Updated: 20 November 2019, 3:58pm

President Killiney Golf Club 1903 – 1915

According to the Irish Census in 1901 (and 1911) there was only one Stewart recorded living in Killiney. Recorded in No. 124 was an Edward P Stewart and his wife, daughter Charlotte and three servants. Occupation was listed as Capt. 78th Highlanders retired.

By the 1911 Census1 he still lived in Killiney but his wife appears to have passed away.

♦Details from 1901/1911 Census Ireland

♦Detail from Census of Ireland, 1901. Edward Stewart is on Line 11901/1911

♦Details of Line 1, Census of Ireland, 1901 showing the entry for Capt J. P. Stewart- 78th Hghlanders

Checking on the 78th Highlanders there was one Lieutenant Edward Packenham Stewart with a daughter Charlotte Eve so highly likely to be our man. Edward was posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia at the age of 29 where he spent 3 years before ‘purchasing’ his retirement and returning to Dublin. I have tried but have not acquired a photo as yet. 

Lieutenant Edward Pakenham Stewart2

Birthplace:
Dublin, Ireland

Birthdate:
27 February 1841

Nationality:
Irish

Height:
5 feet 10 ½ inches

Family background:
Stewart's father was James Stewart, a land agent in Dublin, Ireland

At Sandhurst:
No

Foreign Languages:
None

Career before Halifax:
Ensign, 23 August 1861 (purchase)
Lieutenant, 15 January 1864 (purchase)

Posting while in NS Command:
Halifax, 9 May 1869 to 25 November 1871

Children:
Charlotte E. (b. Halifax, 25 December 1870)

When first applying for a commission in the army in 1861, Stewart had specifically requested to be posted to the 78th Highlanders "in which regiment Lieutenant Colonel Hamilton and Captain Warren are my near connections." He came recommended by the Earl of Longford, who stated that Stewart's "relatives" in the 78th "will be useful to him". Indeed, since the latter's family name was Pakenham, he and Pakenham Stewart may well have been related.

Stewart was appointed adjutant of the 78th just after the regiment arrived in Montreal in July 1867. He continued to occupy this position until he bought the captaincy of the retiring H.B.Savory in Halifax in July 1869. Interestingly, Stewart had been in the service longer than either Colin Mackenzie or Oliver Graham, both of whom had been able to purchase a captaincy ahead of him.This might indicate relatively more straitened economic circumstances on the part of Stewart.

While in Halifax lived with his wife at 21 Victoria Road, where a daughter was born to them on Christmas Day 1870.

♦Source - Dun Laoghaire Local Studies

Interestingly the badge or emblem of the 78th Highlanders is an elephant2 – as in Killiney Golf Club's crest. Maybe that is the origin of the elephant?

The Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons), part of the Scottish Division. The regiment was one of only two in the British Army with a Gaelic motto - Cuidich 'n Righ which means "Help the King".

♦78th Highlanders medal or badge. Is this the origin of the elephant on Killiney Golf Club's crest?

Deansgrange Cemetery3

No.565. In Loving Memory of | EDWARD PAKENHAM STEWART | of Laragh, Killiney, Co.Dublin | Late Capt. 78th Highlanders | Born Feb. 27 1841 | Died
April 29 1919

Acknowledgements

Research by Gordon Horsfield, 2019.

References

1. 1901/1911 Census Ireland

2. The Dun Laoghaire Local Studies collection

3. Headstones: DUBLIN Deansgrange Cemetery, Deansgrange, South Section, Pt.4, Ireland
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