Descendants of William Lennan 1804-1882 and John Lennan 1800-1864

On this page the genealogies of two other branches of Lennan leather tradesmen of Dublin are outlined.

The saddlery business of William the inventor of the Lennan stirrup, and his son William Francis (who became a partner on 1/1/1869), who advertised other innovations (including a safety buckle and safety reins), is the most illustrious, with its main premises in 29 Dawson St. opposite the Mansion House, and branches at 15 Arthur Square & Union St., Belfast and St. Patrick's St., Cork as well as, in 1887, having a continental depot at 210 Rue de Rivoli, Paris. There was a court case in the December 1872 for libel against two employees (members of the United Trades Association) of the firm and the union secretary for alleging in writing to a purchaser, Lord Listowel, that saddles were being imported and being passed off as made by the firm in Dublin (see report of proceedings). The firm won the case, although it would seem that the defendants allegation that the saddle was not made by the firm had substance, and the defendants received jail terms. Saddles made by the firm were reportedly used by the King of the Belgians in 1875 and ex-President Grant of the US in 1883, as well as having a Royal Warrant in the UK. Products were exhibited widely and various medals were reportedly received. The business, subsequently Lennan Son & Co. Ltd., went into liquidation in the second half of 1903. The premises (29, 30 & 31 Dawson St and premises at rear to St. Stephens Green) and stock was auctioned on behalf of the liquidator on 2 February 1904. The residence in Orwell Road was advertised for sale on 17 June 1905, by W.F.Lennan, Standard Hotel, Harcourt St. and William and his wife, presumably shortly thereafter, moved to London. She died in Kensington in 1915 and he died in November 1923 in East Croydon. More material on William's business is already provided on page 2 of this site.

The second branch is that of John Lennan the shoemaker. Both his sons, Oliver and Patrick Joseph Lennan, were saddlers in the second half of the century. Patrick Joseph Lennan, with premises at Lower Pembroke St., advertised himself regularly as the 'Practical Saddler' who 'makes really best harness at moderate prices' in the late 1880s and the 1890s leading to various more prominent ripostes from Lennan & Son, that they should not be confused with others, that Dawson St. was their only address, that they had no connection with anyone of a similar name, or that they wished to correct the erroneous impression prevailing that they have a branch establishment in the city, etc. The son of Oliver, William Patrick, was a harness maker, and two of three (the other died aged 4) sons of Patrick Joseph, a second William Patrick and Frederick, were saddlers, while his eldest daughter, Mary Newth née Lennan, ran Lennan's trunk shop, the shop front of which, at 48a Rathmines Rd., remained intact until around 1960.

Together with the two (or one!) James' on the previous pages (the males lines of both of which show a perfect y-DNA match on 67 out of 67 markers - a perfect score, showing a common male ancestor within a few generations), all branches here are thought to be related. For the John line, as a child, I visited Mary Newth (daughter of Patrick J. Lennan saddler) several times with my parents and was told that she was a cousin. I could not quite understand at the time how this elderly lady could be a cousin and what "removed" had to do with it. A link to the second James line is also suggested by the fact that John Joseph (son of James), who fought in the Boer War, served as an apprentice to Patrick Joseph Lennan, Mary Newth's father. The link with William's branch is more tenuous and relies on the William Lennan saddle plate that has come down the generations of my family and the common Pitt St. address before 1840. An intriguing possible James is one who appears in the London 1901 Census in a Little Sisters of the Poor home in Kensington, described as a widower, occupation saddler, birth Dublin, Ireland, aged 67 (implying an 1834 birth - a bit late to have a son John in 1850 - and does not fit with the entry on John's marriage certificate that his father James was deceased in October 1872). Another hint of the same James is an advertisement on 6 January 1873 in the Irish Times advertising the Dawson St. Lennan products, which could also be had from J. Lennan, Saddler to the Prince of Wales, 2 Hart Street, Grosvenor square, London. But the top of the line link between all branches in the first half of the 19th century has not yet been established, given the paucity of Irish documentation in that era.

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Descendants of William Lennan 1804-1882

Generation No. 1

WILLIAM LENNAN was born 1804 (birthplace yet to be identified), and died 19 Feb 1882 at 18 Brighton Sq., Rathmines, Dublin S. He married MARY abt. 1840. She was born in 1808 and died on 20 Feb 1873 at Sylvan Lodge, Terenure, Dublin S.. William was a saddler and harness maker with premises and a livery stable at 29 Dawson St. Dublin S. from 1840 (subsequently extended). Before that in 1837 and 1838 he was at 7 Pitt St.. The saddlery firm became William Lennan & Son from 1871. The son was William Francis who, by virtue of his marriage to Julia Poett, had strong connections to British India. These connections were reflected in a subsequent trend for descendants and in-laws to hold high office in the army and to have acquired a V.C (Crimmin) and, in later years, to acquire a Military Cross (N.T. Lennan) in WWII.

