The Lowry Family

Albert John Lowry

Birth: 1863/4, in county Meath, Ireland

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Married: Emma Eliza Olivia Lewis on 24 October 1889, in Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland.
Albert John Lowry, esquire, is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Joseph Lowry, esquire. Albert's residence is Bachelor's Lodge, Cavan. Emma Olivia Lewis is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Thomas Lewis. She is resident at 63 S. Circular Road, Dublin, and Moyfeigher, county Meath.

Emma was born on 19 June 1865 at Moyfeigher, Athboy, county Meath, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Louisa Jane Spinks. She died on 9 May 1935, at Bachelor's Lodge, Scallanstown, Liscaran, county Meath, of hemiplegia and cardiac failure, aged 69. At her death, Emma is described as the widow of a landed proprietor.
Census:
1901: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1911: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

Children: Occupation: Farmer, auctioneer and cattle salesman
Albert initially worked on his father's stud farm at Bachelors Lodge. He owned and Horseracing History Online notes that "Joseph Lowry's son Albert was a major force in the breeding operation". Albert owned Bachelor's Mark which won the opening race of the first ever meeting at the Navan Racecourse on the Proudstown road. Albert's most successful stud was named Tredennis. When he bought Tredennis in about 1892, Albert was noted as being of "Oatlands Stud and Bachelor's Lodge". Albert bought Tredennis, who had failed as a racer, finishing unplaced in the three races in which he was entered for £100. Tredennis started his stud career at a fee of £5. He got few mares at first, most belonging to Albert and his father. In his third crop of 1906 he sired Bachelor's Double, winner of the Irish Derby and eight other races, and from there he had a spectacular stud career, eventually siring the winners of 480 races. At his height Tredennis's stud fee ran up to 200 guineas and in 1926 he was top of the broodmare sire list in England.

At his daughter Narah's birth in 1894, Albert is listed as an auctioneer and cattle salesman. In the probate of his father's will, Albert is referred to as a Justice of the Peace.

Census & Addresses:
1890: Antlestown, Navan, county Meath   (Birth record of daughter Eileen)
1894: Castlemartin, Navan, county Meath   (Will of James Traynor)
1894: Castlemartin Cottage, Navan, county Meath   (Birth record of daughter Norah)
1898: Oatlands, Navan, county Meath   (Birth record of son Joseph)
1911: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

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Albert Lewis Lowry

Birth: 21 January 1907, at Oatlands, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
Albert Lewis was born on Twenty first January 1907 at Oatlands Navan, the son of Albert John Lowry, farmer of Oatlands, Navan, and Emma Olivia Lowry formerly Lewis.

Father: Albert John Lowry

Mother: Emma Eliza Olivia (Lewis) Lowry

Census:
1911: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

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Arthur Ernest Kilroy Lowry

Birth: 3 June 1871, at Headfort Place Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Arthur Ernest Kilroy was born on Third June 1871 at Headfort Place, Kells, the son of Joseph Lowry, hotel keeper of Headfort Place, Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy.

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Death: 1872, in Kells district, county Meath, Ireland

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Charles James Lowry

Birth: 5 November 1865, at the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Charles James is recorded as born on Fifth November 1865 at Headfort Place, Kells, the son of Joseph Lowry, hotel keeper, of Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy
The Cork Examiner, 8 November 1865
BIRTHS.
Nov. 5, at the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, county Meath, the wife of Joseph Lowry, Esq., of a son.


Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Married: Raby Georgina Clarke in 1892, in Paddington district, London, England.

Raby was born on 22 April 1866, at 46 Longwood Avenue, Dublin, county Dublin, the daughter of William Clarke, a portrait painter of 46 Longwood Avenue and Raby Clarke formerly McEnery. She was baptised on 30 August 1866 in St Peter, Dublin.
Census:
1901: Athlumney Rural, Athlumney, county Meath
1911: 19 Pembroke Street, Dublin, county Dublin

Children: The 1911 census notes that this marriage had 3 children all of whom were still living in 1911.

Occupation: Auctioneer (1901, 1913) and Sub-Sheriff (1911)

Death: 21 August 1916, in Tramore, county Waterford, Ireland, aged 52
Charles J. Lowry is recorded as married, an auctioneer, aged 52. The cause of death is listed as cirrhosis of the liver, perihepatitis and cholæmia, of 25 days duration.

Probate: granted 19 March 1917, to Samuel Barriscale and Patrick Tallan
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1917 p428
Lowry Charles James.  19 March. Probate of the Will of Charles James Lowry late of The Cottage Navan County Meath Auctioneer who died 21 August 1916 granted at Dublin to Samuel Barriscale Accountant and Patrick Tallan Solicitor   Effects under £4,849 7s. 3d. Resworn  £5,131 7s. 3d

Census & Addresses:
1894: Knockumber, Navan, county Meath   (birth record of daughter Raby)
1901: Athlumney Rural, Athlumney, county Meath
1911: Athlumney Rural, Athlumney, county Meath
1916: The Cottage, Navan, county Meath   (Ireland Calendar of Wills 1917 p428)

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Charles George Mandeville Trevor Lowry

Birth: 27 October 1899, at Cottage, Athlumney, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
Charles George Mandeville Trevor was born on Twentyseventh Ocyober 1899 at Cottage, Athlumney, Navan, the son of Charles J. Lowry, an auctioneer of Cottage, Athlumney, Navan, and Raby Georgina Lowry formerly Clarke

Father: Charles James Lowry

Mother: Raby Georgina (Clarke) Lowry

Married: Eileen May Murdock on 23 August 1933 in Zion church, Zion, Dublin, Ireland
Charles George Lowry is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Charles Joseph Lowry (deceased), an auctioneer. Charles is an insurance inspector, resident at the White Horse Hotel in Drogheda. Eileen May Murdock is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Robert Murdock, merchant. Eileen is resident at 13 Fairfield Park, Rathgar. The marriage was witnessed by Estille Murdock and Albert Lowry.

