Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Slacke of Ashleigh


WILLIAM SLACKE, of Annadale, County Leitrim, the family seat, married his cousin Angel Anna Slacke, having had issue (with four daughters),
RANDAL JAMES, his heir;
James Wilkinson;
Mr Slacke died in 1810, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

DR RANDAL JAMES SLACKE, of Strokestown, County Roscommon, who wedded, in 1800, Jane, daughter of James Cooper, and was father of

THE REV WILLIAM RANDAL SLACKE (1808-77), Rector of St John's, Newcastle, County Down, who espoused, in 1834, Mary, daughter of Jacob Owen, of Mountjoy Square, Dublin, and had issue,
OWEN RANDAL, his heir;
William Randal, Colonel, Royal Engineers (Newcastle, County Down);
Margaret Jane.

The Rev William Slacke, who served at St John's for no less than thirty-three years, was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR OWEN RANDAL SLACKE CB JP (1837-1910), Captain, 10th Royal Hussars, Divisional Commissioner for the Northern Division, Ireland, married firstly, in 1863, Katherine Anne, eldest daughter of Sir Charles Lanyon, of THE ABBEY, County Antrim, and had issue,
CHARLES OWEN, his heir;
Helen Marie.
Sir Owen wedded secondly, in 1875, Fanny Rose (31 Chesham Street, London), third daughter of Peter Connellan DL, of Coolmore, County Kilkenny, and had further issue,
Randal Beresford;
Roger Cecil.
Sir Owen was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES OWEN SLACKE (1872-1916), of Wheatfield, Belfast, who espoused, in 1902, Kate, daughter of the Rt Hon SIR DANIEL DIXON, 1st Baronet, of Ballymenoch, Holywood, County Down, and had issue,
RANDAL CHARLES, born 1904;
Edith Avril, born 1908.
Photo Credit: History of Newcastle

Captain Slacke, Royal Irish Rifles, was killed in action.

ASHLEIGH HOUSE, Maghera, County Down, is a Georgian two storey, late Regency style gentleman’s residence of ca 1840, set at the end of a winding drive to the north of the Bryansford Road, approximately half a mile north-west of Newcastle.

The main building is roughly square in plan, with a projecting porch to the front and a long narrow wing to the north which links to outbuildings.

The front façade is symmetrical.

In the centre of the ground floor is a large projecting porch set with a slightly projecting bay.

Granite steps lead to a broad timber panelled door to the west front of the porch, a fanlight above with chamfered top corners and margin panes.

The rear elevation of the this north wing appears to have some large modern windows, but the main hipped roof section of the house appears largely original.

There are original outbuildings to the north.

The house was built by the Rev William Randal Slacke, Rector of St John's, Newcastle.

He lived in the house until his death in 1877.

His widow lived in it during the 1880s, and then her son, Colonel William Randal Slacke, lived in it occasionally until at least 1918.

The house appears to have been rented to others for certain years during this period (e.g. 1861-65 & 1907-10), when William Slacke lived in the rectory, and his son was serving elsewhere.

The elder son, the Rev Owen Randal Slacke, was Rector of Bryansford, 1919-28.

I wish to express my gratitude to History of Newcastle for their assistance with this article.

First published in June, 2019.

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