Historic Buildings of Celbridge
The original Celbridge Manor was built at the beginning of the 18th century by Bartholemew Van Homrigh, a wealthy Dutch merchant, who was Purchaser of Provisions and Commissioner of Ordnance for the victorious forces of King William III.
Van Homrigh was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1697 and secured from King William the great chain of office, still worn today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin on special occasions.
Esther, Van Homrigh's eldest daughter, was the beloved Vanessa of Dean Jonathan Swift. After her return from London, she resided at Celbridge Abbey from 1717 until her death in 1723.
After Vanessa's death the estate was purchased by Chief Justice Thomas Marlay, grandfather of the famous Henry Grattan. Thomas built the current Celbridge Abbey.
Henry Grattan lived at the Abbey from 1770-1780. He sought Catholic Emancipation and an Independent Parliament for Ireland. He is buried in Westminster Abbey but his family is buried in Tea Lane Graveyard.
Henry Grattan (Junior) MP lived in Celbridge Abbey from 1802 until his death in 1859. His daughter Henrietta inherited the estate and was married to Charles
Charles Langdale was a British MP and a vigorous campaigner for Catholic Emancipation. Charles was Patron of the Abbey School and was also Chairman of the fund raising committee for the building of St Patrick's Church in 1859.
From 1869 to 1903, Sir Gerald Dease and Lady Dease resided at Celbridge Abbey. Sir Gerald was Governor of the Bank of Ireland and Chairman of The Board of Guardians of Celbridge Workhouse. Sir Gerald is buried in the front of the local Catholic Church and the grave is marked by a Celtic cross.
Celbridge Abbey was acquired in 1955 by the present owners, the Brothers of St John of God.
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Henry Grattan 1776-1820
Esther Van Homrigh (Vanessa) 1689-1723
Dean Jonathan Swift 1667-1745
Rock Bridge in the grounds of Celbridge Abbey, built 1724,
one of the oldest stone bridges over the River Liffey
Erected by National Development Plan, Rural Development Programme Ireland, European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, County Kildare, et al.
Location. 53° 20.217′ N, 6° 32.521′ W. Marker is in Celbridge, Leinster, in County Kildare. Marker is on Clane Road (Route R403) just west of Tea Lane, on the left when traveling
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St Patrick's Church, Celbridge (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Edward Bridgeman (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Sir Gerald Dease, K.C.V.O. (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Kildrought House (approx. half a kilometer away); Welcome to Celbridge (approx. half a kilometer away); Arthur's Way / Cosαn Arthur (approx. half a kilometer away); Celbridge Union Workhouse Cemetery Gate (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Celbridge Union Workhouse Cemetery (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Celbridge.
Also see . . .
1. Celbridge Abbey at Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. St Raphaels Special School (current purpose for Celbridge Abbey). (Submitted on December 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.