ROBER ADAIR (d.1737) of Hollybrook and Woodville. Extract of title to "Larkfield" also known as "Cloneshoge" and "Woodville", co. Longford - 14 June 1614 King James letters patent dated at Dublin granted to Brian Duffe McConnell the lands above. 20 June 1720 George McConnell g-grandson of above conveyed above lands to Robert Adair. 1737 Robert Adair died seized of said lands and having made a will and devised to his wife the lands of Clonehoge and after her death he devised same unto his two daughters Elizabeth Adair and Elinor Adair as tenants in common and to their heirs and assigns forever. 1742. Elizabeth Adair married John Lambert whereupon the mother Jane Adair relinquished her estate for life in the moiety of Cloneshoge. 1742 Elinor Adair to whom the other moiety of Cloneshoge belonged married William Hodson who then became seized thereof. John Lambert purchased said other moiety of Cloneshoge from the said William Hodson and Elinor his wife which was then conveyed to said John Lambert and his heirs forever.
Mr. Frank Columb who was writing a history of co. Longford wrote : "(According to the late Jack McKenna of Dernaferst, the shore of Larkfield facing the Dunbeggan/Dernaferst loop and stretching from the Wood Island to the point facing the small islands off the Aughakine shore was known as "Robert's Walk".It is probably named after Robert Adair who presumably perambulated along that picturesque shore)."
Frank Columb also wrote in a letter in Nov. 1993: "....John had the wood replanted.He is credited also with building the big house.This is hardly correct.What is more likely is that he had the edifice that was already there renovated and improved as there was a reference to a premises in the 1720 will.Besides, surely the McConnell family who were granted the townland in 1620 had a house in which to live since they became occupants there.Anyway the edifice that was the Woodville residence added to and modernised down the decades - even centures - culminating in the excellent building which it was at the time it was ignorantly and wantonly demolished in the 1940s for it's lead, slates, bricks and timber. The Woodville residence was described by Dan Gillman, Dun Laoghaire from a photograph, as having been "Georgian, with Tudor windows; a latticed stone balcony trading over Victorian three-bay windows.Yet on its being demolished, it was found that some of the lintels over the doors were bog oak.This points to humble and primitive beginnings for the stately building which eventually evolved."
I have an advert. for the sale of "Woodville" dated about 5th Jan. 1933 when it was sold by the descendants of Robert Adair apparently toa Mr. Duff. Mr. Duff may have been a descendant of the original owner, Brian Duffe McConnell.
In the will of John Lambert part of it read : "Robert Adair being seized in fee of the Lands of Cloneshoge and all the subdenomination thereof in the County of Longford and also of an house and ground thereunto belonging in Aungier Street in the City of Dublin by virtue of a fee farm deed from Capt. LaTouch....".
It would be nice to know the history of "Hollybrook House" and when it became the property of the Adair family. Similary it would be nice to know the history of the property in Aungier Street, Dublin.
I believe that Hollybrook, Kilmacanogue, co. Wicklow now may belong to the Brennanstown Riding School or Ms. J. Kennedy Riding School.Or perhaps "Hollybrook House' of Astra Business Systems, Haas Road, Dublin.