The Butcher of Culloden

The Butcher of Culloden

‘There stood in a square in our fair, old town, Begirt by a deep moat of water, A column to Cumberland, damned to renown; whose statue on top…. Still seemed to gloat on slaughter’. John de Jean Frazer, Birr, Co Offaly (1809-1852) For more on the Duke and his monument...

Colonel John Augustin Ievers (1737 – 1791)

COLONEL JOHN AUGUSTIN IEVERS (1737 – 1791) FORMATIVE YEARS Colonel John Augustin Ievers was born on 28th December 1737, the eldest son of Colonel Henry Ievers by his marriage to his cousin Elizabeth Fitzgerald. At the time of his birth, the landscape where Mount...
Nicholas Grueber & Corkagh’s Gunpowder Mill

Nicholas Grueber & Corkagh’s Gunpowder Mill

GRUEBER OF LYONS I was once lucky enough to stand on the American Civil War battlefield of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I learned that the main reason why the North defeated the South was because the North’s guns were more efficient and more accurate. The British...
Arabin of Corkagh & Moyglare

Arabin of Corkagh & Moyglare

The tale of a French gentry family who fled their homeland, prospered as officers in William of Orange’s army and ran the gunpowder mills at Corkagh near Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, for almost 40 years, with cameos by a disgraced Lord Mayor, a cuckolded husband and a...
Chaigneau of Corkagh & Youghal

Chaigneau of Corkagh & Youghal

The story of a Calvinist Protestant (or Huguenot) dynasty from France who relocated to Ireland in the 17th century. Louis Chaigneau, a wealthy Dublin wine and property merchant, built Corkagh House in Dublin, as well as properties in Gowran, County Kilkenny. Also...