Monday, 3 August 2015

The Lonsdale Baronetcy

THE LONSDALE BARONETCY, OF THE PAVILION, COUNTY ARMAGH, WAS CREATED IN 1911 FOR JOHN BROWNLEE LONSDALE

JAMES LONSDALE JP DL (1826-1913), of The Pavilion, City of Armagh, son of Thomas Lonsdale, of Loughgall, County Armagh, married firstly, Jane, daughter of William Brownlee, in 1846.

He married secondly, Harriet, daughter of John Rolston, in 1856. High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1891.
The said James was a substantial tenant farmer at Loughgall. In the 1860s, however, he realised that rather than just produce and sell his own butter, it would be much shrewder to buy other farmers’ butter for the English market.

He established butter depots in Armagh and many other parts of Ireland. Ca 1880, he moved the centre of his operations to Manchester and began to import food produce from the Empire. His two sons, John and Thomas, joined him in this enterprise which became very successful financially.
His eldest son,

(SIR) JOHN BROWNLEE LONSDALE JP DL, BARON ARMAGHDALE, (1849-1924), of The Pavilion,
a partner in J & J Lonsdale and Company; High Sheriff of County Armagh, 1895; MP for Mid-Armagh, 1899-1918; and, for fifteen years, was honorary secretary of the Irish Unionist Party. Sir John was Party Leader for two years; said to be a staunch opponent of Home Rule. HM Lord-Lieutenant of County Armagh, 1920-24.
In 1911, Mr Lonsdale was created a baronet.

Seven years later, in 1918, Sir John was elevated to the peerage, as  BARON ARMAGHDALE.


THE PAVILION, Armagh City, was a single-storey Regency villa of ca 1805, with very wide Georgian-glazed windows and a splendid portico of four Gothic columns supporting a Classical entablature.

It was built for Captain William Whitelaw Algeo JP, who lived there until his decease in 1845.


The doorway was surmounted by a segmental, pointed fanlight; with a Regency veranda on one side of the portico.


The conservatory was of wood and glass construction, with Georgian astragals obscuring the range behind it.

The Pavilion was demolished ca 1960 to make way for a school.

Memorial at Armagh Cathedral

Lord Armaghdale married Florence Rumney, of Stubbins House, Lancashire. They had no children.

The Armaghdales lived latterly at The Dunes, Sandwich Bay, Kent, and kept a London house at Prince's Gardens.

A keen golfer, Lord Armaghdale presented the Lonsdale Cup to the County Armagh Golf Club.

Alas, Lord Armaghdale didn't have long to enjoy the benefits of his peerage: He died in 1924 and, without an heir, the titles became extinct.

Lady Armaghdale died in London in 1937.

First published in July, 2010.

Bessborough House

THE EARLS OF BESSBOROUGH WERE THE SECOND LARGEST LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY KILKENNY, WITH 23,967 ACRES

This ancient and noble family derives its origin from Picardy, in France.

Their ancestor accompanied William, Duke of Normandy, in his expedition to England, and his descendants established their residence at Haile or Hale, near Whitehaven, in Cumberland.

They assumed their surname from the lordship of Ponsonby, in Cumberland.

The office of Barber to the King was conferred upon them about the same time as the Earl of Arran's ancestor was appointed Butler.

JOHN PONSONBY, of Hale, was great-grandfather of

SIR JOHN PONSONBY (c1609-78), Knight, of Hale, colonel of a regiment of horse in the service of CROMWELL; who wedded Dorothy, daughter of John Brisco, of Crofton, Cumberland, and had several children.
After the decease of his wife, Colonel Ponsonby made a settlement of his estates in Cumberland upon certain of those children, and removing himself into Ireland, was appointed, on the reduction of that kingdom, one of the commissioners for taking the depositions of the Protestants, concerning murders said to have been committed during the war, and was sheriff of counties Wicklow and Kilkenny, in 1654. 
He represented the latter county in the first parliament called after the Restoration; had two grants of lands under the acts of settlement, and, by accumulating debentures, left a very considerable fortune.
Sir John was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR HENRY PONSONBY, Knight, at whose decease, in the reign of WILLIAM III, without issue, the estates devolved upon his brother,

THE RT HON WILLIAM PONSONBY (1659-1724), of Bessborough, MP for County Kilkenny in the reigns of ANNE and GEORGE I.

