Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Ballycarrane House, Thurles

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Violet Sarah Margaret Patricia Biddulph [1909-1974]


Violet Sarah Margaret Patricia Biddulph was the youngest daughter and tenth child, of William Nicholas Biddulph and Rebecca Clarke. She was born in Sandymount, County Dublin on the 18th of February 1909.  She appears in the 1911 Census record, aged 2, living with her family in Park Avenue, Sandymount.
Her father, William Nicholas Biddulph, died in 1915 when she was only six years old.
Violet died in Kent in 1974.

Aileen Maude Beatrice Biddulph [1905 - 1933]


Aileen Maude Beatrice Biddulph was born in 1905 the sixth daughter of William Nicholas Biddulph and Rebecca Clarke. She was known as Maude by her family. In the 1911 Census she is aged five and living in Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, with her family. Maude was ten years old when her father William died. She never married.
I knew Maude when she lived in Mount Merrion, County Dublin, and I remember her with great affection.  She taught me shorthand and typing when I was a student, and I spent many evenings in her house drinking tea and talking about the family. Her nephew Tony, of whom she was clearly very fond, had drawn up a short history of the Biddulph family and their origins which she passed on to me when she left Dublin and went to live in New Inn. She had a house, I think it might have been in Kerry, which she often invited me to stay in. To my regret, I never did
Maude died on the 18th of July 1993 and is believed to be buried at Congor, County Tipperary.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Grace Kathleen Marion Biddulph [1904-1998]

 Grace Kathleen Marion Biddulph was the fifth daughter of William Biddulph and Rebecca Clarke. She was born on the 12th of January 1904 in Bray, County Wicklow.
In the 1911 Census she was aged 7 and living with her family in Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin.

She married Hubert Satchwell Finney in Rathvilly, County Carlow on the 30th June 1926.  Her place of residence was given as Knockevagh, Rathvilly, County Carlow.
Hubert Finney’s occupation was given as gentleman farmer. He was born at Eyrecourt, Donanaghta, County Galway, on 31 October 1892. In the 1901 Census his father, Charles Austin Finney, is recorded as gentleman farmer. In the 1911 Census Hubert is 19, still living with his family, and recorded as a farmer’s son. Charles Austin Finney and his family lived at Grouse Lodge, Banagher, County Offaly.
Grace’s brother in law, husband of her sister Caroline, the Reverend Cyril du Cros, officiated at the wedding. The witnesses were Francis Finney [younger brother of Hubert], Patricia Biddulph [Grace’s unmarried sister Violet Sarah Margaret Patricia], W. E. Head [Grace’s half cousin William Edward Head who was married to her aunt Dora Clarke] and Maude Biddulph [Grace’s unmarried sister Aileen Maude Beatrice].

They had five children.

Charles William Finney was born on the 7th of March 1927 in Banagher. He was educated at Wilson's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin. He was Rector of Edenderry, Offaly. He died on the 7th of March 1992and is buried in Abbeyleix Churchyard.

Sheila Maude Finney [1930-1971] is buried at St.Mary's & Nicholas, Oxford.

Noel Hubert Finney [1937-2013] is buried at Eyrecourt, County Galway. His gravestone has the following inscription:
Late of Shannon Grove Eyrecourt Galway
Ár nAthair atá ar neamh,
go naofar d'ainm
Go dtaga do ríocht
Go ndéantar do thoil
ar an talamh mar a dhéantar ar neamh.
ár n-arán laethúil tabhair dúinn inniu
Agus maith dúinn ár bhfiacha
Mar a mhaithimidne ár bhféichiúnaithe féin
Agus ná lig sinn i gcathú
ach saor sinn ó olc. (Amen).
óir is leatsa an ríocht
agus an chumhacht agus an ghlóir
Trí shaol na saol. Amen.[1]

A daughter born in 1932.

A daughter born in 1944.

Hubert Satchwell Finney died in 1954 at Shannongrove, Banagher. He is buried at Eyrecourt.
Grace died on the 25th of October 1998. She too is buried at Eyrecourt.


































[1] The Lord’s Prayer

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dora Mary Eleanor Biddulph [1902-1987]

Dora Mary Eleanor Biddulph was the fourth daughter of William Biddulph and Rebecca Clarke. She was born in Bray on the 23rd of Dec 1902.
In the 1911 Census she can be found, aged 8,  living in Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin, with her family. An error in transcription records her as Jane.
She married Timothy McCrohan [1897-1938], from Gortnagree, County Kerry, on the 15th of February 1928.
They had one son, Gerald Anthony McCrohan, born on the 19th January 1931. He attended the Bishop Foy School, in Waterford and later Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1954, L.L.B. 1956, ACH (1959)). He was with the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society from 1955, Assist Home Accident Mgr from 1972.
He was married to Edith Joyce Saunders in St. Philip’s Church, Milltown, County Dublin, in 1956. The service was conducted by the bridegroom’s uncle, the Reverend Cyril du Cros.[1] They had three children. He died on the 23rd of February 1981 and is buried in All Saints Churchyard, Poringland, South Norfolk District, Norfolk, England.
Timothy McCrohan died in 1938. He is buried in Castleventry Churchyard. 
Dora died in 1987.  She is buried in Mitchelstown.


[1] Irish Times 20 December 1956.