The Hutchins family – owners of Ardnagashel from the early 19th century – sold parts of their estate to Ronald and Audrey Kaulback in 1946. They opened a country house hotel in their own special fashion. It was known all over Ireland, especially for the sophisticated wine cellar. The couple’s biographical data are:
RONALD JOHN HENRY KAULBACK OBE (23 July 1909 in Kingston/Ontario – 2nd October 1995, he was 86 y), more about him here.
AUDREY ELIZABETH HOWARD-SNEYD (25 Januar 1916 in London – 14 August 1994, she was 78 y), more about her here.
Audrey Elisabeth Howard met Ronald in 1934, the year she came out as a debutante. With the Duke of Norfolk as head of the Catholic branch of the Howards, not-too-distant relative, Audrey Elisabeth is listed in ‚Debrett’s Peerage’ guide, a sort of aristocratic ‚Who’s Who’, based on blood lines.
Audrey and Ronald married on the 18th March 1940 (she was 24 y, he was 31 y) – shortly after his returning from the six and more years spent in Tibet; they had four children: two girls which came to Ardnagashel as small children in 1946 and the twins Peter and Brian who were born during their early years in Ardnagashel.
Audrey and Ronald separated two years after his heart attack (1974) in 1976, they divorced in 1984 (she was 68, he was 75 y). Ronald’s second wife was Joyce.