John Huggins, of Glenarb (d.1756)

John Huggins (d.1756) was the son of John Huggins (died c.1741), and the second of his name to live at Glenarb townland, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. John, the younger, had two sisters: Margaret, who married David Ferguson, of Farriter, parish of Killeeshil, in 1730; and another sister, who married Joseph Marshall, of Blackwatertown, county Armagh. [1]

In 1739, John jun. formalized a deed poll with his father and the Rev. John Kennedy, of Edenderry, to contract a marriage with Miss Lettice Kennedy. By that agreement, the Rev. John Kennedy agreed to a dower of £100, and John sen. bestowed upon his son a marriage portion of three components:

  • the lease in Glenarb, with all the household goods and chattels;
  • the lease in Kedew townland, on the the decease of John sen., excepting those portions occupied by his (John sen.'s) sons in law, Joseph Marshall and David Ferguson; and,
  • the interest accruing on a debt of £200 due from Mrs. Johnston, of Nappeck [Nappagh?], the principal to be held in reserve for the benefit of John sen.'s wife and children. [2]

Thus, on the death of John sen. in 1741, John jun. inherited the rights and obligations of lessee in the land portions described, above: Glenarb, continuing under a lease agreed in 1731 [3]; and, Kedew, under a lease agreed in 1735 [4].

On the 11th November 1746, John Huggins also took over the lands of Drumnacanver and Lisglyn, in the parish of Derrynoose, county Armagh, in trust (the original lease having been set to his father). On the 23rd February 1747, John re-leased these lands to John McCall and Nathaniel McCall, of Mullineal, in the parish of Aghaloo, Farmers. [5]

John Huggins assumed the mantle of engagement in parish affairs, modelled by his late father, when, on the 30th September 1747, he was elected to the Vestry of the parish of Aghaloo. [6]

In 1752, in compliance with the requirements of the lease set for the lands in Kedew, the following inventory enumerated the improvements which had been made in the erection of buildings, &c.:

       Improvements returned by
          John Huggins May 1752
  One Dwelling House 10 feet high 20 feet wide
  and 45 feet long of Brick and Lime Office Houses
  conformable, number of Ash 360  Tenants
  under John Huggins viz. [tenants not named] [4]

Only four years later, this entry, which had marked the considerable enterprise undertaken by the Huggins, was accompanied by a handwritten note in the margin—declaring that John Huggins had died in 1756. [Ibid.] The demise of John Huggins occurred at a time when great numbers thoughout Ireland were perishing from a potato famine. [6] Undoubtedly, this scourge was accompanied by epidemics of typhus and cholera, to either of which John Huggins may have succumbed.

Although John Huggins appears to have died intestate, we do have an abstract of his wife's will, courtesy of Sir Bernard Burke's extract pedigrees. After occupying the station of widow for more than forty years, Lettice died on the 22nd July 1797, and her will was proved several months later. [7] This precious abstract, and other deeds executed by Lettice Huggins née Kennedy during her lifetime, tell us the names of her children—for which, please refer to the biographical sketch for this esteemed old lady.

See also local history notes for Glenarb townland.


  1. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Huggins to Ferguson. Memorial no. 109-245-75752, dated  2 October 1730, registered 7 February 1842. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/72 (accessed 2003-11).
  2. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Huggins (and Kennedy) to Huggins. Memorial no. 137-440-93968, registered 3 March 1749. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/89 (accessed 2003-11).
  3. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Lord Charlemont to Huggins. Memorial no. 79-503-57084, dated 14 November 1735. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/50 (accessed 2003-11).
  4. Transactions Relateing [sic] to Caledon Estate Since the Grant Thereof to William Hamilton Esq. by King Charles the 2nd. Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). PRONI ref. D2433/A/5/3 (accessed 2003-11).
  5. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. McCall to Huggins to McCall. Memorial no. 128-571-87797, registered 23 February 1747. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/84 (accessed 2003-11).
  6. Marshall, John J. Vestry Book of the Parish of Aghalow (Caledon, County Tyrone). Dungannon: The Tyrone Printing Co., Ltd., 1935.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Extract Pedigrees, mainly from Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Ireland, 16th-18th Centuries. Held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, on microfilm, PRONI ref. T559/24, re: Lettice Huggins, pg. 73 (accessed 2003-11).

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