Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at mbbrabazon@yahoo.co.uk

As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!

The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Brabazons and Countess Markievicz (1867-1927)

By Michael Brabazon

The heroine par excellence of the struggle for Irish independence is undoubtedly Constance Gore-Booth, otherwise known as Countess Markievicz.  She was not only a fighter and Irish politician but also a leading women’s emancipation advocate and the first British woman M.P.  Her role in the founding of the modern Irish State is legendary.

The poet W.B. Yeats was a close family friend of the Gore-Booths and wrote of Constance and her sister Eva as "two girls in silk kimonos, both beautiful, one [Constance] a gazelle".

Constance and Eva were descended from Jane Brabazon (1665-1740), daughter of Edward Brabazon, the 2nd Earl of Meath.  Another branch of the Gore family also had Brabazon ancestry, this time from the Brabazons of Swinford.  John Ellard Gore (1845-1910), an Irish astronomer of note, through his mother Frances Brabazon Ellard, was a descendant of Edward Brabazon, the youngest brother of Sir Anthony Brabazon Bart of Brabazon Park, Swinford.

Once again, we can appreciate and celebrate the importance of the Brabazons in the development of modern Ireland.

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