File 41 - Newspaper cutting concerning the return of the earl and countess of Charleville to Tullamore

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IE OCL P43/41


Newspaper cutting concerning the return of the earl and countess of Charleville to Tullamore


  • 10 December 1851 (Creation)

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Arabella Case was the youngest daughter of Henry Case of Staffordshire. She married Viscount Tullamore in 1850 just prior to his succeeding to the earldom of Charleville in 1851. She lived in Charleville almost continuously from that time with their five children, but died from a bout of scarletina in 1857 at the age of 35.

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The 3rd earl of Charleville inherited the bad debts of previous generations. Prior to his succession, he was a lieutenant of 43rd foot and married Arabella Case in 1850. They had five children, but on returning to Charleville in 1851, numerous tragedies befell the family. Arabella died in 1857 from scarletina at the age of 35 years, and two years later, in 1859, the earl died at the age of 37. Their five young children, all minors and now wards of Chancery, were left in the care of their uncle, the Hon Alfred Bury and his wife, at Charleville Castle. In 1861, in a tragic accident, their seven year old daughter Lady Harriet Bury, fell to her death while attempting to slide down the banisters in the castle.

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Newspaper cuttings from The King's County Chronicle, detailing a public reception highlighting the return of the Earl of Charleville, with the Countess and their daughter, Lady Catherine Bury to the Charleville estate, Tullamore. In residing for a short period on the estate, the Earl had “acquired the estimation and respect of all with whom he came into contact”, and now his declaration to reside permanently on the estate at Charleville, “gave great and general satisfaction”. Preparations were made by the inhabitants “of all ranks, creeds and classes… and unanimous resolutions were passed to give his Lordship and family as cordial and respectful a public reception as they were capable of”. It was also intended, on behalf of the Earl’s tenantry, to invite the family to a banquet, “and also for that of laying before him and the Countess an address of congratulation”.

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