There are references to the Poer family in the pleas of the Devon Eyre, dealing with civil litigation, of 1238. Hugh le Poer was listed as one who pledged for the fine of Walter Losoner and Ralph de Hapse in the case of the abduction of Robert de Sicca Villa de Strachville in Witheridge Hundred. Stephen le Poer was held in default for failing to appear for the first day as a juror in Braunton Hundred. He held land valued at one knight’s fee in Churchill, East Down, Barony of Dartington.
In 1238, Roger le Poer was an Elector for Sancte Marie Otery Hundred, held by the Dean and Chapter of Rouen Cathedral. In 1242-43, he was a juror in the Buddleigh Hundred and a tenant at Yethemeton, at Blakebergh, and at Rapelinghegh, a feofee of John de Courtenay, Earl of Devon. The Blakebergh property was in the honor of Plymton, held of the sheriff of Devon; there is doubtless some connection with William le Poer’s service in this position in 1222-1224. At some date between 1242 and 1254, a Phillip le Poer was a witness to a gift to the priory of the church of Ashbury, Devon.
It seems likely that William le Poer, sheriff of Devon in 1222-1224, was father of Roger, and perhaps also of Stephen and Hugh le Poer, since there is no evidence of a pre-existing Devonshire le Poer line to provide alternatives. Thus the genealogy of Cecily Poer, who married John Duke’s son William, was from William le Poer or le Pohier, Sheriff of Devon in 1222-1224; to Roger, elector for Ottery Saint Mary in 1238 and juror in 1242; through several generations to John Poer, feofee of the Dowager of the Earl of Devon in 1377; to his son, Roger, father of Cecily.
• Power researchers by Kenneth Roy Powershttp://powersgenealogy.home.comcast.net/index.html
• Clarice Tucker’s Rootsweb.com Tree
• Kia Ora! — New Zealand Power Research
• Power, Weise, Samuel, Vaughan Genealogy
• Richard Power
• Warren Power’s Genealogy.com Site
• Powers GenForum
• Power GenForum
• Power Message Board
• Powers Message Board
The purpose of this website is to display the information I have gathered during the research of my particular Powers family branch. This site will focus exclusively upon the Powers surname and its variants pertaining to my research. At the present time, I am at an impasse regarding the parents of Michael Powers who was born in 1727 in Ireland and died in 1807 in New London, Connecticut. During the course of this project I will add information for the various as yet non-related Powers family lines for which I have gathered information in order to attempt to further my own research. Eventually, most of the Powers family trees have to come together and it is up to us as researchers to share our information in order to find the missing link that may reveal our hidden ancestors. It is only with the help of fellow researchers like Clarice Tucker that I have been able to accumulate the information I have. If you have information that could aid me in my research, by all means contact me via e-mail.
Family Trees & Documents
The links below are to trees in my Rootsweb.com file (offsite) that are mainly from the Connecticut and Rhode Island areas. Some, however, are early historical Powers family trees from England and Ireland. Many of the people have extensive notes that contain all of my research findings including land transactions, wills, and obituaries. Feel free to explore them thoroughly and if you have information to add, let me know. Rootsweb.com specifies 1930 as the year after which people without death dates are considered living. These people will be marked with Living as a first name in the online file. If you desire more information about one of these individuals, email me. Several of the documents below require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Historical Powers Origin Trees
• Sir Bartholomew De La Poher
o Descendant Chart (52 K)
My Direct Family Line
• Michael Powers and Hannah Fox
o Michael Powers Origin Theory Document
• Kenneth Powers and Kendra McCombie
o Direct Family Line Document Scans and Photographs
• Clarice Powers Tucker (a fellow researcher)
Other Connecticut and Rhode Island Lines
• Joshua Powers (Joseph and Abigail Powers)
o Descendant Chart (22 K)
• John and Sarah Power
• Doctor Peter Powers and Mary Alworth
o Descendant Chart (10 K)
• Franklin H Powers and Eunice Coleman
o Descendant Chart (10 K)
• Thomas Powers and Hannah Morgan
o Descendant Chart (10 K)
• Nicholas Power and Jane
o Descendant Chart (11 K)
This section of this site is dedicated to the historical aspects of the Powers family name and its variants. It includes links to data accumulated from many sources.
• The Powers Surname Origins
• Sir Piers Power, of Curraghmore, Knight
• The Battle Abbey Roll
• XVIIIth Century Notes on the Le Poer Family
• Powers Family Mottoes
• The Country House Database – Power
DNA & Genealogy
This section of the site is dedicated to links and information concerning DNA and its use in the Genealogical studies of the Powers surname.
• DNA Article from GenCircles.com
• R1b Haplogroup Information
• R1b Haplogroup and Subclades DNA Project
• The Powers Et Al DNA Project
• Ireland Heritage DNA Project
• Family Tree DNA
Gravestone Photo Galleries
This area of the site contains photos of various Powers family gravestone photos organized by cemetery. If I have found historical information about the graveyard, it will be given in this section as well.
• Ye Antientest Buriall Place, New London, Connecticut
o History of Ye Antientest Buriall Place
• Bond Cemetery, Greenbush, Warren, Illinois
• Fairview Cemetery, Mildred, Allen, Kansas
o History of Fairview Cemetery
The following links are to Powers family maps that I have either found on the Internet or created.
Michael Powers and Hannah Fox Lines
• My Direct Powers Family Migration
• Butler County, Ohio
• Greenbush, Warren County, Illinois
• Anderson County, Kansas
• Allen County, Kansas
Sir Bartholomew De La Poher Lines
• Locations of Famous Powers’ Houses
Surname Distribution Maps
• Powers Surname Distribution Map (USA)
• Power Surname Distribution Map (USA)
The following links are to other sites of mine or the research of others. There are also links to some excellent research sites.
My Other Sites
• My Rootsweb.com file (with allied lines)
• The Powers Home Brewery
Fellow Powers Family Researchers
• Clarice Tucker’s Rootsweb.com Tree
• Kia Ora! — New Zealand Power Research
• Power, Weise, Samuel, Vaughan Genealogy
• Richard Power
• Warren Power’s Genealogy.com Site
• Powers GenForum
• Power GenForum
• Power Message Board
• Powers Message Board
• The Waterford County Library in Ireland
• Connecticut USGenWeb Site
• Rhode Island USGenWeb Site
• Warren County, Illinois Research Site
The Battle Abbey Roll
The Roll of Battle Abbey comprises the names of the known principal Norman Knights who accompanied William across the English Channel to engage Harold II and the English Saxons at the Battle of Hastings on the 14th October 1066. The following is an excerpt found under the surname of Power.
“Poher, or Poncaer, descended from the Lords of Poncaer in Brittany. A branch settled in 1066 in Devon, with Alured de Mayenne; and in 1165 Ranulph Poer held three fees of his barony (Liber Niger). Bartholomew Poher, at the same time, was Lord of Blackborough, Devon, and father to Robert Poher, who settled in Ireland.”–The Norman People. According to the Peerages it was, however, Roger, not Robert de la Poer, who went with Earl Strongbow to the conquest of Ireland, and received vast grants of territory. “It may be said without offence,” writes Giraldus Cambrensis, “that there was not a man who did more valiant acts than Roger le Poer, who, although he were young and beardless, yet showed himself a lusty, valiant, and courageous gentleman, who grew into such good credit, that he had the government of the country about Leighlin, as also in Ossory, where he was traiterously killed; on whose slaughter a conspiracy was formed among the Irish to destroy the English, and many castles were destroyed.” The Poer estates were of magnificent dimensions, extending from near Youghal to Cork Harbour, where the celebrated headland guarding its entrance still bears the name of Poor Head. The S. transept of Cloyne Cathedral is also called after them Poor Aisle. Among the most ancient writs to be found in the Irish Rolls Office are those summoning Nicholas le Poer, Baron of Waterford, to parliament in 1378, 1381, and 1383. His great grandson Richard was re-created in 1535 Lord Le Poer, Baron of Curraghinore; and was the father of John, Lord Le Poer, described by Sir Henry Sidney in his account of Munster to the Lords of the Council in 1575, as living “in shew far more honourably and plentifully than any other of his calling that lives in this province. The day I departed from Waterford, I lodged that night at Corragmore, the house that the Lord Power is baron of, where I was so used, and with such plenty and good order entertained (as adding to it the quiet of all the country adjoining, by the people called Power Country, for that surname has been since the beginning of Englishmen’s planting inhabitants there) it may be well compared with the best ordered country in the English Pale.” It was the boast of the family that “though dwelling in a country continually disturbed by convulsions and civil wars, they never once suffered forfeiture, or engaged in rebellion against the Crown:” and for this reason they received rough treatment at the hands of Cromwell. Two of their castles, Kilmeadon-on-Suir, and Don Isle (an almost impregnable fortress built on a steep crag on the sea coast) were captured and demolished. The lord of Kilmeadon was strung up, without either trial or shrift, on one of his own trees; and the heiress of Don Isle, after a splendid defence, was betrayed by one of her own gunners, and perished miserably in the flames that consumed her castle. Curraghinore, their most ancient possession, was saved by the quick-witted daughter of the Baron, who, seeing her father resolved to defend the place to the last extremity, contrived to lock him up in his own dungeon; and, throwing open the castle gates, went out to meet Cromwell with its keys in her hand. When questioned about her father, she explained that he was “unwillingly absent;” and that she had taken upon herself to surrender unreservedly to the Parliament, and therefore claimed, as her due, confirmation of the property and his protection at all times. “Cromwell, thus baffled, was constraigned to sign the proper letters.” It must have been John Lord Le Poer who was thus left chafing in confinement while his daughter made terms with the invader. His son Richard was created in 1673 Viscount Decies and Earl of Tyrone; but both titles expired with the third Earl in 1704. His only daughter Catherine, in her own right Baroness Le Poer, married Sir Marcus Beresford, who received the Earldom of Tyrone in 1746, and was the father of the first Marquess of Waterford.
The mother of Sir Marcus, Nichola Hamilton (the youngest of the three co-heiresses of Lord Glenawley) was the heroine of a celebrated ghost story, of which the first perfectly authentic account was published in 1880 by the Reverend B. W. Savile, one of her descendants. On the morning of the 15th of October, 1693 (a date faithfully treasured up in the family), she came down to breakfast deadly pale and in evident distress of mind, with a black ribbon bound round her wrist, which from that day forwards she never removed. Her husband anxiously inquired what was the matter; but she entreated him, with the greatest earnestness, to ask no questions. During the day a messenger brought them word that their neighbour, John, second Earl of Tyrone, had died suddenly in the night. He was Lady Beresford’s kinsman; and in early life, having both been left orphans under the care of the same guardian, they had seen a great deal of each other. She was deeply affected; and as her husband was endeavouring to console her, she suddenly turned to him, in the midst of her grief, and told himshe was expecting another child, and that it would be a son-her first son, for as yet she had only daughters. The prophecy came true; and in due time Sir Tristram was made happy by the birth of an heir. He died seven years afterwards, in 1701; and Lady Beresford re-married General Gorges, by whom she had four other children.
