McLaughlin family, The Rectory, Stillorgan
Willian H McLaughlin born circa 1851, DL of Macedon, Whitehouse, Coady in Co Antrim was
head of Messrs McLaughlin and Harvey, builders married Emily Sophia Dobbin. William
died July 1920 leaving 7 daughter and 3 sons one of whom was Sir Henry McLaughlin.
Henry McLaughlin married Ethel Mary Mollan
born 21 Mar 1876 25 Apr 1899 born circa 1878
died 21 Nov 1927 died 19 Jun 1950
Henry Mc Laughlin was born 21 Mar 1876 and educated at the Royal Academy in Belfast
and Mount Radford in Exeter. He married Ethel Mary Mollan, daughter of W S Mollan on
25 April 1899 at Belfast. They were members of the Plymouth Brethren. Henry was the
Director General of Recruitment in Ireland and of the Central Recruiting Committee from
1915 to 1916. The Lord Lieutenant appointed him Director-General of Demobilisation and
Re-employment of Sailors and Soldiers for Ireland in 1919. Also that year he was appointed
to the War Pensions Committee and received a Knighthood.
Known for his organisation skills he was made director of the Dublin Hospitals fete in 1920
that same year he appealed for clemency for Kevin Barry. A football fan, he was President of
the Irish Free State Football Association and an organiser of the Tailteann Games.
He had a commitment from Lord Kitchener that ex-service men would be looked after plus
Lloyd George had promised ‘Houses fit for Heroes’ on their return. In 1921 he arranged the
purchase of 60 houses at Clontarf and he transferred land purchased at Killester which was
being used for agricultural training to the Local Government Board to build 287 houses to be
given to ex-service men. The scheme also employed about 120 ex-soldiers and sailors to
build these houses. By the time the scheme was finished in 1923 political power had been
transferred to the new Free State and these schemes were run by the Irish Soldiers and Sailors
Trust. By 1925 he was sadly disillusioned as only 1 out of 72 heroes received houses on their
return. Henry lived at Riversdale in Monkstown and was Chairman of the family Building firm,
McLaughlin & Harvey. He died suddenly on his way to work on 21 Nov 1927 and his funeral
was held in Belfast.
After his death Lady Allen moved to The Rectory in Stillorgan. She was much in demand to
open charity events and fetes and was a frequent visitor to the Nuttings home, St Helen’s in
Stillorgan. Ethel died 19 Jun 1950 at The Chalet, Foxrock and her funeral was at Belfast City
1 Gladys McLaughlin, eldest daughter born 24 Apr 1902 married Hesty Edmond (Ted)
Mayne, son of H H Mayne at Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia in June 1931.
2 Ethel Adrienne McLaughlin younger daughter born 28 Apr 1905 at Cowper Road
Rathmines married Arthur McCormas Johnstone, import agent and son of Robert
Crawford Johnstone, import agent, at St Brigid’s Church Stillorgan on 23 May 1931.
The reception was held at The Rectory to which more than 100 guests were invited.
© June Bow & Karen Poff – September 2019