Knox – Gore Monument

Knox - Gore Monument, Beleek Woods, Ballina by Monucg
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This eye – catching Knox – Gore Monument situated within Beleek Woods is a popular visitor site.  It was erected as a Memorial to Sir Francis Author Knox – Gore (1803 – 1873) of Beleek Manor.  According to this site the large waterless Mound was constructed to accommodate the burial of a favourite horse. [i]

Following the demise of his father James Knox on 21st October 1818 his eldest son Francis Author Gore of Beleek Manor succeeded him.  He was created a Baronet on 5th December 1868.  He erected Beleek Castle in the Demesne.  Following his demise on 21st May 1873 Baronet Francis Arthur Knox – Gore: he was buried in view of the Castle in the Demesne grounds.  His son Sir Charles James the 2nd Baronet had a Monument of cut stone that was surrounded by a moat erected over the internment site.  Years later Sir Charles was interred with his dog Phizzie along the banks of the river Moy within the Demesne.[ii]

Beleek Castle was established between 1825 to 1831 at a cost of £ 10,000, it was designed by Architect John Benjamin Keanes in a Neo Gothic style.  Sir Francis Knox-Gore 1st Baronet inhabited Beleek Castle with his wife Sarah plus their nine children.  He was buried in Beleek Demesne according to his wishes.  James Franklin Fuller designed a Neo – Gothic Monument in Beleek Woods that marks his internment place.  His wife plus his favourite horse were buried beside him.  His son Charles, the 2nd Baronet is buried within the Demesne with his dog Phizzie near the banks of the Moy.[iii]

This monument situated within Beleek Woods in Ballina, Co. Mayo was erected by Charles James, son of Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore of Beleek Manor.  It was designed by James Franklin Fuller in an Hiberno – Romanesque style.  He had requested that he be interred in the grounds of his Estate with his house.  There are images on this page. (3rd November 2017) [iv]

Sir Arthur Francis Knox-Gore arranged for the construction of Belleek Manor.  He is buried alongside his beloved horse in a mausoleum in the woods. [v]

The Knox – Gore Monument in Beleek Woods is also known as ‘The Horse’s Grave’: https://www.northmayo.ie/the-seven-wonders-of-mayo-north/

Footnote

A large Neo – Gothic Monument marks the internment place of Sir Francis Knox – Gore during 1873 in Beleek Woods in Ballina: https://irelandonabudget.com/ballina-in-county-mayo/

This site mentions that the Knox – Gore monument in Beleek Woods is also known as ‘The Horse’s Grave’: https://www.discoverireland.ie/mayo/belleek-woods

Image of Monument plus review mentioned at this link: https://www.inspirock.com/ireland/ballina/gore-knox-monument-a4160116839

A review on this Tripadvisor site stated that a monument was erected over resting place of Sir Francis following his demise during 1883. It had a deep moat surrounding it.  It was erected by Sir Francis’s son Charles: https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/ShowUserReviews-g211864-d4213565-r575490924-Gore_Knox_Monument-Ballina_County_Mayo_Western_Ireland.html

The Knox – Gore family history plus monument is mentioned at this link: http://lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2016/03/belleek-manor.html

This site has the history plus several images of Knox Family plus the grave of Charles with his dog near the shores of the River Moy: http://davidhicksbook.blogspot.com/2019/02/

An image of the Monument by Sarah Mc Nicholas from 1st April 2018 features on this site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133134049@N07/40591523964

This link has a map of the Monument site in Beleek Woods: https://mapcarta.com/N4615930578

David Hicks on Twitter during 10th of November 2019 believed that the James Franklin Fuller’s sculpture in Beleek Woods in Ballina was modelled on the 1840’s Castle Lacken Gazebo at this link:

https://twitter.com/davidhicksbook/status/1193534743117205504?lang=en

Bibliography

[i] Ballina (https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/places-to-visit/mayo/ballina-knox-gore-monument-at-belleek-manor/) [assessed 5th April 2021]

[ii] Beleek Manor (https://www.mayo-ireland.ie/en/towns-villages/ballina/ballina-history-belleek-mannor.html) [assessed 5th April 2021]

[iii] Beleek Castle (https://www.belleekcastle.com/history.html) [assessed 5th April 2021]

[iv] Mausoleum (https://murtaghsmeadow.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/mausoleum-at-belleek-woods/) [assessed 5th April 2021]

[v] Beleek Wood (https://mayo.me/2015/03/24/belleek-wood-mayos-best-forest-park/) [assessed 5th April 2021]

 

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