The Uniacke Family
Frances Emily (Uniacke) Groome
Groome on 2 March 1829 on 3 March 1829, in Tullow, county Carlow,
Reverend Edward Groome is recorded as resident in Killinane. Frances Emily
Uniacke is recorded as resident in Tullow. The marriage was witnessed by E.
W.F. Montague Groome notes that although the marriage settlement records the
name Francis Emily, "I feel sure her name was Mildred". There is a tombstone
to her in Beaulieu cemetery (in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland), and a
tablet in the church.
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 http://www.commerce.ie/cf/fitzgerald/bigtree/bigtree3.html
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