Photograph on steps is courtesy of Dominic Lee of Priory Studios and is circa 1952. Judging by the width and number of steps, it would have been quite a substantial house.
AREA Old Dublin Road, Stillorgan, on the site of what is now Oatlands College.
MAP LOCATION OSI maps of 1838-1845 and 1898-1913 place it in the townland of Stillorgan North and it is annotated as Oatland and Oatlands respectively.
GENERAL "Land formerly held by Robert Emmet now in the possession of Thomas Addis Emmet leased to William Fleming for 95 years (Total land 13A 1R 17.5P)" - Deed dated 1799. On Taylors map of 1816 it is shown as a small house called Oatland.
Oatlands was a five bay, two storey over basement with an Ionic portico. Typically Georgian with a central Wyatt window above the porch.
Oatlands originally had two gatelodges, one is still extant and was for sale in 2015. An Arts & Crafts style lodge with tripartite oriel window and herringbone brick decorative panels. The house itself was described as having 5 bedrooms with a drawing room that led to a greenhouse in 1823 but by 1904 it had seven bedrooms, four drawing rooms plus servants quarters. In 1880 it was sold by the Landed Estate Court and purchased by Matthew Pollock, the tenant. It housed the telescope of John Ross.
The house and grounds were home to the Stilorgan fete in the 1950's.
YEAR BUILT circa 1800
VALUATION In 1912 the valuation was 124 pounds.
ROOMS The census of 1901 shows it with 21 rooms occupied by the family
SOURCES OSI Maps, Thom's Directories, Newspapers.
1803 -1808 Mr Dickson of Parliament Street
1808 -1819 Leased to Thomas Fry for 85 years in 1808
1825 James Woodroffe
1834 - 1855 Matthew Pollock Esq.
1855 - 1881 Matthew J Pollock Esq.
1882 - 1885 Mrs. Pollock
1884 - 1904 James Gibson Pollock., Esq., J.P.
1905 - 1908 Rosamond Pollock
1909 - 1915 Frederick Digby Darley
1916 - 1922 Sir John Ross (Lord Chancellor of Ireland)
1925 Miss Annie Hughes
1926 - 1927 Sir Peter Reilly O’Connell M.D., D.L. (lease)
1930 - 1937 Lady Jane O’Connell, (sister to Annie Hughes)
1950 Christian Brothers
1849 - 1851 William Henderson - Gatekeeper
1858 John Morris - Gardener
1881 Margaret Taylor - Servant
1883 William John Black - Coachman
1886 Thomas Walsh - Gardener
1901 Ellen Casserly - Parlourmaid
Mary Dunne - Housemaid
Margaret Clarke - Laundress
1911 Kate Morrissey - Cook
Brigid Delaney -Housemaid
Current Status No longer extant
Contributors © June Bow & Karen Poff
DATE October 2017