Rev. Hubert McLaughlin

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Hubert McLaughlin

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Queen's Co., Ireland
Death: December 15, 1882 (77)
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas McLaughlin and Elizabeth McLaughlin
Husband of Hon. Frederica Crofton
Father of Maj-Gen. Edward McLaughlin and Judge Frederick McLaughlin

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About Rev. Hubert McLaughlin

Biography from

"THE REVEREND HUBERT McLAUGHLIN, M.A. (1805-82) was ordained a priest of the Church of England three years after gaining a bachelor's degeee at Trinity College Dublin in 1828. Hubert was appointed chaplain to the Anglican congregation in Nice, which was at that time part of the Italian Kingdom of Sardinia.

In those days British ambassadors to Switzerland occasionally invited clergy from other places to conduct services at the British legation in Berne. It was there that Hubert conducted the wedding of Charles La Trobe, later to become first Governor of Victoria, now a state of Australia.

Eight days later, on 24 September 1835, Hubert married the Honorable Frederica Crofton, the youngest sister of Edward, Second Baron Crofton (1806-89), Representative Peer for Ireland and Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria. The couple are pictured at the top of the page when both were in their sixties. The portrait of Hubert below left is from a decade earlier.

Hubert and Frederica were first blessed with a daughter, Louisa, then, on New Year's Day 1838, with a son, Edward. Perhaps fearing that their heir would be wafted up to Heaven by the Riviera's notorious malarial miasma, the family left Nice.

Hubert was immediately appointed domestic chaplain to his brother-in-law Baron Crofton. More usefully he was given a £500 per annum living as the Rector of Burford, Salop (pronounced Shropshire). The rectorship was divided into three portions. Hubert had the first, which was united with the private curacies of Boraston and Nash, entitling him to live in the Rectory at Boraston (population 176 in 1861) pictured below right.

Fortunately the rectory was big enough to accommodate not only Hubert and Frederica, but also their seven sons, four daughters, one governess (a clergyman's daughter) and seven servants in 1851. A decade previously the household had included Hubert's brother Thomas (b. 1802), and Frederia's grand-nephew Adolphus Chichester (1825-55) the son of Lady Augusta Paget by Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron Templemore.

The family used to ride the half mile from the Rectory to Boraston Church (described as "tolerable" in J. M. Wilson's 1870 Imperial Gazetteer). They kept the horses in the stables that can be seen on the right of the picture.

At the front of the house there is a sunken lawn which was used for tennis: still there is the huge old roller which used to be dragged up and down the lawn by a horse wearing leather shoes so that its hooves would not damage the lawn. These days the occupant operates a business from the Old Rectory: its main activity is selling wicker coffins.

Hubert became a Rural Dean in 1843. He was appointed Prebendary of Hunderton in 1857, entitling him to a choir stall in Hereford Cathedral and an additional benefice.

Hubert wrote a sixpenny Tract on Church Extension, 1851, and Biographical Sketches of Ancient Irish Saints, 1874, 240pp. price 4s.6d. The book ends with a list of subscribers that includes two dukes and a dozen other lords and ladies. Hubert was also a composer of religious anthems, mostly published in 1850, including The 122nd Psalm, as sung at the English Chapel at Nice.

Hubert thought he had both English and Irish royal blood. His father Thomas McLaughlin, claiming an ancestry of god-fearing catholic cattle-rustling horse-thieving Irish Kings, had married Elizabeth Butler, whose family of god-fearing protestant land-grabbing invaders was descended from Edward I, as was Frederica's family. But DNA testing shows that our family has been mistaken in believing that we are descended from the High Kings of Ireland, as detailed on a another page.

