William Smyth - of Dundrum married Mary Dowdall, daughter of John Dowdall of Glasspistol, Co. Louth.

Their two sons:

1. James Smyth of Lisnegarby married (his cousin?) Frances Dowdall, daughter of Edward Dowdall of Montown. The son of this marriage was Edward Smyth (1662-1720) (Rt. Reverend) Bishop of Down who married (1696) his cousin, Elizabeth Smith (Smyth), elder daughter of the Rt. Reverend Edward Smith/Smyth - Smyth of Mount Henry.

SMYTH, Edward (1662-1720) b. 1662 Lisburn; Died 16 Oct 1720 at Bath. ed. by Mr Thomas Haslam; TCD Sch. 1678, BA 1681, Fellow 1684, MA 1684, LLB 1687, BD 1694, DD 1696. Chapl. Constantinople and Smyrna 1689-93; Chapl. to King William III 1693; Donegall Lect. TCD 1694; Dean of St Patrick's Cath. 1695-9; Vice Chancellor TCD 1697; Bishop of Down 1699-1720 s. of James and Frances (nee Dowdall), of Lisburn; m (1) 15 Feb 1696 Elizabeth (died June 1706), dau. of Right Rev. William Smith, Bishop of Kilmore 1693-9.  Issue:  William, b. 1697, d 1700; Edward, b 1704; 2 daughters; m (2) Apr. 1710 The Hon Mary Skeffington, dau. of Clotworthy Skeffington, Viscount Massereene and Rachel Hungerford. Issue: Skeffington Randal; James, MP for Antrim; another son; Rachel; another daughter.

James Smyth (MP for Antrim) was born in about 1715 and died in 1771. He married (1742) Mary Agar, daughter of James Agar and Mary Wemyss. They had the following children:

Mary Smyth
b. 1742
Married John Preston
Miss Ellis Smyth
b. 1744 d. 1781
Married Francis Unknown
Skeffington Edward Smyth (Sir)
b. 1745
Married (1782) Margaret Daly
Elizabeth Smyth
b. 1756
?married ?

Lineage: might another son (if he lived to marriage) of Edward or might Edward, b 1704 lead eventually to a Francis who was 'the cooper' Smith/Smythe, father of (Benjamin) James Francis Smythe - leading to Frank Tompson Smythe, Henry James Drew Smythe and Richard David Somerset Drew-Smythe?

Some Smyth clergy ... references courtesy of Barry ReidSome Smyth Family Clergy of Ireland ... 2. Thomas Smyth (1650-1725) (Rt. Reverend) Bishop of Limerick, married Dorothea Burgh, daughter of the Rt. Reverend Ulysses Burgh, Bishop of Ardagh. (de Burgh family qv Burke's Peerage.)
Children of Thomas Smyth and Dorothea Burgh were:

1. Charles Smyth (1693 -1784) married 1728 Elizabeth Prendergast, (b. 1708) (widow of Sir John Dickson Haman Bt.) 2nd daughter of Sir Thomas Prendergast (1st Bt. of Gort, Co. Galway) and Penelope Cadogan.

2. F. Arthur Smyth (Most Reverend) Archbishop of Dublin - born 1707. He died unmarried 1772 - declares Burke; but he m. Elizabeth Bonfoy (died 14 July 1761), dau. of Nicholas Bonfoy of Abbot Ripton, Hunts. No children yet known. Possibly, The Reverend Charles Smith. *

* See base of page

3. Rev. John Smyth (Archdeacon of Limerick, later Chancellor of Connor diocese.) His sons - William Smyth and Edward Smyth.

Edward Smyth (Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley volume 3 (1872), pp.303-313) states that he was a nephew of Arthur Smyth, Archbishop of Dublin, 1766-1772.

Edward Smyth was a controversial figure. He created something of a family scandal when he was expelled from his living as a Church of Ireland minister.He died at Chorlton Hall, (Salford) in Manchester, England on February 6th, 1825, aged 76. He built St. Clement’s Church, there in 1793, and St. Luke’s, in 1804. He became paralysed in 1817. He is buried in St. Luke’s Churchyard.

4. Mary Smyth

Children of Charles Smyth
and Elizabeth Prendergast were:

i. Juliana Smyth - 1735 married (1759) Thomas Vereker of Roxborough (1737-1801), elder son of Henry Vereker and Anne Osborne. Juliana Smyth died in 1811. There were three sons and four daughters of the marriage.

