Honner, Robert

Eliza Fennick leaves the Mocatta family in London in 1812 and journeys to Ireland to become governess to the Robert Honner family. The Honners had been living in India, where Robert Honner had been an officer in the Nineteenth Regiment of the British Army. The Honners had four children: three girls and one son about a year younger than Fennick’s son, Orlando, all having been born in India. Honner had been charged with inappropriate behavior toward another officer in India in 1807 and was discharged from the Army. The Honners had returned to Ireland and in 1811 settled into an impressive estate, Lee Mount, just outside Cork. Honner's pleas for reinstatement were to no avail, so by the time Fenwick was approached about coming to Lee Mount as governess, he had resigned himself to life as a country gentleman, though his schemes for the property would not materialize as he hoped. Fenwick will leave the Honners in 1814, and shortly thereafter the property would be sold to John T. Hartnell.