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Florence Margaret Scroope

SCROOPE, Florence Margaret

Florence Scroope was born in Cork on 12 July 1871, the eldest of eleven children of Henry Scroope and Catherine (Kate) Hackett. Henry’s father had come to Ireland from Yorkshire and settled in County Tipperary and Catherine’s father, Sir William Bartholomew Hackett of Lotamore, Cork, had been Mayor and Deputy Lieutenant of Cork. Henry was working with the National Bank when he married Kate in 1870 and the family moved several times in the following years. Of the eleven children there was only one other girl, Blanche, born 1873 when the family were in Mallow, and of the nine boys born, three died in early childhood. Henry was promoted Manager in Castlerea, County Roscommon in 1877, subsequently moving to Ballina in County Mayo before a final move to Dublin.

The six boys were educated either at Stoneyhurst or Clongowes Wood and then at Trinity College, but there is no record of the education that Florence and Blanche received. Two of the boys, Henry and Arthur, entered the Indian Civil Service, Arthur being appointed a judge in Patna and both retired to England where they later died. Another son, Charles joined the Indian Army and was wounded in Mesopotamia in 1915, later rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He died in Dublin. Two more sons, Geoffrey and Gervase became doctors and worked in the Dundrum Mental Asylum. Geoffrey died in 1912 at the age of thirty-three while Gervase became the Governor of the Asylum, a position he held until 1949. Finally, Simon followed his father into banking, also becoming a Bank Manager. Several of the boys were excellent tennis players, up to international standards.

Blanche married a Cork stockbroker, Robert Morrogh, in 1903 and Kate Scroope, née Hackett, died in Ballina in 1908. This left Florence at home with her father. In 1914 Henry was transferred to Dublin and they lived at 7 Ashbrook Terrace, Leeson Park. It is not known why Florence was travelling on RMS Leinster on 10 October 1918 but she did not survive the sinking. Her body was brought to the Morgue in Dublin, but it was not identified and was buried in a plot in Glasnevin cemetery set aside for that purpose. This despite the fact that she was listed as missing, probably drowned. However a photo of the body was published in the Dublin Evening Telegraph and was recognized by the family. After the identification the Scroope family purchased the adjoining grave, and it is now their family plot.





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