Ship: Aeolus — Lord Palmerston — Sligo’s Noble Six


Lord Palmerston


Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston,

had a 10,000 acre estate in North County Sligo’.

He sent (evicted) tenants to clear it during the Famine, and many of those people ended up in Canada from the “clearings” and many died.


The Ship Aeolus was used to transport them on two (2) Voyages.

The second voyage of the Aeolus arrived November 1 with 428 passengers sent out by Lord Palmerston.


Lord Palmerston died on 18 October 1865 two days before his eighty-first birthday.

He was succeeded by his stepson William Cowper-Temple (later created The 1st Baron Mount Temple), whose inheritance included a 10,000 acre estate in the north of County Sligo in the west of Ireland, on which his stepfather had commissioned the building of the incomplete Classiebawn Castle.[85]





Joe McGowan  has a good article about on His website


LordPalmerston and the Conquest, Colonisation and Evolution of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo:


Atrocious treatment of Sligo Tenants during the Famine. It was as if these Irishmen and Irishwomen were mere cattle to be cleared from Land, no matter the manner, nor concern for their ultimate resolution (as long as it was off Lord Palmerston’s estate).

It was Lord Palmerston who commissioned the building of Classiebawn Castle on a hill overlooking Mullaghmore with magnificent views of the surrounding villages, sea, lake and mountain.

Joe writes:

“Palmerston [Henry_John_Temple,_3rd_Viscount_Palmerston] presided over Mullaghmore and North Sligo during the worst years of the Irish Holocaust, the great famine of the mid 19th century. His record during that period is shameful. During the summer and autumn of 1847, nine vessels, carrying over 2,000 persons left Sligo port with tenants evicted and “shovelled out” from his Sligo estates. They arrived in Canada half naked and totally destitute. The city of St. John in the Canadian province of New Brunswick had to take many of Palmerston’s evicted tenants into care and, outraged, sent a scathing letter to Palmerston expressing regret and fury that he or his agents,‘should have exposed such a numerous and distressed portion of his tenantry to the severity and privation of a New Brunswick winter ……unprovided with the common means of support, with broken down constitutions and almost in a state of nudity ….. without regard to humanity or even common decency.’ The graves of many of these unfortunate victims can be seen today on the old quarantine station, now a museum, at Grosse Ille near Quebec .”


Joe earlier wrote:

“The Barony of Carbury in the 12th century. O’Conor was hotly contested for ownership by O’Donnell of Tirconaill (now known as Donegal). In 1356 Cathail Oge O’Conors victory over the O’Donnells at a fierce battle at Ballyshannon was so decisive that he became chief of Tirconaill as well for a period of time.

The O’Donnells struck back in time and drove deep into the heart of Sligo but in 1533 Teige Og O’Conor routed the O’Donnells seizing the strategic castle of Sligo. By 1536 the O’Conors were undisputed overlords and confidently assumed the title of O’Conor Sligo for the first time”


He is describing the warring between Gaelic Chiefs. O’Connor Sligoe



They were killed by the (Irish) Army on Ben Bulben in September 1922.

Brigadier Seamus Devins;
Division Adjutant Brian MacNeill;
Captain Harry Benson;
Lieutenant Paddy Carroll;
Volunteer Tommy Langan;
Volunteer Joseph Banks.

For more information:

Carlton Youngers’ Book “Ireland’s Civil War. ”

The Published narrative of the Noble Six incident in Sligo was written by Scottish University professor, Michael Hopkinson of Stirling University, 1988.

Also, the 1981 biography of the Army leader in the Sligo : “The Blacksmith of Ballinalee” by Comdt Padraic O’Farrell (deceased). The biography of Richard Mulcahy, has nothing in it about the Sligo’s Noble Six event, and one would think, as National commander of the Army on that day, as Minister for Defence in the Fine Gael -Cumann na nGaedhael government

The week of 20 September 1922 in Sligo, Ireland.