Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Killegar Cemetary

Killegar cemetary is so small & contains the family plot of the Godley family , who have played a large part in local history
The Godleys originally hailed from Yorkshire, but had moved to Ireland in the 18th century after inheriting an estate in Co Leitrim, where they built Killegar, a fine Georgian house in the classical tradition.It still stands today but is sadly in need of repair
There are quite a few of these unusual double ended graves for the family & I have been able to decipher the names on some of them Its an on going project that i will add to  as I find out more

john godley
17/10/1920 - 14/08/2006
aged 85
 John Raymond Godley was born in 1920.He is the Lord Killbracken that most people today can remember meeting On the death of his Father he returned to the family estate in Ireland & tried many varied methods & schemes to make the estate profitable
His father had not lived at Killegar for many years, and at the time of his death it was under offer to a man who intended to demolish the house and exploit the land for forestry.
 Kilbracken could not bear to sell, and withdrew it from the market in the hope that he could somehow keep it in the family.
His life was colourful & very interesting , to read the full story of this man , try the Carrigallen website , there is a good portrait of him too Many thanks to that site for the extracts I have used here.

Lord Kilbracken’s first marriage, to Penelope Anne Reyne in 1943, was dissolved in 1949. In 1981 he married Susan Lee Heazlewood. That marriage, however, ended in divorce in 1989. One son predeceased him. He is survived by a son from each of his marriages and a daughter whom he always acknowledged. The Hon Christopher John Godley succeeds to the title
Lord Kilbracken, DSC, journalist, author and farmer

 On the left ,  Archibold Godley , no dates so far

One of the unusual footstones

  John Godley 03/10/1775-31/12/1863

Margaret Godley died 1869 aged 95
Catherine Godley , no dates

 Anna Charlotte Adelaide Godley died 1955 aged 99
I have much more work to do here , such a beautiful locaton & Im hoping to get some shots of the house & estate grounds too


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A little Spring Colour

So many beautiful Spring flowers around
this year that I held back
on the new blogs to show off this selection!