|Bellew of Barmeath Castle, |
Barmeath Castle, Dunleer, Co. Louth
|Barmeath Castle: a romantic mid 19th century view of the house from the south-east.|
|Barmeath Castle: the house from the south-west in 1994. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Barmeath Castle: the gateway to the service court is the most ardently medievalising feature. |
Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.
Jenkinstown House, Ballyragget, Co. KilkennyThe estate was in the hands of the Bryan family from at least the beginning of the 18th century, but nothing is known of the house that stood here at that time. The first recorded house was an early 19th century 'pasteboard Gothick' building, but still laid out in the traditional Palladian form of a central block connected to wings by single-storey links. It was built for Maj. George Bryan MP (1770-1843) to the design of William Robertson of Kilkenny, before 1829, and may have incorporated part of the earlier house on the site.
|Jenkinstown House: an engraving of the house published in 1832.|
|Jenkinstown House: an undated photograph showing the house after the demolition of the original central block |
and the rebuilding of the right-hand wing.
|Jenkinstown House: the present building, incorporating some of the ruins of its predecessor.|
Bellew family of Barmeath Castle, baronets and Barons Bellew
(1) Sir Christopher Bellew (1545-1610), of Bellewstown; married Alice, daughter of Sir Thomas Cusack (1490-1571), Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and had issue (from whom descended the Barons Bellew of Duleek);
(2) John Bellew (c.1548-89) (q.v.);(3) Rev. Robert Bellew (fl. 1576), vicar of Dundalk (Co. Louth);(4) Richard Bellew (d. 1596) of Stameen; married Margaret, daughter of Nicholas Alcock of Drogheda, and had issue;(5) Maud Bellew; married Patrick White of Richardstown Dunleer (Co. Louth);(6) Alison Bellew; married Martin Blake of Athboy (Co. Meath);(7) Mary Bellew; married [forename unknown] Plunkett;(8) Elizabeth Bellew; married William Moore of Barmeath;(9) Margery Bellew; married [forename unknown] Elcock of Drogheda (Co. Louth).
(1) Patrick Bellew (c.1577-1610) (q.v.);(2) Nicholas Bellew, of Dunleer;(3) Ismay Bellew;(4) Margery Bellew; married, 1601, Robert Fitzsymons;(5) Joan Bellew; married Patrick Verdon of Clonmore.
(1) John Bellew (1605-79) (q.v.);(2) Richard Bellew;(3) Matthew Bellew;(4) Anne Bellew.
(1) Sir Patrick Bellew (c.1635-1716), 1st bt. (q.v.);(2) Robert Bellew (d. 1718?); an apothecary in Dublin; married Bridget, daughter of [forename unknown] Seagrave and widow of [forename unknown] Dillon; living in 1709 and possibly the man of this name (of Reynoldstown (Co. Meath)) whose will was proved in 1718;(3) Christopher Bellew (c.1640-1709) [for whom see my next post on the Bellew and Grattan-Bellew family of Mount Bellew];(4) Nicholas Bellew (d. c.1690?); attorney in Dunleer (Co. Louth); perhaps killed while fighting in the army of James II;(5) James Bellew (d. 1690); attorney in Dunleer (Co. Louth); perhaps killed while fighting in the army of James II;(6) Mary Bellew (fl. 1703); married, January 1664/5, Sir Gerald Aylmer (c.1640-1702), 2nd bt. of Balrath (Co. Meath), and had issue three sons and one daughter; living in 1703.
(1) Sir John Bellew (c.1665-1734), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(2) Robert Bellew (d. 1733); said to be a captain in Lord Louth's regiment in the army of James II;(3) Richard Bellew; said to be a captain in Lord Bellew's regiment in the army of James II; inherited the property of his uncle James Bellew (d. 1690);(4) Christopher Bellew;(5) Pierce Bellew; died young;(7) Mary Bellew (d. 1726); a nun; prioress of a Benedictine house in Channel Row, Dublin, 1717-26;(8) Eleanor Bellew; married a Mr Evers;(9) Cicely Bellew;(6) Juliana Bellew (d. 1728); married, as his second wife, John Browne (d. 1712) of The Neale (Co, Mayo); died 1728;(10) Helena Bellew; married a Mr Darcy;(11) Monica Bellew; married a Mr Plunket.