Eileen was born on 21 August 1905, in South Quay, Drogheda, county Louth, the daughter of Robert Murdock, a merchant resident at South Quay, and Edith Susana Murdock formerly Chambers.
Census:
1911: 7 South Quay, St Mary's, Drogheda , county Louth

Occupation: Insurance Inspector

Notes: Charles was a cadet, commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Irish Regiment on 3 March 1919 (London Gazette 29 April 1919 p5490).

Census:
1901: Athlumney Rural, Athlumney, county Meath

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Charlotte Dorothy Lowry

Birth: 1902, in Navan district, county Meath, Ireland

Father: Albert John Lowry

Mother: Emma Eliza Olivia (Lewis) Lowry

Census:
1911: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

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Edith Matilda Lowry

Birth: 30 June 1869, at Headfort Place Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Edith Matilda was born on Thirtieth June 1869 at Headfort Place, Kells, the daughter of Joseph Lowry, hotel keeper of Headfort Place, Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Hannon Kilroy.

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Death: 1874, in Kells district, county Meath, Ireland, aged 4

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Eileen Mary Lowry

Birth: 3 November 1890, in Antlestown, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
Eileen Mary is recorded as born on Third November 1890 at Antlestown Navan, the daughter of Albert John Lowry, a gentleman of Antlestown Navan, and Emma Olivia Lowry formerly Lewis.

Father: Albert John Lowry

Mother: Emma Eliza Olivia (Lewis) Lowry

Death: 14 February 1898, at Castlemartin, Navan, county Meath, aged 7 years and 3 months, the daughter of a cattle salesmaster. The cause of death is listed as a volvulus of the small intestine of duration 36 hours, laparotomy surgical shock of duration 6 hours.

Census:
1901: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1911: The French School, Sidmonton Terrace, Bray, county Wicklow

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George Herbert Lowry

Birth: 6 December 1872, in Kells district, county Meath, Ireland
George Herbert was born on Sixth December 1872 in Kells, the son of Joseph Lowry, gentleman farmer of Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy.

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Married: Margaret Eliza (Millar) Irwin on 15 March 1899, in the Presbyterian church, Rathfarnham, county Dublin, Ireland.
George Herbert Lowry is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Joseph Lowry, sub-sheriff. Joseph is a farmer, resident at Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, county Meath. Margaret Eliza Irwin (née Millar) is recorded as a widow, of full age, the daughter of J. S. Millar, merchant. She is resident at Richview, Dublin. The marriage was witnessed by Lara Weir Millar and Henry Edgar Lowry.

Margaret was born in 1866/7, in Dublin, the daughter of J.S. Millar. She married, firstly _____ Irwin.
Census & Addresses:
1911: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath
1945: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (The Irish Law Times and Solicitors' Journal, 1945 vol 79 p127)

Children:
Occupation: Farmer (1899); Rate collector (1900, 1902, 1911)

Census & Addresses:
1899: Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Marriages 1873 Rathfarnham #35)
1900: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Births 1900 Rathmines #381)
1902: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Births 1902 Kells #202)
1911: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath

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George Trevor Lowry

Birth: 20 April 1906, at Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
George Trevor was born on Twentieth April 1906 at Headfort Place, the son of George Herbert Lowry, gentleman of Headfort Place, Kells, and Margaret Lowry, formerly Millar.

Father: George Herbert Lowry

Mother: Margaret Eliza (Millar, Irwin) Lowry

Education: Academical Institute, Coleraine, then Trinity College, Dublin graduating with a B.A. in 1927 and LL.B. in 1929. (Trinity College, Dublin), Barrister at Law (King's Inns Dublin)

Occupation: Lawyer and magistrate.
George was admitted as a barrister-at-Law by King's Inn, Dublin in 1933. He joined the Colonial Legal Service and served in Nigeria as a cadet in the Administrative Service in 1930, Assistant District Officer in 199 and magistrate in 1936. In 1940 he was appointed resident magistrate in Victoria, Hong Kong.
The Colonial Legal Service List 1945 issue 172 p31
LOWRY, George Trevor, B.A., LL.B. (Dublin).  B. 1906.  Police Magistrate, Nigeria.
Barrister-at-Law (King's Inn, Dublin, 1931).
Official Service:—Nigeria: Cadet, Administrative Service, 1930. Assistant District Officer, 1933. Magistrate, 1936.

Death: 25 December 1941, near Stanley, Hong Kong during the Battle of Hong Kong, aged 35
George volunteered as a private in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. Hong Kong was attacked by Japanese forces on 8 December 1941. British forces retreated to Stanley Fort, and surrendered in the afternoon of 25 December. George is recorded as missing, presumed killed, in the area of Stanley village.
The Irish Law Times and Solicitors' Journal, 1945 vol 79 p127
      DEATHS.
LOWRY—George Trevor Lowry (late Magistrate, Hong Kong), killed in action in the Volunteer Defence Force, Hong Kong, younger son of Mrs. G. H. Lowry, Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath, and the late George H. Lowry.


