Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

Nicole Kidman’s Irish Ancestry

Cape of Good Hope, November 1841. Seated in his cabin, Surgeon James Paton opened his journal, dipped his quill in ink and wrote. ‘Marianne Masters, deceased, aged 7, probably cause, teething’. The child’s death brought the number of dead so far to eight. By the time...
Acton of Kilmacurragh, County Wicklow

Acton of Kilmacurragh, County Wicklow

Kilmacurragh House in County Wicklow was built by the Acton family during the reign of Queen Anne. In the 1850s, the forward-thinking Actons planted an arboretum that is now in peak condition with the greatest collection of Himalayan rhododendrons in Europe. However,...
Clements of Killadoon, Co. Kildare

Clements of Killadoon, Co. Kildare

In the mid 17th century, a Leicestershire family emigrated to Massachusetts and so escaped the ravages of the English Civil War. Only one son, Daniel Clements, remained behind, serving a commission in the army of Oliver Cromwell. For his military services in Ireland...
Finlay of Corkagh House, Clondalkin

Finlay of Corkagh House, Clondalkin

The saga of a family who flee Scotland with the downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots, and make their fortune in Ireland through private banking and a useful cousin that happens to own a handful of iron mines in Sweden. Covering events such as the 1798 Rising and Robert...