Tuite-Dalton family of County Cavan, Ireland


Researched, complied & edited by Rodney G. Dalton

From a suggestion from Karen Dalton Preston, North American of the DGS.




At the time of the Norman Invasion of Ireland, Henry II granted to Hugh de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster, the lands of Ó Maoilsheachlainn, king of Meath in return for the service of 50 Knights. As one of de Lacy's barons Risteárd de Tiúit received large grants in Westmeath and Longford. His descendants became the barons of Moyashell, in Westmeath. De Lacy conferred on the Tuite family the castle of O'Casey (Irish Ó Cathasaigh), chief of Saithne, now "Sonnagh," in Westmeath.



The Norman family of Tuite is given as barons of Moyashel after the 12th century.


The Norman family of Dalton were Lords of Rathconrath following the 12th century.


In Ireland, the Tuites and Daltons maintained property rights in the union of Tuite-Dalton.


We have no information when this union took place.


I have found no pedigree for this Tuite-Dalton surname, but I have found some articles listed below.


In the village of Empor, or Impeii, is a castle, of small dimensions, which commands fine views of the windings of the river Inny, and over a wide extent of the counties of Westmeath and Longford. This castle was built by the Daltons, but passed, many ages back, into the possession of the Tuite family, of Sonnagh, who are the present owners.




13 Aug. 1864: male Dalton at Ballieborough RD to Gustavus Tuite Dalton and Lucy Smith..




31 Jan. 1878 Lucy Tuite Dalton, lady of Eureka House, Bailieborough Town, Kells RD of Gustavus Dalton, Justin of the Peace to Austin McKenzie, esquire of Fawley Court, Henly, Buckinghamshire, England of Edward McKenzie, esquire at Kells RD. Lucy’s mother, Lucy Tuite Dalton, died 3 Nov. 1867; Lucy’s father, Gustavus Tuite Dalton died 21 Jan. 1879. Austin and Lucy McKenzie are in the 1881 Census of England.





3 Nov. 1867: Lucy Tuite Dalton at The Castle, Ballieborough RD; age 44 - married, gentlewoman.


21 Jan. 1879: Gustavus Tuite Dalton at Eureka House, Bailieborough Town, Kells RD; age 68, widower, gentleman.




LANDOWNERS in County Cavan - 1876:


G. Tuite Dalton, Eureka, Kells, Cavan, 29 acres value 44 pounds.

G. T. Dalton of Kells, Cavan, landowner of 412 acres in County Meath.


Augustavus Tuite Dalton: clerk of the peace and registrar of voters in County Cavan - 1847-47; resigned as Major of Cavan Regiment of Militia on 6 June 1857. He is buried with his brother Edward Tuite Dalton at Bailieborough, County Meath.




Tuite Dalton, P. Ballymachugh, T. Aghacreevy, 3 acres.

Tuite Dalton, P. Ballymachugh, T. Kilnahard, house and 38 acres.

Tuite Dalton, P. Ballymachugh , T. Bellsgrove, 5 acres.

Edward Tuite Dalton, P. Drumlumman, T. Drumhawnagh, house and 93 acres.


Source: Dalton Data Bank.


Bailieborough has a wonderful history That dates back 3000BC Ulster. William Bailie, a Scottish "undertaker" or Planter, was granted the lands of Tonergie (Tandragee) in East Breffnie, by James I of England. He built a castle and enclosed the demesne by 1629. On his death the estate passed to his son, William, Bishop of Clonfert.


Adjoining the church ruins at Bailieborough is it's accompanying grave yard containing the now marked Famine Graves. Amongst the plots you will find those of the James Family of Curkish, Edward Tuite Dalton, who was Lady Lisgar's first husband, she is buried in Co. Meath. His brother, Gustavus Tuite Dalton lived in the Castle and was the first editor of the Anglo Celt, our county's newspapers.


Edward Tuite Dalton married Olivia Stevenson, daughter of Sir John Stevenson, before 1822.

He died before 1822.


Edward Tuite Dalton lived at Fennar, County Meath, Ireland.


Another Edward Tuite DALTON, 1815 - 1880, wrote “The Descriptive Ethnology Of Bengal 1872” - “Tribal history of eastern India”


One of the first things that happened in Anthropology in India was the setting up of the

Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1774 by Sir William Jones. Under this organization, a number of anthropological works were conducted and many were printed in the journal of the Society. It is said by many that such work did not constitute an anthropology since they were written by British administrators and missionaries rather than ‘true’ anthropologists. However, many were well trained and their works are still studied, albeit as matters of historical interest, in Indian universities. They included famous names like L. S. O’Malley, E. Thurston, Edward Tuite Dalton.


Colonel Edward Tuite Dalton regards them as the descendants of some of the earliest Aryan Colonists - a brown tawny coloured people, of an average height, well proportioned and with [fair] amount of good looks. They show well-shaped heads and high features and except when they have obviously intermixed with aborigines, they are unquestionable Aryans in looks. Grey eyes and brownish hair are sometimes met with amongst them. The women usually have small and well formed hands and feet.


The Obituary: General Edward Tuite Dalton, C.S.I.

