Hence in 1692 there had to be a very compelling reason for the move to Ireland. But what was it? Despards were clearly intelligent, well connected and well financed, hence I did not expect to find any document or record that would directly supply an answer. As a result I had to explore other information and the events of that time.
In this article I will detail my summarised findings on Despard marriages, property and activities around that time, as well as giving a background to those families with whom we were connected. This information has been sourced from family records and public documents. I will also give an outline of the significant events affecting both England and Ireland in the period 1688-1700. Of significance too are the ‘Secret Treaty of Dover’ in 1670 (see Article) and the ‘Rye House Plot’ in 1683. The former granted King Charles II funding from France in return for foreign policies favourable to France; and those involved in the negotiations and the routing of this funding are relevant to this article. The latter was a plot to assassinate King Charles and his brother James and to promote the Duke of Monmouth, Charles’s illegitimate son, in order to avoid a Catholic succession; and many of the families involved also appear in this article.
The Despard diaries record some of the first marriages, but I have used parliamentary records, the admission records of Trinity College, Dublin and certain other documents to either verify or adjust this information. The result is Tree 1 below. I do not intend to go through the complete subsequent family tree. I will merely highlight details of the early marriages and the resultant connections.