Canon Henry Denny Townsend (5A12)

Date of Birth: 1881
Date of Death: dsp 25 Mar 1949
Generation: 8th
Residence: Cloyne, Co Cork
Father: Doctor Richard Hungerford Townsend [5A02]
Mother: Denny, Arabella Jane
  1. Meade, Dorothea Lucia
Issue: None
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Notes for Reverend Canon Henry Denny Townsend

Married 5 August 1913. Dorothea Lucia Meade (1) was the daughter of Dr William George Meade (2 & 2a) of Ballintober,(3) near Kinsale.

Henry studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and page 257 of the Dublin University Calendar 1906 records that he qualified BA in 1904. His brother Thomas Henry Denny Townsend [5A10] and Horace Montagu Townsend [5B21] were undergraduates at the same time. Page 375 of the Dublin University Calendar 1922 records that he qualified MA in Winter 1921.

The April 1901 Irish Census records that Henry was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin, and living with his parents at 11 Westbourne, Terrace, Queenstown. The 1911 Irish Census shows Henry, aged 29, as a ‘Boarder’ at 33 Cove Town, Kinsale, at which time he would have been the incumbent at Ringcurran. Two years later Guy's City and County Cork Almanac and Directory for 1913 - page 90 Ecclesiastical Directory shows Henry as the vicar at Ringcurran, Summercove near Kinsale. Later he was appointed Rector of St John the Baptist, Midleton and page 602 of the Dublin University Calendar 1922 shows he was living at The Rectory, Midleton, Co. Cork. In 1934 Henry moved to Christchurch, Clonmel and he was appointed Rural Dean of Cloyne in 1937.

Despite suffering from poor health Henry was a great mimic and most amusing man. He was also a fanatical builder of beautiful model boats. He died in hospital in Cork.

'The Post Chaise Companion or Traveller's Directory through Ireland 3rd Edition 1804' page 352 records "Within two miles of Kinsale, on the R. is Ballintober, the fine seat of the Rev Mr Meade".

(1) Dorothea was born on 5 August 1892.

(2) ‘Slater’s Royal National Directory of Ireland, 1894’ records under the heading ‘Kinsale Union - Ballymartle Dispensary Medical Officer & Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.’ - “William George Meade LRCP.Edin.”

(2a) The entry for Meade in the University of alway Landed Estates Database records "This family was related to the Meades, Earls of Clanwilliam. In 1787 the Reverend John Meade, Rector of Ballymartle, near Kinsale, county Cork, bought the estates of Ballymartle and Ballintober from his cousin John 1st Earl of Clanwilliam. His nephew the Reverend Richard Meade succeeded to the Ballymartle estate and another nephew John succeeded to the Ballintober estate. Rev. John Meade held townlands in the parish of Templemichael, barony of Kinalea at the time of Griffith's Valuation. William R. Meade was among the principal lessors in the parish of Ballymartle at the same time. He was the proprietor of over 1100 acres in the 1870s while John Meade of Ballintober owned 982 acres."

(3) The entry for Ballintober House in the University of Galway Landed Estates Database records "Sir John Meade, Knight, was located at Ballintober at the beginning of the 18th century. In 1777 it was the seat of the Rev. Mr. Meade. Ballintober House was held in fee by Rev. John Meade at the time of Griffith's Valuation, when it was valued at £30. Lewis refers to it as the seat of J. Meade in 1837. In the 1870s it was the property of Rev. Mr. Meade. There is still a house at this site though some modernisation may have taken place."

'Pooles of Mayfield', where Henry's death is shown as 17 March 1949, p 146 refers.