|Becher of Hollybrook|
Aughadown House, Co. Cork
|Aughadown House: Ordnance Survey of Ireland 6" plan, c.1840, |
showing the footprint of the house more clearly than is apparent on the ground today.
Hollybrook House, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
|Hollybrook House: engraving of the Georgian house from the sale particulars at the time of the 1852 sale.|
Becher family of Aughadown House and Hollybrook House
(1) Henry Becher (c.1573-1610) (q.v.);
(2) Jane Becher; married Hugh Prescott of Staffordshire;(3) Edward Becher (1576-1617?), baptised at Hartley Wespall (Hants), 20 July 1576; escheator of Munster, 1606-17; lived at Crookhaven (Co. Cork); married Alice Walche of Dublin, and had issue two sons; will proved 13 August 1617;(4) Margaret Becher (1577-1609?), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 12 November 1577; probably died unmarried and was buried at Statfield Saye, 27 May 1609;(5) Judith Becher (b. 1579), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 6 January 1579/80; perhaps died young;(6) Elizabeth Becher (b. 1582), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 23 March 1581/2; married Randal Warner or Wardner (fl. 1617) of London and Kilcoleman (Co. Cork);(7) Fane Becher (1582-1649), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 25 November 1582; Quartermaster General of forces in Ireland, 1649; married Susanna [surname unknown] (fl. 1649) (who is said to have married 2nd, John Godsuffe (d. 1670) of Kinsale), but apparently had no surviving issue; died in September or October 1649; will proved at Bristol and at Dublin, 1656;(8) Stephen Becher (b. & d. 1585), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 23 January 1584/5; died in infancy and was buried at Hartley Wespall, 28 January 1584/5;(9) William Becher (b. 1585), baptised at Hartley Wespall (Hants), 25 July 1585;(10) Catherine Becher (b. 1588; fl. 1623), baptised at Hartley Wespall, 27 August 1588; married Richard Richmond alias Shepherd (fl. 1617), and had issue five children; living in 1623.
(1) William Becher (d. 1601?), possibly the child of this name buried at Stratfield Saye (Hants), 16 April 1601;(2) Henry Becher (b. c.1595; fl. 1655) (q.v.);(3) Elizabeth Becher (d. 1601); buried at Stratfield Saye (Hants), 9 February 1601;(4) Fane Becher; nicknamed 'Lying Becher'; left Ireland in 1639 for St Christopher's in the Caribbean, where he proceeded to organise a rebellion against the authorities in 1642;(5) Edward Becher (b. 1601), baptised at Stratfield Saye, 2 August 1601;(6) Lionel Becher (d. c.1676); married, 29 November 1642 at Youghal (Co. Cork), Julian, daughter of [forename unknown] Budde of Bideford (Devon) and widow of Capt. Thomas Williams, and had issue at least two sons and one daughter; died about 1676;(7) Alice Becher;(8) Catherine Becher (fl. 1631?), possibly the person of this name who married, 1631, John Woodroffe (fl. 1641), provost of Bandon;(9) Abigail Becher; lived at Castle Mahon (Co. Cork), which she and her husband sold to the Bernard family; said to have married Charles James;(10) Susan Becher;(11) Mabel Becher;(12) Mary Becher; probably the woman of this name who married, 1641, Thomas Maddox.
(1) Elizabeth Becher (b. c.1637), born about 1637; married, 10 June 1656, Maj. Richard Tonson (d. 1693) of Spanish Island (Co. Cork), and had issue one son and one daughter;(2) Col. Thomas Becher (c.1640-1709) (q.v.);(3) Henry Becher; married, 1670, Elizabeth Reede;(4) Mary Becher (fl. 1714); married, 1675, Stephen Fleming, and had issue at least one son; died after 1714;(5) Susanna Becher; married William Field, and had issue one son and three daughters.
