Cowell (No.3) family genealogy

Of Logadowden, in the County of Dublin

Arms: Erm. a hind trippant gu. Crest: A lion pass. guard. gu. ducally crowned and plain collared or. Motto: Fortis et celer.

FOR the fuller pedigree of this family see our IRISH LANDED GENTRY, pp. 616-619 (Dublin: James Duffy and Sons. First Edition, 1884, and Second Edition, 1887).

ACCORDING to the Wills (which were proved in the Prerogative Court, Dublin, in the years 1768 and 1782, respectively), of Bryan Cowell, of Logadowden, co. Dublin, and his wife Catherine, the said Bryan had six sons and three daughters. The sons were—1. Colvill, 2. Thomas, 3. George, 4. Bartholomew, 5. John, 6. Bryan; and the daughters were—1. Sarah, who m. George Lyddel Higgins, of the Silver Hills, co. Dublin, and left issue; 2. Mary; 3. Anne, who married Benjamin Helden, of Granard, county Longford, and left issue. Of the sons (1) Colvill (3) George, and (6) Bryan, we find no marriage recorded; but the issue, so far as we can trace it, of each of the three sons (2) Thomas, (4) Bartholomew, and (5) John, is here given down to the present time. Commencing with said Thomas, the following is the issue:

2. Thomas Cowell, of Ballymore Eustace and Harristown: second son of Bryan; was bur. at Ballymore Eustace, on the 26th June, 1782. Thomas m. on 20th Aug., 1750, Mary Kavanagh, of Kilcullenbridge, co. Kildare, and had two sons:

I. Richard, of whom presently.

II. Henry Whytehead, b. 22nd Jan., 1753 (old style); d. young.

3. Richard, of Ballymore Eustace and 30 Upper Baggot-street, Dublin: son of Thomas; b. 20th Jan., 1752 (o.s.) Married, in 1778, as his second wife Charlotte, eldest dau. of the Rev. John Wisdom, M.A., Vicar of Lusk, co. Dublin, and had four sons, and three daus.:

I. John-Wisdom, who married his cousin Julia, dau. of Benjamin Helden, of Granard, co. Longford, and had three daughters, all of whom d. unm.

II. George, of whom presently.

III. Henry, who d. unm.

IV. Richard, who also d. unm.

4. George; second son of Richard; a Land-Surveyor: who on the 12th Feb., 1806, m. Margaret, only dau. of Daniel Fearon, of Upper Baggot-street, Dublin, and had four sons:

I. George-Clayton (b. 1808), of whom presently.

II. Daniel Fearon, who d. young.

III. Richard-William, who d. on 25th March, 1867, s.p. legi.

IV. William-Henry, who d. young.

5. George-Clayton Cowell: eldest son of George; b. 16th May, 1808; d. 11th June, 1859, and was bur. at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, where his parents and grand-parents had also been interred. George Clayton Cowell was twice m.; first on the 20th October, 1836, to Eliza-Jane, only child of the Rev. Andrew Story Young, B.A., of Garrison House, Garrison, co. Fermanagh, by whom he had three sons and one daughter:

I. Rev. George Young Cowell, M. A.; Canon of Kildare; living in 1887.

II. Andrew-Richard, of Cullentra, co. Wexford, M.D. Retired List Bombay Army; also living in 1877.

III. William-Fearon, who d. young.

I. Mary-Anne Margaret, who d. unm.

The issue of Bartholomew, fourth son of Bryan Cowell, is as follows:

2. Bartholomew, of Harristown, who m. Jane-Davis, dau. of George Higgins, of the Silver Hills, county Dublin, and by her had (with daughters, the eldest of whom, Margaret, m. Robert Crawley) four sons:

I. George, born 1755, of whom presently.

II. Robert, a Major, ——— Regt.; d. at Windsor in 1836.

III. William-Henry-Clayton, Lt.-Colonel, —————Regt., b. 26th June, 1760; m. Esther, dau. of Peter Metge, of Athlumney, co. Meath, and by her had one child: 1. John-William, b. 23rd June, 1792 (Deed registered 5th April, 1824).

IV. John-Clayton-Cowell: fourth son of Bartholomew; Lieut.-Colonel 1st Royals; A.D.C. to H.R.H. the Duke of Kent.; Governor of St. Thomas's Island; b. in 1762, and d. at Gosport, in 1819; m. in 1796, Ithamar, dau. of James Stevenson, and by her had two sons and three daughters:—1. John-Clayton, of whom presently, and 2. William, who d. young:

I. John-Clayton Cowell; Lieut. 1st Royals; born in 1800; m. in 1829, Frances Ann Hester, youngest dau. of the Rev. Richard and Lady Elizabeth-Jane Brickenden, and by her had three sons and two daughters:

I. Major-Gen. Sir John Clayton Cowell (Ret. List), R.E., K.C.B.

II. Richard-Lambart Brickenden, Major Artillery Volunteers.

III. Hussey-Vivian-Jervis; b. in 1839, and d. in 1852.

3. George: eldest son of Bartholomew; b. 27th Feb., 1755; m. Amelia, daughter of Gilbert White, of Ardenode, co. Dublin, and had six sons:

I. George, Major 76th Regiment, who d. at Cawnpore, s. p.

II. William, Lieut.-Colonel, 42nd Regiment; C.B.; Medal with Clasp; d. s. p. legi (Will proved in the Diocese of Dublin, in 1827).

III. Henry-Clayton, born 1780, of whom presently.

IV James-Gifford, b. 17th Aug., 1785; Captain 71st Regiment, (formerly First Royals); m. Letitia; dau. of Major Ormsby and had one child Letitia, who d. young.

V. Frederick-Luke-Gardiner, Lieut. 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers; m. Isabella, "dau. of Mary Johnston," of Downpatrick, and had one child: I. Frederica, who m. ————— de Spalier (Marriage Settlement registered on the 7th Sept., 1811).

VI. John, Lieut. 1st Royals; d. at Tobago, in 1805, s. p.

4. Henry-Clayton: third son of George; born 29th Sept., 1780; Lieut.-Colonel 1st Royals; married Esther-Anne Parr, and had two sons and six daughters:

I. Henry-Robert, of whom presently.

II. James-Ormsby, who d. young.

5. Henry-Robert: son of Henry-Clayton; Lieut.-Colonel 2nd West India Regiment (formerly Captain in the Buffs); was twice married: first, to Maria Janisch, by whom he had one son and a daughter:

I. Henry-Clayton, formerly Capt. 36th Regiment.

I. Letitia-Louisa.

The issue of John, the fifth son of Bryan Cowell, above mentioned is as follows:

2. John, who married Sarah, sister of Benjamin Helden, of Granard, co. Longford, by whom he had two sons and four daughters:

I. George, Captain in the Irish Artillery, who married ———— Ogilvie; no issue.

II. John Helden, of whom presently.

3. John-Helden: second son of John; Capt. 64th Regiment; Will proved in the Prerogative Court, Dublin, in 1799; m. Fanny Lindsay, of Hollymount, co. Mayo, and had two children:

I. William-Helden Cowell,[1] who obtained his Ensigncy in the 42nd Regt. in 1815; d. unm.

II. Matilda, who married Thomas Bayly, Capt. 1st Royals, and left two sons and one daughter.


[1] Cowell: For fuller information respecting this "Cowell" (No. 3) family, see our Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland.