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THE ASH MANUSCRIPTS
“The Ash MSS”, more fully described as
“The Ash Manuscripts,
written in the year 1735 by Lieut. Col. Thomas Ash,
and other Family Records,”
published for the first time,
Henry Tyler, Esq., J.P., Limavady.
(For private circulation.)
Edited by Rev. Edward T. Martin, Dundonald, 1890.
Whiffin & Hart,
Bookbinders and Artistic Stationers,
34 Arthur Street, Belfast, [Northern] Ireland
Captain (later Lieutenant Colonel) Thomas Ash of Ashbrook House, Glendermott Parish, was an officer in the Londonderry Garrison during the Siege of 1689. According to W.R. Young’s “Fighters of Derry”, he was one of the witnesses to the Governor’s Commission of 11th July 1689 which appointed the Commissioners who went out to treat with the Jacobite forces. He served in Col. John Mitchelburn’s Regiment at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 and was High Sheriff of County Derry in 1694. His name is among those commemorated in the memorial window for the Siege in St. Columb’s Cathedral.
In addition to his Diary of the Siege, Lt.Col. Thomas Ash left a manuscript which he compiled in 1735, when he was about 75 years old, giving an outline of the Ash family and their connections who included the Lecky, Rankin, Rainey and Tyler families.
Regrettably some pages of this manuscript have not survived. However, in 1890 the bulk of the memoire was privately published by a descendant, Hon. Henry Tyler, J.P., of Limavady, as “The Ash MSS”.
This small 78 page volume contains the Memorials of the Ash family, together with a host of other family papers including:
The e-Book now made available is a reproduction of a copy that was held in the Tyler family for several generations. The inside cover bears the signature “D. M. Tyler”. The original volume is in the possession of Adv. David Mitchell of Cape Town, South Africa, a longstanding and life member of the Ulster Historical Foundation’s Ulster Genealogical & Historical Guild.
An article on the early origins of the famous Ash family appeared in the Londonderry Sentinel on Thursday 22 April 2010 and is accessible online at https://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/the-early-origins-of-the-famous-ash-family-1-2101384