Children of WILLIAM LENNAN and MARY are:

i. WILLIAM FRANCIS LENNAN, b. abt. 1841; d. 20 Nov 1923. William Francis was a saddler and harness "manufacturer" later described variously as a merchant/trader.

ii. TERESA LENNAN, b. Bet. 1842-1852; d. unknown.

iii. CATHERINE MARY LENNAN, b. abt. 1843; d. unknown.

iv. ELIZABETH AGNES LENNAN, b. bef. 1852; d. unknown. She married LAUNCELOT WEIR on 19 Feb 1873 in the Procathedral, Dublin N. No.1. Launcelot was a gentleman, son of WILLIAM WEIR gent.

v. JAMES LENNAN, b. 1865; d. 17 Apr 1876 at 25 Grafton St., Dublin S. No. 4.

Generation No. 2

WILLIAM FRANCIS LENNAN (WILLIAM) was born abt. 1841. He married JULIA TERESA POETT on 13 Apr 1874 in Terenure, Dublin S. She was born in 1850 in Exeter (or Poona, Bengal according to another source), the daughter of JOHN JOSEPH POETT, retired major in H.M. Indian Service, and died on 5 March 1915 in Kensington, London. William lived variously at 18 Brighton Sq. E. Rathgar (James Joyce lived there at one stage in later years), 6 Victoria Tce., Rathgar, Sylvan Lodge, Terenure and St. Ronans, Orwell Rd., Rathgar and subsequently in locations in London (Euston Hotel and 154 Lr. Addiscombe Rd., East Croydon) living at Elham, Kent with Julia in the 1911 UK Census. He died on 20 November 1923 at 5 Lansdowne Rd., East Croydon, London.


i. JULIA MARY JOSEPHINE LENNAN, b. 26 Sep 1876, 6 Victoria Tce., Rathgar, Dublin S.; m. JOHN CRIMMIN V.C., Surgeon Major Indian Service 54 Kenilworth Rd. & Bombay, on 29 Oct 1900 in St. Joseph, Terenure, Dublin S.; b. 19 Mar 1859, in Dublin and d. 20 Feb 1945 in Wells, Somerset. Julia d. in Wells on 21 Jan 1952.

ii. DR. FRANCIS JOSEPH LENNAN, b. 25 Feb 1879, 6 Victoria Tce., Dublin S.; d. 14 Aug 1922, at 2 Frankfort Ave., Rathgar, Dublin S.; m. PHILLIPA MARY CHRISTINA EVANS on 5 Jul 1905 at Three Patrons, Rathgar; b. 1881; d. 4 May 1962, 96 Leeson St. Lr., Dublin S. They were living in Croydon, Surrey in the UK 1911 Census. They had one son born QIII 1913 in Croydon, a second son born there QI 1915 and a third son born 1918. Their second son married Elizabeth Hutton Bowes Wilson (born 13 March 1912, died August 1989, Swansea, Glamorgan) in Calcutta, India on 2 March 1939. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1945 when an acting Major, and had a daughter born circa 1946. His wife Elizabeth was commissioned in the Auxiliary Territorial Service on 26 February 1942.

Descendants of John Lennan 1800-1864

Generation No. 1

JOHN LENNAN was born 1800 at 7 Pitt St., Dublin S. No. 4., and died 4 Jan 1864 in St. Vincents Hospital, Dublin S.. He married MARY TOOLE on 2 Jun 1828 in Booterstown, Rathdown. She was born 1802, and died 23 Nov 1879 at Glasthule, Kingstown, Rathdown.

Children of JOHN LENNAN and MARY TOOLE are:

i. OLIVER LENNAN, b. 1843; m. ELIZABETH LOGAN 9 Jan 1867, daughter of RICHARD LOGAN, b. abt. 1845 who d. bef. 1916 and Oliver m. Eliza CONROY on 13 Sep 1872 in St. Andrews, Dublin S. daughter of PATRICK CONROY; He d. 4 Mar 1916 at SDU Workhouse, Dublin S. No. 1. Oliver was a saddler/harness maker.

ii. PATRICK JOSEPH LENNAN, b. Bet. 1845-1851 at 5 Mercer St., Dublin S. No. 3; d. aft. 1934. Patrick Joseph was a saddler.

