STEPHEN FOWLER (younger son of Richard Fowler, by Margaret, the daughter of Richard, Lord Newport), wedded Elizabeth, daughter and heir of John Cock, of Skendleby Thorpe, Lincolnshire, and had issue.
His only surviving son,
GEORGE FOWLER, espoused Mary, daughter and co-heir of Robert Hurst, and had,
George, died unmarried;His third son,
Hurst, left a daughter;
ROBERT, of whom we treat;
THE MOST REV AND RT HON ROBERT FOWLER DD (1724-1801), Lord Archbishop of Dublin,
educated at Westminster School, and at Trinity College, Cambridge; one of the Chaplains to GEORGE II, and Prebendary at Westminster.In 1711, he was consecrated Lord Bishop of Killaloe and Kilfenora in Ireland; and, in 1773, was translated to the archiepiscopal see of Dublin.
Dr Fowler married Mildred, eldest daughter (and co-heir of her brother) of William Dealtry, of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, and had a son, ROBERT; and two daughters:
Mildred, m 1793, Edmund, Earl of Kilkenny;His Grace was subsequently sworn of the Privy Council and became, at the institution of the Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick, in 1783, its first Chancellor.
Frances m 1795, the Hon and Rt Rev Richard Bourke.
The Prelate of the Order was ex officio the Lord Archbishop of Armagh; the Chancellor was ex officio the Lord Archbishop of Dublin.
The Chancellor's Badge (above), part of the insignia of the Order, was a small, purse-shaped item, which was suspended by a broad ribbon from the neck.
The office of Chancellor became secular when the Church of Ireland was disestablished.
His Grace died in 1801, and was succeeded by his only son,
THE RT REV ROBERT FOWLER DD,
educated at Westminster School, and Christ Church, Oxford, was appointed Dean of St Patrick's; became Archdeacon of Dublin; and was afterwards consecrated Lord Bishop of Ossory and Ferns; married, in 1796, the Hon Louisa Gardiner, eldest daughter of Luke, Viscount Mountjoy, and sister of Charles John, Earl of Blessington.The Bishop died in 1841, aged 74, having had issue,
ROBERT, of Rahinston House;The eldest son,
Luke, of Wellbrook.
ROBERT FOWLER JP DL, (b 1797), of Rahinston and Rathmolyon, County Meath, wedded Jane Anne, eldest daughter of the Hon John Crichton, and sister of John, 3rd Earl of Erne; and by her had issue,
ROBERT, of Rahinston;Mr Fowler wedded secondly, in 1831, Lady Harriet Eleanor Wandesforde-Butler, eldest daughter of James, 2nd Marquess of Ormonde, and by her had issue,
James Haddington;Mr Fowler's eldest son,
Grace Louisa; Harriet Selina;
Anne Mildred; Emily.
ROBERT FOWLER JP DL MA, of Rahinston; High Sheriff, 1871; called to the Irish Bar in 1850; married and had issue, his eldest son,
CAPTAIN ROBERT HENRY FOWLER JP DL, of Rahinston, and Rathmolyon, County Meath, wedded, in 1856, Letitia Mabel, daughter of Henry Barry Coddington, of Oldridge.
High Sheriff, 1899; late captain, 85th King's Light Infantry; born in 1857.He had issue by her,
Louisa Marian; Florence Mary;
CAPTAIN ROBERT ST LEGER FOWLER MC (1891-1925), fought in the 1st World War; captain in the 17th Lancers; the Military Cross, 1916.
This gentleman died a bachelor and the family estate devolved upon his cousin,
BRIGADIER BRYAN JOHN FOWLER DSO MC, of Rahinston, born in 1898, son of George Hurst Fowler and Mabel Blakiston-Houston.
He married Mary Olivia, daughter of Lt-Col Cecil Patteson Nickalls, in 1944; was educated at Cheltenham College; fought in the First World War; Military Cross, 1918; Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 1943.Brigadier Fowler retired from the army in 1949. His eldest son,
JOHN ROBERT HENRY FOWLER (1946-2008), of Rahinston, married Lady Jennifer Chichester, daughter of 7th Marquess of Donegall, in 1971; educated at Eton College, and McGill University, Canada.
Since John Fowler's tragic death in 2008, Lady Jennifer took over the mantle.
Lady Jennifer died on 12th March, 2013. The training establishment continues.
Her son Harry and his wife Lorna are committed to developing the stud farm at Rahinston.
RAHINSTON HOUSE, near Summerhill, County Meath, is an Italianate house of ca 1875, "attributed stylistically to Sir Charles Lanyon" [Bence-Jones].
It has a three-bay front, faced in Roman cement with sandstone dressings; pediments over the windows.
The roof is carried on a bracket cornice. There is a bow window at the side with curved glass.
First published in October, 2012.