In 1713, a large party assembled at her house to celebrate her18 birthday, for which she had made great preparation, and evinced a degree of solicitude that seemed altogether unaccountable. She appeared among her guests in the highest spirits; declaring that she felt uncommonly happy in keeping her forty-eighth birthday. An old clergyman, who was one of the company, here unfortunately interposed. “No, my Lady,” he said, “you are mistaken; your mother, Lady Glenawley, and I, used to have many disputes concerning your age; and to-day I am able to prove myself in the right, for last week I happened to go to the parish where you were born, and took the opportunity of searching the register. You are only forty-seven to-day.” Lady Beresford turned ghastly pale, and cried, ” Then you have signed my death warrant!” She at once withdrew to her own room, and, sending for her young son Sir Marcus, and one other intimate friend, for the first time in her life told the story of Lord Tyrone’s apparition to her on the night of his death, twenty years before, with all its now well-known details. She awoke to find him sitting by her bedside; and was so thoroughly convinced she was dreaming, that nothing short of the touch of his hand would serve to assure her of his actual presence. As his fingers closed round her wrist, every nerve and sinew shrank, and, though ice-cold, they left an indelible mark, as if from the gripe of red-hot pincers. He bade her hide it from every living soul, as long as she herself should live. Then, rising from his seat, he walked across to a bureau that stood on the other side of the room, and laid his hand upon it. “Look at this,” he said, “when the morning comes. You will find another proof; ” and there, again, she saw the impress of a man’s hand, deeply burnt into the wood. He told her that she would bear a son, and die on her forty-seventh birthday. ”I thought,” added she, “that I had outlived the fatal date. But I bless God that I am no longer afraid of death. I have learnt the truth of revealed religion, and can depart in peace.” Then she desired her friend, as soon as she was dead, to take the ribbon from her arm, and to show it to her son. She died within the hour; and her wrist was found exactly as she had described it, with every nerve and sinew shrunk and withered away, and branded by the clasp of four fiery fingers. The bureau, retaining the scorched print-marks of a man’s hand, is still in existence in Lord Clanwilliam’s house of Gill Hall in the county Down; and Lady Beresford’s portrait, painted with the mysterious black ribbon round her wrist, is to be seen at Curraghmore.
The name of Poer or Power is widely spread in Ireland. “The Poers of Belleville Park, near Cappoquin; the Powers of Affane and Mount Rivers, in the same vicinity; the Powers of Gurteen, midway between Clonmel and Carrick, are the chief representatives of this honourable name in the county of Waterford.”–Sir Bernard Burke. Several branches remained seated in England. In Worcestershire the Poers held of the honour of Gloucester, and affixed their name to Pyriton Power. Robert de Poher was seven times Sheriff of Leicestershire under King John, and held five and a half knight’s fees in the county. Richard le Poer occurs in the Hundred Rolls of 7 Edward I. as a landowner in Oxfordshire, where his desceidants “continued for many ages;” Thomas Poure, a minor (the son of Sir Thomas Poure), died in 1407; his heiress was his sister Agnes Wyneslowe.–Bullington and Ploughley’s Oxon.
Gentischieve le Poer held considerable property in Oxfordshire during the reign of John; and his descendant Sir Walter founded a house of charity dedicated to St. John at Oxford; after which, taking a journey to the Holy Land, he was absent for many years. The college, believing him to be dead, ventured upon altering some of his statutes, which provided for the reception and entertainment of pilgrims; and when he at length returned, so changed with age and travel that none might know him, and knocked at the gate of his hospital, he found it closed against him. He asked for alms, and was refused and turned away; but a poor scholar, compassionating his wan and weary looks, followed him out and put a piece of money into his hand. Then, drawing a ring off his finger, he asked the young man-a rather reluctant emissary-to take it to the Warden, who instantly recognised it. “God’s mercy!” he cried; “it is the ring of our founder!” Having thus announced his presence, Sir Walter lost no time in discharging the vials of his wrath upon the disobedient fraternity, whom he sentenced to instant expulsion, and only pardoned when they had made the most abject submission, and most solemn promises of good conduct for the future. “The restoration of the Fellows of St. John’s is said to have given rise to the choir music in the open air.”–Bullington and Ploughley’s Oxfordshire.
The Country House Database + Additional Information – Power
The following information has been extracted from The Country House Database. It is a first attempt at listing country houses in the British Isles from the late medieval period to ca. 1850. The link to their webpage is here. I have also included some excerpts from The Parliamentary Gazetter of Ireland, 1844 [Waterford Extracts] as well as any additional information I could find on the Internet.
Glanmire cor Lota Park
Rogers – Power – Roche – Molony – Ware – Murphy – Beamish 1801
Built by John Power in 1801; then owned by John Roche; John Molony; William Ware. Bought ca. 1837 by J.J. Murphy. Library added by John Roche. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988. Numerous lettings. Rogers family ca. 1694. Owned 1855 by Lieut Col North L. Beamish, FRS.
In 1801, John Power built Lota Park, a late-Georgian house overlooking the River Lee at Glanmire. The architect is not known. The house was later owned by James Roche (“J.R.” of the Gentleman’s Magazine), who added single-storey wings, one containing a ballroom, the other a library. In the nineteenth century, the house was successively the home of John Moloney, William Ware, J. J. Murphy, Lt-Col. N. L. Beamish and Joseph Gubbins. [M. Bence-Jones, p. 191]
Slieverue kiy Bellevue House
Shiel – Power 1760+
Owned by Richard L. Shiel M.P.; bought by Patrick Power M.P. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
It was George Olge who gave Bellevue its name after he purchased an estate at Ballyhogue and built a mansion there in 1737. His son, also named George, was born at Bellevue and succeeded to the estates, was a Member of Parliament for Co. Wexford from 1768 until 1796, and afterwards he represented the City of Dublin until the Act of Union in 1801.
Ogle was a poet, and during the 1798 Rebillion he commanded the Shelmalier Infantry, who were commonly known as “Ogle’s Bloody Blues”. Following his death on August 10th 1814, Bellevue remained unoccupied for some time.
The next owner of the estate was Anthony Cliffe, who arrived in 1825. This family were Cromwellian settlers who held contemporary banking interests in New Ross while the family seat was at Abbeybraney, near Gusserane.
Cliffe renovated Bellevue, and most likely re-built the place. It is understood that Daniel Robertson was the architect responsible for modernising the house, which had a magnificent portico, formed by eight collums and approached by a capacious flight of the central block. Fine boldly projecting wings extended on either side of the two-storey house.
Jane Cliffe married the first Lord Carew of Castleboro and created a piece of personal history. Not only did she live to the great age of 103 years, but she also lived in three different centuries.
In 1856 the Cliffes converted to Catholicism. Consequently a private chapel was built adjacent to the mansion in 1859, the work of JJ McCarthy, working to the design of Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852).
Anthony John Cliffe married Lady Frances Power, widow of Sir John Talbot Power of Edermine in 1904. He died on December 21st 1921, leaving £1,920 gross personal estate to his widow who emigrated to London and died there in 1930.
On January 28th 1923, Bellevue House was reduced to smoke begrimed walls and a roofless shell following a visit from Sinn Fein pyromaniacs. At the time only an elderly caretaker and his wife were in residence.
