Irish Divorce Suit

In 1906, the last Wallis of Drishane Castle, Henry Aubery Beaumont Wallis was divorced from his estranged wife Elizabeth Bingham. Apparently one of only two divorces that were permitted in Ireland (and only by Act of Parlaiment), until divorce was legalised in 1996. The below report from the House of Lords gives the details:

Witnesses were called before the House of Lords in support of an Irish Divorce Bill promoted by Mrs. Elizabeth. Caroline Wallis, of 19, Molesworth Street Dublin, who sought to dissolve her marriage with Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis, of Drishane Castle, County Cork. The wedding took place on March 1, 1883, at Kiderpore, Calcutta, the lady being a daughter of the Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham. Afterwards the couple lived together in New Zealand, at Drishane Castle, and elsewhere, and two children were born. In 1892 Mr. Wallis returned from the West African Gold Coast, where he had been appointed a District Commissioner, and the couple resided together at Albert Gate Mansions in London. Subsequently the wife visited India for the benefit of her health, and on her return was unable to asseertain where Mr. Wallis was residing. Later, however, the parties again for some time lived together.

It was alleged that in 1903, at Drishane Castle, Mr. Wallis treated his wife cruelly, refusing to allow her any money or the use of his horses and carriages, and that on May 18 he flung her to the ground, wrenching her wrist and bending back her fingers. In March, 1904, her husband having become tenant of Drishane Castle, petitioner left, and had never since seen him. Subsequently she discovered that the husband had between 1896 amd 1901 inclusive committed misconduct with a woman named Edith Scott, at Titchfield Street, London.

A Decree of Separation I had been pronounced in the Irish Courts. The Clauses of the Bill provided that the marriage should be declared void, and that the petitioner might be enabled to marry again, that her rights in property of a, future husband might be protected, and that it should not be lawful for Mr. Wallis to inter-marry with Edit Scott.

Mr. Duke, K.C., represented the petitioner, but no appearance was made for Mr. Wallis. Mrs. Wallis was called, and briefly gave evidence in support of the allegations in the preamble of the Bill. The owner of flats in Titchfield-street stated that Mr. Wallis had occupied one of these from 1896 to 1901, and a lady lived there who was not the petitioner. A neighbour gave evidence that, that lady was introduced to him by Mr. Wallis as his wife, and other witnesses proved that the orders of the House and a copy of the Bill was served upon Mr. Wallis in London on Friday last. Medical evidence was also given as to the injury to the petitioner’s hand.

The Lord Chancellor at the conclusion, of the case moved that the Bill be read a second time, and their lordships concurred.

The above article is from The Evening Express and Evening Mail March 13th 1906

Elizabeth was married within four months of the divorce, Henry married again a year later 1907, but not to Edith Scott! You’d have to surmise that Elizabeth may not have been 100% faithful either, and that Edith Scott wasn’t the other lady’s real name!

PRIVATE BILL BUSINESS. House of Lords Debate 01 March 1906 (vol 152 c1249) [ref]

Wallis’ Divorce Bill [H.L.]. A Bill to dissolve the marriage of Elizabeth Caroline Wallis with Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis, commonly called Aubrey Wallis, her present husband and to enable her to marry again, and for other purposes. Presented (on petition) and a copy of the proceedings in and of the decree of divorce of the King’s Bench, Matrimonial Division of the High Court of Justice in Ireland delivered (on oath). Bill read 1a; and to be read 2a on Monday the 12th instant.

The case is mentioned in an article of when Maud Gonne attempted and failed to get a Divorce from Major John MacBride [ref]. Note (added later): This is interesting because Aubrey and Maud’s great grandchildren married

======== Backgrounds =============

Henry Aubery Beaumont Wright (1919)
Henry Aubery Beaumont Wallis-Wright (1919)

HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS, late of Drishane Castle, Co. Cork, J.P. and later of Roskrow-Penryn, Cornwall. [details]

Born on 4 July, 1861 to Major John Richard Smyth Wallis (1828-1868) and Octavia Willoughby (unknown-1901) . Third in a family of four children (siblings details below) [ref].

He was commonly known as Aubrey Wallis [ref].

