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Jane Robinson, aged 18, arrived in New South Wales on 29th July 1850 on the Tippoo Saib, one of the ships which carried Earl Grey's Irish female Workhouse orphans to Australia. The ship’s register says that Jane’s Native Place was Oldcastle, Meath; her parents George and Mary were both dead; Religion, Church of Rome. Her 'Calling' was Farm Servant and she said she could read. Jane would have been born around 1832 (which tallies with her stated age on her children's Birth Certificates). She was hired as a nursemaid to the children of Nicholas Hyeronimus at Wellington, NSW, and stayed with that family until her marriage in 1854.

I have searched unsuccessfully for Jane’s baptism in the Roman Catholic records available to me. Robinson seems to be a very uncommon name in Ireland.

Her descendants claim she was an ‘Irish Gypsy’ and some of them claim to have inherited psychic abilities. Please can anyone find any record for Jane, George or Mary Robinson in or around Oldcastle? All advice appreciated.


Monday 19th April 2021, 12:55AM

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  • Househen:

    Actually Robinson was a very common surname in Ireland in the mid-19th century particularly in Ulster province but also found in many counties of the current  Republic of Ireland.

    I searched on the subscription site Roots Ireland and like you did not find Jane with father George in Oldcastle or any parish in Ireland.

    I then searched on another subscription site Find My Past and they had a April 8 1831 baptismal record for a Maria Joanna Robinson with father George and mother Maria Nordon. The church was the RC Church of St. Nicholas in Dublin city on Francis St.

    Jane could be a variant for Joanna. I would treat this record as a lead. Possibly she was born in Dublin and later moved to the Oldcastle area.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 19th April 2021, 03:52PM
  • Househen,  There were no Robinsons returned to a search of the Tithes in Oldcastle.  There were 17 Robinsons returned for Meath( 1820s?), but no George.   A search of Robinson births from 1830 -1833 (Irish Genealogy)  returned no Robinson in Dublin in the same period, although Robinson was embedded in the names of children baptised in that period and Robinsons appeared as early as 1839.   Robinson appears to be an English name and one person married the the early 1830s in Dublin was actually in the army of the time.  Robinsons appear to occur in northern counties around Fermanagh and may have English or Scottish origins.  I will add one other return, and ask a question, " Could there be a confusion in the facts? "  :

    Walton Meath

    Tuesday 20th April 2021, 05:33AM
  • Househen, Your request is more complex than first thought.  These were WORK HOUSE orphans.  The Oldcastle Work House did not exist before 1840.  I searched ALL Ireland for Robinson births ( 1832 +/- 5 years )  to find there were actually 32 Jane Robinsons born in that period.  None were born in Co Meath.  However, from my own experience, I have an interpretation of a possibility.  2 Jane Robinsons were born ( 1827 - 1837) in Co Cavan and 1 was born in Dublin North. Take one year off ( 1826) the Co Cavan return and the number was 3. However, the Oldcastle Workhouse was only a short distance from the border of Co Cavan.  Therefore, it might have been possible for an orphan to have been placed there from e.g. the parish of MunterConnaught, Co Cavan ( part of my experience ).  There was a George Robinson registered at Lurgan, Cavan, aged 24 in 1821.  Surprisingly he was a doctor.  Lurgan is 11 kms from Oldcastle.  Rootsireland advises that a George Robinson was married (  possibly two or three of them ) between 1825 and 1840, and a Nordon ( not Mary ) was married also, at least on two occasions, in Co Cavan. A Mary Robinson died in Cavan between 1835 and 1845, but no George Robinson is returned as having died.  Another referral  for you :

    Walton Meath

    Tuesday 20th April 2021, 06:31AM