“ORIGINS IN EUROPE, IRELAND AND ENGLAND
This is a story about the Hoysted family in Australia, its origins in Europe, Ireland
and England, but mainly dealing with the “Horsey Hoysteds" as they have often been
It is considered that all Hoysteds in Australia are somehow related but there are
many more descendants, who, because of marriage do not bear that name.
In Australia the interest in the family tree began in 1934 when a Colonel Desmond
Hoysted visited Melbourne. He contacted F.W. Hoysted, horse trainer of Mentone
about the possibility of them being related. Fred referred him to his sister Mrs May
Stephenson (nee Hoysted) of Malvern. After the Colonel returned to England, these
two corresponded with the result that he was able to supply a Hoysted family tree
dating back to 1690. This has been researched by him and another relative Freda
Currin of Dublin.
The Hoysteds originally lived in the Curragh, County Kildare in Ireland. The first
Hoysted name discovered was Thomas - 1690 of Ophaly (now Offaly) who was Agent
to the Earl of Leinster. He had a son Thomas who, later was Agent to the Earl of
Kildare. Thomas II died in 1743. From his marriage to Rose Naughton of Phillipson
three sons were born. The two elder sons died unmarried. The third son James - born
in 1732, died in 1789 - lived at Foxhill, a property in County Kildare shown as owned
by Hoysteds in Taylor and Skinner's Road Maps of Ireland - 1777.
In 1754 James married Temperance Bagot, daughter of John Bagot of Nurney
Castle, County of Kildare. The name Temperance is interesting as it has been carried
down in the family to this day although abbreviated to Tempe or Tempy. James and
Temperance had two sons - John Hoysted of Walterstown House, County Kildare and
Frederick William, later of the 59th Regiment.
According to the Journal of the County Kildare Archaelogical Society, Lieutenant
Colonel Frederick William Hoysted was the best known man of the family in that era.
He served in the American War of Independence, the Peninsula War where he was
wounded in the battle of Nive, in the Waterloo campaign and the occupation of Paris.
He was awarded a gold medal and clasp for Nive and the Waterloo medal but did not
live long enough to receive the General Peninsula medal. Returning to Ireland with
half his regiment, the 59th, the ship was wrecked off Kinsale Head but there was very
little loss of life - the remainder of the regiment however, was wrecked in the Sea
Horse in Tramore Bay, only 25 survived.
Lieutenant Colonel Hoysted died at Kilboggan on 23.2.1818 and was buried at
Kildangan, County of Kildare. He was never married. Quite an imposing monument
was erected in a cemetery about the tragedy of Tramore Bay. The inscription at the
base of the column reads:
“This Monument was erected by Colonel Austin and Lieutenant Colonel Hoysted and
the other surviving Officers 2nd Battalion of His Majesty's 59th Regiment as a
testimonial of their profound sorrow, in the loss of their gallant Brother Officers, who
perished by the wreck of the Sea Horse Transport In the Bay of Tramore On the 30th
day of January 1816.”
The elder son of James and Temperance - John - lived at Walterstown House and
married twice - the first marriage in 1780 to Anne Richardson of Athy (pronounced
A-thigh). They had 3 sons and 3 daughters. The second marriage in 1796 to Sarah
Rawson of Marramore produced 4 daughters.
John and Anne's three sons were John, William and Thomas Edward. William went
into the Army - the 59th Regiment and lived at Kilboggan House, inherited from his
uncle - Lieutenant Colonel Hoysted - the bachelor.
Freda Currin who researched the family tree is a descendant. Thomas Edward
married and went to Canada. The eldest son of John and Anne - John - like his father
married twice. The first wife was Susan Hart of Queen's County. They had two sons
that we know of. The elder was another John, the forbear of the Irish families, the
second son was Frederick William born 1818 - the first Australian Hoysted. The
English families came from the second marriage of John in 1830 to Charlotte
Colonel Desmond Murree Fitzgerald Hoysted, to give him his full name, the
grandson of John Hoysted and Charlotte Gatchell was born in 1874. In 1904 he
married a cousin Sybil Hoysted. Their family was Desmond (Dan) born in 1906 - later
a Brigadier in the army, Brian, Isabella (Betty) and Mary (Molly). They lived in Elm
Cottage, Horsell Rise, Woking, Surrey.
During World War 11 they extended hospitality to Andrew (A.I.F.) and Henry
(R.A.A.F.), two sons of Fred Hoysted of Mentone. In later years other Australian
relatives visited them : Harry and Thelma Stephenson, Daisy and Ray Nicholls, Julie
Ager and Kathleen Hancock. All were made very welcome in their typical English
cottage. This family is now deceased. The only descendants are two children of Dan
and their five children.