He is credited with opening the new houses at Minor Row [ref]

Married 1stly: 1 March, 1883, to Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris (see BURKES Peerage), and by her has issue. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906.

Son: HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885.

1886 – January – He had been living at ‘The Grange’ in Auckland, NZ, but sold all his posessions and moved back to England [ref]

Daughter: Audrey Beatrice Jean, b. 23 Jan. 1888 ; m. 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921; died 28 Oct 1961. (see below for further details)

1901 – Aubrey appears in the 1901 Census of England, as head of the house at 128 Piccadilly, a Gentelman’s club at the time called the Piccadilly Club.

1906 – Divorced (detailed above)

1907, 11th February: Married 2ndly, to Julia Mary Catharine Curteis, widow of Edward Witherden Curteis, Capt. 24 Regiment, and only dau. and heir of Mrs. Wright (see WRIGHT of Moltram Hall, Cheshire). She died in 1939. (until 1927 lived at Keythorpe Hall, near Tugby, has died at Brighton – 29th Dec 1939)

1911 – Appears in the Census of England, as head of the house with his wife Julia Mary Catherine, a visitor, and seven servants (a butler, a footman, a pantry boy, a housekeeper, two housemaids, and a kitchen maid). Address: Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall. His occupatios is stated as “Justice of the Peace for County Cork”

1913 Became Master‘ of the Woodland Pytehley Hounds

In 1916 he changed his surname from Wallis to Wallis-Wright.

In 3rd January 1923, he changed his name from Wallis-Wright to just Wallis [ref], after he had originally changed it in 1916 [ref]

Passed away on 23 Apr 1926 in Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall, England.

note: Have yet to figure out where he got the “Major” part of his name

from “Baily’s Magazine of Sports and Passtimes 1919”:

There are very few men in the Kingdom today who could boast of a more brilliant or a more successful career in sport than Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright, Farming Woods Hall, Brigstock, Northsmpyonshire, and Master of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. Born on July 4th, 1861, at Drishane Castle, Co.Cork, Major Wallis-Wright was the son of Mr.John Richard Smyth Wallis, High Sheriff of Co.Cork in 1857. In 1883 Major Wallis-Wright married Elizabeth Caroline, eldest daughter of the Hon. Yelverton Bingham, fifth son of Lord Clanmorris, by whom he had one son and a daughter. The former Lieutenant Henry Digby Wallis, Coldstream Guards, was killed at Ypres during October, 1914, The death of this gallant son proved a heavy blow to the Master of the Woodland and Pytchley. An extraordinary affection and spirit of camaraderie existed between father and son, and it was the dream of the former’s life that his heir and the “last of the line” should take over the family pack of Kerry Beagles on his retirement from office.
In 1907 Major Wallis-Wright married Julia Mary Catherine, window of the late Captain EW Curteis, who on the death of her mother Mrs Julia Catherine Wright, succeeded to the Mottram estates, Cheshire. In September 1916, the surname of … (there’s 2 more page on Aubrey in the article, but are not currently availbale)


ELIZABETH CAROLINE BINGHAM was the daughter of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham and Caroline Begbie.

She married, firstly, Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis on 1 March 1883.

She and Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis were divorced in 1906 by Act of Parliament.

She married, secondly, William John Wallace, son of Captain Henry Ritchie Wallace, on 27 July 1906. He died on 1st April 1908.

She married, thirdly, Major Alan Rowley Sale-Hill, son of General Sir Rowley Sale-Hill and Caroline Sophia Sale, on 8 August 1914.

She died on 1 July 1924. [details]

