Rev. Robert Darragh of Rafeenan, county Monaghan

This page provides a chronological outline of the events in the very interesting life and career of the Rev. Robert Darragh, erstwhile minister of the Presbyterian congregation at Monaghan from 1697–1713.

Notes:

  • Text written [within square brackets] contains editorial or explanatory remarks by the compiler/transcriber.
  • Please refer to the question, inserted after the timeline on this page, re:
    Who were the parents of the Rev. Robert Darragh of Monaghan, and his sisters, Isabella Ledlie and Sarah McDuff?

Timeline:

  • 1694: Theology student at the University of Glasgow. [4]
  • 1697: Ordained by the Tyrone Presbytery as the first Presbyterian minister for Monaghan; organized the building a new meeting-house. [1]
  • 1709-04-19: Memorial no. 5-452-2469 – a deed of partition executed by Martha Fixer of the one part, and Robert Darroch [Darragh] of Rafeenan, county Monaghan, and Anne, his wife (née Fixter), of the other part; whereby Martha and Anne, as co-heirs of their late father, Samuel Fixter, had inherited the townlands of Rafeenan in the parish of Tedavnet and barony of Monaghan, and Aghaderry and Aghnavar in the parish of Errigal Trough and the barony of Trough; the parties agreed that Martha should have Aghaderry and Aghnavar townlands, with Rafeenan to Robert Darragh and his wife, and rights to cut timber on Aghaderry and Aghnavar. [2]
    See related entry under date, 1744-08-28.
  • 1709-04-19: Memorial no. 8-155-2470 – an indenture of conveyance executed by Robert Darrogh of Rafeenan, co. Monaghan, and Anne née Fixter, his wife, and also daughter and coheir of Samuel Fixter, deceased, of the first part; Martha Fixter, sister to Anne, and also daughter and coheir of Samuel Fixter, deceased, of the second part; and William Adam of Monaghan, merchant, of the third part; whereby, after reciting that Anne and Martha stood intitled to Rafeenan, Aghaderry, and Aghnaver townlands, and that Robert Darrogh was guardian of Martha until she attained the age of twenty-one years, in the meantime, for the consideration of £50, Robert and Anne conveyed Rafeenan to William Adam of Monaghan, merchant, subject to certain uses and subject to the conditions that Robert and Anne should remain on the townland for the terms of their respective natural lives, after which the remainder should devolve to their first son, Samuel Darragh, and to such other sons as might be born of the marriage, by their seniority. Between the date on which the deed was perfected, 19th April 1709, and the date that it was registered, 14th November 1711, Anne had died. [10]
    ☛ See related entry under date, 1744-08-28.
  • 1711-11-14: Robert Darragh’s wife, Anne, had died by this date. [2]
  • 1712-07-21: Mr Darragh was deposed from the Presbyterian ministry. The “Act for deposing Mr Robert Darragh,” published by the Synod of Ulster, cited accusations of “diverse gross and scandalous Immoralities, Impieties, and Irregular practices, … and of being of a quarrelsome, turbulent, provoking, and uneasy carriage towards several persons of worth and distinction amongst his Protestant Neighbours, … and of frequent contentious Brawling in his Family, … and of frequent and notorious violation of his solemn vow and Engagement at his Ordination;” which “wicked and sinfull practices…have been fully prov’d against the said Mr Robert Darroch, and for preventing the bad consequences thereof,” this Synod “have most unanimously, and without one contradicting voice, judg’d that the said Mr Robert Darroch shall be depos’d simpliciter; and he is hereby depos’d simpliciter from the office of a Minister of the Gospell, comitted to him by the laying hands of the Presbry.” [5]
  • 1712-08-23: Remarriage, to Rebecca Montgomery of Donagh, county Monaghan. [3]
  • 1712-10-28: Memorial no. 10-180-3398 – an indenture of mortgage executed by Joseph Strean of Lisnagowre, county Monaghan, gent., to Robert Darroch of Rafeenan, co. Monaghan, gent., whereby for the consideration of £50, Mr Strean conveyed several leaseholds in the Barony of Dartry and County of Monaghan, as security, to Mr Darroch, subject to a clause of redemption upon repayment with lawful interest. [9]
  • 1723-04-01: Memorial no. 41-371-26361 – deeds of lease and release, whereby, for the consideration of £230, Alexander Fleming, gent., of Drumcrew, county Monaghan, and Martha née Fixter, his wife, and Robert Darroch and Samuel Darroch of Raffinen, co. Armagh, released several parcels in and near the town of Augher, parish of Clogher, county Tyrone, to Robert Wilson, merchant, of Augher. [11]
  • 1743-04-07: Memorial no. 111-244-76411 – an indented deed whereby, for the consideration of several rents and covenants, Robert Darragh, of Rafeenan in the parish of Tedavnet, county of Monaghan, conveyed the rights and title to Rafeenan townland to John Ledlie of Carnan—subject to an annuity of £26 payable to Mr. Darragh. [6]
    ☛ See related entry under date, 1744-08-28.
  • betw. 1743-04-07 – 1744-08-28: Death of Robert Darragh of Rathfeenan. By his last will and testament, Mr Darragh appointed the Rev. Archdeacon John Cranston, Rector of Tedavenagh [Tedavnet], John Barlow of Aghnamalogh, Esq., John Leadley, gent., and William Adams of Monaghan, his executors. Mr Darragh bequeathed the following legacies:
    • £200 out of the proceeds of the sale of Rathfeenan townland to his wife, Rebecca Darragh alias Montgomery;
    • £50 to his sister-in-law, Martha, and his cabinet, providing that she not obstruct the sale of Rathfeenan;
    • £5 each to Samuel Adams of Monaghan, Dorothy Meares, and Mrs Jane Adams of Monaghan;
    • £100 to Alexander McDuff; and
    • the residue to be distributed equally between his sister, Sarah McDuff, and her seven children. [7]
  • 1744-08-28: Exchequer Bill – Alexander Fleming and his wife, Martha née Fixter (sister of Robert Darragh’s late first wife, Anne), plaintiffs, versus: John Cranston, John Barlow, John Leadley, William Adam, Rebecca Darragh alias Montgomery, Isabella Leadly née Darragh (wife to John Leadley and sister to the late Robert Darragh), and others, primarily legatees of Mr Darragh’s will, defendants. The plaintiffs alleged that:
    • Robert Darragh had exercised undue influence in the management of Martha Fleming's late mother Susanna’s affairs during her widowhood;
    • after her mother’s death, Mr Darragh had acted as guardian of Martha without the authority or power to do so;
    • Mr Darragh coerced Martha to sign the deed dated 19th April 1709 (see two entries under this date, above), on the eve of her marriage to Alexander Fleming;
    • said deed altered the intent of the bequests made by her late father, Samuel Fixter, to Martha and her late sister, Anne, with respect to, in the first instance, her sister, Anne, having died, the fee simple tenure of Rathfeenan and secondly, the division of profits ensuing from Rathfeenan, Aghaderry outragh, and Aghnaverr townlands;
    • by the deed, dated 1743-04-07 (above), Mr Darragh had entitled his nephew, John Leadley, to the possession of Rathfeenan unlawfully;
    • satisfaction of her complaints with respect to the administration of the estate of the late Mr Darragh had not been forthcoming from the executors; and, consequently:
    • all of the defendants were continuing to defraud the plaintiffs. [7]

