The 7th Baron ffrench

The 7th Baron ffrench (Sir Peter Martin Joseph Charles John ffrench), of Castle ffrench, co. Galway, in Ireland, and a Baronet, b. 2 May, 1926, s. his uncle 1955, m. 5 Aug. 1954, o Katherine Sonia, 2nd dau. of Digby Coddington Cayley, J.P., of Rougham Chantry, Bury St Edmunds (see CAYLEY, Bt.), and has issue,

1.Rose Sofia Iris Mary, b. 27 Jan. 1957.
2 Clare Katherine Grace Mary, b. 18 July, 1958.

Lineage - The common ancestor of the BARONS FFRENCH and the BARONS DE FREYNE was WALTER FFRENCH, who migrated from Wexford and settled in the town of Galway 1425. He was Sovereign (Chief Magistrate) of that town 1444 to 1445. From him descended,

JOHN FFRENCH, Mayor of Galway 1538-9, added the wing to the Church of St. Nicholas, Galway, called "ffrench's Aisle," and built a beautiful side chapel in the Franciscan Abbey in Galway. He also erected the stone building which stood on arches over the river at Galway, called "John ffrench's Chamber." This munificent patron of the church d. 1545, leaving two sons, 1. Dominick and 2. ROBUCK. The yr. son,

ROBUCK FFRENCH, Mayor of Galway 1582-3, d. 27 Jan. 1598 (will dated 27 Jan. 1598, proved 1602), leaving issue, two sons, 1. EDMUND and 2 Walter. The elder son,

EDMUND FFRENCH, Mayor of Galway 1606-7, d. about 1618, leaving two sons, 1. Dominick and 2. JOHN. The yr. son,

JOHN FFRENCH, purchased before 1636, the castle and lands of Clogher (now called Castle ffrench) in the Baronies of Kilconnell and Killyan, co. Galway, and d. 1642, leaving a son,

JASPER FFRENCH, of Clogher, was deprived of his estate in 1655 by the Cromwellian Commissions, who allotted it to Dr. Gerald Fennell and Ellen his wife, dau. and heir of John O'Meagher, of Clonenikeny, co. Tipperary, on their transplantation into Connaught. In 1671, Jasper ffrench repurchased the estate from Ellen the widow, and got a confirmatory grant in 1677 by patent under the Acts of Settlement (patent dated 18 Aug. enrolled 5 Oct. 1677). He rebuilt the caslte in 1683. He had two sons, 1. Patrick, m. 1 April, 1676, Barbara, 2nd dau. of Anthony ffrench, of Calla, but d.s.p.v.p. and 2. MARTIN. The yr. son,

MARTIN FFRENCH, of Clogher, m. the dau. of Lynch, of Levally, and was s. by his son,

THOMAS FFRENCH, of Clogher, m. 8 June, 1717, Clara, dau. of Charles Hamilton, of Fairfield, co. Galway, and d. 21 July, 1755 (will dated 14 March, 1753), leaving with other issue,

1. Martin, a Dominican friar, bur. In Athenry Abbey after 1783.
2. CHARLES (Sir), 1st Bt.
1. Anne, m. Patrick Lynch (Fitzmark), of Glaway, merchant, and had issue

The 2nd son,

Sir Charles ffrench, 1st Bt., of Castle ffrench (otherwise Clogher), co. Galway, Mayor of the town of Galway 177304, was created a Baronet, 17 Aug. 1779. Sir Charles m. 25 June, 1761, Rose, Baroness ffrench, eldest dau. of Patrick Dillon, of Killeen, co. Roscommon, and had, with other issue,

1. THOMAS HAMILTON, 2nd Baron.
1. Catherine, m. 1stly (sett. Dated 3 Dec. 1787), Anthony Brabazon, of Birch Grove, co. Galway, and had issue. She m. 2ndly, 1804, Edmund Whitehead, and d. 10 Jan. 1833, having had further issue.
2. Jane, m. 18 July, 1787, Sir Gonville Bromhead, 1st Bt., and d. 2 Sept. 1837, having had issue. He d. 1822.

Sir Charles d. in 1784 (will dated 11 Jan. 1783, proved 20 Oct. 1784), and his widow, DAME ROSE FFRENCH, was advanced to the peerage of Ireland, 12 March, 1798, by the title of BARONESS FFRENCH, of Castle ffrench, co. Galway, with remainder to her issue by her late husband, Sir Charles. The peerage was conferred in consideration of the services rendered to the government during the Vice-Royalty of Lord Westmorland 1790-4, by their only son, Sir Thomas Hamilton ffench, a leading and influential Mem. of the Catholic Cttee. during that period. GEORGE III's personal objection to the elevation of any catholic to the peerage was the reason of the elevation of the mother (nominally a protestant) instead of the son (a strict catholic). Her ladyship d. 8 Dec. 1805, and was s. by her son,

SIR THOMAS FFRENCH, 2nd Baron ffrench, who had inerited the Baronetcy upon the decease of his father in 1784. His Lordship m. in 1785, Margaret (d. 7 Dec. 1849), eldest dau. of Thomas Redington, of Kilcornan, co. Galway, and had, with other issue,

1. Thomas, b. Jan. 1833, m. March, 1859, Victoria (who m. 2ndly, Major-Gen. Andrew Browne, C.B., who d. 8 April, 1883, and had issue), dau. of Maurice Blake, of Ballinafad, co. Mayo, and d.s.p. 30 May, 1859.
1. Josephine, m. 1872, Walter Eakins, of Richmond Spa, Well Road, Wexford, and had issue.
2. Anne, m. 10 July, 1865, Michael Joseph Chevers, of Killyan, co. Galway, and d. 8 Oct. 1808. He d. 10 April, 1889.
3. Nicholas, a Clergyman of the Church of Rome, b. Feb. 1796; d. 1 July, 1838.
4. Gonville, of Clarmont, Roscommon, b. May, 1797, m. 16 July, 1823, Clare (d. 12 Oct. 1864), yst dau. of William Kenney, of Kilclogher, co. Galway, and d.s.p. 29 April, 1866.
1. Sarah, m. 14 Oct. 1810, Edward J. Beytagh, of Cappagh, co. Galway. He d. 19 March, 1832.
2. Rose, m. 14 Oct. 1810, Francis Blake Foster, of Ashfield, co. Galway, and d. 13 Dec. 1867.