Sai Wan Memorial
The Sai Wan Memorial forms the entrance to Sai Wan War Cemetery, Hong Kong, and bears the names of more than 2,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Battle of Hong Kong, or subsequently in captivity, who have no known grave.
Memorial: George's name is memorialised on the Sai Wan Memorial, column 34

Census:
1911: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath

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Gladys Mary Agnes (Lowry) Colquhoun

Birth: 27 August 1902, in Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Gladys Mary Agnes was born on Twenty Seventh August 1902 at Headfort Place, the daughter of George Herbert Lowry, rate collector of Headfort Place, Kells, and Margaret Lowry, formerly Millar.

Father: George Herbert Lowry

Mother: Margaret Eliza (Millar, Irwin) Lowry

Education: Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a B.A.

Married: William Colquhoun on 4 September 1925 in the parish church, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
William Colquhoun is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Rev. William Colquhoun. The groom's profession is given as M.B. Belfast, and he is resident at 29 Wellington St., Belfast. Gladys Mary Agnes Lowry is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of George H. Lowry. Her profession is given as B.A.T.C.D. and he is resident at Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath. The marriage was witnessed by George H. Lowry and John S. Campbell.

William was born on 22 July 1899, at 29 Wellington Park, Belfast, Ireland, the son of William Colquhoun and Florence Workman. He joined the Royal Navy during the First World War.
Brothers in Arms - Fitzroy Presbyterian Church
William Colquhoun was born in 1899 and joined the Queen’s University Officer Training Corps on 13th November 1915 (on the same day as his neighbour and friend, Alexander Dunn Patton) and left the OTC in March 1918, when he joined the RNVR. William Colquhoun did his basic naval training on HMS Hermione, a depot base in Southampton, and served on Motor Launch 575 (HMS Victory shore base) and Motor Launch 348 (HMS Vigorous, a depot base in Larne). William Colquhoun was demobilised in February 1919 and he rejoined the Officer Training Corps when he resumed his academic career.

Census & Addresses:
1911: 29 Wellington Park, Shankhill, Belfast, county Antrim
1925: 29 Wellington St., Belfast, county Antrim   (Ireland civil records Marriages 1925 Kells #3)

Census & Addresses:
1911: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath
1925: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Marriages 1925 Kells #3)

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Helen Gertrude (Lowry, Fleming) Smithwick

Birth: 29 August 1878, in Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Helen Gertrude was born on August Twenty ninth 1878 in Kells, the daughter of Joseph Lowry, saloonmaster of Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy.

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Cyril Francis Fleming
Cyril Francis Fleming
Married (1st): Cyril Francis Fleming on 28 March 1900, in the parish church of St Mary, Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland.
Cyril Francis Fleming is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Thomas Fleming, county inspector R.I.C.. Cyril is a district inspector R.I.C., resident in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Helen Gertude Lowry is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Joseph Lowry, gentleman. She is resident at Bachelor's Lodge, Navan. The marriage was witnessed by S. J. Hannon and G. G. G. Loch.

Cyril was born on 26 March 1875, at St James Place, Fermoy, county Cork, the son of Thomas Fleming and Frances E. Cronyn. Cyril was appointed a cadet in the Royal Irish Constabulary on 22 July 1896 (London Gazette 24 July 1896 p4209). He was a District Inspector of the Royal Irish Constabulary at his marriage in 1900. In 1907 Cyril wrote an article on Hunting in Kilkenny, published in The Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes. Cyril joined the Irish Guards as a captain in 1915 (London Gazette 7 December 1915 p12293), and served in France. He was promoted to major on 5 March 1916 (London Gazette 23 May 1916 p5181).  In December 1919 Major Cyril Francis Fleming was appointed to organise the recruitment drive for the RIC. Fleming set up an office in London, based in New Scotland Yard. He recruited both for the so called Black & Tans, and for the Auxiliaries Cyril relinquished his commission in the Irish Guards on 1 April 1920, retaining the rank of major (London Gazette 4 March 1921 p1882). On 31 July 1924 Cyril was appointed from the reserve of officers to be brigade-major of the 4th London Infantry Brigade (London Gazette 15 August 1924 p6138), serving in that post until 1929. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Cornwall in 1938 (London Gazette 4 February 1938 p738).
Western Morning News, 5 February 1938 (Plymouth, Devon)
Maj. C. F. Fleming has been in the county only eight years, but has thrown himself wholeheartedly into public service during that period. He has represented Mylor division on the County Council, in succession to Capt. C. H. Tremayne, of Carclew, for three years, and was a valued member of Truro Rural Council, but his main activities have been associated with the Territorial Army Association.
  He is vice-chairman of that body, having been elected to that office when Lieut.-Col. E. H. W. Bolitho became Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall and automatically president of the association and for five or six years he has proved himself as able successor to the late Col. John Jeffery as chairman of Building and Ranges Committee.
  A native of Ireland, Maj. Fleming started life as a cadet in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and served through all the officer grades up to the rank of County Inspector, which was equivalent to Chief Constable, until the abolition of that force in 1922. On the outbreak of war he was adjutant and second-in-command of the Royal Irish Constabulary training depot at Phoenix Park, Dublin, and transferred to the Irish Guards as a captain in 1915, being promoted to major the following year.
  He served in France with the 1st Battn. Irish Guards, and from 1917 to 1919 was second-in-command of the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion at home. He was appointed to the Reserve of Officers, Irish Guards, in 1921, was Assistant Commandant of the Military Camp, Wembley, for the British Empire Exhibition in 1924, and the same year was appointed brigade-major of the 4th London Infantry Brigade, T.A. (the Grey Brigade), under the command of the Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel, Irish Guards, holding that post until 1928, when he retired and settled in Cornwall in 1930.

