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NAMES: Rt. Hon John Lord BELLEW; Rev Patrick SYMPSON aka SIMPSON aka SIMSON of Philipstown; James COULTER; Charles COULTER; Nathanial COULTER of Cavananore; Samuel COULTER of Cavananore; Grizel SYMPSON aka SIMSON aka SIMPSON; George PIPPARD of Drogheda; Cornelius M'LAUGHLIN of Drogheda; William CONWAY of Ballenfull aka Ballinfuil. OTHER PLACES: Annaghvackey.
Sharon Oddie Brown. August 30, 2009
Updated September 1, 2009
Updated March 19, 2010 new SIMPSON family information


1734 Mar 11

DEED: 82 179 57452


NOTES from my 2009 diary.


Between Rt. Hon John Lord BELLEW[2] of the one part & Patrick SYMPSON[3] of Phillipstown[4], Co. Louth … demised lands of Annaghivacky[5], Barony of Dundalk, Co. Louth. ‘then in his possession” … 223 acres 1 rood 20 perches for natural lives of James COULTER[6] son of Charles COULTER[7] of Carrickstuck[8] & Nathanial COULTER[9] son of Samuel COULTER[10] of Cavananore[11] & of Grizell SYMPSON[12] third daughter of said Patrick SYMPSON… rent £54.13.6 WITNESS George PIPPARD[13] of Drogheda[14] merchant & Cornelius M’LAUGHLIN[15] of the same clerk to the said George PIPPARD. WITNESS Cornelius M’LAUGHLIN & William CONWAY[16] of Ballenfull[17], Co. Louth. Gent.


[2] Rt. Hon John Lord BELLEW (1702-1770). He came from an old Anglo-Norman family and succeeded to the title March 22, 1714/1715. SOURCE: http://thepeerage.com/p3309.htm#i33089

[3] Rev. Patrick SIMPSON (Abt 1681-1780) was the second [actually - he was the 3rd] named Presbyterian Minister in the Dundalk Presbyterian Church (which was founded in 1560 and is one of the oldest non-conforming churches Ireland). He was born at Islay Scotland and Married Margaret McNEIL aka McNEILE etc. After stepping back from active ministering (over doctrinal issues), he became successful managing various leases in the area. His third daughter, Grizel, married John McNEIL. SOURCE: The Flurry Valley: Landlords and Society, 1659 – 1841. Don Johnston, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Part I was published in: Vol. 26, No. 1 (2005), pp. 5-26  Part II was published in: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2004), pp. 379-399; Part III was published in Vol. 26, No. 1(2005), pp. 5-26 Published by: County Louth Archaeological and History Society

  • He was allied to the M'Neill family. It is recorded in local history that two brothers, Archibald and Malcolm M'Neill, officers in the army, landed at Dundalk in 1688, fought in the great battle of Ballymascanlon and succeeded in taking the castle formerly occupied by the Scanlons—a Celtic family, who were afterwards driven into exile. Soon after their settlement they brought over from the Island of Islay two Presbyterian Ministers, the Rev. Patrick  SIMPSON and the Rev. Mr. Drummond, one of them to minister at Dundalk and the other at Scanlon Castle, near which a Presbyterian church had been built on the ancient site of which the present church of the Protestant Episcopal Communion now stands. The Minister's house and farm then occupied the site of the present residence of the MacNeill family, Mountpleasant. Archibald MacNeill gave £100—a large sum in those days—towards the building of the old Presbyterian church in Linenhall Street. Mr.  SIMPSON died in 1760, at the age of 99 years, and was succeeded by the Rev. Mr. Drummond, who also died in Dundalk in 1778, aged 38 years. His remains lie alongside those of his predecessors in the family burial ground of the MacNeills. SOURCE: Tempest’s Jubilee Annual 1909.
  • Gravemarker:  SIMPSON. This Burying Place Erected/by Margaret Simson widow/to the Memory of the Late/Rev PATRICK  SIMPSON/Dissenting Minister of/Dundalk who departed this/Life October the 5th 1780 aged/99 years. SOURCE: http://www.faughart.com/inscriptions-page22352.html 
  • In the 1829 publication, Ordination Service by the Dublin Eustace Street Congregation (page 64), we learn that Mr.  SIMPSON had not joined the ejected members till near the conclusion of the discussions, when he told the Senate that he observed much partiality in them, and he would have no more to do with them, but would take his lot with the nonsubscribers. His elder, Capt. McNeill, concurred with him in this determination. This generous adaptation of a persecuted cause shows a very noble mind. I have the pleasure of being acquainted with several descendents of this excellent man, who are not unworthy of their progenitor.
  • The History of Dundalk and its Environs from the Earliest Historic Period. John D’Alton and James Roderick O’Flanagan. Dundalk. 1864. p311 it states that `he had no family`. Perhaps he had no sons.
  • In the Kintyre Mag: Malcolm's daughter married Rev. Patrick  SIMPSON, the son of old Lachlan Buidhe's fifth daughter Isabel McNeill and her husband Rev. David  SIMPSON, Minister in Islay. Rev. Patrick was Minister of Dundalk. He was second of four Scottish Ministers in that charge. He became quite an extensive landowner and was in great demand as a preacher of Gaelic. He took part in the translation into Gaelic of a catechism and with others was charged with the task of preaching in Gaelic to Highland soldiers stationed in Dublin. http://www.kintyremag.co.uk/1999/27/page6.html
  • He was one of the Non-Subscribing or New Light Presbyterians, one of 16 parishes in Antrim in 1725.

