Divided Loyalties in a West Cork Parish: the Reverend George Frederick Stoney of Berehaven, Dismissal 1868 by Reverend John Halahan, Rector of Berehaven, .  Falling out with Henry Lavellin Puxley

Dr. Miriam Moffitt, Church of Ireland, courtesy Susan Martin.




Enclose details of Henry Lavellin Puxley and other family members Magistrates.  The reconstruction of his Dunboy castle has stalled.  The Lavellan part of the name is an old Norman family from Carrigaline some of whom converted.



Henry Puxley TCD (1741-1803), 1763, Bantry, son of John Puxley, Customs Official killed by O’Sullivan, dispute over seizure. Barrister 1764. Freeman of Cork 1768.  Married Sarah Lavelllin, Carragaline, 1771. Listed supporter of Act of Union, 1799  

Henry Lavellin Puxley (1835-1909), M.A. (Oxon), 1860, Dunboy Castle, Castletownbere, Llangan Carmarthenshire, Non-Resident, £237, son of John Lavellin Puxley,  who m 1830 Fanny Rosa Maria White, Bantry House returned as Sheriff for Cork County, 1863. Lavellins an old Cork Catholic Norman family who converted. Sara Lavellin, Carrigaline married Henry Puxley of Dunboy late 18th century.  M Anna Adelind d Lieutenant Colonel Indian Army. Henry Lavallin Puxley began an extraordinary Gothic extension of Dunboy Castle (burned by IRA 1921) in 1866, but the works were cut somewhat short by the devastating impact of his  wife’s death in 1872 at the age of only thirty-six. On this line the Puxleys are related to Timothy O’Donovan, J.P., O’Donovan’s Cove, Durrus. In 1870s had over 7,000 acres.  Probate in London Irish estate £2,251 to Herbert H.L. Puxley and Frank L. Puxley, buried Hove, East Sussex. Land record, 1870, 9,158 acres.

John Puxley, 1752, Beerhaven, probably killed by O’Sullivan 1754 dispute over smuggling he being in Excise.  Son Henry TCD, 1757 aged 19. Erected by the brothers Henry and John Puxley in the  late 1730s, their new residence was initially called Puxley Castle. But in time it acquired a more illustrious name, since it lay “within two  hundred yards of the ruins of the celebrated Dunboy Castle,” indelibly remembered as the site of “the prolonged siege of its chieftain Their descendant Henry Lavallin Puxley began an extraordinary Gothic extension of Dunboy Castle (burned by IRA 1921) in 1866, but the works were cut somewhat short by the devastating impact of his  wife’s death in 1872 at the age of only thirty-six.

John Lavellin Puxley TCD (1772-1856), Dunboy, Allihies, Copper Mining Magnate.  Member Hanover Association meeting Cork 1791 re Whiteboys.   Freeman of Cork. Pre 1830. Voted in 1812 Cork election for Hutchinson and Longfield. Member 1832 Cork Friendly Club.  Signed public declaration in Skibbereen to Alexander O’Driscoll on his removal as Magistrate 1835 with Lord Bantry, Simon White, Arthur Hutchins, Thomas Baldwin, Samuel Townsend Junior and Senior, Thomas Somerville, Richard Townsend Senior, Rev. Alleyn Evanson, Timothy O’Donovan, Richard Townsend, Lyttleton Lyster. listed 1838, started mines in 1812 at peak employed 1,600 miners. M Sarah Hobbs, da Thomas Bantry.  John Puxley, Berehaven qualified as Barrister 1797.  Son of Timothy O’Donovan, J.P., Durrus,  wife is grand daughter to Daniel O’Connell, the mother of Timothy O’Donovan’s  wife was a Miss Lavellan, Co. Limerick, a daughter of Philip Lavellin of Water park in the County of Cork. Her sister was married to Mr. Puxley of Dunboy Branch?. The grandson the present Mr. Puxley is a man of immense wealth the principal owner of the famous Allihies Mines in the Barony of Bere

John Lavellin Puxley, 1830 (two of same name), m 1830 in Allihies  Fanny Rosa Maria White, Bantry House parents of Henry Lavellin Puxley (1835-1909), J.P..   Attending Protestant Conservative Society meeting 1832.  Listed 1835 at Kilbey.