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The History of New Forest 


Construction of New Forest House as it currently stands Commenced circa 1765

The lands and Estate of New Forest were acquired from Francis Evans by Henry Daniell upon marrying Isabella Tighe in 1799. Henry Daneill was High Sherriff of County Westmeath in 1803 and served on the Grand Jury of the County for many years. Henry and Isabella had a family of two sons and three daughters. Henry’s son Robert George succeeded him in 1841, Robert served in the British Army and married Ellen O’ Brien, the daughter John O’Brien M.P. from Co. Clare. Ellen’s brother Peter was well known in legal circles; he was called ‘Peter the Packer’ because of his skills in packing juries in favour of his clients, He later became Lord Chief Justice.

Robert and Ellen had five children, three boys and two girls; John Joseph, Robert George, Henry, Cecilia and Ellen. Henry emigrated to Canada; Robert entered the legal profession, was unmarried and died around 1950. John inherited the House and Estate in 1911 and before his death he bequeathed it to the Catholic Church in the 1940s.

The Estate was sold to Sir Charles Gardiner around 1948. Sir Charles was a World War II veteran who was married to a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He lived at New Forest for some years before leaving for Australia where he became Governor of Western Australia. There is a large Hospital named after him in Perth.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you have any interesting facts, stories or images of New Forest from the past.
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