This gentleman was sworn of the Privy Council in 1715, and elevated to the peerage by the title of Baron Bessborough in 1721.

His lordship was advanced to a viscountcy, in 1723, as Viscount Duncannon.

He married Mary, sister of Brabazon Moore, of Ardee, County Louth, and had, with six daughters, three sons,
BRABAZON, his heir;
Henry, major-general;
Folliot.
Lord Duncannon was succeeded by his eldest son,

BRABAZON, 2nd Viscount (1679-1758), who was advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as  EARL OF BESSBOROUGH, in 1739; and created a peer of Great Britain, in 1749, as Baron Ponsonby.

His lordship wedded firstly, Sarah, widow of Hugh Colville, and daughter of James Margetson (son and heir of the Most Rev James Margetson, Lord Archbishop of Armagh), by whom he had issue,
WILLIAM, his successor;
John, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons;
Richard;
Sarah, m to Edward, 5th Earl of Drogheda;
Anne, m to Benjamin Burton;
Elizabeth, m to Rt Hon Sir W Fownes Bt;
Letitia, m to Hervey, Viscount Mountmorres.
The 1st Earl espoused secondly, in 1733, Elizabeth, eldest daughter and co-heir of John Sankey, of Tenelick, County Longford (and widow of Sir John King, and of John Moore, Lord Tullamore), but by that lady had no issue.

He was succeeded by his elder son,

WILLIAM, 2nd Earl (1704-93), who married, in 1739, Lady Caroline Cavendish, eldest daughter of William, Duke of Devonshire, and had surviving issue,
FREDERICK, his successor;
Catherine, m to Aubrey, 5th Duke of St Albans;
Charlotte, m to William, 4th Earl Fitzwilliam.
His lordship was succeeded by his only son,

FREDERICK, 3rd Earl (1758-1844), who wedded, in 1780, Henrietta Frances, second daughter of John, 1st Earl Spencer, by whom he had issue,
JOHN WILLIAM, his successor;
Frederick Cavendish (Sir);
William Francis, 1st Baron de Mauley;
Caroline.
The heir apparent is the present holder's son, Frederick Arthur William Ponsonby, styled Viscount Duncannon.

BESSBOROUGH HOUSE is located in Kildalton near Piltown in County Kilkenny.

It was first built in 1745 by Francis Bindon for the 1st Earl of Bessborough.

Bessborough House, as stated by Mark Bence-Jones, consists of a centre block of two storeys over a basement joined to two-storey wings by curved sweeps.


The entrance front has nine bays; a three-bay pedimented breakfront with a niche above the pedimented Doric doorway.

The roof parapet has urns, while the basement is rusticated; perron and double stairway with ironwork railings in front of the entrance door.

The Hall has a screen of Ionic columns made of Kilkenny marble. The Saloon has a ceiling of Rococo plasterwork; and a notable chimney-piece.

Bessborough House had to be rebuilt in 1929 after it was burned down in 1923.

The Ponsonbys never returned to the house after this.


In 1940, the Oblate Fathers established a seminary at Bessborough House.

The Oblates worked their own bakery, and farmed dairy cows, poultry, cattle, pigs, sheep. They grew potatoes, grain and other crops.

They also had a very good orchard.

Alas, the great mansion has been altered and added-to since the Ponsonbys left: The urns have been removed from the parapet and are now at Belline.

From 1941 to 1971, 360 priests were ordained in Bessborough House, Kildalton.

