Intermarriage and Other Families

This page shows the connection between the Townsend/Townshend family and some of the thirty-five families with whom there were several marriages between 1666 and 1913. It also gives a brief historical background about those families based on information contained in Burke's Irish Family Records, the book 'Pooles of Mayfield' and the National University of Ireland (NUI) 'Connacht and Munster Landed Estates Database'. Underlined marriage connections can be viewed in greater detail in the associated pdf file.


Baldwin coat of arms

The Baldwin family in Co Cork traces its origins to William Baldwin who was a ranger in the royal forests in Shropshire. He married Elinor, daughter of Sir Edward Herbert of Powys and went to Ireland in the late 16th century. His two sons settled in the Bandon area; the eldest brother, Walter, acquired land at Curravordy (Mount Pleasant) and Garrancoonig (Mossgrove) and the youngest, Thomas, purchased land at Lisnagat (Lissarda) adjacent to Curravordy. Walter's son, also called Walter, was a Cromwellian soldier and it is through his son Herbert that the Baldwin family in Co Cork derives.

Townsend – Baldwin Marriages 1762–1794
Edward Townsend [401] 1727–1806 m. Anna Baldwin in 1762.
Samuel Townsend [405] 1768–1836 m. Mercy Baldwin in 1794.
Barbara Townsend [312] m. Jonas Baldwin of Lissarda in 1793.


Barry coat-of-arms

The Barry family trace their origins to Sir Robert de Barri of Lismore who died in 1185. David Barry, 1st Earl of Barrymore and a direct descendant, married Lady Alice Boyle, daughter of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork in 1621 and left one son, Richard Barry, 2nd Earl of Barrymore whose second daughter, Lady Katherine Barry, married John Townsend, the eldest son of Colonel Richard Townsend.

Townsend – Barry Marriages 1666–1720
John Townsend [101] b. 1646 m. Lady Katherine Barry in 1666.
Susannah Townsend [114] m. Col James Barry of Rathcormack.
John Townsend [300] 1691-1756 m. Katherine Barry.


Barry coat-of-arms

Amongst the list of English settlers in Ireland about the time of Queen Elizabeth I, appears the name of Beamish or Beamis. The lands granted to members of the family in Co Cork were confirmed to three brothers under an Act of Settlement by Patent in 1688. The Beamish family in Ireland derives from the second brother, Francis of Kilmaloda, an officer of the Bandon Militia in 1641, who married Katherine Bernard daughter of Francis Bernard of Castle Mahon in 1679. In the 1870s the Beamish estates in county Cork amounted to over 12,000 acres.

Townsend – Beamish Marriages 1695–1902
Mary Townsend [111] m. Richard Beamish of Mount Beamish in 1695
Mary Townsend [138] ca1743-1812 m. Francis Beamish of Kilmaloda in 1784.
Gertrude Mary Fitzgerald Townsend [555] 1875-1925 m. William Delacour Beamish in 1902.


Becher coat-of-arms

Fane Becher, the third son of Henry Becher, Sheriff and Haberdasher of London, was granted over 12,000 acres in Co Cork during the reign of Elizabeth I. Fane's grandson, Major Henry Becher, married Elizabeth Notte of Aughadown in 1636 and by her had a son, Colonel Thomas Becher of Sherkin Island and Aughadown, from whom the Becher family in Co Cork derives. He was an active, powerful man and his name features much in County Cork records. One of the richest men in the county with estates valued at £898 a year, he was aide-de-camp to King William III at the battle of the Boyne on 1st July 1690.

Townsend – Becher Marriages 1727–1844
Captain Horatio Townsend [104] m. Elizabeth Becher in 1697.
Captain Horatio Townsend [104] m. Elizabeth Becher in 1697.
Richard Townsend [201] 1684–1742 m. Elizabeth Becher ca 1720.
Mary Townsend [121] b. 1710 m. John Becher of Creagh in 1727.
Barbara Townsend [306] d. 1778 m. Colonel John Becher of Hollybrook in 1771.
Edward Townsend [401] 1727–1806 m. Helena Becher in 1752.
Samuel Townsend [412] 1800–1865 m. Charlotte Becher in 1844.
Anne Townsend [417] b. ca 1812 m. Edward Baldwin Becher of Rock Castle in 1836.


