The Brown family of Rockville, Newtownpark Avenue
John Stewart Brown married Nicholas Hastings
Montrose in Angus 1820 Dumfriesshire
The Browns had at least twelve children of whom three moved to Ireland.
1 William Brown born 1821 baptised at Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. He moved to Dublin
and was in Partnership with D C MacNish. By 1860 he was sole proprietor of the Dublin
Dock Mills at Grand Canal Dock. He married Jane and lived at Glencairn in Dalkey.
William died 3 Jan 1881 aged 59 at Glencairn and Jane died 8 Mar 1892 at Dalkey and
were buried at Mount Jerome.
1 John Brown born circa 1848, was manager of the Dock Milling Company which
was founded by his father. He was secretary of the Irish Flour Millers Association.
He died a widower on 10 Jan 1923 at Bella Vista, Sutton and was buried at Mount
2 Elizabeth Brown born 15 Nov 1850 married Samuel McComas on 17 Aug 1870 at the
Wesleyan Chapel, Dalkey. Samuel died 1 Feb 1904 and Elizabeth died 1 Jul 1938 at
Rockfort, Dalkey and were buried at Mount Jerome.
3 Jessie Brown, second daughter born circa 1853 died a spinster at Bella Vista,
Sutton, the home of her brother John on 12 Dec 1916 and was buried at St
4 George Brown, a miller married Sarah Richardson on 5 May 1897 at the Methodist
Church, Dalkey and they lived at Rock House, Dalkey.
5 William Brown born circa 1855 died at Glencairn House 18 Apr 1871 aged 16.
6 Samuel Brown born circa 1864 died 17 Oct 1866 aged 1 year and nine months
at Glencairn House, Dalkey.
7 Son born 3 Sep 1867 at Glencairn House.
8 Jane Brown born circa 1869 married her cousin Frank Beveridge Brown at
Dalkey Methodist Church on 8 Apr 1896.
2 Walter Stewart Brown baptised 16 Oct 1831 at Glencairn, Dumfriesshire. He married
Margaret Forbes (Maggie) Watson from Forfarshire on 29 Jun 1859 at Angus in Scotland.
Maggie was the daughter of daughter of Frank Watson and M Janet Forbes. He had
moved to Dublin and was the proprietor of the Walter Brown & Co Flour Mills at Hanover
Street and Creighton Street by 1869. Maggie died aged 43 at 52 Landsdowne Road on
5 Dec 1877.
1 John Hastings Brown, eldest son born 1860 at Belfast joined the family business,
he went to America in 1881 to study the new system of using rollers to mill flour
and introduced the system into Brown & Crosthwait at Bagenelstown Mill. He
married Jessie Mary Johnson on 30 Jul 1885 at Montrose in Scotland. He was
manager of the Bagenelstown Mill until 1893 when he went to Crewe to set up a
mill in partnership with his father.
2 Jessie Watson Brown born 1861 at Belfast living at Rockville in 1915.
3 Euphemia (Effie) Brown born 1863 married John Stennith Bean and moved to
Monks Coppenhall, Nantwich, Cheshire. She died 21 Aug 1918 at Cheshire.
4 Frank Beveridge Brown born 1 Oct 1864 at 16 Creighton Street, Grand Canal
Street married his first cousin Jane Brown, daughter of Walter Brown on
8 Apr 1896 at the Methodist Church Dalkey. He joined the family business at
Bagenalstown. They had two sons and Jane died 3 Dec 1901. Frank died
21 Oct 1922 and was buried at Mount Jerome with his wife.
5 Mary Susan Brown born 9 May 1866 at 1 St John’s Road, Sandymount.
6 Walter Stewart Brown born 29 Oct 1867 at 1 Clyde Terrace. A rugby player he
played for Dublin University and was capped for Ireland in 1894 in a Home
Nations match against England, the year Ireland won the Triple Crown for the
7 William Brown born 14 Jul 1870 married Emily Stuart Cooper from Australia circa
1897. He worked for Messrs Walter Brown & Co and lived at Glenart Avenue
before moving to 10 Landsdowne Terrace. Emily died 6 Mar 1952 at Landsdowne
Tce and was buried at Mount Jerome. William died 18 Jan 1959, at same place and
was buried with his wife.
1 Margaret Stuart (Peggy) Brown born 22 Oct 1898 at Glenart Avenue
married Carl Van Heerden, a vet surgeon from Victoria West in South Africa
at St Peter’s Church on Adelaide Road.
2 Walter Sydney Brown born 7 Oct 1900 at Glenart Avenue Stillorgan. He was
on his way to the Technical University in Ringsend and was killed by a train
on 15 Jan 1923.
3 Kathleen Elizabeth Brown born 11 Jan 1902 at Landsdowne Terrace married
Henry Bowyer of Hampshire circa 1927.
4 Norah Winifred Brown born 16 Jul 1903 at Landsdowne Terrace.
5 William Robert Brown born 29 Apr 1905 at Landsdowne Terrace moved to
6 Son (twin) born 11 Oct 1906 died 15 Oct 1906.
7 Donald Forbes Brown (twin) born 11 Oct 1906 died 13 Jan 1907 at
8 David Hastings Brown 14 Jul 1908 married Ella Whitecross Urquhart of
Jordanhill, Glasgow in Aberdeen on 7 Aug 1933.
9 Jessie Forbes Brown born 1 Mar 1913 married John Yates at Calcutta in
10 Margaret Watson (Maggie) Brown 30 May 1872, died at Rockville on
16 Dec 1888.
Walter secondly married his sister in law Euphemia Watson circa 1880. This marriage took
place in Switzerland due to marriage restrictions in Ireland on marrying a deceased wife’s
sister. They lived at Rockville from 1888 until 1913. The Mill produced brands such as
‘Dainty’ and Browns ‘Best’. Davis Mills in Enniscorthy, run by his grandson Kenneth kept
up production of Dainty flour after the Hanover Street Mill closed down. There was no issue
from the second marriage. Walter died at Rockville on 1 Apr 1913 leaving personal estate
3 John H Brown born circa 1843 moved to Belfast. He immigrated to New-Zealand in 1882
and died September 1899 at New Zealand.
©June Bow & Karen Poff – November 2019