Sir Arthur Vicars

Sir Arthur Vicars had been Ulster King of Arms and custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels which were kept in Dublin Castle, their disappearance in 1907 . Vicars was found guilty of negligence and dismissed, ruined socially and financially with neither position nor pension, At the invitation of his half-brother, George Mahony, he came to live in Kilmorna House. When George died in 1912, he left the estate to Sir Arthur’s sister, Edith, who lived in London. She decided that Sir Arthur could continue to live in Kilmorna. That he remained there during the War of Independence


1862 Jul 27 Born Warwickshire


1901 census at Wellington Road , Pembroke West, Dublin


1907 Marriage to Gertrude Winifred Wright (1854 to 1946)


1911 census at Kilmeany , Kerry No exactly bashful about his profession


1921 Apr 14, Shot at Kilmorna Castle, Kerry


IRA Witness Statement Shortly after 9th April1921, I received information that Sir Arthur Vickers was a spy and that his house Kilmorna House known locally as the 'GreatHouse' was being taken over by the military as a 'BlockHouse' . If this happened Abbeyfeale and the surrounding areas of Duagh, Knockanure and Newtownsandes would have been in danger. I issued an order to Jim Costello, company captain of Duagh, in whose area the 'Great House' was located, for the execution of Vickers and the burning down of the 'Great House'. The order was duly carried out by men of the Duagh Company under Jim Costello .The two men who actually carried out the execution of Vickers were named Michael Langan and Michael Sheehy. None of the men in the column took part in this

IRA Witness Statement Vicar's valet describes the burning of the house and Vicar's death. The valet was associated with the IRA and did not think that Vicars was dealt with fairly, and that he was not a spy

IRA Witness Statement




Shot by IRA as British spies