Chronology of Limrick name, including historical events in West Cork, by Reverend H.L.L Denny.

Courtesy Brian Limrick:

Re St Thomas the Martyr -” The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol II – Fifth Series Vol XXII, pub 1892, Dublin pp26-27.”

Much of the following information is found in The Family Limrick of Schull, Co. Cork

by Rev. H L L Denny (although this is more a history of the aristocratic Sullivan family

and its links to the Limrick family, and thus Denny himself, while it fails miserably to

include any Limrick tainted by illegitimacy or conversion to the Catholic faith)

Paul LIMRICK (D1) born in Derry. [1]

Paul Limrick, son of Paul Limrick (B11) of Derry, was born in 1693 in Londonderry. He attended Rev. Roger Blackhall’s Academy in Derry, where he was a close friend of (his

cousin) James McSparran. He later entered Trinity College, Dublin (TCD) 16 June 1709,

aged 16: Scholar 1711: BA 1713: MA 1717. [2] Afterwards DD.

Vicar of Killaconennagh, Diocese of Ross, 1718. Vicar and later Rector 1723-55 of

Kilmoe and Schull, Co. Cork. [3]

Rev. James McSparran (1693-1757) of Rhode Island writes in 1752 to his friend and

cousin Paul Limrick “… I rejoiced to hear that you, your brothers, and sister were

alive…” [4]

This may refer to Thomas (elsewhere referred to by McSparran as ‘cousin Tom Limrick’) (E1), a sister called Searson (B13) and at least one other brother Frank (B12)

“… I once saw Searson, whom I considered as shallow; and pitied my dear Frank, who

deserved a better Fate.” [2]

In his letter to Paul, McSparran asks him to arrange for copies of “… my Diplomas of

my Master’s and Doctor’s Degrees…” to be “… registered, by the Clerk, in the Parish

Register of Dungiven.” [2] This would imply that Dungiven is the place where both McSparran and Paul were from (it is close to Derry), especially as (cousin) Thomas

Limrick is recorded as living there in 1704 and 1740 (see Part E – still in Derry)

Paul Limrick was married to the daughter of Doctor Gourney [2] and by her had six

children. (Dr. Gourney was probably Robert Gourney collated in 1692 as Prebendary

for Cumber. In 1704 he was Proctor in Convocation for the Chapter; he died in 1734).

The two sons were

• Robert LIMRICK (D2),

• William LIMRICK (D3)

Four daughters were

• Bridget LIMRICK (D4),

• Mary LIMRICK (D5),

• Anne LIMRICK (D6),

• Martha LIMRICK (D7)

Rev. Dr. Paul LIMRICK died 27 March 1755 in Cork and was later buried in St. Mary’s,

Shandon, in Cork City [1]

Paul’s children are mentioned his will (1755) but no indication of dates or orders of

birth are given. His sister Searson Limrick was listed and so was probably still alive,

but there is no mention of his brothers.

Approximate date of birth of Thomas LIMRICK (D8), father of Paul Limrick (D9).

This Thomas is probably the son of Thomas Limrick (E3)

Paul LIMRICK (D9) born; son of Thomas Limrick (D8) he married Mary Limrick (D5)


In 1755 a Paul Limrick is listed in Kings Inns (Dublin) Admission Papers’ “LIMRICK,

PAUL, Attorney Exchequer, H. 1755” [14]

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Robert LIMRICK (D2) born; son of Paul Limrick (D1)

Robert is almost certainly the son mentioned in McSparran’s (1752) letter to Paul “ I

pray to God to support you, and Mrs Limrick, under the burden of grief brought upon

you by the heat and headiness of an inexperienced youth. He cannot be unmarried, ‘tis

true, but he may come to mourn his disobedient rashness, and reform. And then, Sir, I

hope your affections will return and your fatherly assistance bear a proportion to his

merits and wants. Papists are Christians, and are to be preferred to many Protestant

Heretics I could name to you.” From this it would appear that Robert had married a Catholic and converted to Catholicism. (Until 1792, penal laws did not allow mixed

marriages in Ireland). His probable descendants lived in or near Schull (see Part F –

Schull Descendants). Other than recording that he was mentioned in his father’s will,

he is ignored by Denny, who probably disapproved. [1] [2]

William LIMRICK (D3) born Cork, son of Paul Limrick (D1).

William Limrick was born in Cork and, in 1753, married Elizabeth SOMERVILLE; they

probably lived in Castletownshend – Elizabeth was living there in 1789 after William’s

death. I haven’t discovered much about William – other than he was obviously wealthy

and married well. In 1770 he is described as ‘Generosus” – a well-born gentleman. [2]

Elizabeth, born in Skibbereen c1730, was the third daughter of Rev. Thomas

SOMERVILLE, a Scottish born clergyman (Rector of Myross, Brade and Castlehaven,

Co. Cork). Her mother was Anne NEVILLE. Elizabeth was therefore a descendant of

Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, through the Somerville & Agnew lines, but is

erroneously claimed to be a descendant of Edward III, King of England, through the

Neville line (she is more likely descended from an Irish Neville family of Norman

descent from Wexford).

William and Elizabeth had four children;

• Paul LIMRICK (D10),

• Mary LIMRICK (D11),

• Judith Anne LIMRICK (D12)

• William Somerville LIMRICK (D13)

William Limrick died before 1762, predeceasing Elizabeth.[10]

Bridget LIMRICK (D4) born Cork; daughter of Paul Limrick (D1)

Bridget LIMRICK, eldest daughter, married Benjamin SULLIVAN of Dromeragh, Co.