Proceedings of the Royal geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography, Volume 3, Issue 2 (Feb. 1881)


General E.T. Dalton, C.S.I. – The death is announced of Major-General Edward Tuite Dalton, C.S.I., who entered the army in 1835, and took part in expeditions against the frontier tribes of Assam in 1839-40 and in 1842. When two French missionaries, M.M. Kirk and Bourry, had been murdered on the Tibetan frontier by a Mishmi chief, General Dalton received much praise for his skill in organizing the expedition which captured the murderer. Our associate died at Cannes, on December 30th, In the sixty-fifth year of his age.


Obit Times January 1881: Edward (b. 1815 - d. 30/12/80) Educated at Harrow. Was in Assam in 1840s and rose to be a General in the Bengal Lancers. Wrote and compiled a book on ethnicity of Bengal Tribes. Not married. Died "strolling". Have an account of saving a missionary in Tibet. A railway station in India was named after him "Daltonganj".



The above newspaper article from the Irish Times reads:




Tuite- Dalton

Lt. E. Tuite-Dalton, 2/3 Gurkha Rifles & wife


Kasaultanjab, India

at Kasaultanjab, India


Augustus (Tuite) Dalton, P. Oldcastle, T. Fennor Lower: lessor of 9 houses and 402 acres and infee owner of a 5 acre bog. The actual residence of this gent was in County Cavan.


Land Owners in Ireland, 1876:


G. Tuite Dalton, address Eureka, Kells, owned 29 acres.


1857 News from Ireland:


County Cavan.


Samuel MOORE, Esq., has been appointed major in the Cavan Regiment of Militia, vice Gustavus TUITE DALTON, Esq., resigned.


GUSTAVUS TUITE DALTON, Clerk of the Peace, County Cavan, 13th December 1859


The English press on the Irish question - with an Irishman's view of it; By Gustavus Tuite Dalton; by Dalton, Gustavus Tuite.


St. Columba's Church stands on one of the most important Church sites in Co. Meath. According to the 'Book of Lismore', King Diarmait or Dermot, High King of Ireland granted to Columba the Dun or Fort of Kells to establish a Religious Community. The 'Annals of Ulster' for the year 804CE show that the Columban community on the island of Iona transferred to Kells which then became the principal Irish Columban monastery. In 918, the monastery was plundered and the Church destroyed. In 1117, the Abbot and Community were killed in a raid by Aedh Ua Ruairc.


Following the Synod of Kells in 1152, Kells was granted Diocesan status and the old Church was elevated to the status of a Cathedral for the Diocese. In the early 13th. century the Diocese of Kells was absorbed into the newly created Diocese of Meath. Following the Reformation the Parish Church was in ruins. It was rebuilt in 1578 on the instructions of Hugh Brady, Bishop of Meath, the Archdeacon of Meath, who also held the position of Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Sir Thomas Garvie also assisted in the task of rebuilding the Church, as did Nicholas Daly, Sovereign of the Corporation of Kells.


The only remaining portion of the mediaeval Church still standing, is the bell tower. From surviving records we know that the old Church was a large cruciform structure with a chancel and tower. The present Church was built in 1778. The spire on the bell tower was erected by Thomas, 1st Earl of Bective, in 1783. It was designed by Thomas Cooley and the stone-cutter employed was John Walsh. The Graveyard gate piers were also built for the Earl of Bective in 1783. The Church was altered in 1811, and again, in 1858, when the interior was re-ordered. In more recent times the Church roof was restored in 1965 and the interior re-decorated. Also, in 1965, the old disused Gallery was converted to exhibition space and display panels, recording the history of the monastic site, were erected.




"The Bible and Brass Lectern in this Church are a memorial to Major Gustavus Tuite Dalton who died 20th January 1879, and are the gift of his family."


Reginald Tuite-Dalton, son of Gustavus Tuite-Dalton, was born in Cavan, Ireland on the 29th April 1850. At the age of 23, in June 1873, he would enlist to the 10th Hussars. Listed as Gentleman, he was accepted to Sandhurst Officers College, where after a short period of cadet training, he was gazette to be Sub–Lieutenant, in succession to Lieutenant W. H. Watkins. On 16th July 1973 he would be appointed to the 10th Hussars, whereupon he would join his regiment in Muttra in the East Indies. Appointed by purchase to Lieutenant, on 16th July 1874, he was later appointment to “Probationer for the Indian Staff Corps,” gazette date 24th November 1877.


When hostilities broke out in Afghanistan in 1878 a Squadron of the 10th Royal was the first troops into the country and were actively engaged in the campaign that followed. As well as the enemy, the regiment had to contend with the extreme temperatures of the region as well as an outbreak of cholera.



According to Shadbolt, Lieutenant Dalton joined the detached squadron of the regiment in the Kuram Valley in the January of 1879 where he would serve with them until to the March 1879. The London Gazette May 16, 1879 shows he resigned his commission 17 May 1879, and retired from service shortly after the close of the regiment’s involvement in the Afghanistan and its subsequent return back to India.


Godfrey Stuart Alan TUITE-DALTON


Lieutenant. EC/4004. Nationality Indian. 6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers (Watson’s Horse), I.A.C. Died 17th December 1943. Age 21. Son of Lt. Col. E. Tuite-Dalton, M.B.E., M.C., and Audrey Tuite-Dalton of Barming, Kent, England. Moro River Canadian War Cemetery. Grave XVI. A. 9.


The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road. The cemetery can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato.