With One Stroke


Inside the remains of St Mullin’s monastery, County Carlow can be found this 18th century tombstone erected to the memory of Bryan Kavanagh. A member of the family that for so long was pre-eminent in this part of the country, his memorial in part reads ‘Here lies the body of Bryan Kavanagh of Drummin of the family of Ballyleaugh. A man remarkably known to the nobility and gentry of Ireland by the name Bryan Nestroake from his noble actions and valour in King James’s troops in the Battle of the Boyne and Aughrim.’ As it mentions, the name ‘Nestroake’ or ‘na stroake’ came about because during the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690 while engaged in combat against a Williamite soldier, Kavanagh received a slash or stroke to the face. He survived the occasion and only died aged 74, in February 1735. The monument was subsequently erected by his son James.

6 comments on “With One Stroke

  1. Elma Cusack says:

    Hello darling – does it not say ‘Here lies the body….’ vs ‘Here lieth the body…..’?
    Love your Blackwater pics.
    E x

  2. Joni Webb says:

    Hello – would you mind me using some of your photos of Mount John House for my blog – Cote de Texas http://www.cotedetexas.blogspot.com ? I would link my story to yours of course. The new remake of Little Women was filmed there and will be released later this month. Thank you! Joni Webb

    • Thank you for getting in touch. Yes, of course that would be fine if you provide the link – and please also encourage everyone to read Elizabeth Hamilton’s memoir which is very special (her family actually spent time after leaving Mount John in Florida – not a success…)

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