Cork in 1742. Benjamin claimed to be “The O’Sullivan Mór” (Clan chief of the Sullivan

family). Benjamin died in Knightsbridge, London on 4 Jan 1767. Bridget died on 8 July

1802 and is buried in Iver, Buckinghamshire. See Appendix A for a brief note on their


Mary LIMRICK (D5) born Cork; daughter of Paul LIMRICK (D1)

In 1755 Mary Limrick marries Paul Limrick (?D9). According to Denny this was

probably her second cousin, Paul Limrick of Derry. In the will of Paul Limrick (D1)

mention is made of his nephew Paul. This is probably a son of ? Paul’s brother Thomas

(D8), who had remained in Dungiven.

Denny describes Paul Limrick (B11), grandfather of Mary, “… (Paul Limrick was)

married and had issue, with a son, who was the father of another Paul, who was

probably the ‘Paul Limrick of Londonderry, gent’ who married in Cork in 1755, Mary

Limrick…” [1]

Denny records that they had three children,




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• Paul LIMRICK (D14),

• Thomas LIMRICK (D15)

• Mary LIMRICK (D16).

No dates or order of birth. No further information. [1]

Anne LIMRICK (D6) born Cork; daughter of Paul Limrick (D1). No further


Martha LIMRICK (D7) born; daughter of Paul Limrick (D1)

In 1744 Martha Limrick married William WHITE and had a son William.

Paul LIMRICK (D10), born in 1754, son of William Limrick (D3), who like both his

grandfathers became a clergyman.

Entered TCD as pensioner in July 1770, aged 16 ; scholar 1773, BA 1775. MA 1782. [5]

Afterwards DD.

Ordained deacon Nov 1778, priest Dec 1778. Curate St Ann’s Shandon, Cork 1781.

Curate St Mary’s, Shandon 1782. Paul Limrick was appointed a chaplain to the East

India company in 1787 and arrived in India in 1788. Appointments were: Futtygur 1789;

Dinapore 1791; Junior chaplain to Presidency church, Calcutta, 1794; Chaplain to the

Presidency, 1803. Appointed to be Bishop of Calcutta, but in March 1809 he was lost at

sea in the vessel in which he was returning to England. [1]

He married Margaret LAW, daughter of Robert LAW, Barrack Master General of all

Ireland, on 14 July 1782 in St Michan’s, Dublin.[1]

Margaret died at her home, Pope’s Quay, Cork, on 20 December 1830.[20]

Paul and Margaret had seven children;

• William Alexander LIMRICK (D17),

• Matilda LIMRICK (D18),

• Charlotte Cameron LIMRICK (D19),

• John Sullivan LIMRICK (D20),

• Mary Anne LIMRICK (D21),

• Elizabeth LIMRICK (D22)

• Margaret Frances LIMRICK (D23) [1]

Mary LIMRICK (D11) born; daughter of William Limrick (D3) she married Richard

HUNGERFORD in 1794. No recorded children.

Judith Anne LIMRICK (D12) born; daughter of William Limrick (D3) she married

John HINGSTON on 13 September 1808 in Ross Cathedral, Rosscarbery. No recorded


William Somerville LIMRICK (D13) born in Cork; second son of William Limrick

(D3). Denny, a professed genealogist, chooses to ignore any illegitimate descendants,

so provides comparatively little information, other than “Col. … in the Hon. East India

Co.’s Military Service, who bought a valuable estate at Union Hall, Co. Cork, and died

there, unmarried, 14th August, 1831” [1]

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late 1750s

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In the Madras Presidency, Indian army lists show William Somerville Limrick arrived

in India on the 14th Jan 1779 aboard the East India Co. vessel Walpole having enrolled

as a cadet earlier that same year. Cornet April 1779 / Lieutenant Dec 1783 / Captain

1796 / Major 1799. Created Lieutenant Colonel May 1st 1804 and retired July 24th 1805.

Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, also left India in 1805. It is possible that

William fought with Wellesley at the great battle of Seringapatam in 1799. This is

probably where William made his money to pay for the construction of the hall at

Ballincolla in Union Hall [13], as it is recorded that the prize committee after the

battle distributed £1.1m in gold, jewellery, etc. amongst the victors.

After his retirement, he is listed, in 1815, as a member of the United Company of

Merchants of England, trading to the East Indies. His address is shown as Old

Cavendish Street, London. He was also a magistrate for the County of Cork.

Although unmarried, William Somerville Limrick had, eight children, all born in Co.

Cork. (additionally, was he celibate during his time in India and did he really wait till

he was 53 before siring children?) Margaret ENGLISH is recorded as the mother of at

least one (John) and is probably mother to some or all of the others.

• William LIMRICK (D25) born in 1812,

• John LIMRICK (D26) born in 1813, (mother Margaret ENGLISH),

• Paul Edward LIMRICK (D27) born in 1815,

• Thomas Hingston LIMRICK (D28) born in 1817.


• Elizabeth LIMRICK (D24), born 1810 in Cork

• Anne LIMRICK D27b) born c1812 in Cork?

• Mary LIMRICK (D27a) born 1815 in Cork

• Margaret LIMRICK (D29), born c1818,

are daughters of William Somerville Limrick.

William Somerville Limrick died in Union Hall on 14th August 1831.

