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These notes from these letters are of special interest, not only for their individual content, but also for what we learn when they are taken together as a grouping of letters.
Sharon Oddie Brown, September 3, 2006

LETTERS OF CONDOLENCE

 

Date

Name/Address

Notes

1918, Feb 6

Cecile MCl?

Heighfield Cove

Farnborough,

Hants

To Tanty’s [1] mother. The author’s mother had passed on the news of Tanty’s death. This was a friend of Tanty’s who “had such a loveable disposition that he endeared himself to everyone”.

1918, Feb 9

Sally Stokes

Dorsey

Silverbridge

Dundalk

To Tanty’s mother from a friend of hers.  Tanty was also a favourite of Sally’s mother. Eilie Gilmore [2] is staying with Eilie JACKSON

1918, Feb 6

Corr & O’Connor [3]

Solicitors

Crossmaglen

I can’t read the signature, but the writer “never met a more likeable merry fellow or one for whom I had a greater personal regard”.

1918, Feb 4

“Louie”? Louis? or Tomie?

Sherries [4] ,

Co. Dublin

To Emily “I always thought him more like his uncle David [Of HSBC Yokohama] than any of his nephews or nieces. My brother Willie turned up from America shortly before Christmas, he got a chance of coming over with [?] for the army. Mother was glad to see him looking so well considering the roving life he has led as it is eleven years since we had seen him”.

1918, Feb 5

Emilie?

Claireden [5]

Lennonvale,

Belfast

“I am expecting Agnes back one of these days. Probably she will cross tonight…I met Eilie Gilmore [6] last [?] – she walked down town with me – she is looking as rosy and well as can be.”

1918, Feb 6

Co[?] O’Reilly [7]

Royal Marine Hotel,

Kingstown,

Co. Dublin

“I am very much better since my operation and hope to be home amongst you again”.

1918, Feb 7

Frances O’Reilly [8]

Mornington,

Trim

 

1918, Feb 7

Effie McBride [9]

Freeduff,

Cullyhanna

“I am so glad Eilie was with you when you got the news. Thank her for the letters and tell her not to worry about the coat. I will get it some other way. … I have not been at Lis. [10] since Eilie [11] left: but Mary [12] was down on Monday evening. I hope if it is fine to go up tomorrow”.

1918 Feb 5

Sarah Gilmore [13]

Liscalgot

Crossmaglen

“I can truly sympathise with you in your great loss. I have been though the same myself too often not to knew your sorrow but remember God knows what is best and you can look on to your Tanty’s memory with pleasure.  Poor old Mother [14] said when told David [15] was dead “Thank God it is no dishonour.  There is always worse than death.  Ask Eilie about Mr. Bell’s [16] troubles.  I am very glad you had your own Eileen [17] with you. She will be a comfort to you and her father.  Could you and Andy [18] come down [?] have a quiet time here and the change would do you good? Eilie [19] is fairly well and goes out a bit, but the lump is still as large as ever. [20]

1918, Feb 3

Mollie [21] ,

Gilford Castle

My dear Aunt Emily [22] and Uncle Andy [23]

I do not know what to say in this dreadful trouble, for I do not think anyone can say, or do anything to comfort you – it is to dreadful to think we shall not see Tandy about again – and I can’t realize it.  I have written to Mr. Tester [24] and hope he will write all the particulars – but it will be so long till we can get letters.  Typhoid must’ve been prevalent – as we saw it in various papers the deaths of people we knew well from it, and I can’t think how Tandy caught it.

Jim [25] had the enclosed note this morning – it will only give you the exact words of Mr. Testers cable.  There is one thing I feel sure is that Tandy would be looked after – as Mr. Tester is one of the most thoughtful men I ever met – and there are good doctors and good hospitals out there, but it must have been a very bad form of typhoid that was going, and Tandy is gone from all the troubles and worries this all the war has brought about.  Jim joins me in his sympathy to you all – ever – your loving niece Molly

1918, Feb 4

R.J. Savage [26] L.P.S.I.