(1.1) Patrick Bellew (c.1686-1720); an officer in the French army from c.1704; married 1st, 1 July 1713, Mary (d. 1714), daughter of Richard Bourke (d. c.1704), 8th Earl of Clanricarde and 2nd, in or after 1714, Frances, daughter of Sir George Hamilton (Count Hamilton in France) and widow of Henry Dillon (d. 1714), 8th Viscount Dillon; died without issue in the lifetime of his father, 12 June 1720; administration of his goods was granted to his widow, 30 June 1720;(1.2) Sir Edward Bellew (c.1690-1741), 3rd bt. (q.v.);(1.3) Clare Bellew (d. 1734?); married 1st, 1720, Gerald Fitzgerald (d. 1731) of Kilmore and had issue three sons and two daughters; married 2nd, Hyacinth Cheevers (d. 1758) of St Brendan's, Cregan (Co. Galway), and had issue at least one further daughter; said to have died 23 July 1734;(1.4) Richard Bellew (1702-92), born 1702; married Mary, daughter of Col. Creagh of Bearnagihy, and had issue at least three sons (including Maj-Gen. Patrick Bellew (d. 1799)); died 6 April 1792 and was buried at Moylough (Co. Galway);(1.5) Christopher Bellew (d. 1712); killed in a duel at Oranmore (Co. Galway), 17 October 1712;(1.6) A son, who probably died in infancy;(2.1) Richard Bellew; possibly the man of Drogheda and later Rogerstown (Co. Meath) who married Frances [surname unknown] and died c.1766; administration of goods granted to his widow, 10 February 1766;(2.2) William Bellew; an officer in the infantry; married Letitia (d. 1751), daughter of Col. Tulikin, but had no issue;(2.3) Charles Bellew; died in infancy;(2.4) John Bellew; died in infancy;(2.5) John Bellew; died in infancy;(2.6) John Bellew; died in infancy;(2.7) Edward Bellew; died in infancy;(2.8) Elizabeth Bellew; married, 6 March 1733, Hugh Woodside of Dublin, merchant;(2.9) Mary Bellew; married, 1735 (licence 6 August), George Berford;(2.10) Juliana Bellew; married, 19 January 1737, Francis Palmer of Carramore (Co. Mayo).
(1) Sir John Bellew (1728-50), 4th bt. (q.v.);(2) Sir Patrick Bellew (d. 1795), 5th bt. (q.v.);(3) Michael Bellew (fl. 1749); possibly a Roman Catholic priest;(4) William Bellew;(5) Francis Bellew;(6) Bridget Bellew; living in 1741.
(1) Sir Edward Bellew (c.1758-1827), 6th bt. (q.v.);(2) Matthew Bellew (d. 1823), an officer in the Austrian service (Maj.); died at Teschen, Silesia (now Poland), 1823;(3) John Bellew (fl. 1792); an officer in the Austrian cavalry (Capt.) by 1778; living in 1792;(4) William Bellew (c.1762-1835), born about 1762; educated at the English College, Douai, Lincoln's Inn (admitted 1782) and King's Inns, Dublin (called 1792); one of the first four Catholics called to the Irish bar when this became possible in 1792 (KC c.1834); an aloof and reserved man, he nonetheless became a leading Catholic activist and member of the Catholic Committee; initially opposed to the Union with Britain, he came to feel that it would allow the Irish Catholics greater parliamentary influence and therefore supported it, receiving a pension of £300 a year from the Government for doing so, which thereafter reduced his credibility in Catholic affairs; he appears to have been unmarried and died 27 March 1835;(5) Patrick Bellew (d. 1789?); possibly the man of this name from Drogheda (Co. Louth), who died June 1789;(6) Michael Bellew;(7) Richard Bellew;(8) Robert Bellew;(9) Francis Bellew; tried, 'for appearing in arms with a mob of defenders', 1792;(10) Frances Bellew (d. 1845); married, 1786, Malachy Donelan (1762-1830) of Ballydonelan; will proved in Dublin, 1845;(11) Mary Bellew (d. by 1832); married, 1799, Deane Theophilus Swift (1774-1858), the United Irishman (who m2, 25 May 1832 at St Olave, Hart St., London, Frances Daly (1796-1857)), and had issue one surviving son; died before 1832.
