Burnside family genealogy

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John Wallace, of Whitlaw, in the county of Ayr, Scotland, resided, A.D. 1580, on the side of a “burn” (or river); and to distinguish him from others of the same name, was surnamed Burnside, which has since been the name of his successors. He had a descendant.

1. Robert Burnside, who, in the “Plantation of Ulster” settled at Raphoe, in 1608; and who, soon after the Civil War of 1641, removed to Corcreevy, county Tyrone; mar. Janet Lindsay, of Ayrshire, and had issue.

2. William, of Corcreevy: their son; m. circa 1660; had a brother John, of Ramult, near Fivemiletown, co. Tyrone, who in 1640, m. Janet,[1] only daughter of William Thompson, of Irvine.

3. Anthony, of Corcreevy: his son; mar. in 1686 Sarah Young, of the co. Longford, connected with the Youngs of Cavan and Donegal. This Anthony had two brothers—1. John, who died in 1726; 2. Thomas Burnside, of Tatnaheglis, mar. to Miss Bell,[2] of Strabane.

4. Anthony: eldest son of Anthony; b. 1689, and d. 1764. Had three brothers—1. John, d. 1748; 2. Charles; 3. Matthew, of Corcreevy, b. 1709, and who succeeded to the family property in 1750.

5. Matthew-James, of Corcreevy, son of said Matthew Burnside; a J.P. and Deputy-Governor of the co. Tyrone; b. 1771, and d. 1831; m. Anna Maria (d. 1848), dau. of Captain William Smyth, of Ballinure; Marriage Settlement 1797; had a sister Catherine, who was m. to William Taylor, solicitor, city of Dublin (See No. 3 of the “Dawson” Family—continued).

6. Rev. William Smith Burnside, D.D., living in 1880; rector of Aghalurcher, and Chancellor of the Cathedral Church of St. Macartin, Clogher: son of Matthew-James Burnside, b. 1810; m. Anne, only dau. of John Henderson, of Castledawson, in the co. of Londonderry; Marriage Settlement Sept. 1835. The issue of this marriage are—1. Matthew-James, A.B.; 2. John-Henderson; 3. William Snow, A.M., Fellow and Professor of Mathematics in Trinity College, Dublin; 4. Hannah-Wilhelmina; 5. Charlotte-McClelland; 6. Thomas Carson, and 7. Robert-Acheson Burnside—all living in 1880.


[1] Janet: The issue of that marriage was Janet Burnside (d. 1672), who m. James Thompson, grandson of Patrick Thompson, the first settler of that name in Ireland. The issue of this marriage was Humphrey Thompson, born in 1670, who was Presbyterian minister of Ballybay for 49 years, and who m. Lettice, dau. of William Wray, of Augher and Strabane.

[2] Bell: The issue of this marriage was James Burnside, of Blessingbourne, near Fivemiletown, who, in 1741, m. Catherine Graham, by whom he had a son James Burnside, who m. Jane Jackson, of Ballybay. This James Burnside and Jane Jackson had a daughter Anne Burnside, of Artclea, near Fivemiletown, living in 1880, and who is the last surviving representative of this branch of the family.