Name: Catherine Newcomen
Birth: ABT 1625
Note: Died aged nearly 90
Death: 8 DEC 1714 in Dublin, Ireland
Burial: Castle Forbes, Scotland
Cause: Died with a cup of coffee in her hand 1
Note: 2 1|
Change Date: 18 APR 2011
Widow of Sir Alexander Stewart, [2nd bt of Fort Stewart], who was killed at Dunbar.
Catherine Newcomen, wife to the first Earl of Granard, was remarkable for her misfortunes, her fortitude, long life, and vigorous health.
Her first husband, Sir Alexander Stewart, was killed at the battle of Dunbar, in Scotland 3 Sept1650, fighting for the king. Her son by her first husband, Sir William Stewart, created, 1684, Viscount Mountjoy, of the kingdom of Ireland, was killed serving under King William, at the battle of Steenkirk, in Flanders, 1692.
Four of her sons by Lord Granard lost their lives in the field, and a fifth in a tumult at Glasgow, Scotland; also her grandson, Arthur Lord Forbes, was killed at the battle of Hochstedt, in Germany, in 1704.
Her son-in-law, Arthur Chichester, third Earl of Donegal, was killed at the siege of Montjuic, near Barcelona, 1706; and three of her grand-daughters by the said Earl perished miserably by the burning of their father's house at Belfast, in Ireland; so that this lady had the misfortune to see, in the course of her life, the untimely end of two husbands [?], and of eleven sons and grandchildren; and yet, so many and such dire calamitys did not break her spirits, or impair her health; for she lived to the 14th of September, 1714, when she ended a long life in Dublin, without pain or sickness, at the age of near ninety.
Till the time of the Revolution, her constant breakfast and supper was warm ale and a toast. After that time, being obliged to fly from the troubles in Ireland into England, she took to drinking of coffee, which about that time was growing to be fashionable; and she accustomed herself so much to this liquor, that she dyed with a cup of it in her hand. She was buried at Castle Forbes, in the church and vault that her husband had built.
Father: Robert Newcomen b: BEF 1627
Mother: Anne Boleyn b: in England
Arthur Forbes b: 1623 in Forbes, Newton, Longford
- Arthur Forbes b: ABT 1656 in Newton Forbes, Longford, Ireland
- Type: Book
Author: Admiral Hon. John Forbes
Periodical: Memoirs of the earls of Granard
- Type: Book
Periodical: The House of Forbes
Publication: Spalding Club