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Killeshin Church, Graigue Killeshin Graveyard Headstones

In loving memory of Anna M Horder wife (?) of Dr T Garrett Horder and daughter (?) of Col. W F Despard [sic] (rest unreadable) In loving memory of [unreadable] Ivor W C Horder Despard [unreadable] only son of Dr & Mrs T Garrett Horder Died Jan 17th 1952 Also his wife Monica Maffett [sic] Died July 27th 1992 [unreadable] 
Horder-Despard, Ivor William Garrett (P53)
5 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Despard, Annabelle Frances (P296)
6 Anglican Parish Registers. Woking, Surrey, England: Surrey History Centre. Source (S1209681839)
7 Civil Engineer Membership Forms, 1818–1930. London, UK: Institution of Civil Engineers. Source (S1209681840)
8 England, Essex Parish Registers, 1538-1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Source (S1209681836)
9 Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013. Source (S1209681841)
10 Will Calendars. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/will_calendars.htm: accessed 17 May 2016. Source (S1209681837)

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Leeds Quarter Sessions, Order and Indictment Books. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, England.

West Riding Quarter Sessions, Order Books, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England.

West Riding Quarter Sessions, Indictment Books, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England.

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14 Also in Edward Despard Faulkner Tree & in John Despard Personal.Not sure if different Edward.
Baptism is correct but DOB?
Despard, Edward (P456)
15 Alternative Wife?
Ethel Mary Nixon Nicholls1910–1981Birth 27 SEP 1910Death MAR 1981 • Braintree, Essex, England 
Harum, Anna Lilanna (P293)
16 Ammie (sic), Bill, Sarah - (Rear), Emma, Alice, Frederick (Front)
Family Pic
Preuss, Alice Flora (P594)
17 An Irish doctor from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary with a wide range of interests, Hemphill experimented with the latest photographic techniques and won several prestigious awards. At a time when photography was a complex, expensive and sometimes dangerous pursuit, Hemphill was among the first to photograph in detail antiquities such as the Rock of Cashel and Holycross Abbey.
A fascinating aspect of Hemphill’s work was his stereoscopic photography which he published in volumes of books.

Hemphill, William Despard (P792)
18 Anglican Parish Registers. Marriage Bonds and Allegations. Somerset Archives & Local Studies, South West Heritage Trust, Taunton, England. Source (S1209681842)
19 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Despard, Annabelle Frances (P296)
20 Attached is the will of Sarah Gordon, mother of Catherine Despard. Here's a partial transcript:

'To my dear daughter Catherine Gordon Despard now in London to declare in this last will and testament the following negroes for some time in my possession: negro man Jack, negro woman Maria little boy her child December and a negro woman Louisa belong unto her the said Catherine Gordon Despard'

She also left Catherine the co-executor of her estate:

'My daughter and best of friends Catherine Gordon Despard in city of London and my dear sister Catherine Pierce inker (?) in Kingston executors'

So - it seems Catherine owned four slaves in 1791! - though she may not have been aware of this, and if she was she may have freed them (as EMD did with slaves he inherited in the Bay of Honduras. There's no record of them following her to England. But it shows that she was a free black woman of Jamaica.

As I mention in my book, in the memoirs of EMD's nieces she's not acknowledged as his wife - they call her his 'black housekeeper' and 'the poor woman who called herself his wife'. So I don't know if she figures in the family tree!


Name:Catherine GordonGender:FemaleParish:St CatherineBaptism Date:1758Baptism Place:St Catherine, JamaicaFather: Gordon Mother: Gordon FHL Film Number:1291724Page Number:268

Maybe the same catherine?

