Name: Henry (Of The Sword) Despard
Given Name: Henry (Of The Sword)
Birth: Aft 1680 in Ireland
Note: Apparently wishing to emphasize his military calling, he translated his name into English, calling himself Henry of the Sword.
Change Date: 12 Dec 2004 at 15:46
This branch of the family is extinct. 1
Isabella Despard writes, in 1866:
Henry the Swordsman, traditionally, the left-handed, who together with another Henry D'Espard of whom there is no mention, was cited before the Irish Parliament for a breach of the peace against St. Leger Gilbert. The swordsman fought Conways of Cappanara, in which he probably lost his life. ... In 1797 I met at a dinner at the Palmer's of Rushall, two Misses Conways of Cappanara. Mrs. Palmer was a sister of my aunt, Mrs. Bradish, and the families must have continued their acquaitance notwithstanding the duel. Mrs. Palmer and Aunt Bradish were daughters of the heiress Jane Despard, married to Humphreys who lived near the Conways.
Father: William D'espard b: Abt 1630 in Prob. Ireland
Mother: D'espard Wife To William (Col) b: Abt 1630 in Prob. Ireland
- Abbrev: Isabella Despard Research
Title: The D'Espard Family
Author: Isabella Despard
Publication: unpublished, 1886, Dublin, Ireland
In addition to her own research, she drew on the notes of Jane Despard, 2nd daughter of Captain Philip Despard of Laurel Hill, and her elder sister Elvia.
In addition, a table of descent was given to her by her cousin, Wheaton Bradish, whose material grandmother was a Despard.