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Portrait of Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer.
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 Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer

of Armagh Ireland


Born: 1850 and died 21 December 1924 and is buried at Armagh Cathederal.
Son of: Thomas Montgomery Palmer (1823-18??, known as Thomas of Durrow) and Charlotte Palmer (nee Ellis). 
Brother of:
1. Abraham Palmer (never married and died in Australia 19??).
2. Rev Montgomery Palmer M.A.
3. Frederick Thomas Palmer (1858-1890) who married Edith Caroline Bull.
4. Catherine Sparling nee Palmer (1853-1898) who married George Christopher Sparling.
Joseph married: Georgina Berlinda Palmer (nee Hartford, 1846-1939).
Joseph and Georgina had issue:
1. Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer (1879-19??) who married Charlotte Helen Burke in 1906.
2. Violet Charlotte Mary Heath-Caldwell (nee Palmer, 1885-1971) who married Rev Capt Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell (1889-1979).
3. Commander Edwin Mansergh Palmer RN OBE (18??-1963).
4. Irving Montgomery Palmer RN OBE.
5. Major Richard Lodge Palmer DSO MC OBE (Horse Artillery).
6. Miss Georgina Wilhelmina Palmer

Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer: An Overview

I know very little about Joseph except that he was a surgen in Armagh, Ireland.

He was admitted as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgens in Ireland 25 April 1872.


On 5th May 1919 Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell married Violet Mary Palmer at Armagh Cathedral, in Ireland.



Notes from Joe Palmer read as follows:

Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer D.L. J.P. F.R.C.S.I., of Derreen Queen's County, surgeon of the Armargh County for 46 years, was born in 1850 and died 21st December 1924.  He was Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sherrif of Armagh County, Ireland.  His family had been settled in Ireland for 3 centuries.  His father was Thomas Montgomery Palmer, known as Thomas of Durrow.  Thomas Montgomery Palmer married Charlotte Ellis in 1849.  The Armagh Palmers were descended from William Palmer who went to Ireland with Cromwell. 

Known brothers of Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer were:
1) Abraham Palmer. (never married and died in Australia 19?).
2) Rev Montgomery Palmer M.A. Little is known about "Monty". He did have children and was known to be Rector of Wicklow at one time.
3) Frederick Thomas Palmer (picture) born 1858 died London approx 1890. Married Edith Caroline Bull in 1887 at St Peters, De Beauvoir Square,London. They had one surviving son: Rev. Frederick Thomas Montgomery Born 1888 died Newcastle Australia 1975. Frederick married Norah Violet Gerard at Grafton Cathedral Australia on 26th October 1931. They had six children: Ianthe Monica Asquith, Dara Gibbs (died 7-12-2001), Freya Freguson, Rosalind McLeod, Joseph Gerard Palmer, and Primrose Nelson.

Dr Joseph Mansergh Palmer married Georgina Hartford. Joseph and Georgina had known issue:
1) Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer R.N. A.D.C. D.S.O. O.B.E. (1879-19??).  He married Charlotte Helen Burke of Armagh County in 1906. They had issue: 
Commander Joseph Palmer R.N. and Shiela De Quincey (nee Palmer).
2) Irving Palmer R.N. O.B.E. who had two children, a girl, and a boy Michael.
3) Commander Edwin Palmer R.N. O.B.E. (18??-1963).
4) Major Richard Lodge Palmer D.S.O. M.C. O.B.E. (Horse Artillery). He took his piano with him on campaign to entertain the troops.
5) Violet Mary Heath-Caldwell (nee Palmer) died 1971, who married Rev Captain Cuthbert Heath-Caldwell in1919.

At the entrance to Armagh Hospital there is a memorial plaque which reads:
The Two Principal Wards of this Infirmary
            With The Entrance Hall,
Board Room, Operating Room, Surgery and Stair-Case,
Have been ReConstructed by Public subscription
In Commemoration of the  Great Services rendered by
To the Sufferers in the Railway Accident near Armagh,
                18th June 1889.


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