Lineage of the Wallis Family of Drishane :
WALLIS, late OF DRISHANE CASTLE. HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT WALLIS, late of Drisbane Castle, co. Cork, J.P., now of RoskrowPsnryn, Cornwall, b. 4 July, 1861 ; m. ist, I March, 1883, Elizabeth Caroline, eldest dau. of Hon. Albert Yelverton Bingham, 5th son of the 3rd Lord Clanmorris (see BURKES Peerage), and by her has issue. From him she obtained a divorce by Act of Parliament 1906. HENRY DIGBY, late Lieut. Scots Guards (Guards Club), b. 3 June, 1885. Audrey Beatrice Jean, b. 23 Jan. 1888 ; m. 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, ugth Infantry, Indian Army. He m. 2ndly, n Feb. 1907, Julia Mary Catharine Curteis, widow of Edward Witherden Curteis, Capt. 24 Regiment, and only dau. and heir of Mrs. Wright (see WRIGHT of Moltram Hall, Cheshire}. Lineage. In 1595, THOMAS WALLYS resided at Curryglass. co. Cork ; he d. previous to 1630, leaving a widow and two sons. The elder son, THOMAS WALLYS, of Curryglass, left at his decease two sons, 1. THOMAS, of Curryglass, of whom hereafter. 2. Peter, of Shangary, co. Cork, living 1630, High Sheriff 1660, had a large grant of land under the Act of Settlement, m. Audrey, dau. of Barachias Baker, of Carrigrohan, co. Cork, and d. 1679, leaving by her (who d. 1685) four daus. (viz., i. Margaret, m. Col. Edward Corker, of Ballymaloe, co. Cork, and d.s.p. 17 July, 1721 ; 2. Katherine, m. 1679, Ebenezer Low, and d. 8 July, 1697 ; 3. Mehetabel, m. Francis Foulke, and d. i July, 1703 ; 4. Mary, m. Benjamin Glascott, of New Ross, who d. 6 Oct. 1723) and two sons, 1. John, of Carrigrohan, J.P., whose dau. and heir, Mary, m. Charles Gookin. 2. Barachias, of Ballycrenan, m. 1688, Ellen Cross, of Ballybrazil, co. Wexford, and d. intestate (adm. 7 July, 1711) leaving two daus. (viz., (i) Susan, m. William Corker, of Kilbrenan, co. Cork ; (2) Eleanor, m. Jan. 1730, Sylvester Cross, of Passage co. Cork, who d. 1767) and a son, William, of Ballycrenan, m. Clotilda, dau. of Thomas Uniacke, of Woodhouse, co. Waterford, and had i. Barachias, of Ballycrenan, m. 1763, Anne, dau. of Emanuel Pigott, and d.s.p. Jan. 1765. 1. Helena, m. John Colthurst. 2. Clotilda, m. 24 Sept. 1771, Sir Edward Hoare, 2nd bart.. of Annabella, and d. 3 Sept. 1816, leaving issue (see BURKES Peerage). The eldest son, THOMAS WALLIS, of Curryglass, mentioned in will of his uncle Peter, 1630, party to a deed in 1640, had issue, 1. Boyle, b. 1644. 2. THOMAS, of Curryglass, of whom hereafter. 3. Henry, of Drishane, co. Cork, m. Penelope, dau. of John Nettles, of Toureen, and left, i. Thomas, d.s.p. 2. Henry, b. 1697 ; d.s.p. 1749. 3. John, of Reddy, called to the Bar 1754, High Sheriff of Cork 1772 ; d.s.p. 1787. 1. Mary, m. George Jackson, of Grangebeg, co. Cork. 2. Elizabeth, m. George Wallis, of Curryglas. The eldest surviving son, THOMAS WALLIS, of Curryglass, m. ist, 1679, Jane Ludyman, and by her had issue, Thomas and Grace, who both d. unm. Mr. Wallis had in the time of JAMES II to fly to England with his wife and two children. He m. 2ndly, Persis, dau. of Holmes, and had issue, four daus. (viz., Anne, m. Thomas Moore, of Gregg, co. Cork ; Elizabeth, m. Samuel Meade ; Arabella, m. Michael Webber; Persis ; and Jane, m. Digby Cooke) and two sons, 1. GBORGE, his heir. 2. Thomas. Mr. Wallis purchased considerable landed property in the co. of Cork, in 1703, from the trustees of Forfeited Estates. His son and heir. GEORGE WALLIS, of Curryglass, m. 1721, his cousin, Elizabeth, dau. of Henry Wallis, of Drishane, and had two daus. (viz., Penelope, m. John Parker, of Cherrymount, co. Waterford; and Elizabeth, m. Samuel Adams) and as many sons, 1. HENRY, his heir. 2. George, d.s.p. The elder son, HENRY WALLIS, of Curryglass and Drishane, under the limitations in the will of his maternal grandfather, Henry Wallis, became entitled to the Drishane and other estates ; he m. 1758, Elizabeth, dau. of Christmas Paul, of Paulville, co. Carlow, by Ellen his wife, dau. of Robert Carew, of Ballynamona, co. Waterford, and had four sons and two daus., 1. JOHN, his heir. 2. Christmas Paul (Rev.), B.A., m. ist, Elizabeth, dau. of Rev. Jame? Stopford, Fellow Trin. Coll. Dublin, and sister of Edward Stopford, Bishop of Meath, and had three sons and six daus., 1. John, an Officer 52nd Regt., d. unm. 2. Henry, an Officer 52nd Regt., d.s.p. 3. James, d.s.p. i. Elizabeth, d. unm. z. Catherine. 