In 1926 Cyril married Bridget Eblana Harriet Tremayne in Paddington district, London. He died on 27 September 1957, in Truro district, Cornwall, aged 82
The Times, 28 September 1957 (London)
    COLONEL C. F. FLEMING
  Colonel Cyril Francis Fleming died yesterday at his home in Cornwall at the age of 82. The son of Thomas Fleming, of Dublin, he was educated at The Abbey, Tipperary, and in 1896 he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary as a cadet. In 1915 he joined the Irish Guards and served with special reserve until 1919. He was promoted to county inspector in the R.I.C. in 1921, and from 1924 until 1929 he was brigade major of the 4th London Infantry Brigade. He was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Cornwall in 1938 and he served on the county council for 20 years from 1935. He was for many years vice-chairman of the Cornwall T.A. Association, and had been colonel commandant of the Cornwall cadets, chairman of the Cornwall Army Cadet Force committee, and chairman of the Falmouth Lifeboat committee.
  He married in 196 Bridget Eblana, daughter of Captain W. F. Tremayne, who survives him with a daughter.

Census & Addresses:
1901: Chall Street, Jerpoint Church, county Kilkenny
1911: Newtown, Thomastown, county Kilkenny
1938: Weston, Trefusis, Flushing, Falmouth, Cornwall   (London Gazette 4 February 1938 p738)

Helen and Cyril were divorced in 1921.
Western Daily Press, 1 July 1921 (Bristol, Somerset)
  In the Divorce Court, yesterday, Mr. Justice Horridge granted the undefended petition of Major Cyril Francis Fleming (now retired) for the dissolution of his marriage because of misconduct between his wife, Helen Gertrude Fleming, and the co-respondent, Mr George Smithwick.
  Mr Cotes Preedy (for the petitioner) said there had been a claim for damages, but petitioner had no desire to profit by his wife, and an agreement had been drawn up whereby co-respondent had settled £1,000 on the wife.
  His lordship, on reading the agreement entered into, pointed out that the settlement was subject to the condition that within six months of the decree being made absolute by Mrs Flemings shall have married co-respondent or refused to have married, or married another man.
  Mr Acton Pill (for the co-respondent) said his client was anxious to marry the lady, and there had been a will made in her favour.
NOT DEFINITELY SETTLED
  Mr Cotes Preedy said he was given to understand that the £1,000 was definitely settled on Mrs Fleming.
  His Lordship: No, it is not; and the claim for damages has been struck out, and if the woman did not marry co-respondent the latter was not bound to do anything for her.
  Petitioner (who was in the box) said he was not aware that was the effect of the settlement.
  His Lordship: It cannot be helped now for that apparently has been done. You appreciate that.
  Petitioner said that he did. He added that he was married in 1900 and lived with his wife in Ireland.
  At Thomastown, Kilkenny, they made the acquaintance of the co-respondent in the hunting field.
  His Lordship: What was he?—Nothing particular. I think he was principally concerned with horses.
  Witness added that they became friendly.
“BEEN IN LOVE FOR YEARS.”
  In 1916 he joined the Army and in 1918 received a letter from his wife, saying:—“My dear Cyril,—The only thing I can do is to tell you exactly the truth, and that I am no longer fit to be your wife, and don’t wish to be, as I have been in love with George Smithwick for a number of years, and he with me for longer—for at least 13 years, and I have lived with him as his wife, and wish to marry him.
   “If you won’t divorce me it means years of misery for everyone, as George and I will go off somewhere and live together, as I won’t be separated from him any longer.
  “I have held out now for years and fought against it, but I can’t resist it any longer, and want to have a few happy years before I die. As you say you have not the affection for me a man should have for his wife, I can’t see why you want to keep me tied to you and ruining my happiness.
  “I don’t want you to go off abroad or ruin your career. No one in London knows me, and you would not suffer in any way. It is I who would get all the mud thrown at me, but I am willing to risk all that for my freedom to marry George.
“TO TAKE ALL BLAME AND SCORN.”
  In another letter she said: “It is foolish of you to talk of lying and going to France. I don’t want you to do any such thing, but do take a sensible view of our case and put yourself in my place. I am now nearly 39, and have not many more years to enjoy. I have loved George since first I met him, and I am willing to take all the blame and scorn that you say I will get from women if you will only divorce me and let me marry him. It is 12 years now since he and I have been as man and wife. Your career would not suffer in any way, as a man never does suffer. It would only want the moral courage and be over in nine days, but after I have told you all this you will see how impossible it will be for me to go and live in London and give George up.
  
“I am happy pottering about with a horse and a dog, and would be miserable in town. You may have respect and affection for me, but no love, so I ask you to please divorce me quickly and not to talk of going to France, as none of your friends would think twice about it.
  “It has always been about your ambition to stay on in the Army, which you can do. If our case was a stranger’s, what view would you take of it? You could never either respect me or want to have me in the same house with you, and even if I did live with you I should be perfectly miserable.”
  A valet and chambermaid from the Grand Hotel, London, proved that the respondent and co-respondent stayed there for nine days.
  Both witnesses remembered the incident because co-respondent went off without giving either a tip. (Laughter.)
  A decree nisi, with costs, was granted.  
   