Carleton coat-of-arms

The Carletons of Woodside can be distinguished from the other branches of the Carleton family, the Carletons of Darling Hill (Tipperary) and Greenfield (Ballincollig). A key member of the Darling Hill Carletons was Francis Carleton (1713–1791) of Cork third son of John Carleton of Darling Hill, High Sheriff for Tipperary in 1717. Francis Carleton was a wealthy Cork merchant with particular control over the trade — and probably manufacture — of sail cloth, bringing him the soubriquet "King Carleton".

Townsend – Carleton Marriages 1800–1824
Mildred Townsend [6A08] d. 1822 m. Weber Carleton in 1800.
Edward Warren, son of Anna Townsend [408], m. Penelope Carleton in 1824.


Daunt coat-of-arms

Thomas Daunt of Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire went to Ireland in about 1585 and took up residence at Britfieldstown House, near Robert's Cove in Co Cork. In 1588 he leased Tracton Abbey, Co Cork from Sir Warham St Leger and the following year purchased the Gortigrenane Estate from him. It is from his son, Thomas Daunt of Gortigrenane, that the Daunt family in Co Cork derives. Several members of the family owned property in the Kinsale area in the 1870s. These included the representatives of Achilles Daunt with 2000 acres, George Daunt with 1000 acres and William Henry Daunt of Fahalea, with 1,372 acres.

Townsend – Daunt Marriages 1722–1867
Richard Townsend [6A00] 1750–1805 m. Mildred Daunt in 1772.
Maria Townsend [212] 1707–1755 m. Thomas Daunt of Fahalea in 1746.
Helena Townsend [619] 1783–1846 m. George Digby Daunt of Broomley in 1815.
John Townsend [333] 1805–1883 m. Eliza Daunt in 1867.

de Burgh

de Burgh coat-of-arms

The de Burgh family derives from William de Burgh, brother of Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent, who received a grant of lands in Ireland in about 1185. The family, originally from Co Mayo, settled at Dromkeen in Co Limerick in the 15th century. In 1726 Thomas Burgh of Dromkeen, son of the Rev Richard Burgh, married his cousin Mary Burgh of Oldtown, Co Kildare and had a son, Richard, who when he died in 1762 left his estate to his cousin Walter Hussey. Distinguished as one of the most eloquent advocates at the Irish Bar and later Lord Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer in Ireland, he held land in the parish of Dromkeen, Co Limerick, at the time of Griffith's Valuation.

Townsend – de Burgh Marriages 1844–1864
Louisa Jane Townsend [249] b. 1824 m. John Hamilton Hussey de Burgh in 1844
Henry John Townsend [251] 1827–1869 m. Jane de Burgh in 1864.


Fleming coat-of-arms

The Fleming family in Co Cork is of Scottish origin and there are many Fleming monuments in Glasgow Cathedral; the crest and motto borne by the Flemings of New Court, Skibbereen are included in the East window. According to the book 'Pooles of Mayfield' the Fleming family in Ireland derives from Tom and Lionel Fleming who arrived in Youghal in Co Cork in the early 17th century. Lionel reputedly was a friend of William Wrixon with whom he went to Skibbereen where he settled and acted as land agent to the Becher family. The 'Newcourt' Flemings derive from his son, Stephen, who married in 1675 Mary Becher, sister of Colonel Thomas Becher of Baltimore (see Becher above). By 1870 the Fleming estate in Co Cork amounted to over 3000 acres, principally in the parishes of Aghadown and Kilmoe, West Carbery.

Townsend – Fleming Marriages 1819–1894
John Townsend [333] 1805–1883 m. Martha Fleming in 1838.
Elizabeth Townsend [5D05] 1789–1863 m. Lionel Fleming of Newcourt in 1819.
Horatio Townsend [6B05] 1830–1895 m. Elizabeth Fleming in 1894.


