I grinned broadly, shook his hand and enquired as to his health, though I must say he looked well.
He intimated that he was enjoying his retirement.
The 2nd and 3rd Baronets both sat as MPs for County Galway.
The 5th Baronet served as High Sheriff of County Galway in 1883.
The 7th Baronet was a Deputy Lieutenant of County Galway.
1 Charles Granby Burke (1814-98), 2nd son of 2nd Baronet; Master of the Court of Common Pleas in Ireland, 1852-82.
2 James Henry Burke (1816-82), 3rd son of the 2nd Baronet, major-general, Bombay Engineers; his son,
3 James Henry Thomas Joseph FitzGerald Burke (1853-1902), captain, Royal Navy.
By the early 1900s the estate was in decline and in severe financial difficulties. Burnt down in 1922 by the local IRA, the house burned for 4 days and 4 nights.
The only thing that remained was a complete window which had been bricked up in the blue room. The blue room was a child’s nursery.
After the tragic death of a young infant, the window was sealed as the residents believed the house to be haunted. It was locked and never opened until the house burned down.
"The guest house provides for those who wish to make private retreats, and can cater for groups who seek to make days of recollection. As such, it does not function as a B&B, nor as a half-board hotel. Guests are encouraged to enter into the silence and solitude which characterize the monastic life in this place, and to take the opportunity for spiritual renewal which is offered."
‘filled with noble evergreens of a great size, cut in various shapes, among which is an evergreen oak, which, though it grows as a shrub in most other places here is a tall tree, and of considerable girth’.
‘very indifferent’ and noted that in the grounds ‘the spruce fir, the ilex, bays, hollies & other evergreens , planted at first chiefly in the flower garden are grown to be very fine forest trees’.
George Woods was evidently very eligible as far as Hans Hamilton was concerned. Not only did he give him a daughter in marriage, but he also gave him the lease to Milverton Estate 'for lives renewable forever'.George Woods died at Milverton in 1879, aged 90. His son, Hans Hamilton Woods, only outlived his father by a year and his grandson, Edward Hamilton Woods, succeeded.
This remodelling included the raising in height of the central keep, the construction of drawing and dining rooms and the general decoration to the entire building, as well as rebuilding the courtyard walls, gates and outer towers.In 1897, the estate was sold by The Land Commission; however, the house remained with the descendants of the Calverts, one of whom, Miss Louise King-Hall, became a writer whose many works included The Wicked Lady, a story of highwaymen and women, which later became a successful film.
"the eldest son, or grandson, shall exist a baronet, after the age of 21 years, at the same time with the father or grandfather."
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