Lady Power and B.J. O’ Flaherty, solicitors, Enniscorthy, trustees, claimed £24,451 for the malicious destruction of the mansion. The court was told that Bellevue contained nine reception rooms and eight bedrooms. The house was lighted by electricity, contained a heating chamber and was generally fitted as a comfortable gentleman’s residence.
Mr. O’Flaherty told the court that he had acted for the Cliffes since 1887. there were 1,000 acres attached to the mansion, but 719 acres had been sold.
Thomastown kiy Kilfane House
Bushe – Power 1750+
Passed by marriage to the Power family early 19 cent. Rebuilt ca. 1820. Owned by Sir John Power, 1st Bart. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Cookstown tyr Killymoon Castle
Power – Stewart 1803
Originally owned by the Earls of Tyrone. Rebuilt by William Stewart M.P., designed by John Nash. Library. William Stewart died 1850. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988. J.B. Burke, Visitation, 2nd Series, II, 1855, 69-70. Purchased by Lieut Col William Stewart after the old house burned ca. 1800.
Cappoquin wat Affane House
Greatrakes – Browning – Power 1660+
Owned 17 cent. by Valentine Greatrakes, curer of ills by stroking. Passed to Maj Edmund Browning by marriage; then to the Powers/Poers. Ruined. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Clashmore wat Clashmore House
Clashmore is a parish, containing a village of the same name, in the barony of Decies-within-Drum, co. Waterford, Munster. Length, westward, 4 miles; breadth, from 3 furlongs to 2½ miles; area, 7,201 acres, 3 roods, 20 perches, – of which 1,932, acres, 3 roods, 4 perches, lie slightly detached to the south-west. Pop, in 1881, 3,772; in 1841, 3, 777. Houses 558. It lies along the left bank of the Blackwater; and is traversed southward by the road from Clonmel to Youghal-ferry. About one half of the land is good, and one half indifferent; the part near the river being arable va1ley-ground, and the eastern part upland and mountainous, yet profitable for the feeding of black cattle. Clashmore-House, the seat of Robert Power, Esq., adjoins the village; is well situated near the Black water, a little above the influx of the Lickey; and is surrounded by a demesne which, long ago, was considerably improved. The other seats are Ballinamultina, Bay-view, Rockview, and Ardsallagh. The village stands on the principal road of the parish, about 8 miles south-south-east of Aglish, and 5 north-north-east of Youghal. Area, 29 acres. Pop, in1831, 387; in 1841, 232. Houses 34. The old abbey of Glaismhor, the ruins of which still exist, is one of those which the herd of topographists, in defiance of all probability, assign to a period several centuries before the Anglo-Norman Conquest, or even before the serious degeneracy of early Culdeeism. Archda1l, in his succinct notice of it, displays himself as almost the pink of twaddlers. “Glaismhor” quoth he, was a celebrated abbey in the Decies, near the river Blackwater, and was founded by Cuanchear at the command of St. Machoemoc of Lethmore, who had raised Cuanehear from the dead. That saint died on the 13th of March, A. D. 655. The actual abbey, though the record of its true origin seems lost, was no doubt founded at least about 500 years later than Archdall pretends; and its possessions were, after the dissolution, given in fee-farm to Sir Walter Raleigh. A dispensary in the village is within the Dungarvan Poor-law union, and serves for a population of 9,853; and, in 1839, it expended £115, and administered to 1,163 patients. About It mile north-east of the village, stands the hamlet of Cross, at which some fairs are held. This parish is a vicarage, and a separate benefice, in the dio. of Lismore. Visceral tithe composition, £191 8s. 4d; glebe, £10. Gross income, £201 8s.4d; nett, £129 1s. l1d. Patron, the diocesan. The vicar holds also the prebend of Clashmore in Lismore cathedral. The rectorial tithes are com-pounded for £382 16s. 8d, and are impropriated in the Duke of Devonshire. The church was built, in 1818, by means of a gift – of £830 15s. 4½d. from the late Board of First Fruits. Sittings 200; attendance 25. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance at two services of respectively 200 and 700; and, in the Roman Catholic arrangement, is united to the chapel of Kinsalabeg. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 42, and the Roman Catholics to 3,886; and 3 daily schools – one of which was aided with £5 a – year and a house from Mrs. Power – had on their books 169 boys and 811 girls.
Kill wat Gardenmorris
O’Shea – Power 1680+
In Power ownership in the 19th Century, Enlarged ca. 1850. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Kilbarrymeaden parish, formerly in the barony of Upperthird, but now in that of Decies-without-Drum, 4 miles south-east by south of Kilmacthomas, co. Waterford, Munster. It contains the village of Kill: which see. Length, 3 miles; breadth, 11; area, 6,263 acres, 3 roods, 12 perches. Pop., in 1831, 2,416; in 1841, 3,360. Houses 519. Pop. of the rural districts, in 1841, 3,022. Houses 462. The general character of the land is coarse, pastoral, and boggy. The highest ground is on the north border, and has an altitude of 541 feet. Near the village of Kill is Gardenmorris, the seat of John Power O’Shea, and nearer Waterford is Georgestown, the seat of James Barron, Esq. Dunbrattin, at the termination of a tongue of the parish which runs down to the coast, makes a slender claim to have been the landing-place of the first, English invaders; but supports its pretensions on the doubtful circumstances of its having a small mound with a circular intrenchment, and of its name having the signification of “the fortification of the Britons.” The parish itself takes name from a church anciently built by St. Baramedan.” The land which belonged to this church, “says the Rev. Mr. Ryland,” has long been highly venerated by the common people, who attribute to its many surprising qualities. It is said that a notorious robber, whenever he passed through this place, used to wash his horse’s hoofs and legs in the first water which he chanced to meet, lest his haunt should be discovered in consequence of his being guilty of sacrilege, in carrying away a portion of the holy clay. There is a well here, sacred to St. Baramedan, frequently resorted to by pilgrims, who ascribe many virtues to its waters. Marina, a sister of this saint, and equally esteemed for piety, also resided in this parish. A church, the ruins of which are still discernible, built by her near the sea, gives to the place the name of Kilmurrin. An image of this saint, rudely carved out of a rock, may be seen in a cave near Dunbrattin; the place is often resorted to by the neighbouring people.” This parish is a vicarage, and a separate benefice, in the dio. of Lismore. Visceral tithe composition, £100; glebe, £33s. Gross income, £103 3s.; nett, £95 10s. Patron, the diocesan. The incumbent holds also the stipendiary curacy of Kill-St.-Nicholas in the dio .of Waterford. The curate of Monkland receives asalary of £10, for performing the occasional duties of Kilbarrymeaden. The rectorial tithes are com-pounded for £200, and are appropriated to the pre-centorship of Waterford cathedral. The Roman Catholic Chapel has an attendance of 2,000. In 1834, the Protestants amounted to 12, and the Roman Catholics to 2,386; and 2 pay daily schools.
