Note: N37829 JP. Deputy Leiutenant. High Sheriff 1890.
Was he given the name Cecil after his great aunt (wife of his great uncle) Frances Cecil (nee Hamilton), Countess of Wicklow? After she married the 4th E of Wicklow, the name Cecil was extensively used by her descendants.
Fetherston H., Cecil, (a minor) [his father died when he was 11], of Bracklyn Castle, Killucan, owned 4,711 acres valued at 2,583 pounds 13 shillings. This makes him the 19th largest landowner in Westmeath in Jean Rice’s list.
In 1884, when he was 27, his great aunt was left by her husband (who was also a cousin of Cecil’s) to set up home with his children’s governess. Four years later they became parents of a boy who would go on to be T E Lawrence “of Arabia”.
He married 6 months after his grandmother Eleanor died.
Will: Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh of Bracklyn Killucan county Westmeath died 3 February 1935 Probate London 13 August to Herbert Howard Fetherstonhaugh of no occupation and Robert John Anyatt Jameson land agent Effects £9,406 5s in England:
I Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh of Bracklyn Killucan County Westmeath late Captain Royal Dragoons declare this to be my last will hereby revoking all former wills made by me I appoint my brother Herbert Howard Fetherstonhaugh , Captain Berkley C. Wilmot Williams and Richard Edward Maunsell to be the Executors and Trustees of this my will.
I bequeath the sum of One thousand pounds to my wife Meriel Gertrude Fetherstonhaugh to be paid to her as soon as possible after my death.
I bequeath the sum of Five hundred pounds to my brother Herbert Howard Fetherstonhaugh.
I bequeath the sum of Five hundred pounds to Richard Edward Maunsell. All said legacies to be free of Legacy Duty And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my property of what nature and kind soever and wheresoever situate I give devise and bequeath the same to my daughter Muriel Eleanor Fetherstonhaugh absolutely and appoint her my residuary legatee and devisee.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty ninth day of April One thousand nine hundred and nineteen.
Signed and acknowledged by the said Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh the Testator as his last will and Testament in our presence who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other all being present at the same time hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses
Fred D Darlry ? 18 Stephens ----- Dublin Charles St G Orpen 18 Stephens Green Dublin ? Solrs
I Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh declare this to be a Codicil to my Will which Will bears date the twenty ninth day of April One thousand nine hundred and nineteen Whereas Richard Edward Maunsell one of the Executors named in my will has recently died. Now I hereby appoint Robert J.A. Jameson to be one of my executors jointly with my brother Herbert Howard Fetherstonhaugh and Captain Berkley C. Wilmot Williams And I bequeath to the said Robert J.A. Jameson the sum of one hundred pounds free of legacy duty provided he acts as such executor. In all other respects I confirm my said Will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of June One thousand nine hundred and twenty nine.
Signed Published and Declared by the said Testator as and for a Codicil to his last Will in our presence who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Fred D Darley Sol Wm Kennedy 31 Kildare St Dublin Solr Ass.[S:756]
Portrait of him as a child says he was born 7 February.
In 1886 for his son Ashley’s baptism in Dorset he gave his residence as “Ratho NB” .
When the banns of his marriage were read on 8 July 1885 he was living in Godalming, Surrey.
1925: On Sunday I was invited to lunch at Bracklyn Castle, the home of Colonel Cecil Fetherstonhaugh, and had a most interesting day. Colonel Fetherstonhaugh belonged to one of the crack English regiments and was selected by Lord Spencer as one of his mounted escort to ride on his right during the Fenian outbreak. The Colonel stands six feet tall, and, even at fifty-five, was a splendid specimen of the Irish country gentleman.
He invited to meet us Francis Chapman, Esquire, a neighbor who in 1873 had visited America, and was interested to hear that I I knew the present Mr. Belmont, the junior and senior Lorillard, and many other sportsmen, as he had met their many other sportsmen, as he had met their fathers and grandfathers during his trip to the States.
(A sporting tour through Ireland, England, Wales and France, ...Harry Worcester Smith. 1925. p57)
1881 census: 10 Great Cumberland Place, St Marylebone, as 14 yr old grandson to the head of the household.
At time of marriage in 1885 he was said to be of Godalming.
In 1911, the census shows that the household at Bracklyn consisted Cecil and Meriel and their 14) year old daughter, and (all resident in the house) a butler, a laundress, a cook, a housemaid, a house servant, a kitchen maid, 2 chauffeurs, and a governess.
Irish 1911 Census, http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Westmeath/Brackline/Bracklin/881053/ Residents of a house 18 in Bracklin (Brackline, Westmeath) Fetherstonhaugh, Cecil, 54, Male, Head of Family
Fetherstonhaugh, Meriel, 48, Female, Wife, Church of Ireland, England,-, Read and write, -, Married, -, -, 2, 2 Henders, Joseph, 43, Male, Servant, Church of Ireland, ? Dublin,Butler, Read and write, -, Married, -, 23, 7, 7 Clarke, Kate, 28, Female, Servant, R C, Cavan, Laundress, Read andwrite, -, Single, -, -, -, - McLauchlan, Grace, 59, Female, Servant, ? Church of Scotland,Scotland, Cook, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Hamilton, Elizabeth, 28, Female, Servant, Presbyterian, Antrim,Housemaid, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Fox, Briget, 19, Female, Servant, Church of Ireland, Co Meath,Housevnt, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Carroll, Elizabeth, 22, Female, Servant, R C, Co Westmeath, KitchenMaid, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Hilton, Charles, 20, Male, Servant, Church of Ireland, Dublin,Chauffen, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Fetherstonhaugh, Eleanor, 14, Female, Daughter, Church of Ireland,Dublin, -, Read and write, -, -, -, -, -, - Amos, Amelia, 42, Female, Servant, Church of Ireland, England,Governer, Read and write, -, Single, -, -, -, - Fowler, George, 44, Male, Visitor, Church of Ireland, Co Meath, LandAgent, Read and write, -, Married, -, 14, 2, 2 Fowler, Mabel, 36, Female, Visitor, Church of Ireland, Co Down, -,Read and write, -, Married, -, -, 2, 2 Dove, Janet, 24, Female, Visitor, Church of Ireland, Dublin, -, Readand write, -, -, -, -, -, - Coyle, Edward, 34, Male, Servant, R C, Cavan, Chauffen, Read andwrite, -, Married, -, 6, 1, 1.
Have his marraige as 8 July 1885, but “Gossip of the Week” magazine said they were to be married 18 August, 1885.
Note: Birth registration place
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