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Anne (Walker) Maxwell

Birth: 1652, in Mullecartin, County Antrim, Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Ursula (Stanhope) Walker

Married: William Maxwell in 1691

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Charity Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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Elizabeth Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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George Walker

Father: Thomas Walker

Mother: Isabel (Abell) Walker

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George Walker

Title: Reverend

Birth: 1600

Baptised: 4 September 1602, in Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire), England

Father: Gervase Walker

Education: Trinity College Dublin where he obtained a B.A. in 1621 and an M.A. in 1624. Leslie notes that he is described as a "Doctor" on his tomb.

Married:
 Ursula Stanhope in 1642

Children: Occupation: Clergyman.
George was Rector of Badoney and Cappagh, 1836-60, then Rector of  Donoughmore, Desertlyn and Erriglekeerogue 1662-74, and Chancellor of Armagh 1664-77. He was also an advisor to Dr. Bramhall, Bishop of Derry. Archbishop Vesey, in his Life of Bramhall, says "my reverend uncle, Dr. George Walker, an intimate of the Primate and very useful to his Grace in many offices."

Death:
15 September 1677

Buried: in Kilmore Church, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Notes:
George fled from Ireland to the Continent during the Rebellion. He was restored to his livings at Badoney and Cappagh on 25 October 1660.

From  Derry Clergy and Parishes by  Rev James B Leslie (1937) p100:
Parish of Badoney: Rectors
1636. George Walker (Sen.) inst. Badoney and Cappagh, Jan 13 (F.F.). He way son of the above ; was of T.C.D. Sch, 1617, B.A. 1621, M.A. 1624, is described a " Doctor " on his tomb. He was R. Badoney and Cappagh 1636-60, fled to the Continent during the Rebellion. At the Restoration in a Petition he states " that a long time before the rebellion he was instituted and lawfully inducted to the Rectories of Bodony and Cappa . . .  and was dispossessed at the Rebellion and since which time he bath been driven to many straits to preserve himself and his family abroad . . .  He petitions for his livings " and for the value of them." He was restored to his livings, Oct. 25 1660, but nothing was said about the money. (Seymour's Comvu. Mss. p. 154).  He was R. Donoughmore, Desertlyn and Erriglekeerogue 1662-74, evidently having res. his Derry Rectories. He was also Chanc. of Armagh 1664-77.  Abp. Vesey in his Life of Bramhall, says " my reverend unckle, Dr. George Walker, an intimate of the Primate and very useful to his Grace in many offices."  In the tablet in Dighton Church, Suffolk, to the memory of his wife, Ursula (dau. of Sir John Stanhope, who d. Aug. 17, 1654) he is called "Archdeacon of Dun (sic.) " which cannot be correct.
He was father of Rev. George W. the " Defender of Derry," and d. Sep. 15, 1677 and was bur. at Kilmore, Co. Armagh (see Armagh Clergy, p. 38). In the Halliday Collection R.I.A. is a Pamphlet by Rev. George Walker. The Doctrine of the, Sabbath. Amsterdam, 1639.


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George Walker

George Walker
Portrait of George Walker by unknown artist

Title: Reverend

Birth: 1645

Father: George Walker

Mother: Ursula (Stanhope) Walker

Education: Glasgow University

Married:
 Isabella. There is some difference of opinion as to whether Isabella was Isabella Maxwell of Finnebrogue (claimed by Leslie), or Isabella Barclay (claimed in the Dictionary of National Biography).

Children: Occupation: Clergyman, and later a soldier. On July 16, 1669, he was inst. R. Lissan and Desertlyn. In 1674 he was appointed rector of Donoghmore, county Tyrone, which had been devastated during the civil war. He built a rectory there in 1683 and a mill in the village 1684. George was designated to the Bishopric of Derry by William III, but was killed before he was consecrated.

Death:
1 July 1690, at the Battle of the Boyne, Londonderry, Ireland

Buried: in Donaghmore, County Tyrone, Ireland (now Northern Ireland)
This article appeared in the Newry Telegraph on 30 October 1838.


