Crawford (No. 2.) family genealogy

Of Millwood, county Fermanagh

This family is descended from Reginald, third son of Alan Niger, or Alan “the Black,” the fourth Earl of Richmond, mentioned in “Crawford” (No. 1):

Reginald de Crawford, heritable Sheriff of the shire of Ayr, which office was long held by his posterity. He married, circa, 1200, Margaret, daughter and heiress of James de Loudoun, who received a charter of the baronies of Loudoun, county Ayr (which afterwards gave the title of Earl to its possessors), and he became the first Vice-Comes of the county. His son:

Sir Hugh de Crawford, of Loudoun. He was witness to a charter, A.D. 1226, and dying, 1246, was succeeded by his son:

Hugh de Crawford, of Loudoun, Vice-Comes of Ayr. He died, 1288, and left by his wife Alicia, a son, Reginald, and a daughter, Margaret, who m. Sir Malcolm Wallace, laird of Ellerslie, and was mother of the immortal patriot and upholder of the freedom of Scotland, Sir William Wallace. His son:

Sir Reginald de Crawford, of Loudoun, also a distinguished patriot, was treacherously murdered at a banquet in 1297, leaving a son Reginald, his successor in Loudoun, whose only daughter, Susan Crawford, heiress of Loudoun, married Sir Duncan Campbell, knight, of Red Castle. From this marriage descended the Earls of Loudoun. The male line was carried on by:

Sir John Crawfurd, eldest son of Hugh Crawfurd of Loudoun (temp. Alex. II.). He possessed part of the barony of Crawford, and gave it the name of “Crawfurd-John.” He left issue a son, Roger; and a daughter Margaret, who m. Sir Walter Barclay, and to whom he gave half the lands of “Crawfurd-John.” Then followed in immediate succession Roger, Malcolm, and John Crawfurd. His son:

Malcolm Crawfurd, of Greenock, m. Marjory, only dau. and heiress of Sir John Barclay, of “Crawford-John.” In 1499 a charter was granted to the family of the lands of Kilbirnie. He had issue:

  1. Robert, his heir.
  2. James, ancestor of the Crawfords of Minnock, in Ayrshire.
  3. Thomas.
  4. John.
  5. Isabel, married to Sir Adam Cuninghame of Caprington, in 1469.

Robert Crawfurd, m. Margaret, dau. of Sir Thomas Semphill, of Elliotstone. His son:

Laurence Crawfurd, of Kilbirnie. He married Helen, dau. of Sir Hugh Campbell of Loudoun, ancestor of the Earls of Loudoun, by whom he had six sons and two daughters:

  1. Hugh, his heir, who continued the elder line, a staunch adherent of Queen Mary. He m., first, Margaret, dau. of Sir John Colquhoun of Luss, by whom he had a son Malcolm Crawfurd of Kilbirnie.
  2. William Crawfurd.
  3. Robert.
  4. John.
  5. David Crawfurd of Campbell.
  6. Catherine, m. to David Fairlie of that ilk.
  7. Isabel, m. to Gavin Blair of Hally.
  8. Thomas Crawford, of Jordanhill.

Captain Thomas Crawford, of Jordanhill, became heir to the baronetcy of Sir John Crawford of Kilbirnie, who died without male issue, leaving two daughters: 1. Anne, m. to Sir Archibald Steuart, of Blackhall; 2. Margaret, m. to Hon. Patrick, second son of John, 17th Earl of Crawford, and 10th Lord Lindsay of the Byres, (who assumed the name of Crawford on succeeding to Kilbirnie, and whose son, John Lindsay Crawford, of Kilburnie, was created Viscount Gurnock in 1703.) Capt. Thomas Crawford was commander of the young King’s forces, and on many occasions distinguished himself in battle. On the 2nd April, 1572, he took the castle of Dunbarton, then held by Lord Fleming, and deemed impregnable. The elder branches of the family still use the crest Dunbarton Castle, with the motto Ex pugnavi, as a distinction commemorating this event. He mar. first, Marion, dau. of Sir John Colquhoon, of Luss, Dowager of Robert, master of Boyd, by whom he had one dau. Marion, m. to Sir John Fairley of that ilk. He m. secondly, Janet, daughter of Robert Ker, of Kersland, Ayrshire, by whom he had two sons and one daughter:

  1. David, who succeeding to his mother’s estate took the name of Ker.
  2. Hew, his heir.
  3. Susanna, married to Colin Campbell, of Ellengreg.

Hew Crawford, of Jordanhill, married Elizabeth, dau. of William Stirling of Law, and by her had five sons and two daughters:

  1. Cornelius Crawford, of Jordanhill, m. Mary, daughter of Sir James Lockhart of Lee.
  2. Thomas, a Colonel in the Russian service, m. a dau. of Colonel Alexander Crawford.
  3. John, rector of Halden, in co. Kent (England).
  4. Laurence, Major-General in the Scottish Army (vid. inf.)
  5. Daniel, General in the Russian service; Governor of Smolensk, and died Governor of Moscow.