By 1970, numbers joining the order had fallen and the Oblates decided to sell the property.

It was bought for £250,000 by the Irish Department of Agriculture in 1971.

It was then opened as an agricultural and horticultural college and renamed Kildalton College.

Other seats ~ Parkstead House, Surrey; Sysonby, Leicestershire.

First published in September, 2011.  Bessborough arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Mount Stewart Visit


I paid a brief visit to Mount Stewart estate this afternoon.

I donned the wellington boots and went for a walk to the Rose Garden.

This part of the demesne is awaiting restoration, including the Dairy, the Vinery, the Rose Garden and the walled garden itself.


I could hear a brood of juvenile swallows in one of the outbuildings.


This splendid demesne is a property of the National Trust.


The gardens are superb.

Moore Abbey

THE EARLS OF DROGHEDA WERE THE SECOND LARGEST LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY KILDARE, WITH 16,609 ACRES

This noble family came from France very early after the Conquest, and having acquired a good estate in Kent, resided at the manor of Moore Place, as early as the reign of HENRY II.

THOMAS MOORE, living in the reign of EDWARD II, was ancestor, after ten generations, of

JOHN MOORE, of Benenden Place, Kent, living, in 1519, who had issue,
EDWARD (Sir), father of 1st Viscount Moore;
THOMAS (Sir), ancestor of the Earls of Charleville.
Sir Edward and Sir Thomas went over to Ireland, as soldiers of fortune, in the reign of ELIZABETH I

SIR EDWARD, the elder brother,
obtained, for his services, from Her Majesty, a lease of the dissolved abbey of Mellifont, with its appurtenances, in County Louth, which he made the principal place of his abode; and it so continued that of his descendants until their removal to Moore Abbey, County Kildare, the seat of the Viscounts Loftus, of Ely, which devolved upon the Earl of Drogheda.
Sir Edward married Mildred, daughter and co-heir of Nicholas Clifford, of Great Chart, in Kent, and was succeeded at his decease by his eldest son,

SIR GARRET MOORE (1564-1627), Knight, of Mellifont, MP for the borough of Dungarvan.

Sir Garret rendered distinguished assistance to the government of ELIZABETH I, in quelling the Irish rebellion, and received at Mellifont the submission of Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.

He was elevated to the peerage as Baron Moore in 1616; and advanced to a viscountcy, as Viscount Moore, of Drogheda, in 1621.

His lordship wedded Mary, daughter of Sir Henry Colley, Knight, of Castle Carbery, County Kildare; and dying in 1627, was succeeded by his eldest surviving son,

CHARLES, 2nd Viscount (1603-43).

This nobleman was killed at Portlester, County Meath, in the service of CHARLES I; in which he had previously distinguished himself as a gallant and enterprising officer.

He espoused Alice, younger daughter of Adam, 1st Viscount Loftus, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

HENRY, 3rd Viscount, who was created EARL OF DROGHEDA in 1661.

His lordship married Alice, fifth daughter of William, 2nd Baron Spencer, of Wormleighton, by Lady Penelope Wriothesley, daughter of Henry, Earl of Sunderland; and dying in 1676, was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 2nd Earl, who wedded, in 1669, Lady Letitia Isabella Robartes, daughter of John, Earl of Radnor, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; but dying in 1679 without surviving issue, the honours devolved upon his brother,

HENRY, 3rd Earl, who had assumed the surname of HAMILTON upon inheriting the estates of his brother-in-law, Henry, Earl of Clanbrassil.

His lordship espoused, in 1675, Mary, daughter of Sir John Cole Bt, of Newland, near Dublin, and sister of Arthur, Baron Ranelagh, by whom he had issue,
CHARLES, father of 3rd & 4th Earls;
Arthur, dsp;
Henry, in holy orders;
John, in holy orders;
William;
Robert;
Capel;
Elizabeth.
The 3rd Earl died in 1714, and was succeeded by his grandson,

HENRY, 4th Earl (1700-27); who inherited the Loftus estates upon the decease of his maternal grandfather in 1725; but dying without an heir in 1727 (he had married Charlotte, daughter of Hugh, 1st Viscount Falmouth), those and the family honours and estates devolved upon his brother,

EDWARD, 5th Earl (1701-58).

