NAME Burton Hall
AREA LOCATION STILLORGAN, Leopardtown,Murphystown Road, access from Sandford Business Estate.
MAP LOCATION OSI maps of 1838-1845 and 1898-1913 place it in the townland of Carmanhall and it is
annotated as Burton Hall on both. It is also noted on Duncan's 1821 map of 1821 as being
the residence of John Hall, Barrister.
GENERAL Burton Hall was built for Samuel Burton circa 1730 and his brother Richard built a similar house opposite it called Rocklands (close to where the Legionaries of Christ building is). The house is now run by the St John of Gods Hospitaller Group, supporting persons with enduring mental health illness. Over the years many families have lived here including the Guinness and Dugeon families. In 1939 Agnes Ryan, a shrewd business woman purchased it. She also purchased Rocklands across the road in 1943 (where Bewleys Hotel is now). She was from Tipperary originally and the owner of the Monument creameries. Her first shop was in Parnell Street and it opened in 1920, she went on to open a further 33 shops. She was the wife of Senator Séamus Ryan who died in 1933 and she had eight children. One of her children Kathleen went on to become an actress in both England and in Hollywood.
Louis le Brocquy's painted her, that painting is called Girl in White and was entered in the RHA exhibition of 1941. On a visit back to Dublin during her fame, she dropped into Bakers corner and caused quite a stir. She died in 1985 in Dublin from a lung ailment aged just 63 and she is buried Glasnevin Cemetery.
The house although being used as community centre, still retains the grandeur of a bygone age. A five bay two story with bow projections, it has rendered walls with a cut-granite cornice supporting the parapet. The front door is approached by four cut-granite steps and have a cut granite surround and the windows are of the casement type and have cut-granite sills.
The house was set on fire in 1923 'Burton Hall, Foxrock, the country residence of Senator H.S Guinness, was maliciously set on fire on Saturday night. The attempt proved a failure. The fire did not take effect, and little damage resulted....For some time Senator Guinness has not resided at Burton Hall. The furniture and other valuables were recently removed from the mansion in anticipation of attack. Burton Hall contained one of the finest collections of books in Ireland, including priceless old manuscripts and Irish pamphlets of the Restoration period, copies of which are only to be found in the great Universities of Bodleian, Trinity and the Royal Irish Academy.' Freemans Journal.
YEAR BUILT circa 1730
VALUATION In 1912 the valuation was 365 pounds and in the 1911 census it is noted as having 13
rooms occupied by family.
SOURCES Thom’s directories, contemporaneous newspapers, OSI Maps and NAI Census & Wills.
1730 Samuel Burton
1784 - 1813 Robert Burton
1788 Patrick Burke
1806 Burton Sleator
1813 House and contents on 23 acres to be sold at auction
1821 - 1853 John Hall, Barrister
1854 - 1857 Richard Nolan Esq.
1859 Edward and Maria Foster
1858 - 1894 Henry Guinness
1899 Mrs H Guinness/Henry Seymore Guinness Esq.
1900 - 1906 Mrs Henry Guinness
1910 - 1925 Henry Seymore Guinness
1927 - 1938 Eden FitzHerbert, stockbroker and partner in Dudgeon & Son
1939 - 1953 Agnes V Ryan, Monument Creameries
1952 For Sale on 97 acres
1953 - 1965 Joseph H Dudgeon
1974 Dublin County Council
1976 Leased to Eastern Health Board
1901 Catherine Neill - Cook
Elizabeth Roche - Housemaid
Margaret Roche - Housemaid
Maria McGuirk - Laundress
James Thornton - Coachman
1901 Mr Henry Moore - Gardener
1911 Mr Henry Moore - Gardener
Andrew Magee - Groom
Margaret Woods - Nurse
Jane Margaret Wheatley - Nurse
Louis Mamin - Nurse
Elizabeth Mary O'Neill - Cook
Margaret Bridget O'Neill - Kitchen Maid
Bridget Martin - Parlourmaid
Elizabeth Kavanagh - Housemaid
Katherine Matthews - Laundry Maid
Mary Long - Housemaid
1922 Henry Moore -Land Steward murdered at the lodge.
1934 - 1958 Edward Ivan Morgan - Gardener (living in Burton Hall Lodge)
CURRENT Extant and in use as a day-care centre run by St John of God.
CONTRIBUTOR © June Bow & Karen Poff
DATE April 2018