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Killyan in Ireland
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Chevers of Killyan The Gentlewoman
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Walking through Ireland 1640's
Historic Killyan House.
Terrible pictures but they will give you an idea of what Killyan looked like- when the house was "knocked" in 1936 the original thatched dwelling was found within the old house dating back to the presumably 1653 when Chevers were transplanted by Cromwell. The cut stone was made into a "Bog road" the final insult! "Courtesy of Max Chevers"
Hon Frances dau of 3rd Lord Riverston m 1769 Christopher Chevers.
During the French attempted invasion of Ireland, in 1790, a great many English troops were sent over and on one occasion, a regiment arrived at Killyan and the commanding officer requested hospitality, for himself, his officers, his men and his horses. The head of the house was away, but his wife, a lady of wealth in her own right, gave them a royal welcome. She allowed the troops to camp in the fields and threw open the haggards of hay and oats and the larder and cellar for the entertainment of her guests. The next day on taking his leave, the C.O. tendered his heart-felt thanks, together with an account, for the amount of provender, used by man and beast, to be forwarded for payment to the Government. But this document, Mrs. Chevers indignantly tore up,"What I have given was in the service of my KIng" she said. The sequel was, that, together with a grateful letter of thanks from the sovereign, the order was given in perpetuity, that, whenever a British regiment should pass Killyan, their bands should play, between the front and back entrance gates and moreover Mrs. Chevers was granted for her life-time, the privilege of saving each year, three men from the gallows. As, in those days, men were hung for the "crime" of sheep stealing and other trifling misdemeanours, it can be readily understood that the good lady had many applicants for her intercession. After her husband's death, as there were no children of the marriage, she went to reside on the outskirts of Tuam and people used to journey there, from all parts of the country to beg her help for those condemned to death and she was generally known, far and wide as "the good Mrs Chevers"
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