3. Penelope, m. Rev. Digby Joseph Stopford Ram, and had issue (see RAM of Clonattin). 4. Ellen, m. William Lombard, of Danesfort, co. Cork, son of the Rev. Edmond Lombard, of Lombardstown, co. Cork. He m. 2ndly, Hannah Fitzgerald, and had further issue, 4. George. 5. Thomas, Barrister-at-Law, m. Miss MacDermot, and had a dau., Anne. 6. Christmas Paul, m. Blessing (d. 23 April, 1910), dau. of Thomas Browning Gardner, of Youghal, co. Cork, and had, (i) Christmas Paul, d. unm. (2) Thomas Henry Gardner, (i) Christiana Augustus. (2) Georgina Blessing. (3) Frances. (4) Penelope Croker. (5) Anne, d. unm. 3. Thomas, m. Miss Cooke, and had issue, 1. Harry, an Officer 52nd Foot, m. Miss Justice, and had three daus., (1) Mary, m. Thomas Crofts. (2) Ellen, m. John Moriarty, M.D. (3) Dora, d. unm. 2. John Cooke, of Minehill, co. Cork, m. 1.846, Elizabeth, dau. of Major Beresford Gahan, 4th Dragoon Guards, and had, with others who d. young, issue, (1) Thomas Henry, b. 1847 ; d. 1886. (2) Beresford Gahan, Supt. Engineer, Indian P.W. Dept. ; b. 1849 ; m. 1882, Harriet Florence, dau. of Alfred Gahan, of Cavan, and has issue, Beresford Herbert, b. 1888. (3) John Cooke, Capt. Imperial Lt. Horse, S. Africa, b. 1854. (i) Elizabeth. 1. Rebecca, m. H. Sherlock. 2. Elizabeth, d. unm. 3. Mary, m. ] . E. Herrick. 4. Ellen, m. the Rev. A. Sergeant, of Waterford. 4. Harry, m. Helen, and dau. of James MCall, of Braehead, co. Lanark, and had three sons, Harry, drowned; James and John, d.s.p. ; and seven daus. of whom the eldest, Sarah, m. William Smith, of Carbeth Gutherie ; and the sth, Margaret, m. George Dennistoun. 1. Ellen, m. Charles Bolton, of Curraghduff, co. Waterford. 2. Elizabeth, m. Sir Joshua Christmas Paul, 2nd bart., xf Ballyglan, co. Waterford, and d.s.p. 16 April, 1836. The eldest son, JOHN WALLIS, of Drishane Castle, m. ist, Patience, eldest dau. of John Longfield, of Longueville, co. Cork, and by her had one dau., 1. Patience, m. James Hanning, of Kilcrone, co. Cork. He m. 2ndly, Sept. 1787, Marianne, dau. of John Carleton, of Woodside, co. Cork, and by her had issue, 1. HENRY, his heir. 2. Penelope, m. Samuel Adams, of Kilbree, co. Cork, J.P., and had a dau., Marianne Caroline, m. 8 Oct. 1844, John Allin, of Monabeg, nephew of Gen. Sir Thomas Kenah, K.C.B. 3. Elizabeth, m. the Rev. Charles Morgan. 4. Marianne, m. Simon Newport, J.P., of Johns Hill Villa, Waterford. The son and heir, HENRY WALLIS, of Drishane Castle, co. Cork, J.P, and D.L.* High Sheriff. 1814, Lieut.-Col. South Cork Rifles, m. ist, Miss Forster, by whom he had one son, dec. ; and 2ndly, 1827, Ellen, dau. of Grice Smyth, of Ballynatray, cp. Waterford, and sister oi the Princess of Capua, and of Lady Dinorben (see that family) ^ and had, JOHN RICHARD SMYTH, of Drishane Castle. Mary Gertrude, d. unm. 5 May, 1857. Mr. Wallis d. 6 Jan. 1862, and was s. by his son, JOHN RICHARD SMYTH WALLIS, of Drishane Castle, J.P., High Sheriff, 1857, Capt. 4th Dragoon Guards, b. 5 June, 1828 ; m. I Sept. 1853, Octavia Willoughby, and by her (who m. 2ndly, 4 April, 1872, Sir G. H. Beaumont, gth bart., of Cole Orton Hall, co. Leicester, and d. 19 June, 1901) had issue, 1. Digby Henry Willoughby, b. 2 June, 1854 ; d. 18 July, 1858. 2. HENRY AUBREY BEAUMONT, now of Drishane Castle. 1. Eva Octavia Augusta, d. 28 March, 1860. 2. Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby, m. 29 June, 1888, Maj. Edgar St. ]ohn Christophers, D.S.O., and has issue. Mr. Wallis d. 27 Oct. 1868. Seat Roskrow, Penryn, Cornwall. Club Carlton.



