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Elizabeth RUSHWORTH (1783-1865)

1. Elizabeth RUSHWORTH, daughter of Edward RUSHWORTH (1755-1817) and Hon. Catharine HOLMES (1765-1829), was born on 15 October 1783. She married James Patrick 2 MURRAY on 31 January 1803 in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. She died on 15 November 1865 in Benowen, Ireland.


Elizabeth Rushworth had two sisters Mary, Lady Dalrymple and Miss Jane Rushworth. Many sketches by Jane survive in an old scrap book. Lady Dalrymple in her lonely widowhood begged her niece and goddaughter Mary Joanna Harvey (nee Murray) to make her home with them at Purbrook Heath house. A copy of her letter headed 'Memorial to William and Johanna' is in the family records. ' She remained there for 9 years until her death in 1865. Apparently she was a very cultivated lady who was widely travelled having accompanied her husband on trips to Italy and Spain while he was in the Army. The portrait of her husband Sir John Dalrymple came from Purbrook and remains in the family. Mary Dalrymple must have spent the first years of her married life in Edinburgh as she compiled a " Compendium of the most useful and approved recipes in the most laudable art of cookery" which has also survived and is signed by her "Mary Dalrymple, January 1808, Edinburgh."

Sir John Pringle Dalrymple Bt. Was the second son of John D. a merchant and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, and of Ann Pringle. He was born 1778. He had a distinguished military career and became a Maj. General. He succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his elder brother, James in 1800. On his retirement he settled at Lymington in Hants and died in 1829.

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James Patrick 2 MURRAY and Elizabeth RUSHWORTH had the following children:


Catherine Anne MURRAY (1804-1895). Catherine was born on 21 September 1804 in Banagher, Ireland. She was baptised in Freshwater Church. She married Charles Routledge O'DONNELL on 4 September 1846. She died on 26 February 1895 in Kingstown, Ireland.

James Edward Ferguson MURRAY (1806-1834). James was born on 19 April 1806 in Clonmell, Tipperary, Ireland. He was a Lieutenant in the Navy. He married Katherine Jane SLAUGHTER on 15 December 1830 in Sandwich, Kent, England. He died on 17 July 1834 in Athlone, Ireland.

Pulteney MURRAY (1807-1875). Pulteney was born on 9 July 1807 in Galway, Ireland. He was born in 1807 in Perth. He was baptised on 20 December 1809 in Freshwater Church. He was a Major in the Army + Sub Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary. He had 1 child. He married Jane MACKENNY on 23 May 1848. He died on 20 September 1875 in Galway.

Harriet Elizabeth MURRAY (1809-1882). Harriet was born on 6 April 1809 in Co. Cork, Ireland. She was baptised on 20 December 1809 in Freshwater Church. She married Henry HODGES on 14 July 1834 in Benowen. She died on 29 June 1882.

Mary Johanna MURRAY (1810-1875). Mary was born on 5 January 1810 in Merrion, Dublin. She married Andrew NEWTON on 14 July 1834 in Benowen. She married William Francis HARVEY on 13 February 1849. She died on 31 March 1875 in Purbrook.

Jane Susan MURRAY (1810-1841). Jane was born on 13 October 1810 in Athlone. She died on 3 August 1841 in Benowen.

Charles MURRAY (1814-1848). Charles was born on 30 December 1814 in Athlone. He was a Soldier. He married Anne Mitchell SCOTT on 12 October 1844. He died on 6 April 1848 in West Indies.

Elizabeth MURRAY (1817-1904). Elizabeth was born on 6 February 1817 in Athlone. She died on 10 December 1904.

Henry Patrick MURRAY (1819-1855). Henry was born on 19 February 1819 in Athlone. He died on 29 June 1855 in Benowen.

Cordelia Maria MURRAY (1822-1909). Cordelia was born on 27 February 1822 in Westmeath, Ireland. She married Charles TROLLOPPE on 30 March 1864 in St. George, Hanover Square. She married Edmond BOWER in 1892. She died on 3 December 1909.

Douglas Alexander MURRAY (1824-1866). Douglas was born on 2 January 1824 in Killinure House, Westmeath, Ireland. He married Mary Anne MURPHY on 10 November 1848 in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Mary Ann BELTZHOOVER on 8 November 1855 in (First Evangelical Lutheran Church) Carlyle, Pennsylvania. He died on 19 July 1866 in Washington DC. He was buried in Carlyle, Pennsylvania.

George Don MURRAY (1826-1857). George was born on 10 March 1826 in Westmeath. He was a Sailor. He died on 12 August 1857 in Athlone.

Second Generation

2. Edward RUSHWORTH, son of John RUSHWORTH and Sarah MAYNE, was born on 17 October 1755. He was baptised on 2 January 1756 in Kingston Church, Portsea. He appeared in the census. He was a Churchman, Member of Parliament. He married Catharine HOLMES on 28 August 1780 in Calbourne, Isle of Wight. He died on 15 October 1817. He was buried in He lies buried in the family vault near to his wife.


