The Whitty Family

Anne (Whitty) Sadleir

Birth: 1803/4

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Married: Henry Atlantic Sadleir on 9 June 1835 in Kilcooly church, county Tipperary, Ireland
Waterford Mail 13 June 1835:
On the 9th instant, at Kilcooly Church, county Tipperary, the Rev. Henry Atlantic Sadleir, third son of Thomas Sadleir, Esq., Salisbury, in that county, to Anne, second daughter of the Rev. John Whitty, Ricketstown, county Carlow.

Henry Atlantic Sadleir gravestone
Gravestone of Henry Atlantic Sadleir and his third wife, Anne (Paterson) Sadleir in Dean cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Henry was born on 4 June 1807, at sea in the Atlantic ocean, the son of Thomas Sadleir and Margaret Watson. He was educated at Trinity College Dublin.
Alumni Dublinienses p727 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
SADLEIR, HENRY ATLANTIC, Pen. (Dr Bell), Nov. 7, 1825, aged 18; s. of Thomas, Generosus; b. America. B.A. Æst. 1830. M.A. Vern. 1856.

Henry was a clergyman. He was appointed rector of Duntryleague, county Tipperary, in January 1847 (Irish Ecclesiastical Journal January 1847 p90), and in 1865 he was Prebendary of Emly and rector of Galbally, Tipperary (The Irish Church Directory 1865 p79 and 81) and in 1870 he was the incumbent of Tessauran (Meath) and Ferbane (Crockford's Clerical Directory 1870 p823). Henry was rector of Begbroke, Oxfordshire from 24 June 1873 until 1877.
Fasti Ecclesiæ Hibernicæ vol 1 p8 (Henry Cotton, 1851):
1847. HENRY ATLANTIC SADLEIR, B.A. (afterwards M.A.); son of Thomas Sadleir, Esq., of Castletown, Co. Tipperary. He was born on board ship in the Atlantic Ocean, from whence his commemorative name. He resigned, Jan. 8, 1867

Henry married, secondly, Anne Paterson on 4 June 1874 at Montgomerie, Tarbolton, Ayrshire. Anne was the daughter of William Robert (Orr) Paterson, of Montgomerie, and Anne Fowlds. She died on 3 May 1903.
Pall Mall Budget 12 June 1874 p38:
SADLEIR—PATERSON—At Montgomerie, Ayrshire, Rev. H. A. Sadleir, Rector of Begbroke, Oxon, to Anne, daughter of Mr. W. Paterson, of Montgomerie, June 4.

Henry died on 28 November 1880 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Pall Mall Budget 3 December 1880 p37:
SADLEIR, Rev. Henry A., M.A., formerly Prebendary of Killenelick, diocese of Emly, Ireland, and late Rector of Begbroke, Oxon, at Edinburgh, Nov. 28.
He was buried in Dean cemetery, Edinburgh. The memorial inscription reads:
In Memory / of / HENRY A. SADLEIR M A / Formerly Prebendary of Emly / Ireland / Afterward Rector of Begbroke / England / Born 1808 Died Nov 28 1880 / The law of truth was in his / mouth, and iniquity was not found / in his lips. He walked with me in / peace and equity, and did turn / many away from iniquity / Mal. II.6

Ireland Calendar of Wills 1881 p602:
SADLEIR Henry Atlantic.  1 February.   Henry Atlantic Sadleir late of Edinburgh Clerk. Died 28 November 1880. Confirmation granted herein from the Commissariot Edinburgh 22 December 1880. Resealed at Principal Registry Dublin.
Effects in Ireland £361 12s. 9d.

Death: 9 April 1865, at Holycross Glebe, county Tipperary, Ireland, aged 61
Dublin Evening Mail 13 April 1865:
Sadleir. April 11, at Holycross Glebe, Anne, wife of the Rev. Henry A. Sadleir, Prebendary Killinellick, diocese Emly, and daughter of the late Rev. John Whitty, Ricketstown House, county Carlow, Rector of Rathvilly.

Probate: granted on 2 June 1875, to Henry Atlantic Sadleir
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1875 p656:
SADLEIR or WHITTY Anne.  2 June.   The Will of Anne Sadleir otherwise Whitty late of Galbally Rectory County Limerick deceased who died 9 April 1865 at Holycross Glebe County Tipperary was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of the Reverend Henry Atlantic Sadleir of Begbroke Rectory County Oxford Clerk the Husband and sole Executor.
Effects under £200.


