Henry McDowell, F.I.G.R.S., M.A.P.G.I.
Tel: (353 -1) 628 8347
Areas of research: All of Ireland
Special interests: minor gentry;
Henry McDowell worked in publishing in London before
returning to Ireland to become a full-time genealogist.
His early interest in the subject was encouraged
by an uncle who was a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
While in London, he spent many hours at the Society
of Genealogists Library, which was then housed not
far from where he lived with his young family in
Chelsea. Back in Ireland, Henry was delighted to
find that Dr. Edward MacLysaght, former Chief Herald
of Ireland, was, as always, ready to share his great
knowledge of Irish families. His successor as Chief
Herald, Gerard Slevin, became a friend, and kindly
suggested that Henry should take his place at the
XIIIth International Congress of Genealogical and
Heraldic Sciences in London in 1976. As a result,
Henry was invited to speak at the very first Australasian
The McDowells settled at Celbridge Lodge, once a
miller's house standing in a little park, in the
historic village of Celbridge, twelve miles upstream
from Dublin on the River Liffey. Soon clients began
to visit Henry in his genealogical library, and now,
almost forty years later, they still come. Celbridge
Lodge has featured in Sybil Connolly's In an Irish
House and more recently in Living in Ireland by Barbara
and Rene Stoeltie, published by Taschen.
Henry McDowell served on the editorial committee
of the Irish Genealogist and contributed to the American
edition of Burke's Irish Family Records. He is a
longstanding member of AGRA (the Association of Genealogists
and Researchers in Archives) and a founder member
of APGI. In 1989 he was elected a Fellow of the Irish
Genealogical Research Society, and he served as President
of the Kildare Archaeological Society for five years,
2000-2004. Henry is a life member of the Society
of Genealogists, and his interests also include the
Irish Country Furniture Society.
He served as an APGI consultant in the Genealogical
Advisory Service at the Genealogical Office, and
he was President of APGI for 2001-2003. Future plans
include genealogical publications from Dundalgan
Press, a company founded by his grandfather, William
Tempest, in 1859.