The Family of Kemmis
Edition 3.3 - 5 June 2020
Kemmis of Ballinacor
The townland of Ballinacor, anciently spelled "Bailinacuire," lies in the parish of Ballinaclash and barony of South Ballinacor, Co. Wicklow, an is situated some for miles west of Rathdrum, in the centre of Wicklow mountains and at the entrance of Glenmalure. For some six centuries after the conquest of Ireland the tribe of O'Byrne, who occuppied this mountainous country, retained their independence and waged war against the English who held various posts along the sea coast, until in the reign of Queen Elizabeth their chief, the celebrated Pheagh Mac Hugh O'Bryne, being slain in Glenmalure their country was gradually occupied by the English. Ballinacor would appear to have been the special property of the head of the tribe, since Pheagh Mc. Hugh had his chief castle or residence on the north side of Ballinacor mountain, where its site may still be traced. It seems probable that this townland with the neighbouring lands was first granted by the Crown to the Rawdon family, as in a Roll of 1667 the following lands are mentioned as being then held by Edward, Lord Viscount Conway and Sir George Rawdon, Bart. viz: Ballynecorr, 1,857 acres, £37.12.0d. : Faninerin, 187 acres, £3.15s.8.75 : Ballyshanterriffe (Ballyshane), 193 profitable and 423 unprofitable acres, £3.18s. 2d : Ballykiery als. Ballycriny aso. Ballycrine, 404 acres 1 rood, £8.19s.11d : Grenane,17 profitable and 22 acres unprofitable, 6s.10.5 : Ballincarragan, 19 profitable and 14 acres unprofitable, 7s.8.5 : Ballinconagh or Ballynetonagh, 180 acres, £3. 12s. 11d : all in the barony of Ballacorre and County of Wicklow. In 1805 Thomas Kemmis(XXIV) of Shaen purchased from the Rawdon family the townlands of Ballynecor, Ballynanty, Ballyshane, Lower Ballycreen, Upper Balycreen, Moneymore, Fananerring, Drumkitt, and Drumgoff, and appears immediately to have settled these lands upon his third son William (XXV), of Killeen upon the latter's marriage. William Kemmis added to the estate the townlands of Upper Ballinatone and Clonerkin, and subsequently his eldest son and successor William Gilbert further added those of Lower Ballinatone and Aughavanagh Ram; all of which are in Ballinaclash parish and contiguous to the townland of Ballinacor. Upon the settlement of the estate upon him in 1805 William Kemmis commenced the erection of the present house, selecting for its site Cawrawn Hill, or Drumkitt as it was then known, an eminence at the foot of Ballinacor mountain. A portion of an old dwelling house known as Drumkitt Lodge is incorporated in the present building. Drumkitt was famous for its medicinal spring, which much valued in bygone days, is still well known in the neighbourhood. Thomas Dineley in his journal, 1681, thus refers to it - "Within a little more than a mile to Ballenderry you cross a river descending from Glandmalurr near which, somewhat above half a mile out of the way, is a spring well or spaw water called Drumkitt. This Spaw is much frequented by people of quality and others during the season. It spouts out of a rock, which it stains of an Orenge tawney colour and the Poole that receives it is rarely without a blew scum." The parish church of Ballinaclash stands in Lower Ballinatone. It is a modern edifice of small dimensions. There are several mural tablets within it to members of the family, and also a memorial East Window in the Chancel: in the churchyard is a family vault.