Aubrey’s Mother: Octavia Willoughby was born illegitimately. She was the daughter of Digby Willoughby, 7th Baron Middleton. She married, firstly, Major John Richard Smyth Wallis on 01 Sep 1853. She married, secondly, Sir George Howland Beaumont, 9th Bt. , son of Sir George Howland Willoughby Beaumont, 8th Bt. and Mary Anne Howley , on 4 April 1872 in St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London, England She died Dame Octavia Willoughby Beaumont on 19 June 1901 at 66 Cromwell Road, London, England. She was buried in Cole Orton, Leicestershire, England. Her will was probated, at ¹12,196.  Her will was probated at £12,196, which, using the most modestcomparator, would be over a million pounds today, or rather more than four million comparing average wages. A lady of means indeed! [ref1] [ref2]

This is where the name “Beaumont” comes from.



Aubery’s Siblings:

  1. Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby Wallis; 1867 (age 21 at marriage); married Major Edgar St. John CHRISTOPHER 29 JUN 1888; daughter Dorothy 2nd May 1889; Son Digby 22nd March 1891; divorced 21st March 1906; died 16th January 1929 South Kensington.
  2. Digby Henry Willoughby WALLIS; born 02 JUN 1854 in Drishane Castle, died 18 Jul 1858, buried 31st Jul 1858 in Drishane Parish Cemery, at only 4 years 🙁
  3. Eva Octavia Augusta WALLIS; born 05 June 1859 in Drishane Castle; died 27 MAR 1860, only 9 months old 🙁

Other notes:

Eva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby Christophers (Aubrey’s sister) of the Gardens Hotel 47 Stanhope-gardens South Kensington Middlesex widow died 16th January 1929 at 7 Knaresborough place South Kensington. Probate London 7 March to Arthur Pollock Solicitor. Effects £8048 18s. 6d




TODO: follow up Audrey’s 2nd husband: Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath, * 1889, + 1971, s. of Michael Augustine Fitzgerald Law, of Beaumont, Drogheda, Co. Meath.

Captain Robert Law (1890-1973). Like his two younger brothers, Robert was educated at Haileybury, a boarding school 20 miles from London, returning to Beamont during the holidays. During the First World War, he served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and won a Military Cross. A fearless eccentric, he later went to West Africa where he shot twelve bull elephants but got charged by the thirteenth which left him badly mauled. He later emerged from the jungle with a hoard of ivory, claiming he had survived by eating an exclusive diet of bananas, which fruit he never ate again. He subsequently eloped with Audrey Beatrix Wallis of Drishae Castle, Millstreet, Co. Cork, sold Beamont and settled on the Boyne at Rossnaree, Co. Meath, where members of the Law family still live today.


