Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes (neé De La Cherois Crommelin), born in 1854, was married to John Gordon Holmes, a Church of Ireland Minister based in Antrim, in 1883.

When John died in November 1889, she moved from Antrim with their children to a house in Downpatrick, loaned by her maternal Uncle John (Lord Dunleath). Their daughter Eileen, was born in Downpatrick in April 1890, five months after John’s death.

Elizabeth’s family, social obligations and charity work consumed the majority of her time. Moving permanently to live in England in 1894, with her children, Dorothea (Dolly), John (Johnny) and Eileen, she returned frequently to visit family. She died April 1942.

Researcher: Alison Duddy

PRONI Reference for Diary: D3739/2

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Elizabeth Holmes Diary Entries

5th March, 1890
Norah came in her riding habit...
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27th April, 1890
Felt very thankful baby was so healthy...
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8th June, 1890
Dear little Eileen Sophia was baptised...
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12th July, 1890
Nurse & Fanny went to see the Orange Processions...
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29th September, 1890
Children rather troublesome...
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10th October, 1890
Felt greatly overcome at the associations...
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13th November, 1890
God has been very merciful to me all this past year...
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31st December, 1890
My dear little chicks are all in good health...
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6th January, 1891
Making of my black silk dress…
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13th February, 1891
Did some gardening...
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1st May, 1891
A new nurse came who I did not care for at all...
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8th August, 1891
We went to tea at the Prices...
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