Kilmeaden wat Kilmeaden Castle
Power – 1600+
Kilmeaden is a parish, partly in the barony of Upperthird, but chiefly in that of Middlethird, co. Waterford, Munster. Length, 4¾ miles; breadth,2¾. Area of the Upperthird section, 2,308 acres, 1 rood, 25 perches; of the Middlethird section, 6,934 acres. Pop., in 1841, of the whole, 2,620; of the Middlethird section, 2,234. Houses in the whole, 411; in the Middlethird section, 356. The Census states the pop. of 1831 at 2,135 ; the Ecclesiastical Authorities state it at 2,621; and the former places the whole parish in Middlethird. The surface is part of the south side of the valley of the Suir; and the land, though aggregately good, presents so wide a variety as to range in annual value between 5s and 40s. per plantation acre. Two of the highest grounds have altitudes of respectively 354 and 493 feet. The principal seats are Whitefield, Ballyduff, Mount-Congreve, Wood-Villa, Colfin, and Whitfield. The village of Kilmeaden stands on the road from Waterford to Carrick-on-Suir, 3 miles east-south-east of Portlaw, and 5 west of Waterford. Pop., in 1831, 194; in 1841, not specially returned. The village and its neighbourhood were formerly places of some consequence; but a great baronial castle and various ancient private residences which adorned them, have long since gone to decay. Kilmeaden castle occupied an elevated and commanding site on the banks of the Suir, and was the residence of one of the branches of the noble family of Le Poer, or Le Power, whose other branches had their chief residences at Curraghmore and Don Isle, and who were descendants of Robert Le Poer, marshal of King Henry II. Cromwell, when sweeping the south of Ireland, demolished Kilmeaden castle, hanged its proprietor on an adjacent tree, and parcelled out its lands among some illiterate individuals in his military train. The, property extended from Kilmeaden to Tramore; it was soon sold by its ignorant grantees to a gentle-man of the name of Ottrington; and it was partly colonized by the new proprietor with families from Ulster, whose descendants now figure as respectable gentry of the county. Elizabeth, Viscountess Doneraile, grand-daughter of Mr. Ottrington, erected to his memory a still extant tomb in the church-yard of Kilmeaden; and from her the extensive property purchased by her grandfather has descended to the Earl of Doneraile. At Phair Brook, on the, lands of Cullenagh, is an extensive paper manufactory, which 20 years ago employed about 140 men, women, and children; and on the same stream that works it – a stream which falls into the Suir at a little distance from Pouldrew – are a bolting-mill, a corn-mill, and corn-stores, nearly on the site of a quondam extensive iron-manufactory . This parish is a vicarage, in the dio. of Waterford. Visceral, tithe composition, £170; glebe, £21. The rectorial tithes are compounded for £226 4s. 3d., and are appropriated to the members of Waterford chapter . The vicarages of Kilmeaden and Riesk [see that article], constitute the benefice of Kilmeaden. Pop., in 1831, 3,592. Gross income, £274 5s. 6d.; nett, £251 18s. 5d. Patron, the diocesan. The incumbent holds also the benefice and prebend of Seskenan, in the dio. of Lismore. The church is an old building. Sittings 100; attendance, from 15 to 45. The Roman Catholic chapel has an attendance of 1,500. In 1834, the Protestants of the parish and union amounted to 121; the Roman Catholics of the parishto 2,532; and the Roman Catholics of the union to 3,300; 4 daily schools in the parish – one of which was salaried with £5 from Lord Doneraile, £4 from three clergymen, and £8 from the Association for Discountenancing Vice, and one with £12 from subscription, and some advantages from other sources – had on their books 218 boys and 121 girls; and there was a daily school also in Riesk. In 1840, two National schools at Ballyduff were salaried with respectively £12 and £8, and had on their books 130.
Portlaw wat Curraghmore House
Rebuilt by James Power, 3rd Earl of Tyrone. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988. J.B. Burke, Visitation, 2nd Series, II, 1855, 64-6. Power family since medieval times.
Curraghmore House was where the Marquis of Waterford lived. It includes a much altered castle which was built by the Power family in the 12th century. Most of the house dates from 18th century alterations carried out by Sir Marcus Beresford, when it came into his possession after his marriage to Lady Catherine Power. The front hall and the billiard room are the only parts of the original castle left and they are on a different level than the rest of the house. The estate covers about 10 square miles and in the gardens are some fine examples of Bronze statues.
Power’s-Country is a quondam territorial division of the county of Waterford, Munster. It comprehended most of the barony of Upperthird, and part of the baronies of Middlethird and Decies-without-Drum; and it had its name from the family of Power or Le Poer, the ancestors of the Marquis of Waterford.
Tramore wat Newtown House
Bought ca. 1790 by Joseph Power. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Newtown is a promontory in the parish of Drumcannon, barony of Middlethird, co. Waterford, Munster. It screens the west side of the entrance of Tramore bay, and has an altitude of 147 feet above sea-level. To direct the navigation of the adjacent dangerous coast three towers have been erected on this promontory, while two have been erected on Brownstown Head, at the east side of the entrance of Tramore bay. The coast of the perilous bay, all the way round between these head-lands, a distance of about three miles, is sheer beach upon a dead level. Between Newtown Head and the town of Tramore is Newtown-house which was the seat of Edward O’Neill Power, Esq.
