Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Rowan Patrick Cashel [descendant of Edward III],
Killed a friend in a duel, 1815:
He killed Arthur O'Connor
in a duel in 1815 [him age est c.26, O'Connor age est c.17].
They were friends. James O'Connor said: "he [Cashel] dined twice at our house in that week in which the dispute occurred".
The argument started over a bet, Sat 5th Aug 1815, Billiard Room, Tralee. It escalated into blows and notices over next two days.
They met with pistols, about 9am, Mon 7th Aug 1815, in the grounds of the old building at Ballyseedy. The site was described as in a field near the W gate of Ballyseedy. See [Hickson, 1874, p.114] and [Mc Morran, 1996].
It seems to have been a cowardly duel. O'Connor missed, and then Cashel took his time aiming and shooting him. O'Connor was seriously wounded.
[Limerick Gazette, 8 Aug 1815] reports the duel and injury.
O'Connor died 9th Aug 1815.
This was Cashel's 4th duel. [O'Connor, 1816] says: "this man had" [in his time] "personally insulted one half of the young men" [in Co.Kerry].
Tried for murder, acquitted, 1816:
Allegation of corruption: There were various allegations of bias levelled at Judge Robert Day:
Judge Day's retirement in 1818 was said to be caused by public indignation at the verdict.
Day's grandson Edward Denny failed to become an MP for Kerry in the 1818 election. He instead became MP for Tralee at same election.
Rowan never duelled again.
Rowan was living Dublin city at mar 1816.
He mar just 4 months after acquittal.
He mar 1stly, Tue 13th Aug 1816, at Silvermines church [Freeman's Journal, Mon 19th Aug 1816, p.3], also noted here,
to Alicia Lawrence [or "Elizabeth", or Eliza, only dau of William Lawrence, or poss. Laurence, of Silvermines, Co.Tipperary, the area where Cashel's family were originally from].
Marriage licence, Killaloe Diocese, 12th Aug 1816, security: "William Laurence".
He is listed as attorney, with office at 57 Capel St (near the Four Courts), Dublin, in [Pigot's Directory, 1820].
Alicia must have died between 1824 and 1828.
As at his 2nd mar 1828 Rowan was living Lissenhall, Co.Tipperary.
Rowan had issue by 1st wife:
Rowan mar 2ndly, 4 Mar 1828 [St.Mary's CoI Church, Dublin] to Henrietta Emilia ---- [or Emelia or Amelia].
He must be the
"Rowan Cashell" who
gave evidence on 6th day of
the Criminal Assizes in Clonmel, Co.Tipperary,
Sat 28th Mar 1829,
about a dispute over some of his land at "Glenculloe" [unidentified],
See report in Clonmel Herald, 28th Mar - 1st Apr 1829. (todo) See original.
A James Ryan was convicted of attacks and transported to Australia. The judge said he had no doubt that the intention of the attacks was to prevent the letting of these lands and the "object of which is to deprive Landlords of all power over their property and to enable the tenants in possession to keep lands on their own terms; but said his Lordship this practice must be put down - the law must be put in force to effect this desirable purpose."
residence is referred to as
"Leeson Hall, county Tipperary"
at dau's birth 1829.
Henrietta died 8th Aug 1832, Cove (now Cobh), Co.Cork, "in prime of life", [Limerick Chronicle]. (todo) See original.
Left him again with small children with no mother.
[Tithe Survey] for 1834 apparently lists one Cashel in Kilmore parish. (todo) See.
KILMORE (also here) in [Lewis, 1837] lists one of the principal seats of Kilmore par as "Lissen Hall, the property of R. Otway Cave, Esq., and in the occupation of Rowan P. Cashel, Esq."
Rowan is listed as a subscriber to [Lewis, 1837].
"R.P. Cashell" of "Lessane Hall" was executor of will of "William Laurence" (must be his father-in-law) 1838, Killaloe & Kilfenora Diocese. (todo) See [NAI] IAR/1838/F/80, Volume Name 4/237/36.
Looks like he left Lissenhall pre-1841.
Listed as "of Silvermines Cottage", Kilmore par, Co.Tipperary, at dau's wedding 1841.
[Slater's Directory, 1846] and [Pettigrew and Oulton's Directory, 1846] list him as an "attorney" and "solicitor", with an office at 52 Middle Abbey St, Dublin.
[Slater's Directory, 1846] also lists him as having a seat at Silvermines Castle, Co.Tipperary (this sounds like a different place to Lissenhall).
Listed as "Solicitor", apparently living Silvermines, at dau Henrietta's mar 1849 [GROI].
Living Silvermines 1850 [King's Inns].
[Griffiths Valuation, 1850]
lists "Rowan P. Cashel"
in possession of:
He is listed as "Attorney" at his son Rowan's mar 1851 [GROI].
[Griffiths Valuation, 1852] lists him in possession of:
listed as "Patrick R. Cashel, Solicitor"
at his son Frederick Knipe's mar 1853
[Slater's Directory, 1856] lists him at "Silvermines Castle".
Listed as "Rowan Patrick Cashel of Silvermines Cottage" in [Deeds, 1857].
Rowan dies, 1859:
He died Silvermines, morning of Sat 15 Jan 1859, age est c.70 yrs.
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 19 Jan 1859. Says he died in Nenagh, on Saturday. Incorrectly calls him "Rowland Cashel".
See obituary in Munster News and Limerick and Clare Advertiser, 19 January 1859. "Mr. Cashel was a member of one of the oldest and respectable families in Kerry, but was for many years resident in the county Tipperary where he was in extensive practice as solicitor, but lately retired from the profession."
Rowan had issue by 2nd wife:
Apart from Frederick Knipe, "There were other children some of whom went to Australia" [Jacobie O'Leary Cashel].
Lissenhall House, Co.Tipperary, in 1887 to 1913 map.
See also 1829 to 1842 map.
"I must deprecate, that this law should countervail the laws of the land,
and that we unfortunately cannot oppose this despotic law."
- Judge Robert Day, in his outrageous summing-up to the jury, which led to Rowan Cashel's acquittal, 1816.
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