Thursday, 17 June 2021

Carrigglas Manor


The LEFROYS are of Flemish extraction, and emigrated from Cambrai to England in the time of the Duke of Alva's persecutions, settling at Canterbury, Kent.

The first settler, about 1559, was

ANTOINE LEFROY, a native of Cambrai, who settled in Canterbury ca 1587, where his descendants followed the business of silk dying.

His descendent in the fourth generation, 

THOMAS LEFROY (1680-1723), of Canterbury, married Phœbe, daughter of Thomas Thomson, of Kenfield, by Phœbe his wife, daughter of William Hammond, of St Alban's Court, Kent, and granddaughter of the Rt Hon Sir Dudley Digges, of Chilham Castle, Kent, Master of the Rolls, and had a son,

ANTHONY LEFROY (1703-79), of Leghorn and Canterbury, who married, in 1738, Elizabeth, sister of  Benjamin Langlois MP, many years Under Secretary of State, and had (with one daughter, Phoebe, married to an Italian nobleman), two sons,
Isaac Peter George.
The elder son, 

ANTHONY PETER LEFROY (1742-1819), Lieutenant-Colonel, 9th Dragoons, married, in 1765, Anne, daughter of Colonel Gardiner, and had issue,
THOMAS LANGLOIS, of whom hereafter;
Anthony, an army captain;
Benjamin, ancestor of Jeremy John Elton Lefroy MP;
Henry (Rev), Vicar of Santry.
The eldest son, 

THE RT HON THOMAS LANGLOIS LEFROY  (1776-1869), of Carrigglas Manor, LORD CHIEF JUSTICE OF IRELAND, espoused, in 1799, Mary, only daughter and heir of Jeffry Paul, of Silver Spring, County Wexford, member of the younger branch of the family of Sir Robert Paul Bt, and had issue,
ANTHONY, his heir;
THOMAS PAUL, succeeded his brother;
Jeffry (Very Rev), Dean of Dromore;
George Thomson;
Jane Christmas; Anne; Mary Elizabeth.
Lord Chief Justice Lefroy, one of the most distinguished lawyers of his time, was called to the Bar in 1797, and appointed a Bencher of the King's Inn, 1819.

He was MP for Trinity College, Dublin, from 1830 until his elevation to the Bench, which took place in 1841, when he was appointed a Baron of the Exchequer.

He was appointed Lord Chief Justice in 1852.

The eldest son,

ANTHONY LEFROY JP DL (1800-90), of Carrigglas Manor, MP for Trinity College, Dublin, 1858-70, County Longford, 1830-47, High Sheriff of County Longford, 1849, married, in 1824, Jane, eldest daughter of Robert Edward, 1st Viscount Lorton, and granddaughter of Robert, 2nd Earl of Kingston, and had issue,
Thomas, died an infant;
Frances Jane; Mary Louisa.
Mr Lefroy was succeeded by his brother,

THOMAS PAUL LEFROY QC (1806-91), of Carrigglas Manor, County Court Judge of Down, Chancellor of the Diocesan Court of Down, Connor and Dromore, Bencher of the King's Inns, who wedded, in 1835, the Hon Elizabeth Massy, daughter of Hugh, 3rd Baron Massy, and had issue,
AUGUSTINE HUGH, successor to his brother;
Anthony William Hamon (Rev);
Charles Edward;
George Henry;
Alfred Henry;
Margaret Everina; Mary Georgina; Millicent Elizabeth; Grace Elizabeth; Frances Anna.
Judge Lefroy was succeeded by his eldest son,

THOMAS LANGLOIS HUGH LEFROY JP DL (1836-1902), of Carrigglas Manor, High Sheriff of County Longford, 1892, Barrister, who espoused, in 1894, Dorothy Winifred, daughter of Robert Carreg DL, of Carreg, Carnarvonshire.

He dsp 1902, and was succeeded by his brother,

AUGUSTINE HUGH LEFROY JP DL (1839-1915), of Carrigglas Manor and The Lodge, Boxted, Colchester, Essex, High Sheriff of County Longford, 1909, who wedded, in 1878, Isabel Mary, eldest daughter of John Hebblethwaite, of St Clair, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and had issue,
Augustine George Victor;
Mary Elizabeth; Kathleen Grace.
The eldest son,


It is believed that Jeffry and Tessa Lefroy were the last of the family to live at Carrigglas.

They had moved in to the house in 1976 and opened to visitors in 1985.

Sadly, the cost of maintaining the mansion house was unsustainable and, after twenty-nine years, they sold the estate in 2005.

CARRIGGLAS MANOR, near Longford, County Longford, is one of the larger and more impressive country estates still extant in that county.

