John Anthony (Jack) Brabazon, 15th Earl of Meath (b.1941), Part 2
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John Anthony (Jack) Brabazon, 15th Earl of Meath (b.1941), Part 2


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The Brabazon family papers at Kilruddery House were meticulously archived during the lifetime of Major Anthony Brabazon. He had a very progressive attitude to running the estates and he attended agricultural college as a mature student. While examining old photographs of Adare Manor in Co. Limerick, Jack recalls fond memories of his visits to this fine estate in the 1960s, which had been home to his grandmother, Aileen Wyndham-Quin, daughter of the 4th Earl of Dunraven. (The Irish Life and Lore Adare Manor Oral History Collection compiled in 2016 may be seen at Jack inherited the title on the death of his father in 1996. He describes his earlier education, his army life, his involvement in forestry and his time working on other estates including the Carton Estate in Co. Kildare. He provides his views on the Land Commission and its impact on Irish life and landscape. He discusses the fact that Kilruddery is open to the public since his father’s time when he instigated this as a means of sourcing an additional income stream. To conclude, Irish politics during his father’s time, the Home Rule question, the British Empire and the 1916 to 1923 revolutionary period are discussed. His father’s views on these subjects are also described. The Brabazon family archive is also further explored.

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Heritage Collection 2016


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Kilruddery House and the Earls of Meath

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore