Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Newcastle House


NICHOLAS HARMAN, of Carlow, settled in Ireland during the reign of JAMES I.
He was one of the first burgesses of Carlow, named in the charter granted to that borough by JAMES I in 1614, and was High Sheriff of County Carlow in 1619.
By Mary his wife he was father of 

HENRY HARMAN, of Dublin, who had by Marie his wife, five sons and as many daughters, viz.
Anthony, dsp before 1684;
THOMAS, of whom hereafter;
Anne; Mary; Jane;
Margaret; Mabel.
Mr Harman died before 1649, and was succeeded by his third son, 

SIR THOMAS HARMAN, Knight, of Athy,
knighted by the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Thomas, Earl of Ossory, in 1664; major in the army, 1661;  MP for counties Carlow and Kildare. He obtained a grant of considerable estates in County Longford, under the Act of Settlement, dated 1607.
He married Anne Jones.

Sir Thomas died in 1667, and they were both buried in Christ Church, Dublin, having had issue, with a daughter, Mary, a son,

WENTWORTH HARMAN, of Castle Roe, County Carlow, a captain of the Battle-Axe Guards in 1683, who wedded firstly, in 1679, Margaret, daughter of Garrett Wellesley, of Dangan, and by her had issue, with one daughter, two sons, namely,
Thomas, b 1681, dsp;
WENTWORTH, of whom hereafter.
Mr Harman married secondly, in 1691, Frances, sister and heir of Anthony Sheppard, of Newcastle, County Longford, by whom he had further issue,
ROBERT, successor to his nephew;
Francis, died 1714;
CUTTS (Very Rev), successor to his brother;
ANNE, m Sir Anthony Parsons Bt, of Birr Castle.
Mr Harman died in 1714, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

WENTWORTH HARMAN LL.D, of Moyne, County Carlow, who espoused, in 1714, Lucy, daughter of Audley Mervyn, of Trillick, County Tyrone, and sister and heir of Henry Mervyn, of same place, by whom he had issue,
WESLEY, his heir;
Mr Harman died in 1757, when he was succeeded by his eldest son,

WESLEY HARMAN, of Moyle, who wedded Mary, daughter of the Rev Nicholas Milley DD, prebendary of Ullard, Diocese of Leighlin, by whom he had an only son,
Wentworth, who dsp in his father's lifetime.
Mr Harman died in 1758, and was succeeded by his uncle,

ROBERT HARMAN (1699-1765), of Newcastle, County Longford, and Millicent, County Kildare, MP for Co Kildare, 1755, and County Longford, 1761.

He married Ann, daughter of John Warburton, third son of George Warburton, of Garryhinch, in the King's County, and dsp 1765, when he was succeeded by his only surviving brother,

THE VERY REV CUTTS HARMAN (1706-84), of Newcastle, Dean of Waterford; presented to the Deanery, 1759.

He wedded , in 1751, Bridget, daughter of George Gore,of Tenelick, County Longford, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in Ireland, and sister of John, Lord Annaly, by whom he had no issue.

The Dean presented to his cathedral the very fine organ which it possesses.

He died in 1784, and bequeathed his estates to his nephew, the son of his sister ANNE, who espoused, as above, Sir Lawrence Parsons.

LAWRENCE PARSONS-HARMAN (1749-1807), of Newcastle, MP for County Longford, assumed the additional surname of HARMAN in 1792, on succeeding to his uncle's estates.

He married, in 1772, Lady Jane King, daughter of Edward, 1st Earl of Kingston, by whom he had an only daughter,
FRANCES, of whom hereafter.
Mr Parsons-Harman was created, in 1792, Lord Oxmantown; and in 1806, advanced to the dignity of an earldom, as EARL OF ROSSE, with special remainder, in default of male issue, to his nephew, Sir Lawrence Parsons, 5th Baronet, of Birr Castle.

His lordship died in 1807, when his peerage passed, according to the limitation, and his Harman estates devolved upon his only daughter and heir,

LADY FRANCES PARSONS-HARMAN, of Newcastle, who married, in 1799, Robert Edward, 1st Viscount Lorton, in 1799, by whom she had issue,
ROBERT, 2nd Viscount, who s as 6th Earl of Kingston;
LAWRENCE HARMAN, who s to the Harman estates;
Jane; Caroline; Frances; Louisa.
The Viscountess Lorton died in 1841, when she was succeeded in her estates by her second son,

THE HON LAWRENCE KING-HARMAN (1816-75), of Newcastle, and of Rockingham, County Roscommon, who assumed the additional surname of HARMAN.

