Rev. George Walker’s family

Much has been written about Rev. George Walker and his role during the Siege of Derry in 1689, but less about his direct descendants, most of whom have been lost to history. The following outlines what has been published about them and can be verified by contemporary documentation, although it is not clear what sources were used to confirm later eighteenth-century dates and identities of wives.

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Thomas Walker (-1592) of Ruddington, Nottinghamshire.
m. Isabell Ahell (-c.1594)
Rev. Gervase Walker, M.A. (c.1566-1642). Educ. Nottingham High School; Caius College, Cambridge. Curate, London 1592. Rector, Great Staughton, Huntingdonshire 1594-1615. Went to Ireland 1616-1617. Rector, Badoney, Co. Derry 1622-1626, Cappagh, Co. Derry 1622-1636. Buried Derry Cathedral, 1 July 1642.
m. c.1594
Rev. George Walker (1603-1677). Educ. Trinity College Dublin, B.A. 1621, M.A. 1624. Appointed Rector, Badoney, Co. Derry, 13 Jan 1630; Cappagh, Co. Derry, 20 Sep 1636. Fled to England 1641. Rector, Kirk Deighton and Wighill, 1644. Returned to Ireland 1654. Rector, Hillsborough, Co. Down. Archdeacon of Down. Rector, Cappagh and Badoney, Co. Derry, 1660. Chancellor, Cathedral of Armagh 1662. Rector of Donoughmore, Co. Tyrone, 1662-1674. D.D., Dublin University, 1663. Buried parish church of Kilmore, Co. Armagh. Inscription on plain stone in the floor in front of the chancel:
ANNO DOM. 1677.
m. c.1642 Ursula Stanhope (-1654), eldest daughter of Sir John Stanhope of Stotfold, Hooton Paynel, Yorkshire and Melwood Park, Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire, by Mary, daughter and co-heir of William Hawley of Stotfold, Yorkshire. Buried Kirk Deighton, Yorkshire.
Rev. George Walker (c.1643-1690). Educ. Trinity College Dublin, B.A. 1662 (or Glasgow University). Appointed Rector of Lissan and Desertlyn, Co. Tyrone, 16 July 1669. Rector, Donoughmore, Co. Tyrone 9 Sep 1674-1690. Governor at Siege of Derry, 1689. Awarded £5,000 by King William III but unpaid. Honorary D.D., Oxford University, 26 Feb 1690. Killed and buried at Battle of Boyne, 1 Jul 1690. Reinterred by his widow at Donoughmore Church, Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone, 1703. Reinterred during repairs, 1838.
m. c.1666 Isabella Barclay (c.1644-1705). Died Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.
George Walker (c.1667-bef. 9 Oct 1699) of Donoughmore, Co. Tyrone. Present at Siege of Derry, 1689, and at Battle of the Boyne, 1690. Commissioned Lieutenant, 1 Jul 1695
m. c.1697 Elizabeth Moland (c.1673-aft. 19 Dec 1726), daughter of William Moland of Dublin. Elizabeth married secondly, 5 Dec 1706, Thomas Richardson of Clogher, Co. Tyrone.
John Alexander Walker (1668-1726). Born Moneymore, Co. Derry. Baptised Derry Cathedral, 2 Apr 1668. Educ. The Royal School, Armagh. Trinity College Dublin, matriculated 1 Oct 1685. Present at Battle of the Boyne, 1690. Commissioned Ensign, then Lieutenant, 30 Apr 1691. Appointed with his brother Robert to Joint Clerk of the Markets of Ireland, 12 Dec 1693. Petitioned House of Commons for financial assistance 10 Sep 1697 and again 27 Oct 1703. Awarded £200 pension 1703, terminated 1717 with grant of £2,000. Appointed Collector of Customs, Cavan, Armagh and Dundalk, Co. Louth, c.1721. d. 10 Oct 1726.
m. 1689 Jane Staples, daughter of Sir Alexander Staples, 4th. Bt., of Lissan, Co. Tyrone.