Waterford wat Ballinakill House
Dobbin – Power 1700+
Remodelled ca. 1770. Orig. the Dobbin family; sold to Nicholas Power 1788. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Waterford wat Ballycanvan House
Bolton – Power 1750+
The Boltons moved to Faithlegg. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Waterford wat Faithlegg House
Bolton – Power 1783
Built by Cornelius Bolton M.P. Bought by the Power family in 1819. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988. J.B. Burke, Visitation, 2nd Series, I, 1854, 159. Owned 1719 by Rev Hugh Bolton, Dean of Waterford. John Bolton (d. 1792 ). Acquired by Nicholas M. Power, MP, ca. 1830.
In 1783, the present Faithlegg House was built by Cornelius Bolton, who had inherited the Faithlegg Estate from his father in 1779. Financial difficulties followed and in 1819 the Bolton Family sold the house to the Power Family. Nicholas Mahon Power married Margaret Mahon and her dowry enabled him to buy Faithlegg House and Estate. The Powers were a wealthy merchant family from Waterford City and they adorned the estate with the stags head and cross, which was the Power family crest. It remains the emblem of Faithlegg to this day. On the death of Nicholas Power in 1873 his eldest son, Patrick Joseph (Pat) and his wife, Lady Olivia Nugent came to live in the house and commissioned Samuel Roberts to alter and enlarge the family mansion. The Power family also built the nearby Faithlegg Catholic Church on the ground where Faithlegg Castle originally stood. The house passed to Hubert Power, the only son of Pat and Lady Olivia, and in 1920 upon Hubert’s death, it passed to his daughter, Eily Power. In 1935 Eily and her husband sold the House to the De La Salle order of teaching Christian Brothers after which it acted as a novitiate until the 1980’s. The last remaining gap in history is from the 1980’s until 1998 when it was taken over by the Tower Hotel Group. There webpage can be found here.
Waterford wat Gurteen
The last of the line to reside there was Edmond Robert de la Poer, 3rd Count de la Poer and de jure 20th Baron le Power and Coroghmore. He sold the Castle on 12th April 1979 but remained in residence in part of it until he died on 20th November 1995.
The beautiful demesne of Mr. Power, on the north border of the barony of Upperthird, and of co. Waterford, Munster. It is situated on the right bank of the Suir, 5 miles east of Clonmel. A magnificent mansion was, a number of years ago, projected; but only the stables were completed; and they are very extensive, and have a castellated appearance. A broad band of low ground immediately flanking the river, forms a charming contrast to thickly wooded hills which rise abruptly above it; and a deep ravine, almost hid beneath its profuse ringlets and tresses of timber, possesses singular beauty. In the demesne is a cromlech, which consists of five irregularly placed upright stones, and a superincumbent stone of somewhat larger size, but wanting the flatness and peculiar position of some of the more perfect of these works.
Waterford wat Snowhill
Snow – Power 1765
Built by the Snows. Overlooking Waterford harbour on the Kilkenny side. The Powers renamed it Power Hall. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Enniscorthy wex Edermine House
Built by the Powers, Dublin distillers. M. Bence-Jones, A Guide to Irish Country Houses, London, 1988.
Edermine House is situated on the east bank of the river Slaney and a mysterious looking round tower on the west bank. Edermine House was the residence of the Power family who were associated with the distilling business (Powers Whiskey). They recruited most of their workers from nearby Oilgate where a terrace of houses built by the Powers for their workers can still be seen today. The Powers also built a private chapel built at Edermine to the design of the famous architect A.W. Pugin.
Enniskerry wic Powerscourt
Built by Richard Wingfield M.P., 1st Viscount Powerscourt. Owned by Lord Powerscourt – F.O. Morris, Series of Picturesque Views, vol. III, 1866. Disastrous fire 1974. Ruined. Bence-Jones, Guide, 1988. J.B. Burke, Visitation, 2nd Series, II, 1855, 155 . D. Guiness, Irish Houses, 1971, 323.
Based on a 13th Century castle, Powerscourt was remodelled in the 18th Century when owned by Sir Richard Wingfield, who created the magnificent mansion and surrounding grounds in the decade after 1731. Further alterations were undertaken a century later for the 6th Viscount Powerscourt by Daniel Robertson who is said to have suffered severely from gout and directed operations from a wheelbarrow, fortified by a bottle of sherry. When the bottle was finished, work ceased for the day! The 7th Viscount completed the work in the late 1850s, using his own and other designers’ plans, to finish the terraces and planting thousands of trees, whilst installing much statuary, ironwork and decorative items.
18th Century Le Poer Notes
The following information is extracted from Some XVIIIth Century Notes on the Le Poer Family, of Curraghmore, the Walshs of Piltown, and the Walshs of the Island, Co. Waterford. (FROM THE PAPERS OF V. HUSSEY WALSH Esq.) Edited by the Rev. WM. CARRIGAN, D.D., P.P., M.W.I.A.
