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Picture 4 of 19 from Album Belvedere House Gardens & Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Ireland
Caption:   Portrait of Robert Rochfort later Lord Belvedere who had Belvedere House built 1740 as a Georgian Villa, somewhere to escape the ordeal of Family life at their nearby main residence Gaulstown House. Belvedere became Robert's main Irish Residence after a family predicament where Robert's second wife was accused of an affair with his younger brother Arthur who lived at nearby Belfield House. The wife, Mary Molesworth spent 31 years under House arrest at Gaulstown until the earl’s death in 1774. This was a major scandal at the time and led to Robert being known as The Wicked Earl for his cruel treatment of his wife and subsequently his brother and his family. Arthur died destitute in a debtor’s prison and Robert dispossessed his nine nieces and nephews. A different but related argument with another brother George led to Robert erecting the Jealous Wall in 1760 to block his view of his brothers much larger house, Rochfort (now Tudenham) house.

No children were ever born at Belvedere during it's history and ownership was passed from cousin to cousin, through Charles Brinsley Marlay in Victorian Times, to Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury in 1912 and finally to Rex Beaumont in 1963, Belvedere's last private owner. Belvedere House Gardens & Park is now owned by Westmeath County Council.

Picture Added 03-22-2010 04:15 AM
Added by Brigid Geoghegan
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