David La Touche Whitty

Birth: 1806/7, in county Wicklow, Ireland

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Education: Trinity College Dublin, entering on 16 October 1826 and graduating with a B.A. in 1846
Alumni Dublinienses p877 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
WHITTY, DAVID LA TOUCHE, Pen. (Mr Nolan), Oct. 16, 1826, aged 19; s. of John, Clericus; b. Co. Wicklow. B.A. Vern. 1846.

Married: Jane Mahettable Langley on 25 April 1835
Freeman's Journal 2 May 1835:
On Saturday last, David Latouche WHITTY Esq of Rathvilly, co Carlow, to Jane Mahettable, third daughter of the late Charles LANGLEY of Coalbrook, co Tipperary, Esq.

Jane was born in 1806, the daughter of Charles Henry Langley, of Lisnamrock and Coalbrook, county Tipperary, and Frances Bagwell. Jane was the sister of Gertrude Langley, who married David's brother, William. She died on 25 January 1861 and is buried in Rathvilly churchyard.

Children: Occupation: Clergyman
David was Canon of Ennistymon, Kilmanaheen, co. Clare

Death: 28 March 1885 at 3 Brookville, Monkstown, county Dublin, Ireland, aged 78
The Church of England Pulpit, and Ecclesiastical Review January to June 1885 p180:
 Whitty, Rev David La Touche, at Monkstown, Dublin, on the 28th ult 

Buried: 2 April 1885 in Rathvilly churchyard, county Carlow, Ireland
The inscription is on the tombstone reads:
In Memory of Jane M. Whitty, the beloved wife of the Rev. D. L. Whitty, and daughter of Charles Langley Esq., late of Coalbrook, County Tipperary, who departed this life 25th Jany 1861; also of the Revd. David La Touche Whitty, of Ricketstown, who departed this life 28th March, 1885, aged 78 years.

Probate: granted on 3 August 1885, to Frances Whitty
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1885 p877:
WHITTY (Reverend) David La Touche. 3 August   Letters of Administration (with the Will + one codicil annexed) of the personal estate of the Reverend David La Touche Whitty formerly of Rickettstown County Carlow and late of Brighton-vale Monkstown County Dublin Clerk who died 28 March 1885 at 3 Brookville, Monkstown were granted at the Principal Registry to Frances Whitty of 3 Brookville Spinster one of the Residual Legatees.
Effects £698 2s 2d.


Edward Whitty

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Occupation: Army Officer
Edward was commissioned as an ensign in the 46th (South Devonshire) Regiment of Foot in 1800 and promoted to lieutenant, by purchase, on 10 April 1801 (London Gazette 6 June 1801 p637). He exchanged into the 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot in November 1804. The 32nd departed on the 27th of July 1807 from Ramsgate and was deployed in Denmark during the Battle of Copenhagen, and the 32nd was ordered aboard the captured Danish ships as marines. The regiment landed in Portugal in 1808, and under General Arthur Wellesley (later known as the Duke of Wellington), fought in the Battle of Roliça (17 August 1808) and four days later at Vimiero. They fought under Sir John Moore in the retreat to Corunna (January 1809), and on returning to England they were part of the Walcheren expedition in the Netherlands (July - December 1809) where many were struck down with malaria. Edward was promoted to captain, by purchase, on 19 May 1810 (London Gazette 15 May 1810 p712). After the 32nd was reinforced, they returned to Spain, leading the Battle of Salamanca (22 July 1812) and taking part in all the major conflicts right into France.

Death: 16 June 1815, at Quatre Brás, Belgium, during the Battle of Quatre Bras (part of the Waterloo Campaign)
Historical Records of the 32nd (Cornwall) Light Infantry pp115-6 (ed. G. C. Swiney, 1893):
  Extract of a letter from an officer of the 32nd Regiment, dated Antwerp, June 25th, 1815:
  "On the 15th an account of the French having attacked the Prussians was brought to Lord Wellington. It was kept a profound secret from the troops till night, when, just as I was stepping into bed, I heard the bugle sounding in every quarter of the town (Brussels). I put on my clothes and found it was an order for the army to advance. We marched about 2 o'clock, and at 3 in the day we came up with the enemy. There was only the 5th division, a brigade of Brunswick cavalry and some Belgic and Hanoverian troops, opposed to Buonaparte with 70,000 men. As the British troops were first up, the left brigade of the 5th division, under Sir James Kempt, was sent out; our regiment now in the centre, supported on either side by the Royals and 79th. Buonaparte took up his position on a large plain, rather rising ground, in front of a wood; we took up ours about 500 yards in front of him, in a large field of corn; between us was a little valley or hollow, through which ran a deep ditch.
  A little before four the action commenced, on the side of the French. We lay down in the cornfield till they came within forty yards of us, when a shout from our right caused us to rise. We fired a volley and charged them down to the ditch, in getting over which they lost numbers. When we got down the bugle sounded for us to return and form in line upon the colours, which we did, and were pursued by them again; we charged them a second time, and actually the ground was covered with dead and wounded bodies. As our company was next on the left of the colours, we were in the very thick of the fire all the time that the enemy were manœuvring, exchanging, and retreating—the heavy guns from either side continually playing. In the second charge, a shell burst right on the colours, took away the silk of the regimental colour and the whole of the right section of the fifth company, amongst whom was my lamented friend, Captain Whitty; his head was literally blown to atoms. McConchy, who held the colour that suffered, was only slightly wounded."