|Col. Thomas Becher (c.1640-1709)|
(1) Henry Becher (1666-1738) (q.v.);(2) Thomas Becher (1667-1707), said to have been born 10 February 1667; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1685); sometimes recorded in error for his father as MP for Baltimore, 1703-09; died, probably unmarried, in the lifetime of his father, 1707;(3) William Becher (b. 1670), said to have been born 10 March 1669/70; probably died young and almost certainly before 1695 when his brother Edward was 'fourth son';(4) Elizabeth Becher (1671-c.1707), said to have been born 17 February 1670/1; married 1st, 1697, Capt. Horatio Townshend (d. 1698?) and had issue one daughter; married 2nd, 1701, as his third wife, Rt. Rev. Dive Downes (1653-1709), Bishop of Cork & Ross, and had further issue one daughter; died between 1705 and 1707; will proved 4 August 1707;(5) Michael Becher (1674-1726), said to have been born 8 April 1674; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1690; BA 1695); admitted as a burgess at Clonakilty (Co. Cork), 1711; MP for Baltimore, 1713-14, 1715-26; described in 1715 as Lt-Col, so perhaps an officer in the militia; married, 1698, Peniel (c.1682-1759) (who m2, 1730, Col. Richard Tonson), daughter of Col. Gates, and may have had issue one son, though he is not mentioned in his will; died after 8 March 1726;(6) Richard Becher (b. 1675); said to have born 24 May 1675; probably died young and almost certainly before 1695 when his brother Edward was 'fourth son';(7) Edward Becher (1676-1750), born 27 June 1676; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1694) and Inner Temple (admitted 1695; called 1702); barrister-at-law; tenant of of Norwood Park, Southwell (Notts), 1731-47; married 1st, 1 September 1702, Bridget (1678-1735), daughter of Samuel Lowe the elder of Southwell, and had issue six sons and five daughters; married 2nd, 24 January 1738/9 at North Muskham (Notts), Mary, only child of William Booth and widow of William Law of Southwell, and had further issue one son; died 25 June 1750*;(8) John Becher (1677-1743), of Bristol and Stapleton (Glos), born 1 September 1677; apprenticed to his future father-in-law at Bristol, 1690; merchant, shipowner, and slave trading agent in Bristol; sheriff of Bristol, 1713; mayor of Bristol, 1721; Master of the Bristol Merchant Venturers, 1722; married 1st, 17 October 1695 at St Werburgh, Bristol, Hester (c.1676-1705), daughter of Sir John Duddlestone, 1st bt., and had issue six sons [from the eldest surviving of whom descend the Wrixon-Becher baronets, who will be the subject of a future post] and two daughters; married 2nd, 1710 (licence 26 October), probably at Bitton (Glos), Mary Cranfield (d. 1753), and had further issue five sons and two daughters; died 9 July 1743; will proved in the PCC, 10 August 1743;(9) George Becher (1678-89), said to have been born 6 September 1678; died young, October 1689 and was buried at St Mary, Redcliffe, Bristol, 2 October 1689;(10) Dorothy Becher (b. 1679), said to have been born 22 November 1679; probably died young and almost certainly before 1705 as she is not mentioned in her father's will;(11) Martha Becher (b. 1681), said to have been born 31 July 1681; married Dillon Newman (d. 1733) of Newbury and Dromineen (Co. Cork) and had issue at least four sons and three daughters; she predeceased her husband but her death has not been traced;(12) Ann Becher (b. 1682), said to have been born 8 March 1682; probably died young and almost certainly before 1705 as she is not mentioned in her father's will;(13) Mary Becher (b. 1683), said to have been born 16 December 1683; probably died young and almost certainly before 1705 as she is not mentioned in her father's will;(14) Lionel Becher (1686-1770), of Sherkin House, born 9 March 1686; ran a prosperous fishery on Sherkin Island with his son-in-law, Randall Westropp; married, 1712, Catherine Dunscombe (fl. 1769), and had issue at least two sons and three daughters; died 10 February 1770; will proved 1772;(15) Susannah Becher (1688-c.1738); said to have been born 16 March 1688; married 1st, 1709, Thomas Hungerford (c.1681-1715), and had issue one son and four daughters; married 2nd, 2 August 1719, as his first wife, Samuel Jervoise (c.1685-1764) of Braade House (Co. Cork) (who m2, 1741 Elizabeth Lapp and had another son), son of Joseph Jervoise, and had further issue one son; living in 1737 but will proved 1738.
(1) John Becher (c.1700-78) (q.v.);(2) Elizabeth Becher (d. c.1745); married, 1724, as his second wife, Richard Townsend (1684-1742) of Castle Townsend, son of Bryan Townsend, and had issue three sons and three daughters; died between 1743 and 1745;(3) Henry Becher (fl. 1708); living in 1708 when he was mentioned in his grandfather's will, but probably died young.