The Honble Counsellor Beresford, in looking over & adjusting the Pedigree of his mother’s family should take notice that when FitzGibbons the White Knight got Lord Power murdered at Killnigrange by Darby Bryan called Dermud Authu one of the executioners of the tyrrany of that Knight he left no son then born. At the time of this murder the Lady Power of Curraghmore, daughter to Lord Buttevant (now Barrymore) had not ‘a son, but was pregnant of a son who was the direct ancestor of Lady Tyrone and the illustrious family of Barons of Curraghmore, since Earls of Tyrone, and of us who since by our grandmothers descended from the Lord John Power who died Lunatick about 1640 in which pedigree from that time to this period there can be no mistake as I set it down, tho’ Mr. Lodge in his Peerage and in his marginal notes to the late Lord Tyrone’s Pedigree was greatly misinformed in part of what he mentions of ye Curraghmore family. Black Tom Butler, Earl of Ormond, taking an advantage of the want of a son at Curraghmore married his niece a Butler to a la Power who for want of a son pretended by blood to the inheritance of Curraghmore and founded the family of Gurteen, but the Lady Dowager after the murder of her husband being delivered of a son ever since has dispelled such pretensions, and she was herself married soon after to the said Earl of Ormond at Carrick. To trace the family further up we should inspect into Cambden’s history of Ireland or his Brittania, with the Annalls of Ireland annexed to it, as well as Geralclus Carnbrensis an old historian who came with us on the conquest under Henry the 2, the disputes between the houses of York and Lancaster, the tyrrany of the Brehan law adhered to even by the greatest of the English conquerors, thro’ the history of Ireland otherwise ill attended to into great confusion that Val. Walsh who is descended from the family by his grandmother Ellen Power, sister to Richard, Earl of Tyrone, thinks we should rest on what may be depended on since the murder of said Lord and the death of Lord le Poer who died lunatick about 1640 on which this may be depended on without any doubt. Pierce, brother to Richard created John, Lord le Poer. Earl married to a lady of the Bourkes daughter of Lord Brittas and had an only daughter by her called Ruth and not Judith mother to Mr James Ducket and after his death married to M’Carthy more in Kerry he never had a right to be styled of Rothcormuck that being a separate family since the Conquest, so that Mr Lodge in his Peerage should have sayd which Pierce founded Mr Ducket’s family at Whitestown in said County. I suppose what led Mr Lodge to say that said Pierce le Power founded the faniily of Rothgormuck was that some time before his marriage with Lord Brittas’s daughter Ellenor Bourk daughter to McWalter Bourke likewise of the Clanrickord family was married to Power of Rothgormuck who by the great interest of her family preserved her dower now the only remaining part of that estate being undoubtedly a branch of the family of Dunhill and Killmedon.
Ellen le Poer eldest daughter of John Lord le Poer & sister to Richard Earl of Tyrone by her prudent conduct was considered the preserver of her father’s life and estate having obtained from Ireton a promise in honour when he and other officers dined at Curraghmore under the Usurper to take no advantage of her father’s weakness in discourse, which promise that General exactly supported.
The aforesd Ellen le Poer was married to Thomas Walsh of Piltown in the County of Waterford and was mother of John Walsh blown up with many other gentlemen of fortune in the Cove of Cork, to whom succeeded his brother Colonel Robert Walsh the elder.
Notes On The Foregoing,
By Count De La Poer
In the account of the le Poers of Curraghmore given in the Hussey Walsh papers, there are several mistakes. It was not Lord Power, (Richard 4th Baron) who was killed by the FitzGibbons, but his eldest son, John “oge,” who was so killed during the life time of his father, who died in 1607, his son John “oge,” having been killed before December 1600, (a). Shortly after John’s death his wife Hellen Barry, (daughter of David, Viscount of Buttevant) gave birth to a son, John, who succeeded his grandfather as 5th Baron, and died a lunatic in 1661, not “about 1640,” as stated. Richard, 4th Baron, who died in 1607, left issue, besides John “oge” killed by the FitzGibbons, three younger sons, viz, Piers of Moonalargy (now called Munsborough) Thomas and Edmond. The male line of Piers of Moonalargy existed until the year 1742, when it ended on the death of Henry Power, whose father, Colonel John Power would, as heir male, but for his attainder, have been 9th Baron, after the death, in 1704, of James Power, 3rd and last Earl of Tyron, whose daughter and heiress, Lady Katherine Power married Sir Marcus Beresford in 1717.
No member of the Gurteen line married a niece of “Black Tom,” Earl of Ormond, neither did, nor could they at the period mentioned, have put forward any claim “to the inheritance of Curraghmore,” for the very good reason that, failing the male issue of John “oge,” killed by the FitzGibbons, the next in succession would have been the Moonalargy line, already referred to, and which existed down to 1742.
Ruth, daughter and heiress of Piers Power of Kilowen married Thomas Duckett. This Piers Power whose will is dated 1st March 1668 was one of the younger sons of John the 5th Baron.
It was Catherine Power, sister of Richard, 1st Earl of Tyrone, and not her sister Ellen, who had the guardianship of her father the 5th Baron. This Catherine, married Sir John FitzGerald of Dromana, Lord of the’ Decies. The Gurteen line descend from Piers Power who died in 1597, and who was the second son of John “mor,” the 3rd Baron.
(a) See letters from Lord Barry and Sir George Carew to Cecil (Cal. State Papers, Ireland).
Sir Piers Power of Curraghmore
The following article is reprinted from the Waterford County Library. It was written by Count E. De La Poer, H.M.L.
SIR PIERS POWER, OF CURRAGHMORE, Kt., 2nd Lord le Poer and Coroghmore.
By COUNT E. DE LA POER, H.M.L.,
On the 13th of September, 1535, Sir Richard Power, of Curraghmore, Kt., was, for his services in the wars in Ireland, created Baron of Le Poer and Coroghmore, with remainder to the heir male of his body, for ever; and on the 10th of November following he was killed by the “traitour” Owen O’Callaghan. Lord le Poer, by his wife, Katherine Butler, second daughter of Piers, 8th Earl of Ormonde, left issue three sons and three daughters, namely: Piers, his heir; John, heir to his brother ; Thomas Power, of Coolfin ; Katherine, wife of Sir Nicholas Devereux, of Balnlagir; Ellice, married to Sir Thomas FitzGerald, of Connoha; and another daughter married to Teague McBrien Ara.
Piers Power, the second Lord le Poer or Power, was born in the year 1522, and being under age at the time of his father’s death, he became the King’s ward; later, his wardship was granted to his uncle, James, Earl of Ormonde. During the second Lord’s minority, a large part of the county of Waterford was despotically ruled by his mother, and an account of her proceedings is to be found in the Presentments of the Jurors of the County and City of Waterford, A.D. 1537. Among the latter Presentments is the following, that Lady le Poer hathe taken and exacted of the King’s people for the furnishing and sending forthe of her sonne Piers Power, into England in company with the lord Thresaurer, a certeyn soome of money, the certenty ” [amount ?] ” wherof they know not.” The ” lord Thresaurer ” referred to was James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormond, Lord le Poer’s uncle and guardian.
