|Beatty, Earls Beatty|
Borodale, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
|Borodale House, probably in the late 19th century. This image has been digitally enhanced for clarity.|
Brooksby Hall, Leicestershire
|Brooksby Hall: engraving of the house and church from the south, from Nicholls' History of Leicestershire, 1800.|
|Brooksby Hall: the house as enlarged in 1891 from the south-east.Image: Tim Heaton. Some rights reserved.|
Chicheley Hall, BuckinghamshireAnthony Cave (d. 1558), who bought the estate from the Crown, built a country house on this former monastic property, which remained the seat of his descendants until the early 18th century. Little is known about it except that it was constructed around a central courtyard. Sir Anthony Chester (c.1593-1651), 2nd bt., was an ardent Royalist who fought with distinction at the battle of Naseby in 1645 and then had to flee the country, leaving his estate and family under the protection of his brother Henry. The Parliamentarians retaliated by attacking Chicheley Hall with cannon-fire, leaving it in ruins. Henry patched up the house before his death in 1666, but by the early 18th century it was once more in poor repair and Sir John Chester, who inherited in 1698 but did not gain possession of the house until 1714, first contemplated making improvements but about 1718 determined on a complete rebuilding.
|Chicheley Hall: the asymmetrical west front. Image: Country Life.|
|Chicheley Hall: the east and north fronts in 2020.|
|Chicheley Hall: the main south front. The design was probably altered at a late stage in construction.|
|Chicheley Hall: an early 18th century plan of the house and gardens (north at the top). Image: Buckinghamshire Archives D-C/6/7.|
|Chicheley Hall: the transverse corridor between the entrance hall and staircase in 2020.|
|Chicheley Hall: the library on the top floor in 1936. Image: Country Life,|
Descent: Crown granted 1545 to Anthony Cave (d. 1558); to widow Elizabeth (d. 1577) (later the wife of John Newdigate (d. 1565) and Richard Weston) for life and then to grandson, Sir Anthony Chester (c.1565-1635), 1st bt.; to son, Sir Anthony Chester (c.1593-1651), 2nd bt., who sold parts of the estate to his brother Henry Chester (d. 1666), but these lands were bequeathed back to Sir Anthony Chester (d. 1698), 3rd bt.; to son, Sir John Chester (d. 1726), 4th bt., who rebuilt the house; to son, Sir William Chester (d. 1726), 5th bt.; to brother, Sir John Chester (d. 1748), 6th bt.; to son, Sir Charles Bagot Chester (d. 1755), 7th bt.; to cousin, Charles Bagot (later Chester) (d. 1793); to son, Charles Chester (d. 1838); to nephew, Anthony Chester (d. 1858); to cousin, Charles Montague Chester (d. 1879); to son, Charles Anthony Chester (1846-1910); to brother, Rev. John Greville Chester (1852-1923); to son, Anthony James Bagot Chester (1892-1952); to son, John Greville Bagot Chester (b. 1925), who sold 1954 to David Field Beatty (1905-72), 2nd Earl Beatty; to widow, Diana (b. 1941) (later the wife of Sir John Nutting) for life; sold 2009 to the Royal Society; sold 2020. From 1883-1939 the house was let to tenants including Sir George Farrar (1859-1915), kt., his widow, and her daughters.
Beatty family, Earls Beatty
(1) John Beatty (b. 1743), baptised at St Andrew, Dublin, 8 February 1742/3; died in infancy;
(2) John Beatty (1745-1832), baptised at St Andrew, Dublin, 2 September 1745; apprenticed to James Williams of Dublin, stationer; admitted to the freedom of Dublin, 1775; lived in Mountjoy Sq., Dublin; married and had issue; died 13 May 1832;will proved 1832;(3) Rev. Edward Beatty (1746-1818), baptised at St Andrew, Dublin, 16 October 1746; probably the man of this name who was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1765; BA 1769; MA 1773; BD 1780); ordained priest, 1773; curate of Monkstown (Co. Dublin), 1780-85; perpetual curate of Stillorgan (Co. Dublin), 1785-1815; married 1st, 1783 (licence 27 September), Anne Mothen or Mothe; married 2nd, 1787 (licence 3 February), Elizabeth Harris (d. 1823); died 21 March 1818 and was buried at Taney (Co. Dublin);(4) David Beatty (1751-94) (q.v.);(5) Mary Beatty (1754-1806), baptised at St Andrew, Dublin, 2 November 1754; "an interesting and amiable woman"; married 1st, 26 July 1783 at St Andrew, Dublin, John Frederick Furnell of Limerick, and 2nd, 26 March 1795 at St Anne, Dublin, Bartholomew Dillon MD of Dublin; died as a result of a fall from a jaunting car, 6 August 1806.
