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Frybrook House ©NIAH
Frybrook House ©NIAH

Frybrook House (b. 1743) is a Georgian residence with a rich sense of history and possibly one of Boyle's finest. It is one of the few grand properties in Boyle to have survived intact. Featuring Palladian windows and a pedimented doorcase, a house of this size and date is also notable for its absence of a basement. The house is a protected structure.  

It was built by Henry Fry Esq.  a merchant from Edenderry, who established a weaving industry in the town in 1742.  His descendants Henry Fry Jr. Esq. of Frybrooke and Henry Fry Esq. of Fairyhill (Knockashee) were founding members of the Agricultural and Commercial Bank in Boyle in 1835.  

Henry Fry Esq. (c.1701-1786) was the son of John Fry & Anne Harrington of Edenderry, Co Offaly (see also the famous artist Thomas Frye of Edenderry). The Frys originated from Beckington Somerset [Burke] and grave markers for 17th-century ancestors can be found at Monasterois Cemetery.   

Henry came to Boyle on the invitation of Lord Kingston in 1742. From 1743, Henry Fry Esq. & Mary Fuller of Clara, Co Offaly had the following children: 

    •    (TWIN) John Fry Esq. (d. 1796) had a brewery at Fairyhill aka Knockashee, Boyle. His son, Henry Fry Esq. of Fairyhill m. 1830 Alicia Knott of Atteville/Abbeville Co. Sligo (d.1855).

    •    (TWIN) Ann Fry m. John Knott.

    •    Mary Fry m. Thomas Irwin (d.1808) of Camlin (eldest son of John Irwin Esq.)

    •    Sarah Fry.

In 1752, Henry Fry Esq. married Catherine Mills (d.1786) of Knockhall Co Roscommon and had the following children: 

    •    Henry Fry Jr. (1757-1847) of Frybrook m. 1784 Elizabeth Baker of Lismcue Co Tipperary.  Registered a freehold of £50 with lands at Knockarush in 1829. See also Navarino House.

    •    Edward Harrington Fry of Frybrook m. 1793 another Catherine Mills of Knockhall Co Roscommon (1st cousin). Registered a freehold of £20 with lands at Farranagalliagh in 1829.

    •    Catherine Fry (d.1840) m.c. 1774 Arthur Irwin of Willowbrook, Co Sligo

    •    Oliver Fry (1773 - 1868) m. 1806 Mary Phibbs of Bloomfield Co. Sligo

    •    Jane (Fry) m. 1808 the Rev. Stephen Lyster of Boyle

"Frybrooke" then became the seat of Henry's second youngest son Henry Fry II (1757-1847) High Sherriff 1797 m. Elizabeth Baker ...  who passed the property to his eldest son Henry Fry III (1785-1854) m. Elizabeth Roe  ... who passed the property to their son Robert Roe Fry Esq. (1822-1902) who married his first cousin Sara Fry of Navarino House, and passed the property to their son to the banker John Robert Fry (1869-1933) who married Mabel White (d.1904) who passed the property to their son Robert Henry Roe Fry (1904-1973) also a banker.   It was sold in 1981. Frybrook Lodge remained the home of Dick Fry who applied to Roscommon CoCo in 1984 for re-roofing and provision of sanitary facilities. 

By 1840, the mill and offices were recorded as being "an old concern" with about one-third of the out-buildings in use and the rest in a bad state of repair. The house remained in good condition as a residence and was valued at £28. 

In 1857, at the time of Griffith's Valuation, Frybrook House [GV#10 Mocmoyne - Bridge Street] & offices were valued at £22.

At the time of the 1901 Census, 15 rooms at Frybrook were occupied by the family. 

Frybrook House, a popular heritage attraction, was run as a bed and breakfast in the early 2000s.  In 2015 it was offered on the open market for £309,000 – with  6 acres of land, 4 houses on an adjoining street and a “period building” housing the Stonehouse Café

Frybrook house and gate lodge (Frybrook Lodge) went on the market again in 2017, on behalf of a receiver.  Frybrook was sold in 2018 to a German buyer (for €350,000) who plans to develop it into a high-specification guest house.