Laurence Crawford, Major-General in the Scottish army; killed at the Siege of Hereford. His son:

Laurence Crawford, of Cavancarragh, co. Fermanagh, the first of the family who settled in Ireland. He married Sarah, sister of John Corry, of Castlecoole, county Fermanagh, great-grandfather of Armar Lowry Corry, 1st Lord Belmore. His eldest son:

Laurence Crawford, of Cavancarragh, one of the gentlemen of the co. Fermanagh, attainted in 1689 by King James’s Trible Parliament as adherents of the Prince of Orange. His son:

William Crawford, of Snowhill, co. Fermanagh, married —, dau. of Thomas Fitzgerald, of the House of —, and left five sons and one daughter:

  1. Ralph Crawford, of Snowhill, born 1711, married 1738, his cousin, Margaret, daughter of Robert Crawford, of Oakley Park, county Meath, and left issue, one dau., Alicia, m. 29th Mar., 1759, John French, of French Park, county Roscommon, M.P. for that county (who was uncle of Arthur French, of French Park, created Baron de Freyne, of Coolavin, co. Sligo), and d.s.p.
    1. Henry, b. 1713; settled in America.
    2. Jane, mar. — Leonard, and had issue, a son.
    3. Anne, mar. — Scott, of Scottsborough, co. Londonderry, and had one son who mar. and had a daughter.
    4. Margaret, mar. — Leslie, son of James Leslie, D.D., Bishop of Limerick, and brother of Sir Edward Leslie, of Tarbert House, co. Kerry, and had issue.
    5. Alicia, mar. — Corry, and had a son, William Corry.
    6. Katherine, mar. Alexander Hamilton.
    7. Elizabeth, married William Hassard, of Gardenhill, co. Fermanagh, and had issue.
  2. Robert Crawford of Oakley Park, county Meath, m. Alice, daughter of Jason Hassard, of Gardenhill, co. Fermanagh, and d. 1734, leaving one son, Jason, of Laurencetown, co. Meath, who d. 1769, leaving three sons and two daughters.
    1. Robert, of Laurencetown, m. Miss Tucker, of Peterville.
    2. John, of Laurencetown, who left: 1. Rev. Jason, of Laurencetown, m. a daughter of Henry Rowley, of Maperath, co. Meath, and left issue, 2. Robert, 3. Richard, m. a dau. of John Crawford, an officer in the Royal Artillery, and d.s.p.
    3. Ralph Henry, d. unm.
    4. Annabella.
    5. Margaret, m. her cousin Ralph Crawford, of Snowhill.
  3. Henry Crawford, of Millwood, county Fermanagh, of whom presently.
  4. James Crawford, of Enniskillen, b. 1682, d. 21st October, leaving by his wife Isabella, one son and a dau. The son James, of Auburn, co. Dublin, who m. 1776, Frances Dorothy, elder dau. of George Vernon, of Clontarf Castle, co. Dublin, whose grandson, Thomas Crawford, on inheriting his grandmother’s estates of Fort Singleton, county Monaghan, assumed the arms and name of Singleton. 2. Martha, died 1804, m. 1737, Colonel Richard Graham, of Culmaine, county Monaghan, and Derrynooze, co. Armagh, and had one son Richard, d. unm. 3. Isabella, m. Thomas Singleton, of Fort Singleton, co. Monaghan, and had issue Thomas Singleton, born 1760, and a dau. Isabella, m. John Montray Jones, and d.s.p. 4. Elizabeth, married William Black, and had issue.
  5. Rev. John Crawford.
  6. Rebecca, m. John Irvine.

Henry Crawford, of Millwood, county Fermanagh, third son of William of Snowhill, m. Catherine, dau. of Colonel Alexander Acheson (younger son of Sir Arthur Acheson, Bart., and brother of the first Lord Gosford), and died 1755, leaving a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Catherine, who married her cousin Andrew Crawford, of Auburn, co. Dublin, and had issue.

Alexander Crawford, of Millwood, county Fermanagh, m. 1753, Connolly, third dau. of Christopher Carleton, of Newry, and sister of General Sir Guy Carleton, first Lord Dorchester, by whom (who married secondly, Sir Patrick King,) he had two sons and two daughters:

  1. Christopher, b. 1755, Captain 14th Light Dragoons; d. unm.
  2. Guy Henry, Lieut. 23rd Regt. d. unm., 1785.
  3. Alexander, of whom presently.
  4. Anne, m. 1783, Henry Colclough of Mount Sion, county Carlow (a son of Beauchamp Colclough, of Bohermore, co. Carlow), High Sheriff of the county 1803, died 1836. She had three sons and three daus.
  5. Catherine, mar. 1785, Beauchamp Colclough, of Kildoone, co. Carlow, posthumous son of Beauchamp Colclough of Bohermore, co. Carlow, and had five sons and five daus. (He was High Sheriff of county Carlow in 1813.) Settled in Canada. Her grandson Beauchamp Colclough, is now heir male of Sir Anthony Colclough of Tintern Abbey, co. Wexford.