French coat-of-arms

This family descends from Richard French, who died in 1651 leaving a bequest to the poor of St. Finn Barr's parish in the city of Cork, which, in 1912, was still being paid from property belonging to the family. Richard French had five sons and four daughters. His eldest son was a magistrate and Mayor of Cork in 1696. By the mid 18th century Marino, Clonmel, Co Cork, was the seat of the French family. At the time of Griffith's Valuation (1850-58) the family owned about 2,550 acres in Co Cork.

Townsend – French Marriages 1713–1750
Penelope Townsend [119] b. 1697 m. Philip French of Rath in 1713.
Susannah Townsend [505] 1735–1794 m. Michael French of Rath in 1750.


Galwey coat-of-arms

The Galweys are a very old Co Cork family and can trace their ancestors back to the mid 14th century at which time they lived in Kinsale, having possibly migrated from Co Galway – hence the name. By the mid 16th century the Galweys were well established in Cork city and by the end of the 17th century were living at Lota. Throughout the early generations, several in the family held high civic office either as Alderman, Mayor of Cork or High Sheriff. Several members of the Galwey family owned between 200-500 acres in the hinterland of Clonakilty in the 1870s.

Townsend – Galwey Marriages 1708–1870.
Philip Townsend [106] 1664–1735 m. Helena Galwey in 1708.
Janet Mary Townshend [5B11] 1847–1924 m. Charles Richard Galwey in 1870.


Herbert coat-of-arms

Thomas Herbert of Kilcuagh, who went to Ireland under the care and patronage of his relative Lord Herbert of Cherbury and Castle Island in 1656, served as High Sheriff Co Kerry in 1659. He married Mary, daughter of Edward Kenny of Cullen that same year, and had two surviving sons — Edward Herbert of Muckross and Arthur Herbert of Currans, Cahernane, and Brewsterfield. It is from these two sons that the Herbert family in Ireland derives. In the 1870s the Cahernane family estate amounted to over 3000 acres in Co Kerry.

Townsend – Herbert Marriages 1750–1849
Helena Townsend [218] 1726–1785 m. Arthur Herbert of Cahernane in1750.
John Henry Townsend [238] 1806–1882 m. Mary Herbert of Myross Wood in 1849


Hungerford coat-of-arms

The Hungerford family traditionally claims descent from the Hungerfords of Farley in Somerset through Captain Thomas Hungerford. Thomas accompanied his relative, Colonel Sir Edward Hungerford of Farley Castle, on his expedition against Ireland in 1647 and subsequently purchased a number of estates. In 1674 he bought Rathbarry Castle from Edward Williams of Brechrock and the family remained there until Thomas' son, Colonel Richard Hungerford, built a house at Inchydoney (The Island), near Clonakilty, which became the seat of his descendants. The Hungerfords married into many other influential families in the area including the Bechers, Jones's and Daunts. In the late 19th century 1600 acres of Hungerford land in East Carberry was offered for sale in Encumbered Estates Court/Landed Estates Court.

Townsend – Hungerford Marriages 1724–ca 1820
Barbara Townsend [210] b. 1696 m. Col Thomas Hungerford of Cahermore in 1724.
Captain Philip Townsend [500] 1700–1786 m. Elizabeth Hungerford in 1733.
Rev Horatio Townsend [600] 1706–1772 m. Mary Hungerford in 1739.
Dr Richard Townsend [315] b. ca 1762 m. Helena Hungerford ca 1800.
Rev Richard Boyle Townsend [332] 1795–1850 m. Elizabeth Hungerford ca 1820.


Maunsell coat-of-arms

The Maunsell family in Ireland derives from Thomas Maunsell of Vandy, Buckinghamshire, who was a lawyer and served in Sir Francis Drake's fleet against the Spanish Armada. He retired in 1609 and settled at Mocollop, Co Waterford. Later, the family was given lands in Co Galway and Co Limerick. Richard Maunsell settled in Limerick in the 18th century and represented the city in Parliament from 1741 to 1761. His eldest son Thomas married Dorothea Waller of Castle Waller and had four sons; of these Robert of Bank Place, Limerick had a distinguished career in India and was a founder of Maunsells' Bank, with his brother Thomas and Sir Matthew Blakiston in 1789. Robert's descendants were living in Co Limerick in the late 19th century.