(1) Edward Beatty (1783-1858), of Glynn (Co. Wexford), born about 1783; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (matriculated 1799; BA 1804); High Sheriff of Co. Wexford, 1813; married, 1813, Elizabeth (c.1796-1871), daughter of John Southcote Mansergh of Grenane (Co. Tipperary), and had issue one son and one daughter; died 29 June 1858; administration of his goods was granted to his son, 30 September 1858 (effects under £800);(2) Thomas Beatty (c.1785-1851) of Sion (Co. Wexford); educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1801; BA 1805; MA 1832) and Kings Inns, Dublin (admitted 1804; called 1810); barrister-at-law in Dublin; died unmarried, 1851; will proved in Dublin, 6 September 1851;(3) David Beatty (1787-1855) (q.v.);(4) Maria Beatty (c.1789-94), born about 1789; died young, 1794;(5) Robert Beatty (1790-1807); "a youth in whose character the most engaging virtues and strictest rectitude of principle were eminently conspicuous"; died young, 22 March and was buried at Toxteth, Liverpool (Lancs), 28 March 1807;(6) Olivia Beatty (c.1791-1823); married, 22 December 1807 at St Peter, Dublin, Rev. Thomas Peyton Slapp (1776-1849) of Old Buckenham Lodge (Norfk), rector of Bracon Ash (Norfk) and later of Ricklinghall Inferior (Suffk), 1827-49, son of Thomas Slapp of Botesdale (Norfk), and had issue one daughter; died in Dublin, 11 January 1823;(7) Rev. Frederick Beatty (c.1792-1865) of Wilby (Norfk), born about 1792; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (matriculated 1809; BA 1813); an officer in 7th Hussars, who served at the Battle of Waterloo, where he was severely wounded; ordained deacon, 1818 and priest, 1819; curate of Wrentham, 1818-21 and Weybread (Norfk), 1821-22; married, 4 June 1818 at Wrentham (Suffk), Anne Charlotte (d. 1865), only daughter of Rev. William Barlee of Wrentham, and had issue three sons and six daughters; lived latterly in St. Helier (Jersey) and died there, 6 April 1865.
(1) David Vandeleur Beatty (1815-81) (q.v.);(2) John Thomas Beatty (c.1819-77) of Woodview (Co. Wexford), born about 1819; educated at Kings Inns, Dublin (admitted 1836); an officer in the Wexford Militia (Ensign, 1847; Lt., 1856; Capt., 1860; hon. Maj. by 1872); married, 27 October 1859 at Rathspeck (Co. Carlow), Isabella (c.1842-1904), third daughter of John Harvey of Park House, Wexford, treasurer of Wexford, and had issue three sons and three daughters; died 18 August 1877;(3) Mary Beatty (c.1822-91); married, 19 February 1852 at Horetown church, New Ross (Co. Wexford), Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald (c.1814-72), incumbent of Brantry (Co. Tyrone), 1848-56, son of Rev. John Fitzgerald, and had issue at least one son and one daughter; died 28 June 1891;(4) Olivia Maria Beatty (c.1825-87); married, 24 June 1852 at Horetown church, New Ross, Col. Thomas Walter Milward CB (1825-74), ADC to HM Queen Victoria, son of Rear Admiral Clement Milward of Tullogher (Co. Kilkenny), and had issue five sons and three daughters; died 5 November and was buried at Charlton Cemetery, Greenwich (Kent), 9 November 1887; her will was proved 6 January 1888 (effects £3,981);(5) Elizabeth Susan Beatty (c.1829-94); married, 3 November 1858 at Wexford, Charles John Harvey (c.1839-73) of Hilburn House, Taghmon, gentleman farmer, but had no issue; died in Wexford, 21 March 1894.
