John Woods (1628 - 1710) MP

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Birthplace: Near, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Rossmeath, County Westmeath, Leinster, Ireland
Occupation: M 1653 IN SCOTLAND TO ISABELLA BRUCE...MAY BE A GENERATION OFF-CAME TO IRELAND 1649 CROMWELLIAN ARMY, Military
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About John Woods

The progenitor of the Woods family in Ireland is said to have been Sir John Woods. In fact, according to historians, he headed the only Protestant (Episcopal Church of England) Woods family in Northern Ireland.  It is said he came from Yorkshire, England where had an estate near Halifax.

"Woodses", as was the original spelling, is a traditional English name. Somewhere along the line the 'es' is dropped.  They might have made their way to Scotland then to Ulster. 

Cromwell invaded Ireland in 1649 with an army of 20,000 troops. In the English army was a trooper named Woods. (Even though he was in the English army and a Protestant, it is possible he was residing in Scotland at the time of his entering the army.) Upon ending his military stint in 1654 (?), he decided to stay in Ireland, and was provided with a land grant for his military service. Of course, this land was to be forfeited by the disloyal Catholics.

In Ireland, it is not long before the Episcopalian Woods became Presbyterians. His wife, Isabel Bruce, is thought to have been a descendant of King Robert Bruce of Scotland.  All of the Protestant Woods of Ireland ultimately descend from this man, according to an article citing Landed Gentry, England by Burke (Burke's Peerage publications), p. 2267.  No edition year is given.

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Sir John Woods, Kt.'s Timeline

1628
1628
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
1648
1648
Age 20
Meath, Northern Ireland
1653
1653
Age 25
County Cavan, Ulster, Ireland
1654
June 12, 1654
Age 26
Dunshaughlin, County Meath, Leinster, Ireland
1710
1710
Age 82
Rossmeath, County Westmeath, Leinster, Ireland
1722
1722
Age 82
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