Generation No. 2

OLIVER LENNAN (JOHN) was born 1843 and died 4 Mar 1916 in SDU Workhouse, Dublin S. No. 1. He married ELISABETH LOGAN, daughter of RICHARD LOGAN a musician, on 9 Jan 1867 at Registry Office, Dublin S.. She was born abt. 1845 in Dublin S. and died bef. 1916. He married ELIZA CONROY, daughter of PATRICK CONROY on 13 Sep 1872 in St. Andrews, Dublin S.. She was born bef. 1851. Oliver was a saddler/harness maker.


i. WILLIAM PATRICK LENNAN, b. 21 Oct 1873, 2 New Row, Dublin S. No. 3; m: ELIZABETH SALMON on 26 Apr 1903 at St. Andrew, Dublin S. No. 4. Elizabeth was b. bef 1882. William Patrick was a harness maker.


ii. ANNE LENNAN, b. 9 Nov 1881 at 3 Werburgh St., Dublin S. No. 2.; m. EDWARD DOWMAN, b. bef. 1881, labourer; on 24 Aug 1902 at the Catholic University Church, Dublin S. No. 3.

iii. ELIZABETH LENNAN, b. bef. 1887; m. JOSEPH COURTNEY, on 27 Apr 1908 a coach trimmer b. bef 1887, at St. Nicholas, Dublin S..

PATRICK JOSEPH LENNAN (JOHN) was born bet. 1845-1851 at 5 Mercer St., Dublin S. No. 3. and died aft. 1934. He married ANNE FLANAGAN on 17 Nov 1872 at St. Michan Dublin N. No. 2., daughter of TIMOTHY FLANAGAN. She was born in 1841 and died 17 Dec 1886 at 15 Ely Place, Dublin S. No. 4.. He married CATHERINE MARY RYAN on 29 Nov 1890 in Malboro St., Dublin N. No. 1., daughter of JAMES RYAN. She was born in 1866 in Dublin. Patrick was a saddler/harness maker with premises respectively at 11 O'Connell St., 23 O'Connell St., 34 Lr. Gloucester St. and 38 Lr. Pembroke St.. He served a prison term in 1905 for assaulting his daughter Kathleen. Applications to live in Simpson's Hospital exist from 1910.


i. MARY LENNAN, b. 30 Sep 1873 at 11 O'Connell St., Dublin N., m. EDWARD JAMES NEWTH, bootcutter and subsequently a director of the New Ireland Assurance Co., son of Edward Newth, on 28 Aug 1907 in Rathmines, Dublin S.; d. on 7 Aug 1962 at the Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin S.. Child of Mary and Edward is MARIE TERESA BOYLAN-NEWTH, b. 6 May 1927; m: THOMAS KIERAN O'SULLIVAN, b. 8 Sep 1931, a carpenter, on 8 Apr 1964 at Church of the Assumption, Milltown, Dublin S..

ii. WILLIAM PATRICK LENNAN, b. 1 Mar 1877 at 34 Gloucester St. Lr. Dublin N. No. 1. William was recorded in the UK 1901 Census as a boarder at 176 Gt. Colmore St., aged 25, and being a saddler at Edgbaston, Warwick, UK.

iii. JOHN JOSEPH LENNAN, b. 24 May 1879 at 34 Gloucester St. Lr. Dublin N. No. 1; d. 19 Apr 1884 at 15 Ely Place, Dublin S. No. 4.

iv. FREDERICK LENNAN, b. 26 Jul 1880 at 2 Seafort Parade, Blackrock, Rathdown. Frederick was recorded in the UK 1901 Census as a boarder at 176 Gt. Colmore St. aged 21, and being a saddler at Edgbaston, Warwick, UK. Frederick married MARGARET FARRELL, daughter of WILLIAM FARRELL, on 12 Jan 1916. Frederick was recorded as being a soldier. Child of Frederick and Margaret was "blank" Lennan, born 31 Dec 1922.


v. ANNE MARY LENNAN, b. 10 Oct 1891 at 8 Pembroke St. Lr., Dublin S; No. 4; married PATRICK J. KAVANAGH on 3 Oct 1934 at Rathmines, Dublin S..

vi. KATHLEEN MARY LENNAN, b. 1 Feb 1893, 8 Pembroke St. Lr. Dublin S. No.4.

vii. JOSEPHINE MARGARET LENNAN, b. 12 Jul 1894 at 8 Pembroke St.; d. 1978.

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