(1) Frances Bellew (c.1790-1860), born about 1790; married, 23 October 1809, Sir Edward Joseph Smythe (1787-1856), 6th bt. of Acton Burnell Hall (Shrops.), Esh Hall (Co. Durham) and Wootton Hall (Warks), and had issue four sons and three daughters; died 17 August 1860; will proved 5 October 1860 (effects under £4,000);(2) Sir Patrick Bellew (1798-1866), 7th bt. and 1st Baron Bellew (q.v.);(3) Richard Montesquieu Bellew (1803-80), born 12 February 1803; educated at Trinity College, Dublin (admitted 1821) and Kings Inns, Dublin (admitted 1824); Whig MP for Co. Louth, 1832-52, 1859-65; while committed to the repeal of the Act of Union and of consistently reforming views, his moderate approach and refusal to distance himself from the Whigs after their inadequate response to the Irish Famine set him at odds with more radical politicians like Daniel O'Connell; he was a lord of the treasury, 1847-52; a poor law commissioner for Ireland and a paid member of the Local Government Board for Ireland, 1865; DL for Co. Louth; married, 1827, Mary (d. 1828), daughter of John Lalor of Cranagh (Tipperary), but had no issue; died in Dublin, 8 January 1880; will proved 17 March 1880 (effects under £10,000).
(1) Edward Joseph Bellew (1830-95), 2nd Baron Bellew (q.v.);(2) Hon. Frances Mary Bellew (1833-1911), born 20 May and baptised at St Michan, Dublin, 23 May 1833; married, 26 May 1865 at St Kevin, Dublin (div. 1900 on the grounds of his adultery with Louisa King), Capt. John Woolmore Smith (c.1837-1903) of Milesdown House, Castlebellingham (Co. Louth), but had no surviving issue; died 7 February 1911 and was buried at Rugby Cemetery; administration of her goods was granted to her sister, 7 March 1911;(3) Hon. Annabella Mary Bellew (1834-1923), of Thornfield, Rugby (Warks), born 29 August and baptised at Dublin R.C. Cathedral, 3 September 1834; married, 18 June 1857, Lt-Gen. Conyers Tower CB (1816-1903), second son of Col. Henry Tower of Elemore Hall (Co. Durham), but had no issue; died 19 February 1923; will proved 27 April 1923 (estate £26,009);(4) Hon. Ismay Louisa Ursula Bellew (c.1836-75), born c.1836; married, 8 January 1861 at Barmeath, Hon. Jenico William Joseph Preston (1837-1907), later 14th Viscount Gormanston, eldest son of Edward Anthony John Preston (1796-1876), 13th Viscount Gormanston, but had no issue; died 19 August 1875;(5) Hon. Fermina Magdalena Bellew (1838-1932), born 14 November 1838; married, 7 May 1862 at Castlebellingham, Capt. the Hon. Everard Joseph Stourton (1834-69), second son of William Stourton (1776-1846), 18th Baron Stourton, of Cave Castle (Yorks ER), and had issue three sons and two daughters; died aged 93 at Thornfield, Rugby, on 29 February 1932; administration of goods granted 6 March 1933 (estate £8,344).
(1) Hon. Patrick George Bellew (1853-74), born 1 December and baptised at Connahy, 14 December 1853; an officer in the 20th Regiment (2nd Lt., 1873), who is said to have become an alcoholic and attempted to shoot Capt. Buller of 16th Regiment a few days before he committed suicide by shooting himself at Fermoy Barracks, 25 May 1874; buried at Fermoy;(2) Charles Bertram Bellew (1855-1911), 3rd Baron Bellew (q.v.);(3) George Leopold Bellew (later Bryan), 4th Baron Bellew (q.v.);(4) Hon. Richard Eustace Bellew (1858-1933) (q.v.).
(1.1) Edward Henry Bellew (1889-1975), 5th Baron Bellew (q.v.);(1.2) Bryan Bertram Bellew (1890-1981), 6th Baron Bellew (q.v.);(1.3) Hon. Guendaline Ada Bellew (1891-1976), born at Jenkinstown Park (Co. Kilkenny), 15/16 December 1891; granted rank of a baron's daughter, 1935; married, 19 October 1916 at the Brompton Oratory, Hugh Lloyd Thomas CMG CVO (1888-1936)*, diplomat, eldest son of William Lloyd Thomas of Tredilion Park, Abergavenny (Mon.), and had issue one son and two daughters; died 25 January 1976; will proved 5 August 1976 (estate £14,387);(1.4) Hon. Ada Kate Bellew (1893-1994), born in London, 5 March 1893; granted rank of a baron's daughter, 1935; married 1st, 1 March 1917 at Poole (Dorset) (div. 1936), Charles Barry Domville (1894-1936**) (who m2, 6 July 1936, Miriam Barbara Baker) of Loughlinstown (Co. Dublin), son of Compton Charles Domvile and had issue one son; married 2nd, 1 July 1937 at Marylebone Registry Office, as his second wife, Lt-Col. Hon. Herbrand Charles Alexander DSO (1888-1965) of Tilshead House (Wilts); died aged 101 in July 1994;(2.1) Hon. Richard Courtenay Bellew (1898-1917), born 16 July 1898 and baptised at the Brompton Oratory; educated at Wellington College; an officer in the Irish Guards (2nd Lt., 1916), who died of wounds received in action, 21 August 1917 and was buried at Dozingheim Military Cemetery (Belgium); administration of goods granted to his father, 21 November 1917 (effects £1,097);(2.2) Hon. Sir George Rothe Bellew (1899-1993), born 13 December 1899; educated at Wellington and Christ Church, Oxford; served in the Second World War with the RAF Volunteer Reserve (Sq.