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This assimilative faculty finds splendid illustration in the com- paratively modern instance of the noble Swedish family of the De Robecks, who have been in Ire- land for three generations, and are now as racy of the soil, and as thoroughly Irish, as the most lineal descendant of Shane O'Neil or Rory O'More ; and show Irishism even in the extent of their families. True, the Swedish strain has been mingled with that of the MacGilpatrick, and since then with that of the Geraldines and the Lawlesses, but the fact remains that our subject is a typical Irishman in heart and soul, in speech, in manners, and in love of sport. 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The present Baron de Robeck gave up soldiering when he came in for the avital acres, and wish- ing to live amongst his friends in Kildare, he had the task of building a house and enclosing a place. After hesitating between 1899] THE BARON DB ROBBCK. Killashee and Gowran Grange, he chose the latter, and has lived to see the firs which he planted attain fair size and height at Gowran Grange, which is within about four big broad pastures of the grand stand of Punchestown, and for these two days of the meeting in April there is not only open house, but open yard too, for the carriages of his friends who put up here in great numbers (by invitation, of course). Kildare, at the time we write of, was a very rising country in the world of sport. Sir John Ken- nedy, who almost created it and defined its boundaries, has had several successors, among the