Discovery and Re-Interment

OF

THE REMAINS OF THE REV. GEORGE WALKER,

RECTOR OF DONAGHMORE AND GOVERNOR OF LONDONDERRY.

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From the NEWRY TELEGRAPH, 30th October, 1838

"Thrice honored shade of Walker wise,
To Derry's cause so true
Oh! could you from the starry skies
Our sad condition view -

How would your wounded spirit feel,
The dark day to behold,
When all our fathers won by steel,
Their sons betrayed for gold." - GRAHAM

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On Tuesday the 16th of October, the Church of Donaghmore, at Castlecaulfield, being in the process of repair by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, it was found necessary to lower and level the floor of it.

In that part of the Chancel immediately under the monument of Governor Walker, the workmen discovered a full-sized oak coffin containing the remains of his widow, who in 1703, caused his bones to be brought there from the banks of the Boyne, where his body had been interred and had lain for thirteen years. They were this day found in a small oak box, in which this "widow indeed," full of endearing recollections of happier days, had deposited them.

This worthy Lady was the mother of four sons of the renowned Walker, who, at his death, were serving in King William's army and each of whom, in justice to their immortal father's service and their own, ought to have inherited one of the forfeited estates. John Walker, the eldest son, on a petition to the House of Commons, obtained a pension of £200 a year, which he enjoyed until the beginning of the reign of George I. when he was deprived of it by the parsimony of the triumphant Whigs. Of the other sons there is no record, save that the daughter of one of them was the mother of the late Mrs. Caldbeck, of Lisburn.

The Walkers were a Yorkshire family. The father of the Governor of Derry was the Rev. George Walker, sen., Rector of Cappagh, County of Tyrone, the friend and confidential adviser of Dr. Bramhall, Bishop of Derry, when this Prelate was nobly using his private means and public influence in regaining the alienated property of the Church of Ireland, and purchasing the advowsons of the impropriated Rectories, which he added to the Vicarages throughout the Diocese. He sent his son and namesake to Glasgow College for education; and on the young man's return, soon after the restoration of King Charles II, he was presented to the Rectories of Donaghmore and Errigal Keerogue, in the County of Tyrone. Walker was in the sear and yellow leaf of life when he went to Derry in 1689, being then, according to credible tradition 71 years of age. His sister Anne married William Maxwell, Esq. of Falkland, High Sheriff of the County of Monaghan, in the year 1691, and who was great great grand-father of the present representative of his renowned ancestor - namely, the Rev. Thomas Carpendale, Rector of Donaghmore.

Mr. Carpendale, with Edwd. Evans, Esq. son of the Rev. Geo. Evans, who had been upwards of 30 years Rector of Donaghmore, Alexander Mackenzie Esq. and a few others naturally regardful of the remains of this great and good man, caused them to be taken carefully from the decayed box in which they were found, and putting them and those of his widow into smaller boxes, enclosed both, with suitable inscriptions, into a leaden coffin, which being laid in one of deal plank, was solemnly deopsited in the hero's grave, by his Rev. descendant and successor, assisted by the Rev. John Graham, Author of the History of the Siege of Derry, and also by one of the oldest Apprentice Boys of the Maiden City.

In the case with Governer Walker's remains was placed a flint glass bottle, hermetically sealed, containing the following writing on parchment:-
"Be it recorded, that whilst this Church was undergoing repair in the year 1838, search was made beneath the Monument of the Rev. Geo. Walker, immediately opposite to the Communion Table, at the Eastern end of the Church, and South side of the Aisle, to ascertain whether his bones were deposited there, agreeable to the inscription on the Monument, erected by his widow (illegible)

"We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, having assembled in said Church, on Tuesday, 16th October 1838, and having made search immediately beneath said Monument fixed in the wall, have found, in a full-sized oak coffin, the remains of his widow; and in a small oaken case adjoining, were deposited bones which had not the appearance of regular interment in a coffin, but corresponding with the words on the monument, 'Ossa reconduntur,' &c. &c.

