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Some Townsend Magistrates:

Colonel Bryan Townsend -1727), 1692, m Mary Synge, son Richard inherited Castletownsend on his death 1727.

Cornelius Townsend, 1732. Bridgemount.  Subscriber  of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellion’, Cork, 1766,

Edward Maunsell Townsend, 1762, Whitehall, Skibbereen

Captain Arthur Fitz-John Townsend  (1874- , 1877, Seafield, Castle Townsend, born Dublin, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Fitz-John Townsend JP TCD (1841- , 1877, Seafield, Castle Townsend, only son of Judge John FitzgHenry Townsend LLD, Admiralty Judge of High Court, and Ellen d Rev.George Armstrong, Boer war and Mary d Arthur Bush Master Queen’s Bench. Ed Malvern, Army, Military Consul Turkey 1903-6..

Edward Townsend, Blackrock, Cork Summer Assizes 1828

Edwin/Edward Hume Townsend, listed 1875-6, Coolnaconarthy House, Clonakilty, his eldest son Canon Rev. Horace Webb, b 1838, Belguum, Bombay.

Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Fitz-John Townsend TCD (1841- , 1877, Seafield, Castle Townsend, Resident, £23, only son of Judge John FitzgHenry Townsend LLD, Admiralty Judge of High Court, and Ellen d Rev. George Armstrong, served Cameronians, India and Abbysinnia, m 1. 1870 Mary d Arthur Bush Master Queen’s Bench, 2 children, 2 Elizabeth d Major  Richard James Martin.

  1. Handcock Townsend, Myross wood, Skibbereen, Bantry Quarter Sessions, 1862, listed 1875-6

Henry John Townsend Pre 1910, Castle Townsend, Resident, m Jane Adeliza Clementina edo John Hamilton Hussey de Burgh, Kilfinane Castle, Co. Cork eldest son and heir Maurice Fitzgerald b 1865, 2nd Life Guards representative of Townsend family in Ireland in 1910..  Townsends descend from Norfolk.  Youngest son Captain Hubert de Burgh Fitzgerald Townsend Stephens  Townsend b 1867, ed Stubbigton, Hants, Cork Spring Assizes 1863, Ballydehob road presentments 1863, as J.H. Member election committee McCarthy Downing, Skibbereen, 1868.

Henry Owen Becher Townsend TCD (1775-1847), Glandore/Castletownsend, Son John and Mary Morris.  Ed Mr. Sandiford.  Inherited on his father’s death in 1810 lands at East and West Myross, Skibbereen and Kilmoe (Ballydehob) following family strife he settled on Kilmoe.     m 11, Sarah Fenwick dissolved 2. Ann Homan, Landwaiter 1810, Fisheries Inspector 1820.  Member RDS.  Supporter Daniel’Connell, Castletownbere 1839, attended Reformers Dinner, Bandon, 1839 for Daniel O’Connell, MP.  Petition 1840 on Catholic Equality.  1844 purchases Malmaison (now Bow Hall) , Castletownsend.  Deputy Vice-Chairman Skibbereen Poor Law Union 1844.   Left his entire estate to his son John Fitzhenry Townsend.  

Rev. Horace Townsend, pre 1824, Derry, Rosscarbery, noted agriculturalist, 13 children of whom Dizzie married Lionel Fleming JP, Ballydevlin later Newcourt. Managed estates of Lord Shannon in Timoleague until his death.  1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837.

Rev. Horatio Townsend, D.L., 1739. Subscriber  of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellion’, Cork, 1766,

Rev? Horatio Townsend, Belgrove, Great Island, Cove?, Subscriber at Glanmire  1821 Dr Thomas Wood’s ‘Primitive Inhabitants of Ireland. Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club Deputy Lieutenant 1838 ar Woodside. Petition 1840 on Catholic Equality.  Report on 1850 dinner for Sir Robert Kane, President Queens College, member committee on Cork School of Design 1849, listed 1913.

Horatio Hamilton Townsend, 1878, Cordangan Manor, Tipperary, £40, 1899 Cosheen, Schull, m Elizabeth Stawell Ware, Woodfort, Mallow, daughter Zena m 1899 Methodist Minister Rev. John Charles Lord (born Cavan), KIlbrogan, Bandon.

Captain Hubert de Burgh Fitzgerald Townsend Stephens Townsend (1867, 1896, Shepperton Park, Leap, Skibbereen, ed Stubbigton, Hants. son of Henry John Townsend JP, Castle Townsend, Resident, m Jane Adeliza Clementina edo John Hamilton Hussey de Burgh, Kilfinane Castle, Co. Cork oldest brother Maurice Fitzgerald b 1865, 2nd Life Guards representative of Townsend family in Ireland in 1910. Captain Essex Regiment.    Townsends descend from Norfolk, listed 1913, listed 1921  

John Townsend, 1671

John Townsend, 1714

John Townsend, 1721

John Townsend, 1760, Mardyke (One in Cork one in Skibbereen), in 1777 chasing banditti in Murdering Glen outside Bantry with Samuel Jervois and John Townsend and Daniel Callaghan.

