Saturday, 7 April 2018

Moore Abbey

THE EARLS OF DROGHEDA WERE THE SECOND LARGEST LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY KILDARE, WITH 16,609 ACRES

This noble family came from France very early after the Conquest, and having acquired a good estate in Kent, resided at the manor of Moore Place, as early as the reign of HENRY II.

THOMAS MOORE, living in the reign of EDWARD II, was ancestor, after ten generations, of

JOHN MOORE, of Benenden Place, Kent, living, in 1519, who had issue,
EDWARD (Sir), father of 1st Viscount Moore;
THOMAS (Sir), ancestor of the Earls of Charleville.
Sir Edward and Sir Thomas went over to Ireland, as soldiers of fortune, in the reign of ELIZABETH I

SIR EDWARD, the elder brother, obtained for his services, from Her Majesty, a lease of the dissolved abbey of Mellifont, with its appurtenances, in County Louth, which he made the principal place of his abode; and it so continued that of his descendants until their removal to Moore Abbey, County Kildare, the seat of the Viscounts Loftus, of Ely, which devolved upon the Earl of Drogheda.

He married Mildred, daughter and co-heir of Nicholas Clifford, of Great Chart, in Kent, and was succeeded at his decease by his eldest son,

SIR GARRET MOORE (1564-1627), Knight, of Mellifont, MP for the borough of Dungarvan, who rendered distinguished assistance to the government of ELIZABETH I, in quelling the Irish rebellion, and received at Mellifont the submission of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.

Sir Garret was elevated to the peerage in 1616, as Baron Moore; and advanced to a viscountcy, 1621,  as Viscount Moore, of Drogheda.

His lordship wedded Mary, daughter of Sir Henry Colley, Knight, of Castle Carbery, County Kildare.

He was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,

CHARLES, 2nd Viscount (1603-43), who was killed at Portlester, County Meath, in the service of CHARLES I; in which he had previously distinguished himself as a gallant and enterprising officer.

His lordship espoused Alice, younger daughter of Adam, 1st Viscount Loftus, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

HENRY, 3rd Viscount, who was created, in 1661, EARL OF DROGHEDA.

His lordship married Alice, fifth daughter of William, 2nd Baron Spencer, of Wormleighton, by Lady Penelope Wriothesley, daughter of Henry, Earl of Sunderland.

He died in 1676, was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 2nd Earl, who wedded, in 1669, the Lady Letitia Isabella Robartes, daughter of John, Earl of Radnor, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; but dying in 1679 without surviving issue, the honours devolved upon his brother,

HENRY, 3rd Earl, who had assumed the surname of HAMILTON upon inheriting the estates of his brother-in-law, Henry, Earl of Clanbrassil.

His lordship espoused, in 1675, Mary, daughter of Sir John Cole Bt, of Newland, near Dublin, and sister of Arthur, Baron Ranelagh, by whom he had issue,
CHARLES, father of 3rd & 4th Earls;
Arthur, dsp;
Henry, in holy orders;
John, in holy orders;
William;
Robert;
Capel;
Elizabeth.
The 3rd Earl died in 1714, and was succeeded by his grandson,

HENRY, 4th Earl (1700-27); who inherited the Loftus estates upon the decease of his maternal grandfather in 1725; but dying without an heir in 1727 (he had married Charlotte, daughter of Hugh, 1st Viscount Falmouth), those and the family honours and estates devolved upon his brother,

EDWARD, 5th Earl (1701-58).

This nobleman wedded firstly, in 1727, Lady Sarah Ponsonby, daughter of Brabazon, 1st Earl of Bessborough, by whom he had
CHARLES, his successor;
Ponsonby;
Edward, in holy orders.
His lordship married secondly, in 1747, Bridget, daughter of William Southwell, niece of Thomas, Lord Southwell, by whom he had two other sons,
William;
Robert.
The 5th Earl and his son, the Hon and Rev Edward Moore, were lost in their passage to Dublin in 1758.

He was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 6th Earl (1730-1822), KP, PC, who was created, in 1791, MARQUESS OF DROGHEDA.

His lordship wedded, in 1766, Lady Anne Seymour, daughter of Francis, 1st Marquess of Hertford, by whom he had issue,
CHARLES;
Henry Seymour;
Elizabeth Emily; Mary;
Gertrude; Frances.
His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 2nd Marquess.
Earls of Drogheda (1661; Reverted)
The heir apparent is the present holder's son Benjamin Garrett Henderson Moore, styled Viscount Moore.
The 1st and 3rd Marquesses were Knights of St Patrick (KP).

The 11th Earl was a Knight of the Garter (KG).

The 1oth Earl was the last Lord-Lieutenant of County Kildare, from 1918 until 1922.


MOORE ABBEY, near Monasterevin, County Kildare, was the large and luscious demesne of the Marquesses of Drogheda.

It was erected on the site of a medieval abbey.

The mansion was greatly repaired and improved about 1767; and is an extensive and commodious edifice, somewhat in the conventual style, yet quite destitute of all strongly marked architectural character.

The great hall is lined with Irish oak and is remarkable as the apartment in which the Court of Chancery was held by Adam, 1st Viscount Loftus, at the beginning of the 1641 rebellion.

The the site of the mansion is low, watery and without prospect, yet the surrounding demesne is very large and possesses some fine varieties of scenery; and the adjoining countryside ascends from the flat and boggy region on the north-east into a gentle and undulating mixture of low, pleasant and well-wooded hills.


The main front consists of a seven-bay central block of three storeys over a basement, with four-bay projecting wings of two storeys.

The windows all have pointed heads and Gothic astragals.

The roof parapets are battlemented.

There is an elaborate castellated entrance gateway to the demesne.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries, Moore Abbey passed to George, Lord Audley, who assigned it to Adam, Viscount Loftus.

The site was eventually acquired by the Moore family, Earls of Drogheda.

They were responsible for building the town of Monasterevin and much of Dublin.

In 1767, the 6th Earl pulled down the old abbey and used the stones to build a parish church, which has now been replaced by St John's parish church.

He replaced the abbey with a Neo-Gothic style mansion, now Moore Abbey.

Preparations for a sunken garden, in 1846, exposed a mass of skeletons on what was presumably the site of the abbey cemetery.

In 1924, John McCormack, the world famous operatic tenor, leased the house from Lord Drogheda.

In 1938 the Sisters of Charity of Jesus bought Moore Abbey where they now have a training school for nurses of the mentally disabled. 

Former town residence ~  Sackville Street, Dublin (otherwise O'Connell Street). 

First published in August, 2011. Drogheda arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

1 comment :

Allison Rivera said...

Hello, i am so thrilled to learn as much as i can about my lineage. As i have been working on my family tree for awhile now and recently finally linked it back to the Moore's in Ireland. Not to mention heading to out annual Moore's family reunion this Sunday! I just want to be sure i am accurate in describing the lineage. It is a bit confusing at times. There are a lot of Moores! I have been using Ancestry other citations although am always a bit leery since i am going off others information. So far this is what i have come up with.

Sir Thomas Moore (1502 - 1558) Liverpool, UK
14th great-grandfather

Sir Edward Moore of Mellifont (1527 - 1602) Ireland 13th great grandfather
son of Sir Thomas Moore

Sir Garret Moore of Mellifont 1st Viscount of Drogheda (1565 - 1627) Ireland 12th ggf son of Sir Edward Moore of Mellifont

Charles ‘Sir Knight’ Moore, 2nd. Viscount of Drogheda (1603 - 1643) Ireland
son of Sir Garret Moore of Mellifont 1st Viscount Moore of Drogheda 11th ggf

Henry Moore 3rd Viscount later 1st Earl of Drogheda (1625 - 1675) Ireland 10th ggf
son of Charles Sir Knight Moore, 2nd. Viscount of Drogheda

Sir Henry Spencer Hamilton-Moore (3rd Earl of Drogheda) (1660 - 1714) Ireland 9th ggf
son of Henry Moore 3rd Viscount, later 1st Earl of Drogheda

Sir Charles Moore (Viscount Drogheda) (1680 - 1714) Ireland 8th ggf
son of Sir Henry Spencer Hamilton-Moore (3rd Earl of Drogheda)

Sir Edward Moore (5th Earl of Drogheda) (1701 - 1758) Ireland 7th ggf
son of Sir Charles Moore (Viscount Drogheda)

William Moores (1742 - 1826) NJ/TN 6th ggf
son of Sir Edward Moore (5th Earl of Drogheda)

James Mills Moores (1772 - 1832) NC/KY 5th ggf
son of William Moores

Charles Kavanaugh Moores (1792 - 1860) KY 4th ggf
son of James Mills Moores

Charles "Boss" Kavanaugh Moores (1837 - 1880) KY 3rd ggf
son of Charles Kavanaugh Moores

William C Moores (1861 - 1937) KY 2nd ggf
son of Charles "Boss" Kavanaugh Moores

Wilbert "Tagert" Moores Sr (1899 - 1969) KY/IN Great Grandfather
son of William C Moores

Germania "Mayne" Moore (1921 - 2005) KY/IN Grandmother
Daughter of Wilbert "Tagert" Moores Sr

Caroll Dale Carter (1940 - 2016) KY/OH father
son of Germania "Mayne" Moore

Allison Janell Carter me


Thanks for your time and i am so happy to have found your blog site!