He was agent to most of the regiments on the Irish establishment, a gentleman universally known, and whose memory is greatly respected: He wrote, for his own amusement, the novel in two volumes called Jack Connor.
Mrs Chaigneau was a lady who attracted the good opinion of everyone
became a prominent figure in the Dublin of his time.
He served in the army in Flanders until the peace of Aix la Chapelle , when the Chaigneau bible records “Billy came home from Flanders 1748”.
He settled in Dublin as an army pay agent, being appointed in c.1750 as agent to Colonel Honeywood’s Regiment of Horse (later to become the 11th Hussars).
He was considered to be wealthy, living at 22 William Street, Dublin (the freehold of which the family still retains) and then at Gracefield, Clontarf, which he assigned to his niece’s husband, William Colvill, shortly before he died in 1781.