|David Vandeleur Beatty (1815-81)|
(1.1) David Longfield Beatty (1841-1904) (q.v.);(1.2) Robert Longfield Beatty (1843-69), born 1843; an officer in the 88th Foot (Lt.) and 25th Native Punjab Infantry (Lt.); married, 8 October 1868 at Murree, Bengal (India), Ellen Marie (1846-98), daughter of Theodore Dickens of Benares, Bengal, barrister-at-law, but had no issue; died at Peshawar, 2 November 1869; will proved 13 March 1871 (estate under £5,000);(1.3) Mary Margaret Longfield Beatty (1845-1912), born 1845; married, 16 October 1872 at Kilkevan (Wexford), Dr. John C. Pigott MD of Taghmon (Co. Wexford) and Birkenhead (Ches.), fifth son of Capt. George Pemberton Pigott of Slevoy Castle (Co. Wexford); died 27 January 1912 and was buried at Flaybrick Cemetery, Birkenhead; administration of goods granted 15 April 1912 (estate £930);(3.1) Philip Vandeleur Beatty (1853-1937), born 4 October 1853; educated at Beaumaris Grammar School; farmer and horse dealer (bankrupt, 1904); said to have emigrated to Australia, but if so he returned; married, 22 June 1877, Frances Mary (b. 1857), eldest daughter of Edward Thomas Solly-Flood of Ballynaslaney House (Co. Wexford), and had issue five sons and six daughters; died 23 October and was buried at Llansantffraid Glan Conway, 27 October 1937;(3.2) Eleanor Charlotte Beatty (c.1854-1916), born about 1854; married, 16 November 1876 at Monkstown (Co. Dublin), William Pierce Kelly FRCS (1834-1908), an officer in the Indian Medical Service and later Inspector-General of Prisons and Surgeon-General in Burma, son of William B. Kelly, merchant; died 30 August 1916; will proved 15 September 1916 (estate £716);(3.3) A son (b. 1855), born 24 July 1855; probably died in infancy.
|David Longfield Beatty (1841-1904)|
(1.1) Charles Harold Longfield Beatty (1870-1917) (q.v.);(1.2) Admiral of the Fleet, the Rt. Hon. David Richard Beatty (1871-1936), 1st Earl Beatty (q.v.);(1.3) Maj. William Vandeleur Schroeder Beatty (1878-1953), born 20 February and baptised at Malpas, 14 July 1873; an officer in the Queens Own 19th Hussars (2nd Lt., 1901; Maj.) and served in South Africa; later a horse dealer and trainer; he lived at various places in the Midlands before settling at Phantom House, Newmarket (Cambs); in 1936 an attack of influenza led to the aggravation of a pre-war leg injury and his left leg was amputated; he married 1st, 9 November 1904 at Leamington Spa (Warks), Amy Florence (c.1883-1923), daughter of Charles H. Wood of Little Woodcote, Kenilworth (Warks), and 2nd, 21 January 1925 at Croft (Yorks NR) (div. 1941 on the grounds of his infidelity with a cinema box office attendant), Hon. Victoria Alexandrina Sibell (1898-1981), third daughter of Charles Henry FitzRoy, 4th Baron Southampton, but had no issue; died 23 January 1953; will proved 19 May 1953 (estate £16,164);(1.4) Kathleen Roma Beatty (1875-1949), baptised at Malpas (Ches.), 27 June 1875; married, 5 October 1899 at Rugby (Warks), Lt-Col. Miles Rafe Ferguson Courage DSO RA (1872-1961), third son of Edward Courage of Shenfield Place (Essex), and had issue three sons; died 18 December 1949;(1.5) Richard George Beatty (1881-1915), baptised at Malpas, 8 February 1882; an officer in 36th (Jacobs) Horse (Capt.), who served in Boer War, 1900-02; extra ADC to Gen. Aldersen, 1901; Superintendent of Remount Dept. in Lahore and Baluchistan, 1911-14 and served in First World War on the NW Frontier, 1914-15; married, 21 October 1907, Florence Mary (d. 1938), younger daughter of John Bywater of London, and had issue three sons and one daughter; died of typhoid, 9 June 1915 and was buried the same day at Murree, Bengal (India); administration of goods granted 8 July 1915 (estate £1,803);(2.1) Henry Longfield Beatty (1901-35), baptised at Bilton (Warks), 7 May 1901; an officer in the Royal Air Force (Fl. Lt.); died 15 February 1935 at San Filippo, Sicily in the crash of a Short Singapore flying boat; buried in Capuccini Naval Cemetery, Malta; administration of goods granted to his mother, 21 February 1936 (estate £97).
