How the People’s Princess is linked with The Millennium Woman of the Year

Elizabeth Poyntz, Lady Thurles

From Thurles to Cove Lane

The Nagle Family had a vast and varied history long before the arrival of Honora Nagle in 1718. One link we have found here in Nano Nagle Place is a very curious connection between the Nagle ancestors and those who are related to Lady Diana Spencer. It is not just on one side of the Nagle Family but two!

During our busy month of August, we discovered that Elizabeth Poyntz married the Viscount of Thurles, Thomas Butler in 1608 to become the Lady Thurles. This was Poyntz first marriage and from it they had three sons and four daughters. Alas, it was a union that would end in tragedy with the untimely death of Butler in 1619 off the Skerries when he was making his way to London to answer charges of treason for having garrisoned Kilkenny.

It was through this first marriage that a line between Poyntz can be found linking Poyntz and Princess Diana. Lady Thurles’ daughter Mary Butler married George Hamilton, a descendent the 3rd Duke of Abercorn, James Hamilton, whose daughter, Cynthia, married Albert Spencer, the 7th Earl Spencer. This couple would go on to be the grandparents of one Lady Diana Spencer who was born in 1961 and married Prince Charles of England in 1981.

Lady Thurles remarried after her first husband’s death and one her of son’s from that marriage , a George Mathew, had a daughter, Frances Mary Mathew, who, in 1723, married John Ryan, a member of one of the few remaining landed Catholic families in County Tipperary at the time in the townland of Inch, in the civil parish of the same name, which he had built in 1720. Nano Nagle was another of her Mathew descendants, being a daughter of Garnet Nagle and Anne Mathew.

Lombardstown to Ballygriffin

Another link that could not be ignored while we searched through the Nagle and Spencer families was a connection between the Lombard family in Lombardstown, Mallow, Co. Cork. One of the well-known members of the family married David James Nagle from Ballygriffin in Mallow, Co. Cork. Later, they would have a granddaughter by the name of Honora “Nano” Nagle. Their great granddaughter married an Edmond Roche of Trabolgan whose son went on to become the first Baron of Fermoy and this man’s great granddaughter Frances Roche married John Spencer the 8th Earl Spencer and in 1961 their daughter Diana was born, 20 years later she would go on to become the Princess of Wales.

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