Boyles, Earls of Shannon

BOYLES, EARLS OF SHANNON RICHARD BOYLE, THE GREAT EARL OF CORK The family descend from Richard Boyle, the ‘Great Earl’ of Cork, an entrepreneur from Canterbury who became one of the most powerful figures in Western Europe during the early 17th century. The story of...
Smyth of Ballynatray

Smyth of Ballynatray

The Holroyd-Smyth family who lived at Ballynatray House near Youghal in County Waterford descend from a family named Smyth who were closely allied with Richard Boyle, the Great Earl of Cork. This story charts the family's journey from the Tudor age to the 1850s....
The Earls of Mount Cashell (Moore)

The Earls of Mount Cashell (Moore)

The Moore family, Earls of Mont Cashell, lived at Kilworth in north County Cork. This story looks at the story of the six earls, with a focus on the 5th Earl and his wife Charlotte, only child of Richard and Harriette Smyth of Ballynatray.   Unlimited access for €1 a...
Wingfield, Viscounts Powerscourt of Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Wingfield, Viscounts Powerscourt of Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Powerscourt House is one of the most famous Georgian houses in Ireland. Built in the 1740s, it was devastated by fire in 1974 but subsequently rebuilt. The estate takes its name from the de la Poer family who built a castle here in Norman times. In 1608, the property...