Pharmaceutical and Family Chemist,

Cabra Medical hall,

358 N.C. Road,

Phibsboro’

Dublin

friendly, albeit not intimate in tone

1918, Feb 9

Franny Simpson [27]

Belfast Bank House,

[?]bady

“I should have written sooner but waited to hear particulars from Susan [28] in London” “Poor Hugh [29] is Jane also – last of the Corr family in Crossmaglen. I was so sorry to miss seeing you last summer. You had just left when we arrived. I hope to meet you often when we settle in Urker. We are both old now, but still unchanged.”

1918, Feb 10

M. Bayne [30]

22 Fayfield Sq.,

Edinburgh

“Agnes was with us when you sent on the cutting and she would always say “Tanty - the pet that would rub his head against his mother’s shoulder” and many things beside.  I never met him dear but I know what he must have been when he was your so. …  I am so glad you have Eilie with you and perhaps Jeannie too.

1918, Feb 4

Mattie [31] ,

The Bank House,

Roden Place,

Dundalk

To “Aunt Emily” from her niece

1918, Jan 4 [32]

Allan [33]

The Bank House,

Roden Place,

Dundalk

He saw the notice in the Irish Times. “I saw it first and did not know how to break the news to Matty”

 

Eileen Gilmore [34]

Liscalgot House,

Crossmaglen

My dear Eilie [35] ,

I do not know if you heard the sad news.  Aunt Mary [36] is just come over to tell us that Molly had a wire from the East – to say poor Tandy is gone, he died on the 31st of January of typhoid fever.  I am going to Trim tonight to be with Aunt and Uncle poor things it will be an awful grief for them.  So you must be brave and help them to bear it.  I hope you’ll be able to come to them tomorrow.  The world seems full of sadness now. One feels numb and not able to take in all the all things that are happening.

With lots of love,

your loving cousin

Eileen Gilmore

1918, Feb 3

R.J. Tweed [37] ,

Altnamacken,

Castleblayney

“I have not & never will forget all your kindness to me in the day of my sorrow” [38] .

1918, Feb 4

F.M. Roe,

Esmore Hall,

Carrickmacoss,

Co. Monaghan

 

1918 Feb 1

Mollie [39]

Gilford Castle

Friday afternoon after reading cable. To her cousin “Eilie”

1918, Feb 5

Manie(?) C. Reid [40]

Church St.

Cavan

My dear Aunt,

Willie and I were indeed truly sorry to see the announcement of Tanty’s death in yesterday’s paper and am writing to express our deep sympathy in your sorrow.  It just makes me think of our own trouble when we heard of poor Achie’s [41] death and he so far away among strangers.  God comfort and sustain you all in your sorrow.  Willie [42] said he was writing to Uncle Andy [43] .  We will be we were hearing of you all when we were at Liscalgot [44] before Christmas.  Again offering much sympathy and would love in which Willie joins to you each and all

your affectionate niece

Manie[?] C. Reid

 



[1] “Tanty” Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON (1881-1918)was a nephew of Sir Thomas JACKSON and a son of Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON & Eliza Emily GILMORE. He was born and raised at the family farms at Lions Den & Forstertown – both near Trim in Co. Meath, Ireland. At the time of his death from typhoid, he was a broker with Messrs. Wright & Hornby –previously owned in part by James Francis WRIGHT, husband of “Mollie” the author of this letter.

[2] Edith Eileen GILMORE sister of Effie & daughter of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON.

[3] This company were lawyers for the family and the CORR partner was distantly related and lived nearby to Urker Lodge.

[4] I do not know who lived at “Sherries”

[5] I do not know who lived at Clareden

[6] Perhaps Edith Eileen GILMORE sister of Effie & daughter of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON.

[7] The O’REILLY family seem to be friends.

[8] Likely a relation of the previous O’REILLY

[9] “Effie” Ethel Sarah McBRIDE née GILMORE, wife of William Scott McBride & daughter of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON.

