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Burton Hall

Burtonhall Demesne

Co. Carlow

This picture is an engraving which appears in Jimmy O'Toole book "The Carlow Gentry"
Burton Hall
Photo: Carloman
Entrance Gate
Photo: Carloman
Photo: Carloman
The Driveway
Photo: Carloman
Burton Hall
Photo: Carloman
Entrance Gate
Servants quarters

The Demesne of Burton hall lies across the Carlow-Kildare border, about half in each county for a total of 600 acres. The actual Burton Hall estate house which was completed in 1730 was well inside the county of  Carlow south east of Burton hall Demesne and about a quarter of a mile south of the border of County Kildare. (This is based on a survey carried out by Carlow County Council in Dec 2004).

 Map of Burton Hall Estate.

Incidentally, Burton Hall (now in ruins) is located about one and a quarter miles east of Duckett's Grove estate house which is in the Demesne of Rainstown. Burton Hall gave its name to the townland of Burtonhall Demesne which is partly in Killerrig civil parish, partly in Urglin civil parish, (both in Carlow) and partly in Castledermot civil parish in Co Kildare.

Ther was indeed an estate with a fine mansion of three stories high, the history of which is told in the book entitled "The Carlow Gentry" by Jimmy O'Toole.  I.S.B.N. 09522544 0 9.  There is an engraving of the house and details of the Burton family history in the book. Very little remains of the house today.

A man by the name of Benjamin Burton 1st purchased the property which was originally know as Ballynakelly, and other land in County Carlow in 1712.  These were properties confiscated after the Williamite War and sold by the Crown during the reign of Queen Ann (1703-1713).

Note from Carloman:

The entrance gate to the estate stands just outside the village of Palatine, North East of Carlow town within walking distance, there was a lovely straight driveway dipping down into a hollow before rising up to where the front door of the Mansion was . The Burtons also owned Pollacton House nearer to Carlow town. I remember the last of the Burton family to live in Carlow at Pollacton , Miss (Georgina) Denys, she drove herself in car which I think was a Wolseley with the front doors hinged at the rear only one of two in Carlow in the 1950s, a formidable lady by all accounts.

Source: 'Carloman' c2006

Burton Hall is mentioned in

"A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, by Samuel Lewis. 1837"

see script below:

URGLIN, or RUTLAND, a parish, in the barony and county of CARLOW, and province of LEINSTER, 2 1/4 miles (E. N. E.) from Carlow, on the road from that town to Castledermot; containing 977 inhabitants. This parish comprises 3080 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £2715 per annum: the greater part of the land is in small holdings, and the system of agriculture is improving.

The seats are Burton Hall, the residence of W. F. Burton, Esq., pleasantly situated on a rising ground in a finely planted demesne, approached by a long and wide avenue of trees; Rutland House, of -- Mosse, Esq.; Rutland Lodge, of E. Burton, Esq.; Johnstown, of T. Elliott, Esq.; Benekerry Lodge, of E. Gorman, Esq.; Mount Sion, of B. Colclough, Esq; and Benekerry House, of Mrs. Newton.

At Palatinetown there is a constabulary station, and a fair is held there on the 26th of March. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, united in 1713 to the rectory of Grangeforth, and by act of council, in 1803, to the impropriate cure of Killerick, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to £250, and of the union to £542. 19. 2 3/4. The church is a neat plain building with a spire, erected in 1821 by aid of a loan of £700 from the late Board of First Fruits. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union or district of Tullow, and partly in that of Tinriland, and contains a chapel belonging to the latter division, situated at Benekerry. About 50 children are taught in a public school, and 110 in two private schools.

William Fitzwilliam Burton 1796 - 1844

William Fitzwilliam Burton, of Burton Hall, Carlow, Ireland. I think there were several Williams... NB

Burton Hall is 6 miles from Tullow, 4 miles from Carlow and 45 miles from Dublin.


William Burton, address Burton Hall, Carlow, owned 32 acres. (in co. Wicklow) Stamford Mercury 1819 - Lincs.

