Our February Meeting will be on Wednesday, 14th February at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will start with the AGM followed by a talk by Tom Duncan and his topic is “The Earls of Leitrim”.
His father Nathaniel Clements acquired the lease of the lands in Kilmacrenan in 1748 from the Hamilton family who held the lease from the turn of the plantation of Ulster. The lands were owed by Trinity College Dublin and covered most of north east Donegal, from Fanad to Glenveagh. Nathaniel Clements built his home in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, which was later purchased by the Irish Government and is the home of the president of Ireland.
His descendants were involved, once fatally, in many of the major issues of their times, notably the famine and the Land Act.
There were five Earls in all, the 5th Earl died without issue in 1952 and the Earldom of Leitrim died with him.