This nobleman wedded firstly, in 1727, Lady Sarah Ponsonby, daughter of Brabazon, 1st Earl of Bessborough, by whom he had
CHARLES, his successor;
Ponsonby;
Edward, in holy orders.
His lordship married secondly, in 1747, Bridget, daughter of William Southwell, niece of Thomas, Lord Southwell, by whom he had two other sons,
William;
Robert.
The 5th Earl and his son, the Hon and Rev Edward Moore, were lost in their passage to Dublin in 1758.

He was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 6th Earl (1730-1822), KP, PC, who was created, in 1791, MARQUESS OF DROGHEDA.

His lordship wedded, in 1766, Lady Anne Seymour, daughter of Francis, 1st Marquess of Hertford, by whom he had issue,
CHARLES;
Henry Seymour;
Elizabeth Emily; Mary;
Gertrude; Frances.
His lordship was succeeded by his eldest son,

CHARLES, 2nd Marquess.
Earls of Drogheda (1661; Reverted)
The heir apparent is the present holder's son Benjamin Garrett Henderson Moore, styled Viscount Moore.
The 1st and 3rd Marquesses were Knights of St Patrick (KP).

The 11th Earl was a Knight of the Garter (KG).

The 1oth Earl was the last Lord-Lieutenant of County Kildare, from 1918 until 1922.


MOORE ABBEY, near Monasterevin, County Kildare, is a 1767 rebuilding in the Gothic style, of a 17th century house originally erected on the site of a medieval abbey.

It was built for Field Marshal the 1st Marquess of Drogheda.

The original abbey was acquired during the reign of ELIZABETH I by the family of Loftus, whose heiress married into the Moore family during the 17th century.


The main front consists of a seven-bay central block of three storeys over a basement, with four-bay projecting wings of two storeys.

The windows all have pointed heads and Gothic astragals.

The roof parapets are battlemented.

There is a large single-storey hall, where Adam, 1st Viscount Loftus, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, held his Chancery Court in 1641.

There is an elaborate castellated entrance gateway to the demesne.

Following the dissolution of the monasteries, Moore Abbey passed to George, Lord Audley, who assigned it to Adam Loftus, Viscount Ely.

The site was eventually acquired by the Moore family, Earls of Drogheda.

They were responsible for building the town of Monasterevin and much of Dublin.

In 1767, the 6th Earl pulled down the old abbey and used the stones to build a parish church, which has now been replaced by St John's parish church.

He replaced the abbey with a Neo-Gothic style mansion, now Moore Abbey.

Preparations for a sunken garden, in 1846, exposed a mass of skeletons on what was presumably the site of the abbey cemetery.

In 1924, John McCormack, the world famous operatic tenor, leased the house from Lord Drogheda.

In 1938 the Sisters of Charity of Jesus bought Moore Abbey where they now have a training school for nurses of the mentally disabled. 

Former town residence ~  Sackville Street, Dublin (otherwise O'Connell Street). 

First published in August, 2011. Drogheda arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

S D Bell's


I met for tea at that venerable institution in the city of Belfast, S D Bell & Company, purveyors of the finest tea and coffee.

They have extended their premises quite recently to include the other units beside them.

One enters by a wide, electric door, and the heavenly aroma of freshly-roasted coffee beans beckons visitors and patrons.

My aunt had been away for awhile, so this was an opportunity for a good old chin-wag.


S D Bell's serve freshly-cooked breakfast, artisan tea and coffee, scones and cakes in the morning.

I had the fruit scone with butter and raspberry jam, and a pot of their blended Director's Brew, which was a very good flavour indeed.