"her father was a most respected clergyman of the established church" Cliff D Conner

Catherine died in 1815. The announcement of her death was nestled among more
than twenty other death notices in the September 16, 1815, issue of the English
newspaper, Jackson’s Oxford Journal. It simply stated, “Mrs. Despard, widow of the
unfortunate Col. Despard” (“Deaths”). No age or exact date of death was listed. Readers
only learned that Mrs. Despard met her fate at Somers Town. Across the Atlantic nearly
five months later, readers of the New-England Palladium, in Boston, Massachusetts, may
have nearly missed the same notice listed among the deaths of local men, widows, and
babies and the drowning of three brothers aged twenty-two, twenty, and ten (“Died”). 
Gordon, Catherine (P123)
21 Birth Despard, Anne (P413)
22 buried at Deans Grange Cemetery. Ireland Franks, Gertrude Lucy (P185)
23 Burke's Peerage: F, #375510

Burke, Bernard. A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland. Great Britain: Harrison & Sons, 1912. 47-48.  
Croasdaile, Richard Col (P754)
24 Charles Despard was born at Woodleigh, Cultra on 31 December 1880, the youngest child of William Francis (a land and estate agent) and Mary Despard (nee Hunt). Charles was educated at RBAI and, in 1899, he enlisted in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry where he served as a Private, then Corporal. He joined the Imperial Yeomanry and served in the South African War. He was commissioned on 1 April 1900 and, a year later, was Mentioned in Despatches ‘For gallantry while serving as a Subaltern with the 74th Imperial Yeomanry during the extraction of a convoy from a difficult situation near Griquatown, Cape Colony on 24 August 1901 during the South African War’. He was also awarded the Queen’s and King’s Medals during this time.

After the war, fired with a sense of adventure, Charles emigrated to Canada to work in Saskatchewan as a rancher, returning to England on the outbreak of war in August 1914 to volunteer for active service. He was commissioned into the Service Squadron of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons as a Lieutenant on 19 October 1914 and was appointed Captain on 30 October 1915, serving first with the 36th (Ulster) Division, then with the North Irish Horse. While preparing for war, Charles Despard met and married Josephine Madden in Leixlip, County Kildare.

All too soon, he was on the front lines of World War 1 and, as Officer in Command of ‘D’ Company 9th (North Irish Horse) Royal Irish Fusiliers, he saw action near Cambrai and was involved in the retreat from St Quentin, earning both the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order.

The citations conjure the picture of a man of considerable selflessness. The Military Cross Citation, awarded for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ spoke of how he commanded his company with the greatest skill and gallantry during an attack, clearing a portion of the village on the flank of the battalion. At dusk, seeing that he was in danger of being cut off, he withdrew his own and two other companies, evacuated all the wounded, and held a line south of the village. During all this time he moved about under very heavy machine-gun fire, regardless of personal danger, and displayed the greatest coolness and courage.

The Distinguished Service Order, awarded after the gruelling five day withdrawal from St Quentin in 1918 highlighted his high qualities as a leader, second-in-command of his Battalion. While in command of the rear-guard, the gallantry and determination with which he disputed the ground was largely responsible for the safe withdrawal of the rest of the main body.

