Willbrook (later Fonthill Abbey), Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin
|Fonthill Abbey (formerly Willbrook), Rathfarnham: the house in 2009, shortly before demolition. |
Image: Patrick Healy/South Dublin Libraries. Some rights reserved.
Belvidere Hall, Bray, Co. Wicklow
|Belvidere Hall: the entrance front. Image: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage|
Battley family of Willbrook and Belvidere Hall
(1) Ven. Dr. John Battley (1646-1708), born at Bury St Edmunds, 18 November 1646; educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1665; DD 1684); Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; rector of Adisham (Kent), 1684; Archdeacon of Suffolk, 1687-88 and of Canterbury, 1688-1708; antiquarian and author of histories of Richborough (Kent) and Bury St. Edmunds (Suffk) which were published posthumously; married 1st, 1675, Catherine Rawlins (d. 1685) of Knightsbridge, and 2nd, 1696/7 (licence 30 December 1696), Mary (c.1656-1741), daughter of Sir Henry Oxenden, 1st bt. of Dene, but had no issue; died 10 October 1708 and was buried in Canterbury Cathedral; will proved 4 November 1708;(2) Rev. Nicholas Battley (1648-1704), baptised at St James, Bury St Edmunds, 14 June 1648; educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1667; BA 1669) and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge (MA 1672), 1670-1704; ordained priest, 1675; rector of Nowton (Suffk), 1680-85, vicar of Creeting St Olave, 1681; rector of Ivychurch (Kent) and vicar of Bekesbourne (Kent), 1685-1704; married Anne [surname unknown, possibly Knipe] (d. 1716) and had issue three sons and one daughter; died 19 May and was buried at Bekesbourne, 22 May 1704, where he is commemorated by a monument;(3) Samuel Battley (c.1652-1714), born about 1652; educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School; apothecary in Bury St. Edmunds in succession to his father; alderman of the borough, 1696 and 1708; MP for Bury St Edmunds, 1712; obtained grants of land in Co. Cavan and Co. Fermanagh and also owned lands in Co. Waterford and Co. Wexford, all of which he later sold in order to purchase an estate at Horringer (Suffk), where he moved c.1700; married 1st, 21 November 1682 at Nowton (Suffk), Mary (1661-97), daughter of Thomas Bright of Bury St Edmunds, and had issue two sons and three daughters who all died young; married 2nd, by 1699, Anne (fl. 1741), widow of [forename unknown] Sydey, and had issue at least two sons who also died young; died at Horringer, 15 July 1714 and was buried at Bury St. Edmunds, having left in his will, proved 6 August 1714, a sum for the perpetual repair of the tomb of his ancestors in the churchyard there;(4) Thomas Battley (1655-1718) (q.v.);(5) William Battley (1659-85), born June 1659; educated at Bury St. Edmunds Grammar School; died unmarried, April 1685 and was buried at St Mary, Bury St Edmunds;(6) Charles Battley (1667-1722), born February 1667; educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School and the Middle Temple (admitted 1686; called 1700); barrister-at-law; receiver and collector of rents of Westminster Abbey; secretary to the Exchequer Remembrancer by 1694; married, 1692 (licence 23 August), Elizabeth (fl. 1741), daughter of John Needham and had issue three sons (who all died young) and several daughters; died May 1722 and was buried at Great Whelnetham (Suffk); will proved in the PCC, 3 October 1722;(7) Anne Battley (d. c.1715); lived with her brother John until his death; died unmarried; will proved in the PCC 4 May 1715;(8) Beata Battley; married [forename unknown] Morden.
(1) John Battley (1695-1729), born 26 April and baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, 2 May 1695; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (admitted 1711; BA 1715; MA 1718) and Inner Temple (admitted 1722); Receiver, Solicitor and Steward of the Courts of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey, 1723-29; JP for Westminster; Clerk to the Governors of Queen Anne's Bounty; Secretary to the Augmentation Office; married, 9 February 1726/7 at Chapel Royal, Whitehall, Elizabeth (c.1706-65) (who m2, 6 May 1735 at All Hallows, Barking (Middx), Thomas Baskett), daughter of Mark Frecker, but died without issue; died 10 June and was buried in the south aisle of Westminster Abbey, 14 June 1729; will proved in the PCC, 19 August 1729;(2) Ann Battley (b. 1697), born 10 March and baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, 11 March 1696/7; living, unmarried, in 1741;(3) Hester Battley (b. 1698), baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, 11 November 1698; probably died young;(4) Mary Battley (1700-01), baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, 9 December 1700; died in infancy and was buried at Bekesbourne, 1 August 1701;(5) William Battley (c.1702-36) (q.v.);(6) Mary Battley (b. 1705), baptised at Canterbury Cathedral, 8 November 1705; married, 21 January 1730/1 at Grays Inn Chapel, John Stacy (d. 1754), apothecary, and had issue one son and two daughters; living in 1757.
(1) John Battley (c.1730-1808) (q.v.);(2) William Battley (d. 1772); married and had issue; died 1772; will proved in Dublin, 2 January 1773;(3) Edmund Battley.
