Malcomson Family of Leopardstown Park House
The Malcolmson family owned numerous corn mills and stores in Clonmel and Portlaw and they had
interests in Steamship Companies and Railways in that area.
Joseph Malcomson eldest son of David Malcomson of the wealthy Quaker Family of Portlaw, Clonmel
married Charlotte Pim born 24.04.1803 daughter of Richard Pim and Mary Ann Robinson at the
Friends Meeting House, Eustace Street, Dublin on 21.07.1829.
1 David Malcomson born 05.07.1830 at Melview, near Clonmel. He married "out" and died
2 George Pim Malcomson born 22.07.1832 at Woodlock married Emily Usher Roberts a Widow
daughter of John Nugent Fraser at All Saints Church, Clapham, Surrey on 29.08.1866.
George died on 25.09.1905 at Bray, Co Wicklow aged 75 years.
3 Marianne Malcomson born 17.03.1834 at Mayfield died 16.05.1848 at Mayfield.
4 Richard Pim Malcomson born 11.09.1835 at Mayfield House died 30.06.1847 Waterford.
5 Frederick Malcomson born 08.09.1837 at Mayfield House married Alice Helen Bloomfield 4th
daughter of Fitzmaurice Gustavus Bloomfield of New Park, Co Waterford on 02.06.1874 at
the Abbey Church, Waterford. Frederick died on 20.12.1876 at Clodiagh House, Portlaw.
6 Mary Malcomson born 20.11.1840 married Arthur Kiely Ussher son of Arthur Ussher of
Ballysaggartmore, County Waterford on 05.05.1863 at Monkstown Church. In October 1843
his father Arthur Kiely was granted a change of name from Kiely to Usher out of respect for
his Grandmother Sarah. The Kiely family had been large landowners.
Joseph Malcomson died on 15.04.1858 at Mayfield House, Portlaw and was buried at Clonmel
Shortly after Joseph died, Charlotte withdrew her share in the Malcolmson business.
Charlotte living at Vevay in County Wicklow the widow of Joseph purchased Leopardstown House
circa 1861 on approximately 92 acres. Charlotte commissioned John Skipton Mulvany to
reconstruct the house with alterations to the stables at a cost of £6,500, the builder was William
Crowe. Charlotte’s brother George Pim lived nearby at Brennanstown House.
In 1871 Charlotte Malcolmson deeded the property at Leopardstown to her son-in-law Arthur Kiely
Ussher because of the love and affection she had for her daughter Mary.
Arthur Ussher put the house up for sale in January 1877 describing it as a large Mansion for a family
of position together with 100 acres of beautiful park like meadows. He refers to improvements made
in the last 12 years. Rebuilding of the house had cost £8,000 and the sale price of the estate was
The Usshers together with Charlotte Malcomson went to live in London. Charlotte died 27.12.1897 at
Arthur Ussher ended his life on 01.05.1908 and Mary his wife died 14.05.1909 of Woodhurst,
© June Bow & Karen Poff - November 2017