10, 11

Generation 10

                                                            ARBUCKLE, Unknown
                                                            BARRAVES, Unknown
                                                            BURGESS (BURGES), Unknown
                                                            CAMAC, John
                                                            CLENMORE, Unknown
                                                            COCHRANE, Mary
                                                            CRAWFORD, John
                                                            CURWEN, Darcy
                                                            DOCWRA, Francis
                                                            DUNLOP, Unknown
                                                            ECCLES, Unknown
                                                            FULTON, Robert (Rev.)
                                                            LAWSON, Isobel
                                                            PARKER, Unknown
                                                            PHIPPS, William
                                                            POTTINGER, Thomas
                                                            SEARLE, Susanna
                                                            SELL, Thomas
                                                            SQUIRE, Ann
                                                            STAMFORD, Anne
                                                            STARR, Unknown
                                                            WADE, Unknown
                                                            WALDOCK, Unknown
                                                            WILLMOTT, Unknown


F10: ARBUCKLE, Unknown                           B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown Arbuckle


F10: BARRAVES, Unknown                           B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown Barraves

CAMAC, Margaret

F10: CAMAC, John                       B:
                                                                                M:          Margaret Burgess
Comments: of Killfallert (County Down). Grandfather of Lt-Colonel Jacob
Camac of the Hon E.I.C.S. and of Greenmount Co. Louth., William Camac
of 6 Mansfield Sq London W, and Major General Sir Burgess Camac. 

M10: BURGESS (BURGES), Margaret       B:
                                                                                M:           John Camac

CLENMORE (CLENMOE), Julian (female)
F10: CLENMORE, Unknown                       B:
                                                            M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                            M:             Unknown Clenmore


F10: CRAWFORD, John                                   B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown
                                                                                D: 1797
                                                                                Comments: upon the death of John Crawford (1797), his brother, David,
                                                                                succeeded to the estate, which included Florida Manor; David
                                                                                subsequently willed the property to his niece, Anne Crawford (Generation
                                                                                                                                                                9), John’s daughter.

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             John Crawford

CURWEN, Eldred

F10: CURWEN, Darcy                                  B: 11-6-1643
                                                            M: 25-9-1677, in chapel at Isell. Isobel Lawson.
                                                            D: 30-7-1722, St Albans.

                                                                                Darcy Curwen

Most facts on the life of Darcy Curwen, and of his unexpected inheritance (as he was not the eldest son), are not in 
dispute: “Henry, the eldest son of Thomas, ‘Was born November 22, 1640, and died August 8th, being Monday at one
 o'clock, 1653’, so that, although he heired, he never held the Sella Park property, into possession of which Darcy 
Curwen, his brother and next heir, came when he arrived at full age. 
Darcy's memorandum book, containing the dates of births, not only of his own immediate family, but of collaterals 
and friends, with occasional general memoranda, has been preserved, and has been frequently referred to. He was 
born, June 11th, 1643. He married at Isell, September 25th, 1677, Isabel, daughter of Sir Wilfred Lawson, who was
 born, April 9th, 1653, by whom he had a very numerous family. He died at St. Albans, July 30th, 1722, having survived
 his wife twenty-two years, for she was buried at Ponsonby, July 31st, 1700. 
Upon the death of Darcy, Henry, his eldest surviving son, succeeded to Sella Park, and two years afterwards to the 
entailed estates of the family, which he held for two years only, being killed by a fall from his horse at London, July 
12th, 1727, aged 47 years, having been born January 4th, 1680. The record, in his own handwriting, of what appears
 to have been his personal luggage (though some of the items seem extraordinary for a traveller), and of his ride to
London, commencing September 8th, 1726, whence he never returned, has been preserved…….He died unmarried. 
This melancholy death was not the only fatal catastrophe that had befallen the family, for I believe that Wilfred, his 
eldest brother, who was born at Isell, August 5th, 1678, was found dead on Cold Fell, June l0th, 1722. Eldred, the next
surviving son of Darcy, who was born April 11th, 1672, succeeded to the property.” (William Jackson, c 1866, Publications, 
at http://www.archive.org/stream/publications05cumb/publications05cumb_djvu.txt)