Townsend – Maunsell Marriages 1863–1884
Dr Richard Townsend [530] 1835–1877 m. Katherine Hare Maunsell in 1863.
Richard Horatio Townsend [6A10] 1838–1879 m. Frances Maria Maunsell in 1868.
Alice Maud Townsend [6A19] b. 1854 m. William Hare Maunsell in 1884.


Meade coat-of-arms

The Meade family can trace its origins to Adam Meade who owned land in the area of Buttevant, Co Cork, in the early 14th century. Over the following three centuries several members of the family held notable positions in Co Cork, be it Mayor, Recorder, magistrate and latterly, Member of Parliament. In 1623 John Meade of Ballintober was knighted and it is from him that all subsequent generations of the family in Co Cork derive. He was succeeded by Lieutenant Colonel William Meade whose eldest son, John, was created a Baronet and was the ancestor of the Earls of Clanwilliam. In 1787 the Reverend John Meade, Rector of Ballymartle, near Kinsale, Co Cork, bought the estates of Ballymartle and Ballintober from his cousin John, 1st Earl of Clanwilliam. The family was the principal lessor in the parish of Ballymartle in the late 19th century owning over 2000 acres.

Townsend – Meade Marriages 1719–1913
Helena Townsend [209] b. 1695 m. Rev William Meade in 1719.
Susannah Townsend [604] m. Rev John Meade of Ballymartle in 1768.
Rev Horatio Townsend [5D00] 1739-1837 m. Helena Meade in 1785.
Grace Townsend [142] m. Samuel Meade in 1769.
Rev Henry Denny Townsend [5A12] 1881–1949 m. Dorothea Meade in 1913.


Morris coat-of-arms

The Morris family in Co Cork originates from Leebotwood in the Parish of Condover, Shropshire. It appears that the founders of the Irish branch of the family were two brothers, Captain William Morris and Jonas Morris, sons of Abraham Morris and his wife, Elizabeth. Captain William Morris of Benduff (Castle Salem) was granted some 976 acres in the barony of West Carbery in 1666 and a further 234 acres were granted in 1669. Benduff was a Norman fortress, with walls eleven feet thick, situated in a secluded valley about a mile from Rosscarbery that formerly belonged to Florence McCarthy; a Roman Catholic rebel whose estates were seized by Cromwell. William's great grandson, Abraham Morris of Dunkettle, was a successful Cork merchant who purchased a considerable amount of land from the trustees of forfeited estates in the baronies of Barrymore, Duhallow and Muskerry. In the 1790s he was elected Member of Parliament for County Cork in a controversial election, by which time he was well established at Dunkettle near Cork. In the latter half of the 19th century the Morris family owned 6,494 acres in Co Cork.

Townsend — Morris Marriages 1737—1820
Katherine Townsend [307] b. 1717 m. William Morris of Castle Salem in 1737.
Mary Townsend [308] d. 1759 m. Jonas Morris of Barley Hill in 1740.
John Townsend [214] 1737–1810 m. Mary Morris in 1769.
Horatio Townsend [6B01] 1783–1864 m. Katherine Morris in 1808.
Elizabeth Townsend [326] m. Edward Morris of Benduff in 1820.


Morris coat-of-arms

The Newman family of Co Cork trace their origins to Robert Newman who was living at Fifehead Magdalen in North Dorset in the early 16th century. His son, grandson and great-grandson all lived in South Somerset and it was his great great-grandson, Richard Newman, who emigrated to Ireland sometime before 1651. Richard was granted, by patent of James II, the castle and lands of Newbury, which were formerly in the possession of Sir Richard Kyrle. Richard's grandson, Adam Newman, purchased the Dromore estate, near Mallow and left this to his nephew, also named Adam. At the time of Griffith's Valuation (1850-58) the family owned nearly 121,000 acres in Co Cork.