(1) Thomas Cade Battley (1770-1851) (q.v.);(2) Lt-Col. William Battley (c.1771-1817); an officer in the 60th Foot (Ensign, 1789; Lt. 1793; Capt., 1803 (Br. Maj. 1808); Maj., 1814 (Br. Lt-Col, 1814); retired 1817); married, 24 December 1799 at Portsea (Hants), Hannah Mitchell, and had issue three sons and three daughters (one of the sons being born before his marriage); he is said to have been accidentally killed at Gibraltar on his way home from the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa); his will, made at the Cape of Good Hope in July 1817 was proved in London, 3 December 1817;(3) Elizabeth Battley (c.1773-86); died young at Willbrook, May 1786.
(1) Richard Battley (b. c.1799); given as the eldest son in Burke's Landed Gentry and said to be an officer in 22nd Regiment, but does not appear in the Army Lists; said to have died unmarried;(2) John Cade Battley (c.1800-25); educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1817); an officer in 30th Regiment (Ensign, 1821); died unmarried at Kamptee, Madras (India), 15 January 1825;(3) A son (b. 1802), born 20 July 1802; probably died in infancy;(4) Elizabeth Georgina Battley (1807?-37?), probably the daughter whose birth was reported in the press, February 1807; married, 13 January 1834 at Muttra (India), Maj. George Larkins, Royal Horse Artillery; said to have died in India, c.1837;(5) D'Oyly William Battley (1808-87) (q.v.);(6) Thomas Battley (c.1812-62), born about 1812; an officer of the Chancery Registrar for Ireland from 1831; one of the Registrars of the Court of Bankruptcy, 1847; married, 1841, Marcella (c.1812-97), daughter of John Connolly of Newhaggard (Co. Meath), but had no issue; died 28 October 1862; administration of his goods was granted to his widow, 29 November 1862 (effects under £1,000);(7) Rev. Charles Bush Battley (c.1813-81), born about 1813; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1827; BA 1832); ordained deacon, 1838, and priest, 1839; chaplain to Lord Avonmore in 1850; married, 19 March 1834 at St Peter, Dublin, Susannah Nugee (d. 1883); died in Dublin, 3 January 1881;(8) Rochfort Battley (1817-66), of Ashgrove Cottage, Kingstown (Co. Dublin), born 15 June and baptised at St Peter, Dublin, 25 September 1817; married, 6 October 1863, Rosellen (c.1836-71), daughter of William Jones Field MD and had issue one son; died 26 October 1866; administration of his goods granted to his widow, 25 February 1867 (effects under £1,500);(9) Harriet Battley (c.1820-82), born about 1820; married, 28 August 1844 at St Peter, Dublin, William Charles Brown (fl. 1869) of Manchester and later of Rochfort Lodge, Richmond (Surrey), financier; buried 8 April 1882;(10) Diana Maria Battley (c.1822-1910), born about 1822; married, 16 July 1853 at St Peter, Dublin, Alexander Clotworthy Downing Leckie Edie (c.1810-75) of Thornhill, Strabane (Co. Tyrone), and had issue two daughters; died aged 88 on 4 October 1910.
(1) D'Oyly Cade Battley (1841-1924) (q.v.);(2) Rochfort Clotworthy Loftus Battley (1844-85), baptised at St Michael, Coventry (Warks), 18 October 1844; married, 29 April 1871 at Monkstown (Co. Dublin), Anna Mary, daughter of Maj. John Graham Sadler of Hymenstown (Co. Tipperary), and had issue one son and two daughters; died of pneumonia, 19 April 1885.
(1) Louisa Cecilia Battley (1868-1945) (q.v.);(2) Lt-Col. William D'Oyly Battley (1870-1916), born 10 December 1870; an officer in the Dublin City Artillery (2nd Lt., 1891; Lt., 1892; Capt., 1900; Maj., 1903; Hon. Lt-Col.; retired c.1909), who served in the Boer War, 1899-1902; died unmarried, 11 September 1916 and was buried at Delgany;(3) Rochfort Cade Battley (1873-1925), born 23 March 1873; apparently emigrated first to Canada and later to Australia; died, probably unmarried, 2 July 1925 and was buried at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia);(4) Mabel Margaretta Annie Battley (1876-85), born 1 April 1876; died young, 28 October 1885 and was buried at Delgany (Co. Wicklow);(5) Evelyn Charlotte Maud Battley (1887-1944), born 27 July 1887; died unmarried, 15 June 1944 and was buried at Delgany.
(1) John Charles D'Oyly Wilson (later Battley) (1904-62) (q.v.);(2) Muriel Haidee Westropp Wilson (later Battley) (1907-74), born 19 June 1907; married, October 1937, as his second wife, George O'Callaghan (later O'Callaghan-Westropp) (1864-1944), The O'Callaghan, son of Col. John O'Callaghan, but had no issue; died 10 April 1974.
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Can you help?
- Is anyone able to demonstrate (or disprove) the connection between William Battley (c.1702-36) and the Battleys of Bury St. Edmunds?
- Can anyone provide further information about the ownership of Willbrook/Fonthill Abbey after the Second World War, or additional photographs of the house?
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- As usual with Irish families, the very limited online availability of parish registers and the poor survival of many other records means the genealogical details above are thinner and less reliable than I would like. If anyone can offer further information or corrections I should be most grateful. I am always particularly pleased to hear from descendants of the family who can supply information from their own research or personal knowledge for inclusion.