[10] Liscalgot – home of Eliezer GILMORE’s family – uncle of Tanty.

[11] Edith Eileen GILMORE sister of Effie

[12] Probably Mary GRIFFIN née JACKSON (1844-1921), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[13] Sarah GILMORE, née JACKSON, wife of Eliezer GILMORE, sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON, aunt of Tanty.

[14] Eliza JACKSON née OLIVER (1815-1903), mother of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[15] David JACKSON(1855-1903) younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON who died in Yokohama of an aneurysm.

[16] Mr BELL – hard to know which one this might be.

[17] Elizabeth Oliver Muriel JACKSON (1890-1970), sister of Tanty.

[18] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON (1846-1929) younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON and father of Tanty

[19] Edith Eileen GILMORE (1890-1977), daughter of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON.

[20] Three of Sarah GILMORE’s children had predeceased her.

[21] “Mollie” Mary WRIGHT née MENARY (1872-1946), aunt of Tanty & daughter of William MENARY & Mary JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON. Her husband James Francis WRIGHT had been a part owner of Hornby & Wright where Tanty worked as a stockbroker.

[22] Eliza Emily JACKSON née GILMORE(1846-1938) mother of Tanty

[23] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON (1846-1929) younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON and father of Tanty

[24] P. TESTER, friend of Tanty & co-owner with him of Hornby & Wright.

[25] James Francis WRIGHT (1874-1954), husband of Mary MENARY.

[26] Mr. R. J. SAVAGE – I don’t know who he is, but there is a photo of a G.R.R. SAVAGE in uniform in 1919 from the MOORHEAD collection

[27] Frances Jane SIMPSON née CORR (1847-1933), wife of John Thomas SIMPSON. There is a photo of her in the CORR collection.

[28] possibly Susan DONALDSON née CORR – who I am still trying to track down.

[29] Hugh CORR of Crossmaglen.

[30] M. BAYNE. It is interesting that there is a BAYNE in the Far East with HSBC and a later generation married a BAYNE – that being said, I don’t know who this is.

[31] “Mattie” Maud Elizabeth SKUCE (1878-1958)  née REID, daughter of Robert Hamilton REID & Margaret JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[32] I suspect the date should have been Feb 4  NOT Jan 4

[33] Allan E. SKUCE – husband of Maud Elizabeth REID.

[34] Edith Eileen GILMORE (1890-1977), daughter of Eliezer GILMORE & Sarah JACKSON.

[35] Probably Elizabeth Oliver Muriel JACKSON, sister of Tandy.

[36] Mary GRIFFIN née JACKSON (1844-1921), sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON

[37] Rev. Robert John TWEED, husband of Martha Anne GILMORE – sister of Eliza Emily JACKSON née GILMORE (the mother of Tanty). One of his brothers James Kirkpatrick TWEED served HSBC in the Far East.

[38] I do not know what sorrow he is referring to, but since I do not know the date of his wife’s demise, it could be that.

[39] “Mollie” Mary WRIGHT née MENARY (1872-1946), aunt of Tanty & daughter of William MENARY & Mary JACKSON – sister of Sir Thomas JACKSON. Her husband James Francis WRIGHT had been a part owner of Hornby & Wright where Tanty worked as a stockbroker

[40] Jane Amelia Coulter GILMORE (1869-?), wife of William REID, a solicitor in Cavan and daughter of Samuel GILMORE & Georgina Victoria Wilhelmina HENRY.

[41] Acheson George Henry GILMORE (1874-1907), son of  Samuel GILMORE & Georgina Victoria Wilhelmina HENRY. He also died in Hong Kong and was in the employ of HSBC at the time.

[42] William REID – I have no other information on him, but with all the intermarriages, there may be a connection to the REID family that had other JACKSON connections.

[43] Andrew Coulter Bradford JACKSON (1846-1929) younger brother of Sir Thomas JACKSON and father of Tanty

[44] Home of the GILMORE family near Crossmaglen.

 

 

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