THEIR SEVEN CHILDREN:
Annie BROWNE b 1876, married Thomas Maxwell GILPIN June 9, 1897 in Ardglass, Co. Down. She died between 1903 and 1908 leaving two children, Daisy Mongomery GILPIN born 1899 and James Alexander GILPIN, b. 1903. I do not have her death date, but it is possible that she died in childbirth.
I don not have as yet enough pieces put together to put together even the start of a coherent story for my great-grandparents: John Monteagle BROWNE & Susannah M. EDGAR. Going from the motto Suivez la Raison on a ring given to me by my grandmother and the middle name of "Monteagle" they are most likely connected to the BROWNE family of Mayo. Either that or they are pretenders to such. We will assume the former. Then again, there is the confusion of "Montague" and Monteagle" in the middle names of some BROWNE suspects. Anyway. here are the snippets:
My grandmother saved a newspaper clipping from the Belfast Newsletter, Friday, June 24, 1955, "Historic St. John's Point". Given that the family is said to come from here and there is enough evidence to direct us to Ringfad or Tullycarnen, there is likely a connection to the BROWNEs of St. John's Point.
In the tales of some familes, this Captain BROWNE is the villain. He was the agent for Lord Bangor who owned most of the land in and around Killough. The RANAGHAN family farmed in the area at Kilbride, St. John's Point and Commonreagh in the 1830s as Catholic tenant farmers and were put off the land.
Other snippets include a report in the Down Recorder when a Major BROWNE of Janeville was a witness in an assult case, 25 June 1853. Earlier on, the Ordinance Survey Memoirs list him as a corn mill owner in 1836 (Vol 17, p. 35, 36, 49, 88). Another source, Killough, the Church by the Loch, p. 90, 91 indicates that General BROWNE of Janesville was a regular attendant at the Killough Lifeboat committee c. 1903 and his ancestors had provided a lifeboat service along the coast for 100 years. Finally, in Lecale Miscellany Vol III (1993) "St. John's Lighthouse, Captain BROWNE, formerly of Mayo, served with the 9th East Norfolk Regiment".
John BROWNE is listed at Tullycarnon, Ardglass in the 1901 Census.
Browne Brothers Architects of Tullycarnan were the architects of new Masonic Hall 20 Apr 1912. SOURCE: ROs Davies, Down Reporter Article.
The Ordinance Survey Map of Belfast (Bloomfield) 1902 shows a J.C.M BROWN, architect and civil engineer living at Holly Park, Knock, Belfast. (In all likelihood James Carlyle Monteagle BROWNE) This was brought to my attention courtesy of Margaret Innis and it accords with the memory of Dorothy Robertson (grandaughter of the above) of visiting Holly Park as a child. It is possible that it was the home of John & Susanna BROWNE before they retired to Ardglass and then was passed to their eldest son.
In August 1910 (according to the obituary of James Carlyle Monteagle BROWNE), John Monteagle BROWNE lived at Ringfad, Ardglass, Co. Down . Before then, they had lived in Belfast. His granddaughter, Dorothy Robertson, recalls hearing that they had two residences for years, the other being in Knock, but they then moved full time to Ardglass. In their later years, the family lived in a house called "The White Lodge" near Coney Island.
John Montague BROWNE owned a drapery business. The last person known to be running it was Hugh Martin in the 1950s. He sold it and a few years later there was an accident and it burned down. It was rebuilt and is now a clothing store in Ardglass called C.W. WIlls. Back when the BROWNE family ran it, people came from the surrounding areas to have their clothes made up. The bolts of cloth were displayed on the ground floor and the tailors and seamstresses worked upstairs.
In the marriage notice of his daughter, Jeannie Edgar, John Monteagle BROWNE is described as resident at Tullycarnan, Ardglass and Knock, Co. Down.
Ardglass means Green Heights.
Berni Sutton currently owns "White Lodge". She and her family live there and have renamed the place “Heron Farm”. She is a ceramic artist and her husband is a furniture maker. They also board horses and have a gymkhana of sorts near the road. They are restoring the three cottages. In the past one cottage was called “ONE TREE COTTAGE” and the other “NO TREE COTTAGE”. We are assuming that since the third had been used for housing poultry, that it no longer had the designation of “cottage”. They plan to be open for B&B business by Easter of 2002 (For bookings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Of further interest: They found an old slate sundial in the loft inscribed with the name “Lieutenant John Martin Esq. Ringfad. July 12th 1690. We still don’t know who he is and how he fits in. The earliest MARTIN ancestor we have was Allan MARTIN born in 1743. This sundial would seem to indicate an even earlier presence of the family.
When Susanna died, the remains of her estate was sold off on January 22nd, 1923, realizing proceeds of 165:5:3.:
QUESTION: How does Montague fit into this? How does Monteagle fit?
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