An account of the ambush at Ballyturin House, 1921

From the National Folklore Collection, UCD

posted by Hilary Kiely, GMIT/GCC

National Folklore Collection, UCD

“The late Lady Gregory was the second wife of Sir William. She was the youngest daughter of Persse of Roxboro and was married to Sir William in 1880. There was one son, Robert. He volunteered for service in the “Great War”, and was killed. His death was much regretted locally. “Master Robert” as he was affectionaly known, was very popular. He left a widow and two daughters to mourn his loss.

His widow, Mrs Gregory, had a providential escape from death during the “Black and Tan” War here. Accompanied by Captain Blake, the District Inspector of Gort, and Mrs Blake, together with two British MilitaryOfficers from Gort, they journeyed to the residence of a local Landlord, Mr Bagott, Ballyturin House, Gort, one Sunday afternoon for a game of tennis.

As they were returning to Gort that evening, they ran into an ambush at the entrance to Mr. Bagott’s residence, and four of the occupants of the car were killed; Mrs Gregory, the fifth, being the only one that escaped with her life.

She married secondly Captain Gough, of Lougculra Castle.”

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0047, Page 0107

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