There are, however, problems with the dating in constructing a full biography; although only one wife -- Isobel Lawson 
– is recorded for him, he is reputed to be the father of seventeen children (including three named Isabell and two 
named Thomas), with dates of birth from 1678 (Wilfred) to 1698 (the third Isabell), when Isobel Lawson would have 
been around age 45. A second wife might be the simplest explanation; however, it is also possible that there is, in the
family line, an extra generation that has not been acknowledged in existing research (this might explain, in part, Darcy’s
grandfather, Henry Curwen, appearing as late as Generation 12 for this family line, and as early as Generations 15 
and 16 for other lines).

Four surviving original documents (from the National Archives of Great Britain) attest to the life and career of Darcy Curwen:

(i) Receipt by Henry Lowther of Cockermouth for £15 received from Darcy Curwen in satisfaction of six bills in 
respect of the apprenticeship of Patricius Curwen. Witness: John Bell.  9 Mar. 1671/2 On reverse: Note concerning the
settlement of accounts for stints and crops between Mrs Isabell Curwen and Mrs Anne Steel. 22 Jan. 1713.

(ii) Part of a Farm Journal (incomplete) of Darcy Curwen, recording work done by named labourers, and their wages.
With a memorandum of his brother Wilfred’s debts written by (?) Henry Curwen, c. 1720.

(iii) Part of a Commonplace Book, in the handwriting of Darcy Curwen.  Mostly extracts from a poem about David and 

(iv) Part of the Journal of Darcy Curwen, containing memoranda of births deaths and marriages of his relations.      Also two 
remedies for sickness.

M10: LAWSON, Isobel                      B: 9-4-1653
                                                            M: 25-9-1677, at Isell. Darcy Curwen.
                                                            D: Buried 31-7-1730, Ponsonby.


F10: DOCWRA, Francis                                   B: c 1676
                                                                                M:  3-10-1694, Susanna Searle
                                                                                D: before 17-3-1740.
                                                                                Comments: Siblings: Mary (before 19-3-1682 – before 18-2-1684); John
                                                                                (before 29-4-1684 – before 6-5-1694); Henry (before 29-8-1687 – before
                                                                                30-8-1687); James (27-11-1687 – before 1-3-1779).

M10: SEARLE, Susanna                                   B: c 1676
                                                                                M: 3-10-1694, Francis Docwra
                                                                                D: before 19-6-1711. Buried at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.
                                                                                Comments: the Bassingbourn Parish Register spells the first name of the
                                                                                wife of Francis Docwra as ‘Sussan’; the surname ‘Searle’ is not given.


F10: DUNLOP, Unknown                               B:
                                                                                M:             Mary Cochrane
M10: COCHRANE, Mary                             B: possibly 20-12-1694
                                                                                M:              Unknown Dunlop
                                                                                Comments: recorded as the daughter of the 6th earl of Dundonald;
                                        however, there is considerable doubt about this claim, both because of
                                        difficulties with the dating, and because most records state specifically
                                        that Mary, the daughter of the 6th Earl, ‘died unmarried’. A more-
                                        probable solution is that she was the sister of the 6th Earl, and daughter of
                                        William Cochrane and Lady Grizel Graham, although no ‘Mary’ is shown in
                                        any record of the children of William and Grizel.