Robert Walker (c.1693-aft. 19 Dec 1726). Born Lissan, Co. Tyrone. Educ. Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Trinity College Dublin, matriculated 2 Sep 1709, B.A. 1714.
George Walker (c.1695-1769). Granted Government pension £100, May 1756. Died 25 Oct 1769. Buried Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
m. bef. 1750 Celia (-1776). d. 6 Sep 1776. Buried Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Celia Walker (-aft. 29 Sep 1775 and bef. 29 Sep 1777). Unmarried
Jane Walker (-1781) Buried Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
m. 29 Jun 1775 William Bruce of King’s Inn Quay, Dublin. Stationer and printer, Dublin.
John Walker (c.1697-c.1742) m. c.1721, d. Middletown, New Castle County, Delaware. Possibly buried Back Creek Churchyard on the Bohemia River, Delaware.
Jane Walker (c.1699-) m. aft. 27 Aug. 1726 and bef. 25 Jul 1728 James Read of Dundalk, Co. Louth.
Isabella Walker (c.1702-) m. bef. 27 Aug 1726 Rev. William Woolsey, rector of Faughart, Co. Louth.
Gervase Walker (c.1672-Mar 1693). Present at Battle of Boyne, 1690. Appointed Ensign, 30 Apr 1691. Died Dublin, buried St John’s Church, Dublin, 18 Mar 1693.
Robert Walker (c.1674-bef. 1705). Appointed Ensign, 1689. Present at Battle of the Boyne, 1690. Quarter-Master, Lord Charlemont’s regiment. Appointed with his elder brother John, Joint Clerk of the Markets of Ireland, 12 Dec 1693.
Thomas Walker (c.1677-1712). Baptised Drumglass (Dungannon) Parish, 25 Jun 1677. Possibly died Otley, Yorkshire, 1712.
Mary Walker (c.1679-) m. Rev. Joseph Wilkinson (c.1679-), prebendary of Castleknock in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, then vicar of Halifax, Yorkshire (1691-1714).  Married first wife Maria Kettle of Donoughmore, Co. Tyrone, spinster, 4 Oct 1682.
Charity Walker (c.1680-c.1736) m. c.1691 John Dyneley (1663-1714) of Bramhope, near Otley, Yorkshire.
Elizabeth Walker (c.1683-aft. 1705) m. (1) Mr Hush, m. (2) Mr Wright.
John Walker of Liskeborough, Co. Armagh (c.1689-)
George Walker (c.1690-1749) of Newry m. Mary Greenlee (1704-aft. 1765).
George Walker (c.1722-aft. 1766) of Annahill, Co. Armagh, m. Susanna Gordon (1721-)
Abraham Walker (1724-1786) of Richhill, m. 1744 Anne Clendinning (c.1724- aft. 1766)
Anne Walker (c.1725-)
Adam Walker (c.1728-1792/3)
Robert Walker (c.1730-)
Susanna Walker (c.1735-) m. David Oliver (1725-1806)
Isaac Walker (c.1692-) m. Elizabeth Toulerton (c.1692-).
Gervase Walker (c.1695-aft. 1748) of Kilmachugh, Co. Armagh.

Gervase Walker (c.1647-). Military officer, went to USA.
Margaret Walker (1650-)
Anne Walker (c.1652-aft. 1691) m. c.1672 William Maxwell (c.1652-1691) of Falkland, Donagh, Co. Monaghan, son of Robert, bishop of Kilmore, 1643-1661, and Margaret Ecklin, daughter of Robert Ecklin, bishop of Down and Connor, 1613-1635.


‘The Reverend and Valiant Mr George Walker, Governour of LondonDerry, offered by his most humble Servant P(eter) Vandrebanc, 1689’. Line engraving after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

George Walker by John Savage. Line engraving published by John Bowles, late 17th century. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

George Walker, possibly by Adriaen Haelwegh. Line engraving, published by Daniel de la Feuille, late 17th century. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

George Walker, mezzotint after Ludolf Smids. Published by Jacob Gale, c.1690s. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.