Paul LIMRICK (D14) born, son of Paul Limrick (D9) & Mary Limrick (D5). No further

information known.

Thomas LIMRICK (D15) born, son of Paul Limrick (D9) & Mary Limrick (D5). No

further information known.

Mary LIMRICK (D16) born, daughter of Paul Limrick (D9) & Mary Limrick (D5). No

further information known.

William Alexander LIMRICK (D17). Son of Paul LIMRICK (D10) was born in Cork

and baptised in St Mary’s, Shandon, on 11th October 1793. [1]

He entered TCD as a pensioner in November 1801, aged 18, being awarded a BA in

1805. [5]

In 1806 he was appointed to a writership in the East India Company. However on the

eve of his departure for India he was accidentally shot by a friend on Southsea

Common. He subsequently died in the Crown Inn the next morning.[1] [6]

Matilda LIMRICK (D18) born. Daughter of Paul LIMRICK (D10). In 1808 she married

Charles MACKENZIE in Calcutta, India. Three sons and eight daughters.

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Matilda Mackenzie died in Calcutta on 1 October 1827, aged 39. [26]

Charlotte Cameron LIMRICK (D19) born in Co. Cork. Daughter of Paul LIMRICK (D10).

She married Lyttleton LYSTER, a captain in the 3rd Bengal Native Infantry, in St Peter’s, Cork, in August 1811. They had (at least) two sons and one daughter who

inherited, and later sold, the family estates in Schull. Their eldest son, Lyttleton Henry

Lyster was the grandfather of Rev. Henry Lyttleton Lyster Denny, author of The Family

of Limrick of Schull, Co. Cork.

Charlotte Cameron Limrick died of cholera in 1849 in Galway. Lyttleton died in 1850.

John Sullivan LIMRICK (D20) born Fort William, Bengal, India. Son of Paul


He entered TCD as a pensioner in March 1810, aged 17. [5]

He published a book of verse ‘Ourawns’ in 1819, in which he is recorded as ‘of Lincoln’s

Inn’, London. This suggests he was connected to the legal profession.

He died, unmarried, (in Westminster?) sometime before 1833. [1]

Mary Anne LIMRICK (D21) born, Daughter of Paul LIMRICK (D10).

She died at Ballincolla House in Union Hall, September 1813. Unmarried. [1] [7]

Elizabeth LIMRICK (D22) born Fort William, Bengal. Daughter of Paul LIMRICK

(D10). She died in Calcutta in 1796.[3]. Not recorded by Denny.

Margaret Frances LIMRICK (D23) born Cork. Daughter of Paul LIMRICK (D10).

Married Joseph Pigott ROGERS in 1818 (in Calcutta?). [5]

In 1854, Margaret and Joseph were living in Bristol. [8]

Margaret Frances died 1861 – no children.

Elizabeth LIMRICK (D24) born Cork, daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D13).

Elizabeth Limrick married James Harris MARTIN on 1 December 1831 in Cork (press cutting).

They had (at least*) two children, James Harris Martin (b. 1845, d 1865, Tulla, Co.

Clare) and Charlotte Martin (b. 1842); Charlotte later married her second cousin

William Thomas Somerville Limrick (D36) in 1867, but sadly died the following year.

*It is possible that they were also the parents of District Inspector William Limrick

MARTIN, RIC, killed on duty in Gweedore, Co. Donegal in 1889, aged 44 (b. 1844, Co. Clare), who also had a sister, Mary Frances MARTIN.

James Harris Martin, farmer of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare, died 25 March 1849,

leaving Elizabeth a widow. (Calendar of wills and administrations, 1861-3, NAI)

William LIMRICK (D25) born Cork. Son of William Somerville LIMRICK (D13).

He entered TCD as a pensioner in October 1830 aged 18; awarded BA in spring 1835,

and MB 1836. The same year he was appointed as a Doctor and Licensed Midwife at

the Lying-in Hospital, Dublin, but had seemingly retired by 1858, when he was living

at Ballincolla House in Union Hall.[12]

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William Limrick was among the principal lessors in the parish of Kilmacabea, barony

of West Carbery in 1853. 266 acres, originally in the ownership of Maria Nagle, were

offered for sale in the Encumbered estates Court in July 1850. He also owned Millfield

House near Rosscarbery, with a mill valued at £40, which was leased by him to Henry

Morrow in 1851, when the house was valued at £12 5s.

William Limrick remained unmarried but he was the father of

• William LIMRICK (D30), born in 1847.

Dr. William Limrick died on 14 October 1869. His brother John Limrick (D26) was

executor of his will. His effects were valued at under £3,000. It seems that little, if any,

of his estate passed to his (illegitimate) son William.

Anne LIMRICK (D27b) born in Cork. In 1831 Anne Limrick married Robert J

HUNGERFORD in the diocese of Cork and Ross. [23]

In Griffiths Valuation Robert Hungerford was living at Woodview in Ballincolla,

Union Hall in 1847. [25] He was leasing the property from his brother-in-law John

Limrick . [24]

Anne and Robert had at least 5 daughters; three, Anna Margaret, Eliza Anne and Charlotte (5th daughter) are buried in Myross church, Union Hall.

Anne Hungerford died in Union Hall in 1847. Robert died in 1890 and is also buried in

Myross church.

John LIMRICK (D26) born in Cork. Second son and principal heir of William

Somerville LIMRICK (D13). His mother was Margaret ENGLISH.

