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"Captain Kidney of Cork"? A
Posted by: Hannah Anstey (ID *****4921) Date: August 20, 2002 at 15:31:13
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Can anyone throw any light on an old family allusion to a "Captain Kidney of Cork"? My great-great-grandmother was a Bridget Kidney born at a guess around 1826. Her husband was Martin Doran b abt 1822 Kilkenny, Ireland. Their two sons, Martin and James were both born in London. The family is as follows on the 1881 census:
Dwelling:       5 Sandy St
       Census Place:       St Botolph Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England
       Source:       FHL Film 1341080 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0371 Folio 73 Page 9
       Marr       Age       Sex       Birthplace
Martin DORAN       M       58        M       Kilkenny, Ireland
       Rel:       Head
       Occ:       Tailor
Martin DORAN       U       16        M       London City, Middlesex, England
       Rel:       Son
       Occ:       Tailor
James DORAN       U       14        M       London City, Middlesex, England
       Rel:       Son
       Occ:       Tailor

Martin Doran is listed as "married" rather than "widowed" although this could be a mistranscription as I can't find a likely "Bridget Doran" separately. This needs to be checked against the original census records as I've found mistakes in the 1881 CD before.
According to a family member, James Doran's parents and brother returned to Ireland, because business wasn't good, although whether this included Bridget or not I don't yet know. Anyway, James Doran remained in England and was my great-great-grandfather.
My mother remembers her father (James's son) referring to a "Captain Kidney of Cork" and since we've now established that there is a Kidney connection (we have James's birth certificate showing parents as Martin Doran, tailor and Bridget Doran formerly Kidney) we are curious to find out who this was and what the connection might have been.
This investigation is very much in its infancy as we only found out Bridget's maiden name today so we have no idea who her parents were although this will obviously be our next step. I fear, however that Martin and Bridget may have married in Ireland and therefore their marriage won't be registered in England. Anyone with any ideas, help, connection, questions or advice please don't hesitate to reply!!
Hannah Anstey, England
P.S. Martin and Bridget were living at 1 Sweet Apple Court, Bishopgate, London in 1866 according to James Doran's birth certificate.

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