Very Rev. CT Ovenden
Earlscliffe was purchased in 1922 from Rachel Mary Mahaffy by the Very Rev. Charles Thomas Ovenden, the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin (picture on left courtesy of Patrick Benham). 
C. T. Ovenden was born at Carleton House, in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in September 1846, eldest son of William Chambers Ovenden, M.D.
He was educated at Trinity College Dublin and was married on Feb. 7, 1871, in St. Stephen's Church, Dublin to Isabella Mary, eldest daughter of John Robinson, of Wilton Place, Dublin. 
The deeds were made jointly between the Very Rev and his daughter, Florence. 
Apart from a long and distinguished career in the church, Ovenden was described as "a man of Wonderful versatility. He was a talented musician ; exhibited oil paintings annually in the Dublin Amateur Sketching Club and formerly in the R.H.A." and "was well known as a popular lecturer and writer". 
His self-portrait currently hangs in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 
Florence Irene Harriet was the youngest daughter of C. T. Ovenden and had married Lieutenant H. T. Kennedy, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on Nov 29 1916.
Florence lived on in Earlscliffe after her parents had died in 1924 until she married Captain Arthur Wynne-Finch on the 3rd June 1926. 
Dr Ella Webb
The Dean's daughter, Isabella (Ella) Gertrude Amy Ovenden, was born in 1877 and was educated at Alexandra School, Dublin, Queen’s College, London, and at Göttingen in Germany.
At the age of 18 she surprised her parents by wanting to become a doctor.
She graduated in 1904 and was married in December 1907 to George R. Webb, a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD)  They moved into Hatch Street in Dublin and as well as raising her family and running a private practice, she also held a free-dispensary in Kevin Street. 
During the Easter Rising in 1916 she was on duty and set up a temporary field hospital in a couple of hours, saving the lives of many people. For more details, see the timeline following Dr. Ella Webbs Easter Rising Diary.
Dr. Ella Webb was appointed as an anaesthetist to the Adelaide Hospital in 1918 (the first woman member of the medical staff) and became MD in 1925.  After her younger sister Florence was married, Ella moved in to Earlscliffe with her family in 1927 
Dr. Webb was a close colleague of Dr. Kathleen Lynn   , and Dr Dorothy Stopford Price  and had worked with them at Saint Ultan's Hospital for Infants. St. Ultan's was founded by Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine Ffrench-Mullen at 37 Charlemont Street in Dublin and opened in 1919. (Saint Ultan was a Bishop of Meath who had cared for children orphaned by the Bui Connall or Yellow Plague). 
Webb is also reputed to have appointed the first Medical Social Worker (or Almoner as they were then known) in Ireland. She had made a request in 1919 at a meeting of the Red Cross Society in Dublin for a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) to help in the dispensary for sick children that she had established in the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin the previous year. Miss Winifred Alcock, who had been training as an Almoner in London, responded to the request and started voluntary work with Dr Webb. After three years Miss Alcock put in a request for a full time salaried assistant  resulting in the appointment of Miss Olive Crawford as the first qualified almoner. This was the beginning of social work in the Irish hospital system. 
Dr. Webb studied mortality among children in Dublin under one year old, which was abnormally high in 1915  and did pioneering work in preventative medicine with children.  She became famous for prescribing a teaspoonful of Guinness for infants recovering from gastroenteritis.  She was also the founder of the Children's Sunshine Home in Stillorgan, Dublin which was originally a convalescent home for children suffering from rickets in the early 1920s. 
She was made a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem and was awarded the MBE in 1918 for her medical work during the Easter Rising (see also Earlscliffe Residents 1930 to 1945 - Sir John Lumsden). She was also a member of the Joint Committee of the British Red Cross Society. 
Dr. Webb moved into Earlscliffe in March 1927  with her husband George, her son, David Allerdice and daughter Mary Ovenden Webb.
David was 15 when the family moved into Earlscliffe; an impressionable age for a young man! We wonder if it was the wonderful plant life in and around Earlscliffe that encouraged David to study Botany.
He graduated at Trinity College Dublin in 1935 in natural Sciences and later gained a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. He later returned to Dublin to become assistant to the Professor of Plant Biology at Trinity College, a post he was later awarded in 1949. 
David became widely respected for his classification of plants when he wrote the book "An Irish Flora"; a standard textbook that was revised many times and still remains an authority on the flora of Ireland. 
David lived to 82 years of age and died in September 1994.
Although Dr. Webb got immense pleasure from the gardens at Earlscliffe,  she eventually moved out to Rathgar, Dublin. She sold Earlscliffe to a colleague and close friend of hers, the Vice Chairman of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Sir John Lumsden. 
