Mount Bellew, Co. Galway
|Mount Bellew House: a photograph showing the house in the early 20th century.|
|Mount Bellew House: J.P. Neale's engraving of the house, published in 1820, showing the grounds as improved in 1817.|
Tinnehinch, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
|Tinnehinch: a drawing of the house c.1800. Image: National Library of Ireland.|
|Tinnehinch: a photograph of the house published in 1939.|
|Grattan House: the rebuilt house which incorporates the ruins of Tinnehinch.|
Bellew and Grattan-Bellew family of Mount Bellew
(1) Michael Bellew (d. 1742) (q.v.).
(1.1) Christopher Bellew (d. 1769) (q.v.);(1.2) Nicholas Bellew (d. c. 1788); probably the man of this name who married, 1734, Lucy Kelly (fl. 1786), and had issue at least two daughters; will proved 17 February 1788;(2.1) Dominick Bellew (d. 1787) of Mount Kelly; notorious for his bad temper and profligate lifestyle; he married and had issue at least three sons (of whom one was murdered by a gang that included some of his servants) and one daughter; died 'in or about' 1787.
(1) Michael Bellew (c.1735-97) (q.v.);(2) Luke Bellew (b. c.1740; fl. 1769), born about 1740; merchant in Dublin; married and had issue at least three sons; living in 1769;(3) Patrick Bellew (c.1742-89), born about 1742; merchant in Cadiz (Spain) as a partner in Lynch and Bellew, and from the 1770s in Dublin; married Jane Lynch (fl. 1789) and had issue at least one son (who continued his business) and one daughter; died July 1789 and will proved in Dublin, 1789;(4) Francis Bellew (d. 1773), merchant in Cork and (by 1765) in St Kitts; he purchased a plantation of 190 acres in Domenica, probably as a speculation, for he seems to have remained living in St Kitts until shortly before his death; probably died in Cork, 1773; will proved 28 January 1773;(5) Julia Bellew (d. 1813?); married, November 1763, Edmond Taaffe (d. 1792) of Woodfield (Co. Mayo), third son of James Taaffe of Woodfield, and had issue at least three sons and four daughters; possibly the Julia Taaffe whose will was proved in 1813.
(1) Christopher Dillon Bellew (1763-1826) (q.v.);(2) Fr. Luke Bellew (d. 1819?); educated at St Gregory's College and the English College, Douai, where he trained for the priesthood; he was still in France at the time of the revolution and was imprisoned several times; for a time he sought refuge with Irish Franciscans at Louvain before returning to Douai; acting President of the Irish College, Douai, before its temporary closure and President on its restoration in 1802; living in 1814 and said to have died in 1819;(3) Henry (k/a Harry) Bellew; educated at the Irish College, Douai and later St Gregory's College, Douai, and then studied medicine at Paris, but his studies were interrupted by the French revolution and after being imprisoned several times he escaped to Ireland;(4) Patrick Bellew; educated at the Irish College, Douai, and later St Gregory's College, Douai and at a seminary in Paris, where he may have trained for the priesthood;(5) Francis Bellew (fl. 1769); mentioned in his grandfather's will but may have died young;(6) Mary Catherine Bellew (1776-1855), born in 1776; married, about November 1794, William Thomas Nugent (1773-1851), 5th Baron Riverston*, and had issue at least two sons and one daughter; died 1855.
(1) Sir Michael Dillon Bellew (1796-1855), 1st bt. (q.v.).
