Birth, Death & Inheritance at Kiplin Hall
Kiplin Hall’s 400-year history is full of fascinating stories about its owners and their extended families. Each life has its anniversaries of birth and death, and the death of each owner requires an heir or heiress to inherit the Hall and estate. 2018 is a year of major anniversaries at Kiplin.
Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, was born 200 years ago, in 1818, and is linked to Kiplin through marriage. She was a talented watercolour artist and exhibited her work at the Grosvenor Gallery in London, which was unusual for an aristocratic lady of that period. Lady Waterford gave many of her paintings to her Talbot nieces and nephews. They are on display in the Lady Waterford Room and in the exhibition, along with some of her sketchbooks and palette.
In October last year, we celebrated the 200th wedding anniversary of Sarah Crowe of Kiplin Hall and John Delaval Carpenter, the 4th Earl of Tyrconnel. In 2018, we commemorate 200 years since the death of Sarah’s father, Robert Crowe, who had owned Kiplin for 36 years. Sarah and her husband inherited Kiplin, and made many changes to the Hall, gardens and estate over the next 30 years. The Earl’s fascinating journals record his love of the latest technology, from steam-driven threshing machines to gas lighting. Unfortunately, he also had a fondness for young ladies, which made ‘Lady T. X’ (or cross!) with him.
In February 1847, the Earl wrote of his grief at the tragedy of the birth and death on the same day of their only child, a baby girl, when Sarah was 47 years old and had not even known that she was pregnant. Remarkably, she survived this ordeal.
Lady Tyrconnel was a widow from 1853 until her own death at Kiplin 150 years ago, in January 1868. Walter Talbot, son of the 18th Earl of Shrewsbury and a distant cousin of the Earl of Tyrconnel, inherited Kiplin. He changed his name to Carpenter and continued with his career in the Navy, but also made many improvements to the Hall and grounds. The family and their visitors enjoyed the typical country house lifestyle of the period – house parties, hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, theatricals and music – until Admiral Carpenter’s death in 1904.
Kiplin Hall and the exhibition are open on Good Friday 30th March, then Saturday to Wednesday until 31st October, 11am to 5pm. The Gardens and Tea Room are open from 10am to 5pm, Saturday to Wednesday, plus Good Friday.