Thank you so much Keith for sending to the list as I was not sure whether
you received my message.
I had some of the children of my Mary Elliot nee Carbery from Co Armagh,
Ireland and was hoping perhaps a member of her family went to India...just a
You helped me from time to time with my Lynch/Thorpe family in India for
which I am very grateful.
From: Keith Cornelius [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 11 September 2019 8:32 PM
Subject: [INDIA] [EXTERNAL] Carbery & DePenning
As there was some interest in the above from more than one person I
considered that I would post the information to the List in general.The
Carbery and DePenning families that I am reporting on were based in
Calcutta, not Madras.
Very briefly the renowned St.Xavier's College (School) at 30 Park Street,
Calcutta (of which I am an alumnus but only for part of my education, the
rest being completed in England) was founded by the Belgian Jesuits in 1860.
Prior to that there was also a St. Xavier's College in Calcutta which was
started by the English Jesuits in 1835. However following a dispute with
the local Catholic hierarchy over some doctrinal and other issues, the
Jesuits who always believed themselves to be superior in terms of education
(and rightly so in my view) were recalled to England in 1846.
This is where it gets interesting in so far as when all the priests and
staff sailed for England in September 1846, they took with them eight boys
to complete their education in England. In that group of boys were Edwin
Cornelius, Richard Carbery, Joseph Carbery, George DePenning & Duncan
It appears that when some of the boys turned 18 years of age, they returned
to India. The DePenning brothers went back a year later in 1847 (George was
18 but Duncan only 13), Edwin Cornelius in 1849 on becoming 18, and Joseph
Carbery returned in 1857 also on attaining 18. I did not find Richard
Carbery's return but he did get married in Allahabad in 1871. Richard &
Joseph Carbery feature in the 1851 UK Census
Edwin, Richard & Joseph were all students at the top Jesuit public school in
England, Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.
I hope that you find the above interesting.
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