Mr Roger Tobin

Roger Tobin

Mr Roger Tobin was born in Lisgibbon, Bansha, Co Tipperary, Ireland on 30 October 1891.

He was the son of Patrick Tobin (b. 1856), a farmer, and Margaret Noonan (b. 1855) a domestic servant, Tipperary natives of Lisgibbon and Stonepark, respectively who had married on 28 February 1887. 

Coming from a Roman Catholic family and one of six children, Roger's siblings were: William (b. 7 February 1888), Patrick (b. 15 April 1889), Mary1(b. 20 June 1890), William (b. 1 April 1893) and David (b. 10 July 1894).

The 1901 census shows Roger and his family living in house 1, Lisgibbon while the 1911 census shows Patrick, still with his family and unmarried, living at the same address but no profession for him was listed although it was later reported that he worked in a men's drapery, Kelly's. He was a prominent Gaelic sports player, involved with hurling and Gaelic football and the family were perhaps committed Irish Nationalists. 

Roger boarded the Titanic at Queenstown as a third class passenger (ticket number 383121 which cost him £7, 15s, possibly in cabin 38 on F-Dec section C), carrying on his person a selection of camans (hurley sticks).

He was travelling to New York with his sweetheart Catherine Peters and aboard was acquainted with two other Tipperary girls, Kate McCarthy and Kate Connolly. He already had cousins in New York and his destination address was 243 East 45th Street, Manhattan, the home address of Katie Peters' sister Mrs John (Mary) Egan.

On the night of the sinking Catherine McCarthy, the only surviving member of their group, recalled that Roger Tobin called by their cabin and told them to get up and dressed and to bring lifebelts but assured them there was no danger. McCarthy said that only she sensed any urgency and whilst she implored the other two girls to follow her, she ended up leaving alone and never saw the other two Kates or Roger again.
Roger Tobin died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

His estate, valued at £39, 6s was administered to his father on 6 December 1912. 

His family remained in Lisgibbon and his father died from pneumonia on 14 March 1921. His mother later died on 3 October 1936 from heart disease. His younger brother William, a bachelor, was later afflicted with Addison's disease and died on 20 April 1935 aged 40. Brother Patrick also remained unmarried and died following a stroke on 4 September 1942. What became of his other siblings remains uncertain.


  1. Mary married farmer Michael Walsh of Cahir, Co Tipperary on 1 February 1927. 


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References and Sources

The Nationalist, 24 April 1912, Tipperary Victims
The Tipperary Star, 27 April 1912
Fleadh Cheoil (Bansha), 1998
Search archive Irish newspapers online

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