The Grouse Lodge branch

William Fetherstonhaugh JP (1813 – 1877) was Cuthbert the Governor’s younger brother. William inherited Grouse Lodge from their father, Theobald, who was High Sheriff of Mosstown in 1805. William married his cousin Frances Fetherstonhaugh(1813-1884) in 1845 at Hacketstown Church in County Carlow, where Frances’s father the Rev. Cuthbert was the Rector. William was Lily’s uncle (from Lily’s lost album). William and Frances had eight children: Annie (1845-1926), Theobald (1846-1919), Mary (1849-1873) Edith (1850-1924), Charles (1852-1917), Arthur (1857-1895), Margaret (1857-1892) and Frances Theodora (1861-1884). Photos below of William and some of his children (Lily’s cousins) are sourced from Lily’s lost album.

William’s son Theobald (b1846) of Grouse Lodge was granted probate on his brother Arthur’s (b1857) death in 1895. Arthur was a solicitor.

William’s son Charles (below), who became a doctor, immigrated to Williamstown, Melbourne’s first port settlement. He married Ellen (Nellie) Cathrew (b1852), in St Mary’s Church, in North Melbourne in 1891. However, they must have returned to Ireland at some stage as he died there in 1917 aged 65.

William’s daughter Margaret (Meg) was born at Grouse Lodge like all her siblings, but immigrated at some time to New Zealand (where Lily’s photo album was found), and died there at Nelson 1892. Probate was granted to brother Arthur at Rockfield (as was her sister Anne’s)

William’s son Theobald (Toby, 1846 – 1919) inherited Grouse Lodge from his father and married Kate Olivia Bond (1864 – 1949). Toby (below) and Kate had three children: William Ernest (b1888), Theodora and Lewis (1894). William Ernest served on the ship the ‘Manella’ from London to Calcutta and married in Bengal. He died at sea aged 35 in 1959. Lewis (b1894) married Edna Drewry and served in the military 1914-1920. He died in South Africa in 1968.

Above: Toby Fetherstonhaugh of Grouse Lodge (from Lily’s Album); and below: Toby and wife Kate with son William c1896/97 on the steps of Grouse Lodge (courtesy Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC)

This photo below (courtesy of Guy Fetherstonhaugh KC) was taken on the front steps of Grouse Lodge. It shows William’s adult son Theobald (Toby) holding his son Lewis (Lew) Holmes Fetherstonhaugh (far back row on the left) and Lew’s brother William is sitting bottom left, Lew and William’s mother Kate is sitting with her arms folded in the middle c1896/7. Also present are cousins Lily and her brother Dick Fetherstonhaugh.

Back row: Young Lewis and father Toby Fetherstonhaugh, Charles Kelly of ?, Rev. Cuthbert Clibborn
Middle: unknown woman and man, Mrs Toby Fetherstonhaugh, Annie Barlow
2nd from front: Lily FH, Bonnie and Veta Clibborn, Dick FH
Front: William FH, unknown woman and boy, Col. Jack Clibborn

Lew married Edna Drewey and their son Major Theobald (Toby) Henry Robert Fetherstonhaugh (b1925) married Genevieve Moreau who were the last of this line to own Grouse Lodge.

Toby and Genevieve’s children – Monique, Guy and Catherine were the last Fetherstonhaugh children to grow up at Grouse before it passed from the family c1967.


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  2. Bomford, P. (c. 1980). The Irish Bomfords (Ch 10.7) The Fetherston family. Published c. 2005. Accessed Oct 2022

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