He wedded, in 1837, Mary Cecilia, seventh daughter of James Raymond Johnstone, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, and by her left, with other issue, a second son.

On his death, the property passed to his eldest son,

THE RT HON EDWARD ROBERT KING-HARMAN MP (1838-88). His only son, Lawrence Harman, died in 1886, and he was succeeded by his brother,

WENTWORTH HENRY KING-HARMAN JP DL (1840-1919), of Newcastle, High Sheriff, 1896, Colonel, Royal Artillery.

He wedded, in 1863, Annie Kate, daughter of D J Smith, of Kingston, Canada, and had issue,
Beatrice Caroline; Lilian Mary;
Annette Maude.
Lieutenant-Colonel Wentworth Alexander King-Harman DSO (1869-1949) was the last of the family to live at Newcastle. He died unmarried.
The parts of the King-Harman estates in County Longford were the Newcastle estate in the Ballymahon area; Mosstown estate, near Kenagh; the Ballinamuck estate, near Drumlish; and the Smear/Smare estate in Colmcille parish. Smaller parts were the Callows estate in Cashel parish; and the townlands of Corlea, Lisnanagh and Torboy.

NEWCASTLE HOUSE, near Ballymahon, County Longford, is a large, three-storey, seven-bay, early 18th century, gable-ended house, with lower asymetrical wings.

There is a small, central curvilinear gable on the entrance front, possibly original, which is repeated on the 19th century projecting porch.

The House has a high-pitched roof.

The drawing-room ceiling boasts painted plasterwork in low relief, with musical emblems at the corners.

Newcastle House was originally the residence of the Sheppard family, whose heiress married Wentworth Harman in 1691.

It was inherited, in 1784, by Lawrence Parsons-Harman, later 1st Earl of Rosse; and subsequently by his grandson, the Hon Lawrence King-Harman.

Newcastle House was sold ca 1950 by Captain Robert Douglas King-Harman DSO DSC RN, grandson of the Hon Lawrence King-Harman.

For several years it was a convent; it today operates as an hotel.

First published in April, 3013.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Coates Baronets


VICTOR COATS (1760-1822), of Snugville, Belfast, son of Israel Coats, of The Falls, in the same town, by his wife Grace, carried out business as a surgeon-barber and perfumer.

During the latter half of the 18th century, Mr Coats removed to Ballymacarrett and established the Coats' Pottery,
Coats has for sale a good assortment of butter crocks and milk pans of different sizes. Also, flooring tiles of remarkable good quality, and chimney pots made to any shape.
About 1800, Mr Coats inherited a heavy engineering firm, which was to become one of the most successful in Belfast.

His son,

WILLIAM COATES JP (1798-1878), of Glentoran, Belfast, married and was succeeded by his son,

DAVID LINDSAY COATES JP (1840-94), of Clonallon House, Strandtown, Belfast.

Clonallon was a large Victorian villa in its own grounds, between Belmont Road and Sydenham Avenue. The main entrance was probably at Belmont Road, where there may have been a gate lodge.

Mr Coates married and was succeeded by his son,

SIR WILLIAM FREDERICK COATES DL (1866-1932), 1st Baronet, of Belfast;
studied at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (INST). He initially entered the linen trade, but became a stockbroker in 1887, building up an extensive business.
In 1902, he was elected to Belfast City Council, becoming chairman of the finance committee from 1917.

He served the office of Lord Mayor thrice, until 1923.

He hosted King George V and Queen Mary when they visited Belfast to open the new NI Parliament Buildings of which he was also a senator (both ex officio as Lord Mayor and as an elected member 1924-29) in July 1921 and was, as a result, created a baronet.

Sir William served the office of Lord Mayor again from 1929-31.

The following entry was circulated at the time:-
The KING has been graciously pleased on the occasion of the opening by His Majesty of the Parliament of Northern Ireland to signify his intention of conferring a Baronetcy of the United Kingdom on the undermentioned: — William Frederick Coates, Esq., D.L. For two years successively Lord Mayor of Belfast. Has rendered conspicuous valuable service during very anxious times.
The 1st Baronet served as High Sheriff of Belfast (1906-07) and  High Sheriff of Antrim (1931-32).

