List of those with burial rights in Powerscourt

When the new church at Powerscourt gates was built, Mervyn, 7th Viscount, “requested Mr William Buckley, the then innkeeper of the Powerscourt Arms Hotel Enniskerry, who was then churchwarden, to furnish me with a list of the parishioners…[so that] the burials in the old churchyard are restricted to those families who had rights prior to 1869.” – where the old churchyard was that beside the house.

As luck would have it, this list still exists in the Powerscourt Papers at the National Library of Ireland, and I have reproduced it below. Some of the names have been annotated in pencil “decd” – so the list was obviously updated at some stage. It is in two parts: those living in the Parish and those outside. A note on the front page said that a copy of the list has been given to (I think) H Galbraith in 1879.

MS 43,061 /10: List of those with right of burial in the churchyard in Powerscourt Demesne; 2pp undated

List of those resident in the parish

Anthony Beale and family Killough
James Booth do Bahana
Thomas Bradner do Tonygarra
William Buckley decd do Enniskerry
Francis Buckley do Lackendarra
Robert Buckley do Onagh
John Buckley do Knockbawn
John Buckley do Ballybrew
John Thomas Buckley do Enniskerry
Henry Buckley decd do Enniskerry
Samuel Buckley do Glasskenny
Loftus Buckley do Deerpark
William Burn/Bunn do Killegar
Thomas Burton do Annacrevy
Mrs Burton do Annacrevy
Alice Burton do Barnamire
Richard Burton do Barnamire
William Burton do Barnamire
Bethel Burton decd do Barnamire
Mrs Bernard do Enniskerry
William Correll decd do Enniskerry
Anne Curley Enniskerry
Maryanne Darlington Monastry
John Evans decd and family Crone
Thomas Fanning do Stylebawn
Catherine Green do Enniskerry
Robert Graydon do Coolekey
Mrs Harricks do Glasskenny
William Hicks do Kilmolin
Leonard Hicks do Cluen?
John Hicks do Cluen?
Mrs Harrisson do Ballinagee
Thomas Halpin decd Monastry
John Hopkins and family Deerpark
Mrs Jones do Ballinagee
John Jones do Tinnehinch
Mr Henry Keegan decd do Bahana
Mrs Saul Keegan do Bahana
Mr RP Keegan do Ballinagee
John Long do Killough
Miss Larkin do Charleville
Viscount Monck do Charleville
Miss Moore Ballinagee
Thomas Miller decd and family Glasskenny
Mary McMullen do Monastry
Matthew Noble do Tonygarra
Patrick Noble do Annacrevy
Philip O’Connor do Annacrevy
Henry Pearson do Killough
Mrs Patrickson do Killegar
Viscount Powerscourt do Powerscourt
James Quigley do Enniskerry
Timothy Quigley decd do Kilmolin
Henry Quinn do Killough
William Quinn do Charleville
Mrs Roe do Coolekey
Henry Sandys decd do The Dargle
Henry Sutton do Long Hill
Mrs Sutton do Ballyreagh
Mrs Stronge decd do Berryfield
John Townsend do Killough
Henry Townsend do Ballyornan
Saul Tourson do Cluen?
Mrs Tourson do Kilmolin
Mrs Tourson do Enniskerry
Robert Townsend decd and family Deerpark
Thomas Walker decd do Curtlestown
Margaret Walker Enniskerry
Henry Ward Parknasillogue
Francis Ward and Family Parknasillogue
Robert Williams do Ballybrew
Mrs Maude Williams do Ballybrew
Abraham Williams do Cookstown
William Williams do Ballinagee
Miss Williams do Enniskerry
Michael Walker do Ballybawn
Edward Young decd do Barnaslingan
John Hillman do Monastry
George Hillman do Monastry
Mrs Curley Enniskerry

Not resident in this parish

Edward Keegan and Family Kilternan
Anne Davis do Dublin
Mrs Dalton do Bray
John Buckley do Killincarrig
Mrs Wm Fox do Coolegad
Captain Needham do
Mrs Murray
Mr Shaw do Celbridge
Mr Houghton do Ballybride
George Heatley do Glencormick
Mr McCready do Dublin
James Sutton do Ballycorus
Thomas Saunders do Dundrum
Mr Ormsby do Dublin
John Richardson do Kilgobbin
Benjamin Buckley do Rathgar
Benjamin Buckley do Ballybeta
Mr Le Grange and family Fassaroe
John Pharr do Ballinastow
George Fox do Kilternan
Mr Tracy do Bally—duff
John Williams do Donnybrook
Edward Pharr do Rathmines
Charles Douglas do Palermo, Bray
James Buckley do Ballinastow
Alexander Roe in Australia
David Tourson do Bray
Mr Wm Harpeur? Do Stillorgan
Mr Vernier/Verrier do The Astle
Represantitves of Mr Hamilton
do Mr Ferrier Dublin
do Mr Woodburne Dublin
do Mr Underwood Dublin
do Mr Kennan Dublin
do Revd Wm Walker? England
do Mr Wm Collins Templeogue
do Captain Hoare
do Mr James Tracey Ballycorus
do Mr James Shirley Enniskerry
do Mr H M Mason Dublin
do Mr Frette? Dublin
do Mr Anthony Leeson Ballinastow
do Mr John Johnson Dublin
do Mr Flood Cookstown
do Mr Thomas Fox Killmurray
do Mr Devine Dublin
do Mr Thos Collins Ballybetha
do Major De Butts
do Mrs Stronge Glenamuck
do Mr Clark Dublin
do Mr Bessonnett (added in pencil) Dublin

6 thoughts on “List of those with burial rights in Powerscourt

  1. The JH Keegan who contributed to the Powerscourt Hotel fund was a member of the family part of ‘Edward Keegan and Family of Kilternan’ and is buried in the family plot at Powerscourt Demesne. Edward, his wife Elizabeth and all their children (apart from my Great Grandmother Anne Susannah Sutton, nee Keegan) took advantage of this burial right and are buried together in this plot, which is fully described in ‘Cantwell’. The detailed inscriptions were invaluable in my family history research.

    Roger Sutton

    • Roger – we are both descended from Edward Keegan as WRPK was my greatgrandfather. I would be interested in comparing what we both have on the earlier Keegan generations. Another of those in the ‘Rights of Burial’ list was my GGgrandfather John Richardson, although he and most of his direct descendants are buried in the family vault at Kilgobbin.

      • Michael, think we may be related! My great great grandmother was Theresa Richardson, daughter of John and Jane Richardson of Kilgobbin. She married William Moss, a Dublin physician, whose eldest son Edward Lawton Moss ( author of Shores of the Polar Sea and a sister of Phoebe Anna Traquair) was my great grandfather. His son, Colonel Edward Lawton Moss, CMG, MC FRCOG, was my grandfather. I am a retired solicitor living in Paris. I have a copy of Theresa’s ‘Memoirs and Legends’ dictated in 1904.

        Kind regards

        Nigel Moss

        • Nigel, Great to hear from you .. I havn’t been to the site for ages but came across your comment by accident. You are quite right .. John and Jane (née Hicks) Richardson were my great great grandparents. I have quite a few photographs of them .. and an oil painting of John which was done by Phoebe Anna while she was an art student at the RDS. I’m off to Italy tomorrow morning but when I am back would be delighted to share with you what information I have about the family. My email is

          Best wishes
          Michael Richardson

  2. Michael – ‘WRPK’ was my Great Grandmother’s brother. I have details of them and the other sister and brothers and their subsequent histories. As you probably know, most of that generation remained unmarried, tho’ William made up for this somewhat by being married three times.

    As to the earlier generations, including Edward senior, the information I have is sketchy. Edward senior (1794-1870) married, I believe, Elizabeth Booth in about 1830. She may have been the widow of an Henry Booth who was entitled to the property known as Verney Farm in Kilternan. Edward thus became the farm’s owner and he and his family farmed it until it passed by the marriage of WRPK’s daugther Silvia Dorothy Keegan to the Fox family, in whose hands it remained until quite recently.
    The Keegan and Booth families were the major tenants in the Townland of Bahana, Wicklow. Other local Keegans of Edward’s generation included a Richard, a Thomas and an Henry and they may well have been his brothers. Certainly, intermarriage between Protestant farming families such as the Keegans/Suttons/Booths and (now) Richardsons was common and created a quite complicated family tree structure. Local migration to Kilternan, in my ancestors’ case and KIlgobbin in yours, I think must have been an economic necessity.

    Please, if you wish, contact me directly at to further this discussion.

  3. The last keegan to live in bahana was william keegan who is buried in calary church yard. He was married to sofia manning who’s mothers maiden name was saul. Booths lived in bahana and the wood behind us was known as Booths wood and had a house in a field now in ruins they then moved to another house in bahana and the last family there died circa 1950 they were james and henry (gemmy and har)

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