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Agnes McGillycuddy Stoker

B. 3 September 1853 at The Reeks, County Kerry, Ireland

D. 28 February 1931 at Bath, England


One of 17 children of  Richard, McGillycuddy of the Reeks,

and eldest daughter of his second wife, Anna Johnstone

Agnes McGillycuddy Stoker-Whitefield The

Whitefield, the County Kerry estate of the McGillycuddy,

was originally known as the Reeks after the family title, but was changed to Whitefield by Richard McGillycuddy in the early 19th century.

-Landed Estates Database

Read a Colorful History of the Johnstones of Annandale



Anna Johnstone McGillycuddy,

daughter of Captain William Johnstone of Maidstone Court, Herefordshire 

and Miss Hutton

McGillycuddy, Anna


The announcement of the death of Madam MacGillycuddy, widow of Richard ‘The MacGillycuddy of the Reeks’ appears today. The sad event occurred after two days illness at Aghadoe House, Killarney, the residence of her son, John MacGillycuddy, Esq. The cause of death was influenza. On Thursday the funeral took place. An immense gathering of people attended, even though the weather was most inclement, to testify their affection for the deceased lady. There were representatives of all the county families in attendance. The funeral went from Aghadoe to Knockane Churchyard, where is the family vault. The service was conducted by Rev Joseph Madden, rector and Rev Wm Godfrey. The deceased lady will be much missed in the cottages of the poor in the district, where her generosity was so well known. 

The Kerry Evening Post,

16 January 1892


The McGillycuddy's holdings included 15,000 acres in the mountain range known as McGillycuddy's Reeks, Na Cruacha Dubha, meaning "the black stacks".


2005 Obituary for Richard, the McGillycuddy,

who was succeeded by his cousin, Donough McGillycuddy


1790 - 1866

Richard McGillycuddy 

'of the Reeks',

son of Francis McGillycuddy and Catherine Mahony of Dromore

McGillycuddy, Richard 'of the Reeks'


It is our painful duty this evening to record the death of one of our Kerrymen of mark and the representative of one of the few Irish families which still retain a title to mark their ancient nobility and a fortune equal to their high social position. Richard McGillycuddy otherwise called The McGillycuddy of the Reeks, died on Saturday, aged 76, at his temporary residence, 6 Upper Pembroke St, Dublin after a protracted and painful illness. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of this county, and possessed considerable property and much influence in Kerry. In his younger days The McGillycuddy was an active magistrate, and, until he gave place to younger men he was one of our most useful grand jurors, and influential fiscal authorities. His politics were Liberal, but not extreme, and his kind-ness and hospitality gained him deservedly many friends by whom his decease will be regretted. His death was caused by a prolonged attack of bronchitis, but he had suffered much last year from ill health, and it was quite apparent to his friends at that time, that notwithstanding his recovery the end was near. His remains will be removed on Wednesday for interment in the family vault at Knockane churchyard near Whitefield, Killarney. The McGillycuddy was a generous landlord, a disinterested friend, and thoroughly amiable in all the relations of life. The McGillycuddy was twice married – first to Margaret, only daughter of James Bennett Esq, of Cork by whom he had issue – four sons, who all died unmarried, and three daughters, of whom two died unmarried, and the third became the wife of William Leader Esq, of Rosnalie, who died in 1861, and whose brother Nicholas is now MP for Cork county. The McGillycuddy married secondly, Anna, daughter of Captain William Johnstone, of Maidstone Court, Herefordshire, and by her had issue – ten children, of whom nine survive. Captain Johnstone was in the 3rd Dragoon Guards, in which regiment he served with distinction during the Peninsula War. This is one of the leading branches of the late Marquis of Annadale’s family. Her mother, Miss Hutton, was also of a distinguished family, and lineal descendant of the line of Plantagenets. The lady survives The McGillycuddy.

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