[4] Phillipstown, Parish of Phillipstown, Co. Louth

[5] Annaghivacky, a townland of 369 Acres in the Civil Parish of Creggan, Barony of Upper Dundalk, Co. Louth.

[6] James COULTER (b bef 1735), son of Charles COULTER of Carrickstuck & Mary McEVERS.

[7] Charles COULTER of Carrickastuck, husband of Mary McEVERS.

[8] Carrickastuck, a townland of 229 acres in the Parish of Phillipstown, Co. Louth.

[9] Nathanial COULTER son of Samuel COULTER of Cavananore. He married and had a daughter, Mary SOURCE: http://www.thesilverbowl.com/documents/1775_Will_of_Andrew_Coulter.htm

[10] Samuel COULTER (b abt 1690) of Cavananore father of 7 children. Most likely a brother of Charles, William and John COULTER.

[11] Cavananore – a townland of 219 acres in Upper Dundalk, Co. Louth

[12] Grizell SYMPSON third daughter of Rev. Patrick SYMPSON She died sometime between 1737 and 1765. She married John McNEILE - her half 2nd cousin. Their son, Neil McNEIL of Lower Farghart married Anne TWIBILLof Jonesborough and they had 7 children. SOURCE: The Flurry Valley: Landlords and Society, 1659 – 1841. Don Johnston, Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society, Part I was published in: Vol. 26, No. 1 (2005), pp. 5-26  Part II was published in: Vol. 25, No. 4 (2004), pp. 379-399; Part III was published in Vol. 26, No. 1(2005), pp. 5-26 Published by: County Louth Archaeological and History Society

[13] George PIPPARD of Drogheda merchant.

  • Going from Deeds evidence (which I have yet to work on) he would seem to be the eldest son of Christopher PIPPARD and a brother of Henry PIPPARD.
  • What is interesting in his appearance here in terms of the family story is that there are a number of JACKSON-PIPPARD Connections. For example, a document where Richard Jackson , alderman of Drogheda makes financial arrangements between himself and Eleanor Conly alias Pippard, his fiancée, Aug 23, 1699. Also, a letter of John Pippard to George Pippard on financial matters relating to a farm taken from Cpt. Jackson, Feb 23, 1730. And a lease by Robert Jackson to John Pippard of the town and lands of Castletownmoor near Kells, for 31 years commencing May 1, 1730. SOURCE: Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilization, Richard J. Hayes, ed. 1965

[14] Drogheda, a seaport, borough, and market-town, and a county of itself, locally in the county of LOUTH, and province of LEINSTER, 57 miles (S by W.) from Belfast, and 23 (N.) SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, Samuel Lewis.http://www.libraryireland.com/topog/d3.php NOTE: The COULTER-Drogheda connection is interesting. In 1808,there was a letter from George Coulter at Drogheda to [John Foster] reminding him of the support he gave Colonel Foster at the last election. He is the only Protestant wool draper in Drogheda, and was assured by Colonel Foster that if his business suffered as a result of the election he would be provided for. He was promised a gaugership, but nothing more has come of this. SOURCE: PRONI: D562/12555.

[15] Cornelius M’LAUGHLIN of Drogheda, clerk to the said George PIPPARD. Just as the PIPPARD-JACKSON connections are interesting, so is the name M’LAUGHLIN since the George JACKSON (1718-1782) who is the earliest known member of our family tree married a Margaret O’LAUGHLIN in 1743.

[16] William CONWAY of Ballenfull, Co. Louth. Gent

[17] Ballenfull, aka Ballinfuil – a townland of 369 acres in the Parish of Roche, Co. Louth




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