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The Stanleys of Derryhale

Posted by on Monday, 1 February, 2010

There is a document in the The Public Record office of Northern Ireland entitled ‘The Stanley Tree – Armagh Branch’. This document was donated by Rupert M. C. Stanley.

The following image is reproduced from this document with the kind permission of the ‘Deputy Keeper of the Records, The Public Record office of Northern Ireland’.

Portion of 'The Stanley Tree - Armagh Branch'

It reads ‘Charles Stanley An Officer in the English Army came to Ireland about 1600 with his brother William. Bought 100 acres at Derryhale, Co Armagh. Lived to 104 years of age. Had 3 sons and 4 daughters. William returned to England’.

The date of ‘about 1600′ corresponds to the time of the Plantation of Ulster. The part of County Armagh that contains Derryhale was granted to Francis Sacheverell in 1610. In Pynnar’s Survey carried out in 1618-1619, he reported that in the 2,000 acres granted to Francis Sacheverell there were 3 freeholders and 18 lessees. 1 of the 3 freeholders held 100 acres as did 5 of the lessees. Unfortunately he does not name the freeholders or lessees.

The names Charles and William Stanley appear among the ’49 Officers’, a list of commissioned officers due arrears having served Charles I or Charles II in the Wars of Ireland. However as Charles was granted land in Cashel or Dublin and William land in Dublin there is nothing there to link them to Derryhale.

The earliest records I have found relating to the Stanleys at Derryhale date back to 1713. On the 1st May of that year Charles Stanley leased 54 acres at Derryhaile from William Richardson . On the same date Thomas Standly also leased 54 acres at Derryhail from William Richardson. The lease that Thomas undertook was for the lives of his 3 sons, Charles, Henry and William at a yearly rent of 3 shillings and 6 pence per acre.

The Reverend George Hill in his book The Montgomery Manuscripts quotes a number of cases of longevity, included in this list is a Charles Stanley of Derryhale who died aged 104 in 1794.

The grave of Sir John and Lady Annie Stanley

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

Sir John Stanley and his wife Lady Annie Stanley are buried in East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, London in grave G144.

The grave of Sir John and Lady Annie Stanley The inscription on the headstone reads as follows:SIR JOHN STANLEY
KT., K.C.I.E.

22nd DEC 1931, AGED 85

DIED Ist MAY 1946

While the text along the surround of the grave reads as follows:


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Rev. Henry Todd and Emma Sarah Hardy

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

Emma Sarah Hardy married Rev. Henry Todd on 30th October 1902 in St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh. Emma Sarah is the eldest daughter of John Hardy and Mary Crooks Stanley of Bessbrook. Henry is the youngest son of James Todd of Stonebridge, Kilmore, Co Armagh.

Henry was born on 12th January 1863 in Portadown. He was educated at The Educational Institution, Dundalk; Santry School, Co Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. In Trinity he obtained Mathematical Sizarship, Senior Exhibition, Michael Roberts Prize in Mathematics, First Honours and Prize in Modern History and Logics, First Resp. B.A. 1895.

Before entering the Church, he was Mathematical Master in the Royal School, Cavan; and in Drogheda Grammar School; and Mathematical Lecturer in Mungret College, Limerick.

On entering the Church of Ireland, he became Curate of Carlingford and was ordained Deacon in 1896, and Priest in 1897; in 1899 he became Curate of St Mary’s, Newry, and was installed as Incumbent of Camlough Parish on 30th July 1900 a post he held until his death on the 17th November 1942. In addition to his Incumbency he held the following posts within the Church: Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Armagh, 1911-1914; Chancellor of Armagh Cathedral, 1928-1934; Prebendary of Yagoe and Representative Canon of Armagh in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, 1934-42.

Rev. James B. Leslie in his book ‘Armagh Clergy and Parishes’ described him as “probably one of the best all-round scholars in the Church of Ireland”.

Emma Todd died on 22nd February 1947, and was buried with her husband in Bessbrook Churchyard. The couple had no children.

This post is compiled from entries in the following books:
Rev. James B. Leslie ‘Armagh Clergy and Parishes’ Dundalk: William Tempest, 1911; pages 155 and 163.
Rev. W.E.C. Fleming ‘Amagh Clergy 1800-2000’ Dundalk: Dundalgan Press, 2001; page 249.

Sir John Stanley leaves Allahabad, 1911

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010



There was a full attendance of judges and a crowded gathering of barristers, and officials at the High Court, Allahabad, on the 18th April, to bid farewell to Sir John Stanley, who appeared in the court for the last time, after occupying the position of Chief Justice for almost ten years. Several speeches were delivered expressing regret at Sir John’s departure, and he was presented with an inkstand from the members of the Bar Library. Sir John, in reply, said that as he felt it a wrench to leave the Bar of Ireland and come to India, he assured them that the wrench felt no lighter for him to leave the Bar at Allahabad and his delightful Indian home. He should carry away with him happy recollections of the friendships he had made in India, and should never forget the warm-hearted and kindly intercourse which he had enjoyed from time to time with his Indian friends.