Photo credit: Ulster Museum
Sir William lived for a period at Glynn Park House (above), near Carrickfergus, which features in Dean's Gate Lodges of Ulster.

His son and heir,

was educated at Eton and fought in the 2nd World War, in North Africa and northwest Europe, where he was twice wounded. He was a brigadier in the Royal Tank Regiment.
His son,

SIR DAVID FREDERICK CHARLTON COATES (b 1948), 3rd and present Baronet, lives in Cambridgeshire.

He is married with two children.

Sir David is vice-president of the Poole Maritime Trust.

First published in July, 2010.

Glin Castle


OTHO, a rich and powerful lord in the time of ALFRED THE GREAT, descended from the Dukes of Tuscany, a baron of England, according to Sir William Dugdale, in the reign of EDWARD THE CONFESSOR.

This Otho, Duke of Tuscany, born ca 1006, in Italy, was a member of the Florentine family, the Gherardini. The name "Otho" comes from his father’s given name of Ottorus, which is sometimes spelled as Othoer.

He was Duke of Tuscany between 1006-1100, 500 years before the de Medici family became Grand Dukes of Tuscany.

Otho came to the court of EDWARD THE CONFESSOR about 1056, ten years before the Norman Conquest of England. He passed into Normandy and, in 1057, crossed into England where he became a favorite with The King, and obtained extensive estates from that monarch. 

Otho was father of

WALTER FITZOTHO, who, at the general survey of the kingdom in 1078, was castellan of Windsor, and was appointed by WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, warden of the forests of Berkshire, having married and had issue,

GERALD FITZWALTER, or DE WINDSOR, who wedded Nest (Nest ferch Rhys), daughter of Rees (Rhys ap Tewdwr), son of Theodore the Great, Prince of South Wales, who had issue, his eldest son,

MAURICE FITZGERALD, Lord of Lanstephan, one of the first invaders of Ireland in 1168, who died in 1177, and lies buried in the friary of the Grey Friars, at Wexford, leaving issue, his younger son,

THOMAS FITZMAURICE FITZGERALD, who wedded Elinor, daughter of Jordan de Marisco, and sister to Hervé de Monte Marisco, Constable of Ireland, and of Geoffrey de Marisco, lord justice of Ireland, in the reign of King JOHN.

He died in 1207 and was succeeded by his son,

JOHN FITZTHOMAS FITZGERALD, 1st Baron Desmond, jure uxoris primae.

These lands were confirmed to him as amply as they were held by Thomas FitzAnthony, his father-in-law, in the reign of HENRY III.

This John FitzThomas FitzGerald, Lord Desmond, by virtue of his royal seignory as a Count Palatine, created three of his sons, by the second marriage, knights, and their descendants have been so styled in acts of parliament, patents under the Great Seal, and all legal proceedings of to the present time.

Having founded the monastery of Tralee, this gentleman was buried there in 1260. His second son,

SIR JOHN FITZJOHN, knight, to whom his father gave the castles of Glyncorbury and Beagh, County Limerick, was the 1st KNIGHT OF GLIN, and left issue,
JOHN FITZJOHN, his successor;
SIR JOHN FITZJOHN was succeeded by his eldest son,

SIR JOHN FITZJOHN del Glyn, Knight, from whom descended,

THOMAS FITZGERALD, who was attainted with his father, and executed in the eleventh year of ELIZABETH I, leaving a daughter, Ellen, who wedded Sir Edmond FitzHarris, Knight; and a son, his successor,

EDMOND FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, pardoned and restored to his estates in the thirtieth year of ELIZABETH I.

He espoused Honora, daughter of Owen McCarthy Reagh, and was succeeded by his son,

THOMAS FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, who had livery of his lands in 1628.

He surrendered those estates, and had them re-granted in 1635.

He wedded Joan, daughter of James, Lord Dunboyne, widow of Edmond FitzGibbon, The White Knight, and was succeeded by his son,

GERALD FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, who made a deed of settlement of his estates in 1672.

