The family of HART is said to descend from Captain Van Hardt, who came from Holland with Prince William of Orange to the battle of the Boyne.
The said captain was granted Kilmoriarty, an estate near Portadown, County Armagh, for services rendered.
Stanley Bell has written a most interesting piece about the Hart family.
HENRY HART (1806-75), of Portadown, County Armagh, married Anne, daughter of the late John Edgar, of Portadown, and dying in 1875, left issue, his eldest son,
SIR ROBERT HART, BARONET, GCMG (1835-1911), of Kilmoriarty, County Armagh, and Peking, China, Inspector-General of Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs and Posts; married, in 1866, Hester Jane, eldest daughter of the late Dr Alexander Bredon, of Portadown.
Sir Robert was a Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG).
His eldest son,
SIR (EDGAR) BRUCE HART, 2nd Baronet (1873-1963),
Educated at Harrow and Oxford; formerly Commissioner in England of Chinese Customs; appointed Blue Button (3rd rank), and Order of the Double Dragon of China.His heir,
SIR ROBERT HART, 3rd Baronet (1918-70); educated at University College Oxford.
The 3rd Baronet died a bachelor and the title became extinct following his decease in 1970.
Residence ~ 30 Hyde Park Place, W2
First published in August, 2012.