Edward Rushworth of Freshwater House, Isle of Wight.

Edward, was without a break the MP for either Newport or Yarmouth from 1784 until 1797.

Edward Rushworth was a Founders' Kin Scholar of Winchester College (and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxon). He took Deacon's Orders in the Church, and was afterwards MP for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, and Recorder of Newport. He built Farringford and resided there (it is now the residence of Lord Tennyson). He was also afterwards MP (1784 onwards) for Newport. On his election the unsuccessful candidate, Mr. John Harrington, petitioned the House against the validity of his return on the ground of his being in Holy Orders. A Select Committee was appointed to consider it, and reported that Mr. Rushworth had been "duly elected to serve in this Parliament". Afterwards, in order to get rid of Horne Tooke, an Act was passed disqualifying all the clergy of the Church of England from sitting in the House of Commons. This Act took effect in 1802.


Obituary in The Gentleman¡¯s Magazine, Vol.88 Part 1, 1818.

EDWARD RUSHWORTH, ESQ. b. At Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Edward Rushworth, esq. of Farringfordhill, and mayor of Yarmouth. He was seized with apoplexy while sitting on a bench, conversing with a friend, on the Quay at Yarmouth; a medical gentleman was on the spot, who bled him, and caused him to be carried to the George Inn, where he lingered from Monday till Wednesday, when he expired. The death of this truly respectable gentleman excited a sensation of the deepest regret in all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Mr. Rushworth was many years representative in Parliament for the Boroughs of Yarmouth and Newport, and was much esteemed for the independence of his character and for his intellectual endowment!;. He was a gentleman of pure and virtuous principles, steadily and zealously attached to the Establishment in Church and State, and eminently distinguished for a sense of duty in every relation of life. He was an intelligent and useful Magistrate, a good father, an affectionate husband, a kind master, and a firm friend:¡ª On the day of his funeral the shops and private houses in the town were closed (a circumstance, sufficiently expressive to mark the estimation of his high character). In the immediate neighbourhood of his late residence, his death is an event which will be long and deeply lamented, and by it the community at large have lost the benefit of a valuable example. Mr. Rushworth married the Hon. Catherine Holmes, daughter of the late Lord Holmes, by whom he had a large family. His son and heir is married to a daughter of Sir Everard Home; one of his daughters married to Col. Murray, Deputy-adjutant-general in Ireland, and another to Sir John Pringle Dalrymple, bart.; and he was father of the late gallant Capt. Rushworth, of the Barbadoes frigate.



3. Hon. Catharine HOLMES, daughter of Lord Leonard Troughear HOLMES and Elizabeth TYRRELLL, was born in 1765. She was baptised on 20 September 1765 in Newport, Isle of Wight. She had the title 'Hon.'. She died on 9 December 1829 in Bowcombe Cottage.


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Edward RUSHWORTH and Catharine HOLMES had the following children:


Catherine RUSHWORTH (1781- ). Catherine was born on 16 November 1781.


Elizabeth RUSHWORTH (1783-1865)

Holmes Jervoise RUSHWORTH (1785- ). Holmes was born on 26 September 1785.

Edward RUSHWORTH (1787- ). Edward was born on 11 August 1787.

Mary RUSHWORTH (1789- ). Mary was born on 27 May 1789. She married John Pringle DALRYMPLE on 20 December 1807 in Freshwater Church.

Charles Powlett RUSHWORTH (1791- ). Charles was born on 23 February 1791.

unk RUSHWORTH (1792-1792). unk was born on 21 November 1792. She died on 21 November 1792.

Jane RUSHWORTH (1793- ). Jane was born on 31 October 1793.

Leonard RUSHWORTH (1796- ). Leonard was born on 19 July 1796.

Henry RUSHWORTH (1798-1819). Henry was born on 28 April 1798. He was a Lieutenant in the Indian ArmyS. He died in July 1819 in India.

Anne RUSHWORTH (1800- ). Anne was born on 9 February 1800.

Margaret RUSHWORTH (1802- ). Margaret was born on 20 February 1802.

unk RUSHWORTH (1804-1804). unk was born on 2 May 1804. She died on 2 May 1804.

Third Generation

4. John RUSHWORTH was born on 25 October 1721 in New York. He died on 30 August 1780 in Cowes (Northwood). He was buried in Church of Northwood, Isle of Wight. He married Sarah MAYNE.


John Rushworth was probably a greatgrandson of Daniel, brother of John Rushworth (1607-1690), the compiler of the "historical Collections"(?).
He was a Post-Captain in His Majesty's Fleet. His great-grandfather was probably John Rushworth (1607-1690), the compiler of the "historical Collections" who had emigrated to America at the time of Charles I.