Married (2nd): George Joseph Smithwick in 1922, in Chelsea district, London, England

George was born on 7 December 1875, in Orchardton, Kilkenny, county Kilkenny, the son of Daniel O'Connell Smithwick and Louisa Caroline Walmesby. He was educated at Downside school in Somerset. George was a member of the famous Smithwick's brewing family of county Kilkenny, but he preferred horses to the family business, and was manager of the Gilltown thoroughbred stud in county Kildare, owned by Lord Furness and bought by the Aga Khan on Lord Furness's death. George died on 29 April 1943 in Gilltown, Kilcullen, county Kildare, aged 67. His cause of death was listed as lobar pneumonia and valvular heart disease. He is buried in Newbridge cemetery, county Kildare.
Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Education, Social Mobility, and the Irish Catholic Elite 1850-1900 p143 (Ciaran O'Neill, 2014)
Two members of the Smithwick brewing family of Co. Kilkenny also attended Downside, George Joseph Smithwick (Downside: 1890) and Alfred Smithwick (Downside: 1892). Being born to a family of energetic industrialists did not always guarantee a work ethic in the next generation. When cited as a co-respondent in a rather ugly divorce case in London in 1921 George Smithwick would see his character and industriousness being extensively scrutinized. When the aggrieved husband, a Mr Fleming, was asked what Smithwick's occupation was he answered ‘nothing in particular, I think that he was principally interested in horses’. Indeed Smithwick had worked intermittently and managed a stud in Kildare for Lord Furness, which was later bought out by the Aga Khan, who, unconcerned with his infidelites of old, kept Smithwick on as a manager.
Double Exposure: A Twin Autobiography p205 (Gloria Vanderbilt, Thelma Lady Furness, 1958)
  Duke and I went over to Ireland for the Dublin Horse Show and the Phoenix Park races. He also wanted to show me Guildtown, a thoroughbred stud farm he owned near Dublin. Duke took a great deal of interest in the stud. It was his knowledge of breeding as well as that of George Smithwick, his able stud manager, that made Guildtown one of the best and more profitable studs of the day. For years it topped the sales at Doncaster in England. I believe it was in 1927 that Dorothy Paget bought one of Duke’s yearlings for the staggering figure of 17,000 pounds, at that time the highest price ever paid for a yearling.
  The late Aga Khan bought Guildtown from the estate shortly after Duke’s death

Occupation: After the death of her second husband, George Smithwick, who was the stud manager at Gilltown Stud, Helen took over that role as stud manager. She had previously demonstrated her abilities in the field:
Production under Fire p120 (Captain Spencer Freeman, 1967)
  In mating the Furness mares George took council from his wife Nellie (Helen) who was a great authority on the Stud Book; Nellie also had a priceless instinct when it came to bloodstock breeding. Mrs Smithwick also rode fast to hounds and was never more than a field or so behind—she had a great eye for country. Before Prince Aly bought Gilltown George Smithwick died and on completion of the purchase, Nellie was installed as local Manager of the Stud in which capacity she reigned for many years

Notes: During the Easter Rising of 1916, both Helen and George Smithwick were shot while returning in a motorcar from the Fairyhouse Races. George was shot in the head, but the impact of the bullet was lessened by his bowler hat, which he kept ever afterwards as a souvenir of his luck escape. Helen, then still married to Cyril Fleming but living with George, received a bullet wound in the arm in the same incident (Easter Week in Kilkenny, April 1916 by Florence Hackett)

Headstone of Helen Gertrude (Lowry, Fleming) Smithwick and George Joseph Smithwick
Headstone of Helen Gertrude (Lowry, Fleming) Smithwick and George Joseph Smithwick in Newtbridge cemetery, county Kildare
photograph by Brendan Griffin from BillionGraves.com
Death: 5 June 1966

Buried: Newbridge cemetery, county Kidare, Ireland
The headstone reads:
In Memory / Of / My Beloved Husband / George Smithwick / Born Dec. 3rd 1875 / Died April 29th 1943
Also His Beloved Wife Helen / Born Aug. 29th 1879 Died June 5th 1966


Census:
1901: Foulkstown, Outrath, county Kilkenny
1911: Newtownshea, Earlstown, county Kilkenny

Census:
1901: Chall Street, Jerpoint Church, county Kilkenny
1911: Newtownshea, Earlstown, county Kilkenny
In the 1911 census, Gertrude is a visitor at the home of Louisa Smithwick. Also at the house at that time was Louisa's son, George Smithwick. In 1921, George was named as co-respondent in the divorce, and Helen married George in 1922.

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Henry Edgar Lowry

Birth: 1874/5, in county Meath, Ireland

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Education: Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a B.A. in 1900

Occupation: Lawyer
The Irish Law Times and solicitors' journal, vol 36 21 June 1902 p234
CALLS TO THE OUTER BAR.
  The following gentlemen have been called to the Outer Bar :-
Henry Edgar Lowry, B.A., T.C.D., youngest son of Joseph Lowry, of Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, in the County of Meath, Esq. Certificate signed by Molyneux Barton, Esq. Proposed by the Right Honourable the Lord Chief Baron.


Census:
1901: Scallanstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

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Hubert Steen Kilroy Lowry

Birth: 22 January 1900, in Dublin South district, county Dublin, Ireland
Hubert Steen Kilroy was born on Twenty Second January 1900 at 14 Wucton (?) Ave, the son of George Herbert Lowry, rate collector of Headfort Place, Kells, and Margaret Eliza Lowry, formerly Millar.

Father: George Herbert Lowry

Mother: Margaret Eliza (Millar, Irwin) Lowry

Married: Jocelyn Ruth Beere on 30 September 1930 in the parish church, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Herbert Steen Kilroy Lowry is recorded as a bachelor, aged 30, the son of George H. Lowry, M.I.A.A. law agent. Herbert is a medical dr. L.R.C. P.S.A., resident at The Elms, Hucclecote, nr. Gloucester, England. Jocelyn Ruth Beere is recorded as a spinster, aged 24, the daughter of Francis J. A. Beere, clerk in holy orders, rector of Kells. Jocelyn is resident at The Rectory, Kells, Co. Meath. The marriage was witnessed by Thekla June Beere and Andrew Nigel Dixon.

