Mary Marcia Synnot[1]

Female 1814 - 1869  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name Mary Marcia Synnot 
    Born Apr 1814  Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Address:
    Ballymoyer House 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 5B572296FC0F4D88ADD6E49A3E642ED8F376 
    Died 15 Aug 1869  Lurganah, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Person ID I8297  Treefive
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2019 

    Father Marcus Synnot, Esq.,   b. 21 Jun 1771, Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1855, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Jane Gillson,   b. 20 Apr 1794, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1866, South Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 29 Jun 1813  Edenham, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
    Family ID F2355  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Burke's Irish Family Records (1976) names her as Marcia Maria. Her name taken to be Mary Marcia:
      P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 16:
      'Mary Marcia d. August 1869.'
      Further evidence of her name being Mary is:
      National Archives of Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922 (27 May 1875, page 701):
      "The Will of Mary Synnot late of Ballymoyer County Armagh Spinster deceased who died 15 August 1869 at Lurganah in said County ... "

      In the 1841 UK census, Mary (25), Maria (20) and Parker (15) Synnot were at Clapham, Surrey with their second cousins Susanna, Maria, Anne and Charlotte Synnot. The ages were probably rounded to the nearest 5 years as was commonly done in the 1841 census.

      Her death was reported in the "Hobart Mercury", in Hobart, Tasmania, where she was noted as the eldest daughter of the late Marcus Synnot, Esq., J.P., of Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Ireland.

      The Ulster Gazette of 27 Aug 1869 reported the funeral of Miss Synnot, who died at Lurgana House, and her interment in the family vault at Ballymoyer on 19 Aug after funeral. The funeral service was read by her brother-in-law Rev Mr Crawhall. Many family names are mentioned in the report.

      Mary's will was proved at Armagh by Marcus Seton Synnot of Ballymoyer, her brother and executor of her will. But that was not the end of the matter.

      According to the National Archives of Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1922 (27 May 1875, page 701):
      "The Will of Mary Synnot late of Ballymoyer County Armagh Spinster deceased who died 15 August 1869 at Lurganah in said County (left unadministered by Marcus Synnot one of then Executors) was proved at the Principal Registry by the oath of Barbara Cecilia Crawhall (Wife of George Crawhall of Nunmunkton County York) Sister of deceased surviving executor. Former Grant District Registry Armagh 1869 folio 63.)"
      The effects unadministered were under £5000.

      The will

      The will of Mary Synnot, as transcribed below, is a fascinating glimpse into a different era, the possessions and value placed on them by the higher echelons of society, and also provides clues to Synnot family relationships.
      The disposition of personal assets is set out in detail, and the terms of endearment (or lack of them) also gives clues to relationships within the large family. Of note are some gifts to non-siblings. Miss Houston (presumably Margaret) is included, as is a Miss Ferguson. Margaret's mother was Mary Anne Ferguson, and Frances Trappes (nee Houston)'s 2nd husband was Joshua Ferguson. Mary's 'cousin Charlie', who received a brooch, was probably Charles Forbes Goodhart Synnot, son of Mary's cousin Robert Synnot M.D. Charles inherited Houston property in Co. Down.