- XXVI. George Kemmis: 3rd. son of William Kemmis (XXV) of Killeen by his wife Ellen: born 4th June 1808: of Corrigeen and Clopoke aforesaid: Gentleman Commoner of Trinity College, Dublin: B.A. Midsummer 1832: Midshipman in the Royal Navy: 12th. June 1827 passed the qualifying examination for Lieutenant an was appointed mate of H.M.S. Galatea: Clerk in Holy Orders 26th. August 1832 and Curate of Castlemacadam, Co. Wicklow: priest December same year: Perpetual Curate of Clonaslee, parish of Oregan, Vicar of Oregan alias Rearymore, Rosenallis, Castlebrack and Kilmannan Queen's Co., being presented thereto 20th. December 1833 by Right Hon. Wm. Saurin as Trustee of the Will of his grandfather Thos. Kemmis and with the consent of his father Wm. Kemmis: resigned the living 21st. July 1875: died 8th. June 1880: buried in the old churchyard Maryborough: M.I. and has a mural monument in Rosenallis Church, parish of Oregan: Married 23rd. April 1835 Caroline, 3rd. daughter of Rev. John Olphert, B.A. Trinity College Dublin, of Ballyconnell, parish of Raymuntirderry, Co. Donegal, Rector of Newton Lymavady, Diocese of Derry; she died 28th. November 1856 aet. 39 at Camira Glebe, parish of Oregan, and was buried on 5th. December following in the old churchyard Maryborough: M.I. and has a mural monument in Rosenallis Church. Issue,
- 1. William.
- 2. John Olphert: born 5th. November 1837: Lieutenant in H.M. 15th. Regiment of Foot 19th. April 1856: Captain 24th. June 1860: retired 8th. September 1863: married 14th. October 1863 at New Brunswick, Mary Louisa, daughter of William Needham Esq. of Frederickton, New Brunswick, Barrister-at-law, Mayor of Frederickton and 1864 Member for York Co. in the House of Assembly, Frederickton: father of
- (a) George Richard, born at Sandy Hill near Ootacamund, India 20th. July 1865, baptized at Sandy Hill 17th. October following, died 1868.
- (b) John Henry William Shore, born 19th. July 1867: of Alberta, Canada: married 25th. February 1896 Maud Mary, daughter of Colonel Robartes W. Elton, N.M. Indian Army, and has issue a daughter.
- (c) Charles Edward, born 19th. January 1876, of Calgary, Canada, lawyer.
- (d) Helen Valetta, born at Malta 29th. January 1870.
- (e) Maud Mary, born January 1872: married 21st. March 1901 Major Alfred R. Lane Hayward A.S.C.
- 3. Thomas born 21st. October 1838: B.A. of Trinity College, Dublin, winter 1863: M.A. 1882: Clerk in Holy Orders: curate of Killinkere, Co. Cavan 1865-7, of Kiltogert, Co. Leitrim 1867-8, of Bingley Yorks, 1869-70, of Connall, Co. Donegal 1870-2, perpetual curate of Clonaslee aforesaid 1872-5, curate of Mount Charles, Co. Donegal 1875-8, of Old Newton, Suffolk 1879-81, of Northstoke, Oxon 1881-3, of Newent 1883-4, of Dundalk, Co. Louth 1884, Rector of Muff, Co. Derry, 1884-6, curate of Headford, Co. Galway, 1887-8, curate, reader and preacher of the parish and Cathedral of Cashel 1888-90, Incumbent of Killaloan, Clonmel, 1890: died 19th July 1892, and buried in Killaloan, churchyard on 22nd of that month, M.I. married 1st. on 5th August 1873 Penelope, daughter of Robert Roberts Esq. of Monkstown Co. Dublin, she died October 1875; and 2nd. Letitia Maria Florence, daughter of Captain Pendleton, Adjutant Louth Militia, she died 2nd June 1897 and is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery Dublin: father of, by his first wife,
- (a) Ethel Constance, born 23rd September 1875; by his second wife,
- (b) a son born 18th September 1880, died 1882.
- (c) Violet Harrie de Burgh, born 11th. April 1879; married 4th August 1897 her cousin Lewis G. N. Kemmis (vide Below)
- 4. George: born 16th October 1840; Ensign in H.M. 13th. Regiment of Foot, Prince Albert's own Light Infantry, 9th November 1858: Captain....retired....: Assistant Superintendent of Newport Prison, Isle of Wight, and subsequently deputy Governor of Dartmoor Prison, Devonshire: died 24th. May 1885: s.p. buried at Wolborough, Newton Abbot: married 23rd. September 1869, Maria Frances Catherine, eldest daughter of Admiral de Courcy, Royal Navy, C.B., great grandson of John, 25th. Baron of Kinsale.
