-Townshend when he died.(7)

On Elizabeth’s death the £800 Marriage Settlement became entitled to William Warren of The Crescent, Limerick and this was released to him on 15 December 1884 - is this her husband or a son?(8) The date of Elizabeth's death (1863) does not tally with this; a gap of 23 years.

(1) Lovera Papers 244/1. In a deed, drawn up on the day of Elizabeth's marriage, William Warren sold to her brothers, Richard and William Richard, certain lands in the parish of Carrigaline as jointure for her. (A settlement on a wife for the period during which she survives her husband.) A copy of the deed is included in Elizabeth's 'Scrapbook'.

(2) William was born in 1805 and died on 2 or 3 February 1885; this is recorded by Agnes Townsend [334] in her diary. His sister, Mary Cordelia, married Edward Henry Townsend [411] and his brother Brisbane married Mary Somerville whose mother was Henrietta Anna Margaretta Townsend [242]. The entry for Warren (Warren's Court) in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Robert Warren, an army officer, established himself in the East Carbery area of county Cork in the mid 17th century. In May 1703 his son Wallis Warren bought Kilbarry now known as Warren's Court. It was part of the confiscated estate of the Earl of Clancarty. In 1699 Wallis Warren also bought East and West Curryclogh from Henry Eal of Romney [enrolled 1703]. His grandson Robert Warren of Warren's Court and Crookstown House, county Cork, was created a baronet in 1784. The Warrens of Codrum and Crookstown are descended from younger sons of the first marriage of the 1st Baronet. John Borlase Warren, later 4th Baronet, held 1700 acres in the townland of Sillahertane, barony of Iveragh, from the Orpen family in the early part of the nineteenth century. Over 10,000 acres of the estate of Adrian Taylor, in which members of the Orpen and Warren families had an interest, were offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court in May 1855. Sir Augustus Warren's estate in county Kerry in the 1870s amounted to over 8700 acres. His estate in county Cork amounted to 7,787 acres at the same time and was located in the barony of West Muskerry parishes of Kilmichael, Ballinadee, Clondrohid, Inchigeelagh, Kilmurry and Macroom, the parishes of Cannaway and Moviddy, barony of East Muskerry and the parish of Murragh, barony of Kinalmeaky. His brothers Captain Warren of Passage, Cork and Robert Warren of Ashgrove owned a further 1,477 and 530 acres respectively and other family members had smaller amounts. Henry E. Warren, a grandson of the 1st Baronet, was one of the principal lessors in the parish of Kilmoe, West Carbery at the time of Griffith's Valuation. Over 700 acres in the barony of Barretts, the property of Massy Hutchinson Warren, was offered for sale in the Encumbered Estates Court, in April 1854. Lands at Cloonvickavrick, barony of Muskerry, leased to the Webb family in 1717, were advertised for sale in April 1877, the estate of the Reverend John Webb."

(2a) The entry for Whitehall in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Edward Townsend held this property in fee at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £22. Lewis noted it as the residence of S. Townsend in 1837. In 1906 it was owned by the representatives of Samuel R. Townsend and valued at £21. Bence-Jones indicates that it later became the property of the Alleyne family."

(2b) The entry for Warren's Court in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Kilbarry was bought by the Warrens in the late 17th century. The house Warren's Court was built in the 18th century and was the main seat of this family in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1750 Smith refers to Kilbarry the "handsome house" of Robert Warren. In 1906 it was valued at £66 and occupied by Sir Augustus Riversdale Warren."

(2c) The entry for Crookstown in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Smith records Mr Crook of Crookstown in 1751. The mother of Robert Warren 1st Baronet was Anne Crooke and this house may have got its name from her. It was the home of a branch of the Warren family from the late 18th century, occupied by the Reverend E. W. Warren in 1814, by the Reverend R. Warren in 1837 and in the early 1850s. The Reverend Robert Warren held the property in fee and the buildings were valued at £48."

(3) Lovera Papers 244/3

(4) Donald McLean papers MS-Papers-0032-0606. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

(5) Sir Donald McLean 1820-1877. Administrator, runholder, politician, provincial superintendent. Crown Protector of Aborigines, Native Land Purchase Commissioner and Minister of Native Affairs. Appointed KCMG in 1874.

(6) Reverend Thomas Brisbane Warren of Home Villas, Sunday's Hill, Cork, Dr Philip Somerville Warren MD of Ashbourne, Derbyshire, Mary Warren (wife of Reverend AJ Nicholson) of The Rectory, Doneraile, Co Cork and Anna Townshend Warren of Home Villas, Sunday's Hill, Cork.

(7) Lovera Papers 236/14 and 244/4.

(8) Lovera Papers 244/2

For other Warren connections see also Richard Townsend [221], daughter of Henrietta Anna Townsend [242], John Townsend [318], Anna Townsend [408], Edward Henry Townsend [411] and Augusta Amelia Townsend [424].