Entered TCD as a pensioner in August 1830 aged 17; awarded BA in spring 1835. [5]

He is then listed, in April 1835, in the Gray’s Inn Admission Register, aged 21. [11]

Married in Castletown church on 26 May 1840 to Charlotte Augusta LANGFORD (b.

1818). [9]

One daughter,

• Lucy Margaret LIMRICK (D31) born in 1844.

John was a local magistrate and JP during the famine in West Cork in the late 1840s. In

“Famine, Mortality And Emigration, A Profile of Six Parishes In The Poor Law Union

of Skibbereen, 1846-7”, Patrick Hickey writes “On 19 January 1847 Stephen Sweetnam,

the dispensary physician at Schull, informed John Limerick (sic) that the daily average

mortality in the parish was not less than twenty. ‘I fear’ he added, ‘all your trouble and

exertions …are but as a drop in the ocean if some gigantic measure of relief is not

immediately carried out by the government’. Limerick was also told by the priest that for

the previous six weeks he had given the last rites to at least fifteen persons a day, not

including children ‘numbers of which are perishing.’

It is perhaps ironic that some of the poor living in and around Schull were also

Limericks (sic) being descendants of Robert Limrick (D2), his great uncle. At least

three Limericks, George, Patrick and Thomas, living in Schull are recorded as seeking

poverty relief loans in the early 1840s.

At the time of Griffith’s Valuation, John Limrick was among the principal lessors in the

parishes of Abbeystrowry, Kilmacabea, Myross and Skull, barony of West Carbery and

Kilfaughnabeg, barony of East Carbery. His estate amounted to over 8,000 acres in

County Cork in the 1870s.

In 1888 John Limrick is recorded as chairman of the West Carbery Tramways & Light

Railways Co. Ltd.

John Limrick died on 5 March 1890 in Skibbereen. His wife Charlotte predeceased him

in 1871, also in Skibbereen.

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Paul Edward LIMRICK (D27) born. Son of William Somerville LIMRICK (D13).

He married Mary Frances BARBER (b. 1818) in Dublin in 1839. Paul practiced as a

solicitor in Dublin for many years. In the 1845 post office register, Paul is an attorney at 10 Pembroke Street, Cork City. In 1855 he was elected as coroner for the West Riding of Co. Cork.

Paul and Mary had four surviving children (a son born in 1845 only survived a few hours)

• William Somerville LIMRICK (D32), born in Cork in 1841,

• Paul Edward LIMRICK (D33), born in March 1843,

• Osborne Edward Barber LIMRICK (D34) born in 1849 and

• Anna Elizabeth Christina LIMRICK (D35), born in 1853.

Paul Edward Limrick died in 1864 in Skibbereen. His wife Mary Frances died in 1881 in


Mary LIMRICK (D27a) born in Cork, daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D13).

Mary died in July 1877 in Union Hall. She was a spinster when she died; John Limrick

(D26) was the sole executor of her will. Her estate was worth £2,600.

Thomas Hingston LIMRICK (D28) born Cork. Son of William Somerville LIMRICK


Entered TCD as pensioner in 1835, aged 18. [5]

He married Louisa KEENE (b. 1810) on 10 September 1840.

They had five children,

• unknown LIMRICK, daughter born on 6 June 1841 in Union Hall [22]

• William Thomas Somerville LIMRICK (D36) born in 1845,

• Amelia Martha LIMRICK (D37) born in Union Hall in 1850,

• Mary Adelaide LIMRICK (D38) born in Union Hall in 1851 and

• Elizabeth Anna Matilda LIMRICK (D39), born in 1856 in Union Hall.

Thomas Hingston Limrick died 11 February 1882. At the time he was living in Palace

View, Cork; his daughter Amelia was the executrix of his will. Louisa died in 1885.

Margaret LIMRICK (D29) born Cork. Margaret Limrick is the youngest daughter of

William Somerville Limrick (D13).

In November 1839 she married James KEENE (b. 1814) in Cork.

James Keene of Monkstown, Co. Cork, a solicitor, was probably closely related to

Louisa Keene who married Thomas Hingston Limrick (D28)(Margaret’s brother).

Margaret Keene died on 11 June 1895, aged 78, and is buried in Myross CoI graveyard in

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William Somerville LIMRICK (D32) was born in Cork

in February 1841. Eldest son of Paul Edward LIMRICK


William Somerville Limrick studied medicine at Queen’s

College, Cork, RCS Dublin and finally at Edinburgh

University where he qualified as a doctor in 1870; LRCP,

LRCS and LM. [19]

He left Ireland shortly after qualifying, to work in

Liverpool, having been induced to join the practice of Dr.

Arthur Prime MAY to help him with his increasing


In April 1873 he married Dr. May’s daughter, Clara Elizabeth MAY (b. c1850) in St. Helen, Sefton, Liverpool.

In 1877, he is recorded as Medical Officer, Waterloo


He and Clara had twelve children.

• Frances Elizabeth LIMRICK (D40), born January 1874

• Clara May LIMRICK (D41), born March 1875,

• Lucy Agnes LIMRICK (D42), born August 1876,

• William Somerville LIMRICK (D43), born November 1877/died February 1878,

• Grace Marian LIMRICK (D44), born December 1878/died February 1879,

• Arthur Paul LIMRICK (D45), born February 1880,

• Nora Gladys LIMRICK (D46), born January 1882,

• Harold Bright LIMRICK (D47) born April 1893/died November 1893,

• Dorothy Skottowe LIMRICK (D48), born March 1885,

• Kathleen LIMRICK (D49), born February 1887,

• William Somerville LIMRICK (D50), born February 1891,

• George Osborne LIMRICK (D51), born October 1893.

