Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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Daniel Langan,
mar Anne Grace,
had big farm, Cherryville, Lackagh par, Co.Kildare (W of Kildare town, see old map),
listed as "farmer", Cherryville, at son's birth 1878,
had issue:

  1. Dan Langan, had issue:
    1. Dan Langan, born 1910, had issue:

      1. Peter Langan, born 1941,
        founder of Langan's Brasserie in Mayfair, London, in 1976,
        he set up the restaurant in partnership with his friend, the actor Michael Caine,
        the restaurant became a favourite of London celebrities,
        he died 1988.

  2. Matthew Langan,
    Matthew Joseph Langan, born 17 Mar 1878, Cherryville, Co.Kildare.
    See birth cert from [GROI]. From here.
    Could this be him and his widowed mother Anne listed in [Census, 1901] at Collierstown, Co.Meath (see map). Except it lists him as born Co.Meath.
    He is listed as "gentleman", of Ratoath, Co.Meath, at mar.
    He mar 15 September 1908, St.Andrew's RC church, Dublin, to Cis Humphrys [Margaret, bapt 6 Mar 1877].
    Mar wit by Richard Langan and Mary Humphrys. See mar cert from [GROI]. From here.
    They went to Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He managed a stable there.
    Returned to Ireland by 1910.
    He was a horse trainer in Greenogue, Co.Meath. There by 1910.
    See them listed in [Census, 1911] at Greenogue. He is "farmer and jockey". They have 2 servants and 2 grooms living with them.
    He supplied horses for hunting for the British Army.
    Many relatives went hunting with him, including Mick Humphrys and Ned Lloyd and Jim Humphrys and Jack Walters.
    Humphrey Langan said his father had a bad riding accident, age 35 (c.1914), was in hospital for 4 years.
    Humphrey Langan said that around WWI, his mother was in the Mansion House for a dinner. She was sitting beside "The Bird" Flanagan. She had heard about him, and she committed the social gaffe of the evening by turning to him and saying: "Oh yes, Mr. Bird, I was just going to say ..."
    After Independence, the British Army customers were gone.
    Matthew sold Greenogue 1930 to the (later) famous trainer Tom Dreaper.
    Family came to Dublin.
    Matthew and Cis had issue:

    1. Dan Langan,
      Daniel, born 1909, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, where his parents briefly lived,
      he was called "Mowbray" Langan, or "Mo",
      listed as age 2 in 1911 census,
      worked in bank,
      mar Diana Byrne [Di, Alice Mabel Byrne, born c.1908],
      they both fl 1992,
      he died 1992-95,
      had issue:

      1. Ann Langan, mar Feargall Kenny and had issue:
        1. Feargall Kenny, mar Deirdre O'Connor and had issue:
          1. Ava Kenny.
          2. Colin Kenny.
          3. Cliona Kenny.
        2. Leah Kenny.
      2. Lorna Langan, mar Derek Brittain and had issue:
        1. Mark Brittain.
        2. David Brittain.
        3. Graham Brittain.
      3. Matty Langan, mar Anthea Russell and had issue:
        1. Claire Langan.
        2. Matt Langan.

    2. Humphrey Langan,
      born John Francis Langan, 5 Oct 1910.
      1911 census says born Dublin.
      Always called "Humphrey", or "Hum", or "Hummie".
      He grew up Greenogue, Co.Meath.
      He recalled Dick Humphreys riding in Leinster 100 motorcycle race at nearby Dunshaughlin, Co.Meath, July 1923.
      He recalled visiting Nell on Ailesbury Road, Dublin.
      He worked in Dublin Gas.
      He worked in theatre, produced plays.
      Lived top flat, 78 Merrion Square, Dublin.
      He did not marry.
      He died 11 Jan 1995, St.Vincent's Private Hospital, Dublin, age 84 yrs.
      See death notice in Irish Times, January 12, 1995.
      He was cremated at Glasnevin Cemetery.

    3. Matt Langan,
      Matthew, Matty, born c.1912, twin with Sheelagh,
      did not marry,
      apprentice in Tim Lloyd's pub (NOT in Jim Humphrys' pub),
      then ran his own pub, "The Granby Bar", 13 Granby Row, Dublin (corner of Granby Lane, near Parnell Square, see map),
      "M.J. Langan, wine and spirit merchant" listed at 13 Granby Row in [Thom's, 1945],
      "Granby Bar (M.J. Langan), vintner", Granby Row, listed in [Thom's, 1977],
      he sold the pub,
      he fl 1995.

    4. Sheelagh Langan,
      born c.1912, twin with Matt,
      did not marry,
      she fl 1995.

    5. Grace Langan, born c.1914,
      lived for a long time in London,
      worked in Harrods and in Canadian bank,
      ran house for chaplains of British armed forces, Ennismore Gardens, London,
      she fl 1995.

    6. Basil Langan, youngest child,
      was in merchant navy in WW2,
      came back to Dublin,
      apprentice in Tim Lloyd's pub,
      worked in post office,
      mar Ena Hayes,
      he died late June 1994.


At edge of this undated photo is Matt Langan's pub, "The Granby Bar", Granby Row, Dublin.
From Dublin City Council.
"The Granby Bar" was still running in the 1990s, but closed by 2002.
See 2009 street view.


Greenogue, Co.Meath

Greenogue (or Greenoge), Co.Meath (a 300-acre farm, see old map and modern map).
Matthew Langan stables from about 1910 to 1930.
Tom Dreaper bought Greenogue, Co.Meath, from Matthew Langan in 1930.
Dreaper trained Arkle (born 1957) there.
It is now Dreaper Racing.

The Langan farm (red cross) at Greenogue, Co.Meath, on 1887 to 1913 map.

The old Langan stables (now Dreaper stables), Greenogue, Co.Meath.
2011 screenshot from street view.

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