The Uniacke Family

Frances Emily (Uniacke) Groome

Father: Robert Uniacke

Mother: Annette-Constantia (Beresford) Uniacke

Married: Edward Groome on 2 March 1829 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.

Children: Notes:
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 and http://www.midnet.ie/connolly/publications.html

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