He married Joan O'Brien, and dying before 1700, left issue,
THOMAS, his successor;
Mary; Honora; Helen;
Jane; Ellen.
His eldest son,

THOMAS FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, seized of an estate in tail under the deed of settlement, in 1672, wedded Mary, daughter of Edmond FitzGerald, and had three sons, successively inheritors. The eldest,

EDMOND FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, dsp and was succeeded by his brother,

RICHARD FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, who was succeeded by his brother,

THOMAS FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, who married, in 1755, Mary, daughter of John Bateman, of Oak Park, County Kerry, and had issue,
JOHN, his heir;
Elizabeth; Frances;
Ellen; Catherine; Jane.
Thomas FitzGerald, who died before 1801, was succeeded by his eldest son,

JOHN FITZGERALD, Knight of Glin, who wedded Margaretta Maria, daughter of John Fraunceis Gwynn, of Ford Abbey, Devon, and was succeeded by his only son,

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN FRAUNCEIS FITZGERALD (1791-1854), 24th Knight of Glin,  JP, DL, of Glin Castle, County Limerick; High Sheriff of Co Limerick, 1830.

He espoused, in 1812, Bridgetta, fifth daughter of the Rev Joseph Eyre, of Westerham, Kent, and had issue,
Edmond Urmston McLeod;
Geraldine Anne; Margaretta Sophia.
The eldest son,

JOHN FRAUNCEIS EYRE FITZGERALD, 25th Knight of Glin (1813-66), wedded, in 1835, Clara Anne, only daughter of Gerald Blennerhasset, of Riddlestown, County Limerick, and had issue,
Gerald B;
William Urmston;
John F E;
Thomas Otho;
George W M;
Geraldine Elizabeth Blennerhasset;
Florence Sophia; Margaretta.
The Knight of Glin died in 1866, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

DESMOND JOHN EDMUND FITZGERALD (1840-95), 26th Knight of Glin, JP, DL, of Glin Castle, County Limerick, High Sheriff, 1870-1, who wedded, in 1861, Isabella Lloyd, second daughter of the Rev Michael Lloyd Apjohn, of Linfield, County Limerick.

The Knight died in 1895, leaving issue,
Urmston FitzOtho;
Louis de Rottenburgh;
Clara Nesta Richarda.
The Knight's eldest son,

DESMOND FITZJOHN LLOYD FITZGERALD (1862-1936), JP, DL, 27th Knight of Glin, of Glin Castle, High Sheriff, 1904; Captain, 3rd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers; South Irish Horse; married, in 1897, Lady Rachel Wyndham-Quin, second daughter of the 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, and by her had issue,
The 28th Knight, 

DESMOND WYNDHAM OTHO FITZGERALD (1901-49), 28th KNIGHT OF GLIN, was educated at Winchester College and then Lancing College before moving to London in 1924.

In 1929, he married Veronica Villiers, a cousin of Winston Churchill, with whom he had three children.

He died from tuberculosis in 1949.

His son and heir, the 29th and last Knight,

DESMOND JOHN VILLIERS FITZGERALD (1937-2011, 29th KNIGHT OF GLIN, was educated at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University.
The Knight worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in the furniture department; and later returned to Ireland, and became active in conservation issues, becoming involved with the Irish Georgian Society. He was appointed its president in 1991. He has also represented the Christies art auctioneers in Ireland. He died at Dublin in 2011.
As the last Knight had no sons, and the title cannot be passed to a daughter, the title became extinct.

GLIN CASTLE, Glin, County Limerick, is described by Mark Bence-Jones as
a romantic, white, castellated house overlooking the estuary of the River Shannon from among the trees of its demesne.
It was built ca 1789 by Colonel John FitzGerald, 24th Knight of Glin.

This is an eight-bay, three-storey, country house, comprising full-height curved bows to end bays of the front elevation, full-height three-sided bows with crenellated porch to garden (south) elevation.

Sixteen-bay, two-storey wing to the west, built in the late seventeenth century/early eighteenth century, having full-height canted bay and three-stage square-plan tower to garden elevation.

THIS house remains of considerable social and historic significance to the village of Glin.

Colonel John FitzGerald, who is thought to have added the hall, staircase and two reception rooms, financed much of the main house, which was built in phases.

The artist responsible for the decorative plasterwork to the interior, though unknown, is thought to be the work of a Cork master.

The symbols on the frieze in the hall underline the military background of Colonel FitzGerald, with military trophies, shields sprouting shamrocks and the Irish harp, all incorporated into the ceiling.

The staircase, which is almost unique in Ireland, as it has two lower ramps and a single flying run of steps from the half-landing to the first floor landing.

It may echo Adam's staircase at Mellerstain in Berwickshire.

