James Fitzgerald, 1st Duke of Leinster (see here and here), born 1722.
Builds Kildare House (later Leinster House):
The old Kildare town house in Dublin was in Suffolk St.
He built a new town house, Kildare House, 1745.
He chose the less fashionable SE side of Dublin (the Merrion Square front faced what was then countryside) and his decision changed the face of Dublin forever. It started a trend for the SE side of the city, which exploded with the developments of the Fitzwilliams in 1750s on.
Kildare said "Wherever I go, fashion will follow me." And no one could have been proved more right. The N side, formerly the fashionable area, sank into a decay from which it has never fully recovered. Over 270 years later and the S side is still the premium side of Dublin.
mar 1747 to Emily Lennox
great-granddaughter of Charles II].
He bought a seaside house, Frescati House, Blackrock, Co.Dublin, 1766 (named after Frascati near Rome, but always spelt Frescati).
He was cr Duke 1766.
Kildare House was then renamed Leinster House.
He died 1773, bur Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
1st Duke and Emily had issue:
Leinster House (front).
Photo 2002. From Wikimedia Commons.
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