Jocelyn was born on 24 April 1906 in Streete, county Westmeath, the daughter of Francis John Armstrong Beere and Lucy Maud Potterton. She was known as Joy. Joy was the sister of Thekla Beere who became the first woman to become secretary of a government department in Ireland when, in 1959, she was promoted to run the Department of Transport & Power. A biography of Thekla provides some colour to Joy's upbringing:
No Coward Soul: A Biography of Thekla Beere p3 (Anna Bryson, 2009)
Life in the Beere household was, not surprisingly, dominated by church-related activities. Reports in local diocesan magazines testify to Lucie Beere’s involvement in the Mothers’ Union and to her role in raising funds for the local church. Both Thekla and Jocelyn played the organ at church functions and were frequently listed in the Church of Ireland Gazette as prizewinners at religious knowledge examinations. The Beere children were taught to play the piano and Thekla fondly recalled family sing-songs at the vicarage. Indeed her private correspondence testifies to a warm and loving relationship with her parents. Her childhood notes include an affectionate letter sent to her father from boarding school in 1916. Addressing him as ‘my darling daddy’, she congratulated him on his forty-sixth birthday and added: ‘I hope mother has made you a good cake – even in Lent – war-time too – and that you will get for presents just whatever you most wish for.’ She went on to reassure him that the sermons she had heard thus far in Dublin were far inferior to his: Mr Kennedy’s sermon was well delivered, but it was very evident to me that he had been reading ‘The Great War’ – the little Band of Hope book, for all he said was word for word what I had been reading in it with Joy.
... (p4)
Thekla reflected that her childhood was nevertheless quite lonely as she was too weak to attend the local school and was thus forced to create much of her own entertainment. Together with Joy, she founded and edited The Kilbrixie Family Storyteller: ‘We had our own magazine, to which various other children and parents used to contribute: it had stories, competitions, all sorts of things.’
... (p7)
Joy treasured her British identity and departed for Gloucestershire in the 1930s. Renowned as a local beauty, she had married Dr Hubert Lowry of Kells, Co. Meath in September 1930.

Joy became a magistrate in Gloucestershire. She died in 1980, in Northampton district, Northamptonshire.
Census & Addresses:
1911: Ballyclamay, Forgney, county Longford
1930: The Rectory, Kells, county Meath   (marriage record)

Occupation: Physician

Death: 16 July 1964, in Gloucester Rural district, Gloucestershire, England, aged 64

Obituary:
British Medical Journal 5 September 1864 p637
H. S. K. LOWRY, L.R.C.P.&S.I. & L.M.
Dr. H. S. K. Lowry, always known as Hubert to his many friends, died on 16 July at the age of 64 after a long and distressing illness.
  Hubert Steen Kilroy Lowry came from Kells, Co. Meath. He went to Coleraine Royal School and then proceeded to Trinity College, Dublin, and qualified at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1925. After qualification he held the post of resident medical officer at the Royal City of Dublin Hospital.
  He came to England in 1928 after spending a year as a ship surgeon, and was for a short while in general practice in Southport. He then joined Dr. Moore and Dr. Foster in practice at Hucclecote, Gloucester, then a rural area but soon to become a thickly populated suburban district as the result of the rapid growth of the local aircraft - industry. The practice he entered, then only a small nucleus, he built up until it eventually embraced seven partners at the time of his retirement. Before the second world war he was for some years an honorary anaesthetist at the Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary and Eye Institution.
  Always a keen and loyal supporter of the B.M.A., it gave him much pleasure when his colleagues honoured him by electing him president of the Gloucestershire Branch for 1955-6, and his presidential address is remembered by many as illustrating his keen interest in history, medical and otherwise. He subsequently served on the Branch council.
  He was one of those who regarded the courtesies between members of the profession as being of the utmost importance, never failing to adhere to them himself, and he observed the rules of medical ethics in a similarly punctilious manner.
  Brought up in the genial atmosphere of the Irish countryside, he continued throughout his life to have a great love of fishing, shooting, and golf. For a time he was captain of the Gloucester Golf Club. Railways formed another subject of abiding interest to him.
  He was held in great affection by his colleagues, friends, and patients, who would wish to extend their sincere sympathy to his family. He is survived by his wife, Joy, in whose magisterial duties he always took a keen interest, a daughter, and two grandsons.- H. G. D.

Census:
1911: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath

Sources:

Joseph Lowry

Bachelors Lodge
Bachelors Lodge in Kells, county Meath
Birth: 1839/40, in county Cavan, Ireland

Father: John Lowry

Married: Mary Jane (Kilroy) Hannon on 19 February 1861, in St Thomas, Dublin, Ireland. The marriage was witnessed by Joseph Trevor and James Trevor.
Joseph is recorded as a bachelor, a minor, of 97 Amicus Street, a commercial traveller, the son of John Lowry, a farmer. Mary Jane Hannon is recorded as a widow, of full age, of 1 Upper Derrel Street, the daughter of James Kilroy.

Children: The 1911 census notes that there were 10 children of this marriage, of whom 6 were living in 1911.