In 1541 a Parliament was held in Dublin, and although under age, Lord le Poer took his seat, ranking immediately above the Baron of Dunboyne, ” and the Thursday being Corpus Xt day, after a solempne Mass of the Holy Goste, the Peers resorted to the Parliament chamber, when the Commons presented to us their Speaker, one Sir Thomas Cusake, who made a right good proposition in lawd and prayse of your Majesty; most worthely deserved–and also declayred what benefit came of obedyence to Princes and observing of Lawes, which after being answered by your Grace’s Chancellor in English, and by the Earl of Ormond declayred in Yrish, mooche contented the said Lords and Commons.”
In 1542 Lord le Poer’s financial position was undoubtedly in a bad way, for in this year his uncle, Lord Ormond, applied to the Council for a licence to allow his nephew to go over to England, setting forth that ” in consideration of his youth, and having little to live by,” he should have licence “to repair to the King’s Majesty, there to continue for a year or two, and to be admitted as a pensioner to attend upon his Highness.” He, however, does not appear then to have gone to England, though he did so later on in cominand of a body of Irish soldiers, known as ” Kernes,” to assist Henry VIII. against the French. Writing in the year 1544 to the King on the question of sending over auxiliaries, the Lord Justice and Council say, . . . that the Kerne made straunge to go because ther was no noble man of this Realme, to whom they moght truste ther relieffe in ther necessities, appoynted to conduct them; Your Highness . . . willed us to appointe such one of the noble men, that your Majestie did wryte to for provysion of Kerne, as we shulde think mete, to have the conduct the holle nomber- and upon consultation, considering that none of the Yrishe Lordes wer mete for that purpose, ne yet convenyent to send any of Th’Erles, or others of the nobilitie of th’Englishery beyng onweldy men for to go with light Kerne, fynally we had no choise, but either the Lorde of Duuboyne, or the Lorde Power, and accordingly have appoynted the saide Lorde Power, whiche ys a towarde, and an hardy yong gentleman, beyng very desyrous to serve your Highnes, to have the general conduct of them all, under your Majestie, or suche other as yt shall please your Grace to appoynte. We have lymyted to hym no enterteignement but referred him to your Majesties moste gracious order and lyberalyte.
“It may furder please your Majestie, that within this Realme every two Kerne use to have a page or boye, which commonly ys never theless a man, to beare ther mantells, weapons, and vyetailles for 2, 3, or 4 dayes when they goo in a volant journey; for whome and other shares of the marshalles, pypers surgions, and suche like, according to ther usage, they receye like enterteyment as for themselffes: yet, contrary ther said usage, because we thinke that in your Majesties standing warres they shalbe otherwise provided for, then thei can be here, we have willed them to have for every foure Kerne, but a page or boye; so as eight hundreth Kerne have 200 boies, which here is accompted by the name and in interteynement, for 1000 Kerne.”
All arrangements having been finally made, and accompanied by one of the Sherlocks of the county of Waterford, Lord le Poer, in command of seven hundred Kerne, crossed over to England, where, after having been-reviewed in London, they were sent over to France, where ” they served as irregulars and plundered all the adjacent country. Their manner of collecting cattle was by tying a bull to stake and scorching him with faggots in order to force him to bellow, which gathered all the neighbouring cows about
him, by which artifice they were taken and carried to the camp. When ever they met with a Frenchman, they always cut off his head, refusing him both quarter and ransom. The French, by this strange kind of making war, being astonished, sent a trumpeter to the King (Henry 8th) to learn whether he had brought men with him or, Devils, that could neither be won with rewards or compassion, which the King, turning into a jest, several of the Irish who straggled from their companions, and fell into the enemy’s hands, were afterwards used very cruelly, and put to great tortures before they were slain.” (a) On the 30th September, 1544, Lord le Poer was “clubbed” a knight, (b) and during the siege of Boulogne was severely wounded. He was brought to Calais, where he died on the 10th or 16th of October, 1544. Sir William Wyse writes, 5th January, 1545, that the Lord Power having died, ” the Ear1 of Ormond and his sister Lady Katherine ” (Lord Power’s mother) “will be at Mothell beside Curraghmore where they intend an obseque for Lord Power’s soul, where much devotion of meat and drink is prepared, the poor people are like to sing requiescant in pace but the more they cry, the more sorrow increaseth.” (c)
As Lord le Poer died unmarried, he was succeeded by his next brother, John, known as ” Shane Mor,” who then become the third baron. Lord le Poer’s mother married secondly James FitzGerald, 15th Earl of Desmond, and dying on the 17th March, 1552, was buried in the Abbey of Askeaton, in the county of Limerick.
(a) Smith’s ” History of Waterford,” 1774.
(c) State Papers.
Kerne written for by the King’s Majestie. Kernes sent
of that number.
Piers Butler, Earl of Ormonde for 100 200
James FitzGerald, Earl of Desmond for 100 120
Morrough O’Brien, Earl of Thomond for 100 90
The Baron of Ybrecon for 50 0
Thomas Butler, Baron of Cahir for 24 30
” Butler, Baron of Dunboyne for 24 16
Piers Power, Baron of Curraghmore for 24 34
James Fleming, Baron of Slane for 24 36
Sir Gerald FitzGerafd of Dromana for 24 24
0’Rielly for 100 89
O’Connor for 50 38
O’Carrell for 50 0
O’More for 50 0
Ma’Guire for 100 0
0’Rouark for 100 0
O’Mulmoy for 100 0
O’Maghlaghlin for 24 0
M’Guiness for 50 28
Cahir MacArte Cavenagh for 24 21
The Powers’ Mottoes
Nil nisi cruce: Nothing except by the cross.
Per crucem ad coronam: Through the cross to the crown (i.e. through suffering to victory).
Pro patria semper: For my country always.
• ID: I97
• Name: Bartholomew DE LA POHER
• Given Name: Bartholomew
• Surname: De La Poher
• NPFX: Sir
• NSFX: Lord of Blackborough 1
• Sex: M
• Death: Y
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• Change Date: 27 Nov 2005 at 17:51
Father: Drogo DE POHER
Marriage 1 Eleanor
• Change Date: 10 Apr 2005
1. Robert DE LA POHER
2. Roger DE LA POHER
3. William DE LA POHER
4. Simon DE LA POHER
5. Philip DE LA POHER
1. Abbrev: World Connect
Title: World Connect
Author: Kenneth Roy Powers
Date: 27 Nov 2005