[Research by Rua Mac Diarmada 2018 ]

~ Ancestors from Frybrook? If YES, post your connection below ~

References

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Landed Estates: Frybrooke Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Frybrook 1840 HOUSE BOOKS Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Frybrook 1857 GRIFFITH'S Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Census 1901: Frybrook House occupants Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Census 1911: Frybrook House occupants Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Frybrook House SALE additional photos Ireland VIEW SOURCE

Comments

  • My grandmother was a Fry. Her grandfather, Rev Henry Fry of Corbally Church, Roscrea, was descended from the Frybrook Frys.

    coops46

    Wednesday 7th November 2018, 07:37AM
  • Are you related to the Fry’s who are buried north of Toronto, Ontario? Wes

    Wes

    Wednesday 7th November 2018, 05:37PM
  • If you are referring to Henry and Eleanor Fry who are buried in Richmond Hill (1864 and 1860), yes, Henry was my 1st cousin 5 times removed.

    coops46

    Wednesday 7th November 2018, 09:33PM
  • Here's what I have for the Fry's in Ontario. Have you noticed, there are five placenames, Frybrook, in the Toronto area? I can only explain the one in Richmond Hill (your Henry?). Do you have any idea who is linked to them? There is an interesting Frybrook Rd just west of Upper Canada College. Perhaps it would be a good riddle for the genealogists at Ireland XO to figure who moved and where did they come from. 

    Fry’s in Canada on my tree

    • Henry Harrington(?) Fry 1794-1864 and Elleanor Bloke (1799-1860) Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Henry Fry (1828-1862), son of the above, North Gwillimbury, York Cty, Ontario.
    • Henry Fry (1821-1885), teacher and Hannah Harrision (1805-1845), Albion Twp., Peel Cty., Ontario
    • William Ormsby Fry (1831-1924) and Anne Jane Duncan McConaghy (1845-1923), lived North Seguin, Muskoka, Ontario, died York South, Ontario, buried Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Arthur Irwin Fry (1867-1963), son of the above and Emmaline Cooper (1881-1971), died Caledon East, Albion Twp, Peel Cty, Ontario
    • Jane Fry (1804-1887) married Martin Donald MacLeod, d Drynoch House, Oakridge, Toronto, Ontario, buried Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Margaret Baker Fry (1835-1890) & Norman Torquil MacLeod (1822-1885), Richmond Hill, Ontario.
    • Jane Anne Fry (1833-?) unmarried.

     

    Fry lots in York County (from Richmond Hill Archives)

    Name              MunicipalityConcession   Lot

    Fry      HenryEast Gwillimbury       II         14

    “          “          “          “          “          II         15

    “          “          “          King    “          I           79

    “          “                      King                IX        11

    “          William           Whitchurch    I           81

    “          William H       Markham       V          11

    “          Charles           King                VIII      5

    “          “                      King                VIII      10

    “          “                      King                VIII      11

    “          “                      King                IX        8

    “          “                      King                IX        11

    “          Thomas          King                VIII      5

    “          James              King                VIII      10

    “          James              King                IX        8

    “          James              King                IX        11

    “          John                King                VIII      11

    “          John                Vaughan         VIII      11

     

     

    Wes

    Thursday 8th November 2018, 01:32AM
  • Here's what I have for the Fry's in Ontario. Have you noticed, there are five placenames, Frybrook, in the Toronto area? I can only explain the one in Richmond Hill (your Henry?). Do you have any idea who is linked to them? There is an interesting Frybrook Rd just west of Upper Canada College. Perhaps it would be a good riddle for the genealogists at Ireland XO to figure who moved and where did they come from. 

    Fry’s in Canada on my tree

    • Henry Harrington(?) Fry 1794-1864 and Elleanor Bloke (1799-1860) Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Henry Fry (1828-1862), son of the above, North Gwillimbury, York Cty, Ontario.
    • Henry Fry (1821-1885), teacher and Hannah Harrision (1805-1845), Albion Twp., Peel Cty., Ontario
    • William Ormsby Fry (1831-1924) and Anne Jane Duncan McConaghy (1845-1923), lived North Seguin, Muskoka, Ontario, died York South, Ontario, buried Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Arthur Irwin Fry (1867-1963), son of the above and Emmaline Cooper (1881-1971), died Caledon East, Albion Twp, Peel Cty, Ontario
    • Jane Fry (1804-1887) married Martin Donald MacLeod, d Drynoch House, Oakridge, Toronto, Ontario, buried Richmond Hill, Ontario
    • Margaret Baker Fry (1835-1890) & Norman Torquil MacLeod (1822-1885), Richmond Hill, Ontario.
    • Jane Anne Fry (1833-?) unmarried.

