Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Ennistymon House

THE FAMILY OF MACNAMARA WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY CLARE, WITH 15,246 ACRES

This is a branch of the ancient Milesian family of MACNAMARA, of County Clare, which was resident at Ballinacraig Castle.

BARTHOLOMEW MACNAMARA, Murraghlin, barony of The Burren, County Clare, sixth son of Teigue Macnamara, of Ballinacraig, was born at Ballinacraig in 1685.

He wedded Dorothy, daughter of William Brock, Mayor of Galway, and had issue,
WILLIAM, of whom presently;
Michael, dsp;
Teigue, dsp;
John.
The eldest son,

WILLIAM MACNAMARA, of Doolen, County Clare, born at Gleninagh in 1714, married Catherine, daughter and heir of Francis Sarsfield, of Doolen, County Clare, and by her had issue,
FRANCIS, of whom presently;
William, dsp.
The elder son,

FRANCIS MACNAMARA, of Doolen, born in 1750, espoused Jane, daughter of George Stamer, of Carnelly, County Clare, by Honor his wife, daughter of Christopher O'Brien, of Ennistymon, and Mary, his second wife, daughter of Sir Randal MacDonnell Bt, and had issue,
WILLIAM NUGENT, his heir;
Richard;
George;
Francis;
John;
Burton (Sir), KCB, Admiral;
Honoria; Dora.
The son and heir,

WILLIAM NUGENT MACNAMARA (1775-1856), of Doolen, MP for County Clare, married, in 1798, Susannah, daughter and eventually co-heir of the Hon Mathias Finucane, Justice of the Common Pleas in Ireland (by Anne his wife, daughter of Edward O'Brien, of Ennistymon), and by her had issue,
FRANCIS, his heir;
Jane; Susan; Honor; Matilda; Louisa.
The only son,

FRANCIS MACNAMARA JP DL (1802-73), of Doolen and Ennistymon House, Lieutenant-Colonel, Clare Militia, MP for Ennis, was succeeded by his only son,

HENRY VALENTINE MACNAMARA JP DL (1861-1925), of Doolen and Ennistymon, who wedded, in 1883, Elizabeth Edith, daughter of Sir Daniel Cooper Bt, and had issue,

FRANCIS MACNAMARA (1884-1945), who married firstly, in 1911, Yvonne Majolier, and had issue,
Caitlin, m Dylan Thomas;
Nicolette, 1911-87.

ENNISTYMON HOUSE, now The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon, County Clare, is a two-storey, seven-bay, gable-ended 18th century house.

It has a single-storey, 19th century, gable-ended wing.

Interior plasterwork includes a frieze incorporating an arm embowed, brandishing a sword (the O'Brien crest) in the hall.


The conservatory has art nouveau metalwork.

Ennistymon became The Falls Hotel ca 1936.

Francis Macnamara was apparently a notable bohemian figure and the father-in-law of Dylan Thomas; who married (as his second wife) the sister of Augustus John's Dorelia.

Macnamara and John are the Two Flamboyant Fathers in the book of that name by his daughter, Nicolette Shephard.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

'Carbuncle' and 'Much Loved Friend' spring to mind. VC