'Dobbs1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Dobbs of co. Antrim, Dobbs of Castle Dobbs

The Burke sources all identify the arms of this family, quartered wtih those of Dalway, as "per pale sa. and arg., a chevron engrailed between tree unicorns' heads erased all countercharged". BLGI1912 & BLG1937 both start with the John Dobbs who went to Ireland. Only BLG1858 mentions that he "is stated to have been grandson of Sir Richard Dobbs, lord-mayor of London in 1551". Various web sites suggest the following connection.
Robert Dobbs (b 1505 (in Bayby, Yorkshire), d 1563)
m. Alice Glosse
1. Sir Richard Dobbs, Lord Mayor of London (b c1531, d 1573)
  A. John Dobbs (b 1543, d 1576)
  Our Burke sources all report that "This family was established in Ireland" by ...
  i. John Dobbs
  m. (1603) Margaret Dalway (d 06.11.1620, dau/heir of John Dalway of Ballyhill)
  a. Foulk Dobbs
  b. Hercules Dobbs
  m. Magdalen West of Ballydugan
  (1) Richard Dobbs, Sheriff of co. Antrim (d 1701)
  m. (1655) Dorothy Williams (dau/coheir of Bryan Williams (or Willlans) of Clints Hall, Yorkshire)
  (A) Richard Dobbs of Castletown, Sheriff of co. Antrim (b 1660, d 1711, younger son)
  m1. Mary Stewart (dau of Archibald Stewart of Ballintoy)
  (i) Arthur Dobbs, Sheriff of co. Antrim, later Governor of North Carolina (b 02.04.1689, d 28.03.1765, MP)
A few details on Arthur come from Wikipedia ("Arthur Dobbs").
  m1. (1720) Anne Osborne (dau/heir of Captain _ Osborne of Timahoe, widow of Captain Norbury)
  (a) Conway Richard Dobbs of Castle Dobbs, Sheriff of co. Antrim (MP)
  m1. Anne Stewart (d 19.02.1765, dau of Alexander Stewart of Ballintoy)
  ((1)) Richard Dobbs of Castle Dobbs (b c1752, d 24.01.1840)
  m. (1792) Nichola Obins (dau of Michael Obins of Portadown by Nichola (Acheson), dau of Archibald (not Richard), 1st Viscount Gosford)
  ((A)) Conway Richard Dobbs of Castle Dobbs, Sheriff of co. Antrim (b 1796, d 28.02.1886, MP) had issue
m1. (26.08.1826) Charlotte Maria Sinclair (dau/coheir of William Sinclair of Fort William, co. Antrim)
  m2. (1875, sp) Winifred Susannah Morris (dau of Benjamin Morris of Lewes)
  ((B)) Archibald Edward Dobbs in Calcutta (d 04.1838) had issue
  m. Elizabeth Catherine Chapman (dau of George Chapman)
  ((C))+ other issue - Acheson, Nicholas, Frances, Olivia
  m2. Charity Borrowes (dau of Robert Borrowes of Kildare (by Mary, dau of John O'Neill of Shanes Castle), widow of Stephen Rice of Mount Rice) ## see here ##
  ((2)) Edward Brice Dobbs, Mayor of Carrickfergus (d 02.1803, Captain)
((3)) Robert Conway Dobbs (b c1761, d 1809, cleric)
  m. (1798) Wilhelmina Josepha Bristow (dau of Rev. William Bristow of Belfast)
  ((A)) William Cary Dobbs of Ashurst (b 04.04.1806, d 17.04.1869, MP, Judge) had issue
  m. (05.186) Eleanor Jones Westropp (d 18.0431900, dau of Henry Westropp of Richmond (co. Limerick))
  ((B)) Rose Dobbs
m. William Maunsell Reeves of Vostersberg
  ((C)) Charity Dobbs
  m. John McDonnell of Dublin (MD)
  ((D)) Frances Ann Dobbs
  m. Richard Ellis (son/heir of Richard (Master in Chancery))
  ((E)) Mary Dobbs
  m. Richard Reeves of Dublin
  ((4)) Frances Christina Dobbs
  m. (07.1800) Edward Gayer
  (b) Mary Dobbs
  m. Dean Ryder
  (c)+ other issue - Edward Brice, Francis
  m2. (1762!) Justina Davis (b c1747!)
  (ii) Richard Dobbs (RN then Rector of Lisburn)
  BLG1858 identiies Richard's wife as a dau of William Young & relict of Clornet McManus. BLGI1912 & BLG1937 identify her as ...
  m. ?? (Mrs. Lambert)
  (a) Richard Dobbs (Dean of Connor)
  The following comes from BLGI1912 ('Dobbs of Glenariffe Lodge').
  ((1)) Conway Edwards Dobbs (d 1870, 4th son) had issue
  m. (1806) Maria Sophia (d 1869)
  (b) Francis Dobbs (MP)
  m. (17.07.1773) Jane Stewart of Ballintoy
  (c)+ William Dobbs (RN)
  (iii) Jane Dobbs
  m. Edward Brice of Kilroot
  (iv)+ other issue - Marmaduke, Elizabeth (d unm)
  m2. Margaret Clugston of Belfast
  (v) Margaret Dobbs
  m. (07.07.1729) George Spaight
  (vi) Mary Dobbs
  m. Andrew Boyd of Ballymoney
  (vii) Ann Helena Dobbs
  m. William Ker of Ballymena
  (B) Elizabeth Dobbs
  m. _ Jackson
  (C) Margaret Dobbs
  m. Francis Dobbs
  (D)+ other isuse - John, Mary

Main source(s): BLG1858 ('Dobbs of Castle Dobbs'), BLGI1912 ('Dobbs of Castle Dobbs'), BLG1937 ('Dobbs of Castle Dobbs' (in Irish Supplement)) with input as reported above
Back to top of page