Friday, 9 July 2021

Tomkins of Londonderry

The family of Tomkins of PREHEN (of which that before us is a scion) descends from the ancient house of TOMKINS, of Weobley, Herefordshire, distinguished for its devotion to the royal cause during the civil wars.

ALEXANDER TOMKINS, of Prehen, in the liberties of Londonderry, and LEARMOUNT PARK, capital burgess of Derry in 1662, and Mayor in 1683, had a grant made to him by the Honourable the Irish Society, dated 1664, of the lands of Brickkilns, etc, in the liberties of that city; and had likewise a grant made to him, by letters patent, from CHARLES II, of the lands of Gosheden, dated 1668.

He married, in 1659, Margaret, daughter of Alderman Thomas Moncreiffe, and had issue,
JOHN, of whom hereafter;
George, of Mobuoy, MP for Londonderry, 1715-33, etc;
Mary; Sarah.
The elder son,

JOHN TOMKINS, married and had an only child,

ALEXANDER TOMKINS, of Prehen, Mayor of Londonderry, 1713, 1718, and 1721, who wedded and had issue, three daughters, his co-heirs,
Honoria, m George Knox, of Rathmullen, Co Donegal;
HANNAH, of whom we treat.
The youngest daughter,

HANNAH TOMKINS, espoused, in 1750, Sir William Montgomery, 1st Baronet (1717-88), of Magbie Hill, Peeblesshire, and had issue, three daughters, co-heirs,
Elizabeth, m Luke Gardiner, 1st VISCOUNT MOUNTJOY;
Anne, m 1st Marquess Townshend;
BARBARA, of whom presently.
The youngest daughter,

BARBARA MONTGOMERY (-1794), of Learmount, married the Rt Hon John Beresford, of Abbeville, County Dublin, and WALWORTH, County Londonderry, brother to the 1st Marquess of Waterford.

Sir William Montgomery died in 1788 and bequeathed Learmount to his three daughters as co-heirs.

Thereafter, John and Barbara Beresford purchased the other sisters' interests in the property; and when Barbara died in 1794, Learmount became the property of her children, the Beresfords.

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