Married on Friday the 17th Feb instant, at Lincoln (by the Rev. Edward Chaplin) Sir Richard Sutton, Bart of Norwood Park, Notts, to Mary Elizabeth eldest daughter of the late Benjamin Burton. esq., and sister of the present William Burton, Esq., of Burton Hall in the County of Carlow, and lately of Walcot Park near Stamford. County Carlow Landowners 1870's: Sir Charles Burton, address Pollacton, Carlow, owned 381 acres. William F. Burton, address Burton Hill, owned 4,422 acres.

1913: Carlow:  William Fitzwilliam Burton loses case over allegations that Charles J. Engledow, (who had leased Burton Hall from the late 1870s until 1901) had removed a valuable Gainsborough portrait of Lady Anna Ponsonby; the painting proved to be a fake.

1922 Carlow: Major William Mainwaring Burton & wife using Burton Hall as summer home.

1927 Ireland: Burton Hall purchased by Harman Herring Cooper, who demolished part of house in order to use salvaged materials to build a new house within nearby walled gardens - hoard of silver discovered in panelled alcove. 1000 acres of land purchased by Irish Land Commission.

Source: Google search

Catherine Daly 1815.

The Information of Catherine Daly of Burton Hall, Carlow, the wife of Jeremiah Daly, Coachman to William Burton, Esquire,  of Burton Hall, Carlow.

Sworn on the Holy Evangelists saith that on the night of Tuesday the 12th December 1815 Catherine Daly being in bed with her two children, a rap came to the Door with someone calling her by her name and requested she would get up and give them the loan of some candles to light over one McGrath who lived in the neighbourhood, claiming that McGrath had just died.

Catherine having no person in the house except for her two children objected to opening the Door at so late an hour of the night which she judged to be about twelve or one O’clock.

Catherine told them she had no candles and that she would not get up or open the Door when the persons outside insisted on this, Catherine ordered her Daughter, a little Girl to get up and open the Door.

Then three men entered and Called for the Candles which was handed to them by the Daughter.

They immediately struck up fire Light with the Candles, her Daughter saw their faces were covered and they were armed with pistols, she ran and told her mother that she believed they were Robbers and made an effort to get out to Alarm the neighbours, -----when she was stopped outside the Door by another man whose face was also covered together with a number of others who compelled her to return in again ---- when the three men proceeded to the room where Catherine lay and Demanded her money.

Catherine handed them her pockets and said all the money she had was therein contained which amounted to about two shillings.

They then proceeded to Rifle the House and take amongst other things the following articles:-

Soap, Tobacco, Candles, Bread, Herrings, a table Cloth, night Gown, Seven Silver Tea Spoons, Copper Kettle, Brass Candlesticks, a pair of Shoes and pair of Pumps with Several other articles amounting in the whole as Catherine verily believes to the sum of two Guineas.

And further Saith she does not know any of the persons who so Robed her they being disguised by their faces being Covered as aforesaid.

Sworn before me this 30th day of December 1815, (signed) Henry Bunbury.

(signed) Cathy Daly

Jane Smyth 1805.

[Note added 2011. spelt as Smyth by the Magistrate, signed by Jane as Jane Smith.]

From the PPP.

The Information of Jane Smyth wife of James Smyth, Soldier in the City of Cork Regiment of Militia, taken before Henry Bunbury,  Esquire, ~ appointed by our Lord, George the Third, King of Great Britain and Ireland, Defender of the Faith and so forth ~ as one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County of Carlow.

Jane Smyth who being Duly Sworn on the Holy Evangelists and Saith, that on Monday the 21st Day of January 1805, Hannah Connelly of Burton Hall in Carlow left a parcel with Jane Smyth wrapped up in an old white dimity petticoat which contained one white muslin Gown and Petty Coat of the same material, one plaid Calico Gown, one old white Cotton Gown, one White dimity petticoat, one Brown steep Petticoat, two shifts, two white Handkerchiefs, one new Yellow silk handkerchief, one White Muslin Cloak, three pair of White Cotton Stockings, ten Caps, and one pair of Spanish Leather Shoes, which Bundle and Property Jane Smyth put under her Bed for Security.

Jane Smyth saith that in her absence from her lodgings the said Bundle Containing the aforesaid articles together with three pair of Cotton Stockings the property of Jane Smyth were feloniously Stolen from her said Lodgings on the Morning of Tuesday the twenty second Day of January 1805.

And further Saith not.

(signed) Jane Smith.

Sworn before me this 24th day of January 1805. (signed) Henry Bunbury.

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