THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway,Thursday, April 8, 1824
WILL OF LUKE WHITE, ESQ.
(From the Weekly Globe)
The remains of this Gentleman, one of the Representatives for the county of
Leitrim, who lately died at his house Park-lane, have been conveyed to Dublin
for interment. His property amounted to 30,000l. a year real estate, and
100,000l. in money and securities. This, which remained after the enormous sum
of 200,000l. expended upon election, he has bequeathed by will as follows:
To his eldest son, Colonel Thomas White, of Woodlands, county of Dublin,
who, in 1819 married Juliana, daughter of Viscount Gort, 5,000l. a year. This
includes the estate of Buttvell's town, (now Woodlands) near Dublin, purchased
from the late Earl of Carhampton, for a sum of 100,000l.
To his second son, married to Miss Rothe, 7,000l. a year.
To his third son, not married, 4,500l. a year.
To his fourth son, Colonel Henry White, not married, the present
Representative for the county of Dublin, 13,000l. a year.
To his son, by his second wife, 500l. a year for a certain time, and then
10,000 in lieu of that annuity.
To his three daughters, 10,000l. each.
The marriage settlement on his widow is 1,000l. a year.
It is said that his eldest son offended him by refusing to offer himself a
candidate for Dublin, with a promise to support the Catholic cause.
Mr. White was the artist of his own fortune.- He began his career in Dublin
sale clerk to a Mr. Valence, an eminent book auctioneer-then became a
bookseller, and afterwards a lottery office keeper. In this latter line he is
supposed to have acquired a considerable part of his wealth. When Mr. Corry was
Chancellor of the Exchequer for Ireland; Mr. White became the contractor of the
Irish loan, on which he paid instalments to the amount of 75,000l. which he
forfeited, having thought fit to decline the completion of his bargain. At a
critical period of his country, when the public money was exhausted, he came
forward and advanced a loan to a considerable amount to Government.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News