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William Richard Holmes

Male 1822 - 1882  (60 years)



  • Name William Richard Holmes  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 1822  Northern Ireland? Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 4
    Marriage 05 May 1847  Templederry, Tipperary Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    Adela Louisa Zohrab,   b. abt 1825, Malta Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1910, Hambledon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation bef 1877  Bosnia Find all individuals with events at this location ; British Consul  [6
    Post/Rank/Title 1877 -  JP  [2, 3
    Residence 1877 -  Manor House, Kilrea Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Post/Rank/Title 13 Aug 1877  Knight  [1, 6
    • Osborne, August 13, 1877. The Queen was this day pleased to confer the honour of Knighthood on William Richard Holmes, Esq., late Her Majesty's Consul for Bosnia. [London Gazette]
    Death 10 Jan 1882  Yewhurst, Belvedere, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 7, 8
    Notes 
    • Sir Wm. Richard Holmes, knighted 13 Aug. 1877, when descr, as "late her Majesty's Consul for Bosnia", and one of the Commissioners appointed by Lord Beaconsfield to settle the Bosnia and Herzegovina Boundary questions. [Curtis]
    • In the spring of 1861 the sultan announced new reforms in Herzegovina, promising among other things freedom to build churches, the use of church bells and the opportunity for Christians to acquire land. Commenting on this, Consul William Holmes in Bosna-Serai writes to Ambassador Sir Henry Bulwer that those promises rarely applied. He mentions that the Serbs, the biggest community, were refused the right to build a church in Bosna-Serai. Concerning the right to buy land, he writes, "Every possible obstacle is still thrown in the way of the purchase of lands by Christians, and very often after they have succeeded in purchasing and improving land, it is no secret that on one unjust pretext or another, it has been taken from them." [Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Origin of the Myth of a Tolerant, Pluralistic Islamic Society; Address delivered by Bat Ye'or* on 31 August 1995; Symposium on the Balkan War; International Strategic Studies Association; Emperor's Clothes website, accessed 02 Jul 2010]
    • We have to record the death of Sir William Richard Holmes, of the Manor-house, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry, formerly of the Consular Service, which occurred on Thursday, at Yewshurst, Belvedere, Kent. He was the son of the late Mr. William Holmes, of Kilrea, by his marriage with Harriet, daughter of Mr. Richard Brant, and was born in 1822. He entered the Consulate at Erzeroum in 1841. and in 1846 was appointed Vice-Consul at Samsoon, in Asia Minor, and served at Batoum, Monastir, &c. He was appointed Consul at Bosnia in 1860, acted as British delegate to the European commission for the pacification of Herzegovina in 1861, and retired in July, 1877. He was thereupon knighted by the Queen in recognition of his long services. Sir William Holmes was the author of a work, entitled "Sketches on the shore of the Caspian." He was a magistrate for the county of Londonderry, and married in 1847, Adela Louisa Zohrab, daughter of Mr. P. Zohrab, of Malta. [The Times, obituary, 21 Jan 1882]
    Person ID I2292  Tatham | Bloxham branch, Christopher branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 03 Oct 2012 

    Family Adela Louisa Zohrab,   b. abt 1825, Malta Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Feb 1910, Hambledon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Marriage 05 May 1847  Templederry, Tipperary Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 5
    Children 
    +1. William James Holmes,   b. abt 1863, Sarajevo, Bosnia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Jun 1945, Hindhead Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 20 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F0331  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1822 - Northern Ireland? Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 05 May 1847 - Templederry, Tipperary Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 05 May 1847 - Templederry, Tipperary Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - British Consul - bef 1877 - Bosnia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1877 - - Manor House, Kilrea Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 10 Jan 1882 - Yewhurst, Belvedere, Kent Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S05] The Times, obituary, 21 Jan 1882.

    3. [S05] The Times, death notice, 05 Mar 1941.
      grandson William

    4. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Dartford, 1Q1822.
      age 60

    5. [S22] IGI / BVRI, LDS member .

    6. [S35] London Gazette, p. 4850, 21 Aug 1877.

    7. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Dartford, 1Q1882.
      age 60

    8. [S11] Newspaper, Leeds Mercury, 28 Jan 1882.
      death notice