Around Our Town Ep. 23 – The Osborne’s Of Newtown Anner (Part 2)
Catherine Isabella Osborne was born on the 30th of June 1818 at Newtown Anner. She was the only daughter of Sir Thomas Osborne (the 9th Baronet, 1757-1821) and Catherine Rebecca Osborne (nee Smith died 1856). The Dictionary of Irish biography describe her father Sir Thomas as a prominent landowner in south Tipperary and Waterford and MP for Carysfort, Co Wicklow. Patrick C. Power in his book, History of South Tipperary, notes that Sir Thomas in 1799 signed a petition along with many other wealthy landed owners against the Act of Union. An interesting glimpse into the life of the family can be gleaned from the collected correspondence of Sir Thomas’ wife Catherine Rebecca. Memorials: The life and character of Lady Osborne and some of her friends, is freely available on archive.org. It contains images of the family at home at their estate at Newtown Anner. Some of the images were taken by Dr. William Despard Hemphill the renowned Clonmel photographer who seems have been a regular visitor to Newtown Anner House. The Osborne’s had one son William who died in 1824 aged only 7. His death meaning the baronetcy would transfer to his uncle. This left Catherine Isabella as the sole heir to the entire Osborne estate.
In 1844 Catherine Isabella met Ralph Bernal at the home of Lady Sydney Morgan in London. Bernal was noted as a flamboyant society figure, a member of the Liberal Party and the MP for Chipping, Wycombe. The couple were married on the 20th August on that year. The Belfast Newsletter, at that time, reported
Marriage in high life – The marriage of Captain R. Bernal , MP for Wycombe, and Miss Catherine Isabella Osborne, sole heiress of the late Sir Thomas Osborne, and daughter of Lady Osborne, was solemnised on Tuesday at St. George’s Church, Hanover-Square, London. Captain Bernal, Mp is authorised, we see by the Gazette of last night, to change his name on his marriage with Miss Osborne, which has taken place, to that of Osborne. Henceforth the gallant member will, we presume, be known as Captain Osborne.
employed a large number of the starving peasantry in cutting down unsightly hills and elevations, filling stagnant ponds, or converting them into beautiful canals and sheets of water, making walks and terraces
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