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Pat Purcell Papers


"Abraham Bunbury"
1819
By kind permission of Michael Purcell

I believe Abraham Bunbury was the youngest son of Henry or Harry Bunbury (1753 - 1819) of Bunbury Lodge, Russeltown, Co. Carlow - Harry never married but had five sons by his lover, Margery Walsh. There are several Dublin Deeds relating to this de facto arrangement. Abraham, was born in 1792, lived variously at Castledermot and Russelstown.

On 13th October 1819, the year of his father's death, he married Margaret Leonard in St Anne's. There may have been a daughter who married a Lieutenant Horwood in India but further evidence is needed for this. In October 1810, Abraham Bunbury was living at Russelstown in the Parish of Killerrig in the Barony of Carlow when he swore before Fishbourne that he had been assaulted by Michael Dwyer and others.

By 1st March 1815, Abraham was stating that he lived on the Pollerton Road outside Carlow and maintained himself 'by his Income arising out of Tythes', suggesting that he was closely connected to the Church of Ireland. In 1821, Abraham Bunbury, Householder and Farmer, and John McGuinnes, Cabinet Maker, were recorded as going bond for Richard Walsh of Johnstown who was in trouble with the Excise Officer, Edward Waters. (PPP)

Richard was perhaps Abraham's cousin on his mothers side. In September 1822, the Carlow Morning Post reported that Abraham Bunbury of Castledermot was lying dangerously ill following a gunpowder explosion. (PPP)

There is a gap in the Morning Post from Dec 1822 until his death in January 1828, so his immediate fate is unknown. His wife Margaret died in 1827. As to Russelstown, a report from 4th April 1835 states that 'Thomas C. Bunbury of Russelstown, Gentleman' (brother or son of Abraham) had a Freehold in Russelstown 'of the clear Yearly Value of Twenty Pounds at the least' signed to him on 27th May 1819 by Henry Bunbury of Russelstown. It was certified that Thomas C. Bunbury was 'duly registered as a voter in Carlow on above date'. (Pat Purcell Papers)

Note from Michael Purcell:

1821

Edward E. Waters, Excise Officer of N.....? District bringing charges against Richard Walsh of Johnstown, Carlow.
 Sureties : John McGuinnes, Cabinet Maker, and Abraham Bunbury, Farmer.
 Witnessed by William Fishbourne., Magistrate.


Source: Michael Purcell & Turtle Bunbury 2009

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original documents

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