The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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Edith Irvine


Edith Irvine was born in County Wicklow in December 1876 to William Henry Irvine and Maria Jane Knox, the eldest of three daughters. William, a Captain of the 2nd Battalion 3rd (Buffs) Regiment, was born in Dublin and educated at Leicester Collegiate School while Maria was born in Brighton in Sussex, daughter of Arthur Edward Knox and Lady Jane Knox of Trutton House. William and Maria married in 53 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin in 1875 and William retired from the army the following year. They were living in ‘Valclusa’, an eighteenth century dower house on the Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, when Edith was born. When the second daughter, Ethel, was born in October 1878 both the Fitzwilliam Square and Valclusa addresses were given, and for the third daughter, Kathleen, in 1880 it was just Enniskerry. The family was in the Shankill district in the 1901 census and an entry in the 1903 Thoms Directory for Captain Irvine put him in ‘Vallambrosa’, Bray.

By 1911 the family were living in No 48 Upper Mount Street, in Dublin, where in quick succession, both parents died, Maria in February 1912 and William in April 1913. His Will in Ireland was probated to his daughter Edith, the amount being over £5,000, while his English Will, again probated to Edith, was almost £3,000.

The three girls moved to London to 27 Bramham Gardens in Kensington, London and it was from there, in July 1915 that the youngest girl, Kathleen, was married to Henry Ballina Carrig Dobbs, Rector at All Saints, Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Edith Irvine

It has to be presumed that Edith had been visiting her sister in Dublin and was returning to London on the 10th of October 1918 on the RMS Leinster. Her body was recovered and identified and she is buried in Mount Jerome cemetery in the family vault. Her Will was probated in London to her sister Ethel.


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