|Charles Harold Longfield Beatty |
(1) Charles Robert Longfield Beatty (1910-80) (q.v.).
|Charles Robert Longfield Beatty (1910-80)|
|Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty,|
1st Earl Beatty
(1) David Field Beatty (1905-72), 2nd Earl Beatty (q.v.);(2) Hon. Peter Randolph Louis Beatty (1910-49), of Reigate Priory (Surrey) and later Mereworth Castle (Kent), born 2 April 1910; educated at Eton; racehorse owner (whose horse Bois Roussel won the Derby in 1938); served in Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in Second World War; he had impaired vision from birth and after an unsuccessful eye operation caused the loss of his remaining vision, he committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of the Ritz Hotel, London, 26 October 1949; he was buried at Mereworth (Kent); his will was proved 4 March 1950 (estate £306,399).
|David Field Beatty, 2nd Earl Beatty|
(2.1) David Beatty (b. 1946), 3rd Earl Beatty (q.v.);(3.1) Lady Diana Adrienne Beatty (b. 1952), of Charwelton (Northants), born 13 September 1952; married, 1974 (div. 2002), Henry Nicholas Gage (b. 1934), 8th Viscount Gage of Castle Island (who m2, 2009, Alexandra Murray (b. 1968), daughter of John Clarke Murray Templeton of Brighton, and had further issue one son), and had issue two sons; after her divorce she reverted to her maiden name;(4.1) Hon. Nicholas Duncan Beatty (b. 1961), of Salcey Lawn House, Hartwell (Northants), born 1 April 1961; educated at Eton and Exeter University (BA); landowner and company director; married, 29 September 1990 Laura Mary Catherine (b. 1963), daughter of Christopher William Lyle Keen of Beenham (Berks), and had issue two sons and one daughter;(4.2) Lady Miranda Katherine Beatty (b. 1963), born 18 February 1963; married 1st, 22 February 1989, Iain Alan Stewart (b. 1954), youngest son of Sir Dugald Leslie Lorn Stewart of Appin KCVO CMG and had issue two daughters; married 2nd, 30 September 2000 at Waddesdon Manor (Bucks), Michael John Hutchinson of Exminster (Devon), and had further issue two sons and one daughter.
(1.1) Sean David Beatty, Viscount Borodale (b. 1973), born 12 June 1973; educated at Bath Spa University (PhD); poet and artist; lecturer in creative writing at Royal Holloway University of London; married, February 2002, Susan Jane, daughter of Jon Hill, and had issue two sons;(1.2) Hon. Peter Wystan Beatty (b. 1975), born Jul-Sept. 1975.
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- Can anyone provide a better photograph of Borodale House?
- Can anyone provide photographs or portraits of the people whose names appear in bold above, for whom no image is currently shown?
- If anyone can offer further information or corrections to any part of this article I should be most grateful. I am always particularly pleased to hear from current owners or the descendants of families associated with a property who can supply information from their own research or personal knowledge for inclusion.