Pelham, Earls of Yarborough

Pelham, Earls of Yarborough

Origins of the Pelham Family   The Pelhams first rose to prominence in the Middle Ages when Sir John Pelham fought alongside Edward III during the Hundred Years War. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Field Marshall Sir William Pelham of Brocklesby in Lincolnshire...
Hare, Earl of Listowel – Convamore

Hare, Earl of Listowel – Convamore

Descended from a Cork merchant, the Hare family came to prominence when they bought significant lands in Counties Cork and Kerry in the late 18th century. Convamore, a splendid mansion just outside Ballyhooly, was built in the early 19th century to celebrate their...
The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare – Introduction

The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare – Introduction

Return to Contents of The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare.   When Art Kavanagh first asked me to produce a book on the landed gentry and aristocracy of County Kildare, I shied away with all my might. I know about these family histories. They take an...
Guinness of Lodge Park, County Kildare

Guinness of Lodge Park, County Kildare

Overlooking a stretch of the River Liffey, Lodge Park was bought by the Guinness family in 1948 and it is presently home to Robert and Sarah Guinness. Robert descends from Samuel, a younger brother of Arthur Guinness the Brewer, who became a goldbeater in the 18th...
Kilkea Castle – Contents

Kilkea Castle – Contents

Foreword   Introduction 1 – The Time Before the Normans Charting the emergence of the landscape around Kilkea Castle from the end of the last Ice Age through the establishment of the ringforts at Mullaghreelan and Mullaghmast, as well as St Caoide’s church, to the eve...