It features buildings from two distinct periods and in two different architectural styles.

The present manor house is built on, or close to, the site of an earlier house.

The estate was originally a manor of the Anglican Bishops of Ardagh.

It was left to Trinity College, Dublin, in the 17th century and was later leased by Trinity College, ca 1695, to the Newcomen family (later the Gleadowe-Newcomen family).

The estate appears to have been later bought by the Newcomens in 1772.

The owner or resident at the turn of the 19th-century, Sir William Gleadowe-Newcomen, commissioned the eminent neoclassical architect James Gandon (1742-1823) to design for him an unusual house/villa.

Gleadowe-Newcomen later went bankrupt, following financial troubles that led to the eventual collapse of the Newcomen Bank, before work could start on this house/villa.

However, a magnificent stable block and farmyard with central pedimented archways, and an elegant triumphal arch gateway incorporating gate lodges to either side, designed by Gandon were built at Carrigglas.

An unusual walled garden on oval-plan and a gardener's house may also have been built to designs by Gandon.

Carrigglas was leased to, and later bought by, Thomas Lefroy (1776-1869) ca 1833.

Reputedly the character Mr Darcy in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was based on Judge Lefroy (they met in England when Lefroy was attending college there during the late-18th century).

Lefroy engaged the architect Daniel Robertson (d 1849) to design a new house for him at Carrigglas, ca 1837, demolishing the earlier country house to site.

Robertson designed the new house in an Elizabethan/Tudor architectural idiom, creating a highly picturesque building with a dramatic roof-line of tall Tudoresque chimney-stacks, crenellated turrets and gabled projections that ranks as one of the finest buildings of its type in Ireland.

Robertson was also an accomplished landscape architect, well-known for his work on the Italian gardens at Powerscourt, and he also carried out extensive landscaping at Carrigglas.

The Lefroy family remained at Carriglass Manor until about 2005, when they sold the estate and grounds. 

Other former seat ~ The Lodge, Boxted, Colchester, Essex.

First published in June, 2012.


Anonymous said...

Sadly it was sold to a developer at the height of the Celtic Tiger boom, and is now one of Ireland's largest 'ghost estates'. See - VC

Anonymous said...

I'm a next door neighbour to carriglass and it pains me to tell you, it has been completely ruined,
the hotel and golf course was half built and now left to rot and degrade, the house was in reasonable condition , till the lead was stolen off the roof, now water runs down the middle of the house taking off plaster and paint, pity to see it in such bad repair and neglect,

Unknown said...

I have a film on Youtube "Carriglass Manor-Fall from Grace' to show what it is like in the Manor and housing development at the present time

Unknown said...

Carriglas manor is the family estate of my grandfather (now deceased) sister and I are the last remaining issue of Thomas Lefroy on the English side.

Anonymous said...


I would like to talk to the last lefroys, my cousin Earnest Hawkins 5 x removed married Sophia Anna Lefroy great grand Daughter to Ann Brydges. I'm researching my family tree and would like to contact any remaining Lefroys.

Anonymous said...

So am I my name is Larissa Lefroy I am family to Thomas Lefroy is is my great great great great great great grandad I know a lot about him and the castle your not the last one left my hole family is still here my dad is close family to him

Demetrius said...

Thomas Langlois Lefroy was the Tom Lefroy to whom Jane Austen was attached and a might have been" for marriage. Given the relevant potential connections on his and her side it raises some interesting questions. Sheridan and friends may have been lurking in the background.

Peter said...

Peter said...
Hello Larissa. I am researching the Lefroy family tree and would like to make contact with you:

Anonymous said...

Hi. My sister and I are the great, great, great grand-daughters of Benjamin Lefroy and Catherine Tessier de la Nauze. We live in Nottinghamshire in England. We think we and our families are the last in the line from Benjamin and Catherine.

WT Historian said...

I am doing research on Hugh Percival Thomson Lefroy [1880-1954] and his work with early radio. He was the son of
HPT LEFROY was an officer in the Royal Engineers during WWI and then the [UK] Air ministry after WW1 working on radio development for aviation.
His specialty was radio [wireless telegraphy].
He died in Dublin in 1954.
If any family member is aware if his papers have survived and knows their location, I would be very interested.
thank you.

WT Historian said...

If they survive, I am interested in the papers of Hugh Percival Thomson Lefroy [1880-1954].
He was the son of Augustine Lefroy and was an officer in the Royal Engineers with a specialty wireless telegraphy [early radio].
After retiring from the Army in 1922, he worked at the Air Ministry on radio research.
He died in Dublin in 1954.
Thank you for your help.