"Now to testify our veneration and respect for the memory of the illustrious Walker, we herein carefully replace the bones, and restore them to their former position, together with this Record. Previous to the re-interment of the bones, a cast was taken of the skull, which was perfectly sound, and in which the organs of intelligence and firmness were remarkably developed.

Walker afforded an instance of the value of a classical education and habits of literary composition to a military man; proving that the hero, capable of recording actions in which he has been concerned, with modesty and without exaggeration, is more likely to get full credit for his own merits, than the illiterate warrior who requires another man's pen to do justice to him.


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The following extract from the preface to the "History of the Siege of Londonderry" may not be unsuitable in this place:-

"The applause which immediately followed the publication of Walker's Diary, in London, was unbounded. The heroic author basked in the sunshine of royal and polular favour, seldom beaming on the head of any one man at the same time, however great his worth or important his services. King William's munificent bounty to him was a matter of policy as well as gratitude, scarce less beneficial to the giver than to the receiver of it. The Whigs who were even then ready enough to be troublesome to their deliverer, and soon afterwards made him weary of his crown and his life together, hailed it as an act which reflected equal honour upon both; and the celebrated Tillotson, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, thus re-echoed the voice of the public upon Walker's promotion to the See of Derry, in his letter to Lady Russell, of the 19th of Sept. 1689:

" 'The King, besides his first bounty to Mr. Walker, (£5000) whose modesty is equal to his merit, hath made him Bishop of Londonderry, one of the best bishopries in Ireland. It is incredible how much every body is pleased with what his Majesty hath done in this matter, and it is no small joy to me to see that God directs him so wisely.'

"On the 19th of November, in the same year, he received the thanks of the House of Commons; and on the 26th of February following, the University of Oxford, with that regard to the Protestant interest which still characterizes it, conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. Sir Godfrey Kneller, at the king's command, drew his picture; and copperplates struck off from it were dispersed through the Three Kingdoms. In some of the prints he is drawn with a Bible open at the 20th chapter of Exodus, in one hand, and a drawn sword in the other. His garment of a purple color, and a large old-fashioned band, form a strong contrast to the military sash appearing in crimson folds about his waist. A copy of this curious print hung for half-a-century over the parlor fire-place of a tavern in Londonderry."

Another copy, said to be a more correct likeness, is in possession of his descendent, William Caldbeck, Esq. of Lisburn, Sub-Sheriff of the County Down.


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* The Inscription on the Monument runs thus:-


P.M.S.
Hic juxta, Lector
Reverendi Georgii Walker, S.T.D.,
Hujus Parochiæ olim Rectoris,
Ossa Reconduntur,
Ille, cujus vigilantia et virtute,
Londini-Derensis Civitas
(illegible) numinis ripam,
Pro eadem causa, adversus eosdem hostes,
Anno 1690.
Occisus cecidit.
Cujus reliquiis et memoriæ,
Mæstissima adhuc illius vidua,
Isabella Walker
Hoc monumentum possuit,
Anno 1703

Saxo autem erit fama perennoir,
Nec futura minus qcam præsentia secula
Tam pium militem, tam fortem sacerdotem
Mirabuntur.

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Of the foregoing we annex a literal translation:-


P.M.S.
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Notes:
George was the Governor of Londonderry (County Londonderry, Northern Ireland) during the Glorious Revolution and siege of 1689 in which the city was besieged for 105 days by the army of James II.

Armagh Clergy and Parishes by J B Leslie (1911) p230:
Parish of Donoughmore, Rectors and Vicars:
1674 - George Walker, jun., D.D., inst. Sep. 9, 1674 (F.F.T.). He was the son of his predecessor, Rev. George W., D.D.). Chancellor (see Chancellors) by his wife Ursula Stanhope, was b. in Co. Tyrone in 1618 and educated at Glasgow University. We find him getting a legacy of a mourning ring in the Will of Thomas Chambers,  Armagh, in 1664. On July 16, 1669, he was inst. R. Lissan and Desertlyn. He m. Isabella Maxwell, of Finnebrogue [Will proved 1706]. He became prominent as the leader of the Loyalists in the celebrated Siege of Derry, and was designated to the Bishopric of Derry by William III., but was killed, before he was consecrated, at the Battle of the Boyne. His widow, some years later, brought what were believed to he his remains to Donoughmore where they were buried, and erected a tablet to his memory in the church ; inscription given in Jour. S.P.M.D.
It is said, I believe, on excellent authority, that when the church was being repaired during the incumbency of Rev. Thomas Carpendale, he, fearing lest -when party spirit was running high - the Roman Catholics should steal Walker's bones, removed them to the glebe and kept them under his bed until the repairs were completed !  
Walker had several children. His son John in 1707 received a pension of £200 a Year, which was terminated in 1717 by a grant of £2,000 [was it paid ?] , he became Collector of Customs at Dundalk.