Memorial: In 1818, a performance was put on in Dublin entitled "The Death of Captain Whitty".
Theatre in Dublin, 1745–1820: A Calendar of Performances pp4326 (John C. Greene, 2011):
     May 1818
Benefit: Turquand.
Comment: Under the patronage of the officers of the Fourth or Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and of the Sixteenth Lancers. Tickets exclusively of Turquand, 15, Trinity Street, as he is determined to admit only people of respectability.
Singing and Dancing: In the course of the evening Horn, O'Callaghan, etc. will sing an entirely new glee, written by Turquand, on "The Death of Captain Whitty" of the 32nd Regiment, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. The evening to conclude with a Grand Masquerade, to be concluded on the same plan as at Covent Garden, and to be supported by amateurs and the company in general. Miss Archibald by particular desire will dance a Grand Military Hornpipe (in male attire) to tune "St. Patrick's Day." The "Minuet de la coer" and "Gavotte of Vestris" by M. Simon and Mlle. Simon.


Elizabeth Agnes (Whitty) Laurence

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Married: Richard French Laurence in 1834
Waterford Mail 19 February 1834:
MARRIED. The Rev. Richard French Laurence, rector of Littleton, in the county Tipperary, and nephew to his Grace the Lord Archbishop of Cashel, to Elisabeth Agnes, daughter of the Reverend John Whitty, rector of Rathvilly, county Carlow.

Richard was born on 17 July 1797, the son of John Laurence. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Pembroke College, Oxford, becoming sub-librarian at the Bodleian library frm 1822 until 1826 when he moved to Ireland, holding the office of Præcentor of Cashel in 1826, and then for many years Treasurer of Cashel, the cathedral of which his uncle was Archdeacon from 1822 until 1838. He was also rector of Littleton, county Tipperary. Richard was married, firstly, to Barbara Cotton at Chicheley, Newport Pagnell, in 1823 and had a son, Richard who was baptised in Oxford in 1824. Barbara died on 10 May 1829. Richard French Laurence married secondly, on 18 May 1830, to Sarah Mayne, who died in 1832. Elizabeth was Richard's third wife. Richard died on 29 September 1882 in Rathdown district, county Dublin, aged 85.
Alumni Oxonienses p822:
Laurence, Richard French, s. John, of Eltham, Kent, gent. PEMBROKE COLL. matric. 4 Nov., 1814, aged 17; scholar 1814-21, B.A. 1818, M.A. 1821, fellow 1821-3, junior bursar 1822, Bodley's sub-librarian 1822, treasurer of Cashel, died 29 Sep., 1882. See Robinson, 188.
Fasti Ecclesiæ Hibernicæ vol 1 p42 (Henry Cotton, 1851):
1826. RICHARD FRENCH LAURENCE, M.A. an Englishman, was educated at Merchant Tailors' School, and became a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford; collated February 15; installed February 18. He resigned on August 26 in the same year, and became Treasurer.
1826. RICHARD FRENCH LAURENCE, M.A. Praecentor; collated August 26; installed same day. He is the present Treasurer.
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1882 p408:
LAURENCE (Reverend) Richard French. 23 October   The Will of the Reverend Richard French Laurence formerly of Littleton Rectory County Tipperary and late of 5 Clifton-place Monkstown County Dublin Clerk deceased who died 29 September 1882 at 5 Clifton-place, was proved at the Principal Registry by the Reverend Richard Laurence of the Rectory Chigwell-row Essex Clerk the sole Executor.
Effects £1,184 14s 1d.


Irwine Whitty

Birth: 27 September 1788, in Carlow, Ireland

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Married: Jane Blake on 24 June 1830, in St Peter, Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland
Irwine Whitty is recorded as resident at Island Bridge, Dublin St James. Jane Blake is recorded as a spinster, resident in Harcourt Street. The marriage was witnessed by Bryan H. Blake and Richd Garde.

