Bowles DNA Project
Dublin, as the capital and largest city
in Ireland, has many, many connections to Bowles families of very likely
completely different origins. It's a huge puzzle with many missing
pieces so I will only record what I've found and feature a couple of
lines which I have worked out fairly well.
The earliest reference I've found goes
back to a Thomas Bowles in the early 1600's. See
Thomas Bowles, Deputy Treasurer of Cromwell's Army in Ireland
Another Thomas Bowles (possibly related
to the above) married in Dublin in the 1670's. He was a merchant
and owned a quite extensive area of Dublin around St. Bride's and St.
Patrick's Churches. His son, Thomas, married Jane Rainsford, the
daughter of Alderman and later Mayor of Dublin, Sir Mark Rainsford.
Rainsford operated a brewery in St. James Gate, Dublin which was later
left to his son who had no interest in the business and who disposed of
it to Arthur Guinness. The rest is Irish brewing history but, with
a slight twist of fate, you might have been able to go into a pub or bar
almost anywhere in the world today to enjoy a pint of a creamy stout
named Bowles, sorry .... Guinness. The Bowles do not seem to
have benefitted from this connection though as Thomas and Jane both died
young in 1704 and prior to Sir Mark's death. They left an only
daughter, Isabella, who did inherit some land in the St. James Gate area
but that was disposed of by the executors of Thomas and Jane's estate.
Other Bowles of this line remained in Dublin though and may have been
the origin of the
Bowles of Wexford. See
Thomas Bowles and
Family of Dublin for the full story of this line.
miscellaneous other Bowles references from the 1600's and the 1700's see
Other Early Bowles
References in Dublin
Much later a Robert Bowles, a shoemaker from my own Bowles of Ballickmoyler, co. Laois settled in Dublin sometime in the 1820's and started a Quaker branch of the family. One son of this family founded the Robert Bowles Agricultural Implements Company. See Robert Bowles of Ballickmoyler and Dublin for more on this family.
Another shoemaker, George Bowles, of unknown connection to any of the others, operated an umbrella manufacturing business and a shoemaker shop in Dublin from See George Bowles, Umbrella Maker
See Walter Bowles, gardener, of Tipperary, Carlow and Dublin for the story of Walter Bowles from Tipperary who worked as a gardener at Great Houses in Pentre Ucha, Wales; at Spring House near Bansha, Tipperary; at Johnstown House in county Carlow and finally settled in Dublin by 1870 where there are still descendants today.There was a Robert Bowles and Alicia Bowles who lived on Clarendon Street in Dublin and who died there in 1880 and 1884 respectively. This was a Catholic couple who baptized sons Robert in 1844 at St. Andrew's Church and John (Oct. 24, 1854) at Sts. Michael and John Church, both in Dublin.
There are several references to the Ambrose Bole of Longford line in Dublin
Henry Bowles of Limerick settled in Dublin about 1830. (note: add brief summary of the family in Dublin)
Charles Proby Bowles of Dublin (add a summary)
and more to come .......
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