Following is an abridged list of events connected with the Manor of Villiers /Borris House/ now referred to as the Castle in town, but it is now only a two storied Georgian style Manor house, only the original stables remain.It must have been very impressive in it's day,I have a faded photo of the original, as well as a drawing from the book I mentioned, If you're interested, I'll send it. It seems there might be a connection to you and your family here too,(I think so anyway, because of the area Grangemore you mentioned)I collected the dates and info from different sources and they all seem to be in agreement, you may find it interesting too.
Borris House : The Castle.
1693. A Catholic gentleman named OWEN CARROLL....took a lease of the entire Manor of Villiers from George Bridges, representative of the Duke of Buckingham...he bequeathed to his son Barnaby, all his rights to theManor of Villiers. 1723. RIchard Vicars isued a Bill of Discovery against him (BARNABY CARROLL)...for) attending Mass in Borris House. 1729. A decree was issued against BARNABY CARROLL, depriving him of his right and title to all his possessions in the Manor of VIlliers.He and his wife were obliged to seek refuge in France where he died about 1742. 1731. By deed dated August 1731, John Bridges, agent for the Duke of Buckingham, granted a lease to three wealthy speculators, Richard Despard, Walter Stephens and William Carden, who descended on Carroll's possessions. Stephens took possession of Borris House and Farm; Carden secured Lismore and Despard resided at Crannagh, Mountrath.The trio set themselves up as joint owners of the Manor of Villiers, and their names appear on various deed relating to this estate in the early part of the 18th century.(Amongst the lands they took over, some 11343 acres, were the townlands of Borris and Grangebeg which abuts with Grangemore, perhaps this could be where your connections come in?) I'll skip to 1780. Stephens died at Borris House.Succeeded in house by William Smith who raised,enlarged and slated the building. 1807. William Smith died. Daughter Sally married Fred. Thompson , lived in Borris House until 1830 1838. House occupied by William Biggs, agent for the Duke of Buckingham 1848.Duke of Buckingham sold out his estates in Upper Ossory. DR.JOHN CARROLL purchased Borris House and farm (479 acres). (This Dr Carroll' family originally came from Louth, the county next to Queen's so it's possible he was connected with Owen and Barnaby, I wondered if he was "buying back the farm"He was a very well known and respected doctor from Dublin, and he must be some connection with my Ann, and possibly influenced her GRANDSON in becoming a doctor) 1860. Since 1860 Borris House was occupied by various tenants, INCLUDING DR WILLIAM WHITE, WHO DIED THERE IN 1882. HIS FATHER THOMAS JOHN WHITE (1785-1856) WAS MARRIED TO ANNE CARROLL One other curious thing I discovered last year when I finally got hold of my great/grandfather'sWilliam Henry White's death certificate, to my great surprise I found he was born in New York around the 1850s, but at some time later on the family returned to Ireland. I hope this isn't too confusing for you.... Best wishes, Marilen