Gravestone of Jane (Blake) Whitty
Gravestone of Jane (Blake) Whitty in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin
Jane was born in 1802/3, the second daughter of Robert Blake M.D., and Ann Higgins. She died on 1 April 1874 at Wellington Road, county Dublin, and is buried in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin.
The gravestone reads:
Sacred | To the Memory of | JANE WHITTY | second daughter of | ROBERT BLAKE Esqre M.D. | wife of the late | Major General WHITTY R.A. | A loving wife | a devoted mother | an affectionate sister | she fell asleep in Jesus | 1st April 1874 | aged 71 years

Ireland Calendar of Wills 1874 p675:
WHITTY Jane. 27 April   The Will of Jane Whitty late of Wellington-road County Dublin Widow deceased who died 1 April 1874 at same place was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Donald Stweart of Dover county Kent Esquire a Lieutenant-Colonel in he Army one of the Executors.
Effects under £2,000.

Children: Occupation: Army Officer in the Royal Artillery
Irwine was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Artillery on 12 July 1805 (Proposed Water Supply and Sewerage for Jerusalem p48) and promoted to lieutenant on 1 June 1806 (London Gazette 7 June 1806 p718). He was stationed in the West indies from December 1806 until March 1814 (List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from the Year 1716 to the Year 1899 p35A), and was present at the invasion of the Danish Islands in the West Indies in 1807 and at the capture of Guadeloupe in 1810. From May 1815 until January 1816, Irwine was stationed in Belgium and France and was attached to the army of reserve, in support of the force engaged at Waterloo and received the war medal and two clasps (Proposed Water Supply and Sewerage for Jerusalem p48), and present at the capture of Paris in 1815 (Hart's New Army List 1 January 1845 p178). He was promoted to second captain on 23 October 1818 (London Gazette 9 March 1819 p446), to captain on 2 February 1832 (London Gazette 14 February 1832 p43). Irwin was stationed in Canada from July 1833 until July 1835 (List of Officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from the Year 1716 to the Year 1899 p35A) and was promoted to brevet-major on 10 January 1837 (London Gazette 10 January 1837 p69). Irwine served in Malta from 5 December 1844 until February 1850 (Malta Family History) and was "for many years previous to 1848" in command of the Troops and Garrison at Malta (Proposed Water Supply and Sewerage for Jerusalem p48). Irwine was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 18 August 1843 (London Gazette 8 September 1843 p2985, London Gazette 12 September 1843 p3030), then to colonel on 17 February 1854 (London Gazette 17 February 1854 p467). Irwine was promoted to the honorary rank of major-general on his retirement 6 January 1855 (London Gazette 30 January 1855 p352).

Death: 2 October 1855, at Sandford Terrace, Cullenswood, county Dublin, Ireland, aged 67
Proposed Water Supply and Sewerage for Jerusalem p48 (John Irwine Whitty, 1863)
  The following notice of his death appeared, October 6th, 1855:
—“MAJOR GENERAL WHITTY.—Died, on the 2nd October, Major-General Irvine Whitty, on retired full pay from the Royal Artillery, in which corps he had served since the year 1805, having been appointed Second Lieutenant on the 12th July in that year. General Whitty was present in the following actions: Reduction of the Danish Islands in the West Indies, in 1807; capture of Guadeloupe, in 1810; was attached to the army of reserve, in support of the force engaged at Waterloo. He received the war medal and two clasps. Aged sixty-seven.”

Gravestone of Irwine Whitty
Gravestone of Irwine Whitty in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin
Buried: Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland
The gravestone reads:
Sacred | To the Memory of | Major General Whitty | Late R.A. | Ricketstown, Co. Carlow | A loving husband | an affectionate father | a faithful friend | a good Soldier | He fell asleep in Jesus | 2nd Octr. 1855 | aged 67 years.

Probate: granted on 14 May 1874, to Reverend David La Touche Whitty
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1874 p675:
WHITTY Irwine. 14 May   Letters of Administration of the personal estate of Irwine Whitty late of Sandford-terrace Cullenswood County Dublin Major-General R.A. deceased who died 2 October 1855 at same place (left unadministered by Jane Whitty the Widow) were granted at the Principal Registry to the Reverend David La Touche Whitty of Sidney-avenue Blackrock in said county Clerk the Brother of said deceased. (Former Grant Prerogative Court 1855 folio 247)
Effects unadministered under £4,000.
Resworn at Dublin 1 October 1875 under £5,000. 

A complicated legal battle followed between David La Touche Whitty, adminstering Irwine's estate, and John Irwine Whitty, Irwine heir-at-law.


