The Revd Marshal Clarke’s three soldier sons and their sisters
The Soldiers: B. John
John Clarke (1787-1854) was a wild youth who quarrelled with his father and enlisted in
the local regiment which happened to be the 45th Foot, going with them to the Peninsula in
1806. He soon won a commission as cornet in the 5th Dragoon guards and fought in every
action throughout the war. He was wounded, caught yellow fever, was captured and
escaped, and earned twelve campaign clasps.
There is a rumour that he was interviewed by Henry James Clarke, Duc de Feltre, one of
Napoleon’s marshals who claimed relationship and offered him a high position in the French
army if he would change sides which, of course, he refused to do. Henry James Clarke (1765-
1818) had lived at Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. His family turned Roman Catholic and he went
to France in 1782. John transferred to the Spanish Army serving with high rank on the staff of
General Ballain Dovis and was awarded the order of Charles III by King Ferdinand VII for
military service in the field.
After the war, John was appointed to the Spanish Embassy at St Petersburg but became
romantically involved with the daughter of a Spanish nobleman and found his career in
Spain at an end. Being unwilling to rejoin the British Army in his rank of Major, he retired
and settled in Wales with his illegitimate son. The latter was given an annuity by his mother’s
family, trained as a barber and returned to Spain on his father’s death.
John was not careful with his money and his capital was left to him in trust. He once
presented his father with a gold snuff box for which the latter eventually received the bill. He
used to some and stay at Graigueoe where his used to play chess with his neice Sarah.
Marshal Hare (1789-1833) joined the Honourable East India Company at Madras, the
town where his grandfather Sir Jon Clarke RN died and may have had connections. He joined
the Madras European Regiment and served throughout the Mahratta and Pindaree
campaigns with the Army of the Deccan 1817-19, about which he wrote a book of 354 pages
with appendices and maps. There is a copy of this book in the War Office Library.
Marshal retired after ten years service and probably went into business in India to judge from
the handsome sum detailed in his will at the early age of 40 (£4000 in specific bequests). He
showed in this a careful consideration for his relations and for the poor of Cashel and
Tipperary, Protestant and Roman Catholic alike. He also remembered his supposed
illegitimate daughter Catherine, and Mary Lothmane her mother. He paid special
consideration to his eldest Sadleir nephew Richard (Red Dick) to whom he left £2500, and to
his Aunt Marion (Dillon), his mother’s sister. From time to time he returned to see his family
and visit his London Agents, Messrs Fairlie and Co. of Broad Street Buildings. In 1833 he was
going through France on his way back to India when he died unexpectedly at Peronne on 17
June, just one day before his father.
As the Revd marshal lay dying on 18th June he said ‘I see Marshal beside me’. It was not until
later that a letter from the Mayor of Peronne was received by the Mayor of Cashel
announcing the death of a ‘Tipperary man’.
Samuel (1790-1811) joined the army, probably at the age of 16. On 26 October 1807 he was
an ensign in the 47th Regiment (Lancashire) which went out to India in July 1808 and stayed
there until September 1829. He rose to the rank of Captain and died unmarried of a fever in
The Revd Marshal Clarke’s five daughters were:
E. Helena F. Eliza G. Mary L.
Jane M. Catherine
= 1st Buckworth = Sadleir = Long = Gubbins died young
= 2nd Banner
E. Helena first married in 1816 Thomas Blackall Buckworth, son of Cap.t Peter Everard
Buckworth, Grendadier Guards, and Judith (d. 1793) only daughter of Sir Thomas Blackall,
Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Their son, Revd Thomas Everard Buckworth was Rector of Norbury, Staffordshire, and
Evenlode and died in 1874.
Thomas Blackall Buckworth died young and Helena married secondly, the Revd Holford
Banner of Bansha, brother of Robert Clarke’s first wife (see OM page 16). Helena took her
grandmother-in-law Lady Blackall with her to Bansha where she died a centenarian.
Elizabeth Selina married in 1819 Kames Sadleir of Brookville, son of Richard Sadleir of
Chapel Street, Tipperary. The Sadleirs of Tipperary were descended from John Sadleir a
Cromwellian adventurer who settled at Ballintemple and died in 1680. They were not related
to the Sadleirs of Castletown. John’s son Clement (d. 1717) married Grace Chadwick of
Ballinard. Clement’s grandson Nicholas JP of Golden Garden (d. 1762) had issue: Richard
(married Eleanor Toler) who bought Kings Well and renamed it Sadleirs Well and Grace (see
Clement’s brother, Samuel of Shanballymore married Hannah White and had issue:
Elizabeth (who married William Russell) and Richard of Scalaheen. Richard’s son, Samuel,
had a son Richard of Nelson Street, Tipperary who married in 1783 his third cousin Grace
and had issue:
Richard of Scalaheen married first in 1809 Helen Massey, and second in 1817 Elizabeth (sister
of Judge Lefroy and Phoebe who married Richard Butler senior of Castlecomer).