     

    Fry lots in York County (from Richmond Hill Archives)

    Name              MunicipalityConcession   Lot

    Fry      HenryEast Gwillimbury       II         14

    “          “          “          “          “          II         15

    “          “          “          King    “          I           79

    “          “                      King                IX        11

    “          William           Whitchurch    I           81

    “          William H       Markham       V          11

    “          Charles           King                VIII      5

    “          “                      King                VIII      10

    “          “                      King                VIII      11

    “          “                      King                IX        8

    “          “                      King                IX        11

    “          Thomas          King                VIII      5

    “          James              King                VIII      10

    “          James              King                IX        8

    “          James              King                IX        11

    “          John                King                VIII      11

    “          John                Vaughan         VIII      11

     

     

    Wes

    Thursday 8th November 2018, 01:32AM
  • Oh, also: I'm studying the Orange Order in the Ottawa area. Do you know how much they were involved. I know William Ormsby Fry and his wife lived beside Orange Valley Rd, and to misquote Rua, I don't think they were refering to orange juice. ;-)

    Wes

    Thursday 8th November 2018, 01:41AM
  • We obviously share the same Fry family. My research of he Canada Frys matches your list fairly well. The Frys in Ireland were certainly on the 'Orange' side. I don't know how active they were in Canada.

    Frybook House was recently sold and it may be turned into an upmarket guest house. Several lots of Frys emigrated to Canada so it is perhaps not surprising that the name Frybrook occurs in different places.

    My records show Major Henry Fry (c1793-1864) married Eleanor Blake (c1799-1860) in about 1821.

    James Farquharson MacLeod, Jane Fry's son, was the founder of Calgary.

    coops46

    Thursday 8th November 2018, 08:07AM
  • We might want to share sources off the Ireland XO board. I don’t feel really comfortable with some of the speculative links I’ve made about the Ontario Fry’s, especially since the Ireland XO genealogist found a couple of serious errors on my tree! Me email is deswarou@videotron.ca

    Wes

    Thursday 8th November 2018, 08:10PM
  • My estimate is that we are both descended from John Fry (1670-1752) although I am not as confident in my tree as I was a couple of months ago.

    John Fry (1670-1752) ---> Henry Fry b 1701 & Mary Fuller d.1754 ---> John Fry b1741 ---> Henry Fry b1790 ---> Julia Fry ----> Abigail McDonagh  b1885 ---> Kathleen Bidwell b 1910 ---> me

    BTW, have you done your DNA? I'm on Ancestry and 23andMe. Do we link up? You can check out my tree on Ancestry (Darou family tree). I'm pretty sure we don't match up on the parents of Henry Fry from Richmond Hill, but link again at the grandparents or so.

    I am also getting Fry messages from Robbie Phibbs Fry. You might find that interesting too. He is a descendent of Major Oliver Fry (1773-1868) son of Henry b17-1.

    Wes

    Saturday 10th November 2018, 12:11AM
  • I've had a quick look at your tree, thank you, and nothing jumps out as being wrong. I reckon our nearest common ancestot was Henry Fry (1701 - 1788). His death date could be 1786, as given in 'Burke's Irish Family Records'.

    I have tested with Ancestry DNA and Family Tree DNA. My tree is on Ancestry but only a much abbreviated one. It is private but I have given you permission to view.

    I am most intrigued by the reference to Robbie Phibbs Fry. He is not on my tree and I thought I had most of Major Oliver Fry's side covered.

    coops46

    Saturday 10th November 2018, 07:13AM
  • Here's Robbie's link to us:

    Maj Oliver Fry (1773-1868) & Mary Phibbs (1787-1860) --> William Fry (1822-1906) --> Oliver Fry (1850-1926) --> William Annesley Oliver Fry (1888-1955) --> George’ Annesley Osborne Fry (1920-2004) --> him 

    Also: I have several clippings about Henry (1793-1864) being involved in some heavy politics in Upper Canada. Do you know if he would have been considered part of the "Family Compact"?