The nine surviving Limrick siblings. Top row: Kathleen, Lucy, Arthur, Frances. Middle:

Norah. Front: George, William, Clara, Dorothy. (information provided by Alma


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He died on 21 December 1911 in West Derby, Lancashire. His wife Clara died in 1924,

also in West Derby.

Paul Edward LIMRICK (D33) born, Cork. Son of Paul Edward LIMRICK (D27)

Solicitor; died 1870 in Cork.

Lucy Margaret LIMRICK (D31) born (approx). Daughter of John LIMRICK (D26).

In 1878 Lucy Margaret Limrick married William Fitzhenry SPAIGHT (b. 1842), a

lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, who became a local JP following his retirement (as

Colonel) from the British Army in 1895.

Three children, one son and two daughters.

They lived in the large house in Union Hall until they were burned out of their house

during the troubles in April 1921. ‘… it was reported that 30 armed men had entered the

home of Col. W.F. Spaight in Skibbereen and forced the colonel and his wife outside. The

men then proceeded to burn the house down. According to reports of the incident, the

house was destroyed because Mrs. Spaight had suggested that the Black and Tans

should be posted to the Skibbereen area. …’. (Incidentally, my father Gordon Brian

Limrick remembered being marched along the street in Union Hall by the local Black

and Tans brandishing guns at them)

While William received £339 compensation, Lucy received £14,000 from the

Compensation (Ireland) Commission in 1923. (Southern Star, 10 November 1923). ‘ She

received a further £500 in 1924. They subsequently moved to England. William

Fitzhenry Spaight died in Frensham, Surrey in 1923, while his wife Lucy died in Purley,

Surrey in 1931.

William Thomas Somerville LIMRICK (D36) born Cork. Son of Thomas Hingston LIMRICK (D28)

He first married Charlotte MARTIN (b. 1842) in February 1867 in Cork but she died the

following year. Charlotte was his second cousin, daughter of James Harris Martin and Elizabeth LIMRICK (D24).

In July 1873 he married Catherine Sarah BARRY in Cork.

William and Catherine had three children;

• Thomas Henry St. Patrick LIMRICK (D52), born March 1876/died April 1876 in

Liverpool, Thomas was christened in the church of St Mary for the Blind, Liverpool

on 26 March 1876.

• Ion St Clair LIMRICK (D53), born May 1877, and

• Olive May Caroline Louisa LIMRICK (D54)

William Thomas Somerville died in February 1893 in Dublin.

William LIMRICK (D30) born Cork. Son of Dr. William LIMRICK (D25).

Although his father was reasonably wealthy when he died in 1869, little of this seems

to have passed to William, his (illegitimate) son.

In 1892, William Limrick is mentioned in a newspaper report as negotiating with

Colonel Somerville of Castletownshend who was complaining about the smell from

the fish cleaning and curing taking place on the quay at Castletownshend. [16]

In the 1901 census he was a fish buyer (age 50); by the time of the 1911 census his

occupation is given as agricultural labourer (age 63).

In 1897 he married Ellen McCARTHY (b. 1870/81 – she is 20 in 1901 but 38 in 1911!).

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(I have found no record of Ellen McCarthy but, on 12 April 1864, Anne McCarthy was

baptised in Union Hall, daughter of Daniel McCarthy and Mary Anne Hopkins – could

this be Ellen herself or perhaps a sister? ; William’s only daughter Mary has Hopkins

as a christian name)

William’s occupation and circumstances contrast very much with the status of the

other branches of the Limrick family, especially John Limrick (D26) and his

descendants, although his father’s estate was valued at under £3,000 at his death in


William and Ellen had seven children, all born in Union Hall,

• Mary Anne Hopkins LIMRICK (D55), born 1898,

• William Henry LIMRICK (D56), born 1899,

• John James LIMRICK (D57), born 25 December 1900/died 1901,

• Thomas LIMRICK (D58), born 1902,

• Gordon Brian LIMRICK (D59), born September 1903,

• George Edward LIMRICK (D60), born 1905, and

• Herbert LIMRICK (D61), born 1907.

William Limrick died in 1915 in Skibbereen, while Ellen predeceased him in 1913, also

in Skibbereen.

Osborne Edward Barber LIMRICK (D34) born Cork. Son of Paul Edward LIMRICK


He studied medicine at the Coombe and Mercer’s Hospitals in Dublin; LRCSI, 1873; he

qualified as a doctor at the Kings and Queens College of Physicians in Ireland, LKQCP

Ireland & LM, in May 1874. [17] [19]

An early appointment was as a surgeon with Red Star SS Co. but by 1877 he had joined

his older brother in Liverpool and was working as assistant house surgeon at the East

Dispensary. [19]

On the 2 November 1876, 17-year old Susan Frances Cooper gave birth to a son,

Thomas Osborne COOPER, whose father is thought to be Osborne Edward Barber

Limrick. Susan’s father worked as a clerk in customs and shipping at the time of

Osborne’s time with Red Star SS Co. The father of Susan’s baby was said to have been

a specialist in the medical profession by whom she was employed in service at the

time. The relationship between Susan and the father of Thomas Osborne, did not

endure because within a year Susan had married her late sister’s widower, Robert

William Smith.