- 5. Henry Marcys: born 19th. July 1846: Licentiate of King and Queen's College of Physicians Ireland: Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, England: of Bridgewater, Co. Somerset: J.P. for Bridgewater Borough: died at Bridgewater 12th. June 1902: married 27th. October 1870 Mary Frances, daughter of John Armstrong Esq. of Kingstown, Co. Dublin: father of
- (a) Herbert George: born 16th. May 1873: married 7th. September 1901 Aimee Fethersion, eldest daughter of the late Thomas Bourchier Bolton Esq.
- (b) Charles Tynte: born 16th. March 1876.
- (c) John Garnet: born 16th. August 1877: died 9th. March 1878.
- (d) Henry Olphert: born 27th. November 1885.
- (e) Georgina Florence: born 22nd. November 1871, married 11th. May 1891 Philip Scott Surtees, son of Rev. Rd. Surtees of Holthy Rectory, Yorks, and Dinsdale-on-Tees, Darlington, Durham.
- 6. Arthur: born 28th. June 1850: of Corrigeen, Queen's Co. aforesaid.
- 7. Edward Richard: born 7th. November 1856: died in Natal, South Africa, 8th. January 1877: s.p.
- 8. Anna Benjamina: born 13th. September 1848: married 15th. December 1896 Owen Andrew Armstrong Esq. Attorney-at-law: died at Corrigen 28th. September 1887: buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin, 1st. October following.
- 9. Caroline: born 13th. August 1853: married 28th. March 1878 Hon. Arthur Hill Trevor de Montmorency, Surgeon, 4th. son of 4th. Viscount Mountmorres, and has issue.
- XXVII. William Kemmis: born at Camira Glebe 8th. August 1836: Lieutenant in H.M. Regiment of Royal Artillery 7th. April 1856: Captain 5th. April 1866: Major 16th. February 1875: Lieut. Colonel 1st. November 1882: twice Gold Medalist once Silver Medallist of the Royal Artillery Institution, (1877-80-and-88:) passed the School of Gunnery 1866-7: Gunnery Instructor of the 10th. Brigade R.A. 1867-70: passed the Advanced Class 1870-72: Captain Instructor and then Assistant Superintendent Royal Carriage Department, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich 1872-77: author of the "Text Book of the Manufactures of the Royal Carriage Department," 1st. and 2nd. Edition, Gunnery Tables, etc., etc.: also of Kemmis Pedigrees and Pedigrees of the Camoys Family: Commanded "B" Field Battery, 5th. Brigade, 1878-81: Professor of Artillery Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, 1881-4: retired as Colonel 6th. September 1884: heir to his uncle Wm. Gilbert Kemmis: of Ballinacor, Co. Wicklow, Clopoke, Ballycarroll, Castlebrack, Killeshin, Badger Hill, Derrycanton, Clonin, Crannagh, Shronagh and Acragar Queen's Co. aforesaid: J.P. for Co. Wicklow, 15th. March 1882: D.L. 11th. April 1891: died 3rd. February 1900 at Ballinacor and was buried on the 7th. of that month a Ballinatone, parish of Balinaclash Co. Wicklow. M.I. and has a Memorial window in Ballinatone Church: will dated 17th. October 1892 and proved 24th. April 1900 in Dublin: married 20th. August 1862 at Knockholt, Kent Ellen Gertrude de Horne Christy, eldest daughter of George Steinman F.S.A of Priory Lodge Peckham and of Sundridge, Kent, author of the "History of Croydon" etc., etc., Arms - "Kemmis, -Vert, on a chevron argent 3 pheons sable, impalling Steinman, -Azure, an ibex rampant argent horned or, a bordure engrailed of the secont." Issue,
- 1. William Henry Olphert: born at Quebec, Canada East, 15th. March 1864: baptized at the Cathedral, Quebec, 6th. May following: Lieutenant in H.M. Regiment of Royal Artillery 15th. February 1884: Captain 3rd. March 1893: Major 2nd. February 1903: retired 27th. June 1903: of Ballinacor Co. Wicklow on his father's death: J.P. for Co. Wicklow 9th. August 1901, and High Sheriff 1904: married 12th. April 1888 at St. Peter Port parish church Guernsey, Frances Maud, 2nd. daughter of the Rev. Charles Beauclerk, M.A. Issue,
- (a) William Daryl Olphert: born 19th. January 1892 and baptized 10th. March at Stoke Damerel, Devon:
- (b) Karolie Kathleen: born 27th. June 1900 at Cork and baptized there 11th. August.
