Obituary Lord John Carbery (Evans-Freke) 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845), Castle Freke, Rosscarbery.










Lord John Carbery (Evans-Freke) 6th Baron Carbery (1765-1845), 1821, Castle Freke, Rosscarbery.  Son of Sir John Freke, married 1783 Lady Catherine Charlotte Gore succeeded by nephew George Evans-Freke. MP Donegal and Baltimore. Grandmaster of Freemasons in Munster. 1817 Chairing Cork Committee of Linen production an encouraging local development. 1822 signed Memorial for new road Bantry/Durrus/Kilcrohane part of his estate was Ballycomane in Durrus.  1821 writing to Chief Secretary re disaffection, Castlefreke, Clonakilty, sitting Rosscarbery, 1835. 1822 Lord Lieutenant sends £500 for local distress. 1822 Cork Trustee for The Encouraging Industry in Ireland.  Protestant protest meeting Cork 1834.   Author of pamphlet 1832 urging reform of Cork Grand Jury.  Reputed to have bell rung in London church on hearing of death of Father John Power, Parish priest Kilmacabea.  Subscriber 1821 Dr Thomas Wood’s ‘Primitive Inhabitants of Ireland. Present at enquiry Skibbereen 1823 into enquiry into fatal affray at Castlehaven caused by Rev. Morritt’s tithe extraction. – 1823 Blamed notorious tithe extractor Rev. Morritt for fatal affray at Castlehaven, welcomed Petty Session Courts and urged abolition of Manor Courts.  Subscriber Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. listed 1843. Lord of Manor appointing Seneschals. Member Commission on Magistrates 1838. Member provisional Committee projected Bandon to Bantry Railway 1845.   HIs life size statue in Rosscarbery Cathedral has an inscription how he founded schools in various parts of his estates, clothed the surrounding hills with trees and improved agriculture and the amelioration of his countrymen’.  Carberys intermarried with O’Driscoll family. Left estate valued at £90,000. Left rental of estates for life to his wife. On his death he directed that the principal family seat and residence should be Castle and that his inheritor should reside there at least four months in the year.  If the inheritor was to become Roman Catholic, the interest in the estate would cease and go to the next in line provided such party was Protestant.

Right Honourable 7th Lord Carbery, Castlefreke, Clonakilty, subscriber 1861 to Smith’s History of Cork.  1864. 1863 subscriber Maziere Brady Records of Dioceses of Cork Cloyne and Ross. Survey of Baltimore and Sub Denomination Laherne, West Cork for The Right Honourable Lord Carbery, by J. Morris and R.T. Wolfe. Castlebernard, Chairman Irish Landowners Association 1910 Listed 1913, listed 1922.  Wife Harriet Shouldham, the Dunmanway Shouldhams are descended on the female line from a McCarthy heiress who converted.  Daughter Georgina Dorothy Evans Freke married James Francis 4th Earl of Bandon.



Rathbarry Church of Ireland including Evans-Freke Mausoleum, courtesy Barry Bradfield:


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Courtesy Barry Bradfield, Southern Star,Thursday, 16th August, 2012 :

By Louise Roseingrave

THE family crypt at Castlefreke Chapel received the remains of the 11th Baron Carbery on Tuesday August 7th, the first lord to be entombed in the mausoleum in 167 years.

Lord Peter Evans-Freke was a poet, painter, composer, classicist, and an ‘incurable romantic’, his second son John told mourners at his funeral mass in Rathbarry Church.

Some 25 members of the Evans-Freke dynasty, who re-acquired Castlefreke in 1999, arrived at their ancestor’s home place to bid a final farewell to Lord Carbery, who died last week in Twickenham, England.

A civil engineer by trade, Lord Peter Ralfe Harrington Evans-Freke served behind enemy lines during WWII carrying out operations to destroy Japanese infrastructure and later helped clear the way for allied troops at the infamous Battle of the Tennis Court at Kohima, India in 1944.

Family, his education at Downside School – a prominent public school for Catholic boys – the war, and his mother were listed among the most important influences on Lord Carbery’s life. Described as ‘an extraordinary classicist’ by his son, John Evans-Freke, Lord Carbery was a prolific writer, whose only published work, a book of poetry entitled Love, Life and Laughter, was among the gifts brought to the altar by his children.

His Knights of Malta insignia, which he wore on special occasions, rosary beads and a piece of music he composed were offered at the Mass, a full sung Tridentine Latin Mass celebrated by an abbot of Downside Abbey, Dom Boniface Hill, together with con celebrant Fr Patrick McCarthy (PP) and Dom Phillip Tierney of Glenstal Abbey.

Lord Carbery was remembered as ‘a Renaissance man in the true Victorian style,’ with a deep devotion to the Catholic Church, his son John told mourners.

He and his late wife Lady Joyzelle Carbery (nee Binny), whom he married in 1941, visited Lourdes regularly during their 64 years together. Both only children, Lord and Lady Carbery were passionate about family and their five children, 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren were Lord Carbery’s ‘greatest achievement’ in life, his son said.

He was particularly proud of his son Stephen Evans-Freke’s work restoring Rathbarry Castle and Castlefreke itself, where work is on-going. Following his wife’s death in 2006, Lord Carbery married his second wife, Lady Elisabeth Carbery, to whom John paid tribute for ‘looking after him tirelessly.’

‘He was kind to everyone, he had time for everyone, he enjoyed life to the full, enjoyed a good story and was an incurable romantic. His huge infectious laugh will always be remembered. He was enormously talented, gifted with an inquiring mind. Although born into a seemingly conventional family, his upbringing was far from conventional,’ John Evans-Freke said.

Lord Carbery inherited the title from his uncle, John Evans-Freke, the tenth Baron Carbery who succeeded to the title in 1898. He was noted for his three wives and eccentric behaviour, later renouncing his title and relocating to Kenya where he ran a coffee plantation.

John Lane from Clonakilty told how his great-granduncle, James Lane, enjoyed gainful employment as the resident farrier at the Rathbarry Castle estate.

‘They were excellent employers, they brought money into the area and are popular locally, the crowd here today is evidence of that,’ he said.

Following Tuesday’s funeral, the 11th Baron Carbery was carried in an original 19th-century horse-drawn hearse for entombment in the family crypt next to the ruined Castlefreke Chapel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at Long Strand. A piper played Nearer my God to Thee as Lord Carbery’s remains were shouldered by his sons and grandsons into the mausoleum, as relatives and local people gathered in the churchyard to pay respects.

The 12th Baron Carbery title will be taken up by Lord Carbery’s eldest son, Michael.