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|The Frosts of County Clare, Ireland by Janet Frost|
The Children of Solomon Frost
We were informed that Edmond was one of the first catholic doctors in Ireland, educated in Ireland. Other men had been to Scottish universities for their medical training. The Medical Directory gives his date of registration as September 4 1869. He was Lic. R. Coll. Surg. Ire. in 1867. Lic.Med. Univ. Dublin 1868.
He practised medicine first at Cecil Street, Limerick and when the dispensary (practice) at Newmarket became vacant he was elected at the sum of £1000. No doubt his father paid this!
He married ELLEN FROST, his first wife and a second cousin, on November 25 1868. She was the daughter of Robert Frost and Margaret Frost from the Hill House. She was 20, he was 24. Her sister Kate had married Edmond’s eldest brother, John, some years earlier. One son, Solomon, was born. The record of the registrations of the death of Ellen, and the birth of Solomon have not been found. It is interesting that Edmond married so early. Most of the Frost men were in their thirties when they married.
Kathleen, (Aunt Kit) Edmond’s daughter wrote that her mother accused him of remembering the birthday of this child while forgetting the birthdays of the rest of his children!
James Frost of Hill House wrote in 1983, that he was 75 years old and that both his great grandfather and grandfather had lived their lives at the Hill. He wrote that Dr Edmond Frost had married his grandaunt Ellen Frost and they had had a son (Solomon). He also wrote that John Dundon whose mother was a Frost from Ennis said that The Hill was the ancestral home of the Frosts! James also stated that Dr Edmond Frost had brought him into the world 75 years earlier!
Ellen died on 29 August 1873 at the Angel Hotel according to a report in the Dublin Evening Mail. The registration of her death and the birth of Solomon have not been found, nor has it been possible to find out what happened to Solomon. Maybe he was brought up by relatives of his mother. One suggestion is that he went to USA.
In 1876 Edmond Frost married MARY GREENE, his second wife, the daughter of AUGUSTINE GREENE of Corbally. Mary was one of a large prosperous catholic family. The report of the marriage in the Clare Journal of February 17 1876 records:-
Also MARRIAGE SETTLEMENT
Further information on the Greene family follows the Frost family. Mary’s mother, Catherine Kenny, came from Freagh Castle. Though one of a large family, she was the only girl to marry and have children. Four sisters were nuns. One brother was a priest and one did not marry. Her older brother Michael was a vet and spent some years in Canada, though he died in Ennis. He married Mary Bourke from Dublin.
Beechlawn, the large house Edmond and Mary lived in Newmarket on Fergus was bought for them, but it is not clear whether this was bought by Mary’s father or by Edmond’s father. It is likely that Greene money paid for the education of this family.
In the marriage settlement made prior to the marriage of Edmond and Mary it was stated, among many other things:- And reciting that by an Indenture of Lease of the 17th September 1856 Sir Edward Fitzgerald demised to the said Augustine Greene All That and Those that part of the lands of Liscannor called the House Division whereon the said Augustine Greene resided containing six acres or thereabouts: Also that part of the said lands called the Strip containing four acres and one rood or thereabouts: Also that part of the said lands called The Salt House field containing Ten acres one rood thereabouts: Also that part of the Lands of Cahercahill containing Ten acres one rood or thereabouts and containing in the whole Twenty one acres three roods situate in the parish of Kilmacreehy Baronry of Corcomroe and County of Clare. It later states that Augustine Greene had agreed to give his daughter Mary Greene the fortune therein named.
Edmond was a busy country GP. One pictures
him in a pony and trap in the early years, visiting his patients in out
of the way places. He probably dealt with all their minor injuries and
delivered their babies. Later, the family had a car.
Edmond died in 1917. In his will he left £273 1s 6d, no doubt having already passed on the house. Mary died in 1925 leaving £2009 12s 6d to her son William who inherited the house. They are buried in Kilnasoolagh churchyard, Newmarket on Fergus.
The death of his widow Mary Frost does not appear to have been registered
Edmond and Mary had a very large family – their children were:-
All the information on this family is from Kathleen Mary, (Aunt Kit) who was an Ursuline nun, and Kathleen Gibbons, the daughter of Leonora, and of course, from the records held by Tom Frost, son of Austin.
GENTLEMAN’S TWO STORY RESIDENCE
This unique property, with all its modern adjuncts, has the advantage of being exceptionally easily run. From the well planned ground to the last internal detail of house planning and comfort allied to perfect decoration, this extremely well built and designed residence is altogether pleasing.
The Auctioneer strongly recommends an inspection of this property, as only by doing so can its many attractions be appreciuated.
Messrs J.DUNDON & SON Solicitors, O’Connell street, Limerick.
After the death of Dr Edmond Frost, his widow Mary continued to live in the house with Fan, the eldest daughter. Mary died in 1925. Fan died in 1945. Dr William Frost (Colonel), the fourth son, eventually inherited the house. Later, finding it too big, he sold Beechlawn and built a smaller house behind.
The Early Frosts