Occupation: Commercial traveller (1861); Hotel Keeper (1865, 1869, 1871); Saloonmaster (1878); Sub-sheriff of county Meath (1880, 1883, 1884, 1889, 1901, 1904) and an auctioneer (1875, 1911, 1913). Joseph was the subject of a question on the House of Commons on 20 May 1884, regarding his liquor license and his appointment as sub-sheriff.
Hansard's parliamentary debates, vol 288 pp841-2
THE MAGISTRACY (IRELAND) -  MR JOSEPH LOWRY, SUB SHERIFF OF MEATH.
  Mr SEXTON asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, with reference to 3 and 4 Will. 4, c. 68, s. 13, Whether Mr. Joseph Lowry, of Kells, who holds, and has held for a number of consecutive years, the office of sub-sheriff of the county of Meath, also holds and has held, during the whole of the same period, a licence "to sell beer, cider, or spirits by retail to be consumed on the premises?
  Mr TREVELYAN: I am informed that Mr. Joseph Lowry does not hold such a licence, and that he has not held one since his appointment as Sub-Sheriff.
  Mr SEXTON: May I ask if some considerable time before he was appointed he transferred his licence to his wife's sister?
  Mr TREVELYAN: Sir, my information is that since he held the appointment of Sub-Sheriff he has held no such licence. A transfer of the licence which took place was, I am informed, perfectly bona fide.


Notes: In the 1880's, Joseph initially leased and subsequently bought a property named Bachelors Lodge in Kells, county Meath. The 200 acre property, which is still in the Lowry family, was as a stud farm for many years, and, since 1990, is home to the Bachelors Lodge Equestrian Center. Joseph Lowry was one of the founder members of Navan Racecourse on the Proudstown road. He owned and bred two Irish Derby winners in Killeagh and Bachelor's Double, a close relation to Bachelor's Button, a horse owned by Joseph that won the Champion Stakes at Newmarket in 1904, and the Ascot Gold cup in 1906.

Death: 26 July 1913, at Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, county Meath, Ireland. Joseph is recorded as a widower, aged 73. The cause of death is listed as a cerebral haemorrhage of a duration of 11 days and a cerebral contusion(?) of duration 1 day.

Probate: granted 22 September 1913, to Albert J. Lowry and Charles J. Lowry
Ireland Calendar of Wills 1913 p384
LOWRY Joseph. 22 September. Probate of the Will of Joseph Lowry late of Bachelor's Lodge Navan County Meath Auctioneer who died 26 July 1913 granted at Dublin to Albert J. Lowry J.P. and Charles J. Lowry Auctioneer. Effects £63,099 14s 2d.  Resworn £63,174 14s 2d.  Resworn  £64,012 5s 5d.

Census & Addresses:
1861: 97 Amicus Street, Dublin, county Dublin   (marriage record)
1869: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Births 1869 Kells #458)
1871: Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath   (Ireland civil records Births 1871 Kells #270)
1901: Scallanstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1911: Scallanstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1913: Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, county Meath   (Ireland Calendar of Wills 1913 p384)

Sources:

Joseph Trevor Lowry

Birth: 4 October 1867, at Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Joseph Trevor is recorded as born on Fourth October 1867 at Headfort Place, Kells, the son of Joseph Lowry, hotel keeper, of Headfort Place, Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Education: Trinity College Dublin
In the Dublin University Calendar for 1890 p494, Joseph is listed as a senior sophister.

Married (1st): Jane Maybury McGregor on 4 October 1893, in Christ Church, Rathfarnham, county Dublin, Ireland
Joseph Trevor Lowry is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of Joseph Lowry, sub sheriff. The groom is a solicitor, resident in Kells. Jane Maybury McGregor is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Adam McGregor, gentleman. Jane is resident at 63 Grosvenor Square, Dublin. The marriage was witnessed by George Herbert Lowry and Margaret Lockhart(?) McGregor.

Jane was born on 15 April 1865 at Mall, Tralee, county Kerry, the daughter of Adam McGregor, grocer of Mall, and Ellen McGregor formerly Lunham. Jane died on 28 May 1904 at 33 Emorville Ave, Dublin, aged 39. The cause of death is listed as phithsis of duration one year and syncope.

Married (2nd): Anne Mary Swan on 6 September 1904, at the Registrar's Office, City of Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland.
Joseph Trevor Lowry is recorded as a widower, of full age, the son of Joseph Lowry, sub sheriff in county Meath. The groom is a solicitor, resident at the Moira Hotel, Trinity Street. Annie Mary Swan is recorded as a spinster, a minor, the daughter of John Swan, car proprietor. Annie is resident at 35 Pembroke Lane. The marriage was witnessed by John Swan and Thomas ?.

Anne was born on 22 February 1884 at Gresham House, 4 Gresham Lane, Kingstown, county Dublin, the daughter of John Swan, car man of Gresham Lane, and Kate Swan formerly Groves. In the 1901 census her occupation is listed as a dressmaker. Anne died in 1964. She is possibly the Annie Lowry who died on 28 March 1964 and is buried in Mount Royal cemetery, Montreal, Quebec.
Census:
1901: Pembroke Lane, Pembroke West, county Dublin
1911: Waverley, Maisonneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Children: Occupation: Solicitor
Joseph passed his examination for admittance to the Law Society of Ireland in January 1893 (Irish Law Times 28 January 1893 p53)

Notes:
Kentucky Irish American 8 October 1898
On Saturday evening Mr. Staweel Garnett formerly owner of considerable landed properly in the neighborhood of Kells died suddenly within a short distance of Williamstown House where he lived in his days of affluence. Mr Garnett who has been on a visit to Kells, drove out to Williamstown on Saturday evening, accompanied by Mr Joseph Trevor Lowry, solicitor. Arrived at Williamstown Mr. Lowry went into the fields to have a shot at snipe. Mr Garnett, while waiting for him drove quietly along the road, and meeting a man named Daniel Kingley, who in more prosperous times was his trusted servant, stopped for a brief chat. After a few moments' conversation, Mr. Garnett took suddenly ill. Kingley and a herder named Donohue, who happened to be near the spot, at once rendered assistance. They lifted the unfortunate gentleman out of the trap, and, having laid him down, made efforts to revive him. Dr. T. F. Sparrow, M. D., was soon on the scene and pronounced life extinct, death being due to heart disease.

