A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

A History of Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan

Built as a rectory for the Church of Ireland during the Napoleonic Wars, Bishopscourt was considered such a fine abode that two Bishops of Clogher opted to use it as their main place of residence during the first decades of the 20th century. This tale takes in the...
Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

Robert Louis Stevenson – Of Wooden Legs & Birthday Gifts

When Shane Leslie, the Anglo-Irish nationalist politician, was wooing his American wife Marjorie Ide in 1912, he was particularly impressed when she revealed how, during her childhood on the Pacific island of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson had read her bedtime stories....

Desmond Leslie (1921-2001) – an Irish Gentleman

DESMOND LESLIE (1921-2001) – AN IRISH GENTLEMAN Bernard Levin looked up at the tall, bespectacled Irishman in shock. The presenter of ‘That Was The Week That Was’ had not expected to be disrupted live on television. Indeed he had only just taken his seat when the man...

Leslie Ellis of Magherymore, Co. Wicklow

LESLIE ELLIS OF MAGHERYMORE, CO. WICKLOW FROM ‘THE LANDED GENTRY & ARISTOCRACY OF CO. WICKLOW’ BY TURTLE BUNBURY & ART KAVANAGH (IRISH FAMILY NAMES, 2005). “Non Sine Jure” (Not without right) The Leslie Ellis family descends from Sir Thomas Ellis or Ellys of...

Madden of Hilton Park

MADDEN OF HILTON PARK ORIGINS Romantic genealogists trace the origins of the Madden family back to a Milesian prince called Madaidhin (from the Irish madadh for hound or mastiff) whose descendents, the O Madaidhin (O’Madden) or Maddens of Hy-Many, occupied O’Kelly’s...