FULTON, Richard

F10: FULTON, Robert (Rev.)                      B: c 1645
                                                            M: (i)        Unknown. Mother of Richard Fulton.
                                                                                      (ii)       Florence Unknown
                                                            D: before 19-11-1720

                                                                                Rev. Robert Fulton

Of the brothers of John Fulton of Lisburn and Derriaghy or Belsize, Robert Fulton, known as ‘Robert of Guanabo’, 
is “the most important and interesting. The Memorandum of 1872 describes him as ‘son, or perhaps grandson’ of 
William of Kilkenny, but it has now become clear to me by the tracing back of his history from Jamaica, which was
mainly effected by Dr.Fulton of Dunedin, and completed by myself with the aid of the Heralds' College, that 
he must have been a grandson. A son he could not have been, as he did not graduate M.A. till 1677. At the same 
time, he must have held an important position in the family, from Richard having been supposed, by my uncle's
tradition, to have been a son of his. According to what we now know of his approximate age, he was the next 
brother of John ‘of Derriaghy’. '' He matriculated at Edinburgh University in 1675, and took the M.A. degree on 
21st September 1677. He was ordained a deacon of the Church of England at Clones, co. Monaghan, in 1683, 
and his diploma is endorsed as having been copied and registered at Lisburne in 1684. He was appointed in 1689, 
‘chaplain to their Majesties' shippe Ye Successe’ (see minutes from the Commissioners for the Lord High Admiral 
of England to Captain Kirby, on board the Successe lying in Plymouth, dated 1st March 1689), and he sailed for 
Jamaica with one servant (Sir Theodore C Hope, 1903, Memoirs of the Fultons of Lisburn, at 
http://www.archive.org/stream/memoirsoffultons00hope/memoirsoffultons00hope_djvu.txt). Robert Fulton
was, probably, already a widower, since he sailed only with ‘one servant’(his eldest son, Richard, was, at this 
time, a cavalry captain with William III).

In Jamaica, Robert Fulton was appointed  (6-8-1691) by one of the Irish Peers and Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica,
William Earl of Insiquin (or Inchiquin), to be Rector of the Living of St Johns, where he, apparently, remarried, as there 
are records of severalchildren born about this time: his Will, dated 8-10-1717, with probate granted 19-11-1720 (a copy
still exists; the sections quoted below are extracted from 
richardsfulton.com/FULTONDrRobertValpyofNZDocument(2007).DOC) mentions two sons, several daughters, and a wife, 
Florence (who may have been his first and only wife, having joined him in Jamaica following his appointment; however, 
the interval between the births of Richard (Generation 9) in 1678 and youngest son, Thomas, in 1696, would indicate a 
second marriage; Sir Theodore C Hope, 1903 (op.cit.) says that Richard’s inclusion in the family is ‘tradition’, as he rates 
no mention in Robert Fulton’s will).

The will, in which son Thomas Fulton and daughter Florence Poynter were named executors, details Grants or Patents for lands of considerable extent, in the neighbourhood of St Johns or Guanabacoa, for Robert Fulton; he left 100 pounds p.a and 100 acres of land in the Parish of St Johns to his eldest (in Jamaica) son, James Fulton, and the sum of 500 pounds to his eldest daughter, Jane Matthew. To his second daughter, Mary Crawford, he left 500 pounds and a “negro woman” (Betty), and to his third daughter, Florence Poynter, 500 pounds.  To his “intirely beloved wife”, Florence Fulton, he bequeathed his dwelling house in Archibald, Savannah, in the Parish of St Onoth - and “penns of cattle, sheep, houses, lands tenements, chattels and my negro slaves as named  hereafter”. All his estate, real and personal, was left to his second son, Thomas Fulton, and to his heirs, or if no such heirs exist, then to his eldest son, James Fulton, and his heirs (in default of such issue, to the heirs of his three daughters).

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:                  Rev. Robert Fulton (first wife).


F10: PARKER, Unknown                                B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Parker

F10: PHIPPS, William                                       B: 13-4-1691
                                                                                M: 28-6-1713, Ann Squire

M10: SQUIRE, Ann                                           B: c 1690
                                                                                M: 28-6-1713, William Phipps


F10: POTTINGER, Thomas                             B:
                                                            M: c 1685, Unknown Eccles
                                                            D: 1715
Thomas Pottinger

Thomas Pottinger held the position of Sovereign of Belfast, High Sheriff of County Antrim, who “raised the County in favour of William III” (Margaret Dickson Falley, 1981).

