Dr. James Barry (1789-1865): The Man Who Was A Woman

DR. JAMES BARRY (1789-1865): THE MAN WHO WAS A WOMAN London, 25 July 1865. It is unlikely that Sophia Bishop ever experienced a greater surprise. For the previous months, she had been serving as maidservant to Dr. James Barry, a former Inspector General of military...
De Robeck of Gowran Grange, Co. Kildare & the Focks of Estonia

De Robeck of Gowran Grange, Co. Kildare & the Focks of Estonia

Originating in Estonia and Sweden, the de Robecks came of age during the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars, while Admiral de Robeck was one of the principal figures in the Dardanelles campaign of the First World War. Other family members have been...

The Fennells of Burtown House, Athy, Co. Kildare

THE FENNELLS OF BURTOWN HOUSE, ATHY, CO. KILDARE This work is dedicated to the memory of William Fennell, late of Burtown House, one of the finest gentlemen of his generation. It is an updated version of the original extract from “The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy...

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The Holrod-Smyth family were descendants of the Smyths of Ballynatray. Lady Harriette Holroyd-Smyth was a daughter of Charlotte, Countess of Mount Cashell, whose father was the last of the Smyths to own the property. Lady Harriette & Patrick Fleming Born in...