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Contents of stately home with Ulster links go under hammer

Milford House in Co Carlow
Milford House in Co Carlow
Stately: Milford House was built on land bought by John Alexander
Rare items: stags heads and other ornaments adorn the halls of Milford House in Co Carlow, the contents of which will be up for auction later this month
Rare items: stags heads and other ornaments adorn the halls of Milford House in Co Carlow, the contents of which will be up for auction later this month

By Staff Reporter

The contents of a magnificent Irish stately home with Ulster links are to go under the hammer later this month in an auction that will attract collectors from all over Ireland and beyond.

Milford House, which is set in 50 acres of parkland just south of Carlow town, was the home of the Alexander family, a branch of the old Ulster family which also included the Earls of Caledon and whose most famous member was Field Marshal Lord Alexander.

The Alexander connection with Milford reached back to the 18th century.

That was when Ulster-Scot John Alexander bought land in Ballygowan and the surrounding area and teamed up with local miller John Connolly to build a flour mill on an eight-acre site alongside the River Barrow.

Home to successive generations of the Alexander family, the house was put up for sale following the death last year of John 'Black Jack' Alexander, at the age of 89.

The beautifully proportioned Georgian house is filled with rare objects and military memorabilia collected by the family over the centuries, as sons of the family served with distinction in Army campaigns in South Africa and Asia.

The family connection with the property ended this year with the death of John Alexander's widow, Chloe.

The auction takes place on November 20, and will be handled by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers of Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

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