Sadly, just a few months after that display of courage, Captain Charles Beauclerk Despard, then aged 37, was killed in action by shellfire at Kemmel Hill … the last surviving Captain in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. He was buried in Kemmel Cemetery but his grave was subsequently lost and so, today, he is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium … and, of course, at his school. 
Despard, Charles Beauclerk (P510)
25 Church of Ireland Marriage Licenses from Diocese of Dublin 1638 -1794s=spinster, w=widow GROOM LOCATION OCCUP. BRIDE S/W PLACE DATEDESPARd, John Queens Co. Esq Usher, Ellinor w Conturke 16 Feb 1738 Despard, John (P400)
26 Could be Caroline Angelica Carey of Portarlington.
Ganey, Caroline (P420)
27 Cyril Carlyle Beattyb.26 February 1888 d.6 April 1980
MC(1916) MRCS LRCP(1911) MB BS Lond(1920) MRCP(1922) FRCP(1940)
Cyril Beatty was born at Stockton-on-Tees and educated at Barnard Castle and the University of London. He was the son of William John Beatty, also a medical practitioner, and his wife, Alice Letitia Fitzgerald, the daughter of John Scott, a clerk in holy orders. His clinical training was undertaken at the London Hospital where, after qualifying in 1911, he held appointments as house physician, house surgeon, emergency officer, and medical registrar. His studies had been interrupted by the outbreak of the first world war when he joined the RAMC, serving until 1917 and winning the Military Cross.
On demobilization, he became clinical assistant at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. He was later appointed physician to the Royal Northern Hospital, the Evelina Hospital for Children, Chalfont and Gerrard’s Cross Hospital, and Wood Green and Southgate Hospital.
Cyril Beatty had very definite ideas on the National Health Service and, on its inauguration, resigned from the staff of the Royal Northern. He married Constance Hermine, daughter of Arthur Vandeleur Despard, in 1919, and they had three sons, two of whom became medical practitioners. This made five generations of doctors in the Beatty family. Cyril listed his hobbies as ‘living in the country and philately’. After his retirement he was troubled with increasing deafness. He was a very able physician, courteous to patients and staff, and gifted with charm and a quiet wit. His only fault was that he was too shy and retiring.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VII, page 27)
Beatty, Cyril Carlyle Dr (P533)
28 DESPARD, Donald Francis – It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Donald F. Despard on February 5, 2013, at the Kirkland & District Hospital, after a short illness, at the age of 84. Don is survived by his loving wife of 48 ½ years, Susan. He leaves to mourn: his loving children, Wendy (Aaron) Howey and Shawn Despard; grandson, Jeffrey Paquette; and extended family members. Don served his country in the Korean War then later in the Merchant Marines; Don was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion for many years. He was a prayerful man and a faithful member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish. He had a way of keeping the family together. Don will be missed by all who knew him. Cremation has taken place. A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Parish (37 Kirkland Street West, Kirkland Lake, Ontario), Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 a.m. Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (P.O. Box 7008, Station Main, London, ON, N5Y 5W7) in his memory are appreciated by his family. Despard, Donald Francis (P697)
29 DESPARD, JOHN, army officer and colonial administrator; b. 1745 in Ireland, fifth son of William Despard; m. Harriet Anne Hesketh, and they had one daughter; d. 3 Sept. 1829 at Swan Hill, Oswestry, England.
Despard, John Lt.-Gen (P100)
30 Despard’s family on the other hand clearly never accepted the marriage. They referred to Catharine as Despard’s “black housekeeper” and after Despard’s death they offered no assistance to her or to their son (his uncle, General Despard, said that James had “not even an illegitimate claim upon him.”) What we do know is that Despard’s friends took care of them after Despard was executed (they were reportedly given a pension by Sir Francis Burdett and Lord Cloncurry’s memoirs state that they lived with his family in Lyon for some years).
Their son, James Despard, went on to join the military (as an officer, which I think is worth noting). There are various reports of him (usually referred to as a “creole”) that scatter across the first decades of the nineteenth century. He was appointed a captain the London Milita in 1814 after serving in France and supposedly refusing an offer of a high position from Bonaparte (this I find doubtful given Bonaparte’s treatment of the Chevalier Saint-Georges). There are further anecdotes from his spiteful Aunt Jane suggesting that he ran away with an heiress.

"All Despards were entitled to be buried in the churchyard of St Faith's in the city of London, an old parish church whose old graveyard had been subsumed within the walls of St Pauls cathedral."
Ref Mike Jay's book.

Despard, Edward Marcus (P97)
31 Despard’s family on the other hand clearly never accepted the marriage. They referred to Catharine as Despard’s “black housekeeper” and after Despard’s death they offered no assistance to her or to their son (his uncle, General Despard, said that James had “not even an illegitimate claim upon him.”) What we do know is that Despard’s friends took care of them after Despard was executed (they were reportedly given a pension by Sir Francis Burdett and Lord Cloncurry’s memoirs state that they lived with his family in Lyon for some years).
Their son, James Despard, went on to join the military (as an officer, which I think is worth noting). There are various reports of him (usually referred to as a “creole”) that scatter across the first decades of the nineteenth century. He was appointed a captain the London Milita in 1814 after serving in France and supposedly refusing an offer of a high position from Bonaparte (this I find doubtful given Bonaparte’s treatment of the Chevalier Saint-Georges). There are further anecdotes from his spiteful Aunt Jane suggesting that he ran away with an heiress.
In Peter LIneaugh's book he is referred to as John Edward Despard?
James Despard served as an ensign in the French army. Mike Jay