Before we left, I bought a packet of Lady Londonderry's blend and couldn't resist the Lion's fruit pastilles, either.

Kenmare House

THE EARLS OF KENMARE WERE MAJOR LANDOWNERS IN COUNTY KERRY, WITH 91,080 ACRES 


This family deduces its descent from

SIR VALENTINE BROWNE, Knight, of Croft, Lincolnshire, treasurer of the town of Berwick; auditor of the exchequer in England; and constituted Auditor-General of Ireland, in the reigns of EDWARD VI and QUEEN MARY.

He died in 1567, leaving issue

THE RT HON SIR VALENTINE BROWNE, his heir, who, in 1583, received instruction, jointly with Sir Henry Wallop, for the survey of several escheated lands in Ireland.
He was subsequently sworn of the Privy Council, and represented County Sligo in parliament in 1583. In the same year, Sir Valentine purchased from Donald, Earl of Clancare, all the lands, manors, etc in counties Kerry and Cork, which had been in the possession of Teige Dermot MacCormac and Rorie Donoghoemore.
Sir Valentine married Thomasine, sister of the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, Sir Nicholas Bacon, and had two sons; the second of whom,

SIR NICHOLAS BROWNE, Knight, of Ross, County Kerry, died in 1616 and was succeeded by his eldest son,

VALENTINE BROWNE,  who was created a baronet in 1622.
Sir Valentine, after his father's decease, presented a petition to JAMES I, praying an abatement of the yearly rent reserved on the estate which he held from the Crown, as an undertaker, at the annual sum of £113 6s 8d, in regard of the small profit he made of it, being set out in the most barren and remote part of County Kerry; which request was complied with, and he received a confirmation, by patent, of all his lands at a reduced rent.
Sir Valentine married Elizabeth, fifth daughter of Gerald, Earl of Kildare, and was succeeded by his grandson,

SIR VALENTINE, 3rd Baronet (1638-94); who was sworn of the Privy Council of King JAMES II, and created by that monarch, subsequently to his abdication, in 1689, Baron Castlerosse and Viscount Kenmare.

His lordship, who was colonel of infantry in the army of King James, forfeited his estates by his inviolable fidelity to that unfortunate monarch.

He wedded Jane, only daughter and heir of Sir Nicholas Plunket, and niece of Lucas, Earl of Fingall, and had five sons and four daughters.

He was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR NICHOLAS, 4th Baronet (called 2nd Viscount); an officer of rank in the service of King James, and attainted in consequence.

His lordship espoused, in 1664, Helen, eldest daughter and co-heir of Thomas Brown, by whom he obtained a very considerable fortune, but which, with his own estates, became forfeited for his life.

The Crown, however, allowed his lady a rent-charge of £400 per year for the maintenance of herself and her children.

His lordship died in 1720, leaving four daughters and his son and successor,

SIR VALENTINE, 5th Baronet (called 3rd Viscount) (1695-1736), who continued outlawed by the attainder of his father and grandfather.

He married, in 1720, Honora, second daughter of Colonel Thomas Butler, and great-grandniece of James, Duke of Ormonde, by whom he had issue, Thomas, his successor, and two daughters.

His lordship espoused secondly, in 1735, Mary, Dowager Countess of Fingall, by whom he left a posthumous daughter, Mary Frances.

He was succeeded by his only son,

SIR THOMAS, 6th Baronet (called 4th Viscount) (1726-95), who wedded, in 1750, Anne, only daughter of Thomas Cooke, of Painstown, County Carlow, by whom he had a son and a daughter, Catherine, married to Count de Durfort-Civrac.

His lordship was succeeded by his son,

SIR VALENTINE, 7th Baronet (called 5th Viscount) (1754-1812), who was created (the viscountcy of JAMES II never having been acknowledged in law), in 1798, Baron Castlerosse and Viscount Kenmare.

