History of the House / 1878 to 1896 - The Knox family
After the work that had been put into renovating Earlscliffe by the Bunbury McClintock's, the house was eventually sold in 1878 to Dawson Thomas.   
Dawson Thomas Knox and the Knox family
Dawson Thomas was born on the 4th May 1845, the fourth son of Reverend Thomas Knox and Eliza Winckworth Bent. Reverend Thomas Knox was the Rector of Lurgan, Co. Armagh, whose own father, Venerable Charles Knox, was the Archdeacon of Armagh.
Reverend Thomas Knox - first marriage
Dawson's father, Reverend Thomas was married twice.
His first marriage was to Eliza Winckworth Bent whom he married on the 1st Sep 1840. They had six sons:
|Sibling||Date of Birth||Marriage Status||Life details||Date of death||Age at death|
|Charles Jeffrey||7th July 1841||Charles Jeffrey married Elizabeth Georgina, third daughter of the Rev. Thomas Dawson Logan, rector of Charlestown, county Louth on 11th August 1864, and they had two children. ||Charles Jeffrey was born in Madras in India before being baptised in England. He was later in the Madras Civil Service and was the Assistant to the Collector and Magistrate of Nellore. ||He died 28 October 1881 on board the Peninsular and Oriental (P&O) steamer Mirzapore in the Red Sea.  ||40|
|Ellis Henry||21st Nov 1842||Never married||Ellis Henry Knox was born in Cheltenham in England. He was a Clerk in the Office of Commissioners of Church Temporalities in Ireland.||He died in Earlscliffe on the 20th Jun 1892 at the age of 49. ||49|
|Robert Uchtred||9th Apr 1844||Not known||No details found||He died in Earlscliffe on 26th March 1892, three months before his older brother, Ellis Henry.  ||47|
|Dawson Thomas||4th May 1845||Never married||Dawson Thomas worked for the Irish Land Commission as the Deputy Superintendent of the Church property Department.  ||Dawson died on 25th Jan 1895, ||49|
|Vesey||25th Mar 1847||Married on the 24th December 1885 to Helen Leigh,
daughter of Benjamin William Leigh, a merchant. 
Helen was born in Valparaiso in Chile about 1855.
At the time of the marriage, Helen was living in Wavertree, Liverpool.
Vesey and Helen had one child, Albert Vesey Bent Knox, born on 18 Feb 1887 in Cahirsiveen, Co. Kerry. Sadly, Albert died on the 6th Feb 1909.
|Vesey was a Commander in the Royal Navy. ||Vesey died in the Isle of Man on 8th Sept 1896.  His wife, Helen continued to live in Ireland.||49|
|Cheney John Maunsell||6th Aug 1848||Not certain. However, some of the research suggests that
there may have been a relationship between Cheney and Kate
Cassidy who lived with him and his half sister, Emily.
Kate had a son, Patrick Joseph Cassidy, in 1907. 
In the 1911 census, Kate is shown to live in the same house as Cheney, with a
relation to head of familyas
servant.  There is no mention of her child in the census. Also, in the register of births, no father is named on Patrick's record. 
|Cheney lived in Earlscliffe for a while, but later moved to 9 Percy Place in Dublin with his half-sister Emily and Kate Cassidy. ||Cheney died on 31st Dec 1920 and left everything to his half-sister, Emily. ||72|
Eliza Winckworth died on the 3rd June 1850.
Reverend Thomas Knox - second marriage
Eleven years after Eliza's death, Rev Thomas Knox married Emily Jane Logan, daughter of Rev Thomas Dawson Logan, on the 21st Nov 1861. (As an aside, three years later, Reverend Thomas' eldest son, Charles, would also marry one of Rev. Logan's daughters!)
