Stewart, Margaret
B: 27 Jul 1762, Scotland
D: 02 Mar 1851, Charlottetown, PEI. Buried 06 Mar 1851, Charlottetown, PEI
M:12 Aug 1778, Charlottetown, PEI, Reverend Theophilus DesBrisay, son of Lt. Gov. Thomas De La Cour DesBrisay and Ellen Landers. Rev. was b. 09 Oct 1754, Thurles, Tipperary, Ireland d. 14 Mar 1823, Charlottetown, PEI. Buried 19 Mar 1823 in Charlottetown, PEI.

FN: Peter Stewart
MN: Helen MacKinnon

Theophilus Desbrisay's appointment as governor's chaplain for St John's (Prince Edward) Island was obtained for him in 1774 by his father, the lieutenant governor. A student at Trinity College, Dublin, Theophilus was already in deacon's orders.

He was ordained to the priesthood by the bishop of Waterford on 3 July 1775, although he was not yet of canonical age, and he then set out for Charlottetown. In the Strait of Canso the vessel on which he was a passenger was captured by American privateers who had just plundered Charlottetown. Following his release, he arrived late in the year at the capital only to discover that there were no funds for his support and the £3000 allocated by the crown in 1772 for construction of a church, court-house, and jail had been appropriated by Governor Walter Patterson to pay government salaries.

A report of his death and funeral in the Daily Examiner in April 1896 reads,

"With the death of the Rector many felt the church had died too for he had many friends and faithful followers".

"It was a cold winter that he died, the frost intense and the snow 4-6 feet deep. The whole town turned out to clear a path from his home to the church to the burial ground the day before the funeral. The Better class of people felt they should see the corpse to the grave in full dress. It was very cold but they attended in dress coats and black kid gloves. Most had their hands frozen and suffered from the frost. The act however shows how much he was respected."

Burial Notes:Old Protestant Burying Ground, Elm Avenue.

His headstone reads:

In MEMORY OF THE REV. THEOPHILUS DESBRISAY Trinity College, Dublin; who for upwards of 47 years with great faithfulness and piety, discharged the duties of RECTOR of this Parish. Affectionately beloved by his Parishioners and esteemed by all who knew him, he died on the 14th March.A.D. 1823

For more information on this family see The Descendants of Captain Theophilus DesBrisay


Contributors:

Stewart Families, Terry Spear, Thomas Woodman Stewart, Waldron Haslam Leard, Donna Collings, Al McNutt, Owen Gray, Patricia Alnes and Anna Lee Hogan.