Servants were an
integral part of life at
With so much work to be done, the Earl of Portarlington kept a large staff of indoor servants, as well as a range of outdoor men who maintained the park and gardens. The number of indoor staff at any given time depended on whether the Earl and his family were at home or away. In 1911 for example, when only the three year old Viscount was home, there were eight staff present including two nursemaids; the rest of the servants were undoubtedly travelling with Lord and Lady Portarlington.
A full house-staff probably consisted of 12 or more servants, including a butler/house steward, housekeeper, lady’s maid, valet, one or more footmen, 3-4 housemaids, a cook, kitchen maid, dairy-maid and, when children were growing up at Emo, a nursemaid, nanny and governess.