General Henry de Grangues of Corkagh House, County Dublin

General Henry de Grangues of Corkagh House, County Dublin

The tale of a French emigre who commanded Wynne’s Dragoons, the second most senior cavalry regiment in the British Army, before retiring to live at Corkagh House in south County Dublin. During the mid-eighteenth century, David Chaigneau leased Corkagh House,...
Théophilus Desbrisay (1662-1767) & the Corkagh Deed of 1743

Théophilus Desbrisay (1662-1767) & the Corkagh Deed of 1743

During the 1740s one of the more colourful families to take an interest in Corkagh House, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, was the Desbrisays. They claimed descent from Torquatus Byrsarius, a ninth–century warrior whom Charles the Bald entrusted with defending the lands...
William Caldbeck (1733-1803) & the Moyle Park Gunpowder Mills

William Caldbeck (1733-1803) & the Moyle Park Gunpowder Mills

An account of the amateur architect and barrister who built a gunpowder mills for the Irish Volunteers in Clondalkin, County Dublin, in 1782, only for them to explode five years later.   *****   In 1782 the banks of the River Camac in the south of County...
Nicholas Grueber & Corkagh’s Gunpowder Mill

Nicholas Grueber & Corkagh’s Gunpowder Mill

GRUEBER OF LYONS I was once lucky enough to stand on the American Civil War battlefield of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I learned that the main reason why the North defeated the South was because the North’s guns were more efficient and more accurate. The British...