The eldest son, Charles Vereker, inherited from his uncle, John Prendergast-Smyth, the title and became 2nd Viscount Gort of Gort.

ii. Dorothea Smyth - 1737 d. 1739

iii. Elizabeth Smyth - 1738 married (1757) Colonel William Newton, 88th Regiment, Governor of Senegal.

iv. Thomas Smyth - 1740 d. 1785 dsp

v. John Prendergast-Smyth - 1741 - Colonel Limerick Militia, MP for Limerick. Created Baron Kiltarton of Gort, Co. Galway in 1810 and 1st Viscount Gort of Gort, Co. Galway in 1816.

In lieu of his patronynmic, he assumed (in 1760) the name of Prendergast as heir to his maternal uncle, Rt. Hon. Sir Thomas Prendergast, 2nd. Bt. MP but resumed Smyth as an additional surname (1785).

John Prendergast-Smyth died unmarried in 1817, his titles passing to his nephew, Charles Vereker.

vi. Charles Lennox Smyth - 1742 d.1782 dsp

From source: Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley volume 3 (1872), pp.303-313

A clergyman of the Church of Ireland, Dr. Edward Smyth was ejected from his curacy for supporting the Methodists. Expelled from the Established Church, he laboured as an itinerant and was introduced to John Wesley in the Isle of Man in 1777.

In 1779 Smyth moved to Bath in Somerset for the sake of his wife's health and was invited to preach at the Methodist Chapel. This caused a dispute between Wesley and the preacher, Alexander McNab, which resulted in McNab's expulsion from the Connexion for a time. Smyth returned to Ireland but in 1782 became one of Wesley's clerical assistants in London. In 1786 he was appointed minister of the Bethesda Chapel in Dublin, where he caused a division in the Methodist Society. He later moved to Manchester where he was curate of the churches of St. Luke's and St. Clement's.

Op. cit. + John Pawson, A Chronological Catalogue of all the Travelling Preachers (1795) - Alexander McNab (1745-97) was born in Perthshire, Scotland. He joined the itinerancy in 1766 and laboured with great success in circuits across the country. He was well regarded by Wesley who nevertheless expressed concern over McNab's inabilty to accept criticism.

In 1779 McNab embarked on a tour of England to raise money to cover the cost of repairing the Edinburgh Chapel. While in Bath, he publicly disputed Wesley's right to invite the Anglican minister Dr Edward Smyth to preach in the Methodist Chapel. He argued that preachers were appointed by the Conference and that Wesley had no right to impose Anglican clergymen on them. It was only after a personal visit by both John and Charles Wesley that the defiance of his will by McNab and his supporters was ended. McNab was expelled from the Connexion but was reinstated in 1780, much to Charles Wesley's disgust. McNab retired from the itinerancy in 1782 and ended his days as the pastor of an independent congregation in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

Research into the marriage and family of F. Arthur Smyth (Archbishop of Dublin) and Elizabeth Bonfoy

Extracted from Leslie, J. B., and W. J. R. Wallace, Clergy of Dublin and Glendalough, The Ulster Historical Foundation, 2001.

SMYTH, Arthur (1706-1771)
b. 1706 Limerick; ed. by Mr Cashin, Limerick; TCD BA 1727, DD; Oxford ad eund. 1755. Dean of Raphoe 1743-4; Dean of Derry 1744-52; Bishop of Clonfert 1752-3; Bishop of Down and Connor 1753-65; Bishop of Meath 1765-6; Archbishop of Dublin and Bishop of Glendalough 1766-71. s. of Rt Rev Thomas, Bishop of Limenck 1695-1725;
m. Elizabeth (died 14 July 1761), dau. of Nicholas Bonfoy of Abbot Ripton, Hunts. Died 14 Dec 1771 at the Palace of St Sepulchre; buried in St Patrick's Cathedral. Published:  A Sermon preached at Londonderry on the occasion of the Rebellion in Scotland (Dublin, 1745) A Sermon preached on the Fast day in remembrance of  the Great Earthquake of 1755, at Christ Church (Dublin, 1755).

Elizabeth Bonfoy was the daughter of Nicholas Bonfoy - (2nd Party to the deed mentioned below). Research indicates that her mother was Elizabeth Hale (d. March, 1763).

