This family and that of TRENCH, Earls of Clancarty, derive from a common ancestor, namely,
FREDERICK TRENCH, who settled at Garbally, County Galway, some time in the beginning of the 17th century, and dying in 1669, left by Anna, his wife, daughter of the Rev James Trench, two sons:
FREDERICK, of Garbally, who founded the house of Clancarty;Dying in 1725, Mr Trench was succeeded by his eldest son,
The Very Rev John, Dean of Raphoe.
FREDERICK TRENCH, of Moate, County Galway. This gentleman married and was succeeded by his only surviving son,
FREDERICK TRENCH, of Moate and Woodlawn, both in County Galway, whose son and heir,
FREDERICK TRENCH (1755-1840), was elevated to the peerage, as BARON ASHTOWN, of Moate, County Galway.
His lordship represented Portarlington in the Irish parliament from 1798-1800; and Maryborough, 1785-90.
- Frederick Mason Trench, 2nd Baron (1804–80)
- Frederick Oliver Trench, 3rd Baron (1868–1946)
- Robert Power Trench, 4th Baron (1897–1966)
- Dudley Oliver Trench, 5th Baron (1901–79)
- Christopher Oliver Trench, 6th Baron (1931–90)
- Nigel Clive Cosby Trench, 7th Baron (1916–2010)
- Roderick Nigel Godolphin Trench, 8th Baron (b 1944)
They were all descended from Frederic Trench who came to Ireland early in the 1600s.
In County Roscommon he held over a 1,000 acres; and in County Tipperary he held at least 21 townlands in the parishes of Ballingarry and Uskane, barony of Lower Ormond, inherited from the Sadleir family of Sopwell Hall.
In the 1870s Lord Ashtown is recorded as the owner of 11,273 acres in County Limerick and 4,526 acres in County Tipperary.
It boasts 26 bedrooms, a walled garden, courtyard, gatehouse, gardener's house and a lake.
Although the motifs are classical, the extensive use of dark limestone, the variety of textures and treatments, and the use of pinnacles give it a somewhat Gothic appearance typical of the late 19th century.
Ashtown arms courtesy of European Heraldry. First published in December, 2011.