Caroline, Countess of Dunraven
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This chapter outlines the life and contribution to education of Caroline, Countess of Dunraven (1790–1870). Caroline Wyndham, whose family owned property in Wales and England, was a member of the Anglican community. She was her father’s sole heiress and potentially much richer than her husband, Windham Henry of the Gaelic Quin family, whom she married in 1810. The couple and their three children lived in Adare, Co. Limerick. They eventually built a new manor house on the site of the original property. Caroline and Windham, together and separately, wrought improvements to the picturesque village. They provided philanthropic support for the Catholic and Protestant inhabitants of Adare and its surrounding areas. Caroline did likewise around her homes in Wales and England. In Adare, with the support of the Hibernian and Kildare Place Societies, Caroline maintained a school for the education of Protestant children, mainly, in a restored Augustinian Abbey. A Sunday school was also conducted there with Caroline’s support.