His ascendancy to the position of Sovereign followed his father, who achieved distinction as first Sovereign (Mayor) of Belfast. Thomas, Jr, was an equally-distinguished statesman; according to John Burke (A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, p 442), “(he was) sheriff of the county when William III landed in that part of Ireland; when he went to meet and welcome the king at the head of all the nobility and gentry of the county, and afterwards provided his majesty’s army with provisions, clothes, and money, by which he was enabled to advance and gain the Battle of the Boyne”. Thomas’s brother, Edward, “had the honour of conveying” King William to Ireland on on ‘Dartmouth’ (he was subsequently (8-10-1690) killed in action when his ship was sunk in battle with French ships bringing supplies to King James).

Volume II of A History of the Town of Belfast (George Benn, 1877) contains the following information on the later life of Thomas Pottinger, “who was thrust in upon the Corporation by the Government of James the Second”:

“The life history of Thomas Pottinger was disclosed for the first time from the Treasury papers quite recently compiled, and from the writing of the Town Clerk of Belfast nearly two hundred years ago, accompanied with reflections in most quaint and original style. In the Treasury papers, the petitions and letters of Thomas Pottinger will be found. He claimed from King William’s government some compensation for the losses he had incurred in the revolutionary troubles. His claims were endorsed by officers of rank. He makes no pretensions to family antiquity, but merely says that his ancestor was the first who traded from Belfast to foreign and distant ports. He pleads poverty, which is corroborated by a person in Dr Kirkpatrick’s work of Presbyterian Loyalty, wherein it is said that, though the town condemned his conduct in accepting the Sovereignship, his age and the respectable connections he had in Belfast caused him to be pitied. He was a Presbyterian, and a house in High Street, near Skipper Street, has been pointed out to us as that in which he lived. This tradition, to say the least, is very doubtful……. Thomas Pottinger died in 1715, as stated in the Presbyterian Funeral Register.”

 M10: ECCLES, Unknown                               B:
                                                                                M: c 1685, Thomas Pottinger
                                                                                Comments: ‘of Feintonah’. Probably daughter of Hugh Eccles (sovereign
                                                                                of Belfast, 1674, died 1680), who is listed (along with Thomas Pottinger),
                                                                                by Jean Agnew in Belfast Merchant Families in the Seventeenth Century
                                                                                (http://genforum.genealogy.com/adair/messages/5799.html), and whose
 house was directly opposite ‘Pottinger’s Entry’

SELL, John (or Thomas)

F10: SELL, Thomas                                            B: 18-3-1682
                                                                                M: (i) 27-9-1709, Anne Stamford
                                                                                       (ii) 1734/5, Mary French
                                                                                D: 20-5-1763

                                                                                Thomas Sell

“A database at ancestry.com which has since been deleted showed that a Thomas Sell married Anne Stamford 27 Sep 1708/09 and she died in 1733/4. He then married Mary French in 1734/35……… The Thomas Sell who married Anne Stamford was the son of John Sell and Margaret Nightingale.” (http://www.loiswillis.com/getperson.php?personID=I760&tree=2)

M10: STAMFORD, Anne                                B: 15-1-1687
                                                                                M:  27-09-1709, Thomas Sell
                                                                                D: 17-3-1734

STARR, Thomas

F10: STARR, Unknown                                   B:
M:             Unknown
Comments: recorded in Celia Sheppard’s research as Edward Starr (born
15-5-1688), husband of Anna Unknown (born c 1689). These dates are
incompatible with the proposed (in the same research) birth date for                                        their son, Thomas (1696). This research will proceed no further.