It was said that he was named Osborne, for his father, who later provided generous,

but discreet, support for his son. The house in which Thomas Osborne Cooper lived,

for instance, was said to have been “very comfortable having good furnishings, fine china and monogrammed silver cutlery” (fineries which would have been beyond his own means, or those of his mother). Thomas Osborne named his second son Osborne

and his uncle (his mother’s brother, Charles Humphrey Cooper), later named two of

his children Susan and Osborne. Some years later, and shortly after his death, the

family of his late father placed a newspaper advertisement attempting to make contact

with Thomas Osborne’s family, but his (Limrick) children declined to respond.

Osborne Edward Barber Limrick’s apparent generosity, however, contrasts with a

description by another family member who is recorded as “saying he was an absentee

landlord with property in Co. Down and Co. Louth and employing agents to collect rents

some as small as 7/6 per year and some tenants unable even to f ind that for their


(Was the property in Co. Louth something left over from the estate of Rev. John

Limrick (B2) who owned property there in the 16th C.??)

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In December 1889 he married Mary Jane TAIT (b. 1859) in Hastings, Sussex.

They had four children;

• Mary Frances Rose LIMRICK (D62), August 1890,

• Kathleen Eve LIMRICK (D63), born June 1892,

• Aileen Margaret LIMRICK (D64), born December 1893, and

• Paul Osborne LIMRICK (D65), born December 1896

Osborne Edward Barber Limrick died in Toxteth Park in 1920. His wife Mary died in

1932 in West Derby.

Amelia Martha LIMRICK (D37) born in 1850, Daughter of Thomas Hingston LIMRICK (D28)

Amelia married Rev. Humphrey Haines PEARSON (b. 1855), a curate at St. Peter’s,

Cork, in Cork in 1885. He was Rector of Schull in 1894-1902 and of Kinsale from 1902.

They had four children, two sons and two daughters.

Amelia died in 1931 in Co. Cork; her husband Humphrey died in 1927.

Mary Adelaide LIMRICK (D38) born Union Hall; daughter of Thomas Hingston

LIMRICK (D28) moved to Lancashire by 1911.

Anna Elizabeth Christina LIMRICK (D35), born in 1853; daughter of Paul Edward LIMRICK (D27).

In February 1874 she married John WAUGH (b. 1850) in Rathmines, Dublin

Four children; two son and two daughters.

Anna died in 1880 in Woburn, Bedfordshire. Her husband John died in 1919 in

Toddington, Bedfordshire.

Elizabeth Anna Matilda LIMRICK (D39) born Union Hall, daughter of Thomas

Hingston LIMRICK (D28)

She married a doctor, George Nesbit WYNNE (b. c1866) in Dublin in 1889.

Three children, two sons, one daughter.

Frances Elizabeth LIMRICK (D40) born Waterloo, Lancashire in March 1874.

Daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D32).

Clara May LIMRICK (D41) born Waterloo, Lancashire in June 1875. Daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D32).

Lucy Agnes LIMRICK (D42) born Waterloo, Lancashire in December 1876. Daughter

of William Somerville Limrick (D32).

Lucy married Edward Norwood VICKERS (b. 1873) in 1912 in West Derby, Lancashire.

One daughter.

John (Ion) St Clair LIMRICK (D53) born Cork. Son of William Thomas Somerville


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Emigrated to South Africa in 1898.

Married Maria Elizabeth VERMUELEN. They had one son, born four weeks after his

father’s death.

Ion St. Clair died 17th August 1916 in German East Africa while serving as a Lieutenant

in the 10th Regt, South Africa Infantry, Awarded the DSO. At the time this part of

Africa was a German Colony (Deutsch-Ostafrika).

Interred in the Upanga Road Military Cemetery, Dar es Salaam in 1920.

Olive May Caroline Louise LIMRICK (D54) born Dublin, daughter of William Thomas Somerville LIMRICK (D36)

She married Daniel Joseph SMITHWICK (b. 1872) in Knaresboro, Yorkshire in 1919.

Arthur Paul LIMRICK (D45) born Waterloo, Lancashire in January 1880. Son of

William Somerville Limrick (D32) – he later emigrated to Canada in 1900. He ran away

to sea because he didn’t want to be a doctor as his father dictated that he should and

whipped him for not passing his exams! He went down to the Liverpool docks and found

a ship sailing for Canada and got a job as a cabin boy. He spent the f irst two days being

ill and then when they found out that he had been to medical school albeit for just one

year, they appointed him ship’s doctor to complete the requirements to sail! [21]

Having established himself in Saskatchewan, he later married Frances Mary

CHAMBERS (b. 1885).

He died in 1978, She died in 1964. Both buried in Edmonton, Canada.

Nora Gladys LIMRICK (D46) born Waterloo, Lancashire in March 1882. Daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D32).

In December 1910, she married John CARMICHAEL (b. 1880) in West Derby,

Lancashire. One son, one daughter.

Dorothy Skottowe LIMRICK (D48) born Waterloo, Lancashire in June 1885.

Daughter of William Somerville Limrick (D33).

She married Noel Hartley WEST in April 1909 in St Faith’s, Great Crosby, Lancashire.

They later emigrated to New Zealand. Three sons.

Kathleen LIMRICK (D49) born in Waterloo, Lancashire in June 1887. Daughter of

William Somerville Limrick (D32).

