Hercules Henry MacDonnell

Born: 23 March 1851, Dublin, Ireland.
Died: After 1897
Father: Hercules Henry Graves MacDonnell
Mother: Emily Ann Moylan

Married: Fannie Keogh Burd, 1 June 1878, Disley, Cheshire, England.


Hercules Neville Francis, b. 29 May 1879, Dundalk, Ireland.
Mervyn Sorley, b. 24 July 1880, Sligo, Ireland. d. 22 March 1949, Bath, England.
Iole Hylla, b. 10 January 1884, Dundalk, Ireland. d. 2 September 1941, Stoke Wood, Stoke Poges, Bucks. England.


Dungannon School
Dr. Stacpoole's, Kingstown
1867-1875 Trinity College, Dublin. M.D. (1874); Chir. M.(1875)


1877- Surgeon to the Louth Infirmary and Medical Officer of H.M. Prison, Dundalk.

Other information:

A note about the in-laws:

His wife, Fannie Burd, lived at Glen Lodge, Sligo. Her mother, Elizabeth Cochrane, married John Burd. She was one of the four children of James Cochrane of Glen Lodge.

The eldest of James Cochrane's daughters, Margaret (d. 1856), married Andrew Jameson (1812-1872) in 1852. He was of the distilling family and lived in The Walk House, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. He was an  amateur artist and collector of books (he was also a first cousin of Anna Fenwick (Annie) Jameson, the mother of Marchese Guglielmo Marconi, inventor of wireless telegraphy). They had four children: John Alloa (1853-1942), a noted big game hunter, Fanny (1853-1913), Andrew (1855-1941) and James Sligo (1856-1888).

As well as running the distillery, Andrew jr. became a banker and an MP. He went big game hunting with Theodore Roosevelt in 1876. In 1878 he married Grace Elizabeth Burke (d. 1922). They had four children: Margaret Elizabeth (b. 1879), who married Major Charles Judd in 1905, Grace Harriet Sara (1880-1953), Andrew (1884-1885), and Violet Isabella (1887-1960).

Grace Harriet Sara, known as Harrie, an amateur artist, was president of the Dublin Painters. In 1910 she married Major William Thomas (Billy) Kirkwood (1885-1972), OBE, of the 17th Bengal Lancers. He was an excellent linguist, and commanded an officer's training camp at Omsk in 1919. He later served as an intelligence officer in Japan, and was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun. He was a polo player of international standing, representing Ireland abroad in many tournaments. He continued to play until he was seventy. They had no children.

Violet married Brian Dodwell Crichton (1887-1950), MD, in 1913. Their children were Brian Andrew (1914-1915), Sheila Margaret (b. 1916), Alexander Cochrane (b. 1918) and Brigid Ruth Patricia (b. 1929).

Sheila was a potter. She married Capt. Colin O'Hara of the Colonial Police in 1940. Their children were Brigid (b. 1941), a sister at Guy's Hospital, Robin James (b. 1944), a journalist, and Ruth Henrietta (b. 1955).

Alexander served as a major in the Irish guards in World War II and then as a director of the Irish Distillers Group. He married Joan Helen Brachi in 1941. Their children were Mary Joan (b. 1942), Tania Frances (b. 1944), Barbara Isobel (b. 1949) and Catherine Margaret (b. 1954). Tania married John Cooke in 1970. They had two children: Olga Helen Charlotte (b. 1972) and Arthur Alexander (b. 1975). Barbara married Patrick Rolleston in 1971 and had a daughter Sarah Howard Joan (b. 1973).

Andrew jr. remarried in 1924, to Ruth Hart. There were no children.

James Sligo Jameson was a famous naturalist and African explorer. He married Ethel Durand in 1885. Their children were Ethel Gladys (d. 1933), who married Mervyn MacDonnell, producing four daughters, and Algernon (d. 1965), who was born after his father's death in 1888. Algernon married Millicent Pickersgill. There were no children.

Sources: This information all came from Burke's Irish Family Records. In addition, there is an entry for Andrew Jameson, jr. in Modern Irish Lives, by Louis Redmond (1996), for James Sligo Jameson in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and one for Billy Kirkwood in A Dictionary of Irish Biography (ed. by Henry Boylan, Gill and MacMillan, 1998).