Hawkins Whitshed family of Killincarrick
Reverend James Hawkins, Bishop of Raphoe
Reverend Dr James Hawkins, later the Bishop of Raphoe, was born in 1724, the son of John Hawkins, who was the Ulster King of Arms. In 1755, Reverend James married Catherine the daughter of Gilbert Keene and Alice nee Whitshed (who was the daughter of Thomas Whitshed and niece of William Whitshed, Chief Justice to the Kings Bench of Ireland).
Rev James became Dean of Emly in 1766, later becoming Bishop of Dromore in 1775 and then in 1780 was appointed the Bishop of Raphoe. Rev Hawkins died on the 23rd of June 1807. Catherine and James had seven children, their third son was James Hawkins who inherited the estate of Catherine’s uncle William Whitshed. It was James who adopted the name Whitshed, becoming James Hawkins Whitshed.
Admiral James Hawkins Whitshed
James Hawkins Whitshed was a British Admiral and was born in 1761, the son of the Bishop of Raphoe and his wife Catherine Nee Keene. He was married Sophia Henrietta, the daughter of Captain John Albert Bentinck in 1791. James was created a baronet in 1834 and would become an Admiral of the Fleet in 1844. He died in 1813, leaving one child.
James joined the Navy in 1773, he became commander of the San Vincente, which was one of the prize vessels recently acquired by the British Navy. He was involved in the Battle off Cape St Vincent on the 14th of February 1797 and from which he was presented with a gold medal and he was mentioned with thank in Parliament for his conduct in the battle. In February 1799 he gained the rank of Rear Admiral and in 1803 he was appointed Naval Adviser to the Viceroy of Ireland, for the purposes of superintending the coasts of Ireland, of the organising the Sea Fencibles, of selecting and establishing signal stations and for erecting Martello towers at set distances north and south of Dublin, for the defense of Irelands Capital. He was appointed Vice Admiral in April 1804 and became the chief command at Cork, staying there until 1810. He became Admiral of the Fleet in January 1844. His eldest son James Bentick Hawkins Whitshed was killed on board the vessel Berwick in December 1813. Admiral Sir James died in 1849 and was cremated. He was survived by his second son St Vincent Keene Hawkins Whitshed.
Sir St Vincent Keene Hawkins Whitshed
Sir St Vincent Keene Hawkins Whitshed the only surviving son of Admiral Hawkins Whitshed was born in 1801 and in 1832 he married Elizabeth the daughter of David Montague, 2nd Baron Erskine. They resided mainly in Scotland. They had four children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, Lt James Hawkins Whitshed and St Vincent Bentinck Whitshed, later the 3rd Baronet. Their eldest son James died in Japan in 1861 aged 27. He was in command of the gunboat Leven and it is thought he died of cholera. The Leven was one of the first naval vessels to survey the coast of Japan. Sir St Vincent’s daughter Elizabeth Sophia married Lt Col Arthur Cavendish Bentinck in 1857. His other daughter Renira married Rear Admiral Edwin John Pollard in Delgany. St Vincent died in September 1870 in Edinburgh and his widow died in July 1886. Sir St Vincent was succeeded by his younger son.
Sir St Vincent Bentinck Hawkins Whitshed
The third Baronet Sir St Vincent Bentick Hawkins Whitshed was born in 1837 and in 1858 married Annie Alicia the daughter of Rev John Gustavus Handcock. He became a Lieut. in the Coldstream Guards in Oct 1855 and retired as a Lieutenant in 1859. He became High Sheriff of Co Wicklow in 1867 and died in 1871. Annie his widow remarried John Percival Hughes. Sir Vincent left one heir a daughter. The Baronetcy became extinct on his death.
Elizabeth Alicia Hawkins Whitshed (later Burnaby, Main and Le Blond)
The 3rd baronet’s daughter was Elizabeth Alicia Frances Hawkins Whitshed, she married Colonel Frederick Augustus Burnaby, the noted soldier, adventurer and author in June 1879. Col. Burnaby was killed in action in January 1885. Elizabeth married twice more firstly John Frederick Main who died in 1892 and then to Francis Bernard Aubrey Le Blond. Elizabeth had one son, an only child. Elizabeth became a noted photographer, writer and Alpinist. Her autobiography was called Day in Day Out and was published in 1928. Elizabeth also wrote a biography of Charlotte Sophie, Countess Bentinck, under the name of Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond amongst other works. She died in 1934. Here son Harry Burnaby died childless.
Henry Arthur Gustavus St Vincent Burnaby was born in May 1880, the son of noted soldier and adventurer Frederick Burnaby and Elizabeth Alice nee Hawkins Whitshed. He married Kathleen Mavourneen nee McMichael in 1929. He died on the 30th of March 1939 aged 58 in Wahington, District of Columbia in the USA and was buried in Brentwood Prince George’s County Maryland in the USA.
Burke, Sir Bernard (CB, LL. D); A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Ireland, Harrison and Sons, London (1912)