The Trench Family in Ireland

A web write up of the Trench family claims that they are of Huguenot extraction, and went first to Northumberland, then to Ireland, where the first of the family was Frederick de la Tranchee.

Baron Ashtown, of Moate in the County of Galway, is the title of the Trench family in the Peerage of Ireland. It was created in 1800 for Frederick Trench, with remainder to the heirs male of his father. Trench had previously represented Maryborough and Portarlington in the Irish House of Commons.

He was succeeded according to the special remainder by his nephew, the second Baron (the son of Francis Trench). His grandson, the third Baron (son of Frederic Sydney Charles Trench, eldest son of the second Baron), sat in the House of Lords as an Irish Representative Peer from 1908 to 1915.

On the death of his younger son, the fifth Baron, this line of the family failed. The late Baron was succeeded by his first cousin once removed, the sixth Baron. He was the grandson of the Hon. William Cosby Trench, younger brother of the third Baron. However, he never married and on his death in 1990 this branch of the family also failed. The title was inherited by his second cousin once removed, the seventh holder of the title. He is the grandson of Hon. Cosby Godolphin Trench, second son of the third Baron. Lord Ashtown is a retired diplomat and has notably served as Ambassador to South Korea and to Portugal.

1st Baron Ashtown
2nd Baron Ashtown
IRA had this photo in 1920
4th Baron Ashtown

The Grants worked for this family during the 19th century. The Trenches were extensive land owners, and with their relatives owned the following properties in 1876.

Lord Ashtown
                            8310 acres Co Galway (inc Woodlawn)
                            2780 acres Kings Co
                            4526 acres Co Tipperary (inc Sopwell Hall)
                            4707 acres Co Tipperary (Cangort Park)
                            2113 acres Kings Co
                            2787 acres Kings Co (Cangort)

Another Trench branch became Earls of Clancarty, Viscounts of Dunloe, and Barons of Kilconnel. Fredrick Trench settled in Garbally, Co Galway at the start of the 17th century. He married Anne, the daughter and heiress of the Rev James Trench, and died 1699. By various marriages, the Trenches became major landlords in Ireland.

Trench dynasty in Wikipedia

From Roderick Trench

Re: the Grants. I do have a list of Ashtown/Trench papers in the NLI in Dublin, which might have some of the information that you are looking for (if indeed you are still looking?). I have not had a chance to look at them myself yet but hope to do so some time this year. The following might be of interest:

Ms 2575 Rental of Trench estates in Co. Tipperary 1835-40.
Ms 2577 Rental of Trench estates in Co. Galway 1840-51.
Ms 2579 Rental of Trench estates in Co. Offaly 1851-79.
Ms 1764 Cash book of Frederick Mason Trench, 2nd Lord Ashtown in Cos. Offaly, Tipperary & Galway 1852-59, 1859-64, 1864-69, 1869-74.
Ms 1765-8 Rent rolls and estate accounts in Co. Galway 1852-59.
Ms 1769 Rental of the estates of Lord Ashtown in Cos. Tipperary and Galway 1858-64.

Return to the Woodlawn Page