Colonel Alexander Crawford of Millwood, county Fermanagh, and Miltown House, Dublin, J.P. and D.L. for Fermanagh, b. 1768, mar. first Dorothy, daughter of Colonel Jones, and niece of Lord Downes, and by her, who died at Lisbon, he had two sons:

  1. Alexander Fitzgerald, b. 1794, m. 1838, his cousin, Eliza, dau. of Colonel Hill of the “Battle Axe Guards,” and by her had six sons and two daughters: Alexander-Robert, Richard, Guy, Mervyn, Rowley, Hugh, Dorothy, and Anna. In 1836 he broke the entail of the Fermanagh estate with the consent of his brother Guy, left Ireland and settled in Australia, at Moona Plains, New South Wales, d. 1873.
  2. Guy, b. at Millwood in 1796, d. unmarried in Dublin, 1874. Alexander mar. secondly Eliza, youngest daughter of Edward Scriven[1] (descended from the Barclays of Mathers and Urie), and widow of John Evans, (whose eldest son, Rev. John Evans, was for fifty years vicar of Rosstrevor), and had by her three sons and one daughter.
  3. Carleton Thomas, b. 1804, at Millwood, Fermanagh; educated at the Royal Military College, Woolwich; Captain 32nd Regt.; m. 1841, Christina, eldest daughter of John Morgan, Esq., of St. Christopher’s (d. 22nd Jan., 1881, in the 80th year of her age), and has one son; he d. 30th October, 1882.
    1. Carleton Morgan Crawford, b. 1843.
  4. Mervyn Archdall Nott Crawford, of whom further on.
  5. William Connolly, born 1809, barrister-at-law, died unm. at Herne Bay, Kent, 1836.
  6. Meta, born Miltown House, Dublin, 1812, d. 1821. Alexander Crawford, d. of Typhus fever at Miltown House, 1814.

Mervyn Archdall Nott Crawford, (Trinity College, Cambridge), fourth son of Colonel Alexander, born at Miltown House, Dublin, 1807, m. 25th April, 1848, Emily Sophia, eldest dau. of Hans Busk, Esq., of Glenalder (High Sheriff, county Radnor; J.P. and D.L. for the same county in 1837), and Culverden Lodge, Kent, and grand-dau. of Sir Wadsworth Busk, Attorney-General for the Isle of Man, and by her had one son and three daughters:

  1. Margaret Barclay, born 1849; married in 1871, to Edmond O’Gorman, of Monamore, co. Clare, and has three sons:
    1. Mervyn Archdall Joseph Pius, born 19th Dec., 1871.
    2. Cecil Carleton Crawford, b. 6th April, 1873.
    3. Bernardine Beauchamp Colclough, b. 1st Nov., 1874.
  2. Cecil Mary, born 1852. A Dominican Nun at Stone, Staffordshire; professed, 25th April, 1872 (Sister Catherine Joseph).
  3. Raymond, born in Paris, 12th February, 1858; educated at Stonyhurst, 18th Regiment, “Royal Irish;” m., 4th July, 1883, Evelyn Violet, eldest dau. of Charles Kempe, Esq., of Ampfield House, Hampshire.
  4. Rose Marie, b. in Paris, 6th January, 1861, mar., 9th January, 1883, to Edward Pusey, eldest son of Rev. Frederick Raymond-Barker, of Bisley Manor, Glo’stershire.


[1] Scriven: Edward Scriven had fifteen children: 1. John Barclay Scriven, a barrister in Dublin, m. and had children; 2. Captain Scriven, had one dau. Anne, m. to Rev. John Enraght; 3. Anne, m. Sir John Macartney, Bart., of Lish, co. Armagh (and had seven children); 4. Catherine, m. William Glascock, whose eldest daughter, Elizabeth Catherine, m. General Robert Ross, Commander-in-chief of the English army sent against the United States. After a short career of great success, during which he won the day at Bladensberg, he fell 12th September, 1814. On his widow and descendants was conferred the honorary distinction “of Bladensberg,” (see Ross of Bladensberg, in Landed Gentry); 5. Eliza, m., firstly, John Evans, and had Rev. John Evans, vicar of Rosstrevor (who had two sons and one daughter—1. Rev. John Evans, of Grassendale; 2. Edward Evans, 3. Dora, m. to Thomas Disney). She m., secondly, Alexander Crawford, of Millwood, as above.