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Ferguson of Burt House and The Farm
Andrew Ferguson, Jun., ordained at Burt 16 Feb 1725 as succesor
to his father, died. 31 Jan 1787
[Historical and literary memorials of
Presbyterianism in Ireland, 1623-(1800). By Thomas Witherow ]
Ferguson of The Farm
This family formerly resided in Scotland, but settled 250 years ago at
Burt House, County Donegal. Sir Andrew Ferguson, son of John Ferguson of
Londonderry, and grandson of the Rev. Andrew Ferguson of Burt House, was
created a Baronet in 1801. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Alexander,
Esq. of Broom Hall, co. Londonderry, sister to the late Bishop of Meath, and
niece to James, Earl of Caledon
- Rev. Andrew FERGUSON; b.~1655; d. Jul 18, 1725; m. Sarah (she d. Dec
- John FERGUSON, Surgeon d. April 1750. Buried in churchyard of
Strabane m. Elizabeth HAMILTON as her 2nd husband. Only child of John listed is
Elizabeth FERGUSON who died young. Will dated 28 Nov 1748 and proved 4 Sep
- Rev Victor FERGUSON (m. Dorcas according to diagram Public
Records Office N Ireland Ref: T559 21 p.86)
- James FERGUSON who married a Miss STEPHENSON (an heiress);
- John Ferguson of Ballywilliam who married a Miss BEGGS of
Ballymena - parents of:
- Thomas of Greenville m. Emma BENYON
- John Fergus
- Col George (Commanded Antrim Militia in Crimean War.
Resided in Paris and frequently mistaken for Emperor Napoleon.)
- Emily m. Hugh MONTGOMERY of Ballydrain (their
Marriage Settlement - a huge document - is in Public Records Office NI. Her
father paid £7000; his £2000!)
- Rev. Andrew FERGUSON of Burt; b.~1699; d. 31 Jan 1787; m. Jane
(she d. 9 May 1745); m. Jean (she d. May 9 1774);
- Dorcas FERGUSON b.~1729; d. Mar 24 1787
- John FERGUSON b. 1730; d. May 15, 1795; bur. St. Augustines
Churchyard, Londonderry; m. Sarah HARVEY
- Robert Harvey
- Andrew b. Oct 7, 1761; d. Jul 17, 1808; bur. St.
Augustines Churchyard, Londonderry, m. Elizabeth ALEXANDER
- Robert Alexander
Sir Robert Alexander FERGUSON of
The Farm, County Londonderry, and Derg Lodge, County Tyrone, born 26 Dec. 1796;
was Lord-Lieutenant of the City and County of Londonderry : M.P. for the City
of Londonderry since 1830, and Colonel of the Londonderry regiment of Miltia.'
He died in 1860.(Burkes Peerage, ed. 1860.)
[d. March 13, 1860 in
Dublin; bur. St. Augustines Churchyard, Londonderry2
- Anne m. Nov 1810 William BLACKER of Carrickblacker,
MA, Lt-Col Armagh Militia, JP and DL, High Sheriff 1811 but had no
- Sarah m. to the Rev. William KNOX, son of the Hon.
and Rev. Lord Bishop of Derry; and has issue, William, Andrew Ferguson, and
- Jane m. March 5, 1819 John MONTGOMERY, Esq. of
Benvarden, co. Antrim; and has issue, Hugh, Barbara Anne, Harvey John, James
Robert, and Isabel Dorathea. See also
Craufurdeania, Edmund T. Pomery, 1912
[Note: John MONTGOMERY's brother
Hugh MONTGOMERY married Emily FERGUSON daughter of John
Stephenson FERGUSON of Donegall Place, Belfast.
- Harvey d. June 1824 at The Farm; bur. St. Augustines
- Eliza m. in August 1828 to John George SMYLY, Esq.,
barrister, of Upper Marrion Street; and has issue.