      The outcome of these legal proceedings is not known. However, Betham's abstract of the will of John Ledlie of Curglassan, proved 20th March 1793, states that Mr Ledlie owned South Rafeenan in Tydavnet parish in right of his uncle, the Rev. Robert Darragh. [12]

 According to a printed pedigree held in the Crossle Genealogical Abstracts collection: [8]

  The Rev. Alexander Fleming, of Drumcrue, Co. Monaghan (leased 1744 by Lord Dacre), and Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Ordained at Stonebridge, by the Presbytery of Monaghan, May 8th, 1705, (vide ‘Reid and Killen’s Presb. Congregations, p. 231; and Records of the Synod of Ulster, vol. ii, p. 97’) the friend and co-presbyter, of the Rev. Thos. Plunket, ancestor of the Lords Plunket and Rathmore, m. (settlements dated April 20th, 1709) Margaret [sic], b. April 19th, 1688, 2nd daughter and co-heiress of Samuel Fixter, Esq., of Corick, Co. Tyrone, and great-granddaughter of Richard Fixter, b.1580, who fought against the rebel Chiefs——Owen. oge. McConnagh and Ross boy McConnagh and Ross oge. MacMahon. (The original Deeds in the Record Office, from the Rolls Office, Dublin, concerning the Fixter family, are of historical interest, e.g. April 1st, 1615 (13th, James 1st), etc.,——from Sir Thomas Ridgeway, Kt. and Bart., H.M. Vice-Treasurer of War in Ireland to Richard Fixter of Agher [sic], Co. Tyrone. In these Deeds, the families of Ley, Richardson of Agher, Hamilton, etc. are named). The elder sister and co-heiress of Margaret Fixter was Anne, who m. the Rev. Robert Darroch, Minister of Monaghan town, 1697–1712. [8]

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Who were the parents of the Rev. Robert Darragh (d. c.1743) of Rafeenan, county Monaghan, and his sisters, Isabella, wife of John Ledlie (d.1792) of Curglassan, county Tyrone, and Sarah, wife of Alexander McDuff? Were Robert, Isabella, and Sarah the children of Andrew Darragh and Jennet, his wife, of Ballynagowan in the parish of Ballyclog, county Tyrone? If a reader has information which could help to solve this family history mystery, please do get in touch via the contact page.

In several places, the name of James Darragh of Ardstraw of county Tyrone is stated as the father of the Rev. Robert Darragh. Interestingly, the name of James Darragh of Ardstraw was recorded in Appendix VI, “Home Towns of Ulster Families, 1691–1718," of Charles Knowles Bolton’s book, Scotch Irish Pioneers in Ulster and America (pub. 1910), as having been a Ruling Elder at Adstraw in the year, 1707. This is not, however, a proof of parentage!