The style of the joinery on the stairs and front door suggests that the craftsmen who worked here had worked with such prominent architects as Davis Duckart and Christopher Colles in the 1760s and 1770s.

The west wing is the earliest part of the house and was originally thatched.

Despite 19th century alterations, it retains some vernacular characteristics, such as its long, low asymmetric form.

Added to this association with important historical characters, Glin Castle represents more than four centuries of construction and alteration, with different architectural features representing each phase.

The Castle, or part of it, operated as a hotel until 2009.

First published in April, 2013. 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Lane-Fox Estate


The family of FOX, which is of ancient descent, ranked amongst the most influential and opulent in the north of England.

WILLIAM FOX, living in the reign of EDWARD IV, acquired by marriage with Sybil, daughter of John de Grete, the lands of Grete, Yardley, Worcestershire.

He was succeeded by his son,

JOHN FOX, of Grete, living in 1523, father by Alice his wife of

JOHN FOX, of Grete, who married and left issue, his son,

THOMAS FOX, of Grete, who, by his wife, had issue,
Richard, of Mosely;
Thomas, of Yardley;
John, of King's Norton;
Henry, of Yardley;
EDMUND, of whom we treat;
Joan; Dorothy.
The youngest son,

EDMUND FOX, of Birmingham, wedded Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Hugh Grossbrooke, and had issue,
Richard, who died issueless;
JOSEPH, of whom hereafter;
Thomas, of the Inner Temple;
Timothy, in holy orders.
The third son,  

JOSEPH FOX, born in 1617, held a major's commission in the army serving in Ireland.

He married the Hon Thomasine Blayney, widow of Sir Henry Pierce Bt and daughter of Henry, 2nd Lord Blayney, by Jane his wife, daughter of Gerald, Viscount Drogheda.

By this lady he had, with four daughters, a son and successor,

HENRY FOX, who espoused firstly, Jane, daughter of Robert Oliver, of Clonodfoy, and had several sons, who all died young.

He married secondly, in 1691, THE HON FRANCES LANE, daughter of Sir George Lane, of Tuske, County Roscommon, principal secretary of state in Ireland, created Viscount Lanesborough, and sister and heiress of James, Viscount Lanesborough, who died in 1724.

By her Mr Fox had issue,
Henry, who died young;
GEORGE, heir to his father;
Denny Henrietta;
Jane; Frances; Anne.
Mr Fox was succeeded by his eldest son,

GEORGE FOX, MP for the city of York,
who inherited by will the great estates of Lord Lanesborough, and assumed, by act of parliament, in 1750, in accordance with the testator's injunction, the additional surname and arms of LANE.
He wedded, in 1731, Harriet, daughter and sole heiress of the Rt Hon Robert Benson, Lord Bingley; and was created, on the extinction of his father-in-law's peerage, in 1762, BARON BINGLEY (2nd creation), of Bingley, Yorkshire.

His lordship had an only son, 

ROBERT, 2nd Baron, born in 1732, wedded secondly Lady Brigit Henley, eldest daughter of Robert, Earl of Northington, Lord Chancellor of England; but predeceased his father, issueless, in 1768.

Lord Bingley died in 1772, and having survived his only child, devised his great estates in England and Ireland to his nephew,

JAMES FOX-LANE, of Bramham Park, Yorkshire, MP for Horsham.

This gentleman wedded, in 1789, the Hon Mercia Lucy Pitt, youngest daughter of George, Lord Rivers, and had issue,
GEORGE, his heir;
William Pitt;
Thomas Lascelles;
Marcia Bridget.
Mr Fox Lane died in 1825, leaving his very extensive estates strictly entailed upon his eldest son,  

GEORGE LANE-FOX, of Bramham Park.

He devised £300,000 first to his widow and then to his younger children, in addition to their marriage settlements.

He was a gentleman so highly respected in Yorkshire, where he resided with princely hospitality, that during his last illness, the newspapers of Leeds were stopped to announce his state of health.

He lived upon habits of intimacy with His Majesty, GEORGE III, who, when Prince of Wales, frequently sojourned at Bramham at hunting parties.

There is still preserved at Bramham, a correspondence between Mr Pitt and Mr Fox-Lane, wherein the minister offers to renew the Bingley peerage; and Mr Fox-Lane replies that "he being one of the very few old English families - a commoner (not a trader) of high birth and fortune, piqued himself upon that".

