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Robert Le Poer Trench

A namesake TRENCH - Colonel Sir Robert Le Poer Trench - 74th Foot
Memorial at St. Mary's church, Cheltenham - "In memory of Colonel the Hon. Sir Robert Le Poer Trench, KCB, KTS, and Lieutenant-Colonel 74th Regiment. This memorial has been erected by his brother, Richard, the Earl of Clancarty, GCB. He was born July 28th 1782 and died March 14th 1823, of the 40 years of life 23 were devoted to the military profession. He commanded the 74th Regt. in the Peninsular War during 5 years and 8 general engagements, in 1818 he accompanied his regiment to New Brunswick, in North America where the severity of the climate acting on his constitution impaired by previous hardship obliged him to return to England in 1821 where he closed his active and useful life."
This section has been corrected 4 Feb 2008 by , who is doing post-graduate study Anglo-Irish Lawyers in Ballarat and identifies Henry Cuthbert, Joseph H Dunne, Townsend MacDermott, R.L.Poer Trench and Robert Walsh as important members of the Ballarat community, with 'impeccable social pedigrees from their Irish homeland'.
Richard Le Poer Trench, second earl of Clancarty may be a relative.
Robert Le Poer Trench died aged 1895 aged 82, giving a birth year about 1813, matching the comment he was 27 when Sophia was born in 1841
From his death certificate, Robert Le Poer Trench is identified as the son of Frances Dorothea Elwood and Charles Le Poer Trench, clergyman, and was born in Ballinasloe, Galway, Ireland. He died 7 February 1895 aged 82, at Creswick Road, City of Ballarat, County of Grenville, Victoria, Australia
Robert Le Poer Trench wed about 1840 to Mary Sadlier/Sadleir and their two children were born at Douglas, Island of Man. Daughter Sophie was born 1841 when Robert was 27.
Mary and the second child may have died in UK, Mary in Kent Dec quarter 1842, and Robert Poer Trench died March quarter 1845 at Liverpool.
Recorded as Robert French 41 and Sophia French 12 on the Albatross, which sailed from Liverpool to arrive at Port Phillip April 1853
Sophia Le Poer Trench was aged 17 when she wed Charles Grant Taylor and the marriage was registered 1858 #36
Robert Le Poer Trench set up house with Mater/Meta Breiner.
From Di, a marriage notice (inserted on behalf of Le Poer Trench/Taylor) appeared in Ballarat Star, Tuesday 23 February 1858, p.2, advising that the ceremony had taken place on ‘Monday, 22nd instant’. No church record found.
4 children, I assume Robert, Frances, Dorothea and Harriet were Christened with the names 'Le Poer Trench' in 1868 at Ballarat
Clive Trench, a descendant who lives in Bundoora told me Meta is buried at St Kilda Cemetery in the same grave as Robert Lec Poer Trench and their daughters Fanny [ Frances ] and Dorothea. Di Campbell has since checked this info, and he's correct.
From Buninyong and District Historical Society Inc. web page, Our next visitor was Mr Trench from Melbourne, enquiring about the German Adolphe Siehl. Our indexing system turned up trumps, and an article provided by Robert Bell to the Buninyong News in October 2001 told of Adolphe shooting his partner at the Hard Hills, in a fit of jealous rage, before shooting himself. Mr Trench was able to fill in what happened to Adolphe's widow - she went into Ballarat, and formed a liaison with Judge Robert Le Poer Trench, a rather aristocratic Anglo-Irishman, and bore five children by him. They never married, but obviously had a long and loving relationship. They are buried together at St. Kilda. We sometimes question the moral standards of the twenty-first century, but there were some interesting arrangements in the so-called prim Victorian era! (Especially with Irish judges!)
5 Children
of Meta
1. Robert Breuner 25 April 1860 #7884 at Ballarat. Mother: Meta BREUNER. Unnamed Father. Christened Robert Le Poer Trench 1868
2. Frances Mary Breuner registered 1862 #319, B 18 July 1861 D 1876 died aged 14 Vic when her parents were recorded as Robert Le Po Trench and Mother is Breiner Mater.
3. Dorothea Brehner at Ballarat M 1897 WA to Michael Francis Cavanagh; D 1937 Brighton, Vict aged 72 yrs; Mother: Meter [sic] Brehner. Unnamed father.
4. Harriet Brehner 1865 #20132 B. 1865 Ballarat M 1897 WA Sp: Henry Wilson Rockett. Mother: Meta Brehner. Unnamed Father.
5. Henry Breiner 1867 #19764 B 1867 at Ballarat. Mother: Meter [sic] Breiner, Unnamed Father. (BDM Victoria Birth Cert Reg.no. 19764.)

Power Henry Le Poer Trench was born on 11 May 1841. He was the son of William Thomas Le Poer Trench, 3rd Earl of Clancarty and Lady Sarah Juliana Butler. He died on 30 April 1899 at age 57, unmarried. Power Henry Le Poer Trench was Secretary of the British Embassy at Berlin between 1888 and 1893.1 He held the office of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Mexico between 1893 and 1894. He held the office of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Japan between 1894 and 1895. Another cousin in Victoria
According to Burke's Peerage Charles Le Poer Trench was the eldest son of Major-General Henry Luke Le Poer Trench, (one of Robert’s legitimate brothers) and Clara née Nugent. Charles Le Poer Trench, born in India, eldest son of Gen. Henry Luke Le Poer Trench, nephew of Robert Le Poer Trench wed 1887 #295 to Eugenie Elizabeth Millin (Henry may be husband of Elizabeth Anne Caroline Sandes wed 1838 Of Ballybrittas, Lea, Laoighis, Ireland. IGI submitted entry) Issue: 1 son (Nugent Charles Le Poer Trench b. 1887 - he attended Ballarat College) 1 dau. (Nettie Eugenie Le Poer Trench b. 1890).
This item is found in the Victorian records for the Diamond passengers, which includes paying passengers. The NSW website for the Diamond only lists the passengers for whom an allowance called Bounty was paid. Mr F Le Poer Trench - (Cabin 30) came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya left Plymouth 29 June 1840
He may be A Trench - Portland, Police Magistrate. Source:- Portland Police Magistrate Book, Page 65, 20 June 1846
Robert French 41 and daughter Sophia French 12 on the Albatross, which sailed from Liverpool to arrive at Port Phillip April 1853 Became a barrister.

