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John Love Blood-Smyth[1]

Male 1858 - 1904  (46 years)


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  • Name John Love Blood-Smyth 
    Born 21 Feb 1858  Castle Fergus, Co. Clare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Family Group # Blood1 
    Died 29 Aug 1904  Southport, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I129  Andiekat Genealogy
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2017 

    Father Matthew Blood-Smyth,   b. 1821, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1885, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Mary Vincent,   b. Abt 1835, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1870, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 1852  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F64  Group Sheet

    Family Margaret Mary Rigney,   b. Abt 1870, Australia* Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1887  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Fergus Blood-Smyth,   b. Abt 1888, Australia* Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Clare Blood-Smyth,   b. Abt 1890, Australia* Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1925, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)
     3. Meta Blood-Smyth,   b. Abt 1900, Australia* Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1972, Australia* Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     4. Bindon Blood-Smyth,   b. 7 Jan 1895, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F71  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • (quote).. I also am related to the Blood Smyth family, my great grand mother's sister having married John Love Blood Smyth in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1887, he then being aged 29 years. John Love Blood Smyth (hyphen not consistent) was born in Castlefergus, County Clare, Ireland in about 1858, his father being named Matthew Blood-Smyth, his mother having been Mary Vincent. It appears to me that the Blood Smyth family goes back to before 1858. I presume you are aware of the parallel line of Blood (without Smyth, which includes General Sir Bindon Blood, Chief of the Royal Engineers, botn 7th November 1842 dying 16th May 1940. John Love Blood Smyth's father was the youngest of three sons, born 1817, his mother having been Harriet Bagot of County Kildare (I quote from a book written by General Sir Bindon Blood) "who were sold up and ruined by the 'Encumbered Estates Court - 1840's'". I too am keen to know where the name Smyth came into the Blood family.

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      Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878-1954)
      Wednesday 31 August 1904

      DEATH OF MR. BLOOD-SMYTH.

      Mr. J. L. Blood-Smyth, the Registrar of the Supreme Court, whose serious illness was reported in our issues of Friday and Saturday, died at the Southport Hotel at seven o'clock yesterday morning, says the Brisbane " Telegraph " of Monday last. He became ill last week, and obtaining leave of absence, went to Southport. On Thursday he had a long bath in the sea, and it is feared that this did not improve his condition. On Friday he was so ill that Dr.Berry was summoned, and Mr. C. A. Morris, his solicitor, was sent for. Mr. Blood-Smyth recovered somewhat, and when Mr. Morris left him that day he was apparently progressing. But Mr. Morris was urgently summoned on Saturday morning, and with Mr. Haines, the taxing officer of the Supreme Court, went down to Southport, only to find Mr. Blood-Smyth in an unconscious condition. The sufferer lingered until yesterday morning, when he died in the presence of his wife, Dr.Berry, and Messrs. Morris, and Baines. The deceased was the fourth son of Matthew Blood-Smyth, of Castle Fergus, County Clare, Ireland. He was born on the 21st of February, 1858. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, in 1876, as a fellow commoner, and in 1876 he took the degrees of B.A. and L.L.B. He then entered King's Inns, Dublin, and the Middle Temple, London, and was called to the Irish bar in 1881. In November of the following year he left for Australia by the sailing ship Berengavia, which, on that voyage was wrecked 0n the Australian coast. Coming to Queensland he was admitted to the bar in March, 1883, and practised his profession until 1888, when he was appointed Registrar of the Supreme Court and Official Trustee in Insolvency at Bowen. Thence he removed with the Court to Townsville, and when the Central Court was constituted he was transferred to Rockhampton. In February, 1899, he was appointed Registrar and Prot????ry of the Supreme Court, Brisbane, and later the duties of sheriff were cast upon him. He was also a deputy-marshal of the High Court of Australia. These positions he held until his death. Mr. Blood-Smyth's death has caused great regret among members of the legal profession and the public with whom he came in contact. His training enabled him to discharge the duties of his office with an ability which frequently earned for him the praise of those best qualified to judge it.

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      Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878-1954)
      Friday 23 September 1904

      THE LATE MR. J. L. BLOOD-SMYTH.



      The Chief Justice (Sir Pope Cooper), who took his seat in the Supreme Court

      yesterday for the first time since his re- turn from the Northern circuit, says the "Brisbane Courier" of the 20th of Sep- tember, made a sympathetic reference to the death of Mr. J. L. Blood-Smyth, Registrar of the Supreme Court, which had taken place during his absence. He said: "Since I last took my seat on this Bench the Registrar of this Court, an old member of the profession, and an old per- sonal friend of my own, has been removed from our midst. The position of Registrar is a very important one, and one wbich needs to be filled by a man of very high attainments and great force of character. The late Registrar was a man of excep- tional attainments and considerable force of charcter, and by bis death this Court has suffered a very serious loss—I do not say an irreparable loss, but a very serious loss. He was a very hard-working man,

      and he was exceedingly conscientious. For my own sake I am exceedingly sorry that he has left us, and I am very sorry for the Court that a man so highly gifted has been removed at so early an age. lt it may not be out of place for me to say that I hope the authorities will exercise the greatest care in the selection of the indi- vidual who is to take up his important duties. I hope that they will appoint a man of as high character and ability as the late Registrar. It would bc a great misfortune for a weaker man to be put in his place. The Hon. T. O'Sullivan. M.L.C., who was present as counsel in a case set down before His Honour, said : "I heartily endorse everything that has fallen from your Honour. The fact of the Registrar's death was referred to by the Judges of the Full Court, and Mr. E. M. Lilley, the senior member of the Bar present, expressed his sympathy with the sentiments of the Bench on behalf of the profession. It is therefore necessary for me to add any thing further than to say that I heartily endorse everything that has fallen from your Honour in reference to the attainments of the late Registrar

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      Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878-1954) Tuesday 28 March 1899

      DEATH.

      BLOOD-SMYTH.—At his parents' residence, Victoria Parade, on the 27th instant, the infant son of J. L. Blood- Smyth.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Burke's Irish Family Records, Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd, editor.