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A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laoise, Ireland

A History of Ballyfin House, Co. Laoise, Ireland

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...
De la Poer (Power) of County Waterford

De la Poer (Power) of County Waterford

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...

Ponsonbys of Bessborough

PONSONBYS OF BESSBOROUGH SIR JOHN PONSONBY OF BESSBOROUGH The Ponsonbys of Bishopscourt, Co Kildare, and Bessborough, Co Kilkenny, were a family of staunch protestant Whigs descended from Sir John Ponsonby, a cavalry officer from Cumberland who was appointed by...