Nugent Talbot Everard was born in Torquay and his two first names were given to him in deference to the two great families with whom the Everards were connected – the Nugent/O’Reillys of Ballinlough and the Talbots of Malahide who were also connected with the O’Reillys via Margaret O’Reilly. Margaret was the elder sister of Barbara O’Reilly who had married Thomas Everard.
Nugent was only thirteen when he inherited and was already at Harrow. From there he proceeded to Cambridge and prior to completing his time there he came to live at Randlestown in 1870. John Nevin, the farm manager, and the son of the previous farm manager, William Nevin, had this to say when he wrote in 1940 of his lifelong service to the Everard family:-‘Nugent was the first of the Everard family to make his home in Randlestown for upward of 60 years, previous the house & estate were rented continually. And a great many changes and repair had to take place. The house and yards had to be renovated. Nugent Everard commenced to make his home modern and to live up to a country gentleman’s life, in hunting and sporting. And the Meath Militia he joined as Lieutenant.’
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