James Ritchie II

James Ritchie II
b. 1794 d. Belfast 2 Oct 1867
m. Ireland to
b. 1811 d. 10 Feb 1837

m. in Stranraer Scotland 4th April 1848 to

Margaret Sprott of Stranraer,  Scotland
b. 1790 d. 24 Jun 1873
(2nd wife no children)

1st husband William Sprott, Esq., writer, Stranraer

  James Hutton Ritchie II
b. 1832 d. 5 Oct 1854
Engaged to Agnes Ritchie 2nd cousin when he died
Sarah Ritchie
b. 1831, d. 1900 in Wales
married in Belfast 7 Aug 1855
Edward James Pretty, widower,
b. 17 Dec 1813, d. 1886
Thomas Ritchie III
b. 1836 d. 19 Sept 1907 Sea View Belfast
Eleanor Carson
of Belfast

Clifton Street Cemetery Belfast

Erected by James Ritchie Belfast
In memory of
His beloved Wife Anna who died
10th February 1837 Aged 26 years
Also their Son James Hutton Ritchie
died 5th October 1854 Aged 22 years
Also Sacred to the memory of above named
James Ritchie
who died 2nd Oct 1867 Aged 73 years
And Margaret Ritchie
who died 24th June 1873 Aged 83 years
Florence Carson Ritchie
Beloved Daughter of Thos Ritchie
died 5th Nov 1874
Aged 3 years and 8 months
Sarah Pretty
Daughter of James Ritchie
died 13th Feb 1900 Aged 67 years
Also Thomas Ritchie

who died 19th September 1907
Aged 71 years
Grave purchased by James Ritchie in February 1837


RITCHIE, Jas. - 4/4/1848 - On the 4th inst., in Church Street, Stranraer by the Rev. W. Smellie, Jas Ritchie, Esq., Dunbar's Dock, Belfast, to Margaret Sprott, relict of the late William Sprott, Esq., writer, Stranraer. Wigtownshire Free Press Announcements for Births, Marriages, & Deaths

RITCHIE, James - 2/10/1867 - At Seaview, Antrim Road, Belfast, on the 2nd instant, James Ritchie, Esq. merchant, Belfast. Wigtownshire Free Press Announcements for Births, Marriages, & Deaths

From Thomas Ritchie's Memoirs
My Uncle, James Ritchie, was a Land Steward for John Waring Maxwell, Finnebrogue, (our Landlord). He has command over 100 men for years, when he resigned to go to Belfast to join his relations there. His place was filled by Thomas Leonard. (The same who came to Auckland, NZ).
When I came to know my Uncle James of Belfast, he had married his second wife, a widow, Mrs Spratt of Strannear, of Scotland, who owned a lot of property there. No issue. (I think it should be Stranraer)

From Thomas Ritchie's Memoirs Two
James became Land Steward of the Maxwells Finnebrogue (had command of 100 men on the estate.) After resigning that he went to Belfast and was a partner of Frank Ritchie (Mount Pottinger) they contracted and built the Queen's Bridge across the Logan River, a great aqueduct at Cushendail Called "Glendun" and other great buildings

Thomas came to N.Z. afterwards to the Chatham Islands then, Auckland, when he sued me and my brother for a Co. Partnership in the Supreme Court in Auckland, before he would pay costs, went into the Bankruptcy Court, afterwards went Home and lived and died in his, Father's Home Sea View House. Belfast, leaving 8 or 9 Daughters, no son - my Uncle James died when his son was on the Chathams, my Father died when I was at the Law case 1871.

Wills Calendar

Title: Date Of Death: 02/10/1867
Forename: James Date Of Grant: 05/12/1867
Surname: Ritchie Effects: Effects under £450
see complete will Registry: Belfast
The Will (with one Codicil) of James Ritchie late of Seaview House Antrim-road Belfast Merchant deceased who died 2 October 1867 at same place was proved at Belfast by the oath of Sarah Pretty (Wife of Edward James Pretty of Seaview House aforesaid Esquire) Daughter of deceased and one of the Executors.


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