This is the house across the road from our school
on Trafalgar Road in Greystones.
Chloe and Kelyn’s Granny and Grandad live there.
It is called Brooklands.
In the summer of 1922 Michael Collins and his fiancée
Kitty Kiernan planned to buy this house,
once they were married.
Tragically Michael Collins
was killed in an ambush
in West Cork on 22nd August 1922 .
Michael Collins is a famous Irishman.
He was a leader in the Irish struggle
Click HERE to see a timeline of the life and times of
Colonel Frederick Burnaby and Elizabeth Hawkins Whitshed.
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Lots of places in Greystones are called after Colonel Burnaby.
Who was he?
Colonel Frederick Burnaby was a Victorian celebrity:
a soldier, adventurer, and writer.
He and his new wife Elizabeth Whitshed travelled
to North Africa on honeymoon,
but due to delicate health,
Elizabeth returned to Greystones.
She then moved to Switzerland for health reasons.
Colonel Burnaby was killed in action
(near Khartoum in Sudan) in 1885.
These are from the archives:
See more also from the archives:
Click HERE to see a timeline for Colonel Frederick Burnaby
and Elizabeth Hawkins Whitshed.
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Elizabeth Hawkins Whitshed lived at Killincarrig House in Greystones. She was born in 1861. Her father was Sir St. Vincent Hawkins Whitshed. He died when she was eleven. When she was eighteen she went to London in 1879 to be presented at the court of the English Queen, Victoria. She met Colonel Frederick Burnaby and they got married soon after.
She was very impressed by Colonel Burnaby. He was a celebrity of the time. He was six foot four, a soldier, an adventurer, traveller, balloonist and writer. At the time of his marriage Burnaby was working for the eldest son of Queen Victoria. He was in charge of the horses belonging to the Prince of Wales. They traveled to North Africa after their marriage. But Elizabeth became ill. In 1880, she returned to Greystones to have her only child Harry St. Vincent Augustus Burnaby.
In 1882, the doctor advised Elizabeth to go to live in Switzerland. It was thought that the climate in Switzerland would be good for her health. This seemed to work because the following winter Elizabeth climbed Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Switzerland. Elizabeth went on to become a famous lady mountaineer, a writer, a photographer and an expert on the Alps. You can read more about that time in her life if you click on this LINK . There is also a lot of information about Elizabeth HERE on the Our Wicklow Heritage in an article by Rosemary Raughter, of the Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society.
Elizabeth Whitshed called the Burnaby Estate in Greystones after her husband. There is a road in the Burnaby called Whitshed Road. Elizabeth lived to be 73.
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In 1917 the late Eamonn de Valera sent his two eldest children,
Vivian and Máirin to the Holy Faith convent school in Greystones
when the family lived at Kinlen Road in The Burnaby Estate.
All but one of the de Valera family attended the convent in Greystones.
Photo taken by Leon
We are very lucky to have
beautiful stained glass windows
in Holy Rosary Church in Greystones.
Two of them are by the famous artist Evie Hone.
Here is the one called: ‘The Good Shepherd’
Evie Hone the stained glass artist
is associated with Greystones,
because two of her stained glass windows
are in Holy Rosary Church.
You can read more about Evie Hone
and her work in Greystones HERE
on the Holy Rosary website.
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Ok so we decided we would start at the very beginning
and then we heard some sad news. Gene Wilder
who starred as Willy Wonka in the 1971 version of
Charlie and the Chocolate factory died on 29th August of this year.
‘What has this to do with Greystones?’ you may ask.
Well Gene Wilder lived in The Burnaby in 1969
when he was making a film in Ireland.
Click on ‘The Burnaby’ above to read all about this
on the online newspaper, ‘The Greystones Guide’.
The internet is a great resource for learning
but please supervise your children online!