This noble family derives from a common ancestor with that of Molyneux, Earls of Sefton, namely,
SIR RICHARD MOLYNEUX, Knight, of Sefton, Lancashire, from whom descended
WILLIAM MULLINS, of Burnham, Norfolk, who, by his wife, Jane Ludlow, had a son,
FREDERICK WILLIAM MULLINS, settled in Ireland, and obtained considerable grants in the province of Ulster, which he sold, and purchased estates in County Kerry.
Mr Mullins sat in two successive parliaments in the reign of WILLIAM III.
Removing to Ireland, arriving ca 1666, the said gentleman bought land in County Kerry, renaming the town of Ballingolin as Burnham, after his Norfolk birthplace.
He was MP for Dingle, 1692-95, and MP for Tralee, 1694-96.
He wedded Jane, daughter and co-heiress of the Very Rev John Eveleigh, Dean of Cork, and by her had issue,
FREDERICK;The eldest son,
FREDERICK MULLINS (1663-95), wedded, in 1685, Martha, eldest daughter of Thomas Blennerhassett, and granddaughter maternally of Dermot, 5th Baron Inchiquin, and by her had issue, an only son,
WILLIAM MULLINS, of Burnham, County Kerry (son of Frederick Mullins, by Martha, eldest daughter of Thomas Blennerhassett, and granddaughter maternally of Dermot, 5th Baron Inchiquin).
This gentleman married, in 1716, Mary, daughter of George Rowan; and dying in 1761, left a daughter, Anne, and an only son,
THOMAS MULLINS (1736-1824) who was created a baronet in 1797; and elevated to the peerage, in 1800, as BARON VENTRY, of Ventry in County Kerry.
His lordship wedded, in 1775, Elizabeth, daughter of Townsend Gunn, of Rattoo, in the same county, by whom he had issue,
WILLIAM TOWNSEND, his successor;Lord Ventry was succeeded by his eldest son,
Townsend, father of THOMAS TOWNSEND AREMBERG, 3rd Baron;
Edward, a major in the army;
Frederick, in holy orders;
Theodora; Elizabeth; Arabella;
Charlotte; Catherine; Helena Jane.
WILLIAM TOWNSEND, 2nd Baron (1761-1827), who espoused firstly, in 1784, Sarah Anne, daughter of Sir Riggs Falkiner Bt, and had issue,
ANNA;His lordship wedded secondly, in 1790, Frances Elizabeth, only daughter of Isaac Sage, which marriage was dissolved in 1796; and thirdly, in 1797, Clara, daughter of Benjamin Jones, by whom he had,
THOMAS (1798-1817).The 2nd Baron died in 1827 without male issue, when the honours devolved upon his nephew,
THOMAS TOWNSEND, 3rd Baron (1786-1868).
The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Hon. Francis Wesley Daubeney de Moleyns (born 1965).
- Dayrolles Blakeney Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 4th Baron (1828–1914)
- Frederick Rossmore Wauchope Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 5th Baron (1861–1923)
- Arthur William Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 6th Baron (1864–1936)
- Arthur Frederick Daubeney Olav Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 7th Baron (1898–1987)
- Andrew Harold Wesley Daubeney de Moleyns, 8th Baron (born 1943)
BURNHAM HOUSE (or Manor), near Dingle, County Kerry, comprises a three-storey, seven bay Georgian block enlarged by the addition of two-storey wings, which were re-faced during the late 19th century.
The entrance front boasts engaged Doric columns which support sections of entablature and a steep pediment above a porte-cochère.
The roof is eaved on the centre and wings; while the centre has a modillion cornice.
The garden front has two-storey, rectangular projections in the centre; with three-sided bows at the ends of the wings.
Burnham House was sold to the Irish Land Commission in the 1920s and is now a girls' boarding school.
First published in April, 2011.