1802 Will of Grizel Reid


In the name of God Amen. I Grizel Reid[1] of Clonaleenan[2] in the County of Louth widow being weak in body but of a sound mind and perfect understanding do make publish and release this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I order my body to be interred in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned to be paid out of the produce of my Real and Personal Property by sale thereof as hereinafter mentioned as also all my real debts and the interest arising there on. Secondly I authorize my executors to sell my one half of the Freehold Property situate in Ballygallam[3]  in the County of Down left to me by the will of my late husband Joseph Reid[4]  formerly of Ballygallam aforesaid at the most improved value for payment of my said debts and funeral expenses as aforesaid by public auction to the highest and best bidder or by private contract at the highest price that can be reasonably had for the same if not disposed of before my decease the rents issues and profits thereof and the money so raised by sale thereof to go to the payment of my said debts and funeral experience expenses as aforesaid [?] and my will is that the remainder shall be divided into ten even and equal shares eight of which shares I bequeath to the children of my brother Robert Dickie[5] of Clonaleenan aforesaid namely James[6], Anne Coulter[7] otherwise Dickie Joseph[8], Mary[9], Robert[10], Elizabeth[11] and John[12] share and share alike and provided one or more of said children should die before him/her or them arrived at the age of 21 years I order his/her or their shares may descend to the survivors of them share and share alike. I leave and bequeath the remaining two shares to my nephews Robert Small[13] of Morne[14] and to Robert Reid[15] son to Robert Reid[16] late of Leskeel[17] deceased and nephew to my late husband and both in the County of Down share and share alike. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my brother Robert Dickie and James Dickie[18] both of Clonaleenan aforesaid Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former will or wills by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of April 1802. Grizel Reid. [Seal.] Signed sealed published and declared by the testator Grizel Reid in our presence and we have [Fold in paper – illegible phrase] Witnessed in our presence and in the presence of each other William Nelson[19], Alexander Donaldson[20], James McCullagh[21].


Alexander McCombe[22] of Capel Street in the city of Dublin maketh oath and says that he is the writer of the paper saith he drew said will from the Instructions of the said Deceased as  hereunto annexed purporting to be the last will and testament of Grizel Reid late of Clonaleenan in the County of Louth widow deceased with whom deponent was acquainted [fold in paper – can’t read] believes and directly conformable to her other wishes and that the appointment of James Dickie as an executor happened from  Deponents having originally made some clerical error in said will written on the erasure as it now appears and that same was so written prior to its execution, and deponent saith that the said will as it now appears as is perfectly conformable to the wishes of said deceased and as the same [??] condition in which it was executed and attested is as deponent believes -- -- Alexander McCombe. Sworn this 24th day of October 1818 before us J. Radcliff [23]



[1] Grizel REID. Although her will is the first substantive bit that I have on her, it has been helpful in knitting other bits together. She was a daughter of Samuel James DICKIE of Clonaleenan, and Mary BAILEY.

[2] Clonaleenan, Parish of Creggan, Co. Louth. 311 acres. It is bounded by Barronstown to the east, Carrickastuck and Annaghvacky to the north, Shanmullagh to the west and Derryfalone to the south (amongst others). The earliest deed that I have connecting the DICKIEs to this property is: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/1735Aug5-BELLEW-DICKIE.html

[3] Ballygallam, aka Ballygallum, Parish of Bright, Barony of Lecale Upper. It is in the northern part of the parish. SEE: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rosdavies/MAPS/BrightRathmullanTownlands.htm NOTE: a John REID of Ballygallum, Co. Down had a will probated 1761.

[4] Joseph REID.NOTE:  I do not yet know any more of him.

[5] Robert DICKIE (1740-1825). He married Mary REID, likely in the late 1760s. NOTE: It is curious that the will mentions eight shares for eight children, but only names seven of them. I have names for two more children, according to records at Dundalk public library (Family tree of the DICKIE family, 1993), but I am unsure about both of them: Alexander & Eleanor. On the gravestone at Kane, there is a mention of an Eleanor who died in 1802, so Alexander would be the better bet, although the Dundalk library version says that he died young.

[6] James DICKIE (1771-1835)

[7] Ann COULTER née DICKIE (1772-1803) Her husband was Samuel COULTER (1755-1801) of Carnbeg.

[8] Joseph DICKIE (abt1774-1807)

[9] Mary DICKIE (1776-1862)

[10] Robert DICKIE (1782-1840)

[11] Elizabeth DICKIE (1788-1862)

[12] John DICKIE (1787-1876)

[13] Robert SMALL. NOTE: I do not know how he fits in. A Jane SMALL (1724-1783) was a wife of Thomas COULTER (1709-1769) who was the father of the Samuel COULTER (1755-1801) who married Anne DICKIE (1772-1803).

[14] Morne – This is probably Mourne, Parish of Kilkeel.

[15] Robert REID, son of Robert REID

[16] Robert REID senior -deceased before 1802.

[17] Leakeal There are the Baronies of Upper and Lower Lecale, but I have not been able to find a likely townland of a name that might approximate this one.

[18] James DICKIE NOTE: This is likely the James DICKIE, son of Robert DIKCIE.

[19] William NELSON NOTE: A William NELSON witnessed other family documents. Is he this person? “William Neilson was the son of Rev Moses Neilson, who had come as a Presbyterian minister from the Strabane region to Rademon near Crossgar in Kilmore parish in 1767. Moses Neilson was an Irish speaker, and used Irish in Rademon, as already noted. William was born in 1774. He was schooled first by his father, and later by Lynch at Loughinisland. He attended Glasgow University from 1789 until 1791, and became a minister in 1796. He spent the years 1797–1818 in Dundalk, where he is known to have preached regularly in Irish. His arrest in 1798 after preaching in Irish during a visit home has already been mentioned; he was released from Downpatrick court the following day. He went on to become a professor in the Belfast Academy from 1818 until his death in 1821” SOURCE: Down: History & Society, ed. Lindsay Proudfoot, Dublin: Geography Publications, 1997 Ch 17 The Irish Language in County Down. Ciarán Ó Duibhín. This would not be surprising given the interest in Gaelic in earlier generations of the COULTER family. He was also the tutor of Thomas COULTER (1793-1843)

[20] Alexander DONALDSON. There are many Alexander DONALDSONs to choose from. One of the most likely is the Alexander DONALDSON (1771-1843), son of Andrew DONALDSON of Philipstown & Catherine BAILLIE of Clonaleenan.

[21] James McCULLAGH. There are many James McCULLAGH to choose from. One possible candidate would be the one who was one of the three sons of William McCULLAGH and Jane COULTER (daughter of Thomas COULTER (1658-1754) and Anne MAFFETT (1671-1736))

[22] A Rev. Alexander McCOMBE of Freeduff in mid 1700s, and then an Alexander & Esther McCOME had a son Alexander baptised in St, Mary’s Church, Dublin in 1823.

[23] J. RADCLIFF ?