A visit to Dublin to The National Archives of Ireland, the National Library and the Trinity College records, was interesting but records were few; however, some glimmers of light emanated from these.
There was a 1702 submission, adjusting intended Queen’s county land grants, the named submitters include Henry Bandon, Warburton, St Leger Gilbert and William and John Despard.
The William Despard mentioned could have been either one of three William D’s. John Despard introduced a new name reflected in Tree 1. In 1702 therefore these two were not shy about standing alongside established Irish families and claiming rights.
There was also an extract from the de Vesci papers. A deed of November 1712 between John Davis of one part and Hugh Hutchinson of Blackrock, Richard White of Whiddy Island and John Despard of Glangarm (could this be a misspelling of Glengariff in County Cork, which the Diaries record as a Despard property) of the second part, and relates to a grant of property including the town lands of Bantry, and of (considerable) adjoining property, as held by Major George Walters (a Cromwellian, who shipped many Irish to Spain) from Lord Valentia (Annesley), for a term of years from 12 Charles II.
Records of the first Despard properties show that Henry Despard was of Rushin and William, the Member of Parliament, was of ‘Coolbally’ (260 acres), and Despards also had Garryduff (435 acres). These last two were properties that had been granted to Arthur Annesley, so were presumably on lease from him or more probably his son, although the date and acreage granted remains open. I do not know when Rushin was acquired, nor have I seen a record of sale, so it may also have been on a short lease from St Leger Gilbert who acquired it from Charles, Earl of Mountrath (Coote).