Joseph and Anne emigrated to Canada in 1904.

Death: 1935
Joseph is possibly the "Joseph Lowery" who died on 27 February 1935 and is buried in Mount Royal cemetery, Montreal, Quebec.

Census:
1901: Nugentstown, Balrathboyne, county Meath
1911: Waverley, Maisonneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Sources:

Joseph Ewart Lowry

Joseph Ewart Lowry
Joseph Ewart Lowry
Birth: 19 May 1898, at Oatlands, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
Joseph Ewart is recorded as born on Nineteenth May 1898 at Oatlands, Navan, the daughter of Albert Lowry, a farmer of Oatlands, Navan, and Emma Olivia Lowry formerly Lewis.

Father: Albert John Lowry

Mother: Emma Eliza Olivia (Lewis) Lowry

Education: Aravon School, Bray, county Wicklow, Ireland

Occupation: Army Officer
Joseph was a cadet, commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant in the Royal Irish Regiment on 18 December 1917 (London Gazette 15 January 1918 p975).

Death: 25 August 1918, in action at Bapaume, France, during the Second Battle of Bapaume, aged 20

Joseph Ewart Lowry is recorded as a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, aged 20. He is the son of Albert and Emma Lowry, of Bachelors Lodge, Navan, Co. Meath.

Adanac Military Cemetery
Adanac Military Cemeter in Miraumont, France, where Joseph Ewart Lowry is buried
Navan Great War Memorial
Navan Great War Memorial in St Mary's church, Navan, which memorialises Joseph Ewart Lowry
photograph from Irish War Memorials
Buried: Adanac military cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France, grave II.I.18

Joseph is also memorialised on the Aravon School Memorial and on the Navan Great War Memorial at St Mary's church, Navan, county Meath where a plaque reads:
In memory of the men of this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1918
Joseph Ewart Lowry aged 20 years 2nd. Lieut. Royal Irish Regiment killed in action at Bapaume 25. Aug. 1918


Census:
1901: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1911: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath

Sources:

Mary Josephine (Lowry) Cheeke

Birth: 28 December 1875, in Headfort Place, Kells, county Meath, Ireland
Mary Josephine is recorded as born on Twenty Eighth December 18765 at Headfort Place, the daughter of Joseph Lowry, auctioneer, of Headfort Place, Kells, and Mary Jane Lowry formerly Kilroy

Father: Joseph Lowry

Mother: Mary Jane (Kilroy, Hannon) Lowry

Married: William Alexander Mosely Cheeke on 1 June 1898, in the church of Donaghpatrick, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
William Alexander Mosely Cheeke is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of George A. Cheeke, gentleman. William is a civil engineer, resident at Bachelor's Lodge, Navan. Mary Josephine Lowry is recorded as a spinster, of full age, the daughter of Joseph Lowry, gentleman. She is resident at Bachelor's Lodge, Navan. The marriage was witnessed by George A. Cheeke and George Herbert Lowry.

Children:
Death: 24 November 1904, at Portobello House, Dublin, county Dublin, Ireland, aged 29. The cause of death is listed as "Double ovarian cysts old Peritonitis 12 years Shock".

Census & Addresses:
1901: Scallanstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1904: Bachelor's Lodge, Navan, county Meath   (Ireland civil records 1904 Deaths South Dublin #498)

Sources:

Norah Louisa Lowry

Birth: 25 June 1894, at Castlemartin Cottage, Kells district, county Meath, Ireland
Norah Louise is recorded as born on June Twenty-fourth at Castlemartin Cottage, the daughter of Albert Lowry, an auctioneer and cattle salesman, of Castlemartin Cottage, and Emma Lowry formerly Lewis.

Father: Albert John Lowry

Mother: Emma Eliza Olivia (Lewis) Lowry

Census:
1901: Durhamstown, Ardbraccan, county Meath
1911: The French School, Sidmonton Terrace, Bray, county Wicklow

Sources:

Raby Mary (Lowry) Hayes

Raby Mary Lowry
Raby Mary Lowry (left) serving as a nurse in France in 1916
photograph from Navan & District Historical Society
courtesy of the Spicer family
Birth: 17 June 1894, at Knockumber, Navan, county Meath, Ireland
Raby Mary is recorded as born on Seventeenth June 1894 at Knockumber, Navan, the daughter of Charles Lowry, a gentleman of Knockumber, Navan, and Raby Lowry formerly Clarke.

Father: Charles James Lowry

Mother: Raby Georgina (Clarke) Lowry

Married: Thomas J. Hayes in 1925, in Fulham district, London, England

Notes: Raby was instrumental in organising Christmas concerts in the Palace in Navan in 1914 and 1915, to raise money for "comforts" to send out to the Leinsters. In 1916, she was serving as a nurse in France.

Death: 1930, in Lambeth district, London, England, aged 34

Census:
1901: Athlumney Rural, Athlumney, county Meath
1911: The Hall, 5 Belgrave Square South, Monkstown, county Dublin

Sources:

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