John Whitty

Silhouette of John Whitty
Silhouette of John Whitty
Birth: 1761, in Queen's county, Ireland

Father: Edward Whitty

Mother: Mary (Beere) Whitty

Education: Trinity College Dublin, entering on 7 July 1777 and graduating with a B.A. in 1782
Alumni Dublinienses p878 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
WHITTY, JOHN, Pen. (P.T.), July 7, 1777, aged 16; s. of Edward, Clericus; b. Queen's Co. B.A. Vern. 1782.

Married (1st): Anne Groome on 5 February 1785

Children: Married (2nd): Jane St George in 1829

Jane was born in  1789/90, the daughter of Henry St George and Jane Walsh. Jane died on 29 August 1884 in Bray, county Wicklow, Ireland, aged 94. She was buried on 1 September 1884 in Rathvilly churchyard, county Carlow.

Children: Occupation: Clergyman
John was a major church leader, landholder and magistrate in the Castletown/Ballickmoyler area of Queen's county from the 1760's to the 1790's. On his father's death in 1804, John took up his father's appointment as rector of Rathvilly, county Carlow, from 1804 to 1843. An 1807 ecclesiastical report notes that John is the rector of the Union of Rathvilly, and is "non resident, from want of accommodation, but resides in Baltinglass near the boundaries, and three miles distant from the church; duties discharged by himself."

The Marriage License Bonds lists John's address as "Providence". Providence Lodge is a house in Rathtillig townland about a 5 minute walk outside of Ballickmoyler, co. Laois on the road to Arles. On 24 May 1798, Providence Lodge was attacked by Irish rebels. A contemporary account is found in Memoirs of the Different Rebellions in Ireland, from the Arrival of the English p327 (Sir Richard Musgrave, 1802):
  The Queen's county rebels were to have met, and joined those of the county of Carlow, at Graigue-bridge; but having heard that there were two pieces of cannon posted there, they changed their route, and, headed by one Redmond, and one Brennan, who had been a yeoman, they burned some protestant houses in the village of Ballyckmoiler, and attacked the house of the reverend John Whitty, a protestant clergyman, near Arles, about five miles from Carlow; but it was bravely defended, by himself and eleven protestants, who kept up a constant fire, killed twenty-one rebels, and baffled all their attempts to storm or burn it. The conflict continued from three till six o'clock in the morning; when Mr. Whitty's ammunition being nearly expended, he sent two of his party to a neighbour to borrow more; but they were surrounded and overpowered after a gallant defence. The corpse of one of them, whom they killed, was mangled in a barbarous manner.

and another account of the attack is in An Impartial Narrative of the most important engagements which took place between his Majesty's forces and the insurgents, during the Irish Rebellion, in 1798 p122 (John Jones, 1834):
              ATHY, SEPT. 17, 1799.
On the morning of the twenty-fourth of May, 1798, a party of Insurgents, fifteen hundred and upwards, attacked the house of the Rev. John Whitty of Providence. There were in the house at the time fifteen Protestants of the Slieumargue cavalry. These brave fellows withstood the fury of the enemy: for upwards of two hours they kept up an incessant fire from the windows, which galled the assassins very much. The firing from within having ceased, the Insurgents concluded the ammunition was expended, and were proceeding to set fire to the hall door, by means of several loads of straw brought thither for that purpose, when they were frustrated by the inrtepidity of Mr. Whitty who leaped out of a parlor window, shot two fellows in the act of fanning the straw; a third, on approaching Mr. Whitty, met the same fate. Mr. W. jumped into the parlor window, exclaiming "the rebelly assassins never made a ball to kill me."

Although successfully defended, the building was damaged and the following year John Whitty was allowed a claim of £66 4s 9d for damage to "Hay, house and furniture damaged, and sheep".

After moving to Rathvilly, John continued to have confrontations over the collection of tithes, especially in the 1830s, as described in the following articles.
The Times 24 May 1832:
 In the county of Carlow, an excursion was made on Saturday last by the Sheriff and his bailiffs, to serve an execution issued at the suit of the Rev. Mr. Whitty, rector of Rathvilly, attended by two troops of dragoons, two companies of infantry and 23 policemen, all under the command of Major … [line missing here] … at 3 o’clock in the morning fires were kindled on all the surrounding hills, as far as could be seen; and when the Sheriff and his force arrived, at 9 o’clock, at Lesnavagh, about 20,000 people were collected to watch their progress. Here the Sheriff seized 14 head of cattle, the property of Mr. Philip Germaine, who lately presided as chairman at the anti-tithe meeting held in that parish. (The cattle are valued at 8l. a head, or 112l. for the entire; the amount claimed for tithe and expenses, 34l. and some shillings). No opposition, or insult, was given to the Sheriff in the discharge of his duty. He offered the cattle for sale on the spot; no purchasers, of course, appeared and finally the party returned to Carlow, driving the cattle along with them, and accompanied by the immense multitude which increased at every step. On the way, several Catholic clergymen addressed the crowd, and earnestly exhorted them to return to their homes. This advice was immediately followed, and the cattle were conducted peaceably to Carlow, where they were lodged in the yard of Mr. M’Dowel, governor of the gaol, as the Sheriff could not procure any other place.
Mr. Germaine has avowed his determination to let the law take its course, but the farmers in the neighbourhood of Graig, Ullard, &c, on the County Kilkenny side acted on a different system. Whenever they expected a seizure, they kept a sharp lookout and on the appearance of the military, alarmed the country by signals, and drove the cattle away. Thus, before a single seizure could be effected, the troops had to make several excursions both by night and day, by which they were so harassed that after six week’s exertion, at an expense of £60 per day, the collection of tithes was largely abandoned.

