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  • ID: I1875
  • Name: Henry James Reynett
  • Suffix: DD
  • Prefix: Rev
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 FEB 1737 in Sanhills, Parish of Galloon, Clogher, Ireland
  • Death: JUN 1810 in Sloane Street, London, England
  • Residence: AFT 1792 London, England
  • Education: Trinity College Dublin; Edinburgh Univ
  • Occupation: Rector of Billy. Magistrate of the Police, London.
  • Education: Mrs. Norris. Trinity College Dublin; Edinburgh Univ.
  • Note: 1 2 3 4

    The younger Henry gained a degree at Trinity College, Dublin, and a doctorate at Edinburgh. In 1761 he was curate of Annahilt and in 1765 became Rector of Magheragall, living in Lisburn at Castle Street Subsequently he was rector of Glenavy (1777-82) and then rector of Billy (1782-90).
    He married twice, both times to a clergyman's daughter.
    His first wife [married 12 Oct 1761] was Henrietta, daughter of Rev Thomas Johnston, who died whilst living in Lisburn and is buried in Magheragall with their two children, who possibly died in the same epidemic.
    He later married in Belfast in 1770 Mary daughter of Rev. Gilbert Kennedy. They had a son in 1772, James Traill Reynette and it is thought that there are descendants.
    REYNETT, HENRY 1736 - Born 3 Feb 1736 (Johnson Family Bible) Sanhills Parish of Galloon (Clogher); educated by Mr Norris; entered TCD 7 May 1754; BA 1758; Univ. of Edinburgh DD 20 November 1793;
    Curate of Annahilt (Dromore) 1761; Vicar Magheragall (Connor) 1765-1777; Glynn 1773 (FF); Glenavy 1777-1782; Billy 1782-1790. Resigned.
    Son of Lieut Henry Reynett.
    Married 1st 12 October 1761 at Lisburn, Henrietta, daughter of Rev Thomas Johnson, and had a son Henry James, of Dublin, lieut 7th Regt. of Foot, who died 1828 (unmarried it seems).
    Married 2nd 11 October 1770, Belfast Parish Church Mary, daughter of Rev. Gilbert Kennedy of Belfast by Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Hamilton Traill, Rector of Killinchy (Down).
    Issue (by his 2nd wife) James Traill Reynett. Baptised Belfast 13 Feb 1772 by James Traill, Bishop of Down.
    Presumably this records the death of his first wife, although ?History of the Connor Diocese? says she died in Lisburn?
    Faulkner's Dublin Journal, Tues., 8 Oct 1765-Sat., 12 Oct 1765. Deaths:
    In Belfast, the Wife of the Rev. Henry Reynett.
    In 1777 he was JP for Antrim, and from 1782-1790 Vicar of Billy in that county. He appears also amongst the Lisburn Huguenots since, there being no Vicarage ..
    Seems he had a third [or 4th]? dau Sidney, who married, Thomas Berdmore [of Lincoln's Inn (The Beard(s)more One-Name Study ] in [May] 1798 at St. Mary?s Whitechapel. Henry was described in his dau?s marriage announcement as ?one of the justices of the new police.?
    (The European magazine, and London review, 1798. p428.)
    She seems to have been called Sydney-Hamilton, and was the 4th dau and died age 74 [b 1781], 1 Feb 1855. (Gents Mag.)
    Thomas Berdmore was a barrackmaster in the Army.
    In the Victorian A-Z the Whitechapel County Court is listed as being in Great Prescot Street.
    A Henry Reynett DD (or Rev Henry Reynett) was made a JP for Lambeth Street, Whitechapel, on 1 Aug 1792.
    A Henry James Reynett was Mayor of Waterford 1812 - 1813. Was he the same man who was Capt (made 28 Nov 1792) in 7th regt of Foot (or Royal Fuziliers) 1796?
    Had a son James Traill Reynett, baptised 13 Feb 1772 by James Traill, Bishop of Down.
    His son was Sir James Reynett, Lieut.-Governor of Jersey 1847 - 1852.
    Papers (1757-1965) of Reynette family of Portlaw, co Waterford, are in Nat Archives of Ireland.
    The Huguenot influence was not confined to Armagh, but spread throughout Northern Ireland.  One of five sons, the Rev Henry Reynette, born in 1736, was successively curate of Annahilt, rector of Magheragall, then of Glenavy, and finally of Billy, near Bushmills in north Antrim.
    He was born in Sandhills, County Monaghan, in February 1736 (old style).
    In Sloane-street, the Rev Henry Reynett, D. D. who, for many years, had faithfully discharged the duties of a Magistrate of the Police.
    (Monthly Obituaries, in The European Magazine, and London Review?. Jan- Jun 1810. Page 472)
    In 1790 Henry resigned as vicar of Billy and settled in London. What the cause of his resignation was is not known, but Henry evidently felt very bitter about it for in his [will?] he earnestly requests his wife ?that if she hold my memory in the smallest veneration or respect she never on any pretext whatsoever revisit Ireland the place of her nativity where she must be conscious I have been treated with and actually received such [Word illegible] and never to be forgotten cruelty as neither she nor I can or ought ever to hold in amnesty or oblivion.?
    Henry when he made his will in 1804 was a magistrate of police for Goodman's Fields, London.
    Henry died in June1810 in Sloane Square, London.
    It seems that by 1784 he was the chaplain to Andrew Robinson Stoney-Bowes, the infamous husband of the Dowager Countess of Strathmore. His wife Mary gave evidence in the divorce proceedings:
    [In May 1784] Distracted by his risible campaign to retain his Newcastle seat, [Stoney-Bowes] had instead ordered his chaplain, the Reverend Henry Reynett, to procure a suitable new maid.
    (Wedlock: How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match. Wendy Moore. 2009.)Page: Confirms this info.
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  • Change Date: 27 FEB 2013

    Father: Henry Reynett

    Marriage 1 Mary or Margaret Kennedy b: ABT 1753 in Belfast, Dublin, Ireland (sic)
    • Married: 11 OCT 1774 in Belfast parish church, Antrim, Ireland 5
    1. Has Children Elizabeth Reynett
    2. Has Children Maria Reynett b: ABT 1774

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: THE HUGUENOTS of LISBURN The Story of the Lost Colony
      Author: E Joyce Best
      Date: 1997
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: Trinity College Dublin alumni
    3. Text: ?The Reynett family of Waterford?
      by H. F. Morris
      in DECIES no 48 Autumn 1933
      Page 33.
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: History of the Connor Diocese
    5. Type: Web Site
      Title: IGI
      Author: Submitted by LDS member
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