Townsend – Newman Marriages 1768–1836
Mary Townsend [605] m. Adam Newman of Dromore in 1768.
Dr Richard Townsend [517] 1800–1843 m. Mary Newman in 1829.
Samuel Townsend [6A03] 1776–1864 m. Frances Newman in 1836.


Robinson coat-of-arms

Nothing is known about the origins of the Robinson family in Co Cork though, according to 'An Officer of the Long Parliament', they might be related to the Robinsons of Armagh. The earliest mention of the family in Co Cork is that of Rev Thomas Robinson, who lived at Coronea near Skibbereen. His son, the Rev William Robinson, was Vicar of Abbeystrewry, near Skibbereen, in 1781. George Robinson of Coronea, grandson of the Reverend William, owned almost 1000 acres in Co Cork in the 1870s.

Townsend – Robinson Marriages ca 1759–ca 1805
Dorothea Townsend [404] m. Rev Thomas Robinson of Coronea ca 1759.
Mary Townsend [314] 1752–1806 m. William Robinson in 1781.
Samuel Townsend [6B00] 1753–1800 m. Helena Robinson in 1782.
Richard Townsend [310] 1758–1814 m. Dorothea Robinson in 1784.
Edward Townsend [406] m. Dorothea Robinson ca 1805.


Roche coat-of-arms

The Roches were established at Trabolgan, Whitegate, Co Cork, from the mid 17th century. In 1703 Edmund Roche of Trabolgan purchased over 2,500 acres in the barony of Barrymore, forfeited by Walter Coppinger and his son James – thought to be a brother of Dominic Coppinger who married Dorothea Townsend [114]. In 1672 Edward Roche married Catherine Lavallin of Walterstown, Co Cork, and they had four sons. The eldest Francis died unmarried in 1755 and the Roche estate was eventually inherited by his grandnephew Edward Roche of Kildinan. In 1805 Edward Roche married Margaret Honoria Curtain, a relative of Edmund Burke. Their son Edmund Burke Roche was created Baron Fermoy in 1856.

Townsend – Roche Marriages 1734–1743
Rev Butler Townsend [126] 1706–1766 m. Frances Roche in 1734.
Francis Townsend [125] m. Martha Roche in 1743.


Somerville coat-of-arms

The Rev William Somerville, with his family, fled to Ireland in an open boat in 1692 to escape the persecution then being inflicted on the Episcopal Clergy in Scotland. The Somerville family of Co Cork are descended from William's second son, Thomas, who was educated in Dublin and ordained. Following his curacy at Christchurch, Cork he was appointed to the livings of Myross, Brade and Castlehaven. The Somerville family lived at Castlehaven and in the late 18th century built a house on the present site of Drishane in Castletownshend. Colonel Thomas Somerville of Drishane owned over 450 acres in county Cork in the 1870s.

Townsend – Somerville Marriages 1759–1845
Mary Townsend [506] 1739–1815 m. Thomas Somerville of Drishane in 1759.
Elizabeth Townsend [225] 1776–1822 m. Thomas Somerville of Drishane in 1796.
Maria Townsend [5D07] 1794–1815 m. Philip Somerville of The Prairie in 1815.
Henrietta Townsend [242] d. ca 1836 m. Philip Somerville of The Prairie in 1816.
John Townsend [316] 1764–1849 m. Agnes Somerville in 1820.
Henrietta Townsend [234] d. 1869 m. Thomas Somerville in 1822.
Jonas Townsend [237] 1802–1862 m. Mary Somerville in 1827.
Rev Horatio Townsend [334] 1808–1892 m. Agnes Somerville in 1845.


Born at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, in 1614 Edward Synge came to Ireland in the early 17th century. He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, became a Doctor of Divinity and was appointed Bishop of Limerick in 1661. Two years later he transferred to the bishopric of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross. Dying in 1678, Edward was succeeded by his sons, Samuel, Dean of Kildare and Edward, Archbishop of Tuam. The Synge family seat is at Lislee Court, Bandon and the family owned 1000 acres in county Cork in the 1870's.

