Item 43 - Newspaper cutting relating to celebrations surrounding the return of the earl and countess of Charleville to Tullamore

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IE OCL P43/43


Newspaper cutting relating to celebrations surrounding the return of the earl and countess of Charleville to Tullamore


  • 1851 (Creation)

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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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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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Newspaper cutting concerning the presentation of a congratulatory address to the Earl and Countess of Charleville, on their coming to reside permanently in Charleville Forest, Tullamore. The address included a reference to “the great advantage our town has always derived from the residence of [his] family, or the interest taken by them in the welfare of its inhabitants”. In the Earl’s reply, he observed that “a landlord is not in his proper place unless he is a constant resident, expending what he receives amongst his tenantry, and promoting their interest to the best of his judgment”. Following the presentation, a “sumptuous dejeune” was served in the Castle where “every delicacy and rarity of the season was in abundance, and the various wines which graced the board were of the rarest and finest vintage”.

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