A Class Apart: The Gentry Families of County Kildare

A Class Apart: The Gentry Families of County Kildare

By: Con Costello (author)Paperback

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The landed gentry played a significant role in the history of Kildare. The highly impressive houses throughout the county stand as testimony to this. There has always been a deep fascination in 'The Big House' - the families living there, their treatment of the peasants, and their eventual fall. The Gentry of Kildare is a fascinating exploration into the lives of a number of gentry families, their rise and their demise. This study of the landed gentry is a wonderful read from both an historical as well as a local point of view.

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Con Costello is well known in Kildare for his passion for history. He is well respected for his dedication to the heritage of Ireland, especially his home county of Kildare. Con is a well-established writer of history, having been awarded a PhD by the National University of Ireland, for his thesis on the history of the British Army on the Curragh. He has also been published on several occasions and edited the journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society for some thirty years.


Introduction Chapter 1: Impressions of the Gentry Class. Chapter 2: The Golden years. Chapter 3: The FitzGeralds. Chapter 4: Sherlock, and Borrowes Chapter 5: R.C. Families: Aylmers, Wogan-Browne, Mansfield, Sweetman, More O'Ferrall, Archbold, Eustace. Chapter 6. The Earls: Mayo, Drogheda, Aldborough. Chapter 7: The families of de Burgh and de Robeck. Chapter 8: The Wolfe, Weldon, Clements, Barton, and Medlicott families. Chapter 9: The families of Conolly, La Touche, and Clonmell. Chapter 10: The families of Cloncurry, Blacker, Wilson-Wright, Kilbee, Cooke-Trench, Guinness, Synnott, Esmonde. Chapter 11: Behind the Walls

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  • publication date: 30/07/2004
  • ISBN13: 9781845885045
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781845885045
  • weight: 320
  • ISBN10: 184588504X

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