- Jane b. 1764; d. Oct 1785; bur. St. Augustines
- David Harvey b. 1774; d. Dec. 22 1787; bur. St.
Augustines Churchyard, Londonderry
- Andrew FERGUSON b.~1742; d. Oct 16 1792; m. Mary (she d. Oct
7 1762); m. Ann (she d. Oct 20 1774); m. Lydia MCCLINTOCK of Dunmore (she d.
Feb 17 1824)
- Templeton FERGUSON b.~1763; d. Apr 17 1770
- George FERGUSON died young
- John FERGUSON b. 1777; m. Georgina dau. of Sir George
RELTON Bart of Dublin; d. 20 Mar 1854, Dublin; solicitor resident at 25 Upper
Gloucester Street North
[John Ferguson of Gloucester Street in the City of
Dublin sole heir named in the last will and Testament of the said
- Andrew FERGUSON d. 17 Oct 1814
- Dorcas FERGUSON b.~1777; d. 26 Feb 1845, Londonderry
- Rebecca FERGUSON b.~ 1778; d. 16 Jul 1842
- David FERGUSON b.~1779; d. 10 Nov 1849
- Robert FERGUSON b.~1782; d. 5 Oct 1840
- James FERGUSON b.~1784; d. Oct 21 1859, Londonderry
- Sarah FERGUSON b.~1789; d. 1807
- Ann FERGUSON b.~1791; d. 28 Jul 1829
- Thomas (m. same Dorcas as brother Victor according to diagram
Public Records Office N Ireland Ref: T559 21 p.86 and had son Andrew)
- Dau. m. MORSON
m. Abraham James HILLHOUSE
Andrew Fergusons of Burt House
- Andrew FERGUSON b.~1773; d. Oct 11, 1855; m. Jane OGILBY3
(she dsp 1 Oct 1856)
Ferguson of Burt House
In the book "Guide Through Ireland" by James Fraser,1838 is the
following: "Buncrana is conveniently reached by various vehicles running from
Derry. Proceeding by the eastern suburb of the city, at four miles we reach the
Swilly. The ruins of Burt Castle and Burt House, the residence of Andrew
Ferguson, Esq. lie to the left on the shore of the lough and near the base of
In 1843 John Magennis of Burt House had his arms exemplified on assuming
the name and arms of his maternal uncle, Andrew Ferguson of Burt House.
In a letter, dated 27th August 1784, from Lord
Charlemont to Dr. Haliday, the following allusion occurs to the exertions of a
Ferguson in the famous volunteers of the North of Ireland. ' You ask me how I
found matters in the Episcopal city. As well as possible. . . . Ferguson
behaved excellently well, and I think I may venture to say that I have left
Derry nearly as Derry ought to be. ... At Derry I dined with the Mayor, and
almost got drunk with old Protestant toasts.'(Hist. MS. Comm., 13th Rep.,
App. Part viii.)
The Ferguson referred to was John Ferguson, commander of
a company of the Londonderry Volunteer Association. Along with the Earl of
Bristol, the Bishop, Colonel the Right Hon. Thomas Conolly, Colonel Edward
Carey, and Captain Lackey, Captain Ferguson was a delegate from Londonderry to
the National Convention of Volunteer Delegates of Ireland in November 1783.
'The bishop arrived in Dublin with a parade not very suitable to his
ecclesiastical state, escorted by the Derry Horse.' -- (Letter of Mr.Secretary
Among the MSS. of the Duke of Hamilton is a letter from W. Fullartonne
at Portpatrick, dated 28th July 1689, stating that in obedience to orders he
had sent for intelligence from Ireland to one Dr. Ferguson, who had returned
the answer enclosed, had desired the writer to warn the cruisers of some
vessels in Carrickfergus Lough, and had also offered to meet them and give an
account of affairs. The enclosure is long, and not very legible. It refers to
the state of the Scottish forces whom the Irish look upon but as men only in
appearance, beardless boys, silly souls, etc. That all the forces, militia,
etc., were known to the Irish. He then refers to Derry, and expresses surprise
at the delay of the English in relieving the town. He gives some particulars as
to the movements and numbers of the Irish forces, estimating them at 40,000
men, levies being ordered of 25,000 more. He concludes by urging greater
expedition on the part of the English forces.
