The Maturin and Johnston Families

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johnston's car

Huguenot minister Gabriel Maturin was imprisoned, in solitary confinement for 25 years on the île Sainte-Marguerite, by Louis XIV for daring to go back to preach to his flock in France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.

The Maturin and Johnston Families

Basil Maturin threw a small child into a lifeboat saying "Catch it - find its mother" and calmly awaited his end as the Lusitania sank

Benjamin Johnston lost his estate in the Vale of Avoca - on the turn of a card

The IRA stole Dr Henry Johnston's Motor Car - and then sang about it!  He was really cross that they said it made a din, when it was the best kept car in Donegal

Adelaide Maturin was the power behind the throne in one of the biggest propaganda operations in WW2 - which then continued through to the Cold War

The  Maturin Story starts HERE

Click HERE for the Johnstons


Captain Gabriel Maturin gained enormous respect from Sir Thomas Gage after the Fall of Quebec, being his secretary from then until an early death just before the outbreak of revolution

Charles Robert Maturin loved preaching, dancing and writing - but could make a living from none of them, despite flashes of success with "Melmoth the Wanderer", "Bertram" etc

Frank Holl painted his "Newgate: Committed for Trial" in 1878 in his quest for art with social realism.  It is likely to have been based on the the case of William Frederick Maturin.


the latest revisions

Thank you to Guy Dixon for updating the details of the Sisson connection.  The page for the Sisson and Wybrants families has now been modified, and the Figgis and Wilson details have been clarified as well.  Just click here

Sadly, it has to reported that Madeleine Maturin collapsed at home in Ballyhalbert, Co. Down on 2 December and died in hospital later that day.  At the age of 88 she was still fiercely idependant, but very grateful for the care and support of her neighbours.  A brief biography is towards the end of this linked page .