Thursday, 22 October 2015

Fenagh House

THE FAMILY OF PACK-BERESFORD WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY CARLOW, WITH 7,679 ACRES

THOMAS PACK,  of Ballynakill, Queen's County, married a daughter of Mr Kelly, of Ballynakill.

Dying in 1758, he left issue, three sons, of whom the eldest,

THE VERY REV THOMAS PACK, Dean of Ossory, wedded, in 1816, Lady Elizabeth Louisa Beresford (daughter of 1st Marquess of Waterford).

His son,

MAJOR-GENERAL SIR DENIS PACK KCB (1775-1823), received the thanks of Parliament five times for his military services.


His second son,

DENIS WILLIAM PACK-BERESFORD JP DL MP (1818-81),
baptised with the name of Denis William Pack; Captain, Royal Artillery; High Sheriff, 1856; MP for County Carlow. In 1854 he inherited Irish estates from his uncle, General the Rt Hon William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford.
His name was legally changed to PACK-BERESFORD when he assumed the additional surname and arms of Beresford in compliance with the will of Lord Beresford, by Royal Licence, in 1854.

His younger son,

DENIS ROBERT PACK-BERESFORD JP DL (1864-1942), of Fenagh House; High Sheriff, 1890, married, in 1891, Alice Harriet, only daughter of the James Acheson Lyle, of Portstewart House.

Denis William Pack-Beresford's grandson,

COMMANDER DENIS JOHN PACK-BERESFORD RN, of Fenagh House, married firstly, in 1928, Basante Hoskins, in 1928; and secondly, in 1933, Daphne, daughter of Lieutenant Horace Robert Martineau VC.

Commander Pack-Beresford was Founder and President, Irish Pedigree Pig Breeders Association; sometime representative to the Council of Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society of Scotland; Vice-President of the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association; member of the Council of the Royal Dublin Society.


FENAGH HOUSE, Bagenalstown, County Carlow, is a plain and austere stone dwelling, built ca 1829.

It is irregular in plan and extensive, though it has a symmetrical entrance front of three bays, the centre bay of which is recessed with a pillared porch.

First published in November, 2011.

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