Arthur Rose VincentAge: 80 years18761956

Arthur Rose Vincent
Given names
Arthur Rose
Birth June 9, 1876
Death of a motherElizabeth Rose Manson
December 17, 1879 (Age 3 years)
Marriage of a parentColonel Arthur Hare VincentGertrude Mary BaxendaleView this family
December 1, 1883 (Age 7 years)
MarriageMaud BournView this family
March 30, 1910 (Age 33 years)

Employer: British Foreign Office

Employer: British Foreign Office

Employer: British Foreign Office
ResidenceMaud BournView this family
April 1910 (Age 33 years)


Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth Rose Vincent
January 13, 1915 (Age 38 years)
Death of a fatherColonel Arthur Hare Vincent
November 10, 1916 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a son
Arthur William Bourn “Bill” Vincent
about 1919 (Age 42 years)

Death of a wifeMaud Bourn
February 12, 1929 (Age 52 years)
Cause: Pneumonia
Civil marriageDorothy Lavinia Emily CroutearView this family
October 24, 1933 (Age 57 years)


Marriage of a childAlexander Leigh Henry LeithElizabeth Rose VincentView this family
June 6, 1934 (Age 57 years)

Emigration May 24, 1935 (Age 58 years)


Death September 24, 1956 (Age 80 years)
Burial 1956 (Age 79 years)
Cemetery: Killegy graveyard, Killarney
Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: February 1, 1871St George's, Hanover Square, London, England
10 months
elder brother
14 months
elder sister
3 years
Father’s family with Gertrude Mary Baxendale - View this family
Marriage: December 1, 1883St Thomas', Orchard Street, Portman Square, London, England
10 months
3 years
4 years
4 years
3 years
Family with Maud Bourn - View this family
Marriage: March 30, 1910St. Matthews Episcopal Church, San Mateo, California, USA
5 years
5 years
Family with Dorothy Lavinia Emily Croutear - View this family
Marriage: October 24, 1933Chelsea Registry Office, Chelsea, London, England
Joseph James Hughes + Dorothy Lavinia Emily Croutear - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: November 13, 1913New Forest, Hampshire, England
4 months
Dorothy Josephine Hughes
Birth: March 14, 1914Lewisham, London, England
Death: November 17, 1990Hastings, East Sussex, England


Muckross House From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Muckross House (Irish: Theach Mhucrois) is located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, two of the lakes of Killarney, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the town of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland. In 1932 it was presented by William Bowers Bourn and Arthur Rose Vincent to the Irish nation. It thus became the first National Park in the Republic of Ireland and formed the basis of the present day Killarney National Park.

Contents 1 History 2 Description of Muckross House 2.1 The interior 3 See also 4 External links

History Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. It is said that these improvements for the Queen's visit were a contributory factor in the financial difficulties suffered by the Herbert family which resulted in the sale of the estate. In 1899 it was bought by Arthur Guinness, 1st Baron Ardilaun who wanted to preserve the dramatic landscape. In August 1911, not long before the First World War, Muckross House and its demesne were again sold to William Bowers Bourn, a wealthy Californian mining magnate. He and his wife passed it to their daughter Maud and her husband Arthur Rose Vincent as a wedding present. The couple lived there until Maud's death in 1929. In 1932 her parents Mr and Mrs Bournes and their Son-in-law Arthur Vincent decided to present Muchross House and its 11,000 acres estate to the Irish nation. Being called the ″Bourne-Vincent Memorial Park″, it thus became the first National Park in the Republic of Ireland and formed the basis of present day Killarney National Park In later years the park was substantially expanded by the acquisition of land from the former Earl of Kenmare's estate. Description of Muckross House

The interior The front entryway has a plethora of mounted trophy heads, including an enormous rack of antlers from the Irish Elk (extinct), found preserved in a local bog.

See also Muckross Abbey

External links Muckross House official website


Arthur Vincent From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arthur Rose Vincent (9 June 1876 – 24 September 1956) was an Irish politician and barrister. Together with his parents-in-law, he donated Muckross House and its estate to the Irish state.

