Papa Jack's Heritage Room

This Heritage Room at Castle Leslie belongs to ‘Papa Jack’. This was the pet-name given to the second Sir John Leslie in order to distinguish him from his father, the first baronet, and from his own son John, who took up the Irish cause and changed his name to Shane. Views of the front of the castle and splendid tree-lined avenue can be seen from the window. The first Sir John painted Papa Jack in a Grenadier Guards Officer uniform and this picture hangs outside the room today.

Jack led a successful career with the regiment, serving in various campaigns with the force in Egypt and across the African continent, as well as the Second Boer War in South Africa towards the end of the 19th century. He remained faithful to the Crown even after his wartime career concluded, taking up arms against Home Rule and drilling UVF soldiers on the Estate in the 1910s. He was also Colonel of the Monaghan Militia, Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff for Monaghan.

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