Dr. Nora Stack
was a good friend of
Dr. Marie Lea-Wilson.
When Nora's daughter,
my aunt Peggy Flanagan,
was born in 1934,
Marie Lea-Wilson was her godmother
and gave her a christening present
of some jewellery.
(Not, as formerly thought, silver spoons.)
Around the same time, early 1930s,
gave an old painting to the Jesuits.
She had bought the painting in 1921.
She was not a collector or speculator
- she liked it just because it was a nice religious painting.
No one had any idea of its worth.
The painting hung for decades
unnoticed in the Jesuits' dining room in Leeson St, Dublin,
until in 1993 it was sent to be cleaned
and was dramatically identified as the lost masterpiece,
The Taking of Christ
worth tens of millions of dollars.
It now hangs in the
It is a family joke now that
one could imagine Marie Lea-Wilson
deciding on presents:
"Now, this nice painting for Peggy.
No. I'll tell you what. I'll get her some nice jewellery.
I'll give this old painting to the Jesuits.
Detail of larger photo
of resident doctors at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital, 1929.
See RCPI blog.
Reproduced by kind permission of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
mar Josephine Daly,
listed as of Main St, Charleville,
Co.Cork, at Marie's birth 1887,
can't find them in 1901 census,
at 63 Main St, Charleville,
[Burkes Peerage, 1970]
lists him as of The Turrets, Charleville,
later better known as
Dr. Marie Lea-Wilson,
1887, Main St, Charleville, Co.Cork
Marie Monica Ryan,
listed as Marie Monica Eugenie Ryan at birth and mar,
though "Maria" on grave,
known to her friends as "Monica",
think NOT Monique,
we have a book inscribed
"To Nora from her friend Monica",
also nicknamed "The Monarch" in our family,
listed as a boarder
at the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock, Cork, in
she is home with parents in 1911 census,
listed as living The Turrets, Charleville, at mar,
mar 27 Jan 1914, Catholic Church, Charleville
Capt. Percival Lea-Wilson
[born 22 Apr 1887, Kensington, London,
"Perceval" on census form,
"Percival" on grave],
Church of England,
son of Samuel Henry Wilson, or Lea-Wilson,
Percival was educ
New College, Oxford,
see his entry
in Woodford, Co.Galway, in
he was an RIC officer,
see entry in
he was killed by the IRA, in Gorey, Co.Wexford,
15 June 1920 (NOT 1921), age 33,
in the War of Independence,
he was bur
Putney Vale Cemetery, London,
see his grave,
two memorial stained glass windows to him in Church of Ireland church, Gorey,
after his death Marie started a new life, went to study medicine at TCD,
in her late 30s,
became doctor in Dublin,
she was in Nora Stack's medical class at TCD,
though Marie quite a bit older than Nora they became good friends,
only 3 women in the class, all Catholic,
Marie graduated 1928 (age 41),
she acted as godmother 1934 to Nora's first child Peggy,
lived 19 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin,
there by [Thom's, 1945],
still there at death,
died Tue 20 July 1971, age 84 yrs
death notice in
Irish Times and Irish Independent,
Wed 21 July,
funeral Thur 22 July,
St.Andrew's church, Westland Row, Dublin,
bur Deansgrange Cemetery,
96 B, St.Kevin's,
go in gate, far LHS, nearly in corner.
mar 1 Aug 1916 [as his 3rd wife, him age 62] to
Hamilton Deane-Morgan, 4th Baron Muskerry
[born 18 May 1854],
he was father of 5th and 6th Barons by his 1st wife,
he died 9 June 1929, age 75 yrs,
she died 14 Mar 1950.
Grave of Capt. Percival Lea-Wilson, Putney Vale Cemetery, London.
Grave of Marie Lea-Wilson, Deansgrange Cemetery, Co.Dublin.
Photo from David Neary.
The movie Michael Collins (1996)
It was said that
Capt. Percival Lea-Wilson
abused a number of prisoners
after the 1916 Rising surrender,
and the old Tom Clarke.
It is said that an angry
for later assassination.
(Lea-Wilson was killed in 1920.)
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