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Starr

WADE, Joseph

F10: WADE, Unknown                                    B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:           Unknown Wade


F10: WALDOCK, Unknown                              B:
                                                            M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:  
                                                            M:             Unknown Waldock


F10: WILLMOTT, Unknown                          B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M10: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Willmott

Generation 11

                                                            BURGESS, Guy
                                                            CAMAC, Unknown
                                                            CHICHLEY, Elizabeth
                                                            COCHRANE, William
                                                            CRAWFORD, Unknown
                                                            CURWEN, Thomas
                                                            DOCWRA (DOCKERELL, DOCKERILL), James
                                                            ECCLES, Unknown (possibly Hugh)
                                                            FISHER, Ellen
                                                            FULTON, Unknown
                                                            GRAHAM, Grizel
                                                            HILL, Elizabeth
                                                            LAWSON, Sir Wilfred
                                                            NIGHTINGALE, Margaret
                                                            PHIPPS, Unknown
                                                            POTTINGER, Thomas
                                                            PRESTON, Elizabeth
                                                            SANDERSON, Helena
                                                            SEARLE, John
                                                            SELL, John
                                                            SQUIRE, Unknown
                                                            STAMFORD, John


F11: BURGESS, Guy                                         B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Guy Burgess


F11: CAMAC, Unknown                                 B:
                                                                                M:              Unknown

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:                Unknown Camac


F11: COCHRANE, William                               B:
                                                                                M: before 1688, Lady Grizel Graham
                                                                                D:  August, 1717.

William Cochrane

William Cochrane lived at Kilmanock, Ayrshire (Scotland), was elected member of parliament for the burghs of Wigton, and (in 1711) held the title of Joint-Keeper of the Signet. While father of the 6th Earl of Dundonald (Mary Cochrane’s brother), William was not the 5th Earl (whose Christian name was also ‘William’) but was, in fact, his distant cousin. William was the brother of the 2nd Earl of Dundonald, John Cochrane (c 1660 - 16-5-1690).

“The second earl for a time lived with his mother, Lady Katherine Kennedy, at Auchans, after his father died, circa 1679. Adamson relates ambiguously that the earl lost the estate due to unfortunate scientific speculations.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auchans_Castle,_Ayrshire)

M11: GRAHAM, Grizel                                   B: c 1665
                                                                                M:  before 1688, William Cochrane
                                                                                D: 30-6-1726
                                                                                Comments: sister of James Graham, 3rd Marquess of Montrose.

F11: CRAWFORD, Unknown                        B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:            Unknown

F11: CURWEN, Thomas                                 B:  c 1590
                                                                                M: 3-2-1639, Dearham. Helena Sanderson.
                                                                                D: 26-4-1653

                                                                                Thomas Curwen

Thomas was born, I gather from a note-book kept by Darcy, in the Queen's Chamber in Workington Hall in the year 1590. He was
 ‘set tenant’ of Sella Park by Sir Henry, who died in 1597. He married Helena, eldest daughter of Samuel Sanderson, of Hedly-hope, 
in the County Palatine of Durham, February 3rd, 1639 ; ‘And my said mother, daughter of the said Samuel, was borne ye 20th 
February, 1612, being Saturday about nine in the forenoone att Branesby Castle: my father and my mother had 10 children in 12 
years time and my father dyed April ye 26th 1653 and my mother ye 4th of February 1670.’ He was buried at Ponsonby Church, 
where there is a monument to his memory.” 
(William Jackson, c 1866, Publications, at http://www.archive.org/stream/publications05cumb/publications05cumb_djvu.txt)

Thomas was born when his father, Henry, was already aged 61. Thomas, in turn, was age 52 at the birth of his son, Darcy (Generation 10), who inherited unexpectedly after the premature death of his elder brother, Henry. These successive examples of late-age parentage have caused the Curwen line to become ‘skewed’ (relative to other lines in this genealogy), so that the father-in-law of Thomas Curwen in Generation 15 is also recorded as the father of Richard Huddleston in Gen. 19).
M11: SANDERSON, Helena                          B: 20-2-1612, Hedley Hope
                                                                                M: 3-2-1639, Dearham. Thomas Curwen of Sella Park.
                                                                                D: 4-2-1670.
                                                                                Comments: Her sister, Barbara, married John Emerson, Mayor of
                                                                                                                                            Newcastle – her second husband --in 1660.