Despard, John "James" Edward (P124)
32 Died at age 90. Despard, Henry Maj Gen (P77)
33 Died Jul 1813 in At Battle Of The Pyrenees Despard, William Maj (P65)
34 Dodge, Richard Despard. "The Despard Family." Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of America, Vol. 2. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, January 1896.  Source (S1222365845)
35 Dolores Irene Despard, 87, of Akron, PA and formerly of Ephrata, PA, died at home on Saturday, April 8, 2017. She was the wife of the late Victor R. Despard who died in 1989.

Born in Ephrata on April 19, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Galen E. and Ruth Shirk Rishel and lived in the same house across from The Cloisters for 36 years before moving to Akron.

Dolores was a 1947 graduate of Ephrata High School and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata. She was employed for 23 years at Sperry New Holland where she was an Executive Secretary and participated in the bowling and softball leagues and sang in the chorus. She and her husband owned and operated McCormick Travel Agency for 20 years; retiring in 1998.

Dolores loved sports. In addition to softball and bowling, she was an avid golfer and fan of the Eagles, 76ers, and Phillies. She enjoyed travelling and had been to all of the United States, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. Gardening and photography were also her hobbies.

Dolores was a member of the Hamilton Club, New Holland B.P.W. and A.M.S.

She was also an animal lover – her beloved pet and companion Poodle "Brandy" lived for 18 years.

Dolores is survived by a sister, Marian A. Meckley of Akron; nephews: Jeff Bare (Sheri) of Maytown, Mike Bare (Merri) of Lititz, Gary Meckley (Robyn) of Lititz; a niece, Cindy Miller of Ephrata, and sister-in-law, Betty J. Rishel of Denver.

In addition to her husband and parents, Dolores was preceded in death by two sisters: Betty R. Bare and Joanne R. Rossman; a brother, Galen E. Rishel, Jr., and two nephews: Douglas R. Bare and Allen C. Rishel. 
Rishel, Dolores Irene (P586)
36 Duncan Lee Despard, M.D. was born in 1867. He was the son of Burton Despard and Gertrude Lee. On August 5, 1924 he was shot by a patient named Alonso Mast and succumbed to his wounds the following day. Despard, Duncan Lee Dr (P434)
37 Evidence in Jane Despard's diary 1838. Keating, "Baron" (P110)
38 Excerpt from Kilrogan Cottage: A Novel

Eleanor smiled. Mrs. North did not seem to her to be so overweighted by' household cares or active employment; but she answered civilly, if a little eon strainedly, Thank you, Mrs. North. I, too, am always busy; for when my father is at home, I seldom leave him; and when he is away, I find many things to keep me occupied in the hours left after my daily duties at Miss Henley's school. 
Pratt, Matilda (P331)
39 Francis Samuel Despard was born in 1840 or 1841, probably in County Kildare, the son of Philip Despard and Anna Poe. He was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary and was posted to County Limerick. Records indicate he had at one time a wife from County Wicklow (though records for Lizzie Curlett show her father came from County Down). He retired from the constabulary on August 10, 1900 and died in Dublin in early 1914.

Despard, Francis Samuel RIC (P236)
40 Further information on his activities is provided by ‘Despard and Ford families account book, 1702-1809’ which is a Ledger kept by members of the Despard and Ford families of Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (1702-1809). Commenced by John Despard and carried on by his son Lambert, then by Joseph, Joseph (Jr.), John (in 1750), and Wait Ford.
Despard, John (P151)
41 Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission. Source (S1209681843)
42 George Beamish (born 1812)were married Frances Anne Hornibrook (born 1825) 20 Aug 1857 at Knockavilly, County Cork, Ireland.
George was the son of Thomas Beamish. Frances Ann was the daughter of John Thomas Hornibrook
And Ellenor Wiseman.
George and Frances Ann had three daughters Maria Frances Beamish (born 1859), Ellen Wiseman Beamish (born 1861) and Mary Georgina Beamish (born 1866). All were born at Bandon, County Cork, Ireland.