Nicholas of Dunboyne Castle, great grandfather of Admiral Lord Beatty.
William of Scalaheen, father of Lt. Gen. Richard Sadleir (who married Louise Russell) and
James of Roesborough.
James of Brookville who married Eliza Clarke.
Henry of Kingston in Canada.
Alicia who in 1807 married Joseph White.
Wilhelmina who in 1808 married Richard Hammersley.
Eliza married Edward Sargent of Clonmel.
Anne married Henry Sargent.
James Sadleir of Brookville and F. Eliza Clarke had issue:
1. Richard (Red Dick) who received a legacy of £2500 from his Uncle Marshal.
2. Marshal Clarke who married in 1857 Alicia Creagh.
Of their other children, Nick, John, Helen and Alice are believed to have died unmarried.
James married a Miss Crofter in Australia where he became agent-general of police in
Milburn. Eliza married William Maunsell Hodges, Mary married Hammersley and went to
Australia, and Grace married Sargent.
The following diagram shows the connections between the Clarkes, Butlers, Sadleirs and
Middleton = Elizabeth Russell d. 1785
Pierce Butler = Elizabeth Hannah = Richard Sadleir
of Castlecomer d. 1782 d.1832 of Scalaheen
Richard = Martin Helen = Richard James Sadleir = Eliza Clarke
Butler Massey Sadleir of Brookville
= Phoebe Elizabeth =
Richard Butler ……. ….. = …..……. Grace Massey
Anne Butler ……………. = 2nd ………. Robert Clarke
Katherine Butler ……….. = 3rd ………… Patrick Clarke
Patrick and Robert re-married into a generation below that of their sister Eliza.
Note the 50% mortality of first wives.
G. Mary married in 1822 Edward Thomas Long of Fort Edward, Ardmayle. The Long family
made their money in India and built Longfield House in 1790. Fort Edward was an older
house in the grounds. Captain Robert Long HEICS, commanded a battalion of Sepoys in
Madras 1790 and died in 1798 leaving a son, Captain Richard (d. 1814) , who as ambassador
to the Court of Wallaja in Arcot married Wallaja’s daughter, the Princess Hedjeba. Hedjeba
died leaving a daughter, Anne, who married in 1789 William Battersby of Bobsville, Co.
Meath, High Sheriff 1804.
Captain Richard married secondly, Charity, the fifth daughter of Richard Moore of Barne in
1790 with issue:
A. Richard (High Sheriff 1833 d. 1860).
B. Edward (b.1799).
C. Charity = William Pennefather of Lakefield.
D. Louisa = Samuel Cooper of Killenure.
E. Caroline = Samuel Phillips of Gaile.
Although Longfield House was built with walls six feet thick and iron shutters, Captain
Richard’s wife was wounded by the ‘Whiteboys’ and lost her finger and wedding ring.
Edward and Mary had issue:
Richard b. 1824
Marshal b. 1826
Edward b. 1827
Charles b. 1829
Robert b. 1830 = Anne Castle
Mary b. 1832
Stephen b. 1834
Archibald b. 1835
Helena b. 1837 = John Thompson
Mark b. 1840
Unplaced, Cherry = Richard Price, and John.
Richard was shot by assassins who hid for several days on the roof of his house, which led to
Longfield being sold in 1846 to Charles Bianconi the transport entrepreneur.
After Mary’s death in 1853, Edward went to America to live with his married daughter in
Ironstone, Wisconsin where he died in 1875. His son Edward John also went to America and
had a daughter, Ida Victoria, whose daughter Beulah A Shadbolt lives in California.
L. Jane married in 1845 James Gubbins of Kenmare Castle, Co. Limerick and had two
Joseph Marshal who married Kate Fitzgerald without issue.
Elizabeth Anne who died aged 12.
Jane’s husband had a cousin named Stamer. Jane is remembered as cheery and irresponsible,
full of fun and go.
Joseph Gubbins waas living at Knocklong, Co. Limerick in 1693. His grandson James who
went to Trinity College Dublin in 1717 had two sons. The following diagram shows his
James Gubbins (Trinity College Dublin 1717)
Joseph Gubbins of Kilfrush d. 1776 James Gubbins of Kenmare Castle
George d. 1797
L. Jane Clarke = James Gubbins 1810-58
Joseph 1829-95 1. Joseph Marshal b. 1846 2. Elizabeth Ann
Frank Joseph Beresford Gubbins succeeded to Kilfrush. President Nixon stayed there in 1970.