UNIACKE OF MOUNT UNIACKE
UNIACKE, NORMAN JAMES BIGGS, Esq. of Mount
Uniacke, co. Cork, formerly an officer in the
Denbighshire calvary, m. 10 Sep 1844, Mary-Elizabeth,
2nd dau. of the late Col. Drinkwater-Bethune, of
Balfour, co. Fife, and has issue,
LINEAGE. -- This ancient family, whose original name was
Fitz-Gerald (descended from the Desmond branch of the great
Geraldine Family) went to Ireland about the close of the 12th
century. The name, a singular one, arose according to
tradition from the following circumstance: In the skirmishes
which were constantly taking place between the rival houses of
Fitz-Gerald and Butler, a service, attended by great danger,
becoming necessary to be done, and the commander hesitating
who to employ, an individual was pointed out and recommended
to him with this remark, "Unicus est," meaning "he
is the only person to undertake this service." These two words
were used as the family motto until the period of the battle of
the Boyne: in that memorable conflict, James Fitzgerald
Uniacke, of Coolegaragh, since called Mount Uniacke,
commanded a troop of calvary, and being present when King
William's horse was shot, dismounted, and offered his to the
King, who, accepting it, called him a faithful and true man,
and taking a pistol from his holster said, "Let that be your
crest evermore." The family crest previous to this was a dexter
armed arm gauntletted, holding a hawk's lure, but James-
Fitzgerald Uniacke, and his descendants have since used the motto,
"Faithful and brave," and taken for crest a dexter arm in
armour holding a pistol. It appears by the ancient public
records, that the family of Uniacke was settled at an early
period in the South of Ireland, and had possessions in the
counties of Cork, Waterford, and Tipperary. The following
notices of four descents in the 13th and 14th centuries, are
extracted from the records in the Bermingham Tower in the
Castle of Dublin: Bernard de Uniak, Esq., was resident at Cork,
in 1305, as appears by an entry on the plea-roll of that year.
His son, Bernard de Uniak, Esq. of Youghal, co. Cork, living
in 1311, is mentioned in the plea-roll, and also in the great roll
of the pipe, all preserved in that depository of ancient records.
His son, PHILIP DE UNIAK, of Youghal, was living in 1355.
Thomas de Uniack, of Cork, son of the said Philip de Uniak, of
Youghal, was the father of Thomas de Uniack, of Cork, living there
in 1391. There having been but one family in Ireland of this
peculiar name, it is certain that the present Uniackes, descend
from the above-mentioned persons, though the intermediate
generations from 1390 to 1500 have been lost sight of. The
branch of this family which settled in co. Tipperary have since
assumed the name of Fitz-Gerald, and are represented by Sir
John-Judkin Fitzgerald, Bart. of Lishen, co. Tipperary. The
principal seat was Ballyhubbert, near Youghal, until the middle
of the 17th century, and since then Mount Uniacke, also near
Youghal, both in co. Cork.
THOMAS UNIACKE, Esq., of Ballyhubbert, who was the son of
Edmund Uniacke, Esq. of Youghal, grandson of Thomas
Uniacke, Esq., and great-grandson of Thomas Uniacke, Esq., of
Ballyhubbert, who was living in 1500, had, by Margaret his
wife, two sons, I. JAMES UNIACKE, of Ballyhubbert, who d.
1576, of whose line we treat; II. Thomas, of Youghal (see
Woodhouse branch.) James had, by Margaret his wife, one
son and two daus. John (only son) of Ballyhubbert, Esq., d.
without issue, before 1623, as appears by an "Inquisitio post
mortem" remaining on record among the rolls of the High Court
of Chancery. He was s. by
THOMAS UNIACKE, Esq. of Ballyhubbert, his 1st cousin and
heir male in 1623; he m. Elizabeth, and was s. by his eldest son,
JAMES UNIACKE, of Mount Uniacke, co. Cork, whose will was
dated 1682. By Mary, his wife, he had issue,
I. James, his heir.
II. Norman, of Curraheen (see that branch).
III. John, d.s.p.
IV. Edmond, of Cappaghmusgree, co. Cork, father of James
UNIACKE, Esq. of Cappaghmusgree, who m. Barbara, dau. of
John Power, Esq. of Clashmore, co. Waterford, and had a
dau. Catherine, who m. Maurice Uniacke, of Ballymacody,
co. Cork, 3rd son of Thomas Uniacke, Esq. of Woodhouse, co.
