Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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William Townsend Gun

William Townsend Gun,
of Rattoo, Co.Kerry (the old Stoughton estate).
He mar 1stly, 1765, to Sarah Stoughton [descendant of Edward III].
She died pre-1798.
He had issue by 1st wife:

  1. Elizabeth Gun, of Rattoo,
    born post-1765.
    She mar 1stly, 1788, to James Fuller Harnett and had issue.
    He died Jan-Mar 1794.
    Elizabeth mar 2ndly, Jan-May 1794, at Tralee, to William Ponsonby and had issue.
    Marriage notices in Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1794.
    Indexed on p.361 and p.495 and p.504 of [Farrar, vol.2].
    (todo) See originals, Walker's Hibernian Magazine, May 1794, p.396, and June 1794, p.568.

  2. Townsend Gun, of Rattoo,
    mar Amelia Wilson,
    had issue:

    1. Jane Gun, mar Rev. Edward Maynard Denny and had issue.

    2. William Wilson Gun,
      of Rattoo, born 1809,
      built present Rattoo House 1836,
      had issue:

      1. Henry Allen Gun, of Rattoo, born 1842,
        mar Elizabeth Jackson and had issue:

        1. William Townsend Jackson Gun,
          of Rattoo, born 1876,
          High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1902,
          researched family history,
          interested in eugenics,
          died 1946.

  3. Catherine Gun, of Rattoo,
    mar Rev. Stephen Dunlevie (or Dunlevy),
    he was Chaplain of Kerry Militia 1794,
    Rector of Kenmare 1799-1808,
    Rector and Vicar of Kilmoe 1808-18,
    Vicar of Uregare, Co.Limerick, 1820,
    had issue:

    1. Frederica Dunlevie,
      Mary Frederica, Mary Fredrica,
      mar 1828 to her 1st cousin Thomas Carrique Ponsonby and had issue.

William Townsend Gun mar 2ndly, 1798, to Eliza Kane [Elizabeth].
He had already had several natural children by her.
He seems to have abandoned Rattoo to live in Tralee.
At some point Rattoo House fell into ruins.
He died 1812.
See notes on his life from [Hickson's annotated par records].
He had issue by 2nd wife (some born before their marriage, some born after):

  1. Anne Townsend Gun,
    natural dau, bapt 1790 [Tralee CoI par records].

  2. Charlotte Townsend Gun,
    natural dau, bapt 1792 [Tralee CoI par records].

  3. George Gun,
    married in 1831 to a Catholic,
    ancestor of Gun of Australia.


Entry for William Townsend Gun in [Burkes LG, 1847].


Rattoo House

Rattoo House, Rattoo par, near Ballyhorgan and Ballyduff, NW Co.Kerry.


The old Rattoo House in ruins.
From 1829 to 1842 map.

The new Rattoo House.
The old Rattoo House is vanished.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern satellite view.
See modern street view showing round tower, Rattoo House, and abbey.

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