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What a lovely way to start the week, photographically speaking that is. A fine portrait commissioned by Mr. A.E West of Kilcoroney, Bray shows a man in outdoor tweeds with his cap and walking stick in the prime of life. Who was Mr. West and what might the connection be between Bray and Waterford?
On posting the letter from the Earls O'Neill and O'Donnell on Friday we were looking forward to translations and information. We were delighted to be able contribute to the education of that most erudite Flickroonie John Spooner, who was introduced to that old Irish tradition of cogging his latin!

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: ca. 4 September 1915

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 2624

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 08:09:12

    Here is Alfred Edward West in the 1911 census at the age of 59, making him approx. 63 in the photo. This would be Kilcroney House. And here is his daughter Hazel West Laverton during the Battle of Pettigo.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 08:23:44

    The NLI also has one of his letters "to Captain Cecil Fetherstonhaugh describing the situation in Dublin and Co. Wicklow during the Easter Rising". (He was not in favour of it.)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 08:29:22

    He died on Sept. 9th 1919 of a heart attack, while judging at the Navan Horse Show. (According to the Freeman's Journal of 12th Sept 1919)

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 08:35:19

    Hazel West Laverton got her own newsreel!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Aug/2020 09:10:34

    4 September 1915 was a Saturday . . .

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    cargeofg

    • 31/Aug/2020 09:15:31

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet In your letters link to Captain Fetherstonhaugh. Bracklyn Co Westmeath is mentioned. There was Bracklyn Dairies who had a yard at the back of Greville St Mullingar.Milk originally came from a farm at Bracklyn. It was down a lane off Bishopsgate St which also served as a rear access to Winkworths Chemists 8 Greville St.(NIAH listed) It was still known to as Bracklyn Dairies in the 60s and 70s even though it was then owned by Snowcream of Moate. Wonder if it was connected to Fetherstonhaugh

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/Aug/2020 09:34:35

    I google searched "a e west", and it thinks I mean Mae West !

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    Bernard Healy

    • 31/Aug/2020 10:02:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Fetherstonhaugh - pronounched Fanshaw, of course.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 31/Aug/2020 10:09:16

    Buried at St Patrick's Cemetery, Enniskerry, it seems. Some more detail on this page compiled by a Judy Cameron: www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/wicklow/cemeteries/st-pat... WEST , Alfred Edward ,gentleman, of Kilcroney. 1851-1919 Late Lt. The Wicklow Rifles. Was High Sheriff of Wicklow in 1915. On the day of the Easter Rising,1916, he was in Dublin, and was caught in the fighting, unable to make his way home. He took refuge in the Kildare Street Club, and wrote an account of the events as they occurred . His car was requisitioned to rescue wounded men. These documents are in the Club Archive. His wife, Florence was a Canadian from Quebec.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 10:39:56

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy] According to the Peerage she was Florence Levey. And, according to the Northern Whig of 28th May 1877, they were married on 24th May, in St. George's, Hanover Square (London) by his brother the Rev. Henry West of Longford. She was the only daughter of Charles E. Levey of Cataragui, Quebec, and the granddaughter of the late Admiral Edward Boxer.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 31/Aug/2020 10:45:43

    (Cataragui actually being the Cataraqui Estate in Quebec City, rather than the area now known as Kingston, Ontario.)

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    John Spooner

    • 31/Aug/2020 13:54:35

    I searched for Capt Fetherstonhaugh, and found this picture including a firm-jawed Capt. F , back row on the left. But more interesting is the small boy at the front, not quite 3 years old, who fifty years later would be Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in Edward Heath's government. Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 12 June 1922 I'm sure it's the same William Whitelaw - according to wikipedia his mother's family name was Russell, and they lived at Nairn in N E Scotland (hence the picture in an Aberdeen newspaper). According to thepeerage.com Sidney Cumine Russell of Aden (Aden House was where the garden party took place) married the daughter of Captain Cecil Howard Digby Fetherstonhaugh (1857-1935) who lived at Bracklyn Co Westmeath. Margaret Thatcher was so reliant on WW as Home Secretary that she announced that "every Prime Minister needs a Willie".

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    cargeofg

    • 31/Aug/2020 16:25:18

    Spoke with my father and did a bit more research and hey presto delvinvillage.com/bracklyn-demesne/ Bracklyn Estate was the home of the Fetherstonhaughs

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2020 16:39:02

    Fetherstonhaugh is, of course, pronounced "fevertree".

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    Niall McAuley

    • 31/Aug/2020 16:42:02

    (kidding, just kidding!) Meanwhile AE West has an entry at thepeerage dot com for no obvious reason.