His dau. Anne m. William Maxwell, of Falkland (see Peerage and B.L.G.).
Walker was the author of several pamphlets etc., on the Siege of Derry.

His life has been written more than once. See Dwyer's Siege of Londonderry ; Graham's Ireland Preserved ; also D.N.B and Hist. of Kilsaran, p. 68.


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George Walker Jr.

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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George Walker

Birth: 1695 in Ireland

Father: John Walker

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Gervase Walker

Birth: 1566, in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England

Father: Thomas Walker

Mother: Isabel (Abell) Walker

Education: by Mr. Smith at Nottingham School; Caius College, Cambridge which he entered 3 January 1584/5, and obtained his B.A. in 1588/9.

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Occupation: Clergyman. Gervese was ordained D. London Mar. 29, 1591, P. 1592, C. All SS. Steyning, London, V. Great Staughton, Hunts. 1594-1615 (Venn's Al. Cant.).  He was also Vicar of Cappagh from 1622-36 and Rector of  Badoney, co Derry also from 1622-36.

From Derry Clergy and Parishes by  Rev James B Leslie (1937) p 100:
Parish of Badoney: Rectors
1622.- Gervase Walker appears R,. (R.V.). Probably Gervase W., son of Thomas W. of Ruddington, Notts., ed. by Mr. Smith at Nottingham Sch., adm. Siz. aged 18 at Caius Coll. Cambr. Jan. 3, 1584/5, B.A. 1588/9 ; ord. D. London Mar. 29, 1591, P. 1592, C. All SS. Steyning, London, V. Great Staughton, Hunts. 1594-1615 (Venn's Al. Cant.).  He was also V. Cappagh 1622-36. He got a grant of a glebe here on May 24, 1626 (Morrin III 177). He is described in the R.V. 1622 as " a Master of Arts, a grave man and a preacher." He seems to have res. in 1636 in favour of his son.
In the Derry Cath. Reg. is the entry "Mr. Garvis Walker was buried on 1st July 1642."
Rev. Geo. Walker below, was his son : a grand dau. m. Abp. John Vesy of Tuam.


Buried: 1 July 1642, in St. Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry, Ireland (now Northern Ireland)

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Gervase Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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Isabella Walker

Birth: 1702 in Ireland

Father: John Walker

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Jane (Walker) Curry

Birth: 1699 in Ireland

Father: John Walker

Married: Joseph Curry

Children: Joseph Curry

Notes: Emigrated to South Carolina, United States

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John Walker

Birth: 1671

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

Children: Death: 10 October 1726

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John Walker

Title: Colonel

Birth: 1697 in Derry, Ireland

Father: John Walker

Children: Death: 1742

Buried: in Back Creek Church on the Bohemia River in Delaware, United States

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Mary Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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Richard Walker

Birth: 1596

Father: Gervase Walker

Baptised: 30 May 1596 in Huntington, Yorkshire, England

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Robert Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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Robert Walker

Birth: 1693 in Ireland

Father: John Walker

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Thomas Walker

Birth: 1535, in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, England

Married: Isabel Abell in 1558 in Ruddington, Northamptonshire, England

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Thomas Walker

Father: Thomas Walker

Mother: Isabel (Abell) Walker

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Thomas Walker

Birth: in Ireland

Father: George Walker

Mother: Isabella

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William Walker

Father: Thomas Walker

Mother: Isabel (Abell) Walker

Death: 22 March 1622

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