John Palmer Brabazon - Lineage
Luke Higgins married Catherine Brabazon, sister of Sir Anthony Brabazon, Bart. Their son, Hugh Higgins (Capt. R.A.) married in 1827 Ellen Ambrosia Palmer of Palmerstown Co. Mayo.
They had issue.
Luke, John Palmer, Elizabeth Louise, Augusta, Emma, Kate. The family changed its name to Brabazon by Royal Licence in 1852.
MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN PALMER BRABAZON C.B.
The military career of Major-General John Palmer Brabazon is of exceptional interest, inasmuch as it furnishes an instance in which an officer left the army after obtaining Captain's rank, and rejoined it as a subaltern at the age of thirty-one. It certainly speaks well for General Brabazon, that, notwithstanding the serious disadvantages under which he laboured when he determined to return to military duty, he has gone steadily forward, until he occupies today a prominent position in South Africa. Born on February 12th, 1843, it was on February 4th, 1863, that Gentleman Cadet Brabazon, was gazetted to a Cornetcy in the 16th Lancers (about the time of the death of his elder brother Captain Luke Brabazon in China). Six months afterwards, the young "Scarlet Lancer" was promoted to the rank of Ensign and Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards, and on July 10th, 1869, he was further advanced to the rank of Lieutenant and Captain. On February 26th, 1870, he exchanged to the 69th Regiment, and on September 24th, 1870, retired from the service by the sale of his commission. (Churchill says that he returned to Ireland at this time to take care of his estates).
This was the time of the 2nd Famine and many estates were in dire circumstances due to lack of rents being paid. This time the burden was shouldered by landlord and tenant alike, as opposed to the Great Famine. I think it was also about then that Bwab ensured that the railway went through Swinford, by deliberately destroying the worth of the shares of the Northern Railway Company. (He bought blocks of shares and virtually gave them away). When Sir Garnet Wolseley was nominated at the end of 1873 to proceed to the West Coast of Africa to conduct the Expedition to Kumassi, Captain Brabazon applied to accompany him, making known his readiness to embark in any capacity. He was permitted to go as a Special Service Volunteer, with the rank of Captain, being attached on arrival to the column under Captain (now Lieutenant-General) Butler, in Western Akim, and afterwards to the Transport Service.
well was he reported upon, that in addition to the War Medal, he received
the offer of a commission as Lieutenant in the 10th Hussars, being
appointed on June 13th, 1874. Joining his regiment in India, he served
with it in the Afghan War of 1878-79, and was afterwards employed
as Officiating Brigade Major and Staff Officer of Cavalry, with the
Kuram Field Force, being present at the capture of the Peiwar Kotal,
in the operations of the Khost Valley, in the engagement at Charasiah
on October 6th, 1879, and in the operations round Kabul in December,
1879, including the investment of Sherpur. Having come under the notice
of Sir Frederick Roberts, he was selected to act as Cavalry Brigade
Major in the march from Kabul to Kandahar, and was present at the
battle before the latter place on September 1st, 1880. For his services
he was repeatedly mentioned in Dispatches, was promoted to Brevet
Majority, and received the War Medal with clasp, and bronze decoration.