-Ldr.); a herald and professional genealogist at the College of Arms (Portcullis Pursuivant, 1922-26; Somerset Herald, 1926-50 and Register, 1935-45; Garter King of Arms, 1950-61, in which capacity he was director of all civil ceremonies at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, 1953); honorary genealogist to the Royal Victorian Order, 1945-61, and to the Order of the Bath and Order of St John, 1950-61; inspector of regimental colours, 1957-61; Secretary to the Order of the Garter, 1961-74; he was appointed MVO, 1935; CVO, 1950; KCVO, 1953; KCB, 1961 and KStJ, 1951; and was Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor, 1957 and deputy Knight Principal, 1961; he married, 24 September 1935, Ursula Kennard (1914-94), eldest daughter of Anders Eric Knös Cull KStJ of Warfield House (Berks), and had issue one son; died 6 February 1993; will proved 27 May 1993 (estate £435,567);(2.3) Hon. Patrick Herbert Bellew (1905-84), born at Eastbourne (Sussex), 2 April 1905; artist; an officer in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve (Lt.) during the Second World War; married 1st, 16 April 1936 at Brompton Oratory (div. 1947), Hon. Catherine Moya de la Poer Beresford (1913-67) (who m2, Max Wilhelm Johannsen (1909-65)), younger daughter of John Graham Hope de la Poer Beresford (1866-1944), 5th Baron Decies, and had issue one son; married 2nd, 7 September 1954, Helen Carol (fl. 2003), daughter of Walter Clinton Louchheim (1870-1957) of New York (USA); died at Litchfield, Connecticut (USA), 5 April 1994.
(A1) Barbara Mary Corisande Bellew (1917-2003), born 14 July 1917; married, 11 February 1936 (div. 1946), Maj. Cholmeley Dering Harrison (later Cholmeley-Harrison) (1908-2008) (who m2, 1948 (div.), Mary Elizabeth, daughter of [forename unknown] Mattison and formerly wife of [forename unknown] Roberts, and 3rd, 6 January 1972, Christine Cynthia (1908-96), daughter of Lt-Col. Arthur Charles Thomas Veasey and widow of Dr Ronald Hector Cameron Manifold) of Woodstown House (Co. Waterford) and later of Emo Court (Co. Leix), only son of Col. Cholmeley Edward Carl Branfill Harrison CMG CBE, and had issue three daughters; died 31 May 2003; will proved 18 November 2003.
(1) James Bryan Bellew (1920-2010), 7th Baron Bellew (q.v.).
(1.1) Bryan Edward Bellew (b. 1943), 8th Baron Bellew (q.v.);(1.2) Hon. Angela Mary Bellew (b. 1944), born 11 April 1944; educated at Dublin; married, 2 May 1964 at St Peter, Drogheda (Co. Louth), Capt. Simon Hugh Walford (1933-2023) of Trim (Co. Meath), a leading figure in the Irish horse-racing and bloodstock world, son of Lt-Col. Hugh Carr Walford, and had issue two daughters; now living;(1.3) Hon. Christopher James Bellew (b. 1954), born 3 April 1954; educated at Eton and Durham Univ. (BA, 1976); energy futures broker; married, 1984 (div. 1991) Hon. Rose Griselda (b. 1957), youngest daughter of Michael Francis Eden (1914-77), 7th Baron Henley and 5th Baron Northington, and formerly wife of Stuart C. Ballin, but had no issue; now living.
(1) Hon. Patrick Edward Bellew (1969-97), born 29 March 1969; died 1997;(2) Hon. Anthony Richard Brooke Bellew (b. 1972), born in Hong Kong (China), 9 September 1972; educated at Stowe; heir apparent to peerage and baronetcy; married, Jul-Sept 2001, Ann Elizabeth (b. 1971), eldest daughter of Peter Plunkett of London, and has issue three sons and one daughter.
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Can you help?
- Can anyone provide images of the principal interiors of Barmeath Castle which they would be willing to allow me to reproduce in this article, or any further images of Jenkinstown Castle?
- Can anyone provide portraits or photographs 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.