As he lay dying in the winter of 1845, William Pole-Wellesley must have reflected upon the many failures of his life. He had certainly never come close to the success of his younger brother, Arthur, the famous ‘Iron Duke’ of Wellington. In fact, William’s most lasting...
Tracking the history of the de la Poer or Power dynasty, reputedly from Brittany, who became prominent in Ireland in the medieval period (despite some hefty criminals in the clan) and fetched up as Earls of Tyrone, a title that passed by marriage to the Beresford...
Sir John Ponsonby of Bessborough The Ponsonbys of Bishopscourt, Co Kildare, and Bessborough, Co Kilkenny, were influential Protestant Whigs in the long 18th century. They descend from Sir John Ponsonby, a cavalry officer from Cumberland, who was appointed by...
A family who rose through the hierarchy through their astute understanding of finance, property and agriculture, culminating with John Foster’s election as Speaker of the Irish House of Commons and his elevation to the peerage as Baron Oriel. With 6,500 acres –...
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