(Friday, 26th July 1689.) -
(Hist. MS Com., 11th. Rep., App. Part vi).
Gravestones and tablets in the ruins of Burt Presbyterian Church.
Transcriptions courtesy Celia Ferguson, 2009
- Tablet 1 on the North wall
- Here lyeth the body of Reverend Andrew Ferguson, who departed
this life July 18, 1725 in the 70th year of his age and the 36th year of his
ministry in Burt.
- Here lyeth the body of Mrs Sarah Ferguson, who departed this life
December 30, 1728, aged 57 years.
- Also, the body of Mrs Sarah Heslet, who departed this life
October 30, 1712 aged 82.
- The body of these saints here rest and sleep while Heaven their
precious souls securely keep.
- Here lyeth the body of Jean Ferguson, wife of ye Reverend Mr
Andrew Ferguson jun. who departed May ye 9th 1774 aged 59.
- Tablet 2 on the North Wall
- Underneath the remains of Andrew Ferguson Esq, of Burt House in
this county, who departed this life, October 11, 1855 in the 82nd year of his
age. Also of Jane wife of the above named Andrew who departed this life October
1, 1856, aged 88.
- Tablet 3 on the East Wall
- Sacred to the memory of the Rev Andrew Ferguson departed this
life, January 31, 1787 in the 88th year of his age and in the 61st year of his
ministry to the congregation of Burt, the great and important duties of which
he discharged with an upright heart and truly benevolent mind. And of Mrs Jane
Ferguson, his wife who departed this life 9th of May 1745, aged 39. Also Miss
Dorcas Ferguson, their elder daughter who departed this life March 24, 1787,
aged 58 years. Also four of their children who died young. Blessed are the dead
which die in the Lord that they may rest from their labours and their works do
- Tablet 4 on the East wall
- Sacred to the memory of Mary the wife of Andrew Ferguson, Burt,
Esq., who departed this life 7th of October 1762, aged 27 years. Also of
Templeton Ferguson, son of the said Andrew and Mary Ferguson, who departed this
life, the 17th day of April 1770 aged 7 years. Also of Anne, wife of the above
named Andrew Ferguson, who departed this life, the 20th day of October 1774,
aged 32 years. Also, their son George, who died young. Sacred also to the
memory of the said Andrew Ferguson, who departed this life, the 16th day of
October 1792 aged 56 years. Also of Lydia, wife of the said Andrew Ferguson,
who departed this life, the 17th day of February 1824 aged 74 years.
- Gravestone flat on the ground in centre of Church
- Here are interred the remains of Andrew Ferguson, son of John
Ferguson Esq and grandson of Andrew Ferguson and his wife Lydia Ferguson, who
died the 17th of October 1814. Also the undernamed children of the said Andrew
and Lydia Ferguson, Sarah who died in the year 1807 aged 18 years. Anne who
died the 28th day of July 1829, aged 38 years. Robert who died the 5th of
October 1840, aged 58 years. Rebecca who died the 16th of July 1842, aged 64
years. Dorcas who died 26 February 1845 aged 68 years. David who died 10th of
November 1849, aged 70 years. Also to the memory of James Ferguson, who
departed this life October 16, 1850 (1859?), aged 75 years.
John Ferguson of Knockinkerragh, county Londonderry
The connection to the Ferguson of Burt is mentioned in a
marriage settlement of Jane Ferguson, who married Hugh Montgomery of Benvarden,
Co Antrim in the early 19th century, when John Ferguson of Knockinkerragh was
given land as a kinsman of Jane Ferguson, daughter of Sir Andrew Ferguson.
