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Woodlawn House

Galway

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Woodlawn House, Kilconnell, County Galway


Built by the first Baron Ashtown, Frederick Trench an Irish politician who died 1st May 1840. The Trench family were of French descent. Frederick was elected to the Irish House of Commons for Portarlington from 1798 to 1800, he also served as the borough’s representative in the United Kingdom Parliament in 1801. Later in that year he was raised to the Peerage of Ireland as Baron Ashtown, of Moate in County Galway, with remainder to the heirs male of his father Frederick Trench - a ‘Union peerage’, a reward for Trench’s support for the Union between Ireland and Great Britain, which he initially opposed.


Lord Ashtown married Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Robinson in 1785. They had no children - Lord Ashtown was succeeded in the barony by his nephew, also a Frederic Ashtown (the second Baron Ashtown)


The second Lord Ashtown, Frederick Mason Trench married twice, first on 29 August 1831 to Harriet Georgiana Cosby, and secondly on 10th February 1852  to Elizabeth Oliver Gascoigne (daughter of Richard Oliver Gascoigne of Parlington Hall, Aberford, near Leeds in Yorkshire)


Lord and Lady Ashtown lived much of the year at Castle Oliver, Co. Limerick, Ireland. Frederick Mason Trench died at Castle Oliver, but is buried in the Trench family mausoleum near Woodlawn.


Woodlawn railway station, built by the second Lord Ashtown, was opened on 1st August 1858, situated on the Intercity line from Galway to Dublin, this railway station was closed for goods traffic on 2 June 1978. The original station building, an imposing structure is still in existence in front of the modern station building.


The second Lord Ashtown had Woodlawn house enlarged in the 1860s by a J.F.Kempster of Ballinasloe.


The house was sold by the fourth Lord Ashtown to Derek Le Poer Trench in 1947. Derek Le Poer Trench occupied the house until 1973, after which it was sold to a local farmer. The house changed hands a couple more times and the present owner has started on a restoration project.


Please note: Woodlawn House is not open to the public.

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