Commander Edward Spencer Meara

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Edward Spencer Meara

Birthplace: Ballynakill Parish, Waterford, Ireland
Death: Died in Middlesex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of George Emilius James Meara, Esquire and Honorable Sarah Ward
Husband of Ellen Knight
Father of Ida Trevor Robins and Nellie Violet Ward Meara
Brother of Theodosia Charlotte Sophia Meara; Lieutenant William Henry Petty Meara and Arabella Elizabeth Susan Meara

Occupation: Royal Navy Commander
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About Commander Edward Spencer Meara

Edward Spencer Meara, captain of the vessel HMS Nymphe used in anti-slavery operations in the late 1860s of the coast of Africa.

Edward Spencer Meara, step-father of William, Ernest and Edith Renshaw, died on 15 June 1886, in Kensington, London; he was 56. The cause of death is not known. He left a personal estate valued at £19,659, 12s, 6d.

Reference: ADM 196/13/315 Description:

  • Name Meara, Edward Spencer
  • Date of Birth: 09 June 1830
  • Rank: Commander
  • Date of enrolment: 04 April 1851

From Anne-Marie Healy-Kalishoek

According to his marriage registration his father's name was George. I found George back as a tenant in the parish of BALLYNAKILL County Waterford in 1852.

  • Family Name 1 MEARA
  • Forename 1 GEORGE
  • Landlord Nicholas M Power
  • Location
  • County WATERFORD
  • Place Name BALLYNAKILL
  • Place Type PARISH

In the parish are several gentlemen's seats, of which the principal are May Park, the residence of George Meara, Esq., pleasantly situated near the banks of the Suir, and commanding some fine views; Mount Pleasant, the handsome residence of S. King, Esq., near the high road; Belmont, the seat of J. Roberts, Esq., situated near the river; and Ballynakill House, the property of N. Power, Esq., now occupied by a tenant. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Waterford, with the vicarages of Ballygunner, Kilma-cleague, read more :

Tithe applotment George Meara, Ballynakill

Maypark is listed in the occupancy of George Meara Esq in the Slater’s Directory of 1846. The property consisted of house, offices and land with a total area over 46 acres. It was valued at £181.5 shillings. A Thomas Mack Murray was listed as the occupier of the gate house which was valued at £2 5 shillings.


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Commander Edward Spencer Meara's Timeline

June 9, 1830
Ballynakill Parish, Waterford, Ireland
January 1845
Age 14
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom

Cheltenham College Register, 1841-1889, lists the entry of both ES Meara and brother George in January of 1845.

January 11, 1854
Age 23

The United Service Magazine, 1854.

June 1863
Age 32

Colburn’s United Service Magazine and Naval and Military Journal, 1863., P 286

September 1, 1863
Age 33
London, United Kingdom

Possible account of Meara returning from Brazil.

"The Brazil And River Plate Mails." Times [London, England] 1 Sept. 1863: 6. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 2 Sept. 2013.

January 2, 1865
Age 34
London, United Kingdom

Commander Meara Appointed Inspecting Commander in Coast Guard

Times (London, England), Monday, Jan 02, 1865; pg. 9; Issue 25071

October 1865
Age 35
Waterford, Waterford City, Waterford, Ireland

Attends the coming of age festivities for the heir of Lord Waterford, styled Lord Tyrone, thrown by Lord Waterford at Curraghmore House, Waterford in October 1865. The Times lists "Mrs and the Misses Meara and Captain Meara" as attending.

June 1866
Age 35

Meara removed as Inspecting Commander, Dingle to Malahide, Colburn’s United Service Magazine, 1866.

January 1, 1870
Age 39

Meara listed as Commander of the Nymphe, The United Service Magazine. H. Colburn, 1870.

January 24, 1870
Age 39

Notice ran in the Times "Naval Intelligence" column of Meara's departure from Command of the Nymphe and the Royal Navy.