His Lordship d. 9 Dec. 1814 (will pr. 1 March, 1815), and was s. by his eldest son,

CHARLES AUSTIN, 3rd Baron ffrench b. 9 April, 1786, m. 26 Sept. 1809,. Maria (d. June, 1827), eldest dau. of John Browne, of Moyne, co. Galway, and had, with other issue,

1. THOMAS, 4th Baron.
2. John, in Holy Orders of the Church of Rome, b. 5 Aug. 1812; d. at Rome, 31 May, 1873.
3. MARTIN JOSEPH, 5th Baron.
1. Margaret, m. 7 Jan. 1836, Valentine O'Connor Blake, of Tower Hill, co. Mayo, and d. 16 July, 1869. He d. 9 Aug. 1879.

His Lordship d. 25 Sept. 1860, and was s. by his eldest son,

THOMAS, 4th Baron ffrench, D.LK., b. 13 Sept. 1810, m. 18 Oct. 1851, Mary Anne (d.3 June, 1906), only dau. and heiress of Richard Thompson, of Stansty Hall Denbighshire, and had issue, a dau. He d. 20 Jan. 1892, and was s. by his brother,

MARTIN JOSEPH, 5th Baron ffrench, Barrister-at-law, J.P. Resident Magistrate, co. Tipperary, 1846 to 1882, b. 1 Oct. 1813, m. 2 July, 1862, Catherine Mary Anne (d. 6 March, 1908), only dau. of John O'Shaughnessy, of Birchgrove, Galway, by his wife Ellen, dau. of Anthony Brabazon, of Birchgrove, and his wife Catherine, dau. of Sir Charles ffrench, 1st Bt. (see above), and had issue,

2. John Martin Valentine Joseph, Capt. Late 7th (Service) Bn. Leinster Regt., a Kt. Of Malta 1932, b. 19 July, 1872, m. 27 March, 1915, o Sophia (Castle ffrench, Ballinasloe, co. Galway), yst. dau. of late Giovanni Brambilla, of Villa Sucota, Como, Italy, and d. 7 May, 1946, leaving issue,

2. o John Charles Mary Joseph Francis, (Ballyraine House, Arklow, Co. Wicklow), b. 5 Oct. 1928, m. 1963, o Sara-Primm, dau. of James A. Turner, of Stockbridge, Mass, U.S.A., and has issue,

Johanna Felicitas, b. 1964.
1. Freida Dora Katherine Mary Josephine, b. 24 March, 1916, m. 30 Nov. 1946, Hans Vajda, of Budapest, Hungary, and has issue.
2. Katherine Mary Margaret Frances Josephine, b. 25 June, 1917, m. 17 Dec. 1935, Lt.-Cmdr. Christopher Valerio Edward Paul Banon, R.N., eldest son of late Christopher Banon, of Broughall Castle, Kilcormack, King's County, and has issue.
3. Ellen Frances Anna-Maria Josephine, b. 1 Dec. 1918, m. 14 Dec. 1946, Thomas Anderson Courtney Agnew (Kilcolgan Castle, Kilcolgan, co. Galway).

1. Ellen Mary Anne Josephine, a nun, d. 29 Sept. 1918.
2. Maria Anne Josephine Catherine, a nun, d. 1928.
3. Frances Catherine Mary Josephine, d. unm. 28 Aug. 1940.
4. Margaret Elizabeth Mary Anne Josephine, d. unm. 18 Sept. 1945.

His Lordship d. 2 Nov. 1893, and was s. by his elder son,

CHARLES AUSTIN THOMAS ROBERT JOHN JOSEPH, 6th Baron ffrench, b. 20 June, 1868, m. 1stly, 1 Sept. 1892, Mary Margaret (d. 27 May 1944), dau. of Matthew James Corbally, D.L., of Rathbeale Hall, co. Dublin, and had issue,

Martin Joseph Mathew, b. 26 July, 1893, d. 26 Jan. 1894. He m. 2ndly, 8 June, 1951, Catherine Elizabeth (d. 25 July, 1960), yst. dau. of Rt. Hon. Sir Christopher John Nixon, 1st Bt., P.C., M.D., LL.D., and d.s.p.m.s., 4 March, 1955, when he was s. by his nephew.

Creations - Baronet, 17 Aug. 1779; Baron, 12 March 1798.

Arms - Erm., a chevron, sa. Crest - a dolphin, embowed, ppr. Supporters - Dexter, a falcon, gu., armed, membered, belled, and winges inverted, or; sinister, an unicorn, gu., armed, unglued, crined and tufted, or, holding in the mouth a rose branch, with two red roses thereon. Motto - Majo mori quain foedari; or, Mors potius macula.

Seat - Castle ffrench, Ballinasloe, co. Galway.