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Her Majesty’s Pleasure

The call from the reprieve of Dr. Burke gained momentum quickly. A fortnight after his sentence to death by hanging, he was granted respite and to be held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure until there was anything other piece of significance evidence came to pass.

His brother Rev. H. M. Kennedy’s influence and the petition signed mostly by doctors helped to stave off his execution for a while anyway.

Rev. Kennedy wrote to the Home Secretary, regarding the sentencing of his brother Dr. Burke. should have received a sentence befitting a man who was not responsible for his actions due to his heavy drinking and underlying depression.

Manchester Times 26 May 1888
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 30 May 1888

A School for Young Ladies


Rules of Entrance

The lady principle of Irish Clergy Daughter’s School at the time Emily was a pupil was Mrs Dunnan. Mrs Dunnan ran an excellent institution and had the highest of standards for the school and the pupils. It appeared that she was rule abiding and enforced strict instructions as seen below. Also included is a list of the items of clothing and personal effects the girls were required to have on entrance.

It is required that applications for admission be accompanied by references to two or more clergymen acquainted with the circumstances of the applicant.

Reference must be given to some respectable person, who will garnet the regularity of the quarterly payments, which will fall due on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October, in each year and in advance.

Each pupil will bring with her, at entrance the following articles; and the whole supply should be kept by her parents or friends as long as she remains at the school, viz –

Nightwear from the time Emily attended school

Nightwear from the time Emily attended school

A Bible and prayer book
1 Best summer dress
2 Calico do
1 Best winter do
1 Everyday do
3 Day chemises
3 Night do
3 Night nets
12 Pocket handkerchiefs
2 Bodices or stays
3 Flannell petticoats
2 White or colour do
1 Dark warm do
3 Calico bodices
2 Aprons (Black alpaca)
2 Pairs of house shoes
2 Pairs of strong boots
6 Linen collars or frills
3 Pairs of woollen stockings
4 Paris of cotton stockings
2 Brush-bags
1 Warm lined Dressing Gown
1 Calico Dressing Gown for summer (Every article to be marked with indelible ink – the name in full)
Winter and summer gloves of each (2 paris)
Comb and brushes
Work box and writing case, thimbles and scissors
1 Umbrella, 1 clothes brush and 1 sponge
Boots bought when needed and repaired will be charged in the quarterly accounts

Clergy Daughter’s School Reports 1868 – 1886. Courtesy of RCB, Church of Ireland Library, Dublin
Thanks to my good friend Maureen Rose Rendell for sharing her photos and research into costume with me

New Beginnings Part 2

The newly married Rev Burke needed a new position in the church. In March 1862 the Incumbency of Castlejordan, Co. Meath became vacant, he either applied or was recommended for the job. He got the position. The Incumbency paid £250 (€15,000) per annum, not very much for a family to live on but it was a new beginning for the Rev Burke.

Job for Rev Burke, Dublin Evening Mail 12 March 1862. p4The Rev. Thomas Marshal, A. M., has been appointed to the Union of Tryvett, in the Diocese of Meath (net value, £250), in the room of the late Rev. T. H. Barton. Patron the Crown. Mr Marshal vacates Incumbency of Castlejordan, in the same diocese.

By mid 1862 he was attending to the parishioners of Castlejordan. His first ceremony in the parish was the burial of Mr Michael Gill aged 70 years on 17th September 1862. His wife Emily, son William and their new baby joined him a year later. It seemed that he had left his past and the persecution, suffered by religious converts, behind in the West of Ireland, but it did not take too long for it to follow him in his new life.

The ruin of the Church at Castlejordan, Co. Kildare where Emily's father was Incumbent

The ruin of the Church at Castlejordan, Co. Kildare where Emily’s father was Incumbent

Dublin Evening Mail 12 March 1862. p4
National Archives of Ireland, Church Records
Special thanks to Dr Ciaran J. Reilly Therese Abbott and the members of Edenderry Historical Society.