DOCWRA, Francis

F11: DOCWRA (DOCKERELL, DOCKERILL), James                                            
B: before 19-2-1654
                                                                                M: 1-2-1680, Ellen Fisher, at Bassingbourn.
                                                                                D: before 12-7-1718
                                                                                Comments: with this generation, several variations on the spelling of
                                                                                ‘Docwra’ (Dockerill/Dockerell/Dockrill) are evident in the records. “The…
                                                                                interchange seems to have happened between the Parish Registers and
 the Bishops Transcripts for some of the Cambridgeshire parishes. So I
think we have to assume that they may be interchangeable even within
families depending on who produced the record” (‘Anne’, 27-10-2003, at
M11: FISHER, Ellen                                           B: c 1660
                                                                                M:  1-2-1680, James Docwra (Dockerell, Dockerill), at Bassingbourn.
                                                                                D: before 20-2-1689

ECCLES, Unknown Female

F11: ECCLES, Unknown (possibly Hugh)  B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown
Comments: Hugh Eccles (Sovereign of Belfast, 1674; died 1680), a Belfast merchant living at the same time as Thomas Pottinger, was “given permission to build a   bridge directly outside the front door of his house … the location was opposite the present-day Pottinger’s Entry” (O’Regan, R, 2011, Hidden Belfast: Benevolence, Blackguards and Balloon Heads, at http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ZT9ijDhN6x8C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false. This is not, however, sufficient evidence to identify him, with any confidence, as the father-in-law of Thomas Pottinger; this genealogical line will terminate at this point.

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown (possibly Hugh) Eccles

FULTON, Robert (Rev.)

F11: FULTON, Unknown                                B: c 1619
M:             Unknown
Comments: son of William Fulton of Kilkenny, of whom Records of the
Family of Fulton notes, “His son, whose name we cannot ascertain, took
up land in Ulster, probably as a tenant of the Marquis of Hertford”.

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Fulton, son of William of Kilkenny.

LAWSON, Isabel

F11: LAWSON, Sir Wilfred                             B: 1664 (Baptised 31-10-1664).
                                                                                M: 21-5-1692, Elizabeth Preston
                                                                                D: 13-11-1705
                                                                                Sir Wilfred Lawson

Wilfred Lawson, Baronet of Isell, the second (but only surviving) son of William Lawson and Milcah Strickland, had residences at Isell and Brayton Hall. He received his education at Gray’s Inn (admitted 14-3-1860), and subsequently attended Queen’s College, Oxford (1681).

Wilfred succeeded to the Baronetcy on 13-12-1689, on the death of his grandfather, Sir Wilfrid Lawson. He was High Sheriff of Cumberland (1689 - 90), and M.P. for Cockermouth (1690 - 95).

M11: PRESTON, Elizabeth                             B:
                                                                                M: 21-5-1692, Sir Wilfred Lawson
                                                                                D: 1734

PHIPPS, William

F11: PHIPPS, Unknown                                  B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown Phipps


F11: POTTINGER, Thomas                             B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

Thomas Pottinger

Thomas Pottinger is claimed, in biographies of Sir Henry Pottinger, to have held the position of first Sovereign of Belfast (elected 1661), “on the incorporation of that town by Charles II” (from The Gentleman’s Magazine, May, 1856, p. 517). He  is named in the First Charter of Belfast (1613), and there is ample contemporary evidence to support the claim: Richard L Greaves, in God’s Other Children: Protestant Nonconformists and the Emergence of Denominational Churches in Ireland, 1660 – 1700, (1997), states, “The Presbyterian merchant Thomas Pottinger negotiated a new charter for Belfast and became the town’s first sovereign”; James Godkin (The Land War in Ireland (1870); A History for the Times) concurs, stating that “The chief magistrate was called ‘the sovereign;’ and the first who held the office was Thomas Pottinger, ancestor of the celebrated Sir Henry Pottinger’; and Thomas Pottinger’s position is further affirmed by William McComb (1861), in Guide to Belfast: the Giant’s Causeway and the Adjoining Districts of the counties of Antrim and Down, with an account of the battle of Ballynahinch (p. 8): “The first sovereign of the town (1661) was Thomas Pottinger”.