The Times 27 June 1833 p1:
 The tithe sale held at Rathvilly on Saturday the 15th inst, on account of the Rev. Mr. Whitty (to attend which the extraordinary force of 30 of the 10th Hussars, 80 of the 43 foot and 80 police were ordered and led by Major Wallington) did not pass off without a riot. About a thousand persons attended who shouted and yelled most vehemently as 4 cows belonging to Mr Gahan were put up to auction. These were purchased eventually by the owner and the auctioneer was about to descend from his eminence when he was knocked down by a stone. The Rev Mr Whitty ran to his aid and fell in the confusion. The 10th Hussars then charged the crowd who dispersed in all directions and left the field to the military and police.

The British Magazine 1 June 1836 p712 (1836):
COUNTY CARLOW—LORD MORPETH'S CIRCULAR—MOB LAW—ASSAULT AND RESCUE.—On Saturday last, the day appointed to hold an auction at Rathvilly, on several head of cattle distrained for tithes, due to the Rev. Mr. Whitty, the peasantry assembled so early as five o'clock in the morning, from all parts of the neighbouring counties. Telegraphs were erected very systematically on the various hills between Rathvilly, Hacketstown, and Castledermot, to give notice of the approach of the police, while horns were sounding in every direction within six miles of the scene of action. Captain Vignoles, R.M., of this town, accompanied by Messrs. Fitzgibbon and Trant, C.C., and a strong force of both the police and military, proceeded to Rathvilly, and halted the men about a mile from the village. Mounted videttes were stationed at different points between the village and the military, to bring up this force, if found necessary, for according to instructions conveyed in Lord Morpeth's circular, the military and police are prohibited from attending such meetings until a "breach of the peace" be actually committed. These arrangements (no doubt prudent under other circumstances) having been entered into, Captain Vignoles, accompanied by Messrs. Fitzgibbon and Trant, proceeded to the village, which was densely crowded by a multitude, who appeared to act in bodies under their respective leaders. The cattle were set up to auction amid the most savage yells, and bid for by one of Mr Whitty's men; this operated as a signal to commence an indiscriminate attack upon the devoted minister and his party, which was accordingly made by a shower of stones and other missiles, when Giltrap, sen., who bid for the cattle fell, having received a blow of a stone which fractured his skull, in the presence of the magistrate. Mr. Whitty's life was in imminent danger, but he providentially escaped unhurt. A signal was then made for the police and the military, who ran to the spot in about ten minutes, but by the preconcerted arrangements of the mob the cattle were carried off in triumph, and the crowd dispersed before their arrival. This daring outrage on law was committed in the presence of the magistrate, without being able to protect the sale by the force which he had under his command—we suppose in conformity with the government instructions, that no force could "be employed until a breach of the peace had been committed." Here was not only a breach of the peace, but in all probability a murder committed, for few hopes are entertained of the recovery of the man whose skull was fractured; and yet, until such daring outrages take place, the military cannot attend to protect those who are executing a legal decree. Indeed, so well aware were the rebellious conspirators of the inefficiency of a civil or military force under the circumstances, they publicly boasted that at the different chapels their priests informed them from the altar "not to fear," for the troops dare not appear at the auction. In this manner the auction terminated, by giving the mob a signal triumph over the laws of the land.—Carlow Sentinel. 

