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William Lingard, 1846-1922, born in Cooga, Ruan, County Clare

Title: William Lingard, 1846-1922, born in Cooga, Ruan, County Clare
Type of Material: Family History
Places: Ruan, County Clare; New Zealand
Dates: 1846 - 1922
Family Names: Lingard; Kenny
Transcriber/Donator: Margaret Gallery

William Lingard was one of a large family born to Captain Thomas Lingard (Waterloo veteran, originally from the North of England) and Maria Kenny. He was born at Cooga House, Ruan, Co Clare. As was the custom of the times in a mixed religion marriage the sons were brought up Church of Ireland and the daughters Catholic. William’s brother, John Thomas Lingard remained in Ruan and farmed at Cooga and was a local magistrate. Three of his sisters entered the Mercy Convent in Ennis, two went on missions abroad, Sr Mary Gertrude (Ellen Lingard), remained in St Xaviers in Ennis (O'Brien).

William was brought up in Clare and sent to Military school but had to leave after an accident (Evening Post, 1922). He then studied in Edinburgh under his cousin Professor Blackie (Wikipedia). He emigrated to New Zealand in 1865 where he farmed in the Wanganui area and joined the Auckland Militia (Cowan, 1956). He served in the Waikoto war and later became a trooper in the Alexandra Lancers and then in the Kai-Iwi Cavalry with whom he fought in the Maori wars. In 1869 he won the New Zealand Cross for great gallantry (An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966). He was a good horseman and went on many scouting expeditions. At Tauranga–a–Hika Pa he rescued a colleague Trooper Wright whose horse had been shot down and trapped him underneath the horse. Lingard went back to the ‘pa’ and stole a horse from the Maori for his colleague and saw him to safety (Bezar, 1898).

He ran a brewery in Wanganui which failed in 1878 and he became insolvent. His business partner up to 1878 was Thomas Thatcher (New Zealand Herald, Wanganui Chronicle, 2012), grandfather of Sir Denis Thatcher (Wikipedia), husband to Margaret Thatcher.

Some time after 1878 he moved to Wellington where he was district manager for National Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 1902 he made a long visit to Ireland and England. The New Zealand Evening Post announced he was visiting his cousin General Sir Thomas Kelly Kenny in London and staying in Dublin with his cousin Judge Kenny (Judge William Kenny of Marlfield Cabinteely) (New Zealand Evening Post, 1902).

On his return to Wellington he set up his own business as a land agent. A cartoon of him (above) from the New Zealand Truth, 1919 is kindly reproduced by permission of Papers Past New Zealand.
William died in 1922 in Wellington leaving a wife and two daughters.

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Bezar, E. (1898, December 22). Papers Past New Zealand Otago Witness 22 December 1898. Retrieved Feb 7, 2014, from Papers Past New Zealand:

Cowan, J. (1956). THE NEW ZEALAND WARS: A HISTORY OF THE MAORI CAMPAIGNS AND THE PIONEERING PERIOD: VOLUME II: THE HAUHAU WARS, (1864–72). Retrieved Feb 7, 2014, from Victoria, University of Wellington:

Evening Post. (1922, June 22). Mr William Lingard. Evening Post. Wellington, New Zealand:

New Zealand Evening post. (1902, July 28). Notes from London. New Zealand Evening post. New Zealand: Papers Past New Zealand.

New Zealand Herald, Wanganui Chronicle. (2012, September 24). Our link to the "Iron Lady". Retrieved Feb 7, 2014, from New Zealand Herald:

O'Brien, S. P. (n.d.). Sisters of Mercy of Ennis. In S. P. O'Brien, Sisters of Mercy of Ennis.

Wikipedia. (n.d.). John Stuart Blackie. Retrieved February 7, 2014, from

Wikipedia. (n.d.). Sir Denis Thatcher. Retrieved Feb 7, 2014, from Wikipedia:

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