On this day, March 26, 1793

On this day, March 26, 1793

On this day, March 26, 1793, John Hugh Smith Barry was baptised in Fulham Parish. He was the son of James Hugh Smith Barry and Ann Tanner, whose long-term relationship was never solemnised although they had five children together. As Continue reading

On this day, March 21st, 1845

On this day, March 21st, 1845

On this day, March 21st, 1845, two men were brought before the Cork County Criminal Court. Judges Jackson and Ball were on the bench. A jury was sworn in and Timothy Cremin and Patrick Donoghue were charged Continue reading

On this day, March 19th, 1915

On this day, March 19th, 1915

On this day, March 19th, 1915, Lord Barrymore and his family gathered for the funeral of his mother at the Church in Great Budworth, Cheshire. She was Lady de Tabley, a title she received on her second marriage. Continue reading

On this day, March 14th 1912

On this day, March 14th 1912

On this day, March 14th, 1912, shortly before our national holiday, Dorothy Smith Barry took part in the St Patrick’s Day Sale and Exhibition of the Royal Irish Industries Association in London. The event took place in Continue reading

On this day, March 7th, 1962

On this day, March 7th, 1962

On this day, March 7th, 1962, Belvelly Bridge was flooded as a result of a Spring tide. This bridge is the only link between Fota Island and Great Island. At least 400 workers coming from Cobh were stranded on Continue reading

Fota Portraits in Black and White

Fota Portraits in Black and White

The Flower Room at Fota House is lit by the soft, diffused light through the windows and the delicate lamps within. Previously known as the Morning Room, it was where Dorothy Bell, a keen and knowledgeable gardener, prepared flower arrangements Continue reading

VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

VISIT DOROTHY’S EASTER TRAIL!

Join us for a breath of fresh air this Easter at one of Cork’s most idyllic locations, on Friday 19th and Sat 20th April.

The magnificent Arboretum is the setting for Dorothy’s Trail, which will bring the history Continue reading

Charles Beswick’s School Atlas

Charles Beswick’s School Atlas

Charles Beswick's School Atlas

 

John Charles Beswick’s Philips’ London School-Board Atlas
Whilst research was being made for the Irish Heritage Trust publications Aspects of Fota, a very kind donation of archival material was made by a gentleman in England who had connections to the Beswick family. The Beswicks lived and worked on the estate around the turn of the 19th/20th century, William Beswick (b.1854) being Head Gardener.
Among the items donated is a school atlas which belonged to their youngest son, John Charles Beswick, born in Cork on the 8th October 1888. His name is inscribed and stamped on the title page of the book, published in 1901. Apart from being an interesting document in itself, where one can see the Ireland of 1901 with its then major rail and high ways, the atlas is part of a collection of items pertaining to Charles.

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Bust of a Lady with Ringlets

Bust of a Lady with Ringlets

Marble Bust of A Lady with Ringlets

Artist Unknown, 19th Century
White marble; 61cm high

As yet, we do not know very much about this charming white marble bust of a lady. She is young, likely in her twenties or thirties, and wearing both her hair and her clothing in a fashionable manner associated with the Regency period of c.1811-1820, so called when King George III was alive but considered unfit to rule, his son The Prince of Wales acting as proxy until made King George IV in 1820.

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