In 1800, Lord Kenmare was further advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as EARL OF KENMARE.

His lordship married firstly, in 1777, Charlotte, daughter of Henry, 11th Viscount Dillon, by whom he had an only daughter, Charlotte.

The 1st Earl wedded secondly, in 1785, Mary, eldest daughter of Michael Aylmer, of Lyons, County Kildare, by whom he had issue,
VALENTINE, his successor;
Thomas;
William;
Michael;
Marianne; Frances.
The 5th Earl was the last Lord-Lieutenant of County Kerry, from 1905 until 1922.


The original Kenmare House (above) was built in 1726, after the estates were recovered by Sir Valentine Browne, 5th Baronet and 3rd Viscount Kenmare in the Jacobite peerage.

It was a grandiose structure with the characteristics of a French ch√Ęteau, perhaps influenced by the Brownes' time spent exiled in France with King James the Second.

Lord Kenmare designed the house himself: It was two stories high and had dormered attics and steep, slated roofs.

There were thirteen bays in front of the house, with three bays on each side of the centre breaking forward. A servant’s wing was added around 1775.

In 1861 Valentine, Lord Castlerosse, played host to Queen Victoria at Killarney.

During the visit of the Queen to Kenmare House, Her Majesty chose the site of Killarney House, a vast Victorian-Tudor mansion, which was the successor to Kenmare House.


The 4th Earl of Kenmare decided to build a new mansion (above), on a hillside with spectacular views of Lough Leane in 1872.

The old house was demolished and an Elizabethan-Revival manor house erected on a more elevated site. The cost was well over £100,000.


This house was supposed to have been instigated by Lady Kenmare (Gertrude Thynne, granddaughter of Thomas Thynne, 2nd Marquess of Bath) and inspired by Lord Bath's genuinely Elizabethan seat, Longleat in Wiltshire (which is not red-brick).

It was not unusual for the descendants of Elizabethan or Jacobean settlers in Ireland to assert their comparative antiquity in this period by building "Jacobethan" houses.


The house, which in addition to its other defects apparently did not sit happily in the landscape as it had many gables and oriels.

The interior was panelled and hung with Spanish leather.


It was considered to be one of the finest mansions in Ireland.


Alas, it was burnt twice: once, in 1879, just after its completion; and again, and finally, in November, 1913.

It was never rebuilt.

Instead, the stable block of the older Kenmare House was converted for family use.

Killarney House and the Browne estate in Kerry were donated by Mrs Grosvenor (niece of 7th Earl) to form Killarney National Park.

The Victorian mansion was demolished in 1872 by the 4th Earl, when it was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1913 and never rebuilt; instead, the stable block was converted into the present Kenmare House.

In 1866, King Leopold II of Belgium visited the Kenmares at Killarney.

Sir Edwin Lutyens (the architect for Lady Kenmare's brother, the 3rd Lord Revelstoke, at Lambay Castle on Lambay Island, County Dublin, advised Lord Kenmare to build the new Kenmare House.

This Kenmare House was later abandoned and sold when a new Kenmare House was built.

This new manor was confusingly constructed on the site of the former Killarney House by Mrs Beatrice Grosvenor in 1956.

Less than twenty years later, in 1974, the house was replaced.

This last Kenmare House was built on the Killorglin Road, beside the Killarney golf course and the Castlerosse Hotel.

The sale of Kenmare House in 1985 to Denis P Kelleher effectively marked the end of the Kenmare family's proprietary connection with Killarney, after 450 years.

First published in August, 2011.  Kenmare arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

Friday, 31 July 2015

The McFarland Baronets

THE McFARLAND BARONETCY, OF ABERFOYLE, COUNTY LONDONDERRY, WAS CREATED IN 1914 FOR JOHN McFARLAND, MERCHANT AND POLITICIAN

JOHN McFARLAND JP (1848-1926), a prosperous businessman from Londonderry, married Annie, daughter of John Talbot, in 1893.

