Seneschalstown.

 

Seneschalstown House is located south of Yellow Furze. It is on the first Ordnance Survey maps of the 1830s. In 1901 the house had nineteen rooms, eleven windows to the front and seventeen outbuildings. There were two avenues into the house, the back gates were used most often. The Aylmer family held Seneschalstown. Edward Aylmer of Seneschalstown was alive in the reign of Charles II. Richard Aylmer of Seneschalstown died in 1746 leaving four sons and eight daughters. Richard Aylmer of Seneschalstown married Miss Deane of Galway in 1764. In 1792 Peter Aylmer of Seneschalstown, the second son of Richard, was sworn in as a member of the United Irishmen in Dublin. The Aylmer family donated the site for the church at Seneschalstown towards the end of the eighteenth century.

In 1837 Seneschalstown House was the residence of Laurence Kelly but the property of the Aylmer family. In 1854 Laurence Kelly held Seneschalstown House and a demesne of 255 acres at Seneschalstown. In 1876 Maria Kelly of Seneschalstown held 457 acres in county Meath.

Miss Kelly died about 1880. Seneschalstown was leased to the Thunder family for many years. Michael Harman D‟Alton Thunder was the second son of Michael Thunder of Lagore House. Born in 1842 he was a Justice of the Peace and Captain in the 58th regiment. He retired from the army in 1864. The family had lived at Kilcarne before moving to Seneschalstown. His son was Stuart Harman Joseph Thunder. Stuart Thunder served during World War I and was mentioned in despatches seven times. In 1901 and 1911 Michael Thunder and his family were living at Seneschalstown House. The last of the Thunder family to live locally was Captain Jack Thunder who resided at Brownstown and died in the 1970s.

The Farrell family came into possession of the property around 1914. Christopher Farrell provided the new GAA club with a field to play on in 1932.

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