John Townsend TCD, BL, (1737-1810), 1775 from family history not official list, Shepperton and Dublin, son Richard and Elizabeth Becher, Barrister 1767, JP 1775, MP, Dingle, Castlemartyr, Commissioner for Revenue 1799, Excise, m Mar d Jonas Morris and Mary Townsend Barley Hill/Ballinagorna, Clonakilty, Subscriber  of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellon’, Cork, 1766,

Rev John Townsend, 1785, Cloghnikilty (Clonakilty)

John Townsend, 1791, Shepperton, Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.  Skibbereen, 1831

John Fitzhenry Townshend (1807-, Seacliffe, Castletownsend, Admiralty Judge, listed 1875-6, Seacliff, 30 Upper or Lower? Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Son of Henry Owen Becher (1775-1847) and Ann Homan,  m Ellen Armstrong, Taught by Mr Coughlan prior to Trinity 1801.  His father in his will left him property at east and West Myross Skibbereen and Kilmoe (Ballydehob).  Bencher Kings Inns 1877.  

St. James Erskine St Clair (1762-1837), Bart, 1793, 2nd Earl of Rosslyn, Adjunant Ireland 1782, Grand Master Freemasons Scotland.

John Henry Townsend, Dunbeacon, Durrus, Member election committee McCarthy Downing, Skibbereen, 1868.

Commander John Townsend (1764-1849), 1801, Borough Magistrate by provision of charter.  Had been in RN, son of Ohipil Mary Delap, m Eleanor Townsend and in Ross Cathedral 1819 Agnes Somerville. 1835 commenting on good conduct of military in 1835 elections.  Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828.  Under him as Recorder and Seneschal of Manor of Clonakilty, sessions were held every quarter and peace is maintained, Horatio Townsend.   Also Freeman of Cork  Recorder Clonakilty 1801.

Jonas Morris Townsend (1790-1844), 1831, Shepperton, Skibbereen, son of John and Mary Morris, m 1815,  Jane Digby, 1828 application to Dublin Castle re gas supply for Skibbereen.

Maurice F.S. Townsend, 1919, Shepperton Park, Leap, listed 1921

Piers Townsend, 1904, Whitehall, Church Cross, Timoleague, name Hughes Ely Wexford assumed Townsend name, 1879, ed University of Durham, m Caroline d Major Noel Shore, Connaught Rangers, listed 1913, listed 1921.

Rev. Philip Townsend, Pre 1831, sitting Cecilstown, 1835

Richard Townsend (1725-, 1753/5, Castle Townsend, m 1752, Elizabeth Fitzgerald d Knight of Kerry, Colonel Cork Militia Dragoons, 1756, in 1777 chasing bandetti in Murdering Glen outside Bantry with Samuel Jervois  and John Townsend and Daniel Callaghan.  MP for Co. Cork, Dingle 1782-95), Revenue Commissioner 1759-83.  Excise Commissioner.

Richard Townsend, 1766, Coronea, Skibbereen,  Subscriber as Richard Junior  of 1766 ‘The History of the Irish Rebellon’, Cork, 1766,

Richard Boyle Townsend (1756-1826/7), 1793, Castletownsend, BA, TCD, 1773, Father Colonel John Townsend, mother Elizabeth Fitzgerald, m Henrietta Newenham, d John Devonsher Newenham, Maryborough, Carrigaline.  Freeman, Cork 1777.  MP Dingle 1782, 1790.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.  Signed petition 1827 against Catholic Emancipation. Refused to vote for Act of Union, Member Freemasons Shamrock Lodge 27.

Rev Richard Townsend, 1795, Skull (Schull), 1831, (Hibernian Chronicle), 4/2/1799, CORK, Committed to the county gaol by Rev. Rich. Townsend, Timothy Driscoll, charged with administering unlawful oaths, and with conspiring to take away the lives of Richard and Wm. Hull, Esqrs.  1825 two day Admiralty sitting re’ Clio’, St. Johns New Brunswick, Skibbereen, Richard Townsend with Richard Townsend Junior, William Somerville Limrick, Richard Neville Somerville, award partially overturned by Baron Pennyfeather Cork Assizes.

Richard Townsend Esq Senior., 1798, Castle Townsend, Skibbereen.  Present as Richard Senior at enquiry Skibbereen 1823 into enquiry into fatal affray at Castlehaven caused by Rev. Morritt’s tithe extraction. 1825 two day Admiralty sitting re’ Clio’, St. Johns New Brunswick, Skibbereen, Richard Townsend with Richard Townsend Junior, William Somerville Limrick, Richard Neville Somerville, award partially overturned by Baron Pennyfeather Cork Assizes.  Signed public declaration in Skibbereen to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster.  1831, listed 1838, involved with James Redmond Barry, Glandore and Thomas Somerville, Drishane in setting up Agricultural and Country Bank in Skibbereen, April 1835   Involved in attempts to amicably resolve tithes 1838.

