Primary Resources

This resource gallery has been developed to be used for pre visit preparatory work and for post visit reference. You will find a range of primary documents and material here that links to the themes in each unit. By clicking on any image below you can access background information on the source and also find out where it came from and where it is currently held.

Letter to James Flemming, November 14 1847

A  letter sent to James Flemming, threatening that 'you will meet with the fate of Major Mahon'.

Lettice at a Garden Party

An image of Lettice at a garden party c. 1920. Garden parties, often involving tennis or croquet, were a staple of summer big house life. 

Lettice c. 1930s

A studio portrait of Lettice Mary Strafford-King-Harmann taken in the early 1930s. 

Lettice Mary Stafford-King-Harman

Lettice Mary Stafford-King-Harman (1914-2012) was the daughter of Olive Pakenham Mahon of Strokestown Park and Edward Charles Stafford-King-Harman, the heir to the nearby Rockingham Estate. 

Lettice Mary Stafford-King-Harman

A childhood photographic portrait of Lettice Mary Stafford-King-Harman. 

Major Wilfred Stuart Atheston Hales Pakenham Mahon

Major Stuart Hales Pakenham Mahon in the full dress uniform of the Order of St. Anne of Russia.  

Marcus McCausland to the Lord Lieutenant, 17 November 1847

A letter from Denis Mahon's cousin, Marcus McCausland along with which he enclosed threatening letters he and his wife had recieved.

Marjorie French in Olive’s Toy Car

A photograph of Olive's friend and neighbour Marjorie French in Olive's toy car outside Strokestown Park. 

Mary Burrard (d. 1944)

Portrait of Mary Burrard, who married Henry Sanford Pakenham-Mahon (1851-1922) on 13 January 1890.

Mr. Morton to Henry Sandford Pakenham-Mahon, 9 May 1848

Letter from Thomas Morton to the heir of the Strokestown estate, Henry Sandford Pakenham-Mahon, husband of Major Mahon's daughter about the assisted emigration programme. 

Olive and Governess

Olive Pakenham Mahon and her governess in the summerhouse at Strokestown Park. 

Olive and Stuart Hales Pakenham Mahon

A wonderful stapshot photo of Olive Pakenham Mahon and her husband Major Stuart Hales. 

Olive as Volunteer Nurse

 A photograph of Olive in the uniform of a volunteer nurse during WWI.

Olive with a Jack Russel

Olive on the steps of Strokestown with a very statuesque Jack Russel.

Olive with Dogs

A very happy Olive Pakenham Mahon with two dogs in the garden. 

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