(1) Mary Bellew (b. 1817), baptised at St Andrew's R.C. Church, Dublin, 27 August 1817; probably died in infancy;(2) Fr. Sir Christopher Bellew (1818-67), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(3) Olivia Mary Bellew (1819-74), born in September and baptised at St Mary's R.C. Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 29 September 1819; married, 22 June 1848 at Mountbellew, Capt. Walter Blake Lawrence (1815-63) of Lisreaghan and had issue one daughter; died in Dublin, 10 January 1874; will proved 29 February 1874 (effects under £300);(4) Thomas Arthur Bellew (later Grattan-Bellew) (1820-63) (q.v.);(5) Jane Mary Bellew (1822-48), baptised at St Mary's R.C. Church, Haddington Rd., Dublin, 3 February 1822; a nun with the Sisters of Charity, Harolds Cross, Dublin; died 20 February 1848;(6) Marcella Bellew (1823-67), baptised at St Mary's R.C. Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 3 March 1823; married, 15 October 1845 at Mountbellew, Maj. Patrick Crean-Lynch (1813-81) (who m2, Elizabeth Minna Daubeney (1841-1902)) of Clogher House and Hollybrook (Co. Mayo) and had issue four daughters; died 7 January 1867; will proved 15 March 1867 (effects under £800);(7) Fr. Michael Bellew (b. 1825), born 27 June and baptised at Westland Row R.C. church, Dublin, 29 June 1825; a Roman Catholic priest, he entered the Society of Jesus at Rome, 1845, and was ordained in 1858, taking his final vows in 1865; President of St. Ignatius' College, Galway; died unmarried and without issue at St Francis Xavier's, Dublin, 29 October 1868, and was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery;(8) Barbara Mary Bellew (1826?-1906), probably the daughter born 27 November 1826; married, 2 March 1867 at St Michan RC church, Dublin, as his second wife, Vesey Daly (c.1804-80) of Dublin, solicitor, but had no issue; died at Biarritz (France), 21 January 1906; will proved 19 June 1906 (estate in Ireland, £9,460) and 27 July 1906 (estate in England, £2,994);(9) Marianne Bellew (1828-62), baptised at St Mary's R.C. Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 14 January 1828; married, 17 July 1851 at Mountbellew, Joseph Kelly (c.1819-95) of Newtown (Co. Galway), third son of James Kelly, and had issue at least one daughter; died 21 April 1862;(10) John Bellew (1829-47), baptised at St Mary's R.C. Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 29 March 1829; died of a fever at Dalkey (Co. Dublin), 15 October 1847;(11) William Bellew (1830-55), baptised at St Mary's R.C. Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 23 September 1830; an officer in the 1st Royals (Ensign, 1850; Lt., 1853); who served in the Crimean war and was severely wounded in the capture of some quarries near Sebastopol on 7 June 1855; after the battle his arm was amputated but he died of his wounds in late June 1855;(12) Helena Maria Bellew (d. 1889); died unmarried at Lourdes (France), 22 March 1889; administration of goods granted 8 November 1890 (effects £55).
(1) Mary Helena Grattan-Bellew (1859-1940), born 25 May 1859; married, 7 July 1885 at St Paul, Wilton Place, Westminster (Middx), Brig-Gen. Alexander William Frederick Fraser CMG (1851-1933), later 18th Lord Saltoun, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 8 October 1940 and was buried with her husband at Fraserburgh (Aberdeens.); will proved 24 February 1941 (estate £13,602);(2) Sir Henry Christopher Grattan-Bellew (1860-1942), 3rd bt. (q.v.).