(1.1) Richard Hedges Becher (c.1747-1825) (q.v.);(1.2) Jane Becher (1748-1812), born about 1748; married (aged about 15), 1763 (settlement 2 April), as his second wife, Daniel O'Donovan (1703-78), The O'Donovan, of Bawnlahan (Co. Cork), and had issue two sons and two daughters; died in 1812 and was buried at Myross (Co. Cork);(1.3) Michael Becher (d. 1778); died unmarried, November 1778;(1.4) Eliza Becher (fl. 1782); married, 2 September 1777, William Evans (1747-96), third son of Hon. John Evans of Bulgaden Hall (Co. Limerick), and had issue two sons and three daughters; died after 1782.
(1.1) Frances Eyre Becher (c.1771-1843); married, 8 July 1793 at Bath (Som.), her cousin, Richard Becher Hungerford (1771-1833) of The Island (Co. Cork) and had issue seven sons and two daughters; died 12 September 1843;(1.2) John Becher (c.1774-1820) (q.v.);(1.3) Henry Owen Becher (c.1774-1841) (q.v.);(2.1) Anne Becher (c.1779-1860), born about 1779; died unmarried, 13 June 1860;(2.2) Thomas Alleyn Becher (c.1780-1830), born about 1780; a freeman of Cork; died unmarried at Skibbereen, 12 March 1830;(2.3) Richard Becher (c.1781-1804), born about 1781; an officer in West Cork Militia (Lt.); died unmarried, 11 June 1804;(2.4) Elizabeth Becher (c.1782-1851), born about 1782; died unmarried, at Lakelands, January 1851;(2.5) Mary Becher (c.1785-1833), born about 1785; died unmarried, 23 May 1833;(2.6) Letitia Becher (c.1787-1826), born about 1787; married, 16 March 1805, Capt. Henry Richard Orpen (d. 1838) of Gortages and Bridgeville Park (Co. Cork), surveyor of customs, youngest son of Richard Orpen of Ardtully (Co. Kerry), and had issue six sons and three daughters; buried at Kenmare (Co. Kerry), 10 December 1826;(2.7) Amelia St George Becher (c.1790-1841), born about 1790; married, 5 October 1824 at Creagh, Robert Stowards (c.1786-1849), an officer in the 37th Foot (Lt.) and later 10th Royal Veteran Battalion, who lost a leg at Antwerp, son of George Stowards of Leofana, Kinsale (Co. Cork), and had issue one daughter; died 14 October 1841;(2.8) Lucinda Becher (c.1793-1848), born about 1793; married, 11 July 1812, Rev. James Hingston (1780-1851) of Aglish (Co. Cork), rector of Whitchurch, Cloyne, 1836-51, eldest son of Rev. James Hingston, vicar-general of Cloyne, and had issue one son and two daughters;(2.9) Henrietta Becher (c.1795-1837), born about 1795; married, 17 July 1819 at Whitechurch (Co. Cork), Richard Edward Hull (d. 1846) of Leamcon Manor (Co. Cork) and had issue one son and two daughters; died 21 March 1837; will proved 1837;(2.10) Michael Alleyn Becher (c.1799-1850), of Ballyduvant, Clonakilty (Co. Cork), born about 1799; married, 12 February 1831 at Rathcooney, Elizabeth Sherrard (c.1805-87); died 26 March 1850 and was buried at Kilgariff, Clonakilty (Co. Cork).
(1) Richard Henry Hedges Becher (c.1799-1882) (q.v.);(2) George Cranfield Becher (b. 1801); living in 1842;(3) Letitia Hungerford Becher (b. c.1802); married, 1 October 1842 at Creagh (Co. Cork), George Finch of Leap (Co. Cork);(4) Richard O'Donovan Becher (b. c.1804); married, 5 June 1845 at Skibbereen, Elizabeth Charlotte (d. 1851), daughter of Thomas Hungerford (d. 1849), and had issue two daughters;(5) Thomas Hungerford Becher (c.1806-66?); possibly the Thomas Becher who died at Skibbereen in 1866;(6) Susanna Hungerford Becher (c.1807-44); died unmarried, 14 February 1844; will proved in Cork, 1844;(7) Jane Charlotte Becher (c.1810-84); died 26 April 1884;(8) Frances Eyre Becher, youngest daughter; married, 18 September 1837 at St Nicholas, Dublin, her cousin, Richard Becher Hungerford (d. 1904), second son of Richard Hungerford of The Island, and had issue one son and two daughters.