Reverend Thomas Knox and Emily Jane went on to have four children 
|Sibling||Date of Birth||Marriage Status||Life details||Date of death||Age at death|
|Frances Mary Winifred||18th Sept 1862||Frances was married in 1910, to Francis Alexander James Fitzgerald ||Frances Mary Winifred emigrated to the US with her husband, Francis, in June 1919. Francis had lived in the US since 1893 and was naturalised as a citizen of the US in 1911. After emigration, Frances was also became a naturalised citizen. ||She died whilst on holiday in Ireland on 2nd Jun 1949 at Couleen on Ceanchor Road in Howth, the summer residence of her sister, Emily, which is across the road from Earlscliffe.||86|
|Emily Elizabeth Hannah||25th Oct 1865||Unmarried||Emily was a Professor of Music,  who lived at 9 Percy Place in Dublin and had a summer residence, Couleen, on Ceanchor Road, Howth.||She died on 19 Feb 1952 aged 76.||86|
|William Arthur Logan||8th May 1864 ||Not known||William was a Mechanic, Electrical Engineer who emigrated
to Perth, Western Australia on or before 1894.
In 1906, William, who previously had a job as a
Manager, Telephone Exchange, Perthtook on the role of
Foreman Instrument Fitter, Grade I., Perth, as from 8th July, 1906 ; he having consented to accept such lower position.
|William died in Perth in 1924||60|
|Thomas George Keith||15th Jan 1869 ||Not known||Thomas was educated in Friars School, Bangor, Wales where he was a boarder. ||He died on 12 Feb 1909 in the Bronx in New York City, USA. ||40|
Reverend Thomas Knox died on the 23rd May 1871. His second wife, Emily Jane, died on the 7th Sep 1879 in Earlscliffe and was buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Howth. 
Dawson Thomas at Earlscliffe
When Dawson Thomas lived in Earlscliffe, he also shared the house with four of his brothers (Ellis Henry , Robert Uchtred , Cheney John Maunsell,  and Vesey Knox ) and briefly with his step-mother, Emily Jane. 
Dawson Thomas Knox never married, and died on 25th Jan 1895.  He is buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Howth in Sutton along with two of his brothers, Robert and Ellis, and his step mother, Emily Jane. 
List of Earlscliffe Residents
-  In Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1881) it states that Dawson Knox was in Earlscliffe and again in Slater's Royal National Directory of Ireland (1894)
-  Thom's Irish Almanac & Official Directory~1886, as listed in "Extracts From Various Trade Directories 1834 To 1910" http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~chrisu/howth/howth_dir3.htm It states that a D Knox lived there. This is Dawson Thomas. The dates listed were 1886, 1891 and 1892. Also, various Irish Times notices seem to indicate that a C Knox lived here, which is Cheney.
-  Emily Jane Knox's death was announced in the Belfast Newsletter, Sept 10, 1879. It stated that she died at Earlscliffe, Howth. Therefore, we assume that Dawson must have bought the house in 1878.
-  https://deriv.nls.uk/dcn23/7940/79401351.23.pdf
-  Details from Madras Civil Service https://digital.nls.uk/british-military-lists/archive/105724902?mode=transcription
-  Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1882 http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014897/005014897_00218.pdf notes the will of Charles Jeffery Knox and states "16 January. The will of Charles Jeffrey Knox late of Masulipatam Madras Presidency in India Madras Civil Service deceased who died 28 October 1881 at Sea was proved at the Principal Registry by Dawson Thomas Knox and Cheney John Maunsell Knox both of Earlscliffe Howth County Dublin Esquires the Executors." Charles Jeffrey was the eldest Knox sibling and was around 40 when he died in 1881.
-  Charles Jeffrey Knox's death was announced in the Belfast Newsletter, Nov 12, 1881.
-  Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958. Robert died at Earlscliffe in and is buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Howth http://buried.fingal.ie/wp-assets-bif/uploads/register-scans/St_Fintans_1_001.jpg. Three months later, Ellis Henry died at Earlscliffe and is buried in the same cemetery http://buried.fingal.ie/wp-assets-bif/uploads/register-scans/St_Fintans_1_002.jpg. Three years later, Dawson died at Earlscliffe and is also buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton, Howth. http://buried.fingal.ie/wp-assets-bif/uploads/register-scans/St_Fintans_1_003.jpg
-  The Derry Journal, April 1st 1892, listed the death of Robert Uchtred at Earlscliffe. Also the Belfast Newsletter, March 29, 1892 announced the death of Robert Uchtred at Earlscliffe.