Contents 1 Life 2 Family 3 References 4 External links

Life Vincent was born in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, India,[1] where his father, Colonel Arthur Hare Vincent, commanded the 3rd The King's Own Hussars. He left there by the time he was three and never went back to India. Vincent was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, and at Trinity College, Dublin. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and was a practising Barrister-at-Law. Later Vincent was a judge with the Foreign Office, in Zanzibar, Bangkok and Shanghai. He was invested as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[2] Vincent was an independent member of Seanad Éireann from 1931 to 1934.[3] He was elected at a by-election on 28 May 1931 taking the seat vacated by the death of Patrick W. Kenny.[3] He was re-elected in 1931 for 9 years.[3] He resigned on 21 February 1934 due to reasons of ill-health.[4] Patrick Lynch was elected at a by-election to replace him. In 1932, finding the management and expense of the Muckross estate too difficult and too expensive, Vincent and his parents-in-law Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn donated Muckross House and its 11,000 acres estate to the Irish state as a memorial to Maud Bourn Vincent.[5] It now forms part of Killarney National Park. In 1937 he left Ireland for Monaco, where he lived for most of the rest of his life. Only during World War II did he come back to Ireland. He is buried in the Killegy graveyard near Muckross House.

Family Vincent was born into an Anglo-Irish family based in Summerhill House in Clonlara, County Clare. His parents were Colonel Arthur Hare Vincent (1840–1916) and Elizabeth Rose Davidson-Manson (1844–1879).[6] He married Maud Bowers Bourn, the daughter of William Bowers Bourn in 1910. They had two children, Elizabeth Rose (1915–1983) and Arthur William Bourn (1919–2012). After Maud had died from pneumonia in 1929, Vincent married Dorothy Sands (1895-1988) in 1933.[7]

References ^ ^ ^ a b c "Mr. Arthur Vincent". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 5 April 2013. ^ "Resignation of a Senator". Houses of the Oireachtas. 9 December 1924. Retrieved 5 April 2013. ^ ^ ^ Patricia O′Hare: ″The Bourn Vincent Familiy of Muckross″ in ″Killarney History and Heritage″, The Collins Press, Cork 2005, p.214, ISBN 1-903464-55-2

External links ″Billy on Billy″ by Maurice Hayes, 2004 ″One of the Nicest Guys″ by Anne and Bill MCNally, 2012

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The Bourns The Bourns Build Filoli After the great earthquake in 1906, wealthy San Francisco families moved to the Peninsula and built large expensive homes. From 1908, until the Bourns moved to Filoli in 1917, they rented “Ski Farm” (named after a man with the surname Poniatowski, but over time became known as “Sky Farm”) on the Crocker property, adjacent to Crystal Springs Lake in San Mateo. During this time, Bourn often took his family to Europe and while on an Atlantic crossing in 1906, his daughter Maud met Arthur Rose Vincent of Summerhill, Cloonlara in County Clare, Ireland.

Maud Bourn (Daughter of William Bowers Bourn II and Agnes Moody Bourn).

Maud and Arthur Rose Vincent were married March 30, 1910, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in San Mateo, followed by the wedding reception at Sky Farm. The couple spent two weeks of their honeymoon in California (part of it at the Empire Cottage), and then embarked on a three-month tour of Europe and Egypt. As an assistant judge for the British Foreign Office, Arthur was to be stationed in Zanzibar, however with the encouragement of Maud and the Bourns, he resigned his post during this time. In November 1910, Bourn purchased Muckross House and its surrounding 11,000 acres on the Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland for their daughter and new son-in-law. Bourn immediately began plans for developing the gardens at Muckross and continued to be involved in the property's maintenance and upkeep. The Bourns were frequent visitors to Muckross and became enamored with the beautiful Irish country setting.

Because of its similarity to the country setting of Muckross, the Bourns wanted to have an estate built along Crystal Springs Lake, on land owned by the Spring Valley Water Company. Even though Bourn was the president of the company, a law forbade private ownership of the public domain property that supplied water to the city of San Francisco. So the Bourns commissioned their attorney to find land available for purchase as close as possible to the lake.

Mr. William Bowers Bourn II at Filoli during construction, 1917.Mr. William Bowers Bourn II at Filoli during construction, 1917. In 1915 Bourn purchased 1,800 acres at the southern end of Crystal Springs Lake from E. A. Husing of San Mateo. The property fronted a line which is today Cañada Road and extended west to the top of the mountain ridge along Skyline Boulevard. The Bourn family retained 715 acres of this land from the easternmost creek to the top of the mountain for their estate, and sold the remaining acreage to the Spring Valley Water Company. Cañada Road at that time ran through the estate's property, so the Bourns obtained permission to move the road to the east of the property where it is today.

