Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh: Birth: 22 FEB 1857 in St George’s, Hanover Square, London. Death: 3 FEB 1935 in Delvin (Registration District), Westmeath, Ireland
Herbert Howard Fetherstonhaugh: Birth: 9 OCT 1860. Death: 8 DEC 1937
James Fetherstonhaugh: Birth: 1868.
Constance Lucy Fetherstonhaugh: Death: OCT 1860
Florence Lucy Fetherstonhaugh: Death: AFT 1889
Title: Free BMD
Note: N4532 Shot while returning home from Dublin.
The Probate of the will of James Howard (commonly called Howard) Fetherstonhaugh late of Bracklyn Castle in the County of Westmeath Esquire deceased who died on or about 15 April 1868 at or near Knocksheban in the County aforesaid ...
Assassinated when “proceeding home in his gig, after witnessing the entry the Prince and Princess of Wales into Dublin.”
(The Gentleman's magazine, Volume 224. p692.)
Some notes on the Fenians around the time that Howard was shot:
12 March 1868” a suspected Fenian tried to assassinate Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, by shooting him in the back, in Clontarf, Sydney, Australia.
Gladstone became Prime Minister in Dec 1868 and his words on receiving the summons to Buckingham Palace were "My mission is to pacify Ireland".
7 April 1868: Thomas D’Arcy McGee, the only Canadian federal politician to be assassinated, was shot by a Fenian in Ottawa.
Cavan Observer, 14 August 1858:
THE MAGISTRACY--Howard FETHERSTONHAUGH, Esq., has been appointed a magistrate of the county Westmeath by the Lord Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Right Hon. Lord Castlemaine, Vice-Lieutenant of the county.
Presumably his first name was given due to his mother’s maiden name.
In 1853, at time of his father’s death, he was “late Captain 11th Regt.”
By the start of the nineteenth century, the neoclassisical style started to become popular in Westmeath, with Bracklyn, Delvin, and Glananea, near Drumcree, good early examples.
(The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage http://www.buildingsofireland.com/niah/highlights.jsp?county=WM&list=true)
The three story extension at the rear, and the doric front porch, were built at Bracklyn in 1855 (ie 2 years after Howard inherited.)
Could this be his tomb (photo on website), or his father’s?:
“A classical style granite tomb, c.1860, on square-plan with Doric detailing is located adjacent to the mausoleum at Bracklyn.”
Obituary in The Gentleman’s Mag said he left 5 children, but Florence married in 1888, and if James was not born posthumously, that would make a total of 7.
“James Howard Fetherston Haugh” was shot near Killucan, Co. Westmeath in April 1868 by a man named Coughlan who was later helped by another Landlord, D'Arcy. D'Arcy sent Coughlan away to America to save him from the Constabulary. It appears though, that he did not need to help him. Legend has it that there was 4 or 5 witnesses to the shooting who would not tell the Constabulary or the family who shot him. Even when the family put up a £300 reward (a fantastic amount of money at the time), all the witnesses still swore that they did not know the shooter. this statement rang hollow with the authorities as Coughlan was something of a celebrity as years previously, D'Arcy's son got into trouble while swimming in the canal at a bridge now called "D'Arcy's bridge. D'Arcy was so grateful that he swore to Coughlan that he would be forever in his gratitude.
The Featherstown-Haugh's were detested in Killucan and that feeling was so strong that the witnesses turned down the chance to earn enough to buy a considerable sized farm.
(Heff2 on RootsChat.Com )
Living at 3 Cork Street, London, at time of marriage.
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