Saturday, 28 March 2015

Heraldry at Slane Castle (Mount Charles)

The heraldry on both gateways at Slane Castle likely dates from after 1794, the year of the marriage of Henry Conyngham (son of Francis Pierpoint Burton and grandson of Francis Burton and Mary Conyngham) and Elizabeth Denison (daughter of Joseph Denison and Elizabeth Butler).

The Arms on the sign at the Conyngham Arms Hotel by Niamh O'Broin.

[I would like to thank Niamh O'Broin for permission to use the image.]

The arms displayed some years ago on the sign at The Conyngham Arms encapsulate this heraldry associated with the Conyngham, Burton, Dennison and Butler families. (The sign is no longer on view.)

The first roundle contains the quartered arms of Conyngham and Burton and are surrounded by 'Quis Separabit MDCCLXXXIII (1783)'

The Order of Saint Patrick is a dormant British order of chivalry associated with Ireland. It  was created in 1783 by George III at the request of the Lord-Lieutenant Lord Buckingham.

The second roundle contains the 'quartered arms of Conygham and Burton' impaled with the 'quartered arms of Denison and Butler'. Also included on the sign are the Conyngham crest, supporters and motto.  

The gateway to Slane castle as you approach the village from the south after crossing the river.

The impaled arms of Conyngham and Denison along with the Conyngham supporters and motto. Also present is a coronet for a Marquess and the symbol for the Order of St Patrick along with a harp.

The gateway to Slane Castle on the approach to Slane from Navan. 

Above the archway are the arms of Conyngham.

The impaled arms of Croft and Conyngham on the gravestone of Antoinette Conyngham Croft (1923-59) at Slane Church of Ireland.

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