Caroline, Countess of Kingston
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This chapter outlines the life and contribution to education of Caroline, Countess of Kingston (1754–1823). Born in Ireland, Caroline FitzGerald was a member of the Anglican community. Wealthy in her own right, she brought great riches to her marriage and, though predeceased by Robert King, her husband and cousin, she retained that personal wealth. The couple and their large family lived in Mitchelstown Castle, Co. Cork. Their newly renovated home was situated in an extensively remodelled demesne. The couple, together and separately, provided employment and social supports for the people of Mitchelstown and surrounding areas. Caroline was the sole benefactor of an orphanage and a number of schools. Her involvement with educational provision met with such robust opposition, especially from local Catholic clergymen, that eventually she withdrew her support.