[Celia Ferguson, 2008 ]
- John FERGUSON of Knockinkerragh had family5:
- James FERGUSON of Conagher b.~1792; d. 1864; m. Ann (d. 1878,
aged 78); bur. Church of Ireland churchyard in Conagher
- John FERGUSON 1840 1902 of Conagher (between
Ballymoney and Coleraine); m. Elizabeth SMALL
- James FERGUSON b.~1878, Coleraine, Londonderry; d. 1922,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; m. Mary Rennie DUNN
- Ion (John)
FERGUSON b. Sept. 20, 1908, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire; d Nov. 6, 1998,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- Hugh FERGUSON
- Ion "John" FERGUSON of
Ardbana Terrace, Coleraine m. Annie Victoria Makin FISHER, 8 Aug 1912,
Knocklaughrim Rectory Belfast ;
1911 Census: b.~1885, Antrim, Bank Clerk
- Thomas Ion FERGUSON b. 21 Apr 1913
- Stanley Fisher FERGUSON b. 25 Jul 1914
- Sidney FERGUSON
- Elizabeth Ann FERGUSON m. Samuel A. GIVEN of Lisconnan Ellen,
- Residents of a house 7 in Ardbana Terrace (Coleraine, Londonderry)
- Ferguson John 57 Male Head of Family Presbyterian Co Derry
Retired Farmer Read and write - Married -
- Ferguson Eliza 54 Female Wife Presbyterian Co Antrim - Read and
write - Married -
- Ferguson Abert E 13 Male Son Presbyterian Co Derry Scolar Read
and write - Not Married -
08-Mar-45 On Wednesday, the 26th ult., at
her residence, in Pump Street, in this City, Miss Dorcas Ferguson, last
surviving daughter of the late Andrew Ferguson, of Burt, Esq.
Suddenly, on the 20th inst., at his residence, 25 Upper Gloucester Street,
Dublin, John, second son of the late Andrew Ferguson, of Burt House,
19-Oct-55 On the 11th inst., at his residence Burt House,
county Donegal, Andrew Ferguson, Esq., D.L., J.P., in the 82nd year of his age.
10-Oct-56 On the 1st inst., at Burt House, county Donegal, Jane relict of
the late Andrew Ferguson, Esq.
21-Oct-59 On the 16th inst., at his
residence in this City, James Ferguson, Esq., last surviving son of Andrew
Ferguson, Esq., formerly of Burt House, county Donegal.
12/02/1787 - Died at Burt in the 88th year
of his age, Rev. Andrew Ferguson.
It has been suggested that the James FERGUSSON (son of Alexander
FERGUSSON of Kilkerran and Margaret SYDSERF), a clergyman in England circa 1680
is a possible ancestor to this family.
College of Arms
The Arms and Pedigrees of both the Ferguson and Herdman families are
registered with the College of Arms. Ferguson of Knockinkerragh and
Articrunagh, of the Parish of Ballyrashane, of the City of Londonderry, all
county Londonderry, of Conagher, Parish of Ballymoney, County Antrim, and of
the Parish of Burt, county Donegal. (This family includes the extinct Baronetcy
which died out with the death of Sir Robert Ferguson MP, 2nd Bart, of The Farm,
Londonderry in 1860). and Herdman of Sion House, Sion Mills, County Tyrone and
Carricklee, Strabane, County Tyrone
- Ferguson, James and Ferguson, Robert Menzies (eds)., Records of
the Clan and Name of Fergusson, Ferguson, and Fergus, Edinburgh: 1895.
- Ian Bartlett - GEDCOM file.
- Burke's Peerage & Gentry
Baronetage of England: Containing Their Descent and Present State
... By John Debrett
- T.H. Mullin, Families of Ballyrashane, A District in Northern
Ireland, Belfast, 1969, p.259
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