At Rest

A detail of the monument to John Butler, second Marquess of Ormonde in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. In September 1854, Lord Ormonde had been bathing with his children off the coast of Wexford when he was, according to a contemporary newspaper report, ‘seized with a fit of apoplexy, and no medical assistance being at hand, he expired in a few hours.’ He was aged 46. The marble monument to his memory was carved the following year by English sculptor Edward Richardson and shows the deceased lying recumbent in his robes as a Knight of the Order of St Patrick.

One comment on “At Rest

  1. Your site has just been recommended to me and is full of interest. I have been on the committee of The Irish Peers’ Association since 1981 and we are thinking of writing a newsletter. If we ever get round to it I will ask your permission to reproduce something of yours, of course crediting you and including your website address.
    Meanwhile, I have recently started blogging and there is a bit of Irish content sometimes.

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