ONE of Malahide's most famous families, if not the most famous, The Talbots, are at the centre of a new publication that is sure to of great local interest.
Launched at the weekend, 'Into the Lion's Den' is a history of the Talbots of Malahide, a family which held a unique position in Ireland, occupying the same property for over 800 years, from the English invasion in the 12th century until the latter half of the 20th century. It has been put together by Stephen Talbot, a younger member of the Talbots, who now lives in London. The fifth of six children he was born in Sussex in 1981 and developed a passion for history in his childhood. After leaving university in 2002, he joined the Royal Navy as a warfare officer and commenced researching and writing a genealogical record in his spare time. Leaving the Royal Navy as a Lieutenant in 2008, he now works in the City of London. Given their long association in Ireland, the family were either witness to or played a key part in all aspects of Anglo-Irish history. As such, Into the Lion's Den serves as a narrative of that period of Ireland's history through the eyes of one of the leading families. The book also studies the origins of the Talbot family in Normandy and the relationship between the Talbots of Shrewsbury and those of Malahide. The early Talbot family in Ulster is examined, as are the various scion houses of: Feltrim, Belgard, Dardistown, Robertsown, Mount Talbot, Templeogue, Castle Talbot and Carton. In addition, an appendix looks at those Talbots who established themselves in New England in the 17th Century. The Talbot Settlement in Canada and the family's interests in Australia and New Zealand are also studied, as well as its wider actions in other areas, including accounts of the Duke of Tyrconnel and Admiral Sir John Talbot. The family's involvement in espionage from the times of Cromwell until the scandal of the Cambridge Spy Ring is also uncovered as are the careers of Peter Talbot, Archbishop of Dublin and Monsignor George Talbot. The book concludes with a look at the family today and a study of Malahide Castle itself. Some 150 family portraits are included as are a number of family trees, some of which are large and detachable. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Cian O'Callaghan launched the book at Malahide Library on Saturday, a fitting location as the site was originally owned by Lord Talbot.