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15/05/2018 10:32 pm
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Mystery : A Maguire family in France

I am doing research on a branch of the Maguire family, settled in Spain and then in France circa 1700.

The first member of this family I know (my ancestor) is Bernard (or Brian) Maguire (died before 1731). According to a family tradition, he was "count fo Fermanagh" (or may be a relative).

I found his name is a French parish register in 1731 (mariage certificate of his son Francis Bernard Maguire, esquire) : his widow, still alive in 1731, is called Catherine Hadden (or Hayden).

The priest is one of their nephew : Gregoire Drummond (may be a relative of the duke of Perth - the Drummond of Perth family was settled in France at the same period...?)

The groom as called Francis-Bernard Maguire, esquire, born circa 1706 in Ireland. He first settled in the Canarian islands (Spain) where he became governor of Tenerife. I know he arrived is Saint-Omer (North of France) in June 1730 (thanks to a note written in his prayer book). In 1731, he married in Saint-Omer Anne-Françoise de Portre (alias Depoorter in Dutch), daughter of Philippe de Portre, lord of Northolt, wealthy merchant and tanner of the city.

Francis Bernard Maguire died circa 1747 during a trip in Ireland where he still owned properties.

He had several children, especially :

1/ Anne-Catherine Maguire, who married Ignace Dominique Desmonts de Frazels,

2/ Amable-Henri-Bernard Maguire, esquire, artillery officer in the service of the Empress Queen of Hungary, who married in 1768 in Saint-Omer Jeanne-Thérèse Decque, daughter of a doctor and mayor of the city, Joseph-François Decque, lord of Montifaut.

3/ Philippe-François Maguire,lieutenant in 1775 then captain in 1779, with the regiment of Dillon infantry, having also served in the regiment of Bulkeley, knight of Saint-Louis, died in 1798 without alliance.

The coat of arms of this French Maguire family are known thanks to an ex-libris : a rider, a hand, a fish and a boat. I know that a Maguire tomb with these coat of arms exists near the Callowhill Church, Knockninny, Fermanagh. (the tomb is the penultimate picture of the page) :

(I found in the parish registers of Saint-Omer the death certificate, on January 27th, 1768, of Jean Drumond, lieutenant to the Scottish royal regiment, native of Perth in Scotland, aged 32 years. Declarants: Lashlan MacKintosh, Captain of the Scottish Ogilvy Regiment, Jacques Stewart, and Jean MacDonald, the two lieutenants. Is there a relationship between the priest Gregoire Drummond and Jean Drumond? Drumond, counts then dukes of Perth in Scotland, were refugees in Saint-Germain en Laye at the same time.)

I have tried to discover the ancestors of Bernard (Brian) Maguire and Marguerite Hayden (or Hadden) but no success. By any chance, does anyone have further information to discover anything ? It would be fantastic !

Very best


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