Townsend – Synge Marriages 1682–1706
Colonel Bryan Townsend [200] 1648–1726 m. Mary Synge in 1682.
Richard Townsend [201] 1684–1742 m. Mary Synge in 1706.


Trench coat-of-arms

The Trench family of Woodlawn, Galway is descended from Frederick Trench who came to Ireland early in the 1600s. Strategic marriages into the Warburton and Power families led to the acquisition of more lands in East Galway. Much of the Woodlawn estate was originally Martin and Barnewall lands which the Trench family purchased in the early eighteenth century. Five generations later, his descendant Frederick Trench was created Baron Ashtown in 1800 and by the end of the 19th century the family owned over 8000 acres in county Galway in addition to land in seven other counties.

Townsend – Trench Marriages 1827–1832
Richard Townsend [513] 1800–1839 m. Helena Trench in 1827.
Elizabeth Townsend [514] 1805–1887 m. Richard Trench in 1832.


Warren coat-of-arms

Robert Warren, an officer of Cromwell's Irish army, established himself in the East Carbery area of Co Cork in the mid 17th century. In 1703 his son Wallis Warren bought Kilbarry, part of the confiscated estate of the Earl of Clancarty, and now known as Warren's Court, Co Cork. His grandson Robert Warren of Warren's Court was created a baronet in 1784 and his younger sons acquired 1700 acres of land from the Orpen family in the early part of the nineteenth century. Sir Augustus Warren's estate in Co Kerry in the 1870s amounted to over 8700 acres and his estate in Co Cork amounted to 7,787 acres at the same time. His brothers owned a further 2,000 acres.

Townsend – Warren Marriages 1790–1877
Anna Townsend [408] 1770–1848 m. Thomas Warren of Monkstown in 1790.
John Townsend [318] 1784–1821 m. Alicia Warren in 1808.
Edward Townsend [411] 1798–1857 m. Mary Warren in 1823.
Elizabeth Townsend [244] d. 1863 m. William Warren of Monkstown in 1835.
Augusta Townsend [424] b. ca 1840 m. Richard Warren of Cobh in 1877.

Townsend/Townsend Marriages

Between 1766 and 1907 there were fifteen Townsend/Townsend marriages; coloured coded for ease of reference, they are shown in detail here.

1766. Reverend Edward Synge Townsend [601] 1741–1819 = Elizabeth Townsend [144] 1742–1831.
Ca 1780. Doctor Richard Townsend [501] 1736 – 1817 = Margaret Townsend [141] d. 1790.
1788. Commander John Townsend [316] 1764–1849 = Eleanor Townsend [510] d. 1817.
1799. Horatio Townsend [607] 1768–1824 = Elizabeth Trelawney Townsend [410] d. 1855.
1822. Richard Townsend [221] 1770–1847 = Anna Townsend [408] d. 1848.
1831. Edward Hume Townsend [626] 1803–1880 = Susan Townsend [5D09] 1805–1882.
1840. Major Edward Townsend [620] 1800–1851 = Isabella Townsend [5D08] 1796–1865.
1857. Commander John Townsend [622] 1815–1884 = Marianne Oliver Townsend [5D16] 1833–1910.
1864. Professor Edward Townsend [6B20] 1831–1919 = Judith Townsend [372] b. 1842.
1865. Edward James Townsend [340] 1825–1885 = Mary Alice Townsend [436] b. 1846.
1866. Robert Uniacke Townsend [531] 1838–1911 = Gertrude Townsend [5A04] 1847–1885.
1869. Major John Crewe Townsend [6B04] 1824–1874 = Frances Townsend [6A16] 1839–1917.
1869. Major John Crewe Townsend [6B04] 1824–1874 = Frances Townsend [6A16] 1839–1917.
1897. Major Samuel Charles Townsend [6B24] 1870–1904 = Mary Young Townsend [6B33] d. 1941.
1898. Captain Edward Bridges Townsend [6C10] 1861–1932 = Kathleen Townsend [6B39] 1876–1956.
1907. William Richard Townsend [6B31] 187–1917 = Emily Townsend [6A24] b. 1878.