Peg Plunkett (Mrs. Leeson) (C. 1740-1797)

PEG PLUNKETT (MRS. LEESON) (C. 1740-1797) VICE-QUEEN OF GEORGIAN DUBLIN Christmas 1794 was a distinctly uncomfortable time for a large number of the well-to-do men who frequented Georgian Dublin. The word was out that Mrs. Leeson, long regarded as the city’s foremost...
Henry of Straffan House & Lodge Park, County Kildare

Henry of Straffan House & Lodge Park, County Kildare

In the early 18th century, a Presbyterian minister’s son from Co. Antrim struck rich in banking and linen, and acquired the former Tyrconnell estates at Straffan on the banks of the River Liffey. A high-profile marriage to the Earl of Milltown’s daughter enabled Hugh...