2021-06-08 13:35:47 UTC
An abstract of the will of Thomas Clerke Esq, of Mount Bagnall, co. Louth, from Betham’s Genealogical Abstracts on Findmypast, dated (or proved?) October 12, 1707, names his wife Alicia, daughter - Twisleton and another daughter, the wife of James Underwood. It also shows a coat of arms, presumably from his seal, which I haven't investigated.
An abstract of the will of Alice Clerke of Dublin, widow, from the same source, dated (or proved?) March 14, 1731-2, names her grandson John Twisleton of Broughton [Castle], granddaughter Idonia Burdett, Mrs Alice Twisleton, Mrs Charlotte Crampton, nephew Captain Woodward, Mrs Abigail Woodward, and nephews John and Joseph (?)Parr.
James B Leslie’s History of Kilsaran union of parishes in the County of Louth, accessible online, quotes from the will of Alice Clerke, widow, Dublin, 1732, as follows: “To be buried in Castlebellingham near her brother” [Dr. Charles Gwither], £100 being left to Exors. for funeral expenses. Leaves £5, inter alia, to Rev. Henry Clark, F.T.C.D., “provided he sees me buryed in Castlebellingham.” Directs her niece, Abigail Woodward, “to give some of my money to the poor of Castlebellingham.”
Leslie’s book also states that “Charles Gwither entered T.C.D. as a Pensioner on Jan. 27, 1676, aged 17. He is described in the Matriculation Book as the son of Henry Gwither “Centurionis” (?Captain), and was born in Co. Meath and educated by Dr. Witenal.”
Meanwhile, per Betham, the will of Charles Gwither MD, of Trinity College Dublin MD, dated 3 June 1698, names a nephew Harry (or Harvey?) Gwither, son of Samuel, his sister Clerke and nephew Sam Woodward.
All of this would appear to show that Mary Clarke/Clerke, the wife of Col. Fiennes Twisleton, of Broughton Castle, was the daughter of Thomas Clerke, styled as being of Mount Bagnall, Co. Louth, by his wife Alice/Alicia, sister of Dr Charles Gwither, TCD, and presumably daughter of Henry Gwither.