The Rushworth family, related to the Fairfaxes and to John Rushworth, compiler of the "Historical Collections", had settled in America during the dissensions between Charles I and the Parliament. When the trouble with our American Colonies began John Rushworth, Senior, had to decide whether to give up his interests in America or become a citizen of the new United States and an enemy of England. This (his graddaughter told me in 1885) undermined his helath and hastened his death about the time of the Declaration of Independence. His wife's name was Sarah Mayne. John Senior's death is recorded in the Gentlemen's Magazine, 1780: "At West Cowes, aged 58, John Rushworth Esq. a senior post Captain of His Majesty's Fleet adn regulating the impress Service in the Isle of Wight.

Her father, Captain John Rushworth (1721-1780) was buried in Northwood, Isle of Wight. Her brother, Edward, was without a break the MP for either Newport or Yarmouth from 1784 until 1797. In 1780 he had been ordained, but he abandoned Holy Orders when protests were raised against a deacon entering Parliament. His wife, Catherine, the second daughter of Lord Holmes, built Farringford Hall.

Memorials in Northwood Church:

'In Memory of John Rushworth, Esq. 22 years a Post Captain of His Majesty's Fleet, who died the 30th day of August 1780 in the 59th year of his age, and lied interred near this place.'

'Sarah the wife of John Rushworth, Esq., Captain in the Royal Navy, died the 7th day of May 1780, and lies interred near this place.'

Also: "In Memory of John Rushworth, Esq., 22 years a Post captain of His Majesty's Fleet..."

The Rushworths had settled in America during the dissensions between Charles I and the Parliament. When the trouble with The American Colonies began John Rushworth had to decide whether to give up his interests in America, or become a citizen of the new United States and an enemy of England. This undermined his health and hastened his death about the time of the declaration of Independence.


5. Sarah MAYNE was born in 1724. She died on 7 May 1780 in West Cowes. She and John RUSHWORTH had the following children:



Edward RUSHWORTH (1755-1817)

John RUSHWORTH (1758-1793). John was born on 29 January 1758. He died on 7 September 1793 in Hythe, Southampton. He was buried on 12 September 1793 in Dibden Church, Hythe.

Elizabeth RUSHWORTH (1762-1817). Elizabeth was born on 6 July 1762. She was baptised in All Saints'. Southampton. She married John KEELE in 1781. She died on 22 July 1817 in Southampton. She was buried in Southampton.


6. Lord Leonard Troughear HOLMES, son of Thomas TROUGHEAR D.D. and Elizabeth HOLMES, was born on 24 May 1731. He had the title 'Baron (in the Irish Peerage)'. He was a Clergyman. He married Elizabeth TYRRELLL circa 1759. He died on 18 January 1804 in Newport, Isle of Wight.


Last Lord Holmes. The Rev. Leonard Troughear subsequently took his mother's name Holmes. He was created Baron Holmes 4/3/1798. Leonard Troughear had succeeded to the title of Lord Holmes when his mother's brother died.

From Parliamentary Records:

During the first ten years of this period Yarmouth was controlled by Thomas Holmes (created in 1760 Baron Holmes in the Irish peerage), and managed by him on behalf of Government. There was an anti-Holmes party in the Isle of Wight, headed by Sir Thomas Wortley and Lord Carnarvon; and when Holmes died in July 1764 they hoped to take over from him. But the appointment of governor of the Isle of Wight was given to Hans Stanley (q.v.), who was committed to neither side. Stanley wrote shortly after his appointment; 1

"I think I see very clearly that the governor of the Isle of Wight in elections is but a secondhand interest; either party will be glad to make some sort of terms with him in order to procure favours for their friends, and perhaps it would not have been ill policy to adopt the Irish maxim of joining with the strongest after they had first settled that point amongst themselves".

At Yarmouth after Holmes's death there was a division of interests between the Rev. Leonard Troughear Holmes, Lord Holmes's nephew and successor, and Lord Holmes's brother-in-law, Barnabas Eveleigh Leigh; but this was soon composed by each agreeing to return one Member.' Holmes then offered his interest in the Isle of Wight to Administration, and Stanley advised Grenville to accept.

Holmes worked with each successive Administration, and at the general election of 1768 he had Government support in the attack made upon him by the Worsley-Oglander-Jervoise Clarke party in all three Isles of Wight constituencies. At Yarmouth Holmes's candidates were defeated, but returned on petition; and before the general election of 1774 Holmes and Jervoise Clarke came to an agreement to return one Member each.


7. Elizabeth TYRRELLL was born circa 1735. She died on 14 May 1810 in Newport. She was buried on 21 May 1810. She and Leonard Troughear HOLMES had the following children:



Catharine HOLMES (1765-1829)