Mr Lane-Fox was succeeded by his son,

GEORGE LANE-FOX (1793-1848), of Bramham Park, who wedded, in 1816, Georgiana Henrietta, daughter of Edward Percy Buckley, by Lady Georgiana West, his wife, daughter of John, Earl De La Warr, and had issue, his son,

GEORGE LANE-FOX, for whom The Duke of York and the Duchess of Rutland stood sponsors.

He was a great character and sportsman, known to all and sundry in Yorkshire as ‘The Squire'.  He married Katherine Stein in 1837.

His life was not made any easier by inheriting debts of over £175,000 from his father.  In due course he managed to pay these off, but did not have, at the same time, the means to rebuild his family home.  He was very popular with his tenants and his portrait was presented to his wife by his tenants ‘as a memorial to their landlord's generosity'.

He was also one of the finest amateur coachmen in England, having learned on the long journey south to school at Eton College.

The four-in-hand, which he drove with such skill, is to be seen in the Castle Museum in York.

The Squire's elder son, George, had a vocation for the priesthood and father and son agreed that he would not succeed to the Estate.

His lineal descendant,

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL THE RT HON GEORGE RICHARD LANE-FOX (1870-1947), who, in 1903, married Agnes, daughter of 2nd Viscount Halifax.

The combination of her wealth, his determination and the compulsory purchase of the family's Irish estates, allowed George to honour a promise he had made to his grandfather, The Squire, to rebuild the House.  The family reoccupied in 1907.

George was wounded in the First World War, serving with the Yorkshire Hussars, a regiment he later commanded.  He had been elected to Parliament in 1906 and held several government posts including Secretary of State for Mines in 1923.

In 1933 he was created BARON BINGLEY (3rd creation); however, he had four daughters and, on his death, the title again became extinct.

THE FAMILY continues to live at their ancestral seat, Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, where their estate comprised 15,000 acres.

The Lane-Foxes had estates in Yorkshire, Dorset, and the Court, near Lanesborough, in Ireland.

Their town residence was at 12 Albemarle Street, London, presumably the site of The Lanesborough Hotel.

IN 1666, GEORGE LANE (1620-83) was granted lands in counties Dublin, Meath, Kilkenny, Longford, Waterford and Cork.

This George was the son of Richard Lane, of Tulsk, County Roscommon, and was created Viscount Lanesborough in 1676.

He acquired lands in the baronies of Roscommon and Ballintober, County Roscommon, and in County Longford, in 1678 and 1679 respectively.

These grants were further augmented by the purchase of the Duke of Buckingham's Irish estates in 1710.

In 1724, the Lanesborough title became extinct.

The Lanesborough estates in England and Ireland were inherited by the 2nd Viscount's sister, who was married to Henry Fox.

Though the Longford and Roscommon properties were sold to Luke White in 1819, the Lane-Fox family continued to hold substantial property in both counties Leitrim and Waterford.

For the most part they were absentee landlords, their estates being managed by a succession of stewards, including Joshua Kell, who was a member of the Grand Jury for Leitrim, in 1851.

The family sold the bulk of their remaining estates to the Irish Land Commission in the early years of the 20th century.

First published in March, 2013. 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Garryhinch House


This branch of the family is stated to be of Norman descent, springing from the Warburtons of Arley, in Cheshire.

RICHARD WARBURTON, of Dublin, living there in 1622, left three sons and a daughter, viz.
RICHARD, his heir;
George, of Aughrim, MP;
The eldest son, 

was a junior Clerk of the Council, Ireland, 1654, and afterwards Clerk-Assistant to the Irish House of Commons. He was styled of Garryhinch in 1662, and was MP for Ballyshannon, 1695-1711 and 1703-13; and High Sheriff of Queen's County, 1701.
Mr Warburton wedded, in 1656, Judith, daughter of William Sandes, of Dublin.

