Thursday, 9 July 2015

Palmerstown House

This family is said to derive from the old Viscounts Mayo (which title, conferred in 1627, has lain dormant or extinct since the death of John, 8th Viscount, in 1767), and from the same ancestor as the de Burghs or Bourkes, Earls of Clanricarde, and of Ulster, which latter earldom was carried from the family by the marriage, in 1352, of Elizabeth de Burgh, sole heiress of William, Earl of Ulster (by Maude, third daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, Leicester, and Derby, grandson of HENRY III), with Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, third son of EDWARD III.
JOHN BOURKE (third son of David Bourke, of Monycrower, County Mayo) was a captain of horse under the Marquess of Ormonde during the troubles in Ireland, in 1641; at the termination of which he took up his abode at Kill, County Kildare, and marrying Catherine, daughter of Meyler Fay, and niece of Sir Paul Davys, had (with three daughters)
Miles, dsp;
Walter, dsp;
Theobald, dsp;
RICKARD, of whom presently.
The youngest son,

RICKARD BOURKE LL.D, married Catherine, daughter of Charles Minchin, of Ballinakill, County Tipperary, and was father of

THE RT HON JOHN BOURKE (c1705-90), MP for Naas, who wedded, in 1725, Mary, third daughter and co-heir of the Rt Hon Joseph Deane, Chief Baron of the Irish Exchequer, by whom he had issue,
JOHN, his successor;
JOSEPH DEANE, Lord Archbishop of Tuam, 3rd Earl;
Catherine; Elizabeth;
Margaret; Eleanor.
Mr Bourke having been sworn previously of the Irish privy council, was elevated to the peerage, in 1776, as Baron Naas; and advanced to a viscountcy, as Viscount Mayo, in 1781.

His lordship was further advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as EARL OF MAYO, in 1785.

Lord Mayo died in 1790, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN, 2nd Earl (1729-92), who espoused, in 1764, Lady Mary Leeson, daughter of Joseph, Earl of Miltown, but died without issue, when the honours devolved upon his brother,

THE MOST REV JOSEPH DEANE DD, Lord Archbishop of Tuam, as 3rd Earl (c1740-94).

His Grace married, in 1760, Elizabeth, only daughter of Sir Richard Meade Bt, and sister of John, 1st Earl of Clanwilliam; by whom he had issue,
JOHN, 4th Earl;
Richard (Rt Rev), Lord Bishop of Waterford;
Joseph (Very Rev), Dean of Ossory;
George Theobald (Rev);
and eight daughters.
His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,
John, 4th Earl (1766–1849);
Robert, 5th Earl (1797–1867);
Richard Southwell, 6th Earl (1822-72);
Dermot Robert Wyndham, 7th Earl (1851–1927);
Walter Longley, 8th Earl (1859–1939);
Ulick Henry, 9th Earl (1890–1962);
Terence Patrick, 10th Earl (1929–2006);
Charles Diarmuidh John, 11th Earl (b 1953).
The heir apparent is the present holder's eldest son Richard Thomas Bourke, styled Lord Naas (b 1985).

PALMERSTOWN HOUSE, near Johnstown, County Kildare, is a mansion-house rebuilt in late-Victorian "Queen Anne" style.

6th Earl of Mayo KP GCSI PC
The mansion was built by public subscription as a tribute to the memory of the 6th Earl of Mayo, Chief Secretary for Ireland and later Viceroy of India.
The 6th Earl was assassinated by an escaped convict in the Andaman Islands in 1872.
One front has a recessed centre and three-bay projections, joined by a colonnade of coupled columns. Another front has a pediment elevated on a three-bay attic, between two three-sided bows.

The house has a Mansard roof with pedimented dormers.

It was burnt in 1923, though afterwards rebuilt with a flat roof and balustraded parapet.

Pa;merstown has had a succession of owners, including Mrs B Lawlor, who began her career as cook to the 7th Earl and Countess.

Palmerstown House now functions as a de luxe golf golf resort and functions including christenings, communions, confirmations, family celebrations, retirement parties, anniversaries, corporate events, team-building exercises etc.

Mayo arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Palmerstown House has just been sold for probably less than its €12m asking price with 688 acres, after being in receivership via NAMA.