Pl F7/1/3/6            16.12.1774-17.12.1774
                       4.12.1776               Mortgage by Thomas Brand of estates at Aslockton
                                               etc., Nottinghamshire; 16-17 Dec. 1774. Further
                                               charge; 22 Mar. 1775. Assignment; 4 Dec. 1776
                                               (3 + 5 membranes, parchment)
                                               First Party: Thomas Brand of The Hoo,
                                               Hertfordshire, Esq.
                                               Second Party: Nicolas Bonfoy of Abbotts Ripton,
                                               Huntingdonshire, Esq.
                                               Lease and release by (1) to (2) by way of
                                               mortgage of the manor of Aslacton and messuages,
                                               lands, a windmill and a fishery on the River
                                               Smite there; a farm at Grandby; a messuage in
                                               Nottingham adjoining the Blackmoors Head, two
                                               messuages in Bridlesmith Gate, a messuage in
                                               Stoney Street, a messuage and wood yard in
                                               Marygate, 9a. of land in Clayfield, 9a of land
                                               in The Meadows, 17a. of land in Sandfield near
                                               Chapel Bar, and two messuages in Bellergate, all
                                               in the town and county of the town of
                                               Nottingham; messuages and lands at Orston and
                                               Screveton; the rectory of Willoughby on the
                                               Wolds; messuages and lands at Bleazby, Gourton,
                                               Gibsmere and Notown; parcels of land at
                                               Carcolston and Thoroton; and fee farm rents
                                               issuing from the manors of Broxtowe and
                                               Mapperley, all Nottinghamshire, to secure the
                                               repayment of £ 3000 and interest to (2).
                                               Consideration: £ 3000 by (2) to (1).
                                               Endorsed, 22 Mar. 1775:
                                               Deed poll deed of further charge for £ 6000 and
                                               Endorsed, 4 Dec. 1776:
                                               Deed poll assignment of £ 3000 of the mortgage by
                                               John Rooper of Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire,
                                               Esq., and Elizabeth Martha his wife (late
                                               Bonfoy, niece and heir at law of Nicholas
                                               Bonfoy) and John Clementson of Richmond, Surrey,
                                               Esq. (Bonfoy's executors), and Thomas Brand, to
                                               Robert Drummond and Henry Drummond, both of
                                               Charing Cross, Westminster, bankers (in
                                               consideration of £ 3000 paid by Drummonds to Mrs
                                               Rooper and Clementson) and covenant of the
                                               Roopers to stand possessed of the £ 3000 in trust
                                               for the Drummonds.

Elizabeth Martha Bonfoy (cousin of Elizabeth Bonfoy (Smyth) daughter of Nicholas) was the daughter of Thomas Bonfoy and was born in about 1748 in Huntingdonshire. She married John Roper (Rooper) of Berkhemstead Castle, son of Godolphin Roper and Mary Anne Harris. As Nicholas Bonfoy's daughter, Elizabeth (Bonfoy) Smyth, died in 1771, her cousin, Elizabeth Martha Bonfoy, was heiress. This indicates that Elizabeth Bonfoy Smyth was either an only child ... or only surviving child until she died in 1771.

1851 marriage listing ... source - August 14, in St. Thomas's Church, Dublin, the Rev. Wm. CONNOR, eldest son of the Rev. John MAGEE, late vicar of Drogheda, to Anne NISBITT second daughter of the Rev. Chas. Smith, late rector of Arklow, and grand-daughter of the late Archbishop of Dublin.

Freeman Journal, Dublin, Ireland 6 Dec 1763 marriage noted: The Rev. Mr. William Nesbitt of Mullingar to the most agreeable Mrs. Smyth of Anville in the County of Westmeath.

Obituaries - Limerick Chronicle 2nd January 1850 - At Egmont Villa, Kanturk, on Thursday morning, at the advanced age of 90, Dorothea Julia, relict of the late Mathew Blood Smyth, of Castle Fergus, county of Clare, Esq., and great grand-daughter of Dr. Smyth, formerly Bishop of Limerick, and grand niece to Dr. Smyth, formerly Archbishop of Dublin.

Noted aslo from http://www2.unil.ch/acvs/F/bull_00_publ2.html

Arthur SMYTH, archevêque de Dublin (1716-1771)
Trois lettres écrites en français, à lui adressées de Lausanne et de Paris par des correspondants non identifiés, durant un Grand Tour continental où il accompagnait William Cavendish, plus tard 4ème duc de Devonshire
Osborn File 44.31

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