In “A New BEAMISH Book complied by Charles Beamish” it says
George c-28 Mar 1812 Ballymodan; Par-Thomas = ?; m-20 Aug 1857 Brinny Frances Anne HORNIBROOK dau of John Thomas Hornibrook of Rockfort; d-1898 Lambeth 1d 282. Farmed Mt Meehan, nr Bandon. C-Maria Frances, Ella, Mary Georgina (25)
Ella b-c1860; Par-George = Frances A HORNIBROOK; m-? DESPARD (25)
Maria Frances Par-George = Frances HORNIBROOK; m-? DESPARD (25)
Mary Georgina (Bertie) c-21 Jun 1866; Par-George = Frances A HORNIBROOK; m-1897 Newtownards Dr Hugh BENNETT. As a widow living Bangor, Co Down in 1937. (25)

I think Mary and Maria spouses were reversed.
I found where Ellen Wiseman Beamish married Vernon Davys Despard in 1894 at Bandon, County Cork, Ireland and had a son George Francis Despard in 1895 at Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.
Mary Georgina Beamish married Francis Green Despard on 31 Aug 1897 at Newtownards, County Down, Ireland. They had a son William Beamish Despard there on 28 Dec 1900 and died 09 Jan 1901.

Vernon Davys Despard (born 1860) and Francis Green Despard (born 1863) were sons of William Francis Despard (1824-1904) and Ann Reed Davys(1830-1864). All of County Down, Ireland.

If the Beamish Book is correct but slightly reversed Maria Frances Beamish must have married Dr Hugh Bennett at Newtownards, County Down, Ireland.
Despard, Vernon Davys (P500)
43 George Despard was the son of Richard Despard and Elizabeth Despard. He was an officer in the 53rd Shropshire Light Infantry. After retiring from the army, he became Head Constable of the Royal Irish Constabulary of County Meath and Resident Magistrate of Rathmolyon, Meath. He passed away in 1846. Despard, George Capt (P31)
44 Gertrude Priscilla Carden was born in 1801 or 1802, the daughter of Captain Caleb Carden of Lismore. She married George Despard of Donore House, Captain in the 53rd Shropshire Light Infantry and later Resident Magistrate of Rathmolyon, County Meath. She died in London in 1864. (Note that three generations of George Despards of Donore married successively three Gertrude Cardens of Lismore. Not an error.)

