scheme to smuggle wine! But the deal went sour in 1756
and Morty shot John dead. John's son Henry went into business
with his Uncle Henry on the Dunboy Estate.
Young Henry eventually married Sarah Lavallin, a local
heiress, and started a family. Their son John Lavallin
Puxley came along in 1772.
John L. Puxley became a prominent businessman and had
his hand in many projects. He is credited with having
discovered copper in 1810 in the foothills of the Slieve
Miskish Mountains in Allihies behind Castletownbere and
began mining in 1812. The Puxley's put everything they
had into the business and made it one of the most successful
mines in Ireland until it was finally closed in 1930.
John was such a mining success that he became known as
John was also the High Sheriff of Carmarthenshire Wales
after he purchased a Georgian estate there in 1832. And
he also managed the Lavallin and Annesley estates, having
paid off their many debts with the first of his copper
John married Sarah Hobbs early on in his career and kept
up his busy schedule by making eight children. It was
their son John Lavallin Puxley II who took over the running
of the Dunboy Estate in 1837 until his death in 1860.
The estate reverted to John's brother Henry, who extended
the old castle into a proper Gothic manor house in 1866.
J. Christopher, a popular architect of the time, was hired
to come up with blueprints for the house, and E.H. Carson,
supervised the building. Ballyknockane granite and Ballintemple
limestone were the principal building stones used and
took two years to complete.
At about this point, the family dropped the name Puxley
and started using the old family name - Lavallin. Henry
Edmund Lavallin was born in 1866, the same year the house
extension began. And later he married and lived in Puxley
Manor, as it was now called, and had two children of his
own...yes, another Henry and John..Henry Waller and John
John Paul Lavallin was the last of the direct branch
of the Puxley family, as his brother Henry passed away
It was during the (1919-1921) that Puxley Manor
saw its destruction. Like
before it, Puxley came under fire when the IRA campaigned
across Ireland, destroying homes where they believed the
owners were storing weapons for the British. The Lavallin's
were rewarded the sum of £50,000 in compensation
by the British government which enabled them to leave
the area. The estate was auctioned in 1926 to Maurice
D. Power who bought the estate for his son who'd settled
in the region, though the house remained in ruin.