THE CANADIAN HOYSTEDS
Another branch of the family descended from Thomas Edward
Hoysted - an uncle of the Australian Frederick William - has recently been located in
East Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada. Thomas, married in Ireland and his first wife died
sometime after the birth of a son Thomas. He married again and after the birth of a
daughter Ann the family migrated to Canada where a son Daniel was born in 1825 in
East Hawkesbury, Canada. It is here that the descendants of Thomas and Daniel still
WHAT A COINCIDENCE!
In 1981, Daisy Nicholls (nee Hoysted) and her husband Rev. Ray visited, among
other places, Ireland. When making plans she wrote to a Mrs O'Sullivan in
Gormanston for bed and breakfast accommodation and asked her if she knew the
Mrs O'Sullivan replied to the address given in London confirming the booking and
saying that if the letter had arrived earlier she would have had to say "No, I have
never heard that name". However, on the day the letter came a Frank Hoysted had just
booked for bed and breakfast. So she felt compelled to show him the letter whereas
he was quite excited and ask her to let him know when the Australian visitors arrived
as he felt sure they must be relations.
Francis Joseph Hoysted - known as Frank, is a great-grand-son of John Hoysted, the
elder brother of Frederick Williarn - the first Australian Hoysted. He is married to
Teresa and they have two married sons. Frank was batman to the Earl of Rossi of Birr
Castle, Birr, County Offaly, Eire during World War II and at the end of the war was
asked to continue in his employ as chauffeur. He and Teresa were granted a grace and
favour home in the grounds of Birr Castle.
When Lord Rossi died, his son no longer required Frank as chauffeur but they were
still permitted to live in their home. Frank then obtained employment as chauffeur
with Mr Bertram. Ironstone, an American who owns a large horse stud and racing
establishment at Giltown, as well as in the United States of America.
Frank says "Horses are really big business here particularly the breeding part -
that's really where the money is. The Sport of Kings is certainly the right term for
Horse Racing - we have several American, German and Arabs running stud farms
here and they are very costly businesses."
In 1982, Mr Ironstone won the big international race in Japan with Half Ice
and his other horse came third. In 1983 Half Ice ran again in the Japan Cup - this
time coming fourth. In 1983 he had 65 horses in training for the season's flat races -
"Quite an empire in the racing world", Frank added.
In one of his letters Frank told of the times he had taken Lord and Lady Rossi
to Althorpe Park, Northampton, England to visit their good friend Lord Spencer -
Princess of Wales' grand-father. He often saw the Princess as a child. These visits
were remembered when Frank and Teresa had read where R.E. (Bob) Hoysted had
escorted the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Melbourne Cup of 1985.
For many years, Frank has been interested in tracing the Hoysted family tree
and was often in contact with Colonel Desmond Hoysted of Surrey comparing notes.
He has obtained copies of several references to the activities of the earlier members
of the family. He was also instrumental in enabling Australian relatives to procure the
Hoysted Coat of Arms from Dublin.
Frank and Teresa are very hospitable friendly people who seem to derive great
pleasure entertaining relatives from Australia. Daisy and Ray, Joan Hoile
grand-daughter of Percy Hoysted - Wagga) her husband Ron and son Matthew have
all been guests. These families were taken to many places of historical interest to
Hoysteds such as houses, graves, churches and monuments. Joan says of their visit in
1986, “You were so grateful to Frank for showing us the houses, cemetery,
monument, etc. It is a most incredible feeling to go back and see some connection
with your family in Ireland - it's so old.”
Some of the places visited, and connected with the Hoysted name: Mt. Offaly
House - still standing and inhabited although 400 years old. Foxhill House - just
outside the town of Athy where Mt. Offaly House stands. The name Hoysted is on a
map dated 1777. Walterstown House - where Frederick William lived - now owned by
a Mrs. Sutherland who bought it in 1924. Hoysted Pound - an enclosure for
Protestants in an Irish cemetery on land in the Kildangan Stud owned by the Arab
brothers whose horse At Talaq won the 1986 Melbourne Cup. Kilboggan House -
owned by Lieutenant Colonel Frederick William Hoysted.
One further piece of information from Frank: From a Kildare paper "The Leinster
Leader" 1884 shows William (Willie) Hoysted winning a race and being second in the
Classic race at the Curragh October Meeting. "William was a top flight jockey both
over the jumps and on the flat in the 1879 - 1889 period. He rode the winner of the
Lancashire Steeplechase which was the forerunner to the English Grand National."
Frank says "quite definitely other than my two brothers and son there are no other
Hoysteds in Ireland.” ...”
Source: Richards, Una (198?) The Hoysted Family. Author publication.
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