  • Audrey Beatrice Jean, 23 Jan. 1888 – 28 Oct 1961; m. 5 Jan. 1909, Francis Ivan Oscar Brickmann, 119th Infantry, Indian Army; divorced in 1921; married Capt. Robert Law, M.C., of Rosnaree, Slane, Co. Meath on June 4th 1921
    • + Micheal Law, Maj., 1923 – 21 July 1975,  Captain, Scots Guards, Married 12 April 1950, Judith Maurice Hogarth, d. of Maj. John Usher Hogarth [line]
      • Robert Law, 6th April 1955 – 25th Dec 2004 [obit]. married Aisling Stuart (gg dau of Maude Gonne), daughter Iseult, stepson Emile. [grave]
      • Georgiana Law, * 1952, Md., Sean Galvin, of Navan, Co. Meath, s. of John Galvin, of Shankill, Co. Dublin. [photo ?]. + Edward, Vanessa
        • Edward Galvin, m. Alexandra Mackintosh (Edinbrugh), 4 children
          • Grace Willow 1st Oct 2008
          • Willow May 4th July 2010
          • Gus Robert Donald, b. May 19th 2012
          • Frederick John Onslow, b. 5th Dec 2015
        • Vanessa Galvin, m Niall Dailly …

Aisling Stuart and her mother Imogen on the radio with Miriam O’Callaghan:


TODO: locate the 1944 the Irish Tourist Association Survey outlined a history of the castle and the sale to the nuns.

READ MORE: Sisters of the Infant Jesus: from France to Ireland via Singapore [here]




from: Journals of the House of Commons (1906)

19th March
The Lords have passed a Bill, intituled An “Divorce Bill
Act to dissolve the Marriage of Elizabeth
Caroline Wallis with Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis, commonly called Aubrey Wallis, her present husband, and to enable her to marry again, and for other purposes ; to which the Lords desire the concurrence of this House.
Wallis’ Wallis’ Divorce Bill [Lords] was read the Divorce Bill
first time; and ordered to be read a second

5th April:
The Lord Advocate reported from the Select Committee on Divorce Bills; That they had Wallis’ examined the allegations, of Wallis’ Divorce Bill Divorce Bill [Lords] as to the Marriage of the parties, the
[Lords.] adultery and cruelty charged as the ground for dissolving the Marriage, the sentence of Divorce, a mensa et thoro, in the Probate and Matrimonial Division of the High Court of Justice in Ireland ; and, upon evidence satisfactory to the Committee, had found the same and the other allegations to be true ; and saw no reason to suspect collusion between the parties; and that the Committee had gone through the Bill, and directed him to report the same, without Amendment.
Ordered, That the Report do lie upon the
Table. Ordered, That the Bill be read the third time. Ordered, That the Minutes of Evidence and
Proceedings in the House of Lords on the Second Reading of Wallis’ Divorce Bill [Lords],together with the Documents deposited in each case, be returned to the House of Lords : And that the Clerk do carry the same.— (The Lord Advocate.)

6th April:
Wallis’ Divorce Bill [Lords] was read the Wallis’ third time and passed. Divorce Bill
Ordered, That the Clerk do carry the Bill to\ Lords^ the Lords ; and acquaint them that this Ho

WALLIS’ DIVORCE [Lords]; Bill, intituled An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Elizabeth Caroline Wallis with Henry Aubrey Beaumont Wallis, commonly called Aubrey Wallis, her present husband, and to enable her to marry again, and for other purposes ; brought from the Lords, 72. Read the first time, 72. Read a second time, and committed, 85. Message to the Lords requesting Copies of Minutes of Evidence, &c. ; Instruction to Committee relative to Counsel and Witnesses, 86. Minutes of Evidence, &c. communicated, 101. Bill reported, without Amendment; Minutes of Evidence, &c. to be returned to the Lords, 122. Bill read the third time and passed, 126. (Cited as Wallis’ Divorce Act, 1906) Royal Assent, 220.



