John Robinson Leebody

John Robinson Leebody

County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death 21 Aug 1927 (aged 87)
Burial Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Plot EA 60
Memorial ID 100202895 · View Source
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Educated at Queen's University, Belfast, he was Professor of Maths and Natural Philosophy at Magee University, Londonderry, from 1865.

He was a member of the Society of Public Analysts and other analytical Chemists.

John's Will:

"Leebody John Robinson of 6 College Avenue in the county of the city of Londonderry president of faculty in McCrea Magee college died 21 August 1927 Probate Londonderry 26 October to John Welsh Leebody county surveyor and Henry Alfred Leebody colonel R.A.M.C. (retired). Effects £3518 12s. 9d."

The following extract is taken from the book "The McClure Family":

"Prof. John Robinson Leebody, M. A., D. Sc. of Magee College, Londonderry, furnishes the following:
"My great-grandfather, the Rev. Robert McClure, was minister of Annahilt from 1760 to 1823. His family resided near Belfast where they owned some property. From this Mr. McClure derived income sufficient to live in easy circumstances. His staff of servants included a butler—not a usual luxury for a Presbyterian minister either then or now. His wife was a daughter of Archdeacon Benson, of Hillsborough, and a grand-daugher of a former Bishop of Down and Connor. Mr. McClure was on terms of intimacy with the country gentry and a great favorite with the Marquis of Downshire, with whom he used to dine every Wednesday at the castle. Many offers of promotion were made to him if he would consent to join the Episcopal Church, which he resolutely declined.
He had a numerous family, but of the history of several of them I have no details.
One of his daughters married Rev. Dr Wright, his assistant and successor. Another. John Robinson, a gentleman farmer near Hillsborough, who was my grandfather and after whom I am named. Another, Rev. Mr. Ashe, an English rector. One of his younger sons, Arthur, was in the army, and I believe attached to the staff of the Duke of Kent, After retiring from the army he resided near Lisburn, and I recollect being at his house when a boy. He used to tell that he had frequently carried our late Queen in his arms when she was a child.
Mr. McClure was the Moderator of the Synod 1779; preached from Philip, 4: 1-5. At the opening of the Synod in 1780 his sermon on I Timothy, 4: 16, was printed.
Mr. McClure is described as a man of distinguished appearance. I have heard my mother say that she remembered seeing him frequently when she was a girl, and her recollection of him was a tall, white-haired old gentleman with an ear trumpet."

He shares the grave with his wife (they married September 11th 1866 at Kircubbin Presbyterian Church, Inishargy, Newtownards, County Down ):

Mary Isabella LEEBODY nee WELSH (b. Portaferry, Co. Down and d. September 19th 1911).

Mary's Will:

"Probate of the Will of Mary Isabella Leebody late of 6 College Avenue Londonderry Married Woman who died 19 September 1911 granted at Londonderry to Elizabeth Welsh Leebody Spinster and Madeline Sophia Taylor Married Woman. Effects £626"

Also in the grave is their infant child:

Rachel Welsh LEEBODY (b.1879 and d. 1880)

and also their daughter:

Elizabeth Welsh LEEBODY (BA) (b. 1871 and d. 1950)

Family Members


In Memoriam
Mary Isabella Leebody
Beloved Wife Of Professor Leebody.
Born 1846 Died 1911
And Their Daughter
Rachel Welsh Leebody.
Born 1879 Died 1880.
John R Leebody
M.A.,D.Sc., F.I.C.
For 62 Years Professor In Magee College.
Born 1840 Died 1927.
Also Their Daughter Elizabeth Leebody
Born 1871 Died 1950.



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