By Patrick F. Meehan
Lamberton House is described on Page 198, Volume I of Canon O'Hanlon's History of Queen's County - "Lamberton Park, finely wooded and picturesquely surrounded with wide ranges of scenery." On page 628 of the same History Volume II, it is described as follows:
"Lamberton, in the Barony
of Maryborough, is the seat of Sr John Sydd Bart. The house has a commanding
aspect and takes in all the prospect of the Dysart Hills and the Rock
of Dunamase. The entrance to the Demesne is elegant, the offices are planned
with greater convenience than I have seen before and the gardens and shrubbery
are certainly in as good a style as any in the country. The host houses
and fruiteries are in uncommon taste and elegance. I think Lamberton is
altogether the neatest and best laid down demence in the county.
The picture of Lamberton was
taken by the late Very Rev Fr Edward O'Leary, PP., M.R.I.A. Portarlington
who helped with the Very Rev Matthew Lalor, PP, Mountmelljck to compile
and edit the manuscripts of Canon O'Hanlon's Queen's County and have Volume
I published in 1907 and Volume II in 1914.
He died 5th December 1702 and was buried in St Patrick's Cathedral. Succeeded by his son Richard as 4th Earl of Cavan who as born in Lamberton House in 1676. He joined the army of King William III, served in Spain, Portugal and the West Indies. On his return to Ireland he became Lieutenant Colonel of the Guards Regiment and Governor of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. He married Margaret, daughter of Captain Richard Trant, Governor of the Barbadoes and niece of Sr Patrick Trant, Lord Lieutenant and MP for Queen's County in the Parliament of King James II and later 1st Viscount Maryborough. His daughter, the Lady Hester Lambert married in 1738 Warner Westenra, Burgomaster and MP for Maryborough of Heath House, The Great Heath of Maryborough. He died in 1737 and was buried in St Peter's Church, Maryborough. His widow died in 1742 and was buried with him.
He was succeeded by his son
Ford 5th Earl of Cavan, who married Mary, daughter of Richard Edgeworth
of Longwood, Co Meath. She died in 1766 and was buried in St Michan's
Church, Dublin. He died 29th September 1772 and was buried with his wife.
He left an only daughter the Lady Elizabeth who married Sir Michael Dromice
Bermont. She sold the estate to Sir John Tydd.
A friend of Henry Grattan, he was opposed to the Act of Union, but took no part in the debates and abstained in all the Union votes. He died in 1805 and was buried in St Anne's Church, Dublin.
His mother was Elizabeth, the
daughter of Pierce O'More of Loran, Queen's County. Sir John married Diana,
the daughter of Benjamin Bunberry of Tipperary by his wife Mary, daughter
of John Kelly of Maryborough. He had no issue and left Lamberton to his
wife for her lifetime and then to his cousin Judge Archer More who as
MP for Tralee voted against the Act of Union.
During World War lithe Count de Meeus had a charcoal factory which gave a great deal of employment. In 1943, the All-Ireland Ploughing Championship was held on the estate. The Sweetman family and later the Count and Countess de Meeus had their own Private Oratory in the house and they later had their own Chaplain, the late Fr Rouget, later CC to Moore Abbey Hospital, Monasterevan, Co. Kildare.
At the end of the war the De Meeus family returned to Belgium. The estate was sold to David Frame of the Hamond Lane Foundry in Dublin. They demolished the historic mansion for the lead, marble and timber. The Laois County Council bought the ruin and used for road filling - thus perished the only Queen Anne mansion in Laois.
Hamond Lane later sold the estate to a number of local farmers including the late Paddy Hume who opened Lamberton Dairy in the out offices of the mansion. Mr Hume later sold his holding to the late William Conroy, who built a bungalow on the site of the mansion. The main part of the estate is now owned by Mr Ted Conroy.
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