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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Fenagh House & Lodge.

Ballachaderneed, Carlow

Fenagh House
Fenagh Lodge map c.1841.
Fenagh Estate Cottage

Fenagh House in the County Carlow Parish of Lorum. was originally the home of the Pack-Beresford family c.1864.

In the new portion of the burial-ground the following tombstones are to be seen:--

Denis William Pack-Beresford of Fennagh

Denis William Pack-Beresford

To the Beloved Memory of Denis William Pack-Beresford. Born July 7, 1818 and died December. 28, 1881.
Captain Pack served for several years in the Royal Artillery, and, on the death of his god-father, Field-Marshal Lord Viscount Beresford, G.C.B. in 1864, he assumed the name and arms of Beresford, in compliance with his will.


Denis Robert Pack-Beresford of Fennagh

Denis Robert Pack-BeresfordDenis Robert Pack-Beresford, of Fenagh House, Co. Carlow, J.P. and D.L., High Sheriff 1890, b. 23 March, 1864, educated at Rugby, B.A. Ch. Ch. Oxford; m. 11 Aug. 1891, Alice Harriet Cromie, only daughter of the late James Acheson Lyle, of Portstewart House.

Lineage. Major-Gen Sir Denis Pack, K.C.B, son of the Very Rev. Thomas Pack, Dean of Ossory,  b.7 Oct. 1775; m. 10 July, 1816, Lady Elizabeth Louisa De la Poer Beresford, daughter of George, 1st Marquess of Waterford, and by her (whom. 2ndly, 12 Feb. 1831, Lieut.-Gen. Sir Thomas Reynell, Bart., K.C.B., of Avisford, and d. 6 Jan. 1856) had issue,

1. Arthur John Reynell, his heir (see Reynell-Pack of Netherton).

2. Denis William, of whom hereafter. 1. Anne Elizabeth, m. 28 Sept. 1869, Rev. George J. Mapletoft. Paterson, Rector of Brome, Suffolk. 2. Elizabeth Catherine, m. 7 July, 1842, Sir John William Hamilton Hanson, Bart. He d. 2 Aug. 1873.

Sir Denis d. 24 July, 1823. His 2nd son, Denis William Pack-Beresford, of Fenagh, J.P. and D.L., High Sheriff 1856, M.P. Co. Carlow, Capt. R.A., b. 7 July, 1818; m. 12 Feb. 1863, Annette Caroline, only daughter of Robert Clayton Browne, of Browne's Hill, Co. Carlow (see that family), and by her (who d. n Feb. 1892) had issue,

1. Denis Robert, his heir.

2. Arthur William, Capt. and Brevet Major R.A., and Major S. African Const., served throughout S. African War 1899-1902 (twice mentioned in despatches), born. 23 April, 1868; died. on service, 4th March, 1902.

3. Charles George, Major Royal West Kent Regt., served in the Malakand and Bunei field force (medal with clasp) Punjaub frontier 1897-98, S. African War (medal with four clasps), mentioned in despatches Sept. 1900, b. 21 Nov. 1869.

4. Henry John, Capt. Highland L.I., served in the Malakand and Bunei field force (medal with clasp), Punjaub frontier 1897-98, b. 22 Aug. 1871; m. 28 July, 1904, Sybil Maud, youngest daughter of the late John Bell, of Rushpool Hall, Yorks, and has issue,

1. Denis John, born. 27 Oct. 1905.

2. Tristram Anthony, born. 8 May, 1907.

3. Reynell James, born. 21 Dec. 1872; m. 17 June, 1899, Florence, only daughter of Frederick Leith, of Walmer, Kent, and has issue,

Arthur Reynell, born. 28 April, 1906. Joyce Annette, b. 27 July, 1900.

6. Hugh de la Poer, b. 11 July, 1874.

7. Algernon Dunbar, born. 25 July, 1875, died. 5 Dec. 1908.

1. Elizabeth Harriet.

2. Annette Louisa.

This gentleman assumed, by Royal Licence dated 6 March, 1854, the additional name and arms of Beresford, in compliance with the will of William Carr, Viscount Beresford, G.C.B. He died.28th Dec. 1881.

Seat:- Fenagh House, Bagnalstown, Co. Carlow.

Source: A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Ireland


Keppel family of Fennagh

James Keppel was born in 1712 during the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1714). James' existence is verifiable from his online death record which states his date and place of death as 24 Sep 1789 Fennagh, Carlow, Ireland; his spouse's name as Elizabeth Hayes; his marriage year as 1747; and his year of birth as 1712. James and Elizabeth had seven children born at Fennagh, Carlow -- Ann Kepel (b. abt 1743), George Keppel (b. abt 1748), Mary Kepple (b. abt 1755), William Keppel (b. abt 1756), John Keppel (b. abt 1758), Anne Keppel (b. abt 1760) and Sally Keppel (b. abt 1762). Because of his late appearance in Irish family history records, it is likely that James was an immigrant from England or Europe.


Source: Michael Purcell

Pray Pardon 1923 Letter in the Pat Purcell Papers.


Merthur Road , New Farm, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. 26th October 1923.

To- Mr Pack Beresford, Fenagh House, Carlow.

Dear Mr Beresford,

Pray pardon the liberty I am taking in writing you, but under the circumstances it seems the only thing to do.

Two months ago I married a man who gave his name as Thomas de la Pour Pack-Beresford and he says you are his brother.

I would deem it a very great favour if you will write and tell me if this is true.

Of course you may not exist at all, for this man has proved so untruthful and so devoid of the instincts one expects to find in a gentleman that I feel I cannot believe one word he says.

He also tells me he is a widower and I am wondering whether he ever had a wife or if he did is she still living.

If he did and the lady is still alive please let me know and it will relieve me of a lot of worry.

If he has a wife living I have no desire to see him in prison and will merely advise him that I know and that Australia is not a healthy place for him to live in.

Should this man who calls himself your brother have been married before to your knowledge will you please be so very kind as to send me proof.

I need hardly mention that at present I am not living with this man who calls himself my husband nor do I intend to.

Thanking you in anticipation.

With best wishes,

Yours Sincerely ,

Miriam Beresford

Garryhill Castle ( or Fenagh Castle )

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