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THE ANCESTRY OF ARTHUR WELLESLEY, 1ST DUKE OF WELLINGTON

 

1  Arthur Wesley, afterwards Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

   b 29 Apr or 1 May 1769, Dublin

   d 14 Sep 1852, Walmer Castle, Kent

 

Parents

 

2  Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington

   bap 10 Aug 1735, St Andrew, Dublin

   d 22 May 1781, Kensington

   m 6 Feb 1759, St Mary, Dublin

3  Anne Hill

   bap 27 Jun 1742, St Mary, Dublin

   d 10 Sep 1831, Henrietta Street

 

Grandparents

 

4  Richard Colley, later Wesley, of Dangan Castle, co. Meath, Baron of Mornington

   b ca 1690, near Edenderry

   d 31 Jan 1758, Dublin

   m 23 Dec 1719, St Anne, Dublin

5  Elizabeth Sale

   b

   bur 20 Jun 1738, St Andrew, Dublin

6  Arthur Hill, afterwards Hill-Trevor, 1st Viscount Dungannon

   b ca 1694

   d 30 Jan 1771, Dublin

   m 12 Jan 1737

7  Anne Stafford

   b 25 Dec 1715, Hillsborough, co. Down

   d 13 Jan 1799, Hampton Court

 

Great-grandparents

 

8  Henry Colley of Castle Carbery, co. Kildare, MP for Co. Kildare

   b ca 1647

   bur ca 1719, Carbery

   m Jul 1674

9  Mary Ussher

   b

   d

10 John Sale, LL.D., of Dublin, registrar of the diocese of Dublin and MP for Carysfort

   b ca 1675

   d 7 Jul 1732

   m

11 Ellinor Desminières

   b

   d

12 Michael Hill of Hillsborough

   b 7 Aug 1672

   d 1699, bur Hillsborough

   m 1690

13 Anne Trevor

   b ca 1669

   d 5 Jan 1747, Dublin

14 Edmond Francis Stafford of Brownstown, co. Meath, MP for Lisburn

   b 9 Oct 1693

   d 13 Jan 1724, Naples

   m 18 Nov 1714, Hillsborough

15 Penelope Leslie

   b 30 Nov 1694, Galgorm

   d 24 Oct 1718, Portglenone, Co. Antrim

 

Great-great-grandparents

 

16 Capt. Dudley Colley of Castle Carbery

   b

   bur Carbery

   m

17 Anne Warren

   b

   d

18 Sir William Ussher of Dublin

   b ca 1610

   d 23 Apr 1671

   m 14 May 1645

19 Ursula St Barbe

   b

   d

20

   b

   d

   m

21

   b

   d

22 Robert Desminières of Sligo, merchant

   b 16 Jul 1640

   d 1693, Sligo

   m

23 Elizabeth

   b

   d

24 William Hill

   b ca 1641

   d Little Chelsea, Middlesex, bur 31 Oct 1693, Kensington, Middlesex

   m

25 Eleanor Boyle

   b

   d

26 Sir John Trevor of Brynkinalt, co. Denbigh, Master of the Rolls

   b ca 1637

   d 20 May 1717, London

   m

27 Jane Mostyn

   b 1643

   d 1704

28 Edmond Stafford of Brownstown

   b ca 1661

   d Aug 1713, Portglenone

   m ca 24 Feb 1691/92

29 Anne Spurstow

   b ca 1659

   d ca 1730

30 Rev. Henry Leslie, Archdeacon of Down

   b 4 Nov 1651

   d 3 Sep 1733

   m ca 26 Jul 1674

31 Margaret Beachan

   b

   d 11 Apr 1717

 

 

Sources

 

The Complete Peerage (2nd edition)

The Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Arthur Collins, The Peerage of England, 5th ed., 8 vols. (London, 1779)

J.E. Griffith, Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (Horncastle, 1914)

John Lodge, The Peerage of Ireland (1754)

John Lodge, The Peerage of Ireland, rev. Mervyn Archdall (1789)

Edith Mary Johnston-Liik, History of the Irish Parliament 1692-1800, 6 vols. (Belfast, 2002)

Richard K. Evans, The Ancestry of Diana, Princess of Wales (Boston, 2007)

George Hill, An Historical Account of the Macdonnells of Antrim (Belfast, 1873), 350

James O’Laverty, An Historical Account of the Diocese of Down and Connor, 3 vols. (Dublin, 1878-84), 3:306

The Earl of Belmore, The History of the Corry Family of Castlecoole (London and Dublin, 1891)

Vivien Costello, Researching Huguenot Settlers in Ireland (online at https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/famhist/article/download/1626/1587)

Henry Biddall Swanzy, The Families of French of Belturbet and Nixon of Fermanagh (Dublin, 1908)

John Barry, Hillsborough (Belfast, 1962), 110

Transcription of Kensington parish registers (Society of Genealogists, MX/R136)

The Daily Courant, 15 Jul 1732

The Gentleman’s Magazine, 101.2(Jul-Dec 1831):282

St Mary, Dublin, parish registers (online at http://www.irishgenealogy.ie)

Transcription of St Anne, Dublin, parish registers (online at http://www.irishgenealogy.ie)

Will of Susanna Spurstow (Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1697)

C.G.O. Bridgeman, A Genealogical Account of the Family of Aldersey (London, 1899)

George J. Armytage, ed., Allegations for Marriage Licences issued by the Vicar General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, July 1687 to June 1694 (London, 1890)

Genealogical abstracts by William Betham (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89LW-6JTM)

 

Notes

 

The exact date of the Duke of Wellington’s birth was debated even within his own lifetime. Of the various dates which have been suggested, 29 Apr and 1 May are the two for which reasonable evidence is known to exist. From what I have seen so far, I am more inclined to believe the earlier date, though 1 May was widely believed to be the Duke’s birthday during his lifetime.

 

Elizabeth Sale (number 5) is said (for example in The Blackburn Standard, 10 Nov 1852) to have been from the same family as John Sale (1758-1827), singer and conductor. Her father, John Sale (ca 1675-1732) may have been a son of Edmund Sale who, like Elizabeth’s father, was registrar of the diocese of Dublin. Edmund Sale of Dublin, gentleman, and Ellen Harvey of Naas, County Kildare, had a licence to marry in 1672.