The Uniacke Family

Frances Emily (Uniacke) Groome

Birth: 1799/1800

Father: Robert Uniacke

Mother: Annette-Constantia (Beresford) Uniacke

Married: Edward Groome on 3 March 1829, in Tullow, county Carlow, Ireland
Reverend Edward Groome is recorded as resident in Killinane. Frances Emily Uniacke is recorded as resident in Tullow. The marriage was witnessed by E. Uniacke.


Death: 26 February 1843, aged 43

Burial: St Brigid, Stillorgan, county Dublin, Ireland
The headstone reads:
Here rest the mortal remains of a true Christian a devout pious humble beloved in the Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the kindest and most affectionate friends the best and most beloved the most lamented of parents/ Harriet Wife of wife of Charles Doyne of Newtown Park Esqr  /the only child of her whose character is above described followed her beloved mother Harriet Doyne in the same Holy path of faith and love and entered into her rest on the 31st day of May 1833 (ii) Also Fanny Emily wife of Rev'd Edward Groome, Rector of Beaulieu Co of Louth died 26th February 1843 aged 43 years. (4 lines biblical quote)

Frances was the niece of John Claudius Beresford, the Marquess of Waterford. John Claudius Beresford was a controversial figure in Irish politics in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He represented Waterford in Parliament, and became an Alderman of Dublin. He was dismissed by Lord Fitzwilliam, the British envoy to Ireland in 1795 but retaliated by using his connections in London to have Fitzwilliam recalled and himself re-instated. In a particularly nasty incident following the Rebellion of 1798 five men were captured by the Militia in Dorset Street for alleged involvement in the Insurrection. In a trial which lasted less than a minute, John Claudius declared them guilty and sentenced them to be executed in front of their families on the spot where they were captured. After the hangings, Judge Beresford ordered that their families should be publicly flogged for three days because of their association with the conspirators. In local legend Beresford became known as the "Flogging Alderman". For more on this episode in Irish history, see and

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