Gilbourne in Dublin and Co. Laois

Heads of Trees gathered in this group:
IdentifierSurnameForenamesGilbourne CountNotes
 6GILBORNEThomas & Margaret VICARS 47m. Ireland ca 1706. Son Edward d. Co. Laois 1759
 6bGILBOURNEWilliam & Ann ?12Leased land in Ballylusk townland, Co. Laois 1757
 6cGILBORNEJames & Mary SENIOR15m. Co Laois 1793;
 6dGILBURNEWilliam & Jane HARRIS8b. ca 1788; Children Co. Laois 1825-1829. England 1851; Son m. Co. Laois 1867; QLD, Australia 1874
 6eGILBORNEWilliam & Hannah HARRIS39Children b.1824-1838 Family N.Y. ca 1846
 6fGILBORNEJames & Jane ? 39Children b. Co. Laois 1818-1831. d. Otsego Co., N.Y. 1848
 6gGILBOURNEEdward & Susanna POWER2m.1786 (Dublin?)
 6hGILBORNEJohn Davis & Ann ?2Only known child 1815, Dublin
 6jGILBORNEArthur James & Mary Ann MYTTON17m. Offerlane 1831
 6bGILBOURNHenry & Margaret McEVOY 31st known child ca 1846, Co. Laois
 6lGILBORNEWilliam & Emily ?3Child Dublin 1823
 6mGILBOURNEWilliam & Adelia Townsley2b. Ireland ca 1807; Schoharie Co., N.Y. (1850)
 6nGILBOURNEEdward & Jane ?3b.Ireland ca 1811; Saratoga Co., N.Y. (1850)
 6oGILBORNEFrances & Robert GARRETT 1m. 1834 Ballyfin
 6pGILBORNEJoanna & James Lyons 1m. 1798 Dublin

The earliest records found for Gilbourne in Queen's County (modern co. Laois) are three marriage licences - a diocese of Dublin licence for a marriage between Elizabeth Gilborne and William Hamill in 1674; an Ossory marriage licence bond between Elizabeth Gilborne and Thomas Burton in 1727; and a Prerogative Court marrriage licence bond between Susanna Gilborne and William Baldwin in 1735. Nothing more is known of the first two couples, but more details are known for the last marriage. Sir William Betham's Genealogical Notes, housed in Ireland's National Library, record that the marriage took place 15 December 1735, between William Baldwin of the parish of Rasanallis [Rosenallis], and Susanna Gilborne of the parish of Anatrim. (Betham states that both parishes are in King's County (modern Offaly), but this is incorrect, both are in Laois. A Registry Deed Deed (No. 50534) gives more detail:

A mem'l of articles of agreement indented bearing date the seventeenth day of Decem'r one thous'd seven hundred & thirty five made between John Baldwin of Laragon [Larragan] in the Queens County Gent. of the first part Wm. Baldwin eldest son of the sd. John Baldwin of the sd second part Susana Gilborne spinster of the third part and Edwd Gilborne of Coolnagour in the said County Gent. father of the sd. Susana of the fourth pt reciting that a marriage was then intended to be solemnized between the sd. Wm Baldwn & Susana Gilborne by which sd articles the sd John Baldwin in consid'n of sd marriage and marriage portion therein ment'd did grant assign and make over unto the sd Edwd Gilborne all his one moiety or half x part in the two dwelling houses or tenem'ts in the town of Mary- borrough in the Queen County then late in the tenure & occupation of Mathew Cassan Gent with the out houses garden & appr'es thereto x & belonging in trust and for the use of the sd William & Susana during their nat'l lives and in case the sd Susanna shall happen to survive ye sd. Wm. then she shall enjoy the profitts of sd prem'es as her joynture during her nat'l life which sd articles are witnessed by Thos. Burton of MtRath in the Queens County Merch't John Long of Derrynevery in the sd County Farmer Joseph Baldwin of Dysart in sd County Gent and this mem'l is witnessed by the sd Thos Burton and Thos Mulock of the city of Dublin Pub & not Edwd Gilborne {seal} signed & sealed in the presence of us Thos. Burton Thos Mulock N.P.