(1.1) Marie Letitia Catherine Becher (1806-42); lived in Paris and later at Naples (Italy), where she died unmarried, 12 July 1842; her will was proved in Cork, 1843;(1.2) Henry Owen Becher (b. 1809), born 29 November 1809; died young;(1.3) Catherine Becher (1814-15); died September 1815 and was buried with her mother;(2.1) John Richard Hedges Becher (1825-1901) (q.v.);(2.2) Lucy Alleyne Becher (c.1830-1910), born about 1830; married, 5 April 1851 at Skibbereen, Very Rev. Dr. Henry Brougham (1827-1913), dean of Lismore, son of Rev. Henry Brougham, and had issue four sons and three daughters; died at Lismore, 28 May 1910;(2.3) Harriette Ellen Becher (c.1832-75), born about 1832; married, 10 January 1854 at Holy Trinity, Cork, Edmund Waldo Meade-Waldo (1829-96) of Stonewall Park, Edenbridge (Kent) and Hever Castle (Kent) (who m2, 1879, Cicely Eleanor (d. 1935), eldest daughter of Henry Chandos-Pole-Gell of Hopton Hall (Derbys), by whom he had two further daughters) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 24 February and was buried at St Andrew, Hove (Sussex), 4 March 1875;(2.4) Richard Edward Hull Becher (1836-99), said to have been born in 1836; died unmarried, 23 September 1899; will proved 16 October 1899 (estate £571);(2.5) Michael Becher (1837-1915), of Corriganear (Co. Cork), said to have been born in 1837; an officer in the West Cork Artillery (2nd Lt., 1856); married 1st, 6 July 1860 at Ballymore (Co. Donegal), Mary (d. 1871), second daughter of Rev. Charles Frederick Stewart of Horn Head (Co. Donegal), and had issue four sons and one daughter; married 2nd, 17 April 1879, Elizabeth (c.1836-1920), daughter of Michael Alleyne Becher of Ballyduvane, Clonakilty (Co. Cork); died 21 January 1915 and was buried at Aughadown; his will was proved 10 April 1915 (estate £213);(2.6) Ellen Jervoise Becher (c.1840-1913), born about 1840; married, 1873, Arthur Maxwell (1842-1909) of Corduff House, Donabate (Co. Dublin) and had issue four sons and three daughters; died 5 May 1913.
(1) Very Rev. Harry Becher (1852-1929) (q.v.);(2) Henrietta Anne Margaretta Becher (c.1853-1932), born about 1853; died unmarried, 16 January 1932; will proved 2 May 1932 (estate £322);(3) Capt. Richard Edward Hull Becher (1854-1940), of Abbots Ann (Hants), born 4 September 1854; educated at HMS Conway, 1867-70; officer in the merchant navy with Union Castle Shipping Line (second mate, 1876; first mate, 1884; master mariner, 1890; retired 1916); became deaf in his later years; married, 25 April 1900 at Christ Church, Sunderland (Co. Durham), Emily Constance (1858-1947), daughter of Ralph Milbanke Hudson (1813-1908) of Sunderland (Co. Durham), but had no issue; died 13 May 1940; will proved 16 July 1940 (estate £3,268);(4) Ellen Henrietta Lucinda Becher (c.1856-1942); married, 11 February 1904 at Creagh (Co. Cork), as his second wife, her cousin William Hungerford (1836-1908) of Sun Mount, Clonakilty and Castle Ventry (Co. Cork); died without issue at Sun Mount, 18 January 1942;(5) Lucy Brougham Becher (c.1857-1925), born about 1857; died unmarried, 6? April 1925 and was buried at Creagh (Co. Cork);(6) Edmund Waldo Becher (1859-1930), of Ardagh House, Lismore (Co. Cork), born 21 March 1859; land agent to Duke of Devonshire's Lismore Castle estate; married 1st, 23 June 1896 at Monkstown (Co. Dublin), Marcella Ellen (k/a Ella) (b. c.1858; fl. 1911), daughter of Richard Ussher Roberts and widow of Edward Bickers, and had issue one son (who was killed in the First World War); married 2nd, 20 January 1925 at Lismore Cathedral, her sister Martha (1857-1940), widow of Robert Henry Power; died 23 November 1930 and was buried at Lismore Cathedral; will proved 19 October 1931 (estate £1,454);(7) Ven. John Richard Hedges Becher (1861-1946)*, born 13 March 1861; educated at King William's College, Isle of Man and Trinity College, Dublin (MA); ordained deacon, 1885 and priest, 1886; rector of Kilrush, 1887-90 and of Lorum, 1890-1940; archdeacon of Leighlin, 1922-40 and of Ossory, 1925-40; retired 1940; married, 22 June 1887 at Kilkenny