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Sources and notes:

1.

(i) Magennis, Eoin. “Belturbet, Cahans and Two Presbyterian Revolutions in South Ulster, 1660-1770.” Citing D.C. Rushe, Monaghan in the eighteenth century (Monaghan, 1916), 34; Reid, Histry, vol. 3, pg 34. Seanchas Ardmhacha: Journal of the Armagh Diocesan Historical Society. Vol. 21/22, Vol. 21, no. 2 - Vol. 22, no. 1 (2007/2008), pp. 129-148.
(ii) Brown, Lindsay T. “The Presbyterians of County Monaghan Part I: The Unfolding Story.” Clogher Record. Vol. 13, No. 3 (1990), pp. 7–54.

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 5-452-2469: Fixer to Darroch et Ux (dated 19 April 1709; registered 14 November 1711). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 522806; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2018-12-31.

3.

Crossle, Dr Francis Clement (1847–1910), and Philip Crossle (1875–1953). Crossle Genealogical Abstracts. Extract: “15) M L  Robert Dorragh of Tedavnet co Mon gt & Rebecca M’gomery of Donagh co Mon  dio Clogher  23 Aug 12.” Original held by the National Library of Ireland (Dublin); archival ref. Crossle genealogical abstracts (Parcel 1A-32-15 v. B), citing Clogher Grant Books 1712–1733. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2018-12-30).

4.

University of Glasgow. Munimenta Alme Universitatis Glasguensis. Records of the University of Glasgow From Its Foundation Till 1727. Vol. III.—Lists of Members—Internal Economy. pub. Glasgow, 1854. ☛ Extract: “Nomina adolescentium Theologiae Studiosorum qui in Academia Glasguensi se Gymnasiarchae reliquisque Theologiae Professoribus in disciplinam tradiderunt, propria cujusque manu exarata, in testimonium futurae suae observantiae Institutorum antescriptorum a Theologiae Studiosis observandorum. … Novembris 27, 1694. … Robert Darroch (Hybernus pastor de Monaghan in Hybernia).” (pp 241, 243.)

5.

Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Records of the General Synod of Ulster, From 1691 to 1820. Vol. I. 1691–1720. “‘Act for deposing Mr Robert Darroch,’ formerly invested with the Ministerial office, and fixt in the Presbyterian Congregation at Monahan by the Presbry of Tyrone.” (21 June 1712) (pp 269–71.)  Belfast: Archer and Sons, 1890.

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 111-244-76411: Darragh to Ledlie (dated 7 April 1743; registered 2 May 1743). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 522824; copy obtained in SLC, 2016-05-04); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-08-06.

7.

Crossle, Dr Francis Clement (1847–1910), and Philip Crossle (1875–1953). Crossle Genealogical Abstracts. Extract of Exchequer Bill, dated 28th August 1744, re: Fleming vs. Cranston, Barlow, Leadley, Darragh, et al. Original record held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin). Archival ref. Parcel 1A-32-19 v. E–F cont. Digital images hosted online by findmypast.co.uk (accessed by subscription, 2018-05-18; transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-01).

8.

Crossle, Dr Francis Clement (1847–1910), and Philip Crossle (1875–1953). Crossle Genealogical Abstracts. “Fleming of Monaghan." Original record held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin). Archival ref. Parcel 1A-32-19 v. E–F cont. Digital images hosted online by findmypast.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and extract transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-01-01).

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 10-180-3398: Strean to Darrock (Darroch) (dated 28 October 1712; registered 17 November 1712). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 522806; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-01.

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 8-155-2470: Dorragh to Fixter (dated 19 April 1709; registered 14 November 1711). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 522808; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-01.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 41-371-26361: Fleming et al to Wilson (dated 31 March 1723 & 1 April 1723; registered 8 April 1724). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Archival ref. FHL film no. 522812; digital image online at www.familysearch.org. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-01-01.

12.

Betham, Sir William (1779–1853). Betham's notebooks, containing abstracts of records held by the Public Record Office, Dublin. Genealogical abstract of the will of John Ledlie of Curglassan, county Tyrone: “183  Ledlie John  Corglasson / formerly Carnan / C’o Tyrone – dated 6’th March 1792 – p’d 20th March 1793 – Uncle Rev’d Robert Darragh – Son James Ledlie – wife Elizabeth Ledlie orwise Hamilton – Son  John Eliz’th Ledlie, daur of same – Son in law Campbell Dick – Son in law Rev’d Thomas Birch – Isabella wife of same – Niece Mary Beatty wife of Adam Beatty – Nephew Joshua McEntire.” (pp 79–80). Records held by the National Archives of Ireland (Dublin); archival ref. Phillips Mss, Vol. 65, Series "L" 1784–1799. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2018-05-12, by subscription).

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