|Arms of the 1st Baron Langford|
The family of LANGFORD was once prominent in the borough of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, and had formerly considerable property in the town's corporation.
Both Sir Roger Langford and Sir Hercules Langford were mayors of Carrickfergus in 1614, 1615, 1623, 1631, and 1639.
Captain Roger Langford, sometime joint governor of Carrickfergus, commanded 100 foot-soldiers at Carrickfergus in 1603.
HERCULES LANGFORD (c1625-83), another of the family, began to build a castle in the town, which was called by the family name, and was completed in the early 17th century.
This gentleman was created a baronet, in 1661, of Kilmackedrett, County Londonderry, and of Summer Hill, County Meath; and was high sheriff of County Antrim, 1661.
This gentleman was created a baronet in 1667.
Sir Hercules married Mary, daughter of Henry Upton, of Castle Upton, County Antrim, MP for Carrickfergus, and had issue, Arthur, Henry, Theophilus, Mary and Martha.
MARY LANGFORD was the wife of Sir John Rowley MP, ancestor of Lord Langford. Their grandson, Hercules Langford Rowley, married Elizabeth Upton, who was created Viscountess Langford in 1766. Their daughter, the Hon Jane Rowley, married Thomas Taylour, 1st Earl of Bective. Lord and Lady Bective's fourth son was created Baron Langford in 1800.Sir Hercules died in 1683 and was buried at St Michan's Church, Dublin; when the Summer Hill estate devolved upon Lady Rowley.
Sir Hercules' eldest son,
SIR ARTHUR LANGFORD, 2nd Baronet (c1652-1716), was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and admitted to Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1671.
He was said to be a fervent Presbyterian and gave funds to the Church in Dublin. He leased Rahinstown in 1691 to Thomas Bomford. Sir Arthur was MP for County Antrim in 1715.
Sir Arthur was succeeded by his younger brother,
SIR HENRY LANGFORD, 3rd Baronet (ca 1656-1725), above, who possessed estates in Devon at Bradninch, and Combsatchfield, near Silverton.
Sir Henry acquired Barton Hall estate, near Torquay, in 1710.
In 1710, he bought the manor of Kingskerswell, and bequeathed all his estates to his godson, Thomas Brown, who later built the family vault and buried Sir Henry therein.
On Sir Henry's death, the title became extinct.
First published in March, 2011.