Yet Thomas’s name is, unaccountably, omitted from the list of Sovereigns of Belfast compiled by James Adair Pilson in History of the Rise and Progress of Belfast and Annals of the County Antrim (1846), which lists Sovereigns dating from as far back as 1613, beginning with Thomas Vesey (referred to as ‘John Vesey’ by Simon Hunter in Belfast City Hall Newsletter, 1-6-2006).

The Irish Genealogy Database of Melaney Moore-Dodson (melaney@cox-internet.com) contains a further reference to Thomas Pottinger for this period: “RICHARD LOWTHROP, baptized 12 Oct 1595, Etton, Yorkshire, England, buried10 Feb 1640/1, Cherry Burton, Yorkshire, England. Married 3 June 1634, Holy Trinity, Yorkshire, England, DOROTHY LAWSON. No doubt he was the Richard Lowthropp of Etton, York, yeoman, who along with William Archer of Etton, yeoman, William Blackstone of Etton, gentleman and Thomas Johnson of Beverley, York, gentleman, complained against Thomas Aulaby, Esq., and his wife Sarah, Thomas Pottinger, William Downing, bailiff, Gervaise and Edward Harmon, gentlemen, Ralph Eastabye, Marmaduke Hopper, John Carlin and others for excessive fines in Etton and Coatgartle court-leets, and for building a house on the waste land of the lordship, perjury, pulling it down, and assault. (ref: English Origins, 1st Series)”.

Thomas Pottinger is also very likely the ‘ancestor’ referred to by his son, Thomas (Generation 10), who, to support a claim for 
compensation, averred that “his ancestor was the first who traded from Belfast to foreign and distant ports” (George Benn, A History 
of the Town of Belfast, Volume II , 1877). D. J. Owen, in The History of Belfast (1921) also makes reference to the importance of Thomas
 Pottinger to the trading eminence of seventeenth-century Belfast: “One of the great names in connection with the early trade of Belfast
 was Pottinger, which is perpetuated in Pottinger’s Entry and Mount Pottinger. We find John Black, who was born in 1681, writing: ‘My 
father, educated as a merchant by Mr. Pottinger, had been often super-cargo to the West Indies, at Cadiz, Bordeaux, Danzick, Holland, 
England, Rouen, &c.’ This carries us back at least to the middle of the seventeenth century, and testifies to the widespread nature of
the commerce of Belfast even then”. 

The prominent role which the Pottinger family played in the early life of Belfast is commemorated by a memorial erected to the family in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St George, a few hundred yards from Pottinger’s Entry (in 1806, when the monuments at the Saint George’s site were demolished, the Pottinger monument was moved to Kilmore churchyard, near Crossgar, County Down, where it still stands, although that Church has since been moved the Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra).

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:
                                                                                M:                Thomas Pottinger

SEARLE, Susanna

F11: SEARLE, John                                            B:
                                                                                M:               Elizabeth Hill

M11: HILL, Elizabeth                                        B:                                                       
                                                                                M:               John Searle

SELL, Thomas

F11: SELL, John                                                  B: 15-1-1644
                                                                                M: (i) c 1664, Dinah Baker
                                                                                       (ii) 5-7-1675, Margaret Nightingale
                                                                                D:  c 25-10-1726

M11: NIGHTINGALE, Margaret                   B: 15-12-1656
                                                                                M: 5-7-1675, John Sell
                                                                                D: buried 10-3-1718
                                                                                Comments: The date of death given in this present research follows the
                                                                                interpretation of Bob Copeland at http://www.bobcopeland.net/all-


F11: SQUIRE, Unknown                                 B:
                                                                                M:             Unknown

M11: UNKNOWN                                             B:   
                                                                                M:             Unknown Squire


F11: STAMFORD, John                                   B: 1648
                                                                                M:             Elizabeth Chichley

M11: CHICHLEY, Elizabeth                             B: February, 1653
                                                                                M:             John Stamford

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