Dodge, Richard Despard. "The Despard Family." Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of America, Vol. 2. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, January 1896.
Burke's Peerage: F, #363012
Carden, Gertrude Priscilla (P30)
45 Henry Despard, who commanded British forces in the northern war in New Zealand in the 1840s, was born probably in 1784 or 1785. His military family had Huguenot and Irish connections. His father was Captain Philip Despard; his mother's name is unknown. One of his uncles, Colonel Edward Marcus Despard, was the last man sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered for treason in 1803 after he led an Irish uprising in London. Another uncle, General John Despard, was Henry's sponsor when he married Anne Rushworth at Chelsea, Londo, on 1 June 1824.
In 1799 Despard was commissioned as an ensign in the 17th Regiment of Foot. He saw active service in several campaigns in India between 1808 and 1818, became a brigade major in 1817 and a lieutenant colonel in 1829, and was inspecting officer of the Bristol recruiting district from 1838 to 1842; in 1842 he took command of the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot, stationed in Sydney.
On 1 June 1845 Despard and two companies of his regiment arrived in Auckland in response to an appeal for assistance by Governor Robert FitzRoy after Hone Heke's attack on Kororareka (Russell). Despard, who had been given the temporary rank of colonel on the governor's staff, took command of all British troops in New Zealand. On 8 June he sailed for the Bay of Islands with more than 600 men, the largest British force yet seen in New Zealand. They disembarked on 16 June and established a base at the Waimate mission station; there they were joined by the forces of the government's main Maori ally, Tamati Waka Nene, before advancing on Hone Heke and Kawiti's pa at Ohaeawai.
On 24 June Despard's forces began to bombard Ohaeawai, the first pa designed to resist artillery fire. Ohaeawai had two lines of stockade, which incorporated a number of salients, and its 100-strong garrison was protected by a complex of bunkers and trenches.
On 1 July the pa's garrison made a daring sortie which prompted Despard to order an attack on Ohaeawai that afternoon. Although no real breach had appeared in Ohaeawai's stockades, Despard believed that they had been so weakened by the bombardment that his attacking force would be able to pull them down or climb over them using ladders. The British force attacked courageously in the face of heavy fire, but could make no impression on the virtually undamaged main stockade, and Despard was forced to order a recall. More than 100 of Despard's men were killed or wounded in this action, which he attributed to the attackers' failure to carry axes and other tools as he had ordered. However, he later conceded that the pa's stockades were so strong that his plan had had little chance of success. The despondent Despard ordered a retreat to Waimate, but, persuaded that this would be unwise, he resumed the bombardment of Ohaeawai. Early on 11 July the pa was found to be empty and after destroying it Despard's force retired to Waimate.
Between July and November 1845 active military operations virtually ceased. During this period Despard was involved in attempts to negotiate a peaceful settlement. After the final breakdown of these negotiations in early December, the new governor, George Grey, ordered Despard to begin operations against Kawiti's new and formidable pa at Ruapekapeka. Despard had a force of around thirteen hundred British troops and several hundred Maori; substantial artillery support was available for the expedition, which began with an advance from the Kawakawa River in early December. Despard's force reached Ruapekapeka in late December, after a gruelling advance over rough country. A heavy bombardment of the pa began on 10 January 1846, but the next day it was found to have been all but abandoned. Despard's forces rushed into Ruapekapeka and were briefly resisted by Kawiti and a few of his warriors, who then withdrew behind the pa, where Hone Heke and most of the garrison were concealed. After some hours of fighting around the pa, Heke and Kawiti's force withdrew. Initially Despard falsely claimed that the pa had been taken by assault; however, Heke and Kawiti were probably deliberately attempting to draw the British forces into an ambush.
The northern war ended later in January and Despard left New Zealand for New South Wales. On 2 July 1846 he was created CB for his services, and in 1854 he was promoted to major general; he then retired from the army. He died at Heavitree, Devon, England, on 30 April 1859.
While in New Zealand Despard exhibited a determined and combative spirit, and his conduct of operations retained the support of his superiors. Nevertheless, his performance during the campaigns of 1845–46 was seriously flawed. In part this resulted from his own character. He could be kindly and considerate, but in New Zealand painful bouts of neuralgia and the pressures of active service exacerbated his tendency towards bad temper, impatience and obstinacy. He also had a contempt for the Maori, which led him to underestimate his opponents, although he later developed more respect for them.
At Ohaeawai and Ruapekapeka Despard's lack of patience led him to plan ill-advised assaults, which he only abandoned after protests from his officers and Maori allies. During the operations at Ohaeawai Despard employed his artillery incompetently, failing to concentrate fire on one section of the stockades and wasting ammunition through intermittent fire which gave the garrison time to repair damage. His decision to attack Ohaeawai was prompted more by a fit of temper brought on by the garrison's sortie, than by strictly military considerations. The soundness of Despard's plan of attack is also open to serious question. It has been suggested that Despard had no way of knowing how strong Ohaeawai's defences were, but the missionary Robert Burrows, who often spoke with Despard, had a good knowledge of the pa's construction. During the Ruapekapeka expedition Despard exercised more care and caution, although his poor judgement was again evident.
The position of commander of British troops during the northern war was demanding, and it is not surprising that Henry Despard, a man of about 59 or 60 who had not seen active service for nearly 30 years, was unequal to the task.
Despard, Henry Maj Gen (P77)
46 http://www.from-ireland.net/photography/roskelton-coi-graveyard-photographs-co-laois/nggallery/page/5 Photo no3 O'Reilly, Mary Ann "Marian" (Tracy Hunter) (P450)
47 http://www.royalengineers.ca/pembertonjd.html

