A fascinating item from Millstreet’s history has appeared on eBay this week, courtesy of a high quality antique dealer in England – Pushkin Antiques. It’s a ceremonial trowel presented to Miss Madeline McCarthy O’Leary by Cannon Griffin, on the occasion of laying the foundation stone at the Male School in 1893.
The school in question was located across from the Catholic Presbtry on the Clara Road.
The trowel is 925 standard silver purity. Due to it’s historic value and being made from silver, it’s retailing at £1,955 so it is way outside of the budget of Millstreet Museum.
Page 16 of “Notes of the History of Millstreet” talks about schools in Millstreet, but makes no mention of a new school at the end of the 19th century.
The Item can be seen on eBay if you follow this link:
It has this description: Antique 19th Century extremely rare and collectable Irish Provincial Solid Silver foundation stone Trowel, which can be used as cake slice. The piece is of great historical relevance because of the memorial inscription: “Presented by Canon Griffin to Miss Madeline McCarthy O’Leary on the occasion of her laying the foundation stone of the male school in Millstreet 1893”. The McCarthy O’Leary is an important Cork family, please follow this link. The piece is one off, and because was made on commission for a special oaccasion is not Hallmarked but is 925 standard silver purity. It dates to year 1893, is stamped with the Maker’s mark “O’Crowdey Cork Silver” and the unofficial mark of the company, which is the Cork’s city coat of arms. one of the most important Cork manifacturer and silversmith, who produced the “Lane Testimonial”, espergne of 200 ounces of Silver, please follow this link for more information.
Condition: In Excelent Condition – No damage.
Size: Height: 30cm, Width: 7 x 5cm, Weight: 150g
Madelaine Marie Ulrica Jane Felicia MacCarthy O’Leary
Madeline Felecia MacCarthy O’Leary was 23 at the time of this presentation. Here is her family line:
Birth of Madelaine Marie Ulrica Jane Felicia MacCarthy O’Leary at Coomlogane House, Millstreet on December 19th 1870; daughter of Anna Marie Louisa Augusta Ghieslainy MacCarthy O’Leary (formerly Constance De Vellegas de St. Pirre Jette); daughter of John Arthur MacCarthy O’Leary of Brufsels (deceased); formerly ensign coth regt ??? son of a deputy Lieutenant Grand Juror + late High Sheriff County of Cork.
Marriage of Charles Renfric Chichester and Madeline McCarthy O’Leary on December 17th 1900 at the residence of the bride by special license in Carrigaline, by J Canon Casey P.P.; He a physician; of the Gambia, West Africa; son of Charles Raleigh Chichester (deceased), a gentleman; She of Ravenswood Carrigaline; daughter of John McCarthy O’Leary (deceased), a gentleman; in the presence of A.H.E. Mac Carthy and D.F. McCarthy.[Ravenswood is just west of Carrigaline]
1935 lived at 41 the Green Road Blackrock
Died 9 Sep 1936 England(??)
- JOHN MAURICE CHARLES JOSEPH CHICHESTER
Born on 25 March 1902 at ST. AUBYNS MONKSTOWN
TODO: “Who Was Who among English and European Authors, 1931-1949. Based on entries which first appeared in The Author’s and Writer’s Who’s Who and Reference Guide, originally compiled by Edward Martell and L.G. Pine, and in Who’s Who among Living Authors of…”
Died Sept 1st 1968 at 35 Kildare St., Dublin. A journalist, never married. notified by W. Chichester, brother, 38 Steeles Rd, London NW3.
- CHARLES ARTHUR ULRIC FELIX CHICHESTER
Born on 27 January 1904 at 10 Westbourne Place, Queenstown. (Father from Monkstown, an army medical officer)
1939 living at 262 Vauxchall Bridge Road No 2, Westminister, London. Single
Flight Lieutenand R.A.F. in 2nd World War. of 21 Queensborough Terrace, London
Died in 1979 in Camden, London
- BENEDICTA Magdalena CHICHESTER
Born on 26 December 1905
Married William L Bounaparte-Wyse in 1933 at Marylebone, London
1939 living at 12 Wimbush Flats Grosvenor Place, City of Westminster,
Joined the Auxiliary Territorial Army in 1940 was in Belgium Holland and Germany
Marriage annulled in 1946
Lived at Cottesmore Gardens, Kensington, London in 1951
Died on Oct 6th 1969 at 13 Lichfield Road, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey. (TODO: What is E.M.G.)
- RICHARD Nigel CHICHESTER
Born on 28 February 1907 at 13 Midleton Park
Died at 13 Midleton Park, Queenstown on June 2nd 1907; 3 months old; son of Charles R Chichester a physician; debility from birth; R.J. Keane present at death 9 Westbourne Place, Cobh..
It would appear that Madeline had no grandchildren.
1901 census: Just married, were they in the Gambia at this stage???
|Surname||Forename||Age||Sex||Relation to head||Religion|
|Chichester||Madeline||37||Female||Head of Family||R Catholic|
Charles R Chichester (doctor) returned to the UK from Africa in 1913
Charles died in 1952 on Jersey (Channel Islands) aged 85.