Lord Ashtown, (Roderick Trench) 8th Baron Ashtown (b. 1944) (Part 2)
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Lord Ashtown, (Roderick Trench) 8th Baron Ashtown (b. 1944) (Part 2)


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Track 1: The recording was compiled at Lord Ashtown’s home in East Sussex. He speaks about his ancestors, especially his grandfather, who moved to Sopwell House in 1897. He discusses his forebears and the sale of plots of land from the estate to the tenants as a result of the Land Act. Track 2: The issue of fishing rights on rivers owned by the Ashtown in Co Waterford. Track 3: The family mausoleum is discussed, as is the emigration of his father to Canada, and the subsequent sale of the farm in 1938. Track 4: Looking through old photographs and discussing family connections which include the Bowen family. Track 5: An assassination attempt on his grandfather is discussed. Track 6: The family title and what it means to him, and a discussion on the Irish Peers Association. Track 7: Viewing the family coronet, and pointing out its Irish significance, a discussion on Sopwell Hall Estate, the house and gardens, and an anecdotal story about Leap Castle. Track 8: A brief discussion on his own life.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Great Houses of Ireland, second series


160 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

6.10 MB, 8.55 MB, 4.83 MB, 3.95 MB, 4.40 MB, 7.68 MB, 10.31 MB, 5.80 MB

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Sopwell Hall, Tipperary and Woodlawn House, Galway

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore