- Things to do:
- Cashel Hill:
Check out the stone at the apparent grave of the Conacher twins.
Back (Left to Right): UNKNOWN,
Think shortly after WW2,
(must be before 1948, when James died).
William M. Conacher,
Dr. William Morison Conacher, "Connie",
born 11th Oct 1877, Ashwell,
He was educ University of Lausanne.
educ University of London.
emigrated to Canada 1911.
In 1911-13 he was Master of Moderns at
Upper Canada College,
prestigious private boys' school, Toronto.
He returned to Europe to marry Madeline.
Listed as teacher, living Toronto, at mar 1914 [GROI].
He mar 16 July 1914 to Madeline Cashel
["Dot", born 23rd July 1882,
of Edward III].
They were on honeymoon in Switzerland when
broke out on 1 Aug 1914.
They fled across Continent
on the last, overcrowded trains before the invasion of France.
1915 he was lecturer in French at
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario,
where he remained for the rest of his career.
Editor of Queen's Quarterly.
"The Saturday Club".
One of original members of the Queen's Faculty Players.
Mary MacSwiney's school for girls in Cork.
But this would be post-1917 -
surely they were in Canada.
Ireland in 1922:
William visited his relations in Scotland early spring 1922,
leaving Madeline with her sister
at Cashel House
After the twins died at Cashel, July 1922, the Conachers had great difficulty getting back
across Civil War-torn Ireland.
could not hire a car in Dublin to get down to Connemara,
so he bought one, on the understanding that if it returned to Dublin safely,
he could sell it back. See [Lavelle, 1961]
PhD from University of Montreal.
In 1931 he became Associate Professor of French at Queen's University.
1936 full professor.
He retired 1947, though still wrote.
"Arnold Bennett and the French Realists",
Queen's Quarterly, vol 56, no 3, autumn 1949.
died morning of Fri 20th June 1958, Ongwanda Sanatorium,
Ontario, age 80 yrs.
Obituary in Kingston Whig Standard, Fri 20th June 1958.
Funeral Mon 23rd June 1958, bur St.Mary's cemetery, Kingston.
Madeline moved to Toronto.
She died think 10th, Sept 1965, Toronto, age 83 yrs.
- Jim Conacher,
James Blennerhassett Mary Conacher, born 31st Oct 1916.
- Desmond Conacher,
mar Mary Smith,
had adopted issue:
- Hugh Conacher, partner of Marion DeGraves and had issue:
- Genevieve DeGraves.
- Susan Conacher.
- Blennerhassett Conacher,
Blennerhassett Kevin Mary Conacher, Blen,
twin, born 9.30 am, 21 Feb 1922.
- Hugh Conacher,
Hugh William Mary Conacher,
twin, born 9.45 am, 21 Feb 1922.
The twins were born 21 Feb 1922
at Madeline's sister's house,
13 Myrtle Hill Terrace
Lower Rd, Cork
sickened and died in a few days at
, July 1922, age 5 months.
Deaths not found in [GROI]
They were bur in the
graveyard on Cashel Hill
(todo) See burial records in Cashel church.
thought maybe one died in Cork, other in Cashel.
Though probably not if both bur Cashel.
"Miss Cashel" and
in photo of staff of
Cork Municipal School of Commerce, 1911-12.
This would be Alice
(more likely) Madeline.
and full size
and other shot
Cashel House, 1922.
(Left to Right): Dot,
(obscured) Eileen O'Mara,
Roundstone, Connemara, 1927.
, Connemara, Co.Galway.
(Left to Right):
The Conacher twins died in July 1922 at the O'Mara house,
Cashel House, Co.Galway
They were bur nearby in the graveyard on
The graveyard, called "High Cashel",
is 1 mile up a track on the hillside behind Cashel church.
See old map
This is meant to be the grave of the Conacher twins.