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Contains information on the Noble family.

Introduction to the Noble Family

Catherine Ashmuir Bamford lived with my parents from their marriage until her death in the 1960s. My mother was employed by Mrs. Bamford’s husband Walter when she left school in 1938 and she lived with them in 30 Springfield Road, Warrenpoint. Following the death of Mr. Bamford in 1950, my parents married and initally lived with Mrs. Bamford in Springfield Road until 1953 when they all moved to 2 Newry Road, Warrenpoint.

Mrs Bamford’s maiden name was Noble, and as her family came from the Armagh area I often wondered if she was related to the Stanley family but I have only recently found a relationship. Mrs Bamford’s father and grandfather were both named Sinnamon Noble. Her grandfather Sinnamon married Dorothea Sinnamon in the 1830s but died in 1841 his wife married again to Benjamin Deane Wilson in 1847.  [See the Marriages of Dorothea Sinnamon]. Their daughter Catherine Jane Wilson married Henry Robinson Stanley and in this way the families were linked. The two families knew each other well, Mrs. Bamford’s mother and her sister Emily are listed as visitors with Caroline Matilda Stanley of Seaview, Warrenpoint in the 1901 census. Mrs. Bamford’s father Sinnamon Noble acted as Land Agent for John Stanley of the Pavilion, Armagh when he had severe medical problems in 1869 and could no longer manage his property.

The Nobles are descended from John Noble (1761-1825) who was a stalwart of the Methodist Church in Armagh. There is a memorial in the church in Abbey Street to him.

Why the Brass Buddha?

The Brass Buddha
The Brass Buddha

The brass Buddha was an ornament that sat in our house for as long as I remember. It belonged to Mrs Bamford and as a child I remember polishing it and the other brass ornaments in the house, a dinner gong, candlesticks in the shape of cobras and a number of vases. To me the brass Buddha captured something of the essence of Mrs Bamford. She had a roll-top desk in her room with lots of nooks and crannies filled with interesting bit and pieces, she had friends and relations all round the world who would write regularly. Some of these friends were archaeologists and their postcards held a particular fascination for me. She got the National Geographic magazine every month, and there would be a tussle every month to see who would get the free map that came with each issue.

My father told me the Buddha was a present from India brought back by a friend of Mrs Bamford, a Mrs Prescott from Armagh whose husband was an officer in the army there.

The Buddha is now in my possession and when I was looking for a name for this website it seemed appropriate. The decision was probably influenced by Sharon Oddie Brown and her website The Silver Bowl which contained some useful information for me as we have the Bell and Noble surname interests in common. Sharon’s site contains a lot of useful information for people with relatives in counties Armagh and Monaghan.

Noble family in parish registers of Eglish and Armagh

Registry of Baptisms Parish of Eglish

Register of Baptisms 1879 – 18?? :

No 1: Born: 18th May 1879, Baptized 20th July 1879, Catherine Ashmore daughter of Sinnamon and Catherine Noble of Lisnafeedy, Gentleman, by L M Carter.

No 25: Born: 22nd June 1881, Baptized 18th December 1881, Lilias Wentworth daughter of Sinnamon and Catherine Noble of Lisnafeedy, Gentleman, by L M Carter.

No 50: Born: 9th October 1882, Baptized 24th August 1883, Elizabeth Frances Cross daughter of Sinnamon and Catherine Noble of Lisnafeedy, Esq., by L M Carter.

No 68: Born: 26th August 1884, Baptized 15th February 1885, Emily Ann daughter of Sinnamon and Catherine Noble of Lisnafeedy, Esq., by L M Carter.

From the registers of St Marks Church, Armagh relating to the same family:

Baptismal Register 1864-1868
Born 22nd September 1876, Baptized 26th December 1876, Mary Harper [sic] Noble, daughter of Sinnamon and Kate Noble, Thomas Street, Armagh, Land Agent

Confirmed by his Grace William, Lord Bishop of Armagh on 1st September 1897
Catherine A. Noble, aged 18 of English Street.

Burial Register 1900-1926
30th July 1904, Sinnamon Noble, Ussher Quay, Dublin, aged 65.

See also: The Family of Sinnamon Noble and Catherine Harpur