Venerable Weldon ASHE Archdeacon of Killala
- Born: 1826, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
- Marriage: Katherine Elizabeth PLUNKET on 1 Sep 1853 in Headford, Tuam, co. Galway, Ireland
- Died: 4 Jul 1874, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, Ireland aged 48
- Buried: Aasleagh Church of Ireland, co. Mayo, Ireland
Extract from "Alumni Dubliensis" by A. Thom (1935)
ASHE, WELDON, Pen. (Mr. King), Nov. 6, 1845, aged 19; son of William, Clericus; born Co. Limerick. B.A. and M.A. Vern. 1852.
Extract from the Dublin Evening Post dated Tuesday, 6 November 1849
At an Ordination held in the Church of Westport, on Sunday, 29th of October, the following gentlemen were ordained by the Lord Bishop of Tuam:
Weldon Ashe, T.C.D.
Extract from the "Connaught Watchman" dated Wednesday, 11 August 1852
South Mayo. - The Lord Bishop arrived here early last week to lay the first stone of our Missionary Church at the Killeries.
There were between three and four hundred people present. A convert, before he went away, gave a pound to help the building fund. The hall, which is not very large, and all the approaches thereto, are filled on each Sabbath almost to suffocation; the heat is sometimes insupportable, whilst to give more space I stand upon the staircase during the entire service, and as it is impossible when once the congregation assemble to move about amongst them, I robe upstairs, and walk down step by step until I find the proper level. All this the Bishop went through cheerfully on last Sunday, when kindly taking the duty. I addressed a meeting of 570 in Irish on Monday last, at the laying of another foundation stone. What stronger evidence can we wish for the extension of the work, and the good effected in Ireland, than the number of churches springing up everywhere? - Weldon Ashe, Missionary.
Extract from "A Fortnight in Ireland" by Sir Francis B. Head, Bart (1852)
At fourteen miles from Westport we came to a beautiful narrow lake, at the head of which a number of workmen were busily erecting a large substantial stone Protestant church with Gothic windows.
Opposite to the church, embedded in trees, was a most beautiful retreat, called "Ashley Lodge", belonging to the Hon. David Plunket (brother to the Bishop of Tuam), who has lately purchased from the Marquis of Sligo the whole range of mountains for three miles.
I here passed on the road two or three groups of children, all, especially the girls, strikingly clean and neatly dressed. Following them at some distance was a tall, slight, intelligent gentleman, whose black clothes and white neckcloth clearly explained to me that he was a Protestant clergyman. I accordingly desired the driver to pull up, and for a few moments conversed with the Rev. Weldon Ashe, who informed me that, although the church was not yet built, his congregation amounted to 102 persons. Just as I was leaving him, I made some observation on the pleasing appearance of his children. "We teach them cleanly habits," he replied.
Extract from "The Morning Chronicle" dated 9 Sep 1853
Marriages: On the 1st inst., at Headford Church, by the Bishop of Tuam, uncle to the bride, the Rev. Weldon Ashe, A.M., to Katherine Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the Hon. the Dean of Tuam, and grand-daughter to Lord Plunket and the late Sir Robert Lynch Blosse, Bart.
Extract from the "Waterford Mail" dated Tursday, 9 September 1858
Consecration of Ausleagh Church, County Mayo.
Upon Wednesday, the 1st of September, the beautiful church of Ausleagh, so picturesquely situated at the head of the Killeries, was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Tuam, under the name of the Church of St. John the Baptist. An impressive sermon was delivered by the Rev. Weldon Ashe, the first missionary labourer in this once benighted district, and to whom it must have given much pleasure to see nearly 200 listeners collected within this church.
Extract from "Fasti Ecclesiae Hibernicae: The Succession of Prelates and Members of the Cathedral Bodies of Ireland" by Henry Cotton (1878 )
S. Laoca: 1854. Weldon Ashe, M.A.; collated, Aug. 4; installed same day; resigned in 1867. He died in 1874, at Enniscrone.
Ardagh: 1867. Weldon Ashe, M.A.; a Prebendary of Tuam; elected, Sept. 3 [B.P.]; died, June 11, 1874.
Prebendary of Tuam and Incumbent of Anaghdown.
Buried at Aasleagh Church of Ireland, which is the southern most graveyard in Co. Mayo about half a mile north of Leenane. It was founded in the early 19th century. His Memorial reads:
In loving memory of Weldon Ashe
the first incumbent of this church
5 lines virtues
He died Archdeacon of Killala
July 14th 1874 aged 48 years
Extract from the "Mayo Constitution" dated Tuesday, 26 March 1867
The Lord Bishop of Tuam has been pleased to appoint the Rev. Weldon Ashe, rector of Annaghdown, to the living of Ballina, Kilmoremoy, etc.
Extract from the "Mayo Constitution" dated Tuesday, 14 May 1867
The Rev. Weldon Ashe, Rector at Kilmoremoy, is not expected to take up his residence at Ardnaree Glebe for some weeks yet. - Tyrawly Herald
Extract from the "Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette" dated Saturday, 18 May 1867
Weldon Ashe, A.M. appointed to Union of Kilmoremoy, Ballina.
Extract from"Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1868"
Ashe, Weldon, A.M. Prebendary of Killala, Incumbent of Kilmoremoy (Killala), Ballina.
Extract from "The Evening Freeman" dated Monday, 13 January 1868
The Rev. Weldon Ashe, Incumbent of Annaghadown, Diocese of Tuam, holds a Benefice of £478, consistinf of two Parishes with an Anglicaan population of 46, one Dissenter, and 5,745 Catholics; Stackpoole's Returns describe him as an absentee, and that he "farms" his duties to a Curate at £100 a year; he is also Rector of Kilmoremoy, valued at £787.
Extract from the "Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette" dated Saturday, 17 February 1872
We observe that the Hon. and Right Rev. Dr. Bernard, Bishop of Tuam, has appointed the Rev. Weldon Ashe, rector of Kilmoremoy, to the Archdeaconry of Killala
First incumbent of Aasleagh and Archdeacon of Killala.
Extract from Burke's "A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland" (1958)
Weldon (Rev.), of Annaghdown, Prebendary of Tuam, married 1 Sep. 1853, Catherine, eldest daughter of Very Rev. Robert Plunket, Dean of Tuam, and Rector of Headfort (see Burke's Peerage, Plunket), and died 4 July 1874, leaving issue:
- William C. married Zadie, daughter of Professor Haughton.
Extract from Public Record Office of Ireland
Index to Probate and Administration Calendars, 1858-1877
Name of Deceased: Weldon Ashe (Archdeacon)
Will or Intestacy: Intestate
Extract from Ireland Calendar of Wills and Administrations
ASHE, Venerable Weldon. 4 August. Letters of Administration of the personal estate of the Venerable Weldon Ashe, late of Ballina, County Sligo, Archdeacon of Killala, deceased, who died 4 July 1874 at Enniscrone in said County, were granted at the Principal Registry to Katherine Elizabeth Ashe, of Ballina, Widow of said deceased. Effects under £3,000.
Weldon married Katherine Elizabeth PLUNKET, daughter of Very Rev. Robert PLUNKET and Mary LYNCH-BLOSSE, on 1 Sep 1853 in Headford, Tuam, co. Galway, Ireland. (Katherine Elizabeth PLUNKET was born in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland and died on 9 May 1887 in Lansdown House, Burwood, Sydney, NSW, Australia.)