Mr. Bourn chose the name “Filoli” for their country estate from the first two letters of the words: FIGHT - LOVE - LIVE. The origin and meaning of the name was a mystery that tantalized their friends for a long time. It was their fancy that it remain so, but Bourn's right-hand man, Sam Eastman, president of the Spring Valley Water Company, finally found the solution. FI - LO - LI, Fight, Love, Live. “To fight for a just cause; to love your fellow man; to live a good life” was a credo that Bourn believed in.

Willis Polk was asked to be the architect of the country estate. The construction of the house began in 1915 and the Bourns took occupancy in the fall of 1917 before the House was completed. Mr. Bourn always referred to this as “a home for Mrs. Bourn.”

Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II at Filoli (last known photo).Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II at Filoli (last known photo). In August of 1921 William Bourn had a severe stroke while at the Empire Mine. In October, 1922 he had another paralyzing stroke, also at the Empire Mine, and from this time on he was confined to a wheelchair. Bourn was a proud man and disliked having anyone see him in a wheelchair, so the gardeners were instructed to stay out of his sight when he was wheeled through the Filoli garden. He enjoyed being taken to the High Place at the top of the Yew Allée where he would have the best view of Crystal Springs Lake. A series of nature trails were developed on the property to the south, which Mr. Bourn frequented. They still exist today.

In 1922 Mrs. Bourn founded the Hillsborough Garden Club, which became a member of the Garden Club of America in 1929. She often held an open house for her friends for tea any afternoon they wished to join her at Filoli. Tea was served in the Reception Room during cool weather and on the Dining Room Terrace in warm weather.

In 1924 Bourn built a Spanish style house designed by George Washington Smith in Pebble Beach on the 17-Mile Drive for his daughter Maud Vincent. “Asilo” was the name given to that house. Smith is best known for his work in Santa Barbara where he designed several Spanish revival style buildings.

Maude Bourn Vincent with daughter Elizabeth Rose Vincent (Rosie).Maude Bourn Vincent with daughter Elizabeth Rose Vincent (Rosie).

On February 12, 1929, following an Atlantic crossing en route to California with her two children to visit her ailing father, Maud Vincent died in New York City of pneumonia. Her body was brought across country by train to Filoli and she was buried in a cemetery created on top of a small knoll to the west overlooking the House and valley. At the time the gravesite was chosen, the view to the lake was clear and the hillside was bare of the many oaks and madrones that cover it today.

After the death of his daughter, Mr. Bourn gradually retired from the business world. The Empire Mine was sold to the Newmont Mining Corporation, and a year later the Spring Valley Water Company was sold to the City of San Francisco.

In 1932, finding the management and expense of the Muckross estate too difficult and too expensive, the Bourns and their son-in-law, Arthur Vincent, presented Muckross House and the surrounding 11,000 acres of land to the Irish Nation as a memorial to Maud Bourn Vincent. The estate became the first national park in Ireland. Visited by thousands of tourists each year, the house and surrounding gardens are known as the Bourn-Vincent Memorial Park and the estate is known as the Killarney National Park.

Mrs. Bourn was taken ill in 1932 with diabetes and was confined to her bedroom at the north end of the house. Parties and balls, hosted by Mr. Bourn's sisters, continued to be held at Filoli for the Bourns' friends, even though neither Bourn attended.

November 24, 1933 was the last dinner party given by the Bourns at Filoli. “The Drunks Dinner” was to celebrate the repeal of the 18th Amendment, with Mr. Bourn's sister, Ida, acting as hostess. The Bourns remained in their rooms upstairs.

Mrs. Bourn died at Filoli on January 3, 1936 at the age of 75 and six months later, on July 5, William Bowers Bourn II died at Filoli at age 79. Both Agnes and William Bourn were buried in the cemetery on the knoll overlooking the House and valley, with Maud and their infant son, whose grave had been moved to the site. In 1981 their granddaughter Elizabeth Rose was buried in the family plot. The Bourn family still owns the five-acre burial plot. A copy of a Celtic cross at Muckross Abbey stands on the knoll with the words “Fight, Live and Live” carved on its base. The first “live” was undoubtedly a mistake.