Title: Peerage and Baronetage
Title: Gitte Priscilla Collins JACKSON's research
Title: The Times Wills - 8 Mar 1916
Title: 2006 conversation with Thomas Jackson at Bangor
Title: Julius from Wendy Jack August 2005.FTW
Title: 1990 Journal Of The Creggan Local History Society article by MaryCuminsky
Title: Leitrim Genealogy Centre
Title: The Times
Title: Wendy Jack Website Jack/McCullagh families
Title: Amy Lloyd's Family History
Title: Copy of wedding certificate
Note: Sir Thomas Jackson was chief manager of the Hong Kong and ShanghaiBank and the first elected representative of the Chamber of Commerce in the Legislative Council, Hong Kong. He was knighted 8 July 1899 andcreated a Baronet 4 August 1902. An ad for the Hong Kong Bank of Canada in the Vancouver Sun in the1980's shows that Sir Thomas Jackson was CEO 1876-1886, 1887-1889,1890-1891, 1893-1902. From his obituary, the following facts: Educated at Morgans School, Castleknock and by private tuition. 1860 started banking career in Belfast Branch of the Bank of Ireland*. 1864 accepted appointment with Agra Bank 1866 started work at Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank 1871 married Amelia Lydia 1902 Created a baronet *According to Martin's Belfast Directory 1840-41, the Bank of Ireland Office was at 14 Donegall Place. LDS: relative Charles JACKSON film # 0183543 SOURCE: The London Gazette 18 April 1916. Will proved 3rd March 1916 (details given). SOURCE: Mary Cuminsky 1990 Journal of The Creggan Local HistorySociety "Sir Thomas Jackson was born on 4th June 1841, in Carrigalen,Co. Leitrim where his parents were resident at the time" footnoted as:"Baptismal Register, First Newtonhamilton Presbyterian Church. 8.Publis Record Office, Dublin. (see ordinance survey map #24 forCarrigallen] NOTE In 1876 a Henry JACKSON held land in Leitrim TIMES Funeral Notice - 23 Dec 1915; pg 11 The funeral of Sir Thomas Jackson will take place at the Parish Church, Stanstead, at noon to-morrow. A train leaves Liverpool-street Station at 9.57 a.m. Friends are requested to accept this, the only,intimation. A memorial service for those unable to attend the funeral will be held at All Hallows Church, Lombard-street, at the same hour. Death Notice - 22 Dec 1915; pg 1 JACKSON. - On the 21st inst., suddenly, at Hongkong and Shanghai Bank,9, Gracechurch-street, E.C., SIR THOMAS JACKSON, Bart., of StanstedHouse, Stansted, and of Urker, Co. Armagh, aged 74. Death Notice - 22 Dec 1915; pg 14 DEATH OF SIR T. JACKSON. CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG-KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK. Sir Thomas Jackson, chairman and director, and late chief manager, ofthe Hong-Kong and Shanghai Bank, in Gracechurch-street, died suddenlyin an office at the bank yesterday. Funeral Notice - 23 Dec 1915; pg 1 JACKSON. The FRIENDS of SIR THOMAS JACKSON who are unable to bepresent at his funeral at Stansted on Friday are INVITED to ATTEND aMEMORIAL SERVICE to be held at All Hallows' Church, Lombard-street, atnoon, on the same day. There was an 1823/33 Census of Carrigallen which may shed some light on where the Jacksons may have been living. It seems that it waspartially damaged in a fire. I don't yet know where to accessit.[Julius from Wendy Jack August 2005.FTW] A stained-glass memorial window in the Creggan Parish Church records his birthplace as Urker. However, like all of his siblings he was baptized by his uncle, Rev. Daniel Gunn BROWNE, and the register of the First Newtownhamilton Presbyterian Church records his father's residence as Carrigallen, Co Leitrim at that time. This was indeed where he was born. It wasn't until the birth of his brother James in 1850, that the family were residing at Urker Lodge in Creggan, Co Armagh, Ireland. Educated at Morgan's School, Castlerock and by private tuition, Tom began his banking career at the Belfast Branch of the Bank of Ireland. In 1864 he moved to Hong Kong, where he joined the staff of the Agra and Masterbank. Two years later he moved to the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, newly-founded in 1865. He advanced rapidly; in 1867 he was made the accountant at the branch in Shanghai, China. The following year he opened a new branch at Hankow, and then was appointed acting manager at Yokohama in Japan. The late 1860s and early 1870s were a testing time for the fledgling bank. Financial depression hit the Crown Colony, causing the closure of leading mercantile firms, and the bank was caught up in the financial gloom. Its Reserve Fund fell from $21/2 million to only $100,000, and payment of dividends was suspended for the 1874/1875 financial year. This was the economic climate at the time Tom Jackson was appointed as the bank's Chief Manager in 1876. With Jackson's good management the bank weathered the crisis, and under his direction went on to establish itself as Hong Kong's leading financial institution. Thomas Jackson remained Chief Manager until his retirement in 1902, at which time the bank's Reserve Fund held a solid $121/2 million. Tom was an important figure in the commercial and administrative life of the Hong Kong Colony. He was a Justice of the Peace, and was the first elected representative of the Chamber of Commerce in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. His services to the Colony and community were recognized when he was knighted by patent on 8 July 1899 and created a Baronet on 4 August 1902. After his permanent return to Britain, Sir Thomas lived at Stansted House in Stansted, Essex, England. On the death of his mother in 1903, he inherited Urker Lodge. His widowed sister Mary Griffin lived there, with his financial assistance and with a companion employed by Sir Thomas. He was also generous to other family members, purchasing a house and land for his brother James and his wife Sarah, and also assisting his sister Maggie when she was widowed. Sir Thomas was renowned for his benevolence to charities and for his generosity to the poor and needy. He was also fondly remembered in his native Crossmaglen for placing a clock on the Markethouse. This building had been erected in 1863 by local landlord Thomas Ball, who two years later added a fake clock to the structure. This "dummy clock" was a source of local derision for more than forty years until Sir Thomas Jackson replaced it with a beautiful ornamental clock in 1903. As a memorial to Sir Thomas Jackson, a stained-glass window was installed over the altar in Creggan Parish Church. The inscription on the window reads: "This window was placed here by many friends in loving memory of Sir Thomas Jackson Bart., born at Urker, 4th June, 1841, died at London 21st, Dec. 1915, whose kindly disposition and great and consistent Christian life endeared him to all". NOTE: he was not born at Urker. A statue of Sir Thomas Jackson was erected in Hong Kong. It still stands in Statue Square, oposite the building which was formerly the Supreme Court, but now houses the Legislative Council. The Square originally also had statues of members of the Royal Family, but now only that of Sir Thomas Jackson remains. During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong in World War II, the statues of Queen Victoria and Sir Thomas Jackson (along with the two brass lions which guarded the entrance to the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank) were removed to Japan to be melted down. Their fate was unknown until just after the liberation in 1945, when an American sailor found them in the Kawasaki Dockyard. They were shipped back to Hong Kong under an order from General MacArthur. The statue of Queen Victoria is now in Victoria Park, while the lions guard the new bank headquarters.
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