Gloster House . . c.1615 . . near Roscrea.

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Gloster House and Lands . . 5 miles from RosCré . . on the main Roscrea to Birr road. 1615 . . the Medhop family were owner occupiers . . 1639 . . Trevor Lloyd married in to the Medhop family . . and from that time on . . the Estate was known as the Lloyd's of Gloster. . . 1680 . . the House was completed renovations . . 1775 . . Lloyds . . were M.P.'s . . for King's County . . sitting in the Irish Parliament. E.M.H.

History has it . . that John Wesley ( founder of Methodism in Ireland ) preached here . . . also . . 

Dame Nellie Melba . . a famous Opera singer . . entertained here . . . 

It is also said . . that the Lloyds were trainers of ' Polo ' ponies . . for the Royal Family of the U.K.

As one approaches the main original house. . from a beautiful ' Tree ' lined driveway . . one the facia wall . . 

there is an old ' Sundial '. . which comprises . . of an Iron rod . . which captures the shadow of the Sun . . as it travels . . 

with the inscription . . . " I do not tell of rain and showers . . . I only tell the Sunny hours "  . . ( i.e. it casts a shadow on sunny days. )

The Lloyd Family were still in occupation of the House . . well into the late 1950'ies.

It then became a Silesian Convent . . . 

and now has returned to private family ownership.. . . with greatly reduced land holding.. . . 

Th Estate in its prime . . held up to 4500 acres of prime land .     E.M.H.

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  • Hi, My Grandfather Jeremiah Ryan born 1885 was a gameskeeper here as well as his Father Thomas I am wondering would their be any records of who worked here?. I am still trying to find my Great Grandfather James Ryan on can guess he was born 1800 to 1825 since Thomas was born 1846 however, found another record that says Thomas was born 1836. Many of my Aunts in the 1930's or so worked there as well.

     

    Mary Martin

    thanks if you have any info. They lived in Shinrone, I know all of Thoas childrens names wish I knew for sure his brothers or sisters so perhaps I could find the Great Great Grandmother and James Ryan.

     

    maymartin

    Tuesday 28th July 2020, 05:42PM