Line of Descent for the Preston family,
Viscounts Gormanston (Co's Dublin & Meath) and Barons of Drumahaire (Co Leitrim), Connacht, Ireland as of
of descent for the Preston family, the Barons of Drumahaire. The Barony
of Drumahaire, Co Leitrim, Connacht is one of 331 Baronies in Ireland.
Drumagheire as it was called in the old days is 117,087 acres that runs
along the north bank of Lough Allen and spans the middle of Co Leitrim
bordered on the west by Co Sligo and on the east by Co's Fermanagh and
is in the Poor Law Union of Manorhamilton with a very small section in
the Poor Law Union of Carrick-on-the-Shannon. It is in the Probate
District of Ballina and the Civil Dioceses of both Kilmore and Ardagh.
the civil parishes of Cloonclare, Cloonlogher, Drumlease, Drumreilly,
Inishmagrath, Killanummery and Killarga. Drumahaire includes the
Catholic parishes of Cloonclare, Drumlease, Killargue, Drumreilly,
Inishmagrath, Killenummery and Killerry. The McTiernan townland of
Sheskin is in the civil parish of Killarga and the Catholic parish of
Killargue. Drumahaire means "ridge of two air demons". The area is
referred to as the area of "The Wild Rose". The other inference is that
it is the area of the "Howling Dog". It is not clear what either of
these sayings mean, what they symbolize or where they came from. The
6th Viscount Gormanston, [the oldest Viscountcy in Ireland, established
in 1478] acquired the Barony of Drumahaire from Charles I in
ob = year of death, dsp = died without
issue, dvp = died in life of father, unm = unmarried
|Sir William Preston, 2nd Viscount
Gormanston, ob 1532 = Anne, dau of John Burnell of Ballgriffin, Co
Dublin. Sir William was appointed Lord Justice of Ireland in 1525. In
1504 Sir William attended the Earl of Kildare, lord deputy, to the
famous battle of Knocktough, in the province of Connacht, where he led
the wings of the bowman. Died in the reign of Henry VIII.
||John Preston = ?
|Jenico Preston, 3th Viscount
Gormanston, ob 1569 = Catherine, dau of Gerald Fitzgerald, 9th Earl of
Kildare. Sat in Parliament in 1559. Died in the reign of Elizabeth I.
||Robert Preston = ?
|Jenico Preston, 7th Viscount
Gormanston, 2nd Feudal Baron of Drumahaire, dsp 1691 =
of Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale. Sir Jenico, who having adhered
to his legitimate sovereign James II, was indicted for high treason,
and outlawed upon that indictment in 1691. He died one month before the
ban was published. Nintynine years later the family was restored to the
title in blood. Died in the reign of William III & Mary II.
Succeeded by his nephew.
||Nicholas Preston* ob >1650 =
|Jenico Preston*, 8th Viscount
Gormanston, de jure, 3rd Feudal Baron of Drumahaire, dsp 1679
= Margaret. Succeeded by his brother.
||Anthony Preston*, 9th Viscount
Gormanston, de jure, 4th Feudal Baron of Drumahaire, ob 1716 =
Mary, his first cousin, dau of Sir Jerico Preston, 7th Viscount
Gormanston. Died in the reign of George I.
|Jenico William Joseph Preston,
GCMG, KCMG, 14th Viscount Gormanston, Baron Birminham of Kells in
Ossary, Baron Laundres of the Naas, Co Kildare, Baron Gormanston in
Ireland, Lieut. in 60th rifles serving in Indian Mutiny of 1857,
9th Feudal Baron of Drumahaire, ob 1907 = Georgina Jane, dau of
Peter Connellan of Coolmore, Co Kilkenny. Died in the reign of Edward
||The Honorable Lucretia Pauline
Mary Preston, [2nd daughter], b. 1839, ob 1916 = John Arthur Farrell
from Merrion Square, married in the Chapel of Gormanston Castle, Co
Meath on July 19, 1860. Died in the reign of George V. Great
Grandmother of Valentine
|Jenico Nicholas Dudley Preston,
17th Viscount Gormanston, in Co's Dublin and Meath, and Premier
Viscount of Ireland, Baron Birmingham of Kells & Qssory, Baron
Loundres of the Naas, Co Kildare, in the Peerage of Ireland; Baron
Gormanston of Whitewood, Co Meath in the Peerage of the United Kingdom
of Dalmeny House, 12th Feudal Baron of Drumagheire, b. 1939 =
dau of Felix Landzianowski of Poland, ob 1984. Living in the reign of
ob = year
of death, dsp = died without issue, dvp = died in life of
father, unm = unmarried
Foxes: The following is
taken from the book p. 90, "Tribute to an Armorist", Essays for John
Brooke-Little, 2000, edited by John Campbell-Kease.
crest and supporter of the
Viscounts Gormanston are a fox proper. Now it is an extraordinary thing
but it is reputed that whenever a Lord Gormanston was about to die
foxes in considerable numbers congregated at Gormanston Castle in
Meath. As foxes are solitary by nature for them to congregate in any
number is most unusual. Howver, there are a number of accounts of this
seeming to happen on the occasion of a Lord Gormanston's death. For
example, when the 12th viscount was dying in the winter of 1860, Lord
Fingall, related that a villager said to him, "My Lord, you will not
find today, all the foxes have gone to Gormanston to see the old lord
die", which he did that very day. When the 13th viscount died in 1876 a
pack of foxes is said to have trooped across the fields in a line
parallel to the cortege bearing his body to the churchyard. An old
friend of mine, the late Fr. John Ramsey, was a grandson of the 14th
Viscount and a collector of these tales of the Gormanston foxes.
Apparently, prior to his grandfather's burial in 1927 foxes surrounded
the chapel where his body was lying and dispite all efforts by Lord
Gormanston's brother, Colonel Richard Preston DSO, to remove them they
would not budge until daylight.
distinguished Irish lady, who was
living near Gormanston at the time, told me that one of the villagers
came into her parent's house one morning in June 1940 and said
"something has happened to Lord Gormanston, the foxes were barking all
night long". The news that the 16th Viscount had been killed in action
in France came through shortly after. Now that Gormanston Castle has
been sold these occurrences may cease."
Felix Landzianowski of
Poland is the brother of Anton Landzianowski the grandfather of Ilonka
Landzianowski at email@example.com
Rev. Valentine Farrell is
the great, great grandson of Edward Anthony John Preston, 13th Viscount
Gormanston, 8th Feudal Baron of Drumahaire and has written a book, "Not
so much to one side" which is a local history of Moynalty, his
The history of
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