The Kerry Black and Tans.
It is interesting to learn that the tine pack of Kerry Beagles,
which are showing sport in the Woodland Pytchley country, will
shortly come into the market, Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright having
decided to give up the Mastership . These black-and-tan hounds
have been in the Master’s family for many generations, and are
famous for their hunting quahties. Originally they were hunted
in Ireland, then went into the Ribblesdale pack and hunted the
wild buck in Lancashire and Yorkshire . Major Wallis-Wright got
the strain back, and formed a pack which hunted the Four Burrow
country in Cornwall . When he accepted the Mastership of the
Woodland Pytchley in 1913 he took the Kerry Hounds with him.
They are remarkably powerful hounds, the dogs averaging 25 ins.
and the bitches 231 ins. They have exceptional bone, and not a
single hound stands over at the knees. Major Wallis-Wright has
bred them with the utmost care, using only sires and dams that
have well proved their working ability. An offshoot of the
Pytchley country, the Woodland has always been noted for the
superior quality of its hounds. When Lord Lonsdale hunted the
country he brought one of the finest packs in the kingdom from
the Blanknev kennels. His successor, Mr. Austin Mackenzie,
brought his own hounds from the Old Berkeley country, and when
he gave up the Mastership fourteen years later he sold the pack for
5,000 guineas, Mr. W. M. Wroughton buying the bitches for
£3,000 and lending them to Lord Southampton, who hunted the
country for a couple of seasons. Mr. E. A. V. Stanley also had a
very fine pack at the Brigstock kennels. In regard to working
quality the present pack compares favourably with any of its predecessors, and the black-and-tans are likely to be keenly sought
after. [Polo Monthly 1920]

Polo Players as M .F .H’s.
Polo players are likely to he strongly represented on the list
of M.F.H.’s next season. Captain George Renyille, for example,
has arranged to take Major Aubrey Wallis-Wright’s place in the
command of the Woodland Pytchley Hounds. He should make
an excellent M .F.H . He has been getting his hand in this winter
by helping his old friend, Mr. Isaac Bell, with the Kilkenny
Hounds. The keenest of sportsmen, Captain Bellville is generally
popular. Polo readers will remember the dashing games he used
to put up for the Old Cantabs, helping that grand team to win
seyeral Champion Cups. Unfortunately, the bad wound he
receiyed early in the war prevented him from playing polo last
summer, when he had to content himself with serying as official
umpire of the chief Ranelagh matches. [Polo Monthly 1920]

7 thoughts on “Irish Divorce Suit”

  1. An interesting Piece of history you have come up with here Michael it does seem the so called honorable Henry was a bit of a high class ruffian, were he around today he would be a prime Candidate for presidency of the underground ‘Irish Wife Beaters Club’

  2. lol Just looked up on Ancestry to see if they have a family tree and he is on there, Showing up a sisterEva Violet Amelia Gwen Willoughby Wallis married Edgar St John Christophers

    Will Email you their Divorce documents 🙂

    Ranks could be got different ways (and I expect brought), my Gr Gr Grandfather was a Captain, but worked his life in a building as chief Draftsman in the admiralty, he got his rank I believe through his hobby of shooting.

  3. Michael,

    I read with interest your article about the Wallis family. I wonder if during your research you came across any male member of the family, say from 1880 onwards, who died after being thrown from a horse on the Drishane estate.

    Could you also say who was the last Wallis to reside in Drishane and when he/she left.


    1. The last Wallis family of Drishane was Aubrey, mentioned in the article above, though he probably spent more of his time away, than in the castle. It seems the reasons for leaving were basically a lack of funds. First mention of bankrupcy (entry into Chancery) are from about 1882, and it dragged on an on, due to the favouritism shown by the judge. In 1894 lands part owned by Aubrey in Castleconnell, Limerick were sold by the “Land Judges of the High Court”. In 1901, all premesis in town were sold. By 1903 Aubrey was a tenant at Drishane. (Have maps etc and must publish). In 1908 the Castle and surrounding lands were sold to the Sisters of the Infant Jesus. It seems that the Deer Park (the hill behind St.Mary’s graveyard) was the last of the Wallis lands to be sold (1912).

      I haven’t heard of one of the Wallis died after being thrown from a horse, but it wouldn’t be a surprise, as all the Wallis’ seem to be mentioned as fine horsemen, and are pictured on/with horses to this day.

  4. My Son, Thomas John Wallis (the 13th) is in essence the heir of Drishane Castle and rights of such… He is the last heir to the Thomas John Wallis lineage

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