14 May 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

News of the death in London on May 4 last in his 90th year of William Warner Westenra, the 7th Baron Rossmore, evoked sadness and tributes in Co Monaghan where the Rossmore name is closely woven into local history and culture. “Paddy” Rossmore, as he became known among the jet set of swinging ‘60s London, where he won fame as a society photographer and member of a celebrity milieu that saw him for a time engaged in a headline-making relationship with the singer Marianne Faithfull, preserved close links with the Monaghan where his titled family established their main residence at Rossmore Park just outside the town, now a major public recreational amenity managed by Monaghan Co Council and the forestry authority Coillte.

The obituaries and recollection pieces which have appeared in the English national press following his passing explore the character of a society figure and consort of rock glitterati that sits at odds with the image of Lord Rossmore preserved by those in the North Monaghan community who have this week remembered with affection a generous benefactor of local projects and a friend of Monaghan heritage and environmental causes. Although he made his home in London for the greater part of his later life, Paddy Rossmore made regular, mostly low-key visits, to the North Monaghan area over the years where he would reacquaint himself with people he had known from the Rossmore estate in his youth. Land that had been in his family’s possession was passed on by him for projects such as the development of the Monaghan Town swimming pool and the restoration of the Market House building in Market Street.

Members of the Tydavnet Group Water Scheme this week paid tribute to him for facilitating the scheme with water rights to local mountain lakes. But the amenity that is now Rossmore Forest Park will probably be regarded as his and his family’s most enduring legacy to the Monaghan area. The subject of considerable investment and development in recent years after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Monaghan Co…

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