Crimean War, another century. My grandmother was a ffrench Blake-Forster and we heard so much about the Crimean war I wonder if we are related to this man. search O’Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forster Sept. Names follow in families. I can’t seem to find Francis Rowland’s family and wonder if he is related.

Sisi in England

Colonel Forster 1822 – 1910

Always referred to as simply Colonel Forster, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Rowland Forster was constantly by Sisi’s side when she came to Ireland.   He accompanied Empress Elisabeth whilst hunting and represented the Viceroy at official welcomes and departures from the island.

Colonel Forster was Master of the Horse, the fourth most-important official in the Viceroy’s (Lord Lieutenant) household.  He served many Viceroys including Earl Spencer and the Duke of Marlborough.

Forster joined the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards and served with distinction in the Crimean War from October 1854 to July 1855.    He was present at the battles of Balaclava and Inkerman and at the siege of Sebastapol.  Colonel Forster was made Lieutenant Colonel in 1865 and effectively retired from the army in 1865.

In Dublin he took up the post of Master of the Horse five years before Empress Elisabeth went to Ireland and he served in the post for more than 25 years.  Colonel Forster also became Chief Ranger of the Curragh, the home of Irish horse racing.

Forster served on Balrothery District Council.  He was a supporter of the Liberals but did not agree with Gladstone on Home Rule for Ireland.    In 1899 Colonel Forster told the council that if he could believe that Home Rule would not mean civil war he would gladly support it.   The Nationalists dominated the council’s membership and in 1908 Colonel Forster was attacked for donating £15 to the cause of unionism.

He was buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery in South Dublin.

Picture: Irish Viceroy’s House where Colonel Forster worked. Now Irish President’s House. By William Murphy – Flickr: Phoenix Park – Áras an Uachtaráin, CC BY-SA 2.0,



Irish Viceroy's House where Sisi's companion Colonel Forster worked. Now Irish President's House.

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© Sisi in England

Crimean War Period Beckwith Cavalry Carbine owned by Captain Forster 4th Dragoon Guards – Charge of the Heavy Brigade

Personal note: search O’Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forster Sept. Names follow in families. I can’t seem to find Francis Rowland’s family and wonder if he is related.

Forster family genealogy

of County Galway

John O’Hart

Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation.

1892 (5th Edition)

Volume 2


CAPTAIN Francis Forster, Chief of Cloonene, who died 22nd September, 1698, married the daughter of Sir James O’Donnellan, Lord Chief Justice of Connaught, in 1637 (son of Chief of Clan Bresal), and had:

2.  Major James Forster, High Sheriff of the county Galway in 1689-99, who married Eleanor, daughter of Colonel Gerald Burke of Tyaquin Castle, Co. Galway, and had:

1.  John Forster of Crushnabawn, who d.s.p. in Dublin in 1702. This John married Mary, daughter of Charles Lambert, Esq., an adherent of King James II, and killed at Derry in 1689.

II.  Captain Forster, of whom presently.

3.  Captain Francis Forster, of Rathorpe; went to France after the Treaty of Limerick, returned in 1693 a Colonel.  Succeeded to Cloonene on the death of his elder brother, s.p.;  he died in 1720, leaving ten children, from whom the late Captain Blake Forster, of Forster-street, Galways was descened.

4.  James Forster, deceased, that eldest son.

Enter my mother’s family lore.  See link:

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Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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