He died in 1717, having had (with five daughters) an only son, 

RICHARD WARBURTON (1664-1715), of Garryhinch, MP for Portarlington, 1692-1715, who married, in 1695, Elizabeth, daughter of John Pigott, and had issue,
RICHARD, of Garryhinch (1696-1711);
JOHN, died unmarried;
GEORGE, of whom presently;
PETER, devisee of his brother Richard;
Gertrude; Judith; Jane.
RICHARD WARBURTON died dvp in 1715. His third son,

GEORGE WARBURTON, of Dublin, espoused Jane, daughter of Richard Le Hunte, of Artramont, County Wexford, and was father of

JOHN WARBURTON, of Garryhinch, MP for Queen's county, 1779-94; High Sheriff, 1786.
This gentleman was heir to his uncle Peter. He served in early life as a military officer, and was at the taking of Quebec, under General Wolfe.
He married Martha, daughter of Bowes Benson, and had issue,
RICHARD, his heir;
Colonel Warbuton died in 1806, and was succeeded by his son,

RICHARD WARBURTON JP DL (1778-), of Garryhinch; High Sheriff, 1801, who wedded, in 1800, Anne, daughter of Thomas Kemmis, of Dublin, and had issue,
John, of Garryhinch, dsp 1839;
RICHARD, his successor;
William (Very Rev), Dean of Elphin;
Anne; Susan; Mary.
The second son,

RICHARD WARBURTON JP DL (1804-62), of Garryhinch, High Sheriff of King's County, 1845, and of Queen's County, 1849, married, in 1844, Mary Ellinor, daughter and heir of Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly, of Millbrook, King's County.

He died in 1862, having by her had issue,
RICHARD, his heir;
Hugh Dutton;
Catherine Janette; Ellinor Mary Anne;
Jessie Isabelle; Frances Sophia;
Ada Blanche; Maude Alyne.
He was succeeded by his eldest son, 

RICHARD WARBURTON JP DL (1846-1921), of Garryhinch; High Sheriff, 1869 and 1872, who wedded, in 1867, Georgina Wilhelmina Henrietta, daughter of William Henry Hutchinson, of Rockforest, County Tipperary, and by her had issue,
Jessie Georgina Hutchinson;
Mary Anne.

GARRYHINCH HOUSE, near Portarlington, was a house of early to mid-18th century appearance.

It comprised three storeys with a three-bay centre recessed between two projecting one-bay wings.

The doorway was pointed; a two-storey, three-bay range was at one side, set back.

The former demesne is now a beautiful picturesque woodland for walking and was formerly part of the Warburton estate until it was sold in 1936.

There are a number of specimen trees (remnants of ornamental plantings which adorned the big house) in the forest including monkey puzzle and lime.

The house was accidentally burnt in 1913 and later demolished for safety reasons.

Ruinous outbuildings can still be seen in the forest.

There is an old, three-arched bridge crossing the Barrow. The forest is surrounded mainly by farmland.

Portarlington Golf Club, which has written a good history of Garryhinch and its association with the Warburtons, lies to the northeast of Garryhinch.

First published in March, 2013.  Photo credits: Liam O'Malley. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Prince Philip in NI

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, Patron, today attended a Reception at Hillsborough Castle, County Down, for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

His Royal Highness was received at Belfast City Airport by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of the County Borough of Belfast (Mrs Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle CBE).

In attendance was Kelly Gallagher MBE, the paralympic gold medalist from Northern Ireland.

His Royal Highness had the opportunity to chat with Gold Award recipients, their families and Duke of Edinburgh leaders.

Prince Philip presented Operating Authority license certificates to the Girls’ Brigade Northern Ireland, the Southern Education and Library Board and the Scout Foundation Northern Ireland.

HRH also presented certificates to the first group in Northern Ireland to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leadership Training Course.

Norwood Pictures

© Lord Belmont In Northern Ireland 2011


"One of them (below) has a photograph of both my aunts, Peggy and Mary, and Mary does not want her photo to go on the Internet so you cannot put that one on the site ...

Sadly it is the best one of the two, as it shows the full door the other one, with the single lady in it, you can use; however I have no idea who she is, it shows a little of what is in the hallway through the door.

I do have some information of the layout of the houses Riversdale [Co Fermanagh] and Norwood Tower from my aunt and will write it up for you ...

Norwood was powered by gas so had gas cookers and lights.


I do have a photograph of a woman standing at the front door which seems quite ornate with iron railings around it I will scan it and send later.

 I also have a photograph of my aunt sitting in front of a lion statue in the garden of Norwood Tower (above); she said that she didn't want it to go on the Internet however I have attached it for you to see.

The lady with her was Mrs Lutton or Litton and she rented part of the servants' quarters in Norwood Tower.

Mary said that another couple rented a different part of the house seemed to be outside of the main house but part of the surrounding building and the rent of those went to the upkeep of the house.

The photograph above shows a glass-house at Norwood Tower.

First published in May, 2011.