This does not totally agree with Betham's abstract. While Betham records William Baldwin as 'of Rosenallis,' the memorial deed records him as 'of Laragon.' Larragan is a townland of 216 acres in Kilmanman parish, Queen's County. Similarly, Betham's abstract records Susanna Gilborne as 'of Anatrim,' while the memorial deed says she is 'of Coolnagour,' a townland of 168 acres in Offerlane parish. Anatrim and Coolnagour lie to the West of the town of Mountrath.and adjoin each other.

Betham has linked Edward and Susanna in a fragment of a tree:

This tree was clearly drawn after the death of Edward Gilbourne in 1759, and shows Susanna now as the wife of Daniel Vicars of Ballyedmond. It therefore seems that William Baldwin had died, though no record has been found, and Susanna had remarried. There are seven townlands called Ballyedmond, in six Counties, but this seems to be the Ballyedmond in Erke parish, Co. Laois.
The dotted line to Edward's parents would seem to imply that Betham was uncertain of the relationship, and no other confirmation has yet been found. Thomas Gilbourne's place of birth and parentage is yet to be determined. Was he born in Co. Laois? ,,. was he descended from the Gilbournes in Limerick? ... was he one of the Gilbournes from London or Kent? Clearly there were Gilbornes in Co Laois before Thomas. The year 1706 below Thomas's name on Betham's tree is believed to be the marriage date.

The abstract of Edward Gilbourne's will describes him as 'of Mounteagle.' This is something of a surprise. Throughout his life registry deeds record him as of Coolnagour, as he was for Susanna's marriage to William Baldwin. While he had interests in other townlands, no link to Mounteagle has been found. Although he was 'of Coolnagour' in 1735 when Susanna marrried, it is only in 1737 that a lease of the land has been found (registry Deed 66955). By a deed dated 7 November 1737 Richard Despard, William Carden and Walter Stephens leased "all that & those the Lands of Coolnagower scituate and being in the Barony of Upper Ossory and Queens County together w'th the appurt's thereunto belonging excepting thereout all timber trees woods under woods mines minerals and other Royalties as therein is excepted to hold to the said Edw'd Gilborne his heirs and assigns from the first day of May then last past for and during the natural lives and life of Rich'd Gilborne son of Edw'd Gilborne Joseph Harris a son to John Harris of Mountrath & John Paine of Dublin son in law to Thos ?Handy? Merch't & the surviv'rs and surviv'r of them at the yearly rent of thirty five pounds three shill. and six pence ster. payable half yearly above all taxes / quit rent and crown rent & chief rent excepted. In w'ch said lease are contained cov'ts and clauses for renewing the same for ever on payment of seventeen pounds eleven shill. & nine pence as a fine for renewal on the fall of every life in man'r therein p'ticularly mentioned w'ch ???? case is witnessed by Jno White of ?Killnareell? in the Queens County Farmer & Sam'l White of Carn in the Queens County woolcomber."
The relationship (if any) between Edward Gilbourne and Joseph Harris and his father John is unknown, but do they have any link to Jane and Hannah Harris who both married a William Gilburne? (Trees 6d and 6e.)
Just a month later, on the 5 December 1737, Edward Gilborne of Rushall leased from Algernon, Earl of Mountrath, "all that the farm called Gortnepishe being pt & parcel of the Lands of Rushall situate in the Queens County cont'g one hundred & thirteen acres of arable meadow & pasture land & ten acres & three roods of bog." The lease was backdated to 1 May 1736 "for & during the natural life and lives of him the sd Edw'd Gilborne Rich'd Gilborne son of the sd Edw'd Gilborne & Thos. Burton son of Thos Burton of Mountrath in the Queens County af'd & the surv'r & surv'rs of them at the yearly rent of thirty two pounds five shill's & nine pence tog'r with twelve pence in pound rec'rs fees." Rushall, or Rush Hall, is a townland just a couple of miles south-east of Coolnagour.
8 August 1743 saw Edward leased from the Earl of Mountrath the townland of Butterisland, which was most of the land between Coolnagour and Rushall. the lease was agian for three lives, Edward's son Richard, Abraham Pim, son of John Pim of Lacka, and Edward Cribbs son of James Cribbs, late of Deerpark. Again, any relationship of the Pims or the Cribbs to Edward Gilbourne is unknown. [Could Edward or James Cribbs be the 'Cripps' who is shown as the husband of Edward's daughter Mary on Betham's tree above?]