      This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Synnot of Ballymoyer County Armagh, now residing at Lurgannah. Whereas I am possessed of a charge upon the Ballymoyer Estate of five thousand pounds, I wish to divide and bequeath same in the following manner and proportions. I leave and bequeath to my brother Marcus for his life, the sum of one thousand pounds and after his death, my will is, that the thousand pounds so bequeathed shall merge and sink into the Estate of Ballymoyer & cease to be further a charge thereon. To my sister Maria Eliza Miller I leave and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to her as soon as convenient to my Executors after my death. I leave to my Executors hereinafter named whom I constitute Trustees for this present bequest, the sum of one thousand pounds : the interest at the rate of four pounds per cent, per annum to be received by them, or either of them or by any other Trustees or Trustee hereinafter to be appointed by them should they or either of them be unable or unwilling to act, and to be applied in equal shares for the maintenance, education and advancement of my three God daughters, Cecilia Agnes Synnot, Mary Edith Crawford, and Georgiana Constance Synnot during their respective minorities, the principal not to vest in them during their minorities, but to vest and become payable in each case on their severally attaining the age of twenty one years. And I hereby authorise my Trustees or surviving Trustee, should they, or either of them, die or decline to act, then that they or the survivor may appoint a Trustee or Trustees to act instead, and the receipts of my Trustees or surviving Trustee or of such new Trustee or Trustees shall be sufficient discharge for all monies directed to be received under this Trust. To my sisters Barbara Cecilia, and Julia Hewitt, I leave and bequeath the sum of two thousand nine hundred pounds; the interest thereof to be received by them in equal proportions share and share alike. And in the event of the death of either of them, then my Will is that a sum of five hundred pounds, part of the two thousand nine hundred pounds should go to and form a part of the trust fund for my three God daughters hereinbefore mentioned - my intention being that if they should severally attain the age of twenty one years, each should have the full sum of five hundred pounds, subject to the life interest hereby given in the one part of five hundred pounds to my sisters Barbara and Julia, but in case any one of my three God-daughters should die under the age of twenty one years, then my will is that the five hundred pounds, hereby so bequeathed should go to and form part of my residuary Estate. And I further give and bequeath out of the said sum of two thousand nine hundred pounds after the death of either of my two sisters Barbara or Julia- to my brother William Forbes Synnot the sum of five hundred pounds. And to my sister in law Georgiana Thorpe Synnot the sum of five hundred pounds, for her separate use, to be free of any control by her husband, and her own receipt therefor to be a full and sufficient discharge both for half-yearly interest and for the principal whenever same may be paid off. And after the death of the survivor of my sisters Barbara and Julia, then my Will is, that of the fourteen hundred pounds remaining undisposed of the two thousand, nine hundred pounds and of which fourteen hundred pounds, such survivor is to have the interest for her life, my Brother Mark Seton shall take, and receive, one thousand pounds, and the remaining four hundred pounds I give and bequeath to my niece Jane Rosalie Synnot. Provided that as regards the sum of two thousand nine hundred pounds, both as respects the life Estates, and the bequests over of the principal money, so long as it is convenient to the owner of the Ballymoyer Estate, that the principal shall remain a charge thereon, the interest payable in respect thereof, shall be, and remain, at four pounds per cent per annum; and no part of the principal shall be raiseable, without the consent of such owner until the entire shall be divisible, as herein is contained. To my brother Parker George I leave and bequeath my shares in the Midland Great Western Railway. To my dear sister Julia Synnot I leave my Davenport also the Miniature of our Mother and the Ivory fan that belonged to her. To my dear sister Barbara Cecilia Synnot I leave the Miniature of our dear Father set in a Brooch and a Locket in red case containing his hair and initials. To my dear sister Agnes Jane Crawford I leave a Gold Brooch which encloses some of our Fathers hair. To my dear niece Mary Edith Crawford I leave some of my French Boots and my Album. To my dear Nephew Marcus Synnot Crawford I leave my Gold Watch and chain and Longfellow Poems. To my dear brother in law Francis Crawford I leave my copy of the Enclyclopedia Britanica [sic] and my Ivory set of Chessmen. To my dear Brother Mark Seton Synnot I leave my Aneroid and my best Photographic Album. I wish my dear Niece Mary Susanna Synnot to have the Bracelet I bought from Mme Sbiglio. To my dear sister Maria Eliza Miller I leave a Jet Brooch and Bracelets of mine, and one or two of my extracts Books. To my dear Brother Parker George Synnot I leave some of my books and drawings. To my dear sister in law Annie Synnot I leave a Camio Brooch of the Cenci which I lent to her many years since. To my dear sister in law Anne Jane Synnot I leave a Camio Brooch of St Agnes which she gave me, also a pair of Gold Earrings Pompean pattern which my dear Brother Marcus gave me. To my dear cousin Charlie Synnot I leave a painted Brooch of the Cenci which his Mother gave me. To my dear Cousin Susanna Maunsell I leave my copy of Hallams History of Literature of the Middle Ages which I gained as a prize for Essays written when a Member of the Ballymoyer Mutual Improvement Society. To my dear Cousin Maria Augusta Synnot Maunsell I leave my Schiller. To my dear niece Georgiana Constance Synnot I leave some Pearls that belonged to my dear Mother. And to Cecilia Agnes Synnot I leave some Coral and my fan. I wish some of my clothes to be given to my friends Miss Houston and Miss Ferguson. My dear little dog Ary I leave to the care of my sister Julia. I leave all the rest and residue of my property and effects whatsoever to my sisters Barbara and Julia share and share alike, and appointing my brother Marcus and my sister Barbara my Executor and Executrix, and also the first Trustees in and of this my Will, and revoking all previous Wills I declare this to be my last Will and Testament and affix my name in the presence of the two Witnesses whose names are subscribed, and who sign same in my presence, and in the presence of each other this 15 day of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.

      Signed and delivered by the said Mary Synnot )
      as her last Will and Testament in the presence of ) Mary Synnot (seal)
      us, who at the same time, in her presence, and in )
      the presence of each other do affix our names as Witnesses )
      thereto:-
      John Newenham Hoare, Clerk in Holy Orders,
      Shelburne Hotel, Dublin.
      R. H. Inglis Synnot, of Clapham Common, London S, Civil Engineer


      This Will proved on the 6th day of October 1869. See Probate Book Page

  • Sources 
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    2. [S2227] TRE Family tree - brightwater(1) (owner Brightwater99) family tree on ancestry.com accessed 22 Jul 2014, 11 Feb 2015, Mary Synnot.

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    5. [S1950] ancestry.com 1841 England census, Clapham, Surrey: Mary Synnot.

    6. [S4016] BAC863 Synnot - Marcus, Jane & family, BAC863., Mary b. Apr 1814, d. Aug 1869 aged 55.

    7. [S2656] WIL103 Synnot, Mary - PRONI probate, WIL103., Grant of probate; Mary Synnot (born 1815).

    8. [S2709] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2 (Burke, 1879), page 1562, 1563 (Synnot).

    9. [S2710] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 2 (Burke, 1894), page 1971, 1972 (Synnot).

    10. [S2711] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (Burke, 1912), page 679-681 (Hart-Synnot).

    11. [S2713] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1089-1092 (Hart-Synnot).

    12. [S3010] DTH683 Death Synnot, Mary (dau of Marcus), DTH683., Death notice - Mary Synnot; 9 February 1870; page 1.

    13. [S2227] TRE Family tree - brightwater(1) (owner Brightwater99) family tree on ancestry.com accessed 22 Jul 2014, 11 Feb 2015, Marcus Synnot Esq.

    14. [S2297] TRE Family tree - Sinnett Family Tree (owner James Sinnett) on ancestry.com accessed 12, 22 Jul 2014, 18 Feb 2015, Marcus Synnot.

    15. [S2727] MAR Marriage Synnot, Marcus and Gillson, Jane, marriage of Jane Gillson and Marcus Synnot; 2 July 1813.

    16. [S2727] MAR Marriage Synnot, Marcus and Gillson, Jane, marriage of Marcus Synnot and Jane Gillson; 2 July 1813.

    17. [S3613] MAR592 Marriage Synnot, Marcus and Gillson, Jane, MAR592., Marriage notice; 2 July 1813; Page 2.