AS part of Heritage Week, John Stocks Powell will be taking about the ‘royal palace of Emo’, The talk will take place in the reception hall in Emo on Sunday August 26 at 2pm.
In 1872 the Lord Lieutenant proposed to Queen Victoria that she should take Emo Court as a royal residence but she wouldn’t have it. John will talk about the royal connections of Emo, how Victoria’s son, then just 19 years old, singed in the visitors book, following on from the ‘actress in the bed’ scandal.
Then, in 1893 the 5th Earl of Portarlington got stocious at a royal garden party. Introduced to Queen Victoria, he recognised the figure, but couldn’t be sure of the name. This talk with illustrations is free and everyone is welcome.
John will also be releasing a new heritage book soon. While not being able to provide instant ancestors for all, this book will be a major opening of local history sources, especially for the Portarlington area. John has produced an edited book of various Portarlington church registers covering the period from 1800 to 1850.
Details are fascinating said John, with the presence of various militias, weavers in Deerpark, farmers in Ballybrittas, teachers in Portarlington, as well as hosiers and limners mentioned. Copying the exact records, arranged chronologically, names, places and occupations are indexed, as well as serparate graveyard lists for Ballyaddin, killenard, Lea and Portarlington.
Useful for local historians, and for families, the book is called ‘Portarlington 1800 - 1850. john is using a Portlaoise printer and thanked many local people including Laois Partnership for assistance and advice. He hopes to have the book for sale by the end of August.