Edward's son Richard married Catherine Potter following the issue of a licence on 8 October 1740. Edward a marriage settlement was signed by Richard, Catherine and their fathers. No deed has been found for this agreement, but was referred to when Richard later mortgaged the properties. the properties of Coolnagour and Gurtnapisha were held in trust by William Baldwin of Kicoak and Edward Harman of Athy. Richard and Catherine lived at Gurtnapisha. The Memorial Deed (No. 86642) also tells us that Edward Gilborn's wife was Frances. It is not known whether the William Baldwin referred to here was Edward Gilborne's son in law of that name. (There is no townland Kicoak, Kilcoke and Keeloge are possibly the townland.)

Edward Gilborne gave up the lease of Butterisland in July 1852, returning it to the Rev. Richard Despard. He died about 1759. His wife's death has not been traced.

Catherine died in May 1785, though probate of her estate was not granted to her husband until 1791. Richard's death has not been traced.
See a map of the district showing the townlands mentioned on this page.

Only two children of Richard and Catherine are known, Potter Harman and his younger brother William Percival, though birth dates have been found for neither.
Potter Gilborne married Mary Horan, or Horahan, by licence dated 25 April 1778 in Offerlane.A long deed descibes a marriage settlement between the parties. Memorial deed 21938 repeats much of the property deals of Potter's father and grandfather, and also adding he had a life assurance policy paying ₤50p.a. on his death. Mary, of Larch Hill, held the lands of Cappanaclare following the death of her father, and was also entitled to the rents from Parkavilla townland. Both properties were held in trust, and Mary received the income from sub-letting them. Originally living at Peafield, little is known of them. In 1806 Harman leased a house and 10 acres of land at Coolnagour from his brother, who had inherited after the death of their father. Death or burial dates have been found for neither Potter nor Mary. No children have been found.
[Memorial Deed 48807, dated 22 April 1817, describes ann allowance of ₤100 p.a. made by Maddison Wall Fisher to 'Mary Gilburne of Mountrath, widow,' - could this be Potter's wife. It is not known if there is any relationship between the two parties, but it seems likely that there would be one.]

William Percival Gilborne married Isabella Luffingham by licence dated 11 August 1772 at St. Bride's church Dublin. A newspaper announcement descrives Willaim as 'of Peafield' and Isabella as 'of Bride St.' Isabella's father, William Luffingham, died the same month. Sir William Betham shows the marriage on his pedigrees, but has not linked William to any family.

Four children are known, Harmon Potter, born about 1773; William Benjamin, baptised 12 September 1775 at St. John's Dublin; Richard, born July 1790; and Edward Gilborn, born about 1793. It is highly unlikely that these are the only children, with two born early in the marriage, and two more much later, why are there none in the intervening 15 years? A baptism has been found for only Willaim Benjamin. William was described as a linen draper at the time of his marriage, but about 1780 became a Landwaiter and Quay Surveyor for Customs and Excise at Dublin, Another reason for suspecting that there are more children is a letter written by William in 1801 to Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Colchester and Chief Secretary, proposing his son for a vacancy in the Custom house, when he says:
"...I have a numerous family, who depend for support, and their promotion in Life, solely on the emoluments of my present office. My eldest son, a young man of nineteen years of age, has recivd an education, that qualifies him for an Employment in the Revenue...".
[National Archives Document TNA 30/9/112]
'A numerous family' surely implies more than four children?

William retired from the Customs and Excise about 1806, receiving a pension of ₤500p.a. He may have spent some time in London, for Holdern's London directory of 1805 has the entry:

No death record has been found for William or Isabella. Dublin probate records show probate of William's will was granted in 1816, but no address is given for him. Did he die away from Ireland? No record has been found elsewhere.