Thomas's marriage enabled him to practice law within the Pale, a region in a radius of 20 miles around Dublin fortified against the terrorists whose country the English were occupying. But between 1695 and 1704 the Irish Parliament, influenced by the insecurity of Protestants after two major rebellions in the previous century, had passed laws to "Prevent the Further Growth of Popery." These Penal Laws created a privileged elite, the Protestant Ascendancy. They outlawed the Catholic educational system, and priests who did not conform could be branded on the face or castrated. Catholics were forbidden to own property worth more than £5 and they could not practice law. So Thomas converted to the Church of England and married into the Ascendancy. Not till 1792 was there an Act allowing Catholics to marry Protestants and to practice at the bar.

Hubert's uncle, William Butler, had a grandson of the same name who repeatedly swindled his mother, as reported in The Irish Jurist .

There was also a granddaughter Maria Butler who, at the age of 23, married the one-eyed 57-year-old John Butler who had been the Roman Catholic Bishop of Cork for her entire lifetime. John had inherited the title of Lord Dunboyne and wanted an heir to continue the line. He resigned Holy Orders after in order to marry. But the Pope refused him permission, so John became a protestant.

Alas, Maria's only child died at birth. Writing to the Pope in 1800 Lord Dunboyne asked forgiveness for his apostasy and declared: "With my spouse I have had no cohabitation, except at table, for more than five years." Months later he died, whereupon Maria married her former sweetheart, John Hubert Mooore, a barrister. Widowed again in 1822, she lived on until 1860. For the full story click here."

Pedigree from

Very Rev. Hubert McLaughlin1

M, #87385, b. 1805, d. 15 December 1882

Very Rev. Hubert McLaughlin|b. 1805\nd. 15 Dec 1882|p8739.htm#i87385|Thomas McLaughlin|b. 1761\nd. 1810|p8752.htm#i87514|Elizabeth Butler||p8758.htm#i87576|Patrick McLaughlin||p8759.htm#i87582|Sarah Geraghty||p8779.htm#i87784|Theobald Butler|d. c 1794|p8786.htm#i87854|Elizabeth Lee||p8787.htm#i87868|

Last Edited=20 Dec 2008

    Very Rev. Hubert McLaughlin was born in 1805.1 He was the son of Thomas McLaughlin and Elizabeth Butler.1 He married Hon. Frederica Crofton, daughter of Hon. Sir Edward Crofton, 3rd Bt. and Lady Charlotte Stewart, on 24 September 1835.2 He died on 15 December 1882.2
    Very Rev. Hubert McLaughlin graduated with a Master of Arts (M.A.).2 He was a chaplain at Nice, France.1 He was a domestic chaplain to Lord Crofton.1 He was the Rector in 1838 at Burford, Shropshire, England.1 He held the office of Rural Dean in 1843.1 He held the office of Prebendary of Hereford in 1857.1,2

Children of Very Rev. Hubert McLaughlin and Hon. Frederica Crofton

   * Louisa Elizabeth McLaughlin b. 1836, d. 1921 1
   * Maj.-Gen. Edward McLaughlin+ b. 1838, d. 1912 1
   * William George McLaughlin+ b. 1839, d. 1919 1
   * Judge Frederick Hubert McLaughlin+ b. 1840, d. 1911 1
   * Captain Charles McLaughlin b. 1842, d. 1928 1
   * Reverend Randolph Berens b. 1844, d. 1922 1
   * Sophia Charlotte McLaughlin b. 1845, d. 1929 1
   * Arthur McLaughlin b. 1846, d. 1847 1
   * Fanny Frederica McLaughlin+ b. 1848, d. 1925 1
   * Georgina Susan McLaughlin b. 1849, d. 1925 1
   * Reverend Alfred Harry McLaughlin+ b. 1852, d. 1935 1
   * Walter Stewart McLaughlin b. 1855, d. 1870 1


  1. [S1007] Dr. G. Harry McLaughlin, "re: McLaughlin Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (Glendale, California, U.S.A.) to Darryl Lundy, 25 January 2004 and 6 April 2004. Hereinafter cited as "re: McLaughlin Family".
  2. [S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 971. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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Rev. Hubert McLaughlin's Timeline

Queen's Co., Ireland
Age 33
December 15, 1882
Age 77