|Auchmuty of Brianstown|
Dr. Arthur Auchmuty (d. 1749), the brother of the builder of Brianstown, married Mary, the daughter and eventual sole heiress of James Lawder of Kilmore House (Roscommon). Either he or his son, Thomas Auchmuty (d. 1775) inherited Kilmore through this connection, and like Brianstown it descended through the generations, passing to James Auchmuty (d. 1809) and then to his brother, another Dr. Arthur Auchmuty (1769-1845), who as a naval surgeon amputated Lord Nelson's right arm in 1797. Dr. Auchmuty had no sons, and the estate passed to his younger daughter, Judith (d. c.1864), who married Horatio Nelson Lawder (d. 1877) and thus carried the estate back to the family from which it had come more than a century before. Their son, Arthur Auchmuty Lawder (d. 1882), was the last member of the family to own the estate, which was sold after his death, apparently to John Jones (d. 1906) who had been the family's agent at Kilmore and resident in the house after Horatio Nelson Lawder built a more modern residence at Aghamore (Leitrim).
|Brianstown House today, following early 20th century rebuilding. © National Inventory of Architectural Heritage|
Kilmore House (alias Aghaward), Kilmore, Roscommon
|Kilmore House (Aghaward) marked on the 6" OSI map|
The house descended in the 18th century to the Auchmutys, through the marriage of the first Dr. Arthur Auchmuty to Mary, the daughter and eventually sole heiress of James Lawder. Another branch of the Lawder family continue to live at another house in Kilmore called Lowfield until the murder of a later James Lawder during a burglary there in 1779. This has sometimes caused confusion as to when the Auchmutys acquired the property. The estate was sold c.1884, after the death of Arthur Auchmuty Lawder, and the house has since been modernised and is used as a farmhouse.
Auchmuty of Brianstown
He died in the lifetime of his father in August 1762. His widow died in 1777.
(4) Archibald Gordon Achmuty (b. & d. 1785);
He died in about 1851*. His widow died at Brianstown, 2 August 1873.
(1.1) John Domvile Auchmuty Musters (1892-1979) (q.v.).
He inherited Brianstown from his father in 1896.
Musters, John Domvile Auchmuty (1892-1979). Only son of John George Musters (1844-1917) and his first wife, Edith Elizabeth, daughter of Frederick Manders, born 10 December 1892. A submarine commander in the Royal Navy (entered service, 1905; midshipman,, 1910; Sub-Lt., 1913; Lt., 1915; Lt-Cdr., 1923; Cdr., 1929; retired as Capt., 1944) who was awarded the DSC in the First World War. He married 1st, 27 February 1915 at St Michael & All Angels, Portsmouth (Hants) (div.), Olga Gertrude Helena (1894-1987), daughter of Cdr. Benjamin Barnes RN; 2nd, Oct-Dec 1936 (div.), Julia Enid (1901-77), daughter of Gerard Walter Matthew, and 3rd, Apr-Jun 1946, Lucy Theodosia Gascoigne (1901-80), daughter of Edmund Henry Fowle and widow of Giles Robert Pretor-Pinney (1897-1942), and had issue:
Auchmuty of Kilmore House
(2) Sidney Eliza Auchmuty; married, 1797, John Kirkwood and had issue;
(3) Letitia Forbes Auchmuty; married, 1794, Mark Anthony Tisdall of Dublin, barrister-at-law;
He died at Kilmore House, 30 January 1845. His first wife died between 1809 and 1812. His widow died at Aghamore, reputedly aged 104, on 27 December 1871.
(3) Harriet Alice Lawder (fl. 1891); married, March 1866, Thomas Whelan, sub-inspector of constabulary.
SourcesBurke's Landed Gentry, 1850, p.2; M. Bence-Jones, A guide to Irish country houses, 2nd edn, 1988, p. 47; Casey & Rowan, The buildings of Ireland: North Leinster, 1993, p. 437; http://www.bomford.net/IrishBomfords/Chapters/Chapter14/Chapter14.htm#14.10.4 _The_Achmuty_Family_; http://www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&county=LF®no=13401305;
Location of archives
Achmuty of Brianstown: miscellaneous deeds and family papers, 1696-1920 (Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, 1040/100-102).
Coat of armsAuchmuty of Brianstown and Kilmore House: Argent, a broken spear bendwise between two spur rowels of six points, azure, pierced of the field.
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Revision and acknowledgements
This account was first published 8 March 2013, revised 11th May 2014, extended to cover the Auchmutys of Kilmore House, 21 February 2017, and updated 20 August 2020 and 14-15 July 2021. I am grateful to Annette Miller for additional information and to Dart Montgomery for a correction.