The Bog Commission, 1809

The Bog Commission, 1809

In the early 19th century, the British government considered a scheme to drain Ireland’s bogs and to plant them with hemp and flax in order to sustain the Royal Navy’s colossal demand for sailcloth. As Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte had done much to hamper...
Thomas Burgh (1670-1730) – Engineer Extraordinaire

Thomas Burgh (1670-1730) – Engineer Extraordinaire

For much of the 16th and 17th centuries, Ireland was an island ravaged by incessant and brutal war. In 1691, the Protestant monarch William of Orange secured final victory over his Jacobite enemies and an era of unprecedented peace now came to Ireland that would last,...
The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

The Yelvertons, Viscounts Avonmore

The history of the Yelverton family falls into two parts. The first covers nearly five hundred years of the family’s earlier activities in England, from the birth of Andrew Yelverton in Norfolk in 1307 to the death of Henry Yelverton, 18th Baron Grey de Ruthyn...
De Burgh of Oldtown, Co. Kildare

De Burgh of Oldtown, Co. Kildare

With a lineage that reputedly stretches back to Charlemagne, the de Burgh’s role in Irish affairs has made an immense impact on the shape of the island’s past. From the first Norman knights who cantered across the seas in the 12th century to the courtrooms...