The various obituaries refer to his tenure as a Judge in complementary fashion,  Like many before him he discarded his sectarian and Orange baggage on entering the 4 Courts as a newly appointed Irish Judge in 1842 and in the long tradition of Irish Judges gave a fair and impartial hearing to those who appeared before him.  It would  seem that in the criminal cases he was lenient in sentencing.

The 1835 Banadon election is noteworthy for the tiny size of the electorate. He won He fought the 1835 election for Bandon bridge perceived as the nominee of the Orange faction getting 111 votes against James Redmond Barry, the Liberal who got 79

Kildare Place Society, p.2

Chairman of Co. Derry, p.11

Daniel O’Connell’s apprehensions, p.13

Conservative speech at Bandon, p. 14

James Redmond Barry, opponent at 1835 Bandonbridge election, p.23

Levee for Protestant Clergy, Bandon, p.27

Anti Jackson pamphlet, p.29

Support for the National Agricultural Movement, p.29

Appointment as Judge of Common Pleas. p.30

Support for Rev. Fisher’s proselytising mission at Altar, Mizen and other subscribers, p.32

Possible Quaker ancestry, p. 32

Memorials of deeds involving his father, p.46

Obituaries, p. 51

Probate, p.56

Joseph Devonsher Jackson Esq, MP, Sergeant at Law, etc (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; ( Joseph Devonsher Jackson Esq, MP, Sergeant at Law, etc. Illustration for Ryalls Portraits of Eminent Conservative Statesmen (James Fraser, c 1830s).



Trinity College Dublin:

JACKSON Joseph Devonsher 1800 17 Strettell Portitor   Co. Cork Irish Bar 1806;PC; Judge of Common Pleas (I)

Kings Inns Admission Papers:




The Society for the Promotion of the Education of the Poor in Ireland, more famously known as the Kildare Place Society, was established in 1811 by a group of Philanthropic men such as Samuel Bewley, J.D La Touche, William L Guinness and Joseph Devonsher. This society was set up as a non- denominational society however; its rules stated that the bible would be read in schools ‘without note or comment’[1]. This rule caused outrage from the Catholic Church authorities and proved to be an unacceptable rule as Catholic children began to be withdrawn from the schools.

Presumably this should be Joseph Devonsher Jackson.



Fragment letter from Joseph Devonsher Jackson, judge and politician, to unidentified recipient, concerning legal matters,

1826 May 5

1826 From Chief Secretaries Letters:

TITLE:File of letters from Joseph Devonsher Jackson, Secretary [to Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland], Kildare Place, Dublin, concerning diminished government funding of the society
SCOPE & CONTENT:Letters from Joseph Devonsher Jackson, Secretary [to Society for promoting the education of the poor of Ireland], Kildare Place, Dublin, to Henry Goulburn, Chief Secretary, soliciting further parliamentary grants for the [Kildare Place Society] and noting that any curtailment of funding will be attended with great prejudice to the cause of education in Ireland. Adding that they have reluctantly agreed not to provide funding towards the establishment of new schools and to limit funding to existing schools. Also copy of letter from Jackson, to William Gregory, Under Secretary, stating that the committee have agreed to abstain from making grants from its funds in support of schools in connection with other societies.
EXTENT:5 items; 15pp
DATE(S):2 Jun 1825-2 Jul 1825