|Born in 1798, three years after the death of Rev. William Jackson, Richard Robert Madden (1798-1886) was the youngest of 21 children. The seven volumes of his opus - The United Irishmen – Their Lives and Times- was published in 1843. It ran to numerous editions and frequent reprints.|
| (my bolding) THE subject of this memoir, though not born in Ireland, was descended from a highly respectable
family of a northern county, of the Newtownards branch of the Jacksons,
from which the celebrated American general of that name sprung, I am informed
by Mr. John M'Adam of Belfast. From an account of his own, given in the Northern
Star of the 6th of January,
1794, we learn the following particulars of his family. |
SOURCE: The United Irishmen – Their Lives and Times, Catholic Publication Society of America. Shamrock edition, p. 162. This was a 1916 reissue (interesting timing).
- Without the forenames for either Rev. William’s mother or for his father, who were they?
- Who was Dr. Sall and who was the aunt who had married this Dr. Sall?
- Where was his mother’s estate near Sligo? Was it near Lissadell House?
- Which branch of the GOREs did his mother descend from? NOTE: Not only did the GOREs have large families, but they also set their various sons up in at least half a dozen counties. To compound the dilemma of tracing any individual son in a family that recycled a short list of forenames, the men often owned land in one county but resided in another. The Gores who were reputed to be of Co. Sligo could just as easily have been related to the Gores from Co. Clare.
|The young William Jackson. Where did he come from? Where did he live as a child? How did he come to be convicted as a terrorist - a foreign agent in the service of France?|