- (c) Thomas Steinman: born 19th. July 1902 and baptized at St. John's Redhill, Surrey 27th. August.
- 2. Arthur George: born at St. Helen's Island, Montreal, Canada East, 3rd. June 1865: baptized 28th. and died 29th. of same month: buried at St. Helen's: M.I.
- 3. Marcus Steinman: born 29th. May 1867 at Southend, parish of Prittlewell, Essex: baptized at Southend 25th. June following: entered Magdalen College, Oxford, March 1885, and matriculated in the University 25th. of the same month: B.A. and M.A. 18th. June 1891: ordained deacon by the Archbishop of York Minster 20th. October 1891 and same month Curate of Pitsmoor, Sheffield: ordained priest by the Archbishop of York at York Minster 18th. December 1892: Curate of Limpsfield, Surrey 1894-1900: Curate of Herne Bay, Kent, September 1900: Rector of Conington with Knapwell, Diocese of Ely 22nd. February 1901: married at Pitsmoor, Sheffield 22nd. September 1892, Eliza Jane eldest daughter of Rev. Samuel Chorlton M.A. Vicar of Christchurch, Pitsmoor.
- 4. Lewis George Nicholas: born 21st. November 1870 at Plumstead, Kent: baptized December following Wadham College, Oxford, 8th. June 1887 and matriculated in the University 15th. October following: entered the Inner Temple 11th. January 1889: B.A. 23rd. October 1890: J.P. Co. Wicklow December 1997: of Clopoke, Ballycarroll, Castlebrack, Killeshin, Badger Hill, Derrycanton, Clonin, Crannagh, Shronagh and Acragar, Queen's Co. all aforesaid: sold Ballycarroll, Shronagh and Acragar 1904: married 4th. August 1897 at Ballinatone Church, his cousin Violet Harrie de Burgh, second daughter of Rev. Thomas Kemmis. (see above) Issue.
- (a) Lewis William: born at Ovoca, Co. Wicklow 12th. July 1898 and baptized at Castlemacadam Church, Co. Wicklow, 9th. August.
- (b) Alan Nicholas Albert: born 30th. November 1900 at Ballinacor and baptized at Ballinatone Church 9th. February 1901.
- 5. Edward Bernhard: born at Plumstead 11th. June 1873: baptized at St. Margaret's Church there July following: entered Wadham College, Oxford, June 1890, matriculated in the University 13th. October following. B.A. 10th. October 1893: called to the Irish Bar 22nd. April 1898.
- 6. Gilbert: born in the Royal Arsenal, Wollwich, 1875 2nd. July following: entered St. John's College Oxford, 13th. October 1892, matriculated in the University 15th. of the same month: B.A. 27th. June 1895: M.A. 6th. July 1901: Divinity Testimonium, Trinity College Dublin, Michaelmas 1897: ordained deacon by the Bishop of Kilmore 25th. September 1898: Curate of Laragh, Diocese of Kilmore 1898-1900: Priest in same diocese 21st. September 1899: Curate of Clones, Co. Monaghan, August 1900-1902: Curate of Pitsmoor, Sheffield 1903-4: Curate of St. Martin's Dover, 1904: married 20th. May 1903, at the parish church, Bangor Co. Down, Geraldine Josephine, eldest daughter of the late Joseph Carlson Esq. J.P., of Cloncorn House, Clones, Co. Monaghan.
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Kemeys of Killeen
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John L. & Irene Kemmis