Richard Townsend, 1715, Castletownsend from 1727, High Sheriff, 1726, eldest son of Colonel Bryan and Mary Synge, inherited Castletownsend, 1727, on death of father. M Elizabeth Becher, Aughadown, Member Atlantic Club.  Freeman of Clonakilty 1715, High Sheriff Co. Cork 1726.  Brother of The other ‘Townsend’ Freeman elected at this time was Richard’s brother, John Townsend [300] who was elected Sovereign of the borough in 1728.  Page 3 of Militia Commissions Co Cork 1727-1756 shows that Richard was appointed a Colonel of Dragoons on 11 January 1727 vice Michael Becher.

Richard Townsend Esq., Junior, Pre 1823.  Present at enquiry Skibbereen 1823 into enquiry into fatal affray at Castlehaven caused by Rev. Morritt’s tithe extraction.  sitting Union Hall, Skibbereen, 1835.  Signed public declaration in Skibbereen to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791? re Whiteboys. Skibbereen as Clontaff 1847 distress meeting.

Rev. Horace/Horatio Townsend, pre 1824, Derry, Rosscarbery, noted agriculturalist, 13 children of whom Dizzie married Lionel Fleming JP, Ballydevlin later Newcourt. Managed estates of Lord Shannon in Timoleague until his death.  1835 Subscriber at The Point, Castletownsend, Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837.

Richard Orpen Townsend -1860), 1835.

Richard Townsend, Castletownsend. Presentment sessions East Division of West Carbery, Skibbereen 1845

Richard Townsend, (1829-1912), 1890, Dunbeacon Cottage, Durrus, b Sydney parents Jonas Morris and Mary Somerville, knows in family as Australian Richard. M 1880, NSW, Lucy Campbell Savage, left family to claim moiety of Durrus estate 90 acres left by uncle Richard Mellifont Townsend, regarded as Ireland’s oldest magistrate.  Executor and friend Francis Fitzmaurice, Solicitor, Dunmanway (Killed by IRA April 1921) estate to children Richard Savage Townsend and Mary Somerville Townsend, Barraba House, New South Wales c £500.

Robert Uniacke Fitzgerald Townsend TCD, (1838-, Ringville, Queenstown, Pre 1910, son of Dr. Richard Merrion Sq., Dublin and Mary Catherine d Adam Newman, Dromore House, Surveyor and land Agent, Governor UCC, m 1866, Elizabeth Gertrude d Rev. Thomas Uniacke Townsend, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny 3 children.

R.H. Townsend, Myross Wood, subscriber Zenith Marine Disaster, Baltimore, 1895

Samuel Townsend, Senior (1768-1836), Christ Church, Oxford, Whitehall, Skibbereen, son of Edward Mansell (Splendid Ned) and Anna Baldwin, m 1794 Mercy Baldwin, d Walter Baldwin, Curravordy, Bandon.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.   Freeman Cork, 1798.  1821 meeting on distress Skibbereen called on Landed Proprietor to take into account deplorable state of tenantry. 1822 local fishery committee.  High Sheriff, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Co. Cork 1835, sitting Skibbereen, 1835. Signed public declaration in Skibbereen to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster.

Samuel Townsend, Esq. DL?, Junior, Whitehall, Skibbereen. Bandon Brunswick Constitutional Club 1828, listed 1838,  sitting Skibbereen, 1835.  Signed public declaration in Skibbereen to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, John Puxley, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster. Attending Famine Relief Meeting Dunmanway 1846.    Skibbereen 1847 as Reenadowna distress meeting. Attending Railway meeting Drimoleague 1856.  Bantry 1861, 1874 as Samuel R.,

Samuel Nugent Townsend, St. Keames,  Member election committee McCarthy Downing, Skibbereen, 1868.  

Rev. Horace/Horatio Townsend, pre 1824, Derry, Rosscarbery, noted agriculturalist, 13 children of whom Dizzie married Lionel Fleming JP, Ballydevlin later Newcourt. Managed estates of Lord Shannon in Timoleague until his death.  1835 Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland  1837,  subscriber at Dundanion, Blackrock, 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork.

Colonel Thomas H. Townsend D.L., Drishane, Castletownsend, Attending Railway meeting Drimoleague 1856, listed 1875-6, 3rd Foot, Crimea.

William Tower Townsend, 1883, Myross Wood, Leap, Skibbereen, executor estate of John Limrick JP, Union Hall 1890.  Rep of R.E. Hull, Leamcon Manor in probate of his wife Harriet who died 1837 further grant in 1897.  Chairman Irish Landowners Association 1910, listed 1913, listed 1921

This has been complied and updated by Colonel John Townsend, in Australia and Doctor Richard Townsend.

Apart from the individual biographies from the 17th century it provided a valuable insight into Cork life from that period with references to original documentation

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~townsend/tree/intermarriage.php

https://durrushistory.wordpress.com/some-cork-and-kerry-families-such-as-galwey-roches-atkins-oconnells-mccarthys-st-ledgers-orpen-skiddy-in-john-burkes-1833-commoners-of-great-britain-and-ireland/

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