He was Mayor of Londonderry, 1909-12; High Sheriff, 1904-5; member, Port and Harbour Commissioners; Chairman, Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Company, 1908.
Mr McFarland was also founder of, and a partner in, the firm of McCrea and McFarland, engineering contractors, of Belfast and Londonderry; chairman of Mulhollands Ltd, drapers; chairman of Brewster's Ltd, bakers; owner of the Lough Swilly Steamship Company.
Mr McFarland was created a baronet, of Aberfoyle, County Londonderry, in 1914.

His only son,

SIR BASIL ALEXANDER TALBOT McFARLAND CBE ERD (1898-1986), 2nd Baronet, of Aberfoyle,
High Sheriff of the City of Londonderry, 1930-38 and 1952; High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1952; Mayor of  Londonderry, 1939 and 1945-50; HM Lord-Lieutenant of the City of Londonderry, 1939-75. He served in 1918 with the Artists Rifles, and in the 2nd World War served overseas, mainly in North Africa, with the 9th Londonderry HAA Regiment and was mentioned in despatches.

Commanding Officer of the Londonderry City Battalion of the Home Guard; Chairman of the Territorial Army and Auxiliary Force Association (Co. Londonderry), 1947-62; member of its national council; Hon Colonel, 9th Londonderry HAA Regiment of the Royal Artillery (TA), and President of the NI TA and Volunteer Reserve Association, 1968-71; a Commissioner of Irish Lights; a member of the NI Air Advisory Council, 1946-65; Chairman of the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners, 1952-67; a member of the London Midland Area Board of the British Transport Commission, 1955-61; and a trustee of Magee University College, Londonderry, 1962-65.

His directorships and business interests included: directorships of the Belfast Banking Co. Ltd, 1930-70; the Belfast Bank Executors Trustee Co., and the Donegal Railways Co., a local directorship of the Commercial Union Assurance Co., and the chairmanship of Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son (Northern Ireland) Ltd; the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway Co;Lanes (Derry) Ltd; Lanes (Fuel Oils) Ltd; Lanes (Business Equipment) Ltd; John W. Corbett & Sons; R.C. Malseed & Co. Ltd; Alexander Thompson & Co. Ltd; and the Londonderry Gaslight Co.

Sir Basil's only son,

SIR JOHN TALBOT McFARLAND TD DL (b 1927), of Aberfoyle, 3rd and present Baronet, married Mary, daughter of Dr William Scott-Watson, in 1957.
Former member Management Ctee NW Group; Former director, Londonderry Gaslight, 1958–89; Donegal Holdings, 1970–86; G Kinnaird & Son, 1981–97; Windy Hills Ltd, 1994–95; Erinwind Ltd, 1994–; Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway, (1978–81); R C Malseed & County Hospitals, 1958.

Sir John was was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College Oxford; Territorial Army (Captain, Royal Artillery and RASC), 1955; High Sheriff of County Londonderry, 1958; and City of Londonderry, 1965-66; Commissioner of Londonderry Port and Harbour Board, 1969; in 1977, Chairman: Lanes (Business Equipment); McFarland Farms, 1980–; J T McFarland Holdings, 1984-2001.
He lived in 2003 at Dunmore House, Carrigans, County Donegal.

Photo credit: Martin Melaugh; © Cain

ABERFOYLE HOUSE now forms a part of the Magee campus of the Ulster University.

It is situated in urban surroundings. a good portion of the grounds for the house of 1873 remain planted up.

The site slopes towards the River Foyle.

The west end is mostly walled in with brick and is cultivated by the Centre for Environmental and Horticultural Studies.

There is a rose garden south of the house and shrubbery on either side of the twisting avenue to the eastern gate. The house is used as offices.

There is a rose garden south of the house and shrubbery on either side of the twisting avenue to the eastern gate.

The house is used as offices.

The McFarland Papers are deposited at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

First published in July, 2010.