-  Thom's Official Directory of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1894, Law Directory page 846.
-  http://thepeerage.com/p33229.htm states Dawson Thomas Knox was born on 4 May 1845. He was the son of Reverend Thomas Knox and Eliza Winckworth Bent.
-  Ireland, Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland Membership Registers, 1733-1923 for Dawson Thomas Knox has an entry for his death in Volume V (1860-1899) as on the 25 Jan 1895. This is confirmed in the Calendars of Wills and Administrations, 1858 http://www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014909/005014909_00233.pdf .
-  In the Donnybrook Parish Magazine for 1896 under "DEATHS", it lists "Knox. - Sept. 8th, [at] Port St. Mary, Isle of Man, Commander Vesey Knox, R.N., fifth son of the late Rev. Thomas Knox, of Ballymoney Rectory, Co. Antrim, formerly resident at 3 Churchill Villas, Sandymount Avenue."
-  The story of Emily was originally told by Olive Stanley Clarke to David Robinson in the 1980s. However, there are some interesting facts about the Knox household at Couleen. The 1911 census shows that a Cheney Knox lived in 9 Percy Place in Dublin with his half sister Emily Knox and they had a 'servant' called Kate Cassidy (from the 1911 Census found http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000127524/ - retrieved on 21-Sep-2021). Certainly Kate died in Couleen on the 15th Sept 1947. See also the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966.
-  The register of births for Dublin North shows Patrick Joseph Cassidy https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1907/01699/1674057.pdf. However, Some research shows that Patrick's father was Cheney John Maunsell Knox. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/29566954/person/12195427090/facts?_phsrc=izG16&_phstart=successSource
-  England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1858-2019 https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/Calendar/GetImgSrc?filePath=%2F1920%2FC%2F000473_cheney_1920.Png
-  Irish Marriages 1845-1958
-  From the 1911 Census found http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/reels/nai000127524/ on 3rd Oct 2015
-  See http://thepeerage.com/p33228.htm#i332275 Also, birth was announced in the Belfast Newsletter Jan 19, 1869.
-  Ancestry records for William Arthur Logan Knox. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/64949843/person/36395851787/facts
-  In the West Australian newspaper, May 18, 1894, William writes a notice as the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Perth Yacht Club. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/809596?#
-  As recorded in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 7th July 1906. https://www.legislation.gov.au/file/1906GN36
-  As recorded in the 1881 Wales census and other records. https://w.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/64949843/person/36395851789/facts
-  Debrett's Peerage Page 521 https://books.google.ie/books?id=GdsNAAAAQAAJ&q=%22ellis+Henry%22+earlscliffe&dq=%22ellis+Henry%22+earlscliffe&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y with an entry that reads: "Ellis Henry, b. 1842; is a Clerk in Office of Commissioners of Church Temporalities in Ireland. Residence, — Earlscliffe, Howth, co. Dublin" - retrieved 21-Sep-2021.
-  The Dublin Daily Express 10th June 1891 has a piece on the ladies school, Rockmount, Howth, with references to Cheney Knox of Earlscliffe.
-  In the Morning Post, London, 28th Dec 1885, there is something about Commander Vesey Knox of Earlscliffe
-  The house was advertised in the Irish Times July 6 1895 pg. 9. Earlscliffe was described as a "first class Residence, in perfect order, with every residential attraction, situated on the sunny side of Howth, facing Kingstown, and adjoining the sea shore, standing upon about five acres. Immediate possession." It also said that the "climate on the south slope of Howth is well know for salubrity, being well protected from north and east winds. Earlscliffe occupies the choicest position on the south slope of Howth, the most enviable marine residential position in the County of Dublin."
-  As recorded in the Belfast Newsletter, 30th Dec 1885
-  as recorded in the 1896 Dublin Directory of Nobility, Gentry, Merchants, and Traders pg. 1783.
This page was last updated on 12-Nov-2021 .