In the course of a leader, the “Allahabad Pioneer” of the 22nd April says:- “Yesterday Sir John Stanley made over to his successor, Mr Justice Richards, the office of Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, before starting for Bombay, whence he and Lady Stanley sail for home by this week’s steamer. When the news of Sir John Stanley’s appointment to succeed Sir Arthur Stracey first reached these provinces, nearly ten years ago, there were probably some who questioned the wisdom of the selection. Such persons may have apprehended, not unreasonably, that the good relations, which, since the departure of Sir Comer Petheram, have existed between the Government and Court, would be imperilled by the appointment of a Chief Justice who had graduated in the Calcutta High Court. If any such apprehensions were entertained they have been signally falsified. While no man was more regardful of the dignity and independence of the Court, Sir John Stanley recognised from the first, what is sometimes overlooked, that the High Court is itself a part – a very essential if peculiar part – of the administration; and the relations between the Court and the Executive have never been more cordial than during his tenure of the post of Chief Justice. As a judge Sir John Stanley was one of the hardest workers the Allahabad Court had ever had. A trained lawyer quick to form and to formulate his conclusions, his unfailing sincerity and the zeal with which he strove to reduce, as far as might be, the law’s delays, were recognized on all hands; and with the leaders of the Bar he was on the best of terms. Sir John Stanley’s crowning achievement had been the extraction from a somewhat reluctant Government of an undertaking to construct a new High Court building ……. Last month he had the pleasure of laying the foundation stone of the new building, whose erection will for ever lay the spectre of a transfer of the Court to Lucknow, which has for long haunted the imagination of the Hallabad [sic] Bar and public. Many a good cause will have reason before long to feel the loss of Sir John and Lady Stanley; but today it is for a host of private friends to realise the loss they are sustaining in the departure of the high-minded lady and gentleman who have so worthily played their Indian part.

[Sir John Stanley is an uncle of Mrs. Todd, Bessbrook; Mr H. E. Hardy B.A., Bessbrook; and Mr Wm. Hardy, marine engineer, Newry.]

The Newry Reporter, Tuesday, May 9th 1911, page 8, column 5

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Henry Stanley MD, 1843

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

The University of Glasgow have added a database of graduates of their university to their website, the database covers the period from 1451-1896.

Henry Stanley can be found at:

Marriage of Septima Caroline Stanley and George Ward Street, 1859

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

Oct 20, in the Cathedral Armagh, by the Rev. Benjamin Wade, Rector of the parish, George Ward Street, Esq., Lieutenant 16th Regiment to Septima Caroline, third daughter of John Stanley, Esq., Pavilion, Armagh.

Armagh Guardian, Friday, October 21st, 1859, page 8.

Marriage of Eliza Adelaide Stanley and John Blurton, 1870

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

Jan. 20, in the Cathedral, Armagh, by the Rev. Saville L’Estrange Malone, John Blurton, Esq., D. A. Commissary General, Commissariat Staff to Eliza Adelaide, fourth daughter of John Stanley, Esq., Pavilion, Armagh.

Armagh Guardian, Friday, January 21st, 1870, page 1.

Marriage of Anna Maria Stanley and Charles Fleming Hunter, 1869

Posted by on Sunday, 31 January, 2010

April 29, at the Cathedral, Armagh, by the Rev. James Michael Strangways, A.M., Charles Fleming Hunter, Esq., Major 72nd Highlanders to Annie, fifth daughter of John Stanley, Esq., Pavilion, Armagh

Armagh Guardian, Friday, April 30th, 1869, page 1.

Mary Crooks Stanley, 1874, birth of son

Posted by on Saturday, 30 January, 2010

Hardy, Alfred Stanley Birth

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 3 Feb 1874  Warrenpoint,

Father: John Hardy

Mother: Mary Crooks Stanley


Mary Crooks Stanley is the daughter of John Stanley and Catherine Sarah Bell.

Rose Stanley, 1872, Newry Workhouse

Posted by on Saturday, 30 January, 2010

Newry Workhouse

Return of infants born in the workhouse, &c., during the years 1872, 1873 and 1874

Return of infants born in Irish workhouses or admitted healthy under 12 months and attempted to be reared therin, healthy infants were sent out to nurse by boards of guardians in Ireland and attempted to be reared in homes of foster parents

Name Year Discharged Healthy In Hospital Dead
Rose Stanley 1872 1

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