Death: 30 November 1843, at Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland, aged 85

Buried: Rathvilly churchyard, county Carlow, Ireland
Journal of the Irish Memorials Association. Formerly the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland. Now incorporating the Dublin Parish Register Society Vol XIII for the years 1933 -34 p1
Rathvilly Parish.
Rathvilly Churchyard
Erected by Mary Jane Whitty wife of Sir Annesley De Renzy KCB In loving memory of her father The Rev John Whitty Formerly Rector of Rathvilly who died 1843 aged 85 years and of his wife Her mother Jane St George who died 1884 aged 94 years And of her brother St George Whitty who died 1875 aged 43 and of his wife Anne Massey who died in 1872 aged 37


John Whitty

Birth: 1792-1796, in county Carlow, Ireland

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Education: Trinity College Dublin, entering on 5 February 1810 and graduating with a B.A. in 1815 and an M.A. in 1832.
Alumni Dublinienses p878 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
WHITTY, JOHN, Pen. (Mr O'Callaghan), Feb. 5, 1810, aged 14; s. of John, Clericus; b. Co. Carlow. B.A. Vern. 1815. M.A. Nov 1832.

Married: Hannah Augusta Sayers in 1822, in Limerick, Ireland
Colburn's New Monthly Magazine 1 October 1822 p480:
  Married,] ... At Limerick, the Rev. J. Whitty to Miss H. Sayers.

Hannah was born in 1787/8, the daughter of Edward Brydges Sayers, M.D., of Saffron Hill, county Cork. She was baptised on 14 September 1788 in St John, Limerick, county Limerick. Hannah died on 3 April 1870, at Littleton House, county Tipperary, aged 82. Her will was proved on 4 July 1870.
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1870 p583:
WHITTY Hannah Augusta. 4 July   The Will of Hannah Augusta Whitty late of Littleton House County Tipperary Widow deceased who died 3 April 1870 at same place was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Elizabeth Whitty of Littleton Glebe County Tipperary Spinster the sole Executrix
Effects under £600.

Children: Occupation: Clergyman
John was prebendary of Killenellick and Rector of Galbally, Ballingarry, and Ballylanders, diocese of Emly.

Death: 18 November 1846, at Galbally rectory, county Limerick, Ireland, aged 53
The Gentleman's Magazine January 1847 p101:
 Nov. 18
  At Galbally rectory, co. Limerick, aged 53, the Rev. John Whitty, Prebendary of Killinellick, and Rector of Ballingarry, the diocese of Emly.

The Irish Ecclesiastical Journal November 1846 vol 4 p75:
  Diocese of Emly.—The Rev. J. Whitty, rector of the Union of Duntrileage, county of Tipperary: patron the Bishop.

Proposed Water Supply and Sewerage for Jerusalem p1 (John Irwine Whitty, 1863)
  The Rev. John Whitty died in 1846; his fatal illness was caused by over-fatigue in the relief of the poor, during the desolating famine of that year. The following inscription commemorates his revered name:—
 “Yes, it is past—the final struggle's o'er:
  That manly, generous heart shall throb no more;
  Those eyes, where ever burned affection's light,
  And soft compassion beamed, are closed in night;
  That voice, whose tones could cheer the saddest heart,
  No more can comfort to our souls impart—
  For Death has triumphed, and we deeply mourn
  The friend, the pastor, and the saint in turn.

 “Who shall supply the prompt and vigorous mind
  To plan, to execute, each action kind—
  The widow's help, the orphan's steady guide,
  The darling of his friends, his kindred's pride?
  His Master's glory first he ever sought—
  'His practice proving what his preaching taught;'
  Zealous, yet careful never to offend—
  The poor man's comforter, the rich man's friend.

 “Why should our prayers all, all have been in vain?
  Oh, why the mastery should Death regain,
  When, after days of anguish, hopes were high—
  Hopes which, alas! were only raised to die?
  Why not have swept some useless life away,
  Nor sent to mingle with his kindred clay
  The friend, whom sorrow but more steadfast proved,
  The tender-heated, loving, and beloved?

 “Hushed be each murmuring thought—'It is the Lord.'
  Is not the labourer worthy his reward?
  Why selfish mourn our friend to glory gone,
  Tho' we are left in sorrow and alone?
  Death has not triumphed—hastily 'twas said:
  No, Death is vanquished; for he is not dead—
  Thro' Jesus' strength he conquered in the strife,
  And stingless death but ope'd the gates of life.

 “Oh, may the mantle, which on earth he wore,
  Of faith, of hope, of thoughts that heavenward soar,
  Some other witness for the truth enfold,
  Whom God shall send the shepherd's post to hold!
  And, as 'the faithful fail,' Oh, God, impart
  His wisdom, zeal, and singleness of heart
  To all Thy watchmen who on earth remain,
  Till Thou, 'whose right it is,' shalt come to reign.”

 Underneath was written, by “M. S.”:—
 “These are high words of praise; but who that knew
  The sainted subject, thinks them half his due?