She married in Dublin in 1920.

Mary Frances Rose LIMRICK (D62) born in August 1890 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool, daughter of Osborne Edward Barber Limrick (D34).

Educated at Liverpool University; MA 1915.

In 1931 she was working as an Inspector in the Ministry of Health. Un-married, she

died in Manchester in 1980.

William Somerville LIMRICK (D50), born February 1891, Son of William Somerville

Limrick (D32).

His occupation was given as a shipping clerk in the 1911 census.

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During the Great War (WW1) he served in the Royal Naval Reserve as an Assistant

paymaster onboard HMS Arlanza. He died on 23rd March 1918 and is buried in St

Luke’s graveyard, Great Crosby.

Kathleen Eve LIMRICK (D63) born in 1892 in Liverpool, daughter of Osborne Edward Barber Limrick (D34).

Educated at Liverpool University; BA 1912.

Kathleen Eve Limrick married Arthur Cecil BOYCE (b. 1890) in St Margaret, Liverpool

in January 1916. One daughter.

Arthur, a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, died on 10 August 1917.

Aileen Margaret LIMRICK (D64) born December 1893 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool,

daughter of Osborne Edward Barber Limrick (D34).

Educated at Liverpool University; BA 1915.

Aileen Margaret Limrick married Francis Herbert ATKINSON (b. 1880) in July 1922 in

St Margaret, Liverpool.

George Osborne LIMRICK (D51), born October 1893. Son

of William Somerville Limrick (D32).

In 1911 his occupation was timber trade clerk (1911 census).

He emigrated to Canada in 1912 joining his brother Arthur

Paul in Manitoba.

In 1916 he was serving with the Fort Garry Horse, a Canadian

cavalry regiment, but did not serve overseas. After the war

he spent a long time working in logging camps as a cook

before finally homesteading on a small farm in Birch River,


In 1958 he married a widow, Anne CHOPEE (b. 1911) in Birch

River, Manitoba. He died in Birch River, Manitoba in 1971.

Paul Osborne LIMRICK (D65) was born in

December 1896 in Toxteth Park, Liverpool; only son

of Osborne Edward Barber Limrick (D34)

Paul Osborne Limrick was educated at the Liverpool

Institute and Liverpool University.

During the Great War (WW1) he served as a

Lieutenant in the 8th Battalion, The Kings (Liverpool

Regiment); he was commissioned in December 1914

and went to the front in 1916.

He was killed during the Somme offensive on 12th

September 1916 (probably at Flers-Courcelette). [18]

He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval,


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This is a photo of the Liverpool Irish following a raid in April 1916 on the German lines

on the Somme. The soldier in the second row with the balaclava and blackened face is

Lieutenant Paul Osborne Limrick, who was killed the following September. (One of

the other officers was killed on the same raid and later awarded a posthumous VC).

Mary Anne Hopkins LIMRICK (D55), born in Union Hall in 1898, only daughter of

William Limrick (D30).

After the death of her parents, Mary was left to bring up her brothers on her own. In

contrast to other branches of the Limrick family, they were relatively poor. There were

no shoes for walking to school and their house in Union Hall was sometimes flooded

at high tide and had to be swept out afterwards (so my father told me)

Mary married Henry (Harry) Francis WILLATTS (b. c1898) in Ashwell, Hertfordshire

in July 1924. They later moved to Gillingham in Kent (where I often enjoyed a visit in

the 1950s with my aunt Mary and uncle Harry) Two children, one son, one daughter.

William Henry LIMRICK (D56), born in Union Hall in 1899, son of William Limrick

(D30). William served briefly (1918-19) in the RAF towards the end of WW1. Died

unmarried in Union Hall (a great man for drinking the Guinness)

Thomas LIMRICK (D58), born in Union Hall in 1902, son of William Limrick (D30).

Married. He was a butcher, with a shop in Union Hall. He married Mary O’Donovan (b


An early memory is of a family visit to Union Hall in the 1950s. Tommy had to

slaughter a cow so I held one end of a rope tied around the cow’s neck while my father

held the other end and Tommy killed it by hitting the animal between the eyes with a

sledge hammer – must have been before the days of humane slaughter but quick and

effective all the same. Thomas died in Union Hall on 18 December 1991.

Gordon Brian LIMRICK (D59), born in Union Hall on 16 September 1903, son of

William Limrick (D30). Emigrated to England and spent many years working in

Hertfordshire. He married Pauline HALLIHANE (b. 1917, Toe Head, Co. Cork) in

London in 1940 and settled in Walthamstow, East London. Three children, two sons,

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George Edward LIMRICK (D60), born in Union Hall on 1 December 1905, son of

William Limrick (D30). Married Margaret CROWLEY on 26 November 1935 in

Skibbereen. Five children, three sons and two daughters. They lived in Palmerston

Road, Walthamstow for a couple of years in the 1960s? Madge died in Union Hall on

25 August 1982 and George on 21 July 1992.

Herbert LIMRICK (D61), born 5 September 1907, youngest son of William Limrick

(D30). Emigrated to England where he married Marjorie MILLS c1950 in St Andrew’s

church, Walthamstow (I was there). One son. After retirement Herbert and Marjorie

returned to live in Union Hall. Herbert (Heb) died on 22 November 1974 while

Marjorie died 7 February 1982.