|Sir Henry Grattan-Bellew, 3rd bt.|
(1) Herbert Michael Grattan-Bellew (1886-1906), born 17 June 1886; educated at The Oratory School, Birmingham; died unmarried as the indirect result of a fall while hunting, 11 November 1906;(2) Sir Charles Christopher Grattan-Bellew (1887-1948), 4th bt. (q.v.);(3) Helena Barbara Grattan-Bellew (b. 1889), born 4 April 1889; living in 1911; probably died unmarried, but death not traced;(4) Moira Jane Grattan-Bellew (1891-1971), born 8 May 1891; married, 8 January 1920 at Mountbellew, James d'Arcy (1880-1958), eldest son of Hyacinth D'Arcy (1830-1912) of New Forest (Co. Galway), and had issue one son and two daughters; died 20 October 1971;(5) William Arthur Grattan-Bellew (1893-1917), born 15 September 1893; an officer in the Connaught Rangers (2nd Lt, 1915) seconded to Royal Flying Corps (Pilot Offr, 1915; Fl/Cdr., 1916; Sq/Cdr., 1916) who served in the First World War, and died unmarried from injuries received on active service, 24 March 1917; buried at Avesnes-le-Comte, Pas de Calais (France);(6) Angela Mary Grattan-Bellew (1894-1966), born 11 November 1894; dog breeder and trainer; lived at Greystones (Co. Wicklow); died unmarried, 1 February 1966;(7) Thomas Henry Grattan-Bellew (1901-67) of Mount Loftus (Co. Kilkenny), born 9 May 1901; educated at Downside and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA), a knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; married, 1 June 1933 at Graignamanagh Abbey, Bettina Idrone Dorothy (1906-95), eldest daughter of Maj. John Edward Blake Loftus of Mount Loftus (Co. Kilkenny) and had issue one son and one daughter; died 3 December 1967;(8) Sir Arthur John Grattan-Bellew (1903-85), born 23 May 1903; educated at Downside, Christ's Coll, Cambridge (BA 1924) and Lincoln's Inn (called 1925); barrister-at-law (QC) in London, 1925-35; with Egyptian Government legal service, 1936-38 and colonial legal service, Malaya, 1938-41, 1946-48; served in Indian Army, 1941-45, and was a Prisoner of War, 1942-45; Attorney General of Sarawak, 1948-52 and Tanganyika, 1952-56; Chief Secretary, Tanganyika, 1956-59; appointed CMG, 1956 and knighted, 1959; with Legal Advisers Dept. of Foreign & Commonwealth Office and retired 1963; chairman of Bellew, Parry and Raven Group of companies; lived latterly at Pledgdon Green, Henham (Essex); married, 22 July 1931 at St Mary, Cadogan St. Westminster, Winifred Mary (d. 1979), second daughter of Edmund Ronayne Mahony of Marysborough, Glanmore (Co. Cork), and had issue one son and one daughter; died 5 January 1985 and was buried at Little Chishill (Cambs); will proved 7 May 1985 (estate £192,182).
|Lt-Col. Sir Charles Grattan-Bellew, 4th bt.|
(1) Deirdre Maureen Grattan-Bellew (1924-2003), born 21 March 1924; married, 11 April 1946 at St Kevin's RC church, Dublin, Gerard John Patrick Kiernan, son of Patrick Kiernan, and had issue two sons and three daughters; died 23 September 2003 and was buried at Blackrock (Co. Dublin);(2) Sir Henry Charles Grattan-Bellew (1933-2022), 5th bt., born 12 May 1933; educated at Ampleforth; succeeded his father as 5th baronet, 6 November 1948; joined colonial service and served in Kenya, 1953-55; later sports administrator, journalist, radio and television broadcaster, publisher and company director; lived at Tinnehinch, Enniskerry (Co. Wicklow), which he sold c.1950, and later in Canada, Rhodesia and South Africa before returning to Ireland in his later years; married 1st, 27 April 1956 in Dublin (div. 1966), Naomi (1916-2001), younger daughter of Dr Charles Cyril Morgan of White Friars, Chester (Ches.) and formerly wife of Joseph Kopel Zimmerman (1906-2003) and Hugh C. Ellis (1916-59?); married 2nd, 1967 (div. 1973), Gillian Hulley (d. 2011), and had issue one son and one daughter; married 3rd, 1978 (div. 1993), Elzabé Amy, only daughter of Henry Gilbert Body of Utrecht, Natal (South Africa) and widow of J.B. Westerveld of Pretoria (South Africa); died 3 June 2022, when he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his son, Sir Patrick Charles Grattan-Bellew (b. 1971), 6th bt.
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Can you help?
- Can anyone provide additional drawings or photographs of Mount Bellew House, especially any views of the interior?
- Can anyone provide additional information about the ownership history of Tinnehinch after 1950?
- 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.