Friday 23 March 2018

King's infamous Slane trip carriage goes up for sale

King George IV
King George IV
The carriage which it is believed transported King George IV to Slane, Co Meath
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

The carriage in which King George IV is suspected of making his infamous trip to Slane for a tryst with his Irish-based mistress is being offered for sale by the Guinness family of Furness House as part of an auction of contents.

A guide of €20,000 to €30,000 has been put on the four-wheel once-luxurious carriage, a limousine of its day, which was built in London in 1820, the year before George infamously travelled to Ireland to Slane Castle to liaise with Elizabeth the first Marchioness Conynham at Slane Castle.

Elizabeth is a direct ancestor of the Castle's current incumbent, Lord Henry Mountcharles.

While it is not certain that George travelled in this particular carriage on his famous journey to Slane for which it is reputed, the Dublin Road to Slane was straightened, the carriage was commissioned by the Conynhams and used by them during the period.

It carries the family crest on the doors.

While reasonably well preserved for its age, the carriage is looking somewhat battered.

The owner of the carriage, Patrick Guinness, told the Irish Independent: "It's lovely to imagine King George IV having a bonk in there with his Irish girlfriend, but there's no way of knowing."

Other horse-drawn vehicles in the sale - to be conducted by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilashee Hotel, Naas, Co Kildare, next Tuesday - include a pony trap made by Taggart of Cavan (expected to fetch €600 to €800), a 19th-century brougham coach (going for €2,000 to €3,000) and a horse drawn sidecar (€1,000 to €1,500).

Irish Independent

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