• 6. Marrying into a new era

    Richard Wingfield inherited the Powerscourt estate in 1728, after his father Edward died. Richard was 30, and had married Dorothy Ussher in 1721, but she died in 1723 without children. In 1727 he married Dorothy Beresford Rowley, daughter of Hercules Rowley of Summerhill, Co. Meath. Their marriage settlement is typical of the era – an enormous document detailing the lands … Keep reading
  • 5. Inside the medieval castle at Powerscourt

    A curious document in Powerscourt’s timeline is an auction catalogue dating from February 1729. After Folliott died in 1717, his cousin Edward Wingfield inherited the estate. Edward married twice; firstly to his cousin Eleanor Gore. He died in January 1728 at his house on Sth William Street, and through a marriage with his cousin, left three children: Richard, Isabella, and Sidney. Richard … Keep reading
  • 4. Settling down in medieval Powerscourt

    Folliott Wingfield married Lady Elizabeth Boyle after he turned 18 in 1660, and the couple evidently began to restore the burnt-out castle at Powerscourt. Soon after his ennoblement as 1st Viscount Powerscourt of the second creation in 1665, a survey of houses containing hearths or chimneys was undertaken so as to apply a tax on these houses—two shillings for every hearth owned. … Keep reading
  • 3. Things just as they were

    When Folliott Wingfield came of age in 1660, he married Lady Elizabeth Boyle. She was the eldest daughter of Roger Boyle, Lord Broghill, later Earl of Orrery. He had been appointed Folliott’s Guardian after the death of his father. The marriage was a powerful match. Broghill was the third son of Richard Boyle—the “Great Earl of Cork” and one of the “upper tier” of … Keep reading
  • 2. In the interregnum

    Sir Richard Wingfield came to own the lands at Powerscourt forever for his soldiering efforts in 1618, but the story would have several twists yet. After Richard’s death, Sir Edward inherited the estate in 1635, and he in turn was succeeded by his son Sir Richard Wingfield, MP for Boyle, in 1638. This Richard married Elizabeth (Bess), daughter of Henry … Keep reading
  • 1. The scarf which your majesty wears

    The story of the Wingfields at Powerscourt begins with a grant of lands in north Wicklow to Sir Richard Wingfield (1550 – 1634) by Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. Richard was an army officer and adventurer from Sussex who arrived in Ireland during the Tudor conquest, soon after Elizabeth took the throne. He was the nephew of Sir William Fitzwilliam … Keep reading