Waterford, and had issue, a dau., Barbara, who m. Walter
Atkin, Esq. of Leadington, from whom descend the Atkins
The eldest son,
JAMES-FITZ-GERALD UNIACKE, Esq. of Mount Uniacke, com-
mander of a troop of cavalry at the battle of the Boyne, m.
Mary, dau of John Mathew, Esq. of co. Kilkenny, and had
I RICHARD of whom presently.
II John, of Carrig, co. Cork, m. Judith, dau. of Redmond
Barry, Esq. of Ballyclough, co. Cork, and had, with a dau.,
Mary, wife of Major Heny ffolliott, of Hollybrook, an only
Redmond Uniacke, Esq. of Carrig, who m. Elizabeth, dau.
of Lionel Fleming, Esq. of Thornhill Park, co. Cork, and
1 John, of Carrig, capt. in roy. fusilliers, killed at Cuidad
Rodrigo, in 1812, unm.
2 Lionel, of Carrig, an officer in the army, m. Elizabeth
dau. of George Crotty, Esq. of the co. Waterford, and
3 Thomas-Fane, an officer in rifle brigade, of Linbury
Lodge, co. Westmeath, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Gustavus
H. Rochfort, Esq. M.P. of Rochfort, co Westmeath, and
by her left issue,
Gustavus Fane, an officer in 71st Highland light in-
fantry, accidentally killed in 1842.
John, an officer in 71st Highland light infantry.
Frances, m. Lionel Smith, Esq., capt. 54th regt.
1 Martha, m. Thomas Townsend, Esq. of Castle Townsend,
2 Judith, m. Major General Richard Uniacke.
3 Henrietta, m. Arthur Molly, Esq. capt. in the army.
4 Georgina, m. Edward Coxon, Esq. capt. in the army.
5 Isabella, m. Philip Somerville, Esq. capt. South Cork
III Norman Fitz-Gerald, of Castletown, co. Cork, m. Alicia,
dau of Bartholomew Purdon, Esq. of Gworane James, co.
Cork, and had issue,
1 James, of Castletown, who m. Elizabeth, dau. of Simon
Dring, Esq. of Rockgrove, and d. in 1836, having had two
sons, and one dau.,
Norman Fitz-Gerald, of Castletown, lieut. col. North Cork
rifles, m. 1821, Eleanor, dau. of Col. Robert Uniacke
Fitz-Gerald, M.P. of Corkbeg, and dying in 1835, left
two sons and one dau., viz.: --
Robert Uniacke Fitz-Gerald, now of Castletown, m.
22 April, 1854, Florence Elizabeth, dau. of the late
Norman Uniacke, Esq. of Mount Uniacke, and has
issue, Robert Uniacke FitzGerald.
James, of Glengarra, co. Cork, major North Cork Rifles,
m. Alicia, dau of Simon Dring, Esq. of Rockgrove, and
Mary, m. George Crawford, Esq. of Lakelands, co. Cork.
2 Bartholomew Coote, officer in the army, d. unm.
3 Norman Fitz-Gerald, d.s.p.
4 Richard John, H.M. attorney-general and member of
Executive Council of Nova Scotia, m. 1st, Martha Maria,
dau. of Mons. de Lesdernier, of Canton Geneva, Switzer-
land, and by her had issue,
Norman Fitz-Gerald, of the Inner Temple, chief justice
of the Canadas, d. in 1847.
Crofton, of Lincoln's Inn, formerly judge of the Admiralty
in British America, and author of "A Letter to the Lord
Chancellor", and other works on law reform; m. and left
issue, Richard John, in holy orders; Crofton, d. unm.
in 1817; Norman Fitz-Gerald; Martha Maria; Eliza-
beth; and Alicia.
Richard-John, judge of the Supreme Court in British
America, m. and left issue,
Charles Hill, capt. in the army.
Richard John Norman, d. suddenly at Dover in 1844.
Helen Maria, d. unm. 1848.
Mary Mitchell, m. in 1851, I C. W. Watkins, Esq. of
Badby House, co. Northampton, formerly an officer in
Robert Fitz-Gerald, in holy orders.
Mary, m. Rear Admiral Sir Andrew Mitchell, K.C.B.
Martha Maria, m. John Jeffery, Esq., son of John
Jeffery, Esq. M.P. of Sans Souci, Dorsetshire.
Alicia Margaret, m. William Scott, Esq. of Wood, co.
Selkirk, and Sunderland Hall, co. Roxburgh.
Anne, m. Kevin Leslie, Esq. of Wilton Park, co.Cork,
an officer in rifle brigade.
Elizabeth, d. unm.
Eleanor Rebecca, m. William Hackett, Esq., inspector-
general of military hospitals.
Mr. Richard John Uniacke the attorney gen. of Nova
Scotia, m. 2ndly, Eliza, dau. of William Newton, Esq.,
major 48th regiment, and by her had one child, Andrew
Mitchell. He d. 1830.
5 Crofton of Ballyre, co. Cork, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Borr
Uniacke, Esq. of Woodhouse, and by her left one son and
Crofton, of Ballyre, m. 1835, Esther, dau. of Percy
Smythe, Esq. of Hadborough, co. Tipperary
Mary, m. Simon Dring, Esq. of Rock Grove.
1 Elizabeth, m. the Venerable Perkins Crofton, archdeacon
of Aghadoe, co. Kerry.
2 Mary, m. James Lombard, Esq. of Lombardstown, co.
James Fitz-Gerald Uniacke, d. 1730, and was s. by his son,
RICHARD UNIACKE, Esq. of Mount Uniacke, who m. Anne,
dau. of Robert Longfield, Esq., M.P. of Castle Mary, co. Cork
(see that family), and had issue,
I. JAMES FITZ-GERALD, his heir.
II. John, d.s.p. 1761.
III. Richard, of Abadda, m. Helena, dau. of Borr Uniacke,
Esq. of Woodhouse, co Waterford, and had issue,
1 Richard, d. unm. 1 Mary
2 Elizabeth, m. to John Bayley, Esq. of Debsborough, co.
Tipperary. (See that family.)
IV. Robert, a col. in the army, m. Mary, dau. of Gen. Baines,
of Gilbraltar, and had issue,
1 Richard, of Castleview, gen. in the army, m. Judith, dau.
of Redmond Uniacke, of Carrig, and has issue,
Redmond, late an officer in the army.
Richard, an officer Madras cavalry.
2 Robert Fitz-Gerald, officer in 3rd light dragoons.
1 Henrietta, m. John Armstrong, Esq., capt. in the army.
2 Catherine 3 Mary
He d. in 1823.
I. Elizabeth, m. John Swayne, Esq. of Youghal
II. Harriet, m. Edward Nash, Esq. of Youghal
The eldest son,
JAMES FITZ-GERALD UNIACKE, of Mount Uniacke, m. 1st,
the Lady Caroline Coote, sister of Charles, last Earl of Bella-
mont, and 2ndly, Mary Higgins, by the latter of whom he had
one son, who s. him,
NORMAN UNIACKE, Esq. of Mount Uniacke, b. 1796; m. 1818,
Eleanor, dau. of William Lax, Esq. of Wells, co. Somerset, by
whom at his decease, 19 April, 1861, he left issue,
I. NORMAN JAMES BIGGS, now of Mount Uniacke
II. George Lax
III. Robert Fitzgerald, d. 13 Dec. 1862, at West Melbourne,
IV. Crofton Bernard.
I. Eleanor, d. unm.
II. Florence Elizabeth, m. Robert U. F. Uniacke, Esq. of
Castletown. (See above.)
III. Marianne, d. unm.
IV. Susan Helena, m. George Morris, Esq.
Arms--Arg., three piles from the chief, and two from the
Crests--A dexter armed arm, holding a hawk's lure; and a
dexter arm in armour, holding a pistol.
Mottoes--Unicus est, and Faithful and Brave.
Seat--Mount Uniacke, Killeagh, co. Cork.
UNIACKE OF WOODHOUSE.
The late Robert John Uniacke, of Woodhouse,
co. Waterford, J.P., and D.L., high sheriff 1819, b.
19 April, 1795; m. 2 Aug. 1821, Mildred, dau. of
the Hon. and Rev. Richard Bourke, Bishop of
Waterford, brother to the Earl of Mayo, and by her
I. Robert Borr, b. 29 Oct. 1823; d.unm. 30 July, 1853
II. Richard, b. 23 July, 1833; d. 22 April, 1841.
I. Frances Costantia, m. 15 Nov. 1844, to Col. C. J. Beres-
II. Louisa Arabella.
III. Mildred Gertrude.
IV. Annette Charlotte, m. 3 Nov. 1853, to Capt. G. G. Ander-
son, Bengal native infantry.
LINEAGE. -- THOMAS UNIACKE, Esq. of Youghal, co. Cork,
2nd son of THOMAS UNIACKE, Esq. of Ballyhubbert, and
brother of JAMES UNIACKE, Esq. of Mount Uniacke (see pre
ceeding article), m. Helena, dau. of Maurice Fitzgerald, Esq. of
Lisquinlan, co. Cork, and had a son,
MAURICE UNIACKE, Esq. of Youghal, who m. Eleanor, dau,
of Garret Fitzgerald, Esq. of Lisquinlan, and had an only
son Thomas Uniacke, Esq. of Woodhouse, co. Waterford, who m.
Helena, dau. of Christian Borr, Esq. of Borramount, co. Wex-
ford and had issue,
I. Borr, his heir.
II. Robert, of Ballyvergin, co. Cork, who assumed the name
and arms of Fitzgerald, according to the will of his uncle,
Robert Fitzgerald, Esq. of Lisquinlan. He m. 1st, Jane,
dau of Grice Smyth, Esq. of Ballynatray, co. Waterford, and
by her had a dau., Gertrude, who m. John La Touche, Esq.
of Harristown, co. Kildare. He m. 2ndly, Frances, dau and
heir of John Judkin, Esq. of Greenhill, co. Tipperary, and
had a son, from whom descend the Fitzgeralds of Corkbeg.
III. Maurice, of Ballymacody, co. Cork, who m. Catherine
dau. of James Uniacke, Esq. of Capps, and had issue,
Barbara, who m. Walter Atkin, Esq. of Leadington, co Cork.
I. Clotilda, who m. Barachias Wallis, Esq. of Carrigrenan, co.
The eldest son,
BORR UNIACKE, Esq. of Woodhouse, m. Anne, dau. of
Frederick Trench, Esq. of Woodlawn, co. Galway and by her
I. ROBERT JOHN, late of Woodhouse.
II. John James, d. unm. in Australia.
I. Jane, d. unm.
II. Barbara Elizabeth, m. to the Rev. Joseph Chapman
III. Catherine Costantia.
IV. Nanette Helen.
V. Frances Amelia, m. to the Rev. Edward Groome.
VI. Helena SElina, m. to C. Doyne, Esq. of Newtown Park, co.
Arms and Crest--Same as UNIACKE of Mount Uniacke.
Motto--Fortis et fidelis
Seat--Woodhouse, co. Waterford.
NORMAN UNIACKE, M.D. of Curraheen, co. Cork, 2nd son of
James Uniacke, Esq. of Mount Uniacke (see that family), m.
and had issue,
I. JAMES, who m. Jane, dau of Arthur Lucas, Esq. of
Rathealy, co. Cork, and had issue,
1 Norman, d.s.p. 2 Arthur, d.s.p.
3 Jasper, of Aragln, co. Cork, who m. Maria, dau. of
Joshus Andrews, Esq. of Kilworth, and had issue,
James, a major R.M., who m. Emma, dau of Edmond
Roche, Esq. of Kildinan, co. Cork, but had no male
issue. He was killed in China in 1842.
Mr. Jasper Uniacke was murdered in his own house,
together with Col. Monsergh St. George, in 1798.
II. JOHN, of whose line we treat.
The 2nd son,
JOHN UNIACKE, Esq. of Cottage, co. Cork, m. Frances, dau.
and co-heir of Roger Mainwaring, Esq. of Kermincham, co.
Cheater, and had issue,
I. JOHN MAINWARING, his heir
II. Mary, m. to John R. Parker, Esq. of Cherrymount, co.
III. Frances, m. to Henry Turner, Esq. of Bath
The only son,
JOHN MAINWARING UNIACKE, Esq. of Cottage and kermin-
cham, m. Mary, dau. of the Rev. Dixie Blundel, dean of Kil-
dare, and had issue,
I. JOHN, of Chester, who m. Anne, dau. of Vice Admiral
Pierrepoint, and has issue,
I. Mary, m. to Henry Chapman, MacVeagh, Esq. of Drews-
town, co. Meath (see that family.)
Title: A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britian...
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Published: 1863 Harrison
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