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Bunbury Papers extracts in the Pat Purcell Papers
Death of Capt. Denis William Patrick Pack-Beresford Esq. D.L., J.P

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

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From a copybook in the Bunbury Papers. (PPP)

Death of Capt. Denis William Patrick Pack-Beresford Esq. D.L., J.P.

of Fenagh House, Carlow.

Born: 7 July 1818, Died: 28 December 1881

The death of Capt. Denis Pack-Beresford took place last week at his residence Fenagh House, Carlow. We regret having to add his name to the obituary list of this year the death of the above estimable gentleman, which took place, rather suddenly, on Wednesday night last. He had been suffering from an acute attack of gout which he appeared to have surmounted; but that dread enemy was only momentarily baffled, for, it returned on the morning of Wednesday last, and put a sudden termination to the life of this widely-known and popular gentleman.

He succumbed to an attack of apoplexy shortly before mid-night. He was the second son of the distinguished Peninsular officer, the late Major-General Sir Denis Pack, K.C.B. (who five times received the thanks of Parliament for his military services), his mother was the Lady Elizabeth Louisa la Poer Beresford daughter of George , First Marquis of Waterford. Denis was born on the 7th July 1818 and assumed, by Royal License, the additional name of Beresford in March 1854, in compliance with the will of his godfather and relative William Carr, Field Marshal Viscount Beresford, G.C.B. by virtue of which he had succeeded to that nobleman's estates in Carlow. In 1858 he was appointed Deputy-Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace and served the office of High Sheriff for Carlow county.

In 1862 on the retirement of Capt. W.K. McClintock Bunbury he was elected Member of Parliament for Carlow in the Conservative interest, he was re-chosen at the General Election of 1865. On the 12th February 1863 he married Annette Caroline, only daughter of Robert Clayton Browne, Esq. D.L. of Browne's Hill by whom he leaves a youthful family of seven sons and two daughters.

Capt. Denis Pack-Beresford was educated at the Royal Academy, Wollwich, he received his commission in 1836 and commenced his career in the Royal Artillery. On the breaking out of the Crimean War he volunteered for active service and was appointed extra aide-de-camp to General Cator and accompanied that officer to the East. On his return to Carlow he retired from the service to devote himself to the duties of his property as resident landlord. In every relation of life he was highly esteemed and his loss as an improving resident landlord, a liberal employer and generous benefactor of the poor, will be long and severely felt and especially in the locality of Fenagh, which he raised from a condition of wretchedness to comfort and prosperity. Like most country gentlemen, the deceased was an active votary of all field sports, and in the racing world was well known on both sides of the St. George's Channel.

The remains of this lamented gentleman were interred in Lorum churchyard. The funeral which left Fenagh House shortly after noon was one of the largest that has taken place in the county for many years, the immense gathering, composed of men of all classes and creeds. Following a portion of the solemn funeral service held in Fenagh House which was read by the Rev. T.G.J. Phillips, Rector of Fenagh, the mournful cortege which extended fully a mile proceeded to Lorum, which was reached about two-clock.

The coffin was brought into the church where the service was read by the Very Rev. the Dean of Leighlin and the Rev. Canon Finlay. The remains were encased in a suit of three coffins, the outer one of polished oak with gilt mountings, and bearing the simple inscription of the name, age, and date of death.

It was laden with wreaths and immortelles, prepared by loving hands and placed there by relatives present and others were sent by the following, who were unable to attend:- Mr and Mrs Clayton-Browne, Mrs William Clayton-Browne, Lady Burton, Mrs Reynell Pack, Mrs Arthur Elliott, Mrs James Anson Farren, Sir William Reynell Anson, Algernon H. Anson, Esq. R,N. (nephews) Miss Ada Newton and Mrs William Vesey.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

Transcribed by Jean Casey, January 2010

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