19 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin 6 Asking price: €1.89 million Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 490 7433
Modern people may add their wife’s name to the deed ballot when they marry, but that’s not a recent phenomenon.
Clare-born Lieutenant Colonel Walter Blake Butler Clay stood out for both his triple-barreled nickname and prescribed mustache. The former is the result of adding his wife’s maiden name to his version of himself double his barrel by royal deed after their wedding in 1888. The stalwart ‘Ronnie’, largely Kingsown his Yorkshire Light, resulted in a lifelong career with the British Army. infantry. Until 1916, the tash was a requirement for soldiers.
Walter’s decision to officially add Eliazbeth Clara Creagh’s name to his name was not done in the name of progress. Unless it means progress to good fortune.
These were not at all happy times for women, just before the valiant campaign of the suffragists. , introduced a law banning the beating of wives in the city. But only during the hours from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.
Walter’s name change was, of course, about money and an inheritance. Both Walter (from Walterstown) and his wife, Eliasbeth Clara Clay (Dungan), were from Clare nobility. Walter was a descendant of the Ormond family, listed in the British Nobility. However, his family lost their land under Cromwell and did not have the wealth of Claire.
Eliasbeth was the daughter of Cornelius Clay, who owned over 6,000 acres in Cornelius Clare and had no sons. In Victorian times, it was fairly common for wealthy men to give permission to sons from wealthy society who had “no problem” to marry their daughters. provided, however, that the surname is applied and continued.
And Walter Blake Butler stepped down to the Royal Deeds Office To Do Suite to add another name to his long line. rare. His dad was a regular Billy Butler. And given that Billy married Anna, whose maiden name is Butler, Walter should have had to “double barrel up.”
His parents soon had to go back to his grandmother’s maiden name (Teresa Blake) to bring Walter to Butler Blake. And this probably had something to do with Butler inheriting the Blake family’s money.
But the combined loot kept Butler Blake Craig comfortable. Although he was primarily based in Clare, he also acquired a family home in Dublin. But while Walter fought various wars for the empire, Eliasbeth Clara lounged in the leafy lanes of Dublin 6, living with her son Richard.
In 1911 the census found him living at Dublin 6 Rasgar 19 Brighton Square in the posh Rathmines/Rasgar Township. They are the only two living in what was then a seven-bedroom townhouse.
Young Richard was born in 1890. And since he was named Richard Butler Clay (without Blake), we can assume that Blake’s fate was spent by then.
Brighton Square was built primarily in the 1860s and 1870s, but despite its name, the houses are actually arranged around a triangular green.
Enclosed by a picket fence, it has three tennis courts, a communal garden, a vegetable garden, and a pavilion. Each home owner receives a key to this private his park.
James Joyce was born number 41, while the Brennan family of stage and film actors (Denise, Daphne, and children Stephen, Barbara, Jane, and Paul) grew up number 18.
The current owner purchased No 19 40 years ago and raised his family here. The front door is accessed by a granite staircase and you step into a hall with a highly detailed plasterwork ceiling. The front on either side has two drawing rooms with original period chimneys intact and sash windows with shutters that can be used.
A few stairs down along the hall lead to the kitchen and dining room, which the current owners split into one. Outside the kitchen is a utility room with a toilet underneath. There is a shower room in the corner of the dining room. The return arched stained glass windows are a notable feature, and there are five double bedrooms (two on the top floor) with a study that must have once been designed as a maid’s bedroom.
A very large bathroom with a freestanding tub was created by the current owner from the 7th original bedroom. Another advantage of this period house is that two bedrooms are ensuite bathrooms.
At the back is a 130-foot-long garden flanked by two patios for dining out. The near end is a sleek and modern version with a grassy area with colorful borders and plenty of established trees in between.
The house has been put up for sale through Shelly Fitzgerald for €1.895 million as the current owner plans to downsize.
Meanwhile, Butler Blake Craig seems to have spent the rest of his life freeing himself from Monica.
Unusually for a man of his time, especially as a career soldier for many campaigns, Walter lived to be 83 years old and is buried in Malta under the inscription “Lt Col Walter Blake Butler”. No Creagh. His wife she died in 1928. But in 1911 at her square in Brighton, Eliazbeth Clara Blake Butler Creagh signed herself “Clara Creagh”.
And definitely no butler.