Born near Dublin, Ireland, 23 July 1821, son of Joseph Pemberton and Margaret Stephans. Married 1864, London, to Theresa Jane Despard Grautoff (b 1843 England; died 24 Aug 1916, at the age of 74, in Victoria, BC, Canada)
In 1855, Pemberton brought his sister Susan, and his favorite uncle, August Frederick Pemberton, back from England with him.
Returned from England in 1864 aboard the Brother Jonathan with wife Theresa. (source Maritime Plaque Page)
Died 11 Nov 1893, at the age of 72 in Oak Bay, near Victoria, BC, Canada

In 1849, the British Colonial Office had suggested to the Hudson's Bay Company that it submit a proposal for the government and colonization of Vancouver's Island.
A year later, on December 9th, 1850, Joseph Despard Pemberton wrote to The Hudson's Bay Company seeking employment as "…a Surveyor and Engineer of thorough business habits and energy… with reference the Colonization of Vancouver's Island…". He was 29 years old.
"The certificates of Mr. J.D. Pemberton having been taken into consideration, it was ordered that he be engaged as Surveyor for Vancouver's Island at an Annual Salary of 400 pounds for a term of three years with a premium of such sum as the Governor and Committee may approve at the end of that period not exceeding 500 pounds provided they shall consider his services and conduct perfectly satisfactory. It is understood that he shall make himself generally useful to Mr. Douglas in all colonization business. This engagement is to be a charge upon the Colonization Fund to be held in Trust by the Company. It is also understood that the Company is to provide an outfit of the requisite instruments at a cost not exceeding 100 pounds - to pay Mr. Pemberton's expenses of conveyance to the Island - and that the salary and commencement of the contract shall date from his arrival on the Island". --The Hudson's Bay Company's Minutes of January 22, 1851
Final instructions were issued to him on February 15, 1851 to proceed by Royal Mail Steam Packet leaving South Hampton on the 17th - only two days later - to Chargres, and from there to cross the Ithmus of Panama, and take the first available ship to San Francisco. From San Francisco he was to "proceed either by the monthly mail steamer… or by an occasional sailing vessel" to the Columbia River where he would probably arrive at Astoria, and thence find his way "either by mail boat or by canoe" to Fort Vancouver. The Officer in Charge there would provide the means of conveyance to Fort Victoria on Vancouver's Island. On arrival at Fort Victoria he was to report to "Mr. Chief Factor Douglas".
So it was that on June 24th, 1851, after an extremely eventful journey of more than four months, Joseph Despard Pemberton moved into the wooden palisaded Fort Victoria to take up His Hudson's Bay Company appointment as Surveyor for Vancouver's Island.
He was to play an integral part in the development of the area, laying out Victoria's town site, surveying from Sooke to Nanaimo, and detailing the topography and natural resources. After serving as Surveyor-General to both the Colony of Vancouver's Island and Fraser's River, he later became a member of the first Legislative Assembly.
Pemberton, Joseph Despard (P673)
48 http://www.thepeerage.com/p8247.htm#i82464 Source (S1215868878)
49 https://archive.org/stream/englishwomansye00unkngoog/englishwomansye00unkngoog_djvu.txt
Holloway Sanatorium, Virginia Water;
Rosina M. Despard, M.D.. Assist. Med. Officer.

Virginia Water (Surrey)— Despard, Rosina C,
M.D. London (1895), Resident Medical Officer
Holloway Sanatorium, St. Ann's Heath.
Despard, Rosina Clara MD (P191)
50 Huygh Castle, Islackfort, Co Tipperary
Minnitt, Robert (P281)

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