    And, do you know anythng about Henry Fry (1821-1884) teacher, Albion, Cardwell, Ont. ? I've linked him to William Fry (1779-1822) to a speculative Fry c1750 to Henry (1701)? Any idea who Speculative Fry could be and how he linked?

    I'm quite enjoying this progress with both you and Robbie.

         Wes

    Wes

    Saturday 10th November 2018, 07:22PM
  • I do have Robbie in my tree - as Robert Annersley Sinclair Fry.

    Can't help with Henry and Ontario politics. As a general rule the Frys seemed to steer clear of politics but there are always exceptions!

    Henry Fry (1821-1884) is not on my tree. Either I have missed him or he is from a different Fry family.

    I would assume that Robbie is in touch with Edmund Fry of Co. Wicklow. They are both from Major Oliver Fry's line.

    I should have mentioned that I am in Australia. My great grandfather, H. T. Fry, migrated here in the 1850s. He took his family back to Ireland for a visit in 1884 and my grandmother was born there.

    Russell

    coops46

    Sunday 11th November 2018, 04:14AM
  • Hi Russell

    Thanks for getting back to me. I assumed you were from Canada, given you knowledge of this bunch of Fry's. Oops. 

    You're right. Henry Fry (1821-1884) may be unrelated to our Fry's. He seems to come from Co. Cavan.

    Henry Fry (1794-1864) seems to have been with the ruling elite. He was a "gentlemand" and his son a "yeoman" according to the censuses, and he was involved in some highly political court cases. 

    Wes

    Wes

    Wednesday 14th November 2018, 10:14PM
  • Hi Russell

    Thanks for getting back to me. I assumed you were from Canada, given you knowledge of this bunch of Fry's. Oops. 

    You're right. Henry Fry (1821-1884) may be unrelated to our Fry's. He seems to come from Co. Cavan.

    Henry Fry (1794-1864) seems to have been with the ruling elite. He was a "gentlemand" and his son a "yeoman" according to the censuses, and he was involved in some highly political court cases. 

    Wes

    Wes

    Wednesday 14th November 2018, 10:14PM
  • There are five street names in North America named for Frybrook.

    According to Kathie Forbes on WikiTree, the Frybrook Drive in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is named for a stream that runs beside it, Fry Brook. There Frys from England who were early settlers in Rhode Island. There is also a Frye's Corners

    Reaction: I find it too much of a coincidence that some British settlers in the US would just pick up the name Fry Brook, but I'll accept that answer for now. (You can see the street on Google Maps.

    Wes

    Wes

    Sunday 2nd May 2021, 09:03PM
  • There are five street names in North America named for Frybrook (continued).

    One is in Whitby, Ontario, Canada, 50 km east of Toronto. I have found a Charles Fry, born c 1820 in Ireland, who farmed in Whitby Township in 1851. He was on Concession IV lot 10. This is the exact location of today's street. 

    Unfortunately the trail runs dry there. I cannot place this particular Charles Fry on the Fry family tree.

    Wes

    Sunday 2nd May 2021, 09:12PM
  • I am from Australia and have just worked out my relationship to Henry Fry Esquire 

    Henry Fry Esquire 1701-1786
    6th great-grandfather

     

    Catherine Fry 1754-1840
    Daughter of Henry Fry Esquire

     

    Alicia Irwin 1797-1865
    Daughter of Catherine Fry

     

    Hannah Irwin Ormsby 1828-1851
    Daughter of Alicia Irwin

     

    Alice Mary Hannah Ormsby Taylor 1848-1898
    Daughter of Hannah Irwin Ormsby

     

    May Anne Lyster Darlow 1886-1926
    Daughter of Alice Mary Hannah Ormsby Taylor

     

    Jean Ormsby Bruce 1923-1979
    Daughter of May Anne Lyster Darlow

     

    Charles Alexander Scrimshaw 1939-
    Son of Jean Ormsby Bruce

     

    Deborah Jane Scrimshaw (Dr Deborah Jane Macarthur)
    You are the daughter of Charles Alexander Scrimshaw

    Monday 21st June 2021, 10:30AM

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