System Number: 00196
Date: [January/June 1868]
Author: Thomas Armstrong
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler A195
Document Type: ALS
22 Edwards Square
In a good map of the province of Ulster you will find marked, somewhere in the north-east corner of Lough Neagh, "Whistler's Castle" - near the more important place, Magherafelt - in [
La?] the parish church of this which the Irish Whistlers are buried - The rector or vicar of the parish will give such information as he possesses but the best man to apply to is a surgeon of your name,
Thomas Whistler, A. B., F. R. C. S.
[p. 2] who has, I believe, taken some pains about the history of the family and is glad to communicate what he knows. In a "Gazetteer" of Ireland you will find an account of the immense properties held by the Whistler's [sic] on long lease from one of the London Companies which after-wards became most valuable - There was a Randolphus Whistler who is buried at Magherafelt who died in 1657 but I am not sure if he was the first of the family who settled in Ireland - I am sorry I cannot come to you for I am engaged -
3. Lough Neagh
The largest lake in Ireland bordering counties Armagh, Tyrone, Down, Derry and Antrim.
Magherafelt, County Armagh. There was a monument to a Whistler family ancestor at the site (see T. L. Whistler to JW, #06975, #06976, C. K. Irwin to George William Whistler (1822-1869), engineer, JW's half-brother [more], #02371). However, JW was not directly related to this Irish branch of the Whistlers.
6. Thomas Whistler
Thomas Lowe Whistler, Jr (fl. 1840-1868), surgeon [more]. JW made contact with him and Thomas Whistler replied, describing his family background and connections (see T. L. Whistler to JW, #06975).
7. [p. 2]
Page 2 has a thin mourning border.
According to C. K. Irwin, Randolphus Whistler (see note below) was the 'original Tenant of 13,000 Irish acres of land in Ulster under the Salters Co. of London the lands remaining in the hands of the Whistler Family for 132 years then passing to Sir Thos. Bateson, afterwards to the Marquis of Londonderry, & finally reverting to the Salter's Co.: A. D. 1853.' See C. K. Irwin to G. Wm Whistler, #02372.