Thomas Ravenscroft Whitty

Birth: 1797/8, in Queen's county, Ireland

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Education: Trinity College Dublin, entering on 7 November 1814 and graduating with a B.A. in 1819
Alumni Dublinienses p878 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
WHITTY, THOMAS, Pen. (Mr O'Callaghan), Nov. 7, 1814, aged 16; s. of Rev. John; b. Queen's Co. B.A. Vern. 1819.

Married: Catherine Hornidge in 1830, in Dublin, Ireland
The National Magazine July 1830 p127:
  In Dublin, Thomas Ravenscroft Whitty, Esq. third son of the Rev. John Whitty to Catherine, daughter of the late Cuthbert Hornidge, of Russelstown, county Wicklow, Esq.

Catherine was born in 1798/9 and died on 12 January 1892 at 111 Grafton Street, Dublin, aged 93. She was buried on 15 January 1892 in Rathvilly churchyard, county Carlow.
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1892 p922:
WHITTY Catherine. 16 February   The Will of Catherine <illegible> of Baltinglass County Wicklow Widow who died <illegible> January 1892 at 111 Grafton-street Dublin was proved at the Principal Registry by Elizabeth Pepper Nugent of Coton Hill County Stafford (Wife of George Nugent) the sole Executrix..
Effects £1,384 14s 2d..

Children: Death: 4 March 1862, at Baltinglass, county Wicklow, Ireland

Buried: Rathvilly church, county Carlow, Ireland
The inscription on the tombstone at the church reads:
In Memory of Catherine Whitty, died 12th January 1892 aged 93; and her husband Thos Ravenscroft Whitty, died 4 March 1862 aged 86; Also their children Major John Whitty, Died 28 March 1877 aged 46; Staff Surgeon Thos R. Whitty, Died 8 June 1868 aged 34; Major W Nassau Whitty, Died Feby 1882 aged 46; Annie C. Rawson, Died 16 April 1885, aged 46; Irwine Whitty in Australia 1907, aged 74.

Probate: granted on 30 September 1862, to Catherine Whitty
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1862 p338:
WHITTY Thomas Ravenscroft. 30 September   Letters of Administration (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of Thomas Ravenscroft Whitty late of Baltinglass in the County of Wicklow Esquire deceased who died 4 March 1862 at same place were granted at the Principal Registry to Catherine Whitty of Baltinglass aforesaid the Widow of deceased a Legatee.
Effects under £600.

1837: Ballitore House, Ballitore county Kildare   (Kildare Voters Register 1835 - 1839)
1837: Ballitore House, Ballitore county Kildare   (A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837 plxvii)


William Whitty

Birth: 1800/1, in county Carlow, Ireland

Father: John Whitty

Mother: Anne (Groome) Whitty

Education: Trinity College Dublin, entering on 6 October 1817 and graduating with a B.A. in 1821 and an M.A. in 1832
Alumni Dublinienses p878 (ed. G. D. Burtchaeli and T. U. Sadlier, 1935):
WHITTY, WILLIAM, Pen. (Mr O'Callaghan), Oct. 6, 1817, aged 16; s. of John, Clericus; b. Carlow. B.A. Æst. 1821. M.A. Nov. 1832

Married: Gertrude Llandaff Langley

Gertrude was born in 1813, the daughter of Charles Henry Langley, of Lisnamrock and Coalbrook, county Tipperary, and Frances Bagwell. Gertrude was the sister of Jane Langley, who married William's brother, David. She died on 22 February 1900 in Rathdown district, county Dublin, aged 86.
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1901 p493:
WHITTY Gertrude Llandaff  [101]  22 February  Probate of the Will of Gertrude Llandaff Whitty late of 3 Ardnagriena Tivoli-road Kingstown County Dublin Widow who died 22 February 1900 granted at Dublin to Robert C. J. Whitty Land Agent  Effects under £380 15s. 6d.

Children: Occupation: Clergyman
William was curate of Rathvilly, county Carlow. He lived at Cromwell's Ford, Rathvilly.

Death: 1 May 1844, of tetanus, the result of an accident, aged 43
The Gentleman's Magazine August 1844 p217:
  Of tetanus, the result of accident, which occurred in the discharge of his ministerial duty, the Rev. William Whitty, for twenty years Curate of Rathvilly, in the diocese of Leighlin

Buried: 3 May 1844, in Rathvilly church, county Carlow, Ireland
This inscription is on a mural tablet in the church:
This tablet Sacred to the memory Of the Revd. William Whitty, M.A., Curate of the Union of Rathvilly 20 years, Who departed this life on the 1st of May 1844, in the 43rd year of his age.

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