Sophia Le Poer Trench 1840 born at Douglas, Island of Man, married 22 Feb 1858 to James Grant Taylor, her children were born in Ararat, and she died at Brunswick 1928 aged 88.
Her son Charles Grant Taylor married 1893 to Evelyn Mary Bendall
Her grandson Charles Grant Taylor married 1920 to Constance Lilian Gamble
Sophia's Step siblings
2. Dorothy Lepour Trench wed 1897 in WA to Michael Francis Cavanagh
3. Harriet Lepoer Trench wed 1897 in WA to Henry Wilson Rockett
Thanks to Sandra for providing the details
Dorothy married Michael Francis Cavanagh 1897 Perth Reg No 991. He died 2 9.05.1941 Perth and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Catholic JC351 aged 82 (assuming this is the right man). No burial for Dorothy.
Harriet married Henry Wilson Rocket 1897 Perth Reg No 1024. She died 15.04. 1916 at West Perth aged 51. She is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Anglican FA0412. He died 18.11.1930 aged 64 at Claremont and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Catholic GA0512.

1. Robert Breuner Trench B: 25 April 1860 at Ballarat. Mother: Meta BREUNER. Unnamed Father.
He appears to be son of Robert Trench,
Robert Le P Trench and Maria registered births 1884 at Canterbury, 1886-1888 at Albury then at Orange, all NSW. Can not find Maria's maiden name.
7 Children 1. Meta Le Poer Trench, born around 1882/3 in Croydon, Sydney, NSW
2. Robert Le Poer Trench 5626/1884 at Canterbury
3. Harriet L Trench 13216/1886 at Albury
4. Maria L Trench 13804/1888
5. Ethel L Trench 10652/1889
6. Eileen Le P Trench 25270/1894 at Orange
7. Charles F L Trench 24303/1896

Found at Genforum, Posted by: Di Campbell Date: February 16, 2002
Seeking info about Sophia LE POER TRENCH b. Douglas, Isle of Man 1841 and her brother Robert who would most likely have been born within a year of two of Sophia. They were the only children of Robert LE POER TRENCH, barrister, b. 1813 in Galway, Ireland and Mary nee SADLEIR(Sadler) who were married in London in 1840.
Father and daughter arrived at Sandhurst (Melb) Australia on board the 'Albatross' in April 1853 from England. They were not accompanied by Mary (wife) or Robert (son) who is believed to have died as a child. Sophia (aged 17) m. 22 Feb 1858 at Ballarat to James Grant TAYLOR (aged 38) J.P., "Warden of Goldfields" at Ararat. Sophia's father Robert Le Poer Trench commenced a second family 2xsons & 3xdau with Mater BREINER (BREUNER OR BREHNER) at Ballarat, Victoria in 1860. He was appointed a County Court Judge, Attorney-General x 2, Q.C. and died Ballarat 1895.
Particularly interested in any info re Mary Le Poer Trench, nee Sadleir (Sadler).
Reply by: Terry Hunter Jr. (ID *****7677) Date: June 06, 2002
The Sadlier family goes all the way back to a Sir. Ralph Sadlier who was a knight. If you will e-mail me than, I have all their information in the Trench Books.
Trench St Ballarat was named after Robert le Poer Trench who owned the land between Trench Street and Holmes Street to the south.

1881 Census, UK, Dwelling The Lodge
Census Place Cookham, Berkshire, England, Household of Hy. Percy ANDERSON Head W Male 50 Broughton, Sussex, England Senior Clerk To Foreign Office >
a visitor is Power Henry (Hon) LE POER Visitor M Male 39 Ireland Secretary To The Diplomatic Service (C S Clerk)
Power Henry Le Poer Trench was born on 11 May 1841, 6th and last child, 4th son of William Thomas Le Poer Trench, 3rd Earl of Clancarty and Lady Sarah Juliana Butler. He died on 30 April 1899 at age 57, unmarried. Death announced in New York Times for 1 May 1899 - 'London April 30, The Hon Power Henry Le Poer Trench who was British Minister to Japan in 1895 and had formerly represented Great Britain in Mexico, died toady, in his 58th year.'
Household is>
Hy. Percy ANDERSON Head W Male 50 Broughton, Sussex, England Senior Clerk To Foreign Office
Power Henry (Hon) LE POER Visitor M Male 39 Ireland Secretary To The Diplomatic Service (C S Clerk)
John J. JOHNSTONE Visitor U Male 42 Leamington, Warwick, England Lt Colonel Grenadier Guards
Helen JOHNSON Governess U Female 44 Melton Mowbray, Leicester, England Teacher
Florence J. ANDERSON Daur Female 10 London, Middlesex, England Scholar
R. J. P. ANDERSON Son Male 7 London, Middlesex, England Scholar
John WILTSHIRE Servant U Male 21 Lockinge, Berkshire, England Footman
Emma TURNER Servant U Female 40 Newmarket, Cambridge, England Housekeeper (Dom)
Elizabeth SARGENT Servant U Female 28 Fordington, Dorset, England Cook (Dom)
Ellen SARGENT Servant U Female 20 Fordington, Dorset, England Housemaid


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