Dr. Webb continued her medical work right up until she died on August 24,1946. She is also buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton, Co. Dublin.  
Scrollable timelines covering related events
The following links display scrollable timelines related to the Ovenden and Webb families, showing births, marriages, deaths and major events in their lives and in their home and working environments.
There is also a link to a timeline following Dr. Ella Webbs Easter Rising Diary.
List of Earlscliffe Residents
-  Title deeds and other legal documents that are currently in the possession of Karen Foley. The size of the lands were stated in the deeds as five acres, one rood and thirty five perches!
-  Taken from "Clogher clergy and parishes [microform] : being an account of the clergy of the Church of Ireland in the Diocese of Clogher, from the earliest period, with historical notices of the several parishes, churches, etc. Seen on the web http://www.archive.org/stream/MN5034ucmf_0/MN5034ucmf_0_djvu.txt on 9th March 2018
-  See http://www.whytes.ie/Biographies/BiogsMP.htm
-  Irish Times, August 11, 1924, pg 8
-  As mentioned in thePeerage.com, a genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. http://www.thepeerage.com/p5765.htm
-  See the entry in http://www.thepeerage.com/p5764.htm#i57636
-  From the book “A ‘Peculiar’ Place: The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin 1839-1989”, David Mitchell, 1990, Blackwater Press, ISBN 0 905471 16 4
-  From the book "Kathleen Lynn, Irishwoman, Patriot, Doctor", Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, Publisher Irish Academic Press, 2006 ISBN 0-7165-2843-6.
-  For more information about Kathleen Lynn, see http://www.loopline.com/23_kathleen_lynn.htm
-  From the National Archives of Ireland, see http://www.nationalarchives.ie/search/index.php?browse=true&category=19&subcategory=148&offset=1910&browseresults=true
-  As told in the book "Social work in Ireland: historical perspectives.", Noreen Kearney, Caroline Skehill, Institute of Public Administration, 2005 ISBN 1904541232, 9781904541233
-  As recounted in "The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin, 1839-2008", Dr Fergus O’Ferrall, Read to the Old Dublin Society, February 20th 2008 and found online here: http://www.adelaide.ie/cms/cms/uploads/files/The%20Adelaide%20Hospital%20Dublin%201839-2008.pdf
-  Journal Of The Statistical And Social Inquiry Society Of Ireland. Part XCVII. President's Address, Infant Mortality And The Notification Of Births Acts, 1907, 1915 by William Lawsoist, LL.D., President http://www.tara.tcd.ie/bitstream/2262/4277/1/jssisiVolXIII479_497.pdf
-  As mentioned in the Statutory Instrument No. 228 of 1996 from the Irish Statute Book, http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/ZZSI228Y1996.html
-  Article about Airfield House, The Forum, Newsletter for Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown Community Forum, Volume 7, Issue 1 March 2006 http://www.dlrcommunityforum.ie/Forum-March-06.pdf
-  Letter to the President of the Council of the Irish Free State from Sir John Lumsden, British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Vice Chairman, Joint Committee, Leinster, Munster and Connaught, 10 December 1923.http://www.nationalarchives.ie
-  Irish Times, Court and Personal, March 5th 1927 pg 6.
-  "New Professor", Irish Times, Nov 10th, 1949 pg 5.
-  "An Irish Flora", D A Webb, 1943, Dundalgan Press, ISBN: 0852211317
-  Obituary: Professor David Webb, The Independent, 11th October 1994. See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-professor-david-webb-1442250.html
-  An obituary for Mr G. R. Webb, M.A., F.T.C.D. appeared in the Irish Times August 17, 1929
-  Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives Dublin Headstones. See http://www.igp-web.com/IGPArchives/ire/dublin/photos/tombstones/dublin-st-fintans-webb/index.html also http://buried.fingal.ie/wp-assets-bif/uploads/register-scans/St_Fintans_1_025.jpg
-  "Dr Ella Webb An Appreciation", Irish Times, Aug 27th 1946 pg 5.
-  Actually, the house was still in her sister Florence's name, so it was actually Florence who sold it to Sir John Lumsden (as seen in the copy of the deeds by David Foley)
-  Irish Times advert for the sale of 'residue' furniture and fittings from Earlscliffe, 26 November, 1929.
-  "Funerals", Irish Times August 28 1946, pg 5
-  "The History of The Royal Scots Fusiliers (1678 —1918)" by John Buchan, as seen on the web http://uchebana5.ru/cont/3995188.html on the 24th Sept 2015
-  Dr Ella Webb is buried at St. Fintan's Cemetery in Sutton. http://buried.fingal.ie/wp-assets-bif/uploads/register-scans/St_Fintans_2_005.jpg
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