Today, a century or so later, descendants of Paul Limrick (D1) can be found all around

the globe, from England to Australia, New Zealand and Canada, although many are

still living in and around Union Hall and Skibbereen.


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Appendix A – Bridget Limrick and her Sullivan descendants

The following information is mainly sourced from Denny’s Family of Limrick of

Schull, William Betham’s Baronetage of England, Sidney Lee’s Dictionary of National

Biographies and the official History of Parliament.

On 3 January 1742 Bridget Limrick, eldest daughter of Rev. Paul Limrick married

Benjamin Sullivan in Aughadown, Co. Cork.

Benjamin Sullivan was born in the parish of St. Paul in Cork city on 15 June 1720, the

second son of Philip O’Sullivan and Elizabeth Erwin. The O’Sullivans were kinfolk of

Laurence Sullivan, director and chairman of the East India Company who was

influential in the careers of his relatives.

In 1753 Benjamin (who had dropped the O’ prefix) was appointed Clerk of the Crown

(State Solicitor) for the counties of Cork and Waterford and Clerk of the Peace for Waterford.

Following the accession of George III he was reappointed to these offices on 6

February 1761.

Benjamin and Bridget had four sons and five daughters.

• Sir Benjamin Sullivan born 1747 in Cork city. On the death in Madras in 1793 of his

unmarried first cousin Philip O’Sullivan, a captain in the service of the East India

Company, Benjamin inherited the title O’Sullivan Mór (a clan chief of the

O’Sullivan family). Knighted in June 1801, he was a Puisne Judge of the Supreme

Court of Judicature, Madras. He was married to Elizabeth Dent, daughter of

Admiral Sir Digby Dent. KB. and they had four children. He died in 1810.

• Rt. Hon. John Sullivan born 1747. After a successful career in India lasting 20 years

he returned to England in 1795, where he bought an estate (Richings Park) in

Buckinghamshire. He then entered politics and served three separate

constituencies as an MP (Old Sarum, Aldborough & Ashburton); in 1801 he was

appointed Under Secretary of State for War and Colonies through the influence of

his brother-in-law, George Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckingham. John was married to

Lady Henrietta Anne Barbara Hobart, daughter of George, 3rd Earl of Buckingham.

They had five daughters and one son, (John Augustus Sullivan who was Provost-
Marshal of Jamaica from 1825).

• Sir Richard Joseph Sullivan, 1st Baronet of Thames Ditton. Born in 1752 he also

spent his early career in India, returning to England in 1784. He served as MP for

New Romsey 1787-96 and later as MP for Seaford in 1802. On 22 May 1804, following

William Pitt’s return to office, Sullivan was created a baronet. Richard was married

to Mary Lodge in 1778. Their eldest son, Richard, having died in 1789, the title

devolved on their second son, Henry (1785–1814), MP for the City of Lincoln (1812–

14) and lieutenant-colonel of the Coldstream Guards. He died in battle at Toulouse

on 14 April 1814. Sir Charles Sullivan (1789–1862), his younger brother, succeeded

him as third baronet, entered the navy in February 1801, and eventually became

admiral of the blue.

• Henry Boyle Sullivan who died unmarried in 1783.

• Margaret Sullivan, married General Gordon Forbes.

• Elizabeth Sullivan, married Patrick Lawson.

• Sabina Sullivan, married John Otto Bayer of Antigua.

• Henrietta Sullivan, married (1) Colonel Alexander Maclellan and (2) John Balfour,


Benjamin Sullivan died in Knightsbridge, London in 1767. Bridget lived for many more

years and died on 8 July 1802. She is buried in Iver, Buckinghamshire. As this is very

close to Richings Park, it is safe to assume that she was probably living with her son

John at the time.

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[1] The Family of Limrick, of Schull, Co. Cork. Rev. HLL Denny.

[2] Alumni Dublinensis.

[3] Clerical and parochial records of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross, W M Brady, pub 1864.

pages 173/4, 176

[4] History of the Episcopal Church in Naragansett, Rhode Island. Letter II

[5] Bengal past and present, Volume 2. Calcutta Historical Society, 1908. page 360.

[6] The Gentleman’s Magazine, Volume 123, page 562.

[7] The Gentleman’s Magazine December 1806, page 1181.

[8] The Gentleman’s Magazine December 1814, Vol 1, page 524.

[8] The Irish Bomfords 1617 to the Present (website)

[10] Castlehaven, Genealogy & History (

[11] Gray’s Inn Admission Register, 1521-1889, page 451.

[12] Medical Register for Ireland, 1858.

[13] Statistical survey of the county of Cork, …, Horace Townshend, 1810, page 343.

[14] King’s Inn Admission Papers, 1607-1867

[15] Southern Star, January 19th 2002. ‘British reprisals during Anglo-Irish War’

[16] Southern Star, July 23rd 1892.

[17] British Medical Journal, May 23 1874.

[18] British Medical Journal, September 30 1916.

[19] Medical Bibliography for 1877, page 515

[20] Cork Constitution. December 25 1830.

[21] Personal email from Fiona Hoey of Vancouver BC, great niece of Arthur Limrick.

[22] Dublin Evening Mail, 16 June 1841, page 3.

[23] Marriage Licence Bonds, Diocese of Cork and Ross, Public Record Office of


[24] Landed Estates Database, NUI Galway website.

[25] Griffiths Valuation, Ireland, 1847-64.

[26] The Quarterly Oriental magazine review and register, 1828.

[27] Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 23.

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