Cathedral, Nicola Sophia, youngest daughter of Sir John Blunden (1814-90), 3rd bt. of Castle Blunden (Co. Kilkenny), and had issue at least two sons; died 11 May 1946 and was buried at Slyguff Cemetery, Bagenalstown (Co. Carlow);(8) William Henry Hull Becher (1862-1940), born 14 August 1862; educated at King William's College, Castletown (IoM); emigrated to New Zealand; married, 21 November 1901 at St John the Baptist, Hunterville (NZ), Mary Caroline Tennent (1856-1934), but had no issue; died 14 November 1940 and was buried at Levin Old Cemetery, Manawatu-Wanganui (NZ);(9) Amelia Maria Becher (1864-1941), born 16 May 1864; married, 4 September 1899 at Creagh (Co. Cork), Alfred George Milbanke Hudson (1855-1908), son of Ralph Milbanke Hudson of Shotton Hall (Co. Durham); died 20 October 1941; will proved 21 January 1942 (estate £2,052);(10) Catherine Anna Maria Brougham Becher (1866-1940); married, 13 June 1893 at South Qu'Appelle (Canada), Arthur Atherton (1857-1942) of Fort Qu'Appelle (Canada) and had issue five sons and two daughters; died near Lestock, Saskatchewan (Canada), 9 December 1940;(11) Lionel Fane Becher (1868-1910), born 25 January 1868; educated at King William's College, Castletown (IoM); emigrated to Medicine Hat, Alberta (Canada), c.1903; died unmarried in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), 14 November 1910, and was buried at Queen Charlotte Cemetery, Graham Island, Vancouver;(12) Frederick William Becher (1870-88), born 31 July 1870; emigrated to Australia but found it too hot and insect-ridden, and so returned home, but he drowned when he was lost overboard from the Araby Maid en route to the Cape of Good Hope, 1 December 1888.
(1) Henry Owen Dabridgecourt Becher (1889-1915), born 14 August and baptised at Houghton-le-Spring, 9 September 1889; educated at Haverfordwest GS, Marlborough and RMA Sandhurst; an officer in the Scots Rifles (2nd Lt., 1910; Lt., 1913; Capt. 1915), who served in the First World War and was killed in action during the retreat from Mons, 13 March 1915; he died unmarried;(2) Brig. Ralph Frederick Richard Becher (1896-1979) (q.v.).
(1) Zoe Louise Becher (b. 1930), born 11 October 1930; married, 11 August 1955, Derrick Roch Penrose (1929-2006) of Park House, Baslow (Derbys), only son of Evelyn Cooper Penrose of Woodhill, Cork, and had issue three sons and one daughter;(2) Elizabeth Anne Becher (b. 1933), born 18 August 1933; married, 4 July 1964, Charles Allen Budden (1919-93) of Wolfeton Farm, Charminster (Dorset), son of George Allen Budden of Wolfeton and had issue two sons and one daughter;(3) Diana Mary Becher (b. 1939), born 3 September 1939; educated at Royal School of Music and Royal College of Music (ARCM); married, 6 September 1962, William Phillips Field FICE (b. 1938), son of Duncan Phillips Field (d. 1971) of Northwood (Middx), and had issue one son and one daughter;(4) Richard Fane Dabridgecourt Becher (b. 1945), born 9 March 1945; educated at Uppingham, High Wycombe College of Art and Royal College of Art (M.Des); designer and joiner; lived at Old Alresford (Hants); married, 22 September 1973, Judith Helen (1949-2008), daughter of Timothy Derouet of Fells Farm, Braintree (Essex), and had issue two sons.
Location of archivesNo significant archive of the Irish branch of the family is known to survive.
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Can you help?
- If anyone knows why J.R.H. Becher sold the Hollybrook estate through the Incumbered Estates Court but bought it himself through an agent, please let me know!
- Can anyone provide better photographs of the present Hollybrook House?
- Can anyone provide photographs or portraits of the people whose names appear in bold above, for whom no image is currently shown?
- If anyone can offer further information or corrections to any part of this article I should be most grateful. I am always particularly pleased to hear from current owners or the descendants of families associated with a property who can supply information from their own research or personal knowledge for inclusion.