Thursday, 17 June 2021

Pooler of Tyross


In 1689, Robert ( eldest son of Robert Pooler, of Tyross, and grandson of Captain Robert Pooler, who settled at Tyross in the reign of ELIZABETH I, 1585, and received a grant of lands), led troops to the relief of Londonderry.
"Pooler," says STUART in his Historical Memoirs of Armagh, "in almost every sortie made by the famous Murray, was always in the thickest of the battle, and yet escaped unhurt."
"When, however, the garrison had received information that the Irish army had commenced its retreat, Pooler looked through an embrasure in the battlements in hope of witnessing its final departure."
"At that moment a random shot from one of those who had lingered in the rear struck him on the head, and killed him on the spot, the last man slain at the siege of Derry."
In the Metrical Catalogue of Besiegers and Defenders of Derry, 1689, published in GRAHAM'S Ireland Observed, Pooler is alluded to in the following line ~ "Cust and Cross and Pooler of Tyross."

CAPTAIN ROBERT POOLER, born in 1541, married Maud, only daughter of George Armitage, and left a son,

ROBERT POOLER, of Tyross, County Armagh, born in 1594, who wedded Elizabeth, second daughter of Walter Bond, and had a son,

ROBERT POOLER, of Tyross, born in 1626, who espoused Susanna, sister of John Grindall, Governor of Antigua.

He is claimed to have died in 1742 aged 116 (despite the implausibility of this account), leaving a son,

JOHN POOLER (1700-46), of Tyross, who married Martha, daughter of William Scott, of Scottsborough, County Fermanagh, and had a son,

ROBERT POOLER (1734-1823), of Tyross, who wedded Katharine, daughter of John Galbraith, of Roscavey, County Tyrone, and had issue,
ROBERT, of whom hereafter;
John, army major, k/a;
Galbraith, died unmarried;
Rebecca; Martha; Anne; Katharine.
The eldest son,

ROBERT POOLER (-1865), of Tyross, espoused, in 1812, Frances, daughter of Samuel Reid, of Newry, and had issue,
Robert, died unmarried;
John, died unmarried;
Hugh, died unmarried;
Isaac, died unmarried;
Jane; Katherine; Margaret.
The fourth son,

THE REV CANON DR JAMES GALBRAITH POOLER (1826-96), Rector of Newtownards, rural dean of Bangor, Chaplain to the Marquess of Londonderry, Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, married, in 1855, Angelica, fifth daughter of the Rev Edward Leslie, Rector of Annahilt, County Down, and granddaughter of Charles Powell Leslie MP, of Castle Leslie, County Monaghan, and had issue,
Charles Francis Knox (Rev);
Edward Leslie (Dr), MD;
James Galbraith George;
Frances May; Ida Frances Margaret; Angelica Katharine.
Dr Pooler's eldest son,

THE REV CANON DR LEWIS ARTHUR TREVOR POOLER (1858-1924), of Tyross, County Armagh, Minor Canon of Down Cathedral, Chaplain of HOLLYMOUNT, 1889-99, Examining Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Down, 1898, Rural Dean of Lecale East, Rector of Down and Hollymount, 1899, Canon of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 1903, wedded, in 1885, Augusta, second daughter of the Ven John Charles Wolfe, Archdeacon of Clogher, and had issue,
Isabella Mabel.
His only son,

JAMES GALBRAITH POOLER (1887-), of Downpatrick, Curate of Down, Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, married and had an elder son,

JAMES HAMPDEN WOLFE POOLER (1927-), of Tyross, Lieutenant, 16/5th Lancers, High Sheriff of County Down, 1980, who married, in 1954, Mary Louisa, daughter of Philip Stewart, of Strangford, County Down, and has issue,


Former residences ~ Tyross, County Armagh; Bessmount, County Down.

First published in June, 2015.


Unknown said...

Many in my extended family (Leeman, Barr, Archbold, Taose) are called Robert or Pooler after the 1698 captain. I don't know know if we are connected by marriage. Sir Winston Churchill's aunt, Leone Blanche Jerome, married Sir John Leslie, 2nd Baronet CBE JP DL (7 August 1857 – 25 January 1944),an Anglo-Irish soldier and baronet,descended from the captain.

Dr Bernard Leeman

Anonymous said...

My husband's name is James pooler. I have traced his lineage back to Thomas pooler who was born in northern Ireland. It shows his father was james pooler, but nothing more. Can you tell me if my husband is related to the james pooler in this story?