Tracing the disparate ancestries of four great families

John Fagan

John Fagan


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  • Name John Fagan 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I3886  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2010 

    Spouse Elizabeth Hickson 
    Married 1772 
     1. Maj Gen Christopher Sullivan Fagan, CB,   b. 22 Mar 1781, Kiltallagh, County Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 May 1843, Connock Manor House, Devizes, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F1871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • John Fagan, of Kiltallah, County Kerry, by his wife, Mary Hickson, of Tralee, had eight sons, whereof five distinguished themselves in India under "Old John Company."
      George Hickson Fagan lost his left arm at the seige of Seringapatam, and at thirty-four was Adjutant-General of the Bengal Army.
      Patrick Charles Fagan died of hardship and fatigue after the siege of Bhurtpore, where he had planted the regimental colours on the ramparts.
      Major-General Christopher Sullivan Fagan, C.B., served in the Mahratta campaign and reduction of various forts, and received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament.
      He had four sons in the Bengal Army -
      George Hickson, a distinguished Engineer officer, who had to retire from ill health a lieut.-colonel.
      John, who was wounded at the siege of Guznee, and died in Afghanistan, a captain in the Royal Bengal Fusiliers.
      Robert Charles Henry Baines, Bengal Artillery, wounded eight times during the Mutiny and killed at Delhi the evening before the attack. "He was an admirable officer, and of such reckless courage that he could not be restrained from exposingever the breastwork of his battery, and was shot through the head by a musket-ball from the ramparts of a fortress which his Engineer brother had assisted in constructing from 1831 to 1834."
      Robert Fagan, uncle to the preceding, son of John Fagan, of Kiltallah, was wounded in the British Service at the assault of Bona Fortuna, in the Island of Martinico, in 1802, and fell the following year, at the taking of St. Lucia.
      John, a captain in the Company's service, died at Mallow in 1809.
      James Patrick, the youngest brother, served with great distinction under Sir Ralph Abercromby, and received a special report from Lord William Bentwick, Governor of India.
      He and his brothers were called "the military family" in India - a title merited by the next generation (pp. 332-334).
      Had these nephews and grand-nephews of the chevalier lived a century earlier in penal times, the blood they poured out like water in the Britich cause would have been shed for an army probably in opposition to their monarch.